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Ogun 2019: Ex-Speaker Dimeji Bankole Emerges ADP Governorship Candidate

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, has emerged the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party in Ogun State.

Bankole emerged the party’s candidate on Saturday evening at its primaries in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Announcing Bankole as the candidate, the Returning Officer for the primaries, Chief Chamberlain Amadi, said he polled 157,466 votes to clinch the ticket in an election held across the 236 wards in the state.

Amadi commended members of the party for conducting themselves peacefully during the elections.

He urged them to work assiduously well in ensuring that candidates of the party for all elective posts emerged victorious in the forthcoming elections.

He said: “I am glad today to announce that the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, has won the governorship primary of our party in Ogun state after polling 157,466 votes.

“This election was conducted across the 236 wards scattered across the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state.

“We have the total number of members accredited across the state to be a total of 157,600 and the election free and fair.

“By the power conferred on me as the Returning Officer in Ogun State, I hereby declare Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole as the winner of this primary election and flagbearer of the party during the 2019 governorship election.”

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REVEALED: Real Reason Ambode’s Commissioner Dumped APC For PDP

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of f the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo in Lagos State.

The party alleged that Oluwo already had in him traits of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.

Read the full statement below:

The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State has been drawn to the letter of resignation of the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo.

The APC wishes him well.

The APC salutes the vigilance of the party apparatus and leadership which have put Oluwo on the watch on account of his antecedents in party politics and succeeded in checkmating his rabid opportunism.

It is on record that Oluwo first made an attempt to reap from the challenges of internal party democracy in our progressive movement when he teamed up with one of the losers in the 2007 primaries of the Action Congress to stop Babatunde Fashola’s sure victory at the polls. The unfortunate political adventurism failed woefully.

However, in the conventional demonstration of mercy and forgiveness, Oluwo’s principal, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi was accommodated in the second term cabinet of Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Commissioner for Tourism.

A similar milk of mercy and kindness led to the consideration Of Oluwo as a member of the Lagos State Executive Council under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the hope that he has purged himself of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.

Oluwo had hardly resumed as the Commissioner when he began his plot to use that office to advance his quest for political fiefdom. The object of his ambition was the positioning of his wife as the chairman of a local government.
However, alert party men and women raised alarm about his anti-party antecedents wondering why someone who recently joined the party would want to use his position as commissioner to impose his wife on the constituency.
The party rank and file aborted this abuse of power and reckless peddling of influence and everybody thought the lesson had been learnt. He, apparently, had not.

As soon as the procedures for the general elections began, Oluwo once again became the only commissioner to seek his wife as the member of House of Assembly for Eti- Osa. By now the pattern of his ambition had become clear. The intrigue that enabled him to make his wife the first- term commissioner’s wife to become the chairperson of the committee which organised the annual National Women Conference became clear. It was meant to achieve undeserved visibility. This obnoxious attempt to deceive party members was again foiled and it is the aggravated frustration that has led to this defection.

It has been necessary to put this in true context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries. Far from it. He was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in 2007 to reap from the primaries.

He has further showed that he has been a mole of the PDP and has been working to undermine the APC. His exit is a signal to other like minds who may wish to follow his trail.

The party machinery knows everyone and their inclination. We encourage all genuine APC members to remain firm and committed to loftier and greater ideals of taking Lagos to a higher level of excellence.

The party remains unshaken.

Joe Igbokwe
Lagos APC Pub Sec

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Action Alliance Rejects Okorocha’s Son-In-Law As Imo Governorship Candidate

Peter Okunoren

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The National Chairman of the Action Alliance, Dr. Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, has kicked against Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the ‎gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo State.

The National Chairman of the party disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Anifowose-Kelani said Nwosu has not become a registered member of the party and therefore cannot be recognized as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 polls.

He said: “Uche Nwosu is not yet a member of our party and cannot come through the back door to be a gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state.”

The National Chairman said the party has rules and regulations guiding its operation, adding that in order to become a registered member, there are due processes to be followed.

Anifowoshe-Kelani, therefore, advised Nwosu that if he really wants to be a registered member of the party, he should do the needful.

He said: “People of such pedigree should know better than junk politicking which would not help towards 2019.”

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Imo Speaker, 18 APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect To AA To Back Okorocha’s Son-In-Law

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Nineteen out of the 27 lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly on the platforms of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have joined Action Alliance in their bid to back the governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Nwosu had last week emerged the candidate of AA after failing to secure the ticket of the APC.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Acho Ihim, read the notice of defection signed by the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday evening.

Ihim said the defection notice was dated November 7.

The former PDP who defected to the AA are Ken Agbim, Bruno Ukoha and Mike Iheanatu.

Apart from the Speaker, the APC lawmakers who joined AA are Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Egwim, Uju Onwudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lugard Osuji, Lloyd Chukwuemeka, Victor Onyewuchi, Chinedu Offor, Kennedy Ibe, Lawman Duruji, Max Odunze, Henry Ezediaro and Obinna Egu.

Amuka, who spoke after the notice of defection had been read, accused the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of “collaborating with some people to hijack APC in Imo State.”

This was also the position of Osuji, the Majority Leader.

Osuji said Oshiomhole “meted grave injustice” to them during the controversial APC primaries in the state.

He said he felt ashamed that he ever associated with APC.

Osuji said they will team up with Nwosu to win the governorship election and also ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari gets reelected.

Ihim said: “What Oshiomhole did in Imo State was injustice and against the tenets of ideal democracy.”

He said the lawmakers would work for the electoral success of Buhari and Nwosu.

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