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We May Not Participate In Future Elections — PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday expressed fears of participating in the upcoming gubernatorial elections being planned for Edo and Ondo states in 2020.

It also re-echoed its disappointment in the conduct of the just concluded Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

PDP, therefore, tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to embark on electoral amendment through the National Assembly to address most of the challenges in conducting elections in the country.

The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said this while addressing INEC delegation who came to carry out a routine verification exercise at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

While addressing some of the operatives of the electoral umpire, Secondus alleged that the INEC integrity was at stake given the trajectory of elections it has conducted so far in the country.

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He pointed out that some of the INEC staff have compromised their offices.

In his words, “INEC as presently constituted has integrity questions. Some of the staff have compromised their offices.

“We advise that INEC should go back to the drawing board and consider the past elections it has conducted.

“Even INEC needs a reform. We can’t continue this way. Is either we practice the American model or adopt the Egyptian model where soldiers shall be part and parcel of the election process.

Further, the PDP National Chairman affirmed it was time for INEC to submit the necessary amendments to the National Assembly so that an improved legal framework can be put in place for a free and fair election to be achieved.

He, however, added that the conduct of the 2019 general elections set Nigeria backwards.

Some of the bitter lessons, according to Secondus, are: thuggery, killing, militarisation of voting scenes and disruptions of voting process.

Others are the alleged INEC involvement in operating the APC agenda, brigandage, intimidation, coercion and manipulation of results, hijacking of election materials and deployment of military helicopters among others.

It was on this premise that the PDP advocated for the legalization of electronic voting and ban on military participation in elections.

In his reaction, the INEC Deputy Director, Election and Party Monitoring who headed the delegation, Musa Husunu said all the comments, observations and concerns of the PDP would be considered.

Husunu, however, reeled out things the INEC team came to do as a matter of routine verification exercise to include evidence of office headquarters, 5 copies of the party’s constitution, list of NEC committee members, physical presence of NEC members, membership registration and books of account.

But the PDP averred that what happened in Osun, Ekiti, Bayelsa and Kogi states were not democratic enough to guarantee future participation in elections by the opposition political parties.

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 2, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    APC is gradually turning Nigeria to a one party state

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See Me Now Eating In Prison, Orji Kalu Tells Visitor

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It has been reported that Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, senator representing Abia North, who was penultimate week convicted by the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for N7.65 billion fraud while he held sway as Abia State governor only recently came to terms with the reality of his new condition.

Although Kalu, who happens to be the Chief Whip in the upper chamber of the National Assembly has become a prison inmate since his conviction, Sentry gathered that the reality of his new condition did not dawn on him until some of his associates began to visit him in the prison.

It would be recalled that the former governor reportedly asked the prison officials who led him out of the court after the judge pronounced his conviction: “Where are we going now?”

A few days after he landed in prison, one of his business associates was said to have paid him a sympathy visit but was shocked at the pitiable picture cut by the former governor, who was said to be wearing a pair of bathroom slippers.

“See me now eating in the prison,” a pensive Kalu reportedly told his visitor, who struggled to find the words that could console him.

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An erstwhile colleague of his as governor, who spent some time in incarceration, also visited him. The flamboyant ex-governor advised him to stay strong and regard his travails as another phase of life.

It was gathered that the former Abia State governor has been moved from Lagos to the Kuje Prison in Abuja for reasons no one could fathom.

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I Am A He-Goat — Oshiomhole Declares

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Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), has debunked reports that he was placed under house arrest and also described himself as the ‘he-goat’ of Edo politics.

Oshiomhole spoke Friday afternoon, while addressing journalists at his Benin GRA residence, where Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a new APC convert from the PDP, was presented to him by Hillard Etta, the national vice chairman (south-south) of the party.

A rally to receive Iyamu into the APC fold had held earlier, in a venue different from the one police disapproved.

Oshiomhole did not attend the rally.

He said he was not surprised he was the butt of attacks by some within the party, because, like the proverbial he-goat, he will always be at the receiving end of the party’s crisis in the state.

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“I saw that they write a story from the Government House that I’m under house arrest. You can see, either way, they want to make me look like the proverbial he-goat.

“In the traditional Nigerian society, when the family child is sick, and you go and consult the traditional native doctor, he will ask them to sacrifice a he-goat, so that witches and wizards will not kill the child.

“On the hand, when a baby is born or they are celebrating birthday or something good is happening to the family, they get a he-goat, they slaughter and celebrate. So, either way, the he-goat is in trouble.

“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC, with Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers, and to them, we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses we have,” Oshiomhole said.

Oshiomhole said he stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party.

“Our party doesn’t believe in rigging, certainly not in this state. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is not threat, the name of the game is persuasion. That day, everybody is equal,” he said.

Oshiomhole who blamed the state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, for the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, however noted that the real victim of the crisis will be Governor Godwin Obaseki.

“The real man who is the executioner of violence is Philip Shaibu, but he doesn’t understand that the real damage is to his Principal, and his Principal is not able to see through their own frustration,” he said.

He however insisted that members of the party must work to sustain peace.

“There will be peace. Today we have tested that, but I wasn’t there, which shows that this peace is not in the hands of one man. Once the party below is united, that is what matters and that is what we have displayed today, where people from all parts of the state came with one objective, to welcome people into the party.

“You have tension when you find out that the local party members are fighting each other, because, party membership, you can remain there as long as you obey the rules of the party.

“There is no limit for being a member of APC, but there is limit for being chairman, there is limit for being governor and there is limit to the tenure of being president, but there is no limit for being a member.

“So, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace. That is why I opted not to go there today,” he said.

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Wike, Umahi In War Of Words Over Buhari

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Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike and his Ebonyi counterpart, David Umahi engaged in a war of words over their alleged close relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.

In spite of the ongoing party war between PDP and APC, Umahi has been able to curry favour with President Buhari so much, he threatened to sack any aide who insults the President.

Umahi has made no pretence about his relationship with the President.

However during a meeting with Governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Wike cracked a joke centred around Umahi’s close relationship with the President which did not go down well with him.

The PDP governors and party members were celebrating with Wike as he had been honoured by the Ikwerre people of Rivers state, when the war of words occurred.

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The party members were exchanging banners in small groups when Umahi made his entrance, Wike jokingly said “Ah! Here comes Buhari’s man.”

On hearing this, party members had a hearty laughter.

This angered Umahi who asked Wike “Who is more Buhari than you? I have many of your pictures with Buhari which are not known to the public!”

The Rivers Governor was too shocked to reply to the outburst. And his silence marked the end of Buhari’s discussion as party members were quick to start conversation on other topics to stop the brewing war.

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