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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: No Crisis In APC, Defecting PDP Members Are Welcome – Sen. Adeyemi
Kogi west senator, Smart Adeyemi has submitted that the Muslim-Muslim ticket put forward by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election is not a bad development.
He argued that it won’t have a negative effect on the fortunes of the APC as those who have objections are already being reached out to by the party leadership to ensure everyone goes into the election with a single purpose.
Naija News understands Senator Adeyemi made the submission while speaking with journalists in Abuja over the weekend and defended the decision of the party to field Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima.
According to him, the decision was done in the interest of Nigerians as the APC understood it is the turn of the south to produce the country’s next president.
He argued that unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which still picked a northerner in the person of Atiku Abubakar after the eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC always puts the people first.
The lawmaker added that the party is already liaising with those who may have any misgivings about the Muslim-Muslim ticket and those in the PDP who are not satisfied with a northern candidacy are also welcome to join the APC.
2023: Dele Alake Speaks On Tinubu’s Certificate, Identity Controversy
The Director of Strategic Communication of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Alake has claimed the certificates of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, are genuine and authentic.
Naija News reports that the former Lagos State Commissioner of Information made this known during an interview on Channels Television, on Sunday.
This is coming amidst the controversy that has trailed Tinubu’s certificates and identity, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Speaking on the matter, Alake said the controversy surrounding Tinubu’s certificates had been resolved and should not have been a topic anymore.
Alake said the former Governor of Lagos had already informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic certificates were stolen while he was on self-exile.
The former Commissioner also refuted claims that the real name of the APC presidential candidate is ‘Amoda Ogunlere’, describing such allegations are fake and baseless.
Osun Tribunal: Davido Issues Strong Warning To Oyetola Over Adeleke’s Victory
Nigerian singer, David Adeleke better known as Davido has warned the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Governor Gboyega Oyetola over a purported planned attack on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office.
Naija News earlier reported that Oyetola in a suit had challenged Osun governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory at the poll before the tribunal and also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
However, in a statement shared over the weekend by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Osun chapter accused the ruling APC of planning to move the Osun State election petition tribunal to the federal capital, Abuja.
The PDP in a statement by its caretaker chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle alleged that APC is scared of the expected ease of verification and consequent invalidation of its claim of over-voting if the tribunal sittings continue in Osogbo.
He said that APC is working to frustrate further sittings in Osun state to hamper the transparency of reviewing the data on BVAS Machines, adding the machines which are in Osun state will be easily handled without logistics constraints and exposure of the machines to tampering and physical dismemberment if moved.
Reacting to the development, Davido via his verified Instagram page slammed Oyetola over the alleged plan to tamper with data on BVAS machines.
He further warned the sitting governor to stay off the government house after November 28th.
Keyamo Speaks On Tinubu’s Real Name Been ‘Amoda Ogunlere’
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu over the past few months has been battling the controversy around his identity.
Questions have been raised on their age, source of wealth, state of origin, and certificate as the former governor of Lagos State.
There had been rumours online in the past few days that Tinubu could not present his primary school certificate because the name on the document is ‘Amoda Ogunlere’
Tinubu in his CF 01 form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had claimed that his certificates were stolen while in exile.
The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo while reacting to the rumour described it as a ‘cock and bull story.’
Keyamo said it is not an issue if Tinubu is from Osun State or Lagos State in as much they are not saying he is from Cameroon.
There had been claims that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is from a town that used to be part of Cameroon.
PDP Takes Over Buhari’s Campaign Offices In Katsina
The Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken over President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign offices in the state.
The development was confirmed by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu while addressing newsmen in Katsina State.
Ayu who spoke through his media aide, Yusuf A. Dingyadi, said PDP has taken over most of the strongholds of President Buhari in the state.
Dingyadi in his statement said the APC government in Katsina has failed in addressing insecurity challenges and other issues in the state.
He called on members of APC to join the PDP, adding that the party is the only hope for survival in the 2023 general elections.
Dingyadi speaking on the crisis in the PDP, described it as an in-house issue which will be resolved through an internal mechanism.
He noted that the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee of the party passed a vote of confidence on the party chairman last week.
