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South-East governors have jointly decided to pitch their tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in order to bring more devel­opment to the region, Daily Indepen­dent has exclusively gathered.

The region currently has five states with Imo and Ebonyi states already among the states controlled by the ruling party.

While Hope Uzodimma, APC governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections became governor of Imo State through Supreme Court verdict in January 2020, Gover­nor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi dumped the PDP for the APC in November 2020. ­

Abia and Enugu are pres­ently controlled by the PDP while Anambra belongs to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

There are reports that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State will soon dump the PDP for APC any moment from now while there are also speculations that his counter­part in Enugu State, Emeka Ugwuanyi, is also plotting to do the same.

A member of the Caretak­er Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee chaired by the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, revealed that Ikpeazu’s delayed defection to APC is as a result of the dis­agreement between him and Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, who also doubles as the chairman of the APC caucus in Abia.

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The disagreement between the duo is centred on who becomes the party leader of APC in Abia State if Ikpeazu eventually joins the party.

Why South-East PDP Govs Are Considering Defection To APC

He, however, said the deal has been sealed following the peaceful truce reached between Kalu and Ikpeazu, adding that the “Abia State governor will formally be received into our party any moment from now”.

In Enugu, Daily Indepen­dent gathered that Governor Ugwuanyi who is also having a running battle with Sena­tor Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President, may soon be on his way out of the PDP.

He said the desire of Ekw­eremadu who wields consid­erable influence in PDP to succeed the governor in 2023 has polarised the party in the state.

In Anambra, the APC is banking on winning the No­vember 6 governorship elec­tion in the state while Gov­ernor Willie Obiano who is seeking to have his anointed candidate succeed him is also in talks with the APC owing to the crisis that has almost crippled APGA in the state.

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Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) from the South-East, said he won’t be surprised if the remaining governors in the region join the APC.

According to him, the PDP governors have severally com­plained that the party, which was in power for 16 years, has not done much to benefit the region in terms of develop­ment, hence the need for them to form a bloc in the APC so as to accrue more benefit to the South-East from the centre.

“Governor Ikpeazu is al­most 80 percent out of the PDP. Ugwuanyi is also on his way out and we are patiently waiting for the direction the Anambra governorship elec­tion will take. With the crisis in APGA, I won’t be surprised if Willie Obiano declares for APC tomorrow.

“I know the South-East governors have always com­plained that APC has done more for them in less than six years than what PDP did in 16 years. And they have also decided to join the party in bloc so as to attract more developments to the region in all the five states”, he said.

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Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Sec­retary, who said no governor in the party from the South- East has formally informed the party that he wants to join APC, however, said gov­ernors defecting from PDP to APC are being intimidated into doing so.

He said the three gover­nors that recently left the party have issues with the Federal Government and “are being challenged internally by what they have committed themselves into.

“They moved to the other side because of the intimida­tion that is coming from the party in government. If you listen to all the three governors that have left the party, none of them has said that he has a problem with the lead­ership of the party,” he said.

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Pensioners’ hardship worsens as states owe backlogs of gratuities

Pensioners’ hardship worsens as states owe backlogs of gratuities

Some pensioners during protest


State governments including Kano, Benue, Osun, Delta, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Rivers and Kwara are currently owing pensioners many of whom are dying without receiving their entitlements.
Labour leaders and officials of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, who spoke to The PUNCH in separate interviews on Thursday, said besides failing to remit the contributory pensions, retirees on the defined benefit scheme were being owed.
But state officials attributed the delay in paying pensions and gratuities to the poor economy of the country and assured that the entitlements would be paid as soon as their cash flow improved.
The defined benefit scheme is the pension scheme that was in effect before the adoption and payment of pensions to new retirees under the CPS as stipulated by the Pension Reform Act…..
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Akeredolu canvasses second term for Oyetola

