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Buhari already a success in first 100 days – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari in office as a success, and blessing for Nigeria.

The national spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Muhammed, told The Sun on Friday that things are not only getting better under Buhari, but also that Nigerians are already reaping dividends of democracy.

Muhammed, while declaring that Nigeria almost became a failed state under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, said: “Within the last 100 days, Buhari has achieved a lot. Things are now working in Nigeria, and I would ascribe this to what I would call the Buhari effect.

“This time last year, we were celebrating corrupt people, but today, looters are being exposed. Corrupt people no longer have hiding place. Ethical revolution is on in Nigeria. Nigerians are now learning to attach much importance to character and integrity rather than resources or illicit acquisition of wealth.”

Highlighting dividends of democracy being enjoyed by Nigerians to include improved power supply, Muhammmed noted that sabotage and destruction of oil pipelines have drastically reduced since May 29, 2015.

He further noted that Nigeria was almost becoming a pariah state before Buhari assumed office. But “today, Nigeria has suddenly become the toast of civilized nations. Even before he took office, he was invited to Chattam House in the United Kingdom.

“The G-7, which comprises some of the most powerful nations in the world also invited Buhari to its summit. Buhari has also been the guest of President Barrack Obama of the United States, and just recently, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon was in Nigeria.

“The UN scribe has further invited Buhari to the UN for a summit of world leaders on security. All these are part of dividends of democracy for Nigeria. We all knew the situation before now.”

While reacting to allegations that appointments made so far by the President was lopsided in favour of certain part of the country, to the neglect of others, Mohammed assured that Buhari would not leave out any section of the country in subsequent appointments.

“This government will not leave behind any part of the nation. The President has not forgotten any section. There are over 1,000 appointments to be made, and we should not start judging Buhari by about 35 appointments he has made so far.

“At the fullness of time, everybody will be taken care of. I’m sure the President is mindful of all these complaints, and he is taking note of them.

“This is a government that is elected for four years, we should not be in a haste to judge it just only in 100 days.”

On fears that on-going probes by the Buhari’s administration appeared to be selective, as most of the people being investigated are PDP members, Mohammed debunked that, saying that even some former APC governors and Senators are also being investigated by the ICPC and EFCC.

“It is not right to say that these probes or investigations are selective. PDP was in power for 16 years. At a point, the party had about 28 state governors. Not only that, PDP members were in charge of several parastatals and government agencies. Therefore, if you are going to investigate, you will have more of PDP members to investigate.

“Buhari has also said it openly that anybody that has petition against anybody, that they should send it to the investigative agencies, and I have not seen anybody coming out to say he submitted petition against somebody and that either EFCC and ICPC refused to take action.

“If anybody has any petition against anybody, including APC leaders, Buhari will not sweep such under the carpet. Buhari, however, believes in due process and the rule of law, he will not persecute anybody. He believes in doing things the right way.”

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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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