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PDP Crisis: Why Atiku, Wike Chose To Make Peace In London
In a bid to avoid interruption or distraction from other politicians, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, chose to hold his reconciliation meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in London, UK.
Naija News reports that Atiku and Wike, alongside some governors, had been at loggerheads since May 2022, when Atiku emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP. The crisis escalated after Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was unveiled as Atiku’s running mate on June 16. Moves to reconcile all parties have failed.
Atiku had on Thursday met with Wike in London alongside governors of Abia, Benue, Adamawa, and Oyo States. There were other PDP stakeholders like Donald Duke who were in attendance.
The parties involved chose London to avoid many talks and media attacks already associated with the meetings.
An ally of Atiku, familiar with the available outcome of the meeting, told Saturday Sun that Atiku was able to prevail on Wike and other aggrieved governors to suspend their push for the removal of the national chairman of the PDP Iyorchia Ayu until elections are conducted next year. He said Atiku hinged his argument on the dangers it will pose to the success of the PDP during next year’s elections.
Details Of What Peter Obi Told Nigerians In Germany Emerge
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi on Friday began his series of engagements with Nigerians in the diaspora.
Naija News reports the first point of stop for Obi was Frankfurt in Germany.
It will be recalled the LP presidential candidate had earlier confirmed he will be travelling overseas to hold dialogue with Nigerians in the diaspora.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters who had gathered to welcome him and hear him in Germany, Obi expressed how happy he was to be with them.
The former Anambra State Governor then went ahead to unveil some of his plans if he emerges President of Nigeria in 2023.
He shared the details of what he said via his Twitter page.
As part of what he said, Obi promised to improve the nation’s security, pursue human capital development, move Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation and fight corruption.
2023: ‘Don’t Repeat Mistakes Of 2015 And 2019’ – Bayelsa Deputy Gov. Warns Nigerians
Ahead of the 2023 election, the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has warned Nigerians against making the mistakes of the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
Naija News reports that the deputy governor gave the caution at Saint Barnabas Anglican Church, Sagbama, during the second session of the fifth synod of the Western Izon Diocese of the Anglican Communion.
Ewhrudjakpo emphasized that failure to vote wisely or repeat the mistakes of the past would be like madness caused by the proverbial dog biting the same person a second time.
The Deputy Governor advised churches to encourage their members to cast their votes for the party that will support national unity, security, and economic prosperity rather than wasting time debating pointless issues.
He warned Christians against what he called sleeping on duty and urged them to awaken from their sleep and begin to interrogate issues in such a way that will promote the common good.
Peter Obi Reacts As Supporters Defy Rain To Stage 2-Million Man March In Port Harcourt
The early morning rain in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Saturday couldn’t stop supporters of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi from staging their planned 2-million man march for him.
Naija News reports the supporters, mostly youths defied the rain and marched in their numbers from the popular Oil Mill Market to the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt.
The march is part of the support for the Obi/Datti 2023 presidential ticket.
Reacting, Obi who is currently outside the country appreciated the supporters, adding that he is watching the developments and the labour will not be in vain.
PDP Crisis: Ayu’s Camp In Panic Mode After Wike, Atiku’s Meeting In London
Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, are in a state of panic following the London meeting between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has insisted on Ayu’s resignation as one of his conditions to back the presidential bid of Atiku.
Wike’s camp claimed that Ayu had “promised to resign” his position if the presidential candidate of the PDP emerged from the North.
But in a statement released through his media aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, Ayu stated that he was elected as the National Chairman to lead the party for the next four years.
He added that he is on an assignment to lead PDP on a rescue mission by February 2023.
It was, however, gathered that Atiku may be willing to accept Wike’s demands following the Rivers State governor’s meeting with opposition politicians.
According to Saturday Sun, the meeting between Atiku and Wike had sent shock waves through Ayu and Atiku’s camp.
Labour Party’s Datti Baba-Ahmed ‘Mobbed’ In Sokoto
The supporters of the Labour Party came out in their numbers to welcome the Vice Presidential candidate of the party, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed during his visit to Sokoto.
Naija News reports that Yusuf Datti visited Sokoto on Friday for a meeting with youths and stakeholders of the state.
It was an atmosphere of jubilation for the Labour party VP as supporters and well wishers came out in their numbers to give him a warm welcome.
Some of the crowd, hailed Datti, proclaiming him as the next Vice president of Nigeria.
2023: Tinubu Will Transform Nigeria As He Did In Lagos – Okiro
Former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro has said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, will transform Nigeria as he did in Lagos State.
Okiro said if elected, Tinubu will bring his developmental legacy to bear and ensure that every part of the country enjoys the dividends of democracy.
He stated this in Abuja on Friday at the unveiling of the planning committee for a support group, ‘Defect Together Movement for Tinubu-Shettima 2023.’
Okiro described Tinubu as a man with foresight and capacity to fix Nigeria, recalling that when Tinubu became Lagos governor in 1999, he addressed the issue of criminality and solved it.
The former Police boss revealed how Tinubu made a special request on security to the then IG to bring him back to Lagos to help solve the security challenges in the state.
2023: Peter Obi No Longer Igbo Project, Now National Project – Ohanaeze
The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has described the presidential ambition of the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi, as a national project.
The National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Alex Ogbonnia, made this known while reacting to a recent visit by some Igbo elders to the Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammad Abubakar III.
Naija News understands that the Igbo elders visited the Sultan to intensify consultation and concretise plans for a president from Igbo extraction in 2023.
In a chat with The Punch, Ogbonnia said Obi is no longer an ‘Igbo project’ but a national project because Nigerians had accepted and made him their preferred candidate.
He added that the organisation is still insisting on Igbo presidency, stressing that it has pushed out the matter to the rest of Nigeria.
‘Kwankwaso Not Stepping Down For Tinubu, He Has Inherited Buhari’s 12 Million Northern Votes’
The presidential campaign council of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has insisted that he is not planning to drop his ambition and back that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, a former House of Representatives member and Kwankwaso’s campaign spokesperson, Abdulmumin Jibrin, described such reports as false.
Dismissing claims that Kwankwaso might ask his supporters to vote for Tinubu, the former lawmaker said the former governor is not considering merging with the APC.
He said his principal now controls the northern votes of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that no presidential candidate can beat Kwankwaso in the country’s northern region.
‘Your Assertion Is Lame’ Ologbondiyan Knocks Masari Over Claims Wike, PDP Govs Will Work For Tinubu
A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, has knocked Ibrahim Masari, the former placeholder of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu over his recent statement.
Naija News recalls that Masari during an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday claimed that Wike and some PDP governors would work for Tinubu‘s emergence as president in 2023.
However, Ologbondiyan, speaking on Channels TV on Friday, dismissed Masari’s statement, describing it as lame and there is no truth in it.
According to him, the PDP governors have no reason or basis to vote for Tinubu, especially as Nigerians have distanced themselves from the party that has become a burden, in the last seven years.
Ologbondiyan added that the opposition governors have seen the failure of the APC and won’t vote for the ruling party next year.
2023: What Is it With London, Paris And Dubai? Baba-Ahmed Asks Tinubu, Atiku, Others
The spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has slammed Nigerian politicians for travelling abroad to hold strategic meetings.
Baba-Ahmed was reacting to the recent meetings between three presidential candidates and some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom.
In a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Friday, Baba-Ahmed wondered why the politicians are meeting abroad instead of having discussions in the country.
The NEF spokesman also queried the costs of travelling outside of the country to discuss Nigerian matters.
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