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Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godsday Orubebe has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “is still lost in depression and suffering from a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

 

The chieftain of the party stressed that the crisis rocking the platform was compounded by the mishandling of its last national convention. Orubebe, in an open letter to the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said the PDP would need vigour, courage and sustainable ideas to bounce back to reckoning.

“We have gone from a party of pride to a party of shame and gradually receding into the abyss of political reality,” he said. “For the simple reason that the nation is witnessing calls for the rise of a third force, we are fast becoming a shadow of ourselves”.

 

He further said the PDP had regressed to the same imposition, impunity, arrogance and greed that heralded its electoral misfortune.

Orubebe said: One of the biggest challenges that the PDP faces is balancing its needs for funding with established egalitarian values and internal systems. If the party continues to be held hostage by few major donors, it will continue to find it difficult to instil the values that will endear us Nigerians.

 

“We must take our appeal to Nigerians and through our reforms, let the party truly become a people-funded party. Small donations from millions of Nigerians will go a long way in the party’s finan cial requirements and will create the necessary atmosphere for true ownership among members of the party.”

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Edo 2020: Buhari Congratulates Obaseki, Hails INEC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.

He also hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the smooth process that led to the emergence of Obaseki.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said: “President Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of @GovernorObaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“”I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true democratic order.

“Democracy will mean nothing if the votes of the people don’t count or if their mandate is fraudulently tampered with.

“He commended the people of Edo State, the parties, candidates and security agencies for conducting themselves responsibly.”

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#EdoDecides2020: PDP Defeats APC In Ize-Iyamu’s LG, Obaseki Leads With Over 85,000 Votes In 16 LGA’s

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo State Governorship Election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party in his local government, Orhiomwon.

The Independent National Electoral Commission announced that the APC polled 10,458 votes while PDP got 13,445 votes in Orhiomwon.

Ize-Iyamu hails from Iguododo in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state.

The official results from 16 of Edo’s 18 local governments have been announced.

The incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP so far has 288,572 votes while Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC has 202,525 votes.

One of the two remaining local governments whose results is being awaited is Orhionmwon, the local government of Mr Ize-Iyamu where an INEC official was shot.

INEC has said it is working with security agencies to investigate the violence in the local government.

Messrs Ize-Iyamu and Obaseki are the main candidates in the governorship election, although 14 candidates are taking part in the election.

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Edo Decides: They’re Rigging Me Out —– Gov Obaseki Cries Out

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.

Obaseki is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent Governor of Edo State.

According to him: “Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” Osagie said in a statement to journalists on Saturday during the polls.

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

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