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APC Stalwarts, Others In Delta Central Decamp To PDP At Rally In Sapele

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*Supporters Storm Venue With Banners To Showcase Edevbie Brand

More than forty political bigwigs in Delta Central Senatorial District have decamped from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and other political parties to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.  They were received by the Chairman, Delta State PDP, Olorogun Kingsley Esiso on Saturday 23rd October 2021, at a mega rally organized by Delta Central PDP at the Sapele Township Stadium.
Those who decamped from the APC and other parties to the PDP included a former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Right Hon. Monday Igbuya and two others from Sapele LGA; a one-time member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Solomon Edoja and four others from Ethiope East; Chief Francis Agwonigho, Chief Joseph Orekereke and six others from Ughelli South; Chief Johnbull Vhovhen and two others from Udu; Chief Albert Majemite, Hon. Victor Otomiewo, Mr. Frank Abugewa and four others from Uvwie LGA.
Others were Hon. Charles China, Chief Lucky Okuwere, and two others from Okpe; Chief Shedrack Imilolo, Mr. Oghenekohwo Augustine, Mr. Julius Akpovoka, and two others from Ughelli North; as well as Mr. Philip Oyibo and two others from Ethiope West LGA. They danced to the podium to drop the bunches of brooms in their hands and collected a PDP umbrella each from Olorogun Kingsley Esiso to welcome them into the PDP fold.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya, Hon. Solomon Edoja and Chief Francis Agwonigho said their decisions to return to the PDP were borne out of the fact that the PDP remains the only political party in Nigeria that has specific and realizable manifestos geared towards achieving sustainable development in Delta State. They expressed regret over their years of unfruitful sojourn in the APC and other political parties, adding that their return to the PDP was to further strengthen the party in Delta State towards winning the 2023 general elections.
Welcoming the APC decampees into the PDP, the State PDP Chairman, Chief Kingsley Esiso told them to go to their various wards, re-register and collect their membership cards as bonafide members of the PDP, stressing that there are no divisions, groups, or factions in the party. He urged them to work harder for the growth and success of the PDP so that they could become greater achievers.
Earlier, the Chairman of the PDP in Delta Central Senatorial District, Chief Patrick Fovie welcomed the mammoth crowd to the mega rally which he described as the mother of all rallies since it was organized to honour and receive notable APC and other decampees to the PDP.
For their parts, some PDP chieftains, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, Chief Ighoyota Amori and Chief John Oguma thanked the Delta Central PDP fold led by Chief Patrick Fovie for the well organized PDP rally. They noted that it was the turn of Delta Central to produce the next Governor of Delta State, come 2023, and urged the people to sustain the unity among them towards achieving the 2023 governorship agenda.
In his keynote address to round off the PDP mega rally, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commended the Delta Central PDP family for the unity among them and called for its sustenance. Reacting to the people’s agitation that the next Delta State Governor should come from Delta Central, Sen. Okowa reminded them of similar agitations from other parts of the State, and urged the Delta Central PDP to put their house in order to enable them to realize their 2023 dream.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa advised the governorship and other aspirants to go about the race peacefully so as not to jeopardize the PDP’s chances of winning the 2023 and other subsequent general elections. He said only the PDP government can develop the State, and commended Hon. Igbuya and other decampees for taking the bold steps to return to the PDP, which he described as the only well organized political party in Nigeria.
The mega rally was also witnessed by Senator James Manager from Delta South, as well as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndidi Elumelu from Delta North. Members of the Delta State House of Assembly, Local Govt. Chairmen, PDP leaders from various local govt areas of the State, as well as representatives of different political pressure groups, and 2023 governorship aspirants were present at the event. The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Right Hon. Sheriff Oborovwori was represented at the rally by Hon. Solomon Ighrakpata.
The rally was a show of strength in terms of optics, while hundreds of people mobilized their numerous independent supporters to the venue to identify with their various governorship aspirants such as Olorogun David Edevbie, Hon. Sheriff Oborovwori, Chief James Augoye, Olorogun Emmanuel Edesiri Agwariavwodo, Chief Kenneth Gbagi, Hon. Efe Ofobruku as well as Chief Odebala. Most prominent however was those of  Olorogun David Edevbie whose unique Brand took the centre stage at the venue of the event.
Billboards and many hand-held banners with various inscriptions in support of Olorogun David Edevbie, flooded the venue, while a group of trumpeters helped to drum home the support messages for Olorogun David Edevbie and his outstanding Brand.
Olorogun David Edevbie, the most popular out of the 2023 governorship hopefuls in Delta State, personally attended the PDP rally regarded as a political carnival. The Edevbie Brand is known for education, exposure, and experience, and his case is popularly called God’s Own Mandate, with his captivating vision statement #ModernisingDeltaTogether.

