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PDP, Atiku commend Gov. Makinde over declaration of assets



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have hailed the Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state for making public his assets declarations forms, in line with his electioneering campaign promise.

The party in a statement issued by his National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday in Abuja commended the decision of the governor.

Ologbondiyan said that such voluntary decision further demonstrated Makinde’s commitment to transparency and good governance, for which the people of the state voted massively for him in the March 9 governorship election.

“The PDP commends Makinde for refusing to repudiate the promises he made in the heat of elections, which is an uncommon act of fidelity in our clime.

“The PDP is assured that this stance will further endear him to the people of Oyo State as well as showcase our party as a party whose members make their words their bond.

“In this regard, the PDP is in no doubt as to Makinde’s commitment and ability to deliver good governance and the much-expected development to the people of the state,” he said.

Ologbondiyan encouraged leaders at all levels to strive to remain faithful to promises they might have made in the course of electioneering campaigns.

Abubakar on his part, said that by the action of Makinde, he had demonstrated that integrity was not a mere lip homage but a consistent course of action of an individual doing as they promised.

Abubakar in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Mr Paul Ibe, commended the governor for his forthrightness.

Abubakar, who was the party’s Presidential Candidate in the February presidential election expressed his support to Makinde and his administration in delivering good governance in Oyo.

“Recall that the governor had hit the ground running after his swearing in as governor with ground breaking policies that seek to frontally address the problems of corruption in public and private sectors and also in advancing the access to universal basic education.

“These are programmes to which the PDP is heartily committed,” he said.

Abubakar said he was particularly proud of Makinde because his action as the only elected public official so far to so publicly declare his assets “speaks eloquently to the maxim of leadership by example.”

“By this, the governor has spoken without any ambiguity, that his administration will not condone corruption.

“His example is highly recommended to other leaders at all levels of government,” Abubakar said.

Edited by Shittu Obassa


Edo: Gov. Fintiri chairs PDP Ward Congresses Electoral C’ttee



Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa will chair the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ward Congresses Electoral Committee for the Edo governorship scheduled for Tuesday.

The party’s National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Akobundu said that the nomination of the party members and leaders to serve as members of the ward congresses electoral committee was approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).

“The mandate of the committee is to elect three Ad-Hoc delegates in the 192 wards of the state for the upcoming governorship election.

“The exercise is scheduled for Tuesday June 9 across the state,” Akobundu said.

Other members of the committee are; Gov. Diri Douye of Bayelsa;  Mrs Mobolaji Lamuye, Hon. Chukwuka Onyema and Sen. Samuel Anyanwu as Secretary.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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PDP rejects committee to reconcile 14 Edo Assembly members-elect



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has rejected the committee set up By Gov. Godwin Obaseki to reconcile members-elect in the state House of Assembly.

Mr Chris Nehikhare, PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Edo, said in a statement in Benin on Friday that the reason for such committee was baseless.

He said that the 14 persons to reconciled with could no longer be described as lawmakers-elect because their seats had long been declared vacant.

Nehikhare said that by law, the seats which were declared vacant ought to be occupied by PDP members who came runners up in the election.

“Their refusal to subscribe to the oath of membership and allegiance all through the first session and first quarter of the 7th Assembly was tantamount to abdication of office.

“The governor should know that the seats are no longer available to them, those 14 seats belong to PDP candidates who are also already in court,” he said.

According to the PDP publicity secretary, it is wrong to describe people whose seats were declared vacant for failing to report for duty as lawmakers-elect.

He further stated that the 14 affected persons were already in court seeking to restrain the Independent Electoral Commission from conducting by-elections into the seats.

As a party, the PDP has approached the court seeking to be joined as a defendant in that suit.

“We did so believing that our rights may be affected,” he said.

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Nobody defected from APC to PDP in Kwara–Spokesman




The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has dismissed a report that 10, 000 members of the party defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC State Publicity Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that ” the recent garrulous and spurious rumour of 10,000 defectors from the APC to PDP is nothing but a mirage.”

This claim by the PDP is of doubtful success, laughable and a terrible absurdity as it would have been impossible to assemble 10, 000 people in any location at this period of the coronavirus pandemic without the attention of the public.

“More importantly, the leader of the supposed decamped members is too insignificant to cause any discomfort for the APC or buoy the image of the PDP,” Aro added.

