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No proud Igbo son or daughter will vote for a Yoruba man, says Prof. Udenta Udenta

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The Director with the center for alternative policy perspectives and strategy (CAPPS) Abuja, Professor Udenta O. Udenta has indicated that he cannot imagine any proud Igbo son or daughter going out to cast a vote for any Yoruba presidential candidate on any consideration.
He spoke at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Center Abuja on monday against the backdrop of his support for Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed Presidential ambition.

Professor Udenta was an arrow head of supporters of the Governor when he visited his boss, former President Goodluck Jonathan to intimate him of his ambition.
Udenta said, “I do not expect any proud Igbo son or daughter to cast a vote for a Yoruba presidential candidate on any consideration.
“Because for those who believe in politics of hegemony, replacing one hegemony you are afraid of in the north with another hegemony in the south does not make sense. “If Obasanjo did 8 years and Osinbajo 8 years what the heck, nobody there who is politically sane should even step out.

“We are ready to do the battle. I am intellectually endowed to do the battle, “I will rather work with the Bala Muhammed who may say after four years he is tired, my partner should step in for me and at most 8years and within that his presidential moment he will mainstream our people as well as the rest of the people to give a balance in democracy and Governance model that will impact positively on everybody.”
“The one I am not going to stand for with my intellectual and moral endowment, is to see my generation after 16 years of a Yoruba Presidency for anybody from that side of town to step out and say he wants to become President that is an insult to our people. 

“It is even diminishing their humanity, it does not show fidelity, compassion, brotherhood. These are things they don’t say in politics but people like us are there to expose them. And that is why I am beginning today to expose the shenanigans.

“On the other hand he said he believes in the idea of Igbo Presidency however he said the Igbos have to be serious. “Many are waiting for the presidency to be zoned to their Local Government before they can have the courage to step out, I am mindful of that because Ibo Presidency is like any other presidency or it sounds like a bargain, the process is not an abstract institution. “Igbo must get up and declare their interest in that project. It is not the position of Udenta to call out those who want to be president. “Buhari attempted three times without success but won at the fourth attempt. He won the fourth time, it’s not like if he was being compelled or pushed.

“People should do that at this stage, if you don’t do it, I am not a wizard to know what you want. As much as I want Igbo Presidency, I am going to work for it but I am not going to ask anybody to come and become President, those who want to become president should meet me and ask me clearly to help them in becoming President, if not how would I know you want to become President?

“You should not presume being Igbo I should have certain capacity and so by right I should join up with you.”

He described zoning as a fraud saying it is the Igbos that are marginalized, when you zone to South it is not specific.

He said he wants Igbo presidency, “That means in principle as a moral imperative, sure I want it, but as a practical necessity in overcoming this predicament you want to create, somebody want to be president, and he said, he wants to include your people in the bargain.

“We dont see much of them, we dont know when the Igbo Presidency is going to happen, by July the primaries are over unlike before when it would be October or Novermber, 

“so we can’t wait, there is no time, you cannot stay in your comfort zone hoping to get the presidency and here is somebody saying he is a friend of my people, he even want his peers in Ibo land to come out. Let us be doing what we are doing whether they will step out at all or not. At that state you can reshuffle and rethink 

“I must embrace what we see

It is morally imperative to say you need Igbo Presidency but for God sake you and I are not aspiring to be President we dont know who is aspiring to be president unless he steps out to say he wants to be President.

“Bala had made some statements in the past here and there nobody took that very seriously until when he went to see Jonathan, a former President and it was in the full glare of the world and Udenta sat beside him, what was he doing there. I am a proud igbo son supporting Bala Muhammed. 

“I want an Igbo president but I am a practical political player I need to get something close enough because if the political calculation does not work is it always happens in Nigerian politics and somebody want to sneak in from the West it is better I support a person that is known to keep to his words.”

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LP digs into archives, unearth document that limits NLC power to take party

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In its effort to regain legitimacy the Labour Party (LP) has started digging into its archive to produce historical limitations to the powers of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the Labour Party (LP).

According to the letter displayed by the LP, the Nigerian Labour Congress does not have any status conferred by the statute over the Labour Party; instead, it enjoys the status of any member of the Labour Party.

The letter written in 2015, signed by Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, and addressed to the former leader of the Labour Party, Ayuba Wabba, reads: “With reference to your letter on the above subject dated August 5″, 2015, I am directed to inform you that the Commission has reviewed relevant documents and records in its possession in respect of the Labour Party and has established the following:

“Membership of the Labour Party as provided in Articles 1 and 9 of the Labour Party’s Constitution, 2009, does not confer any special or superior status on the Nigeria Labour Congress.”

The letter, INEC/DEPMI/LP/16/T/68, is entitled: Re: request for INEC’s Urgent Intervention To Arrest The Activities Of An Imposter Group In Labour Party

The letter further said, “In accordance with Article 15(7) of the Labour Party Constitution, 2009, the elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has a tenure of four (4) years.”

