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Anambra governorship candidate pledges more dividends of democracy

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An aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, has said that though Nigeria has witnessed 22 years of uninterrupted democratic rule , a lot still needed to be done.

“We are celebrating 22 years of democracy but a lot is still left behind when we talk about the dividends on ground.

“If you look at the level of achievements, you will discover that we have failed to live up to expectations,’’ Ezeemo said in a statement released on Sunday in Awka by his publicist, Mr Emmanuel Chukwuebuka.

While congratulating Nigerians for celebrating 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in the country, Ezeemo said the nation was still confronted by many problems including election irregularities, lack of infrastructure and poor performance on the part of political office holders.

“Most, if not all elections conducted in the country, are still far from being credible, the security situation is bad, the rate of killings continue to gain momentum, the economy is not buoyant, the roads are bad and there is poor electricity supply,’’Ezeemo said in the statement.

To solve the numerous problems, governorship aspirant in the November election, called for credible polls to enable the people to choose their leaders.

While commending some past leaders for deepening democracy in the country, Ezeemo especially thanked former President Goodluck Jonathan and erstwhile governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi.

“These are my two top leading heroes of democracy in Nigeria … Jonathan as the national hero and Obi as the outstanding hero in the Southeast where his outstanding performance as governor remains the leadership model,” he said.

He said that Jonathan boosted democracy in the country by conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election, a feat that was seen as un-African.

Ezeemo said that Jonathan’s decision to accept defeat, as a sitting President and Commander in Chief, simply thrust him into the rank of the leading heroes of democracy in Africa.

He said Obi’s ability to recover his stolen mandate in court and his outstanding performance as governor for eight years has yet to be matched by any governor in the Southeast geopolitical zone.

“Obi was the first to recover a stolen mandate in court and that paved the way for others to have the courage to go to court to seek redress over stolen mandate,’’ he said.

He commended what he called Obi’s “superlative performance“ within eight years as governor, pointing out that that made him a hero.

He said that there was a need for the immediate implementation of the Electoral Reforms in order to checkmate electoral irregularities and allow the choice of the electorate to prevail.

Chairman of Orient Group of Companies, said to have more than 4,000 employees, Ezeemo promised to deepen democracy through the delivery of democracy dividends the same way Obi did.

He assured the people of Anambra that he has all it takes in terms of experience and exposure to deliver dividends of democracy. (NAN)

 

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2023 General Elections: No aspirants ‘ll leave APC after primaries, says APC Chair, Adamu

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu has assured that no aspirants will leave the party after the party’s primaries, which are now slated for May 26th through 30th.

Adamu stated that the ruling APC does not only want to win but also wants to win big in 2023.

He made the assurance on Saturday  while addressing a group of party members in the diaspora at a global virtual town hall session on “Intra-Party democracy for the Emergence of Best Candidates.”

The programme, themed, “Democracy in Nigeria: Mobilizing Global Support for Progressives and Continuity,” was organized under the auspices of the APC Ward-to-ward Diaspora Network in collaboration with the APC Ward-to-ward Ambassadors.

The Chairman said, “Directly I want to tell you that after the primaries, non of the contestants of aspirants will leave the party.

You can see unlike the other parties extending weight, in our party all our aspirants are calm. Everybody is going left and right, trying to win votes for themselves.

Adamu, who was represented as a Special Assistant,  Prof. Abdullahi Yau, added, “I can assure you this is the most interesting part; the number of people that are contesting and they are going to give everybody a playing level ground where you can exercise your right as a Nigerian to contest.

“And at the end of the exercise,  just as what happened in the National convention, you see that everybody will be satisfied with whoever that emerges from the primaries.”

He said, “Unless you have a process that is not well coordinated, a process that is marred by irregularities that’s when people will be aggrieved and would want to leave the party.

If you’re allowed to exercise your right and you think there’s fairness in what’s going on in the party and you lose, I don’t think you would want to leave the party.

“I assure you even if we are going to have such a scenario, where we are going to have aggrieved members after the primaries, the Chairman and stakeholders of the party will ensure they reconcile everybody after the primaries,” he added.

He, however, said all aspirants would be listened to by a high-power delegation of the committee if there’s a tangible reason why they are complaining after the party’s primaries.

 

 

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Osun 2022: Oyetola Campaign Council appreciates Ooni, Ife monarchs, residents for massive turnout

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The Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 16 governorship election in Osun has expressed profound gratitude to Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, other Ife traditional rulers and the entire residents of the ancient town and its environs for trooping out en masse to receive Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, leaders and members of the party.
Recall that Governor Oyetola, on Thursday, flagged off his re-election campaign in Ile-Ife where he and his campaign team were received with open arms by the monarchs and residents of the town.
In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the Campaign Council thanked, specifically the market women and men, artisans, Ibira, Igbo and Hausa communities for their show of love which was demonstrated in action when the Governor and his entourage visited the Ooni’s palace yesterday.
The Campaign Council described the massive turnout of the people to the campaign venue as a testament to the undiluted love and passion they have for Governor Oyetola and the ruling APC.
According to the Council, the peaceful atmosphere experienced throughout the period that the visit to the palace and campaign venue lasted, coupled with the noble conduct on the part of the crowd at the rally were clear testimony to the fact that APC remains a rancour-free, peace-loving and model party.
“On behalf of the leadership and members of the APC Campaign Council of our candidate in the next Osun guber poll, Mr  Adegboyega Oyetola, I appreciate our revered monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, other members of Ife traditional council, market women/men, artisans, Ibira community, Igbo community and Hausa community for receiving us warmly.
“The large turnout is an indication of the love and passion that the people have for us, and a show of appreciation of the modest achievements that God had used us to achieve.
“We appeal to you all to continue to support the Governor and translate your presence to massive votes for our party—the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the next governorship election in the State”, the statement reads.
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Osun not for sale to highest bidder, Oyetola campaign council replies Adeleke, PDP

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...warns him not to overheat polity 

The Adegboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has described as absurd, unthinkable and totally unacceptable the boast by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke that he had acquired enough money in hard currencies to buy Osun and its people for the July 16 Governorship contest.

In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, the Campaign Council declared that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder, just as it noted that on daily basis, the PDP candidate is proving to the Osun electorate that he had nothing to offer.

Senator Ademola, the PDP candidate had over the weekend during the party’s Osun Central Campaign rally, said “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money (hitting his pocket with his right hand). And it is not only naira, I came with dollars, pounds and Euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”

Reacting to Ademola’s comment, the Oyetola Campaign Council said: “Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt of the quality our party, the APC and our Administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years. We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted. This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.

“Osun people are enlightened, they Know that the State and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder. Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people. This way, he will also be supporting the present Administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the State and change its narrative as a Civil Service State, to one bubbling with economic activities.

“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the State for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the State.

“We assure the PDP candidate that, like the Administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing ground for his business to thrive and ensure Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment.

The Campaign Council also cautioned Adeleke against overheating the polity with his incendiary comments and violent tendencies, wondering what he meant by saying ‘it’s fire for fire this time around’.

“As a responsible party, we urge Senator Adeleke and his party to embrace peaceful conduct and decorum in their political engagements and electioneering. We must avoid any comment or action that can jeopardise the peace and stability of our State,” the dded.

 

 

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