Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday said the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) will welcome back into the party, the former governor of the state, Mr. Peter Obi, if he was willing to return to the party.
He made the statement at the 25th wedding anniversary of the immediate past National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, at Aguluzigbo, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. Obiano, who is also the leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, said efforts were in top gear to build a stronger APGA by extending hands of friendship to all former and new members.
He said: “Our government came into being through the combination of Peter Obi and Victor Umeh on one side and the people on the other, but unfortunately, Obi left us. “But Umeh and the rest of us have resolved to stay back and build a stronger, greater and better party that will stand the test of time.
“So, we want all our members back. We are willing to welcome anybody who wishes to return, including Obi,” Obiano said. On his part, Umeh, who celebrated his 53rd birthday and eight years as APGA National Chairman, attributed the success of his tenure to the effectiveness of the nation’s judiciary.
He said the party was in court 43 times and had emerged victorious in all cases; including that which was used to reclaim the mandate of Obi.
He said: “We acted in the best interest of the party and my tenure was a trying one, because it was in turbulence at that time, but now that we are stable as a party, the sky is the limit,” Obiano said. Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Catholic Diocese, who celebrated the holy mass, reminded Nigerians of the transient nature of life and urged them to build heavenly treasures for themselves.
Former Senate President Saraki declares for presidency
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.
2023 presidency: Miyetti Allah denies backing Tinubu to succeed Buhari
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.
2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.
The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.
He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.
“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”
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