In a commentary signed by the National Publicity of Labour Party, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, Labour leaders should acquaint themselves with history to avoid unnecessary conflict

The comment reads, in part: “A good student learns from history. If people refuse to learn from history, history will continue to repeat itself. When the Nigeria Labour Congress attempted to crookedly take over the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015 and wrote INEC, INEC replied that they had no locus standi to interfere or change the leadership of the party.

“They have failed to learn from that trajectory, and it is surprising that Joe Ajaero’s NLC is also taking the same line of action and trajectory, and they are expecting a different result.

“A reasonable NLC would have been thinking of how to consolidate with the leadership of the Labour Party having made huge exploits and having achieved great results from the 2023 general election; rather, they have chosen a collision cause that will neither help them nor help Nigerians.

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Olusola Oke says, he did not commit crime for marrying an Igbo woman

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Barrister Olusola Oke addressing the media after the submission of his expression of interest and nomination forms for the November Governorship election in Ondo State.
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**Admits he is a polygamist

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election, Olusola Oke has put to rest the misinformation about his marital status and the politics of the first Lady of the State disclosing he is a polygamist

The Social media had been awashed with tweets from his opponents in Ondo State telling people not to vote for him as his Ibo wife will visit tyranny on the State like the immediate past first Lady, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu.

Reacting to a poser on the issue with reference to a tweet making the round on social media that reads,
“Say no to Olusola Oke, we don’t want another Igbo tyrant first Lady in our place. The last 8 years had been hell under Mrs Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, Olusola should simply go to his wife’s state to contest”
He said, in a contest like this, you don’t expect everybody to be your friend and when they cannot find fault in you, they will look for something.
“First and foremost there is a good population of Igbos in Ondo State who are members of APC, when you say that what you are doing is provoking them to support me.
“In Nigeria, it is unconstitutional for anybody to discriminate against another on the grounds of the circumstances of his birth, his tribe or marriage. So what the person is tweeting is unconstitutional.
“It is not against any law in Nigeria to marry from another section of the country but these people have also forgotten, they keep writing about my junior wife, I am a polygamist.
“They have checked my credentials they know they cannot find fault in terms of relevant requirements, they cannot say that I am not well educated, they cannot question the integrity based on my certificate, they cannot question experience.
“They cannot question my good looks, so they must get something to talk about. Yes the social media is awashed but you will never see me comment. We are talking about competence and the development of the State, you are talking about being married to an Igbo.
“It is a funny story, but the truth of the matter is I married a Yoruba woman first in my life, an Ilaje woman, we have been married for the last 41 years. She is a PhD holder, she has served Ondo State for 35years, even in her right she could be governor of Ondo State, yet when they write, they misinform deliberatly to denigrate my person.
“I haven’t committed any crime and I am happy at the tweet, look at what some said, that the Ibo woman is the most generous woman they had ever seen.
“I have got women, pretty, don’t look at them, they are well mannered women, I have not told anyone who will be my first Lady. Obviously those who write, are not with me.”
The aspirant had visited the Party’s national secretariat to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms on Friday

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LP crisis: Obi drops bombshell, says he will leave if leadership fails to change

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP)in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has taken many Nigerians by surprise when he hinted about the possibility of dumping the party ahead of the 2027 election season if the leadership of the party failed to toe the part of integrity.
This is coming against the backdrop that the Labour Party held what was described by stakeholders as a kangaroo convention that even the Electoral Umpire; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discredited.
Obi had advised the leadership of the party to tarry a while for proper consultation before the convention, but the leaders went ahead with the convention.
They also reserved the 2027 presidential ticket of the Party for Peter Obi and that of Abia State for Alex Otti the incumbent Governor who is yet to be 10 months on the saddle even when they decided not to take part in the gathering
Obi gave the hint during an engagement with his supporters on his Verified X space hosted by Parallel Facts, yesterday.

The former Amambra State Governor explained that his primary focus which dedicated members of the Obidient Movement have aligned with; is all about making Nigeria work for all citizens, as such, he refused to be distracted.

According to him, the contrived crisis in the Labour Party was part of a distractive strategy which neither he nor his supporters were willing to fall for.

Obi said, “Our engagement is about Nigeria, they are trying to change our focus what we want to do is not about Labour Party it is about what the Obidients want to do about Nigeria.

“We are thinking about water, we are thinking about power, we are thinking about employment, thinking about security that should be our focus.

“The other matter we will deal with. We were somewhere , we didn’t start with Labour.

“I’m a Christain. Jesus said, when you go into a city try to change them, live with them ,fast with them, if in the end you can’t you come out and even wash the sand that is on your shoes .

“He didn’t say go there and die with them. I tell you, I’m making spirited efforts to change them (LP) but I’m not going to die with them.

“That will not stop what we set out to do, We will try to change them (LP), if we can’t, we will leave them, we will not die with them.” End

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