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2023: Thousands Dump APC For PDP In Benue

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Some prominent politicians in Benue State alongside thousands of their supporters have dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC and joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Top politicians in the state who dumped the APC on Monday include, Architect Joseph Kyaagba, Chief Joe Akaakar, the Baba Jiro of Egbaland as well as Barrister Michael Gwaza, ACP John Actsu and thousands of their supporters.

The defectors were received by the state Governor, Samuel Ortom at the Central Primary School Township, Vandeikya Local Government Area of the state.

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In a remark while receiving the defectors into the party, Governor Ortom assured the new PDP members of equal opportunities in the party, expressing optimism that PDP will take over leadership of the country after the 2023 general election.

2023: Thousands Dump APC For PDP In Benue

The Governor who lamented the level of hardship allegedly imposed on Nigerians by the current administration, said the ruling party has actually done what others never did for the country since inception as recently claimed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senator Dr Gabriel Suswam, lawmaker representing the Benue North East, urged the people of Jechira to do away with divisive politics and team up so as to feature credible aspirants for the anticipated 2023 governorship election.

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Similarly, Senator representing Benue South, Comrade Abba Moro said Nigeria has lost “virtually everything under the APC-led administration”, stressing that only the PDP has the capacity to redeem the country in 2023.

Former Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Architect Joseph Kyaagba who spoke on behalf of the defectors described the APC as a party that has encouraged bloodshed, saying the road to the party leads to nowhere.

He said they have returned to join forces with Governor Ortom and other leaders to ensure justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians.

State Chairman of the PDP, Sir John Ngbede received the defectors into the party and handed them over to Governor Ortom while party flags were presented to leaders of the defectors drawn from the APC and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

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What Uzodinma Conducted Was Birthday Party Not APC Congress – Okorocha

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The former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state as a birthday party and not a congress.

Okorocha, while reacting through his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, said that already there was a substantive Appeal Court judgement bordering on the executives of the party.

Okorocha said that in addition to the substantive Appeal Court judgment, there was an appeal pending in the Supreme Court over the issue.

He said: “What are we going to talk about the said congress. Nobody builds something on nothing.”

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He insisted that the substantive Appeal Court judgment on the executives of the party in Imo State was not in doubt.

“An appeal is pending in the Supreme Court and the case has not been decided and somebody said he is conducting a congress,” he added.

The former governor said he would not waste time reacting to such an issue, “when governor Uzodimma is aware and everyone knows that nothing happened.”

According to him, what they had on Saturday, “probably was a birthday party in advance for the governor”, adding that. “nobody is celebrating anywhere even among their own group.”

A source told Nigerian Tribune that Senator Ifeanyi Araraume might not be looking in that direction for now having gotten a new job that required his attention.

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Recall that both Okorocha and others in the opposition camps, including Senator Araraume boycotted the state congress on Saturday.

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Anambra Guber: Primate Ayodele Tells INEC To Dialogue With Kanu

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The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele has advised the independent national electoral commission (INEC) to make use of electronic transmission of results in the forth coming Anambra gubernatorial election and dialogue with the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) ahead of the election.

In a statement made by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele explained that the electoral transmission will prevent rigging in the coming election and that if the government is sincere, it should start from Anambra gubernatorial election.

“Electoral transmission will prevent rigging in Anambra election, I advise the Independent national electoral commission to use it to change the narratives of our elections. If the government is truly sincere, let them start from this coming election.”

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Also, he mentioned that the INEC should dialogue with the independent people of Biafra (IPOB) in order to have a peaceful election in the state.

“INEC should also dialogue with the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB) in order to have a peaceful election. The government should also ensure security measures are put in place because there will be security threats during the election’’

Primate Ayodele had earlier advised political parties and their candidates on what they need to do if they want to win the election.

Anambra Guber: Primate Ayodele Tells INEC To Dialogue With Kanu

“APC cannot win except through rigging, it’s just the rigging that can give them victory. The people don’t want APC but they want to do everything to get it through rigging and fraudulent move. The party is working on a backyard victory.”

