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2019: Atiku begins consultations, hints of working with Fayose

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, may reach a pact ahead of the presidential elections in 2019.
Remarks by both parties showed that they would discuss possible alliance and make this known very soon.
While fielding questions from newsmen on Wednesday during a visit/consultation with members of the Peoples Democratic Party on 2019, Abubakar hinted that he would discuss his ambition with Governor Fayose whom he described as a force to reckon with in PDP.
He said: “He calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.”
Responding, Fayose, who described Abubakar’s ambition as legitimate and a welcome development, said though he was expecting the former VP to discuss his presidential ambition with him privately as other aspirants would do, he nonetheless assured him that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, the party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations.
He said: “He (Abubakar) has not spoken to me privately about it and may be he would do that in our private meeting, but his body language obviously shows he has an ambition, which is legitimate.
“We will all examine everybody and we will play a level playing ground.
“As he has come, others will still come.
“On the issue of being Vice President, like I said in the Book of Ezekiel 37:33, the Bible says God asks that can this bone live?
“And the Prophet answers and says Thou Knoweth.
“All these questions are questions for God and He has answer for them.
“Man has no answer.
“You may wish anything for me, but God’s wish is supreme.
“I deserve to serve this country as president.
“I have paid my due.
“I am not a hidden voice.
“I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first.
“It is above our individual aspiration.
“Whoever the party finally picks as the party’s candidate will be supported by others.”
Abubakar, who refused to comment on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, said Nigerians are to evaluate the letter he wrote.
He, however, advised the electorate not to vote the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 presidential election.
He said: “APC has failed this country.
“That party is not the solution to our country’s challenges.”
The former VP, who lauded Fayose’s warm reception and described the governor’s reception of him at Akure Airport as regard for him, said: “Since my return home to PDP, this is the first state I am visiting for consultations with party leaders.
“This is not surprising as Fayose and I had struck a good relationship since his first tenure as governor and I was VP.
“He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that this.
“But above all, he is also the chairman of our party’s Governors Forum.
“Today among the governors, among the party members generally, he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the cue.
“I have visited this state severally with other governors in the saddle.
“What I have observed has been a monumental development in terms of infrastructure in the state and the quality of life of the people, but as a politician, anywhere we were driving along the road, from Akure, he was receiving cheers all through, while the road from Akure to Ekiti was bad that from Ekiti into the state is splendid.
“I have seen what you have achieved and your footprints are all over the state capital.
“I commend you for that and for your leadership.
“I believe you have quite a lot to offer for our country.
“Another unique thing the governor has done is telling me that his deputy is being supported as the party’s candidate in the next election.
“This is a very rare feat in the democratic system of our country.
“How many deputy governors have succeeded their governors?
“It means he has foresight and wants someone to continue his good works and I hope if you have the opportunity by the grace of God, you will continue the good works.
“I am coming back to campaign with you for 2018 polls.”
Responding to the former VP’s remarks, Fayose, said: “I thank God for your life, your resilience and tolerance and patience in your walk through life.
“It only takes resilience to follow life.
“Most times, you only get bouts instead of encouragement.
“I welcome you to the state because you were quite supportive when I wanted to come at first time.
“While others were not, you supported us.
“We only celebrate the bad things men do to us, we don’t celebrate good works.
“It would have been better if we celebrate good works.
“Today, we don’t celebrate good works, we reward it with celebrating supplanters.”
Assuring Abubakar that his return to PDP would yield fruits, Fayoe said: “I want to assure you that we only have leadership in Abuja, real party is in the states and at the local government level.
“We have done it before, we will do it again.
“I won the last election because it was not the people who wanted me to go away, but it was Obasanjo that sent me away.
“That was why they voted for me overwhelmingly in 2014.
“Let us keep forging ahead.
“Frustrations could make a man to look stupid.
“I was frustrated out of PDP but I returned victoriously.”
Taking a critical swipe at Buhari’s government and Obasanjo’s Tuesday outburst, Fayose said: “I am not disappointed because I never voted for Buhari and I will never stop being against him.
“I was not too young when Buhari came first time and we knew the hell he took us through.
“At his first time, he was putting people in jail and he was not in charge.
“It was his deputies that were in charge.
“The man is dark in the mind.
“We have seen Buhari, we have seen failure.
“Nigerians wanted a man that would whip them and he came and gave them bulala and they continue to manage him.
“Now the message has come from Obasanjo, who was Buhari’s greatest promoter and navigator, telling him to go home.
“The end has come to the APC, our suppressors and oppressors.
“You can only rule a country as diverse as Nigeria if you are truly a leader.
“Currently, there is 45 per cent reduction in economic situation.
“I can tame herdsmen effectively if I am the president of this nation.
“Tell everyone, if you vote APC, it is second and final suffering you are inviting.”

