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It’s shameful Amosun could say 2019 governorship election was rigged for Abiodun — Sen Adeola

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Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Sen Adeola Olamilekan has said that it is not only regrettable but also shameful for the status of Sen Ibikunle Amosun, the immediate past Governor of Ogun State to have said that the 2019 governorship election was rigged to favour Gov Dapo Abiodun.

Sen Adeola fondly called Yayi said that even if after three years Sen Amosun who is no doubt suffering from over bloated ego is yet to recover from his failure at the polls, he should have come to term with the fact that the people of the state voted against him due to his high handedness and love for playing God.

Adeola who is the Ogun West senatorial standard bearer for the APC in 2023 elections made this disclosure while reacting to the statement credited to Sen Ibikunle Amosun that Gov Abiodun never won the 2019 governorship but was rigged in.

Amosun was said to have uttered this during the 50th anniversary of Abeokuta Club and had also promised to work against the re-election of Gov Dapo Abiodun in 2023.

In a statement made available to journalists at Abeokuta, the state capital on Sunday, the second term senator currently representing Lagos West had said that rather than sulking or attempting to twist history Amosun should know that “The victory of Prince Abiodun in 2019 election has its origin in the revolt of the majority of the people of Ogun State against his lopsided oligarchic reign over a period of 8 years.”

This is said to be in addition to the former Governor’s undemocratic, odious and obviously politically greedy attempt to impose all electoral candidates in 2019 elections from the state to the federal level with his cronies to the exclusion of all tendencies in Ogun APC.

He said the people of the state rejected Amosun’s governorship candidate who contested on the platform of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) Hon Adekunle Akinlade at the polls because of the former Governor’s posture of playing God and that having seen his series of his anti-party moves, the ruling party rallied round Prince Dapo Abiodun and pushed him to victory.

Adeola said, “By a majority votes of 241,670 for Prince Abiodun and 222, 253 for APM’s Hon. Akinlade, a difference of over 19,000 votes, the Ogun State people rejected Senator Amosun and his imposition and the mandate was subsequently validated by our judiciary.

“So, it is regrettable nonsense that a man of the status of Senator Amosun will publicly say such a free and fair election validated by our judiciary was rigged.  I challenge him to name those he alleged came to him to apologize for rigging.

“To the glory of God, Gov Dapo Abiodun has discharged and is discharging his role as Governor creditably to all sections of the state in contrast to the sectional administration of Amosun in Ogun State.

“He is dutifully completing projects abandoned by Sen. Amosun while starting new ones across the three senatorial districts of the state. In the 2023 election, all genuine APC members and indeed appreciative Ogun State people enjoying infrastructure projects and other dividends of good governance of Prince Abiodun will fully support the re-election of Prince Abiodun and put Senator Amosun to shame once again in his glaring anti- party activities.”

Adeola said that by this statement, the National Working Committee of APC is being alerted of the anti party activities of Sen Amosun in Ogun State and should therefore be wary of his moves and suggestion on any matter.

The Senator disclosed that Amosun was already plotting a repeat of 2019 when he supported APM against his party, APC saying that there was however no cause for alarm because the genuine and majority of the APC members are solidly behind Gov Abiodun’s second term bid.

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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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Ignore Ganduje’s purported suspension – Kano APC

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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

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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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