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A former ward chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State who doubles as a party leader, Iniobong Lyons has been shot dead.

The Party leader was shot on Thursday in Uyo as a fallout of the #EndSARS protests in the city, several witnesses said.

He was not part of the protest; he was hit by a bullet as he stepped on to the road after coming out from African Church where he had gone for a church meeting, family and church members said.

Mr Lyons, an elder in the African Church, was a former PDP chairman in Asutan ward 1, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area and a former supervisor in the local government council.

When our reporter visited the victim’s home at Okop Ndua Erong, Ibesikpo Asutan, on Saturday morning, a delegation from the African Church, led by a bishop, Abraham Chia, was on a condolence visit to his wife.

“As humans, there is nothing else we can do in this circumstance apart from praying to God to console the family,” a member of the church said to the victim’s wife, Idorenyin.

The wife sobbed as the bishop and church members prayed for her, their three children, and the family.

“Father, console the family, and may the faithful who has departed from us rest in the bosom of Abraham.

“Lord, take care of the wife and the children, provide for them,” the bishop said in his prayer.

(Premium Times)

About 3,000 members from the main opposition party in Oyo State, All Progressives Congress, (APC), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and African Democratic Party (ADP) decamped to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbomoso North local government area of Oyo State.

Members of the three political parties to the PDP in the council area were led by a medical practitioner, philanthropist and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Hon Dr. Paul Olukunle Ajagbe, who stated that they resolved to leave their respective parties to join the ruling PDP as a result of the good works of governor Seyi Makinde in turning around Oyo State within a short period of time.

The defectors alongside Dr Paul Ajagbe and PDP excos moved in thousands along major roads, including; Masifa road, Orita Naira, and Oke-Ado Akintola road in the headquarters of the local government with victory songs, before they later assembled at the PDP zonal Party secretariat, Oke-Ado for their integration into the ruling party.

Ajagbe said he and his loyalists, supporters and followers moved out of the bondage of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties, describing the parties as moribund. He, therefore, urged other politicians that remained in the listed parties to park their things and join the moving train for the betterment of the state and her citizens.

The Onirese House foundation founder added that among what drove them out of the APC also is the internal crises and lingering issue of leadership that has been rocking the party, adding that they sat and took a decision that they cannot continue to be in a party where there is no focus and direction.

Also speaking, Hon Alade Solomon and Mr Adeolu Adewuyi disclosed that the need to leave the All Progressives Congress necessitated by the lack of focus, vision and internal democracy within the party.

Receiving the decampees, PDP chairman in Ogbomoso North Local Government, Hon George Ogunlade, while receiving the decampees on behalf of the State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, noted that the event was remarkable for the PDP members and loyalists in the local government area and Oyo State in general, promising the new members that their interest would be jealously protected and they would not regret their coming to the PDP.

He saluted the courage of the decampees to take the bull by the horn for dumping their former parties to join the PDP for building new Oyo State, urging the new and old members to work as a team for the success of the party in future elections.

Speaking further, Hon George Ogunlade said the PDP in Ogbomoso is happy to have someone like Dr Paul amidst them, someone he said the PDP has been benefiting from his philanthropic gestures even before he began moves to join them.

He said, “I recall this year, a member of PDP has benefited from his philanthropic act as he did a few surgical operations for her without collecting a dime when he joined PDP with these kinds of people among us no more any other political party in Ogbomoso apart from PDP.”

Other PDP leaders who received the defectors were; Alhaji Abdulsalam Ahmed, Prince Ishmaila Akande, Hon Oyedele Oyeyiola, Mrs Grace Areo, all working committee of PDP in Ogbomoso North among others.

Nigeria Tribune

Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has said that he was optimistic up to three weeks ago that his party, the All Progressives Congress, would win the Edo State governorship election.

El-Rufai on Monday expressed shock at the election result because, according to him, opinion polls before the election indicated a win for the APC and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.The governor, who spoke on Monday morning while featuring on Channels Television, said the election was “reasonably decent”.

He said, “We (APC) would have loved to win and quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago; the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last three weeks of the campaign.

“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of the election. Many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I am voting but most people want to wait and make up their minds in the last two weeks.

“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC was going to win but the result came out differently from what we expected. Obaseki has won, that’s it. You can’t go into an election without the possibility of losing.

“The election was reasonably decent. We were all worried about violence but there was very little violence or none at all.”

The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar on Friday distanced himself from reports that he is making moves for the 2023 presidency.

Atiku said he was currently working with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to ensure victory in all upcoming elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States respectively.

A report had emerged that the former Vice President appointed 18 people in preparation for the 2023 presidential election.

However, Atiku who spoke through his Media Aide, Paul Ibe said the former Vice President would make everything public if he decides to run for the Presidency in 2023.

