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Fresh indications have emerged that the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, might this week step into the lingering political crisis in the Ogun State chapter of the party with a view to finding an acceptable solution to it ahead of the election.
According to The Guardian, sources said Atiku’s planned intervention is aimed at finding a ‘gentleman resolution’ for the face-off between Mr. Ladi Adebutu, the PDP gubernatorial candidate backed by the National Working Committee (NWC) and Senator Buruju Kashamu, who is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate.
The differences between the two candidates came to the fore, when they emerged as parallel governorship candidates from separate primaries in Ogun StateBut while PDP NWC backed Adebutu, INEC listed Kashamu as the authentic gubernatorial candidate, citing the ruling of an Abuja High Court.
The pioneer Lagos State PDP Publicity Secretary, Elder Willy Akinlude, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday, disclosed that there is plan for Atiku to lead a team of eminent party stalwarts to resolve the Ogun PDP crisis not later than this week.
Akinlude explained that the PDP presidential candidate’s determination to ensure a speedy resolution of the Ogun PDP crisis was based on the realization that the party has a good chance of reclaiming the state from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming presidential and governorship polls “if the warring Kashamu and Adebutu factions could work as a team, considering the infighting currently ravaging APC.”
Also, in separate interactions with The Guardian, both Adebutu and Kashamu expressed their willingness to join forces for the party’s interest in the coming election.
While reiterating his readiness for amicable resolution of the differences in the interest of PDP, Adebutu stressed: “It is true that the party is facing serious challenges in Ogun ahead of the elections, but we are determined to stay in this course.
Remember that we had a similar situation as well, where there have been issues about the candidature in the case of a former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, such that even after the election, the Supreme Court was able to affirm the rightful candidate.
We will not be distracted by the shenanigans of INEC; we will not be distracted by the interference of the APC; we will stay in PDP, vote PDP and vote out APC thoroughly and that will be part of the national resolve that will get President Muhammadu Buhari out of power. We shall stand our cause and vote for PDP.”
Although, Adebutu blamed current events in Ogun PDP on the ruling APC and INEC, whom it accused of deliberatelytrying to scuttle PDP’s return to power, he said his side would nevertheless remain focused and go into the governorship poll to ensure that PDP wins despite the situation.
On his part, Kashamu, while addressing a media parley in Lagos over the weakened, maintained that in spite of the shenanigans of the Prince Uche Secondus-led NWC, “I am the lawful governorship candidate of the party in Ogun that is known to the law and majority of the party members.”
He declared: “I am God’s candidate and the candidate of the masses. In a case filled by Adebutu himself, the Federal Capital Territory High Court on January 14, 2019 held that although the national leadership of the PDP is the right body to conduct primaries, it was done in flagrant disobedience of subsisting court judgments.”
Kashamu noted that all along, he had been constrained by the commendable interventions of well-informed and worthy leaders of the party from responding to the antics of the Secondus-led NWC to openly challenge the supremacy of the rule of law in its handling of the Ogun State PDP matter, if not for the fallacy by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, that requires clarifications.
The Senator added that the imbroglio in Ogun would ordinarily have been an easy one to resolve if the NWC has been upright, law abiding and unbiased.
Similarly, Kashamu’s running mate, Dr. Reuben Abati, contended that Senator Kashamu is in the race to win the election contrary to insinuations that he was acting as a decoy for APC.
“Anyone acting or promoting any other candidate or list in Ogun PDP is only doing so in contempt of the ruling of the court,” Abati stated.
The gubernatorial running mate also highlighted plans of the party for Ogun State, stating that it won’t be business as usual in the Gateway State since, according him; Kashamu would eradicate the plight of the masses, especially those at the grassroots.
But PDP Vice National Chairman, South West zone, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, in a telephone conversation, said the party leadership was not resting on its oars to ensure peace returns to Ogun chapter as soon as possible before the election.
He noted that Atiku’s intervention is welcome any day, as long as it would bring peace, adding that other leaders, like former governors of Ogun and Ekiti States, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Ayo Fayose and himself were not relenting to resolve the crisis.
“What we need now is political solution and we are hoping to achieve that before the election,” he assured.
Olafeso said the major concern of PDP stakeholders in the Ogun situation was how to tame APC, adding: “You would recall that APC didn’t win Ogun in 2011 and 2015 due to hard work, but because of the infighting in PDPWe have seen our weaknesses and by the grace of God would not allow a similar scenario to occur this time most especially when the ruling party is in serious crisis and much more divided than we are.”
All said and done, it is likely that based on INEC’s position, Adebutu may not have the legal backing to continue parading himself as the gubernatorial candidate of PDP in Ogun State, since appropriate security agencies have not only recognised Kashamu, but have also reached out to him for necessary security arrangements towards the election.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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#OndoDecides2020: Results From 16 LGs Declared, Two Being Awaited

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As of 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, 16 local government areas have been announced in the Ondo State governorship election held on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Twelve of the results were declares early on Sunday and when the commission reconvened after a four-hour break, four other local governments were announced by their various collation officers.

The four local governments that were just announced were Ose, Okitipupa, Ondo West and Odigbo, bringing the number of local governments declared to be 16 while the remaining two are being awaited as of the time of this report.

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Below are the results of the 16 local governments:

Ifedore LG:

APC 9,350,

PDP 11,852,

ZLP 1.860

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Irele LG

APC 12,643

PDP 5,493

ZLP 5,904

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Ile Oluji LG

APC 13,278

PDP 9,231

ZLP 1,971

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Ondo East LG

APC 6,485

PDP 4,049

ZLP 3,221

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Idanre LG

APC 11,286

PDP 7,499

ZLP 3,623

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Owo LG

APC 35.957

PDP 5,311

ZLP 408

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Akoko North East LG

APC 16,572

PDP 8,380

ZLP 3,532

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Akoko South West LG

APC 21,232

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PDP 15,055

ZLP 2,775

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Akoko North West LG

APC 15,809

PDP 10,320

ZLP 3,477

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Akure North LG

APC 9,546

PDP 12,263

ZLP 1,046

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Akoko South East LG

APC 9,419

PDP 4,033

ZLP 2,055

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Akure South LG

APC 17,277

PDP 47,627

ZLP 2,236

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Ose LG

APC 15,122

PDP 8,421

ZLP 1,083

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Okitipupa LG

APC 19,266

PDP 10,367

ZLP 10,120

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Ondo West LG

APC 15,977

PDP 10,627

ZLP 10,159

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Odigbo LG

APC 23,571

PDP 9,485

ZLP 6,540

 

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#OndoDecides2020: INEC Collates Results In 14 LGAs

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With 2,936 polling units results submitted out of 3,009 units as at 8.16 am, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has completed collation of results in 14 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Ondo State in the governorship election held on Saturday, October 10.

Polling, it would be recalled commenced at 8.00 am on the election day and progressed till 4.00 pm. Immediately voting stopped, the Commission began sorting of the ballots and counted same in each polling units.

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The results of the votes scored by each of the political parties were recorded in Form E8 and uploaded to the newly introduced INEC Results Collation Portal, using the Z-Pad technology.

 

With the introduction of the Z-Pad, INEC is some steps away from full-blown electronic election in the country, as the new technology has made collation of election seamless and flawless, with the tendency of hoodlums highjacking election results on the way to collation centres, completely eliminated.

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