The Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in Ondo State has congratulated Sen.
Ademola Adeleke on his victory at the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun.
The party described Adeleke’s victory as a dress rehearsal for the 2023 general elections.
This is contained in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei, in Akure.
The statement read: “The outcome of the Osun State Gubernatorial election is the dress rehearsal for the 2023 general elections.
“It was a victory for the people of Osun State, who demonstrated unequaled resilience, doggedness, commitment and determination to consign All Progressives Congress (APC) to the dustbin of history.
“We congratulate Governor-Elect, Senator Adeleke and the entire PDP family in Osun State, South West Nigeria and indeed all over Nigeria.” “Our party congratulates the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu and members of National Working Committee of our great PDP, Osun State National Campaign Council under the Chairmanship of H.E Douye Diri, and all other stakeholders who contributed to this hard won victory in Osun State.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum (PDP-GF) has congratulated Sen.
Ademola Adeleke on his emergence as Governor-elect of Osun.
The Chairman of the Forum, Gov.
Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, in a statement on Sunday described Adeleke’s victory as a landslide and welcome him to the forum.
Tambuwal said that the Osun people reposed their trust and confidence in Adeleke, because they could see his heart, full of love and concern for their wellbeing.
“This victory is as a result of the sagacity, hardwork, teamwork, skillful campaigns, efficient resource allocation, openness and humility exhibited by the governor-elect.
“He concentrated on issues that mattered most to Osun people and they responded in kind, bestowing on him and PDP an earth-shaking victory of historic proportions,” he said Tambuwal, however, said that Adeleke’s victory was a lesson for all that everyone matters in politics, particularly the electorate.
“It also confirms the famous dictum that ‘God’s time is the best,” he said Tambuwal who said that the light had shone on Osun State, in July, added “it was time for the light to shine on Nigeria, again through the instrumentality of the PDP, come February, 2023.
He said that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa would coming to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.
He congratulated the PDP family led by its National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and his team who ensured a credible primary.
“The PDP presidential and vice-presidential candidates must be applauded for their leadership role.
“Perhaps, a gold medal should be reserved for Sen.
Douye Diri, Bayelsa State Governor, who served as Chairman of the National Campaign Council and other PDP governors and stalwarts who played various roles that culminated in this great outcome.” Tambuwal also congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the security agencies, election observers and monitors, the media and the people of Osun, who not only voted but ensured that their votes count.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, has expressed confidence that the party would win Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.
A statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba quotes Ayu as saying the overwhelming support of the party and its candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, was an indicator to the outcome of the election.
The PDP Chairman also expressed confidence that the on-going consultations and reconciliation efforts would ensure the success of the party in the 2023 general elections.
In another statement, Ologunagba disclosed that Ayu, the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar; his running-mate, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state and other leaders of the party would storm Osogbo for a mega rally in support of Adeleke.
Other party leaders expected to be at the rally, according to him, include serving PDP governors and party elders such as former Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.
He quoted Ayu as urging all stakeholders in Osun state and residents to come out en mass for the mega-rally and identify with Adeleke, its governorship candidate.
Ologunagba also disclosed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been duly informed of the official resumption of duty by Ayu as the National Chairman of the PDP following his return from a short vacation abroad.
He said that on his resumption, Ayu met with members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ologunagba said that Ayu, at the meeting, commended the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum, for effectively managing the affairs of the party during his vacation.
Ayu also applauded the members of the NWC, other organs and critical stakeholders of the party for the cohesiveness and unity of purpose that was maintained in the party.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the appointment of Gov. Duoye Diri as the Chairman of its National Campaign Council for July 16, Osun State Governorship Election.
The party disclosed this in a statement by its National Organizing Secretary, Umar Bature, in Abuja on Monday.
Bature said that the appointment was approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), under the leadership of its National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu.
He said that the 128 members Council would have Tombra Jumbo as Administrative Secretary
Bature urged all the council members to be available for inauguration on Wednesday at 10am at PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.
