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BREAKING: Governor Umahi has defected to APC, says Ebonyi lawmaker

Controversy has greeted the alleged defection of Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 general election.

The member representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, had on Saturday congratulated the Governor Umahi for finally joining APC.

Ogah, who spoke authoritatively, said: “We don’t need division in South-East; we need unity in South-East, we need to be part of the Central government. We can’t continue to be in opposition.”

Ogah, the only National Assembly member from Ebonyi State elected on the platform of APC, revealed that Umahi’s defection was perfected after his meeting with critical stakeholders and leaders of APC including President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.

“I am calling on other Governors in south east to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the centre, we have to join the mainstream politics for overall development of our zone and the country in general.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him.”

But the Governor in a press statement this afternoon through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze, in Abakaliki, denied Umahi’s defection to APC.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.

“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers,” he stated.

When contacted for further reaction, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji said he is somewhere and may not be chanced to react to the defection.

Orji who insisted on seeing the lawmaker’s statement before reaction said: “send to me the report, let me know what they are saying, “so that I can react. I am somewhere now.”

Ebonyi State PDP Chairman, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, when contacted couldn’t pick calls or respond to text messages sent to him by our reporter for reaction.

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BREAKING! INEC Declares Godwin Obaseki Edo State Governor Elect

With the announcement of the result of the last Local Government Area election in the just concluded Edo Gubernatorial election by the Resident Electoral Officer, INEC has declared Mr Godwin Obaseki of the PDP as the winner of the election.

The result of Ovia South West LGA as announced by INEC is as follows:

APC 10,636

PDP 12,659

Total Result is APC 223,619 and PDP 300,955.

Total vote cast 550, 242.

I left APGA because of Its Incompetent Leadership  — Alex Otti

By George Samuel, Abuja

Former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance( APGA) and former Managing Director of defunct Diamond Bank, Dr Alex Otti, OFR, in this interview with ‘The Nigeria Daily’ revealed his reasons for dumping his former political party, APGA. According to Otti, the executive Governor of Anambra State who doubles as the national leader of APGA refused to consider the complaints of party stakeholders against the national Chairman, Chief Victor Oye and returned him for a second term . The former Bank chief also discussed his new political party among other issues.

Excerpts:

Your article on the mismanagement of monies saved by former Governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi by his successor Gov. Willie Obiano was controversial, considering you belong to the same polital party with him. Is there any rift with the governor?

First of all, the article in question did not mention Governor Willie Obiano and I am not in a position to discuss the management of Anambra funds by Obiano. The article was on Leadership and the six ‘Cs’ of leadership. I used the example of Peter Obi to celebrate Prudence as against Profligacy.

As a former CEO of Diamond bank I knew about the money Peter Obi invested in Nigerian banks for Anambra State. The money were in Tier 2 capital of three banks: Access Bank- 50 million dollars, Diamond bank- 50 million dollars and Fidelity Bank- 55 million dollars. I concentrated on dollars only to drive home my point. I chose to ignore the Naira savings for the purpose of the write up.

The exchange rate at the time of these investments in 2014 was about N160 per dollar. In 2019 when the investments would have matured, because they were Tier 2 capital of these banks exchange rate had moved to about N360. If you add the Naira equivalent to the interest rate of about 9%, the net balance would be about N95B.

So, what was I trying to say? My point was that if you are able to cut your coat according to your cloth, you will be able to save. There is no need pretending that we are rich when we are poor. I gave an example with Peter Obi, he could have been flying private jets, but you will see him all the time in the economy cabin of planes both local and international and he would travel alone, I was not saying that everybody should do that. I was just saying that you need to look at the resources available to you, and that applies to the federal and local governments too not only the state governments.