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“All other parties should look into it properly because what happened in Imo state will happen in Anambra if care isn’t taken. If APC is allowed to get the victory, no court will remove them, they have arranged machineries to perfect these plans.”

“If APC takes it by force, the governor will not enjoy it, there won’t be peace, the state will not get their bearings right.”

“People are tired of APGA, they don’t want APGA but the party wants to enforce power through rigging, they are not getting it right. Governor Willie Obiano isn’t doing his homework properly and it will affect their victory. Nobody is ready for APGA and APC in Anambra but both of them are bent on taking it by force.Except Governor Willie Obiano begs the people of Anambra and prays to God, the people will not vote for APGA.”

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“PDP has what it takes, they have the resources but except their candidate, Valentine Ozigbo does the necessary things, he won’t win. A coalition will help PDP more to get their chances. If they do what is right, they will get it. Unless PDP wake up, get a coalition and put their house in proper order, they will not be victorious, they should manage things properly. Three days to the election, things will start changing, PDP should prepare well.”

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APC Convention Under Threat, Aggrieved Party Members Cite Ruling Against Buni

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Crises caused by parallel state congresses of the All Progressives Congress may stall the party’s national convention scheduled for December, The PUNCH has learnt.

Aggrieved APC members in Delta, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Ekiti states, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, faulted a plan by the party’s national interim committee to recognise executive councils endorsed by incumbent governors or highest political office holders in non-APC states.

They, therefore, vowed to continue with suits filed against the national interim committees as well as the ward and local government congresses.

Some of the aggrieved members, particularly Ekiti State stakeholders, specifically referred to the Supreme Court judgment on the Ondo State governorship election, which they said declared the Mala Buni-led committee illegal.

The crises in the party worsened on Saturday when opposing groups organised parallel congresses in Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Lagos, Kano, and Akwa Ibom states. In Ekiti and Delta states, the APC chieftains boycotted congresses supervised by the teams sent by the national interim committee.

The PUNCH had on Monday reported that the interim committee planned to recognise congresses attended by incumbent governors in APC states and highest political office holders in non-APC states.

Commenting on the development, aggrieved APC members in Ekiti State said that the legal action that they instituted against conduct of the July 31 ward congresses was suffice for the local government and state congresses as something could not stand on nothing.

The aggrieved members, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Stakeholders Forum had in August, in a suit number FHC/AD/CS/21/2021 filed at the Federal High Court, Ekiti State Division, dragged the state APC to court, calling for outright annulment of the ward congresses, which they, among others, said did not hold and a declaration that the ward congresses were “unconstitutional, illegal, null and void”.

The Secretary to the forum, Femi Adeleye, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the national caretaker committee was not recognised by law.

Buni’s committee not recognised by law, its activities will be declared illegal – Ekiti group

He, therefore, expressed hope that the court would declare all its activities including ward, local government and state congresses illegal.

Asked whether the stakeholders would go to court to stop the party’s national convention, Adeleye said the suit already filed by the group against the national interim committee was all-encompassing.

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He stated, “You cannot build something on nothing. What would bring about state congress would be from ward congress to local government congress and then state congress, nothing was done in the ward, nothing was done in the local, so where did they derive the state?

“That is why we are in court, we went to court to say no ward congress was held. We don’t need to go to court again over the exercise, which was a waste of time, we are already in court and the court is all-encompassing.

“Even the national caretaker is not recognised by law. When the court decides, all they have done will become a nullity.

“The aggrieved party members had already gone to court on the ward congress issue and joined Mai Buni alongside. The people that went to court are those that obtained forms and wanted to contest from their various wards but were not allowed to contest.

“Among others, they are in court that the national caretaker committee based on the Supreme Court pronouncement regarding Ondo State governorship election. They are in court to say that the national caretaker committee being there is illegal since it is not in the APC constitution.

“They are saying that the APC constitution is very clear that you cannot be in executive position and hold party position. As governor of Yobe State, the court says that he cannot be in the party executive. One must go for the other,” he said.

