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More Troubles For Peter Obi, Labour Party As 3rd Force Movement Rejects Presidential Campaign List, Threaten To Dump Party
The Labour Party (LP) might have plunged itself into further controversies following reactions that have continued to trail the recently released presidential campaign list for the Obi-Datti 2023 candidacy.
This is as the leadership of the National Consultative Front (NCFront) which is the umbrella body for the 3rd force movement consisting of key political groups supporting the Labour Party has threatened to dump the party if the campaign list is not reviewed and adjusted accordingly.
The group submitted that the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council list released on Wednesday in Abuja only took care of Peter Obi’s associates and ignored other stakeholders supporting the party.
The NCFront further accused the party of failing to consult widely before announcing the list adding that there are many opportunists and liabilities in the released list.
It gave the Labour Party a time frame to review or they will dump the party and start negotiating with another political party.
The grievances were made known in a joint statement by the Communication Executive of NCFront -3rd Force Mega Coalition of Nigeria, Bilikis Bello and the Convener, 40Million Ballots Movement, Comrade Kennedy Iyere.
2023: Wike Fixes Date To Address Nigerians On Politics, Governance
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has fixed Friday, October 14, 2022, for another round of media chat.
Naija News reports that the Rivers governor would address Nigerians on Politics and Governance ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to the governor, he will be speaking in a live interview with journalists at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Recall that governor Wike had on Friday, September 23 addressed Nigerians on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
2023: Okowa, Bala Mohammed, Others Storm Goodluck Jonathan’s Residence
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday visited the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.
The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and some other stakeholders of the main opposition party were also in the meeting.
The media aide to the Bauchi State Governor, Adamu Sanusi Kobi, who shared the development on his Facebook account, revealed the aim of the meeting.
According to Kobi, the PDP stakeholders met with Jonathan at his residence for consultation ahead of the 2023 general elections.
It was gathered that the stakeholders of the main opposition party also discussed vital issues regarding the success of the PDP in 2023.
Other stakeholders in the meeting include top PDP Excos and members of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential campaign group.
2023: My Opponents Are Noisemakers, Novice — Sanwo-Olu
Ahead of the 2023 governorship election, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has described his opponents as novices and noisemakers.
The governor stated this on Wednesday at the opening of the Ehingbeti Summit in Lagos.
Naija News reports that the two major governorship candidates contesting against Sanwo-Olu in the 2023 election are Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gbadebo Patrick Rhodes-Vivour (GRV) of the Labour Party (LP).
Governor Sanwo-Olu said his opponents know nothing about governance and go on television stations to make noise and grant unnecessary newspaper interviews.
He said his administration has done a lot to develop the state and people can feel the development, adding that Lagosians know that his government has been working for them.
2023: Wike Vows Never To Accept Northern Dominance In PDP
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday vowed not to accept northern dominance in the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Wike and his allies have been calling for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu over northern dominance.
The camp of the Rivers State Governor had insisted that the National Chairman of the party and the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar can not come from the same region.
The national chairman of the party, Ayu, presidential candidate, Atiku, Director General of the party’s presidential campaign, Aminu Tambuwal, who also doubles as the DG governors forum are all from the North.
Wike in his statement vowed that nobody can convince him to drop his advocacy for internal democracy in the main opposition party.
The Rivers State Governor pointed this out while hosting the candidates of the party and local government chairmen from Cross River State.
The PDP chieftains had met with Wike on Wednesday night at his residence in Port Harcourt.
Ex-Army Spokesman Who Claimed Lekki Massacre Was Photoshopped Gets Appointment From Peter Obi’s Labour Party
Labour Party (LP) has appointed an ex-army officer, John Enenche who claimed that the images of the alleged massacre of unarmed demonstrators at Lekki Tollgate were photoshopped as part of its presidential advisory council.
Naija News recalls that Labour Party on Wednesday released a list of its campaign team, which had 1,234 names, including the army general appointed as a representative of the North-Central.
Enenche, had during the heat of the EndSARS massacre claimed that the Instagram live footage of DJ Switch, which showed protesters dying was photoshopped.
The video of his claims was posted on Twitter.
Enenche’s appointment has led to an outcry from the party supporters on Twitter who insist that he is not worthy of the position.
They argued that the retired general and former director of defence information is unsuitable to take up any position due to his role in covering up the Lekki massacre in October 2020.
Fresh Troubles For Kachikwu As ADC Ratifies Presidential Candidate’s Expulsion
The African Democratic CongressAfrican Democratic Congress (ADC) might have plunged itself into further controversies following the ratification of the expulsion of its presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu.
Naija News recalls that the party had in September announced the suspension and expulsion of Kachikwu, his running mate, Ahmed Rufai, and some chieftains from the party.
At at a Special National Convention held on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State, the party ratified the immediate expulsion of its presidential candidate and his running mate.
Others expelled from the party include the Board of Trustees’ Chairman, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, National Vice Chairman, North-East, other State Chairmen and party executives.
The party also replaced national officers whose tenure expired with the election of new national officers by affirmation.
Consequently, Ralph Nwosu was returned as the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Saidu was returned as the National Secretary, and Mrs. Kyauta was named the National Women Leader, among others.
