Edo Election: By Saturday, It Will Be Over For All The Godfathers – PDP Chieftain

 

Ahead of the governorship election in Edo State, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Patrick Imasuagbon, has said that by Saturday, godfatherism in the state will be brought to an end.

He said this on Wednesday on Channels TV’s Politics Today, in reaction to comments by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) calling on the Edo people to reject the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP.

Imasuagbon described the comments as “laughable”, adding that “all the tricks have failed” as these are not ancient times.

“Saturday will be a referendum against the godfathers,” he stressed.

“Edo is not Lagos. Ahmed Bola Tinubu will be beaten, Oshiomhole will be beaten..this is a final gathering of the good people of Edo State versus the very few godfathers.

“The battle between the people and the god-fathers, the good and bad, light and darkness, those who have looted the treasury of Nigeria from Lagos to Edo State over the years.

“Edo people, we are willing to defeat the godfather. This is the final onslaught.

“I can tell you that by Saturday, it will be over for all the Godfathers”.

Imasuagbon described Obaseki as a performing governor who deserves a second term and someone who “represents a new generation”.

“Oshimhole had two tenures, Lucky Igbinedion had two tenures, why will Obaseki not have two tenures,” he asked.

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But in a swift reaction, a chieftain of the APC, Patrick Ikhariale, described Obaseki as “highly dictatorial”.

He said Tinubu’s comments were accurate and “there was no better way to put it than that”.

“He is not a democrat and I can tell you this from empirical analysis.

“Obaseki has shown that in every sense of the word, he is not a democrat; he tried to play victim, whereas, he is a villain. He is highly dictatorial”.

According to him, “the election of 19th of September is a democratic process, so it should be left for democrats to decide who their candidate is.”

Shortly after, the conversation erupted into a face-off as both men delved into other claims and counterclaims.

This will be the first major election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the COVID-19 era and it is also the first time that a peace accord is being signed for a governorship election.

The National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalmi Abubakar (rtd), on Tuesday made the contesting political parties to sign the pact in which they were charged to ensure they work for peace and also accept the outcome of the elections.

Both Obaseki and Ize-Iyami who are widely believed to be leading candidates, beamed with smiles and hugged each other warmly, as they signed the pact, dousing fears of possible violence.

Ondo PDP Accuse APC Of Attacking Party’s Campaign Team

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

As the political campaign rallies towards the October ten 2020 governorship election commence in Ondo State, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the State has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) of attacking the campaign team of its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede in Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.

A press statement made available to newsmen in Akure, the state capital by the Head of Media, Research, Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation, Samuel Fasua partly reads:

“No fewer than five persons sustained varying degrees of injuries Today, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, when, quite unexpectedly, the convoy of Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu stormed Oba-Akoko in Akoko South-West and started attacking the campaign team of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP governorship flagbearer.

“As at now, no fewer than three vehicles in the convoy of Jegede have been badly damaged, while Jegede himself is being held hostage inside the palace of the monarch of Oba-the Oloba, by gun-totting hoodlums suspected to be agents of the governor.

“Curiously, Akeredolu was sighted inside the convoy while the attacks lasted, while police operatives in the location simply vacillated and looked on in the face of the orgies of madness.”

Fasua in the statement laments that the continued attacks of APC thugs on PDP supporters in the state in recent times are threatening the peace of the state.

The statement appeals to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.

“We earnestly call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police to urgently wade in, to save the lives of members of the public who are being prevented by the powers-that-be in Ondo State from belonging to political parties of their choice.” the statement ended.

Edo Election: We Will End Godfatherism In Nigeria, Obaseki Declares At PDP Rally

 

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the forthcoming election in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has vowed that his party will bring an end to godfatherism in Nigeria.

He said this on Tuesday during his final campaign rally which held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital.

He also stated that his administration will continue to stand for democracy and part of that means to stamp out godfatherism.

“I just want to end by promising you that we will stand for democracy. In Edo today, we have fought the local godfather,” he said.

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While the incumbent governor believes godfatherism has been destroyed at the state level, he says the goal is to end it at the Federal level, making reference to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who had earlier on Tuesday in a broadcast, asked voters to reject him (Obaseki).

“Then, the real one that is disturbing Nigeria, he came up yesterday with some strange conference. He is afraid; he knows that when we finish the Edo god-father on Saturday, then it is him next and by the grace of God, we will end godfatherism in Nigeria.”

Obaseki said he was confident of his victory on Saturday, saying over one hundred groups have endorsed him, including the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the association of welders, among others.

“With so many groups, more than 120 groups endorsing me and my deputy as governor, who is left?,” he said.

