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PDP To Buhari: Your Defeat In 2019 Is Inescapable |The Republican News

By Onyekachi Eze, ABUJA

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be ready to accept defeat in the 2019 presidential election.

The party wants the president to also respond to issues raised by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank in an open letter to him on Sunday.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement noted that given all indices, including those released by the presidency, have shown that Nigerians are ready to vote President Buhari out in 2019.

“Indeed, with the degenerated economic, security and social situations in our nation under his incompetent and anti-people administration, in addition to the spate and weight of direct disapprovals from Nigerians and international bodies, President Buhari knows that he is now swimming against the tide,” the PDP stated.

The party said President Buhari has betrayed the trust of the ordinary people, particularly in the north, especially with scandalous revelations that he is not indeed pro-poor and uncorrupt as they were made to believe in 2015.

It ‎accused the president of aloofness to the plight of citizens and the failure to initiate and implement any development project in any part of the country.

‎”Today, the electorate has come to terms with the fact that the promises by President Buhari and his APC are all a big scam.

“In fact, our investigations have revealed that President Buhari never intended to fulfil any of his promises. This is because, three years down the line, our president cannot even boast of any clear-cut implementation blueprint on his promises.

“Instead, our dear president and his cronies acquired a life of opulence, going on foreign tastes and swimming in an ocean of corruption, while millions of Nigerians who voted him into power are abandoned to languished in poverty and bloodletting occasioned by the APC misrule,” PDP said.

The party noted that‎ the need for President Buhari’s response to Timi Frank’s letter become imperative given the weighty issue of humongous corruption, intimidation of citizens, erosion of freedom, constitutional breaches and persecution of citizens under the guise of fighting against corruption raised by the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary.

It commended Timi Frank for his boldness and courage and urged other public-spirited persons in the APC to withdraw from the party and rally round other well-meaning Nigerians in the repositioned PDP.

“We implore them to come and join hands with other Democrats, who are daily working on the modality to rescue the soul of our nation from the stranglehold of the APC and the Buhari presidency,” the party added. (New Telegraph)

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Ekiti Last Gubernatorial Poll Marked By ‘Hanky-panky’ -Buhari |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by “hanky-panky,” describing it as an unfortunate saga.

He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress to do everything possible to ensure that they did not allow any subversion of the will of the people again.

Buhari said this while hosting the members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

All aspirants that contested the party ticket in Ekiti State with the winner, Dr Kayode Fayemi, were also present at the dinner.

Buhari said it was not in his character to interfere in the internal workings of the APC because it was the responsibility of the party to conduct primaries for elective positions.

He said now that the party had completed that assignment and a candidate had emerged, the job of party leaders was to build a united front that could propel the party to victory in the election that he described as all important.

Buhari said, “This is crucial because I remember the hanky-panky that attended the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti State in 2014. I recall the firsthand account I received from some of the dramatis personae in that unfortunate saga.

“We must do everything to ensure that we do not allow any subversion of the will of the people this time around.

“Now that the primary is over and we have a candidate, all hands must be on deck to achieve a positive result.”

Buhari expressed delight that Fayemi had started reaching out to his co-contestants with a view to working together.

He appealed to all the aspirants to see the election as a collective mission to rescue Ekiti and promote development, adding that it was important for the APC to win the July 14 election because it would serve as a pointer to subsequent elections in the country.

The President said forthrightness, candour and integrity that hitherto characterised the people of the state appeared to have been lost in the state currently being governed by the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said it was time for the APC to restore those lost values and return the state to the comity of states.

Buhari added, “I know Ekiti fairly well and Ekiti people are well known for their forthrightness, candour and integrity. All of these values seem to have been lost and we must restore these values and return Ekiti to its pride of place in the comity of states.

“As we approach the 2019 elections, the return of Ekiti into the fold of progressive states is important as the election of July 2014 is going to be a key pointer to subsequent elections.

“On my part, let me reassure you that you can count on my support. But charity must begin at home. I urge Ekiti leaders and the leaders from the South-West to take this assignment seriously so that the APC can laugh last in the July election. It is only then that we will all be beneficiaries of victory.

“Let us return to the field to work hard and deliver victory to our great party.”

