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APC Governors unhappy over Tinubu’s campaign council list

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Some governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have threatened to sabotage the presidential campaign of their party and its candidate, Bola Tinubu, in their respective states.

The aggrieved governors, under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), accused the party and its candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of disregarding their nominations to the Presidential Campaign Council.

On Friday, James Faleke, Secretary to the APC Campaign Council, announced the constitution of the council, listing 422 members, including many who are to work at the regional and state levels for Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima’s success in the 2023 presidential election.

Before then, the party’s leadership had contacted the governors through the PGF secretariat to nominate individuals in their respective states to be members of the Presidential Campaign Council, sources with direct knowledge of the request told PREMIUM TIMES.

The governors were requested to nominate five persons each.

The governors were however stunned to see that the party ignored their nominations and replaced them with others from their respective states without consulting them.

Top officials in the party told PREMIUM TIMES that the governors had been inundating the PGF Chairman and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and the Director-General of the PGF secretariat with complaints over the constitution of the campaign council.

In one instance, the officials said Cross River Governor Ben Ayade vowed not to participate in campaigning for the Presidential candidate “since the party leaders have proven to know more than him in his state.”

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The Governor had submitted names of individuals he believed would effectively mobilise voters for the Presidential Candidate in Cross River but he was surprised that none of the persons he nominated were named by the party.

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Mr Ayade had contested to be the presidential candidate of the party and lost.

“The Governor of Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak, is complaining that he submitted five names but he had seen only one appearance on the list,” said an insider who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to speak to journalists on this matter.

“The Governor said Kwara has seven persons on the list and all of them are from the same local government.”

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, who appeared on the list as the South-west campaign coordinator, also complained to the party’s leadership that the names of individuals he nominated were ignored. Mr Akeredelu had been seen rooting for Tinubu before and after he emerged the presidential candidate of the party.

“If the list is authentic, it means that the party and the candidate are not serious about the campaign,” the insider told PREMIUM TIMES.

“We believe that at the state, electoral influence resides with the governors and if the governors nominated people to the campaign council and they were ignored, it means there is danger.”

In the northern region, some APC governors are fuming that Tinubu failed to carry them along in the campaign journey so far, those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES. The fear of the governors is that “the APC presidential candidate does not trust anyone of them apart from those around him.”

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The governors, especially in the North-west, believe their political futures are not secured in the hands of Mr Tinubu, whom they had accused of sidelining them. They believe his handling of the campaign council list has suggested he lacks respect for the governors’ forum.

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Sources with knowledge of the thinking in the aggrieved governors’ circle and opposition politics said the disagreement is creating an opportunity for the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to strategise for the backing of the North-west APC governors.

The North-west governors, particularly, are said to be threatening to withdraw their support should they continue to be disregarded.

Contacted to know what the campaign council is doing to address the agitations of the governors, Mr Faleke declined calls placed to his line. He also failed to respond to a text message inquiring about efforts being made by the party to stem the looming sabotage.

Controversies had trailed the release of the party’s campaign council list on Saturday. There were speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declined membership of the committee due to his opposition to APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

But Festus Keyamo, the APC campaign spokesperson, said it was President Muhammadu Buhari who advised that Mr Osinbajo be exempted from the campaign council due to his important role in administering the country pending the handover of power.

Campaigns for the 2023 national elections will officially kick off on 28 September ahead while that of governorship and state houses of assembly will commence on October 12 this year, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Presidency: I may support Peter Obi in 2027 — Atiku

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Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar


Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar met with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections in Abuja, earlier in the week.

The meeting sparked speculations about a merger of some opposition political parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

In an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by FRED EZEH of The Sun, Atiku Abubakar explained the reasons for the meeting.

You had a meeting with Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last general elections. What was the reason for the meeting?

It’s just a normal friendly meeting that we often had, particularly we in the opposition parties. Such meetings are healthy for Nigeria’s democracy and for the country’s interest.

People are saying the meeting was to form a merger or alliance between your party, PDP, and Labour Party. Is that possible?

Yes, it’s very much possible. We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.

But the choice of presidential candidate might frustrate the effort?

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That’s not true. That challenge will not arise. I can tell you that the choice of who will fly the flag of the party won’t arise.

Why do you think so?

I don’t think so, I know so. Believe me, the challenge will not arise. Or are you expecting it to arise? Just believe me that it won’t arise.

What if it’s required that both you and Peter Obi drop your ambition and support someone else? Will you and others support that?

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I have said repeatedly and I even said it before the 2023 general elections that if PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it. As long as it’s the decision of the party, I will abide by it. But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was thrown open to all members of the party.

So if Peter Obi, being from the South-East, is the choice, will you support him?

If the party decides that it’s the turn of the South-East and Peter Obi is chosen, I won’t hesitate to support him.

How is the merger talk going?

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We are still discussing the issue, and in the right time we would make our position known.

When will you conclude the discussion?

I can’t disclose that for now because it’s not yet the right time to do that.

After the 2023 elections you were expected to be quiet and observe, but you are still playing the opposition?

Yes, we can’t keep quiet and watch things go wrong. People are suffering and we are committed to making Nigeria a better place.

It means you are not tired of politics of Nigeria?

Not at all. I am still in active politics in Nigeria, at least, as long as God permits.

