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2023: APC excos dissociate self from Oshiomhole’s endorsement

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Some executives of the All Progressives Congress in Edo North Senatorial District of Edo State have disassociated themselves from the purported endorsement of the former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole for senate.

The Senatorial district is made up of Owan East, Owan West, Etsako East, Etsako West (where Oshiomhole hails from), Etsako Central and Akoko Edo.

The party stalwarts made this known in a communique signed by 24 executives members across the district after their meeting in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state on Monday and made available to newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.

The communique had Francis Ozoya (Youth Leader Ward 3, Owan-East), Onaivi Alabi(Auditor, Ward 1, Akoko-Edo),
William Patrick (Asst. Secretary Ward 8, Akoko-Edo) and Chief Lucky Agbu (Chairman Ward 3 Etsako-East), as some of the signatories.

They said that the alleged endorsement was the figment of imagination of some party leaders in the zone.

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They further stated that what is being described as endorsement was only a response to an invitation to the 70th birthday anniversary of Oshiomhole by party faithful across the district and nothing more.

The communique read in part, “We disassociate ourselves from the purported endorsement of the former Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole for senate.

“The only significant thing that could be likened to an endorsement at the event was a motion to zone the senator seat to Etsako West which was resisted by some of the executives present at the occasion.

“The argument was that you can’t move the senate from Etsako East to West, what about the Owan that last had it between 2007 and 2011while also Akoko-Edo last had it between 2011 to 2015.

“Efforts to challenge the declaration were met with brutality on some party executives, including Mrs Oikelomen Alice (Owan West LGA Woman Leader).

“If what happened at Iyamoh is what has been turned into an endorsement of Oshiomhole for senate in 2023, then we are surprised.

“It would be undemocratic for Oshiomhole to fall for these shenanigans because it is the turn of Owan to get the senate seat if at all it will be taken away from the present occupant, Francis Alimikhena from Etsako East.”

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Osogbo shut down for Atiku/Okowa as LP guber candidate joins PDP

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Some major roads in Osogbo, Osun State, were, yesterday, shut for hours during the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.

All the roads that led to Nelson Mandella Freedom Park, venue of the programme, were closed from Gbodofon to Olaiya Flyover to Old Garage.

Addressing party members and loyalists, Atiku promised that he would start the war against insecurity and unemployment on the first day he assume office as president.

He commended the people of Osun for voting PDP into power, adding, “I believe by returning PDP to power at the federal level, you will strengthen this authority because a Federal Government controlled by PDP and state government controlled by PDP in Osun is to the greater good of you all.

“Our only objective is to make sure that current challenges of insecurity, disunity, economic deprivation, lack of jobs to our youths and the future of this country through restructuring can be achieved, these I promise you. I am going to start doing them from day one in the office.

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“It means empowering Osun State with more resources in authority to do what needs to be done. What need to be done is to provide the infrastructure needed for development, invest in education, and healthcare, and bring about industrialization for the economic benefit of the people of Osun.

“I appeal to you to come out in great numbers as you did in the last state election and vote PDP in the next year’s election. That is the only way you can secure your future and that of your children. We will not fail you. We are not like APC. We have done it before, we got the experience and capacity to bring the needed changes. We are not new as far as governance is concerned in Nigeria,” Atiku added.

He assured traditional rulers of a place in the scheme.

Atiku, who paid a visit on some traditional rulers including the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, said his plan for the traditional institution was to ensure they have a constitutional role to play.

Governor Ademola Adeleke assured the people that Atiku would end kidnapping if elected, saying the experience he has garnered as vice president would help him to deliver good governance.

National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, welcomed the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, to the PDP.

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2023 Election: PDP admits Obi’s votes will affect its chances

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Chika Nwoba, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, on Wednesday predicted that Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 election, might “give the PDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a fiery polling challenge”.

Newsbreak.ng reports that Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, is considered one of the frontline candidates in respect of the forthcoming 2023 poll.

“If the kind of crowd accosting Peter Obi in the North Central are going to vote for him on the day of election, without a doubt, he’s going to give PDP and APC a fiery polling challenge.

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“Painful enough is that it’s the ancestral statutory votes of PDP that are being dragged like this,” Nwoba wrote on his known Facebook page.

A successful banker and trader, Obi was the vice-presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the PDP (in the 2019 election).

He teamed up with the Labour Party in May and subsequently emerged the party’s presidential candidate.

The 61-year-old commands a large number of online army, majority of whom are people frustrated with the two major political parties, the APC and PDP.

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Court throws out suit challenging Tinubu’s candidacy

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the candidacy of Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala, who threw out the suit, described the plaintiff, Ngozika Ihuoma, as a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to institute the suit”.

Ihuoma dragged Tinubu and five others to court on June 9, 2022 after Tinubu had won the APC presidential primary election.

He sought for six reliefs, which included the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) barring Tinubu from contesting the next year’s presidential election.

Tinubu in June defeated 13 other contenders to emerge the presidential flag bearer of the APC. He won with a total vote of 1,271.

A statement on Wednesday by the Director, Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, said, “In defence of the suit, the law office of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co on behalf of All Progressives Congress filed a counter affidavit in opposition to the Originating Summons and a Notice of Preliminary Objection.

“The counter affidavit challenged Ihuoma’s locus standi and grounds for the action.

“It sought a court declaration that the case was speculative, pre-emptive and non-justiciable being the internal affairs of a political party.

“The counter affidavit also punctured Ihuoma’s case as academic, theoretical and an abuse of court process.

“The court on Monday upheld the defence counsel’s objections and struck out the case.”

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