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‘Stop sponsoring attacks on our members, officials’ – Oyo APC warns PDP

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Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that some unnamed political associates of Governor Seyi Makinde and leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were the sponsors of the recent reported attacks on its members and officials at some venues of the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise in parts of the state warning them “to desist from such reprehensible acts”.

According to the party, media reports have it that some identified members of the outlawed Park Managers System (PMS), who were fully harmed with guns, machete and charms, stormed Aliwo location of Polling Units 05 and 06 of Ward 12 in Ibadan North East local government area in early hours of Tuesday and unleashed terror on residents of the area before carting away registration materials of the APC.

APC, in a statement issued on Wednesday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Secretary of its Committee on Media and Publicity, Olawale Sadare, frowned at what it described as unwarranted and unprovoked attacks from the PDP elements “who must have been jolted by the rate at which the good people of the state are trooping to register as new APC members while old members also attach much importance to revalidation of their membership.

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“We have had reports of violent attacks against our registration officials and members in places like Olagoke Akano Street of Ward 11 in Ibadan North East local government area, Academy area of Ward 06 in Egbeda, Iyana Bodija Market of Ward 05 in Lagelu, Orita Challenge in Ward 02 of Oluyole, Owode in Ward 06 of Ogbomoso North and many other places where political thugs were mobilized to the venues of the registration and revalidation exercise since the exercise began about two weeks ago.

“It is clear even to the deaf and the blind that those behind these shameful acts are those close to the corridor of power in the state who feel that violence, brigandage and lawlessness have to be reintroduced to the politics of Oyo state after the last administration of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi had successfully stamped it out. These disgruntled elements believe it is by unleashing terror on political opponents and hapless citizens that their desire to retain power in 2023 but this would be resisted by us in APC and other well meaning people in the society”, Sadare said.

Meanwhile, the APC media committee has appealed for calm among party faithful and members of the public who had expressed their worries over cases of non-availability of additional registration and revalidation materials in most places designated for the exercise which has now been extended to the end of March this year.

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“We are not unmindful of agitation for more supplies of the necessary materials used at most registration and revalidation points where those deployed have since been exhausted as a result of influx of the citizens who are desirous of revalidating their membership of the broom party or willing to be registered as new members. It is worthy of note that the national Secretariat of our party deployed 100 forms to each of the 4,778 Polling Units designated as Registration Points but reports indicate that officials in about 60 per cent of these Registration Points attended to 100 registrants in less than 48 hours and thus used up their materials.

“In view of this development, we are glad to disclose that the national Secretariat of our great Party has been duly notified as we have it on good authority that more supplies would be delivered to us in few days to take care of requests from across the state. Also, the leadership of the Oyo APC is poised to do everything necessary to ensure the success of the exercise which has signalled a new hope of a stronger, united and pragmatic Progressive movement in Oyo state ahead of the 2023 general elections”, Oyo APC Media Committee 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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