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PDP Rejects Ogun Council Polls Results As APC Wins

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elections-in-NigeriaThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the results of Saturday’s local government elections in Ogun State and called for its cancellation.

The South-West Zonal Secretary of PDP, Bunmi Jenyo, who made the call at a press conference on Sunday in Abeokuta, the state capital, said the council elections were characterized by fraud and irregularities.

According to the results declared by the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGESIEC), the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) won the chairmanship positions in all the 20 local government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Risikat Ogunfemi, who declared the results, said the party also won 346 councillorship seats out of the 349 wards in the state.

The Unity Party of Nigeria, however, won two councillorship seats while the PDP won one in the election, which a total of 17 political parties participated in the poll.

SEE ALSO: Why We Want Ogun Local Government Polls Cancelled – PDP, LP, UPN

But Jenyo described the poll as “condemnable, irresponsible and unacceptable”, adding that the height of irregularities and violence masterminded by the APC was due to the ruling party’s imminent loss to opposition PDP in the process.

He alleged that APC resorted to rigging because of the rejection of its candidates by the people across the state.

Mr. Jenyo said the action of the ruling APC was “barbaric, primitive and ridiculous”, taken because “PDP’s popularity scared them to resorting to violence which marred the entire process completely”.

The South-West zonal secretary of PDP claimed that election materials were not supplied in some local governments, such as Ijebu water side, and that “ballots boxes, papers and other electoral logistics were not provided by OGISIEC”.

The PDP spokesperson said ballot boxes and papers were hijacked by miscreants in some local government areas, particularly in Abeokuta.

He further alleged that there were sporadic shooting in some local councils, and that some PDP members who resisted the hoodlums sustained injuries from gun shots and machete cuts in Ilara, Remo North Local Government Area.

‎Mr. Jenyo said some of his injured party members were being treated at Backcock University Teaching Hospital in Remo council area of the state.

“As a result (of the violence), many voters were scared and terrorized to leave their polling units”, he said.

“Definitely, with the aforementioned facts, it is obvious that the election exercise must be cancelled outrightly, if democratic values are anything to go by in Nigeria. And we therefore call for its cancellation”, the PDP stalwart stated.

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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.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

Also Read: Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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