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Oyo ZLP stalwart, others debunk defection to APC

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A Chieftain of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state, Comrade Wole Abisoye   and some members of the party have refuted the recent media report that they left the political platform and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, the ZLP stakeholders described the report as untrue and misleading.

At a well attended meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Wednesday, leadership of the now moribund ZLP insisted that majority of its members have joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They, therefore pledged their loyalty to the  Seyi Makinde- led PDP government in the state.

The meeting, presided over by Comrade Wole Abisoye, former state chairman of ZLP also had in attendance former local government chairmen, stalwarts and other party faithfuls across the thirty-three local governments.

ZLP chieftains, who also attended the stakeholders’ meeting included: Comrade Sulaiman Adedokun, Chief Raimi Jalaruru, Evangelist Suberu Ademola, Hon. Olasunkanmi Okunlola, and Mr Dele Ladoja

Others are,  Hon. Okunola Saheed Ademola, Hon. Kunle Oduola, Mr. Raheem Oguntade Idris, Mrs Bola Olaniyi, among other leaders were in attendance.

The chairman of Governor Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola was also present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Abisoye maintained that the majority of the ZLP members across the thirty-three local governments have returned to the PDP since two weeks ago.

Debunking the statement that ZLP has been collapsed into the APC and members of Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s political group have also joined the opposition party in the state, Abisoye said nothing could be farther from the truth

He clearly stated  that their political leader and former governor of Oyo state, Senator Ladoja is no longer a card carrying member of any political party.

On the claim of other group that their moving to APC has the blessing of Senator Ladoja, Abisoye warned that nobody should drop the name of Ladoja for their selfish goals.

“When APC senators from Oyo state at various times approached Senator Ladoja to join their party, he (Ladoja)  made no commitment but rather leave the matter to be decided by the leaders of the ZLP”,  Abisoye added.

Giving hindsight on how he and other local government chairmen returned to PDP, the former ZLP chairman said when the Apex members of the party met, he took his stand not to join the APC but PDP.

This according to him led huge numbers of members to move en masse to PDP across the state.

Abisoye added that he was happy that ZLP members have been restored and fully integrated into the PDP, calling on others who have been deceived to move into the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retrace their steps and return to the right place.

Giving reasons for joining the PDP, some leaders who spoke at the meeting acknowledged developmental strides currently going on in every local government of the state.

For this reason, they said gave them conviction to join the train and thereby pledged their unflinching support for the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Remarking at the meeting, Senator Agboola lauded the ZLP stakeholders for taking the crucial decision to “return home” and team up with Governor Makinde’s administration.

He added that they would be treated equally as other members of the party, adding that they would not be left out in the sharing of positions, even after the local government election in May.

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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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