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10 Kogi APC aspirants accuse Audu of cloning PVCs

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10 out of the 28 aspirants cleared to contest in the All Progressives Congress Kogi State governorship election primaries have accused a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu of cloning permanent voters cards.

The aspirants stated that Audu, who is also contesting the party’s governorship primaries, has has been inviting some delegates to his house in Lokoja and cajoling them to submit their membership registration slip and permanent voters cards for a ransom.

One of the aspirants, James Ocholi, stated that the intention of Audu was to clone the cards and hand them over to his loyalists for proxy vote during the party’s primaries.
He said he had alrready petitioned the national leadership of the party over what he called the antics of Audu

“I have always been saying it that Prince Abubakar Audu is not a democrat. Our party would have dominated the Kogi State House of Assembly if not for the imposition of candidates by the former governor. He has never faced a primary election as he always emerged through ‘consensus arrangement.

“I can understand why he is fidgeting now that primary election has become inevitable. He needs to become a democrat if he wants to continue to be in our great party. I have already petitioned the national leadership of our party to urgently take some drastic steps to save our party from ruins.’’

Another aspirant, Alhaji Yahaya Bello also said he was monitoring the situation, appealing to all the aspirants to play by the rule of the game.
Bello, who made this known in a press statement, said the party could not toy with the window of opportunity to capture the state in the November 21, 2015, governorship election.

“The constitution of the All Progressives Congress is democratic enough to recognize the need to organize primaries to decide party candidates. A situation where some aspirants are trying to rape the system will be resisted peacefully but firmly by all democrats in the race. My team has gone round the state to campaign for votes.”

Audu has, however, dismissed the allegation, saying the aspirants accusing him of cloning PVCs are jittery of his political status.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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