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Obasanjo: I will never return to PDP, partisan politics

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he has no plan to rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and partisan politics.

Obasanjo who was twice elected President on PDP platform in 1999 and 2003, had publicly torn his membership card in 2015 and quit partisan politics.

He restated his position on Saturday at a meeting with the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, and other paerty leaders who visited him in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Ayu led former governors, Peter Obi (Anambra), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River) to the meeting with Obasanjo.

The team first met Obasanjo under closed doors for two hours and later returned to a larger meeting with PDP members, where the ex-President restated his position.

He admitted that having governed Nigeria twice on the PDP platform, the party would continue to be part of his history.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring me back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

Obasanjo told Ayu that he has the problems of PDP and Nigeria on his shoulders, and prayed God give him the wisdom to carry it.

But Ayu told Obasanjo that “if you leave PDP, the blood of PDP will never leave you.”

He said the party would always require his fatherly advice towards governance in Nigeria.

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Drama As Namadi Sambo’s Son Asks Delegates To Return His Money After Losing PDP Ticket

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Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo

After securing just two votes at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Kaduna North Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives, Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, has reportedly asked delegates to refund the N2 million each he doled out before the election.

Namadi, who had promised to add N1.5 million to the amount given to each of the delegates, secured the least votes among the three contenders.

The delegates raked in millions of naira from the aspirants who appeared in a hurry to outspend one another.

At the end, Samaila Suleiman, the incumbent representative of the constituency carried the day as he defeated Namadi and Shehu Usman ABG.

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Suleiman, who recently decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, won with 22 votes against Shehu Usman ABG who polled 14 votes.

Delegates told Daily Trust that Suleiman had distributed between N3.5m and N4m to each delegate while ABG gave out N2.5m in cash and Namadi had distributed N2m to delegates.

However, having lost the contest, both ABG and Namadi demanded an immediate refund.

Suleiman, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, left the APC  following the interest of Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s eldest son in his seat at the green chamber.

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APC excludes super delegates from primaries, adjusts timetable again

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The ruling All Progressives Congress has again adjusted its timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship, states houses of assembly, Senate and House of Representatives primary elections.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, said in a statement that the National Working Committee of the APC approved the review at its meeting on Monday.

The statement also ruled out participation by statutory or super delegates, following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act 2022 Amendment Bill, which would have provided roles for this category of delegates.

In the revised timetable, the governorship primary elections would hold on Thursday, May 26 with only state delegates voting.

The primary elections for the state assemblies would hold on the same day, but with local government delegates voting.

The following day, local government delegates would also vote in the senatorial primary elections and so same for the House of Representatives primary elections on 28th May.

APC added, “That the Special Convention for the Presidential Primary will be held as scheduled on Sunday, May 29 – Monday, May 30, 2022.”

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Kidnapped train passenger, Ango Abdullahi’s son, wins Kaduna PDP rep ticket

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Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the leader of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for the Sabon Gari federal constituency of Kaduna State despite being in captivity.

Sadiq is one of the 61 persons still being held by terrorists who attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022.

He reportedly won a ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 House of Representatives election.

Announcing the result on Monday morning, Mohammed Shafiu, the returning officer, said Sadiq secured 28 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Malam Abdulhamid, who scored six votes.

Hajiya Mohammed and Paulina Edward, who also contested in the poll, were said to have got no votes.

Shafiu also said 34 delegates were accredited for the exercise, adding that the election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other observers.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bandits have released Sadiq but his father, Ango Abdullahi, said Sadiq had yet to be released.

Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, expressed hopes that his son would be released soon.

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