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Kogi 2019: Stakeholders, PDP drag Victor Adoji into guber race

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Barring any last-minute changes, top banker Dr. Victor Adoji, is expected to declare his intention to contest the November 16th governorship election in the state under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, platform.

Adoji, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, for the senate seat of Kogi East Constituency, in the just concluded National Assembly elections, has been adjudged as the best chance of the PDP in the quest to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

Those who hold the position say Adoji’s campaign structure during the last election was one which can partner with the formidable PDP platform in the state to win the election against the incumbent, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Adoji had returned to the PDP family on the 21st of April 2019 with his teeming supporters, few weeks after he was robbed of the senatorial victory.

Asked whether he (Adoji) can overcome other big players in the party primaries including Senator Dino Melaye and Rear Admiral Jibrin, the stakeholders insisted that his engagement style will easily win him the PDP ticket and as well see him defeat others at the election in November.

The stakeholders say that Dr. Adoji despite being in a relatively unknown party introduced innovative and pace-setting political strategies and innovation that swept the electorate off their feet across Kogi East Senatorial zone. This they say, can grab the seat for the party if properly deployed across the state.

During the just concluded senatorial election, Adoji is said to have met all stakeholders that needed to be met. These included youth groups, farmers, teachers, traders, widows, persons with disabilities, road transport workers, okada association, CAN, bishops, imams, students, traditional rulers, the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa communities, women groups and many associations.

He also attended 418 town hall meetings, 702 closed door meetings and 87 private meetings. The Adoji campaign train is also recorded to have sent the most innovative bulk SMS, done Robocalls, made personal calls and put up blimps and banner boards (first of its kind in Kogi State) as well as run the best issue-based campaign built on a social contract with the people.

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Edo: Daisy Damns PDP, Says No Apologies For Endorsing Obaseki

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Senator Daisy Danjuma, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Board of Trustees (BOT), has dammed the party saying she owes no one apologies for her endorsement of the second term aspiration of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.

Senator Danjuma said her endorsement of Obaseki was “personal..

“I owe nobody apology for endorsing the second term aspiration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo,” Daisy, wife of former defence minister Theophilus Danjuma told newsmen in Benin.

Danjuma had, in Lagos on Sunday, endorsed Obaseki during a town hall meeting organised for Obaseki in Lagos.

The endorsement has drawn the ire of the state chapter of the party who felt that the former senator’s stance was not proper.

Daisy Damns PDP, Says Her Endorsement Is Personal

“I have the right to support whoever I choose to. I am a member of the PDP. I have never left the PDP or decamped to any party like others.

“It is my right to free comment and I have exercised that,” she said.

The Edo PDP, in a statement, disassociated itself from Danjuma’s decision to support Obaseki for second term, and asked her to resign her position.

lt said that the comments, discussions and purported endorsements credited to Danjuma were her private thoughts and do not reflect the thoughts of Edo PDP.

The Edo PDP said it was “abnormal and not politically savvy for party leaders to endorse aspirants of another party other than the candidate of their party”.

In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the PDP stated that being a member of the BOT conferred some rights and privileges that should not be abused.

The statement said that it was an abuse of such rights and privileges to openly and publicly endorse a candidate of another party.

According to Nehikhare, the statement of endorsement is a “morale-damper” to the hard working, committed and loyal men, women and youths of Edo PDP.

“At the appropriate time and in accordance with our party’s constitution, a credible PDP candidate will be nominated to contest the Edo 2020 governorship election to liberate the state from political arrogance, poverty, insecurity and unemployment.

“To all Edo people, members and supporters of PDP, you will have a choice to make between the umbrella of comfort and the broom of hardship.

“A PDP government will liberate our state from the APC government that is insensitive to the plight of our people,” he said.

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Supreme Courts Verdicts: PDP Kano, Tells Ganduje to Awaits Real Judgment In the hereafter.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The faction of the Kwankwasiyya members in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict on Monday, reaffirming Governor Ganduje as the winner in the 2019 governorship elections.

In a statement signed by the Spokesperson to Abba K. Yusuf, the 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa described the state of democracy in Nigeria as unfortunate.

“Today’s judgement on the Kano governorship tussle further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy.” He said.

According to Dawakin Tofa, the Kwankwasiyya officials had earlier forwarded enough evidences before the Apex Court with full confidence that justice would be served.

“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.” He added.

“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid.”

Recall that Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court had on Monday affirmed the victory of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state and dismissed the petitions forwarded to it by PDP.

FWM, recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.

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Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti’s suit against Bello

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by Natasha Akpoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi, against the Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lacking in locus standi.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, held that the alleged offence was criminal and not a civil case which could be instituted by an individual.

The judge, therefore, declared that the plaintiff had no legal right to institute the case.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ekwo had, on Dec. 6, 2019, fixed Jan. 20 to deliver a judgment in the suit seeking Gov. Bello’s disqualification over alleged double registration as a voter.

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