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PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection
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PDP Mobilises Tambuwal, Obaseki, Saraki To Stop Governor Ayade’s Defection

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mobilised Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and the party’s reconciliation committee headed by a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to persuade the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, to rethink plans to defect from the main opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). THISDAY learnt that the move followed the threat by 18 elected local government chairmen and 196 councillors in the state to defect from the PDP if the party fails to repeat its state congress. The chairmen and councillors yesterday met with members of the NWC in Abuja during which they served the defection threat. The delegation, led by the Chairman...
Ahead Of His Defection, APC Governors Visit Matawalle In Gusau
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Ahead Of His Defection, APC Governors Visit Matawalle In Gusau

Ahead of the imminent defection of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and governor of Kebbi state, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu yesterday led a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) bigwigs to Zamfara state. Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, as well as Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru were also part of those who visited Zamfara, where they commiserated with governor Matawalle over a recent market fire in Gusau, the state capital. Leader of the delegation, Governor Atiku Bagudu acknowledged the efforts of Governor Matawalle in ensuring the return of peace in the state and offered support and solidarity through a donation of ...
Defection: Uche Secondus, PDP NWC Hold Talks With Fani-Kayode
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Defection: Uche Secondus, PDP NWC Hold Talks With Fani-Kayode

National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus on Thursday held talks with a former minister of aviation Femi Fami-Kayode. Mr Fani-Kayode has been rumoured to be plotting a move away from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, an allegation he has denied repeatedly. PDP national publicity secretary Kola Ologbondiyan broke the news of the meeting via Twitter. He said: “The National Chairman of our great party, prince @UcheSecondus in company of NWC members in a meeting with former Minister of Aviation, @realFFK.” Members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) were also part of the meeting with the ex-minister. Mr Ologbondiyan quoted Fani-Kayode as assuring the PDP leaders that he was not leaving the party. “If I had any concerns, such conc...
PDP Leaders Meet Goodluck Jonathan Amid Defection Rumour
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PDP Leaders Meet Goodluck Jonathan Amid Defection Rumour

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday met with former President Goodluck Jonathan. Former Senate President Bukola Saraki made this known via a post across social media platforms. In the video, Mr Jonathan is seen receiving the delegates with smiles as he exchanges pleasantries with them. According to Saraki, the meeting was to resolve challenges in the party. “As part of our efforts to listen to the concerns of key stakeholders across our great party, this afternoon, the @OfficialPDPNig Reconciliation & Strategy Committee is meeting with our immediate past President, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (@GEJonathan),” Saraki captioned his post. This comes amid rumour that the All Progressives Congress is considering pitching Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor ...
Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC
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Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC

Hon. Blessing Onuh, daughter of former Senate President David Mark and lawmaker representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue, has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA). Onuh in her defection letter which was read by Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, said she was leaving APGA due to leadership crisis at all levels of the party. She further disclosed that she decided to leave after serious consultation with her people.
Goodluck Jonathan Denies His Reported Defection To APC
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Goodluck Jonathan Denies His Reported Defection To APC

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has refuted reports of his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Jonathan said he is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Speaking at the supreme court victory/ thanksgiving service of the Bayelsa State governor, the former president described PDP “as a friend that carries people along.” According to Jonathan: “PDP has been a very friendly party, I am a member of PDP and I know from the beginning till today, it has been a very friendly party, PDP is a party that carries everybody along and we should extend that to Bayelsa State. Jonathan has been linked with a possible move to the APC after he played host to some chieftains of the ruling party. The former president was linked with the APC 2023 presidential ticke...
How Fani-Kayode’s Defection To APC Was Stalled – Salihu Lukman
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How Fani-Kayode’s Defection To APC Was Stalled – Salihu Lukman

