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Tinubu will move to SDP if APC schemes him out – Associate

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Frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, has a plan to dump the ruling party, if the May 30 primaries are schemed against him, an associate of the former Lagos State governor has said.

The associate who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Vanguard that the development was the reason former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, stated recently that Tinubu had a plan B should the APC primaries be manipulated against him.

Although he noted that the APC remains the primary platform Tinubu intends to actualize his dream of presiding over the affairs of the nation; other options including the SDP would be explored if the primaries did not go his way.

The Tinubu associate said, “It is too early to ask if Asiwaju would leave the APC for another party. He is a big factor in APC, a party he helped formed, financed and nurtured into what it is today. We are not unaware of recent developments and attempts to insult a man who has paid his dues in the political evolution of this country. But that is not important for now. What I can tell you is that our leader, like other contestants, is looking forward to a credible process that would lead to the emergence of our flag bearer. But if that process is compromised, I can tell you for free that we will encourage him to explore other options.

“Yes, a lot has been said about SDP and Asiwaju. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. SDP offered him a platform to become a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria years ago but for now, he is in APC and will remain there until circumstance dictates otherwise.”

Tinubu is gunning for the sole ticket of the party alongside other formidable contestants such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonayya Onu, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello among others. In an interview with the media a few months ago, President Muhammadu Buhari had said that he would not reveal the identity of his preferred successor, lest he be eliminated.

Only recently APC chieftain and until recently a Presidential aspirant, Moses Ayom called on Babachir Lawal to withdraw his comment on Tinubu’s possible defection, labelling same as a threat to the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee, saying “right now, the NWC is the leadership of the APC and it should be given all kinds of support to succeed. The idea of indirectly threatening the NWC that Tinubu has another option if he is not given ticket should not arise at all. As a committed APC leader from the Middle-Belt, I call on Babachir to withdraw the comments and apologize to the party immediately.”

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Court jails A’Ibom YPP gov candidate 42 years for corruption

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The Akwa Ibom State governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been jailed 42 years for fraud.

Justice Agatha Okeke of a federal court in Akwa Ibom sentenced Albert on Thursday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2019 arraigned Albert on six counts of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.

He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.

Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Albert the vehicles.

Delivering judgment Justice Okeke, the presiding judge, found the senator guilty of the offences.

He was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene prison to serve his jail term.

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East district, used to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defected to the YPP in July, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

Daily Trust

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

The Nation

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