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Crisis hits Kaduna APC as officials take state appointments

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The Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently enmeshed in a crisis of leadership as many of its officials have left the state working committee to take up appointments with the state government.

The crisis, party sources say, is affecting the smooth running of the ruling party in the state as most of its officials that left were occupying key positions.

It was learnt that seven officials including the chairman have been appointed into various positions by the current administration in the state thereby  creating  a vacuum in the leadership structure of the party.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai shortly after winning the APC governorship ticket, appointed the state chairman of the party, Barnabass Bala, also known as Bantex, as his running mate.

Since Bala assumed duty as deputy governor, the deputy chairman has been acting as chairman of the party while there has been no move to elect a new chairman.

The governor while naming his cabinet also picked the state secretary, Bashir Saidu and other  officials of the party to form his cabinet.

Saidu is overseeing the ministry of local government. Four of the officials which include the financial secretary, organizing secretary, publicity secretary and an ex-officio member have also been appointed to head the caretaker committees of their respective local governments.

El-Rufai appointed caretaker chairmen for the 23 local governments in the state shortly after coming to office.

A source in the party told our correspondent that things have not been smooth in the secretariat since exit of the officials from the exco of the party.

“Some of these officials that left were holding key positions in the part but there is pressure on the party to conduct by elections to fill the vacant positions,” he said.

The state publicity secretary, Dr. Katuka Humble who is the interim chairman of Jemaa LGA, when contacted, said some members of the state exco had left to take up appointments but said he could not  confirm the number.

He denied any leadership crisis within the party  saying the APC has provisions for those serving as deputies to take up the responsibilities of any official who is away from his duty post.

He added  that it was left for the national body of the party to decide whether the state should fill those positions or not.

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Kwankwaso denies rift with Shekarau

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The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP),  Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said there is no rift between him and the former Governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau.

Kwankwaso who said this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service said the reports going on that there is a problem with Ibrahim Shekarau are not true and are rumours by mischief makers for the reasons known to them.

Kwankwaso said this while responding to some reports that Senator Shekarau is planning to return to the PDP because the party failed to fulfil the promises made to them before he joined the NNPP.

“There was no agreement between us and Shekarau apart from giving some political positions to his people which we tried to fulfil but there is nothing we can do because it was brought late”.

According to him, most of those brought by Shekarau to get a seat in the NNPP joined the party at a time when INEC would not accept their candidacy because the primary election was over.

He, however, assured that when the Government is formed, they will get key positions.

Senator Kwankwaso added that this will not cause any problem for the NNPP party saying that there is no problem between him and Shekarau.

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Details of Tinubu’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge

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Tinubu meets Obasanjp

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday visited the Penthouse residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.

Tinubu visited Obasanjo in company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbaajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande and Nuhu Ribadu.

At about 1pm when Tinubu’s chopper landed within the OOPL, he was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former Governors Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo and other top government functionaries.

At about 1:20pm, Tinubu and his entourage went into Obasanjo’s residence to meet their host.

An inside source said the former Lagos State Governor, Abiodun, Gbajabiamila, Osoba, Akande, Ribadu and others first held a meeting with the Balogun Owu behind closed doors.

After about an hour, the former President pulled Tinubu and they both went into a private room for another meeting.

It was gathered that the duo had a private discussion not known to any of those who went in with the APC national leader.

Tinubu later had lunch at Obasanjo’s place before he departed after about two hours.

When he was accosted by pressmen downstairs, the presidential candidate refused to grant an interview as he ‘hopped’ into the waiting bus that conveyed him to the MKO Abiola Stadium.

Tens of APC stalwarts had stormed the former President’s residence, singing, drumming and dancing.

Addressing artisans and APC faithful at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Tinubu said he was not in Ogun State for campaign.

He said: “We love what the governor is doing and we are glad with all the support you have given him. Campaign has not started yet, I’m just here to greet you. Thank you and God bless you. God bless Ogun state, God bless Nigeria, God bless your children. Thank you.”

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2023: I will tell you who to vote for as my successor – Wike tells Rivers people

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he will inform Rivers people who to vote as the next governor of the state in he 2023 general elections.

Wike said as a governor, he knows all the candidates for the elections so well.

He said he loves Rivers State a lot and as such will not allow the people make a mistake in electing their leaders in 2023.

Wike was speaking at the commissioning of the remodelled Waterlines Building in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

He said “we will tell you those you will vote for, I know and I will tell you who is who.

“Most of you don’t know, there are those who want to come here to just want to be governor with no agenda.

“Rivers State has done a lot of things for us, we owe Rivers state a lot. Personally, I owe this state a lot for giving me the opportunity and I will not allow this state to go astray and run into the hands of armed robbers. I will not allow it”.

The governor also took a swipe at some members of the People’s Democratic Party who he warned that elections are not won in the hotels in Abuja but at the grassroots.

2023: I will tell you who to vote for – Wike tells Rivers people

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