The Director General of the Progressive Governor's Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh. Lukman has said the rejection of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from defecting to the party despite meeting with the party leadership is an attestation of the strong internal democratic culture of the party. In a statement titled "APC, and the Question of Values" on Friday in Abuja on Friday, Lukman said the fact that members were able to reject Fani-Kayode’s attempt to join the party meant the APC has values. Lukman who is a Chieftain of the ruling party commended the internal democratic credentials of the ruling party, which he said is lacking in the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “Again,...
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Anyim Pulled Out Of APC Defection Plan Over My Visit To Buhari – Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Sunday revealed that he planned his defection to the All Progressives Congress together with the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim. Umahi, who disclosed this while addressing APC stakeholders at a meeting held at the Bouquet Lodge of the old Government House, Abakaliki, said Anyim backed out of the plan because he (Umahi) went to see the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rted.), over the defection plan without carrying him along. According the governor, the plan was for Anyim and other leaders to join him in the APC two weeks after he must have successfully defected. Umahi said he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders in the state about his defection to the APC, addi...
I planned defection to APC with Anyim and NASS members – Umahi
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I planned defection to APC with Anyim and NASS members – Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has revealed that he planned his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim and some National Assembly members from the state.   Speaking at an APC stakeholders meeting in Abakaliki, Umahi said Anyim backed out of the plan because he (Umahi) went to see President Buhari over the defection plan without carrying him along.   The Governor who revealed that the only grievance of the NASS members and other leaders was that he joined APC before them, added that the plan was for Anyim and other leaders to join him in APC two weeks after he must have successfully defected.   He said;   “They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficul...
PDP Moves To Block Umahi’s Defection To APC
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PDP Moves To Block Umahi’s Defection To APC

BARRING any last-minute change of mind, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi may be set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP National Working Committee (NWC) moved to stop the governor from leaving the party. The NWC met with the governor in Abuja yesterday, apparently to persuade him from leaving the party. The party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiya, released pictures from the meeting and wrote: “State of the nation: @OfficialPDPNig just held a crucial meeting with Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, to deliberate on national issues.” The governor was seen in the pictures smiling and holding hands with the National Chairman Uche Secondus and other NWC members. Sources in the state maintained that the defection i...
Ohanaeze Backs Umahi On Defection, Says PDP Has Been Unkind To Ndigbo
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Ohanaeze Backs Umahi On Defection, Says PDP Has Been Unkind To Ndigbo

The pan-Igbo socio-cultural and political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has declared support for moves by the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to dump the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress. Umahi reportedly told PDP leaders at a meeting, in Abuja, on Tuesday, that he was leaving the party because of its refusal to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the South East. Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chief Chuks Ibegbu, described Umahi’s planned move as “legitimate.” Ibegbu said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent, in Enugu, on Wednesday. He said, PDP will be unkind not to zone the 2023 presidency to the South East that has suffered a lot for it.” In a related development, Umahi’s planned move to join the AP...
PDP Confirms Agboola Ajayi’s Defection
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PDP Confirms Agboola Ajayi’s Defection

Breaking News! The Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Hon. Agboola Ajayi has resigned his membership of the failed @OfficialAPCNg. Hon. Agboola after his resignation, picked the @OfficialPDPNig membership card at Ward 2, Apoi, in Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Defection: Quarantine Obaseki & His Supporters – Ize-Iyamu To NCDC
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Defection: Quarantine Obaseki & His Supporters – Ize-Iyamu To NCDC

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organisation said Obaseki and all those who were at the defection meeting should be quarantined because they flouted the physical distancing regulation established by the state governor. A statement by the Director of Media and Communication of POI Campaign Organisation, John Mayaki, also noted that Obaseki is now enjoying exactly what he tried to frustrate Ize-Iyamu of when he joined the APC. He said: “While we note interestingly that this is the same right the Governor, in his usual autocracy and abuse of power, tried to deny Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu last year when he returned to the All Progressives Congress through the sponsorship of physical and media attacks, and the institution of baseless court cases, we, as democrats and staunch believ...
Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki
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Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party and the suspension of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. Saraki who welcomed Obaseki to the PDP, said he ignored Oshiomhole's verbal attack because he knew “a day would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.” The former Governor of Kwara state averred that the man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his waterloo. He said in a statement released on Friday June 19;   “I also thank Obaseki’s colleagues, the PDP Governors, for their role and for ensuring that while bringing him into the party, they carried along the local ...
Obaseki Issues Statement On His Defection To PDP
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Obaseki Issues Statement On His Defection To PDP

The Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State,  has finally spoken on his defection to the People Democratic Party, PDP. Obaseki, in a statement seen by us, revealed that his new membership of the PDP was to enable him contest for a second term as Governor of the State. He stated that he plans to continue good governance and sustainable development for the state. "I have officially joined the Official Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nigeria to advance my ambition to seek re-election as Governor of Edo State." "I, as always, remain committed to engendering good governance and sustainable development of our dear state," he stated. MCI earlier reported that Obaseki's exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC came as a result of his disqualification from contesting the part...
PDP Leadership To Decide On Obaseki’s Defection Request Today
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PDP Leadership To Decide On Obaseki’s Defection Request Today