The Speaker, Sokoto State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Achida, and three gubernatorial aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The defectors were received by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, on Sunday in Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gubernatorial aspirants who defected to the PDP are former Minister of Sports Yusuf Suleiman, Alhaji Abubakar Gumbi and serving Rep. Balarabe Salame.
Some of the personalities who defected alongside included Rep. Yusuf Kurdula, Sen. Bello Gada, state Assemblyman Murtala Maigona, serving National Commissioner in the Public Complaints Commission and Sen. Jibril Gada.
Receiving the defectors, Okowa said that the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has the quality and knowledge to solve the country’s numerous challenges.
“Our party is working judiciously to salvage the country from its current challenges of insecurity and other numerous challenges.
“Atiku is the man to take Nigeria out of its present stage, as such our country of tomorrow needs every one in the struggle by PDP,” he said.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State expressed happiness over the acceptance of the defectors to join the PDP in the state.
“Today you are all retuning home. I am happy that all of you are satisfied and convinced with the PDP leadership in Sokoto and Nigeria,” he said.
Tambuwal further described Atiku and Okowa as true nationalists with passion for Nigeria’s prosperity, saying their combination will yield the right leadership needed for the country.
Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Mr Iyorchia Ayu, said the party was witnessing favourable signal ahead of its victory in the 2023 general elections.
Ayu, represented by Amb. Umar Damagum, said that PDP has come to be in Sokoto and Nigeria
“This development is an indication that we are true democrats with vision. Our unity, resilience and strength demonstrates the party’s capacity to deliver to Nigerians what their yearnings are,” he said.
The Delta House of Assembly has commended former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar for picking Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate in the 2023 Presidential poll on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s platform.
The Speaker, Chief Sherriff Oborevwori said this at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday in Asaba.
“We are grateful to the leadership of the party ably led by the National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, the National Working Committee and all the leaders of the party for the nomination of our hardworking governor as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP.
”‘Dear Colleagues on Thursday June 16, our dear governor, emerged as the PDP Presidential running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
”On behalf of the Assembly and from the Chair, I wish to formally congratulate Okowa for his emergence as the Vice-Presidential candidate of our great party in the 2023 general elections.
” I want to also thank God Almighty for my nomination as the governorship candidate of our great party, PDP and for the celebration of my birthday.
”I thank most especially my dependable Majority Leader who led other members of the state House of Assembly to join me in the celebration,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Ndokwa East local government counci of the state, Mr Juan Governor has congratulated Okowa on his emergence as Abubakar’s running mate.
He said that Okowa’s emergence would attract more development to the nation.
“We are excited and confident that the emergence of Okowa will come with greater development for the people of the state and the country at large.
”We wish to further express our profound joy on your deserved elevation as the Vice- Presidential candidate of our great party, the PDP for the 2023 general election.
”We are therefore not surprised at this promotion. You have worked so hard for it and deserve the recognition you are getting now. This is just the beginning of so many glorious days ahead,” he said.
He added:”We the entire people of Ndokwa East are confident that you will provide excellent leadership through PDP, one of the greatest party in Africa, to all expectant citizens.
”We are particularly pleased to note that the synergy that is already on between you and Abubakar.”
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A political youth group has called on the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to intervene in the internal crisis threatening the Kano State chapter of the party.
The group, PDP Youth in Action, made the appeal in a letter jointly signed by its leaders across the 44 local government areas of Kano State, addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, in Abuja.
The acknowledged copy of the letter that was also copied to the PDP Vice National Chairman, Northwest, and the INEC, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Some of the leaders include Messrs Yusif Sale of Ajingi, Umar Sehu of Albasu, Saminu Maikudi of Rogo, Abubakar Sani of Rimingado and Kabiru Dala Local Government Areas, respectively.
The youths said it was important for Abubakar to intervene to resolve the crisis within party before it would affect its fortune and his chances in 2023.
