The fragile status of the peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) is further being threatened following emerging interests ahead of the party’s Sunday Presidential primary election due for Port Harcourt.
The page reliably gathered that, even though the party is bedeviled with sundry negativities, chief among them however, is the alleged enmity between the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike.
Party sources informed that while the Rivers state Governor is believed to be behind the aspiration of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, majority of the remaining PDP governors are routing for former vice-president Atiku Abubarkar.
It was gathered that Wike’s underground mobilisation and strategy for his Sokoto counterpart to emerge as the PDP Presidential candidate blew into the open following Wike’s insistence that the election must hold in Port Harcourt or the party prepare for the worse from Rivers state.
Dependable sources within the party mentioned to Thepage that even though influential personalities within the party deliberately refused to give open support to any particular candidate so as to prevent a backlash against the party’s fragility, the Bayelsa state governor, however, allegedly speaking the mind of his peers backing Atiku , on Thursday openly told delegates to the primary from his state that there preference is for the aspirant with an agenda to restructure the country to favour the Niger Delta.
He said the delegates and indeed the Ijaw Nation will vote en bloc for a candidate that displays the courage to restructure the country at the Sunday election.
At the meeting which he held with leaders and stakeholders of the party in Government House, Yenagoa, Dickson said the entire Ijaw nation would only vote for a candidate that was ready to promote national integration and mutual respect for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious leanings, insisting that the deprived Ijaw nation would only support and work with a candidate who would give the people equal opportunities and stake in the oil and gas industry.
“Why I have assembled you all is about the position that we will all take as a state and the entire Ijaw nation. All the delegates will vote at the PDP Presidential Convention in one direction and as a bloc. No one delegate’s vote will be lost because the 2019 general election is a very serious election for our people.” Dickson had declared.
His open declaration on Thursday, close watchers insist, is his own way of reacting to Wike’s clandestine moves to ensure Tambuwal clinches the presidential ticket.
“We all know who has been singing the restructuring song among the aspirants. Even before he defected to the PDP from the APC, Atiku had been canvassing for the country to be restructured.
” I think Wike got wind of the criteria the South South delegates would use to vote even before the Dickson outburst, that is why for sometime now, Tambuwal too has been talking about restructuring.
“But I know Port Harcourt will be very hot this weekend because the issue has become a superiority battle between Dickson and Wike and they both have those queuing behind them among the party leaders and I can tell you authoritatively, that we are going to the convention already divided and the outcome of Sunday’ event if not well managed may nail the party’s coffin” revealed a party source.
By: Femi Adepoju
Crisis: Ogun PDP Factions Reunite, Vow To Reclaim Ogun
The warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State led by the late Senator Buruji Kashamu and a former House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, have resolved their differences and reunited.
After over a decade of crisis and court orders, loyalists of both Kashamu and Adebutu who are the two major factions on Wednesday, reunited and bowed to reclaim the state in the coming 2023 elections.
The factions met during a reunion meeting held at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
The leaders of the two factions resolved to work together towards strengthening the party for the 2023 elections.
Leading the Kashamu faction, Segun Seriki, declared that the party will henceforth operate under Sikirullahi Ogundele-led executive of the PDP, thereby collapsing the other faction which paraded Samson Bamgbose as the Chairman.
He expressed regret that the crisis had robbed off PDP the chances of returning to power since 2011 when the party was defeated upon expiration of Gbenga Daniel’s tenure.
Seriki called on party members to be committed to the reunion and work towards rebuilding the party for victory in the 2023 election.
Bamgbose applauded the leaders of the party for achieving reconciliation of the warring factions of the PDP.
He asked the PDP leaders and supporters to be ready for the battle to unseat the ruling party in 2023.
He said “We are going to the battlefront. We must be ready and win.”
The party Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, said the reunion marked the beginning of a new relationship that would drive the party to power in 2023.
He said, “I am happy that the PDP of 2003 is now back. We are now together in harmony, looking forward to having a united PDP in Ogun State.
“We are going to get back our mandate from the misrule of the APC, a party that has no blueprint.
“They just wake up in the morning and embark on any project that comes to their head. They give water or road where not needed.
The PDP is the best party so far and we are winning in 2023.”
A former spokesperson to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, expressed happiness over the reunion of the factions.
Okupe, however, cautioned leaders in the party that “there will still be a fight, there cannot be equality. Disagreement is not disloyalty, if we don’t disagree, we can’t agree to move forward. There is a way to go about everything.”
Adebutu in his remarks enjoined party members to work in harmony, adding that the party has come as the alternative choice.
He said, “The people of Ogun State need a platform to rescue them, the PDP has come to rescue Ogun residents and Nigerians from the sufferings by the APC.”
Bisoye Fagade Takes Lagelu By Storm, Unfolds Plans For Oyo Development
Abisoye Fagade, the 47-year-old Nigerian marketing communication professional, is a man of many parts.
And if words on the streets of Ibadan are anything to go by, Fagade has his eyes fixed on two goals, his hospitality outfit, and politics. While his hospitality outfit, Alexia’s Place, situated in a serene environment in the Opebi area of Ikeja has continued to grow steam since its inception, the founder and CEO of Sodium Brand Solutions has been closing ranks in the Oyo state All Progressive Congress.
Fagade became popular in Oyo state politics when he made his entrance many years ago with the slogan, Oyo si ma dun (Oyo will be great) and now, the astute professional seems ready to return to politics.
To show he has his eyes fixed on the ball, Fagade was recently spotted in the Lagelu area of Oyo state where he began the process of reincarnating Lagelu in Oyo State politics. Fagade returned to his constituency to listen to his constituents and begin strategy towards taking Oyo state to an enviable height.
Speaking at a grand reception organised in his honour by the APC leadership of the party, Fagade said, “I must state here that I have personally taken up the gauntlet to join other well-meaning citizens in promoting the ideas of Progressive politics which we are known for in this part of the country.
The project has since commenced as we have done a lot to alleviate the suffering of the people, especially at the grassroots through the ‘Oyo Si Maa Dun’ Foundation.
I’m using this avenue to prepare our minds and encourage all of us to remain optimistic about the future of our dear state and that of our fatherland- Nigeria.
Jerry Gana Laments As He Returns To PDP After 3 Years
Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has alleged that there is no government in Nigeria.
Gana said this when he, alongside many of his supporters, returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.
In March 2018, Gana, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party.
But addressing the party members in Bida, Niger State, during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana said the country is nose-diving and needs urgent rescue.
Prof. Gana said, “Today is not a day for lecture. It is not a day for campaigns. We just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully.
“I tell you, we are going to go around strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger State? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At federal level, we don’t even have a Government.”
Earlier, Party leaders from across the three Senatorial zones assured the party faithful that the PDP is ready to take over Niger and salvage it from the “deflated state that it is under the ruling APC”
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