Three Commissioners and other appointees from the African Democratic Congress serving in the cabinet of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State have defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, led other appointees of ADC extraction.
Olatunbosun announced the defection at a news conference in Ibadan on Tuesday.
He was joined by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Adebiyi Adebisi, and Gbenga Oyekola, Special Adviser on Budget and Planning, to address the news conference.
The Commissioner for Energy, Seun Ashamu, the third ADC commissioner in Makinde’s cabinet, was, however, not at the news conference.
Olatunbosun said the decision to defect to the PDP was taken after consultations with ADC leaders in Oyo State.
He noted that Makinde had fulfilled his promises to the ADC and members appointed into his cabinet were of the conviction to support the governor to win a second term.
He explained that the defection would not affect ADC’s structures from the wards to the state levels in Oyo State in anyway.
The commissioner told newsmen that ADC’s decision would be made known soon at the public declaration of the defection.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all ADC appointees in Makinde’s administration across the 33 local government areas of the state attended the news conference.
2023: Female presidential aspirant promises to resuscitate Better Life project for rural women
A female presidential aspirant on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Cesnabmihilo Aken’Ova, has promised to re-introduce Maryam Babangida’s Better Life project for rural women, if elected.
The aspirant disclosed this in an interview with newsmen shortly after meeting behind closed doors with former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State capital.
Aken’Ova disclosed that during her meeting with the former military president, they both discussed how she would bring back the Better Life Programme that was aimed at empowering rural women.
“Baba is very excited that there is a woman from Niger state that is running for presidency; he admired the courage, prayed and gave me his blessings.
“We recalled the past when he was the president, the legacies he left behind and the legacies left behind by the late Maryam Babangida for women and he said “I will support you in any way I can.
“We talked about the legacy Maryam Babangida left behind, her project better life for rural women that the programme coordinated and impacted on women.
“It is that project we are going to revive, we will visit women in rural areas and ensure the programme is back to life and it will be a way of celebrating the memory and legacy of Maryam Babangida,” she said.
She called on women to support her aspirations as their own, to enable revival of the legacy left behind by Maryam Babangida.
Primaries: Only three adhoc delegates qualified to vote — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has said that only the three adhoc delegates elected earlier on will be allowed to vote at its upcoming primaries.
This was confirmed again in a statement by its National Organizing Secretary, Hon. Umar M. Bature, on Friday.
Bature said: “By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.
“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming Primaries and National Convention of our great Party, the PDP are the three (3) AD-HOC Delegates per ward, elected at the Ward Congresses and one (1) National Delegate per Local Government, elected at the Local Government Area Congresses.
“Furthermore, the NWC wishes to inform our Party members that the State Houses of Assembly Primaries to elect our State House of Assembly candidates, earlier scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 will now hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 8:00am to 12 noon; while the House of Representatives Primaries to elect our House of Representatives candidates will also hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2:00 pm.
“All aspirants, critical stakeholders, leaders and teeming members of our Party should please take note.”