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2023: Allow Rivers people choose their Governor— Abe tells politicians

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Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

The Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State, Sen Magnus Abe, has called on politicians in the state to allow the people of the state to choose who becomes their Governor in 2023.

According to him, going by the new rules guiding election in Nigeria, there will be no middlemen during the 2023 general elections as candidates must talk to voters one on one.

Abe spoke in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital at an event to receive members of the Nigeria Ethnic Forum (NEF), a forum of all ethnic groups in Nigeria living in Rivers State, who declared support for his candidature.

“Today, I went to Church to pray to God for Him to make this forthcoming election peaceful,no gunshot shall be heard in Rivers State. I told God that I will not buy knife neither will I buy pen-knife. I will not buy guns, I will not send anybody to go and beat up anybody. I will not tear anybody’s poster and I will not disturb anybody.

“Let us give room to Rivers people to choose whoever they want; let us give them room to appoint whoever they want. Whoever they choose, let all of us join hands with that person to build Rivers State, so that the state will grow.

“No one is bigger than the other person. What causes problems during election is when people think that they have right more than you. They believe that whoever they choose should be accepted by all. Let all of us realize that it is God that gives power.

“Under this democracy, the President has one vote, Governor has one vote, Senator has one vote, driver has one vote, gardener has one vote, market woman has one vote.

“In as much as the Senator wants people to respect his own vote, let the Senator also respects the vote of the cameraman. Don’t spoil his vote, so that he can say his mind,”Abe said.

He further stated that the removal of middlemen in election by the new Electoral Act, led to the formation of the Project SMA 2023, in order to reach out to voters on one-on-one basis.

“I have said it, that in this election, there is no middleman. Now, if a law has been passed that every vote must count, it means there is no more middleman. The middleman will leave the road and the candidate will talk to the voter man to man.

“That was why we launched the Project SMA 2023 because we realized that any day they remove the middleman, politicians who cannot talk to people directly will start looking for another work,”he said.

Highpoint of the event was the inauguration of former members of the Wike Continuity Movement (WCM) as members of Abe for Positive Change (MAPC).

The former pro-PDP group, ‘Wike Continuity Movement’, collapsed its structure to pitch tent with Senator Magnus Abe.

Speaking at the event,Leader of the Grassroots Mobilisation Group for Non-indigenes in Rivers State, Chief Uchenna Okokoba said, the Forum has decided to drum support for the gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Rivers State,Senator Magnus Abe in the 2023 general elections.

He said God directed him and his group to join forces with Senator Abe, testifying that they did the same thing for Governors Nyesom Wike and Prof Charles Soludo of Anambra State.

Speaking further, Secretary General of the Nigeria Ethnic Forum(NEF), Wole Agunbiade who read the communique of the NEF said the Non-indigenes in the state have decided to massively support Abe as the next Governor of the state and will work for the victory of the SDP Governorship candidate

In a related development, Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Magnus Abe has assured the Akwa Ibom Community in Rivers State of better welfare if he wins the 2023 elections.

He stated this while addressing the Akwa Ibom Community at its monthly meeting held at the Ibom House Secretariat in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Abe went further to say that his intention to govern the state was borne out of the need to build a state where the interest of any individual will be the priority of the State Government.

Earlier, President General of the Akwa Ibom Community in Rivers State, Pastor Bassey Ekpe-ma promised Senator Abe that they will consider his manifesto and wish him well in the 2023.

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Ganduje lauds Ododo over Ondo State governorship primaries

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has lauded Gov. Ahmed Ododo of Kogi over the successful conduct of the Ondo State Governorship primaries of the party.

Ganduje stated this when he received the report of the State Governorship Primary Election Committee from Ododo in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also commended members of the committee for a job well done.

“You have made history because this is your first national assignment outside Kogi, we thank you and your members for giving the assignment your best.

“On our part, we followed the Constitution to ensure that no loophole was observed during the exercise, I followed you and your team closely from our observation room.

“And you followed the procedure from the collation, this report is very important to us, we will study it and there after, a Certificate of Return will be issued to the winner of the primary,” he said.

The National Chairman called on the other aspirants and the party’s stakeholders to join forces with the winner of the primary election, Gov. Lucky Ayedatiwa, to ensure total victory at the Nov. 16 governorship election.

Earlier, Ododo thanked members of the party in the state for their cooperation and support, expressing optimism that the APC would record landslide victory in the election.

He also called on other aspirants to and join forces with Ayedatiwa, to ensure the party’s victory in the election.

“I hereby submit the results confirmed from 18 Local Government Areas of the state, which covered the whole activities that happened during the primaries, the aspirants and their votes.

“I thank the party’s leadership for giving the committee the opportunity to serve, I am ready to perform in any other national assignments in future,” he said.

Aiyedatiwa got 48,569 votes to beat his closest rival Mayowa Akinfolarin, who polled 15,343 votes in the election, while Olusola Oke came third with 14,865 votes.

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Ex-Imo gov, Ihedioha resigns from PDP

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A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has resigned his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In his resignation letter addressed to the PDP chairman in Mbutu Ward, Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Ihedioha cited a misalignment between his personal beliefs and the current trajectory of the main opposition party.

The former governor expressed his dedication to the advancement of democracy and good governance in the country despite his decision to step away from PDP.

According to Ihedioha, having been a member of the party since its inception in 1998, he has contributed immensely to the growth and evolution of the party.

The former governor, however, lamented recent developments within the PDP, stating that it has deviated from its core principles.

He voiced concerns over the party’s inability to enact internal reforms, uphold its own regulations, and effectively oppose the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“Regrettably, in recent times, the party has taken on a path that is at variance with my personal beliefs. Despite my attempt to offer counsel, the party is, sadly, no longer able to carry out internal reforms, enforce its own rules or offer credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress.’

“It is in the light of the foregoing, that I am compelled to offer my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party effective immediately.

“While the decision was difficult to take, I, however, believe that it is the right one. Despite this resignation, I will always be available to offer my services towards the deepening of democracy and good governance in Nigeria”, the letter added.

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We are overhauling our internal democracy against 2027 — Bauchi LP

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By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi

The Acting Chairman, Bauchi State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Mohammed Sabitu Aliyu has said that the party is poised at overhauling its internal democracy for a formidable outing in 2027.

Sabitu said this in Bauchi on Monday while addressing some supporters, support groups, aspirants who contested for various positions in the 2023 polls and other stakeholders of the party from across the local government areas of the state who gathered for Sallah/Easter get together organised at the party’s secretariat.

He said that, “We are working tirelessly not only to ensure that the Labour Party is united but to brighten its chances in future elections in Bauchi state and in the country in general. LP is a party with so much promise and that is the more reason we are assiduously working to bring everyone on board towards a successful outing come 2027.”

The LP chairman also enjoined all the aggrieved party stakeholders to think of the party above all other interests.

While explaining why he believed the Labour Party is more popular than other political parties in the country, he said the party’s popularity stems from the frustration of Nigerians with other political parties, including the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

According to him, “The future of the Labour Party is bright. Nigerians have tried PDP and APC and are now more aware, informed and more experienced, and they now know better that the only hope of the common man is the Labour Party.

“I’m assuring Nigerians,we know the problems, challenges and they have been identified, and the modalities and mechanisms are on ground to tackle them if given the opportunity to govern the country.”

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