The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was not aware that the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was going to London where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.
Rather, it said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State told members of the party’s National Working Committee that he was on his way to Germany.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this in Abuja on Monday, said the party was not aware of Akpabio’s planned defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
He said the minority leader of the Senate could have had what he called “technical stopover” in London.
Ologbondiyan said, “He told us he was going to Germany and if he ended up in London, maybe, he had a technical stopover.
“The PDP has no issues with Akpabio whatsoever and the party will not respond to speculations of his readiness to defect. We have no notice of the said defection and all I can say now is that we will cross the bridge when we get there.”
Investigations by one of our correspondents showed that the rumour of Akpabio’s planned defection had been rife within the national leadership of the PDP, including the governors.
It was gathered that one of the governors, name withheld, from the southern part of the country had openly accused Akpabio of hobnobbing with the ruling party at the residence of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, recently.
The event was said to have happened when the leaders of the party visited Ekweremadu as a result of a siege laid to his house by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recently.
The governor, according to a top-ranking member of the PDP, openly confronted Akpabio and demanded explanations why he had allegedly been meeting secretly with leaders of the APC.
The source said, “We were all surprised with the governor from the southern part of the country, who accused him (Akpabio) of playing a double game. He asked why Akpabio had refused to speak out for the party of recent and why he had been absent at party’s events.
“We all knew that Akpabio was actually meeting with APC leaders at night, and laughing with us during the day. But we didn’t know how to handle it.
“Akpabio, however, refused to speak to the governor. Rather, he was just smiling, even though he seemed not to be enjoying the talk.
“The DSP (Ekweremadu) tried to calm the said governor down, but you know he is very outspoken. He said it without fear or favour, that he knew that he was saying.”
It was also gathered that the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, had tried to dissuade Akpabio from joining the APC.
Secondus, it was gathered, met with the former governor on many occasions, assuring him of the love of the party for him and that he (Akpabio) remained a ranking member of the party.
A source privy to the meeting said, “Secondus had met with him on many occasions when the rumour started filtering in.
“Though the former governor complained about the treatment he was said to be getting from his successor, Udom Emmanuel, he was asked to tarry, that the PDP would intervene.”
It was also learnt that the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, was also involved in the negotiation with Akpabio.
“Wike spoke with him on many occasions as well. He asked him to shelve the idea and cooperate with him and others to reposition the PDP to win the elections. Unfortunately, he seems not to have been persuaded by all the talks.”
Meanwhile, some members of the party in Akwa Ibom State said that Akpabio’s defection into the APC might not be unconnected with the case he had with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
A source, who did not want to be named, told one of our correspondents that apart from the EFCC issue, Akpabio also had issues with the state governor, especially on a single term.
They said Akpabio had made a deal with the governor that he would spend a single term before the position would move to another area in the state.
According to PDP, the agreement spelt out a single term for the governor, adding that the second term was supposed to go for someone from the Oron ethnic nationality.
The sources noted that in order for Akpabio to settle some scores with Emmanuel, he had to leave the PDP with his supporters to stop the governor’s second term bid.
“His reason was also that the EFCC has been on his neck for a very long time. The other reason, which I think may not be so cogent, is allowing a person from Oron ethnic nationality to go for the second term instead of the present governor,” a source said.
A former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Chief Essien Nduese, said Akpabio had not told him or any other persons why he was leaving the party for the APC.
He noted that the former governor had had cause to complain to people without solid reasons. (Punch)
Why Twitter Is The Best Pro Freedom Fight Platform
Twitter so far in the entire world has outranked all other social media platforms as regards the use of hashtags to propagate and create awareness for different movements in the world.
Twitter encouraged movements such the #MeToo years back. The platform encouraged so many victims of different forms of assaults to come out and speak. Justice was as well served to those found wanting in different parts of the world.
For over a week now in Nigeria, the youths have used twitter to motivate millions of Young Nigerians to step out and protest against police brutality. The Hashtag #EndSARSNow trended massively, gained the attention of the world. All mega news media houses such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and others picked interest to cover protests in different parts of Nigeria.
