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APC split over choice of Bayelsa gubernatorial candidate

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Indications have emerged that all may not be well in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, following internal bickering over choice of candidate ahead of the December 5 governorship elections in the state.

Independent investigation revealed that many of the aspirants under the platform of the party have split into opposing factions, following high-tensed political maneuvering to outwit one another.

An APC chieftain in the state, Chief Francis Perekeme Abadi, in a statement Thursday in Yenagoa, called on the national leadership of the party to take urgent steps to check what he described as the “excesses of some governorship aspirants.”

He warned that if the political antagonism brought about by the splitting of aspirants into camps was not checked, the party risked losing the December 5 election to the ruling PDP in the state.

Abadi, who is a staunch supporter of one of the governorship aspirants, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, specifically accused the state chairman of the APC, Chief Tiwe Orunimigha of openly supporting the aspiration of a former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva.

He accused the party chairman, who he said supposed to stand neutral on the choice of who emerges the party flag-bearer, of undue access to the delegates’ list for the forthcoming party primary election.

Abadi warned that should the party fail to nip the ensuing crisis in the bud, it could lead to an implosion which, he said, would rubbish all they had laboured for over time.

This warning is coming against the backdrop of glaring division and needless bickering amongst the various aspirants and their supporters over the purported hijack of delegates list by former governor, Timipre Sylva.

“It is unfair for our chairman to show clear bias by supporting a particular aspirant and as a favoured aspirant against the interest of the generality of the party members in the state.

“This is worrisome especially when it is clear that his favoured aspirant stands no chance of winning in any election given the fact that he has loads of political baggage to contend with”, he said.

Abadi contended that the moment Sylva emerged as flagbearer, the party may collapse because of what he said would amount to “contradiction of interest and purpose”.

“This possible scenario does not augur well for our collective interest as a party and except something is done urgently by the national leadership, the outcome may be disastrous”, Abadi added.

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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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