The Progressives Vanguard, a youth group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has expressed fears that the party risks losing next year’s gubernatorial election if something drastic was not done.
The group’s position, which was contained in a statement signed by the Convener, Jamiu Ganiyu, and made available to DAILY POST, noted that the manner which issues were being handled within the party without due diligence and caution, had put the ruling party in dire strait.
Ganiyu also stated that despite the foregoing, there were no meaningful moves to correct the aberrations, particularly in strategic strongholds of the party in the state.
He explained that, the group had been following many controversies that the ruling party had found itself in recent times with keen interest.
He warned that the party may lose its traditional stronghold in Ife and Modakeke Zones in the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state unless drastic measures were taken to correct the aberrations already perpetrated by party leaders.
According to him, “At present, Modakeke APC is in shambles as a result of high-handedness, overzealousness, and self-serving actors who deliberately created crises where none exist for their self-glorification.
“The party has returned to its yesteryears of sharp divisions, violence, deprivation which has eroded many fruitful efforts that were achieved before the 2014 gubernatorial election which gave the progressives a resounding victory of over 10,000 votes to the ruling party then. The same energy was sustained till the 2018/2019 gubernatorial and national elections respectively despite the dwindling fortunes of our party generally in the State, Modakeke APC continued to achieve victory.”
For more than two years, Ganiyu lamented, “the once United family had crumbled and recent actions by the state actors have polarised the party further while party structures have completely lost touch with reality.”
He complained that the zone was robbed of representation in the composition of the caretaker committee of the party in the State and rejected the idea of forcing a minority on the majority, recycling of unpopular and unqualified candidates.
“There are other Issues that call for deeper reflection and require prompt action to avert the imminent danger ahead. This was reflected in the manner in which the caretaker management was composed where democratically exercise organised by the party was completely jettisoned followed by the recently concluded wards and local government congresses where 30 percent was apportioned to the majority while the minority took 70 percent.
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“The resultant of this grievous act has started playing out with the defection of immediate local excos of the party and other stalwarts to the Peoples Democratic Party while other aggrieved individuals in their large numbers deserted the party structures,” he said.
He alleged that the ill-treatment Senator Iyiola Omisore was meting out to the core progressives in Ifeland was another factor playing out at the moment, where founding members of the party are being treated as second-class citizens.
“With the recent increase of Modakeke polling units from twenty-nine to eighty-seven by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), this would provide convenience and motivate electorates more than ever before in Modakeke and environs.
“The earlier this issue is critically looked into, the better for the progressives”, the statement concluded.
Edo: Those Who Defected To PDP With Obaseki Are Almost Herdsmen, Party Chieftain Laments
Mr. Charles Idahosa, leader of the political group who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the All Progressive Congress, APC, alongside Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2020, has complained about the fate of the defectors, lamenting that they are becoming “political herdsmen.”
Idahosa states this even as the PDP is busy searching for solutions to the crisis bedevilling the party.
The former Commissioner of the state lamented that those of them who followed Obaseki to the PDP had been stranded.
He expressed fear that they could become “political herdsmen roaming from point A to B to C because of some few greedy political lightweight “.
While admitting that the lingering crisis had negative effects on the performance of the governor in his second term, the PDP chieftain noted that the problem started when, the governor’s camp, while looking for a platform for Obaseki to actualise his second term ambition, having been thrown out of the APC, did not take into cognizance, the bad blood in the PDP.
“I concur also with that belief that the topmost delivery that Edo people know H. E. Godwin Obaseki for is missing in his one year second term. But the truth is that, when we were running from scorpions, we didn’t fully know that were bedding with snakes”, Idahosa lamented.
Idahosa, who addressed a press conference in Benin on Wednesday, said that rather than blame Governor Obaseki for the lingering crisis in the Edo PDP, the old members of the party, who resisted all moves to integrate the new entrants, should be held responsible for the crisis.
He asserted that Obaseki had done all he could do to ensure that everyone was accommodated.
Idahosa added that contrary to the belief that Obaseki lacks the quality to live in a peaceful coexistence with political actors, as indicated in the present crisis in the PDP, said that the truth “was that before we joined the PDP in 2020, the party had been divided into factions and it is those old PDP members who are shut out that causing the crisis and not the governor”.
