The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State has issued a disclaimer to aspirants obtaining their governorship nomination and expression of interest forms from the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction, saying they are doing so at their own risk.
The Sheriff faction and Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the PDP are both selling the forms to the aspirants ahead of the August 22 governorship primary, with each claiming to be the authentic leadership of the party.
Six aspirants have so far expressed their interest in seeking the governorship ticket on the platform of the PDP, among them former Justice Commissioner, Eyitayo Jegede; former Environment Commissioner, Sola Ebiseni; and former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bamiduro Dada.
Three of them, until recently, served in Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s cabinet but had to resign to pursue their ambitions.
Other aspirants include business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim; Niran Sule and Saka Lawal.
While Messrs. Jegede and Lawal obtained forms from the Makarfi caretaker committee, Messrs Ibrahim, Sule, Ebiseni, and Dada, obtained theirs from the Sheriff faction.
But the PDP secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on Friday, warned those picking the forms from the Sheriff faction that the same fate that befell those that toed the same path in Edo State, is awaiting them.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in a list of governorship and deputy governorship candidates it released earlier this week for the September 10 polls in Edo State, snubbed the winner of the Sheriff conducted primaries, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, opting instead for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who was put forward by the Makarfi committee as the PDP candidate.
The Ondo PDP said it was gearing up for the primary election, discountenancing the obstacles being placed by the Sheriff faction.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Banji Okunomo, boasted that aspirants who took their forms from the Makarfi faction were sure to end up as the authentic participants in the primary election.
“What happened in Edo, where INEC recognised the Makarfi faction is also going to happen here”, Mr. Okunomo, said.
“We do not have factions in Ondo State PDP because there is only one executive committee elected without controversy in the state.
“Whoever has gone ahead to obtain forms from Sheriff is doing that at his own peril”.
He also noted that the delegates who would vote at the election were those chosen by the exercise conducted by the already established structure.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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