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Senator Anyanwu is not the problem of Imo, PDP’ – Ihedioha

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Former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has said Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who represented Imo East, is neither the problem of the state nor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said the PDP in the state is one and remains a united family driven by a common purpose.

The former speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives said any attempt by fifth columnists to cause disaffection, especially among its leaders will not succeed.

It was reported that leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South East on Sunday rejected what they called the imposition of Senator Sam Anyanwu as the zonal consensus candidate for the position of National Secretary.

Party leaders, who have voiced their rejection of the candidate include former Governors of Anambra State and Imo states, Peter Obi, Chief Achike Udenwa and Emeka Ihedioha, among others.

In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu,the former governor noted that he had extended hand of fellowship and assured Senator Anyanwu of his support, that of Imo PDP and indeed his friends and associates across the country to emerge as National Secretary at the Convention and to succeed in office.

Ihedioha said, “My attention has been drawn to reports in the media purporting that I’m averse to the nomination of Senator Samuel Anyanwu as the consensus candidate of the Southeast for the position of National Secretary of PDP for the National Convention scheduled for 30th and 31st of October 2021.”

“The information is entirely misleading and should be disregarded.”

The release reads, “It is noteworthy that Rt. Hon Ihedioha, last Friday, had a meeting with Senator Anyanwu shortly after Thursday’s meeting of critical stakeholders of the PDP Southeast, held in Enugu.”

Let all issues, therefore be rested and nobody should play politics with it as it is not an issue in contest.

Reacting to the development, the Imo PDP Legal Adviser , Barr. Kissinger Ikeokwu urged PDP and its teeming supporters to disregard the naysayers as the party is united and working in one accord to make the party strong and virile to win elections in Imo State, come 2023 elections and beyond.

“The report in some sections of the media, purporting a disagreement at the Southeast Caucus was characteristic of such high level meeting to peacefully adopt its candidates by consensus rather than open contest at the PDP National Convention scheduled to hold at Abuja on the 30th day of October, 2021.”

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Ekiti 2022: PDP bloc declares support for ex-Gov Segun Oni

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Former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni has received support of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Progressive, a bloc within the state chapter.

DAILY POST reports that the race for the successor Governor Kayode Fayemi is gearing up.

On Wednesday, Ekiti PDP Progressive leader, Wale Ayeni, and Dominion Group convener, Kemi Elebute Halle declared that Oni will return to the Government House in 2022.

Halle told opponents to be prepared for battle, insisting that he remains the aspirant to beat.

“Oni is the most favoured. Politics is not all about money, Ekiti people love and want Segun Oni back.

“He is a man of the people, a politician with integrity, a man who is ready to cater for the forgotten.

“Mobilization will commence by Monday December 6. We will start from Fajuyi Park to Ekiti PDP Progressive office in Ado Ekiti”, she said.

While submitting his form of interest in Abuja, Oni stated that he and his team were ready to “start where we left”.

“We will take the state further down to a new terrain where we will be able to add value, much more value to the lives of the people”, he stressed.

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Plateau APC crisis: I never collected N2m to withdraw suit – Factional chairman

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Factional chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Plateau State, Hon. Ishaya Itse, has denied collecting N2 million to withdraw a suit filed against the party and the Hon. Rufus Bature-led Exco, saying it was meant to tarnish his image.

Itse disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Jos, the state capital, saying it was a decision taken by the two factions.

He said, “I’m surprised by this kind of unfortunate information making rounds that I collected N2 million to withdraw a case from court.

“To the best of my knowledge, no amount of money was given to me to compromise and betray my EXCO, it was a collective decision that was taken between the two factions, and a truce was brokered by the elders and a reconciliation committee from the National Headquarters of our dear party to settle all court cases and use internal mechanisms instead of litigations.

“I want to categorically and say it without mincing words, the meeting was called by the Elders and all of us including the two Counsels from both sides were in attendance, it is to my greatest consternation and chagrin to see fake news filtering in the air that I, Ishaya Itse is a cheat and fraudster.

“Ordinarily, I need not respond to such baseless and unfounded allegations, but to do justice to my supporters and other members of the public.”

According to him, “This rumour is the handiwork of some shameless and mischief makers that have vowed to smear my reputation at all cost, we know them because these are people that are desperate to frustrate the Government of Plateau State.

“Plateau is greater than an individual and we need to unite and foster peace, unity, and uneven development.

“I want to warn such elements of destruction to stop forthwith, hence we will expose them to the world.”

He assured that since negotiations are ongoing by the officials from the National Secretariat of the party, “As I speak, we are on our way to the Court, to withdraw the case, because the National body of the party advise that we should do so”.

The factional chairman appealed to his supporters to remain calm, urging them to disregard such unreliable information.

DAILY POST recalls that members who purchased forms to contest the October 16th, 2021 state elective congress had refused the consensus arrangement.

The party had produced the State Executive Committee led by Hon. Rufus Bature based on consensus but the aggrieved members rejected the arrangement.

Members of the party, who paid for forms based on the party’s guidelines, were said to have waited for the congress committee to issue forms and screen them for the election; with that not forthcoming, they opened a parallel secretariat at Kalwa House in Jos.

As a result, the faction went to court to seek redress.

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2023: Next Enugu Governor should come from Enugu East for equity – Assembly

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A socio-political group, Enugu State Equity and Integrity Assembly has thrown its total weight behind the existing zoning of governorship position in Enugu State.

They made their stand known in a communique read by its coordinator, Mr. Gary Eneh at the end of their meeting in Enugu on Wednesday.

They noted that the zoning arrangement had helped to stabilize the State, reduce political tension, bitterness and rancour among political actors in the State.

Our Correspondent reports that there have been arguments in Enugu State on which zone should produce the next governor of the State at the expiration of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s tenure in 2023.

While some believe a gentleman zoning arrangement in the State should be maintained, in which case the position should go to Enugu East Senatorial zone, others have been of the view that zoning should be jettisoned.

However, in the communique issued by the Equity and Integrity Assembly, made up of people of Enugu West Senatorial Zone, they said the zone was not interested in the guber position.

They stated that for peace and equity, the next governor should come from Enugu East.

According to them, “the members of the Association are unflinchingly in support of the established zoning formula in the State.

“That the members are not oblivious of the fact that the next governor of Enugu State should be from Enugu East Senatorial zone for equity, fair-play, integrity and justice

“That Enugu West Senatorial zone is not interested in the governorship position come 2023 as such moves would run contrary to the established zoning formula in the State

“That the members passed a vote of confidence in the amiable, untiring governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. These are our declarations.”

It maintained that past and present political office holders in the State emerged from the zoning formula which guaranteed the existing peaceful and secured environment.

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