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Nine APC presidential aspirants to step down for Lawan – Orji Kalu

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At least nine presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress are set to withdraw from the race and back the candidature of the Senate President Ahmed Lawan, the Chief Whip of the Senate and former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, has said.

Kalu however did not give the names of the aspirants planning to step down for Lawan, according to News Agency of Nigeria.

On Monday, Kalu withdrew from the 2023 presidential race and endorsed Lawan.

The Senate chief whip said he took the decision because there is “no zoning” in the APC and the contest had been thrown open to all aspirants.

“Lawan’s candidature will rock like hurricane,” Kalu told NAN on Saturday.

He also said, “The issue of the APC presidential candidate will be settled even before the primaries. As I am talking to you, about nine presidential aspirants from our party have intimated me of their plans to drop their presidential ambition to support Ahmad Lawan.

“Does that not signify victory before the election? Lawan’s candidature will rock like hurricane.

“Lawan is from the north-east and has similar sympathy with the south-east that is yet to produce a president.

“I have repeated my reasons for dropping my ambition for Lawan severally and I am sure Nigerians are aware already.

“We are also expecting an influential presidential aspirant from the opposition to join the APC.

“So, you can see the party is very progressive and properly ready for Lawan’s emergence.”

On the call for postponement of primary elections by some political parties, Kalu said he did not expect the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to listen to them.

He said the parties were duly informed and should have prepared well as mandated by the electoral body.

“Extension of the dates will only support irresponsibility. Nigerians find it difficult to keep to time and appointments and that is why they would always seek for extra time,” Kalu said.

“I support INEC to stick to their timetable otherwise we will be living with postponement after postponement. Such a trend is not healthy for a society and its people.

“We complain of indiscipline but are not ready to be practical about the requirements of discipline.

“INEC should discipline any party that fails to meet up because that is the only way they can take their jobs seriously.”

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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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