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Ogbonnaya Onu urges South-east to embrace APC

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Former governor of Abia and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on the people of the South-East geo-political zone to embrace the APC.

He noted that the ruling party was the “short and sure road map” in the region’s quest for the Presidency in the near future.

The former National Chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) also allayed fears of possible neglect of the South-East by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the South-East would benefit not only from the policies and programmes of the new government but also in terms of appointments into key positions.

Onu, who spoke when a four-man delegation of the past leaders of World Igbo Congress ( WIC) paid him a courtesy visit, said there was the need for Ndigbo and other Nigerians to be patient with the new administration as it strived to fulfill its campaign promises.

According to him, the new government has launched a crusade against corruption, insecurity and other problems facing the country and needed the cooperation of every citizen to achieve the goals of the crusade.

Onu expressed appreciation to the team for the support and recognition given to him and assured them that the federal government would deliver the change that the APC promised; doing what was right and good to every Nigerian irrespective of party affiliation.

“The WIC should be commended for creating a platform for Ndigbo from all parts of the world to meet and discuss their welfare and all other important issues of common concern.

I urged the group to remain united in order to continue to enjoy the confidence and respect of Ndigbo at home and the global community,” he said.

The delegation was led by the former Chairman the congress, Dr. Kalu Kalu Diogu, accompanied by two former Vice-Chairmen, Dr. Chuka Obiesie and Chief Joe Nzepuome and Mr. Anthony Igwe.

In his remark, Diogu, said the delegation came to brief the APC leader about the forthcoming World Igbo Congress convention holding next month in the United States of America.

He explained that Nigerians in the Diaspora, the majority of who were from the South-East, represented the largest and greatest human resource for the development of Nigeria.

He urged President Buhari to recognise Nigerians in the Diaspora as important stakeholders in national development.

While in their separate remarks, members of the delegation expressed their confidence in Onu’s purposeful leadership and consistency which led to the emergence of the APC as the ruling party in Nigeria today.

They described Onu as an embodiment of humility and experienced politician who shared good relationship with other people across every divide in the country and pledged that Ndigbo at home and in the Diaspora would remain strongly behind him as the face of the South-East in the ruling party.

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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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