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Leaders’ high-handedness caused PDP’s loss in Abia guber election – Party chieftain Aguoru

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The Director of New Media for the now-defunct Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Campaign Council in Abia State, Chief Uche Aguoru, has attributed the Party’s defeat in the 2023 elections to the high-handedness and lack of sincerity among a few influential members.

He particularly criticized former Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, accusing him of laying the groundwork for the party’s downfall. Aguoru asserted that Abaribe led a rebellion and emboldened others to turn against the party.

Aguoru highlighted that the party leadership failed to perceive the conspiracy and proceeded to deny tickets to popular candidates during the primary elections. This resulted in the loss of valuable members who could have secured victory at the grassroots level.

He lamented that internal conflicts within the party, exacerbated by the lack of control over internal mechanisms by the state chairman, led to inevitable losses at the polling units.

Aguoru disclosed that the party has initiated internal conflict resolution efforts, which are showing promising outcomes. He emphasized ongoing high-level meetings and the comprehensive addressing of issues without reservation.

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He expressed confidence that the party would soon emerge with a robust and dynamic leadership following a process of self-evaluation and strategic planning. Aguoru stressed the importance of the PDP as the primary platform capable of providing formidable opposition to the ruling Labour party.

Furthermore, Aguoru called on Senator Akobundu to permit members to democratically elect their leaders, urging him to uphold internal party democracy. He criticized Akobundu’s alleged undemocratic tendencies, which, according to Aguoru, prompted the departure of notable figures like Hon Onuigbo from the PDP.

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‘Peter Obi hunted by ghost’ – Daniel Bwala on ex-presidential candidate’s threat to dump LP

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Daniel Bwala, a former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign council, commented on Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, suggesting that Obi is facing consequences from decisions he made in the past. Bwala’s remarks came after Obi hinted at the possibility of leaving the Labour Party before the 2027 general elections due to unresolved issues within the party.

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, expressed his unwillingness to remain with the party if ongoing internal conflicts persisted. The Labour Party has been embroiled in leadership disputes between Lamidi Apapa and Julius Abure, as well as ownership controversies involving claims by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

In response, Bwala highlighted Obi’s dilemma, pointing out that the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which Obi intends to join, does not offer automatic tickets. Bwala suggested that Obi may face challenges winning delegate elections due to his perceived lack of grassroots political support, leaving him in a difficult situation.

Moreover, Bwala noted that influential figures, including a former president, are hesitant to endorse Obi’s move, preferring to support another candidate, possibly Atiku Abubakar, and give him time to reform Nigeria.

Bwala further mentioned that Obi is advised to launch a campaign targeting northern Nigeria and Muslim communities to dispel perceptions of identity politics. Despite Obi’s efforts, concerns exist that international media may find it challenging to rebrand him based on his electoral prospects.

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Additionally, Obi’s core supporters, dubbed the “Obedient” people, have expressed their opposition to any merger that could jeopardize his presidential aspirations, leaving Obi in a difficult situation with limited options.

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Peter Obi introduced two dangerous things into politics – Presidency

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The Presidency has accused Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the 2023 Labour Party (LP), of introducing what they deem as “two perilous elements” into Nigerian politics during the last elections.

Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, asserted that Obi fueled religious and ethnic tensions during the elections.

Onanuga clarified that Tinubu’s administration is currently preoccupied with governance and is not concerned with Obi and his supporters, known as the Obidients.

Speaking on Mic On with Seun Okinbaloye, the presidential aide emphasized that Tinubu’s administration remains steadfast and undistracted in its focus.

He stated, “At present, our attention is devoted to governance, and we are not allowing ourselves to be diverted from our government’s objectives. We are fully occupied, and we’re not even paying attention to them at the moment.”

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Regarding Obi’s campaign, Onanuga noted, “What I observed about Obi’s campaign was that for the first time in a long while in our country, we had a candidate who was inciting ethnic sentiments. That was the trend during that election period. He was inciting ethnic and religious tensions, introducing two hazardous elements into our politics: ethnicity and religion.”

He characterized these actions as detrimental to the political landscape of the country.

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Edo Guber: Ex-Police Chief denies dumping LP for PDP, declares support for Akpata

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A retired Commissioner of Police and the Edo Central Senatorial district leader of the Labour Party, LP, Friday Ibadin, has denied dumping the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

DAILY POST reports that the former police chief also denied collapsing the Obidient movement structures to the PDP to help its candidate, Asue Ighodalo win the forthcoming September 21, governorship election in the state.

Ibadin, who declared his full support for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Olumide Akpata, made the denial while reacting to a viral video where the PDP candidate, Asue Ighodalo in the company of the former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Friday Itulah, paid him a visit.

He said the visit was interpreted to mean that he purportedly decided to dump the Labour Party and defect to the PDP to support Ighodalo.

“The lies by the Asue-led delegation have witnessed poor acceptance by the public as they were quick to point at all the various desperate moves by PDP to deceive the enlightened Edo people to accept their candidate, Asue, by parading PDP members as fake Obidients who defected from either Labour Party or Obidient Movement”.

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“Being a traditional man and an in-law to the former Speaker, Hon. Friday Itulah, it is my responsibility to open my doors to any visitor, especially as Hon. Itulah is my in-law, and as a host, my duty was to open my doors to them”, he said.

He stated that he remains a vibrant member of the Labour Party and a follower of the Obidient movement.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Obidient movement in the Edo Central senatorial district, Onohinosen Ibhafidon, has, however, questioned why lies are being used as political tools by the ruling party in the state to deceive the people of the state.

Ibhafidon, who assured that Obidients are united for Olumide Akpata noted that they are above ethnic politics but with eyes focused on good governance.

He, however, urged the PDP to focus on ways to sell their candidate rather than lies and deception which they attempted with Chief Ibadin.

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According to him, Edolites are wiser and only want good and inclusive governance that can deliver unlike what Nigerians are currently experiencing in the hands of APC.

“To confirm the unity of the Obidient movement in the state, and their massive support for the Edo State gubernatorial candidate, Olumide Akpata, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi has charged all lovers of good governance to support Akpata so that the state can witness the massive development as being witnessed in Abia State”, he added.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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