The youths said that Kano, being the most populated state in the country, had became centre of attraction by political gladiators, but the crisis within PDP had not allowed it to take advantage of the state.
The group noted that for quite a long time, the PDP had found itself within the range of the crossfire of political big wig’s selfish interests and ego culminating into the present woes bedeviling the progress of the party in the state.
The group said that the factional candidates circulating their pose with Abubakar with each side claiming his endorsement, had thrown PDP members into confusion, brought the party to its knee and threatening the fortunes of the party in the state.
They said that until and unless something was urgently done to address the problem, the party would suffer a serious setback in the state.
They said that was sadly when most part of the country was rooting for PDP as a solution.
They recalled that PDP in Kano state held two parallel congresses with one conducted by Shehu Wada Sagagi, a person said to be the Chairman of the PDP in the state and recognised by a law Court that produced Muhammad Abacha.
They added that the other congress was conducted by a faction of Amb. Aminu Wali, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, conducted by the electoral committee sent to conduct the congress from the national headquarters that produced Sadiq Wali as flag bearer.
“This development offends the Electoral Act 2022, PDP Constitution as well as the PDP guidelines and is a recipe to disaster on the party’s fortune in the event of continued litigation arising therefrom because each side is now battling for recognition.”
The youth also recalled with concern that on May 29, the opposing candidates of the PDP circulated their pose with Abubakar with each side claiming his endorsement.
The dichotomy, according to the youths, which is fondly referred to by opponents as PDP Kwankwasiyya and PDP Gandujiyya factions, was weakening the party strength of the party in the state.
The youths said that while they were not taking side with any of the warring factions, it believed that the parallel congresses held in Kano state was something that no political party would hope to witness under the present Electoral Act.
“Another development is the recent court judgment nullifying the delegates recognised by the party.
“This, the PDP family believe, is the handwork of enemies of the party and has also pose dangers to the party even after general election during the post-election matters.”
The group said that the major problem encountered by PDP was the recognition of the Sagagi-led faction in Kano state by the Federal High Court, Abuja, following a suit filed by the National Working Committee (NWC), which was suspected to be orchestrated by a mole.
“This development gave legitimacy to the claim of Sagagi based on the implication of the PDP constitution.
“As it stands today, we have no tentative gubernatorial candidate in Kano state as a result of the dual congress all of which have semblance of legitimacy and illegality.
“Your Excellency Sir, as it stands today we don’t have a senatorial aspirant of Kano South and some other legislative positions.
“But have nine aspirants for the governorship seat apparently not necessary to win election but serve as a conduit pipe for campaign funds.
“Even that Kano North, it was during the primary election when mediation was taking place that one gubernatorial aspirant agreed to step down and take-up the senatorial challenge otherwise both Kano North and South have no senatorial aspirants.”
The group said that their findings also suggested that most of the gubernatorial aspirants when asked to take other positions to reduce the crises in the party rejected the offer outrightly, even when they know the party cannot perform in their areas.
“What is more worrisome is that the supervising entity, INEC have monitored all the two congresses, which further spell danger to our party.
“Therefore, it is in the interest of the success of our party at all levels more particularly at the federal level that urgent step needs to be taken to salvage the Kano PDP and ensure our victory in the State come 2023.”
The group said that the intervention of Abubakar to solve the quagmire would propel his chances of winning the most populous state without much stress.
The group suggested that to achieve that, as a matter of urgency, the PDP should be made to cancel the two parallel congresses all of whom proved to be defective in law based on the Electoral Act 2022, the PDP Constitution and guidelines for primary election.
They advised that a consensus arrangement be initiated because, going by the court ruling on the delegates, the party could not afford the distraction of ceaseless litigation.
“Therefore, the most viable option is for the presidential candidate to identify the potential acceptable candidate no matter how disadvantaged he is, and ensure that he emerge as the candidate so that he could be a rallying point.
