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PDP warns Tinubu to stop blaming the party for Fashola’s travails

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, not to involve the PDP in the disagreement between himself and former Governor Babatunde Fashola.

The Chairman of the Lagos PDP, Tunji Shelle, said this during an interview with our correspondent on Thursday.

Tinubu had, on Wednesday, distanced himself from the recent attacks against Fashola, whom a publication on the website of the Lagos State Government said spent

N78.3m on a personal website and another N139m on the construction of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

The APC leader had also attributed the attacks against Fashola as the handiwork of the PDP.

However, the PDP boss told our correspondent that Tinubu was only trying to divert attention from himself.

He said, “Tinubu should not drag the PDP into the crisis engulfing the APC because we know nothing about it.”

Shelle said the allegations against Fashola did not emanate from the PDP but the website of the APC-led state government.

He said, “The information against Fashola was published on the state’s website. So, how does that concern the PDP? Now that they see us as a threat, they are saying all sorts of things against us.

“The Fashola case is an internal crisis. They don’t like Fashola again because probably they feel he is getting too close to the President and the President might give him an appointment that will make him very powerful in Lagos State.

“This is not a PDP issue. It is their internal crisis. Let Fashola go and clear himself of the allegations of N139m boreholes and N78.3m website. Let Fashola go and defend himself. My party is not involved.

“Fashola’s problem is due to an internal crisis caused by those he has offended in his party. We don’t have time for such.”

Also speaking with our correspondent, the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Taofik Gani, commended the state government for exposing Fashola.

Gani said the PDP had been aware of Fashola’s spending for many years and had written petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission but nothing was done.

The PDP spokesperson, however, stated that the recent allegations against Fashola must lead to a holistic probe and must not be swept under the carpet as it was done during the run-up to the 2011 election.

He said the state government must go beyond revealing Fashola’s spending by probing his administration and prosecute him accordingly.

He said, “It is good that the Lagos State Government is showing seeming boldness to expose former Governor Fashola but Lagosians demand more than this. Fashola should be prosecuted. It is only when the actual investigation and prosecution of Fashola are seen that Lagosians would take it seriously.

“It is our suspicion that what is happening is a mirage, a battle of wits between interest groups in the APC. So, we will not be overexcited because we feel that once the interest groups reconcile, the allegations will stop. We will, however, at this time, support all groups and individuals that call for the probe of the Fashola administration.”

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I won’t allow anyone steal my votes this time – Adeleke

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The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has warned against any attempt to manipulate the poll.

Adeleke alleged that he was rigged out in the 2018 governorship election and told anyone planning to rig the poll not to play with the resolve of Osun people that were seeking change in government.

The ex-federal lawmaker, who said he had spoken with members of his party to eschew violence, added that he would not sit back and watch while people attempted to steal votes.

He said, “We have spoken with our members. We want peace. We are not out to fight anyone or cause trouble, but we will not stay idle or watch and appear helpless when people attempt to steal votes. We will stop them.

“Unlike what happened four years ago, I will not allow anyone steal my votes and that of the PDP. We all saw what happened four years ago, when angels of darkness colluded with some anti-democratic forces to upturn the desire of the good people of Osun State.

“We have warned them not to play with the resolve of the people of Osun State who are genuinely seeking and praying for the election day to come so that they can heave a sigh of relieve from their current unpalatable government.”

Asked about the rancour in the Osun PDP,  Adeleke said, “It is a family affair. We are not fighting. We initially disagreed when we were seeking the party’s ticket. That has been settled by the delegates and the court has also stamped their decision. Everyone that contested wants the PDP to win the election. We will do so together and I am sure they are all working with us to achieve positive result.”

But while reacting to the PDP candidate’s claims, Media Adviser to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Kola Olabisi, said Adeleke’s claim that the 2018 governorship election was rigged by the ruling APC was tantamount to rubbishing Supreme Court which had upheld the ruling party’s victory.

Olabisi said, “No discerning mind will take any outburst from the embattled Senator Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke with seriousness because of his unenviable past records.

“One can understand why it is pretty impossible and difficult for him to comprehend the fact that once the Supreme Court of Nigeria has made a verdict on an issue, it is settled once and for all.  Jackson won’t know this because of his limited education or absolute lack of same.

“Referring to the 2018 Osun State governorship election by any entity as being rigged by Governor Oyetola is tantamount to rubbishing the highest court in the land with impunity.  If Ademola is insisting that he won the 2018 governorship election, why has he not been the four-year tenant of the Bola Ige House?  Ademola Adeleke is only ranting. He should be ignored.”

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Confusion as APC clears Attorney-General, Malami for election, despite withdrawing from governorship race

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The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has been cleared by the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress to contest the 2023 Kebbi governorship election.

This is despite Malami’s withdrawal from the governorship race last week Friday.

Malami, who declared interest to contest in the Kebbi governorship race last month, pulled out of the race for fear that he might not get the ticket.

Fearing that he might not get the ticket under the current circumstances, Malami was said to have changed his plan and pulled out of the governorship race.

However, a document seen by Peoples Gazette conveyed Malami’s clearance to run, stirring controversy in the political sphere since the AGF had already withdrawn his governorship ambition, in order to retain his ministerial appointment.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week issued a directive ordering all political appointees to resign before contesting in the forthcoming general elections.

It is unclear if Malami had turned in his resignation to pursue his political quest in compliance with Buhari’s directive or if he was waiting for the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the contentious section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

A series of political appointees have sparked public outrage after they went against political norms to seek elective positions without resigning.

Also, there has been a cold political war between the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, and the political arrowhead of Kebbi, Senator Adamu Aliero, over who succeeds the former.

While Bagudu, who chairs the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), is rooting for Malami as his successor, Aliero, a two-term governor of the state, has Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi as his preferred candidate for the APC governorship ticket.

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

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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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