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Nigeria’s ruling party denies split

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A spokesman for Nigeria’s governing APC has dismissed reports of a split in the party as the work of “mischievous and ill-advised” individuals who may not even be party members.
The breakaway faction, known as Reformed APC, is led by Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari. Members of the splinter group say that the president’s government is incompetent.
Their emergence is seen as a major threat to Mr Buhari’s bid for a second term in office.
The statement from the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, continues:

”Having failed to scuttle the National Convention as was their original plan, they now resort to this subterfuge as a way of achieving the pre-determined end of causing confusion”.

As a matter of fact, we doubt that these individuals parading as leaders of the so-called faction are actual members of of our party. We are currently investigating their true membership status within the party.”

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OSUN: THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF APC

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The APC was obviously surprised that the PDP won the election in Osun State. The deployed every machinery to make sure that the APC emerged victorious in the election despite the “mago mago” sharing of trademoni by the Vice President to the Osun State citizens, the PDP still carried the led in the just concluded elections.
I kept myself abreast of all the happenings in Osun State and didn’t want a third party to tell the tales to me. I was not surprised when some machineries of the APC were caught for vote buying. They thought that what happened in Ekiti State would happen in Osun but the people has differentiated between light and darkness.
A re-run election has been scheduled for 27th of September because of the frivolous reason that the number of votes cancelled is greater than the margin that the perceived winner accumulated. The APC welcomed the development with open heart because its another avenue to perfect their rigging plan but the Osun election will signal the beginning of the end of APC. I didn’t mince words in saying that because despite the heavy presence of security men, different “mago mago” money sharing by the APC led by the Vice President and many midnight meetings by the APC the PDP still carried the lead in the election that will be the turning point for the PDP.
As I write this, there has been a crackdown of many PDP bigwigs in Osun State to frustrate the plan of PDP for the elections but the Osun people must bear this in mind, that he that dines with the devil does that with a long spoon.
The die is cast but the APC shall be disgraced in Osun State and this will signal the heavy defeat that stares them in the face in 2019.
My final word for the Osun re-run election is that they should go and vote for redemption and renewal.


Oswald Alex
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#OsunDecides : PDP has so far scored about 236,784 votes, APC has scored about 224,488 votes

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Based on results from 29 INEC LGs as well as the INEC headquarters in Osogbo,PDP has a lead of just over 12,000 votes ahead of APC.

As at this report time, the PDP has so far scored about 236,784 votes, while the APC has scored about 224,488 votes.

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LIVE UPDATES: Collation Of Osun Governorship Election Results

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Welcome to our live updates on the collation of the results for Saturday’s governorship election in Osun.
The collation of results is taking place at the Independent National Electoral Commission Secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
Stay with us for the results from the 30 local government areas in the state.

BOLUWADURO LGA:
ADC – 69
ADP – 858
APC – 3,843
PDP – 3,779
SDP – 1,766

ATAKUMOSA WEST LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 718
APC – 5,019
PDP – 5,401
SDP – 1,570

IFEDAYO LGA:
ADC – 52
ADP – 176
APC – 3,182
PDP – 3,374
SDP – 1,377

Ede South LGA:
ADC: 83
ADP: 357
APC: 4,512
PDP: 16,693
SDP: 855

OROLU LGA:
ADC – 79
ADP – 388
APC – 5,442
PDP – 7,776
SDP – 2,043

OBOKUN LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 663
APC – 7,229
PDP – 10,859
SDP – 1,907

ILESA EAST LGA:
ADC – 188
ADP – 1,275
APC – 9,790
PDP – 8,244
SDP – 3,720

BORIPE LGA:
ADC – 137
ADP – 1,137
APC – 11,655
PDP – 6,892
SDP – 2,730

ILESA WEST LGA:
ADC – 127
ADP – 2,363
APC – 7,251
PDP – 8,286
SDP – 2,408

ORIADE LGA:
ADC – 109
ADP – 1,224
APC – 9,778
PDP – 10,109
SDP – 2,265

IREPODUN LGA:
ADC – 158
ADP – 2,564
APC – 6,517
PDP – 8,058
SDP – 4,856

ILA LGA:
ADC – 96
ADP – 183
APC – 8,403
PDP – 8,241
SDP – 3,134

ISOKAN LGA:
ADC – 56
ADP – 682
APC – 7,297
PDP – 9,084
SDP – 3,460

AIYEDADE LGA:
ADC – 145
ADP – 1,654
APC – 10,861
PDP – 10,836
SDP – 2,767

ODO OTIN LGA:
ADC – 1,034
ADP – 1,112
APC – 9,996
PDP – 9,879
SDP – 2,441

EDE NORTH LGA:
ADC – 89
ADP – 758
APC – 7,025
PDP – 18,745
SDP – 1,380

IFELODUN LGA:
ADC – 236
ADP – 2,844
APC – 9,882
PDP – 12,269
SDP – 1,920

AIYEDIRE LGA:
ADC – 144
ADP – 1,642
APC – 5,474
PDP – 5,133
SDP – 2,396

EJIGBO LGA:
ADC – 258
ADP – 592
APC – 14,779
PDP – 11,116
SDP – 4,803

EGBEDORE LGA:
ADC – 119
ADP – 650
APC – 7,354
PDP – 7,231
SDP – 3,367

IFE CENTRAL LGA:
ADC – 194
ADP – 1,053
APC – 6,957
PDP – 3,200
SDP – 20,494

IREWOLE LGA:
ADC – 249
ADP – 1,950
APC – 10,049
PDP – 13,848
SDP – 1,142

OLORUNDA LGA:
ADC – 335
ADP – 1,409
APC – 16,254
PDP – 9,850
SDP – 7,061

 

