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JUST IN: Powerful PDP Lawmaker Joins Another Party

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JUST IN: Powerful PDP Lawmaker Joins Another Party

A former House of Representatives member and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Linus Okorie have dumped the main opposition party for the Labour Party, in Ebonyi State.

Okorie is a former member of the federal house of representatives, he left the PDP to pursue his senatorial ambition as the candidate of the LP, This Day reported.

In another report, the Labour Party has elected Edward Nkwegu, as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.

Nkwegu becomes the party’s flagbearer unopposed at the headquarters of the party in Abakaliku Enugu high way. The election was conducted by the party’s national officer, Oluchi Okpara, who was the returning officer of the exercise.

Nkwegu in his acceptance speech appreciates the delegates of the party for their confidence in him. He expresses confidence that the Labour Party will win the state in 2023.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu has urged party members to close ranks and work as a team to ensure victory in the forthcoming general elections.

Adamu made the call while speaking with newsmen after inaugurating an eight-member Abia Reconciliation Committee.

“We have to do some works and forget some of the prejudices and stand together.

”We don’t want anybody to come here after the elections and start crying and laying blames on us for our failures.

“I will not listen to that, this is the time to unite, this is the time to work for unity, if we do, God will be with us,” the APC national chairman said.

He said ahead of inaugurating the committee, comprehensive meetings were held between the party’s leaders in Abia.

Adamu said that they were involved in negotiations and its National Working Committee (NWC), especially during its primaries and after it.

Adamu expressed optimism that with the inauguration of the committee, there would be peace in APC Abia.

“We are not going to hold reconciliation meetings again. We will now leave it to the leaders of the party in Abia to play their politics in the state.

“Abuja is not about Abia, go to Abia and play politics there, do the necessary, lobby and reconciliation there because all politics is local.

“Abuja is not Abia locality, Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), we converged here from various states. Let Abia go and work together,” he said.

Adamu however, added that the party would not be satisfied with just 25 per cent of votes cast at the general elections.

“All the national elections, House of Representatives, Senate, Governorship, likely the presidential election, we will not be satisfied with just the 25 per cent of votes cast.

“No half way about it, if we are to win, we must try to win every state,” Adamu stressed.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Chris Adighije, in his remarks, said the committee would reconcile all aggrieved APC members in Abia.

This, he said, was critical to enable the party build strength to face challenges from other political parties

The APC National Chairman urged the members to quickly come together to work in unity.

“We are on our way back to Abia to play the local politics, reconcile all our members and ensure that we go straight for the low hanging fruits which would have lost if we don’t get together.

“And I know that by the grace of God and with the team, we are going to do the needful and ensure victory for our party,” he added.

Adighije said the party’s chances of winning APC in the coming elections were bright.

“If you look at my face very well you will know that I am an old war horse and I wouldn’t be standing here if I am not sure.

“So, we have great chance, we only have to do the needful to work together,” he said.

He added that the committee would do the needful to address every of the party’s challenges in Abia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sen. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Deputy Chief Whip House of Representatives will serve as secretary of the committee.

Other members of the committee are Mr Henry Ikoh, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Emeka Atuma, Martins Azubuike and Dr Emeka Wogu, former Minister of Labour and Productivity.

The APC Abia governorship candidate, Mr Ikechi Emenike is also a member of the committee, among others(NAN)

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a former Secretary of Iseyin Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State, Lateef Kolawole, has led dozens of his loyalists to the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The FidelinfoNews reports that most of the defectors are also supporters of the impeached Oyo State Deputy-Governor, Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan. They vowed to vote out the PDP in 2023.

Yesterday (Tuesday), I led the members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who are loyalists of His Excellency Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan in Iseyin Local Government to All Progressive Congress, APC,” Kolawole wrote on his known Facebook page.

“I assured the leadership of APC of our support to ensure victory of APC in 2023 general elections.

“We shall in shaa Allah double up our effort on “operation vote out PDP 2023” and we will leave no stone unturned to deliver the ancient town of Iseyin and its environs for progressive party.

“We appreciate our principal, his excellency Engineer Rauf Aderemi Olaniyan and the incoming governor, distinguished senator Teslim Folarin and we specially apreciate the roles played by the leadership of APC in Iseyin Local Government led by Alh Wasiu Dauda and Hon Akeem Yinka Taiwo. We wish all of us success in the forthcoming elections.”

Leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been urged by the All Progressives Congress Grassroots Governance Group (APC-G3) to refrain from involving the ruling party in their thorny problems.

The recommendation was made in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja by Kingsley Ndunagu, the APC-deputy G3’s national publicity secretary.

Ndunagu expressed concern that Sen. Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, was attempting to impose religion on the APC’s selection of presidential and vice presidential candidates.

“It is wrong of Jibrin to say that the problems arising from PDP’s presidential primary could not be compared with the situation in the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket issues.

“The PDP leaders are aware that their party may not even come out second in the presidential election.

“This informed their desperation to drag the formidable Tinubu/Shettima ticket into their trouble,’’ he stated.

Ndunagu emphasised that Christians and Muslims have been living together as one in the country and would continue to do so.

He challenged PDP to explain to Nigerians how it intends to build national unity having reneged on the agreement to let power rotate.

“Their selfishness did not allow them to acknowledge the unity and stability of Nigeria like the APC did.

“Christians and Muslims have been living together in Nigeria, but selfish politicians are trying to divide us.

“The PDP should explain what they will tell Nigerians who want to live as one, how they want to unite our country.

“This is the same people who called for power rotation in 2014, but are now working against it.

“The APC as a responsible party wants all Nigerians to be one, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.’’ Ndunagu stressed.

He argued that APC leaders, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari and northern governors went for power rotation.

“That is the way to go in a multi-ethnic society. From all indications, PDP may not even be in the second position in the presidential election, hence their desperation.

“Nigerians must see the Tinubu-Shettima ticket as being here to serve the country, and not a particular group of people,’’ Ndunagu added. (NAN)

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