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Senate 2019: Projections favour APC’s Uduaghan in Delta South

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 general elections will kick off with the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, 16th February 2019. As it stands in Delta South Senatorial District, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate representing the district, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan is the most favoured to win the seat at the expense of his opponents.

A lot of factors are currently working in his favour, chief among them being the popularity he earned while in the saddle as the governor of Delta State. Emmanuel Uduaghan who is the immediate-past executive governor of the state has so far garnered over 50 endorsements from eminent political groups in and around the senatorial district. This is unprecedented in Delta South and probably one of the biggest electoral boosts for the politician, stemming from his sterling qualities and achievements while in office as the governor. Investigations show that ifone counts every infrastructure dotted all over the state, a greater percentage of them would definitely bear his fingerprint of approval.

The people of Delta South Senatorial District are also disenchanted with Uduaghan’s closest rival who incidentally is the incumbent senator representing the zone.  By May 2019 Senator James Manager would have spent 16 years in the red chamber. Those spoken to said they were tired of his representation, and that they have not absolutely felt much impact of the senator, who would have served out four terms as a senator but is nevertheless vying for the position once again on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Uduaghan’s vision and plans for Delta South which indirectly touch the Niger Delta region seem to have endeared him the more to the electorates. Aside from him, no other aspirant has been able to tell the people their plans, just as he continues to run issue-based campaign, laying out achievable programmes for the people of Delta South. In his words, he is on the race to offer his people quality and effective representation that will put smile on their faces if given the mandate in 2019.

While adopting Dr Uduaghan as its preferred choice for the senate seat, one of the groups, the National Association of Itsekiri Graduates (NAIG) had asserted: “Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan with his wealth of experience as the immediate-past governor of Delta State will bring his experience to bear on his job as the senator representing Delta South Senatorial District.

“He is the most respected of all the candidates, he is a planner and strategist, he is development-oriented and that is what Delta South Senatorial District wants; besides that he cares for the downtrodden.”

Ijaw Liberation Movement (ILM) had supported the claim. According to the group, “We followed Dr. Uduaghan’s painstaking effort to develop our area, nay the whole state, while he was governor of Delta State. We are also aware that he stepped down for our son to continue a few years ago, so he is the most suitable person for the job now.”

Dr. Uduaghan is Itsekiri, and for the 2019 elections, that is a plus. Since 1999, no Itsekiri has occupied that position. In the interest of equity and fair play, his ethnic stock places him better in the hearts of the people of the three major ethnic groups making up Delta South which include Ijaw, Itsekiri and Isoko. The last time an Itsekiri man occupied the senate seat was in 1979; that is about 40 years ago. From 1979 till the current dispensation, five senators have represented Delta South Senatorial District. Out of these five, two were from Isoko (Senator Stella Omu and Senator Francis Okpozo of blessed memory) and another two were from the Ijaw tribe (Chief E.K Clark and Senator James Manager, the incumbent). The first and only senator who was from the Itsekiri stock was Chief Franklin O. M  Atake in 1979.

More welcoming is the fact the political groups which pledge support for his electoral bid are spread across the three ethnic groups. Prominent among them are Ijaw Liberation Movement (ILM), Isoko Political Revolutionary Force, (IPRF) and Itsekiri Youths Vanguard.

What’s more the magnanimity displayed by Uduaghan when he withdrew from the race for Senator James Manager to continue in 2015 in order to ensure that peace reigned in the state was applauded by all and sundry who now believe the time has come for him to give a shot at the position with their full backing.

So as Nigerians look forward to the elections coming up in the next few weeks, the Delta South Senatorial District electorates are ready to roll out their drums to welcome the most perfect and fruitful senate representation in Dr. Uduaghan.

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Senate 2019: Projections favour APC’s Emmanuel Uduaghan in Delta South

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 general elections will kick off with the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, 16th February 2019. As it stands in Delta South Senatorial District, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate representing the district, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan is the most favoured to win the seat at the expense of his opponents.

