Mamman Leads Defected PDP Members to APC

Sen.Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa West) on Sunday received some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains who defected to the APC in his constituency.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those who dumped the PDP at Dari, Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, were led by a retired Permanent Secretary, Mr John Mamman.

Adamu urged Mamman and other party supporters to work tirelessly for the progress and victory of the party at all levels come 2019 and beyond.

He described APC as a progressive party, adding that the party has done credibly well towards impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians.

The senator assured the people of his continued commitment to push for good policies and programmes that have direct bearing on their lives and solicited for their support to enable him succeed.

Adamu drummed support for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and the victory of the party at all levels in the 2019 general election and beyond.

Also speaking at the occasion, the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Silas Agara, urged APC members in the area to work together with Mamman in order to ensure the victory of the party in all elections.

“Today, John Mamman is a member of APC and I urge him, his supporters and other party faithful to work for the victory of the party come 2019,” he said.

Agara also drummed support for the governments of Buhari and Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State to enable them succeed.

He urged Nigerians to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities, live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.

The deputy governor renewed the state government’s commitment to continue to initiate projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Mamman thanked the senator and deputy governor as well as other well wishers for witnessing their defection.

He assured them of his commitment to work for the victory of the party in the area.

Osun 2018: Akin Ogunbiyi Faults PDP Primaries, Vows To Seek Redress

An aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State of Osun, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has rejected the result of the governorship primary of the party yesterday.

Dr Ogunbiyi in a press conference on Sunday said the  result was manipulated and does not represent the minds of delegates of the PDP.

He said “The PDP primary results held yesterday at GMT, Osogbo was manipulated and doesn’t represent the minds of delegates of our great party PDP, so therefore the fraud is rejected.”

“Total votes score by Dr Akin Ogunbiyi was much more than the votes recorded for him and announced by His Excellency Seriake Dickson”

See a copy of the press statement:



Aregbesola Has Created An Atmosphere Of Political Tolerance, Says Bayelsa Gov, Seriake Dickson


The Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, on Sunday lauded the Osun State Government for creating an atmosphere of peace, stability and political tolerance.

He stated that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has justified the essence of leadership and reflected the same in all economic strata, particularly in the security sector.

Governor Dickson gave the commendation while paying a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at Government House, Osogbo.

Dickson who was primarily in Osun in his capacity as the Chairman Primary Election Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 22 gubernatorial election in the state, said his visit has exposed him to good legacies built by the Aregbesola’s government.

He described his presence in the state as adventurous and rewarding in view of peaceful atmosphere, stability and comfort created by the present administration.

Dickson said the Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrated high sense of commitment to good governance and extended a hand of fellowship to ‎all.

According to him, “I am very happy to be in Osun, this is a state of my good brother, a hardworking and performing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.”

“I have been in Osun since yesterday to oversee the conduct of my party gubernatorial primary election and since we have arrived, we have been experiencing the peaceful atmosphere here and there.

“We have seen the high level of security put in place by the Aregbesola’s administration, we have enjoyed peace even with the little time we have spent as our visit to Osun has in no doubt exposed us to the high sense of commitment to security of lives and property of the citizenry by the present administration.

“Governor Aregbesola and I are friends, we are brothers and we can’t come to Osun and enjoy all these peace, joy and comfort without visiting the state governor.

“So, we thank Mr. Governor for the enabling environment created, we laud the state for the reigning peace, stability and atmosphere of tolerance.

“We are proud of him, we are proud of his government; we are equally enthused by his noble countdown device constantly reminding him of the days he is left with in office.

“This shows his rare commitment to democratic tenets, good governance and to the fact that one cannot be in government for life.

“So, we are very proud of you, we are proud of your government and we are proud of the people of the state”, Dickson added.

‎In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the leadership quality of Governor Dickson, describing him as a noble Nigerian, astute and advocate of good governance who means well for the country.

Aregbesola said the visit of Governor Dickson ‎was a manifestation to the fact that Nigeria is democratically advancing and improving.

