The deputy state chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Engineer Abayomi Adebayo, Organising Secretary, Hon Femi Ikoyi and scores of leaders of the party including ward chairmen and members of the party local government executives have dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The ZLP leaders said they left the party for the embattled and outgoing deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi who they said doesn’t deserve their support.
The leaders said the defecting embattled deputy Governor will only meet shell in the party as the main engine room of the ZLP has moved to the APC.
According to the defectors, scores of officers of ZLP within the State Executive through the Local Governments to Wards and Units levels in the state have pulled out of the party’s structure to declare unflinching support for the candidature of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, ahead of the October 10, Governorship Election in the state.
Presenting the leaders of the group to Governor Akeredolu at the Government House, Akure, a member of the House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/ North West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, said the performance of Governor Akeredolu across sectors has made his re-election a state wide project instead of limiting it to his party, the All Progressives Congress.
Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo noted with utmost satisfaction the sincerity of purpose of Governor Akeredolu in governance as exemplified in the industrial, infrastructural and other life changing projects across the state.
“Governor Akeredolu has been tested by the people of this state and the people trust him. Regardless of party lines, he has impressed the people in terms of excellent performance, and that is why leaders from ZLP have come to declare their support for the governor”, he stressed.
In his remarks the Deputy State Chairman of ZLP, Engineer Abayomi Adebayo said the uncommon approach of Governor Akeredolu to good governance endeared the group to the governor.
He said Arakunrin Akeredolu has greatly demonstrated respect for promises and shown that he is committed to the all-round development of Ondo State for the present and future generations to actualise their individual and collective dreams, marks him out as a leader to follow.
Also the State Organising Sectary of ZLP Hon Femi Ikoyi assured Governor Akeredolu of the desire of the group to add significant value to his re-election as Governor of Ondo State.
While describing the group as the political engine of ZLP in Ondo State, Hon Ikoyi stated categorically that with the other alliances the group is bringing to the table for Governor Akeredolu, the re-election of the governor is certainly a done-deal.
“We are the political engine of ZLP. Had someone is coming to Akure. Well if he comes he will meet only the shell”, he said.
In his response, Governor Akeredolu appreciated the group and assured that none of them would regret their joining forces with him.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said he was humbled by the degree of support people of the state across political,religious and socioeconomic leanings have shown towards getting him reelected.
Obaseki’s Victory Shouldn’t Be Seen As Humiliation Of Tinubu – Junaid Mohammed
Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elderstatesman and Second Republic lawmaker on Thursday said the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu shouldn’t be seen as a humiliation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s National Leader.
The election was won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 307,955 votes against Ize-Iyamu’s 223,619 votes.
Four days to the election, Tinubu had made a broadcast to Edo people, asking them to reject Obaseki on Saturday, alleging that the Edo governor has been undemocratic since he was first elected in 2016.
However, speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Junaid said Tinubu as a politician has a right to choose any candidate that will advance his cause politically, which he did by openly rejecting Obaseki and declaring support for Ize-Iyamu.
“Tinubu is a politician and politician are allowed to once in a while make flowery statements. That should not be taken to mean anything. Secondly, Asiwaju Tinubu has contributed tremendously to the political careers of both Oshiomhole and Obaseki”.
So, if for whatever reason there is now a reason that Asiwaju has to make a choice, it is not going to be a personal choice, it will be a political choice. He will go for what will serve him better politically”.
“Having Obaseki continue as the governor of Edo state or allowing Oshiomhole to have his way in terms of supporting his handpicked candidate. These are minor issues. You cannot ignore the influence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the South West and parts of the South South where Delta and Edo are”.
“I don’t see any problem in any statement he made. He made the statement but the outcome of the election was not exactly what he had wished. That is the end of the story. We should close the chapter and move on to Ondo and other theatres of contestation”.
“It should not be seen as a personal humiliation to Tinubu. In this game called politics, you cannot say that you’ll always win. You win some, you lose some. It should not be used against him because he said something and it turned out to be the reverse”.
” I don’t believe Tinubu is a fortune teller that whatever he says must come to pass. That cannot happen in politics” he said.
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called.
Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.
Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states.
The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.
Expelling Oshiomhole From APC Can Lead To Suicide – Felix Obuah, Ex-PDP Chairman Begs
A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to pardon Adams Oshiomhole, Daily Times gathered.
He said this on Wednesday in a statement that was signed by his spokesman, Jerry Needam in reaction to alleged plot to expel the former Edo Governor.
“As true and evident as it has shown that the APC lost the Edo governorship election, largely because of Oshiomhole’s intransigence and arrogance, expelling him at this material time could only translate to political suicide for the already beleaguered Edo-born politician.”
Obuah said being a core politician, he could discern the degree of regret and remorse that goes on in Oshiomhole’s mind.
“I’m indeed sorry for the Edo APC supporters on the account that the state had suffered in the hands of Oshiomhole both as Edo State governor and as the national chairman of the party.
“Nonetheless, I beseech you to forgive him but if contrary to my plea, you are still bent on discarding him, I think the PDP will definitely not accept him into our more responsible and united party,’’ he added.
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