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BREAKING: Atiku Wins PDP Presidential Ticket

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Former vice-president and serial presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has emerged as the presidential candidate of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

Atiku emerged as a candidate at the end of the presidential primary after polling 371 votes.

He defeated the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who scored 237 votes.

Other aspirants with the number of votes polled include Bukola Saraki – 70; Sam Ohuanbunwa – 1; Anyim Pius Anyim – 14; Udom Emmanuel – 38 votes; Bala Mohammed – 20.

It was earlier reported that the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, had withdrawn from the presidential race and had given his support to the former Vice President.

Atiku had in 1993, contested the Social Democratic Party presidential primary, losing to Moshood Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe.

He was a presidential candidate of the Action Congress in the 2007 presidential election coming in third to Umaru Yar’Adua of the PDP and Muhammadu Buhari of the ANPP.

He contested the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2011 presidential election losing out to incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

In 2014, he joined the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 presidential election, contested the presidential primary, and lost to Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2017, he returned to the Peoples Democratic Party and was the party’s presidential candidate during the 2019 presidential election, again losing to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Crisis Hits Lagos Labour Party As Pressure Mounts On Chairman, Kayode Salako To Resign

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A certain group has continued to doubt the chairman of Lagos Labour Party as regards his sincerity to lead the party to success in the next year’s general election.

Following the composition of the State Executive of the Labour Party, LP in Lagos State recently, there have been unending crisis within the party leadership that could mar the chances of the party in the State come 2023 despite the generous support the party is enjoying from different support groups and general public.
 
Reports monitored on social medial revealed that the party stakeholders both at all levels level have lost confidence in the state executive led by Comrade Kayode Salako and his secretary for not adhering to the Constitution of the party and anti-party activities hence the party’s support groups have demanded for their immediate resignation from the party or removal by the appropriate party organs.
 
Allegations levelled against the party chairman include his failure to set up relevant structures for the party across and failure to work with party’s support groups to harness all the benefits that are being championed by support groups and members of the public willing to support the party in deepening its reach across Lagos State and smooth running of the party as being done and experienced in other South Western States such as Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ondo States. It is alleged that rather than build up the party across Lagos State, Comrade Kayode Salako is alleged to be busied in destroying and tearing down the party’s relationships with the support groups and other stakeholders. Indeed, it appears the reason is not far fetched as it was alleged recently on social media that Comrade Kayode Salako is a mole sent by the presidential candidate of the ruling party, All Progressive Party Bola Tinubu to destroy the gains of Labour Party in Lagos State and Comrade Kayode Salako seems to be carrying out this sinister agenda perfectly since he assumed office as the Party Chairman in Lagos state.
 
They also cited lack of sound judgment behind the State party chairman’s wife, Folake Daramola being a campaign manager of the  Presidential candidate of APC and the party in Lagos State. One then wonders how safe the campaign strategies of the Labour Party will be in the hand of Comrade Kayode Salako who is literally in bed with the campaign manager of the Presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu.
 
They also accused the duo of running fowl against the party guidelines by bringing and allowing people who are not state exco members to attend, sit and participate in the meeting of only 24 executive members contrary to the letter dated May 18, 2022 from the national leadership of the Party, which stated the limited numbers of who could take part in exco meeting.
 
They cited the case of an alleged Lover of the State Secretary,Jennifer Ukachi, who is constantly allowed to attend and sit at the exco meeting. Also, the state party chairman who brings retinue of outsiders including thugs to sit down and participate in the state exco meetings. All these, the different support groups argued run contrary to the 24-membership Exco appointed by the National leadership’s letter of May 18, 2022 seen by this reporter. The State Chairman and State Secretary have actually turned to the State Exco meeting into rendezvous for their shenanigans.
 
The party support groups therefore appeal to the leadership of the party and stakeholders to immediately look into these anomalies and allegations against the party leadership in Lagos State before the commencement of campaigns, rallies and the likes so that the Labour Party in Lagos is not be put to disrepute and is able to reap the good will of the OBI-dients moments.

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2023: Osinbajo, Dogara Names Missing As APC Unveils 422-Member Presidential Campaign Council [SEE FULL LIST]

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday unveiled its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), with President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman and Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, director-general.

The party also appointed Tinubu as Deputy Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, its national chairman as Deputy Chairman (2) and Kashim Shettima, its vice-presidential candidate as Vice Chairman of the council.

Adams Oshiomhole, a former chairman of the APC was also appointed as deputy director-general (Operations), Hadiza Bala Usman, a former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – deputy director-general (Admin), while Hon. James Faleke will serve as the secretary to the council.

The list also consists of the names of serving as well as former State Governors of the party, ministers and senators who are still members of the APC, Board of Trustees, among others.

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2023: The Economist Of London Predicts Victory For Tinubu

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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), an intelligence unit of The Economist of London, has predicted victory for Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election.

EIU made the prediction in a new country report, according to the Business Day report.

The United Kingdom-based platform said the controversy of the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket will not affect Tinubu’s chances in the elections.

“We expect Tinubu to take the presidency, and recent developments have only reinforced our thinking. It does not appear that a Muslim-Muslim ticket will weigh significantly on Tinubu’s electoral chances,” EIU said.

In the past few weeks, controversy has trailed the decision of the APC and Tinubu to settle for Kashim Shettima, former governor of Borno, who is a Muslim, as vice-presidential candidate.

On the chances of Atiku Abubakar at the polls, the EIU country report said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cause to worry over the feud with Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers.

The report added that Atiku should also be worried about how Peter Obi of the Labour Party will balkanise the traditional votes of the PDP in the southeast.

“Atiku has more cause to worry. Not only is Obi eating into the PDP’s South-eastern support base, but Governor Wike, who finished second in the primary, does not appear to be interested in endorsing him,” the report said.

The report said the Electoral Act 2022 would bring fewer disputes about the presidential election results and reduce the influence of politicians on the outcome of the election.

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