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2023: Atiku Should Reach Out To Wike, Others – Bode George
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, has urged former vice president Atiku Abubakar to meet with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other aggrieved members.
In a chat with journalists on Wednesday at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, George advised Atiku to start meeting with party members to resolve the crisis rocking the party.
The PDP chieftain also called on the presidential flagbearer to make conscious efforts to ensure that the party wins the 2023 presidential election.
George also pleaded with Governor Wike to continue to show interest in the party’s affairs and asked members to sheathe their swords for the benefit of the party.
Lalong Reveals Crucial Role President Buhari Is Playing In Tinubu Campaign Organization
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has disclosed the important role President Muhammadu Buhari will play in the 2023 campaign bid of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Speaking on Wednesday at the presidential villa in Abuja, Lalong who is the Director-General (DG) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential council disclosed that President Buhari is the chairman of the Tinubu presidential campaign council.
Naija News reports Tinubu is the candidate of the APC for the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
According to Lalong, he was at the Villa to brief the President about plans, developments and activities of the council in ensuring victory for Tinubu and the APC in the February 2023 elections.
Osun APC: After Losing To Adeleke, Aregbesola, Oyetola Factions Continue Exchange Of Words
The two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have continued to trade blames over the party’s situation in the south-western state.
Naija News reports the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke recently won the Osun State governorship election, defeating incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the APC.
Many political observers believe the crisis within the APC caused by the fight between the loyalists of the Governor and those of the Minister of Interior and former state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola is largely responsible for the development.
However, the Aregbesola faction known as The Osun Progressives (TOP) said they had wanted to reconcile before the July 16 governorship election in the state but the Oyetola faction was not ready.
The leader of the group, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile who made this known on Wednesday added that they met with the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, for reconciliation but their efforts were not successful.
He however denied allegations of working for the PDP and its candidate, Senator Adeleke during the recently concluded polls.
Responding, however, Famodun said Aregbesola and his supporters should not even consider themselves as APC members.
Rhodes-Vivour’s Emergence As Lagos LP Guber Candidate Challenged By Salvador
The emergence of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State for the 2023 poll has suffered setback.
Naija News earlier reported that the former senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged as LP gubernatorial candidate in Lagos in an election held on Wednesday.
Rhodes-Vivour polled 111 votes to beat his only opponent, Hon. Moshood Adegoke Salvador, who scored 102 votes.
The primary for the replacement of the LP governorship candidate was witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Salvador, in his reaction, rejected the result, alleging over-voting by members of the state executive.
He warned the electoral committee not to spoil the name of the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
He, however, noted that the problem was left for the party to address if the party wants to win Lagos State in the 2023 elections.
2023: Why I Want Wike To Dump PDP For APC – Adeyanju
Socio-political analyst, Deji Adeyanju has disclosed why he wants Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that Wike’s loss at the PDP presidential primaries is understood to have created a gulf between him and the leadership of the party.
The eventual emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as the PDP vice presidential candidate has further widened the gap.
Though there have been calls and moves for reconciliation, particularly between Wike and the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, ahead of the 2023 polls, it is understood that so far, the efforts have not been successful.
This has given rise to speculations that the Rivers Governor may dump the PDP and not support Abubakar in his quest to emerge as the next president of Nigeria.
In a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, Adeyanju said he wants to Wike to join the APC in order to watch the fight and drama between him and the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
2023: Nnamani, Chime To Lead Tinubu’s Campaign In Enugu
A former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, and former Governor of Enugu, Sullivan Chime, will lead the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in the state.
Former Chairman of Enugu chapter of the APC, Ben Nwoye made this known to newsmen on Wednesday after the inaugural meeting of a Tinubu/Shettima Support Group in Enugu.
Nwoye, Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Independent Campaign Group in Enugu, disclosed that other APC chieftains that would be part of the campaign are the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, Senator Ayogu Eze, among others.
He vowed that the group will unite the warring members of the party in the state for Tinubu and other candidates contesting for elective positions.
Nwoye added that the group has set up a committee that will contact top party leaders in the state to come back to Enugu and campaign for Tinubu/Shettima victory.
‘Ayu Must Resign’ – Bode George Says As He Begs Wike Not To Dump PDP
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, has called on the National Chairman of the opposition party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, to resign immediately.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Lagos State, the PDP chieftain urged the party’s chairman to honour his words by stepping down.
He also urged Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State not to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his he has despite misgivings over the choice of Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
The former military governor pointed out that zoning has sustained Nigeria’s democracy for this long “because it’s the concept that established our party.
