Ex -Senate Chief Whip Roland Owie defects to PDP
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Owie who announced his defection at a ceremony in his home town, Ilobi-Isi, near Ehor, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo, urged his supporters to work for the second term bid of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.
The former Senate Chief Whip noted that he was a founding member of the PDP, but that himself and others like former Senate President, late Chuba Okadigbo, were forced out of the party.
The event which had several notable leaders of the PDP from Edo South Senatorial District, was led by Mr Owere Imasogie.
Imasogie said after consultation across the country there was an agreement that founding members of the party should return to salvage Nigeria.
He said Obaseki, whom he described as a son of Isi, has performed creditably and deserved a second term.
According to him, “I have spent the better part of the last 17 years outside of the PDP family, except for a brief return between 2011 and 2015.
“Recent developments in the polity of our dear nation has reignited my conviction to realign with positive and progressive mainstream political forces on a rescue mission.
“Impunity came into the PDP, the leadership became abusive, vindictive and all we were hearing was no vacancy in government house, no vacancy in presidency to the extent that a sitting governor was deregistered.
“Over the past 15 months, I have been consulting with political associates, former colleagues and elder statesmen on the need to get our nation back on track.
“A recurring issue that emanated from that consultative process was the need for all founding members of the PDP to return to the party so that it can achieve its strategic goal of emancipating Nigerians.
“Therefore, today I am returning to the PDP, the party I can call home, with a keen sense of purpose and a mission to work with the leadership and members in developing a sustainable developmental blueprint for Nigeria and jealously guarding the implementation of same.
“Because all politics is local, I must add that on the home front, my return to the party would also ensure that Gov. Godwin Obaseki is re-elected for a 2nd term.
“Beyond the continuity in the progressive institutional policies, commendable and visible physical developments accomplished by the Obaseki-led administration, his second term would engender equity and co-existence, as the governorship would then rightly move to Edo Central Senatorial District in 2024.
“Today the nation is still greatly divided, and almost back to her primordial lines. Our country is troubled; our people are afraid; our future is uncertain.
“We cannot build a great nation without unity at home. We cannot be a nation where people are hated, branded and then hounded and ostracised. We stand here to declare that the Edo people remain an integral part of the Nigerian Project.
“PDP is the hope of the masses and we will ensure that its mandate of ensuring that all citizens have equal access to opportunity and resources is fully achieved. This mandate will be achieved in Edo and it will be achieved in Nigeria.
“I call on all our supporters to rise up today and lift with me the symbol of our pride – the Umbrella, an exemplar of Royalty in the Benin Empire – and march shoulder to shoulder in our typical heroic step from the land of our ancient past to a glorious future for our State and Country.”
Edited By: Obike Ukoh (NAN)
Attack: Governors express solidarity with Gov. Zulum
The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.
The governors expressed the solidarity in a letter issued by the Chairman of the forum and Gov. Kayode Fayemi In Abuja.
Fayemi, while condemning the attack, expressed the forum’s solidarity to the governor to tackle the menance of insecurity.
“This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.
“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.
“Mr Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.”
Fayemi said that the governors were appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in spite of all the efforts of government to end it.
“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.
“On a final note, Mr Governor, we thank God for always being merciful.”
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns
A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Akinrinlola stated this on Monday in Okitipupa, while addressing a group of PDP youths in the southern district of the state over developments within the party.
He said that the tussle over the choice of running mate, which had set party members against one another, might make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) win the election, if not handled with utmost caution.
According to him, Jegede is supposed to pick his running mate from his political camp in Ilaje Local Government area of the state among the aspirants who contested the primary with him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there has been pressure on Jegede to pick Agboola Ajayi, the state’s deputy governor, but that he had submitted the name of Olumide Ogunje, one of his closest allies, as running mate, which might later be substituted after conclusion of talks with party leaders.
“The choice of running mate is very critical to the success or failure of any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, no matter the political party involved.
“But the issue of running mate being considered by our party’s governorship candidate is making me afraid of the election, because victories are determined before the polls.
“A strong running mate from Ondo South will help secure victory for the party; but if the issue is not settled on time, defeat of PDP may be imminent.
“We have endured the opposition for four years and we can’t wait to return to Alagbaka, the seat of power. It is our right and we must do all within the laws to sack APC.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Police record zero crime in Niger
The Police Command in Niger on Monday said it recorded no crimes during and immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adamu Usman, told News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Minna that the celebrations also went on peacefully across the state.
“We had hitch-free Sallah celebrations across the state and no arrests were made during and after the festivities.
“The entire exercise was conducted without threat to lives and property across the 25 local government areas,” Usman said.
He commended residents of the state for cooperating with security personnel deployed to provide security in the state.
He called on the residents to support the efforts of the command by providing useful information that would assist it in preventing crime and apprehending criminal elements.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)