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Defection: APC Nat’l Chair, Govs Storm Yola, Formally Receive PDP BoT Member

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The national caretaker committee chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mai Mala Buni along side party chieftain formally received the Board of Trustees (BoT) member of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Grace Folashade Jackson Bent to the opposition party (APC) in Adamawa State.

Buni, who was ably represented by former senate President, Mr. Ken Nnamani said Grace is a crowd puller with her APC in Adamawa state will reclaim its relevance.

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The APC Chieftain from the southeast revealed that Mrs. Jackson is the first female Senator to formally decamped to APC because she considered the party to be a moving train.

He assured that the party is a moving train and wise people like Grace are grabbing the opportunity because in 2023 APC will still clinch the presidency seat.

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“APC is getting stronger by the day, it’s becoming more vibrant than ever before, Grace is a crowd puller, we welcome her to the moving train. With her, we are claiming our political relevance in Adamawa state, and in 2023 APC will clinch the presidency seat.” Ken said

Grace who has formally registered her membership in the Dung ward of Numan Local Government Area of the state as a full-fleshed member of the APC.

Reacting to her defection, the Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru said despite the fake news, lies, the campaign of calumny against the APC Government, Nigerian Masses believe in the leadership of President Mohammadu Buhari.

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He said in all aspects of life, Buhari has touched the lives of Nigerians in many positive ways because his performance speaks volumes for itself.

READ ALSO: Just In: Two PDP Lawmakers Join Ayade In APC

According to him, Senator Bent is lucky to have joined APC at a time people in hundreds are joining the party because they have realized it to be a promising party to Nigerians, and her indelible records while a Senator is all the time speaks well of her.

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“People are joining APC in hundreds and many from Adamawa are coming to join also, it’s APC, a train of the moment and I’m calling on many more people to join soon, let’s get moving to save our dear nation.

“Despite the huge drop in our revenue generation, the social investment programs are there to speak of themselves,

“The 260 road projects inherited by Buhari’s administration are been completed, he is working on over 800 roads across the length and breadth of this country,” Bagudu said

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While reacting to her defection, Senator Jackson said her eyes opened and she got a lot of wisdom when she defected to APC.

She said one of her reasons of her dumping the PDP despite being the party BoT member was because of her many discoveries about how President Muhammadu Buhari is taking the country to greater heights.

According to her, she joined APC with another tune of concern for the people of Adamawa State, most especially the Southern Senatorial District to dance the tune of APC loudly.

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READ ALSO: Buni-led Committee Summons Lai Mohammed Over Kwara APC Parallel Secretariat

“I’m dancing the tune of APC, I’m their willing instrument that I can be used to dance and sing well for the total liberation of my people. I will dance to bring development, to build the hospitals and schools, to build places of worship and give scholarship to our children and wards, I will dance to bring more democratic dividends of helping the less privileged. (Sic)

“I will make sure to do more than what I have done while in PDP because APC is for the Nigerian Masses, which I’m willing to join hands with my party leaders to build a country of our fatherland where happiness, peaceful coexistence will reign,” Grace said

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2023: Keyamo Reveals Tinubu-Shettima Podcast Four Days To Campaign

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The spokesperson for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has disclosed the first edition of his podcast – a recording of audio discussion – on the numerous achievements of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

Keyamo revealed this while sharing a clip of his first podcast on social media Saturday evening.

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment hinted that it would also be used as a tool to deflate misconceptions and set the tone for the presidential campaign, which begins September 28.

READ ALSO: Why PDP Senator, Chimaroke was Listed In Tinubu’s Campaign Council – APC

“I welcome you to the first edition of a weekly podcast I will bring to you as the chief image maker of this campaign, highlighting the issues, debunking the fallacies and setting the tone for this campaign on a weekly basis.”

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He also said his candidate (Tinubu) was an easy one to sell, adding that his records were there for everyone to see.

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Amid Wike Chaos, PDP Starts Atiku Campaign

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Considers Abuja, Asaba Or Yola For Flag-off

 

Despite the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the party is going ahead with preparations for the commencement of its presidential campaign for the 2023 general elections, without the embattled Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and members of his team.

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This is as the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, assured that disagreement among members would be resolved very soon.

Wike and his supporters had, on Wednesday, pulled out of the Campaign Council of the party’s presidential candidate and vowed not to play any role until the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, resigned.

However, Vanguard learnt that the PDP, which has fixed Wednesday, September 28, for the inauguration of the Campaign Council, is considering three states/ venues for the flag-off.

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The presidential and National Assembly campaigns begin the same Wednesday, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable, and will run through Thursday, February 23, 2023, while the elections proper hold Saturday, February 25, 2023.

A party insider familiar with the development said the PDP was putting finishing touches to drawing up the programme of events for the inauguration as well as logistics.

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“For now, Abuja, where we will be inaugurating the Campaign Council, Uyo, Asaba and Yola are among the venues being considered. We are taking a lot of things into consideration.

“We have not settled for a venue because our candidate is still moving around meeting zonal caucuses to hear from each one of them directly”, the source revealed.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, who is currently in Uyo with members of the National Working Committee and other party leaders, told Vanguard on the phone that the party was going ahead with its plans and programmes.

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He said, “Our programmes are going ahead as planned, nothing has changed. The date for the inauguration of our campaign council is already known, we will make the venue and time for the flag-off public when we are ready.”

