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Why Obaseki May Lead Us Out Of PDP – Edo Deputy Governor

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Why Obaseki May Lead Us Out Of PDP - Edo Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu
Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu

Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has offered insight into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Shaibu explained why his supporters and those of his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, may defect from the ruling PDP two years after joining it.

Shaibu explained that the supporters that followed Obaseki to PDP during his face-off with his erstwhile boss, Adams Oshiomhole, do not feel welcome in the party.

He added that after Obaseki resigned his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress to join PDP, the ruling party was yet to integrate his supporters and other APC members who joined him to the new party in 2019.

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“We have not been accepted into PDP and for us, we are not telling the governor it is either now or we leave.

“We are in PDP now and expected that we will be integrated. When I say ‘we’, not just Philip Shaibu, I’m talking about Anselm Ojezua (former Edo APC chairman) and the state working committee, the ward chairmen and the executives, the leaders of APC then, and all the well-wishers that left APC because of Obaseki.

“We have been meeting and we have said we need to be integrated. Anselm Ojezua resigned his membership as chairman of the state; the ward chairmen resigned; other executives resigned to join PDP.

“As I speak, they have not been integrated and we are talking about harmonisation; they have refused to harmonise. For some of us, that means we are not welcome in PDP.

“We are not saying dismantle, drive everybody and accept us. We are saying create room for Anselm Ojezua and create room for others. Just like we have done in the appointment in government — we’ve created space for the old PDP that we met. They are commissioners,” Shaibu said during an interview on Channels Television on Monday.

Furthermore, the deputy governor noted that though the governor’s supporters are aggrieved, they had no plan of dumping the PDP for APC

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“For me, Philip Shaibu, I have no plans to leave. For Philip Shaibu, his followers, and the followers of Obaseki that left APC for PDP, they plan to leave PDP but for where? For now, I don’t know,” he said.

“Why? Because we felt we are not accepted in PDP and that is the reason we are actually thinking that it is time to just draw the curtains and leave.

“We left APC because of the oppression by APC national chairman meted out to the governor. And for some of us that hated oppression, we decided to jettison our relationship with the godfather then to follow the governor to the PDP.”

On those behind the party’s internal crisis, Shaibu said, “We need the national body to come and resolve these issues and they have been moving the goalpost from one end to another.

“The problem is from the national body. I will not want to blame it on the national chairman but I will also blame him because the issues are before him. Since he took over the leadership, he has not deemed it fit to call for a meeting to resolve the Edo crisis.”

 

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APC To Decide Zoning Of Presidency After Aspirants’ Screening – Adamu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) will take a decision on zoning after screening its 2023 presidential aspirants.

This was disclosed by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the APC in an interview with selected Hausa service media organisations late Wednesday night.

Adamu said that the presidential aspirants would be scrutinised in accordance with the party’s guidelines for the 2023 general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s electoral guidelines provide three methods of choosing its candidates for an election, which include: direct, indirect, and consensus.

Speaking on the party’s zoning arrangement, Adamu said that no decision would be taken until its aspirants were all screened.

“We have not produced our candidate for the presidency yet, we have to screen the aspirants to know the way forward.

“We have aspirants from across the country in the presidential race. We will take the decision when we get there,” the APC national chairman said.

On the number of the presidential aspirants, Adamu said members of the party could not be denied the right to contest for president.

“You can’t stop our party stalwarts from contesting elections or aspiring for the presidency. It is their right, and we are happy for them.

“There is nothing wrong for anybody aspiring for the exalted seat of the president, it is God that decides who gets what.

“We have 28 aspirants for the presidential ticket, and everybody knows that all of them cannot get the ticket. If it’s God’s wish, they all can even be president of the country one after the other.

“Our goal is to ensure justice in the choice of who emerges as the candidate of the party, that does not mean we are perfect, but we pray we do the right thing,” he said.

On the possibility of the party adopting the type of consensus arrangement that produced him as its chairman, Adamu said the chairmanship position was not the same as that of the president.

He stressed that there was no comparison between the two positions.

“However, the party has laid down its rules and regulations for the aspirants, we would scrutinise all of them based on our guidelines to be sure we pick the right candidate for the party,” he said.

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He debunked insinuations that a large number of the party’s presidential aspirants was a subtle ploy to extend the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari in office.

