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Mammoth crowd as G-5 governors flag-off PDP campaign in Enugu


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, G-5 governors stormed Enugu State on Friday for the flag-off of the party’s campaign where they also made an endorsement. At the event were Governor of Enugu State and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Enugu North Senatorial District, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who is still mourning the late PDP guber candidate for Abia State, Prof. Uche Ikonne was absent. DAILY POST reports that the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, venue of the event was filled to capacity. The G5 governors also endorsed the senatorial ambition of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who is contesting for senatorial election to represent Enugu North.

All the candidates of the party, ranging from House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship were presented with flags of the party. However, former governor of the State and the candidate for Enugu East senatorial zone, Chimaroke Nnamani was the only one that did not receive the party’s flag. His inability to receive the party’s flag might not be unconnected with the suspension order handed down to him by the national leadership of the party last week over his alleged anti-party activities. He was also absent from the occasion.

The party’s governorship candidate in the state, Dr Peter Mbah, who responded on behalf of other contestants, lauded Ugwuanyi for ensuring secured environment, quality education, rural development, sustenance of peace and security, stressing that such was responsible for the massive gathering and the rush for investment in the state by investors.


Source: Dailypost



PDP suspends its Ebonyi Chairman over anti-party activities

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its Ebonyi Chairman, Mr Okorie Okoroafor, over alleged anti-party activities. Debo Ologunagba, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the suspension was ratified by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) after an emergency meeting on Friday in Abuja. “Pursuant to sections 29 (2) (b) and 57(3) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended) the NWC on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) approved the suspension of Okoroafor with effect from Friday, Jan. 27.

“The suspension was over allegations of anti-party activities and violation of provisions of Section 58 (1) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017),” he said. He added that Okoroafor had been referred to the party’s appropriate disciplinary committee for further action.


Source: Vanguard/NAN



PDP supporters protest, reject Osun tribunal’s verdict


Hours after the Election Petition Tribunal annulled the July 16 Osun State governorship election results and declared former governor Gboyega Oyetola the winner of the poll, some Peoples Democratic Party supporters stormed the streets to protest against the judgement. While annulling the July 16 Osun governorship poll results, the tribunal held that the Independent National Electoral Commission did not comply with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the Electoral Act as amended.

The PUNCH reports The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, the winner of the July 16 election. The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes, beating the incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC, who garnered 375,027 votes in the keenly contested race.

But while delivering a majority decision judgement on Friday, Justice Tetsea Kume ruled that INEC did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act. He subsequently deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared that Oyetola won the election, having polled 314, 921, while Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266. He directed INEC to withdraw Adeleke’s certificate of return and issue another one to Oyetola who won a majority of the lawful votes.

Not satisfied with the judgement, the PDP supporters on Friday were said to have marched from the Jaleyemi area and converged at Orita Olaiya, under the flyover to protest what they termed “injustice”. The protesters, who carried various placards with several inscriptions, insisted that Adeleke was the winner of the poll. Some of the inscriptions read, “Tribunal Panel is not fair in their judgement’, ‘Imole has come to stay’, ‘Osun Citizens reject Oyetola’, ‘This is Injustice to Ademola Adeleke’, ‘In Imole’s mandate we stand’, among others.


Source: Punch