A former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that all party chiefs in the South-West would work for Fayemi’s success.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, were present at the dinner.

Governors at the meeting included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of the APC Ekiti Gubernatorial Primary Committee.

Some members of the National Assembly, ministers and stakeholders from the zone also attended the dinner.

Ekiti people will reject APC, PDP replies Buhari

Meanwhile, the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation has described President Buhari’s statement that the APC must win the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State as “wishful thinking”

KOCO, which is the campaign group of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, said Ekiti people would never allow their state to be added to the comity of states already infected with the plague of poor governance by the President and his party.

In a statement issued on Thursday, KOCO Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said “President Muhammadu Buhari should perish the thought of his anointed candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, winning the July 14 election and face the reality of his failed Presidency with a view to making amends before he is sent back to Daura next year.”

Olayinka challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians what he had done for the state in the last three and half years.

He said, “Even in Isan Ekiti, Fayemi’s hometown, nothing has happened to the Clay Kaolin that is there in large quantity despite that their son is in charge of solid minerals.

“It is funny that the President said Ekiti must return to the fold of progressive states. Is he talking about the same so-called progressive states that are sacking workers in their thousands? Or the APC states where herdsmen are killing people in a gruesome manner on a daily basis is what he wants Ekiti State to join?”  (Punch)

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PDP Kicks As APC Sweeps Kaduna LG Polls |The Republican News

By Baba Negedu

  • PDP rejects results, accuses APC stolen mandate

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has won 15 of the 23 local government chairmanship elections held last Saturday. This was as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected the outcome of the election, which the party won in three local government areas, saying that the APC had stolen its mandate.

The results were announced by the returning officers at the various local government headquarters. Elections were previously cancelled in two local government areas of Jaba and Kaura due to security concerns. In Kagarko Local Government Area, APC polled 65,226 to defeat the PDP, which got 14,658 votes.

The result was announced by the Returning Officer, Chinedu Richard. It was the same situation in Kaduna North Local Government where the returning officer, Umar Hayatu, declared a winner, having polled APC 168,572 while the PDP polled 12,467. In Zaria Local Government, APC won with 42,859 votes against the PDP’s 16,033 votes.

The results from Kubau also showed that APC got 46,535 votes to defeat PDP, which polled 13,898. In the same vein, APC won in Makarfi Local Government, the home local government of former National Caretaker Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Other local governments won by the APC were Jama’a, Soba, Kudan Lere, Ikara, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Kudan, Igabi and Kajuru local councils. The PDP on its part won Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Sanga Local Government Areas.

The results in Chikun, Kaduna South and Sabon Gari Local Governments were yet to be released at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of electoral fraud.

PDP said APC in collaboration with the State Independent electoral commission (SIECOM) had stolen the mandate given to it by the people of the state in the local government election. Addressing a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna, PDP state Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet said the party would soon release its field results of the polls, alleging that returning officers expected to collate the results had disappeared.

Hyet, a former Minister of Aviation, alleged that his party had been shortchanged in the results announced so far in the 15 local government areas of the state. He said PDP party agents had submitted reports and they would follow legal means to address the injustices meted out on them.  (New Telegraph)

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2019: Nigerians Poorer, Grossly Divided Under Buhari, APC, Says Obasanjo |RN

By Kunle Olayeni

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said that Nigerians were poorer and more divided under President Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) than ever before.

Obasanjo also announced the adoption of African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the political platform for his Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) to contest the 2019 general elections.

He declared that the ADC, which is among the 68 registered political parties in the country, would bring about desirable change in the nation’s polity, consolidate democracy and stop the re-election bid of Buhari.

Obasanjo, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, warned Nigerians against joining or voting for both the ruling APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP) in forthcoming elections.

He accused the APC of gloating and revelling in unrepentant misgovernance and taking Nigerians for fools while also upbraiding the PDP for merely offering an apology without disciplining those who set the country on a course of ruin.

Flanked by former acting Chief of Staff to late President Umar Yar’Adua, Dr Gbolade Osinowo, and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo, the former president said ADC remained the platform to move Nigeria “up and forward.”

