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2023: Women group urges AfDB President Adesina to contest presidency

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President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina

A group of women activists, under the aegis of Women for Secured Nation, have urged the president of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, to run for the office of Nigerian President in 2023.

The group made the call in a statement by its Media and Publicity Director, Judith Onyekwere, on Sunday in Benin.

The group described Adesina as the best candidate that would bring the nation back to relevance, stability and productive economic growth.

The statement read in part, “At this point, we don’t just need a politician as president, we need an expert, a technocrat with multinational connection and proven integrity.”

They said Adesina’s experience and track record of achievements, both in Nigeria and beyond, are undisputable assets that any nation, desirous of growth, could not compromise.

Onyekwere, who described the body as non-political, non-partisan, and non-religious but a conglomeration of Nigerian women cutting across all professions, says it “is desirous in seeing an upward-looking nation with a secured economy that could engage our children better and strengthen our middle class for productivity.

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“This is why we are calling on Nigeria’s former Agriculture minister to take up the challenge, as a call to service, to help rescue Nigeria from its current predicament.

“We can no longer wait for career politicians to drive our national ship to wreck before we call for a rescue.

“At this point, the Nigerian citizens should rise up to help the various political parties to get their candidates, devoid of all tricks, in the interest of our collective future.”

“Someone with a solid track record of achievements and getting things done. Someone who can work effectively globally and give Nigeria a much-needed global standing on critical global and Africa agendas.

“Someone who will prepare Nigeria for the 21st century as a globally competitive and prosperous nation. Someone who can work effectively with and will be trusted by other leaders in Africa.”

The group has called on Adesina to “commence giving the calls by Nigerians to serve the nation in the capacity of its president the most desired thought, in the interest of all.”

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Tinubu visits Obasanjo, APC supporters flood ex-President’s residence

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Scores of supporters of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Wednesday, stormed the residence of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta as the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu visited the former President.

Tinubu arrived at the Penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, in his chopper at about 1:09pm in company of some party leaders.

He was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, Segun Osoba, and other Ogun State government functionaries.

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They have all gone into a meeting with the president.

The meeting was believed to be in connection with ambition of Tinubu in the coming elections.

Our correspondent reports that the duo had not been seen together since 2015 when he escorted the then APC candidate,  President Muhammadu Buhari, to Obasanjo’s residence.

He was also at the 78th birthday of the former President held at Abeokuta in March, 2015.

The two of them have since kept their distances as Obasanjo withdrew his support for Buhari and the APC, which he supported to power by tearing his card as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Deji Adeyanju mocks Obi over meeting with Wike, others

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Deji Adeyanju

Political activist Deji Adeyanju has mocked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, over his meeting with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, especially Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike.

Adeyanju recently placed a bet of $10000 that Obi will come third in the forthcoming general election,

It was the second time the former Governor of Anambra State met with Wike after dumping the PDP and declaring his presidential ambition on the LP platform.

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Others at the meeting include former Governors Olusegun Mimiko( Ondo); Donald Duke (Cross River) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe).

Also at the meeting were Benue Governor Samuel Ortom; Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke and several others.

Adeyanju accused Obi, who is touted to be the ‘saviour’ of the country, of always meeting with PDP chieftains.

The activist said Obi cannot help Nigeria from corrupt political leaders, declaring supporters of the former Anambra Governor as “PDP Lite.”

He wrote: “The person they say wants to save Nigeria from corrupt PDP and APC is always running to PDP folks and he doesn’t know they are just using him to catch cruise. That’s why I said the Obidents are PDP Lite. Good thing is February is almost here.”

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2023 poll: I’ve no alliance with Tinubu, says SDP presidential candidate

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Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo

THE Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Mr Adewole Adebayo, has reacted to a rumour making rounds that his party has formed an alliance with the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ahead of the 2023 election, saying it is not true.

He said the APC had failed Nigerians in all sectors, adding that the ruling party brought bad luck to Nigerians.

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He said: “Who is Tinubu? He is not here. SDP is the party of Abiola. We can’t merge with APC and if they want to merge with us, I don’t know because they haven’t told us, if they want to merge with us, we have to take them for deliverance and sanitization, because how do you merge with such bad luck, they had mismanaged the nation’s economy.

“If we are important and they want to merge with us, they can join SDP, and queue up because many of them used to be members of SDP before they joined corruption. What we want to do now is not about them because Nigerian people have a choice.”

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