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PDP holds congresses in Kogi, Anambra Tuesday

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold ward, local government and state congresses in Kogi and Anambra States Tuesday.

The congresses in Anambra State are to elect party executives at the ward, local government and state levels while that of Kogi is to elect party delegates for the forthcoming governorship primaries.

PDP has been without elected party executives in Anambra State for over 10 years. Appointed caretaker committees have been running the affairs of the party since then, which has been described as undemocratic.

This has given rise to crisis and many court actions, which are believed to have contributed the failure of PDP to win the Anambra governorship ticket since 2003.

The party in a statement on Sunday explained that the conduct of the congresses was in obedience with court order.

The Kogi State congress is as a result of the cancellation of the June 27 ward delegates congresses by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) due to what it called “the participation of a ‘local organising committee’ which it said, is unknown to the constitution of the party and the guidelines.”

Since the cancellation, the state governor, Captain Idris Wada had visited the PDP National Secretariat twice for consultations with the party leadership.

It was gathered that the cancelled congress was in his favour, and he been reportedly instigating ‎organised protests by his supporters in the state for the reversal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States for November 21 and December 5, 2015 respectively.

Incidentally, Governor Wada and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Hon. Seriake Dickson are seeking re-election.

Going by the tradition of the party, ‎the two governors ought to have been given automatic ticket to fly the party’s flag and therefore, saved the rigours of going through the primaries.

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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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