He lauded Dickson on the successful completion of the PDP’s primaries in the state, describing the outcome of the primary‎ as a clear testimony of an improved internal democracy.

Aregbesola made an advocacy for political tolerance, saying it is time for politicians and leaders to eschew politics of acrimony, hatred, do-or-die and intolerance.

According to him, it is expected for politicians to bicker and compete on ideologies before election but at the level of governance, there shouldn’t be room for party affiliations.

“It is in light of this that I appreciate this visit. It shows that we are building internal democracy, we are looking beyond party-politics”, Aregbesola added.

NLC Attribute Fayemi’s Victory to Unpaid Salaries

The Nigeria Labour Congress has attributed the election of Kayode Fayemi as Ekiti State Governor to the failure of the outgoing administration in the state to pay workers’ salaries and benefits.

The congress therefore admonished the incoming administration to settle workers salaries and pension immediately it was sworn in.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in a congratulatory message to Fayemi in Abuja on Saturday, stated that Fayemi’s election was a reflection of the popular wishes of the people and their appreciation of the work he started when he was governor of the state.

Wabba counseled the new governor against vilifying or going after his predecessor, adding that he should rather complete the work he started in his first tenure.

The NLC boss stated that Fayemi should use the opportunity of his second coming to render higher and greater service to the people of Ekiti State “who have kept faith with you in spite of everything.”

He said, “Few, if any, suffered the level of government-engineered vilification and witch-hunt aimed at frustrating your bid for a second term in office. That you won this election in spite of these obstacles or frustration should be a source of joy and pride to you and your esteemed supporters.

“We believe that the non-payment of workers salary and pension by the outgoing government was enough reason for the vote of no confidence by the people.

“We are confident that one of your first executive actions upon your inauguration would be to clear the backlog of salaries and pension owed Ekiti workers.”

The congress President said the people would hold the new governor to his promises, adding that the NLC would not do any differently.

Osun 2018: Saka-Layonu Congratulates Oyetola, Advocates A United APC

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun, Dr Abiodun Saka-Layonu has congratulated the winner of the party’s primary election for the September 22 guber, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
In a statement on Saturday, the Ede born aspirant called on the party members to be united a forge a formidable front ahead of the bigger task which is to reclaim the state for the APC.
He also thanked his supporters for their support.
Read his full statement below:
I congratulate Alhaji Adegboyega Isiaq Oyetola for his overwhelming victory at the Osun APC primary.
In taking the party forward to the general election, we have the arduous task of reuniting the party and working harder than in the primary.
I thank the members of our party for peacefully expressing their preference.
 We must stay united in the coming general election on September 22.
I thank the electoral committee, INEC, the security agencies for their respective services in the conduct of the exercise.
I thank my supporters who stayed firm and committed and pray that God will recompense them. Also, my campaign team (Agbajoowo) who stayed dedicated, expended invaluable time and energy in pursuing our dream and vision.
 May God reward you immeasurably.
To my family, friends and others who gave freely their money, other material resources, time and especially their cherished prayers and love, you have been generously supportive and wonderful. God bless you.
To my colleagues in chambers, your unstinting loyalty and support is deserving of every commendation. Well done and thank you!!!
It has been a very interesting experience.
 I have no regret and am thankful to God for my good health and peace of mind.
To my town, Ede and her people, I thank you for your support.
Lastly, I thank God for His mercies and favours always. Alhamdulilah.
Dr. Ismail Abiodun Saka-Layonu SAN

Osun 2018: Ademola Adeleke Is PDP’s Governorship Candidate

The Senator representing Osun West, Senator Ademola Adeleke has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary election in the State of Osun.

Adeleke won the keenly contested election by scoring 1, 569 votes to beat his closest rival, Akin Ogunbiyi who polled 1, 562. Only 7 votes separated the two of them while Nathaniel Oke polled 3 votes.

However, the delegates demanded a recount but the Chairman of the election committee, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state refused and said that he had announced the winner.