The People’s Democratic Party’s leadership has decided to meet on Thursday (today) to decide on the fate of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking its ticket to re-contest. Sources in the main opposition party said last night that the meeting will consider the reports from the various leaders of the party that the governor has met with in the last five days. Obaseki met with Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) at the weekend before announcing his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) which disqualified him from participating in its primary. His deputy Phillip Shaibu also resigned and lowered the APC flag in the Government House in Benin. Obaseki has also reached out to PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus and Sokoto State Govern...
We Have no Record of Obaseki’s Defection – APC
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We Have no Record of Obaseki’s Defection – APC

The All Progressives Congress has said that they have no record of the embattled Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki's defection. Reacting to Obaseki's announcement of leaving the APC on Tuesday afternoon, APC's National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said; “We cannot comment at this moment on media reports suggesting the Edo governor or anyone else has left our great party. “The party has no record of the reported defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the Progressive party”.
Buhari is Right, We Are All Corrupt – Jonathan’s ex-aide
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Buhari is Right, We Are All Corrupt – Jonathan’s ex-aide

Doyin Okupe, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s views on corruption in Nigeria but frowned at his approach in tackling the menace. Okupe noted that corruption was the reason for the recent defection of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress, APC, following the Supreme Court judgment that sacked the PDP government in Imo State. Recall that the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, alongside seven other members from the PDP, had defected to the APC. He also noted that what happened in Imo will likely happen in majority of the states of the federation, adding that churches and Mosques are not left out in the issue of corruption. The politicia...
PDP Candidate, Ali Datti-Yako  Who Defeated Abdulmumin Jibrin Plans Defection To APC
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PDP Candidate, Ali Datti-Yako Who Defeated Abdulmumin Jibrin Plans Defection To APC

Ali Datti-Yako, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last Saturday’s by-election for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency has reportedly perfected plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State. DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Yako defeated former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation Abdulmumin Jibrin of APC with 35,094 vote margin. While Mr Yako scored 48,601 votes, Mr Jibrin got 13,507 votes. During the build-up to the rerun election, sources revealed that APC leaders in the state had struck a deal with Mr Yako to move to the ruling party after winning the election. Barely two days after Mr Yako was announced winner of the election, the lawmaker-elect was seen in viral pictures holding his Certificat...
Imo State House of Assembly Speaker Together with 7 Other Lawmakers Defect to APC
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Imo State House of Assembly Speaker Together with 7 Other Lawmakers Defect to APC

Two weeks after the Supreme court annulled the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state and affirmed APC's Hope Uzodinma as the new governor, the Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, and seven other members of the state assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Chiji who was elected on the platform of the PDP, announced his defection during plenary today January 28th. He gave the names of the other defecting lawmakers as Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru); Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West); Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru East); Kanayo Onyemaechi (Owerri West); Kennedy Ibe (Obowo)’; Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte/Uboma), and Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise) who represented Emeka Ihedioha's constituency in the Assembly. Last week, the deputy Speaker of the state...
Nine Members of Imo State House of Assembly Defect to APC
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Nine Members of Imo State House of Assembly Defect to APC

Days after Hope Uzodinma of the APC was sworn in as governor of Imo state, nine members of the state House of Assembly, have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Their defection was announced during plenary on Tuesday January 21st. Reading their defection letter, Colins Chiji, the speaker, said the defecting members are from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Action Alliance (AA). The PDP defectors are Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Chidiebere Ogbunikpa(Okigwe), Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema),  Paul Emeziem (Onuimo) while those from AA are Authur Egwim (Ideato north), Obinna Okwara (Nkwerre), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), and Ngozi Obiefule (Isu). Only Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) moved from APGA to APC.
Defection: Moghalu Demands Apology From Falana
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Defection: Moghalu Demands Apology From Falana

Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate, has demanded an apology from Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) over the latter’s comments on defection. Mr Falana, a Human Rights activist, had at a public gathering on Monday, claimed the Young Progressive Party (YPP) candidate in the last general election has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The activist also said the ruling party has assigned a portfolio to Moghalu. But dismissing the claim as untrue, the former presidential candidate who dumped his party said he is not a member of any political party at the moment and has not been handed any portfolio. “These statements are false. I am not a member of the APC. I have not been given any appointment by the APC government. This effort to malign m...
Kashamu Dissociates Himself From Defection Of His Followers To APC
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Kashamu Dissociates Himself From Defection Of His Followers To APC

