Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the South-South Zone completely belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He stated this on Saturday during the flag-off of the PDP campaign for the Edo State Governorship Election held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Edo State.
Wike, who is Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the election, also declared that godfatherism is over in Edo.
“The people of Edo State must reject godfatherism because nobody can rig the September 19 governorship election in the state,” he said.
“Former national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole is making a u-turn to lick his vomit by presenting a candidate he earlier rejected and castigated.
“Today, we are here to tell the people of Edo State that they should not be afraid because nobody can rig the forthcoming election.
“Today is the end of godfatherism in Edo State. I want to thank Governor Godwin Obaseki for refusing to dance to the tune of godfatherism.”
“Four years ago, Adams Oshiomhole said he cannot trust the APC governorship candidate that he was rusticated from school.
“Today, Oshiomhole is coming back to present the same person to Edo people. He thinks Edo people are fools. I challenge Edo people not to vote any person presented to them by Oshiomhole.”
Wike assured that as the Chairman of the PDP campaign, he would be in Edo State during the election to ensure that the state is returned to PDP.
He noted the outstanding performance of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the last four years in the development of Edo State and urged the people of Edo State to come out en-masse and vote for the PDP candidate during the election.
“As the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council, I will be in Edo State. We will make sure that everything needed will be done to return the state to PDP,” he said.
“You should all come out and vote on September 19, and as you vote, you wait and defend your votes.
“Governor Obaseki has done well in the last four years. You should not allow anybody to deceive you again. APC has no candidate. The only person who thinks that the party is running an election is Oshiomhole.”
Also speaking, the Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman, PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal described Edo State as strategic to the nation and called on Edo people to always remain steadfast and resolute.
Tambuwal, who took a swipe at former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for condemning godfatherism and turning back to practice it, urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to hold onto God and the people of Edo State to defeat the enemies of the state as he did in Sokoto State.
He also called on the INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmoud to build on the legacies of his predecessor, Professor Attahiru Jega who ensured that free and fair election was conducted in Edo State which enabled Adams Oshiomhole to govern for eight years.
Tambuwal also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that his anti-corruption crusade also affects the forthcoming Edo State Governorship election in order to ensure peace and stability in the state.
Presenting the PDP flag to the party’s Governorship candidate and Governor of Edo State, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus described him as an accomplished gentleman and performer.
Prince Secondus, who noted that the party is proud of PDP Governors in view of their high standing performance in governance, said they are the reason democracy is thriving in the country.
He stated that the nation is at a crossroads and appealed to President Buhari to ensure that free and fair elections hold in the country.
Responding, the PDP Governorship candidate and Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki said the mandate given to him marked the transformation of the state and Nigeria.
He promised to sustain the tempo of his developmental strides in his second tenure.
The flag off was also attended by the Governors of Bayelsa, Douye Diri, Oyo, Seyi Makinde, Bauchi, Senator Bala Mohammed, Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa as well as the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi.
Gov. Fayemi Reacts To His ‘Suspension’ Says, ‘It’s A Joke Taken Too Far’
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has reacted to his purported suspension by a faction of the All Progress Congress (APC), referring to it as a joke taken too far.
The leaders of an APC faction on Friday announced the suspension of the governor, claiming that five days before the Edo election, he hosted Femi Fani-Kayode of the PDP in the Government House in Ado-Ekiti and planned a coup against Edo APC.
Governor Fayemi in his reaction through his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party is governed by laws, adding that members of the group cannot hide under their recent suspension to announce a dubious suspension they lack the locus to handle.
“While one would have dismissed their claims as another failed attempt to polarise the party in the state, it is also important to put it on record that the action of the group smacks of criminal impersonation as none of those who signed the purported suspension letter were executive members of the party at ward, Local government or state level,” the statement added.
“The action is but a joke taken too far as they never had such power they want to arrogate to themselves while they were members of the party, much less now that they have been suspended”.
Mr. Oyebode noted that Governor Fayemi remains unperturbed by “these antics of suspended members”.
He urged the public and members of the APC to disregard the news of the purported suspension as it only exists in the imagination of members of the group.
“Dr. Kayode Fayemi remains the indisputable leader of the APC in Ekiti State,” he said
‘It’s Not A Right Thing To Do’: Gov. Obaseki Dismisses Returning To APC
The Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has dismissed claims that he will be returning to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Obaseki who got a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said having contested and won on the party’s platform, moving out of the party will be a stain on his integrity.
“I couldn’t have contested on a party won on that party’s platform and then considered moving to another party,” Obaseki said on Friday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
“It’s not a good thing to do, it’s not the right thing to do and I’m sure you will not encourage me to do that”.
Governor Obaseki was accompanied to the visit by his Deputy Philip Shaibu and some members of his cabinet, following his re-election as governor of the state.
On the issue of godfatherism, the governor said he will not participate in such activities.
Ekiti State APC Suspends Ojudu, Oyetunde Ojo, Nine Others
Ekiti State Executive of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the indefinite suspension of eleven party members in the state.
They include Babafemi Ojudu, a special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari and a former member of the House of representatives, Oyetunde Ojo, and nine others.
The spokesperson of the party in Ekiti State said the suspension was based on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee recently inaugurated by the APC in the state over the refusal of the affected people to withdraw court cases filed against the party as instructed by its National Secretariat.
“The suspension is based on the recommendation of the investigative/disciplinary committee inaugurated by the SEC to investigate the disobedience of certain party members to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of 25th of June 2020, which directed members of the party not to institute any court action and to withdraw existing cases in court.
“The decision of the SEC has been communicated to the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Planning Convention Committee,” the statement read.
Others suspended are Wole Oluyede, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, Ayo Ajibade, Toyin Oluwasola, Akin Akomolafe, Bunmi Ogunleye, Femi Adeleye, and Bamigboye Adegoroye.
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