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2024 Edo Guber: Talk Edo Initiative Unveils Agba As Notable Political Personality, Urges Him To Contest

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Talk Edo, an offshoot of The Talk Initiative Nigeria, a project/programme founded in 2015, has announced the adoption of the immediate past Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, as a political personality of interest in the build-up to the 2024 governorship election in Edo State.

In a release signed by its Spokesperson, Joesph Iyamu Oronsaye Jr on Thursday, September 14, 2023, the Initiative said: “We believe the time has come to act by fully endorsing the aspirant and asking him to run for the upcoming elections in Edo state 2024.”

The Initiative stated: “Our state needs to thrive economically, uplift its people, and become a shining example of progress for Nigeria and the world.”

Created as a movement on all platforms to “air views and pay attention to the voice of the people, using our social media platforms, radio/television stations, and print media to advocate for good governance and development,” the Initiative said it was proud to announce its interest in Agba.

“The Talk Edo Initiative is proud to announce that its platform is now dedicated to creating awareness about a political aspirant who they feel is in line with the goals, vision, and mission, for which the Talk Initiative brand was created in 2015, which is to promote good governance, strong leadership, development at all levels of the state, promote values and our Edo culture,” the release quoted the movement to have said.

The release, which captured the rationale for the movement’s adoption, reads: “Edo State, located in the heart of Nigeria, in the South-South region of the state is a vibrant state with a rich cultural heritage and a history that dates back centuries, and also Benin City is the capital and largest city of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It is the fourth-largest city in Nigeria after Lagos, Kano, and Ibadan, with a total population of 1,782,000 as of 2021,

“Benin City used to be the centre of Nigeria’s rubber industry; and, oil production is also a significant industry; it was an important city of the Edo kingdom of Benin, which flourished during the 13th to the 19th century.

“With the above history of Benin Kingdom and Edo state, there has been a loss of direction towards development and good leadership. Edo holds tremendous potential in various sectors, including agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and technology.

“In all this put together, we would agree that Edo state needs people of character, integrity, and someone with the capacity to help drive the Edo we need.

“The Talk EDO platform has (thus) endorsed the person of Prince Clem Agba, CON, a focus-driven man, a personality with integrity, capacity, and competence who had been tested at the state level as commissioner for environment and public utilities.

“Prince Clem Agba provided leadership in the urban renewal and drainage infrastructure drive of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led administration, which included beautification; greening of the streets, planting trees and ensuring that the state capital had functional street lights.

“He played a vital role in finding solutions to Edo State flood and erosion challenge with a robust stormwater project to tackle the problem of erosion in Benin city. It was a breakthrough that came more than 30 years after the last major stormwater project was done in 1979.

“This significant project was in addition to the clearing of the notorious costain Isonorho dumpsite in just five days; which posed as a problem that had overwhelmed over five governments [both military and civilian] for over two decades.

“Due to his unwavering commitment to service and development of society, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole invited him to join the Edo Rescue Team as a member of the state cabinet in 2009, a team fully charged and prepared to take Edo state to the highest possible height in political governance and development.

“While in office as the minister of budget and national planning, he focused on national planning, early budget submission to the national assembly, and strengthening the department of monitoring and evaluation in the ministry in order to effectively drive the national monitoring and evaluation process.”

The release continued: “The driving force behind this initiative, Talk Edo, is to extend a voice to the voiceless, advocate for good governance, and seek strong and credible leadership in Edo state.

“Talk Edo has a major responsibility to bridge the gap between Edo state and the world. It could be called ‘Edo meets the World’. The major goal is to promote the values of the state, and in Prince Clem Agba, we have seen all qualities that lead our vision and mission for a better Edo state.”

The movement said its objectives were to drive awareness about and conversation around the aspiration of Prince Clem Agba as a notable personality for the position of Edo State governor in 2024; as well as influence and lead key discussions around his achievements as commissioner and minister, among others.

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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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