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Nollywood Actor Okonkwo Joins Labour Party After Leaving APC



Nollywood Actor Okonkwo Joins Labour Party After Leaving APC

A top Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo has joined the Labour Party ( LP) after leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Okonkwo’s exit from APC was precipitated by Bola Ahmed Tinubu choosing Shettima Kashim as his running mate in what has since been termed as a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Okonkwo, was among the first to announce his resignation from the party, which he fought strenuously to enthrone into power, immediately after Tinubu’s announcement of Shettima, for handing the APC over to “octogenarians” to run. He said that the ticket had hit hard at the very foundation of the nation’s ethos.

Though he said he had not joined any political party yet, the versatile actor, made famous by the Living in Bondage film that changed Nigeria’s movie industry after it broke in 1993, said he had become Obisentric, referring to the Obi movement that is currently making wave across the country.

Hear him: “A Northern brother of mine from Kano State, when he learnt I was coming to this programme, told me that I must be Obicentric. This is a Northern Muslim talking. Anybody that is telling you that a Northern Muslim will not support a Christian is false statement.

“That is the problem of bringing octogenarians to manage your party and manage the affairs of government. I’m Obicentric, but I’ve not joined any political party, because that is the ticket that has actually provided for me that stability, that youthful energy that we need to change the system of Nigeria.”

Dismissing the contention that the Obi movement was a social media buzz, Okonkwo, a lawyer and a businessman, while speaking on Arise TV, argued that it was the same social media that the APC used to bring Buhari to power in 2015, as could be attested by the political activities of that time.

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“Do you remember the time the APC was campaigning in 2015? They were the originators of internet sensation. So, why are they crying if it’s not making any impact? When I read Business Administration, they told me that the strategy of marketing starts with drawing attention. We call it the AIDA Principle – Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. So, stimulating the attention of the people is the first thing you do when you want to market a product. They (Obi Movement) are doing it very well and that is why those people are rattled.”

Okonkwo who revealed how he warned the Igbo that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would be their greatest political undoing, said the prediction had since come to past, as their loyalty to the party in the last two decades had left them with nothing.

“The PDP has been the greatest fraud to the South East and that’s one of the reasons why I left the party. I told my people that PDP was going to ruin them politically and PDP has done just that. They have been sheepishly following PDP since 1999, giving them 95 per cent of their votes, whether it is a Fulani Muslim, or Christian from South South, it was PDP, all through. Now PDP after 24 years did not even consider them qualified, not for the presidency, not for the vice presidency. And in the ticket of the presidency for which they sacrificed all, they got nothing,” he said.

Dismissing the emergence of Delta State Governor, an Igbo, as the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, he said it did not compensate, because the governor represented the South South, while the issue at stake was that of the South East as a zone.

“Ifeanyi Okowa is not from the South East. When you’re talking about zoning, you’re talking about geographical expression. It would accord to justice for him to take what comes to the South South in the name of Igbo and then come back to take what comes to the South East in the name of Igbo.

“There are Yoruba in North Central, in Kwara State. Would you want them to take the position that is meant for the South West? So, Okowa is Igbo, I have no doubt about that, I love him and respect him for that. When it comes to geopolitical balancing, he’s South South.”


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Obaseki Accepts Deputy Governor Shuaibu’s Apologies



Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Philip Shaibu

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has accepted the public apologies made by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, noting that as a person of faith, he was under obligation to accept the apologies.

In a letter titled, “Re: Public Apology By The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu,” the governor said in good faith, he trusted that the public apologies as expressed by Shaibu were genuine and followed by contrite steps to improve his conflict resolution skills.

The letter reads: “I have noted the public apology made by the Deputy Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu. This apology followed an aberrant behaviour that contradicts what the people of Edo State stand for.

“To name a few, the Deputy Governor needlessly filed unfounded petitions in the Nigerian courts restraining me, the State House of Assembly and Security agencies from a non-existent impeachment process, followed by repeated breaches of protocol; unwarranted and unprovoked attacks in the media on my person and the State Government. The media frenzy as a result of the above and more, provided an impression of crises that has been precarious and distasteful to Edo people in the State and across the world.

“Although these unwarranted provocations caused me severe personal discomfort, as a person of faith, I am under obligation to accept this apology because as they say, “to err is human, to forgive is divine.”

Obaseki further noted, “In good faith, I trust that the public apology as expressed by the Deputy Governor is genuine and followed by contrite steps to improve his conflict resolution skills. I also enjoin the Deputy Governor to guide his proxies to act in accordance with his piety.”

