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Violence at Kwara SDP meeting, thugs beat up factional chairman

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Hoodlums on Wednesday invaded the Labour House in Ilorin, venue of a press conference by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and beat up the factional chairman of the party black and blue.

The thugs, numbering about 20, forced their way into the venue and unleashed mayhem on the factional chairman in Ifelodun, Elder James Olajide, and other members of the party.

Olajide, who was dragged on the floor by the thugs, was beaten, his clothes torn and his cap seized.

The thugs also drove away an elderly man who was walking with aid of stick.

They kept shouting, “Baba Ifelodun, why did you take money from AA to disrupt our party”.

The development followed the announcement of the suspension on Tuesday of eight members by the publicity secretary of a faction of the SDP, Kareem Akanbi, over alleged anti-party some of who were also part of the organizers of Wednesday press conference.

Before the disruption of the press conference at the Labour House, the factional chairman of the SDP who addressed themselves as “original”, had alleged plans by some former members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who recently joined the party, to hijack it from the pioneer executives.

He said, “It is no longer news that a faction of the All Progressive Congress party in Kwara State (APC Loyal) formally applied to join our party, the SDP vide a letter to SDP National Secretariat dated 9th March 2022 by a reply letter dated 11th March 2022.

“The national secretariat of SDP acknowledged the APC Loyal letter and their intention to join the SDP in Kwara State with a promise to work on a harmonization arrangement on how their interests will be accommodated.

“While the original SDP members in Kwara State under my leadership were waiting for further directives from national secretariat, we were shocked to hear about a purported state congress of Kwara SDP held on 26th April 2022 which was stage managed by the Kwara APC Loyal group in collaboration with some officials of SDP national secretariat.

“The sole aim of the kangaroo state congress election of SDP on 26th April 2022 was to hijack the party (SDP) from the original members of the party who had worked tirelessly to bring the party to its enviable position in Kwara State.

Speaking on the development, the new chairman of the SPD in the state, Abdulazeez Afolabi said the congress they are complaining about was conducted supervised by the national body.

“We know nothing about the attack and we don’t breed thugs as far as we are concerned.”

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I can make Nigeria great if elected president, says Tinubu

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that he has all it takes to make Nigeria great if he is elected as Nigeria’s president.

Addressing APC delegates at the Banquet Hall opposite Kwara State Government House, Ilorin on Tuesday, Tinubu said that he knows how to solve the various problems facing the country.

He said he has the wherewithal to make Nigeria great again and bring prosperity to all, adding “I can navigate the road to prosperity, I know the road to education because I believe in it, I know the way to tackle the problem of insecurity bedeviling the country.”

He, however, appealed to Nigerians to give him the opportunity to serve by giving him their votes.

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, said that he would not allow the state to be governed by those that would loot the state again.

He said, “We are going to work together because we will not go back to the time of the termite, we cannot allow the state to be governed by fools.”

“We are trying to achieve in Kwara State what Asiwaju achieved in Lagos State in the areas of Education, civil servants’ welfare, and internally generated revenue. We have started by revamping the basic education sector and full payment of the N30,000 minimum wage”.

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Prince Sunday Fagbemi described Tinubu as the liberator of the state.

The APC chairman thanked Tinubu for his support for the party during the 2019 general elections.

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2023 Presidency: Choice Of Candidate Tears PDP Leaders Apart

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) are at loggerheads over the choice of the aspirant to fly the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections, Daily Trust reports.

The party had jettisoned zoning and threw the contest open.

It was gathered that while the PDP governors are rooting for one of their own to emerge as the party’s presidential candidate, the NWC and the BOT are looking outside the governors’ forum for the flagbearer.

The development is said to have pitched the various organs at each other’s throats ahead of the presidential primary, slated for May 28 and 29.

A source familiar with the matter said: “The party is working to reduce the number of aspirants before the primaries, nothing is certain for now, but the leadership does not want all the 15 aspirants to contest.

“Definitely on their own, some of the aspirants might even step down and join forces with those they feel might have a brighter chance of winning the election.

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“The main challenge now is how to zero in. The governors are rooting for one of their own to clinch the ticket of the party. But the NWC and the BOT are not in support of the governors.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, could not be reached for comment on the matter.

Consensus candidate possible – BOT chair

PDP Board of Trustee Chairman, Walid Jibrin, said there is a high possibility that the party’s presidential candidate may emerge through a consensus arrangement.

Jibrin stated this while briefing newsmen at the PDP secretariat in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

He said: “The NEC has made it known earlier that there will be no zoning and no consensus. But right now, there is a loophole, therefore, we need to review that earlier decision and come up with a consensus candidate.

“We have agreed unanimously to sit together to review that very seriously and come up with a suitable candidate to lead our party and wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polls.

“We are not going to prevent any aspirant from contesting, but we have to resolve to consensus. All the aspirants from the South East, South West and the North are putting their heads together to ensure that we produce a consensus candidate.”

Southern PDP leaders consider fresh option

Meanwhile, PDP leaders in the 17 southern states have begun moves to ensure that the party’s presidential ticket is secured by an aspirant from the region or a northern aspirant with strong roots in the South, Daily Trust learnt.

The intendment of those behind this plot is to ensure that the outcome of the PDP presidential primary produces a win-win situation for the south irrespective of where the candidate comes from.

“Southern delegates may come together and choose a northern candidate who has strong roots in the South. He must be somebody who has a close affinity and filial relationship with us. He must be somebody who understands the challenges facing the South and can run a government that is based on equity, justice, and inclusiveness and knows what it is to suffer injustice or the pains of the minority.

“It is the reason why we will not support aspirants from the far north. We will rather support aspirants whose zone has not produced any of the two positions in the Presidency of Nigeria. An ideal candidate for the PDP is somebody from either the South or the northern minority.

“That means that if the South plays its card very well, it can produce a southern candidate from the North”, said a source, who is playing a key role in strategising on the new move.

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