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#NextGen: Enhance Youth Participation in Politics – Oyo Speaker Urges PDP

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The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has appealed to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the Country to give more opportunities for youth to participate in future political activities at the local Government, State and the National levels.

The Speaker made the appeal in Benin when he led PDP Party Youths on a visit to the National Vice Chairman South-South of the party, Chief Dan Orbih.

Hon Ogundoyin said the PDP must put machineries in place at all levels to enhance youth involvement and participation in politics .

He stated that he was in Benin City to solicit the support of the PDP Deputy Chairman for the Next Generation of young business leaders and politicians, and to show solidarity to him.

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According to the Speaker, the era of excluding the youth from decision making and political process is virtually coming to an end across the globe.

While commending the wind of political renaissance and resurgence blowing in the PDP across the Country, the Oyo State Speaker stressed that more youth should be factored into the scheme of things of the party and indeed if the nation at the moment to enable them participate and make impacts in politics and governance as well as help address the problems rocking Nigeria.

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”The vibrancy of the youth makes them indispensable and relevant as such their inclusion in politics should be encouraged in line with the Nottooyoungtorun policy of the Federal Government.” Oyo Speaker told the PDP National Vice Chairman, Southsouth.

Chief Orbih in his comments pledged the commitment of the PDP to the promotion of youth in politics , and commended the Speaker for showing the way to other youth on the need for them to show more interest in politics and governance for better tomorrow.

The PDP National Vice Chairman used the medium to call on the Federal Government not to intimidate or single out the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki for exposing the alleged printing of N60 billion by President Buhari’s administration to augment the March allocation to the three tiers of Government.

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16 APC ward executives defect to PDP in Sokoto

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All the 16 executives of the APC in Lajinge and Makuwana wards of Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto state have defected to the PDP.

Receiving the new members, Bello Goronyo, the state PDP Chairman, assured them of equal treatment with all other members of the party.

“In PDP, we treat all our members the same, we always stand on our name for the people, as such, I assure you that we will work together in the best interest of our state and Nigeria.

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“Your decision to join us in this journey is of great concern to us as leaders and I am optimistic that with you on board, we will succeed in our struggle,” he said.

Mr Goronyo further called on them to continue to educate the general public on the legacy projects and initiatives of Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration in the state.

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Responding on behalf of the new members, Garba Dan-Sanda said their decision to join the party was based on the track records of the PDP-led state government.

Mr Dan-Sanda assured that they will work closely with the PDP leadership at all levels to ensure its success during the 2023 polls.

Some of the defectors include Aliyu Liman, Adamu Salihu, Alinbo Dan-Tudu, Abdullahi Belbela, Abdu Langebo, Hussain Langebo and Umaru Dadi.

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Others are Abubakar Isa, Abdullahi Na-Datti, Agada Lajinge, Usman Kalla, Isa Suleiman, Yawale Isa, Jadi Abdullahi and Aminu Makuwana.

(NAN)

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has launched an official website to promote his political campaign and solicit funds ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Obi made the announcement on Friday in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle.

The former Anambra governor disclosed that donations from willing donors could also be made through the platform.

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He encouraged his supporters to visit the official campaign website for the Obi-Datti Campaign organisation.

He tweeted, “I invite every member of the OBIdient Family, and every supporter of our march to a new Nigeria to visit. You can use that medium to support and donate in cash & kind to the campaign.

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“Later today, I’ll be speaking at Oxford University on “Trends and Prospects of Nigeria’s Economy: Broader Implications for Africa’s Development.”

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Why Omehia was derecognised as Rivers ex-governor – Wike

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Why Omehia was derecognised as Rivers ex-governor – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained why the State House of Assembly recognised Celestine Omehia as a former Governor of the state.

Wike said the action of the State 32-member legislature to derecognise Omehia as former governor in 2015 was in violation of an extant Supreme Court judgement which ousted Omehia, stating he never existed as governor in the eyes of the law.

The governor explained that with the benefit of hindsight, the leader of the state assembly even alluded to the judgement of the apex court ousting Omehia, which said he never stood for any election.

He stated this on Friday in Government House, Port Harcourt, when he signed a legal instrument into law de-recognising Omehia as former governor of the state.

After signing the document presented to him by the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, the governor said Omehia’s status as a former governor, with accruable rights and benefits are now cancelled.

Kelvin Ebiri, media aide to the governor, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday.

“Yesterday, I received a resolution from the Assembly de-recognising Sir Celestine Omehia, who had enjoyed the privileges of a former governor of the State.

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“But you will recollect that sometime in 2007/2008, my predecessor, His Excellency Chibuike Amaechi did not recognize Sir Celestine Omehia as a former governor of the State.

“When we came on board, there were issues and the Assembly felt that, having served as governor, he should enjoy the status of a former governor.

“I’ve always respected the resolutions of the Assembly. I’ve never one day disagreed with anything the Assembly has sent to me,” the statement quoted Wike as saying.

Wike pointed to the reasons adduced by the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly that the strength of the information they have now had compelled them to reverse what they did in 2015.

“The leader of the house said they have better facts and what are the facts?

“The facts are the Supreme Court judgment categorically stated that Sir Celestine Omehia was never a governor, because he never stood for any election and that it will be inappropriate for their (assembly) legacy that they didn’t respect the judgement of the Supreme Court.

“In this part of our country, people will praise you when it suits them, but when you do the uncommon thing, people will not praise you,” Wike stated.

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The governor stressed the need why people should keep politics away from what had been done. He further urged members of the public to get a copy of the Supreme Court judgment and understand that it was the right thing to de-recognise Omehia.

“I had to call the Attorney General for him to give me his legal opinion as regards the resolution of the Assembly, and rightly the Attorney General said they (assembly) are right.

“That in the first instance, the recognition was extra-judicial, that the Assembly has no power to change the judgment of any court, not to talk about the Supreme Court.

“So, people should understand and not to begin to play politics,” the governor said.

He explained as untrue that the insinuation in the media that Omehia was de-recognised because he had ceased to be his ally, and now a member of the presidential campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Wike also pointed to the sum of money paid to Omehia as a proof against those who peddled tales that government does not pay such benefits at all.

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“If this did not happen, nobody will even know that the State government has been coughing out such amount of money to pay as benefits.

“I’m sure, they must have told you that no benefits and all entitlements were never paid, that is what you hear everywhere.

“But yesterday, when it was revealed that the State government coughed out such amount of money to pay as benefits as recommended by the Assembly and now, they have sent the resolution to me, I thank God today, without looking back, I have signed it as instrument and it will be gazetted for record purposes.”

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