After weeks of controversial campaigns and events, the election is set to hold on Saturday with both Governor Obaseki of the PDP and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC, widely believed to be leading candidates.

Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Attack Each Other Over Certificate, Cultism Claim

 

Governorship Candidates of the two Major Parties in Edo State were on Sunday at each other’s throats raising claims and counter-claims in their bid to position themselves ahead of the September 19 polls.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu threw some dirt on each other on Sunday when they participated in the governorship debate put together by Channels Television and its partners.

At the event, the candidates came at each other with several allegations. The most heated attacks, however, bordered on their educational qualifications, and alleged participation in cultism.


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When in June Obaseki dumped the APC after his disqualification from participating in the primary that produced Ize-Iyamu as the flag-bearer of the party, there were claims that the governor was disqualified based on certain bordered on inconsistencies in his certificate.

Reacting to these claims at the debate arena in Benin, the Edo State capital, the governor said, “it is very ironic that someone who has no certificate can stand up and comment on someone whose certificate was issued by the premier university in Nigeria. That is a very sad situation that we have found ourselves in as a country.

“In 1976 when I gained admission into the University of Ibadan, there was no JAMB; you could either go into the university through prelim or through Direct Entry in your advanced level examination. I finished my O Level and my Advanced Level and it was As, so I gained admission into the University of Ibadan in 1976.

“I don’t know what has happened but for the University of Ibadan, the standard is still very high and they have come out to say that I graduated from that university. How else do you want to make that clear?

“It is very sad that in a country like Nigeria, some people who do not have the qualifications, have the effrontery to challenge the qualifications of those who went to proper schools. It is sad.”


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Similarly, Mr. Ize-Iyamu the APC candidate has been accused of partaking in some occultic activity that led to his expulsion while an undergraduate at the University of Benin, but the pastor described the allegation as a ploy to dent his character ahead of the polls.

He said, “I graduated from the University of Benin. I was very active in the students’ union and my records are clear.

“People have alleged that when you were in school, you did that but I think they should go to the university authorities and find out exactly what was the offence. If you do something very criminal, the university cannot even handle it. And I am proud that throughout my stay, I was not engaged in any criminal matter.”

Reacting to the Obaseki certificate issue, Ize-Iyamu said no one doubts that Obaseki went to the university, adding that the issue is that the governor failed by his own records.

“You failed school cert, you had three credits, no English, no Maths, even to enter A’ Level would have been difficult.

“And if you got A-Level, why is it that you’ve not been able to present the A-Level, where is the result? That is a moral question. A lot of people are looking up to you as a governor and as a leader.

“The question is that you failed your A-Level and that is why you were disqualified and your disqualification arose from information from the PDP, your party now, provided. Because the PDP, when I was contesting against you (in 2016) said you have no results. Why have you not answered the question? Where are your results?”

Viewers who tuned in for the two-hour debate between Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC and Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP on Sunday witnessed first hand the disagreements and issues that have seen the state witnessed one of the most controversial campaigns in recent years.

Both candidates, widely believed to be leading candidates for the September 19 election, disagreed on virtually every issue – job creation, debt profile, governance, qualification, and the facts that they built their plans on.

Beyond a handshake at the start of the debate, they would only agree on the need for community policing and the importance of a refinery project, the latter still sparked some disagreement.

Obaseki ‘Wasted Over 75bn’ On Projects That Were Not Well Thought Out, Says Ize-Iyamu

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says Governor Godwin Obaseki has spent over 75billion naira on projects that have all gone to waste.

Speaking at the governorship debate put together by Channels Television and its partners on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu said the present government has nothing to show for monies purportedly allocated to various projects.

In his reaction to claims by Obaseki that the government of Adams Oshiomhole left Edo State in so much debt before handing over; Mr Ize-Iyamu said “It’s very worrisome, especially when there is nothing to show for it“.

For Ize-Iyamu, “it is scandalous” that the incumbent governor is attributing the huge debt owed by Edo State, to a predecessor in whose government Obaseki served as a chief economic adviser.

“some times you seem to forget the role you played in the past government,” the APC candidate told Obaseki.


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Ize-Iyamu went on to give examples of sectors and projects for which ‘Obaseki has collected loans’, describing the figures as “staggering”.

“Let me give you just an example, in the agricultural sector, the loan that the governor has collected is staggering.

“The failed Sobe Maize project, 2billion went down the drain. The Agenebode rice project 5billion went down the drain and then the oil palm project you have collected 69billion from the Central Bank and the money has been shared with cronies, and no Edo person has benefitted from that money and I can tell you that has also gone down the drain.

