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2023: Enemies Of Progress Frustrating PDP’s Quest For Presidency – G5



The five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as the ‘Integrity Group’ have again in Abia State blamed some people that they called enemies of progress of frustrating the party’s chances of winning the 2023 presidential election.

On Wednesday’s night, the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led the governors of Benue, Samuel Ortom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) to Abia State ahead of the flag-off of campaign of the State’s chapter of the PDP.

They were received on arrival by Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State Governor, who after the welcome formalities, organised a gala night event for them in his country home, Umuobiakwa.

He treated them to delectable rich cultural performances, music rendition, dances, and comedy. The Integrity Governors also had their session and danced.

Traditional Rulers of Obiakwa, led by the Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Joseph Ndubuisi Nwabeke made special presentation to the five governors. Some of the items included traditional wrappers, warrior matchet plus prayers said on them.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Dr. Samuel Ortom, reiterated that they are committed members of the PDP.

He stressed that as governors of States controlled by the PDP, they are working assiduously while deploying political strategies, to make sure that the party is delivered in their States during the 2023 election.

“All our States from Abia to Rivers, to Oyo to Enugu, to Benue, all of us are PDP States, and we are very strong in all these States, and we are committed to our party.

“We have teamed together to build this party to make it very strong and our intention was that we will take over governance in 2023 and build Nigeria again from bottom to top.”

Governor Ortom noted the enormous encouragement, support and leadership that governor Wike has provided the group in its battle against forces that are frustrating the PDP from winning the 2023 election.

He said, the five governors are men of integrity who believe in equity, fairness and justice will never succumb to any intimidation.

“One notable person that has made this party what it is, is governor Wike. Since he joined PDP, he has never left PDP.

“In 2015, when I was denied the ticket, l left, went to APC and grab the governor, came back to PDP, because PDP is home.

“So, we appreciate PDP. It is the platform we are working for in our various States. We are not going to be intimated. We appreciate the traditional rulers. You charged us not to be intimidated but stand for the truth. That is what we stand for.”

Governor Ortom expressed regret that some of those who were part of the accord on the demand that the next Nigeria’s president should be a southerner eventually “chickened out”.

“Unfortunately, enemies of progress came in. Because one thing that we believed as men of integrity, as men who believed in equity, fairness and justice was our resolve.

“All of us and many others who chickened out, especially from the South resolved that after eight years of rule in the North, we all know that in the unwritten constitution of this country, that it was only right for the sake of justice and equity that presidency should come from the South. And that is what we have stood for.”

Ortom said further, “Unfortunately, we have found ourselves where we are. But, we told ourselves, we are not going to leave the PDP. You cannot build a house and when a snake creeps into your house, do you abandon that house and run away to go and build another one?”

In his welcome address, the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu informed that the Integrity Governors think, operate and execute their strategies and programmes in one accord.

He noted that beyond, their States, which they support mutually ahead of the 2023 elections, they are beefing up firm support for the PDP in Cross River where the moral tenets of equity, fairness and justice are deeply rooted.

“We have come under serious attack and very serious propaganda from all quarters but we are undeterred. We are determined to stand firm for the truth and soon, as the needful is done, I assure you that all of us will work assiduously to make sure that PDP wins election in 2023.”

Dr. Ikpeazu asserted that Nigeria is in dire strait and the Integrity Governors understand what should be done, which is why they are putting the right feet forward with a conviction that the country must be rescued.

“What we are preaching is not about our individual comfort but rather for you to see that we are saying the truth, laying a solid foundation for Nigerians today, and for our children in the future.

“I am an incurable optimist and I believe that soon, the voice of reason will sound in the ears of those who are yet to realize and see the wisdom behind our position and the things we are saying.”

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Twitter Post: ‘This Is Pure Medicine After Death’, Nigerians React As Aisha Buhari Withdraws Defamation Case Against Aminu Adamu



By Augustine Akhilomen

Nigerians on social media have describe the decision of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari to withdraw the case against a final-year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Adamu over his twitter post as ‘medicine after death’.

Recall that Aminu was two weeks ago, picked up by security operatives and whisked to Abuja over comments on Aisha’s weight.

