Guber Poll: Scores Injured As APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Oyo

Several persons sustained injuries in the early hours of Saturday, as supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clashed in ward 7 of Ibarapa East East Local Government Area of Oyo State as the gubernatorial poll is about to begin.

According to reports, trouble started when some suspected supporters of PDP allegedly attacked a bus carrying some people to the election ground.

In a reprisal attack, some supporters of APC were said to have traced the leaders of the attackers to their hideout where a free-for-all ensued, leaving many people wounded.

At least, one of the wounded was said to be on danger list at an undisclosed hospital in the town.

As of the time of filing this report, efforts to contact the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, to comment on the matter, proved abortive, as calls placed across to him were not answered.

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Labour Party Denies Endorsing PDP, Drums Support For Its Governorship Candidate In Rivers

Labour Party has drummed support for its Governorship candidate in Rivers State, Comrade Beatrice Itubo ahead of Saturday’s election.
This is as it debunked reports that the party is now supporting the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the state.
Labour Party also dissolved the party’s executive council in the state.
Read the statement by Labour Party below as shared by spokesperson, Kenneth Okonkwo:
Comrade Julius Abure has dissolved the Labour Party State Executive Council of Rivers State with immediate effect, for gross anti-party activities and … corruption in the management of Labour Party funds.
The National Chairman believes that it’s in the interest of Labour Party and the Obidient movement in Rivers State that those who were at the helm of affairs in Rivers State when our presidential mandate was openly stolen in Rivers State should step aside until full investigation is completed on what happened on that day.
The National Chairman has lost confidence in the ability of the compromised State Executive Council led by Mr Deinye Pepple to lead the campaign for the gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections come March 11th. 
He urges all Obidients in Rivers State to disregard every comment made by the disgraced State Chairman of the Labour Party, Deinye Pepple, on the election of March 11th and reiterates the full backing of the Labour Party on the candidacy of Comrade Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party as the next Governor of Rivers State.
He therefore enjoins all Obidients to come out massively on March 11th to vote for Comrade Beatrice Itubo of Labour Party. 
Thank you and God bless. 
Breaking News

PDP Spent Over 400bn On Presidential Election – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye, the Chief Spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential council, has made a new revelation.

He said the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign council spent over N400billion on their campaigns.

The spokesperson disclosed this in a video obtained by the PUNCH on Monday night.

In the one minute 45 seconds video, the Melaye said that the whole concept of redesigning the naira was a deception.

This is coming hours after the PDP leadership led by Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and other party chieftains stormed the headquarters of INEC to protest the declaration of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as the president-elect after the February 25, 2023 elections.

The PDP, Labour Party, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party rejected the election results describing the election as being marred by violence, rigging, lacking integrity by the non-uploading of the presidential results on the IRev portal in real time on the election day thereby calling for its cancellation among others.

The PDP had also lamented what it described as the irregularities recorded during the conduct of the elections.

Melaye further remarked that “to make sure that the mandate of the people given freely to Atiku Abubakar is retrieved, we spent over N400bn just for a caricature show. INEC deceived Nigerians.

On the naira redesign, the spokesperson alleged that “because money was given to Bola Tinubu, the APC shared new notes on Election Day across the country and the PDP was starved of funds. Naira redesign was a ploy by INEC to deceive Nigerians.

He also called on all PDP supporters, lovers of democracy all over the country not to allow this to stand.


Oyo PDP Denies Alliance With APC

The Oyo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed reports that it wants to form an alliance with the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Oyo PDP Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji.

The PDP stated that there will be no alliance with the APC at the state and national levels.

The statement read, “The PDP Oyo State wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the news making the rounds that the PDP in Oyo State is in support of the All Progressives Congress candidate in the March 11, 2023 elections.

“We want to state that there is no truth to this statement whatsoever as it’s a wicked lie that emanated from the desperate Oyo State APC leadership who have accepted defeat even before March 11 governorship election.

The handle circulating this misinformation on Twitter @PDPVanguard is a pro-APC social media Influencer account with no affiliations whatsoever with the official PDP at the state and national levels.

“We, therefore, appeal to our teeming supporters and all lovers of good governance to come out en-masse on Saturday, March 11, 2023 and vote for Seyi Makinde and All candidates of the PDP at the State House of Assembly Elections. Let the good works continue.”

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BREAKING: Cancel Elections Outright, Okowa And Datti Tell INEC

Datti Baba-Ahmed, the vice-presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) and Ifeanyi Okowa, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have sent out a message to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Datti and Okowa have asked INEC to cancel the general election.

Baba-Ahmed and Okowa are currently addressing a joint press conference at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

More to follow…

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Nigeria Elections: Atiku Has Won 25 Percent Votes In 24 States – PDP Claims

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has claimed that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has gotten 25 percent of votes in 24 states across all six regions.
PDP made the claim on Monday as the party said Atiku Abubakar is confident of victory.
Director of Strategic Communications, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, Dele Momodu, addressed reporters in Abuja.
Momodu announced that Atiku had surpassed 25 percent of the votes in 24 states across all six regions.
The PDP charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to resist the pressure to alter the results.
The party accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of attempting to override the wish of the majority of the electorates.
Momodu noted that the APC has been defeated in the North-West, North-East, while South-East results show Labour Party, LP, is in the lead.
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Election: God Has Special Assignment For Atiku, He Disobeys, He Fails – Primate Ayodele

