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Reversal Of AIT Ban: PDP Has A Lot To Learn From APC On Party Discipline – Metuh

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olisa metuhThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected attempts by Governors on its platform to heap all the blame for the party’s dismal performance in the just concluded general elections on the Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee.

The governors were said to have asked Mu’azu and other members of the party’s NWC to resign during their meeting at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja on Tuesday.

However, the PDP leadership refused to be the scape goat, insisting that the governors should also share in the blame as their actions contributed largely to the party’s poor performance.

At the meeting summoned by Governor Godswill Akpabio, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, the governors were reported to have accused Mu’azu and the other members of the NWC of working against the party during the general elections.

Apart from being defeated in the presidential election for the first time in 16 years, the ruling party lost its majority control in both chambers of the National Assembly as well as lost majority of the states in the north, which was hitherto known to be its base.

The majority of the states are now under the control of the All Progressives Congress

Reacting to the development, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, absolved the NWC of blame as it did not handle the campaigns or take part in the elections.

He said, “We were not the ones who handled the campaigns and we were not part of the elections. Did the NWC members stand for any election?

“The governors are the ones who are running the party in their states as the party is just a department of the government”.

Metuh alleged that every effort made to instil discipline in many of the party members failed because of the actions of some of the governors.

Metuh also said he was happy to learn that the APC had overruled the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on the ban placed on Africa Independent Television (AIT) from covering his activities.

“Could we have done that? If we did, they would be asking the NWC members to resign. We need to learn from this. That is what is called party discipline”, he added.

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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.

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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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.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

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.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“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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