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JUST IN: Fresh Crisis Rocks Plateau PDP Over Atiku/Wike Feud

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A crack has emerged among stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State over the crisis rocking the opposition party.

Former Governor Senator Jonah Jang heads the pro-Wike group while former Secretary to Plateau State Government Prof Shedrach Best heads the pro-Atiku group over the protracted crisis between the duo.

Jang has called on PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu to resign and relinquish the position to the South for truth and fairness ahead of the 2023 poll .

But Best, in a statement, berated Jang for calling for the resignation of Ayu.

He said: “The call by Senator Jang was his personal opinion and not that of the party stakeholders.”

In another briefing in Jos, Jang insisted his call was to ensure truth and justice as the basic principles on which the party was founded.

Media consultant to Jang, Garuba Clinton, who spoke with reporters on his behalf, said: ‘My attention has been drawn to a publication purportedly issued by a certain unknown group dubbed Plateau for Atiku group and signed by its Protem Secretary, Prof. Shedrack Best.

“The group in the said publication alleged that Plateau PDP stakeholders disowned Sen (Dr) Jonah David Jang for asking the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign.

“Perhaps it is important to school the said group, which has arrogated to itself the noble position of stakeholders, which it indeed is not, of the dynamics of the politics of the PDP to which they are latter-day entrants. They may have been carried away by blind followership to know that Sen. Jang and the other founding fathers of the PDP built it on the principles of justice, equity and fairness and it is these principles that held the party to where it is today.

“Subverting the constitution of the party long-held tradition of inclusiveness is a sure way to derail the party from getting back to its winning ways. Senator Jang and the real stakeholders in the party are not surprised that such a publication is authored by Prof. Shedrack Best who is still aggrieved and sulking over his loss in the recently held primaries of the PDP in Plateau State.

“He needs to let go of the bitterness against Jang as he is not responsible for his loss, as the stakeholders agreed then that, the delegates voted for aspirants and only one winner could emerge.

“It is true that Senator Jang and other prominent members of the party have been with Governor Nyesom Wike in the fight to entrench truth, equity and the need to give all members a sense of belonging and they have also made it clear that it is for the purpose of moving the party forward and leading it to victory at the polls.

“Those who have followed Jang closely will attest to the consistent history of Jang as it relates to truth and fairness , such that as a sitting Governor, he once challenged a sitting President of Nigeria who was also a member of same political party ( PDP) in court.

“Prof. Best of all people should know that in pursuit of truth , Jang is always prepared to tow the lonely path. Several calls have been made to the party to salvage the situation and resolve the issues arising from the outcome of the presidential primaries but it seems all call fell on deaf ears.

“Instead of reinforcing the call on the leadership of the party to do the right thing, it is unfortunate that the so-called unknown stakeholders are seeking for relevance by using the name of Senator Jang as a launching path. They could go ahead with supporting former Vice President Atiku Abubaker without dragging Senator Jang into their journey to infamy.

“They should make no mistake either, about the fact that, Senator Jonah Jang does not have anything personal against His Excellency , Atiku Abubakar as those in this journey of infamy will recall that in 2019 , mobilized his personal resources in support of Atiku despite the fact funds made available for the campaigns was in an attempt to ridicule Jang sent to the wrong persons .

“Former Governor Jang has decided to go with the group that believes in the truth and is not surprised that this group of “stakeholders” is not in agreement with the path he has chosen. He did not envisage that everyone will agree with him but he is working based on his conviction that the truth must be told in the interest of the party.”

 

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Don’t Get Carried Away By Opposition’s Rhetorics-Gov AbdulRazaq

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend urged the people of the State not to be deceived by the antics of the opposition parties to take over power from his progressive administration at all cost.

Fidel Info reports that He said the achievements recorded by the APC-led government in the state are visible and verifiable, dismissing the PDP and other opposition parties for deploying falsehoods to achieve their mission.

The Governor was speaking in Babanloma (Ifelodun LG) on Sunday at the inauguration of Campaign Council and 5th Constituency Empowerment of APC House of Assembly Member and candidate for Share/Oke-Ode Constituency, Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaq.

“This is about evidence of good governance and physical projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. It is not about lies and propaganda which the oppositions are known for. Don’t let them deceive you,” the Governor said.

“The PDP government that could not pay salaries, I wonder what they are coming back to do. For instance, when talking about the track records of the performance of Hon Owolabi they are visible to all. There is impact. That is what the APC party stands for.”

AbdulRazaq commended Hon. Owolabi for evenly distributing dividends of democracy to his constituents through various empowerment programmes, adding that the lawmaker is one of the best lawmakers who prioritise the welfare of the people of his constituency.

“What Hon. Owolabi has achieved in the last three and a half years is so unique that we regard him as Mr. Empowerment. It is so far, so good. I urge you all to support him and other APC candidates, including our Presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the polls,” he added.

