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Kogi guber: Senator Abatemi-Usman obtains APC form

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Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman said he decided to join the race for the Kogi Government House because of his desire to salvage the state from its present state of underdevelopment and make it one of the frontline states in Nigeria.

Speaking after picking the nomination form at the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Secretariat, in Abuja, preparatory to the forthcoming governorship primary election scheduled to hold on August 29, Abatemi-Usman lamented that Kogi has never had a good governor since the return of democracy in 1999 and way back in 19991 when the state was created.

“We have been so unfortunate in Kogi State since it was created on August 27, 1991. We have never been lucky to have good leaders in the helms of affairs. And so, we have been in a complete state of backwardness and retardation in terms of infrastructural and economic development.

Those who had been privileged to be at the corridors of power in the state lacked the vision and foresight of how to bring about the overall advancement of our dear Kogi State.

“This is why I am coming out on the platform of our great party, APC to take over Kogi from the hands of this incompetent set of people who have left us in this sorry state of outright underdevelopment where Kogites cannot be proud of their own state. We cannot continue like this.

The time for change in Kogi State has come,” Abatemi-Usman maintained.

The 44-year-old governorship aspirant expressed confidence that he would win the primary poll and become the candidate of APC for the guber election holding on November 21.

The aspirant hinged his optimism on the decision of the leadership of the party to create a level playing field for all the contestants, without penciling down anybody as the anointed candidate.

 

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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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