He explained that the leadership of CNM, which he founded, agreed to adopt ADC after detailed examination, wide consultation and bearing in mind the orientation, policies and direction of the movement. In his address titled: “My treatise for future of democracy and development in Nigeria,” Obasanjo said though he would not join the party based on his earlier vow not to play partisan politics, he would continue to be “alive and active on Nigerian and African issues and interests” and also offer necessary advice.

The former president, who spoke extensively on the nation’s politics, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure strict control of campaign funding and transparent accounting of all funds utilised by individuals and political parties for campaigns.

Obasanjo accused the Buhari administration of dividing the country by “playing the ethnic and religious game,” adding that the nation had also been more insecure and unsafe for the citizens.

He said: “I will advise others to join this political party platform (ADC) to usher in a new dawn for Nigeria, but I may not be able to advise anybody to join PDP or APC no matter what window-dressing reformation they may claim.

“Although PDP would seem to have realised the mistakes of its immediate past of the last eight years or so, its present evolution would, by itself, not give confidence to well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in a new Nigeria in the hands of God that will have leadership, governance, development and values within our culture as its guiding principles with the attributes of honesty, integrity, patriotism, love, unity, industry, incorruptibility, good neighbourliness, faithfulness, trust, courage and love and fear of God held aloft.

“PDP offered an apology without disciplining those who set Nigeria on a course of ruin and some of them are still holding leadership roles in their party. Nigerians may forgive, but Nigerians should never forget; otherwise, they will be suffering from amnesia and the same ugliness may raise its head again. “APC, as a political party, is still gloating and revelling in its unrepentant misgovernance of Nigeria and taking Nigerians for fools.

There is neither remorse nor appreciation of what they are doing wrong. It is all arrant arrogance and insult upon injury for Nigerians. “Whatever the leadership may personally claim, most Nigerians know that they (Nigerians) are poorer today than when APC came in and Nigeria is more impoverished with our foreign loan jumping from $3.6 billion to over $18 billion to be paid by the present and future generations of Nigerians.

“The country is more divided than ever before because the leadership is playing the ethnic and religious game which is very unfortunate. And the country is more insecure and unsafe for everybody. It is a political party with two classes of membership.”

While acknowledging that good men and women are still within the APC and PDP, Obasanjo noted that “what must be done is to take what is best from all to come together on a new alliance platform that will take us to the promised land.” He said: “It is pertinent to make the point that PDP and APC are not actually made of men and women who are totally evil.

There are sprinkles of good men and women out there and among them. But as political parties and the government they led or they are leading in the last 11 years, they have failed and failure should neither be hoisted for embracement nor reinforced.

“Nigerians must keep their eyes wide open, their ears quite attentive, their minds very clear, their hands very clean and must not remain dumb in the face of atrocities and impunities of the governors against the governed.

“Those who govern us at all levels must be made to realise that it is our collective rights and sovereignty that they hold in trust for us and to be used for the good of all of us and with all of us having interest and having a stake in how we are governed. It is our God-given right and we must not allow the abuse of it.” Also in Abuja, the Leader of CNM, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, at a world press conference, said the decision to move in the ADC was an appreciation of the progressive credentials of the party since its formation and entry into the nation’s politics.

“You will all recall that in January this year, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, was formed by some of us across the country as a political platform to create a new generation of leaders for our country. National Chairman of African Democratic Congress, ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, described the fusion as the dawn of great Nigeria project. According to Nwosu, nation building could be a very daunting exercise but with good and committed leaders, the journey could be much easier.

“Today, our great country with 200 million population is in a dysfunctional state. Our biggest resources in human capacity and diversity seem to be weighing us down and tearing us apart.”  (New Telegraph)

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PDP Decampees To Buhari: You’ve Been Unfair To Us… Seeks Redress From Him |RN

By Johnchuks Onuanyim

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Members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday expressed their grievances against the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the party, stating that they have not been treated fairly.

The grievances of the former members of PDP in APC were contained in a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, copied to the President and Vice President.

The letter, which was signed by the former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola bemoaned the treatment given to the New PDP members in APC.

It would be recalled that the New PDP members were the last political group that joined the APC in 2014.

They were made up of five sitting governors, members of the National Assembly, former Vice President and other party chieftains then.

