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PDP Stakeholders In Edo Write Screening Committee To Reject Igbodalo

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Prior to the screening of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship aspirants for the September 21 election in Edo State, stakeholders of the party have rejected the alleged waiver of Asuen Ighodalo.
by Governor Godwin Obaseki, claiming that he has not spent up to two years and thus is ineligible to run.

According to them, the Governor’s actions directly violate the PDP constitution as amended in Section 9, Paragraph 3 of Page 68.

Concerned Edo PDP Patriots, a group of stakeholders, expressed their concerns in a petition to Caleb Mutfwang, Chairman of the Edo State Governorship Election 2024 Screening Committee and Governor of Plateau State.

The petition signed by Musa Aliyu (Owan East), Suleiman Braimoh (Etsako West), Victor Ikponwonsa (Egor), Osadolor Ogie (Oredo), Ebosele Odion (Esan Central), and obtained by journalists on Sunday night, was copied to PDP Acting National Chairman; members of its National Working Committee (NWC); Zonal Vice Chairman (South); Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum; Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees (BoT); and Edo State Working Committee.

They claimed that Asuen Ighodalo, Obaseki’s political godson, is ineligible to run for office because he has not been a member of the PDP for at least two years.

The petition reads, “We, the undersigned, wish to bring to your attention a matter of critical importance concerning the alleged waiver planned for the incumbent Governor’s aspirant, Asuen Ighodalo, in the upcoming Edo State Gubernatorial election of 2024.

“It has come to our attention that the proposed waiver directly violates the party’s constitution, as amended in Section 9, Paragraph 3, of Page 68, which states unequivocally that a member must have a minimum of two years of membership before being eligible to run for public office.

“It is clear that the governor’s nominated candidate (Asuen Ighodalo) does not meet this requirement as outlined in the party’s constitution. We believe that following the provisions of the party’s constitution is critical to upholding the principles of fairness and equality in our political process.

“Granting a waiver that ignores this critical membership requirement not only undermines the democratic process, but also violates the fundamental tenets of our party’s constitution.”

“With this in mind, we respectfully request that the screening committee consider this petition and refrain from making any incorrect decisions that could jeopardise the party’s chances of retaining the state.

“It is critical that the screening committee upholds the rule of law as outlined in the party’s constitution, ensuring that the Edo people are presented with a viable and suitable leadership capable of addressing the current social, economic, and infrastructure challenges.

“We are confident that the screening committee will consider this petition and take the necessary steps to uphold the values and principles that our party represents. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.”

 

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BREAKING: INEC Chair, Tor Tiv, Others Arrive For Constitutional Review Committee Inauguration

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The House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review will now convene following the arrival of Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse.

The 37-man committee, comprised of one representative from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, met for the first time a few weeks ago at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

The committee, led by Benjamin Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, is expected to revisit contentious issues such as state police, decentralisation of powers to federating units, local government autonomy, and power rotation among the six geopolitical zones, among others.

President Bola Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and several other leaders are expected to attend the event.

 

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Otti Salutes Olumide Akpata For Emerging LP Governorship Candidate In Edo

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Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has congratulated Olumide Akpata on his emergence as the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the governorship election in Edo State, slated for September 21, 2024.

Akpata, a lawyer and former National President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) emerged winner of the LP governorship primary election which held on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Benin, capital of Edo State, after scoring 316 votes to beat other aspirants.
He was declared winner by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, who chaired the election committee.

According to Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Otti also congratulated the LP’s Governorship Primary Election Committee for conducting a credible and transparent election.
He particularly commended his Deputy, Emetu and an engineer for dutifully performing his role as the Returning Officer.

The Governor, according to a statement issued from his office, expressed gladness that the primary election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and has been adjudged as free, fair and credible by majority of the aspirants who participated, a remarkable departure from stories coming from the camps of other political parties.

While describing the entire process as being in consonance with the philosophy of LP, which is equity, fairness and justice, the Abia State Governor equally congratulated the other aspirants for exhibiting the spirit of sportsmanship and called on them to support Akpata in the journey to claim Edo State for Labour Party.

“Now that the primaries are over, I call on all the aspirants, and indeed our party members in Edo State, to rally behind our candidate as we embark on the journey to take ov er the Government House in Benin,” Governor Otti appealed.

Furthermore,, he commended the leadership of the party at both State and National levels for working hard to ensure a peaceful electioneering process.

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Ignore The Rumour, Obi Not Quitting Labour Party, Berates Mischief Makers

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The Peter Obi Media Reach, POMR wishes to outrightly dismiss trending fake and fallacious news story suggesting that he was parting ways with the Labour Party.

This is not true and it did not originate from Obi or the Obedient Movement but from mischief makers bent on sowing the seed of discord in the party.

In a statement from his Media Aide, Michael Jude Nwolisa, these rising misdemeanours on the party did not start today as they set out to destroy and disorganize the party all to get at Obi and derail the inevitable journey of rescuing Nigeria.

Presently our principal is preoccupied with making Nigeria work not on partisan politics which ended on October 26, 2023, when the Supreme Court of the land took their final decision on the general elections.

Those bent on creating a crisis in the Labour Party are enemies of democracy wishing for the failed status quo to remain.

OBI’s focus at the moment is on creating an environment where democracy is to be practised according to the defined tenets not the rascality  and all forms of impunity prevalent in the country today

Peter Obi therefore would like to assure Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family that his way with Labour is unshaken and intact and that the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people.

 

 

 

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