Today we spend over 70% of our budget on recurrent expenditure so we have less than 30% for capital expenditure and I dare say that that is why we have infrastructural decay everywhere. We can’t develop with that kind of arrangement. Today we are owning about N79.3billion dollars, we are still going to borrow anywhere between 10 and 15bilion dollars this year to fund the budget, even though it has been reviewed. We are spending close to 60% of our revenue on servicing debt, no economy runs that way.

So, the essence of that article is that we need to hit the reset button and think of our economy again, can we afford funding up to 469 legislators in National Assembly. Can we cut it down, can we even afford 36 states? Why can’t we re-organize ourselves into regions and save on the cost of governance? It is the cost of governance that wouldn’t let us breath and the corona virus has given us the opportunity to look at it again. Look at healthcare, we spend about 6%-7% of our budget on healthcare. World Health Organization requires us to spend a minimum of 15% of our budget on public healthcare. I had written extensively on this.

Today we are all on lockdown, nobody can go anywhere, people are dying daily, and the public healthcare is decrepit , so we just need to change things. That my article was about leadership and unfortunately people have left the issue I was talking about and they are talking about governors, I am not interested in that narrative.

You ran for governor twice under All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) , What’s your relationship with Governor of Anambra state who is the leader of the party?

I don’t have any issue with Governor Obiano as a person, I only disagreed with him on the way he returned the former chairman of the party, Victor Oye who messed up the last primaries in some states, particularly Imo and Abia. Many people complained about being extorted by the former Chairman promising to hand them tickets which he failed to do. There were a lot of protests against the former Chairman and but the leader of the party insisted on imposing him for a second term. That action led to the factionalisation of the party. Unfortunately, two other people are laying claims to the Chairmanship of the party at the moment. I sincerely believe that if we sat down to organize ourselves, the party wouldn’t be having the problems it has today. But he insisted that he wanted to give Victor Oye a second tenure as the leader of the party, so it’s for members of the party to decide how they want to react to that. I have taken my own decision. There is an election coming up in Anambra soon and I believe that if the party continues to carry on with impunity ignoring many voices that have raised objections against the way things are done, it will be a miracle for the party to hold on to the State. Other than that, Obiano and I have great relationship, we are friends, we were in the banking industry together and I gave my little support to his second term bid.

Your Excellency, you are a political leader in Abia state, you are very popular and people are still looking up to you for this leadership we are talking about. Recently there is this rumour that some of your loyal members from APGA decamped to APC and there is this rumour going around that Alex Otti is now an APC member. Is it true? Are you now an APC member?

Well, when I’m going to join any party, I’ll be the one to make the announcement. Until that announcement is made, people should not railroad me into any political party. Everybody has the right to join any political party that they wish to join , some of my members that joined APC have the right to. When the time comes for me to make a public announcement about my future politically, I’ll do that. That is where I’ll leave for now.

So, are you trying to say your loyalists decamped without consulting you?

If you understand politics, it is about choice and freewill. People decide what they want to do, you can advise them but at the end of the day, they take their decisions. So, if anybody has joined APC based on their dissatisfaction with the present party, I can’t hold them. So at the appointed time like I said, I’ll make an announcement. But what I know is that I have already indicated my intention to leave APGA, that one is clear. Where I’m going to, I’ll make the announcement at the appointed time.

Are you satisfied with the current leadership in Abia? You have ran for governor twice and came out unsuccessful. Would you still run for governor in 2023?

As a mark of respect for the governor who had been sick in the last few weeks, I will make no comment on the leadership of the state.

On 2023, it is a whopping 3 years from now. Nobody knows what is going to happen in 2023, I think it is still too early to decide . For now, we are contributing our little quota by giving advise and suggestions in our fortnightly column, “Outside The Box”. We also give pieces of advice both solicited and non-solicited to ensure that our governments work. That is what we are doing. So, when the time comes for decisions to be made, you will be amongst the first to know.

2023: Tinubu’s presidential ambition has hit the rock, Atiku returning to APC – Olusegun Bamgbose

Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has said that he sees the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, returning to the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of 2023.