The PDP has been enmeshed in internal rumblings since after its presidential primary election in May which Atiku, a former vice president, won.

The decision of Wike, who finished second in the primary, and his supporters not to be part of the presidential campaign has further widened the cracks in the party.

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Divided Party

While the PDP standard bearer is doing everything to unite the party for the forthcoming elections, the state chapters have remained divided.

It is understood that in Cross Rivers State, while a former governor and member of the reconciliation committee, Mr Liyel Imoke, is in the camp of Atiku, another former governor, Mr Donald Duke, is in Wike’s camp.

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Findings also showed that in Lagos State, while a former Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olabode George, is in bed with Wike who, he said, was fighting for justice and equity in the PDP, the party’s governorship candidate in the 2023 elections, Olajide ‘Jandor’ Adediran, is with Atiku.

And whereas the governor-elect in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, is with the Atiku group, a governorship aspirant in the last election, Dotun Babayemi, has joined the Wike group.

In Ekiti, those in the Atiku camp include former deputy governors Kolapo Olusola Eleka, Dr Sikiru Lawal, and Senator Abiodun Olujimi. Others are the factional state chairman, Deji Ogunsakin, a former PDP chairman, Gboyega Oguntuase, PDP State Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, state Woman Leader, Sade Akinrinmade, former Deputy Speaker, Segun Adewumi and former House of Assembly member, Hon. Samuel Omotosho.

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Those in Wike’s camp include former Gov. Ayodele Fayose, Mr. Lere Olayinka, all party candidates except Senator Olujimi, former acting Gov. Tunji Odeyemi and the Secretary, Elders Council, Mr. Idowu Odeyemi.

In Ondo State, while the two-term governor, Olusegun Mimiko, is with Wike, his political son and former governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Eyitayo Jegede, is a staunch ally of Atiku.

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Also, a former deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, who was in the same camp with Mimiko during the last governorship election in Ondo, is not on the same page with him this time around. Ajayi is with Atiku even as he’s contesting for the Senate seat in Ondo South.

Many leaders of the party in the state are not at home with the support Jegede is giving to Atiku and the make-belief that the party in the state is lining up behind Atiku.

Those who spoke with Sunday Vanguard in confidence recalled how Wike and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State bankrolled Jegede’s governorship election in 2020 and also supported the PDP while Atiku ignored the party during its trying times after Jegede lost the election to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Sunday Vanguard’s findings further revealed that in Edo State, while Governor Godwin Obaseki is undecided, the South-South zonal Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, is on the side of Wike.

Sources said the Atiku camp and that of the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, desperate to win over Orbih from Wike by recognizing his faction against that of Obaseki, has yielded no fruit.

In Ogun State, the party’s governorship candidate, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, his running mate, Abdulkabir Akinlade, and the Sikirulahi Ogundele-led executive are with Atiku while others queue behind Wike.

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Whereas in Oyo, Governor Seyi Makinde is one of the arrowheads of Ayu must go and vicariously with Wike, many party leaders in the state are rooting for Atiku.

Disagreement will be resolved soon – Atiku

Meanwhile, Atiku has described it as family issues, challenges bedevilling the party and assured that they would soon be resolved.

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He gave the assurance on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, during the 35th-anniversary celebration of the creation of the state.

Represented by the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and Governor of Sokoto State, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal, Atiku appealed to the people to support the PDP to return to power at the centre and also to remain in power in the state.

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His words: “I urge Akwa Ibom people to continue their support for the governor to finish strong. I believe also that with your support, Pastor Umo Eno, will emerge as your next governor. We believe that there should be continuity of PDP in Akwa Ibom while our party will return to power in 2023.

“Yes, we must acknowledge that we are having internal family issues, but be rest assured that we are not involved or engaged in the war of attrition.

“It is a political disagreement and very soon, all of that will be resolved and the PDP will remain stronger, until we win the election, by the grace of God, come February 2023.”
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Why I’m Silent Over PDP Crisis – Saraki

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has spoken after a long time, giving reasons why he has been silent over the series of crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party.

Saraki, who just returned from an annual vacation, went straight to Akwa Ibom State to join the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the state’s creation.

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Saraki said he had been working silently, adding that there were times when it was necessary to do this.

The PUNCH reports that the PDP, of which Saraki is a member, has been battling leadership crisis, particularly the aggressive calls for the resignation of its National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, specifically led by governors Nyesom Wike and Seyi Makinde of Rivers State and Oyo State respectively.

Wike’s camp had recently pulled out of the campaign council of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

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Atiku, who seemed to be boxed in a corner, being a notable figure in the party, had not taken side on the call for the resignation of Ayu.

Rather, Atiku maintained that the party’s constitution must be followed. Atiku also recently said that Ayu could not be forced to resign. This is as Wike continues to drag the party even by holding media parleys, alleging bribery and raising several allegations.

Aggrieved members of the PDP had hinged their calls for the resignation of Ayu on regional reasons, saying they wanted the South to a hold a position in the party’s leadership.

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READ ALSO: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike Orders Arrest Of Atiku’s Ally In Rivers

Reacting via Facebook post on his verified page, Saturday, Saraki said, “I just returned from my annual vacation and went straight to Akwa Ibom to join the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the state’s creation.

“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP. My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scene is more productive. This is such a time.”

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Throwing weight behind Atiku, Saraki said, “The PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls!”

 

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