Group Lauds APC Primary Election Process, Recommends Same For All Parties

By Nofisat Marindoti
A group of Observers who monitored the Governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State of Osun conducted yesterday, has recommended the direct primary system for other political parties and subsequent primaries in the country.
The group, Comrade Olaoni Centre for Social Research in collaboration with Coalition of Civil Societies in Osun state, made the recommendation at a press conference in Osogbo, on Saturday.
The press conference was jointly addressed by Comrade Wale Adebisi, Comrade Amitolu Shittu and Comrade Waheed Lawal.
The group stressed that the direct primary as observed in Osun, reduced manipulation and inducement of voters with money as experienced in the past exercises.
“From all variables and indices available to us on the field, the direct primary is actually the best so as to encourage internal, all inclusive democracy, because every party members is involved.
“It eliminates the emerging trend where aspirants camped delegates and bribe each with huge amount of money. It also eliminates manipulation to a large extent.
“We hereby encourage every other political parties to embrace this process of direct party primary so as to improve the Internal democracy of the party politics which will gradually reduce the issue of financial inducement.
“Direct primary election process truly attests to the fact that democracy is truly for the people. Regardless of all shortcomings and drawbacks observed during the exercise, the process is still the best because it is transparent, free and fair.”

Osun 2018: Speaker, Najeem Salaam Thanks Supporters


Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has expressed his gratitude to thousands of his supporters and admirers who voluntarily voted for him at the APC governorship primary election, saying he was humbled by the genuine love the party faithful showed him.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Dr. Salaam stressed that he has paid his due as a freeborn citizen of Nigeria and as a party loyalist, asserting that getting such a huge support that was voluntarily given, was a statement by the sincere party faithful.

The Speaker then thanked the Deputy Speaker, Akintunde Adegboye and some members of the parliament who stood by him, the Director General of his campaign organization, Mr. Bayo Oyekanmi, his colleagues and all volunteer groups that campaigned vigorously for him.

He said his belief in God who gives power to whoever He chooses stands and his love for his people cannot be forsaken.

Osun APC Hails Successful Primary, Says Its Victory For All

The All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has congratulated members of the party and the aspirants who participated in the direct Primary election that produced Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola as the flagbearer of the party in the governorship election scheduled for September 22, 2018.
According to the party, ‘the peaceful and orderly participation of APC members made the event so credible and rancour-free that the party is delighted and proud of everyone who contributed to this remarkable outcome’.
The party was ‘especially impressed and proud of the attitude of the aspirants that exhibited an uncommon spirit of sportsmanship,  which was not anticipated by observers and even some supporters of the party’.
In a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC also congratulated the winner and every other aspirant, ‘for the zest and positive approach they brought into their campaign’, noting that those who had thought the APC would implode because of the robustness of the campaign ‘were at the worst pleasantly surprised’ that the party members finished the event in one peace.
The APC attributed this ‘ground success’ to the decision of the party’s National Working Committee to adopt direct primary which operated the.distinctive ‘option A4’,  that requires voters to line up behind their choice of candidates and be counted.
Oyatomi said “It was a fool-proof method beyond controversy that hopefully will become universal with the political parties in the country.”
“‘Now that we have the primary behind us, we urge our members to be actively involve in the intensive war for governorship election so that victory will be ours.”
“Finally, the APC urged all the contestants who participated in the exercise and those who didn’t,  to rally behind the popular choice of our party members,  as one united force so that victory will be assured for the APC in September.”

Massive Turnout As Oyetola Wins Osun APC Governorship Primary 

…Aregbesola Commends Process

There was a large turnout of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in the State of Osun to their respective wards for the governorship primary of the party won by the Chief of Staff to the Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

The process of the primary was Direct and with Option A4 which allowed all party members to elect the party’s flag bearer by queuing behind their preferred aspirant’s poster.

It is also the first time Option A4 was used in the history of Primary Elections by a political party in Nigeria.

This is coming as governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the process.

