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Ekiti Guber: Stakeholders Petition Ayu on composition of ward congresses’ Electoral Committee

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***Insist plot to sell PDP to APC in Ekiti is real

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Primary in Ekiti State to pick its touch earlier in the forthcoming governorship poll in the State, stakeholders in the three Senatorial District have kicked against the Composition of its Ward Congresses’ Committee headed by the Akwa- Ibom State governor, Chief Udom Emmanuel

In a strong worded petition signed by the trio of Chief Ajayi Adebayo- Ekiti North, Evangelist Peter Adekunle -Ekiti South and Mrs Idowu Akerele – Ekiti Central dated January 14, this year to the National Chairman of the Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the Stakeholders objected to the choice of the Ward Congresses Committee over his alleged closeness to a former governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose

The stakeholders informed the National leadership of the Party that “The plot to sell PDP to the APC in Ekiti is real” adding, “We urge you to investigate, Ekiti 2022 and Nigeria 2023 are seriously hanging in the balance with this plot”.

The Petition reads, “RE: EKITI STATE GUBERNTORIAL EXERCISE: WARD CONGRESSES ELECTORAL COMMITTEE AND OUR OBJECTION

“We are concerned stakeholders in Ekiti State raising critical objection to the five-man committee to serve on the Ward Congresses Electoral Committee in Ekiti state

“Since the announcement by the National Working Committee of our great party, PDP, we have been inundated with calls, revelations and evidence that the committee Chairman, His Excellency, Chief Udom Emmanuel enjoys a personal and chubby relationship with His Excellency, former Gov. Ayodele Fayose, who is a major interested party in the gubernatorial exercise

“Aready, the camp of Fayose has been in a jubilant mood since the announcement, saying it publicly that the ad-hoc exercise on Saturday January 15, 2022 will be a coronation of their compiled list.

“It is not hidden to stakeholders in Ekiti that Fayose and Emmanuel are buddies. Already, tension is brewing in the party and it could lead to more disenchantment and problems.
We, therefore, write to make the following demands:

  1. Immediate substitution of the Chairman of the Committee or his representative and we request for an immediate vetting of the entire list to ensure neutrality as demanded by all the aspirants contesting the January 26, 2022 PDP Governorship primaries.
  2. The appointment of a governor or chairman and persons who are neutral in Ekiti matters and who the condition of reciprocation cannot apply. For instance, Mr Fayose was the Party’s Panel Chairman who conducted the 2019 Governorship Primaries in Akwa Ibom State. Even though it was a no-contest exercise, he was specially picked as the Friend of the governor to do it.
  • NOTE: According to Agency Report on Premiumtimesng.com September 30, 2018: “Mr Emmanuel was announced as the candidate by the PDP panel chairman, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti who conducted the primaries. Mr Fayose said that Mr Emmanuel polled a total of 3,807 votes out of 3,817 votes cast, adding that 10 votes were voided. He said Mr Emmanuel was the only aspirant of the party in the state and explained that the delegates had to vote in order to complete due process in line with the electoral law.”
  1. The Ekiti governorship election is too important to be toyed with because it is the trigger for the 2023 general elections. We, therefore, ask the party to set up an independent investigation team to attend to some serious allegative on Ekiti PDP”. Consequently, the stakeholders raised the following posers in the interest of the Party ahead of the governorship election in the state and the general elections

“We wish to ask some pertinent questions, sir, is former governor Fayose an aspirant in the coming party primaries in Ekiti State? Why is the party indulging him to use this process to corner the party and settle scores? Is the PDP a private enterprise of individuals?

“We want you to know that as soon as tomorrow’s three-man ad-hoc election is completely manipulated through the friends of Fayose, who is the architect of the problem Ekiti PDP is facing, we will now realize we are running speedily backward from the expected victory of 2022, and the targeted goal of 2023.

“We are worried that instead of applying ideal medication of fielding eminently qualified candidate through genuine reconciliation, alignments (of viable leaders) and application of conflict transformation tools, ignorantly, our party is presently playing with a sharper bayonet which could likely cause another deeper wound.

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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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