As PDP Gets Set For Local Govt Area Campaigns …
By Fidelis Egugbo
Sponsored by: H&H
At the Ward-to-Ward campaign tour of Ndokwa West and Ndokwa East, the turnout of prospective voters to the rallies was unimaginable. Yes! Unimaginable because, pundits can easily say that some Presidential candidates cannot pull such enthusiastic crowd, loyal members of a political party to a state-wide rally as PDP did in its War-to-Ward rallies.
For some of those who are following me up on this PDP campaigns, especially in Delta North, I have done a piece on the rallies in Aniocha and Ika, including part of Oshimili Federal Constituency in my previous write-ups. As such, one can succinctly say that I can comfortably write on what transpired during the visits.
So, if PDP is to start a Local Government-to-Local Government campaign, what is the implication? If at all the places visited in Ndokwa West alone, the turn-out of prospective voters can be described as “Unimaginable”, then, imagine when all the Wards in a Local Government moves to a particular venue. Agreed that the PDP is in what can be described in military parlance as a “show of strength,” one can go further by saying that what the PDP is doing is to tell the opposition political parties that, “this is my land and the voters who belong to my party are not comfortable with political usurpers.”
One can aptly capture the rallies at Ndokwa West as the “Frills and thrills of PDP rallies in Ndokwa West.” From the first place of visit in Ndokwa West, music buffs would say that Congo is learning the art of music while another set of people would say that “Ndokwa West is home of groove, home of good music.” At all the Local Government areas visited in Delta North Senatorial District, the visit to Ndokwa West was beyond carnival, the visit of the campaign train to the area reactivated the festive mood of the people and they all trooped out in support of the political party of their choice.
From Ogume which was the first place of call, an internationally acclaimed highlife musician, Eric Enuma was on stage and another loved musician, Abamba was performing in another Ward within the Ogume community. From Ogume, the PDP Campaign train visited Utagba-Ogbe, Emu, Ndemili, Etua, Utagba-Unor and at the end, the “community festival as engineered by the PDP” concluded its tour of Ndokwa West at Onicha-Ukwuani, that is, the home of the Deputy Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Chief Monday Onyeme. Surprisingly, Chief Onyeme’s wife, Catherine, and her children were at the venue of the rally in Onicha-Ukwuani. As a key figure in the contest in 2023, key players in the PDP, including the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso were there.
When a community is looking for political limelight and having someone who will address in a practical sense, the dearth of amenities in a democratic era and succeeds in getting someone who is at home with his people, what you will naturally see is support in whatever ways possible. So, the old and the young gathered at the venue of the rally to show their support in physical form for Chief Onyeme in particular and all the candidates of the PDP in general.
The venue was well decorated with live music hitting the people from the jukebox. The turn-out of prospective voters was massive and Chief Esiso was so overwhelmed that he requested that all the candidates for different elective positions should mount the stage to dance with their wives. Chief Oyeme, Prince Ned Nwoko who is the Senatorial Candidate, Delta North, Hon. Nnamdi Ezechi, Hon. Charles Emetulu, mounted the stage with their wives.
Esiso, could not hide his joy and he described the rally as a “celebration before the celebration.” To him, the people were already celebrating the victory of the PDP in the forthcoming elections. In his characteristic nature, he reeled out the woes of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC-led Government. At the end, the people chorused, “PDP five-over-five, PDP all-the-way.”
From Ndokwa West, the campaign train moved to Oshimili South where the people displayed their love for the political party that has changed the landscape of Asaba and put it on the international map of hosting one of the best airports in this part of the world and tourism destination of fun lovers.
From day one of the visit to Oshimili South, from GRA to West End, West End to Ime Ogbe down to Oko, Cable Point to Okwe, the joy of prospective voters was palpable; they believe that with the PDP back to power, the hyper-inflation being witnessed in the country will be checked.
The timing of the campaign tour of the PDP can be described as divine. This is because, it is coming a few days to Christmas and a lot of people are becoming hopeless. The PDP is giving them hope, hope that the cost of living will not be like this in the coming years, hope that the people will be able to buy rice once again, hope that they will be able to clothe their children again during the yuletide, hope that price of fuel will come down and there will be no queue at the Petrol Stations. So, the campaign tour means a lot to the people as the party continues to preach way out of the present situation where a lot of people can no longer afford three square meals a day not to talk about paying house rents.
