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Let Go Of Your Ambition, Bode George Tells Atiku Against 2027 Presidency, Gives Reason

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Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deputy chairman Bode George has warned the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, urging him to forgo any ambitions of contesting in the 2027 elections.

In a statement directed at journalists in Abuja, George, a senior figure within the party, encouraged Atiku to embrace his role as a respected elder statesman within the party, guiding and mentoring the next generation of leaders due to his age.

He said, “My brother Atiku Abubakar was 77 years old last year and by 2027 he will be 81 years.

“Atiku should be in a situation where he plays like the big uncle in the room or the elder in the room.

“What would anybody carry me now to do because I’m heading to 80 years and I want to go and be minister, to do what?

“Let’s mentor the younger generation and let’s be consistent with our strong belief in our party norms.”

Recall that a former spokesperson for the ex-vice president, Daniel Bwala, had earlier in the year confirmed that his principal would contest the presidential election again in 2027.

Atiku attempted to become Nigeria’s President six times but was unsuccessful in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023.

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JUST IN: Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov’ship Primary

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Senator Monday Okpebholo has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for the September 2024 governorship election in Edo State.


Okpebholo scored 12, 433 votes to emerge winner.

Details later…

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Why Uzodimma Was Replaced As Edo Gov Primary Chairman — APC

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The ruling All Progressives Congress on Thursday clarified the reason Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State was replaced with his Cross River counterpart, Bassey Otu, as Chairman of the Edo governorship primary election.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, said the governor was “unavoidably unavailable” to complete the primary election, hence the need to replace him with his deputy.

The party announced the changes in a statement issued by APC National Organising Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu on Wednesday.

The changes were made a few hours after four leading Edo State governorship aspirants passed a vote of no confidence in the governor.


The governor had announced Dennis Idahosa as the winner while returning officer Stanley Ugboaja declared Monday Okpebholo as the winner.

Elsewhere, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local governments, declared Anamero Dekeri the winner of the election.

On Tuesday, the national leadership of the APC in Abuja declared Saturday’s primary inconclusive.

The ruling party, however, raised an eyebrow when a section of the media reported that the Imo State governor was sacked.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC appealed for understanding, saying the party did not sack Uzodimma as reported.

Morka said, “The attention of the All Progressives Congress has been drawn to reports in sections of the media suggesting that the Governor of Imo State, and Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, His Excellency, Hope Uzodinma, was sacked or dropped as the Chairman of the Edo Gubernatorial Primary Election Committee, and replaced with the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Bassey Otu.

“We wish to clarify that Governor Uzodinma was neither “sacked” nor “dropped”, as has been erroneously reported, but was unavoidably unavailable to lead the completion of the Party’s Edo State Gubernatorial Primary Election Process due to his prior scheduled attendance of, and presentation of a report, to the National Economic Council meeting today February 22, 2024.

“As a result, His Excellency Bassey Otu, Governor of Cross Rivers State, who was the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, graciously accepted to serve as Chairman, and to complete the Edo State Gubernatorial Primary Election Process.

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We’ll Defeat Wike’s Candidate Convincingly In 2027 Polls, Fubara’s Supporter Boasts

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A former Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Evans Bipi, on Thursday said Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s supporters are ready for the 2027 general elections.

Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, has been at loggerheads lately. Wike, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member is serving as FCT Minister in the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government. The governor also survived an impeachment plot by members of the Rivers State House of Assembly after a peace truce was reached with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja.

Last Sunday, Wike spoke of his readiness for the 2027 elections during a thanksgiving service by Senator Barinada Mpigi in Koroma, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State. The former governor of Rivers State had said he could not wait for 2027 following the political alliance in his favour.

But speaking at a rally organised by women across the 23 local government areas for the Governor in Port Harcourt, Bipi who represented Fubara, said with the kind of mobilization by the women during the rally, Governor Fubara will win convincingly in any election.

He urged the women, including the non-indigenes and members of pressure groups to continue to support the administration of Governor Fubara.

Bipi said the oil-rich state had not had two leaders in the past, and such imposition cannot be accepted now.

The former lawmaker also tasked the citizens not to be hoodwinked by boastful claims that only one person bought the nomination forms for all the governorship aspirants in the state because the money belongs to the state.

He said the politician making the claim has not had a life outside politics, so the money was part of the public fund in his care.

The women walked for about 6kilometre from the CFC Junction on Aba Road to the Port Harcourt Polo Club in new G.R.A, where they gathered to make a collective demand for peace in the state and respect for the office of the Governor.

Their communique was read by a former Commissioner for Environment, Professor Roseline Konya.

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