The Bayelsa Restoration caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which controls over 80 percent of the party has said that the Governorship race is open to all its members but the team will only back one candidate.The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the Governor as having called on members of the Restoration Team with interest to contest the governorship election to pick the party’s intent form for the process of consultations to begin in a statement on Tuesday. The Governor said that three aspirants had earlier approached the leadership of the party and the Restoration Caucus to indicate interest in line with the decision of the Governor to approach the issue of candidate selection for the next election with prayers and consultations.Dickson expressed happiness that several members of the Restoration Team have come out to indicate interest in the governorship contest. He said that the expanding number of aspirants from the fold of the Restoration Team under his leadership showed the existence of large number of highly competent and dedicated men of repute who are prepared to undertake the crucial mission of leading the state after him.The Governor had said severally that the party’s candidate who would be a member of the Restoration Team must have the qualities of being steadfast and loyal and would be product of wide consultation.Governor Dickson said that with the successful conclusion of the prayers and fasting session, all members of the Restoration Team with the ambition to govern the state should make their interest known to the party so that they could get the form.The statement also quoted the Governor as having called on Bayelsans to make dispassionate assessment of the aspirants for the Restoration team to make the crucial decision on who to back in the primaries.He said that all members of the Restoration Team with interest to contest the governorship would be supported for the purpose of continuity and stability in the governance of the state.He added that all key members of the Restoration Team would sit to decide on which candidate to back in the forthcoming PDP primaries in the state. He stressed that the assessment by the state was crucial as it would form the basis upon which a final decision would be made.According to him “The Restoration Team has taken a decision to back one of its own to contest the primaries of the People’s Democratic Party in the state. “The Restoration Team is inclined to support a candidate from the Restoration Caucus òf the PDP for the governorship ticket because of the imperative of continuity and stability in governance.“It is on the basis of this that any member of the Restoration Team who has an ambition is called upon to pick the form. The caucus shall make all the necessary arrangements for consultations within the Restoration Caucus òf the PDP before taking a final decision on who to support.”He added further that adequate mechanism had been put in place for get feed backs from the citizens in addition to wide consultations within the party and the entire state upon which a decision would be taken on who should be backed in the primaries.
NNPP Denies Alliance with PDP
By Solomon Okoliko, Abuja
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has dissociated itself from the story making the rounds and credited to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Engr. Buba Galadima that the party may go into alliance with the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.
The NNPP in a press statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Agbo Major said there is no iota of truth in the statement because the party is not thinking of going into any alliance with any other political party.
The statement adds; “There is no such arrangement on the ground as our presidential candidate is in this race to win and provide purposeful leadership in line with our party programmes and manifesto. He is determined to go all the way due to his passion to serve Nigerians.”
The statement which was also made available to DAILY ASSET added; “As a mass movement, the NNPP welcomes electoral alliances from like-minded political parties in our quest to rescue our great country but insists that any such arrangement must be the one that would see them joining us to deliver our presidential candidate Engr.Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and never the other way round.”
The statement also reads; “That the said report is a figment of the imagination of those who engineered it and we see it as antics of mischief makers and propagandists due to the towering profile of our candidate after the series of town hall meetings held so far.”
“The party roundly dismissed this mischievous report that has created unease amongst our teeming members and followers.”
Plateau PDP Candidates Clean of Litigations – Mutfwang
From Jude Dangwam, Jos
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has said candidates of the party in the state are free of any forms of litigations ahead of the 2023 general elections unlike the other political parties who are yet to know their fate.
He accused the ruling APC of being behind the dismissed suit which was the only legal stumbling block for the party “orchestrated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State to frustrate the PDP from presenting candidates in the forthcoming elections. ”
Mutfwang stated this during the inauguration of Atiku-Okowa/Mutfwang-Piyo/ Gotom campaign Council for Plateau Central Senatorial zone held at Pankshin in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“The party became free of litigations following the dismissal of suit No.FHC/J/C5/64/2022 at the Federal High Court Jos, filed by Augustine Timkuk Dandam, an aspirant for Langtang North-North State Constituency, against the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and others,” the governorship flagbearer.
The State Legal Adviser of PDP Plateau State Chapter, Binchen Jantur Esq disclosed that the claimant earlier prayed the Court among others for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies in the 2023 general elections but was thrown away for lack of merit among others.
“The Federal High Court sitting in Jos has dismissed the suit filed by one Augustine Timkuk challenging the nomination of Hon. Nannim Joseph Langyi as candidate for State Assembly member representing Langtang North/North Constituency.
“In his prayers among others is seeking for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies.
“The Claimant’s suit was dismissed at the preliminary objections stage without the Originating Simmons heard. The court in dismissing the suit held among others that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit,” Jantur explained.
APC Members Should Improve Action and Less Noise to Win the General Elections – Fashola
From Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Members of the All Progressives Congress, ( APC ) have been enjoined to increase their actions and reduce unnecessary noise to attract move voters to vote for the victory of candidates of the party at the general elections.
Minister of Works and Housing and Director of Contact and Mobilization Directorate of Tinubu/Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, APC-ICC, Babatunde Raji Fsshola made the statement at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja.
He was represented by the Minister of Environment, who is also the Assistant Director of the Directorate, Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi who said, “The members of this Directorate belong to a very important team that is poised to campaign for the success of our Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima Mustapha.
” We should focus on the real, individual voters especially at the grassroots to know the legacies of Tinubu when he was the of Lagos and Shettima also when he was the Governor of Borno despite numerous challenges they encountered.
” I call on Members of this committee to work tirelessly at the grassroots and tell the electorates that Nigeria will continue experiencing growth and development if they vote for Asiwaju/Shettima and APC candidates.” Said Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi.
In his remarks, former chairman of People Democratic Party and now a chieftain of APC, Senator Barnabas Gemade said ” Election is local and not for urban dwellers, I charge all members of this great party, APC to arrive harder by campaigning for votes in grassroots.”
The National Coordinator of APC-ICC, Hon Ali Silas Agara said, ” We are working in ICC to complement the work of the Presidential Campaign Council, APC-PCC.
” The former conduct rallies in the cities and the latter campaign on door to door basis.”
A military man turn Politician and former military Governor of Katsina State, Colonel ( Senator ) Joseph Akaagerger (rtd), ” I am calling on APC members to conduct the campaign within the ambit of the law and not with unnecessary and unlawful acts by other political parties and their members for the victory of the party.” He said.
The inauguration was attended by members from across the country.
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