Emerging reports claimed that Dr Tehemen Tarzoor and Dr Stephen Hwande, two former governorship aspirants under the auspice of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have dumped the party, while they decided to pursue their political career in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
NIGERIA NEWS gathers that the ruling party has received the two former PDP governorship candidates in 2015, Dr Tehemen Tarzoor and Dr Stephen Hwande into its fold in Benue state.
The development was made public by Sam Ode, a former minister of state for Niger Delta and a chieftain of the APC in Benue state.
Ode in his words, on the other hand, faulted those accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being behind the killings in the state.
“Narrowing down the election to Benue state, the party is getting stronger. Just two days ago, we harvested three big fishes from the PDP, two governorship aspirants. Dr Hwande joined us, the same day, Dr Tehemen Tarzoor, who was the candidate of the PDP in 2015 elections, joined us too.
“We also opened talks with another big fish but because it has not been concluded I will not like to mention the name now. We are consolidating and we believe that we will win at the centre and we will also win in Benue State here.
“The killings in the state are unfortunate because lives of people cannot be quantified. We totally condemn the killings. We are happy that the situation is getting better. What is important now is to demobilise the people who have been displaced from their ancestral home as a result of the attacks. We want to restore them back so that they can live a worthy life.
“We don’t want to bring party politics to the killings that have taken place in the state. President Buhari is a man of patriotic zeal. He will never have anything to do with the killings. I say this without fear or contradiction. This matter is not of APC or PDP or any other party but it is a security issue that all of us, irrespective of political platforms we come from, need to collectively work together to stop.”
“We all know that the country today is gripped with security issues; people have been displaced as a result of Boko Haram (insurgency) in many local government areas. Asking people to come out en masse and queue to vote in such places can become a huge challenge and where one person is killed in such a situation, the whole thing will become counterproductive,” Ode added.
In an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that President Buhari received his nomination form for 2019 presidential election at Villa, Abuja, (video).
Shut up and leave PDP if you have no value to add, Agbaje tells Bode George
Former Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje has told former Deputy National Chairman, Bode George to shut up and leave the party if he has no value to add.
There has been disagreement between George and Agbaje over the outcome of the governorship election in Lagos that returned Babajide Sanwo-olu elected as both have been blaming each other for the failure of the party to win the state.
Recently, the duo are at each other’s throat over defection insinuations, which both have denied.
Agbaje had accused George of insinuating his defection from the PDP, when he was described as a failed governorship candidate.
Speaking on the clash, media aide to Agbaje, Felix Oboagwina, denied reports that his principal had dumped the opposition party and also accused the leadership of the party in Lagos of alleged plans to “give the dog a bad name and chase it away from the party.”
On the social media posts that Agbaje had left the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, Oboagwina said they were untrue.
“There is nothing like that, nothing like that at all. He is still in PDP; he has not defected. How can people say he has defected on social media? He is too big for that; he is in PDP.”
When asked if there were plans by his principal to dump the PDP for APC, he answered in the negative.
“People should please tell Bode George to shut up and leave PDP if he lacks any value to add to the party, instead of being a dog in the manger hampering the progress of the party in Lagos State.
“He should tell the world where he got the news being spread around.
Atiku Abubakar Is Not A Threat To Democracy But Believes In The Rule Of Law – Paul Ibe
The Presidential Candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last Nigeria Presidential Election, Atiku Abubakar recently states that he saw a signal to be arrested, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
However, Atiku media spokesperson, Paul Ibe states this on Sunday.
Besides, the accusation of Atiku about the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC conduct of the election, he is tagged to be a threat to the current administration.
His Spokesperson is quoted saying, “I wish to emphatically state that such a statement did not emanate from Atiku Abubakar or his privies.
“It is the work of mischief makers who want to mar his spotless pro-democratic record and lay the groundwork for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar believes in the rule of law and in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his almost four decades in politics, he has never taken action or spoken words against democracy and will not start now.
“Atiku Abubakar and his team have confidence in God and thus call on those bent on mischief to have the fear of God and retrace their steps.
Ibe then finally stated that:
“Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. The culture of fear being created now cannot rein in our democracy. Nigeria and Nigerians have a consistent history of outlasting tyranny and will continue to do so by the grace of God.”
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