While the likes of Mr. Henry Olokor, a key follower of Rt. Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, the member representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, apparently acting the script of his boss, came out to drum support for all the candidates of the PDP at Kwale, in Oshimili South, Chief Ejiofor Onyia, former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, also, told prospective voters to cast their votes for all the candidates of the PDP.
At Ndokwa East, the last Local Government Area to be visited during the Ward-to-Ward campaign tour, the people were determined to replicate what they saw in Ndokwa West and as such, from Ase to Ibrede, Ashaka, Aboh, Okpai, Afor, it was carnival train that lasted two days. The last Ward to be visited was Ossissa, home to the Local Government party Chairman, Chief Vincent Osilonya. Ossissa is also the hometown of the Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Dr. Kingsley Ashibogwu, so, naturally, the people came out to show their love for the umbrella political party. Dr. Ashibogwu is very likely, the first Commissioner to be produced by the community and it happened during the administration of Senator, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State.
A chieftain of the PDP, Chief Godwill Obielum is from Ndokwa East and the people of the area were keen on making the world to be aware of the roles he is playing in their lives. This was evident in his recognition in all the Wards visited and his photographs appearing on almost all the billboards mounted in the Local Government Area. Ndokwa people are known for having good musicians and that the people loves “enjoyment” is an understatement, at almost all the Wards visited, renowned musicians were seen entertaining the audience who were mainly made up of prospective voters. At Ossissa, Sir Deskenny was on stage and the people will certainly wish to witness such a situation again. A situation where those who came to canvass for votes and the prospective voters are in one accord about what to do on the days of elections.
Obviously, the PDP has been greatly encouraged by what they witnessed during the Ward-to-Ward campaign that they have fixed a date for the Local Government to Local Government campaign according to a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the State, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza.
The statement read:
9TH DECEMBER, 2022
DELTA PDP TAKES CAMPAIGNS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AFTER SUCCESSFUL WARD-TO-WARD TOURS
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Delta State, is set to commence its Local Government Campaign tour, after completing our comprehensive and resoundingly successful Ward-to-Ward Campaign tours, which took our teams to all the 270 Federal electoral Wards across the 25 LGAs of the State. This is being complemented with our Ongoing Unit-to-Unit Campaigns.
The focus of our decision to embark on the robust and aggressive ward-to-ward Campaigns, is in line with our established tradition at every election season, to bring the party and our programmes directly to the people, and we have accomplished this objective excellently.
Our Local Government Campaign tours will commence on Wednesday, 21st December, 2022 at Patani and Bomadi LGAs and will be concluded on Monday, 6th February, 2023 in Ika South and Ika North East Local Government Areas of Delta State.
As usual, all our Campaign activities will be conducted within the stipulated schedule of the election timetable and in accordance with the rules and guidelines in the Electoral law.
We appeal to all Deltans to turn out en masse for all our Campaign rallies in all the LGAs as we march towards consolidating our #StrongerDelta agenda, in order to achieve landslide victory across board, in the 2023 elections and to do #MORE for our beloved Deltans.
PDP! Power to the People!!
Dr. Ifeanyi M. Osuoza.
Deputy Director, Media/Publicity Committee,
Delta PDP Campaign Council and
State Publicity Secretary,
PDP, Delta State.”
But, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has also embarked on a Ward-to-Ward campaign in the state, a move the Delta North Chairman of the PDP, Elder Moses Iduh, described as, “copycats.” Chief Iduh said that because APC in Delta State does not have anything to campaign with, the party is copying what the PDP is doing, adding that, “they are even bad copycats; they are even failing with their copying. They were combining about 4 to 5 Wards at a venue to shore up their numbers. Now that we want to embark on Local Government tours, let us see what they will do next?”
He thanked God for the successes recorded during the Ward-to-Ward campaign tour, emphatically saying that “Delta is PDP, PDP is Delta State, what we are doing is to ensure a high margin of votes otherwise, we are aware that most Deltans will vote for all the candidates of our party, the umbrella political party, PDP.”