This movement has since mounted pressure on the Nigerian Police Force to disband the police unit tagged SARS(Special anti-robbery squad) which was found guilty of several killings of innocent youths in Nigeria for the past 10 years +.
After announcing the disband of the unit by the Nigerian police force, the inspector general of police (IGP) announced that a new unit tagged SWAT will be setup to replace the duties of the scrapped SARS unit.
This move by the Nigerian police force spurred more protests across the country by Nigerian youths. To prove that twitter is a pro freedom fight platform, it has allowed the #ENDSARS #ENDSWAT Hashtag movement to thrive without any algorithmic hitches.
The #ENDSARS movement was also made possible by Nigerian celebrities who spear headed the protest in different parts of the country. The likes of Falz, Runtown, Peter Psquare, Flavour, Tacha, Kiddwaya, Tiwa savage, Wizkid Ayo, Davido, Comedian marcaroni and the host of many others.
Foreign celebs were actively involved too. Below are some of their tweets:
Indeed, Twitter is a good platform to fight for freedom and seek quality attentions that can fast track the quest for justice.
ONDO ELECTION: Governor Akeredolu Defeats Jegede, Ajayi In Ondo election (+RESULT DETAILS)
The Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has just emerged winner of the governorship election held on Saturday.
Governor Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner after polling the highest number of votes.
The governorship result was announced by the election’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Abel Olayinka who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, UI.
The governor who will be spending another four year term in office won in 15 of the 18 local government areas of the state while his rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP won the remaining three within the Central Senatorial District.
Akeredolu’s deputy, Agboola Ajayi who is the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP could not secure any local government.
According to the votes as announced, Akeredolu polled a total of 292,830 votes, Jegede scored 195,791 with Ajayi coming a distant third with 69,127.
Below is the result as declared by INEC as regards Ondo election:
Ondo East LG
Akoko North East LG
Akoko South West LG
Akoko North West
Akure North LG
Akoko South East LG
Akure South LG
Ondo West LG
5 Nigerian Politicians That Tested Positive To COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked havock in many countries worldwide, shutting down businesses and more.
Many nations’ economy have suffered huge drops and alot have changed in terms of economic activities.
The pandemic has proven to have no favorites as every social strata can be affected by it. Nigeria is not left out on the list of countries affected.
As at the time of writing this article, Nigeria has about 5,100+ cases of COVID-19. While some Nigerians believe this, some others doubt and have tagged it a politicized virus on Nigeria’s shores.
Following mainstream media reports from March 2020, recall that both politicians and celebraties were affected by this outbreak.
Here in this article are the list of some Nigerian politicians that contracted the deadly coronavirus.
While some recovered fully, one died as numerous reports blamed his previous health challenges.
1. Abba Kyari (1952-2020)
Abba Kyari while alive was the chief of staff to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Abba Kyari served the nation and while doing that contracted the virus.
He eventually died on the 17th of April 2020 due to the complications caused by the COVID-19 within his system according to reports.
2.Governor Nasir El-rufai
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai announced that he tested positive to COVID-19 himself .
The governor tested positive to the virus on the 28th March 2020. He has been under going treatments since then.
3.Governor Bala Monhammed
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus last month. However, Governor Bala after receiving treatments tested negative after being tested on 9th April 2020.
He has since resumed work at the governemnt house and as well encouraged the use of malaria drugs in the fight against the COVID-19.
Raymond Dokpesi the Founder of DAAR Communications earlier tested positive to the Virus alongside other members of his family but fortunately, he tested negative after receiving treatments.
He was declared neagtive on 14th May 2020. He however lamented over the poor Medical infrastructures in Nigeria.
He called upon the Federal Government to look into ways to improve the healthcare systems in the country.
The Edo State House of Assembly speaker Frank Okiye on 25th March 2020 tested positive to the Virus. His status then made the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki go into self isolation .
However, on 24th April after receiving treatments, the Speaker tested Negative.
The Edo state government in a bid to curb the spread of the Virus decided to set up screening centres all around the state’s borders.