Speaking with our correspondent, Ibe, however, said that Atiku’s support groups may be organizing themselves.

He said: “We have to be very careful with social media, it can do good and a lot of bad.

“On the issue of the 2023 presidency, we have said it over and over again that we have not gotten there yet, we have said it over and over again that we are not there now.

“Where his Excellency is right now is to help his party, the PDP become victorious in all upcoming elections like Edo, Ondo and Anambra is also on the radar for next year. These are the things he is preoccupied with at this point in time.

“These issues of Atiku running for Presidency or not should not be an issue of social media; it would be made public if it gets to that point.

“But that is not where Atiku is right now, there is work to be done, he’s currently working with PDP stakeholders so that they would put themselves in a position of advantage and reorganise the party for the task ahead, so I can’t confirm if he has made any appointments. But you are aware that his support groups remain very vital and active and I think they are the ones organizing themselves.”

The Oyo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to a comment credited to the state chapter of All Congress (APC) over the opposition party’s statement over the weekend.

The ruling party in a statement singed by its state publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji on Saturday and made available to newsmen described the opposition group which called itself All Progressives Congress Professionals (APC-P) an association of clowns with no basic knowledge of issues they attempted dabbling into.

Oyo state PDP wondered if the group was a splinter group or break away body from the known state chapter of APC adding that such act is a clear manifestation of failure and a disappointment to the people of Oyo state who had rejected the party in totality.

The ruling party expressed its disappointment in the way and manner Oyo state chapter of APC is going about performing its role as opposition, stressing that handlers of the party needed to be specially trained in the art of performing its duties outside of government.

According to the statement, the Oyo state chapter of APC’s endorsement of Makinde as political material for the presidency come 2023 was commendable but a needless distraction that can not deter governor Seyi Makinde and PDP from its focus.

The statement added that governor Makinde is too busy and committed to repositioning Oyo state from the shambles it inherited it from the last administration under APC.

The statement empathised with the state chapter of APC for having to cope with the pain of playing opposition in the state while ruling at the federal level on a controversial mandate.

The ruling party in the statement explained that it was really unfortunate that APC in Oyo state was a ‘successfully failed’ political party in government and as opposition party stressing that instead of rebuilding its battered party, it continued to deplete and degenerate into various splinter groups.

Speaking further, the ruling party according to the statement, described the allegation of having nothing to show after over a year in office as very amusing and laughable urging the APC–P to take a day tour of the town and see the improved quality of life in the state.

The statement reads in part: “Oyo state chapter of APC has further shown the world that its failure is not limited to when it was I’m government but also when it was rejected and relegated into the background with the sole responsibility of playing one of the opposition parties in the state.

” We are particularly disturbed because as a political party and the largest in Africa, we understand the concept of democracy and the role of opposition but our deepest disappointment is borne out of the fact that Oyo APC has reduced itself to mere association of clowns with the way and manner it is daily conducting itself.

“As a corporate man, governor Makinde is an exceptional achiever that’s completely not in the realm or contemporary of anyone currently in Oyo state APC, and as a governor, Makinde’s one year has recorded more success in term of improved quality of life than APC’s entire 8yrs put together.

“We expect vibrancy from Oyo APC so that we as the ruling party can continue to do better in our resolve and commitment to the state but instead, the opposition party is daily giving us comedy and absolutely unserious disposition to its role outside government.”

The ruling party, Oyo state PDP, however cautioned Oyo APC and all its splinter groups desperate for media popularity against making frivolous and unfounded allegations against Governor Makinde led government just to be in the news stressing that the era of false propaganda was long gone and the people of the state already know APC for what it is.

The statement however, reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of governor Seyi Makinde to the welfare, development and growth of Oyo state, assuring that Oyo state will never again return to the slave and slave master era of APC in the state.

The National Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the October 2020 governorship election in Ondo State has declared that the party is set to take over the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Council, under the leadership of the Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, stated this at the early hours of Saturday, after heads of its subcommittees met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

It maintained that the PDP is ready to do all that is lawful to secure victory in the forthcoming governorship election in the Sunshine state.

According to leaders of the PDP National Campaign Council, the party would put everything in place to take over Ondo State from the leadership of the APC.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor, while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, expressed confidence that with the level of work being done by the party, victory is assured.

Speaking on the purpose of the meeting, Governor Makinde said: “The meeting basically is for the National Campaign Council for Ondo 2020 governorship election. These are the people in charge of the sub-committees for the council. We came here to strategise and also put our house in order.”

The council added that there are no doubts that the PDP will win the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state, stating that the state remains predominantly a PDP state and that the party has been working hard to reclaim the state.