Osun: INEC, PDP Tampering With Electoral Documents – APC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been accused by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of attempting to tamper with the electoral results and other documents.
The Osun State chapter of the APC claimed that the electoral body and PDP are taking steps to prevent justice at the tribunal.
The Chairman of the party in Osun State, Gboyega Famodun, made this allegation in a statement released on Wednesday.
Famodun noted that APC received information about the activities of certain individuals in the state office of the INEC and PDP, attempting to compromise the contents of the electoral results of Forms EC8A and EC8B vis-a-vis the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) reports.
He further stated that the Accreditation System contains the records of the actual number of persons accredited to vote in each polling unit.
PDP Leaders Mull Sanctioning Wike As Party Move To Constitute Campaign Council
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and other organs of the party, including the National Working Committee (NWC) the Caucus, and the Board of Trustees (BoT) have given approval for the constitution of the presidential campaign council.
It was gathered that some leaders of the main opposition party had also discussed sanctioning Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his loyalists for engaging in anti-party activities, but other leaders were in support of ongoing reconciliatory efforts.
A top member of the PDP had told Vanguard that: “We held a major consultative meeting on Tuesday and I can assure you that the membership of the council will be announced in the next two weeks.
2023: Kashim Shettima Told To Resign From VP Position To Save APC From Impending Disaster
The Middle-Belt Congress (MBC) has called for the resignation of the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kashim Shettima.
Speaking at a news briefing in Abuja yesterday, the leader of the group Mr. Bilal Abdullahi insisted that it was paramount that Shettima steps down to avoid the impending electoral misfortune in 2023, Naija News reports.
Abdullahi insisted that Shettima’s actions of late have not portrayed him as a religious tolerant individual.
He insisted that Shettima ought to have resigned considering that the APC is now in a state of crisis due to the Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Baraje Reveals PDP NEC Agreement Affecting Party Chairman, Ayu
Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Baraje has revealed why there is much call for the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to resign.
According to Baraje, the main opposition party has a tradition of zoning its party offices.
He further stated that the office of the National Chairman is expected to be zoned to the South if the presidential candidate comes from the North.
Baraje recalled a scenario that saw a former national chairman of the party in 2018, Ahmadu Ali go after the elections had been conducted and won.
The former chairman, during an interview on Arise TV, said the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) earlier this year during a meeting in Abuja agreed that party offices should be shared between the North and the South.
He further stated that NEC also agreed that whichever zone produced the presidential candidate should not produce the chairman.
‘Wickedness’ – Peter Obi Replies Tinubu Over Call To Caution His Supporters
The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has replied to the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, over the call to caution his supporters against spreading false information.
Naija News earlier reported that Tinubu’s campaign organisation on Wednesday said Obi’s supporters were defaming the former Governor of Lagos State and charged him to call them to order.
Peter Obi, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said it is wrong to link his supporters to fake reports about Tinubu, insisting that publications from the party are always properly signed and spelt out.
He stressed the need for all Nigerians to desist from spreading lies, malice and denigrating other candidates.
The former Governor of Anambra State added that he is aware of the agitations in different parts of the country and has revealed plans to stop it as well as bring everyone together as one happy family.
Ex-Convict Joshua Dariye Set To Join Peter Obi’s Labour Party, Run For Senate
All is now set for the recently released former Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye to declare interest to contest the Plateau Central senatorial seat on the platform of the Labour Party (LP).
Naija News reports that Dariye and former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame were, on Monday released from prison three months after their pardon by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Council of State.
Dariye spent about four years in prison out of his 10 years’ sentence for N1.126 billion fraud.
According to Daily Trust, the Plateau State chapter of LP has concluded arrangements to welcome Dariye from Abuja to pick the party’s senatorial form.
The source, a Labour Party official, said: “Yes, it is true that he (Dariye) will be running for a Senate seat. We are making arrangements for him to come from Abuja for the senatorial declaration.”
According to the party official, the former Plateau State Governor has the capacity to spring surprises at next year’s election because of the love many have for him in the North-Central State.
2023: APC Fixes September For Emergency NEC Meeting
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed the first week of September for its emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Naija News reports that the September date for the NEC meeting was chosen at the weekly NWC meeting on Wednesday at the party’s National Secretariat.
It is understood that the date is subject to the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the ruling party.
The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore are to convey to the proposed date for the NEC meeting to the President.
The NEC meeting became necessary following the expiration of the 90-day transfer of power granted to the NWC by the party’s highest decision-making organ at its 11th meeting on April 20 in Abuja.
In a chat with The Nation, a member of the NWC, who craved anonymity, stated that the party leadership is looking at the first week in September.
That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News