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Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by EBENBUKENSON(m): 2:03pm On Feb 01, 2015
The crisis within the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seemed to have deepened days after President Goodluck Jonathan campaigned in the state capital, Akure, and declined to raise and hand over the flag of the party to candidates jostling for both the National and state legislative positions in elections scheduled for February 28.


PDP Crisis-Ridden Rally In Ondo State
Last Wednesday, Mr. Jonathan refused to carry out the symbolic handing over of flags to party candidates because of a lingering rivalry for control of the party between the “Old” PDP and “New” PDP members. The crisis was precipitated by the defection of embattled Governor Olusegun Mimiko from the Labor Party to the PDP.

Speaking last Wednesday at a campaign rally at the Democracy Park in Akure, a disenchanted Mr. Jonathan admonished all aggrieved party members and leaders to resolve their differences. With the party split between those loyal to Mr. Mimiko and those sympathetic to the party’s old leadership, Mr. Jonathan rejected the duty of announcing the list of the party’s National Assembly candidates given to him at the venue.

Instead, the president acknowledged there were “issues in the Ondo State Chapter of the PDP,” and warned that the party would lose the elections in the state unless the lingering crises were quickly resolved.

“We appreciate we have issues as a party in Ondo state and we will resolve the issues, but if we don't work together, you will be surprised that [the] other party will exploit it and none of us will be happy,” Mr. Jonathan said.

Naming Jimoh Ibrahim, Mr. Mimiko, and Olusola Oke as the major figures in the internal crisis, Mr. Jonathan advised them to put the party’s house in order by sitting together to resolve the crisis in the party.

But members of the party’s different factions, who have been campaigning separately, told SaharaReporters that President Jonathan and party leaders in Abuja instigated the crisis. They said Mr. Jonathan and the party leaders struck a deal with Governor Mimiko to return to the PDP in exchange for putting him at the helm of the party. “They stayed in Abuja and told Governor Mimiko that he can come back and take over the structure of the party just like that,” one of the party members loyal to Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim stated. He added, “Who is Mimiko that he should come and lord it over us through an arrangement made in Abuja?”

Speaking last Wednesday, Mr. Jonathan seemed to recognize the depth of resentment that has sundered the party in Ondo State. “The party will work very hard to make sure that Jimoh Ibrahim, the governor (Mimiko) and Olusola Oke sit together and talk about the interest of Ondo State. They have some cold relationship now but we will heat up the relationship and we will work with them,” Mr. Jonathan said.

He added: “We cannot play with Ondo State because they have showed leadership in PDP and they will remain a PDP state and we will make sure that they all work together for the interest of our great party.”

But even as the president tried to strike an upbeat and conciliatory note, there was evidence of the split at the rally. The crowd was rowdy and disorganized as supporters of different factional candidates of the party sang different solidarity songs and raised their supporters’ banners indiscriminately.

The banners carried conflicting names of party contestants for the same positions in the national and state legislatures.

Both Mr. Ibrahim and Governor Mimiko were present at the rally with their separate slate of candidates. Some supporters of Mr. Ibrahim’s faction said they raised the banners of their faction’s candidates in order to draw the attention of Mr. Jonathan and other party leaders from Abuja that the effort to hand the party to the governor had backfired.

Earlier, Governor Mimiko strengthened his credentials with President Jonathan when he brokered a meeting between the president and some leaders of the Afenifere socio-cultural group. The group later announced their endorsement of Mr. Jonathan’s bid for a second term bid. One of our sources told SaharaReporters that members of Afenifere had advised President Jonathan during a midnight meeting against raising the banner of either faction or handing over flags to any candidates at the venue of the rally. “We told him [Mr. Jonathan] that there might be open revolt if he tried to favor one faction over the other at the rally. He listened to us.”



http://saharareporters.com/2015/02/01/jonathan%E2%80%99s-refusal-raise-pdp-flag-akure-continues-stoke-uproar-ondo-state

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by kestolove95(f): 2:15pm On Feb 01, 2015
Pdp falling. Down like London bridge

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by enoqueen: 2:24pm On Feb 01, 2015
pls u people should let him be cos he already knows that its over for him.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by hazyfm1: 2:32pm On Feb 01, 2015
Seriously not interested

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by donphilopus: 2:43pm On Feb 01, 2015
This' the same State some people have been telling us Jonathan would win. How is that possible?! If Jonathan wins any State in the Southwest, then the Election is rigged!

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Nobody: 3:18pm On Feb 01, 2015
Ok...Tinubu needs to feast on this State.

APC's advantage grin

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by siraj1402(m): 3:18pm On Feb 01, 2015
Jonathan dare not do it.I was in Akure and I went there to see things for myself.I can bet that Jonathan might not win in Ondo due to the problem Mimiko had created. Presently in Ondo,there is old and new PDP.Old PDP headed by Jimoh Ibrahim and new PDP by Mimiko.For example in Akure North and South fedral constituency, 2 candidates emerged under PDP for house of representative,one for Mimiko and the other for Jimoh Ibrahim.Jonathan was compelled to raised flag for the Mimiko boys but he dare not do it as Jimoh Ibrahim was watching.Upon the fact that he did not,over 5000 members of PDP defected to APC less than 2 days of his visit apart from over 3000 that defected before a day to his visit causing the postponement of his visit.Time will tell.To those supporting Jonathan, I have nothing against him but he doesn't have good adviser. Those rejected people can not represent Jonathan and you think people will accept him.FFK,Fayose,Mimiko,Obanikoro,Omisore and the likes.They will only be deceiving him that things are in order whereas their evil deeds has perforated the umbrella.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by miteolu(m): 3:19pm On Feb 01, 2015
Some people are very busy to read. I know they would have concluded it is President Goodluck Jonathan.

