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Running Mate: Buhari Meets APC Governors In Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with Progressive Governors’ Forum at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The closed-door meeting with the governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress was targeted at picking a running mate for the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu led his colleagues to the meeting with the President.
2023: As INEC Deadline Approaches, Tinubu Urged To Pick Dogara As Running Mate
The 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been urged to pick former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara as his running mate.
According to the National Chairman of the Youth Progressives Forum of APC, Mr. Ukkasha Rahama who made the call on Tuesday during a press conference in Bauchi, Dogara is imminently qualified and would put to rest the agitations bordering on a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
The APC Chieftain added that his argument is not purely about religion, stating that Dogara is competent and has a wealth of political experience that can be easily brought to the table as the Vice President.
Rahama pointed out also that the former Speaker will easily satisfy the demand for fairness and justice in a multi-religious setting like Nigeria.
Abaribe, Abdullahi Officially Resign As Senate Minority, Majority Leaders Respectively
The two Senate Leaders, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Yahaya Abdullahi on Tuesday, officially resigned from their positions in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
Naija News reports Abaribe resigned as the Senate Minority Leader while Abdullahi resigned as the Senate Majority Leader.
Their letters of resignation were read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
Both lawmakers resigned from their positions as principal officers following their defection from their political parties based on the outcome of the respective primaries in which they contested and lost.
While Abaribe dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abdullahi defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
If You Don’t Vote, You Can’t Hold Money – Tinubu Tells Ekiti People
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has asked the people of Ekiti State to vote for the party’s candidate in the June 18 governorship election.
Naija News reports Biodun Oyebanji, former Chief of Staff to Governor Kayode Fayemi, emerged as the APC governorship candidate in the primary election held in May.
Speaking at a rally held on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti to drum up support for Oyebanji ahead of Saturday’s governorship poll, Tinubu urged the people of the state to vote for the APC and its candidate.
He advised the people of the state to vote en masse for the APC, adding that if they do not vote, they cannot hold money.
Tinubu, who also spoke in Yoruba language said, “To ba t’eka, o le te owo (if you don’t vote, you can’t hold money.)”
Senate President, Lawan Consoles ‘Self’, Other Senators Defeated In Primaries
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday consoled lawmakers in the upper chamber who lost their chance of returning to the Senate in their party’s primary.
Recall that the Senate President was defeated during the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress on the 6th of June, 2022.
Lawan has been in the news in the past few days after the youth leader in Yobe State, Bashir Machina refused to step down and hand over the senatorial ticket to the Senate President.
There are possibilities that Lawan might not be returning to the Senate in 2023.
Lawan while speaking at the resumption of Senate plenary on Tuesday called on Senators who lost their party tickets not to lose hope but to remain committed to the political system.
‘Osinbajo Won APC Presidential Primary’ – Election C’ttee Member
A member of the election management committee of the special National Convention of All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Girei as described the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as the actual winner of the party’s presidential primary.
Girei stated that Osinbajo refused to induce delegates with money to vote for him in the electoral process.
Recall that the primary was won by the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, with 1,271 votes.
He, however, stated that the presidential primary was free, fair, and credible.
Girei while speaking on those calling for the Muslim-Muslim ticket said they are doing it for their selfish interests.
Benue APC Group Begs Party To Drop Fr. Alia As Guber Candidate
An APC group in Benue state (Solidarity group), on Tuesday, called on the state chapter of the party to drop Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia as the governorship candidate of the party to avoid the risk of the party’s disqualification at the governorship poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Group in a protest statement alleged that Vandiekya Local Government chapter where the APC candidate hails from has no record of membership with INEC.
According to them, Fr. Alia was not a member of the state chapter of the party and should be disqualified.
The statement signed by the group coordinator, Honourable Guana Joseph, accused some leaders of the party of desperation to impose a non-APC member on them and in the process, wasting the party’s ticket at the general elections.
Uzodinma States Position On Muslim-Muslim Ticket
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has reacted to the controversy trailing the Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket being muted in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is coming amidst the speculation that the Presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu, would be setting for a Muslim Northerner as running mate.
The speculation has generated a barrage of reactions on and off social media as citizens express worries that it would be an unfair move considering the religious status of the country.
In a chat with State House Correspondents on Tuesday, Uzodinma said Tinubu in choosing his running mate would do what’s best for the country.
The Governor said Tinubu would choose a running mate that would help him unite the country and promote peace among the citizens.
Uzodinma added that the former Lagos Governor would choose a competent candidate that will be accepted nationwide and can help win elections.
‘After 30 Years Of Losing To MKO Abiola, He’s Still Contesting For President With His Son’ – Isaac Fayose Mocks Atiku
Isaac Fayose, the younger brother to former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has mocked the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Taking to his Instagram page, Isaac Fayose recalled how Atiku Abubakar had failed five times while contesting for the office of the president.
Making a mockery of Atiku, Isaac Fayose recalled how he contested with MKO Abiola, Yar’ Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Buhari.
Isaac Fayose advised Nigerians to be wise stating that after thirty years of losing the presidential election to MKO, Atiku is contesting with Kola Abiola because he has no son to present for an election.
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