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Ogun 2023: PDP Replies Group, Says  Adebutu, Akinlade’s MoU Not To Loot



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has said the Memorandum of Understanding signed by its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu and his running mate, Adekunle Akinlade, was not to loot the resources of the State.

Recall that the party had on Friday released a copy of the agreement between Adebutu and Akinlade, highlighting how positions would be shared within the two camps when elected into office.

But, immediately the document surfaced online, it generated reactions from different individuals and groups.

A group had alleged that the PDP leaders were devising strategies on how to part Ogun positions and resources among their cronies.

Reacting in a statement on Saturday, the Media Director of Ladi Adebutu & Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, described the comments as mischievous, saying “the false claim that there was a verbal agreement made to get kickbacks from contractors and to be shared at certain percentages between Adebutu and Akinlade is nothing but mischievous attempt to cheap blackmail.”

According to Orekoya, there was a desperation to discredit Adebutu and Akinlade ahead of the 2023 elections by people who already felt their aspirations were being threatened by the alignment of the two politicians.

Orekoya maintained that the agreement was purposely released to the public to foster cordial working relationship between the loyalists of Adebutu and his running mate, stating that “it was legally binding to show sincerity of purpose between the two groups.”

The PDP leader said the agreement did not violate any part of the constitution, nor did it encourage stealing of public funds.

“Rather, it is meant for the general public to know that there is nothing hidden as being speculated in some circles,” he said.

It was further stated that the sharing of elective and appointive offices is not new across political spectrums, especially in situations where there are alignments of forces.

“For emphasis, the document in circulation was deliberately made available to the public in good faith and to demonstrate transparency. It is to show the gentleman nature of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu who is willing and ready to replicate such gestures with the good people of Ogun State.

“Our Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates are both successful businessmen with unquestionable characters. Their track records at the Green Chamber speak volumes of their achievements.

“We urge members of the public not to allow mischievous characters to misinform and mislead them in a bid to deny them of the right to vote into power our candidates who are the choice of the people,” Orekoya submitted.

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2023: We’ll Reproduce Burnt PVCs, Attacks Can’t Stop Elections, INEC Assures



A former Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mike Igini says attacks on the offices of the electoral umpire are attacks on democracy but non-state actors can’t stop the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

He also said the electoral commission will reproduce all Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) burnt by hoodlums during attacks on its offices.

“I am very concerned about the attacks on INEC offices across the country particularly in the areas that have been identified,” Igini said on Channnels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Attacks on INEC offices have surged in recent times with at least three incidents recorded only in November. 65,699 uncollected PVCs were destroyed by hoodlums who attacked two of its offices in Ogun and Osun states while several PVCs and other electoral items were also burnt during an attack in Ebonyi State.

However, Igini said INEC has the information of all PVCs at state and national offices and it won’t take it days to reproduce them.

“INEC has the capacity to respond to these challenges, particular in respect to the PVCs that have been burnt. INEC has the number of all the PVCs…It is a matter of days, INEC will produce those PVCs,” he said.

He urged Nigerians not to be discouraged but to ensure they get their PVCs and exercise their franchise in the next general election.

The former REC also decried the inability of security agencies to bring perpetrators of violent attacks on INEC offices to book.

“Why should extra-constitutional actors, why should non-legitimise actors continue to attack INEC. It is an attack on democracy. My pain is that we have not been able to track anybody.

“It is a big challenge to all security agencies in this country that for these years, we have been unable to track those who attack our democracy.

“Look at what happened in the US, all those who attacked the Capitol Hill have been brought to book everyday but here we are in a state of anomie,” Igini stated.

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‘APC Made Nigeria, The Poverty Capital Of The World’, Charly Boy Fumes



Nigerian entertainer, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy or Area Fada, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of paying people to attend the party’s campaign rallies.

The popular activist shared a video which captured a man in a vehicle giving out N1,000 each to those on board who were wearing APC caps and T-shirts on his Twitter handle.

He also accused the ruling party of crippling the nation’s economy, saying APC made Nigeria the “Poverty Capital of the World”.

He wrote, “APC paying money to rent crowd for their rallies. What a shame. They first made the country the Poverty Capital of the World, and now they’re shamelessly renting crowds for their rallies openly.

“Anyways, collect your money but wake up
You should use your power to serve the people, not Oppress them!! Free Aminu!!!”

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Femi Kuti Frowns At Tinubu, APC Over Unauthorised Use Of Fela Song For Campaign



The family of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti frowned at the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate Bola Tinubu for the use of the late artiste’s song for the 2023 election campaign.

Femi Kuti in a “disclaimer and notice of use without consent” for the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said the use of Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” during one of its campaign activities for their 2023 presidential campaign was unauthorised.

The Kuti family said it wished to continue to be politically neutral.

“We the administrators of the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti issue this disclaimer. We wish to state here for clarity, that the permission of the estate was not sought for the use of Fela’s music, Eko Ile, in the All Progressives Congress social media campaign currently making the rounds,” Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family said.

“We do not involve Fela’s music in any political campaign at home or abroad and choose to remain neutral.

“While we wish all candidates the best, we demand that the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are abided by and intellectual property rights are duly respected. Signed the estate of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.”

Tinubu and the members of the APC presidential campaign council held a rally last Saturday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.

Fela’s popular song “Eko Ile” was used in a video recap of the rally by Tinubu on Twitter.

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