Dr Franklin Osaisai, a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Bayelsa says he plans to build on the achievements recorded by Gov. Seriake Dickson, if elected in Nov. 16 poll.
Osaisa disclosed this on Friday at the inauguration of his campaign office along Isaac Borroh expressway in Yenagoa.
Osaisa, who condemned acts of violence in politics, urged other aspirants to shun violence and desperation as power belongs to God.
He said that he would strive hard to complete ongoing projects initiated by the present administration especially the road linking coastal communities to the state capital.
Osaisai, a Nuclear Scientist noted that having committed his aspiration to God, there is no need to resort to other means to get power.
“I started the race with God when I declared my intention before God, today we are inaugurating this building by dedicating it to God, our campaign shall be issue based and violence free.
“We are focused on the party primaries and I am optimistic we shall be victorious because ours is a mission to serve and we have the competence to bring development and relief to the people.
“I am a rural person and each time I travel through the waterways from Yenagoa to Koluama where I come from, I spend over two and half hours. The people deserve a safer and faster means of transport,” he said.
Osaisai, a former Director-General, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, said his priorities would include addressing challenges of power supply in the state.
He said that he would also invest a substantial part of the state’s revenue on non-oil source to ensure it survive when the oil reserves dry up.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that clergymen, associates and friends witnessed the event.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Okonkwo
Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu
Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.
According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.
“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.
“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.
“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.
In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.
The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.
“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.
“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Edo election: PDP leader pledges support of Ososo people for Obaseki
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Leader in Ososo, Edo, Mr Bayo Ogedengbe, says the people of Ososo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo are strongly behind Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s second term bid.
He said that the people kept tabs on the governor’s developmental strides across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“Where ever you go, Ososo will go. We are strongly behind your reelection.
“We have seen that you stood against god-fatherism in the state.
“Your government brought the first tarred road into Ososo. Our people are saying thank you.
“We stand to tell you that we are supporting you second term bid.
“We appealed to you Sir for the construction of Ososo-Okpella road which will further help to improve the economy of both communities,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Dan Orbir, a former PDP state chairman in Edo, said that Obaseki would listen to their plight.
“What we are talking about is that, we need a man who will put his interests aside and serve the people.
“We have decided to stay by the governor to serve for another four years,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan (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
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)