The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has dismissed claims that the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, banned its members from campaigning for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the State.
PDP State Publicity Secretary, Tambari Gbara, stressed that Wike never banned party chieftains from campaigning for Atiku in Rivers State.
Gbara was reacting to claims by a former Rivers Southeast Senator, Ledogo Maeba, that Wike warned some chieftains of the party against campaigning for Atiku in the State.
Maeba said Wike had issued the warning after he and some chieftains of the party visited Atiku and apologized on behalf of the governor.
The former lawmaker said the governor reprimanded them for visiting Atiku without his consent.
Maeba said Wike also threatened that anyone who campaigned for Atiku in Rivers State without his permission would be dealt with.
However, Gbara challenged Maeba to prove his allegation that Wike issued a threat against anyone campaigning for Atiku in the State.
In a statement, Gbara said: “If the governor wants to make that statement, he would make it official, that, in the State, nobody should campaign for Atiku Abubakar.
“Governor Wike is not somebody that hides his feelings. If he wants to say that, I don’t think he would say it privately. So, the person making the allegation should come out and prove himself.
“He (Maeba) should be able to furnish Rivers people and Nigerians with evidence.”
BREAKING: Presidential Candidates Arrives ICC To Sign Peace Accord
Some presidential candidates and chairmen of the 18 registered political parties have started arriving the International Conference Centre (ICC) for the 1st signing of the National Peace Accord ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The peace accord is organised by the National Peace Committee headed by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
The initiative was conceived in 2014 in response to emerging threats occasioned by the 2015 general elections.
Candidates at the ceremony about to kick off include vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Senator Kashim Shettima; presidential candidates of Action Alliance(AA) Omoleye Sowore and his New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPPC) counterpart Omoleye and Senator Rabiu Kwanwaso.
The national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullah Adamu, is also on seat for the occassion.
Rumours of Obaseki endorsement of Peter Obi, false – Media Aide, Osagie
The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie, has said news that his principal, Mr. Godwin Obaseki endorsed the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is absolutely false and malicious.
Osagie, in a statement, said the story is being peddled by detractors with ulterior motives, intent on misleading and misinforming members of the public for their selfish interest.
He said, “The news item in a section of the media, stating that Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has endorsed the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is absolutely false and malicious.
“No statement to such effect originated from the governor.
“The story is being peddled by detractors with ulterior motives, intent on misleading and misinforming members of the public for their selfish interest.”
The governor’s aide further noted, “Governor Obaseki has, from the onset of the electioneering cycle, been at the forefront of the campaign for our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“The public is hereby warned to watch out for antics of quacks and unprofessional media organizations as well as unscrupulous individuals, seeking to misinform and stir confusion with their outright fake news.”
“Obaseki, as the leader of the PDP in Edo State, will deploy his massive support base to ensure the victory of our party and its candidates in the forthcoming 2023 general elections,” he added.
Atiku Copies Tinubu’s Model On Campaign Advisers
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has copied the campaign model of his All Progressives Congress APC, counterpart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Atiku released a comprehensive list of its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) with 520 members including those on Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike’s camp that had said they were not going to be part of the effort.
The PCC is led by Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the Chairman while Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that belongs to the Wike camp is the Vice Chairman of the Campaign Organisation in the south and Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed is the Vice Chairman North and the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu is the Vice Chairman North Central.
Others are the Standard bearer of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Deputy, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as well as the Board of Trustees Chairman, Senator Adolphus Wabara.
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal is the Director General of the campaign while former governor of Cross River State, Lyel Imoke is the Deputy Director General Operations and Professor Adewale Oladipo is the Deputy Director General Administration and Chairman of DAAR Communication, Raymond Dokpesi is the Deputy Director General Technical and Systems. Former National Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo is the Deputy Director General Research and Strategy.
The document which was signed by Umar Mohammed Bature, the National Organising Secretary listed every other person on the list as members including the Former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Few hours after Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu coopted fellow presidential aspirants and listed them on the council as advisers Atiku Abubakar also toed the line appointing advisers.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan (Senior Adviser, Strategic Planning); Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Adviser, Infrastructure); Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Adviser, Contact and Mobilization); Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Ken Nnamani and Chief Ikeobasi Mokelu as some of the Campaign Patrons; Senators Rochas Okorocha and Ahmad Zani Yarima as members of the local government directorate.
Atiku immediately also appointed Saraki, Secondus and others whom he has appointed as ordinary members before as Advisers.
He appointed former Senate Presidents, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as Special Envoy to the presidential candidate and Senator Pius Anyim, as Special Adviser.
Also appointed as Special Advisers are former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Senator Ehigie Uzamere.
Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, was also appointed as Technical Adviser to the presidential candidate.
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