“So just from agriculture alone, I have named three areas where over 75billion has been collected, not to talk about monies you are collecting from the World Bank and the rest of them.

“You came in at a time when you had so much windfall, Paris Club, bailout funds, 75million C4 World Bank loan, all these monies came in, what did you do with them? Where are the projects? Where are the roads? Where are the hospitals?

“All the promises that you made remain unfulfilled,” Ize-Iyamu stated.

He maintained that in the past four years, the economy of Edo has been mismanaged and plundered, stressing that all the huge amounts that we receive at the inception of this administration have practically left the state without any serious project to show for them.

According to the APC candidate, Obaseki had the opportunity to diversify Edo State’s economy, but “the governor made a very lame attempt and he failed completely and we are in a very sorry state”.

Where Are The Jobs? Ize-Iyamu Challenges Obaseki On Job Creation Claim

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has faulted Governor Godwin Obaseki on his claim on job creation during Sunday’s governorship debate.

Ize-Iyamu, reacting to a claim by Obaseki that his administration had created 157,000 jobs so far, accused the governor of getting his facts wrong.

“I am sure he is not going to misplace the appointments he is making now as jobs,” Ize-Iyamu said during the debate in Benin City.

“I know in the past one month, he has appointed over 2,000 people as SSA s on social media and the rest of them.

“Those are not jobs. When you say you have created jobs, in what area? We know for example that there is a glaring vacancy in the teaching profession and every school we went to, they practically had no teacher,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, while defending his performance in the area of human capital development had said, “At the onset, I promised to create a minimum of 200,000 jobs within a four-year period.

“Just before COVID-19, we had created both direct and indirect jobs for Edo people as much as 157,000 jobs.

APC Candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu speaks during the governorship debate in Benin City on September 13, 2020.

Ize-Iyamu, who did not provide alternative figures to counter the governor’s jobs creation claim, said if the numbers were true, it would have significantly boosted the state’s economy.

“If it is true that we are able to have the number of jobs that the Edo State governor claims, our IGR will not be where it is. There will be a significant leap,” he said.

PDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Scuttle Edo Election

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PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan

 

With the Edo State governorship election barely six days away, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are plots to scuttle the exercise.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement issued on Sunday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the frivolous lawsuit to dash the exercise.

To Ologbondiyan, the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

The governorship election is scheduled to hold on September 19.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raises alarm over plots by certain interests recruited by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use a frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 Edo state governorship election, following APC’s realization that there is no way it can win in the election.

The PDP revealed that the said interests who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.

Nigerians are already aware that section 87(10) (11) of the Electoral Act, clearly prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This section of the Electoral Act has put paid to situations in the past, where groups or individuals who have no real stake in elections were used as canon fodders by selfish individuals and groups to manipulate the courts and frustrate electoral process against the interest of the people.

It is therefore clear that the aim of the APC is to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary, trigger constitutional crisis in Edo state, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.

The APC’s calculation is a re-enactment of the similar judicial quagmire that led to the scuttling of the 1993 general election, a development that led to a serious national crisis that almost destroyed the corporate existence of our country.

The PDP stands with the people of Edo state in condemning this plot by the APC to derail the democratic order, scuttle the governorship election, create an emergency situation, forcefully seize power and foist an undemocratic and oppressive regime in Edo state.

Our party, therefore, cautions such unpatriotic persons to note that the people of Edo state are ready to go to the poll on September 19 and will vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the schedule of election or attempt a forceful takeover of their state.

Similarly, our Party has been informed of the drafting of Soldiers to the residence of the sacked former national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in GRA Benin and Iyamho.

Our Party holds that it is indecorous, shameful and sinful on the part of the APC and the Buhari Presidency to leave the flanks of our people in Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kogi open to bandits while Soldiers are guarding the residence of suspended Oshiomhole  just to enable him perpetrate electoral heist.

Not even on the face of our current insecurity should such an impudent and inconsiderate actions be considered.

We therefore call on President Mohammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief to immediately withdraw the troops from Oshiomhole”s residence and deploy them to their constitutional duty post in the interest of our nation.

On our part, the PDP and our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are prepared for the election and we counsel the APC to stop wasting its time in the court and take steps to withdraw from the contest if it is not ready to face the crushing defeat that awaits it and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu on September 19.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

Tinubu Visits Sokoto, Condoles With Wamakko Over Daughter’s Death

 

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has visited Sokoto to console former Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko over the demise of his daughter Sadiya Aliyu Wamakko.

The National Leader urged the former Governor to take solace in God and accept the death of his daughter as the will of Allah.

