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Mass Exodus Hits Bayelsa PDP As Ex-NDDC Boss, Timi Alaibe, Ex-Senator Lead Others To APC

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PDP-Members-Defect-To-APCA mass exodus is set to hit the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State this Saturday as no fewer than 70 political heavyweights and over 500 of their supporters are set to defect to the All Progressives Congress.
This is coming barely three months to the governorship election in the state slated for December 5.
In a list obtained from the arrowhead of the defection, Chief Alex Ekiotenne, who is a former Honorary Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, on Sunday, a former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission and ex-Special Adviser to President Umaru Yar’Adua, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe; Senator Heineken Lokpobiri; ex-former Acting Governors Nestor Binabo and Werinipre Seibarugu, are leading the mass defection to the APC.
Others are former Deputy Governor of Bayelsa during Timipre Sylva regime, Peremobowei Ebebi; Senator John Brambaifa, Senator Clever Ikisipo, Ambassador Emmanuel Otiotio, a former House of Representatives member, Dr. Stella Dorgu; a former NDDC chairman, Prof. Tarila Tebepah; and Rear Admiral FBI Porbeni (retd.).
Also, former Reps members – Christopher Enai, Warman Ogoriba, Bonus Indiamaowei, Nelson Belief, Nadu Karibo, former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeowe; and former Deputy Speaker, Fini Angaye, will jump into the APC ship on Saturday.
Ekiotenne added that former commissioners in the state, such as Lionel Jonathan-Omo, Chief Alex Ekiotenne (himself), Charity Vedalago, Sylvanus Abila, Chief Abeke Ebikake, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, Godknows Powell, Capt. Matthew Karim (retd.), Chief Nathan Egba, Topido Amananagha, Ebitimi Amgbaye, Frank Oputu, were among the defectors.
Ekiotenne said the defectors would formally declare for the APC at a mega rally on Saturday in the state.
Furthermore, the defectors would be received by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; National Chairman, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; five governors of the APC, former Governor Timipre Sylva and top stalwarts of the party, including Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe.
This news will come as a blow to the PDP, which has been struggling recently to bring its aggrieved members in the state together ahead of the all-important governorship poll in December.
When contacted, Alaibe and former Acting Governor, Binabo, confirmed they were leaving for the APC.
Alaibe said he had made up his mind on dumping the PDP, vowing that nothing would stop his defection.
“I am leaving for the APC and will formally declare for the party at the mega rally on Saturday”, the ex-NDDC managing director said.
Binabo, on his part, confirmed that he was leaving but said he could only speak for himself. “I am leaving the PDP; that is all. I can’t speak for any other person”.

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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