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2019: PDP is taking over Ogun State -Party’s spokesman



The Ogun State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Malik Ibitoye. has said that the  party’s governorship candidate in the state, Hon. Ladi Adebutu will have a landslide victory in the 2019 general elections.

Ibitoye stressed that it is no longer a secret that there has been no federal project in Ogun State since 2015 that the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over power at the federal level despite the fact that the party is ruling in the state.

He condemned Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State for alleged maladministration and accused him of not being sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state.

According to him, “Governor Ibikunle Amosun has not done well since he took over power in Ogun State in 2011. Rather he has bastardized the state with several abandoned projects, lack of infrastructure development and neglect of the education as well as the health sectors amongst others.

“This is the worst government the state has had in recent times and we have never had it so bad the way we are having it now. What we need now is a fresh blood away from the APC-led government, which is what the PDP is bringing to the table.

“The government of Hon. Ladi Adebutu will turn the situation of the state around for better from 2019, when he will take over as the Governor of our dear state.”

Ibitoye, who added that he would not deny that the issue surrounding the governorship candidate and other candidates of the PDP in the state is in a court of law, pointed out that the matter would soon be resolved and that Adebutu would be declared as the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.

The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state urged the supporters of the party to remain calm while awaiting the judgment of the court on the matter, and assured that the Nigerian judiciary is one of the best in the world.

Ibitoye emphasized that Adebutu, representing Ikenne /Shagamu/Remo Norrh Areas of the state in the Federal House of Representatives, and who doubles as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Development, is a man of ideas and initiatives that would bring rapid development to Ogun State.

He told the newsmen that Ladi Adebutu is the best thing to happen to Ogun State at this material time, adding that he is a visionary and compassionate politician.

On the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Ibitoye advised the people of the state not to “mortgage the future of the country” by voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Ibitoye accused President Buhari of lacking in ideas and good policies that can move the country forward.

He stated that Alhaji Abubakar has performed well in business and that his achievements as the vice president of Nigeria stand him out in the country as the only man that can rescue her from her current economic quagmire.
“The APC and President Buhari have failed Nigeria. We cannot afford another four years of bad leadership. The people of Nigeria and Ogun State are suffering. We must liberate ourselves in 2019.

“I want to advise the people of Ogun State to rise to the occasion so that we can move this country forward or else what is happening now would be a child’s play if the APC should be allowed to continue to rule Nigeria after the forthcoming general elections,” he said.

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2019: Uduaghan, Ogboru, others take Delta APC campaign to God



Immediate-past governor of Delta State and All Progressives Congress 2019 Delta South senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has said that one of the ways to win election was by dedicating the electioneering process to God, especially through praises.

Dr. Uduaghan made this assertion on Sunday at an inter-denominational service organized to dedicate the APC 2019 general elections campaigns in Delta State into the hands of God Almighty at Rainbow Christian Assembly, Warri, Delta State.

Speaking on behalf of the party, Dr. Uduaghan said, “One secret of victory (including election victory) is praising God.”

The former governor traced the events that led to his joining the progressive fold. He said that when two opposite battle leaders are now on the same side, it is easy to predict victory.

“Political battles are not easy. Personally, I do not neglect the place of prayer in everything that I do. That is why we have come here as a party to dedicate our campaigns to God.

“Though the process of the primaries were not easy, we thank God that He saw us through our turbulent time. We have come to God to dedicate our campaigns to God and ask him to give us the spirit of unity. We want to assure the church and Delta State that as a party, the welfare of the people will be our priority and we shall bring about innovations to governance.”

Other APC chieftains at the event included the chairman of the party in Delta State, Jones Erue, governorship candidate, Great Ovedje Ogboru and Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, amongst others.

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Senate 2019: Kogi East elders endorse ADC’s Victor Adoji



Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a sub-committee of the Kogi East Elders’ council political committee has adopted the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), Dr. Victor Adoji as the preferred choice for the Kogi East Senatorial seat.

