In spite of the stoppage of the mega rally being organized by a faction of the All Progressives Congress (ACP) in Edo State to receive Pastor Ize -Iyamu and his supporters back to the party by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, thousands of his supporters on Friday stormed his residence situated at Ugbor area of Benin – City to felicitate with him.
The venue of the rally was slated at Garrick Memorial Schools playground, Benin City before it was banned by the Police for security reasons.
Edo state factional chairman of the APC, Col. David Imuse (rted) however formally welcomed Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the party and presented him and his supporters with a broom, which is the APC party symbol.
He said the coming of Ize-Iyamu and his supporters from the 18 local government areas of the state to the APC was a homecoming worthy of celebration adding that it would add value to the party.
He said, ” We are here to celebrate the homecoming of our brothers and sisters from the PDP who have come to add value to our party; not only to add value, they are coming to make our party grow from strength to strength so that we can win at all levels”.
Imuse who urged all members of the party in the state to close ranks so that it can grow from strength to strength, called on those he said were sitting in the fence to come and join the party adding that as a party with a large heart, the APC was open to all.
Receiving the broom from the APC chairman, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said that the notion that he was joining the APC in Benin City was wrong because he had already done so as required by party regulations at his Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon Local Government Area.
Displaying his APC membership card, he said, “For those who are in doubt, the moment I made up my mind to join the APC, I went to my ward and I am proud to say I have registered in Ugboko ward in Orhionmwon local government area”.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu thanked the crowd of supporters for coming to his residence for the event saying he was confident that his decision to return home to the APC will, “by the grace of God make APC grow from strength”.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu appreciated his supporters for turning out en masse despite the disappointment of a change of venue.
Presidency Replies Ebere Ihedioha For Saying She Is Solidly Behind Her Husband
The special aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie has sent a reply to Ebere Ihedioha, wife of erstwhile Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, after she said she’s strongly behind him following his removal as Imo Governor by the Supreme Court.
Recall that Ihedioha was sacked from office following a judgement of the apex court on Tuesday which reinstated Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the State.
Reacting to Supreme Court’s ruling, the former first lady, Ebere Ihedioha had written on micro-blogging site, Twitter:
“My Love, my Partner and my Friend . Nkem ! # IGotYourBack ”
In an apparent reply to Ebere’s message to her husband, Lauretta Thursday morning tweeted:
“When men play dirty games, its their women who pick up the pieces.
Ebere Ihedioha, wife of Emeka Ihedioha, Former Governor of Imo state, is in that situation now and doing just that.
Ihedioha: PDP To Protest Supreme Court’s Verdict On Imo
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Friday proposed that PDP National Executive Committee members embark on a protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the PDP Imo State governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.
Speaking during its ongoing emergency NEC meeting in Abuja, Secondus said the proposed protest was to impress it on Nigerians that injustice had been done to the party.
He stated that the mandate given to the party by the Imo electorate had been snatched from the party.
According to him, the declaration of the Imo State candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Hope Uzodinma, as the Imo State Governor is a miscarriage of Justice.
He said though the ultimate justice would come from God Almighty, the aggrieved PDP leaders must speak out against injustice as their silence would be taken for consent to the alleged injustice.
Furthermore, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, said he dressed as a warrior in Igbo attire to depict that Nigeria is at ‘war.’
According to him, the alleged injustice in Imo was not only done to the PDP but to all Nigerians.
He stated that the party had not recovered from the alleged injustice.
He said, “Nigeria is getting to an end if we continue this way.”
Also, the 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the PDP and the G34 fought and brought democracy to Nigeria.
He said, “Our party governed very well from 1999 to 2015. As true democrats, we handed over party to the ruling party, hoping that it will deepen democracy, alas we have been disappointed.”
Atiku called for the constitution of a committee to review what happened at the last election and make necessary recommendations.
He said the roles of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies should not be taken for granted.
According to him, taking them for granted would be the end of the struggles of the founding fathers of the party.
“It is our duty to reincarnate the struggles they made that brought the democracy that APC is enjoying,” Atiku submitted.
I Remain Anambra South Senator — Ifeanyi Ubah
Ifeanyi Ubah says he has not been sacked as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.
Ubah, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent in Abuja, on Friday, said the FCT Court only refused to vacate its earlier ruling, which had since been faulted on the grounds of jurisdiction.
He explained that Justice Bello Kawu ruled on an application to vacate an earlier judgement of the court on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and asked the parties to proceed to the Appeal Court.
He said, “The reports of my sacking from the Senate is not correct. I remain the substantive Senator representing Anambra South.”