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2023: Wike In Talks With APC, May Dump PDP
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State may reportedly be leaving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following his loss of the Presidential Primaries, and Vice president slot of the party.
The Rivers governor who has been very quiet is said to have established talks with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
On Saturday, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi arrived in Port-Harcourt and met with him in what is called “a friendly and brotherly” visit at 9pm.
Umahi’s visit makes it the first meeting with Wike after the former dumped the PDP for the APC following an alleged dissatisfaction with the party.
Wike and Umahi both contested the primaries of their respective parties. However, the Rivers Governor lost both president and vice-presidential candidacy after he was regarded as a victim of intense “powerplay and gang up” by vociferous forces within his party.
A South-South Coordinator of the Tinubu Support Group, Gabriel Abijah, in a recent interview with Politics Nigeria, revealed that Wike will soon join APC.
Tinubu Arrives In Lagos After Emerging APC Presidential Candidate
The 2023 Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, arrived in Lagos on Sunday evening.
Naija News reports that Tinubu returned to the state 12 days after he defeated the likes of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Senate President Ahmed Lawan and others to win the party’s presidential primaries.
Tinubu arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala International Airport, Lagos at 3:30pm and was received with a rousing welcome from hundreds of APC supporters.
The APC Presidential candidate was accompanied by the Governors of Kano and Imo states, Abdullahi Ganduje and Hope Uzodimma respectively.
A former governor of Borno State, Ahmed Shettima, as well as some party leaders at the national level were also in the company of the APC Presidential candidate.
Ekiti Guber Election: Obaseki Gives Igbinedion Fresh Appointment
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has called on all members of the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unite so as to resolve all internal wranglings within the party to ensure success in the 2023 general elections.
The governor disclosed this while meeting with over 135 PDP members drawn from the National Executive Committee, State Executive Committee, and Zonal Committee of the party, at the party Secretariat in Benin City.
According to the governor, the meeting became necessary following the defeat of the PDP in the just concluded Ekiti State Governorship election held over the weekend, in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the election.
Obaseki said in order not to repeat the Ekiti episode in the presidential election come 2023, the party in the state needs to be united.
Ekiti 2022: President Buhari Congratulates Oyebanji, Adamu Over APC Victory, Says Osun Is Next
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
The President described it as a well-deserved victory and congratulated the candidate, Biodun Oyebanji, the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu and other members for a successful outing.
Buhari’s reaction was contained in a statement on Sunday by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
Reacting, President Buhari in his statement said “the victory is well deserved considering Oyebanji’s contributions to the development of the State and the party, before his nomination as the standard bearer, urging him, however, to be magnanimous in victory in the interest of the people of the State.”
He also rejoiced with the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and the National Working Committee for the victory, the first under the tenure of the newly elected executives of the party.
2023: PDP Sets Up Committee To Screen Deputy Governorship Candidates
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has constituted a Deputy Governorship Candidate Screening Committee.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja.
Ologunagba stated that the screening committee will screen/verify nominated deputy governorship candidates of the party in all the 28 states where governorship elections are scheduled to be held.
The PDP spokesman said the mandate for constituting the committee by the National Working Committee was pursuant to the provision of Part V, Paragraph 11 of the Electoral Guidelines of the party.
He disclosed that the screening exercise will hold at the party’s National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 10:00 am.
According to the PDP spokesman, the screening is mandatory for all nominated Deputy Gubernatorial Candidates of the party.
Ekiti Gubernatorial Election Was Peacefully Conducted – Oyebanji
The Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has stated that the just concluded Ekiti governorship election was peacefully conducted.
In a statement released on Sunday, Oyebanji said the people of Ekiti on Saturday decided on who becomes the next governor of the state and elected him to be the chosen one.
He expressed his gratitude to the voters who voted for his party and also recognise all those who did not vote for the APC but participated in the electoral process.
Oyebanji also thanked all other aspirants and their respective political parties for the dignified way they carried out their campaigns, and for contributing to the credibility of the process.
They Destroyed Ekiti With Paper Money – Sowore Slams Fayemi, APC Over Gubernatorial Election
The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore, has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC monetized the just concluded Ekiti gubernatorial election.
Recall that Naija News earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abiodun Oyebanji as the winner of the governorship election in Ekiti State.
Oyebanji who won 15 out of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state gathered 187,057 votes.
Reacting to Oyebanji’s win via Twitter, Sowore alleged that the election was manipulated by the APC.
He accused the outgoing governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, and other members of the ruling party of destroying democracy in the country.
2023: ‘LP/NNPP Merger Threatened Over INEC Regulations’
The Labor Party, LP and the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP merger might face some difficulties due to certain regulations of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the NNPP earlier confirmed on Saturday morning that his party was planning a merger with LP and Peter Obi.
He had said: “We are in talks with Peter Obi and a committee is working to look into how to form a merger between us.
“The merger is important because as you can see both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not pick their running mates from the South-East.”
In an interview with Daily Post, Nicholas Ibekwe, a journalist with Premium Times said that regulations by INEC might make the merger legally impossible.
He said: “First a new party via a merger cannot be formed in time for the election.
“INEC regulation prohibits the registration of a political party less than a year before an election.
“But they can collapse their structure to support one another for specific positions.”
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