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APC Crisis: Reconciliation committee meets Gov. Yahaya




The National Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has met Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and other party stakeholders over the crisis rocking the party in the state.

Addressing newsmen Friday morning, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said their visit to Gombe followed a petition submitted to the committee over the party’s congresses by Senator Muhammadu Danjuma Goje.

He said before arriving in Gombe, the committee approached Senator Goje who gave his reasons for not attending the meeting.

The committee was constituted by the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC, with a mandate to reconcile aggrieved members of the party sequel to the outcome of the congresses.

Senator Adamu said the committee had been on course in ensuring that every member was given a fair hearing in the interest of the party’s unity.

He said: “We have listened very carefully to the government and the party. This government is our government. What we do always is to start with what we know and go searching for what we don’t know.

“We have listened to the complaints against the party which is in government, and in the interest of fair hearing, the committee would also give an opportunity to Goje having listened to the government and afterwards advise the party on the way out.”

The chairman expressed confidence that the APC is strong and alive in Gombe, adding that any grievance would not be left unattended to and would be resolved quickly.

Governor Yahaya said that the party would continue to grow stronger because they are united and one big family, “that is focused on delivering on all demands of our party followers.”

Our correspondent reports that the over three-hour late evening meeting was attended by the state APC Chairman, Mr Nitte Amangal, two serving senators and four members of the House of Representatives and party elders amongst others.

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Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency



Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.   He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

  “As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.  

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.  

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!”   Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.

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2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari



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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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