The battle on who succeed President Muhammadu Buhari has begun with The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State calling on Governor Kayode Fayemi to contest the 2023 presidential election on the party’s platform.
The ruling party said its members will convince the governor into the presidential race, if he refuses to willingly to contest, noting Fayemi is eminently qualified to occupy the exalted position considering his intimidating political profile.
The state Caretaker Chairman, Hon. Paul Omotoso, spoke in Ayede-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of the state on Saturday during a programme organised by a chieftain of the party, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu for 1,000 APC members in Ekiti North Senatorial District.
Omotoso who was represented by the State Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, said the time has come for the president to come from Ekiti, saying it would no longer play second fiddle in the southwest’s politics.
He stated that Governor Fayemi has paid his dues in the ruling APC and Nigeria’s political firmament at large, thus deserve to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading Nigeria in 2023.
“On the 2023 presidency, the time has come for President to come from Ekiti. That is why we are pleading with you to support Governor Fayemi.
“Though Governor Fayemi has never said he wanted to contest, we will force him to plunge into the race, because of his competence, dedication, and loyalty to APC”, he said.
Omotoso added that the party at the State, local government and ward levels will reward Osinkolu, who was the Chairman of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Council in Ekiti in the 2019 presidential poll, for his contributions and loyalty to APC despite all odds.
“We are going to support him for the Senatorial race in 2023 because he has done well to boost the acceptability and popularity of our party in Ekiti despite that he was denied Senatorial ticket twice. He has remained loyal, contented, and committed to APC.
Osinkolu, who applauded the giant strides being made by Governor Fayemi to expand the scope of development in Ekiti, appealed to party members to eschew acrimony and work for the progress of the state, by allowing internal cohesion in APC.
Osinkolu, represented by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Ayodeji Olorunfemi, said: “I will continue to be loyal to this party and give my best to uplift APC because the party is a party of the people.
“But I beg the Caretaker committee to be fair to all members in the coming membership registration exercise. Nobody must be schemed out, it should be all-embracing and all-encompassing for the much-sought stability and peace to be achieved by Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee.
“We must not be selfish in our bid to build a strong party. Those in privileged appointive and elective positions must help others. This is the best way we can maintain unity,” he added.
Nasarawa LG Polls: Isimbabi Dispels Anti Party Rumors, Says APC Remains the Party To Beat On October 6, 2021.
Yahaya Idris, Toto.
A head the October 6, 2021 local government election in Nasarawa state, a renown politician, grassroots mobiliser and chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state, Hon. Alhaji Muhammed Garba Isimbabi alias Solution has on Monday denied allegation level against him by those he described as enemies of APC and who do not mean well for the party, he is working against the party.
Alhaji Isimbabi, who said that the unfounded rumour was all over the town and disturbing and therefore it became necessary for him to debunk it to put to shame its originators and couriers to serve as deterrent to others.
Isimbabi stated this when he hosted prominent APC leaders and stakeholders when they visited his country home on a campaign visit accompanied by APC Chairmanship, 12 councillorship candidates, former member representing Gadabuke/Gadabuke, former Toto LG Executive Chairman, former Administrator in Gadabuke and party structures in the area.
“In Toto local government area today, there is no opposition. The only opposition was with in the ruling party and that was before the Chairmanship primary election, but all that became history when a winner has emerged in person of Hon. Abdullahi Aliyu Tashas (Aquatic). ”
While addressing the mammoth crowd in Shafa-Abakpa, his home town, Honourable Isimbabi, who was a one time Chairman of the opposition party, told the gathering that he was at the event on two instances, first he was representing his boss, the FCT APC Chairman, Hon. Abdulmalik Usman and secondly he was on ground to cheer APC to victory ahead of October 6, 2021 LG election.
Affirming his support for APC, Isimbabi said the party will clear the Chairmanship and all Councillorship seats in the area.
The DG campaign for Tashas/Kwanakis, Hon. Alhaji Danlami Usman Dantsoho, commended Isimbabi for his generosity, open support and commitment towards success of the party in the area.
The APC Chairman for Toto LG, Alhaji Shuaibu Ahmed described Alhaji Isimbabi as a formidable force needed to win election in the local government area
High point of events included the presentation of APC flag to Councilorship candidate for the Shafan Abakpa ward, Hon. Ibrahim Salihu Galadima.
The campaign team earlier visited the Ohi-Emani Odumi palace for his fatherly blessing.
The campaign witnessed high turn out of electorates from the area.
LG polls: Nasarawa speaker flags off APC House to House campaign in Toto
Ahead of October 6th 2021 Local Government Elections in Nasarawa state, the speaker of the state Assembly Alh.Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has flagged off House to House campaign in his Local Government, Toto to enhance mass mobilisation and support of electorates to vote APC candidates in the area.
The campaign flagged off which kick started at Karmo/Buga ward today Monday is moving round all the 12 electoral wards of the area which are Buga/Karmo, Gwargwada, Garagwa,Toto, Shafan kwatto, Shafan Abakpa, Ugya, Shege, kenyehu, Dausu, katapha, and Umaisha respectively.
The speaker, who was represented by his special Adviser on Political Matters Mohammed Usman said the performance of Governor Abdullahi Sule in all facets of life in the state and his ability to secure the state security wise speaks volume and will attract massive votes for the party candidates.
He spoke extensively on the need for electorates in the area to vote all APC Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates to complement Gov. Sule’s effort and enjoy more dividends of democracy at the grass roots.
On their parts, the APC chairman Toto Local Government Shuaibu Ahmed and the immediate past Chairman of the area Prince Nuhu Adamu Dauda said the speaker has mandated them to move across all the 12 electoral wards in Toto L.G and preach the good will of the party to the people house to house, door to door emphasing that the party will deliver on its mandate for the people.
