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APC governors reject Fayose as NGF deputy chairman




Indications emerged yesterday that governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would oppose the nomination of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as the Deputy Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).

But in a swift reaction, Fayose said he was not interested to be the deputy chairman but chairman of the NGF. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors had proposed Fayose as deputy chairman of the forum. Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State is the chairman of the NGF.

Fayose said the APC governors have no choice over the matter. According to him, “I am not interested in the position because it comes with responsibilities but my colleagues are insisting that I must be the Deputy Chairman of NGF. “I am the longest serving governor today, having served in the days of President Olusegun Obasanjo and also serving today. “The APC governors are intruding as the PDP governors did not make any contribution when they chose the governor of Zamfara as NGF chairman.”

An APC governor, who pleaded anonymity, said that the choice of Fayose by the PDP was ill-considered and unacceptable by the party. The source said that the APC was wary of the controversial governor and would not accept Fayose to such a sensitive position, asking the PDP to find a suitable replacement. “I wonder why the PDP thinks the Ekiti governor should be the choice for the Deputy Chairman of the Forum when they could not accept him as the chairman of their PDP Governors’ Forum.

The choice is unacceptable to us and we would oppose it when we meet on Wednesday,” the source confided. He also pointed out that Fayose has remained a divisive factor during the electioneering and has remained so after the polls and it would be an ill-informed decision to have him occupy such a position.

According to him, “the APC was not averse to the PDP fielding a levelheaded governor to deputise for the chairman of the forum, but certainly not Governor Fayose that is giving to reckless and inciting statements and actions.” The Forum will meet on Wednesday where the deputy chairman would be adopted.

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  1. Lionheart

    July 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Only a senseless, wicked, and agent of destruction will expect someone like Fayose to hold such a sensible position again in Nigeria, other than his present occuppied status and Horizon as he is now in Ekiti State.

  2. FEMOO

    July 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    All i know is dat if God say yes no one can say no. it is not 4 any one 2 say we don’t want someone.

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Kwankwaso denies rift with Shekarau



The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP),  Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said there is no rift between him and the former Governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau.

Kwankwaso who said this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service said the reports going on that there is a problem with Ibrahim Shekarau are not true and are rumours by mischief makers for the reasons known to them.

Kwankwaso said this while responding to some reports that Senator Shekarau is planning to return to the PDP because the party failed to fulfil the promises made to them before he joined the NNPP.

“There was no agreement between us and Shekarau apart from giving some political positions to his people which we tried to fulfil but there is nothing we can do because it was brought late”.

According to him, most of those brought by Shekarau to get a seat in the NNPP joined the party at a time when INEC would not accept their candidacy because the primary election was over.

He, however, assured that when the Government is formed, they will get key positions.

Senator Kwankwaso added that this will not cause any problem for the NNPP party saying that there is no problem between him and Shekarau.

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Details of Tinubu’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge



Tinubu meets Obasanjp

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday visited the Penthouse residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Tinubu visited Obasanjo in company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbaajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande and Nuhu Ribadu.

At about 1pm when Tinubu’s chopper landed within the OOPL, he was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former Governors Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo and other top government functionaries.

At about 1:20pm, Tinubu and his entourage went into Obasanjo’s residence to meet their host.

An inside source said the former Lagos State Governor, Abiodun, Gbajabiamila, Osoba, Akande, Ribadu and others first held a meeting with the Balogun Owu behind closed doors.

After about an hour, the former President pulled Tinubu and they both went into a private room for another meeting.

It was gathered that the duo had a private discussion not known to any of those who went in with the APC national leader.

Tinubu later had lunch at Obasanjo’s place before he departed after about two hours.

When he was accosted by pressmen downstairs, the presidential candidate refused to grant an interview as he ‘hopped’ into the waiting bus that conveyed him to the MKO Abiola Stadium.

Tens of APC stalwarts had stormed the former President’s residence, singing, drumming and dancing.

Addressing artisans and APC faithful at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Tinubu said he was not in Ogun State for campaign.

He said: “We love what the governor is doing and we are glad with all the support you have given him. Campaign has not started yet, I’m just here to greet you. Thank you and God bless you. God bless Ogun state, God bless Nigeria, God bless your children. Thank you.”

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2023: I will tell you who to vote for as my successor – Wike tells Rivers people



Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he will inform Rivers people who to vote as the next governor of the state in he 2023 general elections.

Wike said as a governor, he knows all the candidates for the elections so well.

He said he loves Rivers State a lot and as such will not allow the people make a mistake in electing their leaders in 2023.

Wike was speaking at the commissioning of the remodelled Waterlines Building in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

He said “we will tell you those you will vote for, I know and I will tell you who is who.

“Most of you don’t know, there are those who want to come here to just want to be governor with no agenda.

“Rivers State has done a lot of things for us, we owe Rivers state a lot. Personally, I owe this state a lot for giving me the opportunity and I will not allow this state to go astray and run into the hands of armed robbers. I will not allow it”.

The governor also took a swipe at some members of the People’s Democratic Party who he warned that elections are not won in the hotels in Abuja but at the grassroots.

2023: I will tell you who to vote for – Wike tells Rivers people

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