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2023: Islamic group attacks Afenifere over refusal to support Tinubu

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MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola

An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern, has tackled Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, over the group’s alleged refusal to support the presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, titled, ‘Tinubu: MURIC Tasks Afenifere’.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Afenifere Leader, Ayo Adebanjo, said his group won’t back any candidate for president in the 2023 general election until the current 1999 constitution is changed to reflect true federalism and regional autonomy.

When asked whether Afenifere would be backing Tinubu, Adebanjo had said, “I am not commenting on any candidature now. I am not recommending any candidature under this constitution until it is changed.

However, MURIC said it was shocking that Afenifere has remained taciturn two weeks after Tinubu declared his intention to run for the post of president by 2023.

The Islamic group’s statement read in part, “Afenifere is making a great mistake by distancing itself from Tinubu simply because the latter supported President Muhammadu Buhari. Afenifere is playing parochial politics. There is no scintilla of doubt that regional politics is parochial politics. It is myopic and unpatriotic. A visionary group will extend its horizon. That is what Tinubu has done and his nationalistic mien has earned him nationwide acceptance. You cannot remain locked up in your shell and expect the whole country to embrace you. Afenifere should wise up.

“Afenifere has one or two lessons to learn from the Igbo. Unlike Afenifere’s cold attitude towards the only Yoruba man who has shown interest in the presidency (at least publicly), the Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohaneze, has pledged to support two Igbo men (Anyim Pius Anyim and Dave Umahi) who have expressed interest in the presidency with 10 billion naira. That is the spirit.

“We call on Afenifere to sharpen its political instinct. An adage says one good turn deserves another. The Yoruba socio-cultural group should neither reject its best candidate nor remain neutral at a time others are embracing their own.”

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Drama As Namadi Sambo’s Son Asks Delegates To Return His Money After Losing PDP Ticket

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Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo

After securing just two votes at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Kaduna North Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives, Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, has reportedly asked delegates to refund the N2 million each he doled out before the election.

Namadi, who had promised to add N1.5 million to the amount given to each of the delegates, secured the least votes among the three contenders.

The delegates raked in millions of naira from the aspirants who appeared in a hurry to outspend one another.

At the end, Samaila Suleiman, the incumbent representative of the constituency carried the day as he defeated Namadi and Shehu Usman ABG.

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Suleiman, who recently decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, won with 22 votes against Shehu Usman ABG who polled 14 votes.

Delegates told Daily Trust that Suleiman had distributed between N3.5m and N4m to each delegate while ABG gave out N2.5m in cash and Namadi had distributed N2m to delegates.

However, having lost the contest, both ABG and Namadi demanded an immediate refund.

Suleiman, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, left the APC  following the interest of Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s eldest son in his seat at the green chamber.

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APC excludes super delegates from primaries, adjusts timetable again

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The ruling All Progressives Congress has again adjusted its timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship, states houses of assembly, Senate and House of Representatives primary elections.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, said in a statement that the National Working Committee of the APC approved the review at its meeting on Monday.

The statement also ruled out participation by statutory or super delegates, following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act 2022 Amendment Bill, which would have provided roles for this category of delegates.

In the revised timetable, the governorship primary elections would hold on Thursday, May 26 with only state delegates voting.

The primary elections for the state assemblies would hold on the same day, but with local government delegates voting.

The following day, local government delegates would also vote in the senatorial primary elections and so same for the House of Representatives primary elections on 28th May.

APC added, “That the Special Convention for the Presidential Primary will be held as scheduled on Sunday, May 29 – Monday, May 30, 2022.”

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Kidnapped train passenger, Ango Abdullahi’s son, wins Kaduna PDP rep ticket

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Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the leader of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for the Sabon Gari federal constituency of Kaduna State despite being in captivity.

Sadiq is one of the 61 persons still being held by terrorists who attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022.

He reportedly won a ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 House of Representatives election.

Announcing the result on Monday morning, Mohammed Shafiu, the returning officer, said Sadiq secured 28 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Malam Abdulhamid, who scored six votes.

Hajiya Mohammed and Paulina Edward, who also contested in the poll, were said to have got no votes.

Shafiu also said 34 delegates were accredited for the exercise, adding that the election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other observers.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bandits have released Sadiq but his father, Ango Abdullahi, said Sadiq had yet to be released.

Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, expressed hopes that his son would be released soon.

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