Bamgbose, a Lagos-based senior lawyer, also declared that the presidential ambition of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, has hit the rock already.

Bamgbose stated this in a chat with DAILY POST on Thursday, adding that though this may sound absurd and incredible to many, it will come to pass.

In his words, “As we draw closer to 2023 Presidential race and politicians are busy strategising on how to be relevant, I foresee Atiku defecting back to APC.

“This may seem absurd and incredible, but it will come to pass. This, however, is conditioned on APC not splitting before the end of 2021.

“The ignoble sack of Oshiomhole, by the power brokers in APC, has, in fact, signaled a new dawn in APC. Other things being equal, APC is getting set to zone its presidential slot to the North.

“This is what will ultimately entice Atiku to return back to APC. One does not need a prophet to tell us that Tinubu’s presidential ambition has hit the rock.

“The Northern oligarchy won’t back him come 2023. The North hardly backed a multi-billionaire to become President of Nigeria.

“Their belief is always that, what else do you want? In 1979, Shagari was not a billionaire.

“He was a teacher, but he became the first Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He ruled from 1979 – 1983 before he was overthrown by Buhari.

“In 1993 M. K. O. Abiola was a multi-billionaire, he contested, possibly won but the power brokers rejected him. In 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo was favored.

“As at the time he contested, he was not a multi-billionaire. The power broker supported him. I’ll skip Jonathan for obvious reasons.

“In 2015, Buhari was not a billionaire yet he defeated Jonathan. I seriously doubt if the North will want Tinubu as President.

“Atiku has failed several times because of the same reason. I’ll advise Atiku and Tinubu to forget contesting 2023 Presidential elections because it’ll be an effort in futility.”

Breaking: Ex Oyo State Governor Ajimobi Dead After APC Dissolves NWC He Headed (PROFILE)

The former Governor of Oyo State and immediate Acting National Chairman of APC Abiola Ajimobi is dead.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that the ex governor who contracted the dreaded coronavirus died today.

More details later.

His Profile

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi (born 16 December 1949) is a Nigerian politician[2][3] from Oyo State, south-western Nigeria. He was formerly the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company a subsidiary of Shell Petroleum, Nigeria. He left the oil sector in 2002 after 26 years, and was elected in 2003 as a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria representing Oyo South Senatorial District on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). After one term in the senate, he contested in 2007 for the governorship of Oyo state under the banner of the All Nigeria People’s Party, a bid which he lost.[4] He recontested again in the April 2011 elections under the Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected Governor of Oyo State in a closely contested vote.

Early life

Abiola Ajimobi was born on 16 December 1949 to the Ajimobi of Ibadan at Oja-Iba, Ibadan. His grandfather was Sobaloju of Ibadan Land (a chief in the royal court of Ibadan). His uncle, Hon. N.A. Ajimobi was minister of works and transport in the Western Region. His father, Pa Ajimobi, was also an Honourable member of the House of Assembly in the Old Western region. He started his education at Saint Patricks Primary School, Oke-Padre in Ibadan. He completed his primary education at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Aperin. His secondary education was at Lagelu Grammar School.[6] As a high school student he was active in athletics, table tennis, and football including serving as the school’s games prefect.

Ajimobi university education was in the United States of America, where he studied Business Administration and Finance at the State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His MBA was in Operations Research and Marketing with a concentration in Finance at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois.
Personal life

In 1980, Ajimobi married Florence Ajimobi and they have five children. His first daughter is Abisola Kola-Daisi.

On the 5th of June, 2020, a report circulated virally on social media that former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was allegedly hospitalized in Lagos After testing positive For coronavirus.

Political career

In 2003, Ajimobi became a Senator of the Republic of Nigeria. Ajimobi was a principal officer in the Senate, serving as the Deputy Minority leader of the Senate. In 2007, Ajimobi contested the gubernatorial election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party but lost. Ajimobi contested again in 2011 under the Action Congress of Nigeria and won.

