He praised Governor Umahi’s efforts in transforming the state through delivery of quality and durable infrastructure and human capital development to the people.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors will meet on Sunday to decide on definite date for the ruling party’s national convention.
Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, disclosed this in Abuja on Friday while responding to questions from State House reporters after a closed door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the meeting would focus on the proposed date for the convention.
He said the President’s warning to the party that it risked losing power to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a signal for the party to have a seamless convention so that it will not disintegrate.
He said the governors have now given the president the assurance that the convention will hold in February.
According to him, the president’s warning is for the party to redouble its effort and do the right thing.
Lalong said as a political party, the APC is made up of different interests saying, “what matters is that at the end of the day, we will elect our representatives.”
In an interview he granted to NTA, the president had warned his party to take the issue of convention seriously.
Buhari had said: “We have a timeframe and we have to work because the four years circle is constitutional and can’t be interfered with by anybody. If the party can’t agree on the convention, then the opposition can take over.
“What did the PDP do? They thought the opposition couldn’t come together, but ACN, ANPP, CPC, APGA came together and before PDP realized, they were thrown off, so they (APC members) can see.”
PDP Board of Trustees begins crucial meeting with Wike in Rivers
A delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees (BoT) has commenced a closed-door meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
The meeting holding at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, is coming after While led some four PDP governors in a crucial meeting in Enugu, where they rolled out conditions for the group to work for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the party.
Adolphus Wabara, PDP BoT acting chairman, is said to have led the delegation to the Tuesday’s meeting in Port Harcourt.
2023: Ohanaeze insists on Igbo president
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, said it has not backtracked on its insistence that the next president of the country should come from the South East geopolitical zone.
The group said its position on the matter remains sacrosanct and should be respected by Nigerians.
Chairman of Ohaneze in Ebonyi State, Peter Mbam, who stated this during a press conference in Abakaliki, urged other geopolitical zones to support the South East in 2023, insisting it was the turn of the zone.
Mbam said Ohanaeze was utterly disappointed with the way and manner the major political parties like the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) dribbled the South East during their presidential primaries.
He also blamed some Igbo political leaders, especially party delegates that sold their votes for money and voted against candidates from the zone.
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He, however, expressed optimism that despite what transpired during the PDP and APC conventions, the agitation for president of South East extraction in 2023 remains on course and will be actualised.
He said: “Presently, Ohanaeze does not give momentum to leaving Nigeria. However, we stand with all agitations against marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
“We believe in Nigeria, where all people and groups are treated with justice, equity and fair play. And in our doing this, Ohanaeze’s approach is diplomacy and dialogue, not violence or banditry. Ohanaeze, therefore, strongly supports the next president in 2023 should come from the South East, as a matter of fairness and urges other components of the country to agree.”
On Ebonyi State governorship tussle, Mbam said Ohanaeze would support Governor David Umahi to ensure peaceful transition anchored on equity, justice and fairness.
Lagos Deputy Governor warns LP supporters against cheap tactics
The Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has warned political loyalists and supporters of the Labour Party to desist from cheap tactics that would not yield any political gains.
Hamzat gave the warning in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Tunde Alao, on Sunday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an online picture of an individual, captioned: “The Lagos State Deputy Governor’s son Femi Hamzat, joins the obidient rally in support of Peter Obi,” had gone viral on the social media on Saturday after the #Obidient Rally in Lagos.
According to the statement: “For the avoidance of doubt, the gentleman in the displayed photograph is neither the deputy governor’s son nor his relative.
“The viral message is another mischievous, false and malicious attempt to cause friction between the deputy governor and his admirers and loyalists across the nation.
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“Dr Hamzat has a reputation of commitment and loyalty to the Sanwo-Olu led administration and the All Progressives Congress.
“His support is for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima. Our party and all our supporters are working hard to ensure that our candidates get the votes of Nigerians and ours is not about bogus statistics and lies.”
The statement added that any attempt to denigrate the Deputy Governor’s character by spewing falsehood about his family would remain a vain and futile attempt until eternity.
It advised the supporters of the Labour Party to get serious with their campaigns and desist from cheap tactics that would not yield any political gains.
“We hope that Nigerians will detect these tendencies to deceive and see it for what it is. It is too late in the day to keep lying to Nigerians. It won’t work.” the statement added.
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