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We are studying Dogara’s letter, says Odigie-Oyegun

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday stated that the national leadership of the party was studying the letter written to it by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara. Dogara had on July 16 written a letter to the National Executive of APC informing them of the zoning of the Principal Offices of the House by the APC House Caucus.

In that letter, the office of the House Leader was zoned to North-West, Deputy House Leader, North Central, Chief Whip, South- South and Deputy Chief Whip, South-East.

The zoning contained in Dogara’s letter was at variance with the zoning of the national leadership of the party contained in the letter sent to Dogara earlier by the APC National Chairman. In that letter, the APC had zoned the House Leader to South West, with Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila laying claim to it.

The Odigie-Oyegun’s letter for the zoning of Principal Offices of the House had attracted controversy in the last one month with Hon Gbajabiamila laying claim to the House Leader position.

But to resolve the controversies, Dogara wrote to APC national chairman, “to resolve this problem, we had offered that some of the aggrieved members of our party, APC who lost the election of the presiding officers to produce some of the remaining principal officers for peace to reign.

“For emphasis, we have conceded the position of the House Leader and Chief Whip to those aggrieved as long as the persons should not come from the North- East or South-West zones that have already produced the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.”

But in his response to the letter on Friday, Odigie- Oyegun said: “We are studying the letter.”

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Oyebanji wins Ekiti APC guber primary election

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The former Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Hon. Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election held on Thursday.

Declaring the result of the poll, which was held in all the 177 wards, the chairman of the electoral committee, Governor Muhammed Abubakar Baduru of Jigawa State said Oyebanji scored the highest number of votes to defeat other contestants.

According to him, statistics from the returning officers showed that other contestants scored virtually zero in most wards because they did not participate in the process, having alleged irregularities.

Below are records of what Oyebanji scored in all the councils.

Ado LG – 9,380
Efon LG – 3,047
Ekiti East LG – 5574
Liti West LG – 11,399
Emure – 4,018
Ekiti Southwest – 5,880
Irepodun/ Ifelodun – 4297
Gbonyin – 5690
Ijero – 6,714
Moba – 8,196
Ilejemeje – 3011
Ikere – 5,546
Oye – 9,359
Ikole – 9,619
Ido-Osi – 5,368
Ise-Ekiti – 4048

Registered members – 183560
Accredited members – 107877
Total vote cast – 104983

Bamidele Faparusi – 376
Ojo – 767
Opeyemi Bamidele – 760
Bamisile 400
Oyebanji – 101703
Afolabi – 47
Popoola – 239

Addressing journalists, Baduru appreciated party members for their display of maturity and cooperation which led to the success of the poll.

He noted that the election was transparent and devoid of any manipulation, saying the method for the exercise was reached by all aspirants during a stakeholders meeting held on Wednesday.

He called on the winner to be magnanimous in victory while those who lost should be strong in defeat.

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Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has indicated interest to contest Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023.

The former Kwara governor made this known on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Saraki asserted that he has a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.   He said, “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

  “As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.  

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.  

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for everyone!”   Saraki is the latest politician to have indicated interest in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year.

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2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari

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Tinubu Visits Aso Rock, Says Buhari Is An Exceptional Leader

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

“The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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