“We suggest that the presidential candidate can sought the consent of all the aspirants in writing to support the consensus candidate as required by the Electoral Act 2022.
“While the affirmation can be done by any person who is currently recognised as the chairman of the party, regardless of what ever is going on, this singular act will put at rest all other crises rocking the party in Kano state.
“Doing so will put the party in the right direction and Kano state will not be left out on the new era of Abubakar factor that is giving hope to the Nigerian people for a possible new Nigeria of our dream.”
The group, while congratulating Abubakar’s emergence as PDP’s presidential candidate, said it was an indication of how Nigerians across board, expressed belief that he would win the 2023 presidential election.
Similarly, the party’s candidates for Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly have also warned the PDP National Working Committee against not submitting their names to INEC for 2023 general elections.
The candidates’ letter to PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu through their counsel, Dr J.Y. Musa SAN and Co, was acknowledged by the party’s national headquarters.
The letter, which was titled: “The unavoidable need to allow the results of the primary elections monitored by INEC to prevent a situation where PDP will not field any candidate in Kano for the 2023 general elections.”
The candidates advised PDP to tread carefully or may end up not having any candidate on its platform in the upcoming 2023 general elections in the state.
This according to them may not be risk worth taking considering the strategic position of Kano state in the political equation in Nigeria.
“We are solicitors to the candidates of the PDP elected in the just concluded primary elections conducted in Kano State for Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.
“We have been informed by our clients that it came to their notice that there were parallel primary elections which were not monitored by INEC and the National Working Committee is pushing to use the list of persons purportedly elected at those primary elections.
“Be informed that INEC has made available to us, on application, the Certified True Copies of the Report of the electoral body confirming that it monitored the primary elections that produced our clients.
“The INEC Report also made it clear that no other primary elections were conducted by the Party for the election of candidates to the various elective positions in Kano state.
“There is a serious danger looming that may thwart the chances of the PDP from fielding candidates for elective positions in Kano state in the 2023 general elections,” the letter alerted.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, on Wednesday met with governors elected on the platform of the party to strategise on securing victory for PDP in the 2023 general elections.
The Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, told newsmen after the meeting on Wednesday in Abuja that it was more of consultative meeting.
“On behalf of my colleagues, the governors, let me commend the leadership of the party and members of our party for a very successful national convention.
“The national chairman along with the candidate came to thank the governors for their roles at the convention.
“We talked about cooperation and collaboration in prosecuting a very successful electioneering campaign that will result into victories for the PDP at various elections from the state House of Assembly, national election, governorship and the presidential election come February 2023.
“It is more of a consultative meeting on matters concerning the way forward,” Tambuwal said.
On the running mate to the party’s presidential candidate, Tambuwal said “it is part of the consultation, it is ongoing and governors are also being consulted on that,” Tambuwal said.
At the meeting was the PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu; governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa-Ibom, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Seyi Makinde of Oyo States.
National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Iyorchia Ayu has advised all its governorship candidates to reconcile with defeated aspirants before the 2023 governorship elections.
Ayu gave the advice this while presenting Certificates of Return to the candidates.
He advised them to remember that many were called but few were chosen.
“You were chosen to be our flag bearers at the forthcoming elections. Everybody who contested with you was also chosen.
“You must carry every member of the defeated aspirants’ communities along because they contributed in mobilising and growing our party.
“I want to sincerely thank you for the work you put in. And we hope you will continue to work hard because this is just the first step,’’ Ayu told the candidates.
The chairman expressed the belief that the PDP would win governorship seats in 25 states at the 2023 general elections.
He said that the PDP was confident of retaining all its 13 states because its governors had performed very well.
Ayu added that the PDP had no fear that the people would vote PDP governors back to power and also vote for PDP where it does not currently have governors.
“We believe that the PDP will go back to his winning ways. When we started in 1999, we were able to produce 21 governors; we grew that number in 2003 to 28 and sustained it at 28 up to 2007.
