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2023: Peter Obi Meets Hakeem Baba-Ahmed In Abuja
The former Governor of Anambra State and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has met with the spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
Naija News reports that Baba-Ahmed made the announcement in a tweet via his official Twitter handle on Friday evening.
This development comes two days after Obi met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State at his private residence in Port Harcourt.
The NEF spokesman stated that he spent valuable time with the former Anambra governor in Abuja discussing important national issues.
Baba-Ahmed urged those who see Obi as an ethnic candidate can get to know him better adding that the country might see a revolution.
South East Won’t Vote For APC, PDP In 2023 – Igbo Elders
The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has stated that the South East will not vote for both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
In a statement on Friday signed by former Anambra Governor Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the forum said the South East will punish the two major political parties for their refusal to zone the presidency to the region.
The elders added that the Igbos will reject both the APC and the PDP completely in the 2023 election for jettisoning the quest for a South East presidency.
Speaking further the elders slammed Igbo delegates who betrayed the quest for the South-East presidency in the recently-conducted presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP.
The forum described the Igbo politicians as saboteurs to the region’s quest to produce Nigeria’s next leader in 2023. The Igbo elders accused the Southeast delegates of selling out their brothers and voting for aspirants of other regions because of money and selfish interest.
2023: ‘My Certificates Were Looted While In Exile’ – Tinubu
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has claimed that his school certificates were stolen by unknown persons during the military rule in 1990.
The former governor of Lagos State stated this in an affidavit submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential elections.
According to Peoples Gazette, documents released on Friday show that Tinubu left the columns for his primary and secondary education unmarked.
Tinubu, however, noted that he obtained a degree in business and administration in 1979 at the Chicago State University.
2023: I Won’t Quit Active Politics – Osinbajo
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Friday reiterated his intention to remain active in politics.
The media aide to the Vice President, Laolu Akande in a statement released on Friday said Osinbajo stated this in a virtual meeting with “representatives of the Diaspora Professionals for PYO”
This is coming weeks after Osinbajo lost the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress to the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
Osinbajo came third in the primary, which saw the former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi emerge second in the ruling party’s presidential primary.
There were expectations that the Vice President would take over from his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of his tenure in 2023.
According to Akande, Osinbajo said if God gives him the opportunity, the change will be swift and will make a real difference.
PDP Speaks On Substituting Okowa As Atiku’s Running Mate
The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday ruled out the move to change the name of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate of the party.
The timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gives political parties the grace to replace candidates before the 15th of July, 2022.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has remained silent and failed to congratulate Okowa on his emergence as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
Wike has sparked speculations of dumping PDP following his meetings with the likes of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
The party official who spoke with Leadership, said the party would not change the name of Okowa despite pressure from Wike.
Osun 2022: PDP Reports APC National Chairman, Adamu To President Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu of attempting to rig the 2022 Osun governorship election.
The Osun PDP Caretaker Chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle made the allegation in a statement on Friday in which he called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the matter.
He said the statements credited to Senator Adamu while inaugurating the APC campaign committee for the election show the party’s National Chairman does not want the will of the people to prevail.
Naija News recalls Adamu submitted that the ruling party cannot afford to lose the July 16 Osun governorship election.
He stated that the ruling party must do everything within the law to ensure that its governorship candidate emerges victorious, adding that his tolerance level for failure is zero.
Adamu said this on Thursday, in Abuja during the inauguration of the 86-member campaign council for the Osun election.
He said that the party is certain of victory in the Osun election even though it may be a little more difficult than the Ekiti governorship poll.
Reacting to the position, the PDP state chairman called on President Buhari not to allow Senator Adamu set Osun State on fire.
He argued that a free and fair election where the will of the people will prevail must be made possible.
Adekunle stated further that the words of the APC National Chairman are akin to giving a marching order for the election to be rigged in favour of the ruling party.
Peter Obi: No Party Can Upstage APC, PDP In 2023 – Keyamo
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said that no party can defeat either the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNP) are in talks in order to form an alliance to defeat both the APC and the PDP in 2023.
In a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle on Friday, Keyamo stated that an alliance against the APC is not realistic ahead of the 2023 elections.
The minister acknowledged the vibrancy and energy of the supporters of the LP presidential flagbearer, Peter Obi.
He however said that those hoping that the coalition against APC will be feasible have not lived long enough to study the trajectory of elections in Nigeria.
2023: Melaye Speaks On Tinubu, Peter Obi, Kwankwaso Being Threat To Atiku
Former Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye has opined that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar is not a ‘candidate’ but an ‘awaiting president’.
In a post shared on his Facebook page, Melaye said, the other presidential candidates like Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso are no threat to Atiku because they cannot enjoy national acceptability like Atiku.
He noted that Atiku has the ability to clinch more than 25% of the votes in all the states across Nigeria.
Melaye recalled how Muhammadu Buhari won the 2019 election, stating that the difference between him and Atiku was less than three million votes.
2023: Why PDP Should Zone National Chairman Position To South West – Odeyemi
The immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Diran Odeyemi, has revealed why the party should zone the position of the National Chairman to the South West.
Naija News reports that the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is from Adamawa State in the North East region while his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa comes from Delta in the South-South region.
In a chat with The Punch, Odeyemi stated that the opposition party would need to zone to national chairmanship position to the South West in order to appease the people of the region and win their votes.
Odeyemi said the party might not be able to woo voters in the South-West because the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, is a Yoruba man.
2023: Atiku Has Done More In Advancing Tinubu’s Political Career – Group
The Atiku Support Group has claimed that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has done more in the advancement of the political career of the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that the Director, Support Groups and Events Technical Committee Atiku Abubakar for President 2023, Oladimeji Fabiyi, made the claim on Friday.
Fabiyi dismissed the claim in some quarters that Tinubu had actually done more in the advancement of Atiku’s political career, stressing that both presidential candidates have been political associates for over two decades.
He stated that the emergence of Tinubu cannot in any way stop Atiku from winning votes from the South-West, recalling the performance of his principal in the 2019 elections.
Fabiyi said that Atiku is a brand name in Nigeria’s political landscape, adding that his friends and associates cut across every region, tribe and gender bias.
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