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Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by BeeBeeOoh(m): 6:40am On Sep 16, 2018
The nation’s polity is set to witness fresh gale of defections as a result of the resolve of more senators to dump their parties after their governors have indicated interest in or planning to take over their tickets ahead of the 2019 elections.

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that many of the senators, especially members of the All Progressives Congress, had relied on the assurances of the national leadership of the party that they would be given automatic tickets to return to the red chamber next year if they did not join their colleagues to the Peoples Democratic Party in July.

Many of them, however, started making last-minute arrangements last week after it had become clear that the governors, some of who are determined to unseat them, would determine their political fate.

Some of the affected senators are Adesoji Akanbi (Oyo South), Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South), Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun Central), Hope Uzodinma (Imo West), Ahmed Rufai (Zamfara West), Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe North) and Baba Garbai ( Borno Central).

Pressure mounts on Tejuoso to leave APC

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH in Ogun State revealed that Tejuoso, who was among the APC senators that shelved their planned defection to the PDP on the floor of the Senate in July, was shocked last week when he was not listed as one of the consensus candidates announced by the party.

According to a source, Tejuoso, who had thought that he would get the ticket based on the agreement reached between the APC senators and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, attended the stakeholders meeting in Abeokuta, in high hopes.

He was said to have told some of his associates that he would purchase his nomination form after the meeting not aware that the governor had perfected a smart arrangement to ease him out of the race.

The source said, “The only option available to him now is to test his political popularity by seeking reelection on the platform of another party. I think that is why he refused to obtain the form before the meeting.”

Another source, who claimed to be an associate of the senator, told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity that Tejuoso would realise his ambition on the platform of another party.

The source said, “The party leadership, including President Muhammadu Buhari, appealed to the senator to rescind his decision to defect when his other aggrieved colleagues did so with an assurance that he and other would get automatic tickets.

“He is a popular candidate. He will realise his ambition on another platform. Other parties are talking to him already.”

Tejuoso had yet to respond to a message sent to his mobile as of the time of filing this report. Persistent efforts to speak with him on the telephone also failed.

However, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Wole Elegbede, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the issue would not affect the party.

He said, “There is no crisis with respect to that issue. Senator Lanre Tejuoso has not indicated his interest to seek reelection. He was at the stakeholders meeting where we agreed to go for consensus.

“When they called for consensus, Tejuoso raised his hand in support of the idea. He has not even obtained his nomination form as I talk to you today (Thursday evening).

Akanbi to dump APC this week

In Oyo State, the APC chairman in the state, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, told one of our correspondents that Governor Abiola Ajimobi had purchased nomination forms to enable him to contest the Oyo South Senatorial seat next year.

Ajimobi’s action had, therefore, set the stage for him to vie for the party’s ticket with Soji Akanbi, the current occupant of the seat.

When contacted, an aide to the Senator, Wole Ajayi, said it would be suicidal for Akanbi to compete with Ajimobi who already had the party structure in his custody.

He, however, said a modality was being worked out that would ensure that Akanbi returns to the Senate in 2019.

He said, “We did not make any comment on the issue because the coast was not clear. But today, we know where we are going since the governor has obtained the forms.

“We are not going to contest in the primary with the governor; that will be suicidal. We don’t have the party structure and the financial strength to contend with him.

“We are making consultations on the next move and by Sunday (today) or Monday, we will have an answer to some of the questions being asked by our supporters.

“We will surely make a statement soon. The truth is that Senator Akanbi will participate in the election. He will seek a return to the Senate. How that will manifest will be made known in a few days.”

Buka Ibrahim may join SDP soon

Although a former Yobe State Governor, who is currently representing the Yobe East Senatorial District in the Senate, Bukar Ibrahim, has obtained and submitted his forms, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that he was also planning to defect if Governor Ibrahim Geidam ‘manipulates’ the primary.

It was learnt that Ibrahim, who plans to return to the red chamber for the fourth time in 2019, had mapped out another option to dump the ruling party to test his popularity in another credible political party.

The Senator, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, however, said, “My chances of returning to the Senate are very high because of my performance as a third term Senator. The unpopularity of Governor Geidam in the state now is another plus for me.

“The issue of someone hijacking delegate list will be eliminated by direct primaries which the national secretariat has directed state chapters to adopt.”

On the rumours that he is planning to defect to the Social Democratic Party to actualise his dreams if he fails to get the APC ticket, the senator said, “In politics, there are always options. Let’s wait and see the decision of my party, the APC.

“Every option will be looked into because there is sufficient time between now and the time for the election.”

One of the political associates of the Senator from the Busari Local Government Area, who simply gave his name as Abacha, told one of our correspondents that the senator might defect to the SDP to actual his dream if he failed to get the APC ticket.

