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Defection tsunami hits Cross River APC, as Ita Giwa, APC BoT member, ex-envoy, others formerly join PDP



The All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday, at the Municipal Council grounds in Calabar, suffered a serious political tsunami as a former senator and two-time Special Adviser to two Nigeria presidents, Princess Florence Ita- Giwa, returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others who also washed their hands off the APC in the state with about 5000 supporters were the former Ambassador to Mali, Amb. Soni Abang, former APC Board of Trustee member, Barr Tony Odey, as well as the duo of 1992 legislators, Senator Patrick Ani and Hon. Ernest Irek among others.
Ita Giwa, speaking at the event said: “I am back to ensure that the turn by turn policy is followed, as only zoning can sustain democracy without fight while creating opportunities for all to raise their heads.”
Waxing philosophical, Ita-Giwa disclosed: “In over one year I went on that trip to APC, it wasn’t good for my body because a white goat loves no stain or dirt,” adding that “I feel guilty leaving this family as upon my return, so much love was shown to me and I was not shut out or looked down upon.”
She added that the governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has performed so much magic which all must collectively return him back to sustain his vision aimed at repositioning Cross River and making it the envy of others.
“I cannot fight Ayade because he made the hitherto abandoned Bakassi Local Government Area to be celebrated among the existing local government areas in the state and indeed Nigeria. I am back to sustain democracy, to join hands with Ayade to win elections, for the sustenance of carnival which is dear to me and for the governor’s industrialization drive,” Ita- Giwa intimated.
On his part, Ambassador Soni Abang expressed happiness that he finally took the decision to return to the PDP.
“My supporters and I are happy to be back home. I had within the past few years withdrawn from active politics because when you marry a wife with a problem, staying in the same house becomes a problem, not to talk of going into the other room.”
According to him, “PDP is a great family and there is no way Uche Secondus will be a national chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku contesting as President and Prof Ben Ayade coming as governor or Senator Imoke urging me to come back to the fold and I will say no,” the former envoy noted.
On his experiences during his stint with the APC, Abang disclosed that “while there, we couldn’t agree even on the party exco, we couldn’t conduct our primaries, the party does not respect court orders and today the same party is trying to cripple our judiciary,” adding that, “the national chairman of PDP today has redefined and remodeled the party as evidenced in the last national convention adjudged as the most transparent in the country.”
Another returnee, Hon Ernest Irek, said “it is only the PDP that has a reward system and anything that has no reward system is not a better option.”
Lauding the programs and policies of Governor Ben Ayade which has endeared him and his team to return to the political family, Irek who was a 1992 House of Representatives member representing old Obubra Federal constituency said: “Your programs are programs of tomorrow, nobody will allow any senatorial district to cheat the other, we are back to our home and the time for business is now and we are going to deliver.”
Former governor, Senator Liyel Imoke said he feels like a “contented old man to see the family gathered today as one. It takes the collectives to get results, as such, these key leaders who have returned to the fold are very fundamental in our struggle for 2019.”
Imoke who applauded Ayade for accommodating the returnees, pointed out that for this to happen, it is a great effort aimed at uniting the political family.
Receiving the returnees in the presence of the governor, Prof Ben Ayade, his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, some members of the national leadership of the party, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, assured them that, “the party is for all, for the entire people, you are all co-owners in this party and everyone is a leader.”
He applauded Ayade for his industrialization drive in the state, maintaining that the vision to decouple Cross River from its dependence on federal allocation while creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths must have endeared the returnees to come back.
While extending hand shakes with the political bigwigs who returned to the PDP, Secondus said: “On behalf of the national leadership of our party, we welcome you back to your home and I can assure you that all your rights and privileges are this day restored unto you.

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Lagos 2019: Sanwo-Olu to Jimi Agbaje



Fellow Lagosians, my opponent, Mr. Jimi Agbaje had a tweet storm yesterday night where he attempted, though in a very poor manner, to join issues with me on my appearance on TVC yesterday morning.

My initial reaction was to ignore him. In this campaign season, it behoves on anyone seeking to be governor of Lagos to have an elevated mind. As leaders, we should place a high premium on civility and imbibe a higher level of decorum in a period like this as example to our followers.

