Mr Tunde Rahman, the spokesperson for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has alleged that some chieftains of the party supported Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party in last Saturday’s Edo State governorship election because of the politics of 2023.
The Fidelinfo gathered that Rahman said this in an article titled, ‘Asiwaju Tinubu and Edo Election,’ published on an online medium, TheCable.
Tinubu is generally rumoured to be eyeing the Presidency in 2023 but he has neither denied nor confirmed this.
However, according to the article, many politicians within the APC who are also eyeing the Presidency are said to be doing everything possible to ensure that Tinubu’s ambition is truncated.
Contributing to the debate, Rahman stated, “Indeed, it must be pointed out clearly that beneath all the shenanigans that trailed Edo poll, underneath all of that rabble-rousing, rumour-mongering, campaign of calumny, character assassination, deceit and double-dealing is the matter of 2023.
“Rather than first helping their party solidify its stronghold and strengthen it for future elections and re-commit themselves to the party’s ideals and principles, the APC chieftains were tearing at the party’s fabric, destroying its foundation and preparing it for eventual disintegration in the name of playing politics of 2023.
“But like Asiwaju rightly observed, he is but a mere mortal who does not foresee tomorrow. What tomorrow holds, indeed what 2023 holds, is within the province of God Almighty.”
Rahman also explained why his boss recorded a video in which he called on the people of Edo State to not support Obaseki.
Recall that The Fidelinfo earlier reported that Tinubu a few days to the election put out a video calling on the people of the state to reject him at the poll, accusing the governor of not being a democrat.
Pundits had stated that the video was counterproductive as it helped foster the narrative that Tinubu wanted to run the affairs of the state by proxy as a godfather and further helped the ‘Edo No Be Lagos’ campaign culminating in the defeat of the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
However, Rahman said Tinubu did not intend to order the people of the state but was only trying to appeal to their sense of democracy.
Rahman wrote, “The opposition PDP and their agents made heavy weather of Asiwaju’s video on social media. Now, Asiwaju did not seek to dictate to the people of Edo. He was not out to oust their rights to choose by themselves.
“Far from usurping their power to determine who should govern them, the broadcast was an appeal to the people borne of a commitment to democratic principles, a clear appreciation of the fundamental role of parliament in a democracy, adherence to the principle of separation of powers, and his irritation by the antics of Governor Obaseki against the 14 lawmakers. It was an appeal for the people to think about the democratic credentials of the candidates in casting their votes.”
He said although the election might be over, the battle for the governorship seat might still be on since Ize-Iyamu might be challenging Obaseki’s victory in court.
Rahman disagreed with Obaseki’s claim that Tinubu and former Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State were a threat to democracy.
The Tinubu spokesman said rather, the governor was the one who had acted undemocratically by denying 14 lawmakers the opportunity of being inaugurated.
He said Tinubu tried many times to solve the crisis within the APC in Edo State but Obaseki remained adamant for several months.
Adamawa Senator Dumps PDP, Defects To APC
The Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial district, Elisha Ishaku Abbo has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The FidelinfoNews gathered that he announced his defection through the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on Wednesday.
Senator Abbo explained In his letter, that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.
I Defected To APC In Obedience To God —Dave Umahi
David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) is obedience to God’s will.
Recall that The FidelinfoNews earlier reported On Tuesday, Umahi formally announced his defection to the APC – weeks after speculation about his move to the ruling party.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Speaking during a reception for the Progressives Governors Forum on Thursday, Umahi said he joined APC because of “obedience to God’s will” and respect for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“My defection to APC was in obedience to God’s will, respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and an honour to dignitaries present as well as obedience to the wish of Ebonyi people,” he said.
“Money means everything to many people but I choose wisdom from God. People asked why I was leaving PDP, but I told them that if APC would treat me nicely when I don’t have any relationship with it, what will happen when I am in its fold?
“I told them that even as large as APC is, one man does not control the party but in PDP, one man controls the party.”
Umahi said Buhari does not treat “any governor with disdain” irrespective of party affiliation, adding that as the chairman of south east governors forum, the president approved the request for N10 billion for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, without conditions.
He said: “As the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, I applied for N10billion for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the president obliged without conditions.
“The president never treated any governor with disdain and presently that I am in APC, there is no guarantee that I will be treated better than those already in the party as well as the PDP governors.
“We can boast of infrastructure and economic supports from the APC-led federal government, but we cannot do such for the PDP-led administration since 1999.”
On his part, Mai Mala Buni, APC national caretaker chairman and governor of Yobe state, congratulated Umahi and his supporters for joining the APC fold, adding that Umahi will enjoy all rights and privileges accorded to progressives’ governors.
Buni said Umahi has “automatically” become the leader of Ebonyi APC, noting that a waiver has been granted to him and his supporters.
2023: Yahaya Bello Reveals Why Nigerians Will Vote APC Candidates
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the presidency, governorships, senates and house of representatives in 2023.
According to him, the ruling party has impressed Nigerians with their development strides since they came into power.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Bello disclosed this on Thursday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today, “APC has come to stay. We are developing the country, the people are happy with our programmes, we are touching lives and we are securing the nation,” he said.
“Why won’t they (Nigerians) give us a chance once again to produce the president of this country?
“APC by the grace of God will produce the next president and sweep the legislative houses and the governorship across the country,” he said.
Bello also mocked the chances of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Even though power belongs to God and God gives power to who He wills, I can assure you that PDP is gone and is going and going,” Bello added.
APC seized power from PDP during the 2015 general elections, when President Muhammadu Buhari defeated the then incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.
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