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Governor Fintiri Killing Adamawa PDP – Senator Grace Bent

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Board of Trustee member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senator representing Adamawa South Senatorial district, Grace Folashade Bent has declared PDP dead in Adamawa State.

She said the governor of Adamawa State was destroying PDP on one hand, while destroying the State on the other due to lack of good leadership qualities.

The BoT member presided over Adamawa Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting in Yola on Wednesday.

She expressed deep fear for the survival of PDP, saying that, there is a lot of political dust and a cloud of crisis forming among the ruling party’s family members in the state.

Speaking with newsmen in Yola on Thursday, the former lawmaker who was at the upper chamber of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2011 lamented that PDP was no longer the party they used to know.

According to her, they were spending their resources andnsacrifing their lives to keep the soul and body of the party together, but the governor was hell-bent on destroying the party.

She said: “Wednesday’s stakeholders’ meeting was criticised by Jackson and Dr. Umar Ardo as a gathering of the Governor’s political appointees and cohorts.

“How can he call for a stakeholders meeting that was attended only by his political appointees?

“Stakeholders are not yes men and women of the Governor, they are not government appointees, they are foundation members, BOT members, Former and Serving Governors, Former and serving Senators.”

“Stakeholders are not commissioners, political appointees are not stakeholders and Fintiri has consciously decided to marginalised us, he want to chase us out of the party. He is doing anything possible to chase me out of that party by all means. Nobody calls me or Dan Suleiman for any stakeholders meeting.

She accused the governor of claiming to retire her out of Adamawa politics, insisting that he can’t do that.

“Fintiri is purposely trying to alienate me, despite the fact that I was part of the system that helped him become Governor.”

Bent claimed to have shaped Ahmadu Fintiri and two other persons occupying lofty positions today in PDP, wondering why the governor she helped would now try to pocket the party.

According to her, Fintiri has left PDP in the hands of two of his most trusted allies, Hamza Madagali and Basi, who are the State Organizing and Financial secretaries, even when she nominated them at the time.

She said, Fintiri received most of the votes in her Demsa Local Government, indicating that she is the most influential stakeholder.

“A stakeholder of my calibre the Governor formed the government we all played a vital role and I was never consulted for suggestion?

“For the sake of our party I spent my money without receiving a dime from him to deliver Demsa. This is not our tradition in PDP.

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“For two years since his inauguration as a Governor he has never called us for any stakeholders meeting.

“Because of the rubbish he organised yesterday, former Governor Boni Haruna didn’t attend the meeting in person and I believe he would not want to be part of such gathering.

“Who are the people at the meeting? Most people have left the party because of him.

“Bala Ngilari has gone, Senator Ishaku Abbo has gone, the party is in disarray because a lot of people have gone. Ardo have said my mind and I stand by what he said because it was not the stakeholders meeting that we use to have or know.”

The Governor has distorted the PDP that we have fought and struggled for over the years. Fintiri had been in ACN and had returned to visit us. Dr Ardo and I mobilized the entire Southern region, including the nine local governments, but Fintiri was nowhere to be found.

”As a BOT member I have laid this complaints to the National chairman, Ardo wrote many petitions to the National officials, Dan Suleiman has repeatedly made so many complaints about how Fintiri is killing the party in Adamawa state.

“Is killing the party with his anti-people actions. If he thinks because of power incumbency is behaving this way, he should go and ask how others were sent out packing as government officials.

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“He has humiliated me, he has alienated me, I must say this that he is an ingrate. You cannot throw away the ladder you used to climb up, in Demsa I was the only stakeholder who stood by him to be the governor, that time Felix Tangwami is in APC as Bindow’s DG campaign but he is now the senior stakeholder when he decamped to PDP.

When asked to react, Governor Ahmadu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, said that all stakeholders were invited, and Boni Haruna sent a representative.

Mrs. Jackson, he said, has a personal issue that she must address in order to remain relevant in the Adamawa political system.

He urged the former Senator to mend fences with her Demsa politicians and avoid innocently criticizing the Governor because he is far removed from her thoughts and is concentrating on serving the citizens of the state who entrusted him with the power to rule.

“This is a person we read over the media that she is decamping to APC, I think she is fighting for baseless reasons since she cannot be more stakeholder than Joel Madaki.

”She should go back to her people to settle her political scores, she should count the Governor out of her political woes.” He said

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Umahi Declares for 2023 Presidential Race

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As has been widely expected, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2023 Presidential race.

According to the Governor, he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his ambition to contest the presidency on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC).

Governor Umahi’s action came barely 24 hours after the National Leader of the Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, took similar steps.

Umahi disclosed his latest move to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

  1. On what his chances chances are against the background that other big political figures had indicated their intentions to run for the same office, including Asiwaju Tinubu, the Governor said God would be the decider of the outcome of the race.

Umahi, who left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC, said he stands a chance if the APC throws the ticket open.

He said if he gets the opportunity, his presidency will replicate his efforts in Ebonyi, saying that he has a lot to show in running governance as a business.

