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With the September 22 gubernatorial election barely 55 days away, Osun State remains in the cusp of history, as it carves a separate electoral identity for itself. The state became the first within the All Progressives Congress (APC) and in the country to adopt direct primary in the selection of a candidate for the election.

That is the good side. While the state promises to throw up a four-horse race, staring candidates of the ruling APC, major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), fledgling African Democratic Congress (ADC) and revived Social Democratic Party (SDP), it has thrown up two candidates in one political grouping.

It is not yet clear whom, between Senator Iyiola Omisore, a veteran gubernatorial gladiator, and Mr. Munirudeen Atanda, would ultimately fly the authentic flag of SDP, but that factional reality has become part of the intrigues leading to the Osun gubernatorial poll.

Also, within the ruling APC, the outgoing governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, seems to have learned useful lessons from recent elections in neighboring Ondo and Ekiti States, where outgoing governors found it hard to enthrone their preferred successors.

In displaying great tact and caution, the governor cleverly avoided throwing himself onto the arena. Up until last week when APC held its direct primary election, Governor Aregbesola had left his succession plan a subject of conjecture.

But, the emergence of the incumbent Chief of Staff to Osun Government House, Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola, as the standard bearer of APC brought about the very thing Aregbesola tried to avoid. Like what obtained in Ekiti, immediately Oyetola appeared on the scene with full force, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Kazeem Adio, resigned his appointment, crossed over to ADC and clinched the party’s ticket through a voice vote of members.

Feuding On Their Master’s Record
Prior to the primary elections that threw up the former Chief of Staff, Oyetola, and SSG, Adio, speculations had been rife that both men and the Speaker of the House of Assembly were the likely persons being considered by Governor Aregbesola.

But, the governor had kept things close to his chest, while displaying overt reluctance to dabble into issues regarding who should succeed or even fly the APC flag, an apparent bid not to make himself the fulcrum of the September 22 election.

Consequently, the emergence of two former members of Aregbesola’s cabinet on the ballot for the gubernatorial contest helped to narrow the election as a referendum on the outgoing governor’s performance in the past eight years.

Perhaps, in a bid to require the governor for preferring Oyetola to himself, Adio used the opportunity of his acceptance of the mandate of ADC stalwarts to cast aspersion on governance of the state.

While stressing that he is prepared to serve and banish poverty, Adio declared: “We are here today because we have seen the need to change the status quo in our land. We have the backing of Almighty God, and we shall get to the Promised Land, a land where poverty is banished, a land that is characterized by progress, a land that is characterized by development.

“A land where salaries are paid as and when due and where pensioners can go back to their various homes and be happy to have something to fall back on, a land where we can grow what we eat and be proud of it, a land where we can embark on profitable ventures and be assured that we have reaped that which we have sowed. Osun State belongs to us and it is high time we took it back. ADC is the only reliable political vehicle that will take us there.”

On his part, Oyetola who polled 127, 017 votes to defeat other 17 aspirants, including Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Yussuf Lasun, tried to make a distinction between the administration he would run and the one he served as Chief of Staff.

He said: “With deep humility and a sense of duty I accept your verdict that I should carry forward the torch of our party in the next elections. You have settled for a man steady in his ways, firm in his convictions about the purpose of government, which is to promote the welfare of the people, protect their rights and provide good governance.

“We have only won the battle. The war lies ahead of us. Our opponents from other parties increase their arsenal to fight with us. But we are ready. We are tested. Like the broom sweeping away the rot, we are set and ready.”

Against the background of what played out in Ekiti when the former PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, switched over to APC after losing the ticket to the Governor Ayo Fayose’s deputy, Prof. Olusola Eleka, would the bifurcation in APC, which threw up two gubernatorial candidates help to determine the ultimate winner?

Division In Rival Camps
The setting in Osun, as the state inches closer to the D Day of September 22, is that all the four major candidates in the gubernatorial contest are products of primary recriminations.

Apart from Oyetola versus Adio rivalry, within the otherwise major opposition party, PDP, the standard bearer and Senator representing Osun West in the Senate, Ademola Adeleke, is still grappling with legal and moral challenges put forward against his nomination by his rival in the primary, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, who lost to him by a margin of seven votes amid many cancelled ballots.

Not only that Adeleke’s 1,569 votes were too close to Ogunbiyi’s 1,562, both men have continued to make their rivalry the main feature of PDP’s participation, a situation that could most likely rub off negatively on the main ballot.

