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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, arrived to a rousing welcome at Igbara-Oke, Ifedore local government area on Friday as he flagged off his campaign tour ahead of the April 20 governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Addressing the crowd of party members gathered at the Premier Resort, Igbara-Oke, the Governor thanked party leaders and members for their overwhelming support which will translate to victory at the primary.


The Governor, who was screened and cleared for the contest by the national Secretariat of the party in Abuja earlier on Friday, said all rumours about his eligibility have now been laid to rest.


He urged party members with membership cards to come out enmase on April 20 and cast their votes for him to emerge as the candidate to lead the party to victory in November.


Leaders of the party in Ifedore, who spoke one after the other, declared their total support for the Governor, saying the local government will speak with one voice on April 20.


The Ifedore leaders included Major General Seebi James (rtd), the Commissioner for Energy, Engr Razaq Obe, member of the House of Assembly representing Ifedore, Hon. Tope Komolafe, and Dr. Seun Osamaye (Eye Omo).


Earlier, the Governor had paid a visit to the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, the Olowa of Igbara-Oke, where he received royal blessings.


On his way to Ifedore, the Governor had a stop over at a rally in his support organised by a chieftain of the APC in Akure, Barrister Olumuyiwa Adu, at the Democracy Park in Akure.


Addressing the crowd of supporters, the Governor commended the efforts of the convener, saying the huge turnout is another pointer to victory at the primary.


Abe’s Distorted Verdict on Former Rivers Lawmakers: A Desperate Attempt to Please Wike – Eze.





Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has criticized former Rivers South-East Senator, Magnus Abe, for his comments on the status of the 27 former Rivers lawmakers who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Abe had claimed that his own defection from the PDP in 2014 was similar to the situation of the former lawmakers, but Eze argued that the circumstances are distinct and Abe’s comparison is a gross distortion of the truth.


Eze explained that the 2014 defection was a result of a major crisis within the PDP, which led to the formation of the New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and eventually the APC.


In contrast, the former Rivers lawmakers defected voluntarily and their seats were declared vacant according to the Nigerian Constitution.


Eze also commended the recent resignation of some members of Governor Fubara’s cabinet, describing it as a necessary purging to inject fresh blood into the system.


He warned Abe to leave Amaechi out of his smear campaigns and appealed to Wike to recommend Abe for a federal appointment to redeem him from political relegation.

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June 12: Tinubu, Governors to Attend Epetedo Declaration 30th Anniversary Lecture/Prayer






The Coalition of Pro-Democracy Groups for a Better Nigeria has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Epetedo Declaration, where late President MKO Abiola declared himself President-elect in 1994.


The event, scheduled for June 12, 2024, will feature a lecture and prayer session at the Abiola House, Lagos Island.


The event will be attended by notable figures, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governors Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta), Abba Kabir Yusuf (Kano), and Alex Otti (Abia).


The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq (Kwara), will chair the occasion, while General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd) and others will serve as co-chairmen.


Other special guests include Governors Uba Sani (Kaduna), Babagana Zulum (Borno), and Senator David Umahi, Minister of Works. The event will also honor past and present Southwest Governors, June 12 activists, and victims’ families.


A special prayer session will be held at the tomb of late President MKO Abiola, led by Prof Sabitu Olagoke, JP, Leader, Shafaudeen Islamic Center Worldwide. The event aims to convert the pain of the June 12 election annulment into a gain for the present administration.

For inquiries, please contact Comrade Awa Bamiji, National Coordinator, Coalition of Pro-Democracy Groups for a Better Nigeria, via WhatsApp or text message at 0803 506 9916 or 0808 681 0288.

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2027 Elections: I’m Not Yet Tired Of Politics But PDP Will Decide My Fate – Atiku Abubakar




Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate during the 2023 General election, has said members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would decide his fate for the 2027 general elections.


He said that it was too early to decide whether he would vie for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.


In an interview with the BBC on Friday, Atiku,  said his recent meeting with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, could be a signal to a possible in the build-up to the 2027 general elections.


Atiku Abubakar met with the candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election Peter Obi, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, and former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido in separate visits earlier last week.


He had said their meeting augured well for democratic governance in Nigeria while implying a possible alliance between the opposition parties.


He also dispelled claims that they couldn’t produce a consensus candidate.


According to him, should the PDP members unanimously agree on zoning PDP’s presidential candidate to South East, he will abide by it.


“I’ve made it clear since last elections that if our party members had a consensus that southeast should produce the candidate, we would all agree. And if our parties also had a similar agreement, then so be it,’’ Atiku said.


However, Atiku confirmed the opposition parties’ possible alliance ahead of the 2027 elections but couldn’t provide details as to when they would seal the alliance.


He also refuted claims that he would relinquish from active politics after the 2023 polls adding, “We fiercely fought even the military governments; let alone the civilian administrations. So, if you’re thinking otherwise, you might be dreaming. We would never retrace from fighting injustice, and bad governance. I am not yet tired of the political activism.’’


Atiku added that his not retiring from active politics does not in any way block the chances of fresh blood to have their shots.


Asked if his recent talks with topnotch politicians across the country might be a litmus test for eyeing up towards 2027 polls, he said, “We are in a democratic system and don’t forget that we are those who fought for its entrenchment. So, we are going to continue entrenching good governance and a sound democratic system. We would never fold our arms watching things deteriorating.”

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