An aide to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Terver Akase, has debunked reports which claimed that the G-5 governors has endorsed the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 elections.
Akase, Ortom’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
The PDP G-5 governors made up of Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State), had yet to throw their weight behind Atiku, following their agitation for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the party.
But an online report had claimed that the G-5 governors resolved to support Atiku.
Refuting the claim, the statement by Akase read, “We read a fictitious online report which claimed that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5 have resolved to work for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 election.
“The report is not only false but also mischievous as it is targeted at embarrassing the five Governors who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity.
“Manufacturers of the said report were apparently on a desperate mission to score a cheap political point. The report could not mention the place and date of the said meeting of G-5 Governors.
“The writers only sought to take advantage of the crisis within the PDP for their selfish purposes. Governor Ortom and other members of the G-5 have not endorsed the said presidential candidate.
“When the Governor met with the expanded state caucus of PDP yesterday January 9, 2023 at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, his message to them was crystal clear that the national leadership of PDP has failed to utilise its internal conflict resolution mechanism which has led to the crisis rocking the party. The Governor said during the meeting that if the crisis is not resolved before the elections, he would be left with no other option than to take a stand on the matter.
“He added, however, that he wouldn’t impose his decision on members of the party in the state.
“Stakeholders present at the meeting commended the Governor for his patriotic disposition and pledged to line up behind him.
“Those who spoke on behalf of zones A, B and C, as well as for women and youths, all said Governor Ortom has shown the character of a dependable leader who puts the interest of his people first. The stakeholders pledged to find ways of resolving the internal crisis rocking the party while assuring the Governor that they would continue to stand with him through thick and thin.
“Governor Ortom did not address the press after the meeting. The online report is therefore fake and should be disregarded.”
South, Middle Belt Leaders To Resist Derail Of Peaceful Transition
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has vowed to oppose any attempt to foil peaceful transition of power after the 2023 election.
The body chaired by Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark had on Thursday reaffirmed support for Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.
A former Information Minister, John Nwodo warned those who plan to disrupt the general polls fixed for February 25 and March 11.
Nwodo stated that the forum and all well-meaning citizens will not allow those who “try to change the hands of the clock of Nigeria”.
“We will not allow them to derail a peaceful transition to the next civilian government of this country.
“We shall rise like one-man in defence of the ballot box and that Nigerians must go to vote”, the ex-Ohanaeze President-General asserted.
Since late 2022, Southern leaders and groups have openly declared support for Obi, a former Anambra governor, insisting power must return to the region.
Obi enjoys support for the youth demography but faces an herculean task as he seeks to pilot the retirement of the old guards in Nigeria’ politics.
Tinubu: Fani-Kayode Calls For Removal, Arrest Of CBN Gov, Emefiele
A spokesperson for the All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode has called for the removal and arrest of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Goodwin Emefiele.
There are insinuations at the camp of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu that the move by the apex bank was targeted at frustrating the party during the forthcoming elections.
The CBN governor had several times, debunked the allegations, stressing that the move has no political motives.
But Fani-Kayode in a tweet on his official handle on Friday said Emefiele wants to scuttle the election by causing chaos via the currency crisis.
The tweet reads, “Let me make this clear. Emefiele has NO intention of releasing new naira notes until March. He wants people to suffer, he wants chaos & he wants to scuttle the election.
“He is a dangerous pawn in the hands of sinister anti-democratic forces. Remove, arrest & detain him NOW”!
Tinubu: Atiku Loves The Masses, Hates Influence Of Bullion Van In 2023 Elections – Shaibu
The Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization said the former Vice President is in support of the cashless policy for his love for the masses and hates the influence of bullion van in the election.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had alleged that Atiku is behind the lingering currency scarcity across the country.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku described it as inglorious for the Kaduna State governor to play politics with the situation, instead of sympathizing with the masses.
He stated “For the avoidance of doubt, the currency crisis (and indeed all other crises), as it stands today, is a mess created by the APC and it will be imprudent of the Kaduna State governor or anyone else to associate the PDP or its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar with the crisis.
“It is curious why Governor el-Rufai and other elements of his ilk in the APC had to wait this long before they found it contingent to speak in disapproval of policies initiated by their political party. Perhaps, it is because, for them, self-interest in an election season is more important than the public interest.
“As a matter of fact, the lingering fuel scarcity and, indeed, the currency crisis of which el-Rufai so bitterly complained about did not just start today. In major cities across the country, Nigerians have been contending with the problem of fuel scarcity for almost two years in some places like the Federal Capital Territory, while el-Rufai and others crying foul in the APC turned blind eyes to the plight of Nigerians.
“On the contrary, Atiku Abubakar and the PDP have persistently brought the attention of the country to the sufferings of Nigerians by the APC administration in the past almost eight years.
“Nigerians surely know better who loves them more between Atiku who has remained on the side of the masses and the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu who has never come out in defense of the people against the hardship that the APC has subjected the country to since it took power in 2015.
“If Mallam el-Rufai is interested in knowing who hates the people of Nigeria, he should look in the direction of his political master who drove two bullion vans into his residence on the eve of election day in 2019”.
Shaibu said the APC and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are crying foul to the currency change policy because they fear the policy will frustrate their alleged vote-buying plans.
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