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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: You Are Pained About Losing VP Slot To Shettima – APC Knocks Dogara
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) has urged a former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to stop hiding under the umbrella of religion to attack the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kassim Shetimma.
According to the statement by APC on Monday, Dogara is an unstable politician who is pained that he lost out to Shettima in the race to emerge as the party’s vice presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
Instead of attempting to cause further disaffection in the party, the APC statement issued by the Director, Media & Publicity of the Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga urged Dogara to accept defeat.
Naija News reports Onanuga was reacting to the outcome of a consultative meeting and dialogue between Northern APC Christian Leaders and Northern Muslim Political Leaders held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja.
The meeting of the northern religious and political leaders was in line with the resolve of Christian leaders within the ruling camp, led by the immediate-past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.
However, Onanuga said those at the meeting are not members of the APC but impostors hired by Dogara and his loyalists.
He claimed the attendees are opportunists and selfish people, not northern Christians as claimed.
PDP Will Repeat Osun, Edo Successes In 2023 – Obaseki, Okowa, Igbinedion Say At PDP S/South Meeting
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge victorious in the forthcoming general elections.
The Edo governor noted that the party will deploy technology to ensure victory at the polls.
Speaking at the PDP South-South Zonal Meeting, held at the Ibom Hall in Uyo, the capital of Akwa-Ibom State, Obaseki said the waters have been tested in Edo and Osun States, where the party leveraged technology to ensure victory in the governorship elections.
According to the governor, the South-South zonal meeting was held to discuss issues affecting the party ahead of the launch of the PDP presidential campaign for the February 23, 2023 election in the South-South region.
Tinubu-Shettima Presidency Will Cater For Nigerian Women – Remi Tinubu
Remi Tinubu, wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, says her husband will cater for the welfare of Nigerian women if elected as the next President.
Mrs Tinubu stated this on Monday in Abuja at the inauguration of the Tinubu-Shettima Women Presidential Campaign Council.
The Senator representing Lagos Central in the National Assembly added that Tinubu-Shettima presidency will be the “best option” for Nigerian women.
She urged the more than 1,250 women present at the inauguration to mobilise support for her husband and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
Mrs Tinubu claimed that her husband and his running mate are gender sensitive and concerned about the plight of Nigerian women.
2023: PRP Speaks On Kola Abiola Dumping Presidential Ambition
The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) says there is no truth in some reports claiming its presidential candidate, Kola Abiola has withdrawn from the 2023 race.
The party in a statement on Monday by Muhammed Ishaq, on behalf of the Publicity Directorate, said members of the public should disregard the report as it is totally false.
It emphasized that Abiola and his running mate, Haro Zego, are still very much in the race and fully committed to the task of saving Nigeria.
Over 2000 APC Supporters Decamp To PDP In Bauchi
Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reportedly received no fewer than two thousand new members who defected from the nation’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors, Naija News learnt, were received into the opposition camp from the Dass Local Government Area of the state.
Reacting to the development, the PDP Chairman of Dass local government, Alhaji Shatima Sani Korau, commended the politicians for taking the bold step ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Korau who spoke at the official commissioning ceremony of the Bundilin Dutse PDP office in Bundot ward described PDP as one united powerful political party in Africa.
He admonished both old and the new members to give their maximum support to ensure the party’s victory in the coming election as well as to maintain its status for the development of the local government, state, and the nation at large.
This is as Korau also assured the decampees of his council’s readiness to carry everybody along irrespective of any differences.
PDP Officially Flags Off Presidential Campaign In Akwa Ibom
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election has officially flagged off its presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom State.
Naija News gathered that the presidential campaign is been held at the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo, the state capital.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance at the event, include the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.
Others include the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, former vice president, Nnamdi Sambo, former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and the former lawmaker representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye among other top party officials.
However, the camp of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was nowhere to be found as the party kicks off its presidential campaign.
The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde were not in attendance.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel is the Chairman of the Presidential campaign council.
Amosun Stands Against APC Governorship Candidate In Ogun, Supports ADC
Former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, has declared his support for the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye, in next year’s election.
Amosun announced his controversial decision despite his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
The lawmaker disclosed that he would be supporting Tinubu in 2023, but would not support the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun who is the governorship candidate of the party.
There are indications that the relationship between Amosun and his political son, Adekunle Akinlade has gone sour.
