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South-west May Severe Ties With PDP If Sheriff Remains In Office Beyond May 21 – Okupe

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Doyin-Okupe1A former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has warned that many Yoruba politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, may reconsider their membership of the party if Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is elected as the party’s chairman.
The PDP is scheduled to hold its national convention on May 21 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where a new national chairman and other members of the national working committee of the party would emerge.
Ahead of the convention, the PDP has been plunged into another round of internal crisis as Mr. Sheriff, who is its substantive chairman, insists on contesting for the position, in spite of the existing zoning arrangement.
Based on the current arrangement, the South is supposed to produce the national chairman at the end of the tenure of the current NWC while the North has been zoned the presidential ticket for 2019.
Going by the arrangement, the South-west is set to produce the national chairman of PDP for the first time, as the remaining geo-political zones, including the South-south and South-east, have at various times, occupied the exalted office either in acting or substantial capacity.
But Mr. Sheriff, a former senator and two-term governor of Borno State, is said to have met, and still meeting political stakeholders in the party in a desperate bid to gain their support as opposition mounts against his candidacy.
However, Okupe insists zoning of the PDP national chairman position to the North is injurious to the interest of the South-west.
He said the party has ignored the virtues of justice and equity, warning that the continued marginalisation of South-west might result in mass defection.
The former presidential spokesman also reflected on the zoning controversy, chiding some South-west chieftains, who he described as charlatans, for collaborating with top party leaders to deny the zone of its rightful place in the party.
In a statement titled: “PDP and the burden of justice and equity”, Mr. Okupe alleged that the seed of misrepresentation was sowed by a group of “political clowns and court jesters” led by the Senator representing Ogun East, Prince Buruji Kashamu, who claimed to be the leader of PDP in South-west.
He noted that the South-west PDP elders, led by the former National Deputy Chairman, Chief Olabode George, have condemned the “traitors” during their recent summit in Lagos.
He said the South-west PDP has the intention of bidding for the position during the May 21 national convention.
Okupe said: “I want to state categorically, without any fear of equivocation, that we, the Yoruba from the Southwest, desire and demand the post of the national chairman at the next convention of the party.
“The following are the past chairmen: Chief Solomon Lar, Chief Gemade, Audu ogbe, Prince Ogbolafor, Dr Nwodo, Alhadji Baraje, Dr Haliru Bello (Acting), Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, Prince Secondus (Acting) and Sen Sheriff.
“In the last 18 years, there have been 11 chairmen from five geo-political zones. Only the Yoruba from the South-west have been precluded from this exalted office.
“In the interest of fairness, equity and justice, it is most compelling that the Yoruba of the Southwest zone must be allowed to contest for this post at this coming National convention”.
Okupe warned that any attempt to deny the South-west the position could spell doom.
He said: “Any attempt to do anything to the contrary, no matter the reason advanced cannot be acceptable. Failure for a Yoruba man to emerge as the national chairman can only mean two things: that there is a pervasive and concealed hatred for the Southwest in the PDP, or the PDP has very little or no regard for Yoruba interest as shown by the obvious cheating of the Southwest from the position of the House of Representatives Speaker in 2011, which was neither rectified nor compensated for the whole of four years”.
“The sad implication of the above is that, regrettably, many of us from the south-west may have to reconsider our membership of this great party we have helped to nurture and supported through thick and thin; a party we have loved almost more than our very existence, and the party we have served with all our natural endowment, in victory and defeat”.

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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.

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“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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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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