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After Wike Threatened To Expose Everything To Nigerians, Atiku Group Says No Crisis In PDP
One of the support groups of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar known as the Atiku Support Organization (ASO) has claimed there is no crisis within the PDP.
The group through its Deputy National Director, Eric Ekwere claims what is happening in the PDP is just a normal, little disagreement that has been blown out of proportion by social media.
The position of the Atiku support organization comes a few days after the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike promised to tell Nigerians the truth about what transpired in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.
However, the group said what is happening to Wike is normal as every human being is expected to feel bad after losing an election just as Wike lost the PDP presidential ticket.
It however denied any crisis in the PDP based on what transpired during the presidential primaries and the subsequent emergence of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as the running mate to Atiku.
Ekwere claimed that social media users who are not familiar with what is going on in the PDP are the ones blowing everything out of proportion to make it seem like the PDP is in a crisis.
‘Fake Bishops’: Tinubu, APC Under Fire As General Overseer On Purported List Threatens N500bn Lawsuit
The General Overseer of the Rivers State-based Unbeatable God Ministries, Bishop Shedrack Ediruke, has threatened the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, with a N500 billion character assassination lawsuit.
The clergyman is accusing the party of including his name in a purported list of church leaders and bishops who attended the unveiling of former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima as the party’s vice presidential candidate.
Speaking over the weekend, the Bishop explained that he was not in Abuja on the day of the said event and including his name on the list was a mischievous attempt to soil his character.
He explained further that his phone number which was added to the list is on all his social media account hence the reason it was gotten easily.
My Job Is To Spend The Money, Not Earn It – Babatunde Fashola Speaks On Nigeria Being Broke
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that Nigeria is not broke.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television, the former governor of Lagos state insisted that being indebted and being able to service your debt in conventional finance is not being broke.
Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had last week announced that urgent attention was needed in respect to the nation’s revenue challenge and expenditure efficiency.
Reacting to the state of the nation’s finances while fielding questions during an interview on Channels TV, the minister said that the business of lending money is actually a profitable one and the nation was helping out banks and other financial institutions who had employees on their payroll.
He, however, stated that he is not the minister of Finance and his job is to spend the money earned.
Insecurity: Uzodinma Broke Into Imo Government House In January 2020 – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of insensitivity over the spate of insecurity facing the people of the state.
The PDP in a statement on Monday by the party’s state publicity secretary, Emenike Nmeregini said Uzodinma has continued to ignore wise counsel on how to deal with insecurity in the land.
The opposition party further called out the Governor over the allegation of wining and dining with exotic drinks in the company of a few members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the State and the neighbouring Southeast states despite the sobber mood in Imo over the killings by criminals.
The PDP said the people of Imo can’t wait to show Uzodinma and the APC the exit door when the time for elections comes, accusing him of breaking into the Government House in January 2020.
2023: I Don’t Want Debate With Tinubu – Atiku Makes Demand
A former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said he is not interested in a debate with his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
NewsTimes reports that Atiku Abubakar made this known through his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, on Sunday.
Atiku’s spokesman challenged the former Lagos State Governor to an hour-long media interview.
Ibe told The PUNCH that the former vice-president will only debate Tinubu when the Independent National Electoral Commission gives the go-ahead for campaigns.
Afebgua Reveals Those Responsible For Outrage Over APC Muslim-Muslim Ticket
A former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kassim Afegbua, has revealed those responsible for the outrage over the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 presidential election.
In a statement on Sunday, Afegbua accused the opposition PDP and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of being responsible for the controversies surrounding the APC ticket.
The former Edo Commissioner claimed that CAN is a body working for the PDP to continue to mount pressure on the Presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to drop former Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate.
He alleged that CAN is being sponsored by the PDP to whip up undue sentiments against the candidature of Tinubu, his running mate and the ruling APC.
2023: Why I’m Endorsing Muslim-Muslim Ticket – Fashola
The Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has opened up on his endorsement of the Muslim-Muslim ticket fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fashola said that he is endorsing a Muslim-Muslim ticket because it will best serve the purpose of getting numbers for the ruling party in the 2023 general elections.