According to Aro, PDP is resorting to a psychological campaign in the state because of its poor image.

The PDP can go on dreaming for the next seven years and there is nothing anybody can do about that.

The APC– led government in Kwara State is taking democratic dividends to the door steps of Kwara people with the giant strides in strategic infrastructural development.

“We recognise the people as our primary constituency and we are prepared to build a greater and prosperous Kwara State.

“We advise the public to discard the antics of the opposition which is determined to take advantage of the internecine crisis in the APC to paint a false image of its acceptability,” he said.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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Edo Gov. Poll: Rep Chinda chairs PDP screening committee



Rep Kingsley Chinda, Obio/Akpor Constituency, Rivers, is to chair the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) screening committee for aspirants in its primaries for Edo governorship,  scheduled for Thursday.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the party’s  National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) on Thursday in Abuja.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP approved the list of the screening committee.

Members of the screening committee are: Chief Oladimeji Fabiyi, Sen. Joy Emordi, Hajiya Aishat Hasindu, and Hon. Boyele Debekeme as Secretary.

Akobundu said  the screening exercise would hold at the NWC HALL, Wadata Plaza from 10 a.m.

The three aspirants that obtained the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms for the primaries were, Mr Kenneth Imansuangbon, Mr Omoregie-Ogbeide Ihama and Mr Gideon Ikhine.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Anambra poll: Aspirant urges PDP to reconsider zoning of ticket



A governorship aspirant in Anambra, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, has urged the leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to reconsider its stance on the zoning of the 2021 governorship ticket.

Ozigbo, a former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, stated this during an online news conference on Thursday in Awka.

He said the yearnings of the people of the state was that the Anambra South Senatorial District should produce the next governor of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the party leadership had said at an expanded South-East Zonal Executive Committee meeting in March that it was not considering zoning of the governorship ticket to any of the three senatorial zones of the state, “at least for now’’.

The National Vice Chairman of the PDP for South East, Chief Austin Umahi, had made the declaration, shortly after the meeting in Enugu.

The meeting was attended by governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, David Umahi of Ebonyi and the Deputy Governor of Abia, Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Sam Anayanwu and other current and past National Assembly members.

The governorship election will hold in November 2021.

According to Ozigbo, for the party to have turned down the zoning of the governorship race does not augur well for the people of Anambra South Senatorial District.

“If the proper things are done and the race zoned to Anambra South Senatorial District, I will win the party primary and become the next governor of the state by the grace of God,’’ he said.

He, however, said that in spite of his party refusal to zone the race, he would still contest and win.

He said he was not afraid to contest against any candidate, including the ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.

“If my party gives me the governorship ticket and Soludo emerges in APGA or any other party, I will floor him.

What Soludo has, I have more.

It’s Soludo that will be bothering on how to beat me in the contest because I have the wherewithal and connection to contest and win the election.’’

Expressing confidence that he would emerge the consensus candidate of the PDP, Ozigbo said he had the goodwill of the majority of the party’s leaders in the state.

“I don’t have a godfather; God is my godfather but I have the goodwill of the leaders of our party.

“Some have linked me with Mr Peter Obi, Chief Chris Uba, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and a host of others.

That shows I’m popular across the board,’’ Ozigbo said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ondo governorship: PDP aspirant pledges to harness aviation, mechanised farming potentials



Mr Tony Erewa, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Ondo State governorship, has pledged to harmonise opportunities in aviation and agricultural sectors to boost the state’s economy if elected.

Erewa made the pledge in an interview with newsmen shortly after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that as a technocrat, he had successfully run different businesses and organisations and would use his experiences and capability to turn the fortune of the state around.

“I have knowledge of modern agriculture and I will ensure that mechanised farming takes centre stage when I become governor.

“This will be better than the white-collar job that people are seeking.

“I will build a stadium in each of the three senatorial districts that will attract investors and attract international matches,’’ Erewa said.

He also pledged to transform the domestic airport at Akure, the state capital into an international one so as to make it possible for international flights to land and take off from there.

“This will bring a lot of international businesses into the state.

“It will also interest you to know that Ondo state has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa and we will convert this into a tourist attraction.’’

The aspirant also pledged to review the state’s primary education sector to deliver quality education to the people.

Erewa, who expressed optimism that PDP would win the state governorship election, however, promised that all aspirants would work together for whoever emerged as the party’s candidate.

