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We won’t accept poll results by Buhari’s ‘daughter’ – PDP

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Peoples Democratic Party said on Thursday that it would reject any election conducted by the Acting Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari.

The rejection, it said, would only be limited to areas where the opposition party loses.

The PDP also called on the international community to caution President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress over what it described as draconian and authoritarian rule by the present government.

National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said these when he paid a courtesy visit to National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute in Abuja.

Our correspondent gathered that the visit by Metuh was connected to the planned visit of Buhari to United States of America on Sunday.

Speaking during the visits, Metuh alleged that the INEC acting Chairman was a ‘daughter’ to Buhari and as such, would not be fair in the discharge of her responsibility as the nation’s electoral umpire.

Zakari was appointed into the commission about five years ago as a national commissioner by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan, who was the presidential candidate of the PDP, was defeated by Buhari of the APC in the March 28 election.

Metuh said, “We have INEC and the idea is that people heading it should be above board, but the present ruling party has appointed the ‘daughter’ of the President to head the position.

“There is no where in the world where such has happened, a person who has a relationship with the President.

“I am drawing the attention of the IRI to this. Buhari has appointed his ‘daughter’ as INEC Chairman, we believe there will not be fairness.

“It will be very difficult to accept any result of the election conducted by Amina Zakari. It will be difficult for PDP to accept result of election if we loose under Zakari.”

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2023: Atiku reaches out to Fayose over his call for southern presidency

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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted to the call by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, that the south should produce the next president in 2023.

Fayose had on Wednesday said the PDP should give room for power rotation.

According to him, PDP’s constitution provides room for rotational presidency.

Reacting, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe said the PDP presidential candidate will continue to appeal to aggrieved persons ahead of the 2023 election.

He told Premium Times, “It is normal for our people to be aggrieved but the PDP has a way of resolving issues like this and that will be done and we all shall be happy.

“Because the bigger challenge is winning the election, kicking out the APC and stopping them from the many years of impoverishing our people.”

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2023: PDP denies reported suspension of National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has not been suspended from office.

The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, Debo Ologunagba, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement followed a social media report that the National Chairman of the party had been suspended by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) after the party’s national convention.

But the PDP has described the report as a completely false news, existing only in the imagination of mischief-makers who want to destabilize the party.

“It is clear that the false report is the handiwork of vicious anti-people forces who are agitated by the stability, unity, and soaring popularity of our party under the cohesive Sen. Dr. Ayu-led National Working Committee, as well as the intimidating stature of our Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively,” the statement said.

The party’s spokesman further revealed that Ayu is on a short vacation outside the country.

He pointed out that in accordance with the party’s constitution, the Chairman temporarily transmitted power to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum.

He also said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was informed of the development.

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Wike meets PDP senators, Orubebe

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Thursday received the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in the Senate in Rumuepirikom, his country home in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The PDP delegation was led by the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda.

Also a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe met with Wike

Orubebe recently resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party.

In attendance at the meeting were the Senate Minority Whip, Chukwuka Utazi; Shuaibu Lau, Danjuma La’ah and Barry Mpigi.

A Government House source said the senators arrived at the governor’s residence some minutes past 3pm and immediately went into a closed door with their host.

The outcomes of the separate meetings were not made public.

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