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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Mr Joe Igbokwe, says the Peoples Democratic Party stands no chance of winning the state in 2023 and even beyond.
Igbokwe, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage Services, made the assertion while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.
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He said PDP had been completely uprooted from the state, adding that there was no way a “dead party “could dislodge the APC in the state.
Igbokwe said the APC was the choice of Lagosians and that the ruling party, even if having internal schisms, would defeat PDP “again and again”.
“PDP can never win Lagos in 2023. Are they still in existence? No, they have been uprooted. Everybody has left them.
“Their State Chairman left them and he is now in APC. He said since he left the PDP, his house has been a beehive of activities.
“He was in the dark and he has seen the light. No internal problems in APC will make PDP win Lagos,” he said
Igbokwe, leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC, said the group was being invigorated to ensure that they remained a foothold of APC.
He dismissed the belief in some quarters that Ndigbo in Lagos APC was divided, saying some “desperate politicians” were the ones causing problems in the group.
Igbokwe said he had paid his dues in all ruling parties in the state that had morphed into APC, saying it was on that account that he was made the apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC.
The governor’s aide said whoever was parading himself as apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos was an imposter, adding he was the recognised leader in the party.
“I have paid my dues from AD to AC to ACN to APC. I have done a lot for the party and I am the face and voice of Ndigbo in Lagos APC.
“How can someone who joined the party yesterday be going claiming he is the apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC? It’s ridiculously.
“If people want to be anything at a party, they have to wait for their time. Spreading lies about others just to pull them down is not the way. I am the leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC, anyone claiming that is an imposter,” he said.
He said the different small Igbo political groups in APC were being integrated into Ndigbo in Lagos APC to make the group a formidable force.
Igbokwe added that the group represented the political interests of Igbo people in the state.
The governor’s aide urged igbos in APC to remain united, saying that was the only way to actualise the electoral goals of the group

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Edo election: ‘If they want violence, we will give them’ – Oshiomhole warns Obaseki, PDP

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A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that his party will respond accordingly if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decides to turn the September 19 governorship election into violence.

The former governor said the APC would not fold its arms and watch the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki and the PDP violently steal the peoples’ mandate.

Appearing on Arise Television on Monday, Oshiomhole averred: ‘’We will meet violence with violence.’’

Oshiomhole was reacting to the governor’s alleged threat to deal with APC members and supporters in the guise of dealing with trouble makers.

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Recall that Governor Obaseki had earlier warned of stiff penalties against perpetrators of violence in the State.

Reacting to Obaseki’s threat, Oshiomhole said: ‘’if they want violence, we will give them violence.’’

Oshiomhole further explained that, among other things, he turned against his successor because the governor has not met the expectations of Edo people and regretted that he worked with Obaseki in 2016 without asking for his certificate.

Oshiomhole had earlier declared that Obaseki does not pose any threat to the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming governorship election.

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Addressing the party faithful on Sunday, Oshiomhole said that Obaseki is not even eligible to contest for the election.

Oshiomhole said that it was a known fact that Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, finished from law school, adding that his former classmates have testified to that.

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Edo/Ondo elections: Nigerian govt gives update on guidelines, protocols

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently working out the protocols and guidelines for the upcoming elections in Nigeria, including the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the taskforce daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“The PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for the upcoming elections in some parts of the country.

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“The elections will begin with the August 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo States elections in September and October.

“I wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, members, aspirants, and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

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