2023: Atiku Is A Political Tourist Who Only Returns To Nigeria To Contest Election – Shettima
The All Progressives Congress (APC) vice-presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has no chance in the 2023 general elections.
Speaking in Abuja during the weekend when a support group, ‘APC National Integrity Movement’, visited him, the former governor of Borno State said Atiku does not have support of past governors of his home state of Adamawa, therefore, he cannot challenge the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, in terms of track record of service delivery, qualitative leadership and capacity for grooming competent administrators
Shettima, who assured that Tinubu will form his cabinet within the first week after his inauguration, if elected as president, described Atiku as a political tourist who comes to Nigeria only when there is an election and returns to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to relax thereafter.
He said: “Atiku Abubakar is like a father to me and I hold him in high esteem. But he is a political tourist who is only in this country every electoral circle and we are going to retire him back to Dubai to go and relax. In every situation, for people to see your worth, they need to see your output at home. I am from the Northeast; he is from the Northeast.
“Atiku cannot point to three projects that he brought to the Northeast or to Northern Nigeria for the eight years that he served as the vice president. He cannot show us three people that he has mentored.”
He continued, “Is he even in good terms with past governors of Adamawa state? Admiral Nyako is with us. James Ngilari is with us. Asiwaju can boast of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, he can boast of Babatunde Raji Fashola, he can boast Lai Mohammed, Rauf Aregbesola, Kayode Fayemi, Femi Gbajabiamila, Abiodun Faleke, Joe Igbokwe, Ben Akabueze. I can boast of Babagana Zulum, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Betara Aliyu and Tahir Mongunu, Zanaib Gimba.”
Shettima described the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu as the best material for the presidency, saying, “The trajectory of global growth is facing Africa and Nigeria will make or mar that transition. That is why I will rather be a small fish in a big pond than be a big fish in a small pond.
“I supported Asiwaju out of a moral obligation, out of a moral conviction. What we have seen is his opportunity for national collaboration and national cohesion. When the frontlines that divide us were being manipulated for political ends, Asiwaju refused to swallow the pill.”
“Those of us who were in Lagos in 2014 for the Presidential primary of the APC can attest to the fact that without the block support of the south-west, President Muhammadu Buhari would not have emerged as the presidential flag bearer of the APC.
“For God’s sake, ours is a young nation where inclusivity and sense of belonging have been the cardinal work of our national and political intercourse. If power resides in the north for eight years, for God’s sake, it should move,” he added.
Binani Applauds Decision To Declare Adamawa Gubernatorial Election Inconclusive
The All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, has applauded the Independent National Election Commission for its decision to declare the gubernatorial election in the state as inconclusive.
Fidel Info reports that The 18th of March election was declared inconclusive on the 20th of March by the state collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Muhammadu Mele of the University of Maiduguri, due to the irregularities in the votes margin.
The incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri and the candidate of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 421,524, while Binani polled 390,275.
He said, “Elections were not held in 47 wards, affecting 69 polling units. So, this gives us a margin of 31,249. The total number of PVCs collected in places where elections were not held amounted to 37,016.”
Binani alleged that violence and irregularities were recorded in 16 of the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in the state, hence the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was just.
“My position is that the INEC REC did very well by declaring the result inconclusive and my reasons are simple,” she said on Friday during a monitored programme on Channels Television .
“Whoever saw or monitored the election of Adamawa State knows that the election was marred with violence, rigging, over-voting and all manner of irregularities.”
“The figures that were deposed were really, as far as I’m concerned, concocted figures.”
According to her, several of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) devices were bypassed, allowing for over-voting and intimidation of electoral staff in a number of locations.
“[For instance] if the BVAS accredited only 10 people, you’ll find out that over 30 people must have voted. That is part of irregularities,” she added.
According to her, the only way for the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) to “come out clean” was to declare that result inconclusive.
Citing the Electoral Act, she argued that INEC has the powers to review the results within seven days to determine whether any declaration was made under duress or where it failed to comply with the electoral laws and regulations.
“I’m never afraid, but all I’m asking is that let INEC please conduct a review on this said local governments so that it will bring out the real figures for all the candidates,” the APC candidate said when asked if she was worried about winning the rerun.
“That is all I am asking, and as soon as that is done, we would be home and dry, and then we would be confident to go back to the field.”
On the possibility of becoming the first elected female governor, Ahmed said she feels great and happy.
“I’m not doing this for Binani; I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing it for every girl child in this country. It’s for all the women in Nigeria,” she added.
BREAKING: Adeleke Reinstated As Osun State Governor
Ademola Adeleke has been reinstated as governor of Osun state once again by the court of appeal in Abuja.
Fidel Info reports that A three-member panel of justices ruled in Adeleke’s appeal on Friday, concluding that the electoral tribunal erred in finding that Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress had proven their claim of excessive voting.
Adeleke is the legitimately elected governor of the state, according to the jury that rendered its decision on Friday.
The Osun governorship election tribunal, in January, held that Oyetola was able to prove that there was over-voting in some of the polling units.
Consequently, the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Adeleke and issue a fresh one to Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, Adeleke appealed the judgment.
Gov-Elect Alex Otti Promises Total Restructuring Of Abia
Alex Otti, the Abia State Governor-elect, has revealed that Abians should expect general restructuring of the state once he assumes office.
Fidel Info reports that while Speaking on Arise Television’s The Morning Show, Otti said in the next few days he would appoint a team that would help him, adding that he would create a bigger and more robust economy in Abia.
Otti said, “In the next few days, I will appoint a team that will be sworn in on the 29 of May. I will appoint the right people who will help me.”
“We will look at a lot of things, but we will take it step by step, including revenue.”
“As of yesterday, I have already started engaging banks. Things they will expect is a general restructuring of Abia.”
He added, “There is no problem in taking loans, but the problem is what you do with the loans. Payment of salaries is my priority.”
“We will create a bigger economy, a robust economy, we will do everything possible to ensure our economy grows.”
NEC Returning Officer in the state, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, declared Otti the winner of the Abia State Gubernatorial election on Wednesday evening after the resumption of the final collation of governorship election results in Umuahia.
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