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2023: Tension In Ebonyi APC As Group Raises Alarm Over Alleged Imposition Plot, Abandonment

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…Wants Party Leadership To Prevail On Umahi For Equal Treatment

A group under the aegis of “Concern Ebonyi Movement” has raised the alarm that Governor David Umahi-led All Progressive Congress, APC, has abandoned the legacy members of the party in the state, just as it expressed fear that the development portend a grave political danger for the party in the forthcoming party primaries and 2023 general election.

The group subsequently called on the governor to immediately reverse the trend whereby “all local government chairmen are single handedly handpicked without carrying along old members of the APC who had laboured day and night for the party.

The group said it is shocking that the new APC members that joined the party alongside Governor Umahi have continue to boast that there is nothing anybody can do, noting that they enjoy the backing of the national leadership of the party.

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The group added that the party must concede some positions to the old APC members if it is serious about winning in the state.

This alarm came on the heel of an alleged plot by the governor to impose an unpopular aspirant as candidates on the party forthcoming primary in the state.

In a statement jointly issued on Friday by the convener, Dr Uchechukwu Nwafor and Emeka Afam, and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, the group said what the leadership of the party need to do under the watch of Governor Umahi is to provide a level playing field for aspirants vying for political offices in the coming primaries.

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They added that any attempt to arm twist any aspirants may spell doom for the APC.

They also noted that the body language of the governor and those that came with him to the APC seems to suggest that they will not be given equal opportunities to contest for various positions for the 2023 General elections.

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The group said should their fear come to be, APC would go into the elections as a fragmented body and thus provide opportunity for the PDP to exploit to their advantage.

They, therefore, called on the national leadership of the ruling party to prevail on governor Umahi to ensure equal treatment for all the party members.

According to the statement, ” It is no longer news that the way and manner the governor who is the leader of the party has acted gives reason to raised this alarm. We deserve to be given the right of first refusal having kept the party alive in the state.

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” Yes, we are eternally grateful to the governor for not only joining the APC, but also for the wonderful work he is doing in the State.

“His infrastructural development as well as people oriented policies have endeared him and the party to the people.

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“However, while we commend him on that, he must also not take it for granted that it will not be easy for the party to win the 2023 elections without a fight from the PDP.

“The PDP remain strong in Ebonyi State and the party is also looking for loophole to employ in order to place them in a vantage position to win the poll.

“This is where our worries come in. Governor Umahi must keep the APC united and avoid any anti-democratic tendency that will not augur well for the party”.

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2023 Presidency: Tinubu, Osinbajo Have No Conscience, Igbo Gods Angry With them – Orji Kalu

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Senator Orji Uzo Kalu has lambasted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and other presidential aspirants from the South West and South South, describing them as greedy politicians without conscience.

Kalu claimed that the gods of Igboland are asking questions, demanding an answer as to why these politicians are allegedly greedy and have no conscience.

The former Abia State Governor said this in an interview with Channels Television on Monday evening.

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According to Kalu, had these politicians not been greedy, they would not have entered the race for the presidency come 2023 knowing that with fairness and equity in display, it is the turn of the South East.

Bola Tinubu was my colleague as governor, if they have conscience, they will not run for president. But they have no conscience.

“Obasanjo was president for eight years, Osinbajo was vice president for eight years and South Easterners have never been president for one year.

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“How would you sleep if you were in my position? The gods are asking questions in Igbo land, ‘where are these people?’ The gods of the Igboland, they’re asking ‘why would these people come again?’

“And the answer is that they are greedy. They should stop being greedy. And that’s what is killing Nigeria.

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“If you work you allow your brother to work; if you rule you allow your brother to rule. I’m being sincere….

“All of them in that list are my friends. My children lived with Tinubu’s wife … so it’s not a new thing to me. I just want people to have conscience before all of us die because we’ll die one day. So they should have conscience,” he said.

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Just In: Sylva Withdraws From Presidential Race

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Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, has withdrawn from the presidential race in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has returned to work.

Recall that the Northern Solidarity Group had on May 9, presented the APC’s Expression of Interest and Nomination form to the minister to enable him to contest the party’s 2023 presidential primaries.

An official at the ministry who chose to remain anonymous said Sylva withdrew from the race to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to achieve a robust oil sector.

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“He promised to consult the leader of the country and his political leaders the day he was presented with the form.

READ ALSO: Sylva, Ayade Pick APC Presidential Forms

“He believes that concentrating on his work will attract more investments for the oil and gas sector.

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“He has consulted and he believes that the challenges at the ministry and oil and gas sector are enough issues for him to begin to deal with now than going to pursue presidential ambition at the expense of the nation.

“The oil and gas sector is the mainstay of the economy and it is not like any other ministry somebody can just come in and take over.

“It requires some measures of time for the person to understand what is happening in the system.

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“For the interest of the industry and the nation, he has decided to wave that personal ambition to see what he can contribute in the remaining part of President Buhari’s administration.

“The implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 is very critical and he wants to continue to make his own contribution to the day-to-day running of the country and support Mr President for robust achievements,” the official said.

READ ALSO: Petroleum Minister, Sylva, NNPC Boss, Kyari Sabotaging Refineries Investigation, Reps Alleges

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Meanwhile, Mr Horatious Egua, Senior Special Assistant to the minister on media, when contacted, confirmed to NAN that the minister was back to work.

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Osun 2022: Davido Reacts To Adeleke’s Video On Election Funds

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Top Nigerian singer Davido has reacted to a viral video where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, vowed to surpass the financial strength of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

While addressing some members of the PDP in Osogbo, Osun State Capital during the weekend, Adeleke had bragged of having enough money both in naira and foreign currencies to win the governorship election.

The PDP candidate boasted that he was more prepared for the 2022 governorship race than in 2018 when Adegboyega Oyetola defeated him.

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The PDP candidate in a 55-second video said in Yoruba, “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money. And it is not only naira; I came with dollars, pounds and Euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”

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Reacting, Davido posted the video on his Insta stories with the caption, “Fire for fire Kpa for Kpa”.

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Meanwhile, Governor Gboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has said that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder in the July 16 governorship election.

The group described the statement as absurd and unacceptable.

A statement by the Director-General of the campaign council, Ajibola Bashiru, on Monday in Osogbo, said that the boast by Adeleke to have enough money – both local and in foreign currencies – to execute his political ambition was embarrassing.

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Bashiru said that on daily basis, the PDP candidate was proving to the electorate that he had nothing to offer.

READ ALSO: Osun 2022: I Remain PDP Candidate, Adeleke Insists

“Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt about the quality of our party, the APC and our administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years.

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“We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted.

“This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.

“Osun people are enlightened, they know that the state and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder.

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“Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people.

“This way, he will also be supporting the present administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the state and change its narrative as a civil service state, to one bubbling with economic activities.

“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the state for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the state.

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“We assure the PDP candidate that like the administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing ground for his business to thrive and ensure Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment,” he said.

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Bashiru also cautioned Adeleke against overheating the polity with his incendiary comments and violent tendencies, wondering what he meant by saying ‘its fire for fire this time around’.

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“As a responsible party, we urge Senator Adeleke and his party to embrace peaceful conduct and decorum in their political engagements and electioneering.

“We must avoid any comment or action that can jeopardise the peace and stability of our state,” he said.

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