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Why I’m leaving PDP for APC – Gov Umahi

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The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, says he has made up his mind to leave the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Party.

He told the national leadership of the PDP, Uche Secondus in Abuja on Tuesday that the decision was irreversible, adding that he could not continue to stay in a party that would not guarantee presidency for the South-East in 2023.

He said the APC would protect the interest of the South-East in the 2023 elections.

A source at the National Working Committee of the PDP told The Punch that members of the committee, who were led to the meeting tried in vain to convince the governor not to abandon the party.

Apart from Secondus, those that were at the meeting at the Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge in Abuja were Deputy National Secretary, Agbo Emmanuel; National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi  Maibasira;  National Women Leader, Mariya Waziri  and Senator Sulieman Nazif.

The governor was said to be friendly when he received the PDP delegation, but stuck to his decision to leave the PDP when the issue came up.

It was gathered that the PDP delegation impressed it upon the governor that there was no need leaving the PDP for the APC, which they argued had become unpopular.

Sources at the meeting, however, said the governor was not convinced, insisting that  the APC was planning to zone the 2023 Presidency to the South-East.

He was said to have promised to stay in the PDP if the party could make a pronouncement that it would zone the Presidency to the same zone.

One of the sources said, “I think his (governor’s) mind was made up. We told him there was no need for him to abandon the party that had made him a deputy governor, state chairman of the party, two-time governor and all that. But he refused.

“He wanted us to unilaterally zone the office of the Presidency to his area. We cannot do that. Parties are not run that way. He told us he was leaving. That is what we got from him.’’

When contacted, Secondus confirmed that the party’s leadership met with Umahi.

He, however, refused to declared the details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was on ‘‘national issues.’’

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Court jails A’Ibom YPP gov candidate 42 years for corruption

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The Akwa Ibom State governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been jailed 42 years for fraud.

Justice Agatha Okeke of a federal court in Akwa Ibom sentenced Albert on Thursday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2019 arraigned Albert on six counts of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.

He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.

Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Albert the vehicles.

Delivering judgment Justice Okeke, the presiding judge, found the senator guilty of the offences.

He was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene prison to serve his jail term.

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East district, used to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defected to the YPP in July, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

Daily Trust

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

The Nation

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