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Nigerians want change, APC has failed —Gov Wike

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The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has revealed that Nigerians are in need of a radical change in leadership due to the failure of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike made this call on Tuesday when he led top hierarchy of the PDP and government functionaries to meet with Governor Seyi Makinde, in his office at Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to him, the current disarray amongst the APC ranks and the discontent amongst the populace have set the stage for the Peoples Democratic Party to take over.

“You can see the mood of Nigerians. They want a change because APC has failed them. So, if Nigerins have said APC has failed them, so why would they pose any challenge?”

“So, they can’t pose any challenge to PDP and that’s why I’ve come here for all of us to work together to make sure that the party is united to produce somebody that Nigerians would accept and make sure that we win the election come 2023.

“We can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians. You can see what is happening in the Country. What else can we say? You know that the Country is almost on the brink of collapse?

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“So, we are happy that Nigerians are still interested in PDP’s unity and PDP is ready to deliver the mantle of leadership come 2023.

“Of course, you should understand that when it comes to the issue of Presidency, we have divergent views. By the end of the day, PDP would sit down and look at what is the mood of Nigerians, what are Nigerians talking about? How do we win this election? So that is what is important to us?

“I’m not interested to say Yes! We have already canvassed our position, but that does not mean that we would not also listen to our own brothers on the other side.

“But, at the end of the day, we would take a decision that would help the party to move forward,” Wike explained.

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SDP suspends nat’l chairman, secretary over abuses on party’s constitution

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The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has suspended its National Chairman, Olu Ogunloye, for alleged abuses on the party’s constitution.

This was contained in a communique signed by the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Adul Isaq, on Saturday, in Abuja, which noted that the National Secretary of the party, Shehu Gabam, was also suspended for the same reason.

The communique specifies that Isaq will serve as the party’s interim National Chairman, while Simon Adesina will act as the National Secretary, pending the outcome of its convention which holds from April 27 – 29, 2022.

The communique reads: “The NEC observed the wanton disregard to the provisions of the SDP constitution especially Article 12.5 (iv) 12.2.2 (viii) and Article 9.4 to suspend some officers from the party.

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“The NEC considered the various abuses of the constitution by the following under-listed officers and there agreed by majority to suspend Shehu Gabam and Dr Olu Ogunloye.

“The NEC noted the urgency to put in place all that is required for a befitting party convention and therefore resolves; that the national convention of the Social Democratic Party is fixed for April 27 to 29 with arrival being Wednesday April 27, 2022.”

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2023: Race to ‘dethrone’ Tinubu, APC heats up, as Ayu, Saraki, five PDP govs storm Lagos

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The race for elective positions ahead of the 2023 elections has commenced in earnest as the two major parties – the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – are strategizing on how to emerge victorious.

On the part of the PDP, a major coup was claimed in Lagos State with the defection of a crucial factional APC group, Lagos4Lagos led by Dr. Olajide Adediran, popularly called “Jandor.”

The Lagos4Lagos group has been in the forefront of groups in the state which has been fighting to unseat the APC stronghold on the state, which is believed to be firmly controlled by a former governor, Ahmed Tinubu.

The reception of Jandor into the PDP held on Friday at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos State and was graced by a handful of PDP governors and other crucial stakeholders including the new National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Olabode George.

The Governors who were present to receive Jandor and his supporters into the PDP fold were Seyi Makinde (Oyo State); Dr Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Nyesome Wike (Rivers).

READ ALSO: PDP should forget about winning 2023 election – Presidency

In his address, Ayu urged Nigerians not to give in to the ‘slavery’ witnessed in Lagos State after years of governance by the APC while mocking the ‘change’ mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Are you enjoying the change? How much is a bag of rice? They deceived Nigerians. We declare no more slavery in Lagos. By this time next year, we will celebrate a PDP Governor in Lagos State,” he said.

Governor Makinde expressed his pleasure at welcoming the APC Lagos4Lagos movement into the fold, as they aimed “to reclaim Lagos for the people of Lagos State.”

“Today, we held a Lagos PDP unity rally. We also officially welcomed the Lagos4Lagos movement led by Dr Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (Jandor) from APC to our great party, the PDP. Working together, we will reclaim Lagos for the people of Lagos State,” he noted.

Ikpeazu, on his part, pointed out the crucial role to be played by Jandor as the “bridge between the young and the old in Lagos politics and he should be given full support by all so that there can be unity.”

He said, “On behalf of my brother governors, we officially join the Lagos PDP family, to welcome new strategic members of our party.

“You are very important and strategic. PDP is the only democratic party in Nigeria,” he said.

Ikpeazu urged members of the PDP family in the state to give Adediran maximum support and cooperation for the defector to contribute his quota to the growth of the party.

“Jandor is the bridge between the young and the old in Lagos politics and he should be given full support by all so that there can be unity.”

In his speech, Jandor pledged to work towards ensuring that the PDP “take over Lagos” during the 2023 elections.

“We have declared for the PDP, we are going to win for the party. We are here (PDP) to add value, we are here to be part of the big family and together we will take over Lagos,” Jandor said.

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I have retired from partisan politics, Obasanjo reminds visiting PDP leaders

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday reminded some leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that he had retired from partisan Politics, and would never return.

Ripples Nigeria reported that some former governors and members of the PDP National Working Commitee (NWC) had a closed-door meeting with the former President at his residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The delegation which was led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, included the PDP Vice Presidential candidate in 2019 and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River), among others.

Addressing the PDP delegation after the meeting, Obasanjo said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring me back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

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“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.

“I will continue to be a statesman.”

Obasanjo told Ayu that he was concerned about the problems of PDP and Nigeria, and prayed that God give him the wisdom to carry it.

Recall that Obasanjo publicly tore his PDP membership card in February 2015 after a feud with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

By Oluwatobi Odeyinka

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