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Ensure There Is No Crisis In Edo, IPAC Tells Muhammadu Buhari

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Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

IPAC National Chairman, Leonard Nzenwa made this call during a news conference on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Nzenwa insisted that the council will not sit idly and allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scuttle the election to the detriment of 12 other political parties whose candidates are fully prepared.

“The Inter-Party Advisory Council strongly condemns the unfolding political upheavals and rascality in Edo State.

It is a dangerous misstep that can throw the entire country into a major crisis. The council urges our colleagues to restrain themselves and play by the rules and electoral guidelines.

“The nation cannot afford the political crisis in a state defected by insecurity and dear economic hardship visited on the people in an unending circle of lockdown.

“The council calls on all stakeholders to ensure that all hands will be on deck for the Edo and Ondo polls to hold successfully in the scheduled dates as this nation cannot afford postponement or suspension on account of incivility or political actors in the state,” he said.

IPAC’s reaction comes shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it will suspend the Edo and Ondo governorship elections if there is a continuous breakdown of law and order.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known in a statement issued today.

Okoye said the commission had observed with deep concern, the escalating levels of violent actions and incendiary statements by political parties and their supporters ahead of the elections.

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Gov. Fayemi Reacts To His ‘Suspension’ Says, ‘It’s A Joke Taken Too Far’

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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

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‘It’s Not A Right Thing To Do’: Gov. Obaseki Dismisses Returning To APC

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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.

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Ekiti State APC Suspends Ojudu, Oyetunde Ojo, Nine Others

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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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