“Unfortunately, we came through hard times and the number declined. Today we have only 13 governors. For a political party of this stature, that number is not good enough.
“All of you must, therefore, work very hard to reconcile with whoever opposed you, work with everybody, and carry everybody along.
“At the end of the day by next year, we should be able to come back to at least 25 governors,’’ the party leader said.
Ayu assured the PDP candidates that the party’s National Working Committee and all other stakeholders would give them the necessary support to emerge victorious.
Speaking at the ceremony, the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said it was evident that the PDP was the party Nigerians were waiting for.
Congratulating the gubernatorial candidates, Abubakar urged them to be united and work for the victory PDP.
“I want to assure all of you that we will work together as a team and make sure you are all brought back elected as governors in your respective states.
“I will ensure that we work together as a team in every state of this country to enthrone a PDP government.
“The question of saying that we are going to give a quarter of the country or so to the ruling party must not arise in this election.
“The processes which have made you to emerge are now history; what is before us is a task that we must all unite and achieve for this party and for Nigerians,’’ Abubakar said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the party’s governorship candidates were issued their certificates of return, except for Ebonyi and Kano because of legal issues within the party in the states.
Those who received the certificates were: Ladipupo Adebutu (Ogun), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) and Ahmadu Fintri (Adamawa)
Others are Peter Mbah (Enugu State), Prof. Uche Ikonne (Abia), Oborevwori Sheriff (Delta), Pastor Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Siminialayi Fabura (Rivers) and Sandy Onor (Cross River).
Also issued with the certificates were Mohammed Sule-Lamido (Jigawa), Kefas Agbu (Taraba), Titus Uba (Benue), Sa’aidu Umar (Sokoto State), and Isa Ashiru (Kaduna State).
Gov. Mohammed of Bauchi State, who spoke on behalf of other candidates, said they appreciated the party’s leaders, assuring of synergy at state level for the party to emerge victorious in 2023.
“We assure you that there will be no problem in all the states and we are going to work with you to make sure that Abubakar emerges as the president of Nigeria.
“We assure you there will be synergy. There will be cooperation. And we are going to work assiduously to make sure that our party emerges victorious at the various levels.
“We know we are in the opposition and we are not going to relent until we become the ruling party in our country, Nigeria,’’ Mohammed stressed.
The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, says the focus of the party is to win the 2023 general elections.
Ayu stated this in his remarks at the 2023 PDP National Convention held on Saturday in Abuja to elect the party’s flagbearer for the 2023 presidential election.
Ayu said that victory of PDP in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) area council elections and other bye-elections was a signal that Nigerians wanted PDP back to power in 2023.
“Our focus is on 2023, but we seek to retake both Osun and Ekiti States in July elections as our low-hanging fruits.
“The electoral triumphs from there will sustain our momentum, boost the morale of party members and amplify our notice to the overwhelmed All Progressives Congress (APC) that PDP is coming.
“With PDP, Nigeria shall rise again,” Ayu said.
Ayu said that his leadership had worked to unite, rebrand and reposition the party, while also reviving the intellectual arm of the party, the People’s Democratic Institute (PDI).
He said that the NWC had also followed the PDP tradition of organising free, fair, transparent and credible primaries.
“We started with the primaries of Ekiti and Osun States.
“Difficult as it was, candidates emerged from those credible processes and they await their ultimate victories at the polls less than two months from today,” Ayu said.
The party national chairman urged the delegates, party members and Nigerians not to lose hope in the country.
“Today, as I welcome all the delegates, observers and stakeholders to our national convention, I repeat the same word to you: don’t lose hope. Don’t give up on Nigeria,” Ayu said.
The party’s National Secretary, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, presenting a report on the state of the party, said that the PDP performance in the recent elections was an indication of success in the upcoming 2023 general elections.
Anyanwu said that in spite of the party’s financial challenges, it had been able to manage its financial transaction transparently.