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Why PDP Will Lose C’River Guber Election – Former Party Stalwart

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A former stalwart of PDP in Cross River State has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to which he now belongs will work hard to ensure that PDP does not win the governorship election in March 2023.

Former Commissioner for Lands and former Managing Director of Tinapa Business Resort, Bassey Ndem stated in an interview in Calabar that it would amount to gross injustice for PDP to return to power in the state.

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According to him, allowing PDP to win will deny those in the Southern senatorial district access to power for several more years.

He said: “PDP was wrong to have decided to zone power to Cross River Central thereby denying the southern district [the] opportunity to access power whereas it is their rightful turn.

“We will do everything legally and electorally possible to discourage voters from voting for their governorship candidate. We will block them.

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“I believe much in merit. I believe much in rotation. This is why the APC will win the governorship election in March 2023 because they have rightly zoned the governorship to those whose turn it is in the southern district. This is why the people are happy and ready to vote massively for their son, Prince Bassey Otu.”

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Ndem, now a traditional title holder in the Efik Kingdom further explained why he refused to defect from APC to Labour Party as rumoured.

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He said he had to ponder over such a decision deeply, saying if he had done that in order to run for governorship on the ticket of LP, he would have slashed the votes for other southern guber candidates thereby reducing their chance to win.

“It was for this reason that I had to invite other governorship aspirants from the southern district in both APC and PDP to a meeting, hoping to persuade them to collapse structures for one candidate from the South as a way of ensuring bloc vote.”

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Call For Unity Meeting Now, Edo Central PDP Chieftain Tells Obaseki

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo Central Senatorial District, Chief Matthew Emiohe, has urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to go beyond declaration of ‘No victor, No Vanquished’ in the Edo PDP Supreme Court ruling, and reach out to the legacy members in order to ensure total victory for the party in the 2023 general elections.

Recall that the Appellate Court had Wednesday dismissed the legacy group’s appeal against the Obaseki-led faction and gave judgment in favour of Obaseki’s candidates.

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Emiohe, the Itohan of Esanland and one time former board member of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, insisted that it is imperative to go into the election as a strong and united PDP family.

He added that Edo Central hitherto remains a political stronghold of the PDP.

“What is expected now is for the governor to show leadership by calling for a meeting of both sides and unite everyone for the interest of the party. In Esanland, PDP has always dominated, so we cannot allow this to affect us as a party.

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“He should let the likes of Architect Mike Onolememen realise that there is still a future for him politically because what happened was an internal wrangling among brothers and that is why I feel the governor should reach out to the legacy PDP.

“ In my senatorial district, I have met with Senator Clifford Ordia to reach out to Mike Onolememen. In fairness to Ordia, he told us that if the Supreme Court judgment didn’t favour him, we should all work and vote for Onolememen because of the party,” he said.

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2023 Polls: How Division In APC Threatens Tinubu’s Victory

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The implementation of the Naira redesign policy and the resultant scarcity of the new notes appear to be tearing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) apart.

On Friday, a protest broke out in Oyo State capital, Ibadan, as people attacked banks and other locations. Earlier in the week, a protest also broke out in Benin City, Edo State, Enugu as well as other States.

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However, the biggest protest has been coming from within the ruling party, as Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party took the first salvo during a rally in Ogun State.

READ ALSO: Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

During the rally in Abeokuta, Tinubu said the redesigning of the Naira is directly targeted at his presidential ambition. He also maintained the same position in Ekiti State during the party’s rally.

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In the last 72 hours, Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has been on media rounds— he has spoken to Channels TV, TVC, Arise TV and BBC. On each appearance, the message has been the same: some elements in the Villa are conspiring against Mr Tinubu.

Some of the comments by the Kaduna State governor fueled speculations that the “Villa Cabals” are backing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who contested against Tinubu but lost.

However, in subsequent interviews, El-rufai clarified that the VP is not part of the people sabotaging the party.

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“This is not the policy of our candidate (Bola Tinubu), this is the policy of fifth columnists. They want to bring us down, they want to bring this country down,” El-rufai had said during the interview on Channels TV.

Apart from El-rufai, other associates of Mr Tinubu also made some media rounds. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola was on Instagram Live discussing the campaign, while Ajuri Ngalale held nothing back during an interview.

Ngalale accused the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele of presenting a poor policy direction to president Buhari.

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The outcome of the policy wasn’t what Emefiele initially presented to the President,” he said during an interview.

It would be recalled that the VP has also criticized the implementation of the policy.

Osinbajo, during a meeting with some players in the Fintech sector, said Nigerians are suffering the impact of the scarcity of the new notes.

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While applying pressure, some governors of the APC equally met with the president behind closed doors on Friday: however, the president insisted on seeing through the February 10 deadline. Shortly after the meeting, Emefiele also announced that there will be no further extension.

The no-extension stance of President Buhari and Emefiele appears to be consistent with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who asked the CBN not to extend the deadline beyond the fixed date.

Many within the ruling party are concerned that the impact of the policy may affect their chances at the polls considering how the PDP and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) are making a push into the Northwest.

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“Asiwaju is coming to terms with the impact of this policy on the election, therefore, he is pushing the Southwest base. The crowd in Osun was a statement, then Ekiti again. He is sending a message,” Ibrahim Gbadamosi, the coordinator of Asiwaju Grassroots Support told Daily Post.

“There is an uptick here, the fact the Asiwaju spoke up— he opened up the conversation around it. And look at it, the governors, particularly the Northern governors are solidly behind him. So there is no reason to be worried.

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“We have six states in Southwest, we are optimistic of about five States in Northcentral, three States in Northeast and still strong in Northwest. In fact, we are pushing in States in Southsouth and Southeast.” He said.

Despite the optimism in the camp of the ruling party, many believe that the hardship associated with the swap of Naira may further weaken the chances of the ruling party.
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Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

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Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

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The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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