- PDP Expels Buruji Kashamu, Three Others
The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has approved the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu and three others from the party for hobnobbing with the opposition.
Those expelled with Buruji, who represents Ogun East in the Senate are Semiu Sodipo, Bayo Adebayo and Segun Seriki.
They were alleged to have worked with the opposition in Ekiti State to deny the PDP victory in the election.
“The party took disciplinary action against its members who have been hobnobbing with the All Progressives Congress in ways that were detrimental to the interest of the PDP,” the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
The NEC meeting, which was presided over by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, was attended by governors and other members of the party across the six geopolitical zones.
The PDP NEC also set up a committee to look into the possibility of changing its name before the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
Ologbondiyan stated this after the 80th meeting of the NEC in Abuja on Monday.
Though he refused to give the name of the chairman of the committee and its members, an investigation by our correspondent, however, showed that it is headed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu.
Ologbondiyan said that the committee, which is known as “Harmonisation Committee,” was not given a deadline within which to submit its report.
He also said that the meeting approved that members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress be absorbed into the party.
He said that the committee was set up based on the discussions the national leadership of the party had with those willing to join it ahead of 2019 general elections.
He said, “The NEC constituted a committee on harmonisation and to commence the process of name-changing and rebranding. The names of members of the committee will be made known soon.”
Asked if the committee was given a time frame, he said no, adding that the issue at hand did not warrant issuing a deadline.
He said, “We have no deadline. The issue at hand does not warrant a deadline at all. We can call you tomorrow or even on Thursday and say we have approved this or that. So, don’t talk about a deadline.”
He added, “NEC also approved the discussion members of the National Working Committee had been having with the members of the R-APC.
“NEC approved the alliance we have had with the 38 political parties and associations, and agreed that the members of the R-APC be allowed to fuse into the PDP. We will continue to hunt for members of other political parties.”
He said that the party also approved the decision of the leadership of the party to challenge the outcome of the Ekiti State governorship election in court.
Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory
Governor Godwin Obaseki has now won the remaining Local Government, Ovia South-West Local Government.
Here is a break down of Ovia South-West’s final result. APC recorded 10, 636 votes while PDP amassed 12, 659.
Total valid votes stood at 23,741 with 743 votes rejected and 24,484 votes cast.
Overall, Obaseki won a total of 13 local governments out of 18, while Ize-Iyamu wins 5. See the details below.
|Esan South East||9,237||10,565|
Obaseki Beats Ize-Iyamu in His Local Government to Extend Lead
Godwin Obaseki Wins Ize-Iyamu Local Government to Extend Lead
Governor Godwin Obaseki has won Orhionmwon Local Government Area to extend his lead over Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who hails from Orhionmwon, won his polling unit but failed to win the entire council area as Obaseki wins again.
Orhionmwon was one of the two remaining local governments. Therefore, it now remains one local government area, Ovia South-West, with Obaseki cruising to victory following 17 LG counts.
Obaseki now has 295,296 votes while Ize-Iyamu has 212,983.
Obaseki is no expected to win Saturday’s governorship election after amassing massive votes across each of the 17 local governments counted.
The remaining local government, Ovia South-West has 73,909 voters, below the over 80,000 lead of Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki, PDP Members Celebrate Potential Win in Situation Room
Obaseki Celebrates With Other PDP Members in Situation Room
Following the strong positive support received from Edo people as shown by almost 90,000 vote gap received over Osagie Ize-Iyamu after 16 local government counts, the executive governor of Edo State, Gowin Obaseki, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have started celebrating a potential win ahead of the two remaining local government results.
According to the results of the 16 local governments released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki received 288,572 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, received 202,525 votes.
With just two local governments left to go, it is safe to say Obaseki has won this particular election again.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested against Governor Obaseki four years ago under the Peoples Democratic Party when Obaseki was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress before he fell out with his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.
If wins, Obaseki will be the first gubernatorial candidate to win two elections under the two major parties within four years and vice versa for Ize-Iyamu.
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