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Oyo PDP kicks as stakeholders pass vote of no confidence on Makinde

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Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo State chapter met on Monday and passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Seyi Makinde.

The PDP members, in their hundreds, expressed displeasure at being neglected, sidelined despite working for the emergence of Makinde as governor.

The stakeholders also sued for peace in the forthcoming congress in the state on Saturday.

Rising from a meeting held at Jogor Centre, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, the aggrieved PDP members, which included former majority leader in the House of Representatives, Honourable Mulikat Adeola-Akande; former deputy governor of Oyo, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi; Alhaji Rasheed Olopoeniyan, asked party members to mobilise en masse for the Saturday congress.

The meeting which was convened ahead of the Saturday congress of the PDP was attended by members of the party across the 33 local government areas in the state.

Other chieftains of the party at the meeting include Alhaji Nureni Akanbi, Engineer Femi Babalola, Elder Mattew Abioye, Princess Aderonke Adedoja, Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye, Alhaji Sarafa Olaoniye, Alhaji Ahmed Aranse, Alhaji Ajinawo, Baba Elisa, Chief Odeyemi, Alhaji Somope, Alhaji Bola Akinyemi, Hon Micheal Okunlade, Alhaji Riggogo and Alhaji Adele.

Akande-Adeola tasked party members to mobilise themselves for the Saturday congress of the PDP, adding that “go to your wards, mobilise your people. Don’t fight anybody. Record whatever happens and leave us to do the remaining in Abuja.”

In a communique issued at the end of stakeholders meeting, they concluded that “members are urged participate in the congress and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner throughout the exercise. The venue remains the ward meeting venues in each of the 351 wards in the state.”

Parts of the communiqué read by Okunlade read, “Members are urged to go to the congress venue on Saturday and conduct themselves in the most peaceful manner. The venue remains the wards’ meeting venues in each of the 351 wards in the state.

“If other members of the PDP turn up at the venue, they should jointly hold the congress together but nobody should engage in any form of hooliganism and brigandage. As members of the same party, we must relate as such.

“Members are assured that efforts are being made at the state and national levels to ensure that the ownership of PDP reverts to members of the party.

“The meeting prays for a peaceful conduct of the PDP congress which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, September 25 through October 16, 2021.

“The meeting rose with the passing of a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Engr Seyi Makinde of the Oyo State PDP.”

Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of Oyo PDP, Akeem Olatunji, regarded the views expressed at the Jogor meeting as those of the minority trying to hold the majority to ransom, which he described as an effort in futility.

Speaking with Nigerian Tribune after the meeting, Olatunji held that no critical stakeholder of the PDP was present at the Jogor meeting, adding that the attendees converged because of the fear of contesting in the forthcoming congress of the party.

He said the attendees at the meeting represented themselves for pecuniary gains cum ulterior motive, arguing that no authentic member of the PDP will cast aspersion on the Makinde leadership of the party.

Olatunji said: “None of them is representing PDP or PDP members. They are just a few members. In Oyo PDP, we have over 200 groups so if a group comes together like that, it shows they have ulterior motives, probably working for the opposition.

“There were no critical stakeholders of our party at the meeting. No state or lawmaker of the National Assembly was there; none of our party or ward chairmen was there so they are only representing themselves because of pecuniary gains. They already have a motive.

“We are not bothered because the governor has done his best possible to make everybody happy. It is not possible to score 100 percent so that is a minute number doing that.

“Governor Seyi Makinde and the PDP in Oyo State are waxing stronger. The reason they converged today is that they are afraid of going of the congress. They know they do not have the number. Some of them cannot boast of 30 people in a whole local government. That is just an effort in futility which they have already failed in.

“We are not having parallel congress and there is nothing like failed leadership. When going for congress, you can have various aspirants for a position.

“We expect people to come to the designated venue and whoever has the majority of delegates carries the day. Some people are running away from contests.

“Since the party and government have assured everybody of free and fair congress, why are they afraid? They should come to the polls if they are truly authentic members of the party.

“No authentic member of the PDP will cast aspersions on the leadership of Makinde and the government. We have a conflict resolution mechanism.

“In a situation where a few are trying to hold the majority into ransom, it is not going to happen. The beauty of democracy is that the majority will have their way while the minority will have their say. Whatever you are hearing is noise from the minority.”

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Osinbajo-for-President Campaign Posters Flood Ibadan

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Campaign posters of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have surfaced at some strategic areas of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

 The posters, which bear the portrait of the Vice President, have ‘Osinbajo for All 2023’ boldly written on them.

