The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Nyesome Wike, governor of Rivers state, as chairman of its campaign council for Edo gubernatorial election.
The party made the announcement in a tweet on Friday.
It said Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa, has been appointed as the deputy chairman of the council.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) NWC has appointed the Governor of Rivers State, H. E. Chief Nyesome Wike as the Chairman of Edo State Governorship Election National Campaign Council. The deputy chairman is Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri,” the tweet read.
The deputy chairman is Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Fintiri.
Details Later…. pic.twitter.com/PobQJQdRBn
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) July 3, 2020
Wike was named head of the campaign two weeks after he pulled out of reconciliation efforts in Edo over allegations that he was responsible for a previous order restraining Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo, from contesting the PDP primary.
The governor is seeking a second term on the platform of the PDP after he was disqualified from contesting the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his former party.
Obaseki will contest against Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC governorship candidate, om September 19, 2020.
The APC had earlier announced Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano governor, as chairman of its campaign council for the Edo governorship election.
Members of the campaign council, which has 49 members, include Adams Oshiomhole and John Oyegun, former national chairmen of the APC.
Ondo State deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, on Sunday resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government Area of the State.
This came some hours after he was restrained from going out of the Government House in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital, by the state Police Commissioner, Bolaji Salami and his team.
Tendering his resignation letter at the APC secretariat in Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo LGA, Ajayi said everybody knew why he left the APC.
Shortly after, he went to the secretariat of the PDP in the ward where he announced his defection to the party and obtained his party card.
Two top officials of the Delta State government have tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The chief press secretary to the governor of the state, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, who made this known in a statement in Asaba, on Sunday. He identified the officials as Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie and Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.
Ifeajika said both officials showed mild symptoms of the virus and consequently subjected themselves to the test.
He said that both men had been moved to an isolation centre and were stable, and responding well to treatment.
Ifeajika called on residents of the state to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as anyone, irrespective of status, could contract the virus.
“Let me advise all Deltans to, as a matter of top priority, always obey the COVID-19 protocols, which have been in public domain, so as to curb further spread of the pandemic.
“The fresh cases in our hands in Delta further testifies to the fact that COVID-19 is not a scam. It is real and people should take the issues of the virus and personal hygiene seriously.
“COVID-19 is not a death sentence; so, when you begin to feel unwell, reach out to approved government hospitals for appropriate tests to be carried out.
“We can save ourselves and others from this virus if we obey all the protocols of wearing face masks, regular washing of hands in running water, use of alcohol-based sanitisers and maintaining physical-distancing while congregating in any form.
“All our hospitals and isolation centres across the state are on 24 hours alert to receive any case(s) of the Coronavirus or other health challenges,” he stated.
Today, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, with other members of the National Caretaker Committee: National Organizing Secretary – Senator Abdul Ningi, National Treasurer/Financial Secretary – Senator Odion Ugbesia, National Legal Adviser – Rt. Hon. Dave Iorhemba, and National Woman Leader – Hajia Barr. Hadiza AdadoYusuf; and some other leaders of the PDP visited Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital in the Spirit of the On-going Rebuilding and Reconciliation processes in the Party.
The Entourage includes: the Chairman of the PDP South West Reconciliation Committee and former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and other members of his Committee. Also in the entourage was one of the Founding Fathers of the Party and member of BoT, Professor Jerry Gana, as well as other stakeholders and supporters of the PDP South-West Zone of the Party.
During the visit, Senator Makarfi and his team met with some political leaders of the Party and mainly others in opposition parties who were formerly in the PDP. They are: former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja; and from there to the Home of another former Governor of the State, Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala. The Delegation also met with Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, Senator Adeojo, Hon. Seyi Makinde, amongst others.
3. It is noteworthy that the team the Visit witnessed mammoth crowd at all locations in support of the National Leadership’s poise integrate past, present and intending members of the PDP in all the programmes and activities of the Party.
4. The National Chairman informed all the leaders that the PDP after its success at the Supreme Court is repositioning and working together with all stakeholders to rebuild and re-strategize the Party to regain its past glory. In the same vein, he called on the former Governors and other leaders in Oyo State to return to the PDP in order to join in the rebuilding process for our common good.
5. In response, the former Governor, Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja and other political leaders in the State, thanked the National Chairman and his team for honouring them with the visit; and they showed enthusiasm to return to the PDP with their supporters with the view that they will be allowed to participate in the political processes as the National Chairman promised.
Adm. Chinwe I. Nnorom
Head, Publicity Division, PDP.