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Plots Against Obaseki, Akeredolu, Yahaya Bello Increasingly Thicken Over 2nd Term Bids


Regardless of the denials and rebuttals in some quarters, the destiny that befell Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State by which he was denied the chance of flying his party’s ticket, is hanging within the steadiness and will befall three different governors of the All Progressives Congress APC, if the cup doesn’t instantly ‘runneth’ over them.

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The trio caught within the internet of the newest energy wrestle within the APC, as revealed by Saturday Telegraph’s investigations, are governors Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).


Although it’s nonetheless one yr to the gubernatorial election In Edo and Ondo states, whereas that of Kogi is to carry later in November, the drums of warfare are already beating within the three states identified as the ‘Heartbeat of the Nation’, the ‘Confluence State’ and the Sunshine State respectively, the place the battle of supremacy between some godfathers and their godsons now reign.

Within the camps of the APC within the three states, supporters are pointing fingers at each other, whereas reactions from the nook and cranny of the states point out that the umbrella home is split against itself.

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Intrigues in Ondo

Within the Ondo State, it’s now not secret that every one just isn’t properly as the supporters and opponents of the governor have overtly divided the ruling party. Whereas these against the governor are stated to have laid political mines on the trail of his second time period ambition, Akeredolu’s supporters have been having underground strikes to maintain the sixth govt governor in workplace.

For these within the governor’s camp, the large infrastructural developments, common cost of salaries and developmental insurance policies would get him the second time period ticket, whereas many APC leaders who supported the election of Akeredolu in 2016 and felt cheated within the disbursement of political patronage are ganging up against these within the governor’s camp.

A few of those that felt cheated within the disbursement of government patronages have vowed that, “even if Akeredolu likes, he should tar all the roads in the state with gold”, he wouldn’t get the second time period as his getting one other time period in workplace would ship them into political oblivion.

One other hurdle Akeredolu has to cross embrace the array of people eyeing his place within the ruling APC. Amongst these within the party’s ticket are, the Govt Director Niger Delta Energy Holding Firm (NDPHC) and shut political affiliate of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Ife Oyedele; a former governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke; and pioneer Chairman of the APC within the state, Hon Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke. Others are the Senator representing Ondo North senatorial district, Prof Robert Ajayi Boroffice; the runner-up within the APC’s main in 2016, Dr Segun Abraham; and the Director Basic of Technical Help Corps, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi.

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Aside from Oyedele that’s affiliated to the Abuja energy bloc, different contenders are political associates of the Nationwide Chief of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, with the nationwide secretariat within the palms of Adams Oshiomole who is claimed to be a Tinubu loyalist, these in Tinubu’s camp within the state are able to deny the governor the ticket of the party.

The sport plan to disclaim Akeredolu the party’s ticket might have been figuring out with the suspension of the governor from the party for alleged anti-party actions by the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) of the party. The pondering is {that a} suspended individual wouldn’t be eligible to contest the APC’s ticket.

The governor’s opponents are additionally pushing for the dissolution of the party’s govt within the state and the appointment of caretaker committee in an effort to be certain all of the vestiges of the governor are eliminated earlier than the party’s primaries.

However these within the governor’s camp stated it’s the people of the state that may decide their governor’s destiny and never a international god both from Abuja or Lagos. The Senior Particular Assistant to Akeredolu on Particular Duties and Technique, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who clearly spoke the thoughts of the governor and people in his camp blamed the shenanigans over the suspension of the governor on those that needed to manipulate the state by proxy.

Odebowale in a press release stated these accusing the governor of anti-party within the final common elections have been the architect of anti-party within the state. A former Commissioner for Regional Integration in Osun State and former Chairman of Alimosho Native Authorities in Lagos State, Mr. Bola Ilori, had blamed Akeredolu for the disaster that led to the defeat of the APC within the final elections.

Ilori stated the primaries that produced Akeredolu within the 2016 governorship election was fraught with irregularities and that the governor didn’t forgive those that didn’t assist him within the main election.

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However Odebowale in a press release stated Ilori and his sponsors laid the inspiration for anti-party actions and was utilizing their management of the APC on the centre to vilify their perceived opponents throughout the states within the nation.

