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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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I’m Not Under Any Pressure To Accept Defeat —– Ize-Iyamu

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The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the recently conducted Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has debunked speculations that he is under pressure from party leaders to accept defeat.

Ize-Iyamu said this in response to media reports on the subject, even as he urged the media to desist from speculative reporting.

He stated this in a statement signed by his Director of Communication and Media, Mr. John Mayaki, in Benin, on Thursday.

He said, “I was shocked this morning when I saw reports saying I begged Obaseki to return to APC after the election.

“While immediately responding to it, another one emerged. I will restate that I never begged him to return after the election. I deliberately did not reply when I saw all that rumour on social media with people tagging me in them.

“Now, I saw another report in the media stating that APC leaders are mounting pressure on me to accept defeat. In all fairness to the national leadership of my party, they never mounted any pressure on me.

“So, I wonder where their source got information from. The public repossesses a lot of trust in the media for authentic information. What happens when this trust is betrayed?”

Ize-Iyamu also reiterated his earlier position that he had yet to make up his mind on his next step.

According to him, “I already tweeted that I am studying the result and consulting widely on my next line of action. Speculative reporting must be condemned.

“When I make up my mind, I will let my supporters know. For now, patience is what I implore, not violence; not anger will help us now. Dignity will manifest in how we bounce back from this minor setback.”

In a related statement, Mayaki said, “We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but they did not listen.

“That is why they have reported that the election was free and fair, and that is why they have said our candidate appealed to Obaseki to come back to APC.

“The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election, but doctored by Governor Obaseki media handlers to seek undue legitimacy.”




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It’s A Lie, I Didn’t Beg Obaseki To Return To APC, I Have Not Addressed The Press After Election —– Ize-Iyamu

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The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation has called on the traditional media to perform due diligence in reporting events arising from Edo State, as unprofessionalism would render them as tools for PDP.

This was in a statement by the Director of Communication and Media of the Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation, Mr John Mayaki, who reacted to claims that APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to return to APC yesterday at a press conference in Abuja.

Mayaki, who noted that nothing of such happened, explained that the media has once again lent itself to the fabrications of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP, as they did throughout the election.

“We warned several times that the media should beware of fabrications from Obaseki and the PDP camp, but they did not listen. That is why they have reported that the election was free and fair, and that is why they have said our candidate appealed to Obaseki to come back to APC. The video in reference is from three months ago, not after the election but doctored by Governor Obaseki media handlers to seek undue legitimacy”, he disclosed.

He also wondered if the media was being sponsored by Governor Obaseki and the PDP, as it seemed implausible that they actually believed the story. This is even more so when reporters in Benin city would report Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who is currently in Abuja where the various media organizations are also domiciled – this is to tell you the suspicion inherent in the viral video.

“Pastor Ize-Iyamu was reported in the stories as speaking from Abuja, but it was the Benin reporters that covered the story. Were the reporters transported to Abuja? Do these media agencies actually believe the stories they carry? Obaseki and the PDP have a way of leaking false news to the media and the media has to be sensitive and professional in receiving this news.”

Meanwhile, Mayaki also warned that there is a fake Twitter account purporting to belong to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, which has been disseminating false information. He warned the media to avoid it like a plague and verify all their information before passing them on.

He said, “I only wish the media had been more professional during the elections; they were not and what is done is done. They don’t know how violent and anti-democratic it was in several parts of Edo State, including Egor in Benin City, and so they reported that the elections were free and fair. At least, going forward, let them verify all news before passing it on. It is the basic ethic of the profession”.

 




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Please Return To APC, In Every Family, We Have Disagreement —- Ize-Iyamu Begs Obaseki

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The All Progressives Congress flagbearer in last Saturday Governorship election, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, has called on Governor Godwin Obaseki who defeated him at the polls to return to the APC.

In a television broadcast on Wednesday night, Ize-Iyamu said, “We are going to talk to everybody; we are going to bring everybody back. I want to salute my brother, the governor. I will like to appeal to him to return to the party. In every family, we have a disagreement.

“Let it not be said that it was this disagreement that pushed him out. I made that mistake before and I have come to realize that it was a grievous error and I will not want him as a senior brother to make the same mistake.

“I will like to appeal to him to set aside his anger and come back. In APC, he is recognized as a leader and it would be difficult for him to be recognized as a leader in the new party he is going.”




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