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APC to PDP: Show evidence of corruption against our leaders

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) over the weekend told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to  provide evidence of the corruption allegations it made against its members.

The APC National Auditor, George Moghalu gave the charge in Abuja in an interview with some reporters.

Moghalu, who was responding to PDP corruption allegations against APC chieftains, stated that the President’s template against corruption does not exclude anybody but that PDP should provide evidence that APC chieftains are corrupt.

The PDP last week called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, his Rivers State counterpart, Chibuike Amaechi and other Chieftains of APC. According to PDP, this would be the only way the present administration corruption probe would have integrity.

But Moghalu dismissed the position of the PDP, describing as a drowning man.

In his reaction, he said: “One thing you must know about a sinking man is that he holds any straw. Any man that is sinking holds any straw. If there are people EFCC or the government anti-corruption mechinaries have identified that had infractions while they were in the office, while are they trying to miss it up.

The people you mentioned if there are things against them the EFCC is at liberty also to invite them and ask questions.

“Buhari has set a template on how the operatives should handle such matters or are they saying that EFCC will just go and arrest anybody because he is an APC member or you think by your own assessment he is corrupt – what evidences do you have.

You just think that as a former governor and as somebody who played a key role in frustrating you effort to remain in power he should be arrest for corruption.

“They are looking probable for how to extract a pound of flesh from these people. Buhari has said he was going to fight corruption headlong and he makes no pretense about it. So, if anybody has any evidence against anybody like they mentioned, while don’t they take up the issue with the investigating authority.”

Also, the National Auditor dismissed the allegations that the ministerial list sent to the President earlier did not scale through the security checks.

According to him, these were mere speculations in the social media and cannot be said to be true.
He advised Nigerians to be patient with the President as those that would be Ministers would be Nigerians.

“So at the right time Nigerians would know the people. They would not come from the moon, therefore l don’t understand the hurry, l don’t understand the desperation. The man has said gradually, we are slow we are steady, we have a target of where we are going to and l am sure there are scale for measuring who and who he wants and that should be left to him,” he said.

On the allegations of marginalisation, the APC national auditor stated that the manifesto of the party does not provide for marginalisation, therefore that every zone would benefit from the government of APC.

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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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