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DOGARA, KEYAMO DISAGREE OVER BUHARI’S TINUBU ENDORSEMENT

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The spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo; and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, traded words on Sunday over the endorsement of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

Buhari, on his Twitter handle, described Tinubu as a Nigerian who would give his best to Nigeria.

The tweet read, “Today in Lafia, Nasarawa State, I delivered my message: vote Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria and vote Governor Abdullahi Sule for a second term. I have known Asiwaju for more than 20 years; he is a committed Nigerian; he will give his best to Nigeria.”

 Dogara, who reacted to the president’s comment, however, described it as a satire.

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 He said, “I know that PMB loves to crack jokes but I didn’t know he will escalate it to the level of satire. Asiwaju will give his best to Nigeria, really? Fake certificates, fake parentage, golden triangle escapades, racketeering. No, PMB. Nigeria does not deserve his best but we get the satire.”

 In an exchange that followed, Keyamo said the comment was beneath Dogara, just as he described him as a political prostitute and backstabber.

 He said, “My brother and law schoolmate, @YakubDogara, this tweet is beneath you. You are pained by the support of PMB for @officialABAT, two leaders who have stayed true to their beliefs and causes, unlike the political prostitute, wanderer and back-stabber that you’ve always been.”

Dogara, who fired back at Keyamo, asked him to contest for the post of a councillor before they both could be regarded as mates in politics.

He said, “My brother, I have a name for you but because it’s not a good one, I won’t say it as a cost of friendship. Yes, we were mates at Law School but I am waiting for you to win a councillorship election first so we can be mates in politics. Learn to punch below your weight category.”

Keyamo, in another reply to Dogara, said he had reached the height of his profession as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, adding that he should learn to respect his seniors.

 He said, “My brother, it is sad you think every one must be rated by elections won and lost. You’ve just insulted millions of Nigerians in their various fields of endeavour. Let me remind you that I’ve reached the height of our profession and you must learn to respect your senior at the bar.”

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APC SUSPENDS NDDC CHAIRPERSON, LAURETTA ONOCHIE

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The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the chairperson of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ms. Lauretta Onochie, from the party.

Following a review of what the party described as her conduct during the just-concluded 2023 general election in the state, the executive members of the party in Onicha-Olona Ward 4 in Aniocha North Local Government Area of the state, approved her suspension from the party.

A copy of her suspension letter made available to journalists stated that she was allegedly found campaigning for candidates of other political parties, especially the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Her allies and supporters were said to have also worked for the PDP, thereby causing APC to lose the elections in her polling unit and other places.

A vote of no confidence was passed on Onochie by the Ward executives of the APC, who alleged that she had never met her financial obligations to the party and had never attended the Ward and LGA meetings or any of the party’s engagements.

The suspension letter signed by 27 ward executives reads thus: “We, the under listed are the ward executive members of the APC in Onicha-Olona Ward 4, Aniocha LGA, Delta State. We have painstakingly reviewed the conduct of the just concluded general election at all levels and have noted, with dismay, that Lorretta Onochie, who is one of the leaders of our great party, worked against the success of the party in Onicha-Olona Ward 4 and beyond.

 “Information available to us shows very clearly that she was openly campaigning for the candidates of the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the run-up to the presidential and National Assembly, as well as the governorship and state House of Assembly election.

“It was also observed that all her allies and supporters were working for the PDP in the state. The evidence of this could be seen in the fact that the party lost in her polling unit (unit 8, ward 4) in the presidential, senatorial, House of Representatives, governorship, and state assembly elections.

“We also noted that she has also failed to fulfill her financial obligations to the party and has never attended any ward and LGA meetings or other party engagements.

“In the light of these grievous infractions discovered in her as stated in Article 21.2(i), (ii), we have lost confidence in her membership of the party and hereby suspend her from the party with immediate effect.”

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GUBER POLLS: NO EVIDENCE OF VOTER INTIMIDATION, VIOLENCE IN LAGOS -APC

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Mr Oladejo urged the opposition to stop playing the victim.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has dismissed rivals’ claims that its members perpetrated violence during the just-concluded elections.

“It is sheer falsehood that cannot be substantiated,” State Publicity Secretary Seye Oladejo declared at a news conference in Ikeja on Thursday.

