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Obaseki, Oshiomhole Bicker Over Attack On APC Chairman’s House

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A group of youths suspected to be political thugs on Saturday attacked the house of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, in Okoroutun Government Reserved Area, in Benin City.

But the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Police Command, Danmallam Mohammed, told our correspondent on the telephone that the report of the attack was not true.

He said, “It is a lie. It is not true that there was an attack.”

But eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the suspected thugs gathered around the residence of Oshiomhole chanting songs to mock him.

The hoodlums, apparently waiting for him to come out of the house, stayed there for a long period before they were dispersed by security agents while they closed the road to traffic for some time before it was re-opened.

When our correspondent visited the area on Sunday, four police patrol vans had been dispatched there in addition to the ones that were always stationed in front the of the house.

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole, while addressing some youths who followed him to his house, said there was no cause to fear as he was in Benin to attend a ceremony and to have some rest.

He urged them to ensure that there was peace in the country and Edo State.

He said, “Anything that happens anywhere, they say it is the President; so we have to help him. We have to help to secure the whole country and in our state, we must be seen to be behaving well. If other people are beating the drums of war, we will share the powder of peace.

“In moments like this, it is not madness for madness because many of you I see here; in 2007, you were already strong in 2012 during my second term and you were there.

“In 2016, many of you were deployed as agents; I used to call you guys our infantry division which protected our votes even when we were in the opposition and the Peoples Democratic Party was in the Federal Government.

“Now that the APC is in the Federal Government, we have to take it easy so that there would no breach of the peace anywhere in Nigeria and particularly in our state.

“Those people who are looking for trouble are like a small mushroom; You don’t need to take a stick to destroy a mushroom. How far can a snail travel? If a snail is running, what is the maximum speed of a snail? Are you going to start running after a snail?”

Also the Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele, alleged that he was attacked on Sunday by a chieftain of the APC, popularly known as Kabaka, in Protea Hotel during a meeting with some foreign investors.

But the Chief Press Secretary to Oshiomhole, Simon Ebegbulem, while confirming the incident to our correspondent on phone, alleged that the attackers were sent by Governor Godwin Obaseki who, he said, was desperate to get a second term as governor of the state.

Ebegbulem said, “Obaseki sent thugs to my Oga’s house in Benin yesterday night. They were in front of his house chanting “Oshiomole ole” (thief) waiting for him to come back because he was in Benin to attend a birthday party.”

However, the Special Adviser to Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the allegation against Obaseki was false.

Osagie in a statement on Sunday said he was not aware of such attack and that there was no information that Oshiomhole was even in town.

He said, “The Edo State Government has absolutely no knowledge of the purported attack on the person or the residence of former governor of the state who is now the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, in a statement condemned the attack, describing such as callous, cowardly, inhumane and totally unacceptable.

The All Progressives Congress in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, and other security agencies to investigate the attack.

The party urged politicians to play by the rule.

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2023: I Will Restore Unity, Bring Sense Of Belonging To All Nigerians, Atiku Vows As He Emerges PDP Presidential Flagbearer

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…Tinubu Congratulates Atiku, Welcomes Former VP To Presidential Contest

…Worthy Candidate, Says Shehu Sani

North Will Always Outsmart Southern Nigeria On Election’, Nigerians React

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has pledged to unify the country following his victory in the party’s primary poll. 

Atiku, a former vice president, polled 371 votes to beat his closest rival and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who scored 237 votes during the exercise held on Saturday in Abuja. Saraki polled 70 votes. Emmanuel (38), Mohammed (38), Anyim Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (1), and Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.

“I pledge to unify this country,” he said in his victory speech. “That’s why I refer to myself as a unifier.

“The reason I feel that unity is important is because APC has disunited Nigerians completely,” the PDP chieftain added. “I will work to restore unity and bring a sense of belonging to all Nigerians.”

The Adamawa-born politician accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of mismanaging the country but promised to fix the economy and tackle Nigeria’s security challenges.

“The PDP made Nigeria one of the most prosperous countries in Africa,” Atiku said. “We implemented economic reforms. The APC wiped out all those gains.”

Meanwhile, National Leader of All Progressives Congress and frontline presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for emerging as the flag bearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, following the primary conducted at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.

Tinubu commended Atiku for his patriotism and commitment to Nigeria’s progress.