Ogunbiyi believes that he was robbed of victory, not only by the alleged refusal of the primary election committee, headed by Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, to recount the ballot but that Senator Adeleke was not qualified academically to participate in the gubernatorial contest.

The Senator has been refuting claims by Ogunbiyi that he does not possess a school certificate. Ogunbiyi had filed a suit at Osogbo High Court praying for the disqualification of the Senator on the grounds that the document he submitted as evidence of his educational qualification up to school certificate level does not meet the basic qualification stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act.

Senator Adeleke at a press conference addressed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of his Campaign Organisation, Mr. Olawale Rasheed, directed Ogunbiyi and all those doubting the veracity of his academic qualification contact the Secondary School he attended

Rasheed disclosed that although the aggrieved aspirant appealed against the result of the primary election, “the panel after due consideration and examination of the appeal, upheld the election of Senator Adeleke as the flag bearer of the party and subsequently forwarded his name officially to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The situation in SDP is more curious. While a faction of the party last Wednesday at the party secretariat returned Mr. Munirudeen Atanda as the standard bearer for the September 22 governorship election, another faction elected a former deputy governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore for the same gubernatorial poll.

The state chairman, Chief Ademola Ishola, assured stakeholders that what transpired at the State Secretariat of SDP was the authentic primary urging them to ignore claims that another faction exists in the state.

But the national chairman of SDP and former Presidential candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olu Falae, extolled the emergence of Omisore as the party’s candidate, stressing that with the Senator on the ballot for the gubernatorial poll, victory would come the way of the party on September 22.

The national chairman, who said he was committed to ending the rift in the Osun State chapter of SDP, spoke while handing over the certificate of return to Omisore. He declared that the ceremony “erases the doubt as to the position of the party’s national leadership on who would be flying its flag at the coming election.”

As in the APC primary, SDP adopted direct primary during which Omisore polled 123, 485 votes against the 1, 802 for Atanda.

Falae in his remarks informed Senator Omisore: “You are going to be riding the white horse to the Government House in Osun State. Your Excellency, we feel as a party, your experience, your pedigree, your antecedent, that you are the man for the job and the people of Osun state deserve this person with the knowledge to turn the state around because the government in place has failed the people.”

Omisore, who contested against Aregbesola in 2014 on the platform of PDP, defected to SDP in controversial circumstances, fueling speculations that some eminent Yoruba leaders must have advised the move to curtail the expansionist designs of another leader in the zone.

Battle Of The Fathers
One unique feature of the Osun gubernatorial poll is that apart from the fact that there are perceived limitations to the power of incumbency, out of the four major parties in the race, two have the backing of two eminent Yoruba leaders.

While Falae is the national chairman of SDP, former President Olusegun Obasanjo is the national patron of ADC. The paths of the two leaders crossed in 1999 when the contested the Presidential election at the onset of the fourth republic.

They set tongues wagging not long ago when the former SGF, Falae, visited the Abeokuta home of the former President at the height of the search by Obasanjo’s inspired Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) for a party platform for the 2019 poll.

Although Obasanjo says he is out of partisan politics, he was instrumental to the adoption of ADC as the preferred platform for CNM.

Against the background of recent experiences in Ekiti where the two major political parties, APC and PDP fought the gubernatorial election with the ancient animosity that heightened apprehensions in the polity, would the setting in Osun be markedly different?

And given the fact of the backing of two eminent Yoruba leaders, would the voters in the state seek an alternate route to express their preferences on who leads them in the next four years by considering candidates of SDP and ADC? Even at that, would they go for experience as Falae pointed out or choose the new way, which Obasanjo believes ADC offers?

 

Source: The Guardian

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Nigerians deserve healthy President, PDP, R-APC tells Amaechi

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Nigerians deserve healthy President, PDP, R-APC tells Amaechi

The opposition party observed Amaechi and others in govt “basically understand that the President is sick” and that Buhari didn’t possess the mental skill to steer the country.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke to our correspondent, asked Nigerians to insist on the capacity of a president in 2019.

If Amaechi could say that the President would win on a sickbed, then he knows the health status of his principal. He knows that we have a sick leader who will not be able to give his maximum attention to the country.

We don’t need such a man at this critical time. We need a President who will be able to work 24 hours and read all memos, stand at meetings and debate with people and the parliament. We don’t need a figurehead president that the likes of Amaechi are praying for.

I know that people like him want a president they can deceive, who will not be on top of happenings in their ministries and in the country. They want a president who won’t watch television and who will not read newspapers. If that is what they want, they will meet their Waterloo in 2019.

