Atiku, Ayu under fire for shunning Ekiti PDP campaign

26/06/2022 8:12:00 AM

Atiku, Ayu under fire for shunning Ekiti PDP campaign

Atiku, Ayu under fire for shunning Ekiti PDP campaign

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and the party’s presidential candidate for the February 25, 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, have come under criticism by party members and chieftains for failing to go to Ekiti State to campaign for the party’s governorship candidate in the June 18 election.

Kindly share this story: TUNDE AJAJA, OLUWAFEMI MORGAN, EL-AMEEN IBRAHIM, BOLA BAMIGBOLA, OLUFEMI OLANIYI, ABIODUN NEJO and DAUD OLATUNJI 26th June 2022 TUNDE AJAJA, OLUWAFEMI MORGAN, EL-AMEEN IBRAHIM, BOLA BAMIGBOLA, OLUFEMI OLANIYI, ABIODUN NEJO and DAUD OLATUNJI Atiku Abubakar and Iyorchia Ayu 26th June 2022 The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and the party’s presidential candidate for the February 25, 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, have come under criticism by party members and chieftains for failing to go to Ekiti State to campaign for the party’s governorship candidate in the June 18 election.Kindly share this story: Tunde Ajaja, Oluwafemi Morgan, Olufemi Olaniyi, Daud Olatunji, Peter Dada, Bola Bamigbola and Abiodun Nejo 25th June 2022 Tunde Ajaja, Oluwafemi Morgan, Olufemi Olaniyi, Daud Olatunji, Peter Dada, Bola Bamigbola and Abiodun Nejo Atiku Abubakar 25th June 2022 The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are strategising on how to win votes from the South-West, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.The Saturday Punch says Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the south-west has asked for the positions of the senate president and secretary-general of the federation if the party wins the 2023 presidential election.Top Story Picking Atiku as my running mate was a mistake – Obasanjo Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said one of his mistakes in life was picking former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as his running mate.

The party stalwarts said their neglect of the candidate, Bisi Kolawole, contributed to the party’s loss at the poll as well as created a bad impression about the party and its candidate.Kolawole, who polled 67,457 votes, came third, while Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party came second with 82,211 votes, and the winner, Biodun Oyebanji, of the All Progressives Congress scored 187,057 votes.Sources close to the party and its presidential candidate said the emergence of Tinubu, being an influential politician from the South-West, had changed the dynamics of the party’s preparation as regards how to win votes from the zone.Not less than 15 political parties partook in the exercise.The newspaper reports that PDP national assembly caucus has intensified lobbying of aggrieved lawmakers.Ahead of the election, the party on June 9 constituted an 80-member National Campaign Council, but the council, like Ayu and Atiku, didn’t visit the state to campaign for the candidate.Meanwhile, some party chieftains in the South-West are demanding fair consideration from the party and Atiku as an incentive for the region.But, conversely, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, led 14 APC governors to the state to campaign for Oyebanji.How Okowa emerged as Atiku’s running mate Obasanjo was responding to questions, posed by students from selected secondary schools that, participated in the final of the National Exhibition and Awards, organised by Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).

The party’s chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and its pioneer interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, were also present at the mega rally.They said if the party wins the February 25, 2023 presidential election, certain positions should be zoned to the region.Saturday Independent explains why there is no female presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.The PDP campaign council was to be chaired by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State was named as the deputy chairman, while Adedamola Adegbite was to serve as the Administrative Secretary.Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State; Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja, and Samuel Anyanwu were among the members.The publicity secretary of the party in the state, Akeem Olatunji, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday said aside the Senate presidency, the PDP in the region wanted the development and adequate security of the South-West.While expressing his dissatisfaction over the issue, a PDP chieftain in Osun State and immediate past deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi, said in a telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH that Ayu and Atiku’s absence contributed significantly to the party’s loss in the election.The newspaper reports that Chris Okotie, founder of the Household of God Church, said Nigeria will break up if he does not succeed Buhari.He argued that the refusal to openly campaign for Kolawole before the poll created a negative perception for the party and its candidate.But what we want mainly in the PDP here is good governance.“The second one (mistake) was when Abacha wanted to arrest me.