Tinubu also congratulated the other contestants for the orderly and peaceful way they conducted themselves and for pledging to rally round the winner, in the true spirit of democratic sportsmanship.

He expected the former Vice-president , who was also the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, to be his worthy opponent, by the Grace of God and the support of APC delegates, in the coming 2023 President election.

The APC National Leader said Atiku’s victory didn’t come as a surprise to Nigerians because of his vast experience as a statesman and veteran of many presidential contests from 1993.

While welcoming the PDP candidate to the race, Tinubu added that the coming election should be about issues that will improve the quality of life of Nigerians; bring peace, progress, political stability and solve myriad of sociopolitical challenges and insecurity currently facing the country.

“I welcome the victory of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded primary. I look forward to squaring up with him as a worthy opponent in the coming election. I have known the former Vice President as a formidable politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and progress of our dear country.

“ As we move further into the election season, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors across Party lines that we should make this election season one that is devoid of bitterness, rancour and strife.

“We should make our campaigns peaceful and issue based. Election season should be a festival of ideas that will uplift our country and improve the living condition of all our people.

“Unfortunately for the PDP, its candidate will be burdened to explain why Nigerians should give it another opportunity, after squandering 16 years at the central government, without much to show”.

“Nigerians are yet to forget the national ruin and mismanagement of our country for 16 years by successive PDP administration and this bad memory will dog the campaign of the PDP Candidate”

“ Nevertheless, I once again congratulate our former Vice President for his victory in his party’s primary.”

In the same vein, former Kaduna Central lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election.

Reacting to the development in a tweet on Sunday morning, Sani congratulated Abubakar for emerging as the winner of the contest.

The PDP chieftain and governorship aspirant was also at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the venue of the PDP Presidential primary.

He wrote: “Congratulations to Atiku Abubakar.”

Also, Nigerians on social media have, however, reacted to Atiku’s victory as they expressed their different views.

One Yinkuzeh [@Yinkuzeh71] wrote: “PDP produced Atiku. Delegates can give him the ticket. But will his own kinsmen who are currently suffering under a fulani leadership elect another fulani man as president? He might end up a miscalculation on the part of Pdp.

On his part, PhilCollins_LFC [@PhilColins_O] said: “The North will almost always outsmart Southern Nigeria on election matters. Imagine Tambuwal waiting until the last minute to step aside for Atiku. Wike was busy attacking Peter Obi. APC is likely to go the same way except they learn from this. Meanwhile, #PeterObi to the rescue.”

A netizen, Amalinze the Cat [@DominicNonso96] accused Wike of hating on everybody. He said: [Wike hates everybody. And feels he can’t be touched. After 2023 handover, em go see something.

“Atiku would definitely pick a South Southern person Sha.”

Congratulating Atiku, one ZAKARI ALFA [@zakarialfa2024] said: “God Almighty Allah has done it for Nigeria and Nigerian as Atiku is officially declared the candidate of PDP for the next presidential election. Congratulations to all of us Nigerian.”

 

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Counting Of Votes Commences As PDP Elects 2023 Presidential Candidate

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Voting has ended in the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the emergence of the 2023 presidential candidate of the party.

The delegates from Abuja were the last to cast their votes last at the Abuja National Stadium venue of the PDP special national convention.

Next up will be the sorting and counting of votes.

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I Warned Nigerians Against Voting For Buhari In 2014 – Fayose

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The former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday reiterated that he warned Nigerians against voting for President Muhammadu Buhari In 2014.

Fayose, who said this during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention in Abuja, said he had been vindicated by happenings in the country since Buhari assumed office in 2015.

The ex-governor is one of the 13 aspirants vying for the PDP presidential ticket at the convention.

He said: “Let me remind you that if I were to be a prophet, I will be making a lot of money. I told you if Buhari was elected and he was indeed elected, he has nothing to offer and the All Progressives Congress (APC) never meant well for the people.

“I want to remind you that I was a two-term governor of Ekiti State and defeated two incumbents at two different attempts, which means if given this opportunity, I will defeat anyone brought forward by President Buhari in a landslide victory.

“Let me remind you that I have a penchant for defeating incumbents.

“Today, I am calling on all of you to equally remember that the PDP should be in the bigger picture. The PDP should be the party, not what we want to tear into pieces. Whoever becomes the flag bearer, we should be ready to work with him. Power comes only from God.”

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