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Anambra: Where are Andy Uba’s 230,000 APC primary votes – Nigerians drag Gov Abiodun

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Nigerians have called out Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, asking him to explain how the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra, Andy Uba, polled over 230,000 votes in the party’s primary election.

The reaction was coming on the heels of Uba’s poor outing in the just concluded Anambra governorship election.

During the APC primary election in Anambra in June, Gov Abiodun had announced that “Uba polled 230,201 of the 348,490 total votes cast, to defeat 13 other aspirants.”

Though the result was rejected by other aspirants and leaders of the APC in the state, the national leadership of the party fielded Uba as its candidate, relying on the result declared by the Ogun State helmsman.

It would be recalled that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, at the time, said there was no primary election held in the entire Anambra.

But Gov Abiodun, who was the Chairman of the APC primary election committee in the state, insisted that the election was transparent.

However, as the governorship election came to an end on Tuesday, Uba’s 230,201 votes became a mirage as he ended up polling just 43,285 votes.

Uba came a distant third in the election behind Charles Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), who was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with 112,229 votes.

Reacting, Nigerians on social media wondered how Abiodun got the 230,201 votes he ‘awarded’ to Uba, who could only poll 43,285 votes during the election proper.

A former aide of former Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, Lere Olayinka, said: “Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, good morning this morning Sir.

“I am still asking Sir, where are those 348,490 APC members that you claimed voted at the party’s primary election that produced Andy Uba as Anambra State Governorship candidate?”

One Adesina Olufemi said, “About five months ago, during the party primary election, APC claimed its candidate, Andy Uba won by about 230,000 votes. In the gubernatorial election, the same APC had polled just a little more than 40,000 votes.

“In all the elections in Anambra state in the past 10 years, average voters turnout has been 230,000. Where did Give Abiodun got that score from?”

Another commentator, John, stated that “While several members of APC in Anambra are willing to swear before anything including amadioha, that there were no gubernatorial primaries in any ward in that state, those saddled with conducting direct primaries in that strategic Igbo State insisted Andy Uba won the primary with over 230k votes; not even the protest by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, that there was no primary in his own ward or LG nor the collective petition by other gubernatorial aspirants could dissuade them.

“They insisted over 348k APC members participated in the exercise and Uba won it. Well, they had their way. And during the gubernatorial elections held and results indicated that APC has performed very woefully.

“But the question agitating the minds of several patriotic APC members across Nigeria is where are those 348,000 members who purportedly voted in that direct primaries? At least, those 230,000 members who voted Andy Uba during the primaries should vote for their man on the election day. Where are they?

“These are the questions APC leaders in Abuja who brushed aside the protest by Dr Ngige and other aggrieved guber aspirants should urgently provide answers for.

“My bible tells me, Righteousness exacts a nation, but sin is a reproach (a drawback or stain).”

“As the APC races towards 2023 when some doomsday prophets have predicted APC will collapse, those running the party need to conduct a soul-searching and never wave aside complaint of its members.

“Going by the mass defection that hit APGA and the reported poor performance of the departing governor, Willy Obiano, Anambra was there for APC to win. But once again, APC blew it.”

Femi Oke, an APC member in Ogun State, opined that “As an APC man, I can say categorically that Andy Uba was the worst candidate on the debate, there is no contradiction.

“APC should stop fielding PDP Political Prostitutes as their candidates and should ensure free, fair, & transparent direct primaries are conducted to ensure our best possible candidates emerge.

“We can also have televised APC candidate debates before the primaries so the best candidates will showcase their abilities. Why has APC and PDP refused to adopt online membership, with a party membership app and membership subscriptions?

“It’s because the stinkingly corrupt, inept, moneybag politicians at the head of these parties want to continue to manipulate and deceive Nigerians ahead of 2023.”

