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Oyo APC knocks Makinde over alleged defection plans denial

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Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a swipe at Governor Seyi Makinde over his alleged denial of clandestine plans to cross carpet from the Peoples Democratic Party for known political reasons describing the development as shameful, immoral and regrettable.

It will be recalled that the social media platforms were awash, on Monday, by speculations about Governor Makinde perfecting plans to join the APC having reached out to some powerful stakeholders within and outside the Southwest but this was denied by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, who claimed in a statement that Oyo APC was the one wooing the governor in views of his personality and achievements in office.

While reacting through a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Personal Assistant (Media) to the State Caretaker Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, Olawale Sadare said that “Gov. Makinde played the ostrich by denying apparent moves to join the APC through the back door.

“While we appreciate the fact that there is free entry and free exit in party politics, we are disappointed that a governor can turn a desperado in his bid to be an overlord in the entire political space in a state like Oyo. With what Gov. Makinde has just done, genuine democrats and other stakeholders in the nation’s democratic environment have a good cause to renew their fear for the future of democracy and the rule of law.

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“Available facts indicate that he (Makinde) had established contacts with a former governor from the Niger Delta region who now lives in Abuja. The same former governor also co-opted some influential gladiators within the APC at the national level to penetrate the Southwest ostensibly to whittle down the dominance of others who they consider a threat for their own inordinate ambition ahead of 2023. It is on this premise that Gov. Makinde’s overtures were considered and given some backing in principle.

“Even if we were to agree that Gov. Makinde, just like every other person, has the right to join any party of their choice at any point in time, we must set the record straight that Oyo APC cannot consider him an asset or good addition for obvious reasons. With virtually all the gladiators involved in the unfortunate coalition arrangement which gave victory to the PDP in the 2019 gubernatorial election now in the APC after deserting him for tenable and justifiable reasons which revolve around insincerity, selfishness and undemocratic traits.

“Meanwhile, Oyo APC has kept intact the machinery with which we won two Senatorial seats out of the available three as well as nine out of the available fourteen House of Representatives seats in the 2019 election. If anything, the population of those elected on the platform of our party has increased while more people are coming into the fold in their large numbers. Is it then that we would begin to woo somebody who has been deserted by 90 per cent of his key political benefactors in less than two years in office?

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“And with the fate that has befallen members and supporters of the PDP in the state who had hoped for a fair dealing in the build up to the illegal local government election slated for May this year, the Makinde political anthill risks further depletion. Therefore, the truth remains that Oyo APC would not need a character like Gov. Makinde who still has a long way to go if he desires to emerge a strong, credible and popular political player during and after his four year tenure”, the statement added.

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PDP Governors Forum makes case for restructuring, devolution of power

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Nigerian governors elected on the political platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday called for devolution of power and comprehensive restructuring of the country.

The PDP governors , who met in   Benue State, in a communique jointly signed argued that the call became pertinent seeing that Nigerians have now been sharply divided along lines of ethnic and religious biases.

They noted that many persons are now exploiting the nation’s fault lines.

Chairman of the forum cum governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal briefing journalists at the government house Makurdi, the Benue state capital after a five hours-long closed-door meeting emphasized that insecurity and the value of human life have greatly degenerated under the watch of the APC led government.

The meeting, hosted by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, had in attendance Governor Nyesom Wike of River State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa state, Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state,Darius Ishaku of Taraba state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Senator Wali Jubril, the PDP board of trustees chairman while Bauchi State governor was represented by his deputy.

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2023: Tinubu’s presidential bid receives major boost, as Fasoranti declares support {Video}

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The Presidential bid of former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday got a major boost, following the decision of a prominent Yoruba leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti to support his candidacy in 2023.

Fasoranti, made the declaration while playing host to the Senator ‘Dayo Adeyeye -led South West Agenda ‘23, SWAGA- a group working for the aspiration of Tinubu, to his Akure home.

The group had earlier visited the elder statesman minutes after arriving from tour of Igbokoda, Ore, Ikale and Ondo towns to inform their monarchs of Tinubu’s ambition.

SWAGA is populated by former lawmakers, politicians, loyalists and supporters of the APC within the six southwest states promoting Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

The ex-Afenifere leader, while addressing the group recalled how almost a year ago he assured Tinubu of his support.

“Almost a year ago, I told him (Tinubu) that he has my total support. Judging from his performances, his activities, there is no other person that can do it except him (Tinubu). My prayer is that God Almighty will grant his request and heart desire, and when he eventually becomes the president, I am confident that he will do what we want. May your journey bear a fruitful outcome,” Pa Fasoranti said.

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The group, during its separate visits to monarchs in Ondo South and Central senatorial districts, had earlier expressed support for power shift to Southwest.

At the palace of the Abodi of Ikale in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba George Faduyile, said he supported the idea of Bola Tinubu becoming president, stressing that the former Lagos governor is the most qualified and prepared to succeed President Buhari in 2023.

Oba Faduyile further noted that, even though the Southwest is endowed with politicians who could succeed Buhari, Tinubu’s track records stood him out and made him remained the best among the bests.

Also commenting, Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo advised the SWAGA group to be united to succeed.

The monarch, who spoke through one of his High Chiefs, the Odofin of Ondo Kingdom, High Chief Akinsola Olaniyan, urged the SWAGA team to help Tinubu achieve his ambition.

SWAGA chairman, Senator Adeyeye, said the presidency rotation was between the North and the South and not any geopolitical zones. The former Minister of State for Works, also explained that the Southwest was well placed to produce President Buhari’s successor.

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Tinubu’s loyalists arrive in Ondo to launch SWAGA

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Loyalists to the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed on Tuesday announced a significant expansion of networks within the Southwest region as all is set for the launch of the South West Agenda ‘23 (SWAGA) in Ondo state.

The group of rainbow coalition of like minded politicians of South West extraction led by former Minister of State for Works, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye is also billed to visit some traditional rulers in the state.

Also , in the train are Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, Sen. Tony Adeniyi, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, Hon. Rotimi Makinde,Hon. Bosun Oladele, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara, Hon. Deji Jakande, Hon. Lanre Odubote, Hon. Ola Ofe and Hon. Akintoye Albert.

According to the group’s Chairman, Adeyeye, “we would be paying a courtesy visit to our amiable Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as visiting our royal fathers and custodians of culture which include, Olugbo of Igbokoda, Abodi of Ikale, Osemawe of Ondo , Olukare of Ikare, Olowo of Owo and Deji of Akure”.

Speaking further, the former AD publicist added that the Ondo state chapter of SWAGA would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Dome Akure.

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