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Wike Told To Dump Atiku, Pledge Allegiance To Tinubu Or Obi
An All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain, Osita Okechukwu has warned Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike against supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Naija News recalls that the rift between Atiku and Wike began after the PDP presidential primaries in May.
Speaking on the situation via a statement on Friday, Okechukwu said Wike might lose out on Nigeria’s political permutation if he backs Atiku, who “betrayed” the South.
The Voice of Nigeria (VON) Director-General advised him to spend his time abroad “with less distraction.”
More Problems For Ayu As PDP NWC Calls For Probe Of Party’s Finances
Some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are pushing for a probe of the party’s finances.
Naija News gathered that some PDP NWC members are angry that the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has failed to give an account of some funds that accrued to the party.
A source told TheCable that the PDP leaders have demanded an audit for about N1 billion that the party got from friends of the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
The source added the PDP NWC members want Ayu to account for the funds that accrued to the party through the sale of forms and donations.
Shettima Reveals Why He Wore Gym Shoes To NBA Conference
The Vice Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Kashim Shettima has disclosed the reason he wore the outfit he wore to the Nigerian Bar Association conference in Lagos on Monday, August 22.
Naija News understands that the outfit worn by the APC, vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima to the Nigerian Bar Association conference triggered a lot of reactions on social media.
Critics in mockery of the APC chieftain outfit, created a trend called #ShettimaChallenge with images of several of them, donning various sizes of suits with a red tie, and pairs of gym shoes across Nigerian Twitter.
However, speaking about the outfit on Thursday, the former Borno governor said he had received word that there was a gang up against him, so he decided to throw them off with his outfit.
He noted that the outfit was deliberately worn to throw people off during the event.
‘We Understand Your Frustration To Perform The Impossible’ – Peter Obi’s Camp Fires Omokri
A support group of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has slammed political activist, Reno Omokri.
Naija News reports that this is coming a few days after Omokri claimed that the former Anambra State Governor was being used.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Bola Tinubu is the biggest beneficiary of Obi’s candidature because the latter would receive the votes that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would have gained.
He said: “Peter won’t affect APC’s votes. The votes he will likely get are votes that would have naturally gone to PDP”
Responding, Obi-Datti movement in a statement on Thursday noted that it was laughable that Omokri asserted that the APC leader was using Obi to undermine Atiku.
Obi’s camp said it understands the challenge of the former presidential aide trying to market a bad product, especially one that has been dumped over and over again by monumental political fakes.
2023: Jonathan Sends Message To PDP, APC, Ahead Of General Election
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded with candidates of political parties prepping for the 2023 general elections to be mindful of the nation’s corporate existence and well-being of Nigerians in their campaigns.
Naija News understands that the former president gave the charge on Thursday in Abuja during the Annual Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Legacy Dialogue.
According to Jonathan, it is also important for other Nigerians to shun apathy and indifference, but to positively participate in the nation’s democratic processes to choose the right leaders that would make Nigeria better and united.
2023: Amaechi Has Shown Resentment Towards Tinubu – Shittu
A former Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has blasted the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over his attitude towards the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Naija News reports that Shittu is the Director General of the Asiwaju Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance.
In an interview with The Punch on Thursday, Shittu said the former minister had shown resentment and has been unbothered towards Tinubu’s presidential aspiration.
The former minister claimed that Wike’s planned defection to the ruling APC will inevitably displace and relegate Amaechi in Rivers state.
Wike: ‘Peter Obi May Capitalize On APC, PDP Lapses To Get Landslide Victory’ – Ahmed Bakare
Amidst the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a political commentator, Ahmed Bakare has opined that Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Peter Obi may capitalise on the lapses of the two major opposition parties to get landslide victory.
Naija News reports that Bakare made this known during an interview with DAILY POST while speaking on how both Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu have made the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike a political hero by chasing after him.
According to him, the internal crisis rocking the two major parties is capable of denying them victory in 2023 noting that a thousand likes of Wikes may not prevent the action of Nigerians who are now wiser.
Bakare advised both Tinubu and Atiku to put their houses in order especially as APC has come under serious criticism over insecurity, abject poverty and the cost of loving.
He added that APC will also fail woefully in the 2023 election if they depend on the power of incumbency because Nigerians are tired and are crying for a total change.
2023: APC Chieftain Reveals Wike’s Alleged Plan For Unsettling PDP
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has revealed why the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is allegedly unsettling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Eze alleged that Governor Wike’s plan is towards negotiating for the presidential ticket of the PDP in 2027.
The APC chieftain advised PDP against accepting the terms and conditions laid down by the Rivers State Governor.
He further stated that the demands of Governor Wike might cost the party its victory in the 2023 general elections.
Presidency: Why It Will Be Difficult To Rig Obi Out In 2023 – Eluemuno
A former chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State, Chris Eluemuno has expressed optimism that the processes put in place by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will make it difficult to rig the 2023 election.
He argued that once the 2023 presidential election is not rigged, then the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi will emerge victorious.
Naija News reports Eluemuno made his view known yesterday while speaking with newsmen at his country home, Nkwelle-Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.
According to him, Obi already enjoys massive support from Nigerians and with the reforms and technological advancements put in place by INEC, rigging has become difficult and that will work in favour of the Labour Party candidate.
Eluemuno advanced that with the electoral act in place and the electronic voting systems, rigging elections has become virtually impossible.
Wike’s Camp Demands Ayu’s Resignation During Meeting With Atiku
The camp of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reportedly asked for the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Naija News understands that the Wike camp made the demand during the meeting between the presidential candidate of the PDP and the Rivers governor.
The allies of the governor said the resignation of the PDP chairman is the only way to resolve the rift between Atiku and Wike and move the party forward.
They described Ayu as a divisive figure, stating that he would need to step down for there to be harmony in the opposition party.
APC vs PDP: Why Bola Tinubu’s Wife Tackled Me At Kemi Nelson’s Burial – Dele Momodu
A former presidential aspirant and publisher, Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, has narrated what transpired between him and Senator Remi Tinubu, wife of the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, during the funeral of chieftain of the APC, Kemi Nelson, in Lagos.
Momodu, in a terse statement posted on his verified Instagram page via @delemomoduovation on Friday, stated that he chose to place Nigeria above friendship.
The media mogul, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), disclosed that he rejected Remi’s proposal to back her husband in next year’s election.
Pa Adebanjo Not Leader Of Afenifere, 99% Backing Tinubu Presidency – Adeyeye
The National Chairman, South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA), Dayo Adeyeye, has said there is no division in Afenifere over the presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Speaking at a programme on Thursday, he stated that the group’s leader is Pa Reuben Fasoranti, while Pa Ayo Adebanjo only leads the group in an acting capacity.
According to him, any statement from Adebanjo is personal and not the group’s official position.
He claimed that ninety-nine percent of Afenifere members are backing the presidential ambition of Tinubu.
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