In a series of tweets earlier on Saturday, Governor Aregbesola commended the process, saying, “Osun has once again set an example in boosting participatory democracy  for Nigeria. We have handed power back to the people.

“I would like to specially appreciate God and every member of our party in Osun for the peaceful and successful conduct of our primaries. We Thank Governor Abubakar Yari And his team for overseeing the successful conduct of our primaries.

“I heartily congratulate the candidate of our party the APC, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, on his victory in yesterday’s primaries. In the same vein, I congratulate all the other aspirants who have run a good race and fought a good fight.

“Our party remains a united family and we will march as one to victory come September 22nd 2018.” The governor said.

Meanwhile,a visit to ward polling centers across the state reveal that party members trooped out to witness and make history by coming our enmasse to choose who represents them in the gubernatorial poll.

Our correspondent who monitored the exercise throughout the state reports that despite the withdrawal of some aspirants, members of the APC thronged the respective venues of the election in their locality to cast their vote.

At Salvation Army Primary School, Elewu’s Compound (Ward 7) where the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru voted and other wards in Osogbo Local Government, members arrived the venues as early as 8 am even though voting commenced around 11 am.

The mood was ecstatic with party members as they expressed joy at the level of sanity and transparency which Direct Primaries brought to the process.

In Ilesa, the story was not different as Governor Rauf Aregbesola led other party members across the wards in the ancient town to vote for the aspirant of their choice.

Also seen at his voting centre was Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Engr Remi Omowaiye and other party stalwarts who expressed satisfaction with the restoration of true democracy with Direct Primaries.

The Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salaam who was also an aspirant was in his ward in Ejigbo local government was out to support the exercise and commended the organisers.

In Iwo, Ibokun, Ede and Ile Ife, the situation was the same as all party members exercised their civic responsibility.

Also in Iragbiji ward 3, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola was received amidst cheers from all supporters of the APC.

At the end, the committee led by Governor Abdul Aziz Yari of Zamfara State through Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who is the secretary of the committee announced Oyetola as the winner.

Oyetola polled 127,017 against Lasun Yussuff who scored 21,975 while the Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam polled 17,958 votes.

Oyetola in his acceptance speech thanked everyone who participated in the process urging Co-contestants in the race to join hands with him to retain the state.

Reaction In Ile Ife As Oyetola Wins Osun APC Primary Election

By Sodiq Lawal

Scores of political stakeholders in Ile Ife have congratulated a foremost Governorship aspirant, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola for winning the Osun All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Primary election.

The result of the primary election which took place on Friday, was announced by a federal lawmaker, Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, the secretary of the Osun APC Guber Election Primary Committee.

Oyetola defeated other 17 aspirants with 127,017  total number of votes.

His closest rival, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff got 21,975 while the Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam polled 17,958 votes.

However,  the former member of the House of Representatives representing Ife Federal Constituency, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said that, “as I congratulate our team Leader, Alh Gboyega Oyetola as he emerged Osun State APC 2018 governorship candidate. I must also appreciate all of us who worked assiduously to ensure the first round of the victory.

“The success is the reward for our commitment,unity and collective responsibilities. May the good Lord continue to guide us as we begin the process of reconciliation, persuasion and rigorous campaign to crown our efforts towards the actualization of our dreams which is for our party to produce the next governor of the state of Osun by the grace of God.”

Also, the secretary of APC Ife Central branch, Hon. Olufemi Francis, commended all governorship aspirants, and urged them to uphold the values of the party by joining hands to support  Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola in the forthcoming election.

While congratulating with Oyetola, a political analyst in Ile Ife, Comrade Yinka Oderemi, described Oyetola’s track record in the state as a reformist, with a penchant for building educational infrastructure and promoting the welfare of the ordinary people, that will bolster his chances at the forthcoming polls.

He noted that “the successful primaries in the state, with more than 17 aspirants, further validate the credentials of the APC on internal democracy, and its preparedness to take the country to another level of development.”