People are expecting you to give space to younger ones considering your age.

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My age doesn’t stop the young ones from testing their fate. Everybody, irrespective of age, is allowed to aspire to be anybody in the society, politically or otherwise.

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So, there’s the possibility of you contesting 2027 elections?

But that would depend on the decision of my party. I can’t make any categorical statement on that. It’s the duty of the party to decide on the way to go in the next election.

But your interest is still there?

Until that time comes. Let’s just wait and see how it will turn out.

People are interpreting your recent meetings with various people as watering the ground for the next election.

It must not be interpreted like that. I must not be eyeing elections to have meetings with political friends and associates. Currently, we are practising democracy in this country which we fought for with our blood.

Many people lost their lives in the struggle. As a result, we would continue to ensure that democracy is strengthened in the country. We can’t watch from the sidelines as things are getting bad.

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 

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Kogi: Nullify Ododo’s election, declare me winner, Ajaka tells tribunal 
Murtala Ajaka, SDP governorship candidate and Gov Usman Ododo of APC


The Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate in the Kogi state governorship election Murtala Ajaka,  have asked the Justice Ado Birnin-Kudu 3-man panel of Justices to nullify the victory of Governor Usman Ododo and declared him winner.

Ajaka also asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

Ajaka’s lawyer, Pius Akubo, (SAN) made the prayers Monday while giving submissions via their final written address at the Kogi State, Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

In the petition, INEC, Ododo and APC are listed as 1st to 3rd respondents respectively.

Akubo, the petitioners’ lawyer told the tribunal that their final written address was dated and filed May 6, 2024 arguing that their petition was not filed out of time.

At Monday’s proceedings, the tribunal reserved judgment in the petition filed by Ajaka and his party, the SDP, where it asked the tribunal to set aside the respondents submissions and uphold theirs.

While making submissions, the Independent National Electoral Commission, through its lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), told the court that their final written address was dated and filed on May 2, praying the tribunal sitting to dismiss Ajaka’s petition.

On its part, the All Progressives Congress and Gov. Ododo, asked the Tribunal to dismiss Ajaka’s petition for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

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While adopting their final written addresses and presenting their arguments against the petitioners, counsel to the respondents, Agabi, Joseph Daudu (SAN), and Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), prayed the panel of Justices to uphold Ododo’s victory.

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Hon. David Ina Ogu: The Frontrunner for PDP State Chairman – A Beacon of Progress and Unity for Kogi State

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As the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State prepares for its State, Local Government, and Ward conventions to elect new party executives, the spotlight shines brightly on one candidate whose name resonates with promise and potential – Hon. David Ina Ogu.

Hailing from the vibrant community of Afah in Analo ward of Ibaji LGA, Hon. Ogu’s candidacy for the position of State Chairman signifies a new chapter in the party’s quest for progress, unity, and effective leadership.

Hon. David Ina Ogu’s journey in public service, marked by his tenure as the former Liason Officer 1 and Chairman of Ibaji LGA, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the betterment of his constituents and the advancement of the PDP.

Throughout his tenure, he spearheaded numerous people-oriented projects, including the completion of the monumental Ibaji LGA Secretariat in Onyedega.

He squarely defended the oil producing status of the Ibaji community in both the National print and electronic media while making clarifications between oil prospecting and oil producing enterprises . His efforts along with the struggles of other well meaning committed Patriots from Ibaji communities has placed Kogi State among the comity of oil producing states with the accruable benefits .

His visionary leadership and dedication to infrastructural development have left an indelible mark on the community, earning him widespread admiration and respect.

What sets Hon. David Ina Ogu apart is not only his track record of accomplishments but also his steadfast loyalty to the PDP since its inception in 1999. As a faithful party member, he has remained at the forefront of advancing the party’s principles and championing its ideals.

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His unwavering support and dedication have garnered him widespread recognition as a stalwart of the PDP, trusted by both party members and stakeholders alike. He nearly lost his life in a ghastly motor accident on his way to Lokoja for the PDP State convention in November 1999. Late Dr. Steven Makoji Achema died in that unfortunate accident.

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Hon. David Ina Ogu has been actively engaged in mobilisation activities for the progress of PDP in Kogi State .

He was the Secretary of the forum of former PDP House of Assembly members that gingered the party into action through the Awards and recognition ceremonies in May 2018 in preparation for the 2019 elections in Kogi State.

He is the Chairman of the Kogi PDP RENAISSANCE Group that took the initiative to mobilise leaders and critical stakeholders for the Retreat in IBRO HOTELS in August 2021. The Retreat discussed the theme Kogi PDP,Yesterday,

Today and Tomorrow with Prof. Jerry Gana as Guest Speaker and HE. Bukola Saraki GCON as Chairman at the events. The Retreat was a wake up tonic for the party to prepare for the 2023 electioneering engagements.

As the PDP gears up for its conventions, the choice of leadership is of paramount importance. In Hon. David Ina Ogu, the party finds a candidate who embodies the essence of progress, unity, and effective 2 / 2
governance.

His candidacy represents a beacon of hope for a party seeking to reaffirm its commitment to the people of Kogi State and usher in a new era of inclusive leadership.

The role of the State Chairman is pivotal in steering the party towards success.

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• By Concerned Citizens for the progress of PDP in Kogi State.
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