Although there was no parallel congress in the state, Paul Omotoso emerged the chairman at the congress attended by the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, but boycotted by party chieftains including a presidential aide, Babafemi Ojudu and Senator Adedayo Adeyeye.

Keyamo-led group heads for appeal court

In Delta State, a group in the APC led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, who is also the chairman of the party’s leaders’ council, said it would proceed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgment a Federal High Court, Asaba.

The APC Secretary Delta North, Mr Victor Sorokwu, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “We are planning to appeal the case as the court declared on Thursday last week that it had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter, adding that the case was an internal affair of the party

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The group had taken the Mala Buni-led caretaker committee to the Federal High Court over the conduct of the party’s congresses in the state. It said it was not part of what it called the kangaroo congresses organised by a group loyal to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Omo-Agege, on Saturday.

Sorokwu warned the national interim committee against recognising the congress organized by the Omo-Agege group. He said, “For us in Delta, the issues surrounding the congresses in Delta are still as they were unaddressed.” According to him, leaders of the party have agreed on consensus executive councils from ward to the state levels.

He stated, “We would not recognise any other executives other than the consensus executives put together by the leaders and stakeholders. We have already in court against Buni -led caretaker committee after series of petitions.”

Asked if his group would approach court to seek nullification of the Osun state APC congress, Kolapo Alimi, the Legal Adviser of The Osun Progressives, a faction within Osun APC enjoying the backing of Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, explained that the only case instituted by the group was against the ward congress.

He said the faction had challenged the ward congress in a suit FHC/Os/cs/38/21 pending before an Osogbo Federal High Court, expressing confidence that, if the group secured victory in the matter, its local and state congress would stand.

Alimi said, “We are already in court in respect of our Ward congress. We are not challenging anything relating to the national convention. If we win that case, technically, our local government and state congress will stand.”

National body should expect death of APC in Akwa Ibom, if its decision is not the best –Ewang
On his part, an APC chieftain in Akwa Ibom State and former military administrator of Ogun and Rivers states, Capt Sam Ewang (retd.), warned that the party would die in the state if best decisions were not taken.

He stated, “They are many ways of doing things and whatever the national body chooses to do should be the best and if not the best, they should expect the death of the party in the state. What I am trying to do is for the party to win elections in the state.

“As the APC Elders’ Forum chairman in the state, I said from the beginning that whatever decision we take should come from the elders’ forum at every level. If it is at the ward, the ward elders should produce the results.

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“However, if this is at variance with what the national body said, the party should take responsibility. But I believe that the party will not make that mistake. They should listen to elders of the party in the state. They must listen to elders of the party in Akwa Ibom State. I am the chairman of the Elders Forum and what the elders have said is what I am standing for.”

Stakeholders will decide our next line of action – Kwara APC faction
The Kwara State faction of the APC loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said it would submit the list of its officers to the party headquarters on Monday or Tuesday.

The Vice Chairman of the faction, Chief Sunday Oyebiyi told The PUNCH correspondent that “the report of our congress will be submitted to the national secretariat of the party tomorrow. I don’t think the party will reject the report of the 22 or 23 states where parallel congress was held.

Asked on the next line of action that the faction would take should if its list of executive is rejected, Oyebiyi said, “If such happens, the stakeholders would meet and decide the next line of action. “

We carried national secretariat along in our congress – Lagos4Lagos

A group within the Lagos chapter of the APC Congress, theLagos4Lagos said it carried the national secretariat of the party along and it was aware of its recently concluded state congress.

The spokesman for the group, Mr Seun Soyinka, said this on Monday, in a chat with one of our correspondents on the phone.

He said, “In fact, everybody is aware of it. Anybody that is saying there was no parallel congress in Lagos State is just deceiving himself. Parallel congresses were held everywhere and everybody knows. I am sure the national body will settle what is going on.”

Soyinka added that the Lagos4Lagos congress reflected the wishes of the people as opposed to imposition of leaders. Also the faction chairman of the APC in the state, Sunday Ajayi, who spoke with one of our correspondents, also said the national headquarters would not allow the group to leave the party.

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