The National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu, who was at the meeting, also expressed the confidence that the party will take over Ondo State.

He said: “Wait for our campaign to be flagged off. We will reel out all that we need to do for Ondo people. The people here know that PDP is the next government that will take over the state and we are working very hard to make sure we get there. Our message will be clear and everybody will know.

“You will agree with me that Ondo is predominantly PDP. So, I don’t know where the doubts of winning are coming from. We are set and we are not taking anything for granted. We are working very hard and we are determined to get in there. We believe there is a lot of work to be done and we are ready for that.”

Similarly, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, said that the party is prepared for the election and that it has the massive support of the people of Ondo State, declaring that the party will overwhelm the APC.

He promised that the PDP government would usher in a new dawn in the state, stating that the people will experience a new lease of life in all sectors of the society.

He said: “Our people are going to experience a new lease of life. We are going to address the issues in the Education Sector. The high tuition fees imposed by the current government will be brought down when we come into government.

“The high cost of health care will also be brought down. We will provide opportunities for our youths to get employments and we will address the agriculture sector.

“There are also a lot of plans in terms of the tourism potentials of the state. We will exploit them and we will go in and see what we can do with the solid minerals. We have bitumen. We will set a deadline for us to exploit it and the people of Ondo State will be the happier for it.”

Responding to questions on whether the PDP is ready for the election, Jegede said the party is “ready and good to go,” adding that “we are set for the elections. In 2016, they said the same thing that we were not set but we will overwhelm them by the grace of God this time around.

“Let me say this: what happened in 2016 will not repeat itself. We had internal conflict then but, this time around, we are unified and they have internal conflict now. The people of Ondo State have now seen the negative effect of the APC administration.”

The PDP standard-bearer warned the APC to eschew violence, noting that the masses are with the PDP and that they will take APC out of government in a free and fair election.

He said: “We will continue to work for free and fair election. We pray for it and will resist any attempt by any person to thwart the will of the people.

“If they are sure of their position, they should not have threatened violence. They should not 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 violence in the state. Let us have a free and fair election. Anyday, anytime, APC will go down.”

Oyo State Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye on Friday dismissed as rumours the allegation that he had perfected plans to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The APC chieftain who is also the council boss of Oluyole local government described the propaganda as untrue, saying the prevarication is quite laughable, urging the public to disregard it.

He said the lie must have emanated from idle minds who hawk, live and thrive on unintelligent political propaganda they tagged “Ibon Oselu” (political gunshot) to survive on crumbs from their masters’ tables.

The ALGON boss in a statement signed and made available to Mega Icon Magazine in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital read: “My attention has been called to a trending unfounded lie that I, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, has joined a party called People’s Democratic Party, PDP. This prevarication is quite laughable please disregard it. The lie must have emanated from idle minds who hawk, live and thrive on unintelligent political propaganda they tagged “Ibon Oselu” (political gunshot) to survive on crumbs from their masters’ tables.

“The propaganda is untrue, cannot be true and will never be true. I am not a stomach infrastructure unprincipled politician who hops from party to party seasonally based on transient political climate change to survive.

“Since I joined politics in 1992 as a youth leader of MKO Abiola Hope ’93 presidential campaign, I have been a progressive and I remain as a progressive and I will die as a progressive politician. This is not accidental because as a student union leader, first as Chairman of Fajuyi Hall and later Speaker of Students Representative Council in the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, “Great Ife” and later joined human right and pro-democracy movement under the great leadership team of Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and others to fight against military regimes, my life of struggle and political partisanship has been dictated by progressive spirit of selfless service to the masses and the working class for good governance and rule of law in Nigeria and overseas.

“This type of principle and pro-people service is strange and unknown to an ultra-conservative party like the PDP. My records as an unrepentant progressive speak for me and will continue to speak for me.

“I have never discussed with anyone in PDP or any party and will never think of PDP because “political leprosy or covid” will never be my portion (with due respect to my good social friends in PDP).

“Lastly, my political associates, leaders and followers in APC, the media, friends and the general public should ignore this insulting fabrication aimed to distract my party, APC and ALGON Oyo State which I am privileged to lead from pursuing our case against lawlessness and illegal dissolution of local government by the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, the case which is now at the Supreme Court.

“Thank you all for your calls and messages to express your disbelief about the lie from the pit of hell. That all of you can vouch for me that the propaganda was a lie even before you called me to reconfirm shows the leadership and Abass-Aleshinloye that you know and can beat your chest for when issues of principle and honour are involved. I really appreciate you for that

Thank you”, the statement concluded.

Members of the opposition parties in Oyo State will continue to defect into the ruling People Democratic Party, PDP as a result of the good governance being provided by Governor Seyi Makinde, the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, has said.

