The All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of being behind the recent 2023 campaign posters of some chieftains of the ruling party.
The APC dissociated itself and its members whose names and images appeared on the posters, saying the PDP circulated them to achieve a failed devilish aim.
Those whose images appeared on the posters for the 2023 presidential campaign were the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday, that the party members were focused on governance and delivery on the party’s mandate instead of issues around 2023 elections.
He said, “As a party, we want to state clearly that having won elections convincingly and having been given the mandate to run government for the next four years, our major and only focus now is governance.
“It is strictly part of the strategy of a party that is supposed to provide alternative to our governance model and since they do not have such, the only thing they can do is to continue to throw spanners in the works.
“So, we urge all our members to focus on what is important to us and so we dissociate ourselves and our leaders from such issues that have to do with elections.”
Also, the APC and the governors elected on its platform have denied that there is crack in the presidency.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the inauguration of the Progressives Governors Forum Media and Communication Steering Committee in Abuja, denied insinuations of a strained relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Sanwo-Olu, who is the chairman of the committee, was represented at the event by his deputy, Obafemi Hamsat.
El-Rufai, who is the co-chairman, was represented by his Special Adviser, Muyiwa Adekeye.
The committee is to dialogue and showcase various programmes of the APC states.
Sanwo-Olu said, “There is no crack; it is in the realm of gossips. By the time they said that, the Vice-President went to Zimbabwe to represent this country. It was the prerogative of the President but he nominated him.
“So, we don’t listen to rumours; we deal with facts and the fact is that they are working together.”
I’ve Never Seen People React So Passionately Of Victory, Says Obaseki
Mr Godwin Obaseki is still basking in the euphoria of victory in the recently concluded governorship election in Edo State.
Obaseki, who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who garnered 223,619 to win a second term as governor of Edo State.
Reacting to his victory on Sunday, the governor said his victory didn’t come as a surprise to him.
Describing his feeling, Obaseki said he is so excited by the show of love and support from different people across the state.
According to him, he has never seen citizens of Edo State react so spontaneously with such excitement.
“I feel very happy just watching the responses, reactions from citizens of Edo State across board. For me, I have never seen a group of people react so spontaneously with such excitement,” he said.
When asked on his plans to reconcile friends and associates who are aggrieved with the outcome of the election, Governor Obaseki said his doors are always open.
The governor also said his major rival in the contest, Ize-Iyamu had yet to congratulate him on the election victory.
With the elections over, Obaseki admitted that there is so much work to be done in the next four years, adding that his administration is ever ready to partner with his opponents on how to move the state forward.
“There is so much work ahead of us. I believe there is room for everybody to contribute. My doors are wide open for talks and consultations,” he added.
No Man Can Successfully Play God, Ekweremadu Congratulates Obaseki
Former Deputy President of the Senate and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for Edo State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, on his victory in the state’s governorship election.
Ekweremadu, who commended the people of Edo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the security agencies for “rising to the occasion”, described the exercise as a huge relief given what he described as the “dwindling fortunes of the nation’s electoral process in recent years”.
The lawmaker, who was in Edo State to monitor the election, equally added that the Edo polls had proved, once again, that no man could effectively play God.
He said: “I join other well-meaning Nigerians to congratulate Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP on this well-deserved victory.
“While our electoral processes still leave much to be desired, I must say that compared to recent elections, the Edo State governorship poll has renewed the hope that we can get our elections right, given the conduct of the electorate, INEC, security agencies, and most of the other stakeholders, which ensured a peaceful process and an outcome that reflected the will of the people.
“For emphasis, the Edo 2020 election showcased the beauty of democracy: the supremacy of the people’s will over the whims and caprices of any single man or woman, be it a godfather or godmother.
“And if there is a moral lesson to be learnt, it is also that no man can successfully play God, for God will always put men in their place”.
Ekweremadu enjoined Obaseki to see his popular mandate as both an approval of his stewardship in the last four years and a call to lead Edo land on the path of greater peace, prosperity, and all-round development.
Obaseki’s Victory Is Historic, A Lesson For Leaders – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated its candidate in the Edo State Governorship Election, Godwin Obaseki, for his re-election, describing the victory as historic.
The party in a statement signed by the on Sunday also noted that it is a lesson for all leaders to learn from.
They commended the electoral process and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “continue to toe this new line of allowing for electoral uprightness, history will be beckoned to be kind to him”.
“On account of the reverberation of this victory across the length and breadth of our country, the@OfficialPDPNig implores President @MBuhari to continue in this newfound spirit of ensuring that the people are allowed to freely choose their leaders at all elections,” the party said.
It was a dramatic process that saw Obaseki run the governorship race against Ize-Iyamu for a second time in four years.
Both men faced each other in 2016, albeit with Obaseki flying the flag of the APC and Ize-Iyamu flying that of the PDP.
A political rift between the governor and Oshiomhole which spiraled beyond the state to national politics, saw both men switch parties and square up against each other on platforms they once criticised.
The campaign, characterised by drama and controversy that did not spare the State House of Assembly, was tempered by the intervention of the Oba of Benin to calm fears that the poll could turn violent.
A peace accord was also signed by all the candidates days before the poll as stakeholders made concerted efforts to ensure a successful poll.
In the run-up to the election, Governor Obaseki had reiterated severally that his victory will mark the end of ‘godfatherism’ in the state and ultimately, the country.
For the party, the victory is a loud lesson to the ‘godfathers’ that power belongs only to God.
“To the “political godfathers”, this election must serve as a loud lesson that power belongs only to God, which He confers through the people; and that no matter how an individual strives to lord it over others, the will of God, through the people, will always prevail.
They also thanked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmood for ensuring that the election was conducted in a manner that was largely adjudged to be free, fair, transparent and credible.
“Nigerians hope that what we have witnessed in Edo state will not be an off-season procedure in the commission. We demand that this credible process applies to all our elections,” the PDP said.
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