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Former vice president Atiku Abubakar says the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will survive without Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike.

Speaking through his spokesman, Daniel Bwala, the PDP 2023 presidential candidate argued that the party has survived the absence of more important founding members like former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“Iyorcha Ayu and Atiku were founding members. They left and had to come back. Let me tell you why you can’t play God,” Mr Bwala said in a Channels TV interview on Friday night.

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“Atiku left, the party survived. Ayu left, the party survived. If Wike leaves the party will survive. Obasanjo is not in PDP, it survived. You need to understand and know the limit of your operation and influence,” Mr Bwala added.

Mr Bwala’s statement comes in the wake of Mr Wike’s outburst on Friday, berating Mr Abubakar and insisting that the party chairman Iyorcha Ayu must resign.

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Internal crisis has rocked the PDP since Mr Wike lost the party’s 2022 presidential primary to Mr Abubakar in May.

The crisis took a bad turn after Mr Abubakar dumped Mr Wike to pick Delta governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, against the recommendation of a party committee that had put forward the Rivers governor.

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The Supreme Court, on Friday, ended the leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo with the dismissal of an appeal filed by the Dan Orbhi-led faction.

The suit is seeking a court order to authenticate the ad hoc delegate elections conducted by Mr Orbhi’s faction and to invalidate another one conducted by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s faction.

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In a judgment by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court held that the issue of leadership by political parties is an internal affair, with the courts having no jurisdiction.

In the appeal marked SC/CV/979/2022, filed by Monday Osagie, the Supreme Court said it lacked merit because it is not justiciable.

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Mr Agim, who delivered the unanimous judgment, asked political parties to always adhere strictly to their guidelines, rules and regulations to promote genuine democracy.

Messrs Obaseki and Orbhi have been at each other’s throats over who controls the party in Edo.

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PDP dismisses bribery allegations as NWC members return millions

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Bribery allegations against the National Working Committee (NWC) members  have been debunked by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Following alleged approval by the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, not less than six of 19 members of the NWC have returned funds paid into their accounts

The amounts range from N28.8million to N36million, depending on the recipient’s position. Letters of the refund are in the public domain.

Those who have refunded include Taofeek Arapaja, Deputy National Chairman South; Stella Effah-Attoe, National Woman Leader; Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman, South-South.

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Others are Alli Odefa, National Vice Chairman, South-East, Olasoji Adagunobi-Oluwatukesi, National Vice Chairman, South-West; Setonji Koshoedo, Deputy National Secretary.

In a statement Thursday night, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba said the funds were not inducements.

The spokesman alleged there were “strange and unfounded motives to the Housing Allowance duly approved and paid to NWC members and staff”.

Ologunagba said the allowance went through due process of the party “in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers”.

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The image maker told Nigerians that if any individual decides to return money, such does not in any way suggest that it was paid as a bribe or was illegitimate.

“A bribe is defined as ‘money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behaviour of a person, especially in that person’s performance as a public official.

“This is not the case in the payment of Housing Allowance duly approved for officials and staff of the Party”, the statement added.

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Police commissioner Adebowale Williams in Oyo has met with heads of hunters, vigilante groups and other stakeholders to seek support for peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This is contained in a statement on Friday in Ibadan by police spokesman Adewale Osifeso.

Mr William explained that the meeting was also to foster an improved working relationship and agree on a common direction as the election campaign commences.

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The police chief appreciated the quasi-security groups for their collaboration with the police and other security agencies, which brought about veritable achievements.

He urged them to constantly review their recruitment process by conducting adequate background checks on intending and existing members.

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Aare Mogaji Ariori, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, commended the police commissioner for the meeting and promised to improve their existing relationship.

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