If close watchers submission are anything to go by, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu will defect from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP anytime soon.
According to a Vanguard report, if the body language and recent marathon meetings that took place outside the country last week between the Edo Deputy Governor and some party bigwigs in the country, are anything to go by, then Shaibu may dump the PDP anytime from now.
It was gathered that series of meetings took place outside the country, during the deputy governor’s vacation before he returned to Nigeria last week.
A source said: “Philip Shaibu is one man I admire as a political tactician and Maradona in the Edo political space. Quitting PDP may frustrate the developmental plans of the Obaseki’s administration due to his nuts and bolts experience as a voracious student of politics, as well as his sterling track record and pedigree as a fearless and charismatic lawmaker.”
According to the source, there are strong indications that the Deputy Governor may not join any other political party immediately after quitting the PDP.
Another source, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said: “This rumour, however, did not come as a huge surprise to many, because the Deputy Governor was once quoted to have said he merely escorted Governor Godwin Obaseki to PDP.”
The source said it is a widely held belief across Edo State that Shaibu was, no doubt, the major face of the Edo 2020 governorship election, as many still believe that it was an election between Shaibu and his political father, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to secure victory for the incumbent.
However, while some have expressed curiosity that after such hard-earned victory, one wonders the justification for the Deputy Governor to quit the PDP, others have also chided the Governor for operating a one-man show without appointment of cabinet.
A source, familiar with the development said “The Governor’s rigid position on some critical decisions that are now causing considerable disaffection between the Deputy Governor and some of his most loyal and committed supporters, who stood firmly by him, contributed morally and with resources and even risked their lives to deliver the Obaseki/Shaibu ticket and ensure that the Deputy Governor was not disgraced and embarrassed politically in his Constituency, which he shares with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole may have also justified his reason for defection.”
Prior the 2020 Governorship election, Governor Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu had led their supporters to the PDP.
Comrade Shaibu, who spoke to journalists after obtaining his PDP membership card at the party secretariat in Benin City, expressed disappointment over the undemocratic actions and tendencies of Comrade Adams Oshiomole in his management of the APC at the national level.
He said: “I have a mixed feeling with this action. First, one struggled to form a party and after forming that party, those that benefitted from the party took over the party and became tyrants. It is not always easy that after one helped to form and nurture a party, one individual would say he is an Adolf Hitler in the system and becomes undemocratic. That was what happened in the APC.
PDP keeps mum
When contacted, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP spokesperson, Mr. Diran Odeyemi said he was not aware of the development.
But party source said that “it is strange that Obaseki and Shaibu are not in good terms because I know they have a cordial relationship.
“What I know is that there has been a delay in the appointment of commissioners in the state; the governor wants to bring in some APC members who helped him during the Governorship election but the PDP leadership is not disposed to this.
Their argument is that you cannot use our platform without us not benefiting from you. I know that issue has been on ground for sometime now, but it will be resolved.”
PDP Challenges Buhari To Expose Terrorism Sponsors Now
Nigeria not interested in naming, shaming, Presidency insists
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said the refusal by Federal Government to expose sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria had vindicated its position that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has been “providing official cover for terrorists and bandits pillaging the nation.”
The main opposition party said its position followed the “declaration of the Buhari Presidency that it was not interested in making public, the names of six Nigerians reportedly sent to the Federal Government by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as sponsors of terrorism in our country.”
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, insisted that “the decision of the APC-led government to cover the identity of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, raping, kidnapping of our compatriots, as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.”
The party went on: “This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.”
The party said it had always alerted of a “connection between the APC and terrorists ravaging various parts of the nation and how the APC, as a party, had always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.”
REACTING, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated that the current administration was not interested in naming or shaming Boko Haram sponsors and other financiers of terrorism across the federation.
The presidential aide said rather, the government was preoccupied with bringing the “malefactors” to justice. He spoke yesterday evening as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ current affairs programme.
It had earlier been reported that the UAE named and prosecuted six Nigerians and 32 others for allegedly financing terrorism.
Asked to give an update on the prosecution of terror sponsors in the country, Adesina, who is part of the entourage of the President in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, said: “Naming and shaming would not be the motive, rather bringing malefactors to justice would be it.
NEC Will Announce Decisions Today -PDP Govs
The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, says a final decision on issues discussed by the governors and other stakeholders will be made public by the National Executive Committee on Thursday.
He announced this while briefing the Press after a seven-hour long closed-door meeting in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Tambuwal said, “We had a very fruitful meeting for about seven hours.
“We discussed issues that will improve our party and prepare us for the 2023 elections.
“We also received briefing from our candidate for the Anambra governorship election.
“Decisions taken will be announced by NEC on Thursday [today].”
Lagos LG Congress: APC National Secretariat Recognizes Lagos4Lagos Exco, National Delegates List
After the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State chapter held a parallel Local Government Congresses last Saturday to elect new officers, the National Secretariat of the party, Tuesday, acknowledged receipt of Lagos4Lagos local government executives and delegates lists as submitted by the group.
Lagos4Lagos Movement, is a group within the Lagos APC Lagos chapter, championing the cause for equality and level playing ground among members of the party.
Recall that the state chapter of APC, led by Tunde Balogun, also held a ward and council congresses which had been a subject of controversy in the state.
Lagos4Lagos Movement, led by its Convener, Olajide Adediran, popularly called “Jandor” participated in the Lagos APC council Congress last Saturday.
In a statement by Mr Adeleke Akeem, State Public Relations Officer, PRO, for Lagos4Lagos, stated: “In line with the mandate from the APC National Secretariat, members of the Lagos4Lagos Movement trooped out in all the 20 LGA in Lagos State to elect their officers in a hitch-free democratic manner.
“Basking in the euphoria of the recently concluded APC Ward Congress, Lagos4Lagos movement maintained a sustained consolidation by electing officers who will take charge of the party activities in all the 20 LGA in Lagos State, devoid of any rancour.
“The movement, with this current thrust has taken over the party structure in all the 20 LGAs of Lagos State.
“In the same vein, on Friday, members of the Lagos4Lagos movement were ecstatic and upbeat as their executives were inaugurated across the 245 wards in Lagos State.
“This has undoubtedly reaffirmed our formidable reach and capacity. It also laid to rest the undeniable fact that the party administration, even at the grassroots level is dominated by members of the Lagos4Lagos movement.
“The Lead Visioner of the Movement, Dr Adediran (Jandor) used the opportunity to congratulate the newly sworn-in ward executives and those elected today at LG Congress.”
He, therefore, admonished them to be just and democratic as they take full charge of party administration at the grassroots.
Speaking further on the development, Jandor expressed firm optimism, stating that “active democratic participation of all stakeholders is required for the enthronement of the government of the people, by the people and for the people.
“We are indeed mobilising for progressive change,” he concluded.
Akeem, in a statement on Tuesday, made available to newsmen presented an acknowledgement copy by the national body.
However, in an earlier reaction to the exercise on Saturday, APC caretaker Publicity Secretary, Mr. Seye Oladejo, stated that: “The exercise has been generally peaceful from reports across the state.
“The constitutional provision of consensus which was also encouraged by the national caretaker committee was upheld.
“The process which culminates in the national convention will no doubt reposition the party for the challenges ahead.”
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