Over 1,000 members of the People’s Democratic Party from Ogun East Senatorial district of Ogun state have defected to the All Progressives Congress in the State. The decampees were said to be loyalists of the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the state during the 2019 general election, Senator Buruji Kashamu. Leader of the decampees, Otunba Kolawole Akinyemi, said they decided to join the progressives as a result of landmark work done by the Governor so far attest to his sagacity and sincerity of purpose. He added that they would join hands with the Governor in moving the State forward. Receiving them, Tunji Egbetokun, the Senior Special Adviser on political matters to the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Receiving them, Egbetokun who stood in for Gov. Ab...
Defection: Saraki, Dogara May Be Removed Before Tenure Expiration
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Defection: Saraki, Dogara May Be Removed Before Tenure Expiration

A Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday, adjourned until April 30, a suit seeking the sack of Senate President, Bukola Saraki , Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and 52 other lawmakers. An advocacy group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP) dragged the lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they were no longer members of the National Assembly having defected to other political parties before the expiration of their tenure. The defendants comprise 17 Senators, 37 members of the House of Representatives, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the clerks to both houses. If found faulty for defecting, Saraki, Dogara and other lawmakers may be removed before the expiration of their tenure. At the r...
AAC Deputy Governorship Candidate In Rivers Defects To PDP
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AAC Deputy Governorship Candidate In Rivers Defects To PDP

The Deputy Governorship candidate of the party adopted by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for the Governorship election in Rivers state, African Action Alliance, ACC, Akpo Bomba Yeah has announced his resignation from the AAC and defection to the Peoples Democratic Party. This is happening days after rumoured reports that bigwigs of the PDP in the state were making moves to lure Yeah with huge sums of money and other gifts. Though the allegation has been denied, the AAC Deputy Governorship candidate has maintained his stance to leave the party. Akpo Yeeh in a letter addressed to his Governorship candidate of AAC in Rivers state, Biopkomabo Awara said his resignation from the party was informed by alleged hijack of the party’s structure by the All Progressives Congre...
Akeredolu Mulls Defection To AA As APC Considers His Suspension
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Akeredolu Mulls Defection To AA As APC Considers His Suspension

There were hints on Monday that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State may soon find his way out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his spat with the party leadership. Sources in APC said the governor may pitch his tent with the Action Alliance (AA) where many of his loyalists who are disenchanted with the APC national leadership decamped to. The state chapter of the APC has been in crisis since the primary election that produced Akeredolu in September 2016. Some party groups in the state claimed that after his victory in the governorship elections, Akeredolu failed to unite members of the party. The crisis manifested in the presidential election where President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democr...
Defection: I Remain In APC – Tinubu
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Defection: I Remain In APC – Tinubu

NATIONAL Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said, contrary to the insinuations being peddled in some quarters, that he remains in the party and has no plans to leave it for any other. A video where Asiwaju Tinubu, at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was seen throwing the party’s flag to National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to give to the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, was being framed by opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to mean that he was throwing away the party’s flag. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, Tunde Rahman, the APC leader denied throwing away the party’s flag as being insinuated by PDP. The statement reads: “If you want to fault Asiwaju for anything...
Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal sacks Information commissioner for defecting to APC
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Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal sacks Information commissioner for defecting to APC

On Tuesday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State sacked the Commissioner for Information, Bello Muhammad-Goronyo, following his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).   Tambuwal’s Director-General, Media and Public Relations, Malam Abubakar Shekara, disclosed this in a statement in Sokoto. “Gov. Aminu Tambuwal has relieved Barrister Bello Goronyo of his appointment as Commissioner for Information with immediate effect. The Permanent Secretary has been directed to take over the affairs of the Ministry immediately,” Shekara said. He explained that the decision to relieve the official of his post was sequel to the alleged sabotaging of the state government’s efforts on its laudable programmes and activities.   Goronyo had on Tuesday evening decamped from ...
APC Intrigues Persist as Okorocha Urges Buhari to Caution Oshiomhole
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APC Intrigues Persist as Okorocha Urges Buhari to Caution Oshiomhole

