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With me as President, Nigeria will conquer banditry – Tinubu

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, pledged yesterday to crush banditry and secure life and property once more in the country, if elected.

Tinubu, speaking at a meeting in Minna with APC delegates from Niger State on this month’s primaries of the party, said he would not only change the calendar of bandits but also “conquer them.”

“We will not give up on banditry, we will not run away. Bandits will not take over our lands,” he said.

He added: “With me as President, forget bandits. It is now time to change the calendar of bandits, to tell them that there is no business good in killing people, no matter how much you make.

“We will eliminate all of them. We will conquer them. We will beat them. That is why I am out to run for President of Nigeria.”

Citing his achievements as a two-term governor of Lagos State, his background in the private sector and knowledge of Nigeria, he said: “I am the only one in this race. I don’t know about the others.

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“I am running for the Presidency of Nigeria. I don’t know where the others are running to.

“I know the road to prosperity, safety, clean environment, development of our nation and infrastructure because I have done it all in Lagos State.

“The others do not know the road; don’t follow them. The only person you should follow is the person who knows the road. Follow me, I know the road and I will not mislead you.

“They do not have my brains but I do have enough brains.

“Where are their track records? How many councillors, local government chairmen and chairpersons, members of house of assembly, House of Representatives or Senators have they produced? I have produced them.

“Now, they are pointing the wrong fingers at me. I do not worry about them. God will forgive them because they are blind.

“They claim I am too old, that I cannot stand without shaking, that my legs are bad. That was why when the Governor asked me to sit, I said I would stand.

“A president’s job is not to climb mountains or do wrestling or carry cement; it is to think and perform with his brain.

“We are not looking for someone to fight a WWE wrestling match; we are looking for a thinker to provide security for us; we are looking for a doer who will look at economic opportunities and turn them around to prosperity; someone who knows the way to the education of our children.

“It is not about what we will eat, because at this age, we cannot overeat. We must leave our children and grandchildren with enough opportunities and prosperity. We have what it takes, we have the smartness. I have it better than others.”

On the number of people who are seeking the APC Presidential ticket, Tinubu said: “Many people are running, they do not know what they are running for. But I know I am running to be the President of Nigeria.”

Tinubu also promised that his government would give women ample opportunities as the time has come for the women folk to be more involved  in governance.

Asked by Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who their choice for the presidential ticket was, the audience chorused “Tinubu!”

Also speaking, former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kassim Shettima, said Tinubu is synonymous with Nigeria’s democracy, saying his role in the evolution of the current democratic process was difficult to be matched by any other politician.

He said the former Lagos State governor has all the attributes a leader needs to develop Nigeria.

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Ex-chief of Air Staff, Abubakar, wins Bauchi APC governorship ticket

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A former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State.

Abubakar served as chief of air staff from 2015 to January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari replaced him and other service chiefs.
The President later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad. He has resigned from that appointment.
Abubakar polled 370 votes to clinch the party’s ticket in Bauchi.
Halliru Jika, senator representing Bauchi central, polled 278 votes to place second.
Nura Manu got 269 votes, Musa Babayo had 70 votes; and Mahmud Maijama’a secured eight votes.
Similarly, Umar Mohammed Bago, House of Representatives member, has won the APC governorship ticket in Niger State.
Bago currently represents Chachanga federal constituency in the house of representatives.
The lawmaker won the governorship ticket after polling 540 votes.
Idris Malagi and Sani Ndanusa polled 386 and 84, respectively, to place second and third in the exercise.

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AbdulRazaq clinches Kwara APC guber ticket, talks of beating own record

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Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state was Thursday evening reelected as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 General elections.

The governor was the sole aspirant in the exercise that took place inside the Banquet Hall of the government house, ilorin where 965 delegates were expected to vote for him.

At the end of the exercise, Chairman Governorship/ House of assembly primaries sent by the National leadership of the party from Abuja ,Prof Emmanuel Dandaura who led the team that supervised the election said that there were 961 valid votes, and 4 invalid votes.

Professor Dandaura asked whether there was complaint from anyone to which there was no response. He therefore declared the governor as the gubernatorial candidate of the party for the 2023 governorship elections.

Governor AbdulRazaq in his acceptance speech assured that he would not take the support of the delegates and other stakeholders in the ruling party for granted.

He noted that,”2023 is the year to make it clear to the doubting Thomases that the revolution of 2019 was not a fluke”, stressing that “It is the year to reaffirm our decision to reclaim our dignity and have a state that serves everyone equitably.

“We must therefore keep what is left of our patrimony, and by all democratic means avoid a relapse to the years of the distress, Governor AbdulRazaq said.

He also said that, “between 2019 and now, the trajectory of Kwara State has changed. We have registered a bold presence in the comity of decent and respected states. We have positive strides and indices in education, health, access to water, improved youths engagement, gender mainstreaming, support for farmers and the vulnerable, and rural development to show for our mandate.”

Today, he said, that ” no part of Kwara State is left without government presence. Our politics has also evolved. The destiny of Kwarans is no longer tied to any particular person. That is the bold message from our primaries.”

Governor AbdulRazaq however said he’s not perfect, saying, “Are we perfect? No, we are not. What is not debatable is the magnitude of progress that Kwara has made over the last three years. We can only beat our own records of achievements.”

He also said, “So, we will campaign on our records of improving the lots of our people and reasserting the leadership position of Kwara State.

“We will campaign on our record of courageously opening up the democratic space for all. We will campaign on our records of courageously opening up our books for public assessments in our strong belief that perfection belongs to God alone. In doing so, we are steadily improving the old system and achieving more efficiency.”

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Tinubu, Kwankwaso, Ekweremadu may lead regional parties

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Ahead of the presidential primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, indications have emerged that a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; and national leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, may spearhead regional parties pending the outcome of the primaries that would take place this weekend.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi has been discussing with the NNPP but has not joined the party, The PUNCH learnt on Wednesday night.

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A source close to Kwankwaso, who was reacting to speculations that Obi had joined the NNPP after leaving the PDP, said, “It is not official, but that rumour is going on. I’m not sure if he (Obi) has reached out to us. You know his resignation was just today (Wednesday). But I know they have been discussing it with Kwankwaso even before now.

“What might happen is that the politics of 2023 might turn to regional politics. The NNPP is already strong in the North. There is a possibility that Ike Ekweremadu, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Peter Obi might form an alliance under another party in the South East.

“If Asiwaju Bola Tinubu doesn’t get the APC ticket, he might also go back to South-West with the Social Democratic Party. So, these three parties might become the big parties representing the regions in 2023.”

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