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Fayemi picks 74-yr old Egbeyemi as running mate

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Former Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has been nominated as the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate.

Egbeyemi, a grassroots politician and an indigene of Ado-Ekiti, has held key positions at party, executive and legislative levels.

He is a teacher, lawyer, former local government chairman, former House of Assembly member, former commissioner and a traditional chief in his community.

The APC deputy governorship candidate is a home-based politician and businessman with interests in law, hospitality, education and property.

A statement by Wole Olujobi of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, said Egbyemi’s choice was arrived at Wednesday night after party leaders held a marathon meeting to consider the best among the personalities being considered as Fayemi’s running mate.

Egbeyemi, an indigene of Ado-Ekiti, was born on May 8, 1944 to the family of the late Egbeyemi Alade and the late Madam Tinubu Egbeyemi.

He started his education at the Holy Trinity Anglican School, Ilawe-Ekiti and Baptist School, Ado-Ekiti, after which he attended Harding Memorial Modern School, Ado-Ekiti.

He studied privately while working as a Laboratory Assistant at Ekiti Parapo College, Ido-Ekiti, and while working as a bursar at Notre Dame Grammar School, Usi-Ekiti, Egbeyemi sat as a private student to pass both the GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations.

He later proceeded to the College of Education, University of Lagos, where he graduated in Biology and Physical Education with distinction.

He taught briefly at the St Mary’s Girls Secondary School, Ikole-Ekiti, in 1975 before he was transferred to the Teachers’ College, Oye-Ekiti, as a pioneer Physical Education tutor between 1975 and 1977.

He later went to the University of Ife to read Law between 1977 and 1980 before proceeding to the Law School in Lagos for his Barrister at Law certificate and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981 as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

His political experiences spanned many fields, including the Youth Leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) between 1979 and 1983; a member of the old Ondo State House of Assembly in 1983; and Executive Chairman of Ado-Ekiti Local Government between 1991 and 1993.

Others include: Leader of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in Ado-Ekiti Local Government between 1996 and 1997 and was founding member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), using the platform to win the House of Representatives election that was cancelled by the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, in 1998.

Between 1991 and 1992, he was Commissioner of Education and between 2001 and 2002, Egbeyemi was a member of the Governing Council of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna.

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2019: Makarfi to contest with Atiku, others for PDP presidential ticket

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Ahmed Makarfi, former chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee, says he will contest the presidential ticket of the party in 2019.
Makarfi’s announcement comes after Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, and Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, had indicated their interest in seeking the PDP presidential ticket.
He made his intention known on Sunday while speaking with journalists in his residence in Kaduna.
The ex-governor said he has consulted with stakeholders in the party and has informed them of his ambition.
He said: “It’s is just consultations and not endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.
 
“The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election. At this stage, it is to seek for the party’s nomination.
 
“The successful nominees will become the candidate that will stand for the election. But first thing first. If one’s party does not put him forward, you can’t say you are contesting for presidency yet. “At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had. Those who have shown interest are equally capable. We do not know how many more will show interest but whatever it is, power comes from God. The party men and women will decide who will be the candidate. I will subject myself to the will of God and the decision of the party men and women whenever it is made.”
 
He said his experience in the public and private sectors make him well suited to lead the country.

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Senate 2019: I have not dropped my ambition – Uduaghan

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The immediate former Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan has debunked the rumour making the rounds that he has chickened out of the senatorial race ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Uduaghan stated this in his Warri residence when he played host to the Coalition of Bomadi LGA Elders led by its leader, Revd. Gbenekuru England and dozens of youths drawn from different youth groups in Bomadi Local Government Area.

The group which is an amalgam of all the community elders in Bomadi had inquired if the dynamic former Governor had stepped down again for their Sen. James Manager at his recent public declaration at the PDP mega rally for Governor Okowa which held in Oleh. Allaying their fears, Dr. Uduaghan said, “I have not stepped down for anybody and I am not going to even contemplate stepping down for anyone. In fact, I have put my hands on the plough and there is no going back. By the grace of God, we will be in Abuja in 2019.

“It was in the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan’s votes from Delta that made me withdraw from the race, last minute. The stability of the state was very important to me. I needed to concentrate on the state and prepare it for a peaceful transition; otherwise, I had all the machinery to win the seat if I had so wanted it like I do now.”

On whether he was scared of opposition, Uduaghan said, “I have paid my dues in stemming ethnic violence and militia uprising in the creeks to deserve the senatorial seat. How many people can make such sacrifice? How can somebody who has fought plenty political battles as a serving governor be scared of anybody? That is very laughable to me.”

The visibly relieved group, buoyed by the news, broke into dancing and singing in Ijaw.

 

You are the best candidate for senate – Bomadi Elders

All the leaders of the group who spoke agreed to throw their weight behind Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial bid, because according to them, Delta South is ready for a new beginning and Dr. Uduaghan is the new beginning. They believe when he gets to the senate, the district will get qualitative representation and he will empower not just his Itsekiri people but also the Ijaw and Isoko people as he did when he was a two-term governor of the state.

“We had tested your capacity when you were governor we know that the Ijaw nation benefited from your administration. Our son, the current occupant of the seat, who has been there for four tenures has tried his best but it is now time for a new beginning. It is the turn of the Itsekiris based on fairness and equity. Your Excellency, you are the new beginning for Delta South,” Revd. England asserted.

The senatorial hopeful revealed that he and his family had heard from God clearly in January 2018, that victory was sure for him at the polls. He used the opportunity to assure all his supporters, friends and well-wishers that plans for his campaign would soon roll out in a massive dimension and everyone would be carried along.

 

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Femi Odulaja joins Ogun Reps race, welcomes Adebutu to Ijebu Ode

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Hon. Ladi Adebutu, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, now running for Ogun State governor’s seat moves his campaign train to Ijebu Ode, with the enthusiastic people of Ijebu Ode and party members already aligning to make the rally one to remember. And among them is a National Assembly hopeful, Hon. Femi Odulaja, representing Ijebu Central Constituency which comprises of Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu.

According to the Igbobi College Yaba alumni as Adebutu, Odulaja said, “Hon. Ladi Adebutu is a Noble Nigerian, a respected politician and leader of principle, who I believe is sufficiently equipped for the task of leading Ogun State and projecting the gateway state to occupy its rightful place in the comity of states in Nigeria.”

Adebutu, a frontline politician in Ogun State, contesting for highest office in Oke Mosan in the 2019 elections, would be visiting Ijebu Ode in a mega rally organised by the People’s Democratic Party members in a countdown to salvage the state from anarchy and retrogression.

When asked about the rally coming up on Monday, Odulaja, whose campaign mantra is hinged on Hope ’19, stated, “With the assurance of the good people of Ijebu Ode, I’m more than confident that the rally is going to be a successful one.”

Odulaja, who is a mechanical engineer, philanthropist and well grounded personality in hospitality industry, stated that such a visit brings hope and signifies the beginning of new dawn in the state come 2019.

On why Femi Odulaja Campaign Organisation’s decision to adopt Hope ’19, “My principle is to work and restore the confidence and sense of value in the good people of my constituency.

“By attracting the right policies,” he continued, “I am certain that our constituency has all what it takes to be at the forefront of economic advancement in the whole of Ogun State.”

The largest political and foremost opposition party in Nigeria, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which is undergoing healing continue to attract eggheads into its fold as Hon. Femi Odulaja insisted that the party remains the best option considering the calibre of personalities it displays in Ogun State.

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