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Audu picks APC nomination form for Kogi guber poll

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A former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu, on Monday picked his nomination form for  theKogi State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.

Audu, who addressed journalists after obtaining the party’s nomination form, was accompanied to the party’s national secretariat by a large number of his loyalists.

Also on his entourage to the secretariat was the immediate past governor of Kano State and incumbent Senator representing Kano Central in the Senate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Audu, who said he was in the governorship race “to take the state out of the woods,” described others in the race for the party’s ticket as “young school leavers who do not have the experience to rescue the state from its current sick condition.”

The former governor who said he came under intense pressure to run for the governorship position, said on two different occasions in Lokoja, he had to succumb to the wishes of a large number of youths who waylaid him on the highway and asked him to declare his intention to run.

He said to demonstrated their seriousness, his supporters who were calling on him to run for the governorship position contributed N5.5m to him to purchase the nomination form.

“The baby is sick. Nothing is happening in the state other than poverty staring everybody in the face,” he said.

He said having been governor of the state between 1992 and 1993 and again between 1999 and 2003, the state was his child, adding that he could not afford to fold his arms and allow the state’s condition to deteriorate.

Another aspirant, who was also at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja to pick the APC nomination form was a former Commissioner of Health in the state, Baba Alli.

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2023: Atiku reaches out to Fayose over his call for southern presidency

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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted to the call by former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, that the south should produce the next president in 2023.

Fayose had on Wednesday said the PDP should give room for power rotation.

According to him, PDP’s constitution provides room for rotational presidency.

Reacting, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe said the PDP presidential candidate will continue to appeal to aggrieved persons ahead of the 2023 election.

He told Premium Times, “It is normal for our people to be aggrieved but the PDP has a way of resolving issues like this and that will be done and we all shall be happy.

“Because the bigger challenge is winning the election, kicking out the APC and stopping them from the many years of impoverishing our people.”

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2023: PDP denies reported suspension of National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has not been suspended from office.

The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, Debo Ologunagba, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement followed a social media report that the National Chairman of the party had been suspended by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) after the party’s national convention.

But the PDP has described the report as a completely false news, existing only in the imagination of mischief-makers who want to destabilize the party.

“It is clear that the false report is the handiwork of vicious anti-people forces who are agitated by the stability, unity, and soaring popularity of our party under the cohesive Sen. Dr. Ayu-led National Working Committee, as well as the intimidating stature of our Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar and His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively,” the statement said.

The party’s spokesman further revealed that Ayu is on a short vacation outside the country.

He pointed out that in accordance with the party’s constitution, the Chairman temporarily transmitted power to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum.

He also said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was informed of the development.

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Wike meets PDP senators, Orubebe

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Thursday received the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in the Senate in Rumuepirikom, his country home in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The PDP delegation was led by the Senate Minority Leader, Philip Aduda.

Also a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe met with Wike

Orubebe recently resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party.

In attendance at the meeting were the Senate Minority Whip, Chukwuka Utazi; Shuaibu Lau, Danjuma La’ah and Barry Mpigi.

A Government House source said the senators arrived at the governor’s residence some minutes past 3pm and immediately went into a closed door with their host.

The outcomes of the separate meetings were not made public.

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