2023: APC Campaign Council Speaks On Tinubu’s Investment In Nigeria
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has said it is not concerned whether the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has investments in any company in Nigeria.
The Director of Strategic Communication of the council, Dele Alake, said this during an Interview on Channels Television, on Sunday night, Naija News reports.
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the source of Tinubu’s wealth and his investments have again come under public scrutiny.
Commenting on the matter, Alake said the campaign council was not bothered about the companies owned by Tinubu as long as it is not proved that the funds for the investments were stolen.
2023: Tinubu Offered The Presidency To Atiku, Ribadu – Keyamo Opens Up On ‘Emilokan’ Movement
Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo, has opened up on the reason his principal, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said that it is rightfully his time to rule.
Keyamo shared his thoughts on Tinubu’s presidential ambition during a Twitter Spaces Programme organised by the ABAT (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) media team.
He alleged that Tinubu gave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar a soft landing when he was “thrown out” of the PDP.
According to him, Atiku’s decision to contest by not respecting the zoning principle is one of the reasons the opposition party is in crisis.
Muslim-Muslim Ticket: 2023 Presidency Must Come To The South – Akeredolu Tells Christians
The executive Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday insisted that the 2023 presidency must come to the Southern part of Nigeria regardless of the circumstances.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said the North has enjoyed eight years in government, hence they cannot remain in the seat of power after 2023.
Naija News reports that Akeredolu stated this while appealing to Christians across the country to put aside sentiment and religion and focus on the competency of presidential candidates involved in the 2023 race.
According to him, what is important in 2023 was to have a president from the southern part of the country. Akeredolu stressed that he and other stakeholders from the Southern region have fought for the region to regain power and that the struggle must not be in vain.
Akeredele in a statement made available to journalists in Akure over the weekend through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, said he led his colleagues in the Southern Governors’ Forum to demand a Southern Presidency despite stiff opposition from some quarters.
He urged Nigerians to be positive about the candidacy of former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is holding the APC ticket from the South.
There Won’t Be APC Without Amaechi’s Sacrifices, Risks – Eze
A close associate of the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has reacted to how the former presidential aspirant is being treated in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Eze, the question of whether Amaechi was fairly treated by the APC would be answered at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Eze said Buhari or Amaechi would be in the right position to speak on how the former minister was treated in 2023.
The APC chieftain while speaking with Leadership in Port Harcourt said there won’t be the ruling party if not for the sacrifices and risks of Amaechi.
He confirmed that Amaechi supported the election and reelection of President Buhari as the director general of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation on two occasions.
Eze noted that it is true that the party rewarded Amaechi with the lucrative Ministry of Transportation, adding that Amaechi established himself as one of the best brains and leaders in Nigeria.
He further stated that Amaechi’s influence in the party saw him defeat the sitting vice president and sitting Senate President in the primary of the party.
2023: ‘Reasons Tinubu Deserves Presidency More Than Atiku, Obi’
A group, Coalition Movement for Bola Ahmed Tinubu (COMBAT), has said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deserves to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The group, in a statement on Sunday by its Convener, Senator Rilwan Akanbi, said the achievements and track records in Lagos State make Bola Tinubu more deserving of the presidency.
It said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, cannot match Tinubu in terms of political achievements.
The group added that Tinubu deserves to become Nigeria’s next president, stressing that his economic track record takes him ahead of other candidates for being recognized as the visionary behind the success of the Lagos economy.
2023: Igbo Elders Divided After Ezeife Visits Kashim Shettima
Reports have indicated that weeks after a visit from the former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, vice-presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, IECF, which he chairs is seriously divided.
An official statement from the IECF had earlier claimed that it was a courtesy visit.
However, sources have informed Punch that the group has been thrown into controversies after members who support the Igbo presidency of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, remained divided.
The division was due to the cancellation of two press conferences earlier scheduled for 1 pm on Tuesday, June 14 and Friday, June 24 2022 at Ezeife’s residence in Asokoro at the last minute, with no explanation given.
Due to the incident, the group has maintained a deafening silence which has led to speculations that politicians might have infiltrated them.
A member of the IECF confirmed the situation but said that he was not certain if the APC was responsible for the division.
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