Obaseki Receives 3000 Defectors From APC In Auchi
… Says Bad Leadership Bane Of Nigeria’s Challenges
It was a harvest of defectors on Friday in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA) as the campaign trail of the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, arrived the town, in Edo North Senatorial District.
Receiving the defectors numbering over 3000, amid cheers and a colourful reception from PDP supporters, the governor said the challenges the nation was facing were due to bad leadership.
The governor, who addressed party supporters at the Edo North Senatorial Campaign held at the Public Field in Auchi, Etsako West LGA, also presented all the candidates for various positions in the forthcoming general election to the people in the area.
He said, “Edo North is the pillar of the PDP in Edo State. Edo is a special State and God gave us the best but we fail to utilize our opportunities. Things are bad and difficult in Nigeria because of bad leaders and the day we remove those bad leaders, Nigeria will become great.
“The process of removing bad leaders will commence on the 25th of February 2023. If we succeed, Nigeria will become great again. Atiku Abubakar is the next president of Nigeria because he has the experience, capacity, and knows what to do to move the nation forward.”
The governor said Atiku has promised to tackle youth unemployment and dualize the Benin/Auchi Road linking Edo North, Edo Central and Edo South within one year into his administration.
Obaseki added, “I appealed to him that within one year in office, he should help us fix and dualize the one road that connects Edo North, Edo Central and Edo South. He has promised to give me the money to work on the road. He is not a president yet and he is already making promises.”
Introducing the party’s candidates, Obaseki, noted, “Francis Alimikhena was not supported by Adams Oshiomhole that was why he lost the Deputy Senate seat to Omo-Agege from Delta State. Oshiomhole also wanted to team up with Kabiru Adjoto to remove me from office and because Adjoto refused, he started having problems with Oshiomhole.
“House of Assembly is 24/24. We did it before and can do it again. This set of representatives that we are presenting to you will not sell your mandate. They will not run away but work for you.”
On his part, the Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu said the campaign is a celebration of the PDP’s victory in the election, urging the people to use their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to actualize the victory.
He stated, “APC doesn’t have anything to show but feels that we are commodities that can be bought easily and cheaply. They are preparing to buy our votes but we need to prove to them that with our PVC, come February 25th, 2023, that we are not for sale.
PDP leader in Edo North, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, added, “I urge the people of Edo North to change the change as APC has lied to Nigerians and increased the suffering of the people. Nigerians are suffering and we will not want to continue with the suffering. So, PDP is the answer come 25th February 2023.”
PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing
…..Party Rescinds Sanctions
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.
Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja
Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities
But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.
Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.
He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.
“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.
“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.
“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).
“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).
“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.
DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory
The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.
Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.
Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.
“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.
He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”
Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC
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In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.
The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.
The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.
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