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Address Violent Crises In Ogwuaniocha Community, Federal Lawmaker Appeals To Soludo  

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Member of the House of Representatives for the Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, has urged Governor Chukwuma Soludo to make deliberate efforts to resolve the communal conflict in the oil-rich Ogwuaniocha community that resulted in the abduction of the traditional ruler, who has yet to be released since 2021.

Ogene urged the Governor to use his authority to convene a panel of inquiry to address the violent conflict and put an end to the community’s years of lawlessness, fear, reprisal killings, and criminal activity.

According to him, the community’s social and economic activities have stagnated since 2021 as a result of the intractable clashes.

In a trending video, Ogene lamented that the Anambra State government, since the Chief Willie Obiano administration, has treated the crisis in the oil-rich community with veiled disdain, even though the community generates the majority of the oil revenue that the state currently enjoys as an oil-producing state.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Renewable Energy, also revealed that he had written to the state governor earlier in February, drawing his attention to the lingering crisis that has resulted in the eviction of over 5,000 residents of the community from both their homes and farmlands by criminal gangs who have now taken over Ogwuaniocha and its environs, causing untold hardship and increased criminality in the locality.

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Ogene, who is also the Secretary of the Southern Caucus in the 10th House of Representatives, also requested that the state government convene an urgent panel of inquiry to address both the security and sociological aspects of the crisis.

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Ondo Guber: Female Aspirant Challenges APC Members To Elect Capable Candidate

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to elect a competent candidate for the party as they vote in the party’s governorship primary on Saturday.

Dr. Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo made the call on Friday while speaking to journalists in Akure, the state capital, ahead of the party’s primary.

She stated that the people and party members have everything they need to select a competent candidate capable of running the state’s affairs without regard for sentiments.

Waheed-Adekojo, as a result, presented herself as the most qualified candidate to lead the party and the state in transforming the country’s socioeconomic landscape.

She stated: “I am running to raise the standard of living of the people of the state and to keep the party from losing Ondo state to the other party in the upcoming elections because I am a grassroots woman, and I can tell you all that the music has changed.

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“Our people want a woman, they want change, and the good people of Ondo state are ready to come out in force to ensure that I win the governorship in the upcoming election in Ondo state.”

“I have always believed that the governorship ticket should not be given as compensation or based on arbitrary zoning arrangements, but rather as an assurance of the candidate’s ability to provide visionary and inclusive governance that will contribute to wealth creation, agricultural, rural, and human capital development.

“My appointment as state governor will also create opportunities for both women and youths, in line with our dear President’s agenda of institutionalising 30% women and youth participation in governance.

“I can see women saving this country; being the wives of elected or appointed political office holders is insufficient. I believe it is beneficial to have spouses who are very supportive of their husbands in many ways.

“Our women must believe that their gender is free, and we must not limit that freedom. Under my administration, I will ensure that the deep seaport serves as a catalyst for the state’s socioeconomic development and propels it towards the desired prosperity.

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You Betrayed My Trust, NNPP Founder, Aniebonam Tells Kwankwaso

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Dr Boniface Aniebonam, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) founder, has described Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s attempt to hijack the party structure as a betrayal of trust.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Aniebonam stated that he provided Kwankwaso with the party’s platform to achieve his political goal of becoming Nigeria’s president on a plate.

 

Aniebonam stated that he single-handedly registered and nurtured the NNPP from 2002 to 2022 when Kwankwaso and his team approached him to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 general election.

 

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He stated: “Buba Galadima led a delegation to Anambra, including Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and Prof Sam Angai, to plead with us to accept Kwankwaso into the NNPP.

 

“After the talks, I called Kwankwaso and, after questioning him about his intentions for Nigeria, I offered him the NNPP platform as the party’s sole candidate.”

 

“I believed Kwankwaso was unaware of the party’s internal crisis until he appeared openly on live television, displacing the NNPP’s new logo and flag and mutilating its constitution.

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“It is upsetting, and if I remain silent any longer, it will not be in the best interests of the party’s soul as its founder and, eventually, board chairman.

 

“The party’s constitution states that the founder is a life member of the board, and even though I am alive, my brother and good friend Kwankwaso, for whatever reason, is destroying the party I built from 2002 to 2022 when he joined us to run for president in 2023.”

 

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According to him, I founded the party 22 years ago, and Kwankwaso wants to hijack it even though he is not a member of the board of trustees or the party’s leader.

 

He stated that he founded the NNPP after establishing the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), and that NAGAFF served as the NNPP’s parent body.

 

Aniebonam recalled Kwankwaso and others being expelled from the party for anti-party activities. Still, as a life member of the board with inherent powers, he would forgive him if he repented his actions.

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“The kangaroo convention, despite a court order, is null and void because a Federal High Court in Abuja ruled yesterday that the NNPP issue is an internal crisis that is not justiciable.

 

 

 

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