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Ondo PDP unmoved by recent defection of some leaders, says Chairman

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The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is unmoved by the recent wave of defection of some of its leaders across the state to other parties.

The state Chairman of the PDP, Mr Fatai Adams, made this known while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Akure.

”I am sure that many of the defectors will soon return to the party when the time comes. What is happening is not strange.

”When a party loses in a big election like the presidential election, such defections are bound to happen.

”Some are leaving, some are coming in. That is politics. Some of them are on a voyage to search for political relevance or daily bread,” he said.

Adams said:”when the daily bread is not coming, they will come back. We have no cause to worry over the defection.

“What is the contribution of those defectors in the last election. We will bounce back in the state”.

He also said that the PDP was ready to participate in the upcoming local government council’s election in the state.

The party, he said, has conducted its primaries to elect candidates for the 2024 local government elections.

Ondo Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) had shifted the councils poll from Dec. 16 to February 2024.

Adams said candidates emerged through a transparent processes.

 

“It is not on our place to reject the creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs). If the government says it wants to conduct elections into the newly created LCDAs, we are ready and prepared,” he said.

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I’ll Turn Ondo Into Another Lagos, Says Wale Akinterinwa Ahead Of APC Primaries

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Wale Akinterinwa, a governorship hopeful on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), says he will turn Ondo into another Lagos, the country’s commercial capital, if elected governor.

The Ondo APC governorship primary election is scheduled for April 20 while the state-wide election will be held on November 16.

Speaking during his official declaration at the ruling party’s secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday, Akinterinwa said he will make Ondo an industrialised state.

The governorship hopeful who had worked in Lagos civil service, said he would utilise the natural resources in the state to attract investments.

“We will turn Ondo into another Lagos state in terms of development because we have what it takes, in terms of coast. We must ensure that the port comes alive and that will be a game changer,” Akinterinwa said.

 

“But, beyond that, we also have the landmass and ought to be an agrarian state. So, we are going to take agriculture to the next level while we encourage and support the local farmers.

“We will also attract investors who will invest in agriculture so that we will be exporting finished products. We will not just be producing for the table but we will be producing for export.”

On security, Akinterinwa said his economic initiatives would get most youth employed and lead to reduction in the rate of insecurity in the state.

“For security, part of our challenges today is because today is because we have many unemployed youths. So, Amotekun founded by our late governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other South West governors will be strengthened so that with appropriate security in place, we can have development,” he said.

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Why I Ignored Labour Party National Convention — Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for 2023 elections has declared his stance on the recent national convention of the party that saw Barr Julius Abure emerge as Julius Abure emerge as national chairman.

 

Addressing Nigerians on X Space hosted by Parallel Facts on Friday, Peter Obi said he ignored the convention because the party leadership under Abure failed to do wide consultation with key stakeholders of the party before embarking on the said convention.

The former Anambra Governor emphasised the need for the right thing to be done to salvage the party, adding that he is more passionate about building a new Nigeria than building a new Labour Party.

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