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We’ve begun shopping for 2023 Igbo president — Ezeife

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A former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the people of the eastern region have started projecting some persons for the actualisation of an Igbo president in 2023.

He spoke at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja which focused on the need to have an Igbo president in 2023.

It was organised by the Global Movement for Igbo President in 2023.

Ezeife said those saying having an Igbo president would remain a mirage because the people were not united missed the point.

He added contrary to such erroneous view, the Igbo were the most united among other ethnic groups in the country.

“The Igbo are prominent people, individualistic and not under the command of any traditional ruler, but we are more united than any other ethnic group in Nigeria.

“We have been out of central power for decades, not being President or Vice President, but if something is required, we can easily come together as one to speak,” he said.

He said he was happy that the issue of Igbo presidency was being raised.

Ezeife added that although the Igbo were united on the issue of presidency, some persons could not be trusted because they may be sell-outs.

“We don’t want ‘sell-outs’; we don’t want people who can sell their country for money; we don’t want people who are too selfish to help others.

“If you mention some names, they are not Igbo enough and are not acceptable to us because we know they will sell out.

“So we will bring somebody who will show love to all; show love to Hausa, Yoruba and to his Igbo brothers and to all Nigerians.

“It is too early to name names, but we are projecting some people already,” he said.

Also contributing to the discussion, Mr Godfrey Azu, Media Officer of the Global Movement for Igbo President in 2023, said the region was long overdue to produce a president for the country.

He added that leaders of the region would use as a scapegoat, any politician from the region who betrayed the people in 2023.

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PDP Housing allowance’s crisis takes new twist

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PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

The last is yet to be heard about the refund of over N150 million housing allowance by six members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Staff of the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, on Tuesday, rejected copies of the widely publicized letters returning various sums ranging from N28.8 million to N36 million representing three years of housing allowances of NWC members.

Vanguard gathered that the letters written by the Deputy National Chairman (South) Taofeek Arapaja; National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih; National Vice Chairman (South West) and National Women Leader, Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe, last week were only taken to the National Chairman’s office this morning.

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In their separate letters, the party officers returned the various sums arguing that the payments were suspicious. While Arapaja got N36 million of the said money transferred into his bank account, the three others got N28.8 million each.

A source in the party’s National Secretariat who confided in Vanguard said, “Arapaja and the National Woman’s leader’s letters in which they said they were returning their housing allowance which they shared on social media last week was just brought to the office this morning (Tuesday).

“Arapaja’s letter which was written on PDP letterhead was sent via courier. The man is still here.

“That’s what he could have sent through his secretary if mischief was not intended

“They had lied that they submitted their letters to the chairman. It’s today they are struggling to.

“How can the Chairman receive letters from his colleagues via courier?”

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Ogun 2023: PDP, LP Missing As Abiodun, Others Make INEC’s Final List

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Prince Dapo Abiodun

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) have no governorship candidates for the 2023 elections, according to the final list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The commission released names of 13 political parties and the candidates in the final list on Tuesday.

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In the list obtained by Daily Trust, the PDP appeared on the list as number 21, but names of both the governorship candidate and the running mate were missing.

The commission cited “court order” as a reason for the omission on the final list.Last Tuesday, a Federal High court sitting in Abeokuta, decided a suit case filed by the three members of PDP, and nullified all the primaries conducted by the PDP in the state

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PDP Board of Trustees begins crucial meeting with Wike in Rivers

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A delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees (BoT) has commenced a closed-door meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,

The meeting holding at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, is coming after While led some four PDP governors in a crucial meeting in Enugu, where they rolled out conditions for the group to work for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the party.

Adolphus Wabara, PDP BoT acting chairman, is said to have led the delegation to the Tuesday’s meeting in Port Harcourt.

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