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Atiku Comes Under Fire From Ohanaeze, Southeast Leaders Over Presidency
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been lambasted for pledging to cede the presidency to the zone in 2027.
Naija News reports that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and other prominent leaders from Southeast have advised Nigerians not to take serious.
Ohanaeze said no person from Southeast or Igbo would take the advice of the former vice-president serious.
The Southeast leaders were reacting to Atiku’s statement during a rally in Enugu where he was quoted to have said that he would support Ndigbo to win the Presidency in 2027 in return for the region’s votes for him in 2023.
Disquiet In PDP Over Atiku’s Presidency Pledge To Wike
The alleged offer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2027 presidential ticket to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike by the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar has led to disquiet in the party.
There are speculations that Atiku during his meeting with Wike on Thursday in Abuja promised to hand over to Wike in 2027.
Reports had it that Atiku had promised to support Wike’s ambition as a means of gaining his support in the 2023 general elections.
Sources that spoke about the meeting stated that Governor Wike was more concerned about changes in the leadership of the party.
According to the source, the decision of Atiku to support Wike’s ambition in 2027 has angered some chieftains of the party, especially in the southern part of the country.
A former national vice chairman of the party who spoke with the Nation on condition of anonymity said, “This is not the time to start talking about who will succeed Atiku. It is a distraction that is worse than whatever Wike and his people have been doing before.”
He further stated that it is not the duty of Atiku to decide which party of the south will take over power at the end of his administration.
2023: Presidential Candidate Gets Summon From Party Over ‘Slow Preparations’
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Malik Ado-Ibrahim has been summoned by the party over plans for the 2023 election.
According to the party, members are not satisfied with the preparations in place by the presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.
A statement on Sunday by the YPP National Secretary, Egbeola Wale-Martins said the decision to summon Ado-Ibrahim was taken after the party’s 20th national working committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja.
He added that the gap in communication between the presidential candidate, the party leadership and its organs seem to have slowed down preparations for next year’s elections and hampered the expected fortunes of the YPP.
The National Secretary also stated that the outcome of the briefing from the presidential candidate would determine the next line of action to be taken by the party.
Gov Matawalle’s Ally Dumps PDP For APC In Zamfara
An ally to the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, Alhaji Anas Waziri has dumped Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The development was confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday by the Special Assistant, New Media to Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto North), Bashar Abubakar, Naija News reports.
The report said the Chairman of Matawalle Support Organization in Sokoto state, walked into the ruling party with hundreds of his supporters today.
Stating their reason for dumping PDP, Waziri said they resolved to withdraw their membership from the PDP as its leaders had failed to take them to the promised land.
Lagos Obidients Rally: Peter Obi Is After Tinubu Not Atiku – Bwala
A spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign, Daniel Bwala, has said that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, is planning to plunder the votes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu and not that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Bwala stated this while reacting to the Obidients rally in Lagos which had youths in large numbers hitting the street to campaign for the LP flag bearer.
Speaking further Bwala stated that Atiku made Obi popular and the PDP chances in the upcoming election were brighter.
He also spoke on the outcome of Obi’s Kaduna rally, recalling when the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai stated that it would be a failure.
Atiku vs Wike: PDP Chieftain Kicks Against Calls For Ayu’s Removal
A former National Secretary and member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Wale Oladipo, has faulted calls for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Speaking to The PUNCH, Oladipo noted that the party’s NEC passed a vote of confidence in Ayu without any objection from any leader in the party.
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies have called for the removal or resignation of Ayu as a condition to support the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
But Oladipo stated that anyone who wanted the PDP chairman out should have attended the party’s NEC to object.
What Will Happen If Peter Obi Wins The Presidency And He Is Not Recognised – Adebanjo
The leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has shared his thoughts on what will happen in Nigeria if Labour Party ( LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi wins the presidency and it is taken away from him.
Adebanjo stated that there would be a crisis in Nigeria if Obi wins the 2023 presidency and is not recognised.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, the Afenifere leader explained that the LP is no longer a party but a movement of aggrieved Nigerians who wants a change in the country.
Shedding more light on Afenifere’s decision to back obi, he insisted that the association is not a Yoruba group alone but a Yoruba association of the Action Group.
When asked if he thinks Obi can lead Nigeria from the economic quagmire plaguing the country he replied that the former governor is one of those who left office and was not chased by the EFCC which says a lot about his character.
He argued that the country would be turbulent if Obi wins the 2023 presidency and it is manipulated in a bid to put someone else in power.
That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News