He added, “Atiku, Ayu and PDP governors left the people of Ekiti, majority of whom supported PDP in the cold.They looked up to these personalities but they never showed up before or during the poll.“Also, we want the economy to be fixed because it has been terribly damaged by the APC government.“The National Campaign Council constituted by Ayu was put in place just four days before the poll whereas Senator Bola Tinubu was in Ekiti with many APC governors, campaigning for Biodun Oyebanji.“Now that the chances of PDP winning Ekiti have been thrown out by the Ayu-led national leadership, we need to remind Atiku, Ayu and other today’s leaders of the PDP that the fate of our party in 2023 election now rests on the outcome of Osun State governorship poll.The Ibadan – Oyo – Ogbomoso Expressway is a very strategic road and should be completed quickly.” However, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees from Oyo State, Dr Saka Balogun, blamed the party’s loss in the election mainly on leadership crisis in Ekiti State, noting however that if all the leaders had worked together, the result would have been different.“I will say there are many things that could have been a mistake but God saved me from them all”.

Balogun, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday, argued that the former National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, committed some blunders, as applicable to the state by relating with individuals instead of leaders, but that Ayu ratified the blunders.The agitations for secession by various groups will end with good governance and justice.He said, “In Ekiti State, the problem really has to do with leadership.With all the activities, dynamism, passion and courage which you can identify with former Governor Ayo Fayose, he appeared to be playing the role of a lodestar.” In Ogun State, the party said it would negotiate for juicy slots once the party wins.Until we are able to resolve the leadership problem in Ekiti, I don’t think we are going anywhere.“We are divided in Ekiti.He said “For Ogun State PDP, what is paramount to us is the success of the party in the election.I hope that things should not continue like this.

How can PDP fail in Ekiti East Local Government Area, where Senator Biodun Olujimi comes from? We succeeded only in Efon Alaaye LGA (where Kolawole hails from).I think what happened was a collective tragedy for the PDP, including myself.What we will request for as a party will be after election.” Ogun leaders disagree Meanwhile, party members in Ogun State expressed mixed reactions over Ayu and Atiku’s absence during the campaigns.The youth leader of the party in the state, Sunkanmi Oyejide, said Ayu and Atiku’s presence would have boosted the morale of party members , but the party had other assignments.We have ambassadorial appointments that would also be demanded for and several other juicy appointments.He added, “The party raised a campaign council and the chairman can grace rallies in states, but that does not win elections; it is about reaching out to the grass roots.He advised them not to see their own religion as Superior to that of another person.

Also, the national chairman and Atiku cannot be everywhere.That is, National Chairman of the party, President, Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.The party was busy with how to reconcile the aggrieved members after the convention.Atiku cannot neglect that.So, the South-West is already factored into the equation.It is not about the national chairman not coming to the state.That election was not free and fair.” On the specific position that might be zoned to the South-West, Peretei said the region might get the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the SGF or the party’s national chairman.All religions originate from the same source.

” A former member of state House of Assembly and party leader, Fasiu Bakene, disagreed that the absence of the two party leaders was responsible for the outcome of the election.He added, “The party’s loss cannot be because they were not there.In Osun State, efforts to reach the acting chairman, Dr Akintunde Adekunle, for comment proved futile as he was said to be engaged in the governorship campaign of the party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.It was a one-day programme.Anybody who wanted to vote PDP must have developed that interest with or without the final rally.But the immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the party should zone the position of the national chairman to the South-West.Their presence would have added colour to it but it would only ginger party members.I will not allow any person to cast aspersions to my religion and will not do same for another person.

” Related News.He added, “We have been saying it.

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