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PDP Holds successful Ward, LG Congresses in Kogi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has concluded the conduct of its ward and local government congresses.
The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Bode Ogunmola, in a statement in Lokoja, recently said the peaceful congresses, where new party
helmsmen at the grassroots emerged through consensus arrangement, was devoid of the usual divisions as a result of “imposition of candidates and impunity”, showed that the former ruling party had learnt its
lessons.

PDP was in power in Kogi State for 13 years until its ouster in 2015 by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party’s defeat at the
November 21, 2015 governorship election had been attributed to intra-party divisions that saw prominent members defected to the then
opposition APC in the run up to the election.
However, the reverse was the case mid-week as the ward and local congresses went smoothly in Kogi West, Central and East Senatorial
Districts.
Hundreds of the defectors who left the party in the run up to the 2015 polls have since returned.
A major highlight of the congresses was the reception of members of APC who returned to the PDP, recently.
The former acting Governor of the State Chief Clarence Olafemi, who recently returned from the ruling APC to the PDP, were adopted and allocated party posts during the congresses held in Mopamuro Local Government.
Led by a former Vice-Chairman of Mopamuro Local Council who was a State APC Youth Leader, Oyebode Makinde, the returnee politicians from across the 10 electoral wards in the council were received by the Kogi
West Senatorial District Chairman of the PDP, Taiwo Kola-Ojo inside the crowded Mopa City Hall.
The defectors said they were returning
“home” after their “unfruitful” sojourn in APC.
According to Makinde, about 70 percent of the APC ward executives in the LGA joined PDP.
He named the notable figures to include Tope
Ajayi (LGA Party Secretary), Folake Salami (Assistant Women Leader), Maxwell Adegoke (Organising Secretary), Femi Adeyeye (Ward 1
Chairman), Timothy K. Obaba (Ward 2 Vice-Chairman), Henry Jeremiah (Ward 3 Chairman), Segun Alaiyemola (Ward 4 Chairman), Rtd Major RS Akoni (Ward 8 Chairman), Taiye Omokore (Ward 9 Chairnan), all Ward 10
Exco, Rtd Major TS Selewo and Oyebode Makinde.

Barrister Bola Fabola, a House of Representatives aspirant who monitored the congresses in Yagba East Local Government, noted that, ”the just concluded congresses across Yagba Federal Constituency was
“very peaceful, inclusive and a reflection of the mood in the area.

The processes and the outcome are a sharp departure from the twin syndrome of impunity and imposition. I also saw a grand display of
magnanimity and sportsmanship on the part of players. The umbrella asa metaphor, played out”.
According to senator Tunde Ogbeha a leader of the party in Lokoja “We had consensus candidates for all positions, no acrimony and we rallied the new local Government executives to upgrade the unity of the party”
The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Bode Ogunmola, said “I think we have done well, the congresses went well across the 21 local
government areas in the state apart from Okene, which is outstanding but will be resolved very soon. 19 other local government chapters were able to agree on consensus. Ofu local government could not agree on consensus, so they had to vote. Our able party leaders, former governors Ibrahim Idris and Idris Wada, former Deputy Governor, Yomi
Awoniyi and Senator Tunde Ogbeha, among
others, were all around in their respective local governments to see that things were done properly. In the few instances where we had
issues, those issues were resolved amicably to the satisfaction of
everybody”.

He added, “By and large, it is a success story, this shows we have realized our mistakes of the past and we are trying to make corrections. In those days, somebody will just sit in his house and write the list. That is no longer the case in Kogi State chapter of the PDP, we have returned the party to the people, whatever they say, (the party) will abide by it”.

Former Deputy Chief of Staff (Presidency), Prince Olusola Akanmode, who joined other PDP leaders to welcome the returnees, as he urged members to approach the rebirth of the party with “cautious optimism”.
He advised the party faithful not to take things for granted as politics, according to him is full of surprises.
His words: “Let it not be said of us that we have learnt nothing. When an elder falls, he rises up, looks back, dusts himself up and continues his journey, aware not to repeat the same mistake that led to his previous slip. After all what had happened in 2015, one hopes that lessons have been learnt. We should therefore welcome the
situation with cautious optimism. Let us not take many things for granted, especially when it comes to contest for political office.
The immediate past former deputy governor Yomi Awoniyi said it is very heart warming to note that the party the PDP was resurging back to live in a very remarkable manner following the victory we had at the supreme court.
He said a very clear testament of the enthusiasm was exhibited during the just concluded ward congresses.
“All the leaders from far and wide were all present in their various wards and it was most remarkable not only in my local Government of MopaMoro but the local Governments across the west senatorial district where so many decampees from the APC registered their presence forcefully in our party.”
“The leadership across board has decided to accommodate them as much as we can and that has gone a long way to engineering the politics of our senatorial district.”

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

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PDP expresses dismay that Buhari will blame the dead for his failure

**Says remark is an open support for insurgency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday expressed dismay that a President would blame the dead fir his cluelessness.

The major opposition party in Nigeria described as weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by its subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.
The party said it is shocked that the Buhari Presidency has graduated from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.

It said; “This, to say the least, is the height of leadership failure of the lazy, lethargic and incompetent Buhari administration”.
It stressed that it is alarmed by the reckless and bizarre attempt by the Buhari Presidency to rationalize the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state.
The PDP particularly said that it is outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the statement by the Presidency is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee Nigerians and other citizens a normal life.

The statement reads, “This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.
“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.
“Such also provides further insights into the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country in the last five years.
“It is therefore insensitive for the Buhari Presidency to have shown this huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians.

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved.
The party therefore chalkenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.
The PDP also restated its call to President Buhari to heed the demands by Nigerians to rejig the nation’s security architecture as well as replace his Service Chiefs with more competent hands in the interest of the nation.

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

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Prof Yakubu harps on electoral act ammendment to allow over 1 million adhoc staff to vote

The provisions of the Nigeria’s electoral law may be disenfranchising over 1 million over one million Nigerians of voting age, the chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has observed
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered.

He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections.
“We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
Prof Yakubu also said the Commission needs to construct strong rooms in all the 36 states of the federation and FCT to store smart card readers and other election materials.
This, he said, was to prevent them from burning in case of fire incident.

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Senator Abbo vows to unseat Fintiri using APC platform

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Senator Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has debunked insinuations that he was overwhelmed by tirades of attacks from his Governor hence he left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking to senate press Corps after officially announcing his exit he said left the party to be able to square it up with the Governor in 2023
Senator Abbo had announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and read during plenary on Wednesday. 

The lawmaker said though he fought for Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s victory in 2019, the governor chased him out of PDP due to his alleged mismanagement of the party, which, Abbo said, had led to polarization. 

Senator expressed optimism that he will defeat the state governor in 2023. 

He said: “I’m not overwhelmed by Governor Fintiri. I fought to bring him to power. 

“The governor did not defeat me. The governor chased me out (of PDP). I actually gave way so I will go and take his seat from him.”

With his defection, APC now has 60 senators, while PDP 42. The ninth Senate has six vacant seats.

Abbo announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House, read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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

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