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C’River leading Governorship Aspirant asks PDP defectors to come back home and rebuild

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With Vena as Chairman PDP will win big in 2023 Arthur Jarvis

A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Chieftain and leading 2023 Governorship Aspirant in Cross River State, Sir Arthur Jarvis Archibong has called on all those who left the party to return home and partner with him to redirect the State to her former glory – towards engineering technological and sustainable innovative development.

Archibong stated this on Friday, November 12, 2021, in Calabar the state capital during the town hall meeting tagged “Calabar Declaration 2021”, where stakeholders affirmed that leadership of the State should come back to the Southern Senatorial District.

Speaking with newsmen, the Guber Aspirant said: “I want to assure every party faithful that PDP is back to take over at all levels and we are not relenting on this move.

“I wish to implore all those who left the fold of our great party to come back home let’s rebuild Cross River State together as the just concluded peaceful National Convention marks a breath of FRESH AIR for PDP at all levels”.

Archibong stated further that the understanding reached on the Calabar-Ogoja “Accord” years back, which was revalidated during the town hall meeting was based on good conscience, brotherhood, fairness, equity and inclusiveness.

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“The accord basically is just based on the alter of a good conscience, common sense, brotherhood, fairness, equity and inclusiveness of being Cross Riverians.

“Our brothers and sisters in the Central and Northern Senatorial District should also understand that they have a share on this same altar. Therefore, they should support the South towards governorship, come 2023.

“The Central Senatorial District should see themselves as brothers and sisters partnering the South in this power shift – knowing that in the next eight years, they will be in the same position. They should know that setting a precedent may turn around to affect them someday.

“Also, our brothers from the North and South are beginning to express disloyalty to the leadership of the party with various careless publications and innuendos. I am of the opinion that we should all turn towards the leadership of our great party, to ensure that fairness and equity are being accommodated and practised.

“So, it is time for us to close ranks, let those who left the party come back so we can rebuild. We cannot afford to get it wrong this time, we must look beyond personal interest, franchise, entitlements and join in this ‘mournful wake keep’ in our efforts to administer breath of FRESH AIR to our dear state”, he concluded.

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Secession not the solution to Nigeria’s challenges – Fayemi

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The Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi Kayode, said on Saturday that secession would not end the country’s problems.

Fayemi, who stated this in his keynote address at the 21st Anniversary celebration of Mambayya House in Kano, cautioned Nigerians that secession would not solve the challenges, but duplicate them.

The governor said: “If we break up into three places, the problem will be replicated into three places. If we break up a hundred places, the problems will be replicated a hundred times.”

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Fayemi noted that South Sudan fought with Sudan for almost half a century to gain independence, but went back later to fight itself.

He also listed the example of Eritrea and Ethiopia who fought a bitter war after they broke up.

He added that the citizens needed “a united Nigeria that is founded on core principles of equity, fairness and of justice to all.”

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APC members dumps party, joins PDP in Lagos

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Some members of the Lagos4Lagos movement, a group affiliated with the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday, voted in favour of defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Delegates of the PDP led by Raymond Dokpesi, former chairman of Daar Communications, had visited the group on November 8.

The meeting with the PDP delegates was part of efforts to advocate a collaboration with Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, visioner of the movement, on joining the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general election.

The visit came weeks after the Lagos4Lagos movement organised a parallel state congress for the Lagos APC, and also condemned the leadership of the party in the state for adopting consensus as the option for electing ward executives.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Bukola Saraki, former senate president, is seen calling for a voice vote on the group’s defection from APC to PDP.

“Those in favour that Lagos4Lagos should move to PDP say ‘aye’,” Saraki said, calling for a vote in the manner done at plenary at the senate.

Members of the group chorused “aye” in response and Saraki said, “the ayes have it”.

He, however, did not ask if any members were against defecting to PDP.

“We just took a vote: “All those in favour of the #Lagos4Lagos movement moving to the PDP, say: ‘Aye!’ The ‘ayes’ have it! #welcome,” Saraki captioned the video .

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PDP to inaugurate new NWC December 10

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Iyorchia Ayu

The newly-elected members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) will be inaugurated on December 10 in Abuja.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the ceremony would take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He added that the valedictory session of the outgoing NWC would take place on December 8 at the National Executive Committee (NEC) Hall of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

The new National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyochia Ayu, and other members of the NWC were elected during the party’s national convention held on October 31.

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