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2023: Actions Have Been Taken To Address Aggrieved PDP Members – Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has said that the opposition party is working behind the clock to address the grievances of some party stakeholders ahead of the 2023 election.
Naija News understands that some PDP members have expressed displeasure over happenings in the party following the emergence of Atiku and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as the party’s presidential candidate and running mate for the 2023 election.
The rancour also affected the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike who came second at the party’s primaries and also lost the running mate’s ticket to Okowa despite expectations.
Taking to his verified Twitter page on Thursday, Atiku said PDP will remain united in spite of the current issues in the party.
Running Mate: APC North-West Leaders Make Demand, Set To Meet Tinubu
The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the North-West region have demanded that the vice presidential slot of the party for 2023 must be filled by them.
The demand was made at the end of their meeting in Kaduna on Thursday as contained in a statement issued by the APC National Vice-Chairman (North-West), Dr. Salihu Lukman.
He stated that the regional APC leaders are set to engage the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other stakeholders to ensure their demand becomes a reality.
Naija News gathered that the Kaduna meeting was attended by APC Governors, gubernatorial candidates, Ministers and other leaders from the North-West region.
Finitiri Picks University Don As Running Mate
The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has picks a seasoned technocrat and academician, Prof Kelatapwa Farauta as his running mate for the 2023 Gubernatorial elections race.
Farauta until her nomination was the Vice-Chancellor Adamawa State University, Mubi.
Confirming this to our correspondent today (Thursday) in Yola, the Director-General Media and Communication to governor Fintiri, Mr. Solomon said, “Yes, it is true my principal has picked Professor Kelatapwa Farauta has running mate for the 2023 governorship election”
Professor Kelatapwa Farauta was until her appointment as VC of Adamawa State University was a commissioner of Education when Ahamdu Umuru Fintiri was the Ag. Governor.
She also the Executive Chairman of Universal Basic Education in Adamawa before her appointment as commissioner of Education.
Professor Kelatapwa Farauta hails from Numan local government area the same zone the present Deputy Governor is from.
2023: Joe Igbokwe Hints On Wike Meeting Tinubu In France
The Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sewage and Drainage, Joe Igbokwe, on Thursday hinted that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
The APC chieftain in Lagos State in a post on his Facebook account said the presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party met with Tinubu while some people are abusing themselves on social media.
Naija News had earlier reported that the former Governor of Lagos State travelled to France.
A statement released by his media office revealed that Tinubu would hold some important political meetings while in Paris.
The APC chieftain in a post on his Facebook account wrote, “while they are on Social Media abusing everybody Gov Wike goes to France to meet Asiwaju. Abuse, calling names, hate and bigotry are no strategies. They hated and abused PMB since 2015 and now they have transferred the aggression to Asiwaju. We wait and see.”
Wike: PDP, Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Bid Shaky As Ortom, Fayose, Others Kick
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have thrown the opposition party into a crisis that may impact its performance in the 2023 general elections.
Naija News reports that top members of the PDP had called for a power shift to the South after the two terms of President Muhammadu Buhari, but the opposition party instead decided to throw the race for its presidential ticket open.
The PDP primary produced Atiku as its flagbearer, with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State finishing second in the race.
After the convention, Atiku wrote to the party’s leadership to help him in the selection of a running mate with Wike, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State – who reportedly backed Atiku in the primary, going against the ‘Asaba Accord‘ where southern presidency was agreed upon – and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom emerging as the front runners.
Atiku, in his wisdom, rejected the selection of Governor Wike by various committees to pick his ally, Okowa as his running mate. This has not gone down well with many in the PDP, resulting in an impending crisis that may affect the chances of the opposition party in the 2023 election.
Wike has remained silent after losing the vice-presidential slot to Ifeanyi Okowa, with many sources revealing that the Rivers governor is weighing up his options.
Flashback: How I Made My Money And Became A Millionaire – Tinubu
The 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has revealed how he became a millionaire while still working as an accountant and auditor.
The former Lagos State Governor explained that he became a millionaire while still working with a company known as Deloitte and Touche in the United States of America.
According to Tinubu, during his time with the firm, he chose to travel more and work in various locations because staff members who do that would get travel allowances.
He stated that it was after one of the travel assignments that he got his financial breakthrough as according to him, the company paid him a huge bonus for an accounting and auditing system assignment with National Oil which turned him into an instant millionaire.
Explaining further, Tinubu revealed that the bonus was $850,000, before taxes while his salaries which were been paid into the bank without him touching it had risen to about $1.8 million.
Delta APC Guber Candidate, Omo-Agege Picks Running Mate
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has picked his running mate for the 2023 general elections.
Recall that the Deputy Senate President polled a total of 1,190 votes and returned unopposed by a total of 1,235 accredited delegates at the APC governorship primaries held in Asaba in May 2022.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Omo-Agege on Thursday announced Ossai Osanebi as his running mate for the gubernatorial elections in the state.
Naija News understands that Osanebi’s nomination was confirmed in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, signed by Mr Ima Niboro, Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Delta APC Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation.
Osanebi is currently a member of the Delta House of Assembly, representing the Ndokwa East State Constituency.
In the statement, Niboro commended Omo-Agege for finding Osanebi worthy of the position.
2023: Presidential Aspirant Collapses Structure Into Peter Obi’s Labour Party
The support for the presidential ambition of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) has received a boost as a presidential aspirant of the National Rescue Movement collapses his structure into the party.
LP in a post on its Twitter account on Wednesday evening revealed that Martin Agbaso and his supporters, Emeka Mandela, a presidential aspirant aligned with Obi’s ambition.
