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PDP suspends Ex-Niger Gov Babangida Aliyu over anti-party activities

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Chanchaga Local Government Area of Niger State yesterday suspended a former governor of the state, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, over allegations of anti-party activities leading to cracks in the party since 2014.

Aliyu, who was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2015, hails from Chanchaga LGA of the state. The suspension was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Minna on Monday and signed by 22 members of the committee, including Musa Bako, Zaka U. Luka and Adamu Alkasim.

The party said it slammed the suspension on the former governor following six allegations levelled against him inimical to the party’s progress.

Aliyu was also accused of working against former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the party’s governorship candidate in Niger State, Alhaji Umar Nasko, during the 2015 general elections. The party also blamed him for the crack in the party at the state level.

“Refusal to participate and attend party activities; undermining and working against the resolutions of party organs especially the state caucus and causing division that has led to inability to resolve the issues surrounding the position of state legal adviser that has been unoccupied since 2015 in his own LGA,” the communiqué reads in part.

The meeting, which was attended by eight out of the 11 ward chairmen of the party in the local government area, urged the former governor to respond to the allegations levelled against him within 14 days from the date of the meeting.

Efforts to get the former governor’s reaction were unsuccessful as he didn’t respond to calls and messages sent to him as at the time of filing this report.

Reacting, the Publicity Secretary, North Central Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Arc. Suleiman Mohammed has described the suspension of the former governor as fake news.

Mohammed, in a statement said Aliyu as a serving PDP BoT and NEC member of the party cannot be suspended by his local government chapter.

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PDP defeats APC to win Kaduna Assembly bye-election

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PDP Wins Kaduna Assembly Bye-election

Alhaji Usman Baba (Ubale) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the bye-election for the Sabon Gari State Constituency seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Declaring the results, the returning officer (RO), Dr Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, announced that Usman Baba was duly elected having satisfied the requirements of the law and polled the highest valid votes cast of 9,113.

He defeated his closest contender from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Musa A. Musa, who polled 7,404 votes.

The returning officer also announced that Anas Abdullahi of the ADC polled 62 votes, Chindo Ibrahim of ADP polled 61 votes and Musa Halilu of PRP polled 305 votes.

Alhough there was low turnout of eligible voters during the election, voters, however, conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner throughout the election.

The Sabon Gari seat initially occupied by the former Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Shagali of the APC, was declared vacant in April, after he was alleged to have absconded from activities of the Assembly for more than 360 days following his removal as the Speaker of the House.

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Thousands dump APC in Kwara , burn brooms

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Thousands Dump APC In Kwara State, Burn Brooms

Thousands of aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, dumped the party to form what they described as a “Third Force”.

This is coming just as political activities for the 2023 election gained momentum in the state.

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The MM Event centre venue of the decamping exercise along Offa Road was full to capacity as thousands of APC card-carrying members burnt scores of brooms, which is the symbol of the party.

The Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman, Alhaji Abdulfatai Abdulrahman – flanked by other notables leaders – who addressed the gathering, said their “New party will soon be unveiled in due course”.

However, many of their supporters donned the paraphernalia of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) believed to be sponsored by a former gubernatorial aspirant, Yakubu Gobir.

A cross-section of the decampees

According to the senatorial chairman, “It is, however, disheartening, shameful and preposterous that Kwara APC cannot manage its success even at half time of its tenure in the saddle of governance in the state.

“The intra-party crisis has been on for long and unabated.

“The struggle for the soul of the party, which cannot be divorced from the 2023 political ambitions, has been the root cause of the lingering internal squabbles.

“The hopes and expectation of party members to reap the fruits of their collective labour have been dashed due to the self-inflicted and unwarranted crisis. This was not what Kwarans bargained for”, he added.

He accused the Senator John Danboi-led team and National Secretariat of the party of doing nothing to address the “perfidious and glaring aberration process” of the registration/revalidation exercise, describing it as flawed with deliberate policies and grand orchestration to deregister and disenfranchise selected members of the party.

“The deliberate inaction to address the lingering crisis in Kwara APC has become obvious to all discerning minds that the agenda to deregister and refusal to revalidate thousands of members across the state was a grand plot that has the backing of the National Caretaker Committee.

“There is also evidence that the incumbent governor has concluded every arrangement to ensure all the elective positions from the wards to the state level work in his favour to ease his re-election bid as governorship flagbearer of the party”, he said.

Abdulrahman, who put the figures of the new decampees at twenty thousand, listed other members to include local government party chairmen, local government women leaders, youth leaders, wards chairmen as well as APC party stalwarts across the sixteen local government areas in the state.

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YPP clears Ubah for Anambra governorship election

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The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Ubah, was on Thursday cleared to fly the flag of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) during the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.

The national leadership of YPP presented Ubah with a certificate of clearance during its meeting in Abuja.

Speaking with reporters after collecting the certificate, Ubah insisted that the ongoing security situation in the South East would not affect the conduct of the Governorship poll already fixed for November this year by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He expressed optimism that the YPP would emerge victorious, saying that other political parties do not have the interest of Anambra State at heart. The Anambra South lawmaker also debunked rumours that the YPP is allegedly behind the crisis bedevilling the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state.

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