As the governing All Progressives Congress gets set to appoint a chairman for its Board of Trustees, a group with ties to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on the leadership of the party to appoint the former VP into the position.
APC is set to appoint the BoT Chair at a meeting slated for July 20 in Abuja and feelers from the party secretariat shows that the race to the chairmanship position is largely between Atiku and a former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, a senior leader of the party.
Adamawa Think Tank, comprising of politicians and professionals from Adamawa state, Saturday, said Atiku is the best bet because according to them, “he fits the office”.
The chairman of the group, Danladi Danasabe, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone said “the party at present is enmeshed in crisis following the election of new leaders for the national assembly and what we need is a person with experience in handling such issues to come on board and take us back on track”.
He also said it would be wrong to “even consider Tinubu, because he is part of the problem”.
“All that is happening now is because Tinubu tried to impose some people on our lawmakers and they rejected, so appointing him now with a view to solving the problem simply amounts to a judge presiding over his own case,” Mr. Danasabe said.
He added although the former Lagos Governor made tremendous sacrifice leading to the success of the APC, he said, his “brand of politics and approach to issues may lead to a serious crash”.
Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency
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.
2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari
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.
2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request
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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