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2023: Igbos Are Good Business People But Poor Politicians – Kwankwaso
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has described the Igbos as good businessmen and women but poor politicians.
Kwankwaso stated the people of the South East are talented and know the rudiment of business but do not know how to play the game of politics.
He made this known in Gombe State on Saturday during the inauguration of the state office of NNPP and meeting with elected members of the party.
Kwankwaso said the South-East had lost out on the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but had a chance with the NNPP.
The NNPP Presidential candidate said those in the South-East asking the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, not to accept the vice-presidential slot are not strategic.
Do Not Play With Fire – HURIWA Warns INEC On APC, Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has ahead of the 2023 presidential election, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against playing to the plight of a Muslim-Muslim ticket by the All Progressives Congress.
Naija News reports that the Rights group berated the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu‘s choice of running mate, saying the decision will further heighten the aggression against the Christians by bandits and other terrorists groups in the country.
HURIWA in a statement signed and released on Sunday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko argued that the emergence of a Muslim-Muslim ticket presidency will further heighten the aggression against Christians by bandits and terrorists who claim allegiance to Islam.
Naija News understands there are suggestions that Tinubu may in the next few days confirm either Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State or Senator Kashim Shettima as his standard running mate for the 2023 election to beat the July 15 deadline by the INEC.
Despite calls for a Muslim-Christian ticket, the ruling party had refused to bow to the pressure as about 13 Muslim northern governors are said to be pressuring Tinubu to choose them because they backed his candidacy during the fiercely-contested APC primary.
Peter Obi: ‘It’s No More A Joke’ – Olisa Metuh Speaks On What He Saw In Kebbi
Former People Democratic Party Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh has disclosed the experience he had with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi when he visited a government establishment in Kebbi state.
Olisa Metuh, in a post on Facebook on Sunday, advised Nigerians to stop seeing Obi’s movement as a joke because of what he witnessed recently about the presidential candidate.
It is no longer news that Obi is enjoying widespread popularity across Nigeria, with the Labour Party’s growing list of new members who believe that the former governor is the candidate that can solve the numerous problems facing the country.
Speaking about the experience, Metuh recalled how a government staff from Kebbi state was campaigning for the former Anambra Governor.
2023 Presidency: Gross Injustice Has Been Demonstrated Towards Ndigbo – Ohanaeze
The Igbo socio-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, says the outcome of the presidential primaries of the two major parties was gross injustice against the South-East.
The President-General of the group, Prof George Obiozor, made this known in a statement titled, “What does Nigeria want from Ndigbo?,” released by the spokesman of the group, Alex Ogbonnia, on Saturday.
Obiozor was reacting to the outcome of the presidential primaries conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Recall that former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu emerged as the presidential candidate of the APC, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar emerged as the PDP presidential candidate.
Obiozor described the outcome of the presidential primaries of the two major parties as gross injustice against the Igbo beyond expectations.
He accused the country’s political elite to have successfully orchestrated to deny the South-East an opportunity to produce the president of Nigeria come 2023.
2023: Tinubu, Obi, Others Have No Powers To Change Running Mates – Igbini
The former governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party in Delta State, Emmanuel Igbini, has stated that candidates in the forthcoming elections do not have the power to substitute their running mates.
Igbini while backing his view quoted Sections 141, 142, 186 and 187 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, CFRN, as amended.
The rights activist in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday said, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, can not change their running mates.
He, however, noted that only the nominee can voluntarily withdraw from the election latest 90 days before the date for the general election set by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Sowore Knocks Obasanjo For Riding Tricycle Around Abeokuta
The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) party, Omoyele Sowore, says former President Olusegun Obasanjo should not be celebrated for riding a commercial tricycle, popularly called Keke NAPEP in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Naija News had reported that Obasanjo on Saturday droved a tricycle through some roads in Abeokuta, to pick up passengers as part of his 85th birthday celebration.
The elder statesman caught the attention of residents of the state who cheered him and took photos.
Obasanjo who offered rides to citizens, moved through Moshood Abiola, NNPC Mega Station, and Kuto Market, among others.