Imo speaker, 18 other lawmakers defect to Action Alliance The intrigues in the All Progressives Congress (APC) persisted yesterday with Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, who he said had become a loose cannon, attacking everyone within his range. The Imo State governor said the party’s national chairman’s verbal attacks on many prominent Nigerians in recent times were unguarded and could put the APC in bad light. Oshiomhole had on Wednesday tongue lashed Okorocha and his Ogun State counterpart, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, telling a group of women who visited him in Abuja that the party would win their states in spite of the belligerence of the duo. The APC boss also las...
Atiku Firms Support Deal With S-East Leaders
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Atiku Firms Support Deal With S-East Leaders

MUTTERINGS over the attitude of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar towards South East party leaders have been squashed following secret meetings between the candidate and the aggrieved leaders, Vanguard has learned. PDP governors in the South-East and Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, have bought into the Atiku presidential aspiration, following the meetings, Vanguard gathered. They had been peeved over his attitude since his emergence as the candidate of the party. The reconciliation was achieved in one-on-one meetings held behind closed doors between Monday and Tuesday. The meetings commenced, Monday, when Atiku flew to meet with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State in Enugu at the end of which the governor pledged to work with At...
Alleged N177bn NPA Scam Tears Senators Apart
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Alleged N177bn NPA Scam Tears Senators Apart

Senators were, yesterday, divided over the alleged non-remittance of N177 billion operational surplus made by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, into the consolidated federation account. The disagreement came up when a member of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, which oversees NPA’s operations, Senator Mohammed Hassan (PDP Yobe South), drew the attention of the Senate to it. Senator Hassan, who raised a point of Order, citing Orders 42 and 52, submitted that against the spirit and provisions of the 1999 Constitution and extant laws of NPA, the agency kept to itself N177 billion operational surplus it made from accruing revenues in the 2017 fiscal year, without remitting it into the federation account. According to him, the committee discovered that the agency, in its budget de...
APC Loses 2 House Of Reps Members
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APC Loses 2 House Of Reps Members

Two All Progressive Congress (APC) members of the House of Representatives have resigned their membership of the ruling  party with one defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The lawmakers announced their resignations in two separate letters to the green chambers, which were read on the floor of the house on Wednesday by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. House of Representatives Rep. Babatubde Kolawale, representing Akoko North East/West Federal Constituency in Ondo, in his letter, announced that he was defecting to the PDP. However, Rep. Mukaila Kazzim, representing Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda Federal Constituency of Ogun, did not state the party he would join. In the letters, both lawmakers made references to irreconcilable issues relating to the party primari...
I Have Not Left APC – Magnus Abe Denies Leaving Party
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I Have Not Left APC – Magnus Abe Denies Leaving Party

Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has finally parted lips on his rumored defection from the APC to the PDP. Abe has denied the report. The senator representing Rivers East in the Senate, in a text message to newsmen, wrote; “How can I leave my father’s house and deny my inheritance? We built the house with our tears, our sweat, and our blood.” “No stranger can chase me out of my home. Desperation leads to fake news. Ignore them and focus on the God of justice,” he said.
Ortom Hits Back At Akume Describes His Group As Fortune Seekers
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Ortom Hits Back At Akume Describes His Group As Fortune Seekers

GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has hit back at his one-time political benefactor, Senator George Akume and his supporters accusing them of being fortune-seekers determined to foist havoc on the state to achieve their political goals. Gov. Ortom of Benue State Reacting to a recent media briefing by Akume, the governor, speaking through his Media Adviser, Tahav Agerzua, urged Nigerians and people of the state to “disregard the vituperations of Senator Akume and his group. Akume is the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State; the platform Governor Ortom belonged to before his recent defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Ortom said: “In that group are failed contractors, expired politicians and discredited people without the slightest consideration...
2019: Deltans Fed Up With Govt Bereft Of Ideas – APC
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2019: Deltans Fed Up With Govt Bereft Of Ideas – APC

