“Consequent to this, and to demonstrate our readiness for this leap of faith, I have the mandate of our leaders and members to invite other progressives in other caucuses in the Osun APC and other parties and like minds across the state to join us in this endeavor. This is a call for unity of purpose in our party and beyond. It is a call for burying the hatchet and working for the greater good and service to humanity through progressive governance,” he added.
The Labour Party (LP) campaign organisation says the aircraft prepared to take its team for a rally in Ibadan, Oyo State, has been grounded.
Head of media for the LP campaign, Diran Onifade, said this in a statement on Wednesday that the Obidient plane was grounded for “regulatory reasons”.
Presidential candidate of the LP, Peter Obi, and his entourage were heading to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when the incident happened, it was stated.
Onifade urged supporters of the LP to ignore “mischievous rumours” suggesting the plane had been impounded.
He said the party’s scheduled rally in Ibadan would proceed as planned.
“The Obidient plane was grounded today by the powers that be ‘for regulatory reasons’ only. Please ignore any mischievous rumour. Our massive rally in Ibadan is going on as planned,” the statement said.
Obi is one of the leading candidates for the 2023 presidential election alongside Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Anambra governor enjoys huge popularity on social media courtesy of a massive support base known as the ‘Obidients’.
The 2023 elections is less than 15 weeks away. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the presidential and national assembly elections will hold on February 25, 2023.
The governorship and state house of assembly polls will take place on March 11, 2023.
Court throws out suit challenging Tinubu’s candidacy
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging the candidacy of Bola Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Fadima Aminu Muritala, who threw out the suit, described the plaintiff, Ngozika Ihuoma, as a “meddlesome interloper having no locus standi to institute the suit”.
Ihuoma dragged Tinubu and five others to court on June 9, 2022 after Tinubu had won the APC presidential primary election.
He sought for six reliefs, which included the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) barring Tinubu from contesting the next year’s presidential election.
Tinubu in June defeated 13 other contenders to emerge the presidential flag bearer of the APC. He won with a total vote of 1,271.
A statement on Wednesday by the Director, Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, said, “In defence of the suit, the law office of Babatunde Ogala (SAN) & Co on behalf of All Progressives Congress filed a counter affidavit in opposition to the Originating Summons and a Notice of Preliminary Objection.
“The counter affidavit challenged Ihuoma’s locus standi and grounds for the action.
“It sought a court declaration that the case was speculative, pre-emptive and non-justiciable being the internal affairs of a political party.
“The counter affidavit also punctured Ihuoma’s case as academic, theoretical and an abuse of court process.
“The court on Monday upheld the defence counsel’s objections and struck out the case.”
Aregbesola kinsmen dissolve faction, seeks members’ reintegration into Osun APC
The Osun Progressives (TOP), a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State loyal to former governor and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has disbanded to pave way for the reintegration of aggrieved members.
Speaking at a press conference, yesterday, former speaker of the House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, said the resolution to dissolve the faction was to allow them to restructure the party for true progressives.
He said the step became necessary because of the trajectory and the electoral misfortune the party suffered in the July 16 governorship election that led to their loss and resolve for the way forward.
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“We are hereby dissolving The Osun Progressives (TOP) and the faction of the party associated with it to facilitate the unity of purpose that this time requires. For effective closure, we will have a truth and reconciliation forum within the party when fully restructured with the sole purpose of preventing any recurrence of the ugly past.
“We are therefore extending our hand of fellowship to everyone who is a progressive at heart and loves good governance in our party, in the other parties and independents who are hitherto not aligned to any party.
I’m the most investigated and most accused former governor – Tinubu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has again provided an insight into his source of wealth.
Tinubu in an interview on BBC in London said he was the most investigated and most accused former governor yet nothing has been found on him.
Daily Trust reports that many Nigerians had challenged Tinubu to explain his source of stupendous wealth and this has been a recurring issue in the current electioneering for the 2023 election.
During the interview, he accused his critics of envy, explaining that he had a lot of investments which yielded profit.
Responding to the question on the corruption allegation, he said, “You got to know how to analyse and how to ask questions, not in the accusatory format.
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“Are they enemies of wealth, if they are not enemies of wealth, investments do yield. I have an example of Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in America and in the world. He started from stock buying. I inherited great real estate, I turned the values around.
“I am not denying my wealth, I was the most investigated, the most accused governor for eight years, up to 2007 and since I left the office, I am still there, I have not taken any government appointment.”
Asked on the allegation that he was taking a certain share of the revenue being generated in Lagos State where he governed between 1999 and 2007, he retorted, “Hey excuse me, share what? Have they proven it? IMF has investigated the record in Lagos. What is wrong with them? It is envy.”
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