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Iyorchia Ayu: It was good PDP lost the Presidency in 2015

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The newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Iyorchia Ayu, says the former ruling party would have become dictatorial if it did not lose power in 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had defeated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who was seeking reelection.

Buhari made history by becoming the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president in Nigeria.

Speaking with select journalist in Abuja on Saturday, Ayu said the PDP could have become complacent if it didn’t lose power in 2015.

He also said the 2023 elections will re-energise the PDP to take back power and control more than 20 States.

Ayu said Nigerians would be ready to defend their votes in 2023 having experienced what the ruling party could offer in the last six years.

He said: “My priority is for the party to take power. Political parties priorities is always to win. Therefore, I reviewed the reasons why we lost power in 2015 and going to work to unite the party, to sharpen the programmes of the party, market the party to the Nigerian electorate in a way that they will be prepared to vote for us.

“In a democracy, it’s normal for political parties to lose power. If we didn’t lose power, may be, we would have become a dictatorship or become complacent.

“To believe in democracy…there must have been something we were doing wrong or must have done wrong that the Nigerian electorate shifted. But today, if we didn’t lose power, they won’t experience the policies and programmes of the other party. They would think there is something better than us. Thank God, we lost power. Today, Nigerian people know better.

“And I believe we will re-energize the party and take over power again, not only at the centre, but in Nigeria, there is a lot of attention taking power at the federal level. There was time PDP was controlling about 20 states. That has been reduced to 13.

“We hope and pray and we will work very hard to increase that number from 13 to control over 20 states, possibly, we will win the federal government. So, that is really my vision for this party. We will unite the party as I have said and I believe that very soon, we will have a very united, a very focused political party.”

He said the decision to separate the zoning of party offices from those of executive and legislative offices was “very tactical”.

On intra-party crises, Ayu said necessary reconciliatory processes would be undertaken to reconcile party members and resolve issues in various states by working on the report of Bukola Saraki-led committee after its submission.

He said the return of former governors Olusegun Mimiko and Rashidi Ladoja was the beginning of high profile defections to be witnessed soon after the party had surprised the critics who thought it would disintegrate after the convention.

[DailyTrust]

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BREAKING: Fresh Trouble Looms As Wike Directs Immediate Removal Of PDP Flags In Govt House

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Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers, issued an order on Thursday to take down all PDP flags from the Government House.

This occurs just days after the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) embattled Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, and former vice president and presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar met in Abuja to try to work out their disagreements ahead of the general elections in 2023.

However, a source privy to this development report that the aggrieved governor instructed the Rivers state Government house CSO to pull down all PDP Flags in the Government House.

Recall that The FidelinfoNews had earlier reported how the Board of Trustees (BoT) of PDP also set up a committee to reconcile the “warring factions” in the party.

Speaking on the reconciliatory moves by the party, Walid Jibril, the PDP BoT chairman said the meeting will generate “strong recommendations” that will lead to the reconciliation of aggrieved members, including Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state.

This is a developing story….

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Falsehood, Disinformation Won’t Win Elections, Tinubu Tells Obi

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Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged Peter Obi, the candidate for the Labour Party, to warn his supporters against spreading false information.

Speaking on behalf of Asiwaju, Bayo Onanuga, the Director of Media and Communications for the Tinubu Campaign Organization (TCO), claimed that Obi’s supporters have been spreading false information to the public in an effort to harm the APC candidate.

Recall that a report emerged online a few days ago, that the Ghanian President, Nana Akufo-Addo wrote a letter to Asiwaju, asking him to step down and support Peter Obi and take care of his health.

The President had via his official Twitter handle, debunked the report, calling it fake news, stating that it is a product of deliberate mischief with the intent to deceive the public.

Reacting, the TCO media Director asked Obi to disavow his supporters who are employing fake news against the former Lagos State Governor.

“We have come to a point where it becomes imperative to tell Obi to show leadership and disavow his supporters who are employing fake news and disinformation as deliberate tools to deceive and poison the minds of unsuspecting Nigerians,” Onanuga stated.

 

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JUST IN: More Trouble For PDP As Women Leader Defects To APC

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Hajiya Yar-Sokoto Jega, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) women leader for Kebbi Central, Kebbi State, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jega said this when she spoke at a ceremony in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday,

According to her, she left the party because of injustice and a lack of purposeful leadership.

Jega stated that she decided to join the APC because of the numerous achievements of Gov. Atiku Bagudu, adding that she joined the party with over 800 supporters.

“I have been in PDP for many years, they have nothing to show to people and we have been neglected by the party.

“I even use my money for the cause of the party, but yet I have not seen any change with my people, especially the women that I represent.

“Prior to my defection, I was in charge of eight local government areas under the PDP, I left with most of my followers,” Jega said.

Some of the dignitaries at the ceremony were Alhaji Abubakar Kana-Zuru, the state APC Chairman; Alhaji Sani Zauro, the Chairman of the state APC Elders Forum; and Alhaji Faruk Musa-Yaro, Personal Assistant to the state governor.

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