OLEH – The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State has told Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, to start preparing his handover note, saying Deltans were fed up with a government that is bereft of ideas. •Okowa The party in a statement by its State Vice Chairman, Olorogun Adelabu Bodjor said Deltans had embraced the APC. Describing the defection of about 5000 APC members to PDP as fallacious and mischievously concocted by the PDP, he boasted that the APC would remove Governor Okowa from the Government House in the 2019 general elections. He stated that the “in-roads so far made by the party are clear indications. Okowa must be living in a fool’s paradise to have said he can’t be intimidated by the APC when it is obvious that he will be voted out of the State Government’s House owin...
Salvador Moved To APC To Avoid Expulsion- Lagos PDP
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Salvador Moved To APC To Avoid Expulsion- Lagos PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, Saturday, described the defection of its former chairman, Mr. Moshood Salvador to the All Progressives Congress, APC, as face-saving as the embattled former chairman had been technically expelled following a vote of no-confidence on him emanating from his presence at a PDP rally where a LGA chairman, Prince Niyi Aborishade was assasinated.   Moshood Salvador In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Gani Taofik, the party said Salvador does not stand as a threat to their victory. The statement reads: “He (Salvador) has only moved proactively to avoid the imminent expulsion already concluded. He is not a figure that can be any threat to our victory. “He did not even emerge as the PDP chairman on merit or as a result of...
Allowing Uduaghan Leave PDP, Okowa’s Major Blunder – Olorogun Jaro Egbo, APC Chieftain
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Allowing Uduaghan Leave PDP, Okowa’s Major Blunder – Olorogun Jaro Egbo, APC Chieftain

ALL  Progressives Congress, APC, House of Assembly aspirant in Ughelli North Constituency, Delta State,   Olorogun Jaro Egbo, says the biggest gaffe by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in the build up to the 2019 general elections   was to have allowed his predecessor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for APC. Olorogun Jaro Egbo His words:   “Letting Dr Uduaghan exit PDP is the greatest mistake of Okowa government and they will suffer cruel defeat at the polls as a consequence of their misstep and political miscalculation.” What Uduaghan’s defection did for APC Egbo, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard, asserted: “The defection of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has brought balance and solidity to Delta APC.It is a known fact that Delta South senatorial district is the...
Araraume Defects To APGA, Picks Gov Fomination Form
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Araraume Defects To APGA, Picks Gov Fomination Form

SENATOR Ifeanyi Ararume, yesterday, defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to All Progressive  Grand Alliance, APGA and picked the governorship nomination form of the party. Ifeanyi Ararume Ararume, who was until recently, a chieftain of APC, picked the APGA nomination form after weeks of speculation of his plans to join the party. He obtained the form in Awka, the Anambra State capital, yesterday in company of some national leaders of the party, including the National Secretary, Mr. Labran Maku. One of his political aides, Mr. Ebere Osuji, who confirmed Ararume’s defection, said: “Shortly after obtaining the form, the senator joined other aspirants at a national retreat organised by the party at Finotel Hotel, Awka.” The news of his picking APGA governorship for...
Dankwambo Dumps PDP for APC
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Dankwambo Dumps PDP for APC

Ahead of 2019 general elections, 2000 members of the People Democratic Party in Gombe State have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in the State. Amongst those that defected was Buhari Dankwambo, the younger brother of the incumbent governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo According to reports, the younger Dankwambo's defection came after the failed efforts of his brother and some political bigwigs to convince to remain in remain in the PDP. He was persuaded and even given juicy offers to stay but he rejected them. A source close to the state government said efforts to stop Dankwambo from moving to APC was not because of his political relevance but because it will be embarrassing for the blood brother of a sitting governor who is aspiring to be the president of Nigeria to de...
Buhari Will Win 2019 General Election – Lawmaker
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Buhari Will Win 2019 General Election – Lawmaker

  Nasarawa (Nasarawa State) – A member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr Murtala Sodangi, has endorsed the adoption of direct primaries by the national leadership and stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC) to elect the party’s flag bearers for 2019 general elections. President Muhammadu Buhari; APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomho;e and the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawal during the APC Caucus meeting where Former Delta StMakuraate Governor, Chief Emmanuel Udughan was presented to the leaders of the party at the State House Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Sodangi (APC-Nasarawa Central constituency) expressed his support on Tuesday in Nasarawa while fielding questions from newsmen in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. Th...
“I Can No Longer Be In The Same Party As Bode George” – Moshood Salvador
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“I Can No Longer Be In The Same Party As Bode George” – Moshood Salvador