NewsTimes recalls that the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had chosen and unveiled the former Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima, as his running mate for the 2023 election.
This development by the ruling party has continued to attract varied reactions from prominent Nigerians, Christain groups and civil societies.
Speaking on Sunday during an interview on Channels TV, Fashola asked Nigerians to focus on the competence of the presidential candidates rather than discuss their religions.
2023: You Should Be In Jail, Asari Dokubo Fires Shot At Peter Obi
A former Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has said that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, should be jailed and not be contesting any election.
Speaking on Facebook Live on Sunday, Dokubo said Obi should be in jail for allegedly investing the funds of the Anambra State government while he was a governor in his family business.
The former militant leader criticized the former Anambra governor for alleging he invested the state funds in a family business, saying that the action is criminal.
“In a normal country, Peter Obi is supposed to be in jail for investing state money in a family business and failed,” he said.
This development comes days after Dokubo recently described the former Anambra Governor as a glorified “Yahoo Yahoo boy.”
He had urged Nigerians not to vote for Obi during the 2023 presidential election, saying that the LP Presidential candidate was not fit for the highest political office in the country.
Lagos: Labour Party Appoints Foluke Daramola’s Husband As Party Chairman
The National leadership of Labour Party (LP) has appointed Mr Kayode Ezekiel Salako, the husband to Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola, as the Lagos State chairman of the party.
The party sent a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stating that the expiration of the tenure of the current Caretaker Committee in Lagos State has led to the party’s decision to reposition its state of affairs for effective service, hence the reason for the appointment of a new chairman.
Ezekiel Salako is a political analyst, educationist, human rights crusader and grassroots political titan of many years in the country.
Osun: ‘Buhari, Gbajabiamila On Their Own For Congratulating Adeleke’
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has faulted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and President Muhammadu Buhari for congratulating the Osun State governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke.
The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate had defeated the incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola.
Ado-Doguwa, in his reaction, said President Buhari and Gbajabiamila are on their own as they did not congratulate the opposition party on behalf of APC.
The lawmaker noted that the ruling party will challenge the eligibility of Adeleke to contest in the 16th July governorship election.
‘Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket Is An insult To Christian Community’ – Ex-Kogi Gov
Ahead of the 2023 elections, a former Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi has faulted the Muslim-Muslim ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
In an interview with PUNCH, the APC chieftain described the Muslim-Muslim ticket as an insult to the sensibilities of the Christain community.
While questioning if there was no Christain in the North capable of occupying the position of the vice president, Olafemi said he was not part of the decision that brought about the ticket.
The APC chieftain said even though the Muslim-Muslim ticket worked in 1993, the scenario then was quite different from what is at play today.
According to Olafemi, irrespective of the backlash trailing the decision, he would still work for the success of APC at the 2023 general election.
2023: PDP Leaders Who Allegedly Worked Against Wike’s VP Candidacy Revealed
The identity of the leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party that worked against the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike emerging as the vice presidential candidate of the party has been revealed.
A member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees has revealed how the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal met with the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar not to pick Wike as his running mate.
Atiku in an interview on Arise TV last week claimed that the committee setup by the party to search for a running mate did not suggest Wike.
The former Vice President stated that the committee only suggested three names to him and he decided to pick the governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa from the list.
Why Nigerians Will Vote For APC In 2023 – Fashola
The Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed confidence that Nigerians would vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.
Fashola, a former Governor of Lagos State, made this known during an appearance on Channels Television on Sunday night.
The minister stated that Nigerians would vote for the ruling party based on the achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
He said that the APC government faced the COVID-19 pandemic and the global scarcity of resources caused by the Russia-Ukraine crisis and still managed the economy very well.
Fashola said only right-thinking Nigerians would reelect the APC and allow the party to continue its programmes and policies.
The minister asserted that the ruling party had served the country as efficiently as possible in difficult times.
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