Abacha said the senator was perfecting plans to seek re-election on another party platform because there were insinuations that Geidam might manipulate the APC structure in his favour.

He said, “It is not clear yet whether Senator Bukar Ibrahim will get the ticket of the APC because of the governor’s interest in the seat, so since none of them will want to take chances, they will slug it out at the polls in 2019 on different platforms.”

One of the aides of Geidam, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, told one of our correspondents that the governor was doing everything possible to unseat the Senator at all cost.

He added, “Governor Geidam wanted to run for Senate in 2003, but Bukar Ibrahim, who was the governor, then dismissed his ambition, saying Gaidam was unfit to be elected even as a councillor.

“However, as fate would have it, he is today a governor with the party structure in his hands. So, if you like, call it a payback time.”

Saraki’s favourites battle Ahmed in Kwara

The Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Rafiu Ibrahim, said he was banking on his investments in human capital development and infrastructure and his relationship with his constituents and party members to secure the ticket of the PDP for his reelection.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has, however, gone ahead to perfect his plans on how to replace Ibrahim, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions, in 2019.

Apart from Ibrahim, the governor is also contending with the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Gbenga Makanjuola, who alongside Ibrahim, is commonly referred to as Saraki’s favourites.

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that some political parties had started making overtures to the senator with a view to using his popularity to contest on their platform but the senator was said to have shunned their offers.

Rather, he had been giving out scholarships and organising empowerments schemes in his constituency apart from his display of loyalty to Saraki.

Ibrahim, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said, “I have enough legislative capability and human relations capability among the constituents and the party to be able to win the election for our party.

“My governor, who is my leader in Kwara South as of today, has constitutional rights to contest too. We belong to the same family. Our leader (Saraki) knows how to build consensus.

“I believe that the most acceptable candidate of the people, the party and the constituents will be chosen. I have no grudge against either the governor or Mr. Gbenga Makunjuola. The best will come out from the PDP so that we will defeat anybody that comes out from the other side.”

Uzodinma in a fix, mulls defection

The Senator representing Imo West, Hope Uzodinma, left the PDP and defected to the APC in order to actualise his dreams of contesting the governorship of the state in 2019.

Investigations revealed that Governor Rochas Okorocha ignored appeals made to him by party leaders to rescind his decision to field his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the candidate of the APC in the state and endorse Uzodinma.

With the current development, an associate of Uzodinma told SUNDAY PUNCH on condition of anonymity on Friday that the senator was already considering defecting to another party to realise his ambition.

He said, “Although Uzodinma and five others have obtained the party’s governorship forms to contest the primary, the senator will defect if the governor manipulates the process. He is a big fish for any party, any day.”

Uzodinma had yet to react to the message sent to his mobile as of the time of filing this report.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by JudasNaCarrot: 6:42am On Sep 16, 2018
They are all same people driven by their selfish interest and greed and not for the interest of the electorate.

This shameless criss crossing to parties is only typical to Nigeria where politicians wants to remain in position of authority in oder to milk public fund and enrich themselves rather than good governance.

None of them have a blue print on education, industries,health,job provisions,portable drinking water,housing, transportation..... all they want is power just like APC used every means to get power but alas cannot use it judiciously because they don't have any working documents.

This is shameful.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by ChiefOloye(m): 6:43am On Sep 16, 2018
Saraki should resume for parliamentarian business
Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by LibertyRep: 6:47am On Sep 16, 2018
Tejuosho miscalculated. There is absolutely nothing PMB or his Royal father can do to help him retrieve the ticket from the pockets of Amosun.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by midolian(m): 6:48am On Sep 16, 2018
Many politicians will bite their finger for a long time after the general elections..in fact, after the primaries

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by micolaj: 6:48am On Sep 16, 2018
It is has always been like this: politicians change parties because of their permanent interests.Not only that, they are expertly SMART at pursuing their political goals by using various tools of manipulation like religion, ethnicity e.t.c.
On the other hand, the majority of the electorates don't even know what their interests are, talkless of following leaders who represent them. They go with anyone that appeal to their emotion the most. Unavoidably, at the end, they become gullible followers.
Sad.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by CROWNWEALTH019(m): 6:58am On Sep 16, 2018
They no even care about us grin

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by xbernardx(m): 6:59am On Sep 16, 2018
It's better he stays home to guard his position as the Senate president, than resume to discuss what will build the nation. His defenders think so, especially those who hate Buhari by default settings

The party prostitution will continue till primaries are over, so we expect more



ChiefOloye:
Saraki should resume for parliamentarian business

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by madridguy(m): 7:04am On Sep 16, 2018
shocked shocked
Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by richidinho(m): 7:04am On Sep 16, 2018
yet oshiomhole is making noise up and down, i can count more than 13 senators that will decamp from APC to PDP come sept 25

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by SoftP(m): 7:05am On Sep 16, 2018
This is a game of igridy-pregidy.