In a petition of wrongdoing to the members, the group alleged that there was nothing to show for their contribution to the success of APC both at national and state levels.

According to the group, instead of positive reward, the New PDP has only got prosecution ad neglect from the present administration.

The group also lamented of being short out from the present APC Ward Congresses of the party that was conducted last week Saturday, as they asked the party to address grievances that would come from the Congresses.

In the petition titled: Request for redressing of grievances of the former New PDP block within the All Progressives Congress, the statement read: “We the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who moved over from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to form the APC before the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria are desirous of strengthening our party especially now that new party Congresses have commenced and the Convention and another round of General Elections are imminent. Obviously, this cannot be achieved without addressing fundamental issues which we wish to raise in the letter.”

Specifically addressing the grievances, the statement read, “At this stage, we would chronicle a few grievances which if addressed will lead to harmonious APC where justice, equity, fairness and peace will reign and enable APC avoid rancour, reinvigorate the pace of national development and face the 2019 General Elections as one united party.”

They gave the grievances as follows: “In the constitution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) the New PDP block was generally sidelined as virtually no positron woe conceded to it The only member of FEC that belonged to former New POP block comes from a state that contributed virtually no vote to the APC in the 2015 presidential elections.

“There has been no significant patronage and appointments to executive positions in various government agencies such as chief executive and executive directors of government agencies and Parastatals as members of our block of the party continue to helplessly watch as these positions are shared by erstwhile CPC, ACN, ANPPIN and even APGA blocks of the party and those who have no party at all.

“In appointments into Boards of various government agencies, very few former New PDP members were patronised. These are however not commensurate With our contributions to the growth and Victory of the party

“When members of the former New PDP block showed interest in running for the offices of President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, they were subjected to a vicious and relentless political opposition as if they were not legitimate members of the APC family.

“During the party primaries preparatory to the 2015 General Elections, most of the promises made to sitting members of the National Assembly who belonged to the former new PDP in terms of a level playing held were reneged upon or observed more in breach

“There has been general lack of consultation. non-recognition and even persecution of former New PDP members and leaders by the party and government. For example. some of our leaders are denied the security cover necessary to visit their constituencies even though they are elected representatives of the people in a government they sacrificed so much for.

“Harassment, intimidation and persecution of former New PDP leaders by the government is still an ongoing affair. We do not want to overstate the obvious by cataloguing names of former new PDP stalwarts that are targets of this political pogrom

“There is an inadequate reflection of programme and policy contributions of members at the former New PDP block in the running of the government.”

Further articulating the position and the grievances, the New PDP-led to the APC National Secretariat in Abuja by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje said, “Our belief is that it does not augur well for our party if a section of it feels that it is being treated as outcasts and meddlesome interlopers in the party they rightly belong with the legitimate expectation to be treated With justice both in the running of the party and the government.

“We, therefore, wish, with due respect, to re-state our expectation then and now that the APC we all laboured to build would be one united, inclusive, cohesive and progressive party devoid of divisions, factions, cleavages and tendencies. We envisioned a political party promoting equal rights for all Nigerians and ensuring rapid and even development across the country. Of course, there is no gainsaying that the fact that the lofty ideals enumerated above cannot be attained without ensuring justice for party faithful and citizens.”

Recounting what happened before the 2015 general election, the group said, “Kindly indulge us to offer a brief reminder of the history of events that led to the victory of the APC in the 2015 General Elections and the presidential election in particular. It is an undeniable historical fact that the movement of the former New PDP block to form the APC contributed immensely to the victory of the APC in the election. The former new PDP included five sitting Governors of Sokoto, Kano, Kwara, Adamawa and Rivers State and former Governors of Kebbi, Gombe, Osun and former vice president of Nigeria, former acting National Chairman of PDP, sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives, many serving members of the National Assembly and many politicians and PDP elders. It was a watershed moment in Nigeria’s political history.

“Most of these leaders not only delivered their States to the APC at the election, some of the Governors were also assigned specific responsibility to ensure that other States were also delivered to the APC in the 2015 election. The then Governor at Sokoto took charge of Kebbi and the then Governor of Kano State took responsibility for Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa States just to mention a few examples. There were also unprecedented efforts by many stakeholders such as Senator Bukola Saraki in concert with others, to deliver the entire North Central to the APC.

