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Atiku Meets Wike, Fayose After PDP Presidential Primary
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 general election, Atiku Abubakar on Monday visited the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in Abuja.
Recall that the former Vice President defeated Wike who was his closet rival at the presidential primary of the main opposition party on Saturday night.
Atiku gathered votes of 371 delegates while Wike, polled 237 votes after the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal pulled out of the race for Atiku during the electoral process.
It was gathered that Atiku on Monday met with Wike as part of the reconciliation move for the party, to give the PDP a better chance in the 2023 presidential election against the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The reconciliation meeting was also attended by former Ekiti State Governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, amongst other PDP chieftains.
2023: Obi Emerges Labour Party Presidential Candidate As Utomi Steps Down
A Presidential aspirant under the Labour Party, Prof Pat Utomi has withdrawn from the race to support the presidential ambition of former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.
Utomi while giving the reason for stepping down said he was stepping down for a younger aspirant with the capacity to affect the needed change in the Nigerian system.
The economic expert stepped down at the party’s presidential primary in Asaba, Delta State.
Another presidential aspirant, Joseph Faduri who had earlier made his speech returned to the podium to also step down for the former governor of Anambra State.
Recall that Obi dumped the Peoples Democratic Party last week to join the Labour Party.
Jonathan Travels To Italy Ahead Of APC Presidential Primary
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has travelled to Italy ahead of the Presidential primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News had reported that the APC had fixed June 6th and 7th as dates for the conduct of its presidential primary election.
The ruling party also fixed the screening of presidential hopefuls for Monday, May 30th and Tuesday, May 31st.
Also, the APC has released the list of Presidential aspirants scheduled for screening ahead of its Special National Convention set to take place at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
In a chat with BusinessDay, one of Jonathan’s aides said the former President travelled out of the country over the weekend and is in Lake Como in Italy.
He said Jonathan has nothing to do with surreptitious plots by some APC members to draft him into the contest for the presidential primaries of the party.
“I Am Shocked” – Anyim Reacts After Losing PDP Presidential Primaries
Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim has expressed shock at the outcome of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held in Abuja on Saturday.
It will be recalled that Anyim, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was one of the aspirants who contested for the PDP ticket but lost to Atiku Abubakar who won with 371 votes.
He scored a total of 14 votes at the primaries, Naija News recalls.
Reacting to the outcome of the PDP presidential primaries, Anyim said in a statement that he was proud to have gone through the process but was shocked about how the delegates voted.
He accused the delegates of ignoring candidates who preferred solutions for national issues but instead chose to vote based on sentiments.
APC Begins Screening Of Osinbajo, Tinubu, Amaechi, Others
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun a two-day screening of its Presidential hopefuls ahead of its Special National Convention.
Naija News gathered that all the aspirants had undergone a vetting exercise by the party’s legal department and various security agencies.
Recall that the APC had fixed June 6th and 7th as dates for the conduct of its special national convention/presidential primary election.
The ruling party also fixed the screening of presidential hopefuls for Monday, May 30th and Tuesday, May 31st and released the list of Presidential aspirants scheduled for screening.
However, it was learned that the screening exercise would take place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The former APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, has been appointed as the Chairman of the seven-man Presidential Screening Committee.
Ex-Gov Obiano’s Wife, Ebelechukwu Wins APGA Senatorial Ticket
The former first lady of Anambra State, Ebelechukwu Obiano has won the senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Former Governor Willie Obiano’s wife is running to represent Anambra North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
Ebelechukwu in the primary which was held at Chuba Ikpeazu Township Stadium in Onitsha on Sunday defeated Primus Odili, who was her husband’s Chief of Staff, during his tenure as governor.
The former first lady gathered 152 votes, while Odili scored 120 votes. Two other aspirants, Junior Onwuteaka and Tony Nnacheta scored two votes each.
Peter Obi’s Presidential Ambition Appears Shaky As Serious Crisis Hits Labour Party
Peter Obi’s plans to run for president on the platform of the Labour Party in the 2023 election appears shaky as a faction of the party has threatened to renew its legal battle this week.
In an interview with THISDAY in Abuja, former Deputy National Chairman of the Labour Party, Calistus Okafor, hinted at the possibility stating that Peter Obi decided to defect to the party without proper information on the fact that the party’s leadership had been a subject of a lawsuit since 2018.
Meanwhile, a few days ago, the lawyer for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Femi Falana, stated that the complaint filed by the unions against the late Abdulkadir Abdulsalam’s leadership of the party, which is currently under the Julius Abure group, is still pending in court.
Okafor said he’s still the party’s legitimate national chairman claiming that he got the post by virtue of his position as the party’s Deputy National Chairman when the late national chairman, Abdulsalam, was in office.
Kperogi Reveals Why Atiku Cannot Win 2023 Presidential Election
Popular Nigerian columnist, Farooq Kperogi has claimed that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News reports that Atiku won massively with a total vote of 371 to emerge as the 2023 Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kperogi in a post on his Facebook account on Sunday opined that Atiku cannot defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election because the exercise has been predetermined.
He alleged that the ruling party would win the 2023 general elections just like it did in 2019 because the votes of Nigerians will not count.
PDP Presidential Primary: Why I Stepped Down For Atiku – Tambuwal
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has revealed why he stepped down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the PDP Presidential primary election.
Naija News recalls that Tambuwal stepped down from the race shortly before voting began at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries and declared support for Abubakar.
He told his supporters at the primary election held at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Saturday night to vote for the former vice president.
In a chat with The Punch, spokesman to Governor Tambuwal, Mohammed Bello, said his principal stepped down from the race because some aspirants were bribing delegates and compromising the process.
Bello said Tambuwal will not take part in a process which was heavily monetized, adding that such a thing is not the best for the country.
He said the governor believed in the need for the PDP to rally around one another and present a candidate that can save Nigeria and asked his delegates to vote for a particular aspirant of his choice.
2023: A Lot Will Happen On APC Presidency This Week – Party Leader
A leader in the All Progressives Congress has linked President Muhammadu Buhari to the delay in the screening of the presidential aspirants ahead of the primary of the party.
The party leader who spoke with Vanguard said President Buhari is personally handling the issue of consensus candidacy, adding that a lot would happen this week.
The source further stated the presidential primary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party has put pressure on the APC.
The National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu was accused by the party leader of not pulling his weight to make sure the presidential primary is held.
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