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Wike Meets Tinubu In France, May Support APC Candidate
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has reportedly held a meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News understands based on inside sources quoted on Tuesday that the two politicians met in Paris, France.
It was further gathered that loyalists of Governor Wike including Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde and his colleague from Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu also attended the meeting.
The sources quoted by The Cable also suggested that Wike, who is having a running battle with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar may reach agreements to support Tinubu and the APC in the 2023 elections.
2023: Peter Obi Throws Challenge, Dares Other 2023 Presidential Candidates
Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has dared other party flag bearers who condemn his statistics on Nigeria to present their own argument.
Obi threw the challenge while he and the national leadership of his party received Valentine Ozigbo.
Ozigbo, a business mogul, was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2021 Anambra governorship election.
The former governor of Anambra state accused other presidential candidates of poking holes in his theories without presenting their side of the argument.
Obi argued that data and information are important during political campaigns and in governance.
Let’s Make Them Real Issues: Keyamo Reacts As Nigerians Mock Shettima’s Dressing To NBA Conference
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has reacted to various critics over the All Progressives Congress (APC) Vice Presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima’s dress style to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) annual conference on Monday.
Naija News reports that the NBA annual conference was held yesterday at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Shettima, just like other top politicians and company heads, was present at the event to represent the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The former governor of Borno state was, however, mocked by Nigerians, including former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, for wearing a pair of gym shoes to the event while on a suit.
Reacting, however, Keyamo who doubles as spokesperson for the Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council, took to his verified Twitter page on Tuesday to post photos of himself dressed in a suit and joggers (similar to Shettima’s), making a mockery of critics of the APC chieftain.
Sharing the photos, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) captioned: “Now, since they think the issues of Nigeria are three buttons, a pair of sneakers and a long tie, let’s help make them the real issues.”
2023: Baba-Ahmed Warns Nigerians Against Voting APC
The vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Yusuf Baba-Ahmed, has described the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 as a mistake.
Baba-Ahmed on Tuesday warned Nigerians against allowing the mistake to repeat itself in the 2023 general elections.
Speaking on the security challenges in the country, the running mate of Peter Obi promised to expand the recruitment process to get the police needed.
Baba-Ahmed condemned the federal government for failing to tackle the insecurity challenges rocking the country.
He further stated that the ruling party has failed to deliver on its campaign promises.
Baba-Ahmed stated this while speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday.
After Missing NBA Conference, Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Other Presidential Candidates Set To Meet At Another Event
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has gotten another chance to publicly appear at an event with other presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 polls.
Naija News understands Tinubu, New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar and other candidates are all expected at the National Unity Polo Tournament, in September billed for Keffi, Nasarawa State.
This is coming a few hours after Tinubu missed the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos where he was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
The organizer and promoter of the event, Mr. Ahmed Wadada during an interview on Tuesday said the candidates have been approached and have confirmed their intention to attend the event.
Apart from the presidential candidates, Naija News understands other top politicians including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, royal fathers, traditional rulers, captains of industries, and other dignitaries are expected at the four-day event.
According to Wadada, the aim of the event is to douse the tension in the polity and ensure a peaceful 2023 elections.
Stop Attacks And Violent Behaviour – Supporters Of Peter Obi Get Serious Warning
Loyalists of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi have been warned not to turn off potential supporters with violent and unruly behaviours.
The concern and warning was raised by the 2015 presidential candidate of KOWA Party, Prof Remi Sonaiya who is now a supporter of Peter Obi’s 2023 presidential ambition.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, Sonaiya said what the ‘obidients’ as they are popularly called need to do is to be courteous and respectful.
Naija News reports she made her view known in a tweet on Monday in which she wrote: “Seriously hoping that overzealous #Obidients won’t turn off many potential supporters with their attacks and violent behaviour.
“We have a great opportunity to put a different stamp on the upcoming campaign season by being courteous & respectful.”
He Does Not Plan On Burying Shettima – Adamu Garba Speaks On Tinubu’s Absence In NBA Conference
Former All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has reacted to the backlash following the absence of the party’s flag bearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, 62nd conference.
