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Wada lobbies Obasanjo for re-election

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Ahead of the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State, Governor Idris Wada yesterday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo and solicited for his support. Wada, who paid a courtesy visit to Obasanjo at his Presidential Hilltop Estate residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said the former president would continue to remain the father of the nation.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which fixed the Kogi governorship election, had stated that primaries for the election shall be held on or before August 23 in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2014 (as amended).

But in what was seen as moves to lobby Obasanjo, who was formerly the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wada came visiting yesterday.

The Kogi governor, who is seeking a second term of office on the PDP platform, affirmed his belief in the ideals of the expresident. He said he would continue to learn from Obasanjo’s commitment and dedication for the growth of Nigeria. “Everywhere we met Baba (Obasanjo), we learn a lot and we shall continue to learn from him.

He is a father of the nation. He is a figure we admire. We pray that we all will be like him, because he is a committed Nigerian, who has devoted himself to the growth of the country.

So, why not, if some of us decide to emulate him, be with him and appreciate him,” he added.

Wada explained that his visit to Obasanjo came on the heels of his award as the best governor in the country in Lagos State. He said,

“Since we were honoured as the best governor yesterday (Sunday) in Lagos, we deem it appropriate to come down to Abeokuta to report to our father, the little recognition we are getting.

“As you know, Baba Obasanjo is our father, our role model and shining example for the nation and the world at large.

” In his remarks, Obasanjo said he would continue to work with any Nigerian with good intention and leadership traits irrespective of political affiliation.

He noted that despite not playing active partisan politics anymore, he would work with leaders across party lines to move the country forward.

The former president also lauded the developmental strides of Wada, saying Kogi had witnessed less friction under the incumbent governor.

“Everybody is welcome. But, they must be with good leadership traits, with genuine intention to improve the country,” he said.

Obasanjo noted that contrary to the praises being showered on him for his performance as president on the PDP platform, it was important to emphasize that personality comes before the platform one represents to achieve desired goals.

He said, “We should understand first that, not the party made the person, but the person makes the party. It is who you are that you bring into the party.

Though for now I remain a “party less” Nigerian, but, I will continue to welcome any Nigerian with good leadership qualities.

“It does not matter which party you are, either, PDP, APC, Labour, APGA any party at all, as long as you are committed, sincere and a purposeful leader, I am ready for you. And that is what our brother is doing.”

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2023: INEC redeploys RECs, others

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INEC insists APGA won’t participate in Anambra guber poll

As part of the preparations for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the redeployment of some of its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and posting of staff.

The redeployment was announced in a statement issued by Festus Okoye Esq, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman for Information and Voter Education, on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Mr. Okoye said the redeployment and posting, affecting 385 staff nationwide, was a routine exercise which will continue from time to time.

Those affected in the redeployment include two RECs and eight Directorate level staff, amongst others.

“In line with the extant policy, the commission hereby redeploys two Residents Electoral Commissioners (RECs) eight Directorate level staff, ” he said.

According to Mr Okoye, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, REC, Cross River state, had been redeployed to REC, Akwa Ibom State, while Dr Alalibo Johnson Sinikiem, REC, Edo state had been moved to Cross River state.

He said that Engineer Paul Omokore, Director, Planning and Monitoring Department, Headquarters, Abuja, had been redeployed as Director, ICT, Headquarters, Abuja; Engineer Chidi Nwafor, Director, ICT to Administrative Secretary, Enugu State ;Mr Chima Duruaku, Administrative Secretary, Anambra state to Director, Planning and Monitoring Department, Headquarters, Abuja; and Mr jude Okwuanu, Administrative Secretary, Enugu State to Administrative Secretary, Anambra State.

Others include, Usman Musa Wase, Acting Director, Human Resource Management, Headquarters, Abuja, who had been redeployed as the Acting Administrative Secretary, Nasarawa State; Mr Salisu Garba, Director in the Electoral Operations Department to Director, Procurement, Headquarters, Abuja; Barr. Waziri Zanna, Acting Administrative Secretary, FCT to Acting Director, Human Resource Management, Headquarters, Abuja; while Godwin Wada Edibo, Acting Administrative Secretary, Nasarawa State had been redeployed as the Acting Administrative Secretary, FCT.

He further noted that the redeployment/postings take immediate effect, while handing and taking over should be concluded on/or before Friday 26th August, 2022.

2023: INEC redeploys RECs, others

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JANDOR meets PDP state, senatorial, and LGA women leaders, unites state woman leader and Lagos4Lagos state woman leader

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The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR) on Monday played host to the party woman leaders in the state, the three senatorial districts, and the 20 local Government areas who visited to share their campaign and mobilization plans for the 2023 gubernatorial election.

The party women leadership delegation was led by the State Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Idowu Akinsanya. She expressed the resolution of all women in the party to eschew all divisive tendencies and unite towards the actualization of electoral victory for the party.

She noted that Lagos PDP women are willing to be sacrificial in this dispensation and that every party faithful should also follow suit by not expecting pecuniary motivation as a condition for supporting the JAFUN Eko project.
JANDOR in his address appreciated the women leaders for the stabilizing role they have been playing in the party over the years. He commended them for their resolve to work for the party without expecting immediate compensation.
He however appealed to the women leaders to ensure total reconciliation of all warring groups across the local government, wards, and down to the polling units.

JANDOR used the occasion to unite the PDP State Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Idowu Akinsanya and the State Woman Leader for the Lagos4Lagos Movement, Pst Mrs. Odunsi. He mandated the two apex leaders to ensure that other women under them are also truly and properly integrated.

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Opposition engaging in propaganda to discredit APC – Adamu

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulahi Adamu, has lamented that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is engaging in propaganda to discredit the ruling party ahead of the 2023 elections.

Adamu stated this Tuesday when a group of APC Professionals led by former Governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda, visited him at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Adamu decried that most of the programmes of the APC-led administration were not getting to the grassroots because leadership at that level was driven by those who are not educated.

His words: “One thing which I want to make some reference to is the fact of the position of your forum itself. If you listen to our political activities, one thing you may wish to take a serious look at and see how best you can be of some assistance to our effort is the activity of the party at the grassroots where it mattered most.

“Leadership at this level is being driven by those who are not educated, they are very vulnerable, very, extremely vulnerable.

“So, we need to imbibe the culture of an enlightened leadership driven by knowledge. We don’t all have to be graduates or diploma holders, but an enlightened mind is open and it is a bit narrow for now. This is missing in our effort to get people to appreciate who we are as a party, what we are doing as a party, how we can be appreciated as a party

“We are having the misfortune of the effort of this government not getting to the grassroots – positive publicity of what this government is doing. All that those who care to talk want to say is about the negative aspect of government

“We know that all over the world,the opposition is seen as the underdog and so there is apparent sympathy for them. I have no quarrel with this. Go and sympathize with them but call a spade a spade. Don’t give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

“This is what we are experiencing. This is what we are experiencing. All the good things that have happened thus far in this administration have not received the kind of publicity it deserves.”

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