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PDP crisis: Wike keeps party leaders guessing

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has kept leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party guessing over his next move following a vote of confidence passed on the Sen. Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee.

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Wike and those sympathetic to his cause had demanded Ayu’s resignation as a precondition for peace.

Vanguard gathered in Abuja, on Tuesday, that the Wike camp is yet to give a clear signal as to when it would be available to receive emissaries from the party leadership.

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A source in the camp who confided in our correspondent said, “As we speak, no date has been fixed for the meeting. A number of our people have travelled for one engagement or another outside the country.

“Besides, our demands are with the other side while we are not opposed to any genuine effort towards peace, we are no longer available to be deceived.”

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Ayu last week solicited the support of the new Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Sen. Adolphus Wabara, and other party leaders to reach out to Wike for an amicable settlement of a dispute which has its origin in the party’s presidential primary and the selection of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa the presidential running mate.

While appealing to Wabara for his help, Ayu said, “As the new BoT Chairman with diplomatic experience.

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We implore you to use your diplomatic skills to reach out to all aggrieved members and I am telling you that it is with our full support including that of the Presidential candidate and Vice-Presidential Candidate who called me 30 minutes before we got here.

“You have our support. The entire BoT should select and reach out to them. We are appealing that they should come back and let us work together.

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The PDP chairman equally announced the decision of the NWC to send a high-powered delegation of its members to visit Port Harcourt to continue the interface.

The party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Alhaji Illiya Damagun, was saddled with the responsibility of leading the team. Other party leaders will also be co-opted to join in the peace process.

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A high-ranking member of the party’s leadership who also spoke in confidence said, “We are willing and ready to get this whole thing behind us but we have yet to get a definite date and time but we remain hopeful it will happen this week.”
(Vanguard)

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Why we can’t work with Obi— ADC presidential candidate

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The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, says his party will not go into alliance with Peter Obi of the Labour Party because he is considered to be a member of the ‘old order.’

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Mr Kachikwu stated this on Tuesday while appearing on “Politics Today,” a political Programme on Channels TV.

He stated that he considers Mr Obi to be a member of the old generation like the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

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According to the presidential candidate, anyone that has held offices in the past is considered a member of the old guard.

Mr Obi served as the governor for Anambra State for eight years, and he is popular among the youth on social media.

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Mr Kachikwu also dismissed all polls that have put the LP candidate ahead in the race, describing them as cooked.

“There is no difference between a Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju; they are part of the old order. They are people who held offices—they are all the same.

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They have absolutely nothing to offer. There is no reason why we should come together for the purpose of power.

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi
“I believe that there are genuine Nigerians out there supporting Obi and there is an Obi Movement.

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Eight years ago, there was a movement for President Muhammadu Buhari by the same Nigerians.

“When people want change, anything that seems like change – until it dawns on them that they were probably scammed. I don’t think there is any difference between what happened then and what is happening now.

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Mr Kachikwu, who was recently suspended by the National Working Committee of his party, said there is an ongoing conversation between his party, African Action Congress (AAC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on possible collaboration on sharing of resources.

He stated that the collaboration does not involve alignment at the poll.

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“Working together? It is possible because SDP, (Omoyele) Sowore (of AAC) — there are background conversations happening to see how we can cooperate, that we are able to share resources. No conversation about cooperating at the polls,” he said.

The presidential campaign officially commenced today (28 September) as provided in the timetable and schedule of activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Yobe North: Machina Finally Speaks After Defeating Senate President ‘Lawan’ In Court

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Yobe North APC senatorial candidate, Bashir Sheriff Machina, has hailed the Federal High Court judgment that declared him as the authentic senatorial candidate of the APC describing it as a victory for justice.

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Machina, who reacted to the development through his media aide, Husaini Mohammed Isa in a statement made available to newsmen, also called on all his supporters and people of Yobe North to remain calm and law-abiding.

The APC chieftain, who declared the judgement as “no victor, no vanquished”, equally called for immediate reconciliation among the two groups that exist within the party in Yobe North.

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“I welcome the decision of the Judge of the Federal High Court, Damaturu. It is a victory that stands for justice. It is now time to set aside our differences and close ranks for the impending battle, the next war we must wage is the war for APC’s victory in the coming 2023 general elections”, he said.

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The senatorial candidate appreciated all his supporters for their fervent prayers and unflinching support saying, he will work hard if eventually elected as Senator to touch the lives of the constituents in many very positive ways.

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Mr Ibu Storms Jos For Peter Obi’s Rally After Endorsing Tinubu

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Nollywood actor, John Okafor, popularly called Mr Ibu, is currently trending on the microblogging platform, Twitter after he stormed the rally of Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in Jos.

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In 2021, Mr Ibu during a conference meeting with the theme, ‘South West Stands with Bola Tinubu’ openly endorsed the former Governor of Lagos, saying he has really impacted many people.

However, the comic actor surprised many Nigerians when he turned up for the campaign rally of Obi in Plateau State, today.

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Some of the videos shared online captured the moment Mr Ibu was called on stage as he prayed for the supporters of LP.

Many Nigerians reacted to the video saying the actor has allegedly collected money for the All Progressives Congress (APC) but has decided to follow his heart.

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@itzz_blitz1 WROTE: “Remembered when we told y’all on this app that those celebrities endorsing agbado are only interested in his money? Mr ibu been one of them attended Peter Obi’s campaign today in jos. Nigerians will show these politicians shege in 2023.”

@drpenking wrote: “Mr Ibu don chop APC money finish align with where his heart is. He just arrived the venue of Peter Obi’s reception in Jos”

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