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PDP workers apologise to party over crisis

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Aggrieved workers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday apologized to the leadership of the party over their actions during the week-long internal wrangling that hit the party.

The party’s National Working Committee has demanded an apology from the workers before their demands will be looked into and resolved.

The workers had earlier vowed not to apologize because they were not be blamed for making the crisis a public discourse.

In an apology letter addressed to the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus and members of the NWC, the staff said they regretted their actions.

“Following inflamed passions, several allegations of corrupt practices’ bordering on speculation were raised against our respected members of the NWC. We regret the unintended consequences of our allegations especially the resultant damage caused to the reputation of members of the NWC and the party.

“Arising from the same inflamed passions and frustration, it has now dawned on us that proper channels of communication were not followed in expressing our grievances.

“To this end, we hereby offer our unreserved apology to the members of the NWC as well as the teeming members, supporters and stakeholders of the PDP for this unfortunate development.

“We regret any unintended consequences of our actions and inactions especially considering the efforts of the NWC to reposition the party to play a credible role as an opposition party poised to save Nigeria from emerging fascism,” the workers said.

The party’s hairman Board of Trustee (BoT), National Executive Committee (NEC), chairman PDP governors’ Forum letter were copied in the letter

The party workers and the NWC members have been at each other’s throat over the plans by the NWC to reduce the staff workforce by 50 percent with the remaining 50 percent to have their salaries cut by half.

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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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