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2023 Race: PDP Will Lose Election Without Zoning, Says Tapgun

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2023 Race: PDP Will Lose Election Without Zoning, Says Tapgun

A former Governor of Plateau State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Fidelis Tapgun, has warned against alleged plans by the party not to zone the 2023 governorship to the Central Senatorial District of the state.

Expressing regrets over the past mistakes and the prolonged crisis that had rocked the party, Tapgun, who spoke with journalists in Jos on Sunday, said failure to zone the governorship to the central zone would rob the party of victory during the 2023 general elections.

He called on a former Commissioner for Works, Chris Hassan, to reconcile all aggrieved factions and work hard to ensure that PDP will reclaim power in the forthcoming general election.

Tapgun said, “The PDP in Plateau State has passed through a lot in the past but I believe the emergence of a new exco during the just concluded state congress offers the party a new beginning for greatness. And I blame the party crisis on those who thought that they own the party to the exclusion of other stakeholders.

“But the experience has shown that everyone is important in the party and I hope the emergence of a new state exco led by Chris Hassan will mark the end of the crisis.

“And my advice to the new exco is to work and return power to the PDP come 2023 because the people still have confidence in PDP to provide good governance. But one way to achieve victory for the PDP is for the party to respect zoning for the governorship in Plateau state because it has come to stay.”

“So, given the fact that the Southern zone will complete their eight-year tenure in 2023 after the Northern zone had held power for eight years, I believe that it is the turn of the Central zone to produce the next governor in 2023. And I can assure you that the PDP will lose the governorship in 2023 of the party does not zone the governorship to the central zone.”

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

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2023 Presidential Race: PDP Endorses Saraki

The Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday, December 4, 2021, endorsed former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as its preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Saraki’s adoption came on the heels of similar endorsements by the Benue, Nasarawa, and Niger states chapters within the last seven days.

Shortly before the announcement, party leaders from the FCT observed that the PDP needs a candidate from the North Central to win the 2023 Presidency.

They argued that the North Central zone deserves a shot at the presidency because, despite the immense sacrifice made by sons and daughters of the zone in order to build the PDP, restore and sustain democracy since 1999, no one from the zone has been considered for the top job.

During the endorsement meeting, a chieftain of the party from the FCT, Alhaji Ogah Doma, moved the motion for the adoption of Saraki as the choice of the North Central for the PDP Presidential ticket; the motion was seconded and unanimously adopted by all present.

Those at the meeting included PDP stalwarts such as the FCT PDP chairman, Sunday Zakka, Senator Sulaiman Adokwe, and Dr Musa Ahmadu amongst others.

Newsrand, however, understands that those that are currently jostling for the PDP ticket include; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and Bala Mohammed (Sokoto).

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

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JUST IN: PDP Leaders Hold Closed-door Meeting With Orji Kalu

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Kalu, on Thursday, December 2, 2021, received newly elected officials of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his Aso Rock, Abuja residence.

The team was led by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu alongside other newly elected officials of the party.

Anyanwu, a former Senator, and other newly elected officials of the PDP arrived at the residence of the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District.

Anyanwu who wore a navy blue native attire was welcomed by Kalu’s associates and then led straight with his executives to meet the principal officer of the upper chamber.

On sighting one another, both men engaged in pleasantries and embraced each other then proceeded for an indoor meeting.

As the meeting progressed, other executives of the party arrived in turns at Kalu’s residence to join the meeting.

The visit comes amidst strong talks that the former Abia State governor was being positioned for the 2023 presidency to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kalu, a founding member of the PDP, formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), In 2016

He contested and won the 2019 Senatorial election.

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo’s Election

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Court Strikes Out Case Against Soludo's Election

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the case against the election of Prof. Charles Soludo as the Governor-elect of Anambra State.

In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the dismissed suit sought to nullify Soludo’s election on the allegation that he presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during registration.

The plaintiffs, Adindu Valentine, and Egwudike Chukwuebuka, had in their suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/711/2021, alleged that Soludo lied in the affidavit (Form EC9), which he submitted to INEC.

INEC, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Soludo, and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, were cited as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs claimed that Soludo and his running mate had filled in different elective positions in their nomination forms.

The parties claimed the governor-elect stated that he was contesting the Aguata II Constituency seat, while the deputy governor-elect stated that he was contending for the Awka II Constituency seat in the forms they submitted to INEC.

The court also awarded a sum of N2 million against the plaintiffs, in favour of the APGA, Soludo, and Ibezim.

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