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Ogun PDP Appeals to Inspector General of Police Over Suppression of Police Report on Vote Buying and Violence by Governor Abiodun and APC

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The Ogun State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, has issued an appeal to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, over the report of the Ogun State Command of Police on the complaint of breach of Electoral Act 2022 against Dapo Abiodun, Yemi Sanusi and APC through vote buying, snatching and destruction of ballot papers and boxes, thuggery, causing harm, and other offences on Monday, 17th July, 2023.

Hon. Ogundele stated that the party and its governorship candidate had petitioned the Inspector General of Police on May 2nd, 2023, to investigate the breach of Electoral Act 2022, perpetuated by Governor Dapo Abiodun, Yemi Sanusi and the APC through vote buying, snatching, and destruction of ballot papers and boxes, thuggery, causing harm, and many other offences.

He further called out Governor Abiodun for attempting to suppress the report and distort the findings of the investigation ordered by the immediate past Inspector General of Police based on their petition dated May 2, 2023.

Hon. Ogundele also alleged that Governor Abiodun diverted taxpayers’ money to pay “One Card Nigeria Limited” owned by Mr Tunde Odulaja up to billions of naira to produce cards for the purpose of buying votes in the March 18, gubernatorial election.

The PDP chairman further remarked that Governor Abiodun is trying to suppress the report because he knows that the investigations have uncovered many atrocities he has perpetrated with his co-travellers with evidence provided by various witnesses and facts made available, as well as how government accounts were used to buy votes.

The report is expected to reveal how the governor and APC resorted to ballot snatching, poll disruption, destruction of electoral materials as well as physical attacks on supporters and sympathizers of the PDP.

Hon. Ogundele called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure that the findings of the investigation are not tampered with or distorted. He urged the Inspector General to bring those who have committed criminal infractions to book in order to ensure that the rule of law prevails.

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APC Suspends Mashood Mustapha over campaign against President Tinubu, other anti-party activities

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Kwara State All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended former lawmaker and Saraki’s ally, Mashood Mustapha, for alleged anti-party activities in the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha was accused of pitching his tent with the former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, against the candidate of his party, President Bola Tinubu.

Several pictures featuring the former lawmaker, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at Atiku-Okowa campaigns in different states have also emerged on the internet.

But Mashood Mustapha, in December 2023, told his followers that his reason for supporting the former Vice President was personal, adding that he had once helped him and Saraki.

Mr Babatunde Abubakar Tukur, the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Alanamu Ward of Ilorin West Local Government, where Hon Mustapha hails from, in a recent statement described him as a divisionist whose plans to hijack the party at the grassroots level failed.

Abubakar added that Mustapha was no longer a chieftain of the APC in Alanamu Ward. He described him as an outcast playing the script of his benefactor from the opposition party.

Parts of the statement read, “It is not out of words to say that MM is a divisionary leader for most of his styles are to always finance dissent group that will cause chaos and confusion whenever political scheming is out of his fingers.

“Do we still need to narrate his act of insincerity towards the party he claimed to be a Chieftain of, he flagrantly abandoned his party and pitched a tent with the main opposition party; his appearance at the Kogi State Presidential rally was not a mistake and in its worst form, he instructed his loyalists to vote against the candidates of our party, and despite that, the party recorded impressive results and that shows that you Hon. Moshood Mustapha is just an empty vessel; then how do you want to dubiously eat from the struggle you failed to partake in.”

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Kwara PDP crisis deepens as Organizing Secretary, Bilikisu Oniyangi resigns

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**…reason linked to embezzlement of 2023 campaign fund*The crisis in the Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has continued to linger as the party Organizing Secretary, Bilikisu Oniyangi, resigns.This is coming after the party secretary, Razaq Lawal, resigned a fortnight ago.Bilikisu Oniyangi served as the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development under ex-Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and her sudden resignation is another major blow to the party’s existence in Kwara State.The development followed her letter of resignation addressed to the Chairman of the party, dated 24th November, 2023.The letter reads in part;”Please accept this letter as formal resignation from my position as the State Organizing Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”I regret to inform you that I am resigning due to personal reasons. While it was a difficult decision to make, it is the best course of action for me at this time”Though reasons for the resignation were not stated in the letter, a source in the party revealed that the reasons may not be unconnected to the refusal of the former Senate, President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to account for the 2023 election’s campaign fund.On the heels of this, the party presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has commenced probe of campaign funds embezzlement allegations in Kwara State.

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Imo Election: Ejiogu rounds off campaign, promises to serve the people if elected

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Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the November 11th Governorship election in Imo State, Sir Tony Ejiogu, ended his campaign on Thursday November 9 2023, with a pledge to serve the people of the State with integrity and commitment.

Ejiogu, an accomplished Financial and Business Development Expert said it’s “time to rebuild Imo” and restore its lost glory rampaged by insecurity, poor public infrastructure, unemployment, camotose health sector and the neglect of workers and pensioners’ welfare.

He made these promises while addressing a crowd of supporters at Owerri North, assuring them of the beginning of a new dawn in Imo politics.

In his closing remarks, he said; “I want to sincerely thank our party faithful and Imolites for their labour of love and support since we started this journey. I’ll never take your efforts for granted, I have resolved that in line with our party manifesto, we’ll ensure that our state is rescued and repositioned for greatness.”

While urging his party supporters and Imolites to troop out enmasse to vote for APGA come Saturday, November 11th, Sir Tony Ejiogu urged them to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner, and ensure that their votes count. 

“I speak to your consciences. Let’s all come together and make this project a reality. Vote and protect your vote, stand there, and make sure your vote is counted. t

Their will be no voter intimidation,” he said.

He added, “I have presented myself and taken the bold step, and we are well-positioned to move Imo to the promised land. Yes, there’s hunger in the land, but change your mindset and don’t accept money to vote for people who will still keep you in bondage. Let’s make things right. “

Those present at the event include the state chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the deputy governorship candidate, Director-General of the Tony Ejiogu Campaign, ward chairmen, women, youth leaders, elder statesmen and host of other stakeholders. 

From August 31 when he unveiled his plan to rebuild Imo, Ejiogu has traversed the nooks and crannies of Imo State, covering over 21 local government areas, including places like Obube Ancient Kingdom, where no politician has ever visited despite the community’s historic significance.

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