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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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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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