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Ogun: 234 Former Local Govt Office Holders Dump APC For PDP

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No fewer than 234 former local government administrators in Ogun State have on Monday joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The former Vice Chairmen, Councillors, and Secretaries to the Local Government (SLG) decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to team up with the opposition party.

They comprise 24 former Vice Chairmen of the local governments and LCDAs, 200 ex-local government legislators, and 10 former SLGs.

Receiving the defectors on Monday, the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, assured them that they would be treated well as bona fide members of the PDP in Ogun.

According to Adebutu, the PDP would return power to the local governments if given the opportunity to take over governance in 2023.

He charged the former APC members to work assiduously towards sending out the APC, saying Ogun State must be brought back to the days of glory where people enjoyed peace, food security, good health, and infrastructural development among others.

Also, the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun, Hon Adekunle Akinlade, expressed confidence that the PDP would take over from the APC in the next election.

Akinlade maintained that the forces coming together are doing so to oust the ruling party and reset the Gateway State towards the right path.

In his words, the Chairman of the party, Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele, welcomed the decampees to the PDP, telling them that they would not regret their decisions to do so.

He urged the people of Ogun State to get their Permanent Voter’s Card ready for the 2023 polls, saying “your votes cannot be stolen anymore.”

In their separate remarks, Hon. Sogo Akinde, Hon. Arowosegbe Rasaq, Hon. Oyedele Azeez, Hon. Femi Olumide Lijadu, Hon. Emmanuel Olayinka and other decampees promised to work for the victory of the party in 2023.

They vowed to do everything within the ambit of the law to wrest power from the APC, urging the PDP leadership to ensure equal treatment for all.

The former local government office holders stressed that the days of the APC are numbered in Ogun State.

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Everything About You Bundle Of Lies – Bode George Attacks Tinubu

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has described the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as a “bundle of lies.”

George said everything Tinubu attributed to himself was a “bundle of lies”.

He said Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos State despite serving as a governor for two terms.

Speaking with Channels Television last night, George said: “I absolutely have no qualms, no quarrel with Tinubu, but all I know is that everything he has said he was or his name is this or his school is that it’s a bundle of lies.

“I’m a bonafide Lagosian, we knew what Lagos was like, and Lagos remains the commercial nerve centre, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. What has this fellow done to us?”

The PDP chieftain charged Tinubu to open up on the ownership of Alpa Beta company.

He said the APC presidential candidate should tell Nigerians how much the company has allegedly stolen from the Lagos State Government.

“I have asked a very simple question and none of them has been able to answer it: who owns the Alpha Beta company? How much has the Alpha Beta company stolen from the coffers of our treasury in Lagos state?

“What has he done to alleviate the pains of the people of the state?” he asked.

 

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PHOTOS: Tinubu Arrives Abeokuta, In Closed-door Meeting With Ex-President Obasanjo

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, arrives Abeokuta to meet with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the latter’s Penthouse in the Ogun State Capital, on Wednesday.

Details of the meeting are yet to be made known but sources say it is not unconnected to Tinubu’s presidential bid and the need to get Obasanjo’s endorsement ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

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On this visit, Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.

The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.

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The duo were accompanied by the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

According to Adamu, the meeting was to brief the President and get his approval on the party’s plans regarding the campaign outfit and organogram.

At a briefing after the meeting, Adamu also unveiled Lalong as the Director-General of the APC presidential campaign organisation.

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2023: Real Reasons I Met Peter Obi, Wike, Others – Gov Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has justified why he met the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, among others.

Ortom explained that he is open-minded about receiving any presidential candidate regardless of party affiliation.

He spoke on Tuesday while addressing journalists after returning from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Obi had met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke.

Others at the meeting include former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; and former Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, among others.

However, Ortom said he couldn’t turn down a request to attend such meetings.

Ortom explained that he did nothing wrong by attending the meeting with Obi.

According to Ortom: “At the end, the solution to the challenges of Nigeria is what matters. Where we are today calls for all hands to be on deck.

“I am free to receive any candidate who comes visiting or seeking audience with me. I cannot say no when such request comes.”

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