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Atiku: “It’s Very Selfish, Wrong, And Bad For Politics” – PDP Chieftain Knocks Wike
A former Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has knocked the decision of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike not to support the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Iduoriyekemwen in his submission stated that Wike’s action is unbecoming of a leader and politician of his calibre, arguing that the Rivers Governor had made his stand known and should have left the stage when the ovation was loudest.
The Edo State politician added that the PDP has always given Wike the platform to actualize his political ambitions and the first time a ticket he wants would go to another person, the Governor wants to tear the party apart.
Wike and his loyalists including some state governors had vowed not to participate in Atiku’s presidential campaigns except Iyorchia Ayu resigns as the PDP national chairman.
They argued that Atiku’s emergence as the PDP flagbearer has put the major leadership positions in the north which negates the principle of justice and fairness.
Wike Is Selfish
However, asked about the development and how it would affect the fortunes of the PDP in 2023, Iduoriyekemwen during an interview with Punch blamed Wike for the crisis which he described as unnecessary.
He questioned Wike’s action saying it was probably because he lost the PDP presidential ticket.
Sam Amadi Rejects Appointment Into PDP Campaign Council
A former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi on Tuesday rejected a role as director of research in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council.
Amadi in a letter forward to the Director-General of the Campaign Council, Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed the reason for his decision.
The former NERC Chairman in a letter dated 10th of October, 2022 noted that he belongs to several non-partisan organisations.
He, however, stated that his decision to reject the appointment is not a vote of no confidence on PDP.
2023: Obidient Movement Is Not A Political Movement – PDP Chieftain
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has submitted that he doesn’t see the ‘obidient movement’ as a political movement.
The ‘obidient movement’ represents a group of Nigerians supporting the presidential ambition of the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, Naija News reports.
However, asked during an interview if he sees the movement as a threat to the political fortunes of the PDP in 2023, Iduoriyekemwen reacted in the negative.
He said the movement is just an expression of people not satisfied with the way things are in the country.
The former Majority Leader of the Edo State House of Assembly who is now a senatorial candidate for his party stated in the Punch interview that he doesn’t believe the emergence of Peter Obi and the Obidient Movement is any point of concern for the PDP in its traditional South-South and South East strongholds.
PDP: Unlike the APC, We Can Boast Of Our 16 Years Rule Record
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is running away from campaigning with President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements because it plunged Nigerians into deeper hunger and poverty, it is proud of its records.
According to the PDP in a statement by its Presidential Campaign Spokesman, Charles Aniagwu, unlike the APC which has nothing to show, it is very proud of running on records achieved during its 16 years of rule.
He noted that the PDP’s 16 years record is attractive enough to run on because things were much better in 2015 than they are now.
Aniagwu also bemoaned the APC for allegedly destroying the structures the PDP put in place, prior to 2015 when the party took over the reins of governance.
The party said the APC’s Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s handlers were always referring to Lagos in their campaigns because the party had failed Nigerians on their campaign promises.
2023: Tinubu’s Ambition Experience Setback As Aggrieved APC Presidential Aspirants Remain Silent
The presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu might be battling with an in-house crisis due to the silence of presidential aspirants in the party.
Some presidential aspirants who lost the presidential ticket of the ruling party to Tinubu despite congratulating him have refused to join the campaign train of the party, while some have been silent.
The grievances within the party saw one of the presidential aspirants, a former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, file a legal action calling for Tinubu’s disqualification.
Nwajiuba in the suit filed through their lawyer, Okere Nnamdi alleged that the primary that produced Tinubu as the APC’s 2023 presidential candidate was tainted by corruption and widespread vote buying.
He insisted that the majority of the delegates were bought over with dollars.
The likes of former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who congratulated Tinubu have remained silent on his ambition.
2023: Many Turn Down APC Governorship Campaign Council Appointment
The G-9 Benue South Progressives Forum leadership announced on Tuesday that some of its members who had been appointed to the state’s All Progressives Congress, (APC) Governorship Campaign Council have declined the position.
The G-9 Benue South made the decision to “maintain the sanctity of their ideological conviction and commitment to defending the dignity of the Idoma nation,” according to a statement released by its publicity secretary, Akor Ikwuoche.
Nevertheless, the group insisted that the development does not imply that they have retracted their public backing for the APC and its aspirants in the upcoming elections.
In the statement, the G-9 has repeatedly urged the party’s state leadership, which is dominated by the Tiv, to let the Idoma people make their own political decisions without interference from the Tiv leaders.
However, the state party leadership ignored the G-9’s demands.