Ajimobi contested for a second term in an election that took place on April 11, 2015. Ajimobi contested under the All Progressive Congress for re-election against two of his predecessors in office, Christopher Alao Akala and Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja. In the event of his re-election into office as the Governor, Ajimobi is the first person to occupy the seat twice and as well in succession.[8][9] He was declared the winner of the Oyo State gubernatorial election by the Independent Electoral Commission.

Ajimobi was elected as All Progressive Congress Oyo South senatorial candidate on 28 September 2018. On March 9, 2019, Ajimobi lost the Oyo South senatorial district seat to People’s Democratic Party (Nigeria) Kola Balogun.

APC ratifies Ize-Iyamu as Edo gov candidate

The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has ratified Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu as its governorship candidate in Edo.

It said the process that produced Ize-Iyamu was credible and fair.

President Muhammadu Buhari also directed all party members to discontinue all ongoing litigations as they affect the party.

Details shortly….

APC NEC Dissolves NWC, Appoints Caretaker Committee

The All Progressives Congress (APC) virtual National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The meeting which held in the State House, Abuja Thursday also replaced the NWC with a Caretaker/Special Convention Committee chaired by the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Details later…

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Ize Iyamu Wins Edo APC Primary Elections

The ruling party of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has declared Pastor Ize Iyamu winner of Edo primary elections.

Ize Iyamu won with 27,838 votes to become the party’s flag bearer in the coming guber election in the state

More details to come…

Ondo Deputy Governor Dumps APC, Joins PDP

Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, Sunday resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and picked the membership card of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The deputy governor, who tendered his resignation from the APC at Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government area of the state, was thereafter given a PDP membership card in the same ward by the executive of the party’s (PDP) in Ward 2 led by the Chairman , Mr Festus Oboro.

Ajayi’s action came after the Saturday drama that ensued when the deputy governor was prevented from leaving the Government House by security men in government vehicles.

Ajayi said, though he had left the APC but he was still the deputy governor of the state, that he would not resign his position.

“My people that voted for me did not ask me to resign, so I remain the deputy governor of this state. I was duly elected as a deputy governor,” he said.

He said at the APC Secretariat at Apoi that everybody knew why he left the APC .

He said: “I am here’ to officially announce to you that as from today I have ceased to be a member of the APC , I came to tender my resignation letter to the the ward chairman.

“The reason I am taking this action is known to all of you. I listened to the advice from all supporters across the state The Ese Odo Local Government will continue to witness peace and progress .

“It is a painful thing that I’m leaving the APC, but there is time for everything. As a Nigerian I have the fundamental freedom to belong to any party or group.”

Shortly after, he went to the secretariat of the PDP in the same ward where he announced his return to the party and collected his party card.

” Like I said earlier, everybody all over the world knows why I left the APC. Some hours ago , you all know what happened to me at the Government House but I am a man of peace.”

He was later presented the membership card of the PDP by the ward executive of the party.

Oshiomole’s ward chairman insists he remains suspended

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Etsako Ward 10, Mr. Oshawo Stephen, has dismissed claims that the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as a member of the party has been lifted, insisting that the ward executives stand by their suspension of the erstwhile National Chairman of the APC.

In a statement, Mr. Stephen said the ward executives who were elected into office in 2018 remain intact and have not been displaced by anybody, describing the claims of the lifting of the suspension as a charade.

According to him, “The suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by the ward executives remains valid. The statements to the contrary in the media are false and should be disregarded. We stand by our decision and have no reservation on the action as it is in the best interest of the party.

“The ward executives as well as our counterparts at the Etsako West Local Government level stand by the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole for his divisive role in the crisis rocking the APC in Edo State.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman APC in Etsako West LGA, Ezolomhe Rabiat, also affirmed that the LGA executives are still members of the party in the state and stand by the suspension of Comrade Oshiomhole.