According to the party, the presidential organisation of Mandela officially collapsed into Labour Party for the former Governor of Anambra State.
This is coming at a time LP is working on merging with the New Nigeria Peoples Party and its presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso ahead of the 2023 race.
You Can’t Fault Atiku’s Choice Of Running Mate, Okowa’s Aides Tell Ortom
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has advised his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom not to fault his choice as the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that Ortom had in an interview on Arise News on Wednesday accused Atiku of failing to honour the democratic choice in the selection of his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
The Benue governor also decried the alleged poor treatment meted out to Wike by Atiku during the selection of the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
He also noted the failure of Atiku to reach out to Wike, and some other aggrieved members of the party after picking Okowa as his running mate.
Okowa’s media aide, Olisa Ifeajika in an interview with The Punch said that the power to choose his running mate only lies with Atiku and not with anyone else.
2023: Lord’s Chosen Ministry Denies Backing Political Party, Candidate
The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries on Wednesday cleared the air on the report-making rounds that its General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka is supporting a political party ahead of the 2023 general election.
The Public Relations Director of the church, Pastor Louis Chidi in a statement released to newsmen noted that neither the church nor its General Overseer has made a statement in support or against a political party.
Chidi described the people behind the publication on social media as the enemy.
2023: Atiku’s Aide Reacts As Fayose Insists On Southern presidency
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the call by the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, for power to shift to the south ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News had earlier reported that Fayose in a post on his Twitter account said it was the turn of the South to produce Nigeria’s next president.
Fayose stated this despite the presidential candidate of the PDP being from the North.
He noted that the North has ruled for eight years under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, hence it is the turn of the South to take over power.
Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe in his reaction said it is normal for members of the main opposition party to be aggrieved.
Ibe, however, stated that PDP has a way of resolving their issues, adding that all differences would be sorted and all will be happy.
The media aide further stated that the bigger challenge for PDP is to kick out the All Progressives Congress in 2023.
Ex-Lawmaker, Nwuke Backs Ortom Over Comment On Wike
A former member of the House of Representatives, Ogbonna Nwuke, has commended Governor Samuel Ortom for comment on his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike.
Recall that Ortom had in an interview on Arise News on Wednesday decried the alleged poor treatment meted out to Wike by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The Benue governor also accused Atiku of failing to honour the democratic choice in the selection of his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
Ortom also noted the failure of Atiku to reach out to Wike, and some other aggrieved members of the party after picking Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his vice-presidential candidate.
In a chat with The Puch, Nwuke, a Wike loyalist, appreciated governor Ortom for speaking the minds of some PDP Governors and members of the opposition party.
Flashback: How I Worked As Cab Driver, Security Man To Pay My Tuition Fee In Chicago – Tinubu
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has shared details of his journey in the United States.
The former Governor of Lagos State noted that he had to do some menial jobs to pay for my apartment and tuition fees at the Chicago State University.
Tinubu graduated from the University of Chicago in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
The APC National Leader while narrating his trip to Chicago said he decided to travel out of the country with his friends which include, including Bolaji Agaba.
According to Tinubu in an interview with TheNews Nigeria which was initially published in 2021 as part of his 69th birthday celebrations, said he left Nigeria on the same day with his friend Agaba, while their third friend came months later.
Tinubu while trying to survive in the United States they got an unregistered car which they ran as a taxi.
Osun 2022: Okowa Gives PDP Strategy To Defeat APC
Delta State Governor and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa says the PDP can defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) by taking advantage of the disarray within the ruling party to clinch victory in the July 16 Osun governorship election.
Okowa said four years ago, the PDP won the Osun governorship election but was cheated out of victory.
He, therefore, urged the party not to allow a repeat or a similar scenario during the 2022 polls, urging his party members to go all out and ensure victory for the PDP and its candidate.
Naija News reports Okowa spoke on Wednesday in Abuja at the party’s national secretariat during the inauguration of the 128-member campaign council of the PDP for the Osun State governorship polls.
2023: Aide Reacts To Allegation That Peter Obi Hates Northerners
Valentine Obienyem, the media aide to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has denied reports that his principal is a religious bigot that hates northerners.
Obienyem in a statement on Thursday said some faceless groups ben sponsored by political opponents are responsible for spreading falsehood about Peter Obi due to his growing popularity.
Naija News understands his statement comes as a reaction to an earlier article which claimed Obi didn’t respond appropriately to the killing of some northerners in Anambra State back in March 2006.
The article also further alleged that Obi requested the DSS to remove some Hausa traders near his house and ejected some northern traders from their space.
However, Obi’s media aide in his response, said all the allegations are not true. He explained that the incident referenced about the killing of some northerners happened before Obi became the Anambra State Governor and his principal never encouraged the killings or the perpetrators.
Obienyem added that Obi believes in the unity of Nigeria and what each region can contribute to national development based on comparative advantage.
17 Delegates Refunded Money I Gave Them – APC Senator
The lawmaker representing Kwara Central senatorial district, Ibrahim Oloriegbe on Wednesday disclosed that seventy delegates of the All Progressives Congress returned his money after he lost the return ticket to the senate.
Oloriegbe who claimed that the money which was given to the delegates was for logistics, stated this during an interview on Channels TV.
The lawmaker noted that the state Governor forced aspirants on delegates as they were not given the freedom to exercise their franchise by voting who they want.
He added that the Governor of Kwara State only handpicked delegates and said primaries had been done.
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