But in between, why all Jonathans always difficult to manage.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Sijo01(f): 3:19pm On Feb 01, 2015
See gboge
Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by fritiyo: 3:19pm On Feb 01, 2015
why!
Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by kenbee(m): 3:19pm On Feb 01, 2015
Lie lie
Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by rozayx5(m): 3:20pm On Feb 01, 2015
useless news

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by tolexy007(m): 3:20pm On Feb 01, 2015
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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Burger01(m): 3:20pm On Feb 01, 2015
Na flag una dey fight with. U never start packing your loads?

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by seunlayi(m): 3:20pm On Feb 01, 2015
the PDP is still the party to beat no matter the propaganda against them.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Nobody: 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
Wise move.

Mr Muazu....please you have a big job to do in Ondo. Suggest that you camp in Akure for the next one week. Enjoy the city....and put out that fire quick quick.

That is how CPC lost Kano in 2011....because they were STILL factions FIGHTING in COURT on election day! For Heaven's sake.! angry

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by hazyfm1: 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
JONA SERIOUSLY GETTING SET TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by jmaine: 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
An hilarious piece of junk packaged as news . . . .

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by donigspain(m): 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
A very wise President!
A democrat... kiss

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Ralphlauren(m): 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
Mimiko made a massive mistake defecting to PDP.

Anyway, he's getting what he deserves. He's a bloody backstabber. . . . Turned against the APC governors after they all stood by him physically, financially and morally to reclaim his 'stolen' mandate from Agagu at the election tribunal.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by femmy2010(m): 3:21pm On Feb 01, 2015
It is well.
Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Nobody: 3:22pm On Feb 01, 2015
jona the great divider

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by PrinceMario(m): 3:22pm On Feb 01, 2015
*February 1 = B
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Hope this Equation is CORRECT?
BUHARI OSINBAJO = FEBRUARY 14.
Happy New Month / Sunday.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by motherlode: 3:22pm On Feb 01, 2015
grin. Is he afraid! Well, there might be specific reasons for that!
Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by yomalex(m): 3:22pm On Feb 01, 2015
Mimiko Things
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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by motherlode: 3:23pm On Feb 01, 2015
PrinceMario:

*February 1 = B
*February 2 = U
*February 3 = H
*February 4 = A
*February 5 = R
*February 6 = I
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*February11= B
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*February14= O
Hope this Equation is CORRECT?
BUHARI OSINBAJO = FEBRUARY 14.
Happy New Month / Sunday.
New month. New system grin

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by RoyalPriesthuud(m): 3:23pm On Feb 01, 2015
House on fire!!!!
Well, all may be working for d good of our dear Nigeria. Divide d stronghold and give way for d progressives. Ride on d several fashionscheesy

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by Bobbo(m): 3:23pm On Feb 01, 2015
Let their house scatter. Let us crawl in and dominate. Sai Buhari. CHANGEEEEEEEE Click like if you know we are winning.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by RichDad1(m): 3:23pm On Feb 01, 2015
PDP, whilst their house in on fire, they keep pocknosing in another Party's issue.
#hypocrites.
Btw, where are those coconut head projecting the end of the APC after the primaries?
It's obvious now which party has better internal democratic process.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by seunlayi(m): 3:23pm On Feb 01, 2015
PrinceMario:

*February 1 = B
*February 2 = U
*February 3 = H
*February 4 = A
*February 5 = R
*February 6 = I
*February 7 = O
*February 8 = S
*February 9 = I
*February10= N
*February11= B
*February12= A
*February13= J
*February14= O
Hope this Equation is CORRECT?
BUHARI OSINBAJO = FEBRUARY 14.
Happy New Month / Sunday.
. this is a failed tag team

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by teemanbastos(m): 3:24pm On Feb 01, 2015
seunlayi:
. this is a failed tag team
...Only failed people call successful people failures.
I undaxtand your situation..take kare. cheesy cheesy
Ralphlauren:
Mimiko made a massive mistake defecting to PDP.
Anyway, he's getting what he deserves. He's a bloody backstabber. . . . Turned against the APC governors after they all stood by him physically, financially and morally to reclaim his 'stolen' mandate from Agagu at the election tribunal.
exactly bro...he is a traitor. selfcentred man, always wants everything to himself no wonder he desecrated protocol and went ahead to abuja to hijack the structure..imagine.. Am sure PDP can never win Ondo state..he betrayed the people.

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Re: Jonathan’s Refusal To Raise PDP Flag Cause Uproar In Ondo State by wordcat(m): 3:24pm On Feb 01, 2015
donphilopus:
This' the State some people have been saying Jonathan would win. How is that possible?! If Jonathan wins any State in the Southwest, then the Election is rigged!

And if Buhari wins any state in SE & SS then the election is free and fair and a victory for democracy abi?

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