Peter Obi Has Not Authorized It – Labour Party Denies Campaign Rally Timetable
The Labour Party (LP) has urged its supporters and members of the public to ignore a purported campaign rally timetable that has gone viral on social media.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Arabambi Abayomi said the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi never authorized the timetable.
He added that the party leadership also didn’t give approval for the said timetable.
The LP spokesperson added that the campaign council has not given any go-ahead for the timetable in circulation hence it should be ignored along with its contents.
“Likewise, no one from the Campaign Council has sought the nod of the party’s leadership over the same subject matter,” the LP spokesman added.
Stop Trying To Use Money And Appointments To Lure Us, We Stand With Obi – Ohanaeze Warns South-East Governor
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned an unnamed governor to desist from using monetary promises to lure them into endorsing an unpopular presidential candidate.
Ohanaeze stated this while praising Afenifere and the Middle-Belt Forum for endorsing Peter Obi.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and made available to Naija News.
Isiguzoro, in the statement alleged that there was a plot by an unnamed South-East Governor to procure a fake endorsement for an infamous presidential candidate.
The group warned the Igbo governor in question to desist from using monetary inducements and fake appointments “to lure some of Ohanaeze chieftains into endorsing an unpopular and Presidential candidate as opposed to the popular choice of Nigerians, the Labor Party’s Presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi.”
The group noted that “the desperation of this South-East Governor will sink him politically.
Obasanjo Will Be Convinced To Support Tinubu’s Presidential Bid – Ogunlewe
A former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe on Tuesday expressed optimism that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo will support the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
There had been speculations in the last few weeks that the elder statesman might support the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
The former president on different occasions has met with the former Governor of Anambra State.
This is coming days after Obasanjo denied endorsing Tinubu ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Ogunlewe, however, in an interview with Daily Independent said Yoruba elders will beg Obasanjo to support Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
He said the first step that needs to be taken is to canvass their position and let Obasanjo know that Tinubu is better than other presidential candidates.
The former minister described Obasanjo as a reasonable person, adding that if he is persuaded and shown what Tinubu can do, he will follow him.
2023: Peter Obi Is The Only Candidate Fingered In Corruption – Omokri
Former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri has claimed that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, is the only flagbearer accused of corruption.
He said Obi is the only presidential flagbearer amongst the four major candidates who was mentioned by the Pandora Papers as having corruptly enriched himself.
Naija News recalls that leaked files, which were retrieved from 14 offshore service firms around the world and revealed in a Pandora Papers project had shown how Obi failed to declare assets kept in tax havens.
The Pandora papers claimed that in 2010, Obi reportedly set up his first discreet company in the British Virgin Islands, and named the company Gabriella Investments Limited after his daughter.
The papers said the LP candidate reportedly first approached Acces International, a secrecy enabler in Monaco, France, to help him incorporate an offshore entity.
He was also said to have been a director of Next International (UK) Limited for 14 months after becoming the governor of Anambra state.
In a series of tweets via his Twitter page on Monday, Omokri said Obi has failed to sue the Pandora Papers for the report released in 2021.
He added that Obi lacks the competence to govern the country, stressing that he cannot be compared to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
“Ortom Is Trapped” – PDP Senator Reveals Why Benue Governor Didn’t Attend Atiku’s Campaign Launch
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator representing Benue North Senatorial District, Emmanuel Orker-Jev has explained why Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom could not attend the official flag-off by the party for Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign.
Speaking during a TV interview, Orker-Jev said Ortom is trapped between a rock and a hard place as touching the crisis rocking the PDP.
He explained that the Benue Governor doesn’t want to go against the collective decision of the Governors and at the same time, can’t openly antagonize the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu who is from the same state as him.
The Senator said this on Channels TV’s Politics Today while speaking about the failure of Ortom and some other loyalists of Governor Nyesom Wike to attend the PDP presidential campaign flag-off in Akwa Ibom on Monday.
Wike Will Still Not Get What He Wants If Ayu Resigns – Emmanuel Agbo
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former deputy national secretary of the party, Emmanuel Agbo has said that the party will fall into crisis if the national chairman Iyorchia Ayu resigns.
Agbo, during an interview with Arise news said that if Ayu resigns from his position, according to provision made by the PDP constitution a northerner will end up taking over.
Naija News reports that the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike and his supporters are calling for the resignation of Ayu under the premise that the two strongest positions in the party cannot be handled by individuals from the same zone, considering the fact that the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is also a northerner.
This has led to a rift in the party as Ayu and Atiku have refused to give in to Wike’s demands.
Speaking on the crisis plaguing the party, Agbo noted that if Ayu resigns, the constitution has clearly stated that the deputy national chairman from the zone in which the officer comes from takes over.
That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News