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Jonathan Shuns PDP Grand Finale Rally In Bayelsa

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday again, shunned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State.

Jonathan, the most prominent member of the party from Bayelsa who was absent at the flag-off campaign was again absent at the grand finale tagged ‘Mother of Rallies’.

As sitting President in 2012 and former President in 2015, he attended the flag-off and final governorship rallies for Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

Organisers of the rally had expected Jonathan to be present as his picture was included in the programme and was billed to deliver a speech as listed on item 11 on the programme but he did not attend.

Though no explanation was given for his absence, sources said it has to do with unresolved issues with the outcome of the PDP governorship primary election which is still being disputed in Court by one of the governorship aspirants, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe and a plea by Ogbia monarchs that he should not attend the rally.

Investigations revealed that after some state governors had met with Jonathan on the need for him to support Senators Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, he had given hope that he would attend the rally.

However, Daily Sun gathered that he later changed his mind when traditional rulers from Ogbia Local Government Area met him in a meeting and told him frankly that the PDP-led government has not been fair to Ogbia Kingdom.

They urged him not to attend the rally because Ogbia people are not happy with the insults being dished out against him by some leaders of the PDP in the state.

Jonathan, however, pleaded with the monarchs to allow him receive national leaders of the party and governors at his private residence in Yenagoa since he is still a member of the party.

Dickson had hinted recently during a meeting with with Ogbia Restoration Caucus of the PDP that he would officially present Diri and Ewhrudjakpo to Jonathan as a mark of respect.

Dickson who reiterated his high respect for Jonathan said the official presentation would take place at the convenience of Jonathan.

The governor had dismissed the insinuations of a frosty relationship between him and Dr. Jonathan, noting that report of a crack in their relationship was the handiwork of self-cantered politicians on a mission to use the former President’s name to cause mischief.

He said politicians around the former President had been in the habit of fabricating reports of non -existent conflict between him and Dr. Jonathan over the years once they fail to achieve their political expectations.

The governor told Jonathan’s kinsmen that he visited the former President on 15 occasions out of respect to compare notes with him and to agree on a candidate to support collectively which unfortunately did not happen during the transition period.

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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello ‘God-sent’ – Edward Onoja

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Edward Onoja, Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has said that Yahaya Bello is ‘God-sent.’

Onoja said this on Saturday after voting at unit 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu-Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi.

The Deputy Governorship candidate said voters were eager to return Bello to office.

According to him, Kogi residents will return Bello as their Governor because they want him to consolidate on his achievements.

”You can see the enthusiasm of the voters who want to usher in a government that will continue to consolidate on its gains in service delivery.

”God brought a divine leader who in spite of coming from another senatorial district saw the need to meet the infrastructural gap in the Eastern district that has always produced the governor of the state.

”Because of this, our people who are people of gratitude appreciate that gesture and then made up their mind to repay good for good.

”I think today at the end of the day, we will all be happy,” Onoja said.

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Oyetola Receives 250 PDP, SDP Defectors To APC

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About 250 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Friday, defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Iragbiji community of Boripe local government area of Osun State.

The defectors who were led by Alhaji Folorunso Akinola of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Oni-Osun Adewale of the Social Democratic Party respectively were received by both Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the state chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, and other members of the party’s state executives.

Addressing the crowd in front of the Aragbiji’s palace, Akinola said their decision to leave their former parties for APC was informed by the pro-masses policies and programmes of the government in the state.

He said he and other members of the opposition in Boripe local government had seen the need to join hands with the administration of Oyetola to move the Osun forward.

Akinola stated, “it is now for Iragbiji and the entire local government and state to go back to the good old days because the All Progressives Congress is the vehicle of development that God has given to us to advance our state.”

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Kogi Decides: Soldiers Allowing APC Agents To Rig, Chased people Away – Natasha Akpoti Alleges

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has accused soldiers of electoral malpractice.

Akpoti alleged that soldiers chased electorates away at the Kuroko 2 polling unit in Adavi Local Government Area of the state while allowing agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig freely.

She raised the alarm in a tweet, on Saturday.

Akpoti tweeted: “Happening now!!! Soldiers just arrived Kuroko 2, Adavi LGA chasing people away while allowing APC agents to rig freely.”

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