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Umahi opens up Ebonyi for Obi *Says nobody should be denied access to the people

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Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has been granted the use of the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium in Abakaliki for the Ebonyi State edition of his rally billed to hold on 11 January,2022, given a positive response to the application for the use of the venue by the state government, on Thursday.

Dave Umahi, the Ebonyi State Governor, who announced the approval while addressing some Commissioners and heads of government agencies and departments at his country home on Thursday, personally instructed the Ministry of Youth and Sports to allow the party to use the stadium for the rally provided they fulfil the necessary requirements as outlined in his executive order.

While receiving his guests, who in his country home on a Christmas and New year homage, the Governor, emphasised that no political party should be denied access to government owned facilities for any lawful activity, provided they fulfilled the demands of the existing Executive Order in the state, stating the conditions for the use of such facilities.

“The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, the Labour Party applied that they want to use the stadium on the 11th. They must be allowed to use it, but they must comply with my Executive Order. No Party should be denied the use of our facilities, but the laws of the State must be obeyed,” he said.

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Umahi who used the occasion to commend some Ministries for their outstanding performance in 2022, also cautioned those found wanting to buckle up or risk sanctions, admonishing all political actors to always put the development of the State first in their actions, insisting that Ebonyi State will continue to fare better under a government by the All Progressives Congress at all levels.

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“I continue to say that our first interest is Ebonyi as a State, and our Party is APC, and there is nothing like vote here, and vote elsewhere in all the elections,” Umahi, who addressed the forum, made up of former Executive Assistants, Senior Technical Assistants and Technical Assistants, the Governor, said, adding that he would ensure that any of them who merits it would be brought into the State Executive Council in the next Administration.

Urging them to work hard to win their polling units up to 90 per cent for APC in the coming elections, he said: “Some of the former STAs and TAs who worked very hard will make members of Exco in the next Administration. To be qualified, you must show evidence of winning your polling unit with over 90 percent.”

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BREAKING: PDP Chairman dies!

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Death has hit hard at the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the death of Fatai Adams, chairman of the party in Ondo State, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Though details of his death have not been revealed, The PUNCH, quoted Kennedy Peretei spokesman of the party in the state who confirmed the incident as saying the party would soon make official communication to the media on the matter.

“Yes it is true but we will soon communicate you properly on the incident,” Peretei said of the ex-party boss, reportedly suspended last month by the State Working Committee (SWC) for allegedly involving in some anti-party activities.

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BREAKING: Atiku disowns Bwala! *Says, he never worked for me

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Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, formally washed his hands of Daniel Bwala, spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDP-PCC), who worked with him as the official spokesman for the 2023 presidential campaigns.

The former VP, spoke against the backdrop of what looks like a switch of loyalty to President Bola Tinubu, underscored by his first visit to the Presidential Villa, in Abuja on January 10 and most recently on January 29 in Paris, where the former Governor of Lagos State, and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was on a “private visit.”

A clarification statement from the Atiku Office, on Tuesday maintained that Bwala was a former spokesperson of Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation and not a former aide to the former Vice President, adding: “It is important that the media and the general public take corrective note of defining Mr. Daniel Bwala as an aide to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.”

The statement, continued: “Bwala offered his services and support to the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation as a spokesperson – and it was a position he held during the last presidential campaign. Subsequently, and after the election, the need for a campaign spokesperson has terminated, and Bwala has moved on with his career.

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“This, therefore, serves as notice to the media and the interested public to desist from defining Bwala as an ex-aide of Atiku Abubakar. We duly urge the public to henceforth recognize, introduce, and define Daniel Bwala by his current vocation and alliance.”

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Apata: I’ll never be a mole for a non-performer like Obaseki

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“I want to clearly and unequivocally state that I have absolutely no knowledge of the protest of Sunday, February 4, 2024, at LP’s Edo State secretariat in Benin, nor have I sanctioned or approved it in any way. The baseless rumours and insinuations that have been mischievously circulated that the protesters carried out my bidding are totally false, unfounded, and quite frankly ridiculous.”

These were the exact words of Olumide Apata, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as he dismissed insinuation of being a mole, of Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State.

Apata, aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) for this year’s governorship election in the state, said he would never be a mole, agent, place-holder, or surrogate of the “poorly-performing” Edo state governor, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Labour Party (LP) in Edo.

Maintaining that the opposition LP was the party of choice in Edo, with many persons flooding it daily in the state and other parts of Nigeria, given its being people-centered, Akpata, an indigene of Benin Kingdom, told reporters that he would emerge victorious, both at the February 22 primary election and the September 21 governorship poll in the south-south state.

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He stated that he would not be a political harlot, stressing that if he did not get LP’s governorship ticket this year, he would remain and join other well-meaning members to build the party, but declared that LP in Edo must put its house in order, for the best person to emerge the standard bearer of the party.

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The governorship aspirant, who had practised Law for 30 years, stated that with his integrity, maturity, excellence and track record of impressive performance, especially as NBA’s president, his pedigree and antecedents, there was no way he could be the sponsor of last Sunday’s protest by some LP’s members at Edo secretariat of the party in Benin, and earlier attack on the National Youth Leader of LP, Anslem Eragbe, in the Edo state capital.

“As a loyal and dedicated member of LP, who has invested significant time, energy, and resources towards building and strengthening the party across Edo State since I joined, it is both laughable and utterly despicable that I would be linked to any kind of violent protest at the party’s secretariat in Benin. These bogus allegations and rumours are likely emanating from certain quarters within and even outside the LP that are opposed to my emerging as the party’s governorship standard bearer in the February 22, 2024, primary election.

“In their desperation, they have resorted to underhand tactics and smear campaigns to undermine my widespread credibility, acceptability, and support base within and outside the party in Edo State and across the country. This is yet another ludicrous attempt to unjustly give a dog a bad name, to hang it.

“I want to categorically state that I, my campaign organisation, supporters, and well-wishers do not engage in, encourage, or sanction any kind of violence or unwholesome conduct. These puerile allegations are the products of malicious minds that are aimed at unfairly and irreparably tarnishing my hard-earned reputation, image, and rising popularity as a foremost governorship aspirant of choice within the LP in Edo State.”

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Emphasising that he was never and would never be a violent man or be associated with it he said: “As a lawyer of more than 30 years, I fully understand that peaceful protest is the fundamental right of every Nigerian citizen, guaranteed by the constitution and upheld by the courts of the land. Law-abiding citizens of Nigeria have a right to freely associate and protest, provided that this is done peacefully and legally, without threatening lives or property.

“If some persons have, however, acted unlawfully, in the course of the alleged protest, I strongly urge that they be promptly reported to the appropriate law-enforcement agencies for proper investigation and possible prosecution, as provided by our laws.

“I reject all insinuations and rumours linking me or my supporters to the purported protest. I remain focused and steadfast in the pursuit of my governorship aspiration in a lawful and peaceful manner, upholding the principles of tolerance and justice.”

The governorship aspirant also stated that he had confidence in the discerning wisdom of members of the LP, Edo people, and indeed Nigerians to reject all forms of violence, propaganda, and deceit while stressing that united in diversity, a greater Edo state would be built.

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