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Osun PDP transition committee: Adeleke not ready for governance — Omipidan

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Jeleel Olawale

The terms of reference given to the transition committee set up by the Osun Governor-Elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke has been described as a sign that the incoming administration was not prepared for governance.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Osun State Governor, Ismail Omipidan made this known in a radio current affairs programme at the weekend.

Omipidan also accused the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of relying on lies and added that the setting up of the transition committee by the Governor-elect was a result of hearsay.

Recall that Senator Adeleke, on Thursday, July 28, 2022, inaugurated a 37-member transition committee charged with interfacing with the outgoing government of Adegboyega Oyetola on a smooth transition of power.

The transition committee which was tasked with an 18-point term of reference was also charged to hit the ground running and propose actionable agenda for the new administration in the first 100 days, 1 year and subsequent years.

The transition committee has, as Chairman, Muyiwa Oladimeji and Secretary, Bamidele Salam who is a serving member of the House of Representatives.

Omipidan maintained that the State Government had not obtained any loan and has not given any emergency contract since the result of the July 16, gubernatorial election was announced.

In his words, “The inauguration of the transition committee by the Governor-elect yesterday shows that the Osun PDP is not prepared for governance and the inauguration is just a confirmation of this.

“As to the allegation of obtaining of loan, I will state categorically here that Osun did not obtain any loan and the government has prosecuted all the contracts without recourse to any loan.

“Also, my principal has not awarded any emergency contract. I call on the PDP to identify any emergency contract that the Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has awarded after the announcement of the election result.”

Omipidan also held that the statement credited by Olawale Rasheed, the Spokesperson, alleging the Adegboyega Oyetola administration of awarding emergency contracts has not been fair and is full of lies and propaganda.

Reacting, the Chairman of the transition committee, Muyiwa Oladimeji disclosed that the inauguration of the transition committee was without any hidden agenda.

Oladimeji added that the terms of reference that the committee was tasked with are a common thing under a presidential system of government.

In his words, “The terms of reference mandated by the Governor-elect is a means to interface with the outgoing government.

“The inauguration of the transition committee is the most civilised thing to do under this setting.”

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Edo Guber: INEC final list unsettles LP leadership

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…As Dep. Governorship candidate’s name is missing

By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

The final list of candidates for the upcoming governorship election in Edo state as published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has unsettled the leadership of the Edo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP).

The party has faulted the electoral body for omitting the name of its validly nominated running mate, Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, (SAN) instead of Oluyinka Faith Alufohai who was listed by the electoral body.

Recall on April 19, it was reported that Labour Party governorship candidate in the September 21 gubernatorial election, Olumide Akpata dropped Oluyinka Faith Alufohai and picked Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, SAN as the deputy governorship candidate of the party.

In a press statement by Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, State chairman LP, made available to journalists in Benin City, he assured party members and supporters that “this is simply a technical error.”

According to Comrade Ogbaloi, “Our team followed all necessary procedures and submitted Alhaji Kadiri’s name and credentials as the deputy governorship candidate, well within INEC’s stipulated window. Unfortunately, a technical glitch occurred at the end of the National Headquarters of our party during the submission process, resulting in the incorrect name appearing on the final list.

“We are currently actively engaged with INEC officials to rectify this issue immediately and our team has provided all requisite documentation demonstrating Alhaji Kadiri’s valid nomination. We have been following-up with INEC diligently, to ensure it updates its candidate list with the accurate information.

“We recognise the anxiety this error may cause, but urge our supporters to remain calm and steadfast in their commitment to our party’s vision. Your unwavering support and activism have been invaluable thus far, and we need you to continue spreading awareness of our platform and championing the positive change we represent.

“The Labour Party is determined to contest the forthcoming September 21, Edo State Governorship elections fairly and transparently. We should not allow this minor administrative hurdle to dampen our confidence or impede our momentum. Together, we shall overcome any obstacle, minor or major, as we continue our march towards restoring Edo State to its pride of place nationally.”

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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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