2023: There Will Be No Need For Citizens To Carry Arms If Atiku Is Elected – Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said Nigerians will not need to carry arms and protect themselves if the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is elected in 2023.
The PDP Vice Presidential candidate stated this on Wednesday in his remark at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) held in Abuja.
Okowa pointed out that the PDP will support the creation of State Police and would empower states to address their various security challenges and insecurity in the country.
He said many Nigerians agree that the establishment of state police would reduce the crime rate, lamenting that the Federal Government had remained indifferent on the issue.
According to Okowa, State Police would help in the effective enforcement of anti-open-grazing laws in the states.
The governor added that the citizens will ensure the protection of lives and property in their areas and curb criminal activities.
Okowa affirmed that the PDP would encourage power devolution to the states for better development in the country which would stimulate investment in states across the six regions.
More Troubles For Atiku As PDP Elders Make New Demand Amid Tussle With Wike
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has been faced with another dilemma as some elders in the party made new demands ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Naija News understands that the former Vice President is currently struggling to pacify Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his aggrieved camp members including state governors.
Wike and his allies had demanded the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, asking that he should be replaced with a Southerner.
Their demands follow Wike’s grievance on what he counted as a betrayal of his personality after events that happened during and after the PDP”s presidential primaries and national convention months ago.
However, Atiku’s efforts and that of the leadership of the party to settle the issues have yielded no positive result yet.
Amid the internal crisis, Elders Forum for Atiku 2023, a political support group within the nation’s main opposition party protested at the Abuja residence of Atiku on Wednesday, Naija News learnt.
Reports revealed that the Elders during the protest insisted that Atiku must revisit the composition of his Presidential Campaign Council.
The major demand of the party stakeholders was for Chief Raymond Dokpesi to be made the Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO) 2023.
Atiku: Kaduna PDP Names Ex-Gov Yaro Chairman, 59 Others In Presidential Campaign Council
The Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a 60-member presidential campaign council with the former governor of the state, as its chairman.
Naija News reports that the Kaduna PDP inaugurated the council on Wednesday ahead of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s planned visit to the state.
Yero was inaugurated alongside a former Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency and PDP governorship aspirant, Mohammed Sani Sidi, as the deputy chairman of the committee.
Other members of the committee are Haruna Sa’eed, Mohammed Abbas, the National Youth Leader, Muhammed Kadade, Shehu Sani, and 54 others.
The state PDP Chairman, Hassan Hyat, said it was expected that the committee members will work vigorously for the victory of the party’s presidential candidate.
He said the party in Kaduna State was waxing stronger with the presidential campaign already flagged off in Uyo State.
Keyamo Reacts To Allegations Of APC Planning To Truncate 2023 Elections
The spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress(APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has refuted the allegation that the party is planning to truncate the 2023 elections.
Naija News reports that the opposition political parties in Nigeria under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have raised an alarm over an alleged plot to truncate the 2023 elections process.
Addressing a joint news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the spokesman for CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, alleged plot by some APC governors to cause a leadership change in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The CUPP also alleged plot to stop electronic transmission of the 2023 election results and deactivate the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) from INEC server during the 2023 general elections.
The opposition parties claimed that there is immense pressure on the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and some National Commissioners to deactivate the BVAS from the server.
Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja after a tripartite meeting of the ruling party, Keyamo described the allegation as unfounded and absolute nonsense.
2023 Election: PDP Has Lost Wike, Makinde, Others – Fani-Kayode
The Director of New Media of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost its aggrieved five governors.
Naija News reports that Governors Nyesome Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) are at loggerheads with the party leadership over the call for the resignation of the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, the former Minister of Aviation said the opposition PDP has lost the aggrieved governors because it was unable to manage tendencies within the party.
He equally described the allegation by the PDP and the CUPP that the APC was trying to stop the use of Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the 2023 elections as ‘nonsense’.
‘Tinubu Cannot Be Trusted’ – Says PDP Chieftain, Shehu Mahdi
A supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and rights activist, Shehu Mahdi, has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu cannot be trusted.
Naija News understands that Mahdi said this in reaction to Tinubu’s address during the inauguration of members for the women’s presidential campaign team chaired by his wife, Oluremi Tinubu.
Speaking at the event that was held in Abuja earlier this week, Tinubu said: “Assurance is here, the promise is here, prosperity is here, health is here, security is here, banditry has ended”.
Reacting to the former Governor of Lagos State’s comment, Mahdi who is a staunch supporter of PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said Tinubu’s followers would be disappointed after the 2023 general elections.
INEC Dispatches BVAS To Over 23 States, Dismisses CUPP’s Allegation
The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, revealed that Bimodal Voter Accreditation System ( BVAS) has been dispatched to over 23 States in preparation for the forthcoming election.
Okoye said the electronic transmission of polling unit-level results is a foregone conclusion because it is part of the national asset and cannot be jettisoned.
According to him, no individual or group can at this moment delegitimise the processes and procedures of the election, “we are marching forward to 2023.”
Naija News reports that Okoye noted that the constitution gave backing for the use of BVAS for voter accreditation and that the allegations by 17 political parties on Wednesday that the commission was under pressure to dump the BVAS in the 2023 polls were not true.
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