Secondus introduced that the political war can be between what he called a desperate cabal and Nigerians who he noted:

will be desirous to get freed from the grip of the wicked.

The National Publicity Secretary of the R-APC, Kassim Afegbua, talked about Nigerians deserved improved than a President on a sickbed to deliver leadership in the twenty-first century.

Afegbua pointed out,

Unknown to Hon. Minister Amaechi, Nigerians do not want a man on sickbed, hence there is a general consensus that this present leadership should quit.

The country is terminally ill as a result of bad and ineffective leadership. Nigerians have been prevailing on the President to sit down and offer leadership, but he has been racking his brain.

In the meantime, the Sokoto State Governor,  Aminu Tambuwal, has talked about he is nevertheless a member of the APC. The governor, who spoke via his Director-familiar, Media, Abubakar Shekara, pointed out this whereas reacting to claims with the aid of Amaechi.

Among others, Amaechi had mentioned Tambuwal would defect from the APC, including that Buhari would win Sokoto State without the governor in the APC.

Shekara said the governor would not take the challenge with the minister.

He stated,

My principal will right now, not take issue with anybody on who will win in what state, particularly Sokoto.

Maybe, he would have reacted if the comment is centered on the candidate of another party and not the APC, which he is a bonafide member.  How do you expect him to be taking issue with a fellow party member on the fortune of his party?

Shekara also seized the probability to denounce speculations surrounding Tambuwal’s deliberate defection from the APC.

He hinted,

Tambuwal is still a member of the APC, and if there would be need for him to defect to another party, he would make his stand known at the appropriate time.

 

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Farage – the Ex Ukip leader anticipated sweeping advances for anti-European events all through subsequent can also be European elections, aided through the brand new challenge introduced with the aid of Bannon.

Bannon, one of the crucial architects of Donald Trump’s US election triumph in 2016 and the former head of the right-wing Breitbart information, goals to set up a pan-European populist foundation.

Farage advised the Observer that, Eurosceptics could become the biggest political grouping on the continent and predicted that anti-ecu MEPs may be relaxed between 176 and 235 seats in the European Parliament elections next may also.

He said:

My view is that somewhere between a quarter and a third of seats in the European Parliament are going to be Eurosceptic and Euro-critical.

Farage added:

You could – and it might not happen for all sorts of cultural and left/right political reasons – have a Euro-critical group that is the second biggest in parliament. With a bit of luck and a following wind, it could even be the biggest.

Bannon’s foundation, called The stream, can be based in Brussels and committed to campaigning aggressively for a big, anti-ecu faction in the European elections next spring. Bannon stated remaining week he had already started raising funds amid hypothesis that former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, at the moment in penal complex, might be provided a number one role in its UK wing.

Robinson, whose imprisonment has made him a cause célèbre among the foreign a long way-appropriate, may be released this week following his enchantment in opposition t a 13-month sentence for contempt of court docket in may additionally.

Farage additionally published that Bannon desired to offer a rightwing antidote to the center-right European people’s party (EPP), currently the biggest party in the European Parliament, and the EU Socialists (PES), a social-democratic political grouping that comprises the British Labour party, the Italian Democratic party and French Socialist party.

Farage said:

You’ve got two groups across Europe who are very highly co-ordinated at what they do at elections. This is an attempt to get Eurosceptics to do the same thing.

He added:

The mood for change is very strong. Even though Britain is floundering with Brexit, across the rest of Europe, the Eurosceptics are on the march. Euro-critical and Eurosceptic movements are advancing at a very rapid pace everywhere.

It has because been claimed that Bannon is also forging hyperlinks with main Brexiters, including Boris Johnson, who resigned as international secretary this month, ambiance secretary Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg, chief of the European analysis neighborhood, the difficult Brexit wing of the Conservative celebration. All three are abilities rivals to the best minister and Bannon believes all of them could help convey his ambition to undermine and finally paralyze the EU.

Although Robert Ford, professor of political science on the college of Manchester and co-writer of a rebel on the right: Explaining support for the radical correct in Britain, was unconvinced that Bannon may dramatically form Europe’s political panorama.

I think shares in Bannon are overvalued. This idea that he’s going to become this pan-national Dr. Evil figure producing this big radical right alignment … there are some big barriers to entry. Influence in the US doesn’t really translate to influence in Europe.

A survey of national opinion polls launched by using Reuters found that Eurosceptic parties might extend their energy within the European Parliament with the aid of more than 60% at subsequent may also be elections. It predicted that numbers of Eurosceptic MEPs after next may additionally’s elections would upward thrust to 122 of the 705 purchasable seats.

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