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APC, PDP woo Mimiko from ZLP ahead of 2023

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The political calculation ahead of the 2023 general election has began in earnest following attempts by two major political parties in the country to convince the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to return to their folds.

It was gathered that the two parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been urging the former governor to dump the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, he founded.

Meanwhile, Mimiko was also alleged to have been meeting with his close political allies on the potential move.

Recall that in 2018, Mimiko formed his party, ZLP, after dumping the Labour Party, LP, following some internal crisis within the party.

Speaking on the development, a national leader of the PDP disclosed that the former governor will likely rejoin the PDP, particularly that he will be more welcomed to his former party than APC where he may become a total stranger.

According to him ”Mimiko waited for the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement to join APC but since governor Rotimi Akeredolu has been returned as the winner of the election, Mimiko has changed his mind.

When contacted over the development, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Kennedy Peretei confirmed that Mimiko might soon return to the party.

According to Peretei, politics is a game of number, hence Mimiko will be welcomed into the party but emphasized that he was not sure when the former governor will lead his supporters back to the party.

On his part, APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaye said he was not aware of Mimiko’s romance with the party but said there is room for the calibre of Mimiko in the party.

He maintained that Mimiko was yet to meet with the leadership of the party in the state over the purported move.

“You join the party through your ward. The former governor has not discussed with the leadership at the state level. So, we take the story of his romance with Abuja as mere rumour.

Meanwhile, an aide to the former governor who craved anonymity said that for the two parties to be sending emissaries to his boss shows that Mimiko is still a political force to be reckoned with in the State.

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BREAKING: Edo PDP suspends 10 members, mainly Obaseki’s loyalists

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The crisis in the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party took a new twist on Monday with the suspension of 10 members for alleged anti-party activities.

The party’s leadership at Ward 2, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, announced the suspension of the 10 members said to be loyalists of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Phillip Shuaibu.

Most of the allegedly suspended members are the new PDP that defected from the All Progressives Congress with Governor Obaseki and his deputy.

The letter of their suspension was signed by the Ward Chairman, Suileman Momodu, Secretary, Elamah Abdulganinu and 17 others.

They accused the suspended PDP members of breaching the party’s constitution and manifesto, “disobedience and neglect to carryout lawful directive of the party organ and officers of the party.”

Other listed offences are “engaging in anti-party activities; engagement in a conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the party and is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the party.”

They were also accused of “engaging in unauthorised publicity within the party; creating a parallel organ at the ward LGA level and promoting actions that belong to another group under the guise of the party by name, New PDP.”

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APC doesn’t have regard for security, welfare of Nigerians – Senator Anyanwu

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Senator Samuel Anyanwu

The Senator who represented Imo East at the 8th Senate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu on Sunday charged Nigerians to take their destinies in their hands, having seen that the All Progressives Congress, APC does not have any regard for their security and welfare.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, said plans were on top gear to tackle insecurity in Nigeria when the PDP takes over in 2023.

Anyanwu maintained that since the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is doing nothing to reassure Nigerians of adequate security, such callous mistake has been identified by the PDP for urgent correction with a view to restoring public sanity and confidence.

The South East Consensus candidate for the position of National Secretary of PDP, stated this in Owerri, Imo State capital while reacting to the killing of two traditional rulers in Njaba local government area of Imo State.

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He described the ongoing killings of innocent people in the South East, including that of the traditional rulers as not only senseless, barbaric, but sacrilegious and needless.

His word, “no right thinking human being of Igbo extraction no matter the level of insanity, disagreement or hatred can raise a gun or any object against a traditional ruler who are highly revered as custodians of culture, norms and tradition”

“When things that are unusual begin to happen in our climes, it therefore means that things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold. ”

He said,” The summary of the whole thing is that APC has failed Nigerians and that Nigerians need to flush it out is not negotiable. We must demonstrate and express our grievances against them with our vote in 2023.”

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PDP wins rescheduled LG chair poll in Kaduna

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Francis Zimbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Saturday rescheduled chairmanship election in Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.

The returning officer for the election, Nuhu Garba, who announced the result on Sunday, said Zimbo secured 28,771 votes to defeat John Hassan, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 19,509 votes.

NAN quoted Garba as saying, “Mr Francis Zimbo of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner of the election and returned elected.”

According to the news agency, the PDP also won nine out of the 11 councillorship seats leaving the remaining two for the APC.

On September 4, elections were cancelled in some LGAs of the state owing to security concerns.

Last Wednesday, Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, said he will appoint sole administrators for the LGAs if the election does not take place.

“I would like to observe that if elections do not take place as scheduled on this date, we will have no option than to appoint administrators to manage these local governments for the next three years,” he had said.

“So it is in the interest of everybody to allow elections to take place, otherwise I will appoint people to manage those local governments.”

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