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Osodieme Warns Fraudsters Using Her Name for APGA Ticket

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The wife of the Governor of Anambra State, and founder of the NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has alerted members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), political aspirants and the public to beware of the activities of unscrupulous individuals and influence peddlers who are going around promising political aspirants tickets in her name for the forthcoming party primaries and warned such persons to desist forthwith.
In a statement by Chief Media Officer, Emeka Ozumba, Osodieme said that she does not decide who gets APGA ticket neither has she mandated anybody to enter into discussions nor negotiations with APGA aspirants, warning that those using her name for such schemes if caught will be handed over to the security agencies.
Said she:
“As a loyal party member, I stand by the promise of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of APGA, His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano which guarantees that APGA primaries will be free and fair. I have made no promises, endorsement or pact with any candidate. My candid advice to aspirants is to go out there with confidence and sell your programmes and plans for the people to the delegates. Trust in the Lord and do not give in to such fraudulent tales claiming that I have endorsed anybody.”
Furthermore, Osodieme charged all APGA aspirants: “Do not solicit or give anybody money on my behalf. Let your credentials speak for you, and remember that at the end there will only be one winner for every position. I wish you all the very best of luck.”


Emeka Ozumba
Chief Media Officer

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APGA alleges sale of PVCs in Nasarawa State

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The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State has raised the alarm over the alleged buying of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) from women in the state.

APGA national secretary, Labaran Maku, raised the alarm yesterday while addressing a Catholic women conference in Agharagu.
His words: “There are some persons who are going about the state demanding PVC from women in return for N10,000 loan.
“According to intelligent reports, this group is representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the state. They demand PVC, which they clone.
“Why are they demanding the PVC and not national identity card or other forms of identity before issuing the loan to the women?”
The former minister of information called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the allegation and plug any loophole that could compromise the 2019 general elections in the state.
Maku, however, cautioned women and other voters to report anybody who demands the PVC in exchange of any benefit.
Meanwhile, founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Prof. Pat Utomi, has urged Nigerians to participate effectively in the 2019 general elections to restore the country’s glory.
Utomi said although Nigeria is listed among failing states in the world because of bad leadership, “Nigerians can collectively decide to reverse the trend” by electing leaders who are capable of realising the vision of the country’s founding fathers.


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Diaspora PDP chieftain joins APGA

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A founding member of the United States (US) chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Charles Maduka, alongside about 300 of his followers, have dumped the party for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Maduka, a notable US-based attorney and legal adviser to many organisations, was formerly welcomed into APGA at the weekend by a former commissioner for Information and Culture in Anambra State, Chief Maja Umeh, who also elevated him to the status of a stakeholder in the party.
The brief, but very colourful ceremony, which held at Maduka’s Amichi, Nnewi South Council country home, was envisaged to be a small event to usher in “a big catch,” drew commendations to the Amichi Ward Chairman, Mr. Augustine Ezebulue, as it became a rally of big-time contestants for the various positions in next year’s general elections.

 

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For Chido Obidiegwu, Egbokide Nke Ino Na Okija, A Testimonial

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By Uche Nworah

 

I am making this post in my personal capacity in favour, honour and support for my friend, brother and colleague, Chief Chido Obidiegwu, an aspirant under the platform of APGA for Ihiala federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives.

I have known the white haired, baritone voiced Egbokide iv na Okija, and Agujiogene Ndi Igbo for over 25 years.

Growing up, I wanted to practice advertising and was fascinated by the glitz and glamour. My final year undergraduate research project was on the topic ‘Comparative study of the advertising campaign strategies of NRC and SDP in the Presidential Elections’. This took me to Lagos where I went to gather materials and interview first hand ad executives such as Biodun Shobanjo of Insight Communications, the agency that had managed the NRC ad campaign, and also officials of May Nzeribe -led Sunrise D’Arcy which managed the SDP campaign.

I had come into Lagos on a Young Shall Grow night bus which dropped us at Jibowu, Yaba. From there I bussed down to Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja where Sunrise D’Arcy’s office was located. I got there before the big executives started arriving. I was able to see Oga May Nzeribe of blessed memory and explained my mission to him. He took a liking to me immediately and asked that I come work for him when I graduate. I later worked for him and Sunrise D’Arcy (story for another day). Oga May handed me over to a certain Chido Obidiegwu, the Client Services Manager of the SDP account and told him to look after me. Chido disarmed me with his baritone voice and charming reassuring buddy-buddy smile and introduced me to some of the other execs. He then took me to his office and gave me all the materials I required and answered all the questions I posed.