The former President’s action was part of his Free Keke Programme of the Youth Development Centre of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).
Reacting in a Facebook post on Saturday, Sowore said Obasanjo’s action wasn’t a sign of simplicity but a tale of depravity occasioned by the wickedness he unleashed on the people during his tenure.
He said Nigeria should be in full mass transit mode with intercity and intra-city urban mass transit, stressing that the country should not be celebrating Keke NAPEP in 2022.
2023: ‘5000’ APC Members Join PDP In Buhari’s Home State
Thousands of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday defected to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State.
The defectors were led to the PDP by APC stalwart, Alhaji Ali Maikano Matazu, who is a retired NNPC director.
He had sought for the APC ticket for Matazu/Musawa federal constituency of the House of Reps but lost due to what he called “injustice in the party.”
Naija News reports that President Muhammadu Buhari hails from Daura in Katsina State.
The PDP governorship flag-bearer in Katsina State, Senator Yakubu Lado Danmarke, alongside the state party chairman, Yusuf Salisu Majigiri, and other party leaders received the defectors at a grand reception in Mayazu.
The Katsina State PDP chairman told Daily Trust that the opposition party received over 5,000 APC members during the event.
Afenifere: What Osinbajo, Akande, Akeredolu, Fayemi, Aregbesola, Others Must Do For Tinubu
Afenifere Renewal Group has called on politicians and leaders in the South-West to mobilize and unite for the presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking at a press conference in Ekiti State on Sunday, ARG Publicity Secretary Prince Michael Ogungbemi commended President Muhammadu Buhari, All Progressives Congress Northern Governors’ Forum; the APC presidential aspirants who withdrew for Tinubu, and party members.
He stated that the South-West must display uncommon unity to complement the patriotic and progressive efforts of the APC members.
According to the Afenifere spokesperson, this is not the time to put up the toga of ego and sulk in the “enmity of the past.”
He stated that the region must chart a new course and work hard with the other five zones of the country for Bola Tinubu to succeed Buhari.
2023 Presidency: Why Peter Obi Can’t Ask Atiku To Step Down – Adeyanju
A social commentator, Deji Adeyanju has revealed the reason the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, cannot ask his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to step down for him.
In a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Sunday, Adeyanju said that fear won’t allow Obi to ask Atiku to withdraw from the Presidential race for him when they meet.
He also slammed the PDP, LP and other opposition parties for failing to unite to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Adeyanju asserted that the opposition parties are doomed to fail from all indications, adding that the APC presidential candidate may win the forthcoming presidential election.
2023: Why I Can’t Be Running Mate To Peter Obi, Others – Kwankwaso
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has revealed why he cannot be running mate to any presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
According to the former Governor of Kano State, accepting to be the running mate to any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of NNPP.
Kwankwaso stated this while addressing newsmen after the inauguration of the party’s office in Gombe State.
The presidential candidate admitted that the party is in talks with Labour Party, but there is an issue with who will become the presidential candidate.
2023: South-East APC Begins Move To Clinch Senate Presidency, SGF
The South-East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has begun moves to secure the positions of the Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation if the party’s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins the 2023 elections.
A top party chieftain in the South-East informed Punch that a delegation would be meeting with the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu when he returns to the country.
“If the South-West has the presidency while both the North-West and North-East are still negotiating for running mate, it is only fair to allow the South-East take the senate presidency and SGF,” he said.
However, when the publication contacted Deputy National Chairman (South) and former South-East chairman of the party, Emmanuel Enekwu, he denied knowledge of any agitation for senate presidency or SGF from his region.
2023: Former Presidential Aide Reveals Candidate Best To Lead Nigeria
The former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the candidate he will be voting for.
Taking to his Twitter account on Sunday afternoon, Bashir shared a photo of the presidential candidate as the man he will be voting for in 2023.
Recall that the APC national leader defeated Osinbajo, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and 11 other aspirants to clinch the party’s sole presidential ticket.
In the tweet, the former presidential media aide reaffirmed his solidarity, whilst declaring his support for Bola Tinubu.
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