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LP disowns secretary Ajulo over call for inclusive govt

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The Labour Party has distanced the party from the recent statement by its National Secretary, Olukayode Ajulo, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an inclusive government.

LP described Ajulo’s comments as “his personal opinion.”

National Chairman of LP, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the party had no reason to join any inclusive government of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

According to him, the party has not met to take such position, calling on the President to set up an inclusive government.

Abdulsalam added that as a marketable political party, LP would rather remain a leading opposition party than calling on Buhari to set up an inclusive government.

He regretted that despite all the campaign promises of the APC, which elicited the support of Nigerians at the last elections, the party had rather allowed itself to be swallowed in crisis while insurgency had multiplied.

 The LP chairman added, “The statement credited to our National Secretary is quite embarrassing and is taken very seriously by the LP. He spoke for himself; it is not the position of the party. For any policy statement of that nature to come out from the party, it must come from either the chairman or publicity secretary.

“There was no time the party decided through any of its organs to advise either the APC or President Muhammadu Buhari on what type of government it should operate or constitute.

“They have promised change, which we are yet to witness. So, we could not be given the impression as if we want to be part of their government. At any point in time at their campaign, they gave time of eradicating Boko Haram within weeks; but today, the problem of insurgency has become more complicated than how they met it.

“The LP has not seen anything worthwhile from the ruling APC that would warrant our call on it to set up an inclusive government. We have no business with any type of government they form. As of now, we have not seen any reason to call for or join any party in an inclusive government.

“We have not seen the direction of the government. If we are invited, we are a marketable political party and must make sure that we have input, we must present to them and be sure that they will appreciate our manifesto.”

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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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