The PDP leader added that Governor Obaseki’s main concern was the integration of those who followed him to the PDP, adding that that was why the governor appointed only 11 commissioners out of the 21 the state normal has, with the hope that the old PDP would allow harmonisation and fill the remaining 10 slots and the remaining 218 other political vacant positions would be shared equitably.
“The NWC of the party should do something. Edo issues would have been resolved like Benue and Sokoto States if not for the in-house crisis that is destabilising Governor Obaseki.
“The man has begged, cajoled, threatened and done all possible things to make PDD harmonies, but for personal gains with 2023 in mind, the old hawks in PDP Edo are resisting, but sooner than later, the right thing will be done”, he assured.
Idahosa explained that the rallying cry was enacted for the political liberation of the Edo people from the shackles of the godfathers, beginning with the late Chief Tony Anenih and in the last election to curtain Adams Oshiomhole, who fought Anenih as a godfather but wanted to play a godfather role.
“Today, every Edo man, particularly the Binis, have a sense of fulfilment that they dared the forces that the Godfather from threw at them I’m the last gubernatorial elections”, Idahosa submitted.
Idahosa therefore called on the governor and all stakeholders” to stop the unnecessary suspension and counter suspension forthwith”.
On that local parlance rallying cry of “Torgba” (it must complete) and “Ogbane” (it is complete) used during the 2020 gubernatorial elections in the state to secure a second term for Governor Obaseki, the political top shot bemoaned a situation where Edo citizens translated that to mean that because they supported the second term bid of the governor, the people could now act with impunity.
“I beg the pardon of religious persons, for us: Torgba and Ogbane are sacred words too, not word to place politics with, as it would amount to rubbishing our struggles.
“Anytime it rains or when wind blows away people’s houses, they will say ‘Torgab, Omagbane nia’ (we want it complete, it has completed), or when people build on flood channel, or right of way and such illegal building is pulled down as if the governor was re-elected to come and pamper their inadequacies or encourage them to flout town planning laws and become recalcitrant and lawless”, he bemoaned.
PDP Vice Chairman, Secretary, Others Join APC In Yobe
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State has made another ‘big catch’ as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Usman Amale, Assistant Secretary Ahmadu Biriri and others have defected to the ruling party.
Receiving the former PDP officials in Damaturu on Tuesday, the State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, said they should be part of the movement to salvage Nigeria.
This was disclosed by Buni’s Spokesman, Mamman Mohammed in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen.
Buni in the statement said, “APC is now a movement that is targeting the unity, progress and development of Nigeria, we are receiving high profile Nigerians from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and geo-political backgrounds.
“The solution to the problems facing Nigeria lies in the political stability of the country, we should all come together to promote our unity for development.”
Buni informed the defectors that they have equal rights and opportunities like any other member to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
The former PDP Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Usman Amale said they had no reason remaining in PDP and apologised for the delay.
“In fact, we had no reason being in PDP because our leader and Chairman of APC needs the support for political stability in Nigeria”, Amale said.
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He commended Gov. Buni for his selfless contribution to Nigeria’s growth and development,saying “You made us very proud and we are obliged to support you”
Rivers APC Crisis Worsens As Sen Abe Inaugurates Parallel Exco
Senator Magnus Abe who formerly represented Rivers South East Senatorial district Tuesday inaugurated his parallel State Executive of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
The inauguration came two days after the nationwide State congress of the APC which was laced with crisis in several States of the Federation.
The inauguration took place at the Freedom House, a campaign secretariat of Sen. Abe located at the GRA area of Port Harcourt, thereby deepening factional crisis of the party in Rivers as another faction loyal to the former governor and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi were also claiming to be the authentic APC executives in the State.
Those inaugurated included Golden Chioma, state chairman; Mike Amakiri, deputy chairman; Inye Jack, secretary; Joy Woko, state woman leader, among others.
Speaking with newsmen after the inauguration, Chioma said their faction held the ward, local and state congresses that produced leaders at the various levels in the state, even as he called on Governor Nyesom Wike to prepare his handover note in 2023.
This action has again put a doubt on the integrity of Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi’s leadership of the APC in Rivers State.
Senator Abe and the Minister have been in a running battle for the soul of APC in Rivers State. The development cost the party the 2019 governorship election in the State.