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Edo Guber: TCO Congratulates Okpebholo On His Emergence As APC Candidate

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Tinubu Campaign Organisation (TCO) congratulates Senator Monday Okpebholo Tinubu Campaign Organisation (TCO) has congratulated Senator Monday Okpebholo on his emergence as the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State gubernatorial candidate.

In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mr Joshua Ilevbare, TCO national coordinator, said that Senator Okpebholo got the overwhelming endorsement of the party delegates because they recognised his love, genuine concern and commitment to people’s wellbeing and effective governance in line with the principles of the APC.

Ilevbare remarked, “The landmark acceptance and endorsement by a majority of party delegates as the flag bearer of our great party across the entire 18 local governments of Edo State is a clear indication of your eloquent credibility and competence to meet the demands and desires of the good people of the state.”

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He further stated that the emergence of the Senator with the popular votes at the APC governorship primaries held on 22nd February 2024 against all odds over the elite’s preferred candidate was a victory for democracy and conquest of political godfatherism in Edo State politics.

While expressing his satisfaction with the conduct of the primary election, he noted that the outcome of the primary was a reassurance that APC had fast become a highly conflict-sensitive political party consciously getting rid of political gangsterism.

The TCO co-ordinator commended the party leader for making the primaries hitch-free.

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He said, “We want to say a big thank you to the father of modern democracy in Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Chairman and all members of the National Working Committee(NWC) for your prompt intervention.”

The political group advised Okpebholo to offer charismatic, visionary and exemplary leadership and people-oriented governance for the restoration of hope to the good people of the state.

He added, “We implore you to embrace the democratic principle of zoning in selecting members of your cabinet when you assume office come September 2024 by the grace of God.”

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He appealed to the people of Edo State to give Okpebholo, a trusted, tested illustrious son of Edo state, their mandate at the polls to steer the ship of state for a brighter and prosperous future.

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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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JUST IN: ADC Reps Member Defects To APC

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The member representing Ijumu/Kabba Bunu federal constituency of Kogi state, Hon. Idris Salman on Tuesday, July 23, announced his defection from the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Salman, who was one of the two ADC lawmakers elected into the 10th Assembly, said he was defecting to the ruling party after due consultations.

His defection which is the first since the House was inaugurated on 13th June, 2023, was greeted with loud applause by members present at plenary.

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The minority whip, Hon. Ali Isa JC, however, asked the House to declare the seat of the defecting member vacant in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

He said the Constitution provides that any member who defects from the party that sponsored him as a member of the House should lose his seat especially when there is no crisis in the party.

However, the minority whip’s position was overshadowed by a cacophony of voices, as the chamber erupted into chaos with members attempting to drown out his remarks.

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The defection of Salman reduces the number of the minority caucus to 179.

 

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