The Agboola Ajayi Campaign Organisation has urged its supporters to remain loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), notwithstanding the inability of the deputy governor to clinching the party’s ticket.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Akure by the Director-General of the campaign organisation, Mr Kola Ademujimi.
Ademujimi expressed appreciation to Ajayi for the maturity and level-headedness, which he exhibited even in the face of provocation and campaign of calumny.
He said that Ajayi’s performance at the primary, despite joining the party late, had shown him as a true grassroots politician.
“On behalf of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, we wish to thank all our supporters across the 19 local government areas of the state for their uncommon doggedness, commitment and excellent outing at the PDP governorship primaries on Wednesday.
“He has proved that he is a grassroots politician by polling 657 votes, coming second in a contest amongst seven other aspirants, barely 30 days after rejoining the PDP.
“This is why commendations have kept pouring in both within and outside the state. It was a great performance; a great day for him and democracy.
“We are equally using this medium to state unequivocally that PDP remains our party and we, therefore, want all our supporters to remain loyal to the party, as we work towards the way forward.
“Once again, we thank all of you for your high sense of commitment and loyalty,” Ademujimi said.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
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
Pensioners throw weight behind Gov. Obaseki’s 2nd term bid
Some pensioners in Dagbala, Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo, on Monday commended Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his prompt payment of salaries pensions.
Mr Rufus Adogame, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners in the area, gave the commendation at Dagbara Ward 5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial campaign ground.
“In the past, pensioners did get their pay after two or three months. But Obaseki has changed this narrative. We now get our pay as early as between the 24th and 26th of each month.
“We are here today to campaign for Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term election and we are sure of his victory.
“Today, we want to assure him that we are ready to work for his re-election. His developmental strides have qualified him to contest under our great party, PDP,” he said.
Adogame further said that the people were happy for all the great things Obaseki was doing for them, and that they would mobilise for his re-election on Sept. 19.
Also speaking, a former House of Representatives member, Mr Tunde Akogun, said that the people needed a man that was honest and committed to the development of the state.
“We all know the history of how pensioners took over the streets of Benin, but today that narrative has been changed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki,” he said.
Akogun called on the people to come out in their large numbers to re-elect the governor at the Sept. 19 governorship poll.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)
NDDC probe: Uduaghan dismisses reported N429m road contract allegation
Former Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel, on Monday said the allegation linking him with a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road contract in Port Harcourt, Rivers, was false.
Uduaghan in statement in Warri which was signed by his media assistant, Monoyo Edon, urged the public to disregard the allegation as reported by the media on Monday.
According to the media report, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, had in a letter linked two former Delta governors, James Ibori and Uduaghan, to various contracts awarded by the commission.
The letter was said to have been addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Uduaghan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Delta, said he had reached out to the minister to immediately correct the falsehood.
“The publication states that the former governor was linked to the contract for the emergency repair of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, at a cost of N429m.
“I want to state clearly that the said accusation is false. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever.
“It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.
“The attention of the Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen. Akpabio, has been drawn to the publication and I hope he makes a correction,” he said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Ondo State 2020: Ex-militant group backs Akeredolu’s choice of deputy
An ex-militant group, United Seawolf Avengers, says the youth in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State are ready to vote for Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the state’s upcoming election because of his choice of deputy governor.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed and made available to newsmen on Monday in Akure, by its leader, General Deji Ehinmowo, and the General Secretary, General Akinfemi-Raymond Omojuwa.
The group said the entire Ilaje youths agreed to work for the reelection of Akeredolu because the community had never produced a deputy governor or a governor in the state.
It further appreciated the governor for retaining the deputy governor’s slot in the southern district of the state after the incumbent deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We are more than grateful that we are counted worthy amongst the APC government that our son is chosen to be deputy governorship candidate.
“Akeredolu has always said we did not vote for him in the past, but it was due to our son always being in the race in the previous elections, but now, we will work for him.
“Formerly in the past, he always had 20 per cent of votes, but this time around, we will work for him to achieve 90 per cent in votes.
“Other zones have used complete eight years,we want the northern senatorial district to complete their tenure, so it will return to the southern senatorial district,” it said.
The group also congratulated the governor for winning the APC primaries and assured him of 90 per cent of votes in Ilaje.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)