By Yahaya Idris, Keffi.
Members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Sunday pitched their tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State.
The event Held at the Emir’s place in Keffi Local Government Area, the defectors were led by a former National Assembly member, Hon. Ishaq Ahmed Kana and lawmaker representing Keffi East at the State house of Assembly Hon. Abdul’aziz SK Danladi into the party.
The Caretaker committee Chairman of APC in the state, Mr. John Mamman, led a high-powered delegation of state executive council of the party to Keffi to receive the defectors into the party.
Mamman, who handed over the party’s flag to Hon. Ishaq Ahmed Kana, Hon. Abdulaziz Danladi SK and other notable chieftains commended them for returning to APC and said the party would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people, adding that the defectors should return to their wards for registration.
The ceremony was attended by the dignitaries included the National Assembly meHeers, State assembly members, APC Caretaker chairmen, women leaders across the State.
The member representing Keffi East and Chairman house Committee on works and transport, Hon. Abdulaziz Danladi SK who was one of SDP leaders that defected to APC said the Governor’s effort aimed at providing dividends to the people of the State informed his decision to pitch tent with APC.
He also pleaded with Nasarawa youths to join hands with Governor Sule led administration to take the state to an enviable heights.
He appealed with the youths to shun the social media attacked and prayed for success of this administration.
The youthful lawmaker used the medium to empower some party loyalists who have distinguished themselves and work for the party progress, program and activities of his office.
Items presented to beneficiaries included, 2 cars, 10 motorcycles, 5 generators set, 5 vulcanizing machines, bags of cow feeds, 10 pieces of barbing clippers and presentation of cash worth million of naira to party women, scholarship to 50 students, cash worth million of naira presented to the youths organizations and cash presented to 50 disabled persons.
The lawmaker promised to sustain the gesture and call for more Support to enable him to do more for his people.
Hon. Ishaq Ahmed kana, who was a former Governorship candidate under the platform of SDP and a strong loyalist of a former governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said he defected from SDP to APC based on the excellent achievements of the state governor, Engineer Abdullahi Suleiman Sule.
He stated that he joined APC because of the good governance Sule led administration has been rendering to the people of the state, adding that the governor has not disappointed the people who thought he would fail based on the fact that he came straight into governorship seat from the private sector.
Kana, explained that he has been in politics for up to 4 decades in the state adding that he and other notable political leaders passed through the school of politics of a former governor of the state, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, who have been the one determining whoever that would win any election in western zone, irrespective of political affiliations.
He said he, and more than 5,000 followers decamped from SDP to APC and would work assiduously for the continuation of good governance in the state and success of the party in the State.
Hon. Kana appealed to the State Governor to Intervene by finishing some of his projects embarked when he was at the Assembly which included, Karu Electrification Project: Gunduma to Gitata, uninstalled transformer at Gora (Nike), Sabo Gidan Mallan Ango to Pambarau. And Kokona, Angwan Doka, Jama’an Alu, Kofar Gwari to Bakin Ayini Village still uncompleted.
Construction of seven Kilometers road from Amba to Bakin Ayini not completed and this has been given sleepless night calling for his urgent Intervention.
The senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District and former Governor of the State, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu has hailed the decisions of the SDP leaders and its followers to return back home in order to join hands with the Governor to deliver on his campaign promises which he has started.
Adamu described their decisions as timely and a huge progress on the side of APC. Assured them of equal treatment.
The Senator who is more concern about the Governor’s second term bid, stating he and critical stakeholders from the western region have agreed to support
On his part, the State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule in his brief addressed commended the defectors for their wise decisions to rejoined their promising to carried them along.
He also brief the gathering what his administration has achieved in area of infrastructure, security, education, healthcare, agriculture, youth and women empowerment among them.
Members of SDP that defected to APC included the leaders from the 3 senatorial districts of the State.
Ekiti 2022: Campaign of calumny against me dead on arrival, Fayose counsels aspirants
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described campaigns of calumny by some aspirants, linking him with the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, as “dead on arrival,” pointing out that it will not guarantee anyone the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket.
The former governor who reiterated his endorsement of the immediate past PDP chairman in the State, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, declared that he owed no one no apology as he was convinced that he (Bisi Kolawole) has what it takes to win the election and govern Ekiti better.