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He prayed Allah to grant other members of the family the longevity denied the deceased daughter.

Sadiya Aliyu Wamakko died on Thursday at the Usmanu Danfodio Teaching Hospital from complications arising from childbirth.

Speaking further, Tinubu called for national unity and cohesion, which he says will bring about national development.

He said no Nigerian became a Nigerian by choice, but through the divine arrangement of God who chose to place everybody at the different geopolitical regions.

“There’s nothing we can achieve without unity, so, we have to be united to develop our country,” he said, adding that “the blood that runs in your veins is the same blood that runs in my vein”.

“Sadia who has just passed on did not dictate that Wamakko will be he father, it is God’s gift and it is the almighty Allah who decides. So if you know that you have no control over it, whether I’m a Yoruba or Hausa or Igbo man, the essence of our life is that we are Nigerians and we should always take that first in everything we do”.

Edo 2020: PDP Urges Security Agencies To Invite Hosa Okunbo

 

Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, has called on the police, the Department for State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other relevant security agencies in the country, to invite Benin billionaire, Captain Hosa Okunbo to unveil the identities of “his 3000 Niger Delta militants, who are ready to overrun Edo State on his prompting”.

According to the governor’s aide, “Okunbo, who is the sponsor of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 gubernatorial election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, threatened in a widely published newspaper interview he granted journalists in Abuja, that if his 3000 militants in the Niger Delta region get the nod from him, they would overrun Benin City.”

Osagie added that Okunbo’s subtle threat leaves a lot of gaps that need to be filled by security agencies. “He said he has 3000 youths he is partnering within the Niger Delta region,” Mr Crusoe stated.


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He queried: “What kind of partnership does he have with these militants? How did he become their Commander-In-Chief? Why is it that we are only at peace in Benin City simply because he has decided to be merciful by not giving the go-ahead to them to invade Edo? Is overrunning a state like Edo part of their job description in the so-called partnership he has with these militants? How sure are we that he will not change his mind on or before the election and order his thugs to come into Benin and do the damage?”

Obaseki’s aide maintained that these and more questions should agitate the minds of our security officials and all well-meaning Edo people.

He was of the opinion that the security agencies need to establish the identities of these militants and the nature of the partnership between them and Okunbo, as the Edo gubernatorial poll gets underway.

APC Governors To Meet With President Buhari Over Fuel Hike, Electricity Tariffs

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The All progressives Governors Forum are set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to plead with him over the increase in fuel price as well as electricity tariff.

The Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Dutse, the state Capital.

Fielding questions from our reporters, the governor said he would not say anything with regards to the increase until the outcome of the meeting.


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“We have concluded plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss on the possible review of the price of fuel and that of electricity. But I’ll reserve my comments to the outcome of the meeting,” Governor Abubakar said.

The Federal Government has increased the pump price of petrol to N151.56 although most filling stations are currently selling at N160 and above.

This has caused uproar in Jigawa and other parts of the country.

Earlier in the day, students and civil society groups embarked on a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), condemned the recent increases, stating that it is not in the best interest of Nigerians.

Armed with placards carrying various inscriptions expressing their frustration at the increment, the protesters urged the Federal Government to revert the policies in the best interest of the country.

The protesters marched through Bodija and environs and ended the procession at the Federal Secretariat, where they addressed the press on the reason behind their agitation.

“We say no to fuel hike, we say no to increment in electricity tariff and other increments that affect Nigerian students and the masses.

“We have over 200 polytechnic campuses in Nigeria that are at home and angry that schools are closed,” a representative of polytechnic students, Olalere Opatunji, told Channels Television.

If We Truly Deregulated, Then Fuel Prices Should Have Dropped – Atiku

 

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the sudden increment of the pump price of petrol by the Nigerian government.

Atiku in a tweet on Tuesday said the hike in fuel price does not in any way support certain claims regarding deregulation in Nigeria.

According to Atiku, his view on the matter stems from his experience as a businessman who is seeing things from an economic perspective.

The elder statesman argued that in the US and Europe, fuel prices are far lower than they were in 2019, adding that if Nigeria truly deregulated, then fuel prices should have dropped.

Petrol stations across the country increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, on Thursday, September 3.

The prices ranged from N155 and N162 per litre, Channels Television correspondents across the country observed.

The increase was triggered after the product’s depot price was increased on Wednesday from N138.62 to N151.56, according to an internal memo from the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC).

In its Memo, the PPMC which is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), stated that the new product price adjustment will take effect from September 2.

However, it did not state the Expected Open Market Price of the commodity.

The fuel price hike stirred various reactions in different quarters across the country.

