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Tinubu, Atiku battle for APC BoT chair



I was not summoned to APC secretariat – Atiku


The battle for the chairmanship of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress is getting fiercer by the day, pitting former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, against erstwhile Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Supporters of both Atiku and Tinubu have begun massive and comprehensive mobilization for their candidates.

Some leaders of the APC, it was gathered at the weekend, believe that the position of BoT chairman should be used to placate Senator Tinubu having lost out in his bid to produce the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Tinubu’s anointed candidate for the Senate Presidency, Dr. Ahmed Lawan lost out to Dr. Bukola Saraki, while his preferred candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila was defeated by Hon Yakubu Dogara (APC, Bauchi).

However, some other persons within the party leadership argue that the position should be thrown open for a transparent contest.

It was further learnt that supporters of both Atiku and Tinubu are not taking the issue lightly as they have begun massive campaign, lobbying stakeholders intensely.

Those who are sympathetic to Atiku for the position are quick to point to the fact that Tinubu produced the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, single handed. They argue that a neutral person should be allowed to emerge as the BoT Chairman so as to have an alternative voice.

But the pro-Tinubu argument is that he has made a lot of sacrifices for the APC and therefore deserves to be honoured with the position.

A top member of the Party, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Daily Times in Abuja that the lobby for the position has indeed begun.

The source added: “Any of the two personalities could efficiently man the position. They are both widely connected and have made sacrifices for the party. Any of them who emerges will be an asset to the party”.

The BoT is an advisory organ of the party.

One of its duties is to be offering necessary guide and advice to the party when the need arises.

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Not even my corpse will be found in PDP – El-Rufai Replies Bwala



Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that not even his corpse will be found in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

El-Rufai stated this while responding to a comment by Daniel Bwala, spokesperson to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Bwala, who was an aide of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, last month dumped the position and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s choice of a fellow Muslim, former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima as running mate.

El-Rufai had via his verified Twitter handle shared and laughed at one of Bwala’s TV appearances where he lambasted the PDP.

Consequently, Bwala on Monday via his verified Twitter handle stated: “Hmm @elrufai is one of the finest we have from the north, I will never join issues with him, especially because I am optimistic he will be with us before the 2023 elections.”

A few hours later, El-Rufai in his response wrote ” Thanks @BwalaDaniel but no, thanks. Never ever, not even my corpse will be found in the vicinities of your new-found political party. I still dey laugh!!! – @elrufai.”

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PDP postpones National Caucus, NEC meeting



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings.

PDP National Caucus and NEC meetings were earlier slated for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Though reasons for the postponement were not given, sources said the party wants all issues between its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike resolved.

PDP National Secretary, Samuel N. Anyanwu in a statement, Monday said a new date will be announced in due course.

The statement read in part, “This is to inform all members of the PDP National Caucus and National Executive Committee that the meetings of the two bodies earlier scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11, 2022, respectively, have been postponed.

“The postponement is due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be announced in due course.

“All inconveniences are deeply regretted.”

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VIDEO: Pirates mock Bola Tinubu over ‘Emi Lokan’



A group allegedly identified as Pirates Confraternity has been spotted in a viral video mocking the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate for the 2023 polls, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Members of the group, dressed in white and red attire, played on Tinubu’s buzz word: “Emi Lokan,” with a song.

They said despite Tinubu’s failing health, he was still shouting Emi lokan, which means it is my turn.

They sang: “Emi lokan.

“Baba wey no well, him dey shout Emi lokan.

“Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, baba wey no well, him dey shout Emi lokan.”

“Emi lokan” became a popular word associated with the APC presidential candidate after his outburst on June 3, 2022 when he vented his frustration during a presidential campaign in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, saying it was through his efforts that President Muhammadu Buhari made it to Aso Rock after failing thrice.

He also pointed at the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who he described as “Eleyi{, being one of the products of his political hard work.

“Look at this one (Eleyi) seated behind me, Dapo, he wouldn’t have become governor without my support,” Tinubu had stated.

Tinubu made the statement while addressing the APC delegates in Ogun State.

His outburst evoked mixed feelings from Nigerians, with many loyalists of the party, including the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, saying the remarks were meant to slight the President and Ogun State governor.

Twenty-four hours after the drama, the Bola Tinubu Media Campaign Team dismissed insinuations that the presidential candidate disrespected the Ogun State governor.

The Director of the BAT Campaign Team, Bayo Onanuga, said that the comment was “mischievously interpreted.”

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