Our campaign should be about important issues that affect the lives of our people; what we are bringing to the table to make life more meaningful to Lagosians.

This election will be about who has the best credentials to lead Lagos at this time of our development. It won’t be about who can dish out the most insults or tell the most lies. It will also not be about who can instigate ethnic tensions between the Yorubas and the Igbos.

The election will be about who has the best plan to continue with the progressive and developmental agenda of Lagos that started since 1999.

Lagos is a work in progress. In my published interviews in major newspapers this past Sunday, I was clear when I said Mr. Agbaje is my egbon. He is older than me . There is a level of decency that is expected of an elder. I still expect my opponent to hold on to those higher values we should see of elders as we progress in this campaign.

Again, let us take the campaign away from the gutters. Let’s make it about issues that will make life more abundant for Lagosians.

I am in this race for a Greater Lagos.

Eko a sanwa o

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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Aregbe Idris task youths on nation building



The All Progressives Congress Youth Organising Secretary Lagos State, Aregbe Idris has tasked the youths on nation building as a key in pushing the boundaries of innovation and growth in Lagos and Nigeria.
Aregbe made this known over the weekend at a two-day event tagged “Entertainment as a tool for nation building” at LA Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos.
The Youth Organising Secretary said, “We are the future of this nation, hence we must find a way to harmonise ideas, stay united, and explore all available opportunities to add value to this great nation.”
While stressing on the need for innovation, Aregbe noted that the youths remain sacrosanct to the growth of Nigeria and concerted efforts must be made to build the country of our dreams.
“Vision, purpose, commitment and unity are the key ingredients needed in building a better Nigeria. But we must be willing to be involved in the ongoing political movement.”
“The youths have vital roles to play in growing this nation,” he added.
The two-day event kicked off with a roundtable discussion where hundreds of youths from different corners of Lagos gathered to share views and insights on possible measures to adopt in pushing the frontiers of innovation and development of the state and Nigeria at large.
Talented musical stars took turns to thrill the youths to tracks off their albums.
With the likes of Dede Mabiaku, Alhaji Malaika, Adekunle Gold and other fine artistes guests were given a full doze of unsullied entertainment.
The two-day ceremony was crowned with a pool party hosted by talented music artiste, Falz.
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The Youth Organising Secretary of the All Progress Congress (APC) Lagos State, Aregbe Idris has urged all youths to uphold their commitment to the progress and development of the Lagos State and Nigeria, regardless of their political preferences or positions.

Speaking at a youth forum with the youths and stakeholders on the affairs of the state, he tasked them to make ambassadors of whatever environment they find themselves in order to spread the visions of the party’s governorship candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu and those of the president and his vice.

Aregbe said, “With our collective efforts I am in no doubt that we can make a formidable impact in the forthcoming elections by fetching the party support and votes needed in continuing the change project that we have begun.”

He emphasised that variety of committees will be established with the aim of easing and dispersing communication and to bring in the youths into the fold, which will likewise serve as a mode of political participation and socialisation.

The Youth Organising Secretary who doubles as Director Youth and Student Affairs Presidential Support Committee reiterated that the mandate before his office still stands, and that he is fully committed to bringing more people on board the APC train which is set on achieving the visions of the party.

He further promised that with their cooperation and united efforts they can help bring the party over 1.5 million votes than the quota acquired in the last elections of 2015.

Aregbe also spoke on the programmes that have been put in place for implementation ahead of the elections. Pledging support for President Buhari’s second term bid with ‘I AM BETTER WITH BUHARI’ campaign, ‘SANWO DE EKO YO,’ ‘A PARTY CARES (APC)’ and ‘AGAIN PEOPLE CONVERGE’ for change initiatives are also part of the brainchild programmes the office is spearheading to support the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He further hailed the TRADER MONI initiative launched by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and appreciated the effort and dedication put forth by the government to ensure national development and progress.

Adding that the convergence won’t be futile, he welcomed fresh input and ideas that can help speed up the process to bring a greater Lagos and a better Nigeria for all.

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