With all this self centered politicians defecting on selfish gains not minding integrity.

2018 defection is the most childish game i've ever seen.

Of all the defectors, none is credible enough to outplay Buhari.
Except we are just looking for anyone to unseat baba whether qualified or not.
One begin to wonder if APC is sending its arsenals to other parties to cause confusion.

With this few points of mine, i hope i've been able to convince you that Sai Baba, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR will rule till 2023.


Atiku is a retired crook
Kwankwanso is a lost sheep
Saraki is a smart traitor.
If you support this guys, u are confuse

Who else

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by CROWNWEALTH019(m): 7:05am On Sep 16, 2018
xbernardx:
It's better he stays home to guard his position as the Senate president, than resume to discuss what will build the nation. His defenders think so, especially those who hate Buhari by default settings

The party prostitution will continue till primaries are over, so we expect more



Can't they go in recess in peace, na then plunge una into recession?

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by ednut1(m): 7:07am On Sep 16, 2018
The law needs to be amended. Ex gov shud be banned from house of rep/senate.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Emmafe(m): 7:08am On Sep 16, 2018
This is Nigeria

Check my signature for phone deals
Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Pvin: 7:08am On Sep 16, 2018
when is the transfer window closing

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by anonymuz(m): 7:09am On Sep 16, 2018
All na greed.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by xbernardx(m): 7:09am On Sep 16, 2018
CROWNWEALTH019:

Can't they go in recess in peace, na then plunge una into recession?


I don't argue or try to prove facts or brainwashed or braindead persons

If you say this recess is normal, then you must be loosing sanity

Mind you, Nigeria is out if recession embarassed tongue

Son of hate

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Nobody: 7:09am On Sep 16, 2018
APC should make direct primaries mandatory in all states and stop this nonsense of a thing called consensus candidate.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by jogsman01(m): 7:10am On Sep 16, 2018
wet in concern us. If they like, make dem deflect. That's their problem jare

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by CROWNWEALTH019(m): 7:10am On Sep 16, 2018
xbernardx:



I don't argue or try to prove facts or brainwashed or braindead persons

If you say this recess is normal, then you must be loosing sanity

Mind you, Nigeria is out if recession embarassed tongue

Son of hate
Motion was moved by Akpabio and seconded by Lawan both of APC extraction and you talking shiits. You better wake up bro

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by kolafolabi(m): 7:11am On Sep 16, 2018
All these politicians want to be relevant at all cost.. Finished 2 terms as Governors and still want to go to Senate for many terms.. May God save us

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by oladele00(m): 7:11am On Sep 16, 2018
Buhari till 2023

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by linkers: 7:11am On Sep 16, 2018
Party of evil men.Apc

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Humblega(m): 7:12am On Sep 16, 2018
Tejuoso should not bother to contest against gov amosun atall. He will gain less dan 20% of votes in Ogun central, irrespective of d party he want to come with. Currently, in ogun central, Apc is d most popular party and Amosun is d most popular politician.

Tejuoso is just one of those senators dat gain from d massive vote pple gave apc in 2015 due to "change" pple were looking for. He is not popular atall


But wait, Amosun (Ogun) and Ajimobi 0(Oyo)
2007- 2011.......senate
2011-2019....Governor

12 good years in top political seats


Yet they want to go back to senate....

What did ds men left in the Red chamber since 2011 dat they are going there to pick again....

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Racoon(m): 7:12am On Sep 16, 2018
Can these governors be banned from going into the senate after tenure They're unnecessarily heating up the polity..

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Kupaskeybaba(m): 7:13am On Sep 16, 2018
who cares if dem lyk mk dem kill der self it non of my business
Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by Kclique: 7:13am On Sep 16, 2018
End of APC is here.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by xbernardx(m): 7:14am On Sep 16, 2018
Apkabio of then PDP and now APC

Clear your eyes man


CROWNWEALTH019:

Motion was moved by Akpabio and seconded by Lawan both of APC extraction and you talking shiits. You better wake up bro

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by anonymuz(m): 7:17am On Sep 16, 2018
ednut1:
The law needs to be amended. Ex gov shud be banned from house of rep/senate.
my brother I wonder why this people are so greedy and power drunk. 4 or 8 years as a governor is enough to have enriched yourself.i just tire for this country.

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Re: Fresh Defections Loom As Governors Close In On Senator's Seats - The Punch by aguiyi2: 7:21am On Sep 16, 2018
Why kill each other for their sake when it is always about THEM?

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