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Nigeria Decides: PDP, S/East Governors Fault Ekwueme On Jonathan’s Chances

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ALEX-EKWUEME-PRESIDENTIAL-CAMPAIGN-IN-ENUGUThe Peoples Democratic Party leadership in the South-East has faulted a former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, over his recent prediction that President Goodluck Jonathan might not secure a block vote in the zone in the February 14 presidential election, as he did in 2011. This is just as the South-East Governors’ Forum also dismissed the recent showing of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the region.

Ekwueme, who is one of the founding fathers of the PDP, in a recent interview with a national daily, had carpeted Jonathan for taking the South-East geo-political zone for granted despite the zone’s overwhelming support for him in 2011.

According to him, most of the president’s campaign promises to the zone had not been fulfilled and warned of a protest vote in the forthcoming elections as some of the people would give their support to other presidential candidates with better agenda for the zone.

But reacting to the former vice president’s remarks, the National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.), said that Ekwueme’s “prediction was incorrect and did not reflect the realities on the ground”.

Speaking in Umuahia, Abia State, the PDP stalwart pointed out that the South-East remained a very strong support base of Jonathan, assuring the president that the zone would still give him 100 per cent support as was the case in 2011.

Akobundu said, “I have serious respect for Chief Ekwueme but he should realise that the PDP is dynamic and he should not expect the party to still be what he saw in 1998. The South-East is totally behind Jonathan and nothing can change this. Anybody making any prediction to the contrary is out of touch with the realities on ground.The South-East is better off with the PDP than any other party”.

He, however, noted that the former vice president must have spoken out of annoyance, perhaps, arising from the primaries.

He added that the PDP in the zone had set up a reconciliation panel to reconcile all aggrieved members, explaining that post-primary crisis was not peculiar to the ruling party.

Similarly, the South-East Governor’s Forum said the zone would not relent in its avowed support for Jonathan.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, said anybody predicting failure for Jonathan in the zone must be on his own “because the people are united in their support for the President”.

The governor, who made this position known through his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Chief Abraham Ama, said, “It is unfortunate that Ekwueme has lost touch with the realities of the moment”.

Governor Orji noted that Ekwueme “is a man highly respected among Ndigbo” but said his predictions about the fortunes of the President in the forthcoming presidential election did not reflect the mind of the people.

He insisted that nothing would stop Jonathan from winning 100 per cent of votes in the South-East as the zone could ill afford to abandon the president, considering his numerous gestures to the people.

According to him, Ndigbo have never had it so good under any other president in the history of Nigeria compared to what they have benefited under Jonathan.

Orji said that apart from Jonathan, no other presidential candidate was popular among Ndigbo. He affirmed that the President would have a landslide victory in the zone.

He said, “The APC here sounds like Boko Haram, and you cannot see any well-meaning Igbo son in theAPC. Rochas Okorocha knows he has missed the way, and Ogbonnaya Onu cannot even win in his ward. So, no other party is recognised here”.

The governor restated the readiness of Ndigbo to deliver the zone for Jonathan next month.

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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.

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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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