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Rivers 2019 Guber Poll: We will leave PDP if zoning, direct primary is not adopted – West

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…the leadership of the PDP should respect the principles of democracy

Soalabo West, a governorship aspirant under the aegis of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to leave the party if it jettisons the principle of zoning and direct primary when it selects its governorship candidate for the 2019 governorship election.

West, a lawyer from Buguma in Asari-Toru Local Government Area, declared that he will seek for an alternative political platform to actualise his gubernatorial ambition if the PDP does not adhere to its time-honoured tradition of rotational zoning.

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Speaking on a Radio programme, on 91.7 Wave FM, monitored in Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, the aspirant noted that “the PDP has been winning elections across the country, because it protects the interest of minority groups together with the fact that it has entrenched the zoning of political offices.”

He insisted: “For the PDP to make credible impact in the 2019 general elections, the party must play by the rules and continue to apply the zoning formula, anchored on equity and fairness.”

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West challenged the leadership of the PDP to make a definite statement on internal democracy, evidenced by direct primaries and zoning of the governorship office in Rivers State to the people of the riverine areas in the 2019 and/or 2023 elections.

He stressed: “If the demand to enforce the zoning formula and direct primary are not genuinely addressed, I will leave with my teeming supporters to any other party that would best serve the interests of the riverine peoples’ of Rivers State.”

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I Will Fight For This Mandate Till The End-Peter Obi

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The vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election has said that he will fight for his his mandate till the end.

Obi said this in his speech at the 8th stakeholders meeting of Anambra State chapter of the PDP titled,” Repositioning for power and good governance”.

At the event which held in Awka, Obi said he was ready to lay down his life to deliver Nigerians from the hardship witnessed all over the country.

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Alleging that every Nigerian now wants to identify with the PDP because they have lost confidence in the ruling APC government, the former Governor of Anambra State added that he is ready to fight for the party’s mandate to its logical conclusion in court.

 

“I am ready to lay down my life to ensure that Nigerians are rescued from the hardship inflicted on them by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government in the country.

“ I will fight for this mandate till the end. The person who is at the helm of affairs today ran for four times and nobody killed him. So, I am not afraid because when PDP was in power it did not kill anybody,” he said.

Recall that the PDP closed its case at the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja on Friday, July 10.

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Protests Will Not Make Me Release El-Zakzaky, Buhari Tell Shiites

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President Muhammadu Buhari has told protesting Shiites that no amount of protest will make him order the release of El-Zakzaky.

The President made the revelation while warning shiite members to desist from their protest.

Buhari also appealed to the Shiite members to desist from unnecessary violent protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.

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The President spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Shehu who spoke on the issue of El-ZakZaky said since the issues was before the court in Kaduna, supporters should focus on the on-going trial instead of causing daily damages, disruptions and public nuisance in Abuja.

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According to the presidency, it is wrong to be in court and resort to violence at the same time in order to get justice for anybody accused.

Members of El-Zakzaky’s spiritual group have been protesting the of their leader who is facing trail for alleged breach of public peace.

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