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Sheath Your Sword, PDP BoT Chairman Tells Atiku, Wike
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin, has advised the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to immediately reconcile their differences.
In a statement on Thursday, Jibrin advised Atiku and Wike alongside their camps to close ranks and sheath their sword in the interest of the party.
He also urged camps of both politicians to remain calm and never create confusion about the state of the party, adding that they should allow efforts to resolve the party’s internal crisis to materialise.
The BoT chairman noted that it was time both camps see the internal crisis as a “misunderstanding” and not a “problem”.
He, however, advised the camps of both politicians to give strong support to the present reconciliation committee set up to resolve all issues in the party.
Osun: Court Delivers Judgement On Suit Seeking To Disqualify Adeleke As PDP’s Governorship Candidate
Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has struck out a suit seeking the disqualification of Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last July 26 election.
Naija News reports that the suit was struck out on Thursday on the basis that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to institute the case.
The plaintiff, Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman, had filed charges against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the PDP and Adeleke.
Lukman prayed the court to render null and void the submission of Adeleke’s name to INEC on grounds of alleged unlawful action.
The grouse of the plaintiff was that Adeleke’s name was hurriedly submitted by PDP on March 11 as against between March 14 to 18 as contained in the INEC guidelines.
Adeleke’s name having not been submitted within the period fixed by INEC, the plaintiff asked the court to declare the submission, illegal, unlawful, null, and void and be set aside.
Why PDP Governors, Top NWC Members Shunned Atiku Abubakar’s Yola Event
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly affecting the political activities of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is currently at loggerheads with Atiku over his choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate and the refusal of the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, to resign.
It was gathered that the lingering crisis between Atiku and Wike led to the absence of governors on the platform of the PDP and some key members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) from an event in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
Recall that Atiku had attended a rally in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, his home state, where he formally received defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, including two states lawmakers who defected to the PDP.
However, no PDP governor (apart from the host, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, and Atiku’s running mate, Okowa) and only four members of the NWC attended the event.
2023 Elections: Bode George Speaks On Rift With Tinubu
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has denied a rift with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, George said he only has a problem with everything Tinubu has acquired.
The PDP chieftain said the wealth, properties and other assets owned by the former Governor of Lagos State were all a “bundle of lies”.
George said the APC presidential candidate did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos despite serving as a governor for two terms.
Speaking further, George called on Tinubu to tell Nigerians who owns Alpa Beta company, and how much the company has allegedly stolen from the Lagos Government.
2023: Sheriff Modu Dumps APC For PDP
A former All Progressives Congress (APC) Northeast Zonal Secretary, Yusuf Sheriff Modu, popularly known as Sheriff Banki has dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Modu announced his defection in a letter dated August 16 and forwarded it to the Chairman, Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State, Babagana Kulami.
He further stated that he contributed to the ruling party during his time in the party, from the ward level to the national level.
Modu, however, stated that he decided to dump the APC based on personal reasons after serving the party for eight years.
‘He Is Obsessed’ – Fani-Kayode Accuses Bode George Of Having Personal Issues With Tinubu
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode has accused a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George of having issues with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that Bode George, during a recent interview, attacked Tinubu and described him as a ‘bundle of lies’.
He argued that Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of Lagos State residents despite serving as governor for two terms.
Responding during an interview on Channels TV, Fani-Kayode said it is tragic to see the PDP chieftain speak ill about Tinubu.
According to him, Bode George is obsessed with the former Governor of Lagos and his hatred has beclouded his judgment.
Keyamo Reacts To Mammoth Crowd That Welcomed Tinubu During Visit To Obasanjo
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has reacted to the crowd that welcomed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu to Ogun State.
Naija News reports that the presidential candidate earlier on Wednesday paid a visit to the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, as part of his consultation ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Upon his arrival, a large crowd of supporters stormed Obasanjo’s penthouse residence displaying various placards, while singing songs to welcome him.
