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Tribunal Verdicts: PDP Slams APGA Over Alleged Paid Protests In Abia

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olisa metuhThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday lampooned the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) over what it termed an embarrassing resort to calling out paid touts and street urchins to attempt and/or orchestrate a cosmetic protest in Abia State against the verdicts of election tribunals.

In a press statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said it is indeed a crass display of shameful desperation that APGA, which was roundly defeated in duly conducted elections as well as in election tribunals, would resort to attempting an imaginary protest.

The statement reads, “For record purposes, the PDP wishes to remind APGA that our candidates in national and state elections outrightly defeated them and we have no apologies for that. In the same vein, APGA need not be told that in the governorship election, they were comprehensively vanquished by the PDP candidate, who is by all measures, the true choice of the people.

“Furthermore, we wish to inform APGA leaders that their attempt to go into an alliance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and pledge an unholy mortgage of Abia state treasury and the identity of their party to Bourdillon is inoperable, since the image and identity of APGA has since been lost.

“May we remind APGA that its main identity, after the passage of their founder, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu, has been the former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, who is now a committed member of the PDP.

“Nigerians are aware that the weight, strength and financial muscle of APGA was concentrated in Anambra Central Senatorial zone in the elections, only for their candidate, their former National Chairman, (Chief Victor Umeh) to be completely overwhelmed, outmatched, dazed and roundly defeated by the PDP candidate.

“The people of the South East have in many ways, including the 2015 general elections, shown their support and faith in the PDP. Even in Imo state, the only state which was fraudulently taken from the PDP in the zone, the citizens have been groaning and hoping that the judiciary, as the last hope of the common man, would recover their mandate stolen at the governorship election.

“We therefore wish to inform APGA that no amount of blackmail, threats and protest by paid touts and street urchins will override the tenets and principles of democracy; the wishes and aspirations of the people and the sanctity of the judicial process.

“On this note, the national leadership of the PDP assures that it is solidly behind the governor, government and people of Abia state in our electoral feats. We wish to place on record that the Governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, since taking office on May 29, has distinguished himself as one of the best governors in Nigeria as evidenced in his quality of governance; the acceleration of infrastructural development in the state, especially the spirited efforts towards the re-establishment of Aba as one of the foremost commercial hubs of the nation.

“Finally, the national leadership urges all members of the PDP in Abia state and the nation in general to remain steadfast in their commitment towards the party, democracy, unity and stability of the nation, in line with our manifesto and the visions of the founding fathers of our great
party”.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

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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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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