In a statement on Friday, by his Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said those moving from house to house in Abuja, calling him names will by now be celebrating him and calling him “Saint Fayose” “if they were the ones supporting.”
The statement issued on Friday, read; “Linking me with APC and Tinubu in the desperation of some aspirants to clinch our party ticket, is dead on arrival.
“In and out of office, Nigerians can attest to my commitment to the PDP and opposition to the APC govt in defense of the ordinary Nigerians.
“We have seen sitting governors defecting to APC, but in and out of office, I remained steadfast with the PDP even in the face of undeserved harassments.
“When did visits and interactions of our political leaders across party lines become evidence of anti-party?
“As for the race for the PDP governorship ticket, I want to make it expressly clear once again that I have no apologies for supporting Bisi Kolawole.
“Those going from house to house in Abuja, looking for shortcuts to the governorship ticket should rather go back to Ekiti and seek support of the delegates who will decide the fate of our party’s aspirants.
“To our party stakeholders, whenever they come to you in Abuja with tales by moonlight about Fayose, let them be reminded that I am not an aspirant, but cannot be wished away. They should rather go back home and seek the necessary support as all politics is local. No shortcut!
“Eni ifa o to si lo npe ni haram (it is those who did not get the endorsement that are calling it haram).
“If they were the ones I endorsed, I will be ‘Saint Fayose.’
“I want to make it expressly clear once again that I stand with Otunba Bisi Kolawole, without apologies because he has what it takes to govern Ekiti and with the support of God and Ekiti people, he will surely win.”
Edo North PDP Stakeholders Describes Failed Harmonization As A funny attempt togain legality from illegality
The Concerned PDP stakeholders has alerted the the hierarchy over a purported directive by the Deputy Governor, Hon Phillip Shaibu, demanding a harmonization on the ratio of 70:30 of their Party Executive positions in Owan West LGA. In view of this, a meeting was already scheduled for 4pm, 20 November, 2021, at the residence of Hon Johnson Abolagba.
The Concerned Stakeholders wish to state clearly that as law abiding members of the great Party, PDP, whatever decision(s) to be taken in that meeting shall remain null, void and of no significance whatsoever as no one can gain legality from illegality.
The National body of their Party has made it clear that “All previous Congresses conducted prior to the last National Congress remain valid”.
Unless such a meeting is for the presumed appointments to be given to the LGA which they’re very free to share amongst themselves, whatever outcome is standing reality on its head.
“May we advise the Deputy Governor, Hon Johnson Abolagba and their co-travellers in the blind desperation to control the Party structure to learn to behave honorably and desist from further acts that runs contrary to our Party Constitution as they will never gain legality from illegality.
This matter is subjudice and those perpetuating contempt of the Judiciary would soon be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
APC youths Removes Buni-led caretaker committee Over Alleged Failure Among Others
……They Lacked Powers To sacked a Winning Team, Says APC CECPC Secretary.
The present leadership under Buni led Party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has been described as monumental failure and disgrace parading as a party.
Youths of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of The Progressive Youth Movement, have said they had sacked the party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, for alleged failure, among others.
They announced the dissolution at the weekend, after their Northwest town hall meeting in Kaduna.
But the CECPC Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, dismissed the allegations, saying the youths lacked the power to sack the party’s “winning team”.
The youths, rising from a meeting with the theme: Ready to Lead, Now or Never, alleged that the CECPC had not only failed to organise a national convention, after almost two years of its appointment, but had allegedly allowed the party to be hijacked by those they called criminals.
One of the conveners of the meeting and a former APC governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Prince Mustapha Audu, said the youths will constitute a new CECPC next week, which will hold an acceptable convention for the party in February 2022.
Responding yesterday in Abuja in a telephone interview Akpanudoedehe said: “…Anybody has the right to say their mind. But to say they have sacked the caretaker committee, they went too far. They don’t have such powers. You can only sack a losing team. You can’t sack a winning team, like this caretaker committee.
“Our youths are more productive, more intelligent, and resourceful. Why are they not being engaged? Why are they using them to do the bidding of some people? All these are about the presidential ambition of some politicians,” he said.
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