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Unease In VP Sambo’s Political Camp Over Mass Defection From PDP

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Namadi SamboThe recent defection of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) members from Kaduna State and the Northwest zone has reportedly caused disquiet in the political camp of Vice President Namadi Sambo, who since 2011, has struggled to prove his political mettle to no avail as the opposition gains more ground every day in its quest to maintain a solid grip of a zone considered to have the highest voting power in the entire North.

The zone comprises of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto States.

Sambo was until his elevation to the position of vice president, governor of Kaduna State.

His party, the PDP, recently lost Governors Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and members of the House of Representatives from both states to the APC.

The dust had barely settled when Sambo’s home-base of Kaduna during the week, lost a former chairman of PDP in the state, Alhaji Yaro Audi Makama, who led 74 high profile members of the party, including seven former members of the state House of  Assembly on an exodus to the APC.

A former governorship aspirant and finance commissioner in the administration of Gov. Ahmed Makarfi, Alhaji Suleiman Hunkuyi, has also left PDP for APC.

But amid all the gale of defection that has hit the PDP, Vice President Sambo has declared that he is not losing any sleep even as he held a series of marathon meetings on Christmas Day with some power brokers in the North on how to retain his grip on Kaduna State and improve the declining fortunes of the party in the Northwest zone.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Umar Sani, Sambo said the defection was not a “real loss”.

The media aide also confirmed the meeting with some power brokers on Wednesday night but insisted that it was routine and had nothing to do with the latest round of defections.

Sani said: “The defection was not a loss to the party or the VP in any way. But nobody or party will be happy to lose its members no matter how insignificant they are.

“Even in politics, nuisance value is important. Their absence however will not be felt. They were mere faces; they were not field members of the party.

“For instance, Ibrahim Yaro is physically incapacitated; he cannot win much political mileage. Also, Sule Buba was an Ambassador outside Nigeria and when he came back, he was given appointment at the pilgrims board by the late Governor Patrick Yakowa which did not last three months. The former PDP chairman, Makama, is also not a threat.

“The irony is that the biological children of all these people who defected are still in PDP. This shows that they cannot even win votes or sympathy for the new party in their homes.

“If a leader like Husseini Jallo leaves the party, one can get worried. But those who left were paperweight politicians.

Responding to a question, Sani added: “Those people were not loyalists of the VP; they were only political associates”.

He insisted that Sambo was not disturbed by the defection, saying: “We are not losing sleep at all. The VP is not shaken in any manner”.

When quizzed on why the VP met with some power brokers at the Villa if he was not truly bothered by recent political happenings in his home state and indeed the Northwest zone, Sani, said: “Politics is about permutations. We are hoping that our fortunes will improve substantially more than it was before.

“The VP is in control. He is always consulting all other stakeholders. He has been doing that. It has been an underground thing. That was why the meeting was held”, he explained.

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.

He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.

Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.

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“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.

“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.

“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.

Also Read: President Buhari receives Governor Umahi after defecting to APC (Photos)

The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.

Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.

“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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