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Gov ticket: Ambode in closed-door meeting with Buhari

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Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting was said to be part of the last minute moves to settle the rift between Ambode and his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu and his loyalists in Lagos State are reportedly opposed to Ambode’s second term and are backing another governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The rift between Tinubu and Ambode had reportedly defied external interventions.

In what was believed to be part of his continued efforts to secure a second term in office, Ambode appeared at the Presidential Villa on Thursday.

He walked into the Presidential Villa at about 2.45pm and went into a private meeting with Buhari.

It was gathered that the meeting followed the appeal by the APC governors for the President’s intervention to save Ambode.

It was learnt that the President might also meet with APC stakeholders in Lagos in the next few days.

‘APC at peace in Lagos’

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiohmole, says the party is at peace in Lagos.

Oshiomhole stated this after his meeting with APC governors in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said, “The best way to measure democracy is the presence of more than one person showing interest in an office.

“At every level, I have seen people claiming that in one or two offices there is no opposition. In other offices, we have more than one candidate expressing interest. I think our party in Lagos is at peace.”

Now is time to stop dictatorship – SPN

The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Thursday prayed that the disagreement between Ambode and Tinubu would worsen so that SPN can take over Lagos.

The group argued that neither Ambode nor Tinubu deserved the sympathy of the public, adding that the disagreement between them should be used as an opportunity to free Lagos from “self-succession in power and installation of cronies as governors.”

The opposition party urged the public not to support Tinubu’s alleged quest to replace Ambode with “another stooge” but to seize the opportunity to disrupt “the typical bourgeois politics wherein a tiny organised mafia is dictating the affairs and looting of collective resources.”

In a statement on Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman, Rufus Olusesan, and Publicity Secretary, Shoyombo M. K., the SPN urged the people to reject Sanwo-Olu.

“The Socialist Party of Nigeria states clearly that neither Sanwo-Olu nor Ambode represents a future that will make Lagos work for the mass of its poor working people, given the fact that they both represent the wishes and aspiration of big business and the moneybags.

“The struggle between the Mandate Movement loyal to Tinubu and Ambode is about business and profit interests of the contending forces of the ruling elite in Lagos,” the party said.

The SPN urged Lagosians to vote for its candidate as Lagos State governor to liberate the residents.

Credit: The Punch

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2023: Peter Obi Promises ‘New Nigeria’ If Elected President

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Monday, headed to Jigawa State in continuation of his campaign ahead of the February 25 presidential election.

Obi assured a crowd of supporters in Dutse that he and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed remain committed to delivering a “new Nigeria” if voted into power at the polls.

“I assure you that we are committed to a new Nigeria. The Nigeria you see today is Nigeria of insecurity, Nigeria of poverty, Nigeria of no work, Nigeria of no roads, Nigeria of no schools. That is what we want to change.

“For several years, we have been under insecurity, poverty, they closed our borders, poverty, and there is no work. The Nigeria we are offering you is a new Nigeria where there will be security, Nigeria will be united, there will be jobs and I will move Nigeria from consumption to production,” Obi said.

The Labour Party flag bearer appealed to Jigawa electorate not to vote next month based on tribe, ethnicity or religion, adding that no tribe, ethnic group or religion buy food cheaper than others.

He also told the people not to accept when anyone tells them it is their turn to become president but insist it is the turn of the people of Nigeria to take back their country.

Thank you Jigawa State for your very Obidient support today. You all made it a huge success. I am grateful! -PO pic.twitter.com/s3QeeHul2p

— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) January 30, 2023

The former Anambra State governor is a main challenger to the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and that of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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2023: I Rescued You From Obasanjo’s Onslaught, Tinubu Fires Atiku

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….Your Continuous Gaffes, Miscues Are Effects Of Your Failing Health, Ex VP Replies Asiwaju

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has claimed he “rescued” the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Abubakar, who served as vice-president under Obasanjo, had a running battle with his former principal for years.

Both men reconciled ahead of the 2019 general election.

However, Obasanjo has since thrown his weight behind Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) for this year’s poll.

Speaking on Monday during a campaign rally in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, Tinubu said: “I am the one that rescued him from Obasanjo who wanted to roast him like goat meat.

“He ran away to Dubai, and when the election came again, he (Atiku) came for stomach infrastructure. We rehabilitated him in Lagos and gave him a ticket but he wasted it and used it to collect money.

“He faced Obasanjo, faced Buhari and failed. He failed with Jonathan. He failed in all his subjects.”

Meanwhile, the camp of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar said the “constant gaffes” of All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate Bola Tinubu were embarrassing.

Tinubu has made over 20 gaffes publicly since he declared his intention to contest, Atiku’s special assistant on public communication Phrank Shaibu indicated on Monday.

A statement he signed said in Tinubu’s rally in Akwa Ibom, the APC flagbearer goofed about making Atiku a Senate President though his opponent never contested any legislative election.

Shaibu noted that the former Lagos governor’s gaffes and miscues are “effects of his failing health” which present danger to national security.

The aide recalled Tinubu’s comment on recruitment of 50 million youths into the Army to solve the unemployment problem, advice to Nigerians to renew their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before they expire, among others.

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2023: Any Attempt To Slam Anti-Party Allegations Against Me, G-5 Allies Will Have Consequences, Wike Warns PDP Leaders

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has revealed he would “hit back” the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday.

The governor, a member of the G5, spoke on Monday at a campaign rally in Etche Local Government Area of the state.

Wike reacted to the alert by the PDP national leadership about some lawyers appearing in court without legal briefs and authorisation.

The PDP said it would not hesitate to take stringent measures on any infractions that are misleading, questionable and fraudulent.

The spokesperson Debo Ologunagba referred to Article 42 of PDP’s constitution (as amended in 2017) which places the exclusive responsibility of conducting litigations on the National Legal Adviser.

Ologunagba stated that only the official has the competence to engage external solicitors to handle cases on behalf of the party.

On Monday, Wike warned the PDP leadership that any attempt to slam anti-party allegations against him and allies would have consequences.

“Anti-party begets anti-party. You seen what they did? We took small parties in Rivers to court…APC, SDP.

“The people in Abuja that say they are national went and collude, wrote to our lawyers to hands off the case in plan to kill the cases we filed.


“I have told him to remove them. No problem, the cases will die. Me too, I’ll hit them back by tomorrow,” the Rivers helmsman hinted

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