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2023 Election: Disquiet In Delta As Okowa’s Aides Resign

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The resignation of Michael Akpobire, an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has restarted the discussions about political developments in Delta State ahead of the 2023 election.

The debate is fuelled by the fact that Okowa is the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Atiku Abubakar is the flagbearer.

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Akpobire’s letter dated January 5, 2022, was addressed to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

He was the Executive Assistant to Okowa on Technical Education and Chairman of the Technical Education Board.

READ ALSO: Poverty, Hunger, Insecurity Signposts Of APC Governance – Okowa

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Akpobire, a PDP chieftain in Enwhe/Okpolo Ward 9 in Isoko South Local Government Area, was formerly President of Delta State University (DELSU) Students’ Union.

In reaction, a Facebook user, Festus Tony urged “all sons and daughters” from Isoko, Urhobo, Kwale, Ijaw, Iteskiri to withdraw from the cabinet.

That ship will collapse before the end of this month (January). If Comrade Michael Akpobire, we call the first son of Governor Okowa, can be treated badly, who else won’t suffer the same humiliation?

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“Micheal suffered for this administration even when we all thought Okowa won’t scale through. They gave him an office that even a million naira allocation don’t come to.

“The wickedness Okowa showed to other ethnic groups in the State is such that none of them left their respective office or position with something tangible.

“It is payback time for Okowa. More resignations are coming. You can’t be more Governor Okowa or PDP than Michael Akpobire. He is one individual who publicly declared first for Okowa’s governorship.

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“As an appointee in Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan’s administration, he took the risk to openly declare for Okowa and formed the Canaanland Movement that gathered more than 50,000 votes for the ungrateful Governor.

“Because there is no reward system in PDP, Micheal was turned into an errand boy in Okowa’s administration. People who did not stake their life and political career got juicy positions, built houses and are living large.

“Today, he is leaving the PDP in pains. Comrades should have a deep thought because many in Okowa’s camp are dying in silence. Stand up and liberate yourself from mental slavery.”

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Akpobire’s exit from the State government is the latest in a gale of resignations by Okowa’s appointees.

In December, Alaowei Promise Lawuru, popularly known as ‘Master Black’, resigned from his position as Special Assistant on Security.

The former Niger Delta militant hails from Ogbinbiri community in the Warri North Local Government Area of the State.

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In October, Okowa’s Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development Patrick Oghenerhoro, a.k.a. Paleke dumped the governor.

He also left the PDP and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to work for the governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

Also in October, Onochie Osheokwu resigned as Senior Special Assistant on Youth Development.

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Osheokwu said he was leaving to be fully ‘Obidient’ and support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.

But in an interview with DAILY POST on Sunday, Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika said his principal was not disturbed by the resignations.

“The governor is a good man and cannot stop anybody who wants to leave for other things.

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READ ALSO: Omo-Agege Accuses Okowa Of Performing Low With N3.5 Trillion

“There are people seeking greener pastures, going to further their education, career or engage in other ventures.

“That two people resigned doesn’t mean there’s a problem. It’s normal, the governor is not worried about it”, the spokesperson added.

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Last week, Omo-Agege, the Deputy Senate President, said Delta has received N4.2trillion under the Okowa administration.

The lawmaker also accused the governor of betraying the agitation for Southern presidency despite being one of the arrowheads ab initio. Okowa has denied doing so.

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Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

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Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

READ ALSO: 2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi is gaining support in “unexpected areas”.

Lawal stated this while speaking on Friday during an interview with Channels Television.

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He said Labour Party’s growing popularity will shock critics.

Reacting to comments made by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that Obi cannot win, the former SGF said the outcome of the election will be shocking.

READ ALSO: New Naira: Seven Notable Quotes From El-Rufai

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Every Nigerian is determined to have a say in this election, including those who Nasir el-Rufai claimed are not many. He said northern Christians are not many.

“I want him to wait for February 25 and he’ll see the shock of his life.

“When he goes around bandying about five and six million votes in Kano, he forgets that in the five and six million, Igbos are about one million,” Lawal said.

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Account For N600bn Refund By Buhari Govt, APC Knocks A’Ibom Gov, Emmanuel

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to account for the billions refunded by the Buhari administration.

The party asked the government to atone the state over alleged financial recklessness and plundering of resources.

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A statement on Saturday by APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo accused authorities of trying to twist the comments of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Information Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Ini Ememobong had alleged that Tinubu called Emmanuel “a boy” and condemned the aspirant’s “unwarranted and uncharitable” attack on Udom at a rally in Uyo.

The government demanded that the former Lagos governor tender a public apology to the Akwa Ibom helmsman and the people.

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On Thursday, a group issued a seven-day ultimatum to the APC co-founder to apologize to the governor or face legal action.

Reacting, however, Ntukekpo noted that Tinubu actually exposed Emmanuel’s “financial mismanagement and Lilliputian performance”.

The politician accused the administration of “mindless looting and brazen embezzlement of pensions, gratuities and other entitlements”.

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Ntukekpo said the situation has plunged the people into poverty and deprivation for nearly eight years of the Peoples Democratic Party leadership.

Only recently, we were made to understand that payments in excess of N600 billion, being refunds from the APC-led Federal Government, were made from the federation account to Akwa Ibom State.”

READ ALSO: New Naira: Seven Notable Quotes From El-Rufai

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The APC told the public that to date, the Emmanuel-led administration has been unable to satisfactorily explain how the funds were used.

The statement further alleged the governor was “plotting to foist a stooge as his successor to cover his tracks”.

Ntukekpo declared the “machinations of the PDP” had failed as Akwa Ibom people “are resolute” to vote for the APC and its candidate, Akanimo Udofia.

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