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Edo APC Primary Election May Be Cancelled, If… – Bamidele

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opeyemi-bamidele83839830The ghost of the June 18, 2016 governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State has refused to go away with the Appeal Committee hinting that the election may be annulled if allegations of irregularities and possible manipulation of the process are found to be true.

Two aggrieved aspirants – Kenneth ‘The Rice Man’ Imasuagbon and former Minister of State for Works, Chris Ogiemwonyi – had appealed the conduct of the primary which returned Godwin Obaseki, chairman of the Edo Government’s Economic Management Team as the winner, alleging some irregularities and manipulation of the electoral process by the Governor Aminu Masari-led primary election committee in favour of Obaseki.

The duo, who addressed a joint press conference in Benin City, the Edo capital last week, specifically claimed that ballot papers used by the delegates for the election was manipulated.

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Speaking weekend in Abuja on the weighty allegations made by Messrs. Imasuagbon and Ogiemwonyi, Chairman of the Appeal Committee, Opeyemi Bamidele, said manual inspection and forensic analysis of the ballot papers used for the election would be carried out to give room for justice.

He noted that the integrity Edo APC governorship primary was at stake because of the weighty and sensitive issues raised by the two petitioners, adding that the party leadership had agreed to extend the date for the submission of its report, which ought to have been submitted on Friday, to this coming week.

Mr. Bamidele, who was the Labour Party candidate in the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State, said the Masari led-Election Committee would hand over the ballot papers for manual inspection and forensic analysis in the presence of the petitioners and newsmen.

The former House of Representatives member stressed that the party must do a thorough job to serve as a good reference point for the forthcoming primary election in Ondo state and the subsequent ones.

“I want to assure all of you that cancelling the primary election is not something we will blink an eye if it becomes so necessary based on our findings hinged on expertise that has been placed at the disposal of our committee. We are inviting those who are experts in forensic analysis to also look into some of these issues because it is either it is not true or it is true.

“If it is true that the integrity of the ballot papers has been compromised, then definitely, there is no way the result of such primary election can stand. I don’t think it is an issue we will lose any sleep on”, he said.

However, Bamidele said the appeal committee will only act on compelling evidence after inspection and analysis of the ballot papers.

According to him, “If we are going to say that this must be done, we have to know on what basis we are saying that. If we are going to say no, the integrity is not compromised, we must also know on what basis we are saying that. We just need to be scientific which ever conclusion we draw”.

The former lawmaker recalled that Edo Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, led the APC team that conducted the governorship primary election in Bayelsa State and when he was not personally convinced on the outcome, he put down his foot down until another round of primaries was conducted in Bayelsa.

“So, he himself set a precedent in that respect. It is not about individual. It is about the integrity of the party and that of the electoral process”, Mr. Bamidele added.

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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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