The days ahead, as usual, promises to be interesting to the political parties, their members, prospective voters, and the general populace, not leaving out pundits and by His grace, we shall be letting you know what transpires at the campaign grounds.
The author, FIDELIS EGUGBO, is the Special Assistant, Media, to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and member, Publicity Committee, PDP Campaign Council.
Thousands of Waste Managers Endorse Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu for President,Governor
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
Thousands of waste managers in Lagos and southwest states on Thursday endorsed the presidential ambition of the APC’s candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for second term.
The waste managers, under the aegis of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN), popularly known as PSPs, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly known as Onikan Stadium, vowed to mobilize all its members for door-to-door campaign for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.
National President, AWAMN, David Oriyomi, said it was Tinubu who brought in the PSPs in 1999 when he was governor of Lagos State in a bid to tackle the waste problems of the state.
According to him: “He nurtured and empowered us through the small-medium business model, and successive Governments built his solid foundation. Lagos was transformed and received numerous accolades as one of the cleanest states in Nigeria and Africa.
“When our livelihood came under attack and 350 businesses were faced with the risk of bankruptcy. Asiwaju came to our rescue, by speaking out for us and hereby securing our livelihood.
“Today, the small business model established by Asiwaju has been replicated in over 9 states in Nigeria and other West African countries. It is, for this reason, we as an association are fully and wholly committed to voting and campaigning for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Next President of Nigeria,” he said.
Oriyomi also recalled that AWAMN was the first organization that endorsed the candidacy of Sanwo-Olu in 2018, saying that the association was pleased that he has “proven us right by the great work that he has done in the State and for the environment.”
“You will all recall that he inherited a heap of waste across the state, he started by declaring a state of emergency and backed it up with action leaving Lagos better than what he inherited. Now, under his leadership, waste is now seen as a resources and we are humble to be his foot soldiers to making circular economy a reality. We are committed to a Greater Lagos Rising,” he added.
Oriyomi pledged that the association would embark on a door-to-door campaign, to reach every nook and cranny of the state for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.
“We will secure 10m votes for our Grand Patron, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Shettima. We will secure 2m votes for our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Femi Hamzat. We will secure votes for all the Governors in all the states that we operate in,” he stated.
Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who made a brief appearance at the event, pledged to increase the salaries of waste managers in the state.
He called on them to vote massively for Tinubu, himself and other APC candidates for various positions.
Sanwo-Olu reminded them that it was Tinubu who brought in PSPs in Lagos, saying “this is where you eat, don’t listen to lies, we will increase your wages.”
Also speaking, Deputy Governor of Lagos, Dr. Kadri Hamzat told the waste managers that it was Tinubu who brought about the PSPs, which many states have adopted.
He said: “Tinubu knows the way, we should get our PVCs and mobilize others to get their PVCs to vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu. Let them know that it is Tinubu we are voting for. When he gets to Abuja, he will perform.
“Many States in Nigeria now have KAI, LAWMA and LASTMA. Tinubu is our teacher. On March 11, we should come out and vote for Sanwo-Olu,” he said.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LAWMA, Ibrahim Odumboni, said what has become AWAMN today had its foundation solidly laid by Tinubu many years ago.
He noted that “Since one good turn deserves another, it is only worthwhile that the association has mobilized its personnel in hundreds and thousands, for APC’s victory in next month’s elections.
“As an emerging mega city at the time, Lagos State needed to solve the challenge of solid waste management, which the administration of Asiwaju Tinubu as governor of the time, confronted frontally, leading to the emergence of the PSP operators,” he said.
Odumboni stated that through successive stages, they had evolved over time, wading through challenges, but ultimately leaving the environment and the cityscape the better for it.
He commended AWAMN, its executive and the teeming PSP personnel in demonstrating a massive show of support for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, and the re-election bid of Sanwo-Olu.
Odumboni noted that while this mobilizations was encouraging, the association must equally translate the massive support to electoral votes on election day, saying this was the only way to truly appreciate and help actualize the worthy ambitions of Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu.
