The Director General of Tinubu-Shettima Ambassadors (TSA), Prince Oyelude Oladele, has urged River Governor Nyesom Wike to disclose identities of those individuals in the presidency backing presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.
Wike last week alleged that some persons in the presidency were in support of Atiku and National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Oladele, who appealed to Wike to expose such mole within the presidency, said the Governor was a genuine agitator for national equity and justice that Nigerians must respect.
Oladele said it was unfortunate that a progressive leader in the presidency could be backing the presidential candidate of the PDP without considering the interest the APC
According to him: “We, as a support group of the APC, appeal to Governor Wike to unmask the person in the presidency that’s backing the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar against southern interest.
“Nigerians must reject the PDP and her presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as it is very visible that they are coming with regional sentiment and political deception.”
Nigeria’s president, the Interim Coordinator of Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Ambassadors, Chief Jamiu Ekungba, yesterday, said that his group is at present in 12 states mobilising support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate.
Ekungba disclosed that the BAT Ambassadors at present, has representatives in twelve states of Nigeria, with membership in second half of six digits but the working executives in these states are currently 1,407 strong men and women.
On how the campaign group has been working in line with its objectives, he said two major strategies had been devised. “The max movement strategy that will involve room-to-room campaign through reaching out to every Yoruba man and woman, boys or girls on a one-to-one basis.
“We also planned to use social/conventional media to engage the people. This is to meet the challenges of the youth who are glued to their hand-set and computer 24/7. We have developed a very robust and comprehensively dynamic media architecture to bombard the social and conventional news media.”
Ekungba added that the group is rooting for Tinubu presidency because they see in Tinubu a practical and demonstrable evidence of performance which if allowed to be replicated at the national level will in the shortest possible time produce the Nigeria many have dreamt of.
“We need a man with courage to pilot the drifting ship of Nigeria and in the current dispensation, we see in Tinubu the demonstrable evidence of that type of courage. We mean courage to take hard decisions where it will hurt for the benefit of the nation.
“These amongst others are the qualities that is propelling the members of this group to think that as much as we pray for Nigeria, we must stand up and work. Please, let me close this remark to tell you that more than 90 per cent of the members of this group are people that will otherwise not be ready to touch politics and politicking in Nigeria with very long spoon, but the reality on the ground has forced them out of their shells. Work has started and by the grace of the Almighty God, victory shall be achieved.”
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has reacted to reports that he was appointed as the chairman of Governors under the Peoples Democratic Party.
Governor Seyi Makinde said that he would not accept such appointment because he is fighting for issues that are foundational to the peace and unity of Nigeria.
gathered that the Governor Makinde made this known while speaking in Aba, Abia State while commissioning the newly constructed Nwaobasi Estate Road and the Osaa Okea – Umuakatawom Road on Friday.
He explained that the PDP could not claim it wanted to restructure Nigeria if it is not ready to restructure itself first.
According to him, he and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and others are NOT fighting for Southern Nigeria to have the chairmanship of the PDP Governorship Forum, but for things that will sustain the unity of the country.
Makinde lamented that the country has been practicing democracy for 23 years, but that it is yet to take a path that could lead to sustainable development.
He said, “I read on the internet that Seyi Makinde has been appointed the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. It is a lie from the pit of hell. Even if they give it to me, I will not accept it because there must be an order. Ikpeazu is the deputy chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. “If the chairman resigns, the deputy chairman will take over the position. This is how to have an order in the process. And this is not what we are fighting for.
“We are not fighting for the Southern part of this country to have the chairmanship of the PDP Governors’ Forum. We are saying that if the PDP has promised to restructure Nigeria and we can’t restructure the party, then we are not ready to restructure Nigeria.
“There are issues that are foundational. If you read the proceedings of the constitutional conferences that led to independence, you will know that there were issues. And since 1960, we have not been able to get things right.
“They said that military interregnum and their command structure affected us, but we have been practising democracy for 23 years now and we have not been able to take a path that can lead to sustainable development. This is what we are saying.”
While commending Governor Ikpeazu for improving the road infrastructure to boost commercial activities in the city, Makinde called on the federal government to give more powers to the states to fix federal roads in their areas.
The Kwara Progressive Media Organization, KPMO, has asked politicians, particularly those in the State’s opposition parties, to play politics with decorum in order to maintain democracy and to protect Kwarans’ lives and property in the run-up to the general elections in 2023.
gathered this was contained in a statement issued by its convener, Usman Lade, he urged the opposition parties in the State to emulate the virtues of the Chief Executive Officer and the Governor of the State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who has proven over time to be an advocate of peace, unity and political decorum.
Recently, in a viral video, Dr. Bukola Saraki who is the Leader of the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party, PDP was seen instructing his followers to adopt propaganda against the Government of the day, an uncivilized act not expected from a former Governor of the state and senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Politicians like Sen Bukola Saraki and their followers must be mindful of the acts and utterances they make, especially in the media and public places so as not to set the stage on fire.
“Campaigns should be issues-based. Political parties don’t have to engage in a campaign of propaganda, deceit, and blackmail. We urge candidates, political leaders, followers, and the general public to be civil and peaceful in their activities and also imbibe the duty of verifying information before escalating”
“We also want to place all the security agencies on alert as to the activities of politicians in the state. There should no sacred cow, anybody found culpable of inciting members of the public should be arrested and made to face the law.
“We also appeal to the teeming youth I’m in the state not to allow any politician or individual who use them to disrupt the peace of the state. Every son and daughter of the state should resist any attempt by anyone to destroy Kwara State,” the statement read.