Defection Tsunami Hits Akoko-Edo APC
…as 19 party LG exco members, followers join PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State has suffered a political tsunami as the party Local Government Chairman, Hon.Frank Adeyemi and his Vice, Abiaku Samuel, led other executive council members, to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Other chieftains of the APC in the Local Government with over 10,000 followers waiting in the wings to officially decamp to the PDP include; Ward 1 APC Chairman, Ward 2 Chairman, Ward 4 Assistant Secretary, LGA Assistant Treasurer, LGA PRO, Ward 8 Youth Mobilizer, LGA Financial Secretary, Organizing Secretary, LGA Secretary, Youth Leader, APC Councilorship Candidate, State Coordinators and lnterim Secretary for Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organization, Chairmanship Candidates and Labour Party candidates.
Receiving the defectors at the Government House, Benin City, on behalf of the State Leader of the PDP, Governor Godwin Obaseki and State Chairman, the Deputy Governor congratulated the new entrants for defecting to the umbrella party.
Shaibu recounted the 2006 electioneering period, where the people stood their grounds to support the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, against all odds.
“Today, I am proud that you have chosen to join the progressive team to elect experienced and quality representatives like Atiku Abubakar, Kabiru Adjoto and other PDP candidates”.
“With your coming on board to join forces with the progressives, we’re convinced that no individual or group can be a barricade to us”.
“It’s time for us to send a message to those elected to start doing the will of the people who elected them to serve their purpose and not lord over them, without recourse”.
“We must say no to a system where the Minister of Budget is now in charge of road construction, like we have seen in recent times”.
“While we’re preparing ahead of the general elections, you must not be allowed to be deceived with phones and rappers as they have planned to share, except you want to continue suffering for another four years”.
“We will shock them like we did in 2020 despite all they spent during and after elections through the back door”.
“I’m happy seeing genuine democrats coming together again.I assure you that you will never regret your decision to join the PDP”, Shaibu added.
According to the former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Kabiru Adjoto, “today is a very happy day in Akoko-Edo because of the calibre of persons who have come to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. These persons formed the soul of APC in Akoko-Edo”.
“With their decision to join PDP, the APC is good as dead in Akoko-Edo. The remaining carcass in Akoko-Edo APC will be buried as soon as a date is fixed for the funeral ceremony”.
“These defectors are the nationally recognized executive of APC from Akoko-Edo. They are seasoned politicians; they were with you when you came to introduce Oshiomhole to them in a hotel that was managed by Hon. Dele Oloruntoba in Igarra in 2006”.
“We have been in APC before.We have worked with them before and we know their capabilities. They are true party people”.
“What is striking about them is that, they’re highly principled. On their way to Benin, they received calls from the highest party authority in Abuja, pleading with them to rescind their decision to join PDP with juicy offers, but they stood their grounds”.
“Oshiomhole personally put a call across to the chairman to plead with him, but they have resolved and determined to join you in your well built progressive ship that is sailing Edo North and Edo State in general to the promised land”.
“We’re grateful to you for your efforts. Over the years, you have captained lots of beautiful political ships taking Afemai to greater heights”,Adjoto added.
Hon. Frank Adeyemi, while speaking on behalf of the defectors said: “we have decided to join your progressive team to ensure that the turn by turn gentleman policy is followed without one man lording it over others, sustaining democracy without fight, while creating opportunities for all to raise their heads”.
“We have seen the reward system in the progressive team.It is only the PDP that has a reward system and anything that has no reward system is not a better option”.
“We have been shortchanged in APC, yet God kept us this far. That is why we resolved to join you to support you for your good work and your progressive PDP”.
“We’ve come to join forces with you to change the political narrative in Akoko-Edo and Edo State in general, Hon. Adeyemi added.
Some of the notable PDP leaders who came with the defectors were; Akoko-Edo House of Assembly Member and Candidate of PDP, Hon. Idaiye Yekini; Akoko-Edo Laison Officer, Hon. Jeffery Obasanmi; Hon.Kabiru Adjoto Campaign Director General, Hon. Monday Sule and party chieftain, Hon. Sunny Okumayin (Big moon),amongst others.
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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