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The purported endorsement of some aspirants contesting the National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by some members ilof its Southwest Board Of Trustees(BOT) has been described as plot by the rulling party to use the BOT to finally nail the party’s coffin.

Reacting to media reports that the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party from the South-West region has pruned down the number of candidates who are vying for the position of the national chairman of the party from the zone to accommodate three of the aspirants, a group, The PDP Youth Vanguard said the plot has exposed the real enemies of the former ruling party.

The group added that the move, “if indeed true, has exposed the PDP elders as sellouts who should leave the party immediately for sanity to return to it.”

According to the Youth group in a statement signed by its National Sacretary, Ibirogba Andrew and made available to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday,the purported recommendation of the Zonal board, endorsing three aspirants from the southwest region for the race is a deliberate attempt to plunge the PDP into another crisis which may eventually consume it.

The group said “if a consensus candidate must emerge from the lots jostling for the position, it has to be a consensus indeed.

” The decision must be all inclusive and the aspirants carried along. But a situation where some self seeking leaders would sit somewhere and begin to play the saboteur’s role is unacceptable ” the group registered.

It further maintained that the decision of the Southwest BOT ” to take such a suicidal step without the knowledge of the National BOT is suspicious and an obvious manifestion of a sellout and gang up, not only against the ostracized aspirants but the party as a whole, as the effect of the move is bound to be devastating on the party”

Media reports have it that member of the BoT from the South-West, Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, signed the document that reduced the number of the aspirants to the favoured ones.

In the document dated November 3, those favoured include a former sports minister and Special Duties Minister, as well as a former Provost of the Federal College of Education (Special) , Prof. Taoheed Adedoja; a former Deputy Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George; and a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran.

Out of the three, both George and Adeniran are members of its BoT, which is regarded as the conscience of the party.

Condemning what it reffered as the Interference of BOT on the Chairmanship Contest in PDP however, the Youth group said ” its unfortunate that PDP leaders who are supposed to ensure its total resuscitation are the same people toiling to ensure its demise”.

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BREAKING: APC Releases Approved Mode Of Primaries For 36 States, FCT

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The All Progressives Congress has released the approved mode of primaries for each of its 36 states chapters and the Federal Capital Territory.

The mode of primaries was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday, which also banned the Adamawa State Executive Committee of the party from conducting the elections.

It accused the state executive of bias in respect of a governorship candidate.

Contrary to the earlier directive of the party that direct primaries must be used for all levels of election ahead of the 2019 elections, some state governors kicked against it.

At a meeting last week between the governors on the platform of the Progressives Governors Forum, led by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and the leadership of the party, headed by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party soft-pedalled on its earlier position.

In the statement by the party on Tuesday, Nabena said the National Working Committee of the APC approved the mode of primaries for the September 29, 2018 governorship primary elections scheduled to hold across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

ABIA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ADAMAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

AKWA IBOM: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ANAMBRA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAUCHI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BAYELSA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

BENUE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

BORNO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

CROSS RIVER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

DELTA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EBONYI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ENUGU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

EDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

EKITI: DIRECT PRIMARIES

GOMBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

IMO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

JIGAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KADUNA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KANO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

KASTINA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KEBBI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KOGI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

KWARA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

LAGOS: DIRECT PRIMARIES

NASARAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

NIGER: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OGUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

ONDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OSUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES

OYO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

PLATEAU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

RIVERS: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

SOKOTO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

TARABA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

YOBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES

ZAMFARA: DIRECT PRIMARIES

FCT: DIRECT PRIMARIES.

Nabena added: “The National Working Committee (NWC) has banned the Adamawa State Working Committee from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the governorship primaries holding in the State.

“This is due to the fact that the Adamawa State Working Committee was prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant.”

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Ogun 2019: Adebutu Emerges Sole Governorship Aspirant Of PDP

Peter Okunoren

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The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Rural Development, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu has emerged the sole governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ogun State.

Adebutu, who represents Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency, was screened with other governorship aspirants from the South-West zone in Ibadan last weekend by the Honourable Austin Opara-led screening committee.

The scion of the billionaire business tycoon, Sir Kensington Adebutu had been the leading contender for the governorship seat in the state in the last three years and a major financier of the party.

Signposting the development as a sign on unity in Ogun PDP, he said “this is a phase in the journey to making life meaningful to our people in Ogun State, a journey that will lead to good governance of our dear state”

The screening exercise also had aspirants from Lagos and Oyo states in attendance, including the PDP candidate in the 2015 election in Lagos, Chief Jimi Agbaje and Chief Deji Doherty; Senator Ayo Adeseun and Seyi Makinde who are aspirants from Oyo State.

The PDP primary is scheduled to hold on Friday, 28th September, across the states of the federation.

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Osun 2019: Omisore ‘Agrees’ To Work With PDP, Adeleke

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The Senate President and the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, campaign council for the Osun State governorship election, Bukola Saraki has disclosed that the 2018 Osun governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore has agreed to work with the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke in the rerun election billed for Thursday, 27th September 2018.

Saraki disclosed this after he met with Omisore in Ile-Ife.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the governorship election in Osun state “inconclusive” after a thin margin between scores for two main contenders.

Rerun elections slated for September 27 in Osun are to hold in seven polling unit across four local government areas.

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