A lot of factors are currently working in his favour, chief among them being the popularity he earned while in the saddle as the governor of Delta State. Emmanuel Uduaghan who is the immediate-past executive governor of the state has so far garnered over 50 endorsements from eminent political groups in and around the senatorial district. This is unprecedented in Delta South and probably one of the biggest electoral boosts for the politician, stemming from his sterling qualities and achievements while in office as the governor. Investigations show that ifone counts every infrastructure dotted all over the state, a greater percentage of them would definitely bear his fingerprint of approval.

The people of Delta South Senatorial District are also disenchanted with Uduaghan’s closest rival who incidentally is the incumbent senator representing the zone.  By May 2019 Senator James Manager would have spent 16 years in the red chamber. Those spoken to said they were tired of his representation, and that they have not absolutely felt much impact of the senator, who would have served out four terms as a senator but is nevertheless vying for the position once again on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Uduaghan’s vision and plans for Delta South which indirectly touch the Niger Delta region seem to have endeared him the more to the electorates. Aside from him, no other aspirant has been able to tell the people their plans, just as he continues to run issue-based campaign, laying out achievable programmes for the people of Delta South. In his words, he is on the race to offer his people quality and effective representation that will put smile on their faces if given the mandate in 2019.

While adopting Dr Uduaghan as its preferred choice for the senate seat, one of the groups, the National Association of Itsekiri Graduates (NAIG) had asserted: “Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan with his wealth of experience as the immediate-past governor of Delta State will bring his experience to bear on his job as the senator representing Delta South Senatorial District.

“He is the most respected of all the candidates, he is a planner and strategist, he is development-oriented and that is what Delta South Senatorial District wants; besides that he cares for the downtrodden.”

Ijaw Liberation Movement (ILM) had supported the claim. According to the group, “We followed Dr. Uduaghan’s painstaking effort to develop our area, nay the whole state, while he was governor of Delta State. We are also aware that he stepped down for our son to continue a few years ago, so he is the most suitable person for the job now.”

Dr. Uduaghan is Itsekiri, and for the 2019 elections, that is a plus. Since 1999, no Itsekiri has occupied that position. In the interest of equity and fair play, his ethnic stock places him better in the hearts of the people of the three major ethnic groups making up Delta South which include Ijaw, Itsekiri and Isoko. The last time an Itsekiri man occupied the senate seat was in 1979; that is about 40 years ago. From 1979 till the current dispensation, five senators have represented Delta South Senatorial District. Out of these five, two were from Isoko (Senator Stella Omu and Senator Francis Okpozo of blessed memory) and another two were from the Ijaw tribe (Chief E.K Clark and Senator James Manager, the incumbent). The first and only senator who was from the Itsekiri stock was Chief Franklin O. M  Atake in 1979.

More welcoming is the fact the political groups which pledge support for his electoral bid are spread across the three ethnic groups. Prominent among them are Ijaw Liberation Movement (ILM), Isoko Political Revolutionary Force, (IPRF) and Itsekiri Youths Vanguard.

What’s more the magnanimity displayed by Uduaghan when he withdrew from the race for Senator James Manager to continue in 2015 in order to ensure that peace reigned in the state was applauded by all and sundry who now believe the time has come for him to give a shot at the position with their full backing.

So as Nigerians look forward to the elections coming up in the next few weeks, the Delta South Senatorial District electorates are ready to roll out their drums to welcome the most perfect and fruitful senate representation in Dr. Uduaghan.

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I’ll remove Lekki Toll Gate if elected gov – Agbaje

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has said if voted next year, he will dismantle the Lekki Toll Gate, which he described as illegal.

Agbaje, who said though the toll gate was built by a concessionaire, it had since been bought over by the Lagos State Government, wondered why residents were still being made to pay tolls to pass

The PDP candidate, according to a statement on Sunday, said this in response to the one-hour toll-free passage recently given to all motorists by his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Agbaje said, “Unfortunately, the toll gate is opaque because no one knows its financial records. So, asking people on your campaign trail and others to pass without paying for just one hour is absurd and regrettable.

“Good road is a fundamental right of citizens and we promise to deliver on this and many other things.

“At the moment, most Lagos roads are impassable because of their poor condition. Now, motorists are compelled to pay heavily for passage.

“How about the so-called alternative routes? Ideally, government should have provided alternative routes to the Lekki Toll Gate, but the available alternate route is in a terrible shape, so everybody is forced to use the toll gate and pay.

“Therefore, yesterday’s drama by the governorship candidate of the APC is a farce. Nobody was deceived by the party’s action which also smacks of disrespect and bondage.”

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