Sell your agenda, not why I left rul­ing party, Or­tom tells Lawani

APC eroded 19 years demo­cratic gains, says Fayose 1,100 mem­bers de­fect to PDP in Edo State

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joseph Wantu (Makurdi), Ay­o­dele Afo­labi (Ado-ek­iti) and Michael Eg­be­jule (Benin City)

Aformer Benue State Deputy Gov­er­nor and sen­a­to­rial aspi­rant, Steven Lawani, has been urged to sell his qual­i­fi­ca­tions and agenda rather than dwell on why Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom left the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC). Ad­viser to Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom on Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), Ta­hav Agerzua, gave the charge in a state­ment yes­ter­day while re­act­ing to an in­ter­view Lawani granted in one of the na­tional dailies.

His words: “Of course, by bash­ing Or­tom, he (Lawani) hopes to im­press the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in the state hop­ing that he would be given the plat­form to run on a plat­ter of gold.

“Oth­er­wise, what Lawani ought to do at the mo­ment is to seek to im­press his con­stituents on how he dis- charged the eight-year man­date they gave him to their ben­e­fit. He should also be list­ing his leg­isla­tive agenda rather than cast­ing as­per­sions on Gov­er­nor Or­tom.”

Agerzua main­tained that the state­ment cred­ited to Lawani about why Gov­er­nor Or­tom de­fected to the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has ex­posed him (Lawani) to ridicule as some­one bend­ing backwards to curry favours from the lead­er­ship of the APC. He re­minded Lawani of how he had show­ered praises on Or­tom at dif­fer­ent times re­gard­ing his (Or­tom’s) per­for­mance in of­fice.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Ek­iti State Gov­er­nor, Ay­o­dele Fayose, yes­ter­day said God will in­ter­vene in the coun­try’s lead­er­ship, say­ing the na­tion was on the precipice and could dis­in­te­grate. He blamed the sit­u­a­tion on the APC, adding that since the party came to power in 2015, it has eroded the demo­cratic gains made since the demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion in 1999.

Fayose stated this in AdoEk­iti dur­ing a meet­ing with PDP as­pi­rants for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and state House of As­sem­bly elec­tions.

He also ex­pressed dis­plea­sure at the level of des­per­a­tion, in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment be­ing meted out to the op­po­si­tion by the APC.

Mean­while, the Edo State chap­ter of the PDP at the week­end re­ceived no fewer than 1,100 mem­bers of the APC in Et­sako Cen­tral Lo­cal Coun­cil of the state.

State Chair­man of the PDP, Dan Or­bih, who ad­dressed the de­fec­tors dur­ing a rally at Oghomere Ekperi in the coun­cil area, said it was an un­com­mon hon­our for the party to wel­come over 1,100 mem­bers and lead­ers of the rul­ing party in the area.

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