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PDP govs angry with NWC over NEC meeting



Governors and other Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders are angry over the refusal of the members of the party’s National Working Committee to call the meeting of its National Executive Committee since the party lost the general elections in April, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

Their anger was said to have led to a meeting held with some PDP NWC members on Thursday night in Abuja.

The meeting was held at the official residence of the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.

Mimiko is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

Before the Thursday meeting, Mimiko was said to have met with some other stakeholders within the week in Abuja.

Members of the NWC were led to the Thursday meeting by the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus.

It was gathered that the NWC members were confronted with their refusal to call NEC meeting to enable the party to appraise why it lost the last general elections.

Besides, it was also gathered that the NWC members were asked to respond to allegations of corruption levelled against them by the party’s workers.

The workers had accused the NWC of squandering N12bn in nine months when the committee said about 50 per cent of the workers would be sacked due to paucity of funds.

It was also gathered that the NWC members said the party was waiting for the outcome of the Post-Election Assessment Committee of the party before calling for the NEC meeting.

The committee, which is headed by the outgoing Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was set up on May 3.

The 15-member committee was later given three-weeks within which to submit its report before it was given 10 weeks extension in June.

Speaking after the meeting, Secondus said there were plans to hold both NEC and Board of Trustees meetings of the party soon.

He also said another meeting was being planned for other caucuses of the party. Our correspondent gathered that the Mimiko-led committee would meet again in Abuja next week.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi



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



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



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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