In report signed by Pro. Sunday Okpanachi (Chairman) and Prof. S. O. Ejima (Secretary) and nine others, noted that Adoji came top when compared to candidates of the other political parties.

While stating the reasons for the setting up of the committee, the report said, “At a time when the Igala/Bassa ethnic nationalities find themselves at critical crossroads in their political itinerary, the Kogi East Elders Council established the Political Committee to facilitate a viable and smooth political transition and development in the zone.

“The membership of the Committee is drawn from the political and business elite the academia, various professionals and socio-cultural groups.

“The general mandate of the Committee includes, among others, to; Provide a level playing field for contestants to political offices at the Local Government, State and Federal levels for the governance of Kogi East Senatorial District.Yukon

“To screen and present the best candidates for the proper representation of Kogi East Districts into Chairmanship of Local Government, State Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship irrespective of political affiliation. Such selections will be presented to the Kogi East Elders’ Council who will in turn present same to the appropriate constituted Authorities in the Senatorial District for ratification.

The report further said that part of the objectives was to deploy all legitimate means necessary to assist and ensure the success of all cleared candidates from Kogi East Senatorial District.

It stressed that the establishment of the Committee was a welcome development, especially in view of the fact that some of the people elected to represent the people have used all their tenure fighting legal battles to the detriment of the people and land.

“It is in pursuance of this mandate that the political committee set up an eleven member committee to interact with the senatorial candidates from Kogi East in order to select the most credible, focused and people development-oriented candidate.

“On the basis of the outcome of the interaction, the candidate who deservedly scored the highest rating of 88.80%, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC, is very strongly recommended for adoption as the Igala/Bassa Senatorial candidate for the 2019 election.

“The Committee found in him a focused, dynamic, clear-headed and patriotic young man whose antecedent coupled with his vision will propel the Igala/Bassa people and land to heights that could be the envy of others in no distant future.

“All hands should be on deck to mobilize traditional and community leaders, political leaders, the Kogi East Academia, market women, socio-cultural organizations and others to ensure the victory of the candidate.

The committee added that letters of invitation was Sent to the candidates contesting the election. They include: Senator Attai Aidoko (PDP), Senator Abdulrahman Abubakar (SDP),

Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji (ADC), Alh. Jibrin Isah Echocho (APC). Others are Edime Godwin Amade (APDA), Egwu Amana Mathias Paul (PPA), Yahaya Okai (PPN)Benjamin Idoko (APGA), Abdulwahab Yunusa (LP) and Bala Gabriel Akogu (PPC)

While appreciating the Kogi East Elders’ Council Political Committee for the opportunity given to serve on the committee, members of the committee said it is their earnest hope that all needed support will be accorded Dr. Victor Adoji to facilitate his victory.

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Nigerian celebrities pledge support for Buhari’s re-election



Some prominent Nigerian celebrities on Wednesday pledged their support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The celebrities made the declaration while receiving awards for excellence from the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, in Abuja.

The celebrities included former Nigerian football stars – Daniel Amokachi, Peter Rufai, Garba Lawal; and artistes – Korede Bello, Jide Kosoko, Iyanya, Joke Silva and DJ Jimi Jatt.

Hajia Buhari gave the awards of excellence to the celebrities in recognition of their contributions to the development of the Nigerian entertainment industry.

She made the presentation during an event organised by the Buhari Support Organization, tagged “Together Nigeria,” aimed at galvanising support for the re-election of President Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

The event was organised to showcase the achievement of the Buhari Administration in the last three and half years.
In their separate responses after the award, the celebrities declared their support for the re-election bid of President Buhari.

Amokachi said the Buhari administration had achieved a lot in the fight against corruption, which, he noted was gradually changing the narrative of Nigerians in the international community.

The footballer said Buhari has laid a solid foundation for the betterment of future generations of Nigerians.
Also speaking, Kosoko, said his support for President Buhari was unshakable, considering the successes recorded by the administration, especially in the area of social investment programmes.

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