He also expressed optimism that he had what it takes to deliver Ondo state to the PDP at the Oct. 10 poll.

“We will put everything in place, put all hands on deck, move to all nooks and crannies of the state to propagate the story and sell our manifesto to the electorate.

“I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo state.

“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives,’’ he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form



Mr Banji Okunomo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, has picked a nomination form ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for July.
made the disclosure in a statement issued made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Okitipupa.
The News Agency of Nigeria
reports that the nomination form was also in preparation for the governorship election slated for Oct. 10 in the state.
NAN also reports that Okunomo, who picked his form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, was the first among the array of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state to do so.
Okunomo, a former PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, said that he dedicated the form to God and the people of the state, who, he said, he intended to serve as governor.
“I picked the nomination form of N21m at Wadata House in Abuja today and this has made me the first among the PDP aspirants to purchase the form.
“I also dedicate the form to God and the good people of the state, whom I intend to serve meritoriously, if I am elected the party’s flag bearer.
“I also promise to eradicate poverty, generate employment, create wealth and enhance the livelihood of the several millions of Ondo State residents, if elected governor,” he said.
NAN recalls that Okunomo was also the first aspirant, who collected the expression of interest form at the PDP secretariat in Akure last week.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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PDP scores Gov Tambuwal high, calls for support against insecurity



The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Sokoto State Chapter, has called on the residents to join hands with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal in the protection of lives and property across the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, the state Chairman, made the appeal on Wednesday in Sokoto.
, who rated Tambuwal high in terms of the provision of development projects, said that the recent attacks by bandits in Sabin Birni Local Government Area should not be used by critics to rate Tambuwal’s stewardship.
He urged people to support him against security challenges because adequate security was the responsibility of all.
The party leader said that it might be inhuman to ignore the loss of lives and property occasioned by the attacks, which coincided with the May 29 celebration, but his achievement should not be downplayed by critics.

”Being a responsible person and astute leader, Gov Tambuwal remained calm and sober rather than spending time, resources and energy reeling out projects he had accomplished.

“Who would go to new schools built by government when marauders have routed his brethren; we will not be happy if hospitals are overwhelmed by dead bodies.

Gov Tambuwal has been steadfast on his obligations in spite of all challenges that comprised legal battles over his election victory, financial decline and the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the party chairman said.

He said Tambuwal’s administration had uncovered many ghost workers and saved the state billions of naira going into the pockets of few in the past.

Milgoma said that Tambuwal disbursed N4 billion to empower small businesses, established state’s microfinance bank as well as partnered with the Moroccan government on agriculture, water resources, healthcare and others.

According to him, based on his experience across the globe, Gov Tambuwal understudied the Indonesian Pondok model of education and incorporated it in the state for the Almajiris.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: Okunomo advises against monetising PDP primary



A Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP) governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Mr Banji Okunomo, has advised against monetising the party’s July 22 primary election.

Okunomo gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure on Wednesday.

Okunomo said some aspirants believed in the power of money to buy party delegates and advised against using money as a benchmark for choosing the party’s governorship candidate.

He urged the electorate to rather carry out objective analysis of the aspirants’ pedigree on what he could offer when he becomes a governor.

“My advice to all delegates is that they should be wary of bad and emergency politicians who come to run because they have money to buy their votes and when they possibly win, they forget them.

“The electorate should not shy away from judging the antecedent of aspirants because the antecedent of those aspiring determines what they are going to do possibly when they get into office.

“And ensuring that anybody that will emerge must have strong view as a functional and efficient manager of people and resources,” the PDP aspirant said.

He added that the party needed a professional that was technically skillful and capable to understand economic and financial components of governance.

“To be a good leader and archiver is not by quantum of certificates that you acquire or by self glorification or title you hold but by your content.

“Content of your character, intellectual possession, administrative, managerial skills and capabilities to be able to run a good government,” he said.

Okunomo, who was a former Chairman of Ilaje Local Government, promised to embrace all other aspirants and unite the party if he emerged PDP candidate for the October 10 election.

“Failure is not in my dictionary, rather success is what is in my dictionary but if otherwise, I’ll give glory to God and life continues,” he said.

The PDP governorship aspirant promised to give adequate priority to agriculture by providing incentives to various farmers’ groups for optimum food production, if elected.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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