Oduyoye made this position on Wednesday, while receiving a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogbomoso North Local Government, who recently defected into the PDP, Chief Akinwole Solomon Akinwale popularly known as Wolekanle at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, indicated that the Director-General of the Oyo State Advertising and Signage Agency, Hon. Temi Adibi and the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, were also present at the meeting.

According to the duo, the good works of the Governor Makinde administration have begun to show across the four service point agenda and that these have begun to attract opposition elements, adding that Akinwale would not regret joining the transformation team.

Akinwale, who until defection to the PDP, was the Secretary of Ogbomoso North Local Government, while speaking at the office of the Special Adviser, said Makinde’s achievements within a short period has been visible.

“The works and tremendous achievements of Governor Makinde are extremely visible. What he has done in a very short period of time, as a youth, is a motivation for me. Each time I go to Ogbomoso or come around Oyo State, I see his hands left and right. All his campaign promises have been almost fulfilled.

“As I defected to the PDP, I am very sure there will be a mass exodus to the party,” Akinwale said.

In his speech, Adibi described Akinwale as an asset to the PDP, stating that the party he dumped had been smarting from his exit, as according to him, Wolekanle is ‘a strong pillar in Ogbomoso.’

Speaking earlier, Hon. Oduyoye, who welcomed Akinwale to the PDP, said he was convinced that former APC chieftain and renowned philanthropist saw what the Makinde administration has been doing and that his decision to join the party, which is transforming the state at a great rate, is a step in the right direction.

According to Oduyoye, the possibility of a generational shift and a shift in paradigm on governance in the state as well as Governor Makinde’s humane disposition and his determination to turn the state around made a lot of people rally round him, adding that the governor has not disappointed the masses and that more opposition party members will join the PDP in order to support Makinde.

“Ogbomosho occupies a very significant and symbolic region in Oyo State. That is why the Governor flagged off his campaign in Ogbomosho land. And we recognise the importance of Ogbomoso in the political chemistry of Oyo State. And that is why, as part of our programme to boost agriculture, the Ogbomoso-Iseyin road will be flagged off very soon. It is being considered, and when that is done, it will help to boost agriculture in Ogbomoso land.

“As for LAUTECH, the government is already working on the institution. For now, as I advise those who are very close to us, we should keep our fingers crossed. And I know that very soon, the lingering crisis in LAUTECH will be resolved.

“The governor was at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital two weeks ago. The palace of Soun is also now enjoying the light-up scheme by this state government, and a lot of things will still come to Ogbomoso just like they will go to other parts of the state. We are doing this to ensure that we satisfy and give back to the people of Ogbomoso land who stood behind us and voted for the PDP.

“My brother, Akinwale must have seen what the government is doing and that is why he has made a symbolic move by joining the PDP. He has been to his ward

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been selected by the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to head its campaign committee for the Ondo governorship election.

Naijaparry News reports that the PDP named Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle as Deputy Chairman and Abdullahi Maibasira is the secretary ahead of the October 10 election.

Other members include serving and past governors, serving and past members of the National Assembly as well as ambassadors.

Also listed are former Ondo Deputy Governor, Omolade Oluwateru; former governorship aspirants, Eddy Olafeso and Boluwaji Kunlere; as well as immediate past chairman of the PDP in Ondo state, Clement Faboyede.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the committee will be inaugurated on Friday at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja.

Eyitayo Jegede, a former attorney-general in Ondo State, is the candidate of the party for the election.

He will be contesting against incumbent, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

The former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju, is dead.

This was announced by the Ogun State branch of the party on Saturday in a statement issued by the state chairman, Samson Bamgbose, titled, ‘Ogun PDP Mourns Death Of Ex-National Auditor Adeyanju’.

Bamgbose said Adeyanju died on Saturday at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

He said Adeyanju’s remains would be buried according to Islamic rites on Saturday.

Bamgbose described the former National Auditor’s death as “a great loss to members of his immediate and political family in Ogun State”.

According to the statement, “The late Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju was a complete gentleman and dutiful party leader who was ready to sacrifice anything for the growth of the party. Among other party and political offices, Adeyanju, a Chartered Accountant, served our party as National Auditor to the best of his ability.

“He was a peacemaker and a friend of all. This is a great loss to the PDP family. It is so sad that we have lost him.

“He was always responsive and desirous that things should be done justly and properly. Politicians should learn to be simple and not to take the quest for offices as a do-or-die affair.

“Adeyanju became the National Auditor of our great party when he least expected it and he stayed faithful to the party till the end. He will be sorely missed.

“We pray the Almighty Allah to grant members of his immediate family and the Ogun State PDP in general, the courage to bear the irreplaceable loss, and also grant the departed Aljanah Firdaus.” PUNCH