He described Hon. Owolabi as an achiever, given his impactful projects and programmes that cut across the Share/Oke Ode constituency which the lawmaker represents, and vowed to work for the success of his political ambition.

He urged the newly inaugurated Campaign Council to move from door to door to canvass for votes for Hon. Owolabi to enable him complete his good works.

The ceremony was attended by some cabinet members and other government officials; House of Assembly Service Commission Chairman Hon. Femi Yusuf; APC leaders and stalwarts; House of Assembly candidates for Ilorin East and South Constituencies under APC, Hon. Fatima Arinola Lawal and Hon. Mariam Yusuf Aladi; Prince Adeniran Johnson; women groups led by Hon. Nike Jibola; youths and beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, among others.

Hon Owolabi, for his part, said his empowerment programmes were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to the people of the constituency.

He urged the people of the constituency to vote en masse for all the candidates of APC, adding that APC remains the party to beat.

He said he was able to record great success in his legislative responsibility because of the existing good working relationship between the Executive and Legislative Arms of government in the State.

He commended the leadership qualities of Governor AbdulRazaq and Speaker of the House, Engr Yakubu Salihu Danladi.

Ba’asofin of Babanloma, Chief Olarewaju Falola, thanked AbdulRazaq for the construction of a 7km road project within the town, and for appointing Deborah Lawal, one of their daughters, as Special Assistant on SDGs for Ifelodun LGA.

Chief Falola said Babanloma community is one of the communities that benefited from this administration in many ways and will actively partake in the electoral process to give AbdulRazaq another mandate.

APC elders such as Elder Nicholar Agboola, Engr Buraimoh Job, and Mr Benjamin Ayansola, in their separate remarks, said the critics of the AbdulRazaq administration are those who believe in the sharing of Kwarans’ common patrimony at the expense of the masses.

They appreciated the excellent performance of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq through his people-oriented policies and programmes, saying that gave birth to developmental projects across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of a 67-member Campaign and Mobilisation Council for the re-election of Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaaq, as performed by Lawyer Danmegoro Ismail Ibrahim.

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Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara

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Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.

Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.

Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.

The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.

They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.

People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.

They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.

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Kwara 2023:Scores Join APC In Oke-Ero LG

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Hundreds of defectors across  opposition parties in Kwara State have joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

Fidel Info Reports That The massive defections happened today on an open field during the local government APC General Ward Meeting in Idofin Igbana community.

The decampees claimed that, what is happening in other political parties are nothing to hold by but Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s APC has done so much for them in the local government and in the state at large.

Speaking for the Hausa Community, Mallam Abila Danlami said himself and his people residing in Oke-Ero has never had it so good and has no choice than to join APC and support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reelection for their personal and general benefits.

Welcoming the decampees into the APC fold, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Oyeyemi Olasunbo Florence, said the defectors are from all the 10 wards of the local government having witnessed different developmental projects in their various localities.

The Commissioner who is a daughter of the soil also said several groups were represented such as, Fulani Community, Hausa Community including the plantation farmers from Ado-Ashe, all from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the defectors realized, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has the excellence and has proven the worth, so the people see it as a must to join hands with him and ensure victory of the party from the Presidency down to the House of Assembly levels.

She said all wards in the local government are fully represented to throw weight behind the governor’s reelection bid and charge the environment while showing strong support.

She however thanked the governor for counting the local government worthy of the massive development it has experienced since the beginning of his administration.

Also, the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. George Olabode Towoju hailed the governor for the recognition and support he is giving the indigenes and residents of the local government.

Hon. Towoju said there is hardly any ward in the local government that you won’t see at least one political office holder or the other. He revealed that, Oke-Ero is one of the few local governments in the state that produce two commissioners.

He said with the feat, “our people are totally committed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s project  for him to win his reelection come 2023 for the continuity of the good governance Kwarans have always been yearning for.

Some of the achievements of the governor in the local government are as follows;

*Construction of four class rooms at Iloffa Grammar School with three offices.

*Construction of 3 blocks of classroom with two offices at St Pete Primary School, Iloffa.

*ICT Centre at St. John Primary School Iloffa.

*Construction of 3 classrooms at Jamat Primary School Iloffa.

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Oko – Idofin Igbana Road to Odo-Ashe ongoing

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks 10 classroom at St. Paul Primary School, Idofin-Igbana Ward l

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks of 4 classrooms at Idofin High School, Idofin Ward II

*Rehabilitation and refurbishment of Model Health Centres at Omi-Egun Road, Idofin Ward II.

*Construction of Oko – Idofin Igbana – Odo Ashe Road.

*Construction of Omi Ayin Bridge along Idofin Ayekale Road.

Building of two blocks of classroom at United Primary School, Ekan and rehabilitation of Obaji Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekan.

Building of six blocks of class room in Odo Ashe.

Construction of two new classrooms and renovation of another 4 classrooms with furniture at Muslim Primary School, Ayedun.

Construction of two blocks of classroom at Imode/Egosi Ward and many more projects yet to be captured.

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