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Key Players React To Labour Party’s Allegation On Grounded Plane

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Key players in the country’s aviation sector have warned the political class against politicising safety issues as electioneering campaigns continue.

The stakeholders’ warning was in reaction to an accusation levelled against the aviation authorities by the Labour Party campaign organisation that the aircraft chartered to fly the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi and his members from the Abuja Airport to Ibadan for a rally was grounded for political reasons.

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According to the Labour Party, the aircraft that was meant to take them for a rally in Oyo state was grounded by the “powers that be”.

In a swift reaction, many of the stakeholders who spoke to Tribune Online cautioned the party and other political parties to desist from dragging the aviation sector into dirty politics.

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According to the key players, rather than rush to blackmail the aviation authorities that their aircraft was actually grounded for political reasons, the campaign organisation should have found out from the owner of the plane why it was disallowed from flying.

Unknown to the Labour Party members, the key players said the aircraft in question could have been grounded for safety issues such as lack of insurance cover which may make the plane unfit to operate that flight in question.

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Therefore, the players in the defence of the regulatory body argued that if the plane had met all safety requirements, the NCAA would not have grounded it.

They however advised the different political parties to conduct due diligence on any aircraft they intend to charter for use in the course of campaigns as any such plane that has safety concerns will always be grounded no matter the political party that is involved.

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Speaking to Tribune Online, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Sam Adurogboye, said contrary to the LP accusations, no aircraft was grounded.

While describing the Labour Party’s accusation as mere sensationalism, Adurogboye declared: “I understand NCAA didn’t ground any aircraft today. The aircraft said to be grounded is mere sensationalism. The reason was that the flight crew made an air return soon after take off as they had an issue they needed to come back and correct.

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“This is what is termed a safety precautionary flight.

Let’s be careful not to drag NCAA into politics in its operations. Our mandate is to ensure the safety of all aircraft operating in Nigeria’s airspace regardless of whom they carried.”

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In his own reaction, a union leader in the sector, Comrade Olayinka Abioye simply said: “Please don’t let’s dwell on this matter. It is more of a professional technical issue than political.”

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APC Lists Condition For Tinubu To Participate In A Debate With Peter Obi

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By Gloria Ikibah

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that its Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, cannot engage in a debate.

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After Obi must have presented his platform and demonstrated his political prowess as a former governor of Anambra state, the APC stated that it would prefer to send one of Tinubu’s media aides to engage in a debate with him.

Spokesperson for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, stated this even as he accused Obi of withholding his manifesto from Nigerians before the general elections of 2023.

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He said the LP presidential flagbearer must meet certain requirements before Keyamo will allow him to debate with the former governor of Lagos state. One of the requirements listed by the APC was that Obi identify his political mentor from the time he was governor until the present.

He declared that the APC would send one of its spokespersons to engage in an open discussion with Obi if the prerequisites were met.

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“They have no manifesto, so what are we debating?” Keyamo questioned. Which records are we comparing? He declared that Nigerians should rely on his own judgement rather than any document.

“So, who will Asiwaju be debating with next?” Are they making fun of this campaign?

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“Before Obi and Asiwaju can debate side by side, they should each release a manifesto for public review. Then, Obi should compare his tangible achievements as the governor of Anambra State to Asiwaju’s tangible achievements as the governor of Lagos State. Then, he should list the people he has mentored in politics while serving as governor and who are still working with him today. Lastly, he should list any political parties he has founded or worked with to found that he is still a member of today.

“Then he should list his democratic credentials, that is, what he did to help usher in democracy after the military took over, and what he has since done, better than Asiwaju, to maintain our democracy.

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“After all of this, we will send one of our spokespersons to engage him in discussion,” he said.

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2023: We’ll decide presidential candidate Rivers will follow soon- Wike

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By Francesca Iwambe

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has told residents to wait for his decision on the presidential candidate to vote for in 2023.

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Wike said they should, however, vote massively for the candidates of the PDP in other positions such as governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly.

Speaking on Tuesday while inaugurating the Rukpoku-Izo-Ogbodo-Igwuruta link road constructed by his administration, the Governor said they were still talking on the issue of the 2023 presidential election and whom they would support for the poll.

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Wike said: “We have started doing Eneka internal roads phases one and two, Eneka to Igbo Etche, we are doing the SAARs Road going straight to Rikpogbodu. Remember from Eledo down to Rikpogbodu and Obirikwere road, I was the one who did it. I have now done Rumuakwu to Eneka road; Rumuakwu to Igwuruta link road.

“So, you are the ones owing us now. You did first for us and we retaliated by doing for you. Now we have come to ask you again to come and do for us. If you do for us, it means we will come and do for you again.

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“You will vote for our governor, our Senatorial Candidates, House of Rep’ candidates and Assembly candidates. Then the other one I will come and tell you where you will vote. Don’t worry calm down, these ones I have mentioned now make sure you come and vote for them. Very soon, we will meet in our houses and take a decision where we are going to. We are still talking”.

Towards the end of his speech, the Governor stressed he was concerned only about Rivers PDP and its candidates saying “it is carry go” for the candidates from the State.

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He said: “I have seen the picture of how here was. If you are doing business here or live here go and put the picture in front of your house. As you wake up, you see the state of the road before and now.

“It will make you to say this is the government we believe in and this is the party at the state level, listen to what I said ‘party at the state level we believe in’. At the state level this party is doing well and you must continue with us. I am speaking on a national TV. I want anybody anywhere to hear me. They won’t do me anything and they don’t have the capacity to try me”.

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He added: “These other people know there is no way they can win Rivers State. They are only making noise to go collect money from people so that at the end of the day they will say they were rigged out.

“Who and who are following you? Which local government will you win and who are those there that will make you to win elections. There are opinion leaders that are influencers of people. You must vote for a party that has brought dividends of democracy.

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“All about governance is the happiness of the people. Some people say they were governors for eight years, they didn’t do anything. So we have done our part”.

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Peter Obi: If you truly love Igbo drop your presidential ambition-Anambra youths

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A coalition of youths in Anambra State has asked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, to bury his ambition, if he truly loves Igbo.

They said his entry into the race would spoil the chances of Ndigbo becoming the president after 2023 without proper alliance with other ethnic groups.

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Briefing reporters yesterday in Awka, Anambra State, the National Leader of the coalition, Dr. Chinedu Ekwealor, said Obi’s entry into the presidential race was to give an advantage to one of the leading parties, All Progressives Congress (APC), to win the election.

The group said: “Our brother, Peter Obi, does not have this alliance and knows very well that an irate social media mob does not, and cannot, make him president.

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“Obi’s presidential run is sabotage to Ndigbo. What he has only succeeded in doing is increasing APC’s chances of winning the election by depleting the votes of the Southeast for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The implication is that the South Easterners will have to stay out of power for a minimum of another 16 years.

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“This is because after Tinubu (if he wins), power will return to the North for another eight years, leaving Ndigbo out for another 16 solid years.

 

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“If Obi truly loves Ndigbo, he should step down forthwith and strategise with other well-meaning Igbo elite in charting a way forward for the Igbo nation.

“We repeat, the presidency is not won on the premise of wishful thinking and hullabaloo of an untamed mob, who probably do not even understand the need for a pathway for the Igbo nation, pushing for a new narrative for the Igbo nation.”

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