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Gov. Wada sure of PDP’s victory in Kogi guber poll

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Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will win the next governorship election in the state in view of its high-level preparations for the polls.

Wada, who said this while speaking in a chat with newsmen at the Lokoja Township Stadium, venue of the state congress of the party said he was very positive and optimistic that everything would go well.

He explained that the congress was a prelude to the main exercise as it created the platform for election of leaders to lead the party and prepare grounds for a successful outing in the November guber polls.

“Yes, today is a very special day. We’ve been without a state working committee or state Executive Council for some time, so, I’m very happy that we have finally come round to elect the people to lead our party for the next four years.

“Because of the various stakeholders meetings we’ve had, consultations and interactions between our leaders, our expectation is that the congress will be smooth and the outcome will be election of popular candidates”, he said.

The governor added that the executive council to be elected would be saddled with organizing primaries “for the common purpose of organizing our party to win the next election.”

He stated that the last local government congresses of the party went well and even though there was an appeal committee in place, there were no complaints, petitions or rancour.

This, according to him, augurs well for the “renewed and re-energised PDP that will win the next election by the grace of God.”

On why he has not declared his intentions to run, Wada said he was waiting for INEC to lift the lid on political campaigns.

“PDP is a law-abiding party; INEC has not lifted the lid. The bell for people to come out has not gone. You don’t put the cart before the horse, we will follow the law, let’s wait for when INEC makes pronouncement that it is now time for people to campaign and we will come out”, the governor said

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Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.   He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

  “As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.  

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.  

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!”   Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.

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2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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