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Why PDP G5 Govs’ll Support Tinubu In 2027 – Ortom

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The immediate past governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has expressed the plans by the G5 Governors within the Peoples Democratic Party, to support the Presidential and second-term ambition of President Bola Tinubu in 2027.

Ortom who made this revelation on Sunday, January 7, during a luncheon hosted by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, in Rivers, claimed that the G5 had no regret for supporting Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 Presidential election.

Assuring Nigerians that Tinubu will fix security, economy and other critical areas of challenge in the country, said the group will again back the President for a second term in office as Nigeria’s president in 2027.

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“If we work to ensure Bola Ahmed succeeds, there will be tomorrow for anybody to even contest the election at all.

“Our leader, Nyesom Wike, has already made a declaration that in 2027, we are supporting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“We have nowhere to go because that is what Nigerians believe. Even in the past administration that took Nigeria from top to bottom, we allowed them to work for eight years.

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“So, why can’t a seasoned administrator in the person of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu rule us for eight years,” Ortom stated.

The members of the group include Ortom, Nyesom Wike, Emmanuel Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).

Meanwhile, all the members of the group concluded their second term of eight years as governor in May 2024, except Makinde who is now in his second term.

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Journalist Joins Ondo Guber Race, Promises Socio-economic Development

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A veteran journalist and publisher, Adeleke Collins Olagundoye has declared his intention to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.

Olagundoye, said he would be contesting under the platform of the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He’s state coordinator of both the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Ondo State.

The aspirant, whos from Okitipupa council area of the state, said he is passionate about the development of the state.

Olagundoye assured the people of the state that he has the blueprint to harness the potential of the state for socio-economic development.

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According to him  “my desire to throw my hat into the ring to contest the April primary election of the APC was borne out my commitment to build on the legacies of the APC government in both the state and the federal level in the interest of the masses.”

Olagundoye said he has conceptualised a policy framework tagged Ondo SMART project, which includes Socio-Economic Mobility, Modernization, Autonomy, Agriculture, Resources, and Technology

“This is not merely a political agenda but a comprehensive plan—a promise to deliver good governance and prosperity to our state.

“The Ondo SMART project of my administration is a testament to our commitment to building a Smart Sunshine State that stands as a model of progress and inclusivity.

” That is why in my pursuit of a vibrant and resourceful governance, I pledge to steer the ship of Ondo State towards socio-economic growth, reducing unemployment and poverty to nearly zero point.

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“Imagine an Ondo State where insecurity, healthcare concerns, poverty, and food shortages are mere relics of the past—where our elderly revel in the security of a well organised social security system.

” I draw inspiration from the resilience of the All Progressives Congress, echoing the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that count.

” We stand on the shoulders of incredible achievements at both the Federal and State levels, and I commit to building upon this legacy and support.

” So let us embrace the change we seek, for it is through change that we forge a brighter tomorrow. I cannot achieve this change alone.

” I humbly ask you to join me in this noble and historic mission and together, let us script a new chapter in the history of Ondo State—a chapter defined by progress, inclusivity, and the unwavering spirit of the Sunshine people.”

Olagundoye said that “Together, we can make Ondo State the envy of all. Together, we can make Ondo State the home we all want it to be.”

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PDP Shuns Shaibu, Presents Certificate Of Return To Ighodalo Tuesday

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The Peoples Democratic Party will on Tuesday present Certificate of Return to its Edo State governorship candidate, Dr Asuerinme Ighodalo, on Tuesday.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, disclosed this on Monday in a statement titled “PDP presents Certificate of Return to its Edo State Governorship Election Candidate, Dr. Asuerinme Ighodalo.”

The statement is, however, silent about the fate of the state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, who also reportedly emerged candidate in a parallel primary held on the same day.

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The statement read, “Following the successful completion of the Edo State governorship primary election and the ratification of the exercise by the appeal panel, the National Working Committee of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, hereby announces the presentation of the Certificate of Return to Dr Asuerinme Ighodalo, the elected candidate of our party for the September 21, 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

“The Certificate Presentation ceremony is scheduled as follows: Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024; Venue: National Executive Committee (NEC) Hall, Wadata Plaza, PDP National Secretariat, Abuja; Time: 12 noon.

“The national leadership of the PDP commends all leaders, critical stakeholders, and members of our party in Edo State for the peaceful and successful conduct of our governorship primary election in the state.

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“The NWC charges all members to be guided by the above-stated date and time and continue to work together to ensure victory for our party and candidate in the forthcoming election.”

Ighodalo, a former chairman of Sterling Bank, emerged as the winner of the PDP primary election in the state.

Ighodalo was elected at the delegate election of the party held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

But Shaibu held a parallel primary elsewhere and was declared the parallel winner.

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Edo Poll: Drama In LP, Idahosa Emerges Gov Candidate in Parallel Primaries, Apapa Submits Asemota’s Name To INEC

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Idahosa kicks against Apapa’s action

The last is yet to be seen of the unfolding drama in the Edo State Labour Party (LP) as Alhaji Lamidi Basiru Apapa faction as two candidates have emerged as governorship candidates for the Edo State governorship election scheduled to hold on September 21, 2024.

This is as the Abure-led faction of the party on Friday, February 23, 2024, declared Olumide Apata as it governorship candidate following the primary election conducted in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

In a parallel election held in Benin City yesterday, Saturday, February 24, Dr Hilton Idahosa, emerged as the winner, with 917 votes.

His closet rival scored 17 votes while the third contender garnered 12 votes.

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However, in a twist, Apapa, who was not present during the primary election held yesterday, reportedly wrote a secret letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), dated Thursday February 22, 2024, in which he submitted the names of Barrister Anderson Uwadiae Asemote and Barrister Monday Ojore Mawah as governorship and deputy governorship candidates respectively of the party.

The letter signed by Apapa, as Acting National Chairman, and Alhaji Saleh Lawan, as Acting National Secretary, reads in part: ‘‘We write to submit the names of our candidates that emerged from our governorship primary election conducted today (February 22, 2024) in Benin, Edo State.

‘‘You will recalled that we had earlier notified the Commission about the conduct of our party governorship primary today and we hereby forward the names of our party flag bearer for the September 21, 2024 governorship election.’’

Reacting to this development, Idahosa, who is a United Kingdom-based lawyer, described the purported letter from Apapa as fake.

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He explained that the primary election which was earlier slated for Thursday, February 21, 2024, was shifted to Saturday February 24, to allow for exigencies.

According to him, there was no primary election conducted on Friday February 22, as purported in the said letter from Apapa to INEC.

He said that the election in which he emerged as a candidate was conducted by the Labour Party state officials at the secretariat of the party on First East Circular Road, Benin City.

Idahosa noted that the said letter is the handiwork of mischief makers who are bent on causing disaffection within the ranks of the party.

Idahosa further noted that he has the backings of the state leaders and the party members, as well as that of Apapa and his team, disclosing that the true position will be made known in the coming days as his team is in dialogue with both the Apapa team and leaders of the party in the state.

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