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APC Should Bury Itself In Shame For 8 Years Of Lackluster Performance In Oyo – PDP

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Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Sunday that the State’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should bury itself in ignominy for turning out a below par performance within its eight year rule of the Pacesetter state.

The party in a statement by the State’s Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, said that the name of APC in Oyo can conveniently be replaced with hunger, oppression and deception.

“That the rule of the APC between 2011 and 2019 was lacklustre would be stating the obvious but the party also signifies deception at its height,” the statement read, adding that the people of Oyo State are trying hard to erase the sad memories foisted on them by the APC.

“Instead of being sober and coming out to profusely apologise for their failings, the APC is showcasing a sort of repulsive audacity, that is only drawing the people to anger.

“We are, however, happy that the government of Engineer Seyi Makinde is striving hard to memory everyone is cusion the sad effects of the mindless rule of the trying to heal the emotional and psychological trauma the APC government plunged the state into in the last eight years,” the PDP said.

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The PDP said its statement was in response to the lingering arguments about the reconstruction works on Iwo Road interchange planned by Governor Makinde.

Engr. Olatunji also described the APC as sore losers in respect of its criticisms of Engineer Makinde’s policies and programmes.

It said: “The time is near when we will have no other option than to expose all atricities committed by the APC in Oyo state in the last eight years.

“For now, they should thank their stars that they have in Engineer Seyi Makinde a calm personality who is not vindictive in any way.”

The PDP wondered where APC derived its moral standing to cast a word of aspersion on the excellent performances of governor Makinde who has been able to achieve within his first 100 days in office what APC could not achieve for their entire eight years of misrule.

The ruling party specifically enjoined the leader of APC in Oyo state, former governor Abiola  Ajimobi to come out clean and account for how he spent Oyo State’s funds during his eight year rule, saying: “We won’t allow things lie low for too long. In due time this party will officially file a petition to the EFCC and ICPC with details of how the APC deliberately plunged Oyo state into a debt of over 150bn with absolutely nothing to show for it.

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“APC is not a party to be taken seriously by anybody, their accusation of Makinde using Rivers construction prototype in Oyo state is laughable, they need not be reminded that Seyi Makinde is a world class engineer with a global brand, and as far as the masses are satisfied and happy with the PDP administration under governor  Makinde, anything APC says is inconsequential, null and void.

“We know that they are intimidated by the growing political reputation of Makinde and that the rising profile has taken their peace and sleep away.”

The statement added: “As a ruling party we have done a thorough home work on how to bring lasting solution to the many APC-imposed sufferings on the people; that is why it was action from day one because we are focused and committed to right all the wrongs meted out to the good people of Oyo in the past eight years of the APC.

“The PDP, however, wishes to enjoin the good people of Oyo State to continue to give their full support to Governor Seyi Makinde in his quest to achieve his economic plan and developmental plans.”

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Edo Guber Race: APC sets to screen Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu, 4 others

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Ahead of the June 22 party exercise, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday announced that no fewer than six governorship aspirants would be screened for the party’s primary election to elect its governorship candidate in Edo State.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu made  this known in a statement.

Issa-Onilu revealed that the six aspirants have bought, completed, and submitted the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms.

These aspirants include the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Dr Pius Odubu, Chris Ogiemwonyi, Osaro Obazee, and Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.

The party’s publicist also informed that the APC is committed to ensuring due diligence and transparency in the screening exercise and learning from its recent shocking experiences.

In a bid to avoid any lapses in the process, he said the party has made the submitted information and documents of the governorship aspirants available to its members and the public for verification of claims.

He explained that this was also necessary to support the screening panel with information or any objection to the claims contained in the submission by the aspirants.

“Consequently, the various submissions will be displayed at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja and in Benin City, the Edo State capital from Monday 8th to Tuesday 9th June 2020 for claims and objections.

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The statement read, “We are inviting party members and indeed members of the public to assist the screening committee by scrutinising the information, credentials and documents provided by the governorship aspirants and availing the Screening Committee of counter and correct information, if applicable”.

He informed that the APC had released its timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2020 governorship primary elections in Edo State, in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines.

He added that sales of nomination and expression of interest forms had taken place at the APC National Secretariat between May 20 and June 2, 2020.

The APC spokesman stated that the last day for submission of completed forms and accompanying documents was June 3, and publication of claims and objections would end on Tuesday next week before the screening of the aspirants on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

According to him,  this would be followed by Screening Appeal on June 12 before the primary election and election appeal scheduled for June 22 and 24, respectively.

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Breaking News: Ex-Governor Ajimobi’s Aide, Aboderin Joins PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee for the Ibadan Southeast/Northeast Federal House of Representatives in Oyo state during the 2019 general election, Deji Aboderin on Sunday dumped his party for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Aboderin was the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

He alleged that the party leadership worked against his electoral victory in the last election

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Crisis brews in Oyo APC over alleged plan to expel Shittu

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Fresh crisis is brewing in the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following  alleged moves to expel former Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, from the party.

Leaders of the party in the state loyal to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were alleged of mounting pressure on executives of the party in his Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him.

It was gathered that events leading to this began when four APC local government Chairmen representing Forum of APC Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State, paid a visit to the former Minister Shittu about a month ago preaching the need for reconciliation in the party which he did not object to.

A source at the meeting however disclosed that Shittu told the chairmen that to achieve genuine reconciliation there are conditions which must be met in order for the aggrieved members to have a sense of belonging.

The first condition which the former Minister said must be met according to the source was that members of the party particularly those who belonged to the Unity Forum group who purchased nomination forms during the last state congress but not allowed to be part of the party primaries must be refunded their money.

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Other condition was the dissolution of the party executives at all levels and to be reconstituted at the ratio of 50/50 between members loyal to Ajimobi called SENACO and the aggrieved members who belonged to Unity Forum which Shittu insisted were the only ones who bought forms during the last state congress.

The former Minister also said the state Chairman of the party must come from the Unity Forum, noting that the SENACO group has continued to produce the Chairman since the formation of the party in the state.

The source added that the party chairmen then assured Shittu that since they had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state for their meeting with him and that they would deliver his message which they agreed with in totality to the right quarters.

“It was a frank discussions that the former Minister had with the party chairmen who told him that the meeting had the blessings of the leadership of the party in the state and that the conditions he gave were important and necessary for genuine reconciliation in the party.

“They then assured him that they would get back to him after reporting back to the leadership of the party with a promise that the meeting with him was a step in the right direction”, the source explained.

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He added that trouble started when the party chairmen reported back to the leadership of the party in the state who accused them of trying to hand over the party to Shittu and his group in Unity Forum with the conditions that they agreed with him at the detriment of members in SENACO group.

” To stop further agitation for genuine reconciliation by Shittu, a marching order was given to the executives of the party in his ward, Ward 2 and Saki West local government area to expel him from the party which the executives resisted, insisting that the former Minister is an important and reliable member who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the party”.

 

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