The APC candidate for chairmanship position, Abdullahi Aliyu Tashas, who convassed for the peoples votes assured them that he will not fail them if voted into office.
The campaign train which had in attendance former state assembly member from the area Madaki Adagoje, former Sole Administrators of the area, APC chairmanship aspirants from the area, stakeholders and party stalwarts, visiting traditional and community leaders as well as holding public campaigns among people at strategic locations in towns and villages across Toto LG.
It was also reported that the campaign outing witnessed large turn out of people with messages of hope and solidarity.
Edo PDP Crisis: The Comic-Tragedy of the Channels TV Interview.
By Isaiah Jesuobo, Benin.
I watched with disdain yet with some amusing laughter after hours of anticipation the Channels TV interview by Seun Akinbaloye where the two individuals interviewed showed their informed understanding about the crisis brewing in the Edo State PDP.
One of them, Mr. Akemokue Lukman, a member of the ‘New PDP’ and an unofficial government propagandist, and the other, Mr. Osilama Okuofu.
(1) The first issue that caught my attention was when Lukman was asked what’s happening in PDP, his response was that they left APC after some crisis in the party…now, without going further, does it not sound as these people are harbingers of crisis? He is on TV talking again about crisis in PDP after about a year they left APC with loads of crisis which saw their then national chairman suspended from the party by this same group.
Like I said, when a man keeps marrying and divorcing, he becomes the problem, not the women.
(2) Lukman said the Governor did not come to PDP as a political orphan, that he came with the full APC structure. Well, statistics after the election did not show that; PDP won the elections where it used to win and lost were it used to loose.
For example, PDP normally wins in Edo Central and Edo South even in presidential elections. We have two senators and house of reps members in those senatorial districts, these are traditionally PDP play grounds. So what exactly did the governor’s structure bring to the table? The Deputy Governor lost in his ward and LGA in Edo North!
(3) On the issue of harmonization, Lukman, like his group, did not come to the discussion table with honesty. First, the PDP relinquished the positions of the governor and his deputy to them after elections, the first appointment Obaseki made was to appoint Barr. Ogie from the new PDP to become the SSG when everyone was expecting Barr. Pascal Ogbhome, who was the Campaign Director for the election in Edo North, to be so appointed.
This gave leaders of the old PDP the feeling of doubt that Obaseki was going to be fair even when leaders of the party accepted integration, like he was never fair while in APC to its leaders.
Thereafter, he appointed another new PDP as Chief of Staff and another as Deputy Chief of Staff.
Obviously, the key five positions were taken by his men. Who exactly comes to justice without equity?
How stupid will it be for the old PDP to accept that their executives, which was the only thing they have left, should be dissolved?
Does Obaseki think others are fools? He eats his cakes and want to have it as well. And again, the dissolution of the state excos was a matter of illegality which we arbor in PDP.
PDP is a political party that wish to adhere to the tenets of the constitution of the party and that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is not a gangster group and outlaws. So the governor does not have the authority to dissolve the state excos he met after a duly conducted congress.
(4) It is also untrue that there was a faction in PDP as erroneously claimed by Lukman. The pro-Tom Ikimi Faction never existed in Edo State PDP because Chief Tom Ikimi never was active or a factor in Edo politics, so he couldn’t have had a faction. This imaginary faction was created by this same APC elements in PDP. Chief Tom Ikimi, with due respect, came to limelight because he was among those in Abuja who courted the governor to join PDP after he was disqualified by the APC screening committee.
Lukman cannot name one single PDP chairman in the 18 LGAs who was ever loyal to Tom Ikimi or who he can say he knows by name except that from his LGA. The structure of the entire party was and is still under the grip of Chief Dan Orbih, which he built over 10 years!…this fact is never in doubt. So talking about the ruse called harmonization and LGA election here is unnecessary after over one year in the shadowy limbo. All the issues about harmonization and appointments have been overtaken by events of disingenuous dishonesty from the side of the governor.
And on this basis, the old PDP have decided to hold on to the structure of the party having realized that Obaseki and his mean men came to annihilate, dominate and capture.
(5) All the retailed lies Lukman peddled to eclipse that fact that Obaseki has failed to constitute his cabinet after over a year can only be sold to a school duns, not a mentally fit individual; in Sokoto and Benue States, the sitting governors decamped to PDP from APC, there were no demolition and dissolution of the PDP excos they met, why must it be done in Edo State? There were peaceful harmonization and integration because the intentions of the governors were clear, honest and peaceful.
Why did Obaseki refused to learn from how these governors did it? Why must he first dissolve and make insolvent the state exco he met that was backed by the constitution of the party? What one would have expected of Obaseki was for him to sit with critical stakeholders in the party and have a round table talk on how appointments will be shared and how the integration and harmonization would go.
He was not talking to critical stakeholders, he was talking to disenchanted party members who lost at the congress, he was making his appointments without consultations yet wanted his idea of harmonization which was a veiled political colonization.
Yes, it is the prerogative of the governor to make his appointments, he does not owe anyone any explanation, he should go ahead fill all spaces with his men. What we are saying is, as the so called leader of the party, he has legal limitations. The governor does not want to make concessions just like he refused to do in APC, this is the crux of the matter.
Summarily, the old PDP members are no longer interested in appointments as it is obvious they have lost it in the government of Obaseki that is becoming an embarrassment to PDP.
Our people can no longer access government house, he does not talk to our leaders except the willing tools among our ranks, he no longer picks calls from our leaders…Now, our interest is simple and plain going forward; he should keep his government while we keep the structure of our party.
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