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I Will Not Leave PDP, Obaseki Vows

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The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has vowed not to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

This is coming after the state chapter of the party suspended the National South-South Vice Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, member of the House of Representatives representing Oredo federal constituency, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama; state Secretary of Edo State PDP, Hilary Otsu; PDP Chairman in Oredo LGA, Oduwa Igbinosun, and Chairman of PDP in Oredo Ward Four, Mr Friday Enaruna.

Orbih and others were suspended from the party by all the party leaders across the 18 LGAs and the three senatorial districts of the state at a meeting held in Benin City.

The call for their suspension was made by the leader of PDP in Oredo LGA, Mike Nosa-Ehima, and seconded by a leader of the party from Etsako West LGA, Sylvanus Eruaga.

Nosa-Ehima while addressing the party leaders said, “All those that have refused to allow the party to grow are being suspended in the interest of the PDP.”

Obaseki while also speaking at the meeting said, “There are people who have continued to feed you with lies. That is the nature of their politics, if there is no confusion they will not eat.

“Last year, when we join you, we started a movement that has never happened in Edo before not even in our politics.

“If we go for election today, we will win by 85 per cent. It means we don’t have meaningful opposition and if this is the situation, we should not create opposition inside.

“We are here to stay and invest in PDP. I am the governor to join PDP last and was made chairman of our e-registration process, so why should I leave the party.

“We came to meet PDP as a solid party, the only true party in this country while others are special purpose vehicles for elections.

“I said come let us harmonise and the harmonization is to carry everybody along. We don’t need to lie in politics. Politics is a game of numbers.

“For one year I have been begging for us to harmonise, went round when we wanted to make appointments and the number of applications, we have been almost same number with the petition we received, it shows we have not harmonised.

“I call all of you leaders of the party to come together to build a solid party. We won our election last year because of our cooperation.

“United will stand and divided will fall. We are in PDP now for over a year.

“We can’t escape from harmonization if we want to go for National Convention. I have almost 300 to 400 political appointments I want to make.

“People are greedy, politics is all about to give and take. I appreciate PDP, we came, we won, we are not leaving PDP, will not accept any opposition within PDP, if you are not happy with my leadership, you can leave us.

“Let’s all of us harmonise, some local governments have done theirs, while some are still far behind.

“By this weekend, please complete the harmonization. I am here to assure you that there is something for everyone that has worked for us and continues to work for us.

“The important thing is for us to continue to grow our party,” he said.

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Breaking: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria From UK

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to the country Thursday from the United Kingdom.

Tinubu, who left the country on September 24, returned on Thursday.

The last time he was seen attending a public event physically was on September 22, when he met with members of the Pentecostal bishops’ forum in Abuja

Details later…

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Tinubu Reading January Newspaper In October, This Photo Is A Disappointment – Omokri

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Nigerian socio-political activist, Reno Omokri, has taken to the microblogging platform, Twitter, to mock the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congres (APC), Bola Tinubu, over a viral photo showing him reading a January 2022 newspaper in October 2022.

Recall that Tinubu had posted a photo of himself earlier on the bird app reading a newspaper.

Tinubu’s photo which is perceived to be an attempt by the presidential hopeful to dispel rumours about his health status has since generated a barrage of reactions on social media.

Joining the host of others in making a mockery of the presidential candidate, Omokri on Thursday afternoon wrote: “This story was published on January 23, 2022. First an old video of your riding an exercise bike. Now, an old photo of your reading ab outdated newspaper? Bola, you should definitely fire the propagandist handling your Twitter account.”

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2023: No State Or Community Will Be Left Behind If I’m Elected President, Peter Obi Assures Nigerians

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has promised that no state or community will be left behind in moving Nigeria forward.

He noted that if elected, his administration will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of security and governance. “We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community,” he said.

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Obi said he will ensure that in moving Nigeria forward, no state or community will be left behind. Pursuant to its statutory responsibility to protect, our government will promote equity in power and resource sharing.

“The federating units will enjoy discernible autonomy. Resources will also be shared equitably. A higher derivation paid to oil or solid minerals-producing states will not be tantamount to other states not receiving federal allocations that should keep them viable.

“We will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of the security sector and governance. We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community.

“We will build a compact, robust and ready mobile police force with rapid response deployment capabilities; and legislate the establishment of state police based on community policing. We will raise the population-to-police officer ratio to a higher level” he added.

On Nigeria’s role in Africa and insecurity, he added that we must think seriously about a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility, and commitment. Accordingly, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, and the security of lives and properties.

He added his administration will ensure that they have these assets in place and stress asset optimization.

“We will strike a strategic balance that allows us to promote and protect national interest while meeting our ECOWAS obligations.

“We will rebuild Nigeria’s military power, promote economic growth, and enhance its technological prowess with a view to improving Nigeria’s diplomatic influence in sub-regional, regional and global affairs.

He added that restoring leadership will require that we reassert proactively, Nigeria’s leadership role in African affairs through constructive engagement, peacekeeping duties, and using existing sub-regional and regional forums as well as bilateral platforms for dialogue on current and emerging challenges. We will continue to enhance our sphere of influence via peacekeeping, and trade and investment initiatives.

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