Akeredolu canvasses second term for Oyetola

Oyetola


Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday said by giving his Osun State counterpart, Adegboyega Oyetola, another four years in office, the state would gain more from him.
Akeredolu spoke on the sidelines of 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun, where 28 distinguished and prominent citizens of the state were honoured.
The Ondo State helmsman, who said achieving milestone of 30 year was worth celebrating, noted that “it has been a wonderful celebration having identified those who build, the founding fathers of this state and those who have contributed to the development of this state is now been given award, I think the government is doing very well…..
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Adamawa PDP councilors pass no confidence vote on LG chairman
Adamawa PDP councilors pass no confidence vote on LG chairman
Eight out of ten Peoples Democratic Party councilors in Demsa Local Government Council, on Thursday passed a vote of no confidence on the Chairman, Gibson Pwadadi.
The councilors accused Pwadadi of anti-party activities. They specifically accused him of divisiveness and loyalty to Senator Grace Bent, former PDP BOT member who defected to the All Progressive Congress.
Speaking on behalf of party stakeholders from the council, Samson Kumbita told reporters in Yola that the decision was sequel to a series of alleged infractions by the chairman…..
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2023: Jega, Utomi’s group to set conditions for APC, PDP on candidates

2023: Jega, Utomi’s group to set conditions for APC, PDP on candidates

Professors Pat Utomi and Attahiru Jega


The emerging third force in Nigeria’s political space is set to force political parties to adopt certain criteria in selecting candidates for various public offices in the 2023 general elections.
Several prominent Nigerians, including a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, and a political economist, Professor Pat Utomi, have teamed up to sack the ruling All Progressives Congress and the biggest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, from the political space in the 2023 general elections.
They are to unveil a mega political movement to be known as ‘Rescue Nigeria Project’ on October 1…..
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National Assembly’s approval unnecessary for e-transmission of results – REC

National Assembly’s approval unnecessary for e-transmission of results – REC

Ogun State Residence Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje


THE Ogun State Residence Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, has said the commission does not need the backing of the National Assembly and the approval of the National Communication Commission to transmit election results electronically.
Agbaje disagreed with the National Assembly’s position that the Independent National Electoral Commission had no constitutional backing to transmit election results electronically without the approval of NCC.
Agbaje said this on Thursday while speaking at a press briefing as the new REC in the state.
The National Assembly had insisted that the commission must seek the approval of NCC before transmitting election results electronically….
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Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, Mr Peter Obi, has recommended a 60-80 years age range for aspirants vying for the office of president of the country.

The former Anambra State governor also said those vying for the office of governor should not exceed 60 years.

This was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Valentine Obienyem, in Awka, on Thursday. He issued the statement to clarify what his principal said while campaigning for the Anambra PDP governorship candidate, Valentine Ozigbo.

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The statement read in part,” Obi, known for issue-based campaign in his speech at Aguata, Orumba North and South, and few other places, on Tuesday and Wednesday, pointed out numerous projects he did across the State, from roads through schools to security, and appealed to the people of these areas to vote for Mr Ozigbo for possessing the capacity and youthful age to deliver.

“He also said that whilst the other two contestants have had the opportunity to help their people and did nothing, that Ozigbo would be the clear difference.

“Obi said that the two out of three major contestants were over 60 years, while Mr Val Ozigbo is 50. He therefore concluded that Val possessed the ideal age for governorship at sub-national level, which he put between 40 and 60.”

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“Obi even went on to say that it was the experience garnered at that (governorship) level that would contribute to the success of leadership at the presidential level, which he put at between 60 and 80 years. “

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday accused the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retd.), of promoting nepotism and acts of sectionalism in all his appointments.

Ortom, who said such act violated the principle of federal character as enshrined in the constitution, added that the lopsided federal appointments and other acts of sectionalism had divided Nigeria more than ever.

The governor stated this in Enugu during a lecture organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu chapel, with the theme, ‘Emerging security situation in the South-East: the place of good governance” held in Enugu.

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He said, “The lopsided federal appointments, nepotism and other acts of sectionalism, particularly from 2015 to date, have divided Nigeria now more than at any other time in the country’s history.

“The Federal Character Principle as enshrined in the constitution has been abused and abandoned by the present administration. This is where leadership has failed Nigerians and good governance has also been relegated to the back seat.

Buhari’s Sectionalism In Making Appointments Increasing Division – Ortom

“Eastern Nigeria, like other parts of the country, deserves equal attention with the provision of critical infrastructure and development projects, as well as allocation of resources and key appointments at the federal level.”

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Ortom, who said he would never be cowed, maintained that the All Progressives Congress government had failed in every area.

He said the Federal Government was busy fighting perceived opposition while at the same time looking the other way amid mindless killing and maiming of Nigerians by herdsmen.

“The present administration at the centre has adopted the approach of intimidation of those who dare to voice out their frustrations and concerns over growing insecurity and marginalisation.

“But I, Samuel Ortom, will never keep quiet as long as injustice and marginalisation prevail in the affairs of our country,” he added.

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