Oshiomhole’s Commissioner, Defects To PDP
…as Shaibu insists Edo must move forward
A former Edo State Commissioner for Budget and Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Etsako West Local Government, Haija Mariam Abubakar, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Haija Mariam Abubakar announced her defection, Tuesday shortly after a meeting with Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu,Edo State PDP Chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemhi and other stakeholders, at the Government House, Benin City.
According to her, she left APC due to lack of quality leadership:
“I announce my defection to the PDP together with my women across Edo North and Edo State in general”.
Welcoming Haija Mariam Abubakar into the PDP, Shaibu described her defection as a welcome development for the PDP, while assuring the State Chairman and other stakeholders that more defectors were coming to join the PDP from APC in the coming days.
“I am very happy to welcome you into the PDP. We must continue to move forward. The good news is that God is bringing all the progressive minded individuals together to chart a new political paradigm shift for Edo; a new vision for our nation Nigeria, to move forward”.
“Edo can not go back to where it was.It must be forward ever and backward never”.
“Our people have come to understand the position of government in governance. They have also realized that they can get whatever they want with their PVC”.
“We fought for democracy because we wanted to be in charge of our collective resources. If we must hire anybody to manage the resources, such person must be ready to do the will of the majority, otherwise we’ll force him out with our PVC”.
“We must not be allowed to be deceived with their campaign of consolidating the APC administration of poverty, corruption, inflation, insecurity and many other societal menace. Enough is enough,” Shaibu added.
He called on PDP stakeholders, members and supporters in the State to embrace the party’s progressive vision, peace and stability, for total victory at the February 25 general elections.
In the words of Haija Mariam Abubakar, “today my heart is free and filled with joy because I have left the bondage called APC. My heart was never been there, but I was there because they said, ‘na there we dey go’. I thank God I was able to fight and come out of the bondage”.
“Special thanks to the Deputy Governor who proved to be a father, a mentor, a leader and a motivator at all times”.
“I’m so happy to come back to the family that bounded us together as one. I am back together with my father, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt.Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu”.
“I am not coming to PDP to insult anybody;I came to discuss issues with those APC who think Nigeria belongs to them. This campaign is going to be issues based and not insults. We’re ready to give it to them”,she added.
Receiving Haija Mariam Abubakar, the State PDP Chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemhi, said winning Edo North in 2023 was a task the PDP must be accomplished.
He affirmed that in actualising that vision, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon.Comrade Philip Shaibu, has taken it personal with the recent heavyweight defection from the APC to PDP, while drafting his wife, Comrade Mrs. Maryann Philip-Shaibu,who has been galvanizing the whole Edo North populace to join the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
“I’m not surprised that having put so much efforts into play by the Deputy Governor and his wife, so many persons have been joining our party. I’m sure that is the attraction Haija Mariam had that made her took the decision to join the PDP”.
“The party acknowledges all what the Deputy Governor has been doing to bring all the big fishes into our party”, the State Chairman said.
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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