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FRESH: I Won’t Vie For President In 2023, South Deserves It –El-Rufai

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai has said he would not vie for the 2023 presidency.

He stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Saturday.

The governor said the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the South at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office.

El-Rufai noted that rumour of his presidential ambition has been making the rounds since he was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003 to 2007.

He said, “Many have been saying that I want to contest for president since I was a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“This does not make sense.

“I do not want [to contest the Nigerian presidency].

“It’s God that gives power, whether you like it or not.

“If He [God] wants, He [God] will give it to you, but I have never intended to contest for the presidency of Nigeria and nobody can say I did.”

El-Rufai disclosed that there is a gentleman’s agreement for power to rotate between north and south every eight years.

“The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement,” the governor said.

He further explained that though the arrangement is not recognised by the constitution, politicians are aware of its existence.

“I believe that (there is) no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” el-Rufai said.

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No More APC, What Is Left Is Just Respect For Buhari –Okorocha

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A founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has said that only respect for President Muhammadu Buhari is all that is left of the APC and that the crisis rocking the party was part of consequences for relegating the founding members.

The Fidelinfo gathered that Okorocha who addressed some journalists on Sunday in Abuja said that there is no more APC.

In the address, he Said:

“Permit me to give you the inside of APC, this word APC was formed by four major political parties that had governors, one was the CPC led by President Muhammadu Buhari, ACN led by Ahmed Tinubu, ANPP led by Ogbonnaya Onu who all brought their structure, APGA led by me brought in our structure. Every other person fell into this structure. The PDP group came in and joined us. I gave the name APC. I designed that logo and that was the beginning of the party and we had understanding.

“That is the party you call APC and unless we go back to where it all started, APC can never see the light of the day and that was how we started and that was what brought President Muhammadu Buhari to office.

“You cannot rule out the role of these four key people, then CPC has only one governor in Nasarawa, APGA had only one governor, ACN came with the chunk of the governors and ANPP had a few. And we shared the first positions equally among these four parties. Now the founding fathers of the part are relegated to the backgrounds and people are coming with different interests making us play the same kind of politics that PDP played,” Okorocha said.

He added, “There is no more APC, what we have is the respect for President Muhammadu Buhari, that is what is keeping us together. What we have is our respect for the person of President Buhari and we still believe that something can be done.

“That trust and respect is what we still call APC, outside that, respect for President Buhari and the trust and belief that he could wake up one day and correct all these injustices and make it fine. That is the only thing that is keeping the APC, if not that, I don’t think there is anything like APC because people are beginning to get fed up. Again, PDP is not even better, the party has its own challenges.

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Edo Decides: They’re Rigging Me Out In My Strongholds -Gov Obaseki

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The incumbent Governor of Edo State and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ongoing Gubernatorial elections has through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.

The Fidelinfo gathered that this revelation was in a statement made available to the press by Osagie his press secretary, he said:

“Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.

“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,”

“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”

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JUST IN: Akeredolu’s Political Adviser Resigns

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The senior special assistant to the executive governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu on Political matters has resigned.

Andrew who is from Ondo South senatorial districts, Hon. Andrew Ogunsakin has resigned his Appointment.

Andrew according to The Fidelinfo source was a close Political associate of former governor Olusegun Mimiko and the Zenith Labour Party candidate for Okitipupa/Irele Federal constituency in the last general election before he joined the All Progressive Congress.

In a letter made available to The Fidelinfo reads in parts: “The call of my constituents on me to join the train to actualize a common aspiration different from what is offered by your government and party stands as the root of my decision to quit at this point.”

He then thanked Akeredolu for the opportunity afforded him to serve the good peopie of Ondo State as political adviser.

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