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Ondo Solidly Behind Jonathan’s Second Term Ambition – Mimiko • Explains Why Presidential Campaign Was Cancelled

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Olusegun MimikoThe Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, on Wednesday explained that the Presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled to hold in the state yesterday was postponed due to official engagements by President Goodluck Jonathan and that the sunshine state is solidly behind the president’s second term ambition.

The governor, who spoke through the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade, said the president rescheduled his campaign in Ondo state not for political reasons as speculated in some quarters but due to other important national issues.

According to Mimiko, President Jonathan had a crucial meeting with some world leaders in Abuja including former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Dr Kofi Hanna, hence the postponement of the campaign in the state.

The PDP Presidential campaign had initially scheduled the party’s presidential campaign rally in Akure, the Ondo state capital for Wednesday but cancelled it less than 24 hours to the programme.

The cancellation was speculated to be connected with the crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the PDP, which led to the defection of chieftains of the state in the state to the All Progressives Congress, APC, a day earlier.

But the Ondo Governor, who is also the South West Co-Ordinator of the Jonathan Campaign Organization, hinted that a new date would soon be announced for the president’s campaign in the state.

He ruled out politics from the postponement and urged admirers of President Jonathan and members of the PDP in the state to remain steadfast.

Meanwhile, the Ondo PDP has debunked the claim that some of its members have decamped from the party, describing the claim as false.

Reacting to the claim, the PDP, in a statement issued by the state’s Publicity Secretary, Hon. Banji Okunnomo, said those who claimed to have defected from the PDP had since ceased to be members of the ruling party.

The party added that the game plan of “the members of the opposition, who only waited till now to make their membership of the party public”, was to act as spoilers within but failed to achieve their aim.

“The PDP in Ondo state today is free of disloyal elements who hitherto worked with the opposition from within.

“They have eventually decided to go to where their hearts are and God has given us victory over the enemy”.

The party declared its readiness to go into the coming elections stressing that it is sure of victory.

“With our mega status now, there is no doubt that we shall have a free day and we shall win the elections at all levels including the local government election which shall hold soon after the general elections”, the party assured.

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  1. adesina

    January 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Mimiko you are on your own (OYO)

  2. yinka ola

    January 15, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    thieving medical doctor. you are a disgrace to the ondo nation. You dont speak for us because we will vote buhari. I wish we voted APC , we would have enjoyed good infrastructure in our state but despite all the money at your disposal, you been building substandard roads and others

  3. yinka ola

    January 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    see what is happening in APC controlled states. I weep for the people of ondo. You claim buhari cant use computer, yet with all your computer knowledge, na steal you and your PDP brothers dey take am steal.
    You are a disgrace to ondo people. you now stand shoulder to shoulder with the tout in ekiti. the medical profession does not befit you.

  4. Igbasan Caleb

    January 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Mimiko, I have lost confidence in you because you are full of deceit. Ondo people are suffering under regime.

  5. Igbasan Caleb

    January 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Mimiko, I have lost confidence in you because you are full of deceit. Ondo people are suffering under your regime.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

Ayo Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while speaking with journalists as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.

Fayose stated that Tinubu has paid his due politically, hence he vowed not to join political enemies of the former Lagos State Governor to shoot him down.

Also Read: Umahi Stopped Being A Member Of PDP Long Before Defection – Fayose

“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.

“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the North like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.

Fayose also insisted that he won’t dump PDP despite the crisis rocking the south-west caucus of the party.

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