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2023: Put Aside Your Grievances, Work For APC’s Victory, Oshiomhole, Giadom Appeal To Members In Edo

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…Vow To Reclaim Edo

A former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has appealed to members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to settle their differences with a view to securing victory for the party’s presidential flagbearer, Ahmed Tinubu and others in 2023 general elections.

The former National Chairman of the APC who made the appeal in Benin, Monday, at the party’s stakeholders meeting, urged members of the party to work together as a family, and make sure they reclaim power from the PDP in the state.

Although we are in power in Abuja, but not in Edo State, we have renewed our commitment to work as a South South zone to deliver the party in 2023 polls,” Oshiomhole lamented.

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He continued: “We are eager to take power from the state, national assemblies and retain it in federal level. We do have challenges even though the Vice Chairman, APC, South South, said we do not have. One of the challenges we have is that we have been misruled by the governor of the state.

“We defeated PDP in this state in 2007, 2012 and 2016. The person who won decided to defect back to PDP, but our spirits cannot return to PDP. We have dealt with PDP. When we eventually defeat PDP, there will be no PDP in Nigeria as a party to return to.

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“Even though we are not in government now, when we work together as one united party, we will defeat PDP. All the party leaders in the 18 local government areas are here to strategize for the victory of the party,” he added.

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While admitting that there are challenges facing the APC in the state, Oshiomhole pleaded to all the angry members of the party to put behind what happened in the past.

He said stakeholders aims was to ensure they visit the six states in the South South zone to resolve crisis that engulfed the party.

He advised all aggrieved members of the party who have cases in courts to withdraw their cases to enable the party move forward, and secure victory ahead of 2023 general elections .

Comrade Oshiomhole equally appealed to members of the party to ensure they vote Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu for president, saying he has the capacity to lead Nigeria and provide what the country had lost in the past.

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On his part, National Vice Chairman, South-South zone of the APC, Comrade Victor Giadom, appealed to top leaders and members of the party to embrace peace and unity in order to ensure the party emerge victory in 2023 elections.

The former Rivers State Commissioner for Works, further advised angry and aggrieved members of the state to shevle their swords and work towards the victory of the party.

He also appealed to them to vote for Tinubu, assuring that he will provide the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

He urged them to work together as a united party so as to secure victory for the party in 2023 general polls.

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” So, we are here as a family to speak to ourselves, find solutions to our common challenges, and reposition of the party towards the victory in 2023. We have strong commitment from my former boss, that is Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the state APC chairman and all members of the party. Looking ahead of the party, very are satisfied and convinced that we are on track.

“We are reassured that we are going to reclaim back Edo state from the PDP, and at the end of the day we are going to deliver governance back to Edo state, and the South- South zone of this country,” he added.

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LP Suspends Chairman In C’River Over Alleged Embezzlement

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The Cross River State chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Ogar Osim, has been suspended from office over allegations of embezzlement and anti-party activities.

Osim who is also accused of inability to maintain a State secretariat and other sundry issues, was suspended alongside the State Secretary, Mr Felix Etim on Tuesday.

Their suspension, which is contained in a press statement by the Chairman and Secretary of the State disciplinary committee, Bonnie Adie and Ibiang Igri respectively, announced the appointment of an acting Chairman and Secretary.

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According to the statement, Eugene Obia and Allen Ekpe are to remain in acting capacity pending when a congress will be held to elect a substantive Chairman and Secretary respectively.

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“The decision to relieve them of the positions was taken following a thorough investigation into allegations of gross misconduct, anti-party activities, inability to maintain a state secretariat, embezzlement, and other serious issues.

“We are confident that Mr Obia and Mr Ekpe thatbhave been appointed in acting capacities will provide strong leadership and ensure the smooth functioning of the Labour Party in the State.

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“We urge all members to cooperate with the new leadership and work together to achieve the arty’s goals,” it stated.
Those who signed the purported suspension letter are not even known to Labour party .

When contacted, the Labour Party, (LP) Chairman, Com Ogar Osim described his suspension as laughable adding that those who signed his purported suspension letter were unknown to the Party and were mere impostors.

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His words: “Those persons who signed the purported suspension letter are impostors and I will describe them as stranger elements, becuase their names are not in any of our registers, from ward level to chapter and state , we don’t know them.

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“Even if there was anything like a disciplinary committee as they claimed, thier letter should have been signed by the legal adviser.

“As a matter of fact, we are taking them to court , even if such committee exists, they can only make recommendations , they don’t have powers to suspend,” Ogar said.

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Edo APC Gives Vanguard 24hrs Ultimatum To Retract Alleged Libelous Publication, Threatens Law Suit

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The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has given Vanguard newspaper 24 hours ultimatum to retract a publication which the party described as “libelous and defamatory.”

This is contained in a letter addressed to Vanguard newspaper Editor by the party’s lawyer, Martin Omo-lghekpe, a copy of which was made available to INFO DAILY on Tuesday.

Vanguard newspaper was said to have carried an advertorial today July 23, 24, wherein faces of some APC chieftains in the state were published and labelled: Edo Airport Violence: Faces of Suspected Culprits.

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In the letter titled: ‘LIBEL AND DEFAMATION AGAINST THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESss (APC) EDO STATE CHAPTER WITH RESPECT TO THE NAMED PERSONS, WHOSE PHOTOGRAPHS APPEARED IN PAGE 15 OF THE VANGUARD’, the APC lawyer said it was meant to malign the party and the persons whose photographs wete published by the paper.

The party said Vanguard’s failure to publish a retraction and apology within the said 24 hours would lead to the party instituting “criminal and civil action” against the paper over what the paper referred to as “defamatory and libelous” publication.

The letter reads in part: “It is our brief that you termed the photographs of the aforesaid gentlemen as “Edo
State Airport Violence faces of suspected culprits”

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“We take serious reservations to your audacious, malicious, libelous and defamatory publication which has no legal foundation, as the said publication is orchestrated to
malign the image of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Edo State Chapter, in the eyes of the general public as our Client had written a comprehensive petition to the office of the Knspector General of Police, in respect of the incident at the Benin Airport on the 18 of July, 2024, which said petition is subject to police
investigation.

“We are of the firm view that a newspaper of your standing, ought to maintain the highest ethical standard put in place by the regulatory agencies.

“Flowing from the above, our Client hereby demand as follows:
a) The immediate retraction of the aforesaid malicious, libelous and
defamatory publication within 24 hours of the receipt of this letter.
b) A letter of apology to our Client within a full cover space of your
newspaper. TAKE NOTICE; that failure to abide by the penultimate paragraphs, will leave us with no option than to institute both criminal and civil action against Vanguard.”

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JUST IN: Imo Senator, Onyewuchi Dumps Labour Party, Joins APC

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The senator representing Imo East Senatorial District, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Onyewuchi also declared his support for President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

His letter of defection was read on the floor of the red chambers by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, July 23.

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Recall in 2022, Senator Onyewuchi left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the Labour Party (LP).

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Onyewuchi was also a former member of the House of Representatives – Owerri-Municipal/Owerri-North/West-Federal Constituency

The letter partly reads: “This decision is due to the intractable division and crisis in the labour party that sponsored my election into the senate.

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“We give our unflinching support to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and of course, support his administration aimed at achieving sustainable development for our country.”

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