Chairman, APC, Lagos State chapter, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi urged the waste managers to vote massively for Tinubu for laying the foundation for a solid Lagos.
“Vote for him to become president. Collect your PVCs, tell others to go and collect their PVCs so that we can vote for Tinubu and Sanwo-Olu,” he said.
High-profile politicians in attendance included the Lagos State APC chairman, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, and Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources to Lagos State Governor, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya.
Lagos 2023: PDP governorship candidate in closed-door meeting with party leaders, seeks cooperation
Lagos 2023: PDP gov’norship candidate in closed-door meeting with party leaders, seeks cooperation
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
Adediran, popularly known as ‘Jandor’ in company of his running mate, Ms Funke Akindele, met with party’s chieftains in Ikeja to update them on his campaign ward tours in the state.
Speaking during the opening session before going into closed-door, the candidate, who described the meeting as parents-children interaction, apologised to the leaders for delaying such meeting, saying it was long overdue
According to him, it is not rudeness or disrespect to them that the meeting is just holding.
“In our own thinking as your children, we thought we should be the first to carry the load by going to various wards to engage stakeholders before holding this meeting.
“I want to thank you for conceding the party tickets to us but we know you did this because of the faith you have in this state, and believe that next election should be the time of PDP.
“It is not strange that there have reactions in the party on certain issues but how can we stability the party for the purpose of where we are going? I believe this is what you put ahead of all misgivings, hence your presence here.
“What we consider key after the primary is to reach out to the electorate who would vote. When we have them in huge number, what the party would do will be small. That is where we see huge job, hence our concentration on grassroots engagements,” he said
Adediran, who called for understanding and cooperation of party chieftains, said that party’s electoral victory should be more paramount to leaders above all schisms.
Expressing strong believe that APC’s reign in Lagos state would not be forever, Adediran said that PDP’s victory in the state was imminent and would be witnessed and celebrated by leaders, who had suffered and persevered over years for the party.
“This forthcoming year is the time for us to win to end all the reproaches and names’ calling over your comtinued stay in the party.
“I want to beg you to be more concern about enthronement of PDP. This prize we are looking at is yours.
“I want to appeal to you, if we have one or two persons in the party, either in our community or group, as elders, let us go to them and appease to them.
“Also, as elders if anyone offends us, let us call them and beg them and tell them that what is ahead requires our collective collaboration for us to see the gains,” he said.
Adediran said that both him and her deputy were very young and could not be perfect or wiser than the elders.
He called for forgiveness from party leaders anywhere he had offended them by not reaching out enough.
Adediran, who noted that there was no party without its internal rancor after primary, urged party leaders to forget the past, face elections and see how to mobilise votes.
He said that if offences protracted, elections would come and meet the party unawares.
Adediran, who explained that his campaign team had toured 119 of the 245 wards in the state meeting all stakeholders, said Akindele had been visited several markets to solicit votes for the party.
“We believe at the end of the day, these are people that can give us the votes we need. We have been doing all these. I have come to report to you that this is how far we have gone.
“We want all of us to be together. We must all have understanding. Everyone has a stake in this project and must be carried along. All we are hearing and seeing in our tours has shown that PDP is ready to win,” he said.
Clearing issues on his choice of Akindele as deputy, Adediran said that it was not premeditated or influenced by anyone but based on God’s direction and leading.
Earlier, Akindele, who commended party leaders for accepting and supporting her, said that she would not give up despite all noises and backclashes
“I joined the party few months ago as a nobody but my fathers and mothers here in the party, have turned me to somebody.
“A want to say a very big thank for for your words of advice. I will never give up because you are behind me. Our eyes are on the prize. We will do as the party wants,” she said.
She prayed God to keep all the party leader hail and hearty to witnessed the party’s electoral victory and swearing in ceremony in the state.
Party stalwarts at the closed door meeting include, Chief Alani Ajose, Chief Najeem Fakunnoju, Chief Onita Coker, Chief Ajike Matilda and Chief Ola Apena, Chief Ahmed Aleshiloye, Capt Tunji Shelle, Alhaji Waliu Hassan, Elder James Joseph, Mrs Iyabo Odunsi, Messrs Rahman Owokoniran, Wahab Owokoniran, Adeola Adewunmi Fatai Shadimu, Deji Wellington and many others.
