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Obi Not a Threat to Tinubu– Kogi Group

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The forum of Kogi former political office holders says Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP) is not a threat to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2023 poll.

Alhaji Abdulmumin Sadik, the chairman of the forum said this when he spoke with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

Sadik said that the achievement of Tinubu when he was governor of Lagos State was yet to be beaten.

“It is there for all to see. Lagos State is like combining the entire South East as one state, the economy of the entire South East is like that of Lagos State.

“If Tinubu can transform Lagos State in eight years, he can transform Nigeria, all it takes is the political will which he has, following his antecedence as governor.

You can’t compare what Obi did in Anambra as governor to what Tinubu did in Lagos State as governor which had been very consistent.

“Obi for me, may have his qualities, but I think for now, he is in the market at the wrong time, because the APC candidate is more credible and has a better credentials,” he said.

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He said that Tinubu as APC presidential candidate, has been tested and proven, following his antecedence as governor of Lagos State for two-terms.

He, however, expressed optimism that with the manner the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government had been addressing corruption in the country, the degree of menace would be curb soon.

“Am sure that Tinubu will address it head-on if he takes charge of the country’s leadership come 2023 with the support of all Nigerians,” he said.

He said that the forum plans to create a directorate for youth mobilization to mentor them on their roles as future leaders of the country.

He said that youths constituted over 60 per cent of Nigerian voters and would be given a voice and be allowed to take their place to contribute to the country’s development.

He said the forum which membership cut across the 21 Local Government Area (LGAs) of Kogi, had decided to work together to ensure that opposition parties don’t have a place in 2023.

He said although Gov. Yahaya Bello contested the APC presidential ticket with Tinubu at the primary election, the group was 100 per cent behind Tinubu presidency in 2023.

“We intend to get up to 200 votes from each polling units, up to the wards and the 21 LGAs of the state.

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“If you aggregate all this together, it means we won’t have less than 1million votes for Tinubu in 2023.

“Kogi is ready for Tinubu/ Shettima ticket and we have decided to come together on one platform to work together for the enthronement of Tinubu presidency in 2023.

“Members of the forum include all former and serving government appointees in Kogi from wards to polling units to LGAs, starting from the time of Prince Abubakar Audu, the state’s first executive governor to date who are grassroots mobilisers. 

“We intend to get in touch with our colleagues in other states to form same structure to galvanise votes for Tinubu in their respective states to ensure a resounding victory for him in 2023,” he said.

He faulted criticism against the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, saying it was unnecessary.

He said Nigeria was literally in a state of coma and under intensive care unit, adding that all that was needed was to salvage it and bring it out of the present challenging situations, irrespective of tribe or religion.

“What is important is to get our people out of poverty and insecurity and to ensure that our people got what they wanted.

“What we should be looking at the moment, is who can bring the country out of its challenges.

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“Poverty and insecurity do not know if you are a Christian or a Muslim, Tinubu maybe a Muslim, but he has been married to a Christian for over 40 years and religion had not separated them.

“Our principal has the credentials to show following his antecedence in Lagos and how he transformed the state and this should be the determinant, not religion,” Sadik said. (NAN)

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2023: APC Suspends Jigawa Lawmaker over Alleged Anti Party Activity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Jigawa state has suspended the member of the state House of Assembly representing the Kanya Babba constituency, Hon Usman Haladu Isah, for allegedly sabotaging the party.

This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the party chairman of Babura Local Government, Isa Ubale, and the party chairman of Kanya Babba Constituency and made available to newsmen.

The statement said the member was accused of undermining the party ahead of the 2023 general election and disrespecting the party’s elders.

The embattled lawmaker also lost his ticket to Ibrahim Hashim Kanya in the APC primary election for the coming 2023 general election.

Ubale said the suspension was unanimously agreed by all the party leaders in the constituency.

The suspension took effect from the 24th of September 2022, pending the conclusion of the investigation for further action.

The statement added that a copy of the suspension document had been sent to the stakeholders of the party in the state.

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Plateau: Kwande Reconciles Warring PDP Groups, Party Ready for Elections

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to work for all candidates of the party beginning from the Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to the Governorship candidate Caleb Mutfwang, Senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates and the State House of Assembly flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country.

The resolution was reached at a healing meeting called by the former Ambassador to Switzerland Amb. Yahaya Kwande held at his residence with all factions, party leadership and the Governorship candidate arriving at a common ground to work together for the success of the party as official campaign leading to the 2023 elations will kick-started in few days.

The former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrach Best while briefing newsmen after the five hours closed door meeting at the residence of the elder statesman Monday in Jos the state capital disclosed that all issues have been resolved and the party is ready to go into electioneering campaigns.

In his words, “There has been a lot of concern on the unity of the party in Plateau state, and there has been discordant statements in regards to the support of the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar.

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“This meeting addressed all those issues of the need to unite the party, the need to get the people work together because there has been groups that are working across purposes but today by virtue of the Convener who happens to be an elder stateman Yahaya Kwande, he was able to bring together all shade of opinions under one roof.”

He added, “We have been able to discuss the unity of the party so that we get ready for the take off of campaigns, and we are going into this campaign as one house, we are going as one Plateau, one PDP. We have agreed that every persons that bear the flag of the PDP beginning from the Presidential flag bearer Atiku Abubakar, through the Governorship flag bearer Caleb Mutfwang to Senate candidates, House of Representatives candidates and House of Assembly candidates, this party will support them and deliver them.”

Best explained the essence of the meeting, “This is a healing meeting at the residence of this elder statesman who we consider a father figure, we wanted a rallying point and this is the rallying point, we wanted a meeting point and this is the meeting point, If you look at the meeting, the State Working Committee (SWC) is represented, the Jang group and the Huseni group are equally represented, all people from both sides were here.”

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While responding on the Governor Wike’s position on the party and the possible support for the victory of the party in the coming elections he stated, “The Plateau PDP has been around since 1999, and Wike’s support is a recent phenomenon, I believe that this party is good to go. PDP is strong enough because the backbone of the party is the people, and Plateau people are essentially and fundamentally PDP.

“If we get Wike’s support fine, but if we don’t, I believe this party is sustainable; remember that in 2019 when we held elections, Atiku Abubakar won in Plateau state and there was no support from Wike, we are capable of replicating that,” he assured party faithful and Plateau citizens.

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Adjustment of the Time-Table of Activities Earmarked to Commence Campaigns by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

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By Jude Opara, Abuja

The crisis that trailed the list of members of the Campaign Council may have forced the All Progressives Congress (APC) to postpone indefinitely its earlier planned Peace Walk and Prayers to flag off it campaigning programme.

In a statement made available to newsmen late on Monday, Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong said the event would now hold an a later date.

He said the postponement was done to include many other stakeholders who would want to be part of the campaign team.

Lalong wrote; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to  officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report at the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.

 

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the time-table of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold.

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“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates. 

“A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon”.

Many party stakeholders have been complaining that they were ignored in the composition of the Campaign Council, insisting it was lopsided.  

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