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Debasco leads over 5,000 APC members to PDP in Ogun



Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Otunba Babatunde Onakoya on Wednesday, at his Atiba residence via Ijebu Ode defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with over 5,000 members of his Debasco political group.

Otunba Babatunde Onakoya fondly called Debasco disclosed that he was forced to leave the ruling party because of the unsettled rift in the party.

Debasco who used the occasion of his 69th birthday to join the opposition party said that that though, the immediate past Governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the incumbent, Prince Dapo Abiodun are his brothers, he has no choice than to leave the ruling party due to the lingering crisis in the party which began sometimes in 2018.

Speaking before handing over the PDP flag to Otunba Onakoya, the Chairman of PDP in Ogun State, Hon Sikirulahi Ogundele disclosed that people are daily trooping into the opposition party because it is so glaring that the ruling party has failed woefully both at the state and national level.

Hon Ogundele disclosed that just last Friday, over 10,000 people defected into PDP in the state saying that even before the 2023 general elections people have made up their minds to end the hardship foisted on them by rejecting the APC.

He described Onakoya as a big fish and another influential political leader in Ogun East who is coming into the opposition party with over 5,000 followers saying that PDP is no doubt fortunate to have attracted someone of his calibre into their fold.

Making his remarks at the event, the 2023 governorship candidate of the party for the state, Hon Ladipupo Adebutu described PDP as the only party that is committed to saving the country from its woes.

Hon Adebutu revealed that even though PDP had for the past 11 years tried to return to power in the state, it is however becoming so glaring that come 2023, the party is returning to the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta to continue its good works.

Adebutu lauded Onakoya for being courageous enough to leave APC with his followers put at over 5000 to team up with PDP whose sole aim is to wrestle the people of the state from the insensitive government of APC.

Speaking earlier, Oluomo Segun Oyesanwo, Head of Media of Debasco Group in his welcome address disclosed that the choice of PDP as the party to join was influenced by the commitment of the party to always prize citizens’ welfare above any other considerations

Oyesanwo said “In Debasco group, we are also of the strong opinion that if someone from Remo land in person of Gov. Dapo Abiodun starts something and another person from Remo land, that is Hon Ladipupo Adebutu who is also from Iperu like the sitting Governor finishes the assignment, there is no crime here and that is why all of us in Debasco group are ready to work for the emergence of Hon Ladipupo Adebutu as the next Governor of the state come 2023.”

Onakoya also used the medium to distribute empowerment tools like grinding machines, generators, dryers, clippers among others to the teeming party members.

Dignitaries at the event included Hon Adekunle Akinlade, the PDP Deputy Governorship candidate for the state, Hon Daisi Akintan, former Chairman of Sagamu Local Government, Arc Kayode Adebayo, Chief Mrs Remi Odubote-Ogunkoya, former Chairman of Ijebu North East Local Government among others.

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We are overhauling our internal democracy against 2027 — Bauchi LP



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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Ignore Ganduje’s purported suspension – Kano APC



The All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano State chapter, has urged the public to ignore the purported suspension of the national chairman of the party, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

The secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Zakari Sarina, told the newsmen on Monday in Kano that the supposed suspension of Ganduje by any group of individuals was null and void.

He said the suspension, which was announced on Sunday by a faction of the party, came from non-members of the party.

“It is impracticable for non-members to slam a national officer with suspension without recourse to laid down procedures as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“I must make it clear, that we are undeterred by the activities of these impostors because.

Their style lacks finesse and sophistication and has further exposed their political naivety where Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is an acclaimed master.

“From available records, those behind the latest oddity are political jobbers who have offered themselves for pecuniary benefits at behest of dignity“, Sarina alleged.

According to him, they don’t belong to progressive because a good thing party member will not work towards destroying a legitimate member who was governor for 8 years and rose to become a national chairman.

“It is because they are outsiders, they are simply not aware of the internal workings, or ground rules of the APC on disciplinary actions, hence they resort to poor strategy that cannot stand logic, and reasons.

“We from ward, local government level and state are solidly behind our leader who has contribute positively towards the political growth of our party’’, he told NAN.

Sarina alleged that leader of the group who announced the purported Ganduje’s suspension was a member of New Nigeria People’s Party who contested but lost the counselorship election in Ganduje ward.

He advised the media to be cautious of those who seek to use their platforms to promote falsehood.

“The media should, as a matter of fact, scrutinise issues that are of paramount to the growth of democracy by being the driver of democracy’’, he said.

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Thugs attack Edo APC meeting, former lawmaker, woman leader, husband injured



By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

A meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday ended in violence as thugs allegedly loyal to one of the leaders attacked a former federal lawmaker, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, woman leader, husband and injured many others.

The attack was said to have been carried out by the thugs at the installation ceremony of a former federal lawmaker as the ‘Apex Leader’ of the APC in the Local Government.

Hardly had the meeting started when the suspected hoodlums and political thugs struck, inflicting injuries on those present, with the woman leader of the local government and her husband currently hospitalised.

They also damaged vehicles and chairs and carted drinks and other items away from the venue of the meeting, which took place on Dumez Road in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the attack, Agbonayinma said, “The APC local government chairman, Sunny Ogbewe, called me that the leaders of Ikpoba-Okha were coming to meet with me to rub minds with me on the way forward for the party in the local government area.

“However, it was a sad story. People who are close to me led many others to the venue, destroyed, and beat up the woman leader and her husband. Both of them are in the hospital as I speak.

“They also vandalised vehicles, broke chairs and tables and carted away drinks. This is not how politics should be played. Going violent and beating up elderly persons?

“For some time, the people of the local government have been appealing to me to come and take a leadership position. But I have not shown interest because of what I have gone through. I lost my son and I am still going through trauma.

“They came here to appeal to me to be the apex leader of Ikpoba-Okha.”

Agbonayima, while addressing the meeting after security was beefed up at the venue, vowed that those who carried out the attack “will pay dearly for all they have destroyed,” even as he disclosed that the attackers also left with a generating set brought to power equipment for the meeting.

He said it was tough for him to accept the honour the APC members of the local government bestowed on him to be their “Apex Leader.”

“This opportunity is given to me, I will not take it for granted. I will not disappoint you,” he said, adding that he would consult before making decisions, urging party members to respect their leaders at all levels.

Participants at the meeting condemned the attackers and called for severe sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to take such action in the future.

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