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Scores of LP, PDP members defect to APC in Abuja



Scores of LP, PDP members defect to APC in Abuja

Scores of Labour Party and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

This comes barely 48 hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defectors were received into the fold of APC on Wednesday in Abuja.

The National Coordinator, National Mass Movement for Better Orientation, Dr Hawa Iyatu-Bagu, a frontline Tinubu support group, said the development was an indication of APC’s victory in the February 25 elections.

Iyatu-Bagu said that the organisation had been in touch with the defectors for a very long time, saying, ”today those that accepted the truth have decided to follow the winning team.

She said, “We have been going around canvassing for votes and most of them here are only the leaders because if all of them will be here, this place cannot contain them.

“So, we now ask their leaders and some of them to come here and make it public about their decision to dump PDP and LP and declare their readiness to vote for Tinubu and Shettima.

“With this development and what we have seen so far in the course of our campaigns across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, Nigerians, especially the women are ready to vote for the duo.”

The coordinator also stated that the youths were ready to ensure the landslide victory of Tinubu, assuring the defectors of equal treatment.

According to her, the APC presidential candidate will reciprocate any gesture to be done to him with quality leadership.

Also speaking, the Deputy National Coordinator of NAMMBO, Ibrahim Umar, lauded the Tinubu support group for attracting the defectors into the fold of APC.

Umar, said that the chances of Tinubu winning the presidential election were very bright, adding that Nigerians were eager to vote for Tinubu and Shettima.

Earlier, Mr Titus Musa, former PDP Youth Leader in Gwarinpa Ward, Abuja Municipal Area Council, who led defectors said they decided to defect to APC to vote Tinubu.

He said, ”This is due to his record of excellent service in Lagos and his contributions to national development.

”We are convinced with the APC manifesto titled, the Message of Hope. APC is the way to go and Tinubu has something to offer Nigeria.

“We have seen the light in Tinubu and we are ready to join hands with him to move our country to the desired level I believe the way Tinubu transformed Lagos if given the mandate, he will do a lot for the country.

”Therefore, we decide to defect from PDP to APC together with our teeming supporters compromising youths and women.”

On her part, the former Labour Party Women leader in Gwarinpa Ward, Ms Zipporah Bitrus, said that they left LP to APC as Tinubu and Shettima were the best for the country.

”Tinubu is a person that is always concerned about uplifting the ordinary citizens.

“He had mentored many Nigerians and that is why we see the reasons we pitched our tent with APC.

NAN reports that the high point of the event was the presentation of the APC flags to the defectors symbolising their formal integration into the party’s larger family.


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Adamawa APC reverses suspension of SGF, Boss Mustapha



Adamawa APC reverses suspension of SGF, Boss Mustapha

The Adamawa State executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the purported suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, from the party by his ward, as an exercise in futility.

While addressing journalists on Thursday, in Yola, the state Chairman of the party, Samaila Tadawus, said the alleged suspension of the SGF is a joke taking too far.

“APC Adamawa State chapter has reversed recent alleged suspension of the SGF by party exco in its Gwadabawa Ward, Yola North Council,” he said.

The visibly angry Tadawus accused the opposition party of sponsoring the suspension ahead of the coming re-run of governorship poll in the state.

Tadawus, who described the suspension as unconstitutional, null and void, and is of no effect based on the Constitution of the party, directed all opposition parties to stay away from APC activities.

The APC state Chairman directed the Yola-North Council executive committee to constitute a disciplinary committee immediately and recommend appropriate actions against those that were involved in what he described as disgraceful act.


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Abaribe urges INEC to declare Alex Otti as Abia governor-elect



Abaribe urges INEC to declare Alex Otti as Abia governor-elect

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Tuesday asked the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to declare Dr. Alex Otti of the Labour Party the Abia State Governor-elect.

Abaribe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), toldNews Expresson phone Tuesday that Otti won last Saturday’s election.

“Everybody wants this evil government by Okezie (Gov Ikpeazu) in Abia to end,” Abaribe stated.

He added that “PDP does not have the spread as required by the law to win the election, no matter how much money they have bribed the INEC.

“PDP has only six LGA in this election and that cannot give them a win. The Obingwa result they’re contesting, we know how many voters the BVAS accredited. We will not accept anything more than that. Enough of PDP’s rigging in Abia,” said Abaribe.

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‘My victory is justice for my murdered brother,’ Chukwu, Enugu East senator-elect says



'My victory is justice for my murdered brother,' Chukwu, Enugu East senator-elect says

Enugu East senator-elect, Kelvin Chukwu, has thanked the people of the district for electing him to represent them, just as he said that the victory represents for justice for his slain elder brother, Oyibo Chukwu.

Recall that Oyibo was the candidate if the party for the district but murdered and burnt inside his vehicle alongside his personal assistant three days to the election, prompting INEC to reschedule the election.

To fill the gap, Labour party rescheduled a primary election where Kelvin Chukwu, the young brother was elected in a primary election contested by two other candidates.

He went ahead to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of the state and the incumbent senator of the district who was the PDP candidate.

In a thank you message to the constituents, the Senator-elect said his victory “is a victory for justice, a victory for the poor and down trodden and a victory of good over evil.

“May I most humbly say a word of appreciation to His Excellency, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of our great party, whose trail blazed the goodwill for this success.

“To the Labour Party leadership at all levels, and the Obidient family, your catalytic resolve to usher in a new Nigeria polity made this victory possible, and I will never forget.

“I thank all of you who in one way or the other was part of this struggle. It is the struggle for the liberation of the people from the strong hold of those who want to hold them down, and who would go to any length to attain and keep political power. It is a victory for which a very great price was paid with the blood of Elder Barr. Oyibo Chukwu. It is a victory for justice. A victory for the poor and down trodden. A victory of good over evil. A victory for our democracy and of a credible electoral process.

“We must now begin the process of healing and reuniting the people who have spoken very eloquently through their votes. I will strive to be a Senator for all, including my opponents. I sincerely ask for your cooperation to succeed in the very big task ahead of us. I pray the Almighty God to grant us the renewed spirit to serve you well.

“I thank the electoral umpire INEC and urge that you continue in the trajectory of resisting to be compromised in delivering credible elections.

“I dedicate this victory to all of you, and the spirit of the hero of this our struggle, Elder Barr Oyibo Chukwu, my elder brother who was murdered because of his struggle for liberation and social justice. I pray for the continued repose of his soul”.


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