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has claimed that God has chosen the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for a special assignment.
According to the clergyman, God gave Atiku an assignment to rule Nigeria for just one term if he eventually wins.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele listed some of the assignments to include restructuring, fixing the education sector, reducing the price of petrol, and reviving the economy.
He, however, warned Atiku against neglecting all God-given policies if he doesn’t want to see the wrath of God.
Primate Ayodele claimed his statement is not to campaign for Atiku or to declare him the winner of the election, as it is only the people’s vote that can determine who wins.
He, however, said if he doesn’t win, Nigerians will suffer more than they have in the past administrations.
He said: “Among these three candidates, Atiku has been given an assignment from God to fix the nation within four years. If God gives Atiku victory in this election, he is to use only four years for this special assignment. If he wins and refuses to do the will of God for the people, he will see the wrath of God.
“He will not complete his term because God’s anger will be placed on him. His assignment is to form an all-inclusive government, take care of security within six months, restructure before his term ends, reduce petroleum prices, fix the education sector, and revive the economy.
“He must not start selling Nigeria’s property to his friends and if he does, he will see God’s anger. If God helps him to get there and he neglects all these policies, God’s wrath will be kindled against him.
“I am not saying Atiku will win the election, it’s only the people’s vote that can determine that but I am only saying what God sent me to say to Nigerians; Atiku has an assignment placed into his hands by God to fix the nation within four years. It’s your choice to vote for him or not but if he doesn’t emerge, the person that wins will only add to the yoke of Nigerians as it is written in 1king 12vs14. The people will suffer more than they have ever suffered in the past administrations.”
Primate Ayodele urged Atiku not to spend beyond four years, adding that God has made him the answer to Nigeria’s present crisis and that if Nigerians reject him, many more troubles will be experienced.
“Atiku, the Lord said I should tell you that if you win, you must not spend beyond four years or else you will see the anger of God. You must do an all-inclusive government, restructuring, security, health and everything to put Nigeria in order. If you don’t do these, God will be angry with you,” he said.
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Two Injured As Gunmen Attack Lagos PDP Rep Candidate’s Convoy

Two persons sustained injuries on Thursday as gunmen attacked the convoy of Segun Gbayi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the House of Representatives, Lagos Mainland Constituency.

The attack by the yet-to-be-identified gunmen happened in the Makoko area, Yaba, Lagos.

The gunmen also attacked the security escorts attached to the convoy, opened fire and vandalised their vehicles.

However, Gbayi escaped the attack unhurt.

Reacting, Gbayi said the attack was to prevent members and supporters of the party from exercising their franchise in tomorrow’s election.

“This attack was violently carried out to discourage us from exercising our political franchise,” 
he said.

He advised voters and the general public to remain safe during this period and report any case of threat to lives, vandalisation, or violent attack to security officers.

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Naira Scarcity: El-Rufai Using Free Food, Transport To Buy Votes – PDP Cries Out

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has been called out by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused El-Rufai of using free food and transport incentives to buy votes.
The claim comes after the Kaduna state government had announced the provision of free food, free transport, and medical services as part of measures to cushion the effect of the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In a statement on Wednesday, the PDP State Secretary, Ibrahim Wusono, said such a gesture by the El-Rufai government is a tactic for vote-buying ahead of the 2023 general election.
Wusono added that the move was part of the deceit employed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government for the past seven years, urging the residents to resist the gesture.
He said, “They brought a plan by transporting people from Kaduna to Zaria metropolitan free of charge. I want to draw the attention of Kaduna citizens that it’s part of the deceit which has always been part of the APC government for the past seven years.
“People should understand or remember that it’s the APC government that sacked more than 62,000 workers including teachers in the state.
“It’s the APC government that demolished houses, and market stalls and it is under the APC administration that people are not secure in Kaduna State; look at what is happening in Birnin-Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, and Kajuru? The entire is not secured. What causes this? It’s because of the poor leadership of the APC government.
“We are appealing to the people of Kaduna to resist the tactics that is being currently introduced by the APC government by distributing food items to them just because they have failed.
“It’s a deception. They govern the state for more than sevens year, have they provided free transport to citizens of the state? They didn’t. It’s because of the election. It’s also vote-buying.”
Wusono said there was no rift in the party in the state, as according to him, all the party stalwarts were now united to unseat the APC government.
He added: “There is no crisis in PDP in the state. Is there a crisis? Look when we conducted our rally yesterday, all the party top-notch were there; former Vice President Namadi Sambo was there; former governors Ahmed Makarfi, amongst others party stalwarts were there.”
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Why Nigerians Won’t Vote For Tinubu – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed why Nigerians will not vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
According to PDP, voting for APC and Tinubu is an endorsement of corruption.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Debo Ologunagba, in a press conference on Wednesday, said Nigerians will not support the ruling party because of their “level of corruption, incompetence, insensitivity, lack of leadership and arrogance in failure”.
He said, “It is therefore clear that any vote for the APC and its Presidential Candidate is an endorsement of corruption, incompetence, insensitivity, lack of leadership and arrogance in failure.
“In contrast however, the All Progressives Congress and its embattled presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in their vacuity, arrogance and entitlement mentality treated Nigerians with unpardonable disdain by refusing to engage the people in interactive sessions, debates and media interviews.”
He claimed that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has a sense of duty and readiness to lead Nigeria’s nation at this critical time.
Ologunaba added, “Through the course of the campaign, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa energetically traversed the nooks and crannies of our country, engaging various segments of Nigerians in diverse fora; consultative meetings, interactive sessions, town hall meetings, faith-based platforms, media interviews and political rallies articulating their plans, solutions and selling the message of hope to Nigerians.
“While Atiku Abubakar continues to engage Nigerians on issues that are critical to our nation; including national unity and stability, security, restructuring, infrastructural development, empowerment of the people through diversification, Asiwaju Tinubu abdicated because he has no solution to the myriads of problems brought upon our nation by the APC which he admitted to having brought into the office.
“Since his emergence as the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Tinubu and the APC have not been able to engage in a campaign on issues rather their focus has been on individuals and irrelevances, even display of unseriousness and comics.”