Leaders of defectors from various political parties including the All Progressives Congress, APC, who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have apologised to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for erroneously joining forces with enemies of the state to castigate and mock him.
The leaders included erstwhile Caretaker Chairman of Gwer West Local Government Council, Hon. Hyacinth Kwegi; a House of Assembly Candidate in the 2019 general elections on the platform of the APC, Hon Ukeyima Mkem; former DGSA, Mr Titus Utuur; all tendered apologies Sunday, November 21st, 2021 at the mega decamping rally held at Naka, headquarters of Gwer West local government council.
In separate remarks at the defection of thousands into the PDP, the leaders regretted when they unsuccessfully taunted the Governor on killings in Benue by herdsmen just to support their former political parties.
They stated that despite the propaganda, most of them couldn’t vote in their villages in the 2019 elections due to the invasion by Fulani militia under the watch of the APC-led administration, stressing that some of them benefited much from the Governor but later left him without good reason.
They appreciated Governor Ortom and his wife, Dr Eunice Ortom as well as the entire PDP for accepting them back into the fold, even as they pledged unflinching support to the PDP.
Governor Samuel Ortom and his wife, Dr Eunice Ortom while receiving the decampees, assured them of equal opportunities, pointing out that in the PDP, members have equal opportunities.
The Governor stated that Nigerians will not continue to tolerate the failed leadership of the APC but takeover to provide direction for the country.
State Chairman of the PDP, Sir John Ngbede said the PDP family owes Governor Ortom prayers and unflinching support, hinting that the party will soon welcome thousands of supporters in Benue South Senatorial District.
Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Titus Uba, House of Representatives Member for Gwer-East and Gwer West, Rt Hon Mark Gbillah and Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Damian Cheme also delivered goodwill messages at the event.
Others who also spoke included Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Ken Achabo and Chairman Gwer West Local Government Council, Mrs Grace Igbabon.
Ekiti 2022: PDP bloc declares support for ex-Gov Segun Oni
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.
Plateau APC crisis: I never collected N2m to withdraw suit – Factional chairman
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.
2023: Next Enugu Governor should come from Enugu East for equity – Assembly
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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