A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Donald Duke, on Tuesday said that his ambition was not supported by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Duke, a former governor of Cross River State who recently declared his intention to run for the exalted office, told newsmen in Lagos that though he remained close to Obasanjo, his decision to run was personal.
“I am not hypocritical. I am close to the former president, but he is neither my sponsor nor my backup. However, those who come up with this propaganda also go to get the ex-president’s endorsement.
“I will not keep people aside because of what others think. I need everybody’s support; but I am running as Duke and nobody’s stogie.
“I will be putting myself up to run. How it pans out is not what I can say” he said. On the zoning in the PDP, Duke said that it would not deter him from running as it remained his constitutional rights.
“Let the people decide. Zoning is undemocratic. I am running as a Nigerian. Zoning has never brought out the best in us. It brings compromise” he said.
He, however, said that his candidature and final platform would be determined on what unfolds in the party. “There are talks going on with other platforms. When these talks are concluded, then Nigeria will know my final stand. I remain a bona fide member of the PDP,” he said.
Duke said that there was need for every Nigeria to get involved in governance in one form or another saying:“Things don’t just happen. Folks make it happen.”
On Tinapa Holiday Resort in Cross River which was his pet project, Duke lamented that it was neglected by subsequent governments.
“Tinapa was completed. It would have been making trillions of Naira for the state if successive governments had continued with the project.
“With continuity it would have been moving. Tinapa is just a metaphor for poor governance and problem of continuity in governance.“We built Tinapa to drive development in Cross River. Continuing with such a project would have made the state less dependent of subvention,” he said.
APC Reacts To Shehu Sani’s Resignation, Reveals Next Step
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of one of its senators, Shehu Sani, from the party.
Senator Sani had announced his resignation in a letter addressed to his ward chairman in Kaduna state on Saturday over the prolonged crisis in the state chapter of the ruling party.
According to his letter, “I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer you my resignation from the APC.
“I had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realisation of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear.
“I joined in the belief that honour and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the party and most importantly, that internal democracy will always be the norm.”
Speaking on the development, APC in a terse statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it was studying and relating all the facts before taking an appropriate action.
The statement read: “We received the news of the alleged defection of Senator Shehu Sani through media reports.
“The party leadership will relate with all the facts concerning the reported defection and react appropriately in due course.”
Senator Shehu Sani Dumps APC
Following controversies that trailed the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) has resigned from the party, The Cable reports.
Sani has been at loggerheads with the Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The lawmaker sent his resignation letter to the chairman of the APC in ward 6, Tudun Wada north, Kaduna.
“I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer to you my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“l had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realization of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear, that honor and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the patty and, most importantly, that internal party democracy will always be the norm. However, only posterity can affirm the extent to which the APC has committed to and reflected these values.
“As I exit the APC at this point in time. I wish to formally thank the party for availing me the platform upon which I am currently serving this country in the honoured capacity of Senator of the Federal Republic.
“I wish the party well in all her future endeavors and ask sir, that you please accept the assurance of my highest considerations,” the letter read.
No Way For Dapo Abiodun In Ogun, Akinlade Remains The Consensus Candidate — Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described his reported support for the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state as false.
Amosun declared that he stands solidly behind the duly elected consensus candidate of the state APC, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, and made available to reporters yesterday. The governor said he had followed with deep reflection and consternation, “the false and embarrassing reports in some sections of the media” that he had been prevailed upon by some party leaders in the state to support Abiodun.
According to him, the reports were nothing but another in a series of political propaganda to tarnish his image. He added that those behind the “unfounded rumours” are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Amosun implored political actors to be wary of statements that could demarket the state and reverse the enormous gains of the recent years. He said: “Those behind the unfounded rumours are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections. They are doing it on behalf of their paymasters for cheap political motives. It has become a routine of many political jobbers in Ogun State.
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