“These efforts, contributions and sacrifice were made in spite of the fact that the presidential ticket was taken by the erstwhile Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) block of the party. It is a matter for grave concern that Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari has never publicly acknowledged our efforts in the face of clear evidence that the total number of votes scored by the APC in States where leaders and members of the then NEW PDP block held sway made the difference.

“Arising from the issues outlined above, among others, we request for an urgent meeting with the leader of the party, and the party executive leadership to find lasting solutions to the issues raised so as to prepare the party as a fighting force to deliver more pungently on its manifesto and face the 2019 General Elections with even greater commitment. The meeting will also enable us to work out modalities to ensure a level playing field for all in the Congresses and Convention of the APC.

“Given the constraining factor of available time and in the interest of our great Party it is strongly advised that the said urgent meeting be held not later than Seven (7) days from the date of the receipt of this letter.”

On a final note, the group said, “we the members of the former New PDP block of the APC Wish to reiterate that this letter is written patriotically with the best of intentions and the good of our party, the APC, and is issued to alert the leadership of the APC and in particular, the leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari, who only recently indicated his intention to seek a second term as President, of grievances that exist within the party with a view to ensuring Justice for all members of the APC family regardless of the blocks they came from prior to the formation of the APC.”

Baraje, who spoke to the press in the company of four others said that the group was not contemplating of leaving APC. (New Telegraph)

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LIVE VIDEO: Ekiti PDP Elects Governorship Candidate |The Republican News

By New Telegraph

The process to elect a governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is currently ongoing.

It is expected to be a straight fight between the deputy governor, Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of Governor Ayo Fayose, and a former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye.

A total of  1,966 delegates were accredited for the exercise.

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state, is the chairman of the electoral committee.

Watch Video below:

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The Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, has stepped down from the governorship race for former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye.

“For the benefit of our party, I offer myself and I transfer my structure to Prince Adeyeye.” Olujimi steps down for Adeyeye,” she said.

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Voting has commenced at Eagle Hall, Ado Ekiti, venue of the primary election.

 

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PDP To Buhari: Your Second Tenure Will Be Disastrous |The Republican News

By Onyekachi Eze

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…says President’s ambition’ll impoverish Nigerians

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his second term in office if it succeeds, would further divide and impoverish Nigerians. The party, while reacting to the reason offered by the president for seeking a second term in office, during last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Daura, Katsina State, noted that Buhari’s first term was characterised by anti-people policies and failure to serve the good of the ordinary citizens.

In a statement, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described as unfortunate that the same president, who, in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) last week, could not present any agenda to justify his re-election bid, is attempting to sway Nigerians with cosmetic patriotism.

“What President Buhari’s handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians, being direct victims of his misrule, are aware that the harsh and reckless policies of his incompetent administration, coupled with his body language, are expressly responsible for the untold economic hardship, ethnic division and daily bloodletting currently ravaging our nation,” the party said.

It noted that if, indeed, the president was out to serve, as he claimed, he should show Nigerians, any of his 2015 campaign promises he has fulfilled or any development project initiated and implemented to the benefit of the people in the last three years. “President Buhari’s second term agenda is directly a quest to continue to enrich the presidency cabal, promote nepotism and protect cronies and corrupt members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the long arms of the law.

“President Buhari’s second term is also a quest to continue to ignore and destroy democratic principles; to continue trampling on the rights of citizens and persecution of opposition and perceived political opponents; to continue the derailing of democracy with manifest disdain for constitutional order; to continue with the intimidation and harassment of the legislature and the judiciary; perpetuation of mediocrity in governance; de-marketing Nigeria at international fora and to blame everyone else but himself for manifest incapacity to govern.

“Nigerians know that the agenda is being pushed by members of the presidency cabal, who are desperate to protect huge economic empires and to cover their atrocities in government.

“Nigerians do not need clairvoyants and psychics to know that another term for the president will lead to the decimation of the middle class, over-taxation of the poor, the complete erosion of freedom and secret fight against free enterprise. “It will surely lead to the complete destruction of our economy, our democracy and most importantly the unity of our nation,” PDP added.   (New Telegraph)

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