Reacting to this, Keyamo in a post shared on Twitter said the crowd that welcomed Tinubu was an indication of what to expect in 2023.
The spokesman of the APC 2023 Presidential Campaign Council said the crowd are real voters and their votes will count in 2023.
Kwankwaso Appoints Ex-Lawmaker, Former Vice-presidential Candidate As Campaign Spokespersons
Ahead of the 2023 general election, the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has appointed Abdulmumin Jibrin and Ladipo Johnson as his campaign council spokespersons.
Naija News reports that the former Kano State governor made this known in a statement by his spokesperson, Ibrahim Adam.
According to Kwankwaso, he appointed Jibrin and Johnson as spokespersons based on their high level of networking and in-depth understanding of the Nitty-Gritty of communication.
He said the two newly appointed campaign council spokespersons have what it takes to bring about a new Nigeria.
Tinubu Meets APC Governors After Trip To Abeokuta
The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday night, met with some governors elected on the platform of the ruling party.
Tinubu’s meeting with the Progressives Governors Forum is coming shortly after he met with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The former Governor of Lagos State had met with Obasanjo to solicit for support ahead of the 2023 general election.
Tinubu, while giving reason for visiting Ogun State, noted that he was in the state to appreciate members of the ruling party for their support.
The Presidential candidate, who spoke at the MKO Abiola stadium, further stated that it is not time to campaign for the 2023 general elections.
Naija News gathered that Tinubu met with the APC Governors after addressing the party supporters at the MKO Abiola stadium.
Insecurity, Other Problems Won’t Stop APC From Winning 2023 Elections – Masari
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the 2023 general elections despite the problems facing the country.
He said this on Wednesday during the inauguration of an ultra-modern hostel/campus named after him by the management of a private university in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Speaking on the chances of the ruling party in the forthcoming elections, the governor said the current challenges facing the country are not only peculiar but had global dimensions.
Masari said some Nigerians said in 2019 that it will be difficult for the APC to win, because of the country’s situation, but it has come to pass that they were wrong.
Muslim-Muslim Ticket: My Support For Tinubu Is Not Based On Morals – Fani-Kayode Gives Reason For Endorsing APC Flag Bearer
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode has praised the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party’s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Acknowledging the fact that the same faith ticket might be hard to accept for a Christian, Fani said he had prayed about it and there was nothing wrong in the choice.
Sharing his thoughts on Channels Television, he said that his decision to support Tinubu had no connection to morals and was simply based on choice.
He explained that it was his nature to make decisions on choices based on conviction and courage.
The former PDP stalwart also defended the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima, insisting that he had built more churches in the State than any other governor before him.
Wike Vs Atiku: The Devil Is In Our Midst – Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George has urged the party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike to shelve their differences.
Naija News reports that the PDP has been in a state of crisis after the presidential primaries which produced Atiku as the party’s flag bearer.
Wike had contested the presidential ticket but lost to the former vice-president.
The rift in the party took a turn for the worse after Atiku picked Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
After the appointment, some party stakeholders expressed concerns that Atiku overlooked Wike; who was said to have been recommended by a panel.
Speaking on the ongoing crisis, during a Channels Tv interview on Wednesday, George said Atiku and Wike must understand that their ambitions cannot trump the supremacy of the PDP.
2023: Kwankwaso Speaks On Rift Between Him And Shekarau
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has cleared the air on the rift between him and former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau.
Kwankwaso on Wednesday said there is no rift between him and Shekarau amidst speculations that he might join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidential candidate also revealed why some demands of Shekarau were not met by the party.
According to Kwankwaso, the requests of the former Governor were not met because there was no time on their side to grant his demands.
There had been speculations that Shekarau might join PDP after Kwankwaso failed to fulfil the agreement they had before joining NNPP.
Kwankwaso speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa said most of the people that joined NNPP because of Shekarau joined when the Independent National Electoral Commission will not accept their candidacy.
He, however, promised to give Shekarau’s associates a position if the party wins in 2023.
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