“It’s not unusual to learn inanities from these characters as of late. The reason being apparent. The idea that the management of the party on the centre is firmly of their grip, explains the rising audacity. They’re right to an awesome extent. The party management at that stage has been capable of isolate and victimise all these perceived to be antagonistic to pernicious expansionist tendencies.

“Their hyper activities have never been for service; and the irrepressible people of Ondo State are acutely aware of the lie, freely bandied by these strange progressives whose sole motive for participating in politics is to gobble the people’s commonwealth.”
Odebowale stated the people of Ondo State will decide who govern them and never succumb to those that have the expansionist tendencies to rule over territories outdoors their domains.

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Yahaya Bello walks tight rope

Within the state identified as the Confluence State, the battled for the APC ticket within the November gubernatorial election is changing into uneasy for Governor Yahaya Bello, following stories {that a} former Chief of Naval Workers, Usman Jibril, and Mohammed Audu, the eldest son of former governor of the state, late Prince Abubakar Audu, have an interest within the ticket.

Although Audu had refused to touch upon his ambition, checks by our correspondents confirmed that he’s being wooed by some leaders of the APC to succeed Bello.

Audu whereas reacting via a phone dialog, stated “I don’t respond to rumour through the phone, we can only chat whenever we meet physically.”

However the speculations over the aspiration of Vice Admiral Usman Jibril, for the party’s governorship ticket, is stronger, as he’s stated to be a unifying drive from the jap zone of the state, to be the favorite.

A few of these supporting Jibril are of the opinion that, throughout his days as the Chief of Naval Workers, he influenced some outstanding tasks within the state.

“A few of his tasks contains, sighting of Naval base in Lokoja and Idah Native Authorities Space, additionally the institution of Naval Secondary College at Okura, in Dekina Native government space of the state.

“The Naval school, which is said to be one of the best in the country, is currently grooming children across the country to be leaders of tomorrow”, a supporter, who craved anonymity, stated.

One other contender for the race, is the previous Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) President, Sanni Lulu, from Idah Native Authorities Space. He’s stated to be thought-about as one other sturdy contender, following his observe file as the NFF President.

One different issue that’s presently going for the previous soccer chief, is the sturdy backing he’s having fun with from some prime APC leaders each inside and outdoors the state and.

The present Director Basic of NARSDA, Professor Saidu Ogah, additionally a tough nut to crack within the wrestle, can also be stated to be eyeing the ticket of the ruling party.

One other individual is the third time period House of Representatives member from Ikeja Federal Constituency, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, who’s from Ekirin Adde in Ijumu Native Authorities Space of Kogi State. He’s stated to be nursing the ambition to return to hustle for the party’s ticket, this time not as working mate however a governorship contender.

Faleke was the working mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu, in the course of the 2015 gubernatorial election. Following his dogged battle on the court to reclaim the mandate of the late Audu, Faleke has turn into broadly accepted by the people particularly these from the Jap a part of the state.

Faleke had rejected a proposal to be a deputy governor to Yahaya Bello, even when the party suggested him to, saying that accepting the place as at then would have betrayed the mandate of his boss, late Audu.

When requested about his gubernatorial ambition, Faleke neither deny nor affirm the report. He stated he’s a present member elect for Ikeja Federal Constituency and that his main focus for now, is to make sure that his political brother, Femi Gbajabiamila, emerges as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The incumbent governor Yahaya Bello, who clearly turned governor via party inheritance, will for the primary time, face an actual political battle for re-election.

Saturday Telegraph gathered that the governor, whose expectation was to get an automated party ticket for second time period, has virtually relocated to Abuja, the place he’s stated to be lobbying party leaders for assist.

One in every of Bello’s traducers advised Saturday Telegraph {that a} latest video trending within the social media, the place the governor visited the Nationwide Chief of the APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to foyer for assist, proved is stage of desperation.

“Bello within the video was attempting to woo Tinubu to his aspect, saying that he has been supporting Gbajabiamila since 2015, when he was a passive member of the party. He equally claimed that he has been supporting Gbajabiamila together with his private cash and can proceed to assist and make sure that Gbajabiamila turns into the Speaker.

“It cannot work, the governor has already lost popularity both in the state and at the national level. It is an obvious fact that his government is currently the enemy of the people particularly, the state and local government workers and the pensioners”, he stated.