He was arraigned on Tuesday, November 30, before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, where he pleaded not guilty and was remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State.

But withdrawing the case against the accused on Friday, the Prosecution Counsel, Fidelis Ogbobe, said the First Lady as the mother of the nation decided to withdraw it, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

However, the decision has generated wild reactions from Nigerians as they faulted the First Lady’s initial arrest of Aminu.

@jaybell -The first lady has proven that she can be power if she is in the position of a president.

@anthony -After allowing the poor boy to experience small trauma in detention, the first lady now feels releasing him now make her win our heart is pure lie.

@Jerome -She has not really played the role as the mother of the nation with her treatment of the young man.

@Paul -Sincerely, we live in a society where freedom of speech cant be guaranteed.

@Ladipo -Obviously, Mrs Aisha Buhari has done the damages already and releasing the him is like medicine after death.

@Kjol -The truth is, the APC govt has shown to us that they cant be trusted with powers again.

@Ethel -Nigeriajns have a decision to make between choosing a govt that will choke you and someone that will give you freedom of expression.

@LessonThem As it should be. I can’t [email protected] let themselves be used by the wife of the president. This is a country and not Buhari family house.

@owomano She’s a disgrace to motherhood and should cover her eyes in Shame for the remaining part of this administration

@IgweAfrica1 Fundamental human rights sha Dey work for this country Tueh 😤

@prinnccejosh Tyranny has no place in democracy, but in Nigeria, tyranny and despotism have become our own democracy. Well done, Madam Aisha.

@WisdomUchenna17 You can track an innocent boy but can’t track and wipe herdsmen and boko haram. Ndi ara

@Uto_nwa1 If not the way people raised alarm, they could have left him there to rot in jail.Omo…nothing surprises me in Nigeria anymore, the rich on a steady pressing the poor’s neck. Am sure he already learnt his lessons

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2023: Dogara, Aggrieved Northern APC Members Adopt Atiku As Candidate



A group of mainly All Progressives Congress (APC) members of northern extraction led by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mister Yakubu Dogara, has adopted the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 general election.

The group named Northern Leaders’ Consultative Forum made up of Christians and Muslims adopted the PDP candidate after the report of its technical committee was presented to its members at a public forum in Abuja.

The report was signed by the Chairman of the Northern Leaders Technical Criteria Committee, Hon. Mohammed Kumaila and Secretary, Nunghe Kele,(SAN), was presented by the former deputy governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba.

“After a careful evaluation of all the issues highlighted above, we hereby recommend the adoption of the PDP, to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria, for the 2023 presidential election,” part of the report read.

“However, this should be subject to getting the necessary assurance from the party to run an all-inclusive government, details of which shall be discussed with the leadership of the party in the nearest future.”

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Hoodlums Set Ablaze INEC Office In Imo, Abduct Construction Workers



Hoodlums have set ablaze an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo State, kidnapping some construction workers who were later rescued.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Professor Sylvia Uchenna Agu, reported that our office in Orlu Local Government Area was attacked. The incident occurred yesterday Thursday 1st December 2022,” INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye said in a statement on Friday.

“The building, which is undergoing extensive renovation following an earlier attack, was vandalised and partially set ablaze. Three out of seven construction workers were abducted but later released.”

Okoye said the damage would have been more extensive barring the response of the police personnel who were quick in mobilising their men to the scene.

“This is one attack too many. The Commission once again expresses its concern over the spate of attacks on its facilities and the negative consequences on our preparations for the 2023 General Election,” he added.

INEC has warned that the attacks may affect next year’s election.

Attacks on INEC offices have become commonplace across Nigeria with the nation set for the polls early next year.

In November, several INEC offices were attacked with the Commission warning of the threat of intensifying campaign violence ahead of the election, adding that it had tracked at least 50 attacks in the last two months.

Parliamentary and state elections will also be held in February.

Although no group claimed responsibility for the attack, southeast Nigeria has seen scores of assaults blamed on the outlawed separatists, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group or its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

IPOB, which seeks a separate state for ethnic Igbo people in the southeast, has repeatedly denied responsibility for the violence.

More than 100 police and other security personnel have been killed since the beginning of last year in targeted attacks, according to local media tallies.

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