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2023: Youths participation in politics is encouraging — APC candidate, Adeyinka

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By Jeleel Olawale

A House of Assembly candidate in Osun State, Prince Adeyinka Adejobi, has described the participation of youths in politics as encouraging, saying youths have raised the political bar in the country.

Adejobi made the disclosure in an interview with Nigerian NewsDirect.  According to him, the youths have been occupying political offices in the country unlike in the past.

“Youths now take what actually belongs to them and have taken over governance in the country. The youths have the largest voting strength in the country and believe in themselves.”

He noted that the advocacy for youth’s active participation in politics has been yielding fruitful results, stressing that the youths have taken centre stage in politics.

“There are intellectual among the youths and they know what they want. The advocacy for youths’ active participation in politics is high. We have been sensitizing ourselves on the need to involve in active politics. The youths have good antecedent in progressive party until PDP came and brought old people.

“The not-too-young-to-run which has become law, is a booster to the youths advocacy. The world is evolving and we need to evolve and we need to give youths power and space to operate.

“The youths have intellectual capacity to make things happen through technology available for them. The youths will take over presidency as soon as the elderly ones leave the stage. Youths have been elected into House of Assembly and National Assembly and are doing fine.

“So, youths still need guidance, experience of elderly ones to stabilize the system then, youths could take over presidency as it happens in many developed countries of the world,” Adejobi averred.

Adejobi described Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the best choice for Nigerians and there is no alternative to him, “He is the only choice we have and that is the best we can have at this point in time.”

He said Tinubu laid foundation for Lagos state which other governors are building on, adding that the APC presidential candidate has what it takes to govern Nigeria as he is the right man for the job and represents the change Nigerians have yearning for.

“He transformed Lagos to largest  economic city in Africa. He has the capacity to govern Nigeria at this critical period.”

Adejobi who is the APC candidate for the Osun State House of Assembly, Ife central state constituency, promised to do things differently if elected, saying he knows where the shoe pinches the community.

“I will formulate policies that will better the lives of the community through good legislation. They will witness legislative brilliance in the assembly. I understand legislative roles and the needs of the people in the community.”

Speaking on the ongoing election petition tribunal, Adeyinka said APC has confidence in the judiciary because it is the last hope of common man, adding that the party has a good case before the tribunal.

“With the evidence brought before the tribunal, I believe that the tribunal will declare Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as validly elected Governor. APC won going by total valid votes cast.

“We have faith in the tribunal because members of the tribunal are people of impeccable characters. The tribunal will expose malpractices perpetrated by the PDP.”

He, therefore, urged the youths to shun violence before, during and after the 2023 General elections and not to allow themselves to be bought by politicians who do have their interest at heart.

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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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