Moshood Salvador, the Lagos State PDP chairman has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress(APC) and he said his exit marks the death of PDP in the state. Salvador announced his defection on Monday while addressing his supporters in Lagos saying he took decision the because all his efforts to move the PDP in the state forward had been frustrated by some elements in the party. He alleged that a former deputy national of the party, Chief Olabode George, had done everything possible to undermine the progress of the party in the state. He said he could no longer labour in vain, adding that the national leadership of the party had done nothing to support or appreciate his efforts as PDP Chairman. “When you have people or leadership that cannot give you encouragement to...
Defection: Court Okays Suit Seeking to Declare Senator Oduah’s Seat Vacant
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Defection: Court Okays Suit Seeking to Declare Senator Oduah’s Seat Vacant

An Abuja High Court sitting at Bwari has ordered Senator Stella Oduah who is representing Anambra North Senatorial District, to within five days, adduce reasons why her seat should not be declared vacant following her defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. The court, in the order that was made by Justice Othman Musa, equally directed the service of all the legal processes on Clerk of the Senate, even as it fixed August 29 to commence hearing on the matter. The order followed a suit marked FCT/HC/BW/CV/118/2018, which was lodged before the high court by a chieftain of the PDP in Anambra State, Mr. Nwaokike Godwin. The plaintiff had through his lawyer, Mr. Jideobi Johnmary, prayed the court to determine, “Whether upon an intim...
2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi
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2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi

High Chief (Dr) Okhue Iboi is a seer and a trado-medical practitioner. An executive member of the Association of Seers & Trado-Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ASTMP) and a former member of Edo State Board of Traditional Medicine, Iboi is credited with many predictions on national and international affairs that came to pass. The widely travelled High Chief of Whepa –Wheno Kingdom in Edo State has, in the course of his practice of traditional medicine, been to many countries in Africa and beyond, including Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Togo, Republic of Benin, Ethiopia and South Africa as well as India on cross-cultural exchange programme. In this interview, Iboi, who just returned from a meeting of the Worldwide Association of Seers (WAS) held in Benin Republic, speaks on the state of the...
I Will Not Leave PDP, No Amount of persecution – Samuel Ortom
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I Will Not Leave PDP, No Amount of persecution – Samuel Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom says no amount of “torment or persecution” will make him reconsider his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).   In a statement issued on his behalf by Terver Akase, his chief press secretary, the governor accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of being a strike squad of the ruling party. He also alleged that the federal government had been using the anti-graft agency to “cripple governance in the state.”   The statement reads “after succumbing to nationwide condemnation of its illegal freezing of Benue State Government accounts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has resorted to yet another shameful act in its desperation to cripple governance in the state. The anti-graft age...
If He (Saraki) Does Not Resign, He Will Be Impeached By Law-Oshiomhole
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If He (Saraki) Does Not Resign, He Will Be Impeached By Law-Oshiomhole

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has vowed that the party will work for the impeachment of Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki Oshiomhole who was adressing a news conference at said that the only thing the Senate President can do to avoid impeachment will be to take the honourable part and resign his position which he occupied by virtue of being a member of the majority party in the senate, adding that there is no way a minority party can rule over majority in the senate While Oshiomhole noted that Saraki’s impeachment  will be by law reiterated that apart from having Senator Saraki impeached as senate President, the party will work hard to ensure that he does not return to the senate during the 2019 general election, stressing th...
Akpabio Meets Buhari In London
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Akpabio Meets Buhari In London

Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, is set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party and dampen the celebration mood in the PDP headquarters, over the defection of some senators and three governors from the All Progressives Congress. Godswill Akpabio with President Buhari: Reports say Akpabio will cross from PDP to APC next week Now a reverse switch is about to happen, with one of the main pillars of the PDP in the South South crossing to APC. APC Newspaper on its Twitter handle announced Saturday night: “We can confirm that, HE, Sen (Dr) Godswill Akpabio is a card carrying member of @OfficialAPCNg effective August 4, 2018. @OfficialPDPNig has lost him. Official Reception in days”. And APC United Kingdom in another tweet set the date for the defection: “Acti...
PDP Dead – Wamakko
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PDP Dead – Wamakko

Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC Sokoto) who staged a grand homecoming to Sokoto today said defectors to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties from All Progressives Congress (APC) will surely regret their actions. Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State Wamakko stated this on Saturday at a special rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC organised by loyalists, in the wake of the defection of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to PDP from the ruling APC on Aug. 1. He described PDP as a dead political party and categorically ruled out Tambuwal’s exit being a threat to APC hold on the state. He said the Sokoto APC still has two Senators, seven members of the Federal House of Representatives and 12 state assembly members, beside the high percentage of political elde...

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