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PDP thumps up tribunal judgments on Govs. Udom, Ishaku



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state and his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku for their victories at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.

The party gave the commendation in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday in Abuja.

He described the upholding of the elections of the governors as triumph of the collective will and aspirations of the people of the two states as amply expressed in the March governorship elections.

He said that the spontaneous jubilations that greeted the verdict across the two states were resounding testimonies of the legitimacy and acceptance od the leadership of the governors.

Ologbondiyan said that the  PDP was particularly happy to observe the commitment of Udom in developing Akwa Ibom.

“In Taraba, the PDP salutes  Ishaku’s massive developmental stride in vital sectors, especially agriculture, education, infrastructural projects, security, among others, in spite of daunting challenges,” he said.

He added that the PDP also applauded the members of the tribunal for their courage and patriotism in delivering justice in the interest of the people.

Ologbondiyan  urged the governors as well as all other officials elected and appointed on its platform to continue to render selfless services to

their people.

He said that such should be done in line with the manifesto and guiding principles of the PDP as a party committed to the wellbeing of Nigerians at all times.


Edited by Kayode Olaitan


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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Benue LG polls: PDP Chairman says party’s victory not a surprise



The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, Mr John Ngbede, said the party’s overwhelming victory at the council polls on May 30 didn’t come to him as a surprise.

Ngbede disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Makurdi.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that PDP swept all the elective positions during the Saturday polls.

The party won 23 Chairmanship positions out of 23. Also, it won 276 Councillorship positions out of 276.

The chairman noted that the party deserved the landslide victory because it worked assiduously for it, which manifested on Saturday.

“We campaigned seriously without relenting. No political party in the state campaigned apart from PDP.

“We followed all the processes of election beginning with the congresses.

“Some political parties did not buy forms. Even the ones that bought forms they did not campaign at all. So, what did they expect,” he queried.

He also said that Benue residents voted massively for the party 8because Gov. Samuel Ortom was performing wonders for the state.

“The milestones recorded by the governor went a long way in winning votes for the party.

“He has completed a lot of projects which were started by his predecessor.

“He also initiated new ones and some of them have been completed while others are on the verge of completion and others ongoing,” Ngbede said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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PDP wins C/River LG election



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the 2020 Local Government election in the 18 councils and 196 electoral wards of Cross River.

The election, held  on May 30 in all council areas of the state, was contested by the All Progressive Congress (APC); Labour Party (LP); Young Progressive Party (YPP; New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the PDP.

Declaring the result at a press briefing on Sunday in Calabar, Dr Mike Ushie, Chairman, Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC), said that PDP won in all the 18 councils of the state.

Ushie said the PDP won in Akamkpa; Akpabuyo; Bakassi; Calabar Municipality; Calabar South; Etung; Ikom; Obubura; Odukpani; and Yakurr LGAs.

He said the party also won in Obanliku; Ogoja; Bekwarra; Obudu; Yala; Biase; Abi; and Boki councils.

Ushie said: “CROSIEC does not generate result. All the results we announced today came from the field. We only declare results and issue the Certificate of Return.

“The issuance of certificate of return will be on June 2, unless otherwise announced,” he said.

The Chairman, who thanked journalists for their patience, said that results from some of the LGAs arrived late due to the terrain of those areas.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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PDP crisis: BoT Chairman urges calm among members



The Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), Sen. Walid Jibrin, has called for calm among party supporters in Nasarawa State in order to take the party to greater heights.

Jibrin made the appeal on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi.

He said that the call had become imperative considering the crisis bedeviling the party in the state, and the need for those involved to bury their differences and work together in order to move the party forward.

“I appeal to all members of PDP in Nasarawa State to be calm, steadfast and stay strong, despite the internal crisis engulfing our state coupled with recent court judgments.

“What is happening in the state is a pointer to all of us to properly re-examine ourselves on ways to sincerely manage our party.

“We must, therefore, remain united and remove all personal interests,” he said.

Jibrin said as the BoT chairman and an indigene of the state he had earlier advised the feuding parties to withdraw the cases in court and lift all suspensions to give elders the opportunities to settle the matter amicably.

“I am not happy that my earlier advice fell on deaf ears.

“My next plan is to call respected members and elders to a meeting with the concerned members to consider my earlier advice as to how to end the crisis.

“Thereafter, submit our recommendations to the party National Working Committee (NWC),” he said.

The BoT chairman said that a meeting would be held after the easing of COVID-19 crisis.

He assured members that he would work with the NWC to resolve the end of the crisis, adding that everyone should remain law-abiding.

Jibrin called on the party stakeholders and supporters to continue to work in unity in the interest of the party and for the overall development of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 28, a High Court in Akwanga, presided over by Justice Mustapha Rahamat,  nullified the Ward and Local Government Congresses recently held in the state.

The PDP in the state had been engulfed in intraparty crisis that led to the suspension of some chieftains.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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PDP sweeps Benue LG polls



The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the electoral positions contested in the Local Government Council polls held on May 30 in Benue.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the elections were conducted in 23 local government councils across 276 council wards of the state.

The elections, which were adjudged by a team of election observers led by Ibrahim Sheka from Kano, as having low turn out, featured five political parties.

The five parties were; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Accord Party (AP), Africa Action Congress (AAC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the main opposition political party, the APC boycotted the exercise.

APC had alleged disqualification of their candidates by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) and raised issues of bias against the commission.

Announcing the results of the polls on Sunday in Makurdi, BSIEC chairman, Joseph Loko, declared all 23 chairmanship positions in the polls won by the PDP including 276  councilors.

Loko commended the BSIEC officials for the smooth conduct of the polls and directed all elected chairmen and councilors to report to the commissions office in Makurdi on June 1, for their Certificates of Return.

Edited By: Philip Dzeremo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: Ex-PDP official joins race, promises people-oriented programmes



A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Mr Banji Okunomo, has joined the state’s Oct. 10 governorship race.

Okunomo, while speaking with newsmen in Okitipupa on Sunday, said that his quest for the governorship ambition was to improve the standard of living of the masses.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okunomo on Saturday at the PDP Secretariat in Akure picked his ‘Expression of Interest Form’  in pursuit of his gubernatorial ambition

He promised to execute people-oriented programmes and make sure the masses became part of the decision making in piloting the affairs of the state.

“I want to assure the masses that their lives will improve better if I become the flagbearer of my party and eventually win the governorship election.

“I have picked the expression of interest form yesterday in Akure and I will also be the first to obtain the nomination form which will be advertised next week,” Okunomo.said.

He, however, sought for the cooperation of the masses to ensure that he won the PDP primaries, as well as the state governorship election.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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