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Delta 2023: Coalition kicks over disqualification of Sen. Aguariavwodo

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The Urhobo Elite Forum (UEF) has expressed disappointment over the disqualification of a leading PDP aspirant Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo for the 2023 Governorship election in Delta State, by the DC-23-a Delta Central 2023 lobby group, with a self acclaimed mandate to work for the actualization of a Delta Central Governor in 2023.

The State Coordinator of the group, Chief Ojefia Kpokpogri stated this during a leadership summit in Warri convened to interact with critical stakeholders, as part of efforts to promote democracy, good governance, peace and security, particularly with the forthcoming elections in Delta State, and Nigeria in general.
Kpokpogri inforned participants at the meeting that cut across Political/ Religious/ Community leaders in the State, Women Societies, Youth Groups; Student bodies, among others that the former MD/CEO of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and also one time member of both Chambers of the National Assembly has the capacity to consolidate on the achievements of Governor Okowa’s administration with new ideas and innovation that will bring to fruition a new Delta State that will be the pride of all.
He said the Governorship hopeful has performed excellently well in all ramification, as evident in his overwhelming achievements in both Private, and Public Sector.
“I have not personally met with Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, but our unwavering support for his aspiration is strictly based on his antecedent as a trusted, and seasoned administrator that has used his positions in the past to positively impact on humanity, and the society in general. For, as the saying goes “one good turn deserves another.
“No doubt, Aguariavwodo has the requisite professional experience, and skills to take Delta State to next level of socio-economic and infrastructural development. We are not unaware of the secret plan of the Chief Ighoyota Amori led discredited DC-23 to impose Mr. David Edevwie as the Governorship candidate of the Urhobo Nation, against all democratic norms, and the wishes of the Urhobo People.”
Chief Kpokpogri however warned that the Urhobo Elite Forum will have no other option than to declare Chief Amori and his co-travellers as persona non grata in Urhobo land, if they fail to rescind their unpopular decision.
In his remarks, a Niger Delta Activist, who is also a Political Strategist and Leadership Consultant, General Kay Kay commended the group for their democratic initiative, unwavering support for the gubernatorial ambition of Sen. Aguariavwodo, as well as the privilege of being a guest speaker at the historic event.
“According to him, If elected, Sen. Aguariavwodo will be a unifying factor in Delta State. His Strategic Developmental Roadmap (SDRM) will certainly be of great delight to Deltans.
“For the benefit of doubt, Aguariavwodo eminently distinguished himself as the Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC through his hard work, vision and uncommon patriotism demonstrated in other positions of authority.

General Kay Kay expressed displeasure at the unfair and unjustifiable disqualification of Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo by the controversial group and its leadership, ahead of the 2023 Governor election in Delta State.

“You would agree with me that this unpopular decision by the DC-23 “, has no doubt exposed the group of having a hidden agenda to usurp the democratic right (power) of the people to choose their leaders, which I believe would be vehemently resisted by the electorate, and other right thinking members of the PDP in just a matter of time, as we look forward to be informed of the criteria, or yardstick that was used for the selection exercise”.
“For the benefit of any doubt whatsoever, Sen. Aguariavwodo remains the overall best candidate from the Urhobo Nation to be considered for the exalted position of the Governor of Delta State. His antecedent, speaks volume of his achievements as a member of both Chambers of the National Assembly, CEO/MD of the National Delta Development Commission (NDDC),where he impacted positively on humanity, and the entire Niger Delta Region, vis-vis his revealing socio-economic, and infrastructural development projects, among others. To cap it all, he is a core grass root man, whose CORE VALUE is “putting others first”.
Speaking further, Kay Kay said, the enviable attributes of Sen. Aguariavwodo can not be said of Mr. David Edevwie, whom the DC-23 is manipulating to succeed Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s, in a bid to actualize their insatiable political interest, without recourse to due process, and the rule of Law. It is also worthy of note, aside the fact that Edevwie does not freely relate with the people, he can not express himself in the Urhobo mother tongue, as well as being the least favoured candidate for the contest in terms of public rating, among Party members.
“Consequently, this calls to question, the supposed questionable mandate of the DC-23 to screen, and project a true Urhobo candidate, as the next Governor of Delta State, in compliance with the Zoning arrangement of the People’s Democratic Party”.
“Finally, I make it bold to say that, if the Urhobos cannot take good advantage of this opportunity, by doing what is democratically right, our great Party should jettison its zoning arrangement, or concede the Delta State Governorship slot to the Ijaws, particularly with the ongoing agitation and protest across the State over the unwarranted, and biased disqualification of Sen Aguariavwodo, who remains a unifying factor across ethnic divides.
“This is a clarion call for the Delta State PDP to act now. As the saying goes “a word is enough for the wise, as I commend His Excellency, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his giant strides and mentorship”
Kay Kay expressed the optimism that Delta State will be greater with Aguariavwodo on the leadership seat.

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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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