Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called on members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Isoko South Local Government Area to mobilise massively for the Saturday’s state’s House of Assembly by-election in Isoko South.
Okowa made the call on Wednesday while addressing PDP members and supporters at a rally held at Oleh, the administrative headquarters of Isoko South.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the by-election is to fill the Isoko South Constituency One seat vacated by the late Kenneth Ogba in June 2021.
Okowa said that mobilisation of the electorate was necessary in view of the new Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device.
According to him, the device will ensure simultaneous accreditation of voters with finger prints and photograph to ensure authenticity and validity of votes cast.
The governor called for unity among party leaders and stakeholders ahead of the Saturday polls.
“Quarrelling is part of politics but people should not allow anger to destroy the collective interest of the people.
“There is need to be united because a divided people cannot develop as much as a united people and I want brotherly love and unity to continue to reign in Isoko land.
“Isoko people are already a blessed people and it is my prayer that Isoko nation will not see the kind of things that happened this year.
“We have lost many sons and daughters of Isoko this year alone,” he said.
Okowa commended party leaders and stakeholders in the area for resolving to work in the interest of the party and its candidate for the by-election, Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie.
“Let us mobilise the people to come and vote and after voting stay and protect your votes.
“I look forward to hearing the result because I am very sure we will win convincingly and shut the mouth of opposition up once and for all,” he said.
On electricity challenge in Oleh, Okowa said that he would liaise with the Commissioner for Energy, Mr Jonathan Ukodhiko, to proffer solutions.
He said that his administration would solve the problem because it was necessary to do so and not because of the election ahead.
Also, speaking, the state’s Chairman of PDP, Chief Kingsley Esiso, urged the people to remain steadfast in their support for the party.
He called on party faithful to come out en masse to vote for the `umbrella’ party.
Chairman of the party in Isoko South, Chief Godspower Obaro, said the people of Oleh would vote massively for the PDP in appreciation for the numerous infrastructural development in the area.
Director-General of the Campaign Council, Chief Itiako Ikpokpo, called for vigilance among the electorate to ensure that voting was not disrupted during the election.
Some former members of other parties led by Mr Jonathan Egbe, joined the PDP at the rally. (NAN)
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Baba-Ahmed is an elder brother of Datti Baba-Ahmed, vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25 election.
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NNPP Crisis: Court Sets Aside Kwankwaso’s Suspension From The Party
A Kano State High Court has set aside the suspension of the 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) from the party.
Justice Usman Na’aana on Tuesday granted an interim injunction restraining Boniface Aniebonam, Agbo Major, and 16 other respondents from parading themselves as national officers or leaders of the party pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice.
The judge also set aside “the purported suspension of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as member of the applicant (NNPP)”.
On August 29, 2023, the group led by NNPP chieftains — Aniebonam and Major — within the party suspended Kwankwaso for six months for hobnobbing with politicians outside the NNPP.
Kwankwaso, a former Kano State governor, who came fourth in this year’s presidential election.
The Aniebonam and Major group, which controls NNPP Board of Trustees said “material evidence” in public affirmed that Kwankwaso was involved in “anti-party activities in various meetings” and political discussions with President Bola Tinubu, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC); his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar; and Labour Party (LP)’s Peter Obi.
The group would subsequently expel Kwankwaso over “failure to appear before the Disciplinary Committee”.
The Aniebonam and Major group also accused Kwankwaso of “financial impropriety relating to the mismanagement of public funds”.
However, the Kano court stopped Aniebonam, Major and 16 other respondents from parading themselves as party officials and fixed October 5, 2023 for the case.
Guber Poll: I’ll Hit The Ground Running As APC Chairman – Ganduje
The new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, says he will hit the ground running to ensure the victory of the ruling party in the November 11, 2023 governorship polls in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa.
Ganduje spoke on Thursday during his acceptance speech as the party’s chair after his emergence at the 12th APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
The party’s NEC also elected former Senate spokesman, Ajibola Basiru, from Osun State as its National Secretary.
Addressing party leaders after his emergence, Ganduje thanked President Bola Tinubu and promised that internal democracy would prevail in the party during his tenure.
The ex-governor of Kano State pledged to ensure a scientific register of party members and pay utmost attention to election management and conflict resolution.
According to him, there would be level playing field for all party members during party primaries.
Ganduje promised to hit the ground running to ensure victory for the party in the three forthcoming off-season governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa.
Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi are three of the eight states with off-season governorship elections due to past litigations and court judgements. Others are Anambra, Edo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo.
In the general elections earlier this year, the APC won the presidential poll and 16 state governorship polls leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 10, the Labour Party (LP) with one state and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) also with a state.
For the November 11, 2023 governorship poll in Kogi, the APC is fielding a former Auditor General of Local Government in the state, Usman Ododo.
In Bayelsa, the party is fielding the immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, while incumbent Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, is throwing his hat into the ring for a second term in office.
Interestingly, the new APC chairman was unable to secure a win for his party in the March 18, 2023 governorship election as NNPP’s Yusuf Kabir and ally of NNPP presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, trounced Ganduje’s man, Nasir Gawuna.
Kabir scored 1,019,602 votes to defeat his closest contender, Gawuna, of the APC who polled 890,705 votes. In the February 25 poll, the APC also lost to the NNPP.
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