The Governor also said he spoke with the President about resolving the security crisis bugging the Southeast region through political solutions.

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We Haven’t Zoned the Presidential Slot to Any Part of the Country, says PDP

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As permutations continue ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has denied zoning the presidential slot, saying a decision is yet to be taken on where its presidential ticket would be zoned to.

It also dismissed reports indicating that PDP had resolved to zone the presidential ticket to a particular region of the country.

Recall that former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, had, last week, told a group drumming support for the presidential ambition of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar that the party had resolved to field a northerner as its presidential candidate.

But reacting to the reports, spokesman for the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said: “This is completely misleading as it does not in any way represent the position of our party. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP emphatically and unequivocally states that it has not zoned its presidential ticket to any part of the country.

“The PDP is a political party founded on democratic principles and every action of the party, including zoning, is based on extensive consultations, discussions and consideration of all the issues as well as the various tendencies and interests across the nation, with the main objective of ensuring that the unity, peaceful co-existence and development of our nation are reinforced and promoted.

“The PDP, therefore, urges Nigerians, our teeming members and supporters to completely disregard the unfounded zoning claims as being peddled. Our party also cautions those behind the claims to desist forthwith.

“The PDP thanks Nigerians for the overwhelming interest they have in our party as their sure platform to rescue and rebuild our nation from misrule and urges them to remain united and focused as we join forces for the task ahead.”

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Andy Uba Wasn’t a Candidate in Anambra Governorship Election, Court Rules

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All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Anambra, Andy Uba, who has vowed to upturn the election of Professor Chukwuma Soludo, was handed an unexpected knock out on Monday.

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, nullified his participation in the 6 November election, declaring his candidacy illegal.

The ruling effectively denied Uba a locus standi to challenge Soludo.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, held that the June 26 primary of the party which produced Uba as its standard-bearer was not validly conducted.

The ruling ended what would have been some legal distraction for Soludo, a former Central bank governor, hoping to make a difference in governance in the state.

Chief George Moghalu, an aspirant in the APC primary election had challenged the process and the outcome of the primary election that produced Uba as the party’s candidate.

Moghalu, who was the plaintiff, had sued the party, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Uba as 1st to 3rd defendants respectively.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Ekwo aligned with the plaintiff’s arguments that the June 26 primary election breached the provisions of the Electoral Act and the APC guidelines for the conduct of the exercise.

Chief George Moghalu

He held that the plaintiff had successfully demonstrated that the primary election was not conducted in accordance with the law and the party’s guidelines.

“Therefore, the case of the plaintiff succeeds on its merit,” he said.

Ekwo held that since the election was conducted illegally, the APC (1st defendant) cannot be a beneficiary of the Nov. 6 election which produced the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo, as the winner of the poll outcome.

The judge, therefore, declared that the APC had no candidate in the Anambra governorship election by non-inclusion of the name of Moghalu in the primary election, and the conduct of the poll in contravention of the Electoral Act and the party’s guidelines.

“The 2nd defendant (INEC) is compelled to delist the name of the 1st defendant and 3rd defendant from the Nov. 6, Anambra governorship election,” he ordered.

Prof. Charles Soludo
Anambra Governor-Elect

According to the judge, any election conducted contrary to the 1st defendant guideline is in nullity.

“The real issue was not whether accredited members of 1st defendant voted on that day but whether the election was conducted in accordance with the election guidelines of 1st defendant,” he held.

He also said that the evidence of the police report confirmed that the election was conducted outside the time frame.

Ekwo, who described the conduct of the primary by APC as “crude and primitive,” ordered that the N22.5 million paid by Moghalu as expression of interest and nomination forms be refunded since the party failed to complied with the provisions of the law and its guidelines.

Moghalu had, in July, filed the suit at the court, seeking an order removing Uba and the APC from the list of gubernatorial candidates and political parties partaking in the Anambra governorship election on the grounds that the party failed to conduct a valid primary election.

He also demanded N122.5 million as damages, which include a refund for the fee paid for expression of interest and nomination forms and N100 million “for the breach of contract to commence and conclude primary election”.

INEC had picked Uba, winner of the APC primary election, as the party’s candidate.

In the affidavit in support of the suit, the plaintiff said the APC failed to conclude the selection and nomination process for its candidate for the Nov. 6 governorship poll.

He said the APC had chosen to adopt direct primary, which is why the party published the list of designated venues for the exercise.

Moghalu said the party received N22.5 million for the expression of interest form and nomination form, including from him, “to allow him to participate in the primary election exercise”.
He further said he was informed a day before the primaries that the APC electoral committee would address all aspirants and stakeholders in Akwa.
“Shockingly, on June 26, 2021, the said election committee was not seen anywhere in Anambra; no accreditation of voters took place; no voting and collation of votes occurred in all the 326 wards of Anambra state,” he said.

He said the committee “announced election results it did not conduct, and which fakery was credited to the 3rd defendant as the winner of the primary election scheduled for emergence as APC’s candidate in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra”.

Moghalu also argued that the party did not invite the INEC in line with the law requiring the commission to monitor the exercise.

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