We spent some hours doing this and as we were rounding up, he asked me how I planned to get around in Lagos seeing that I had just arrived from the province, he asked where i was staying in Lagos and other personal questions that showed he genuinely cared. He later took me to lunch and gave me some money to sort myself out until I went back to Uyo. Chido really encouraged me and opened up to me on how best to get into advertising, the job opportunities, the ad agencies to work for and most importantly critical pathways to a successful career in advertising.

Years later, I will run into Chido at Oceanic Bank where i worked at the time. He had come to pitch for business. We re-united again in Anambra State years later, this time as political appointees under Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State.

We all have seen the dedication, passion and style he has brought to his job as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on events to the Governor of Anambra State. If Ndi Ihiala send Egbokide iv to Abuja, there is no doubt that he will not be cowed, his voice will echo powerfully in the chambers like the ogene and rest assured that oke ndi Ihiala ama nfu.

I know Chido to be a no – nonsense person who says it as it is. He has a famous kind heart and hates to see people being oppressed. God did not bless him with a baritone voice for nothing, God also blessed Chido with the intellect, soundness of mind and courage to roar, and thunder in defence of public good and causes, and in defiance of oppression, qualities needed to represent a people, the good people of Ihiala Constituency in the green chamber.

As those who know Chido will attest to, he prides himself in this saying, one he personally invented; ‘Obia’m na uche, ma na obi, obia’m na onu’. That’s the mark of a man who can stand and defend his people.

As APGA goes to the primaries, and later the parties go to the polls, I lend my voice in testifying that Chido Obidiegwu is the man for Ihiala Federal Constituency.


Uche Nworah is MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service.

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Taraba APC factions clash as court restrains newly sworn-in State Chairman from entering office

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THERE was a serious clash between the two factions of All Progressive Congress (APC), Taraba State chapter as a federal high court seating in Abuja have restrained the newly inaugurated Chairman of the party in the State to take over the office in Jalingo, Taraba state capital.

A high court of the federal capital territory before his lordship, Hon. Justice Valentine Ashi, granted the order which was applied by the embattled Chairman, Dr Abdulmumuni Vaki, restraining Hon. Ibrahim Elsuldi from taking over the party office in Taraba State.


Vaki was elected at the recent APC State congresses and was inaugurated by John Oyegun while the current National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshomole, last Monday inaugurated Ibrahim Elsuldi as another Chairman of the party in the State.
The judge in the interim injunction did not only stop Hon. Ibrahim Elsuldi from taking over the party office, he also stopped the Elsuldi from parading himself as the State Chairman of APC in Taraba State.
A development which has sparked serious disaffection between members of the party who are royal to Sen. Jumai Arhasan, the minister for women affair and those in support of Hon. Ibrahim Elsuldi.
Arhasan who supported Abdumumuni Vaki for the chairmanship earlier thought the inauguration of her candidate by John Ouegun has put all issues of the party in the State to rest, only for the Adams Oshomole national leadership to inaugurate Ibrahim Elsuldi who was strongly opposed by the minister.
TribuneOnline visit at the State Secretariat of the party in Jalingo discovered that Nigerian Police and Military took over the premises of the Secretariat to avert the pending clash between the two factions.
Ibrahim Elsuldi who came into town to take over the Secretariat was also been prevented by the security agents who man the gate of the temporary office of the party in the State.
Supporting youths of both factions were seen carrying cutlasses and axe at Hwmaruwa way where the office is located close to government house Jalingo.
Efforts to speak with spoke persons of both factions prove abortive as both parties were busy ironing ways for meetings to strategize for ways out.


— Tribune

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Saraki Takes Campaign To Calabar

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Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in cross-river state thronged the Magret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar on Wednesday to receive the senate president and Presidential Aspirant Bukola Saraki.

The senate president who was in the state to consult with party delegates and stakeholders in his bid to clinch the PDP presidential ticket met with Governor Ben Ayade, his deputy and members of the state executive council.
In the entourage of the presidential hopeful was the former governor Of Kogi State, Idris Wada, Former PDP National Chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje among others.

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Okupe, Accord Party chief, chairs Saraki’s media campaign team

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Dr Doyin Okupe has been appointed the chairman of the media council of the Bukola Saraki campaign organisation.
Okupe until now was the South West leader of the Accord Party and chairs the party’s committee to discuss with the Coalition of United Political Parties.
The Director General of the campaign, Mohammed Wakil, said Dr Okupe will work with other professionals on the team to effectively communicate the campaign messages of the Senate President to Nigerians and the international community.
Okupe who is a medical doctor and politician served as the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the aborted Third Republic.
He has also worked as the Director of Communications during the presidential campaigns of two former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
He later served as a Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to both Presidents.

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