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El-Rufai, Kaduna delegates pledge support for Tinubu



Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

The presidential aspiration of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu got a boost yesterday in Kaduna where Governor Nasir El-Rufai and delegates in the state pledged their support.

In a voice vote administered by the governor, the delegates predicated their support on Tinubu being “the first aspirant to come to us”.

Tinubu expressed confidence that he would pick the ticket.

The former Lagos State Governor described himself as the most qualified of all the presidential aspirants across the political parties.

He said: “Others are running without knowing where they are going, but I know my destination and it is the Presidential Villa”.

He told the delegates that his wealth of experience, garnered from the private sector, involvement in the fight for the return of democracy from trenches, being a governor for eight years laying the foundation for the development of Lagos State and being an integral part of the APC merger, as credentials that qualified him as the best man for the APC ticket.

Tinubu urged the people of the Northwest state to follow him.


He pledged to end insecurity and banditry; ensure infrastructural development; boost agriculture with return of commodity exchange; revive textiles and other moribund industries and mobilise investments to create massive job opportunities.

The aspirant urged the delegates and APC leaders to support the fight to ensure that APC maintains its ruling status at the federal and state levels.

He said: “Under me (I am confident I will win), we would support you on all aspects of governance because you are a democratic people and you have a history behind you. With the history of progressives, you are ready for changes, development and to give confidence to your children.

“You must work twice harder for this government to remain APC. The broom has meaning that is associated with religion; cleanliness, hygiene and getting rid of thieves.

“Many of you are facing challenges of insecurity, going along with governance is an exceptionally difficult period for our nation but with a foresight, visionary and committed leadership, there is no way we would not overcome this struggle.

“I come to assure you that I am one of you; I identify with you and I am determined that with you, if given the mandate of our party; we will defeat all evils called banditry. That is why we are running.

“I am going to the Villa Insha Allah. I am running, I don’t have legs without you. You are my legs, my wings to get me there. I would not let you down.

“We have to ensure harmony and unity, unity of purpose.

“We joined hands together and we formed the APC; we didn’t fail. And we are not going to fail. Our broom will sweep them to the dust bin. They spent 16 years, we didn’t see the road. I know the road. You have been consistent in Kaduna. I know you will follow me, follow the man that knows the road.”


Governor El-Rufai noted that people being addressed are all statutory delegates from where the state’s 69 delegates to the national convention will be chosen on Tuesday.

“You are the first presidential aspirant to come to Kaduna. I cannot be fully in your corner unless the delegates agree. I know Asiwaju, I know his capacity and I know what he can do.”

The governor asked the Kaduna state delegate if they are for Tinubu, to which they loudly responded “yes”. He also asked if anyone is against the aspirant and they responded with a resounding “no”.

The governor stressed: “We are for consensus. The people here would ensure that they stand by you. Our people appeared convinced and when the people of Kaduna give our word, we keep our word.”

Former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who was in Tinubu’s entourage, described the aspirant as a great manager of human and material resources who will take Nigeria to a greater height.


Ex-chief of Air Staff, Abubakar, wins Bauchi APC governorship ticket



A former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State.

Abubakar served as chief of air staff from 2015 to January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him and other service chiefs.
The President later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad. He has resigned from that appointment.
Abubakar polled 370 votes to clinch the party’s ticket in Bauchi.
Halliru Jika, senator representing Bauchi central, polled 278 votes to place second.
Nura Manu got 269 votes, Musa Babayo had 70 votes; and Mahmud Maijama’a secured eight votes.
Similarly, Umar Mohammed Bago, House of Representatives member, has won the APC governorship ticket in Niger State.
Bago currently represents Chachanga federal constituency in the house of representatives.
The lawmaker won the governorship ticket after polling 540 votes.
Idris Malagi and Sani Ndanusa polled 386 and 84, respectively, to place second and third in the exercise.

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AbdulRazaq clinches Kwara APC guber ticket, talks of beating own record



Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state was Thursday evening reelected as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 General elections.

The governor was the sole aspirant in the exercise that took place inside the Banquet Hall of the government house, ilorin where 965 delegates were expected to vote for him.

At the end of the exercise, Chairman Governorship/ House of assembly primaries sent by the National leadership of the party from Abuja ,Prof Emmanuel Dandaura who led the team that supervised the election said that there were 961 valid votes, and 4 invalid votes.

Professor Dandaura asked whether there was complaint from anyone to which there was no response. He therefore declared the governor as the gubernatorial candidate of the party for the 2023 governorship elections.

Governor AbdulRazaq in his acceptance speech assured that he would not take the support of the delegates and other stakeholders in the ruling party for granted.

He noted that,”2023 is the year to make it clear to the doubting Thomases that the revolution of 2019 was not a fluke”, stressing that “It is the year to reaffirm our decision to reclaim our dignity and have a state that serves everyone equitably.

“We must therefore keep what is left of our patrimony, and by all democratic means avoid a relapse to the years of the distress, Governor AbdulRazaq said.

He also said that, “between 2019 and now, the trajectory of Kwara State has changed. We have registered a bold presence in the comity of decent and respected states. We have positive strides and indices in education, health, access to water, improved youths engagement, gender mainstreaming, support for farmers and the vulnerable, and rural development to show for our mandate.”

Today, he said, that ” no part of Kwara State is left without government presence. Our politics has also evolved. The destiny of Kwarans is no longer tied to any particular person. That is the bold message from our primaries.”

Governor AbdulRazaq however said he’s not perfect, saying, “Are we perfect? No, we are not. What is not debatable is the magnitude of progress that Kwara has made over the last three years. We can only beat our own records of achievements.”

He also said, “So, we will campaign on our records of improving the lots of our people and reasserting the leadership position of Kwara State.

“We will campaign on our record of courageously opening up the democratic space for all. We will campaign on our records of courageously opening up our books for public assessments in our strong belief that perfection belongs to God alone. In doing so, we are steadily improving the old system and achieving more efficiency.”

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Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Ekweremadu may lead regional parties



Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Ekweremadu

Ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, indications have emerged that a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and national leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, may spearhead regional parties pending the outcome of the primaries that would take place this weekend.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi has been discussing with the NNPP but has not joined the party, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday night.


A source close to Kwankwaso, who was reacting to speculations that Obi had joined the NNPP after leaving the PDP, said, “It is not official, but that rumour is going on. I’m not sure if he (Obi) has reached out to us. You know his resignation was just today (Wednesday). But I know they have been discussing it with Kwankwaso even before now.

“What might happen is that the politics of 2023 might turn to regional politics. The NNPP is already strong in the North. There is a possibility that Ike Ekweremadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Peter Obi might form an alliance under another party in the South East.

“If Asiwaju Bola Tinubu doesn’t get the APC ticket, he might also go back to South-West with the Social Democratic Party. So, these three parties might become the big parties representing the regions in 2023.”

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