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Osinbajo avoids Tinubu, sends rep to Aisha Buhari’s dinner

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In what appeared a failed first meet with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did not attend the Ramadan Iftar (dinner) put together by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

Rather, the Vice President sent a representative to the dinner held at the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa.

The dinner in Abuja was held on Saturday by President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife for presidential candidates of all political parties.

Those who had been looking forward to what a first time meeting will look like between “son” (Osinbajo) and “father” (Tinubu) did not have the opportunity to so do.

While Tinubu was present at the dinner, Osinbajo sent a former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, to represent him.

Since Osinbajo declared his intention to stand for the 2023 presidential election on April 11, 2022, there had been a sense of unease in his camp and that of Tinubu, who appointed him as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice when he was the Lagos State Governor.

Tinubu was also said to have endorsed Osinbajo as the running mate of Buhari in 2015 after much persuasion.

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After the two-term Governor of Lagos State declared his intention to contest the presidential election, many had thought Osinbajo would drop his based on the fact that they both belong to the same political camp.

At the dinner, Osinbajo urged all aspirants to play politics without bitterness.

Speaking through his representative, he said the dinner offered Nigerians from different faiths and background the opportunity to reunite with one another to foster unity.

He said: “It is an opportunity for aspirants from various political parties to meet one another and the lesson we should learn from here is to practise politics without bitterness as we move closer to election year.

“We should try to imbibe the spirit of oneness because at the end of the contest, only one person is going to emerge winner of the presidential election next year.

“So, it is not going to be do-or-die affair.

“We should learn to practise politics without bitterness.”

On his part, Tinubu expressed gratitude to the First Lady for bringing the diverse groups of Nigerians to share love and unity.

Tinubu prayed for brotherliness, peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.

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Court throws out suit challenging Tinubu’s candidacy

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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.”

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Aregbesola kinsmen dissolve faction, seeks members’ reintegration into Osun APC

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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.

“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.

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I’m the most investigated and most accused former governor – Tinubu

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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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