2023: Lagos PDP guber promises PLWD priority attention, adequate budge
2023: Lagos PDP guber promises PLWD priority attention, adequate budge
AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM
Sponsored by: H&H
The Lagos PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran on Thursday pledged to give priority attention with adequate annual budget for People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) if elected in 2023 general elections.
Adediran made the promise at an interactive meeting with PLWD, Women Mobilisation Committee (WOMOCO) and other stakeholders at Mushin Local Government Area during his ward tour of the council.
The candidate, reiterated his resolve to run a populist and inclusive government that everyone would be happy and proud of.
According to him, if elected efforts will be made to establish a ministry for the PLWD, which would be headed by a physically challenged person to take care of the need of the special people.
“You are among the people I would be given special attention when we get to power. We have seen everything.
“We shall be engaging PLWD and using their common sense to run the forthcoming government together by God’s Grace. As we prepare budget yearly, we should take you into consideration and your ministry.
“There shall be no need for any PLWD to be standing on the road or street begging. We shall be seeing you as one of us that is responsible, with good jobs to fend for yourselves,” Adediran said
He promised to ensure inclusiveness that would take care of the need of special people in all private and public buildings, office and construction works.
On empowerment, the candidate pledged to massively invest in sustainable programmes to address poverty,. economic hardship and unemployment.
“Our own empowerment will not be about distribution of packs of noodles or cup of rice but about provision of money for trading for the women to also be employers of labour,” he assured the people.
Urging residents not to be deceived by money politics, Adediran advised people to collect whatever money given to them by those who might want to buy their conscience but do the right thing on election day.
According to him, women and children will also be given special attention in his government in the area of education, empowerment and health cares.
The candidate said that he had toured 119 of the 245 wards in the state to feel the pulse of the people at the grassroots.
He said that his tour had open his eyes to the challenges facing the people of the state and he was ready to tackle them.
According to him, his campaign train has toured all the wards in Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Badagry, Amuwo-Odofin, Ojo, Alimosho and Lagos Mainland.
According to him, efforts will be made to address challenges of infrastructural decay, lack of electricity in some parts while also putting a stop to all harassment and exploitations of traders under any guise.
On education, Adediran said that he shared in the plights of some students, having being sent home from school because of torn uniforms while growing up.
“As Governor, we shall sew free school uniforms for pupils in primary and school schools.
“These schools uniforms will not be contracted out to anyone: All tailors in various communities will be engaged to do that. .
“We shall spread prosperity. We shall give you start up capitals to do business and make profits,” he said.
He called for partnership of all stakeholders in the fight to rescue the state.
Similarly, Adediran, in an interactive session with League of Imams at Gbigba Adura Mosque Alfa-Nda Ilasamaja in Mushin, said that his ambition was not personal but because of the masses’ interest.
“The government I want to run is masses’ oriented governance. Our believe is that God will grant us this power.
“Whatever God has given anyone, no man can take away. What is ahead (the election) I believe that God has given me, Abdul-Azeez. This is my faith,” he said.
Adediran, who told the Islamic clerics that he came to seek prayers and support, called for prayers to govern well.
At a courtesy call to the palace of the Onitire of Itire, Oba Tajudeen Odubiyi in Mushin LGA, Adediran said that his ambition was to end the suffering of the indigenes of the state as well as non indigenes.
“We are not fighting anyone, we are only asking for what belongs to us as owners of Lagos.
“Baba, it is your blessings we are asking for. It is our right we are asking for. For the first time, we want to run a masses’ government,” he said.
The candidate promised to return all land illegally taken from anyone back to the owners if elected, saying those yet to be compensated for land taken by the government for public use would be compensated.
At a meeting with Ijo Orunmila (the traditionalists) in Mushin, Adediran pledged to promote and preserve cultural heritages and recognise Aug. 20 as Iseesi Day.
Adediran and his running mate, Ms Funke Akindele, who began their ward tour on Oct. 19, had met with several stakeholders and also toured markets to seek traders’ support for their ambition.
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