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PDP promises not to abandon Saraki



Bukola Saraki

The 49 senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have no axe to grind with the Senate President, Dr Olusola Saraki, and are not withdrawing their support for him over the chairmanship of the Standing Committees in the Senate.

Also, the leadership of the party and the senators have resolved to continue their support for Saraki as long as the rule of law,the rules of the Senate, the defence of democratic norms among others form the focus of Saraki’s leadership of the Senate, our correspondent gathered on Tuesday.

This is against the backdrop of insinuations in some quarters that the issue of how to extend the committee chairmanship seats to PDP senators in large number could pit them against Saraki, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is kicking against PDP getting a great number of the seats.

The Senate is expected to resume plenary session next week and the composition of the committees may be the major task ahead of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Commenting on the development, the National Vice Chairman, South- West of the PDP, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, told our correspondent that so far nothing has happened to rock the relationship between Saraki of the APC and his PDP colleagues.

“What the PDP and our distinguished Senators stand for is the upholding of the rule of law, the rules of the Senate, defending democratic ideals and protecting democracy and allowing it to grow in the country. If Dr Bukola Saraki stands for all these too, then we are operating on the same page.

“Remember that the PDP is the founder and the party that nurtured democracy for 16 years in this country.

We will not allow anybody or political party to truncate it or do anything that will harm it.

“If will do not stand up for the defence of democratic ideals, then the great sacrifice that our party and former President Goodluck Jonathan made by allowing for smooth transition from one government to the other would be in vain,” he said.

Ogundipe advised the APC and those fanning the embers of discord in the National Assembly for personal reasons to come to terms with the political realities in the Assembly.

He expressed confidence that when the Senate resumes, all issues expected to be knotty would be resolved amicably, adding that the PDP’s ideology of giving power to the people would always guide the conduct of its members.

Also, the senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Mrs Abiodun Olujimi, said PDP senators were solidly behind Saraki.

“It is not true that PDP senators are having problems with Dr Saraki over the constitution of Standing Committees and who head them.

We think above petty and parochial levels,” she said. Saraki became the Senate President largely on the support given him by PDP senators and Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP elected his deputy.

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PHOTOS: Ganduje removes Kwankwaso red cap from supporter’s head, replaces it with Tinubu’s cap



Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday taunted his predecessor in office, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The governor removed Kwankwaso red cap from one of the former governor’s strong supporter who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

  The red cap is a symbol of Kwankwaso’s political movement, Kwankwasiyya Movement.

Yusuf Ibrahim Sharada , an aspirant for House of Representatives for Kano Municipal, who just decamped to APC had visited Ganduje at Government House, Kano.

While receiving Sharada , Ganduje removed his red cap and held it with his mouth before replacing it with a cap with an insignia popularised by Bola Tinubu.

Ganduje is a strong advocate of the presidential ambition of Tinubu.

The Ganduje and Kwankwaso parted ways, politically, in 2015, following alleged insistence of Kwankwaso to control the government of Ganduje.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf emerges NNPP governorship candidate in Kano



Abba Kabir Yusuf Emerges NNPP Governorship Candidate In Kano

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has adopted Abba Kabir Yusuf alias ‘Abba gida-gida’ as its consensus candidate for the 2023 governorship election in Kano State.

It was gathered from multiple sources in the party that ‘Abba gida-gida’ and Aminu Abdussalam, his running mate in the 2019 election, will fly the NNPP banner in the election.

They became a household name with the popular political song; ‘Abba gida-gida’ when they contested and lost the 2019 election to Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje after the initial election was declared inconclusive.

The senatorial ticket for Kano Central has been given to former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, who officially joined the party earlier in the day.

Others considered for senatorial tickets are former Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Abdullahi Baffa for Kano North and former presidential adviser on National Assembly matters, Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila will contest for the Kano South senatorial district.

A copy of the approved candidates for each elective position, sighted by Daily Trust, also listed all the aspirants adopted as consensus candidates for 36 out of the 40 state house of assembly constituencies.

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Ortom meets Jonathan over romance with APC



Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday had a private meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The meeting, held at Jonathan’s Maitama, Abuja home, reportedly lasted more than 40 minutes.

Although details of the meeting were not made public, snippet from the parley indicated that discussions between the two politicians centred on the 2023 presidential election.

Apparently, Ortom spoke against the backdrop of attempts by some chieftains of the APC to drag Jonathan into the race for the presidential ticket of the ruling party.

A group of Fulani herders had, a few days ago, bought the 2023 presidential ticket of the APC for Jonathan.

However, it could not be ascertained if Jonathan had processed and submitted the form before last Friday’s deadline for the submission of completed documents.

“Although none of them spoke to reporters when they came out, they beamed with smiles, with the former President exchanging pleasantries with everyone on the governor’s entourage.

“It is believed that the fortunes of PDP and the victory of the party in the coming general elections might have been central to their discussions.”

Weeks before a group of Fulani herders purchased the APC presidential form for Jonathan; a support group had stormed the former President’s Abuja office to persuade him to join the presidential race.

Addressing the support group, Jonathan had told them that “the process is on” and had told them to “watch out”.

Ikyu listed some of the governor’s aides that accompanied him to the meeting to include the Principal Special Assistant, Dr. James Anbua; Principal Private Secretary, Steven Amase; and Principal Special Assistant on Special Duties, Abrahams Kwaghngu.

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