A prime party stalwart additionally knowledgeable Saturday Telegraph that the management of the APC is skeptical on issuing automated ticket to the governor, alleging that there’s criticism by the people that there’s absence of excellent governance beneath his watch.

He famous additional that the party is contemplating a direct main, however some are against it because it might value the governor a return ticket, whereas oblique main is mostly imagine to be an automated ticket for Yahaya Bello.

Nonetheless, a supply on the APC Nationwide Secretariat, revealed to Saturday Telegraph that the party continues to be looking for a reputable and acceptable candidate to fly its flag within the November gubernatorial election.

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Edo energy play powerful for Obaseki

In Edo State, the ‘war’ is between the camp of the immediate past governor who’s now Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and that of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the difficulty is about who flies the ticket of the party as the 2 main camps are threatening fireplace and brimstone over whether or not Obaseki will run for the 2020 gubernatorial election or not.

Although Obaseki had upon his return from a international journey, denied any rift between him and his godfather, Saturday Telegraph’s investigation revealed that the duo are in no love lost.

Obaseki made the clarification on the Benin Airport upon his arrival within the state following a one-month trip, describing the report as pretend news, whereas imploring the people to concentrate on his achievements.

Nonetheless, our correspondents gathered that Obaseki, who was hitherto an Oshiomhole’s ‘boy’ has fallen out of favour together with his former principal over some political intrigues, that are; political appointments, the final native government election within the state, and the alleged currying of favour from those that are seen as Oshiomhole’s enemies.

Additional checks present that the battle has divided the EXCO members, the legislative meeting and the leaders of the party who’ve cut up into factions. The leaders of the party, in line with inside sources are sharply divided whereas names are being penciled amongst these tipped to take over from Obaseki, to the extent that there have been ongoing nocturnal conferences over the matter.

Sources near the 2 events knowledgeable Saturday Telegraph that an try made by the governor to settle together with his ‘master’ throughout a latest journey to Dubai led to a impasse. That is because the previous governor continues to be irritated that, previous to the final common elections, Obaseki had gone to some perceived enemies of the Comrade to woo them to his aspect, a scenario that infuriated the APC boss.

On the final rely, greater than 5 stalwarts of the APC have joined the political camp of Oshiomhole and scheming to take over from Obaseki. Those that are jostling for the highest job embrace; a former deputy governor to Oshiomhole, Dr. Pius Odubu; a former PDP governorship candidate, Basic Charles Airhiavbere; the immediate past Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; and about 16 members of the state meeting.

Others stated to be on the checklist are Hon. Ganiyu Audu, Philip Shuaibu, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, and Captain Hosa Okunbor, amongst others.

A feminine supply advised Saturday Telegraph that Obaseki needed to work with Oshiomhole’s enemies over the past election because he wanted to win.

“Obaseki wanted to win that election, and that was why he approached these people. However Oshiomhole felt that the governor ought to have continued to toe his half. And in politics, you need to be your personal man and vogue your approach.

“Although their disaster began instantly after the appointment of commissioners, it was not this enormous till the final election. What performed out just lately has proven that they don’t seem to be going to settle the disaster now. It’s the 2020 election that may decide what subsequent.

“It is only a blind man that would say there is no cause for alarm, when the war is boldly written on the party’s wall. There is serious fire on the mountain”, she stated.

Although Obaseki and his predecessor have stored mute over the rumoured chilly battle, some APC leaders have continued to reecho it that the chairman would do every part inside his powers to make sure that Obaseki’s second time period bid doesn’t see the sunshine of day.
Checks by our correspondents additionally present that the party is split as some EXCO members are actually dumping Oshiomhole to queue behind Obaseki, and vice versa.

As just lately put by a stalwart of the party within the state, one doesn’t want a prophet to know that the battle earlier than the ‘wake and see’ governor can be a really troublesome one.

The party chieftain opined that, in politics, there isn’t a everlasting good friend and no everlasting enemy and that it’s a recreation of curiosity and numbers.

“You will agree with me that there are some people you cannot push away with the wave of hands when it comes to power game of elections”, he stated, including that the outcomes of the 2019 common elections had thrown up many situations and unanswered questions on the subject of godfatherism.

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