Recall that Naija News reported that Tinubu was represented by the party’s vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima.
Nigerians however, faulted the former governor’s absence from the event that took place in his city.
Speaking on the incident via Twitter, Garba said that Tinubu has shown that he would not run a megalomaniac leadership.
He argued that Tinubu plans on running an inclusive leadership.
He explained that the APC standard bearer does not plan on burying Shettima or keep him hidden instead he plans on including him in running the country.
Suspected Thugs Disrupt Pro-Atiku Meeting In Rivers
The meeting of a group supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, the National Mandate Group (NMG) was disrupted by thugs on Sunday.
The thugs had hindered the meeting of the group led by Senator Lee Maeba from holding at his facility in Bori, the headquarters of the Khana local government area of the State.
According to Leadership, members of the group had the intention of endorsing Atiku who is currently not on the same page as the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
Meanwhile, the Governor Wike-led government has reaffirmed its commitment to arrest and prosecute the owner of any filling station selling petroleum products supplied by artisanal refiners.
The state government vowed to prosecute the lawmaker representing Port Harcourt federal constituency II in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinyere Igwe.
PDP Considers Southwest For Iyorchia Ayu’s Replacement
Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are considering the Southwest to produce a possible replacement for the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
A source that spoke on the crisis with The Guardian said some party leaders are pushing for a Southwest person to replace Ayu.
The source which stated that the issue is yet to be decided, however, claimed that the consensus opinion of members is that Ayu should go.
He noted that the stakeholders are considering appointing the National Vice Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja as national chairman or picking the former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, an ally of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.
2023: Tinubu Holds Meeting With Party Loyalists Ahead Of Campaigns
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Monday, held a meeting with his loyalists in Lagos State.
Tinubu took to his Twitter account to share pictures from the meeting, he, however, did not reveal the details of the meeting.
The presidential candidate is meeting with his loyalist a few weeks before the official commencement of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, alongside the senator representing the Lagos West senatorial district but has the intention of representing the Ogun west senatorial district in 2023, Solomon Adeola, was also at the meeting.
Tinubu’s meeting with his loyalist could have been the reason for his absence from the general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos State on Monday.
2023: APC Chieftain Speaks On Plot To Remove Abdullahi Adamu
Deputy Director of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Hanatu Musawa, has described the alleged plot to remove the party’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu from office as mere social media talks.
Naija News reports that Musawa stated this on Monday night during an interview on Channels Television.
The APC chieftain said the party members have confidence in Adamu, including the National Executive Committee (NEC) and there is nothing that would change it.
Speaking on the upcoming meeting of NEC with the National Working Committee (NWC), Musawa said that the outcome of the meeting will have little or nothing to do with Adamu’s removal.
SDP Distance Itself From Statement Endorsing APC’s Tinubu
The National Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Rufus Aiyenigba, has told Nigerians to ignore one Alfa Mohammed who claimed that the party might support the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News had earlier reported that Mohammed had said that no serious party would turn down an opportunity to have Tinubu as it’s presidential candidate, hinting that the SDP might endorsed the APC flag bearer in the nearest future.
Mohammed had said, “I would not be surprised if the largest body of the SDP decides in near future to adopt Tinubu for president and thus cause further division in the party, especially if the court fails to determine which of the SDP factions is authentic shortly.”
However, Aiyenigba, in a statement on Monday, said that Mohammed was no longer a member of SDP and urged the public to disregard his statement.
Another Amaechi’s Ally Pitches Tent With Nyesom Wike, Dumps APC
Princewill Dike, a close ally to former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has pitched his tent with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Naija News reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain has dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Princewill is a kinsman of Amaechi and both hail from the Ubima, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State.
According to Dike, APC is heading for destruction and he cannot afford to waste his political destiny.
The party chieftain, who was Special Assistant on Student Affairs while Amaechi was the state governor, said he had preferred solutions to solve the issues rocking the party but all his advice was not heeded.
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