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Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction loyal to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has carpeted the threat by Governor Ayodele Fayose of the State to dump the party should Sheriff win at the Supreme Court.
The party said “we shall not miss him.”
The faction, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, alleged that “one very painful fact which is driving Governor Fayose away from PDP is that it is inconceivable for him to have lost control of the party structures in Ekiti State from ward to Local Givernment and state level in accordance with a federal high court judgement.”
In the statement signed by the deputy chairman, Olasunkanmi Ogunbiyi and secretary, Ilesanmi Obe, the faction claimed that “the exit of Fayose from PDP will not adversely affect the fortunes of the party,” adding that “all the ward, local government and state executives as well as the state’s leadership caucus remain intact.”
The faction also said “most of the elected and appointed officials at all levels of government have resolved to remain in PDP and are not following Fayose if he eventually defects again and chase shadows as usual.”
According to them, “all the 177 wards and 16 local governments still believe in the PDP as the party that delivered and performed best so far since the creation of Ekiti State.
“The incontrovertible fact is that on the two occasions he won the governorship elections it was the PDP that provided the platform and opportunities for him.”
Ogunbiyi and Obe recalled that Fayose had once tried his popularity when he contested for the Central senatorial seat while in Labour Party, noting that he “failed woefully and this proves that the platform aided his victories and not his so-called popularity.”
They said, “if he decides to leave PDP again, we shall not miss him as the party remains strong and in fact under the able leadership of Chief Clement Awoyelu, the first state chairman of the party,” saying “when Fayose dumped the party in 2007, we went ahead to win the governorship election and all the nine National Assembly seats and 13 House of Assembly seats without him.”
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, yesterday in Lagos said that out of the 1,648,429 million candidates writing the ongoing UTME, the results of 1,048,914 have been released.
This was just as he also announced the extension of JAMB’s portal for registration, adding that it will finally close its registration portal on 28th May.
He said that in addition to the 1,048,914 results that have been released, over 30,406 results are also ready for upload before midnight today.
He said: “As at today, 1,648, 429 are taking our examination and we have released the result of 1,048,914. That is the result we have released up till yesterday.
“On the first day, we released the results of Sunday because anything you call CBT, the results are ready, but for environmental reasons, we do not release the results immediately.
“That is to ensure we go through the CCTV camera to see whether there are report of malpractice and prevent the situation whereby those who do not pass become agitated at the CBT centres.
“We have released the results of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and we are going to release today’s result before 12 midnight. This morning, the results of 30,046 will be release.
Asked the performances of candidates results so far, he said: “The candidates have not done badly from the resrults released so far.” As soon as the last person finished writing the last paper today, we will upload additional over 30,406 results before 12 midnight today.”
Oloyede, also disclosed that JAMB’s portal for registration has not closed, adding that it will finally close its registration portal on 28th May.
He said that he got the mandate from the Senate few weeks ago to increase the UTME registration period by one month, which according to him will elapse on 28th of May.
“As I speak, we have registered additional 1,100 candidates,” he added.
Oloyede who disclosed during this during his visit to one of the CBT Centres in Lagos said that in 2018, fingers print may no longer be required.
He explained: We have now been able to catch those people who registered two people with the same names. The impersonator and the one being impersonated went in collaboration with the CBT centres after screening them.”
He said: “Both the impersonator and one being impersonated used each fingers. While, the impersonator used two thumb fingers, the impersonated used eight fingers to register.
Thus, we have ten registered fingers and the ten fingers were not from one person.
“In some centres, when we tested all their fingers, we discovered that they were impersonator who had used two of their fingers thumbs in both hands.
“By next year, we may not use finger print, there are other technologies whereby with the technology, everything about the candidate is captured. We need to move in that direction.”
A top Biafran war commander and very close associate of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, popularly referred to as “Air Raid’’ during the civil war, Col. Joe Achuzia, has said that the survival of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as a political party should be the concern of all Igbo.
He described the APGA as the soul of the Igbo. Col. Achuzia recalled that the two gifts late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gave to Igbo were Biafra and the APGA, saying that it was on the two that late Ojukwu’s soul rested.
He posited that since the first republic that the Igbo were not only denied a shot at the presidency as no political party was willing to give them presidential ticket but were also prevented from having ideological political platform to rally round their own people except the APGA.
Col. Achuzia, a British-trained aeronautic engineer and one-time Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, spoke inside his sitting room at his Asaba residence while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Political Matters, Mr Arinzechukwu Awogu, who came to felicitate with him on his 90th birthday that came up on May 17, 2017.
He commended Governor Obiano for living up to the dreams of APGA’s founding fathers despite the challenges in human management and implored him to ensure that APGA produced presidential candidate in 2019 general election, if Biafra did not come before then.
The fiery war commander revealed that it was Ojukwu’s desire for it to be on record that an Igboman ran for the presidency of Nigeria in every election year and that the Igbo could only come together under a political unit and nurture same to national mainstream.
Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Pro-Biafran group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to popular opinion that he intends to become the president of the Republic of Biafra if the dream is actualized.
Mr. Kanu who was recently released on bail while speaking with Vanguard noted that he has always preferred to work in the background adding that if the pioneer leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike had remained consistent and true to the struggle for Biafra, he would not have been in the forefront of the movement.
The embattled IPOB leader who insisted that the actualization of a Republic of Biafra was a foregone conclusion noted that he understands the stand of some South East governors and other political office holders’ on issues relating to IPOB and Biafra.
He further noted, “I am into this struggle because of leadership vacuum. I am into this struggle because my people are suffering; they are being denied their rights and privileges and nothing will stop this fight. I want to assure our people that we are almost there.
“The Biafra Republic is almost here with us. Even if one is from Sokoto, he can be a Biafran once he believes in our value system of equity, justice and fairness.
“Biafra will be a home for all people who agree with our values, whether you are from Kano or Sokoto.It will be a place for good things for good people. Therefore, those who are distancing themselves from the Biafra struggle will regret it. If you don’t join the struggle, you will be irrelevant in the end because Biafra Republic is sure.”