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2015: Despite Ugwuanyi’s Adoption As Consensus Candidate, Primaries’ll Still Hold, Says Enugu PDP

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PDPAhead of the 2015 governorship election in Enugu State, the caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state has adopted the member representing Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as the consensus candidate of the party.

The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Dr Okey Eze, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.

However, the statement also explained that the Enugu State Chapter of the PDP has not closed the door against other party members, who may be interested in challenging Ugwuanyi for the party’s ticket.

Ugwuanyi had earlier received the blessing of Governor Sullivan Chime, who ensured his endorsement as the consensus candidate at a stakeholders meeting on September 26.

Eze, in the statement, explained that the Enugu State PDP caucus followed the lead of the stakeholders by also adopting Ugwuanyi as the consensus candidate of the party at a meeting held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, in Enugu, on Saturday.

According to Eze, “The Caucus reviewed the series of endorsements of the member representing Igbo Eze North/ Udenu Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, by the three Senatorial District caucuses of the party and unanimously adopted him as the consensus governorship candidate of the party in Enugu State”.

According to the statement, the motion for Uwuanyi’s adoption was moved by another member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbachi, and seconded by a former national secretary of the party, and member of the Board of Trustees, Chief Rex Onyeabor.

“The Caucus also wished Hon. Ugwuanyi well in his new endeavour and assured him of its support to secure victory for the party in 2015”, the statement said.

Although the federal lawmaker has been endorsed and adopted by the stakeholders, the statement said the state chapter of PDP has not shut the door against other aspirants who have governorship ambitions.

“The party through the process of the endorsements has not barred any aspirant who has a contrary position on the matter and still insists on participating in the party primary election from presenting him or herself for the exercise”, Eze stressed in the statement.

Apparently referring to Senator Ayogu Eze, who has opposed Ugwuanyi’s selection while insisting on pursuing his gubernatorial ambition, Eze explained that “the clarification has become necessary in view of the erroneous impression being created in some section of the media by an aggrieved aspirant from the state to the effect that he has been denied the right to participate in the party’s governorship primary election”.

He noted that “the PDP Family in Enugu State” has since the inception of the present administration adopted a systematic approach of peacefully dealing with the issues concerning its primaries through dialogue and consultations with the people.

According to him, the approach, which he said “has always worked for the party”, has never posed a stumbling block to other aspirants who insist on participating in the primaries from doing so.

He wondered “why one of the major beneficiaries of the process should raise such false alarm against the party in order to whip negative sentiment”.

The Enugu State PDP scribe stressed that the choice of Ugwuanyi does not in any form foreclose the forthcoming governorship primary election or the possibility of other aspirants with contrary views from participating.

“Ugwuanyi will still go through the party primary election to be voted for by the delegates, alongside other aspirants who insist on contesting”, he added.

But Eze also expressed hopes that those who are still opposing Ugwuanyi’s endorsement “will eventually see the wisdom behind the party’s decision and support the popular view of our party members”.

Those who attended the state caucus meeting include Governor Sullivan Chime, the Deputy Governor, Rev Ralph Nwoye, the State Party Chairman, Vita Abba, Senator Gil Emeka Nnaji, the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon Eugene Odo, the Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, all members of the House of Representatives, and members of the Board of Trustees among others.

The statement added that “it was noted at the meeting that Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, earlier took permission that he was out of the country and will abide by the outcome of the meeting”.

Ugwuanyi is expected to be presented to the State Executive Committee of the party this week for final endorsement before the governorship primary election.

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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

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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.

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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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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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