He added, “It is my sincere hope and that of my other colleagues in government and all well-meaning Edo people, that these rhetorics will be put to an end forthwith to enable this administration finish strong and deliver the dividends of democracy to the greatest number of Edo people over this final twelve (12) months.”

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Return Of Amosun’s Loyalists: Abiodun Displayed Exemplary Political Maturity – Group



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun

A youth group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), APC Progressive Front, has commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for what it termed an exemplary attribute of political maturity he displayed over the weekend.

It would be recalled that hundreds of APC members, loyal to ex-governor Ibikunle Amosun, across all the 20 local governments in the State, led by the one-time Chairman of the party, Chief Derin Adebiyi, were on Friday received back to the mainstream of the party by Abiodun, alongside the Chairman of APC in the State, Chief Yemi Sanusi, and other party bigwigs.

In a statement signed on Sunday by its coordinator, Rasheed Sanusi, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the group lauded the leadership capacity displayed by the governor, saying it was unprecedented in the political space of the state

According to the statement, the governor has proved his capacity as a leading figure in progressive politics beyond every reasonable doubt, adding that it is now incumbent on the returnees to reciprocate the gesture and prove their loyalty to the party.

It opined that the action of the governor has given new hope of a better future to the party in the state and an undiluted testament that APC is truly a progressive party with clear-cut ideology based on popular interest.

“Prince Dapo Abiodun has truly proved himself as a leading democrat among his contemporaries. He has achieved what other leaders before him could not achieve; he has indeed redefined progressive politics in Ogun State.

“The Governor has exhibited unprecedented magnanimity in power and in governance. No one could have imagined that a governor of a state would navigate such a level of gang-up and conspiracy within the party to win an election, and after the victory, he decided to reconcile with those who worked against him and warmly received them back to the party.

“The Governor has taught us a big lesson of inclusive governance and purposeful leadership. He deserves an award in progressive leadership. He remains an institution to study,” the statement read.

The statement further noted that the party remains a formidable force in the state with focus on aggressive development of infrastructure and human capital through the ‘Building our future together’ agenda of the governor.

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Thousands Dump Amosun, Re-Align With Abiodun



L-R: Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, the leader of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun's political group, Chief Derin Adebiyi; Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo; Governor Dapo Abiodun; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state; Chief Yemi Sanusi; former Deputy Governor in the state, Alhaja Selimot Badru during the integration of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun's political group from the 20 local government areas of the state into the mainstream of the APC in the state on Friday.

Thousands of loyalists of former governor Ibikunle Amosun from the 20 local government areas of Ogun State have rejoined the mainstream of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

Receiving the returnees led by the factional Chairman of the Amosun-led party Executive at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, the State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun commended them for their loyalty and being steadfast with what they believed in.

The governor said: “I want to congratulate your sense of loyalty to leadership, which I will say is not only commendable, it is enviable.

“This is a culture that we must promote and entrench. It is a culture that is fast eroding; it is a culture that we are fast losing. Loyalty is 100 per cent.

“For some others, they move once things are not working well, but for you, you stay put. This sense of loyalty is worthy of emulation. We must appreciate the fact that there can only be one leader in a party at a time.

“Even when we have ambitions and desires, we must subordinate ourselves 100% to leadership and believe that it is in that subordination that will allow us to flourish and achieve our objectives, our dreams, our desires and aspirations, not by forming factions or by breaking away.

“Because by so doing, it only weakens the fabric of that collective union that we call our party. You must appreciate that there can be only one leader of the party at a time in the state, and that leader is the governor.

“As the leader of the party, I appreciate the task bestowed on me and it is my duty to work towards individual and collective welfare of our members,” the governor noted.

The governor urged all members to put the past behind them and work towards repositioning the party to achieve its aims and work for the socio-economic development of the state.

“Let us put the past behind us. Let us promote what unites us as a family. I welcome you back. The future of Ogun State is in your hands and it is for us for the taking. The same joy with which the father of the prodigal son received his lost son back home, the same way I receive you today.

“To those who did not leave, please let us receive our brothers and sisters back. To those who are joining us, please let us display a sense of loyalty. I can assure you, you will be fully integrated. ”

The Chairman of the State All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Yemi Sanusi, said in every human relationship, there is bound to be disagreement, adding that even in time of war, there is always a place for peaceful settlement of conflict, calling the returnees to fully integrate themselves with other members of the party.

Leader of the returnees, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said they had all agreed to return to the mainstream to contribute to the development of the party and the state in general, thanking the governor and the party members for receiving them back.

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