“I can only say that God will deal with those behind such insinuations. President Buhari had since 2019 declared that he would not seek a tenure extension.

“He told everybody and swore with the Qur’an that he would not breach constitutional provision on his two terms tenure.

“The issue does not even arise, the president, while performing the Lesser Hajj reiterated this position.

“If there is truth in such talks, none of the aspirants would have procured the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms,” he said.

 

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BREAKING: How Okowa’s Candidate Defeated Ibori’s Loyalist In Delta PDP Governorship Primaries

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How Okowa's Candidate Defeated Ibori's Loyalist In Delta PDP Governorship Primaries

The intense political disagreement between Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and former Governor James Ibori over the next helmsman of the state played out on Wednesday.

Okowa’s candidate, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori won the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Ibori’s candidate David Edevbie lost to Oborevwori.

The primary election, which was held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, the State Capital, saw eight hundred and twenty-five (825) delegates accredited to vote.

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Oborevwori polled 590 votes to emerge as the candidate of the PDP for Delta in the 2023 general election. While David Edevbie scored 113 votes to come second, Senator James Manager polled 83 votes from delegates.

Olorogun Fred Majemite polled 6 votes, Peter Mrakpor polled 9 votes, Kingsley Otuaro polled 9 votes, Omizu Odebala polled 4 votes and Kenneth Gbagi polled 1 vote.

A total of 14 aspirants were announced for the governorship primary election but only 13 were present at the venue, excluding Gbagi called in absence due to fatigue.

Other governorship aspirants that took part in the primary election are Abel Esievo, Chris Iyovwaye, Braduce Angozi, Lucky Oroye, Onajefe Gift and Ike Arariboro.

 

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Seven Parties Merge To Fight PDP, APC In 2023 Polls

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Seven Parties Merge To Fight PDP, APC In 2023 Polls

Seven political parties have merged in order to effectively contest against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and frontline opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.

According to a communique on Monday, the coalition said it took 15 months of deliberations and agreements, for the Allied Political Parties and the National Consultative Front, comprising six parties, to decide to join forces with the Labour Party to present a joint presidential candidate for the 2023 polls.

The Spokesperson for the National Consultative Front (NCFront), Ms Bello Bilikis, revealed that the formal endorsement of the Labour Party by the ‘3rd Force’ Movement arose from recent meetings and activities of separate political commissions of the NLC and the TUC with their allies like the Femi Falana-led The Political Alternative Movement (TPAM) and the Civil Society, towards repositioning the Labour Party as an “alternative platform for rescuing Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections.”

According to Ms Bilikis, the parties in the coalition are New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Labour Party (LP) and National Rescue Movement (NRM).

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The spokesperson further stated that Prof Attahiru Jega of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Professor Pat Utomi of the Labour Party and Senator Saidu Dansadau of the National Rescue Movement, are also onboard with the arrangement and have been instructed to build a mega electoral alliance and also adopt a single line of candidates among the seven allied parties involved in the ‘3rd Force’ alliance talks for the 2023 elections.

“With the novel synergy between the Labour Party and the NCFront, the convening platform of the 3rd Force Movement, which is also today the largest political mass movement in the country, Nigerians can rest assured that the glorious future we all desire for our dear country, is now achievable by 2023, especially with the brewing implosion hovering over the ruling cartel of APC and PDP, which will soon burst into an unpreventable disintegration after their party primaries,” the communique partly read.

“To this end, an inclusive Consensus Technical Committee to screen presidential candidates and other candidates of ‘3rd Force’ allied parties towards the adoption of a single line of candidates across all 2023 elections, is expected to be set up next month after the conclusion of all party primaries.”

Furthermore, Ms Bilikis noted in the brief that the ‘3rd Force’ Mega Electoral Pact for the 2023 elections is proposed around agreement on Labour Charter of Demand, EndSARS Youths’ Demands and Constitutional Referendum for Nigeria, among others to be agreed as terms of the alliance for the 2023 elections.

According to her, the ‘3rd Force’ Coalition leaders and parties are expected to jointly address the nation sometime this week in a bid to announce the new agenda to save Nigeria from imminent collapse and anarchy foisted by the ruling parties in Nigeria.

 

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