The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has claimed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, offered him a senatorial ticket when they met in London, United Kingdom.
Wike revealed this during a media chat on Friday morning.
The governor arranged the chat in a bid to address the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to Wike, he contested the presidential primaries because he wanted to be the candidate, so he didn’t buy a senatorial form.
“I didn’t contest so I can become a vice presidential candidate.
“I am not like others who were not serious and bought senatorial form alongside presidential form, and that’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it.”
Mob Attack Kogi INEC Headquarters
The Kogi State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission located in Lokoja was on Wednesday morning attacked by a mob who barricaded all entrances to the office and prevented access to staff members to carry out routine duties.
However, it took the timely intervention of military officers to calm the situation.
This was disclosed in a statement titled “Siege on the INEC State Headquarters in Lokoja” signed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Hale Longpet, and made available to our correspondent Wednesday evening.
“The siege also prevented attorneys representing Kogi Freezes State, LG Accounts parties involved in the recent off-cycle governorship election from inspecting documents/materials used in the election.
“The security agencies have assured us that they will maintain normalcy on our premises,” the statement partly read.
The commission promised all parties and litigants of its commitment to granting unimpeded access to all materials needed to prosecute their petitions.
Edo 2024: ‘It’s Youth O’clock’, Declares Eruaga, As He Joins LP Guber Race
Mr. Jacob Eruaga, a Labour Party (LP) governorship aspirant in the 2024 Edo State gubernatorial election has said it is high time the youths occupied the number one seat in the state.
Eruaga said this at the secretariat of the LP, Benin, where he formally declared his interest to contest the forthcoming governorship election.
According to him, having consulted with leaders of the party at his ward and local government levels, he decided to formally make his intention known to the State Working Committee.
The aspirant who said being a youth, his agendas are youths inclusive, appealed to them (youths) to join him in his bid to deliver the state from reoccurring old leaders.
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Eruaga added: “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the youths to come out en-masse and support this project. Because it is ‘Youth O’clock ‘; It our time, and it is our time to do the right thing.
“Politics is not dirty, it is when you leave it for dirty people that it’s becomes dirty So, I am encouraging the youths to come out en-masse and support this project and key into it. Having the youths at my side, I believe I will clinch the ticket.”
Welcoming the aspirant to the state secretariat of the LP, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, state chairman of the party said: “We have advised him in our own characteristics that he should move to the wards and local governments to sensitise the people. Charity they say begins at home. We have, as well, advised him to try and speed his tentacles across the LGAs and wards.” (Sic)
Edo 2024: Ex-Rep Member, PDP Chieftain Dumps Party
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo State Mr. Sergius Ogun, has dumped the party.
Ogun, a former member of the House of Representatives, was one of the frontline aspirants for the next year’s governorship election in the state on the platform of the PDP.
The former two-term member of the green chamber, tendered his resignation from the party in a four-paragraph letter dated 23 November, 2023 and addressed to the ward 10 chairman of the party in Ugboha, Esan South-East local government area.
He was elected in 2015 to the Federal House of Representatives on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform to represent the Esan North-East/Esan South-East Constituency.
He was a member of the House Committee on the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja.
Ogun cited “recent developments within the party”, which he said makes it difficult for him to continue to contribute to nation building, as reason for his resignation from the PDP.”
His resignation letter reads:
“I write to notify you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (POP)
effective Wednesday 22nd November 2023.
“I wish to express my profound gratitude to the party for the privilege given to me to serve in the Federal House of Representatives for two terms. It has been a great honour to contribute to nation building through the platform of the party. However, recent developments within the party has made my continuous participation and contribution to nation building untenable.
“I appreciate you personally for your leadership and extend my best wishes to the party in all future activities.”
The former federal lawmaker is yet to indicate his next destination, but, an insider in the PDP who did not want his name mentioned in print, suggested that Ogun might be heading to the Labour Party (LP), ahead of the party primaries early next year.
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