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APC transition committee probes party’s finances after Buni’s exit

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, on Friday in Abuja hinted at his intention to probe the national secretariat of the party as well as its directors.

Adamu said this after receiving his certificate of return from the national convention electoral committee led by Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru.

Badaru, who visited the secretariat alongside members of the election sub-committee, also presented certificates of return to other party officials elected on March 26, 2022.

Speaking to party officials, Adamu said, “I am a team player and as much as is possible, I want to carry everybody along. We will definitely, by the will of God Almighty, the secretariat, need to look at you but I’m not saying anything today until the transition committee submit its report.

“It is my hope that by the time the report is submitted, you will have what they call a clean bill of the ledger. That’s my prayer.”

On the party’s preparations ahead of next year’s general elections, Adamu, who noted the enormous responsibility to be shouldered by the new leadership called for loyalty, saying, “There is no room for failure.”

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He added, “To work with me, you have to be loyal. Not because I’m the best and everything. Your loyalty to me is not loyalty to me but loyalty to the party. You have to recognise the authority of the party. In all that we do, the interest of the party is paramount.

“We have zero tolerance for failure in this new dispensation of our great party because we have an anomalous responsibility for want of more appropriate exploration ahead of us.

“On the elections, we cannot move the way we are to the election. We have a marching order from the leader of this party, President Muhammadu Buhari. We will have to deliver. There will be no excuses whatsoever and will need everybody’s hands on deck for this to happen,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman of the election subcommittee, Badaru described the contestants who stepped down to honour the consensus arrangement as true heroes of the party, having behaved maturely with understanding.

He said, “There were 78 positions contested for the NEC members and the zonal executives. But from these 78 positions, the consensus was achieved in 66 positions which means that positions that were contested and elections conducted were 12.

“This demonstrates the fact that the APC is indeed one family and the members will always listen to President Muhammadu Buhari and his call for peace and unity of the party.

“Despite their interests, they chose to withdraw to allow for consensus so that our party will come out stronger and indeed this was what happened. I thank them and I believe they deserve all our commendations and the party will never forget them.”

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Peter Obi to speak at Chatham House Jan 16

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The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi has been invited to speak at Chatham House about his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 election.

Obi, former governor of Anambra State, is to attend the event slated for January 16, 2023 in London, the United Kingdom.

In a tweet on Thursday, Chatham House Africa announced the invite , saying, “Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: In conversation with @PeterObi“The second of our events examining #Nigeria’s 2023 elections and political developments will take place on January 16, 2023.

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Obi’s rival, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu had on Monday, December 5 made an appearance at Chatham House in London, where he revealed some of his plans for major sectors like defense, economy, education, and technology.

Tinubu’s performance at the event keeps generating mixed reactions with many knocking him for delegating questions to his campaign members who were with him at the event and others praising him for what they described as an exemplary leadership trait.

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I’m not merging with any candidate, party – Kwankwaso

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Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Senator Musa Kwakwanso, on Thursday, described the promoters of his rumoured merger with another party as failed politicians.

Kwankwaso said this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta, shortly after he addressed the NNPP members at the party secretariat in the state capital.

The NNPP presidential candidate denied that he planned merger of the party with other political parties ahead of next year’s election.

Kwakwanso said, “That’s absolute nonsense. You see we believe that we are not above the three or four parties in this country, but by 2023, next year, by the grace of God, the NNPP will win the election at national and all other levels.

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“So, these are people who are failed politicians who have nothing to tell Nigerians other than to spread unnecessary rumour of a merger.

“Merger is already gone. We have our candidates. In all the parties, everybody is campaigning. So, disregard that nonsense.”

Kwankwaso however lost his temper when he was asked if he would step down for any candidate, saying, “don’t ask me that rubbish.”

While addressing members of the NNPP, the presidential candidate pledged to strengthen the Nigeria’s armed forces with one million recruits, if elected president.

He added that his government would grant education at all levels to citizens and place priority on youth and women empowerment.

The State Chairman of the party, Olaposi Oginni, warned Nigerians against returning the All Progressives Congress into power both at the state a d federal levels.

Oginni said, “Only lunatics would vote for the APC.”

He said due to the level of sufferings and poor economy under the APC government, no Nigerian was expected to vote for the ruling party in 2023.

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Thugs allegedly loyal to Governor Wike attack Rivers PDP presidential campaign boss’ residence, destroy vehicles

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Political thugs allegedly working for the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike have invaded the residence of former Rivers South-East Senator, Lee Maeba.

The house located at GRA, Phase 3 axis in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was invaded by thugs on Thursday morning.

Maeba is the chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the state.

A source said the hoodlums, allegedly loyal to Governor Wike, destroyed many cars, including an SUV, while occupants of the house including Senator Maeba’s relations fled the scene.

It was learnt that the hoodlums also shot indiscriminately and injured some occupants of the building during the attack.

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“About 200 hoodlums loyal to Governor Wike attacked the residence of Senator Lee Maeba this morning. They destroyed vehicles and injured some occupants,” the source said.

Since Governor Wike lost the presidential ticket of the party to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the party has been factionalised.

This followed allegations made by the governor that the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu manipulated the process to favour Atiku, a fellow northerner.

He subsequently asked Ayu to resign from office but the national chairman has refused to do so amid the attendant crisis in the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Wike-led Rivers government earlier revoked the ownership of a landed property belonging to Maeba in Port Harcourt.

When contacted, DSP Grace Woyengikuro Iringe-Koko, spokesperson for the state police command said she wasn’t aware of the incident.

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