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Ajayi Battles Akeredolu Over Denial Of Venue To Launch Campaign

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…Akeredolu is intolerant, denied us venue, hiked from N5m to N11m
…It’s blackmail; count us out of your ordeal —Ondo govt
AHEAD of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State, the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, and Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has lashed his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, for trying to frustrate the flag off of his campaign.
Ajayi, in a statement in Akure by his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore accused Akeredolu of intolerance.
The statement read: “The Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi is again constrained to draw the attention of the general public, particularly, the good people of Ondo State, to the growing intolerance and undemocratic temperament of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu,SAN, towards the people’s choice – the Zenith Labour Party as the October 10 governorship election approaches.
“Let it be known that the Zenith Labour Party applied for the usage of the M K O Abiola Democracy Park, Akure to flag off its campaign rally. After the successful completion of all due processes, the agency responsible, acting on the instruction of Ondo State governor, deliberately hiked the price from the original five million naira, which the venue was given out to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for its own rally on Saturday, 12th September, 2020.
“lt is disheartening that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria can preside over a government that would deny the Zenith Labour Party the use of any public facility especially the Democracy Park built under the visionary leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who is the national leader of the Zenith Labour Party.
“We therefore call on the elder statesmen, religious leaders, lovers of democracy and all discerning minds to advise Mr Governor to tow the path of honour and desist from undemocratic and perfidious acts.
“Ondo State belongs to all of us and nobody should use the mere privilege of leadership to ruin our prestige as the state of courageous and enlightened people.’’
Meanwhile, the rally has been shifted to the government field in Ore, in Odigbo council area of the state on Saturday 19, at 10am.
“The choice of the free venue was due to the inability of the party to raise money to hire a venue.
It’s blackmail; count us out of your ordeal — Ondo govt
Reacting, the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Donald Ojogo dissociated the state government from Ajayi’s troubles.
He said: “The futile attempt to drag the Ondo State Government into arena of frustrations suffered by the ZLP is most unacceptable. It must be noted that the venue in question is not under the control of the State Government. It has long been firmed out to a consultant who manages the facility.”
“The recourse to blackmail is a deliberate blackmail venture aimed diverting the attention of the people from proper public scrutiny of those who have chosen to throw their hats in the ring.”
“The most illogical stunt is when the ZLP candidate alluded to a puerile allegation that an officer ran away even when the sum of N11m was to be paid. Perhaps, that was very ridiculous because it means such official must have deliberately allowed such huge sum to elude him.”

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» Edo Decides: They Are Rigging Me Out – Governor Obaseki Cries Out

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.
Obaseki is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent Governor of Edo State.
According to him: “Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,” Osagie said in a statement on Saturday during the polls.
“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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Edo Election : Governor Wike Held Hostage In Hotel Room – PDP Cries Out

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The Hotel where the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike is lodging while on official assignment in Benin, Edo State has been held siege by over 300 Police men.
Recall that Governor Wike was appointed Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo Governorship election; this is same position Governor Ganduje of Kano State occupies for his party the APC.
Governor Ganduje and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State are all in Benin, Edo State carrying out their assignment for the APC without any molestation or intimidation.
And in a breach of the pledge they made security agencies have decided to harass and intimidate Governor Wike who has not done any wrong.
Rivers People Warn that we Shall hold the IGP responsible for anything that happens to our Governor.
Signed:
Ambassador Akawor Desmond, Chairman
PDP Rivers State
https://twitter.com/GovWike/status/1307024982564888578?s=19
Less than 24 hours to Edo state governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday cried out that its governors are being held hostage by police in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, who raised the alarm said that police have surrounded the Westend Hotel occupied by the PDP governors.
Secondus called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to order his men to vacate the hotel immediately.
He added that the governors lives are in danger, noting that the APC governors, who are also in Benin are not harassed.
Secondus alleged that Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege are presently in the home of former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole.
He said: “The Policemen have surrounded the hotel and their lives are in danger. We call on IGP to ask the police to leave the place because their lives are in danger.
“If APC governors are in Benin, the PDP governors should be in Benin. Our governors would remain in Benin, no one can intimidate us.
“We are bringing this to the attention of the international community. Elections must be free and fair. Elections must be allowed to hold. You cannot allow APC governors in Edo and bar PDP governors.”

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Edo 2020: Your political lives in danger if APC wins, Wike tells PDP leaders

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The Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike , has described the governorship election in Edo State on Saturday as a fight for the destiny of the Niger Delta region .
The governor spoke on Thursday during a meeting organised for leaders and elected representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin, the Edo State capital .
Wike urged them to discard fear and threats of violence as they resolve to participate in all the electoral processes .
He charged them to monitor the distribution of electoral materials and be vigilant to protect their votes .
“ The electoral battle may not be easy. But God is with us . With the people also on the ground , we will win.
“ Let me tell you , God forbid that APC wins ; if they do , all of you here would have failed because your political life will be in jeopardy .
“ They will come with federal might , but do not fear because we have the electorate on our side. They did the same in Rivers State ; the people resisted them by protecting their votes , ” he stated .
Wike also expressed the need to mobilise the people of Edo for the gubernatorial election with the aim of liberating the state from godfatherism.
“ This is an opportunity for you to fight for the liberation of Edo State. You must all say enough is enough . One man should not be allowed to continue to insult Edo people. The godfather thinks what he says will always be . This is the time to stop him .
“ We want all the states in the South – South to be united . So, it is the best time to join your kith and kin from other Niger Delta states . This election is a fight for the destiny of the region. Edo State cannot continue to be alone , ” a statement by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, quoted Wike as saying ,
The governor also said the party representatives had done extensive campaigns from ward to ward and should work together to deliver the PDP during the election.
Wike, who is also the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State , advised the electorate not to be violent in their determination to liberate the state from godfatherism.
He said party faithful also needed to know how to be part of history in securing the future of the state.
Also , the Edo State Governor , Godwin Obaseki , said the meeting was at the instance of Wike, the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State.
Obaseki noted that the meeting would address grey areas and other important issues required to secure electoral victory for the party .
Edo State Chairman of the PDP , Anthony Aziegbeme , said they had started to be vigilant and would resist any form of hijack of electoral materials .

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