Our correspondent observed that the posters were pasted at Dugbe, Mokola and University of Ibadan/Bodija Junction and Iwo Road, among other areas in the ancient metropolis.

The VP is being tipped to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is billed to leave office in 2023.  But Osinbajo has not publicly declared any intention to join the presidential race.

A group, Osinbajo For All  Volunteer Group, had some months ago, in a statement, said they were sensitising Nigerians to the suitability of the VP for the President position because of his qualities and experience.

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When contacted on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Peter Ogundeji, said the group was behind the posters in Ibadan.

He said Osinbajo did not ask the group to campaign for him but its members were rooting for his possible emergence as Buhari’s successor.

According to him, Nigeria needs a God-fearing leader with experience at this time to steer its ship away from disaster.

He said, “Irrespective of whether Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has shown interest to run for the 2023 Presidency or not, ‘Osinbanjo For All Volunteer Group’ remains firmly committed to its belief that Osinbajo has all it takes to take our country to it place in destiny come 2023 and beyond.

“Let it be on record once again that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo didn’t mandate us to do this. He didn’t authorise us to mobilise for him; we are young and old men and women who strongly believe in his capacity.

“It is in him we think we can entrust our future. So, notwithstanding his stand for now, with respect to 2023, we shall continue to promote him, we shall continue to let the world know those qualities we have seen in him that have attracted many of us to him.”

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Umahi seals off hotel hosting PDP temporal office ahead of congress

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The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Friday sealed the Salt Lake, which belongs to the senator representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone, Sen. Obinna Ogba, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of their state congress.

The hotel is the temporal office of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State wherein all members of the party, according to reports would gather to distribute state congress electoral materials that is scheduled to hold at the Peoples Club Event Centre, Abakaliki.

Umahi had said the reason for sealing off the hotel that belongs to senator Obinna Ogba was as a result of a rumoured attempt by aggressive members of APC to hold a parallel state congress at the venue.

The governor made this known while addressing stakeholders of the state during an enlarged APC meeting that took place at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

He said: “One, Kenneth Nwakparata wants to conduct a parallel congress, he wrote a letter on social media saying he wants to conduct a parallel congress. That letter is fake and I have declared him wanted. Anywhere you see him, bring him to the police, you will get 500,000, and where he wants to conduct the congress is at Obinna Ogba Hotel.

“Well, they have gone to ask and they said they didn’t book the place but only wrote to me. I am cancelling any meeting there tomorrow. There shall be no meeting there and the CP must take over that place, the entire place must be beefed up with security. But, if you want to try, you try and go there and see what will happen. I am the chief security officer of the state and it is my duty to maintain law and order.

“No be every governor, they go try anyhow. Make them try this one and see. Is not possible for everybody to be very happy, that notwithstanding, if you want accommodation, we will give you. It must not be your will to stand, but it’s the will of the majority of the people of Ebonyi state, because Ebonyi state is APC and APC is Ebonyi State.

“Let me commend the various senatorial zones for the manner and peaceful way they resolved the positions that were zoned to them . The party’s constitution accommodates zoning and so, there is nothing anybody can do about that,” he stated.

In a swift reaction, the chairman of the peoples Democratic party, PDP, Elder Fred Udeogu, however, urged the governor to refrain from making a ridiculous statement that is capable of putting the lives of the peoples and the entire state in danger.

According to him: “I state categorically that the information you people have is as useless as it is unimaginable. As far as I am concerned, the owner of this hotel is a bonafide member of PDP. It is not easy for APC men to even come here to use this place for anything.

“The level of non-communication between PDP and APC is so diametric. It has been a long time since the governor has been looking for how to seal a hotel that belongs to a distinguished senator. This is baseless and directionless issues.

“Umahi lacks focus, advisers by saying he will seal this hotel, let him come and seal it. We are waiting. We applied to the police about a month ago and they have the timetable of PDP that covers the ward, local government and state congresses. We are carefully avoiding the government facility,” he stated.

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Competence, not zone, should determine next president’s choice –Bakare

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The founder of Citadel Global Community Church, (formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said it does not matter where the next President comes from as long as the person can deliver good governance.

This is as he voiced his support for the electronic transmission of election results in the country, going forward. This, according to him, will protect eligible voters from disenfranchisement.

Bakare said this on Friday after a private meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, was scheduled for a 12-noon meeting with the President in his office.

Despite his previous close political affiliation with Buhari, the clergyman has in recent times castigated the President’s regime.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, he said the visit was to “dispense what was in my heart” to the President.

On the power rotation debate, Bakare stated, “I had said it on October 3. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character, who love this nation.

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