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Submit yourself to EFCC probe, PDP tells Oshiomhole

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to immediately submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged humongous corruption allegations hanging on his neck.

The party said in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, that Oshiomhole lacks the rectitude to speak in public as a leader at any level, whatsoever until he clears the allegations that he diverted billions of naira meant for the people of Edo state while he was governor.

PDP noted that since the petition against the former Edo State Governor at the EFCC is in the public domain, “the newly coronated” national chairman would do the APC, Buhari Presidency, the EFCC as well as himself a lot of good by quietly submitting himself for investigation and possibly, prosecution.

According to the party, since one of the campaign footstool upon which APC was elected into office is fighting corruption, it will be incongruous for Oshiomhole to go about his new assignment with an allegation of corruption, even as tiny as a strand of hair.

The main opposition party added: “It is also instructive for the new chairman to understand that Nigerians are no longer inclined to sophistry, illogical arguments, deceits, contrivance and recourse to abuse as a method of the campaign.

“As such, the PDP would be prepared for engagements that have the potency of rescuing our people from the hunger and starvation which the APC has sunk them.

“However, the essence of Oshiomhole’s emergence as President Muhammadu Buhari’s sole candidate was not lost on Nigerians as the Presidency imposed him as a pliable instrument to frustrate other would-be presidential aspirants of APC extraction and hand the ticket to President Buhari, who, obviously is afraid to stand a presidential primary due to his failures in office.

“With Saturday’s charade, APC and its Federal Government, which claims to have zero tolerance for corruption, have eaten their vomits, confirming that they have been hypocritical and trending on lies, deception and propaganda.

“With the outcome of the Saturday’s convention, the APC has kissed internal democracy goodbye in the selection of its candidates at all levels as the national leadership, led by people burdened with corruption allegations, cannot but submit to the whim and caprices of those who granted them official protection from prosecution.

“President Buhari and his handlers should, however, note that manipulating the APC convention and seizing the party’s Presidential ticket cannot help them as Nigerians, are now fully rallying on the platform of the repositioned PDP in their quest for a new President, who truly has the competence to effectively run a united, secure and prosperous nation, come 2019.”

Recalled that a Benin City-based anti-corruption crusader, Bishop Osadolor Ochei had asked a Federal High Court in Abuja for an order of mandamus compelling the EFCC to commence criminal proceedings against the governor. (Tribune)

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Atiku to make broadcast on Twitter, Facebook 9am today

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP will be making a broadcast on Twitter and Facebook at 9am tomorrow.

The PDP presidential candidate is expected to bare his mind on Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

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Kogi East Senate: UPP endorses ADC’s Victor Adoji

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The United Political Parties, Kogi State Chapter, said it has endorsed the candidature of Dr Victor Alewo Adoji, of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), for the Kogi East Senatorial seat in the rescheduled National Assembly election slated for 23rd February 2019.

In a statement signed by Hon Ibrahim Itodo, state leader and Hon Mohammed Lawal, Secretary Kogi UPP respectively, said without sentiments, the decision to support Adoji was taken after a careful assessment of his manifestos and carriage which makes him outstanding among 30 others running for the Kogi East Senatorial seat.

The statement which reads in part said “Having keenly followed the campaign and activities of Dr Victor Alewo Adoji’s sensitization and campaign manifestos to his senatorial district, without any iota of doubt or sentiment has proven that he has the competence, capacity and the character to be supported by the United Political parties into the Senate come 23rd February 2019 general elections

“In view of the above assertion therefore, the United Political Parties on this day 20th February, 2019 endorsed the candidate of ADC, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji as our conscientious candidate for the Senate to represent the good people of Igala/Bassa Kingdom.

“This endorsement is as a result of critical review of the past Representatives in the Red chamber and their non-performance non- participatory democracy in carrying the Constituents along in a democratic Manner.

The UPP said it was not surprised therefore that, the East/Bassa Elders political forum after careful interaction with the candidates also declared Dr Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC as the most acceptable and credible candidate for the election to represent Igala/Bassa Kingdom at the Red chambers of the National Assembly.

They maintained that “Dr Victor Alewo Adoji has proven beyond reasonable doubt by his theory of a Social contract principle and a bottom to up style of governance canvassed during his campaign and therefore clearly distinguished himself among others that he is more prepared to face the business of law making in the National Assembly.

“We are urging the good people of Igala/Bassa land to proudly support the candidate of the ADC, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji for Senate on Saturday 23rd February, 2019.

The group noted that the UPP is present in all the three senatorial districts of Kogi state and made up 26 political parties, saying that the endorsement is to prove to the people that the UPP has carried out an assessment of all the candidates contesting elective positions in the state.

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Kogi Gov. Chief of Staff allegedly arrests, hounds ADC senatorial candidate’s supporters

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Supporters of Kogi East Senatorial District candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Victor Adoji, are having it very tough ahead of the postponed general election.
Information filtering in has it that ADC candidate’s supporters are being hounded out of town ahead of the February 23, 2019 poll.
“They are being arrested and attacked under different facades,” a source stated.
Details available alleged Edward Onoja, the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, as masterminding the intimidation of Adoji’s supporters.  Adoji confirmed the information.
He disclosed that his supporters are currently moving out of town to avoid attacks and related intimidation tactics being deployed by the Governor’s Chief of Staff.
Bello, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, had boasted to President Muhammadu Buhari that he would deliver Kogi state “100%” to the APC and the President.
It is believed that Onoja is acting out a part of the script to help the Governor deliver on the promise with the hounding of Adoji’s supporters.
The election for the President, Senator and House of Representatives members hold on the same day.
Adoji had stirred up a whirlwind of support that has thrown up intimidating popularity ahead of the election.
The ADC senatorial candidate’s formidable political presence had attracted the attention of the ruling party chieftains, especially Governor Bello.
This development reportedly resulted in an alleged consistent attack which Adoji kept reporting on his Facebook page, Dr. Victor ALEWO Adoji 2019 – with pictures – including the recent burning of the house of a passionate supporter.
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