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Lagos PDP Sure Of Victory In 2023 Says Spokesman Taofik Gani

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has boasted that it will win the governorship election and other polls in 2023.

Spokesman Taofik Gani said the party has started strategising to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),

He told The Nation that all the indices the party needed to win were clear, and that all it had to do was for the members to work together as a united family and flush out saboteurs within the party before the election year.

Gani said: “This time, members have resolved to put the party’s goal over and above personal interest. In 2023, we are not going to take it lightly because Lagosians have been disappointed that our votes do not count.

“We are mindful of the fact that if we lose in 2023, Lagosians will stop voting for PDP. This is why we are leaving no stone unturned to win the governorship seat and other elective offices in the next general election.”

PDP is yet to produce a governor in Lagos State and has remained as the main opposition since the inception of civil rule in 1999.

Gani disclosed that one of the reasons “we said we are going to win in 2023 is the return of Mr. Tunde Gbadamosi, the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2019 general election, to the PDP. He became the toast of the electorate in Lagos State, given his brilliant performance during the governorship election debate.”

He added: “Gbadamosi is a young politician who understands the problems of Lagos State and how to tackle them. We are enjoying his intellectual contributions. He was a member of the PDP, but left for the ADP to realise his ambition. He’s an indigene of Lagos State. We are happy to have him back. We will give him the opportunity to realise his ambition of becoming Lagos State governor on the platform of our party. He’s a great asset to Lagos PDP. With Gbadamosi as the standard-bearer in 2023, the PDP will coast home to victory.”

Asked if the PDP has dumped Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the party’s governorship candidate in 2015 and 2019 elections, Gani said: “Agbaje is a nice man. He may have made some mistakes, but he has ample chances to make correction. He has supporters across the state, we don’t write him off.”

On the leadership crisis that has polarised the party in the state, the PDP spokesman said the national headquarters recognised Mr. Adedeji Doherty as the state chairman and Chief Olabode George as the leader of the party in Lagos State. He said Dr. Adegbola Dominic had the opportunity of leading the party after the exit of Chief Moshood Salvador, who defected to the APC on the eve of 2019 general election.

According to him, “anybody in exercising his right can lay claim to office, just as Dominic is still claiming to be the chairman.”

He stressed that what’s on record is that Deji Doherty is the PDP chairman in Lagos State.

“To the best of my knowledge, we are moving forward, there is no acrimony. However, we will not underestimate the external forces that have been destabilising the party. We shall flush out the remnants of saboteurs in our fold,” Gani said.

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We Are Aware Of Events regarding Iskilu Wakili And Police Handling The Matter – Governor Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has reacted to the arrest of Iskilu Wakili, the notorious herder and Kidnapper terrorizing Ibarapa Community.

The Governor while speaking said the government of Oyo state is aware of the events that took place in Kajola, Ibarapa North local government and the eventual arrest of the Oodua People’s Congress members who were actively involved in the matter by the Police.

According to the Governor, he said the state government is actively responding to the matter, taking steps necessary to promote the interest of Oyo citizens.

Makinde stressed that measures is been taking to ensure safety of the citizens of the state.

Mr Makinde implore members of the public to endeavor to call 615 toll free when security breaches is suspected.

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Edo Politics: Court Rules In Favor Of Ize Iyamu, Gani Audu

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The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the recently concluded election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Running mate, Gani Audu has won the appeal case against the sitting governor in the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City.

The three member Judges of the Appeal Court, Justices O.F. Omoleye, B.A. Georgewill and E.O. Oho in their ruling set aside the judgement of High Court in Benin which declared Alhaji Gani Audu not fit to contest the election based on certificate forgery.

While reading the Judgement, he said after thorough examination, the Panel could not confirmed a forgery case against Audu.

The Judges also ruled that the matter is statute barred as the appeal was filed outside the fourteen days threshold as stipulated by the law.

The Panel therefore declared them fit to contest the election.

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Nigerians Are Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Service Chiefs As Ambassadors- Wike

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Governor Wike of Rivers State has expressed his disappointment over the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs by the Senate for another National assignment as non Career Ambassadors.

Wike, while reacting to the appointment of the just sacked Service Chiefs through his social media page, said he was disappointed by the actions of the Senate who supported the call to sack them for incompetence still went ahead to confirm same set of persons for another National Job.

“You Senators sat and discuss that they should dismiss the Service Chiefs for not performing, now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as Ambassadors. What kind of Country are we,” he said.

Wike said he was not saying this as an opposition to the party at the center but as a concern individual who felt what happened is unimaginable.

“I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will still sit to confirm them for another appointment”

There were calls from different quarters for the sack of the immediate past Service Chiefs for their inability to restructure Nigeria security architecture and put an end to the activities of insurgency and banditry ravaging all parts of the Country.

Boko Haram insurgency in the North, unending banditry across the Country, hence the reasons for the Senate move to sack the service Chiefs who were later confirmed for another sensitive National assignment by same Senate.

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