In his reaction to the increment, President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the hike.

He explained that the outbreak led to a downturn in Nigeria’s finances, making it difficult for the Federal Government to pay for fuel subsidy at this time.

For President Buhari, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected economies globally, has compelled the government to make some adjustments which he described as far-reaching.

Although he admitted that such reviews would cause some initial pain for the people, he insisted that they were necessary for the long-term gains.

In a similar vein, the Minister of Petroleum Resources (State), Mr Timipre Sylva has explained the deregulation of the petroleum subsector will be difficult for a while but pay off on the long run.

Mr Sylva said this on Thursday, September 3, during a briefing in Abuja and noted that the government no longer controls the price of the product.

According to him, the Nigerian government spends over a trillion naira yearly as a subsidy payment, explaining that the high cost forced the government to allow market forces to determine the prices of the product.

The former Bayelsa Governor noted that the current price of petrol is a reflection of the global crude oil price, adding that the Federal Government is not working on any kind of policy to cushion the effect of the deregulation. Instead, it is introducing alternatives to petrol.

Mr Sylva revealed that the alternatives include Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and it will be rolled out by the end of the month.

Stating further, Mr Sylva said that the Department of Petroleum Resources will engage marketers to upgrade their facilities to be able to dispense the alternatives.

Opposition rejects hike in fuel price

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the reported increase in the pump price of fuel from N148 to N151.56.

Minority Leader of the House, Ndidu Elumelu, made the position of the lawmakers known in a statement on Wednesday.

He described the announced price as unacceptable, saying it would result in an increase in the already high cost of consumer goods and services, as well as worsen the current economic hardship being suffered by Nigerians.

“The minority caucus in the House of Representatives rejects the announced increase in the pump price of fuel,” the lawmaker stated.

He added, “This is because such increase will directly result in more hardship on our citizens, particularly at this critical time when a majority of Nigerians across the country are struggling to survive under the burden of the high cost of living and low purchasing power occasioned by the prevailing economic challenges.

“Any increase in the cost of an essential commodity like fuel will, therefore, bring more hardship to the people and as such should not be contemplated.”

A file photo of the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudim Elumelu.

According to the minority leader, the opposition lawmakers are challenging the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to rather come up with strategies that will lead to decrease and not increase in the cost of domestic fuel.

He stressed that it was important for the government to revamp the nation’s refineries, instead of resorting to fuel price increase at the detriment of Nigerians.

Elumelu, therefore, directed the PPMC to immediately rescind the purported announcement and revert to the former price, with a view to further reviewing it downward.

APC Governors Show Up As Akeredolu Flags-Off Re-Election Campaign In Akure

APC governors at the venue of the re-election campaign of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the Ondo State capital on September 5, 2020.

 

Governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) stormed Akure, the Ondo state capital on Saturday as Rotimi Akeredolu kicked off his re-election campaign ahead of the November poll.

Some of the Governors present in Akure were Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state.

However, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was expected to flag-off the campaign was absent.

Also absent was the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

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The party’s flag was presented to Akeredolu by acting National Chairman and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu was Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the Ondo State capital on September 5, 2020, before the campaign kickoff event took place.

 

“Ondo State is receiving first-class governance,” Sanwo-Olu said during his speech. “Ondo state is receiving a progressive man that has brought about real development.”

Akeredolu has “confirmed all promises,” Fayemi said as he urged the crowd at the campaign event to return the Governor for a second term. “Four more years of APC is four more years of development.”

Speaking in Yoruba, Akeredolu warned his supporters that “there is work to do” in order to prevent contesting parties from rigging the election.

Also present at the event was the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

“The turnout here is an indication that he is done well for the people of Ondo state,” the Minister said, “and that there is a very great likelihood that he will be re-elected. And I believe that when he is re-elected, he will perform better than what he has done now, despite the limited resources he has.”

‘The masses are with us’

Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party postponed the flag-off of its campaign for candidate Eyitayo Jegede till September 12; it was originally scheduled for today.

Instead, the PDP campaign team met in Ibadan to strengthen strategy for the November 10 election.

Jegede, after the meeting, said the APC stood no chance.

“The people of Ondo state have now seen the negative effects of APC administration,” he said.

“If they are sure of their position, then they should not have threatened violence, they shouldn’t have said they are relying on federal might, which is what they have been saying all along.

“The masses are with us and they should not impose any violence on the state; let’s have a free and fair election, any day, any time APC will go down.”

The National Organising and Mobilising Secretary of the PDP, Sen. Austin Akobundu, also said the PDP will not take anything for granted in its quest to reclaim Ondo state.