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PANDEF mobilises support for PDP in South South

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has started mobilising electorate in the south-south region to vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

National Chairman of PANDEF and former military administrator of the state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, disclosed that the sensitisation began in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

He said the decision to go with the PDP was due to his well thought out plans to restructure the country.

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He said: “PANDEF had since 2016 resolved to work for the restructuring of this country, and to support the presidential candidate and political parties that understand restructuring, which is what Atiku stands for, even before it became a national discuss.

Chairman, Akwa Ibom State chapter of PANDEF, Senator Etang Umoyo, stressed the need for the restoration of the revenue sharing formula, which the military regimes destroyed.

PANDEF national and south-south executives, Dr. Alfred Malude, Chief Nduese Essien, and Hon. Ken Robinson, also attended the forum.

Meanwhile, a group of Nollywood actors, under the umbrella of League of Lagos Artistes, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The group led by veteran actor, Prince Jide Kosoko said at the weekend, that the endorsement is a continuation of the tradition of mutual respect and partnership built over the years.

He said: “President Buhari’s antecedents in combating corruption is well known to all Nigerians, including the completion of ongoing projects initiated by previous administration, which has become a priority for the good of the generality of Nigerians.

“Also, we are endorsing Sanwo-Olu of the APC, because he is a man who has been adequately prepared for the imminent task ahead. He has for years served in the public service at the top of the state’s administration, after an equally meritorious service in the private sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Convener, Beko Rights Klub (BRK), Debo Adeniran has cautioned that the upcoming general elections might not be free and fair, because preconditions for it have not been met.

He expressed the concerns yesterday at the 13th Annual Beko Ransome Kuti Memorial Anniversary, with the theme “Using free and fair elections as a referendum towards evolving a true nation state.”

Beko Rights Klub, Child Help in Legal Defence of Rights to Education in Nigeria project, put the anniversary together, as well as Centre for Anti-corruption, Open Leadership and People’s Action for Democracy.

The memorial anniversary was marked with a walk from Obalende Roundabout to Ikoyi Cemetery, where a wreath was laid on Beko’s tomb after libation was poured on his grave.


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