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Court strikes out suit seeking to nullify Adeleke’s nomination as PDP candidate

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday struck out a suit seeking the nullification of Ademola Adeleke as the Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 26 election.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu struck out the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to file the suit.

The plaintiff in the suit, Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman, had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP and Adeleke before the court seeking order to void and set aside the submission of Adeleke’s name to the electoral body on grounds of alleged unlawful action.

The plaintiff had complained that Adeleke’s name was hurriedly submitted by the PDP on March 11, 2022, as against March 14 to 18 specified in the INEC guidelines.

The plaintiff had therefore asked the court to declare the submission of Adeleke’s name as illegal, unlawful, null and void and be set aside.

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Muslim-Muslim ticket: No leader can Islamise Nigeria, says FFK

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  • Tinubu returned schools to missionaries, granted land to mega churches

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, says he has “prayed about” the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and is sure that the country cannot be Islamised.

Indeed, he expressed confidence that those given the ticket currently to fly the flag of the APC in the 2023 presidential election  would defend the rights of the Christans.

Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, picked Kashim Shettima, the former governor of Borno, who is also a Muslim, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

This has generated heavy criticisms from key stakeholders, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Before joining the APC, Fani-Kayode, on several occasions, had accused the APC-led Federal Government of Islamisation and Fulanisation of the country.

Asked to comment on the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket in the light of his previous comments, the former minister said since he joined the ruling party, he had realised that the party had “completely changed”, adding that the claim of Fulanisation of the country had been thrown out of the window.

Fani-Kayode said it is not about the faith of the presidential candidates but their individual abilities.

He said, “We spoke about Fulanisation; that has been thrown out of the window now because power has been shifted to the South by the APC, the party we accused of that.

“Secondly, we spoke about Islamisation. Since I joined APC, I realised that, like I said earlier, things have completely changed; a situation whereby in this country today we have, no less than 20 Christian governors. The whole of the South-West has Christian governors, except for Osun State, which has now changed because we have a Christian governor who is coming in.

“A situation like that tells you clearly that the country cannot be Islamised and neither is our party APC interested in that. What is happening as far as I’m concerned is this: we have reformed and are moving forward.

“Same faith ticket was a challenge but we looked into it. I prayed about it, I consulted, I spoke to Kashim because all along my position has been – it all depends who the vice-president is.

“It is not about the faith. It is about the individual and if the individual is a Muslim that I can live with, I’m prepared to live with that. I spoke to this man and Tinubu.

“The candidate himself returned schools to the missionaries in Lagos something that had not been done before. The candidate gave land to so many of these mega churches in Lagos when he was governor and since that time they have been granted licences to build churches.

“Go to the North; the vice, that is Shettima himself, I met him for over three hours, we discussed. I looked into the man’s eyes and raised a number of pertinent questions which I needed to be satisfied with and I was satisfied with his answers.

“He has built more churches in Borno State than any other before him and since that time and he won the confidence of many Christians. So the issue of Islamisation no longer arises.”

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Bode George attacks Tinubu again, says everything him is bundle of lies

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, has attacked the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, saying everything about him is a “bundle of lies.”

He said Tinubu did nothing to alleviate the pains of residents of Lagos State while serving as a governor for two terms.

George spoke with Channels Television last night, saying, “I absolutely have no qualms, no quarrel with Tinubu; but all I know is that everything he has said he was or his name is this or his school is that, it’s a bundle of lies.

“I’m a bona fide Lagosian. We knew what Lagos was like, and Lagos remains the commercial nerve centre, not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa. What has this fellow done to us?”

He challenged Tinubu to open up on the ownership of Alpa Beta company.

He said the APC presidential candidate should tell Nigerians how much the company had allegedly stolen from the Lagos State Government.

He said, “I have asked a very simple question and none of them has been able to answer it. Who owns the Alpha Beta company? How much has the Alpha Beta company stolen from the coffers of our treasury in Lagos State? What has he done to alleviate the pains of the people of the state?”

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