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Finally, Oyinlola Dumps PDP For APC, To Defect Officially Tuesday; PDP Says Party Not Bothered

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Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola

Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola

At last, the former Governor of Osun State and estranged National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He will on Tuesday, 5th August, 2014 formally defect to the ruling APC in Osun state during the grand finale of the party’s campaign rally for the re-election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Impeccable sources told thegazellenews.com that arrangements have been perfected by the APC in the state to receive Oyinlola into the party’s fold.

Oyinlola was said to have met with the leadership of the APC and is expected to defect to the party alongside his supporters in all the 30 local government areas of the state.

It could be recalled that Oyinlola was conspicuously absent at the campaign rally of the PDP where President Goodluck Jonathan and other national leaders of the party including the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu addressed the gathering.

Oyinlola was seen in Osogbo on Monday, 4th August, 2014 in a motorcade after he had reportedly met with some of his loyalists and some APC leaders in the state.

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Sources told our correspondent that the fromer governor will on Tuesday, 5th August, 2014, be received by notable leaders of the APC including the National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun and the party National Leaders: Major General Muhammad Buhari and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu among others.

Oyinlola was Governor of Osun state from 2003 to November, 2010 when Governor Rauf Aregbesola took over from him following a judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the election of Oyinlola.

Oyinlola later contested for the post of the PDP National Secretary and won but was later removed by a court injunction and thus replaced by Professor Wale Oladipo who is also an indigene of Osun state.

An Appeal Court has however returned the former Governor to the office but he has not been reinstated by the leadership apparently because of his closeness and loyalty to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

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Oyinlola has always insisted that he would only come out to campaign for Iyiola Omisore’s election as Governor of Osun State if he was reinstated as the National Secretary of the PDP as ruled by the Appeal Court, an order the party has not obeyed since but rather decided to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

However, the PDP in Osun State while reacting to the development said it remains intact despite the defection of Oyinlola.

According to the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Bola Ajao, “the PDP will win the governorship election in the state whether Oyinlola leaves the party or he remains there, saying that “we are not bothered with the defection of Oyinlola.

-thegazellenews

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Peterside Commiserates With Amaechi Over Demise of Iwelu

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***Describes the late CSO as an embodiment of Loyalty

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has commiserated with the Minister of Transport, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi over the demise of his Chief Security Officer (CSO), Tony Iwelu.

Expressing shock and sadness over the sudden death of Iwelu, Peterside described him as a “diligent, hard-working and humble” personality who performed his responsibilities with a sense of devotion.

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“I have known the late Tony Iwelu for twenty solid years; his loyalty and devotion to duty are exemplary. I am sure his family, the family of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, friends, the State Security Service will miss him dearly for all he represents. My own family is heartbroken.

“He is such an amiable fellow who went about his duties in a professional manner and respected people around his boss,” he stated.

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The former Rivers Works Commissioner condoled with Amaechi and the staff of Federal Ministry of Transport over the loss of Iwelu at the height of his career.

“On behalf of the board, management and staff of NIMASA, my heartfelt condolence also goes to his family at this trying time and pray God to grant them the perseverance and fortitude to bear the loss,” he summed up.

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APC Names Sponsor Of Protest At Justice Odili’s House

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The All Progressive Congress (APC), has denied being responsible for sponsoring the protest staged at the residence of Justice Mary Odili.

A protest held in front of Justice Odili’s house over the verdict on the Bayelsa governorship election.

According to APC’s Deputy Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the PDP and Governor Nysome Wike sponsored the protest to tarnish the image of the APC in Bayelsa.

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Nabena also added that the leadership of the APC had called on the party’s supporters not to engage in violence. He revealed that all legal avenues to reclaim the mandate are already being considered.

Justice Odili gave the Supreme Court’s verdict which sacked APC’s David Lyon as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.

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Following the verdict, a protest linked to APC supporters was staged at the residence of the revered judge in Abuja.

The judgment paved the way for the emergence of People Democratic (PDP) candidate Douye Diri as the new Bayelsa governor.

 

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Oshiomole Must Go – APC Young Stakeholders

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DG APC

The APC Young Stakeholders who protested at the Party Secretariat today has called on the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress Mr. Adams Oshiomole to forsake his position, adding that “Enough is enough! We are tired of the lackadaisical and weak leadership this man has given, he must go!”

The Convener of APC Young Stakeholders, Ahmed Adamu in a statement today enumerated the sins of Oshiomole as follows:

– Micromanaging the Party and weakening the other organs of the party: Oshiomole has made the APC a one man show, that borders around himself and himself alone. Nothing else works in the party without his control. The other organs of the party have become weak. From the secretariat, to the youth wing, all are dead, because he has made the party revolve around him.

 

– Zero accountability: The party has raised Billions and Billions of Naira from the sale of forms during the 2019 elections. Up to date, Oshiomole has not been able to account for these moneys, neither has he been able to show anything of worth in which he has spent the money on.

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– Inability to manage internal crisis: Oshiomole has shown lack of leadership capacity to manage the internal issues of the party. While it is not new that there would be disagreements within the party, effective and determined leadership would ordinarily bring everyone together. These qualities, Adams Oshiomole lacks. Rather than be a unifier he has been a divider of the party. He has caused needless friction among members that has led to so much hate and anger in the party.

 

– Loss of States: Due to the incompetence of the Party Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, the Party has been on a loosing streak. He has created a lot of division in the states and through sharp practices encouraged by him, he has allowed fraud divide the party in states. This has led us to unfortunate losses in states. Under the incompetence of Oshiomole, we have lost Zamfara, Bacuhi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Benue and Oyo States. His recklessness and inability to manage the party is looking like we are up for more losses again.

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– The party has become more divided under Adams Oshiomole. Members have been set against each other to become enemies and he has failed to provide the unifying leadership needed.

 

– The party has become ideologically directionless under Adams Oshiomole. He has refused to entertain any scholarly seminars, intellectual conferences to boost the party’s policy-making and ideological growth.

 

– The party today is home to several unresolved disputes – due to his immaturity and inability to provide leadership.

 

– Issues of Payment for Ticket: Several members of the party were defrauded by proxies of Adams Oshiomole who had collected money from him with the promise that they would be secured tickets and victories at the primaries. His proxies collected these moneys and it turned out that they were defrauded with no tickets.

 

Signed: Ahmed Adamu 

(Convener)

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