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Confusion In Lagos Over PDP’s Governorship Offer To Femi Otedola

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There is a cloud of uncertainty over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State.

Reports had indicated yesterday that the PDP had offered the ticket to oil magnate, Femi Otedola and that he had accepted to be the PDP flag-bearer in next year’s governorship poll in Lagos.

Otedola is the son of a former governor of the state and is from the same Epe axis as the incumbent, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The billionaire businessman has, however, dismissed the offer.

His media aide, who declined to be named, told Daily Sun, yesterday evening that “although an offer was made, he has not accepted it. He’s still consulting…”

Regardless, social media was awash with news that Otedola, had ‘accepted’ to run for governorship on PDP’s ticket.

Foremost journalist, Chief Dele Momodu, had also tweeted earlier yesterday that Otedola, who is on vacation abroad, would be running for the Lagos governorship ticket on PDP platform.

He wrote: “Breaking news: Lagos 2019 promises to be interesting. PDP offers Femi Otedola governorship ticket. He’s accepted and personally confirmed to The Boss newspaper.”

On his Instagram page, same day, Otedola shared a video of himself enjoying a ride in a miniature vehicle. He captioned the video: “Never too old to catch some fun … F.Ote.”

On Monday, Ambode declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress. The governor told party faithful in Alausa, the seat of power in the state, after he picked his nomination form in Abuja, to join him to build a prosperous state driven by a vibrant economy, equity and justice.

But, the PDP has washed its hands of any offer of a governorship ticket to Otedola.

PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan told Daily Sun, in a telephone interview, that the party does not have the tradition of offering a governorship to anyone.

Ologbondiyan explained that PDP aspirants for various positions are expected to obtain nomination forms after which they will participate in a credible primary; to produce the party’s candidate, in any election.

He, however, said if Otedola is interested in the PDP governorship ticket in Lagos, he should buy the nomination forms to enable him to participate in the primary election.

“Does the PDP offer ticket? If he wants to contest, he should come and collect a nomination form. PDP does not offer tickets. Aspirants on the platform of the PDP buy forms, go through a credible primary election. There are people in Lagos who have bought forms for the primaries. We don’t offer tickets. We offer forms; if you interested, you come and buy and contest,” the PDP spokesman stated.

Reacting to the development, Lagos state chapter of the party, said it was unaware of the ticket being offered to Otedola or his acceptance of such. The state chapter, however, said it would be happy to see him aspire for the exalted position on the party’s platform.

A leader of the party and former Works minister, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, who spoke on the development said he was unaware of the latest development.

“I cannot confirm to you, yet whether he (Otedola) would be running on PDP ticket or not. I can assure you things will be clearer by tomorrow (today),” he said.

 

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Obaseki: How We Helped Oshiomhole When He Had No Money

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Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, says Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor, had no money when he contested the governorship election in 2007.

Oshiomhole, a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who ran under the then Action Congress (AC) lost to Oserheimen Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

But he challenged the outcome of the election in court and was declared winner one year later.

Speaking with reporters after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms for the 2020 governorship election to Emma Ibediro, APC national organising secretary, on Wednesday, Obaseki said it is wrong for people to say he betrayed Oshiomhole.

The governor said he not only helped Oshiomhole to power but also made sacrifices to ensure he emerged national chairman of the ruling party.

“In life, everybody gets helped, everybody gets assisted. The person you talked about (Oshiomhole), he had no money when he left labour to contest. We knew what we did to make him Governor,” he said.

“I sacrificed eight years of my life pro bono, I collected no kobo to serve him in Edo. Today, we know what we have built because of where we started from. So, when you talk of betrayal, the biggest betrayal can be when people betray a cause when they betray an idea.

“So, when you talk about betrayal, let us be very clear. I want to put it on record that I am grateful, he assisted me just as I assisted him. I know the sacrifices we made to make him national chairman.”

Obaseki, who has been having a running battle with Oshiomhole, warned the APC national chairman to steer clear of the Edo governorship primary election.

The governor said Oshiomhole is “an interested party” and should not be involved in the primary election processes so as to ensure a free election and a chance to reconcile the party.

“I am using this opportunity to call on Comrade Oshiomhole to recuse himself from the Edo nomination process because he is an interested party,” Obaseki said.

“It is against natural justice for a man to be a judge in his own case. So I think the honourable thing to do is to recuse himself and let us have a free process and let us reconcile and build our party.

“I believe that ours is a lawful party and we will do things according to the Constitution of our party. So, direct or indirect, I am certain I will win the primaries but we have to respect our constitution and follow our constitution.”

He added that a single term as governor is not enough for him but that an additional four years would afford him the opportunity to consolidate on his achievements.

“Three years is not enough, four years is not enough to crystalize all these reforms. So, another four years will give me that opportunity to consolidate on what we have done and that is the promise of APC. We are a reformist party, we are a progressive party,” he said.

“That is why I am here today to indicate my interest and my desire to run for another term as governor of Edo so that I can continue in the service of my people.”

On June 22, 2020, Obaseki will be up against Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his PDP rival in 2016, for the governorship ticket of the APC.

Ize-Iyamu is believed to enjoy the support of Oshiomhole.

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Edo 2020: Stay Away From APC Primaries, Obaseki Tells Oshiomhole

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The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to recuse himself from the party’s governorship primaries in Edo State because he is an interested party.

Obaseki made the call while speaking to newsmen after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, on Wednesday.

He said, “It is against natural justice for a man to be a judge in his own case.”

According to him, he and his colleague Governors paid a visit to the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, as part of efforts to strengthen the party and reassure him that they remained committed to building the party.

He said, “For me and my colleague – Governors, we can’t see the party we are building destroyed. We should all drop our egos and work for our party.”

He noted that it was “wrong for any human to try to play God”.

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Retired Army Captain Arrested For Allegedly Defiling Four-Year-Old Niece In Calabar

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The police in Calabar have arrested a retired army captain, Bassey Ekanem, for allegedly defiling his four-year-old niece.

The incident happened at Ekanem’s residence at 12, Edim Ibangha Street, Big Qua Town, Calabar.

According to a source, Ekanem, who is in his 60s, claimed he was under the influence of alcohol.

A neighbour, who pleaded not to be named, revealed that Ekanem, “had sent the lady living with him to the market; then he lured the little girl into his apartment and started fingering her and broke her hymen in the process.

“It was the victim’s younger brother who is about two years old who told their mother that grandpa put his hand inside her sister’s bum-bum before their mother raised the alarm and the matter was reported to the police.”

The Principal Counsel, Basic Right Council Initiative, James Ibor, said, “This particular matter cannot be swept under the carpet and the suspect must face the full wrath of the law even though they are related.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said, “The man is in our custody. I won’t say much until we get the medical report on the incident.”

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