Mr Oladejo urged the opposition to stop playing the victim.

He said that the conference was to review the election and comment on some of the false allegations the opposition parties had been spinning in the media space.

He said: “Many false narratives have been put in the public space by the aggressors in the last election, who have turned round to shed crocodile tears in their bid to play the victim.

“The elections have been won and lost. It is time for all patriotic citizens to concentrate on building our dear state and, by extension, the nation.

“But, this is not the thinking of the opposition, who have shown that they lack the true spirit of sportsmanship.”

The APC spokesman, who noted that ethnicity and religion remained anathema to democracy, said that such had never been a factor in the voting pattern in the state.

He alleged that the Labour Party introduced and orchestrated ethnicity and religion into the electioneering, saying that the intention was to pit a section of the populace against another.

Mr Oladejo added that the allegations of threat and intimidation of voters during the polls was a weapon deployed by the opposition currently playing the victim.

“It is on record that there are 13,325 polling units in Lagos State and there were reports of disturbances in about 130 or one per cent of all the polling units.

“I think that is too infinitesimal for anyone to rely upon to say that the election was not free and fair.

“In other words, under no circumstance can we say the incidents invalidated the credibility of the elections.

“We also need to state that the false alarm that members of the APC perpetrated violence during the election cannot be substantiated.

“The party has loyalists, members and sympathisers in all nooks and crannies of the state. It has no reason to embrace violence.

“On the contrary, our members were mostly the victims of intimidation and violence. Many are still in hospitals where doctors are battling to save their lives,” Mr Oladejo said.

The spokesman, who opined that February 25 and March 18 elections were free and fair, regretted that there had been futile efforts to discredit the elections with some of the losers and their sympathisers alleging that it was the worst election in the history of the nation.

Mr Oladejo said that INEC’s introduction of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) had helped tremendously in ensuring that only registered voters accredited and captured by the machine could vote.

He said that the BVAS machines recorded 88 per cent success rate in the 176,606 polling units across the nation and malfunctioned in nine per cent of polling units.

“Even those that malfunctioned were fixed.

“BVAS machines were replaced in two per cent of polling units where they malfunctioned. In our view, INEC deserves some applause for this feat. The reforms also ensured that violence was reduced to the barest minimum.

“It is very sad and unfortunate that 13 deaths were recorded in electoral violence in the 2023 elections. No life should be lost at all.

“Every death mocks our humanity, but compared to 150 in 2019, 100 in 2015, 800 in 2011, 300 in 2007, 100 in 2003 and 80 in 1999, we have made some progress.

“The security agencies should be commended for a job well done.”

Commending security agents for their conduct during the elections, Mr Oladejo said that they were professional, especially in Lagos State, “despite attempts by some people to create an atmosphere of fear and violence”.

He, however, said that the security agents needed to go a step further by curbing the excesses of warmongers and scaremongers desperate to foment trouble in the state.

“We condemn the post-election hate speeches and fake news still being promoted in various media spaces.

“It should be noted that the general election was held throughout the nation and the law provides for those not satisfied with the conduct of the exercise to approach the court of law as it is done in civilised climes.

“Anything contrary to this under any guise should be viewed seriously,” he added.

Congratulating Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, on their victory, Mr Oladejo said that the feat was a recognition of their giant strides in the last four years.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, said that allegations of violence by the opposition parties was to fan up sentiments and cause anarchy.

(NAN)

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LABOUR PARTY NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, JULIUS ABURE SUSPENDED

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The Executive Council members of the Labour Party (LP) in Ward 3, Arue in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State has suspended the chairman of the party, Julius Abure, over alleged forgery and anti-party activities.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Ward Chairman, Martins Osigbemhe, claimed that Abure connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to truncate the chances of the party in the February 25 presidential poll.

Osigbemhe added that Abure was suspended by the executive, pending the determination of the numerous petitions and cases against him in courts.

He said: “We, the Labour Party Ward Executive Council in Ward 03-Arue, in Esan North East Local Government Area O4 of Edo State (12), do hereby suspend Barr Abure Julius Odianosen indefinitely as the National Chairman of the Labour.”

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