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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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Tinubu visits Obasanjo, APC supporters flood ex-President’s residence

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Scores of supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Wednesday, stormed the residence of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta as the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu visited the former President.

Tinubu arrived at the Penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in his chopper at about 1:09pm in company of some party leaders.

He was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, Segun Osoba, and other Ogun State government functionaries.

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They have all gone into a meeting with the president.

The meeting was believed to be in connection with ambition of Tinubu in the coming elections.

Our correspondent reports that the duo had not been seen together since 2015 when he escorted the then APC candidate,  President Muhammadu Buhari, to Obasanjo’s residence.

He was also at the 78th birthday of the former President held at Abeokuta in March, 2015.

The two of them have since kept their distances as Obasanjo withdrew his support for Buhari and the APC, which he supported to power by tearing his card as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Deji Adeyanju mocks Obi over meeting with Wike, others

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Political activist Deji Adeyanju has mocked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, over his meeting with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, especially Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike.

Adeyanju recently placed a bet of $10000 that Obi will come third in the forthcoming general election,

It was the second time the former Governor of Anambra State met with Wike after dumping the PDP and declaring his presidential ambition on the LP platform.

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Others at the meeting include former Governors Olusegun Mimiko( Ondo); Donald Duke (Cross River) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe).

Also at the meeting were Benue Governor Samuel Ortom; Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke and several others.

Adeyanju accused Obi, who is touted to be the ‘saviour’ of the country, of always meeting with PDP chieftains.

The activist said Obi cannot help Nigeria from corrupt political leaders, declaring supporters of the former Anambra Governor as “PDP Lite.”

He wrote: “The person they say wants to save Nigeria from corrupt PDP and APC is always running to PDP folks and he doesn’t know they are just using him to catch cruise. That’s why I said the Obidents are PDP Lite. Good thing is February is almost here.”

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2023 poll: I’ve no alliance with Tinubu, says SDP presidential candidate

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Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo

THE Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo, has reacted to a rumour making rounds that his party has formed an alliance with the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ahead of the 2023 election, saying it is not true.

He said the APC had failed Nigerians in all sectors, adding that the ruling party brought bad luck to Nigerians.

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He said: “Who is Tinubu? He is not here. SDP is the party of Abiola. We can’t merge with APC and if they want to merge with us, I don’t know because they haven’t told us, if they want to merge with us, we have to take them for deliverance and sanitization, because how do you merge with such bad luck, they had mismanaged the nation’s economy.

“If we are important and they want to merge with us, they can join SDP, and queue up because many of them used to be members of SDP before they joined corruption. What we want to do now is not about them because Nigerian people have a choice.”

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