Recall that Amosun in 2019 supported Akinlade who contested under the platform of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) against Abiodun who eventually won the governorship election.
A further report has it that Akinlade fell out with Amosun following his decision to dump APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he got the deputy governor’s slot.
2023: Tinubu Present As APC Inaugurates Women Presidential Campaign Team
The Women Presidential Campaign Team of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general elections is currently being inaugurated.
The event is being held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari who is absent at the event was represented by his Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.
President Buhari is currently away in Chad, where he is attending the investiture ceremony of Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno as President of the Transitional Team in the Republic of Chad for two years.
The presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu, his running mate, Kashim Shettima, the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, the first lady, Aisha Buhari, Remi Tinubu and Nana Shettima are in attendance.
2023 Presidency Is Between Atiku And Tinubu – Dele Momodu
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu, has said the 2023 Presidency is between his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Momodu, who was recently appointed as the Director of Strategic Communications of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, said this on Monday during an appearance on Channels Television
Momodu said the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, does not have what it takes to compete with Atiku and Tinubu in the forthcoming polls.
The veteran journalist said Obi will struggle to get votes in the South West despite his popularity among the youths, adding the support by the youths cannot make the next President.
2023: Sowore’s AAC Knocks MC Oluomo Over Comment On Lekki Shooting
The African Action Congress has knocked the Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, over his comment on the Lekki shooting.
Naija News earlier reported that MC Oluomo had on Sunday claimed that nobody was killed during the shooting at the Lekki TollGate on October 20, 2020.
He said this during a rally he organised in Lagos in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
MC Oluomo asserted that the Lekki shooting could not be linked to the former Governor of Lagos State, adding that the #EndSARS protest was used to smear Tinubu’s name.
Reacting in a statement by its spokesman, Adeyeye Olorunfemi, AAC slammed MC Oluomo for querying the whereabouts of the bodies of protesters purportedly killed by the Nigerian Army.
The party described MC Oluomo’s comment as unfortunate, adding that he should be arrested and questioned over his knowledge of the Lekki Massacre, which he claimed was a ‘political game.’
AAC, therefore, demanded that Akinsanya immediately withdraw his statement and apologise to all Nigerian youths for his careless comment.
PDP Crisis: If Ayu Resigns And Atiku Fails To Win, What Happens? Wike Asked Important Question
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his allies demanding the resignation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu have been urged to have a rethink about their demand.
They were told it is not new nor is it unusual for a party’s national chairman and its presidential candidate to be from the same region.
The demand of the Wike camp has thrown the PDP into an internal crisis a few months before the 2023 general elections with the Rivers Governor vowing not to have anything to do with the presidential bid of the party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Ayu on his part has also promised not to resign based on the demand of an individual, arguing that he can only resign if the PDP asks him to leave the position, Naija News reports.
Speaking on the development, a coalition of civil society organisations under the aegis of Better Life for Nigeria, said Wike and his loyalists are trying to pocket the party.
The group in a statement by its national coordinator, Waheed Abduljeleel further accused Wike of political brashness and throwing tantrums.
Questioning Wike in his submission, the group’s leader wondered what would be the fate of Ayu if he resigns and Atiku still loses the 2023 presidential election.
You Can’t Expect Bola Tinubu To Attend All Events – APC
The Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Support Group for the North-East, Tijani Tumsah has stated that Nigerians cannot expect the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to attend all events.
Reacting to backlash from some Nigerians over Tinubu’s absence during the signing of the 2023 election peace pact where he was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima, Tumsah said only the former Lagos State governor has the autonomy to decide which events he will attend.
Speaking on Sunday Politics on Channels Television on Sunday, the APC support group leader said Tinubu cannot be at all events at the same time, adding that the ones he can attend, he will, and the ones he can’t, he will be ably represented.
2023: Igbos Are Responsible For Pushing Peter Obi Down And Giving Tinubu An Edge – Isaac Fayose
Isaac Fayose, the younger brother of a former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s All Progressives Congress is the one leading the pack amongst the 2023 presidential candidates.
Naija News reports that other front runners in the 2023 race include Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking via Facebook, Fayose insisted that the reason Tinubu is leading the pack is because the Igbos are divided.
He argued that the sit-at-home order in the Southeast and the agitation for Biafra would relegate the LP to second place.
Fayose also stated that Atiku is third in the pack of frontline contenders.
That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News