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Contrary To Speculation, PDP Wants APC To Succeed, Ekweremadu Says

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Ike EkweremaduThe Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that contrary to speculation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not opposed to the success of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekweremadu, however, said the opposition PDP was packaging programmes and projects that resonate well with Nigerians to attract their support ahead of 2019.
The deputy Senate president said this yesterday during an interview on Raypower Radio’s Political Platform, monitored in Abuja.
According to the PDP chieftain, although the opposition party was still coming to terms with its shocking defeat at the last general elections, efforts to restructure the party have reached advanced stage.
“We have good programmes and message for Nigeria ahead of 2019”, he said.
“Let me also make this clear. As PDP, we are Nigerians and we love Nigeria as well. We are not going to hinge our return on the failure of APC. Certainly, we want APC to succeed.
“We are going to hinge our return on superior argument, superior vision and better ideas to run Nigeria. So, that is the basic thing. We would like APC to succeed for the interest of Nigeria. But, we believe we would do much better than them if given another opportunity”, he added.
Ekweremadu, as the deputy Senate president, is the highest ranking PDP member in government at the moment.
The deputy Senate president attributed the PDP’s embarrassing loss in 2015 to the APC to the emergence of camps in the party.
“We are trying to recover from that shock and close some of the gaps”.
Asked how he fares as opposition party member in the APC-led Senate, Ekweremadu said the Constitution allows any legislator, irrespective of party membership, to be elected as presiding officer.
“Under our Constitution, the senators, just like the House of Reps members and other parliamentarians, are entitled to elect their presiding officers, irrespective of party affiliation.
“There is no book that says presiding officers must come from the party with majority. The most important thing is that somebody is accepted by his colleagues”.

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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.

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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

Dave Umahi

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.”

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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

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.

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“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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