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2023: Wike’s presidential campaign posters flood Abuja [PHOTO]

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Presidential campaign posters of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State have emerged.

Wike’s campaign posters were sighted in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

...ers were sighted on Monday at some traffic kiosks along airports road, Asokoro and the Federal Secretariat.

...ers had the tag: “Here to serve 2023: Barr Ezenwo Nyesom Wike for president.”

...ers were sponsored by “Northerners For Change Group”.

However, the governor who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is yet to declare his intentions to contest for the presidency.

Meanwhile, Bola Tinubu, Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, among others, have declared their intentions to run for the office of the president in 2023.

2023: Wike’s presidential campaign posters flood Abuja [PHOTO]

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PDP primaries: Ayu, NWC must respect Ogun party members’ choice — Reps candidate

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The newly-elected Peoples Democratic Party House of Representatives candidate for Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency, Hon. Kehinde Bello, has asked the party’s National Working Committee to uphold democratic ethos and respect the will of party members towards brightening the chances of the opposition party in 2023 polls.

He stated this against the backdrop of controversies trailing the conduct of the PDP primaries in parts of the state.

Bello had on Monday defeated the House of Representatives’ Deputy Minority Whip, Hon. Adesegun Adekoya, aka Attacker, in the contest for the party’s ticket for the Federal Constituency.

In the official results of the primary election, Bello polled 58 votes to defeat four other aspirants in the contest.

The results also showed that Tele Ogunjobi polled 38 votes to emerge second, Sunday Adegbesan got 02 votes, Adesegun Adekoya had one vote, while Adeyemi Duduyemi did not record any vote.

Our correspondent gathered that the primary election was scheduled for May 22, but due to logistics challenges, late arrival of election materials and disagreements over authentic list of delegates, the exercise was rescheduled to May 23.

But curiously on Tuesday, Adekoya, who is seeking third term as federal lawmaker, declared that he was the clear winner of the primary election based on the results collated.

He described as “fake” the results already released and widely circulated, stressing that he was only waiting to receive his certificate of return upon his victory.

However, Bello, speaking on Tuesday in Ijebu Ode, faulted the claim of victory by the Deputy Minority Whip, urging him to accept his loss in good faith rather than resort to flogging a dead horse.

The PDP candidate said the lawmaker’s claims smacked on desperation to subvert the wishes of party delegates and will of the constituents.

He alleged that prior to the primary election, the defeated aspirant had boasted that he would clinch the PDP ticket irrespective of opposition from party members.

Bello, therefore, called on the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and the party’s National Working Committee not to be swayed by Adekoya’s antics but respect the popular verdict of the constituents.

He said: “My attention was drawn to Hon. Adesegun Adekoya’s claims this afternoon and I can’t but submit that his comments were most unfortunate.

“Saying he won the primary election in our Federal Constituency is the height of deceit and desperation to mislead members of the public.

“I won the primary election fair and square.

“There is no controversy over that except the one being orchestrated by Hon. Attacker who clearly lost having been rejected by majority of party members.

“Can you imagine the person who lost an election describing the authentic results as fake?

“I wonder why he failed to produce the results that returned him as the winner.

“There are video evidences of the primary election which was witnessed by INEC officials, security agents, party members and even press men.

“Candidates have similarly emerged in other federal constituencies and their results have been published.

“Let Attacker show us the votes he polled in the primaries.

“He should desist from feigning unmerited victory.

“The primary election was scheduled for Sunday.

“But because it was already late in the night and the venue was unsafe due to the threats posed by thugs brought to the place, all the aspirants, agents and other stakeholders agreed that the exercise should be rescheduled to hold on Monday.

“As agreed, the primary election was conducted in the full glare of everyone on Monday.

“Other aspirants and their agents, except Hon. Attacker, were present.

“The Electoral and Returning Officers of the party were there.

“At the end of the day, I was announced as the winner and the results were duly signed by agents of those who even lost the election.

“So, why is it difficult for Hon. Adesegun Adekoya to concede defeat?”

Meanwhile, one of the aspirants who lost the primary election, Telle Ogunjobi, has urged his supporters to accept the outcome of the election as the will of God.

In a statement released by his Media Team on Tuesday, Ogunjobi appealed to his supporters and associates “to remain resolute,” adding that they would be updated as soon as possible on the next line of action.

The statement partly reads: “The long awaited primary election has been conducted and the winner has emerged according to the will of God.

“Irrespective of the outcome of the election, we still found it deserving and worthy of note to appreciate all the Tele Ogunjobi associates and supporters across board for your steadfastness, painstaking patience and supports even in the face of repression and suppression.

“The election may not be in our favour as God wishes but we take solace in the word of God that says, ‘To everything on earth, there’s time and purpose.’ Let’s have that strong belief and faith that there will always be light at every end of the tunnel. Hence, our joy is on the way.Though, it may tarry but it we surely come at an appointed time.”

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2023: Coalition to Peter Obi: Dump PDP, join another party to contest

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The Coalition for Peter Obi has asked the former Governor of Anambra State to dump the Peoples Democratic Party and contest in the 2023 presidential election on the platform of another political party.

The support groups on Tuesday warned Obi that he should not be part of what Nigerians want him to change.

The Coalition stated that according to reports, politicians in the PDP who had no previous verifiable source of livelihood before joining politics are doling out hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the delegates that will vote at the forthcoming PDP presidential primaries.

They therefore advised Obi to move to another political party to be at peace with his conscience and not entangle himself in possible political negotiations or manoeuvring that will stain him and hamper his ability to serve Nigerians.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Conveners of the Coalition of over 17 support groups that recently organised a One-Million-Man March, which witnessed massive turnout across the 36 states of the federation and FCT.

It is estimated that over seven million Nigerians participated in the march on May 21, 2022 asking the PDP leadership to be transparent in their dealings and to give Nigerians Obi, a leader they said has proven track record of prudent management of resources and wealth creation.

The Coalition, with an estimated 10 million active voters across the country, also berated the PDP for playing double standards and violating its own constitutional provision on zoning political offices, thereby toying with the future of our children.

The statement reads: “Recent developments within the leadership of PDP is very pathetic as many chieftains of the party have ganged up to frustrate the presidential ambition of genuine and decent presidential aspirants, thereby encouraging unscrupulous politicians with no verifiable sources of income to throw monies around.

“They are well known individuals in the party who are doing everything possible within their powers to block any chance for credible aspirants to emerge. The Party seems to have adopted an unwritten rule of tacitly encouraging the looting of state resources for party politics.

“Many of these political merchants are envious of the nationwide acceptability and sterling performance of Peter Obi both in the public and private sector, making them do everything possible to thwart the former governor of Anambra state’s presidential ambition.

“Therefore, as a Coalition which consists of more than 17 groups with ten million active voters, we call on his Excellency, Mr Peter Obi to dump Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and look for another political platform with people of like mind to pursue his presidential ambition to enable him help salvage our sinking nation.”

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