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Presidential Campaign Council: Aggrieved APC Governors Threatens To Withdraw Support For Tinubu



The Bola Tinubu presidential campaign is being sabotaged in some states by governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are currently in power.

The disgruntled governors, acting through the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), charged the party and its candidate, Mr. Tinubu, with ignoring their nominations to the presidential campaign council.

The campaign council’s 422 members, many of whom will work at the regional and state levels to ensure Mr. Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima’s victory in the 2023 presidential election, were announced as part of the campaign council’s constitution on Saturday by James Faleke, the APC’s secretary.

Prior to that, according to sources with direct knowledge of the request, the party’s leadership had asked the governors via the PGF secretariat to designate individuals in each of their states to be members of the presidential campaign council. Each governor was asked to submit a list of five candidates.

The governors were shocked to learn that Mr. Tinubu and the party had changed their nominees without their consent with others from their respective states.

The PGF chairman and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, the APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, and the director general of the PGF secretariat, according to high-ranking party insiders, have received several complaints from the governors on the composition of the campaign council.

In one case, according to the officials, Cross River Governor Ben Ayade vowed not to support the presidential candidate during the campaign “since the party leaders have demonstrated to know more than him in his state.”

The governor was surprised that none of the people he recommended were mentioned by the party after submitting lists of those he thought would successfully mobilize voters for the presidential candidate in Cross River. Mr. Ayade had run for the party’s presidential nomination but was unsuccessful.

An insider who pleaded not to be identified because he is not allowed to speak to journalists on this subject said that the governor of Kwara, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is claiming that he submitted five names but only saw one entry on the list. “The governor claimed that seven people from Kwara are on the list, and they are all members of the same local government.”

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredelu, who was listed as the coordinator of the South-West campaign, also complained to the party’s leadership that the names of the people he selected were overlooked. Before and after Mr. Tinubu was chosen as the party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Akeredolu was spotted supporting him.

The insider told PREMIUM TIMES that “if the list is genuine, it implies that the party and the candidate are not serious about the campaign.” “We think that the governors have the most electoral sway at the state level, and if the governors nominated people to the campaign council and they were ignored, that indicates trouble.”

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, certain APC governors in the northern region are upset that Mr. Tinubu hasn’t included them in the campaign process so far. “The APC presidential candidate does not trust any of them except from those around him,” the governors are afraid to say.

The governors, especially in the North-west, believe their political futures are not secured in the hands of Mr Tinubu, whom they had accused of sidelining them. They believe his handling of the campaign council list has suggested he lacks respect for the governors’

Sources with knowledge of the thinking in the aggrieved governors’ circle and opposition politics said the disagreement is creating an opportunity for the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to strategise for the backing of the North-west APC governors.

The North-west governors, particularly, are said to be threatening to withdraw their support should they continue to be disregarded.

Contacted to know what the campaign council is doing to address the agitations of the governors, Mr Faleke declined calls placed to his line. He also failed to respond to a text message inquiring about efforts being made by the party to stem the looming sabotage.

Controversies had trailed the release of the party’s campaign council list on Saturday. There were speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declined membership of the committee due to his opposition to APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

But Festus Keyamo, the APC campaign spokesperson, said it was President Muhammadu Buhari who advised that Mr Osinbajo be exempted from the campaign council due to his important role in administering the country pending the handover of power.

Campaigns for the 2023 national elections will officially kick off on 28 September ahead while that of governorship and state houses of assembly will commence on October 12 this year, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Kwara APC Releases Multi-Stakeholders’ Campaign Council List



Kwara State’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has released an over 2000-member strong multi-stakeholders’ campaign council list, which it says comprises party chieftains and sympathisers drawn from every demography in the state.

Fidel Info reports that the party made this declaration in a statement issued , stressing that the composition of the list attracts every segment of the state, including persons and groups not in any way affiliated to the party.

The party added that the re-election bid of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is a project of all the people of Kwara State who have enjoyed a positive paradigm shift over the last three years and want him to remain in the saddle for the next four years.

The party further expressed confidence in the successful re-election of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and the election of all APC’s Candidates, charging all members of the campaign council to be great ambassadors of Kwarans and to work hard in mobilising every resident of the state.

More nominations, according to the party, will be made to support the existing campaign structures across the state, adding that everyone is important in the scheme of things.

“As the ambassadors and representatives of the people of Kwara State, especially members of our party, the council members have, like many others who may not be on the list, distinguished themselves through years of committed and faithful service to the party, and thus possess the quality and dedication required for success at the polls later this year.

” The party therefore wishes to congratulate the appointees while assuring party chieftains not specifically mentioned on the list of continuous inclusion in the campaign and party’s activities through various means that will equally be recognised,” the statement said.

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Saraki Disgraced As Tribunal Nullifies Adeleke’s Victory In Osun



The Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has nullified the victory of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fidel Info reports that the long-drawn legal battle was finally put to rest on Friday as the tribunal gave its judgement on the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The tribunal established cases of overvoting and rigging in the election that saw Adeleke declared as winner.

Meanwhile, leaders of the PDP have come under fire for deploying the instrument of rigging and electoral malpractice during the election.

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was particularly condemned for the roles he reportedly played in prosecuting the heavily influenced election.

It would be recalled that Saraki was in Osun State in the period of the election acting as the godfather of Adeleke. Osun shares close boundaries with Kwara State where Saraki hails from and he has been a friend of the Adeleke family.

In a comment by a socio-political group identified as Kwara Development Advancement Initiative (KADI), the Chairman Lukman AbdulKadir said Saraki has been put to shame with the landmark judgement of the tribunal, adding his rigging tactics have been exposed.

“Bukola Saraki, the grandmaster of electoral malpractice and rigging, has once again been put to shame with the nullification of the victory of Ademola Adeleke in Osun State. This is a warning for him that he would also be disgraced in Kwara State if rigging is what he depends on as our system has now advanced. There is no way the will of the people can be subverted or truncated through the back door.

“Saraki never won any election in Kwara State credibly. All the elections they won have been dogged by malpractice, violence and rigging. We recall vividly how he manipulated votes from backwater communities of Kwara State in Asa, Moro, among others, pre-2019. He couldn’t do that in 2019 because the Otoge revolution flooded his dynasty. We also recall how they heavily manipulated Local Government elections through their stooges especially Ajidagba of KWASIEC.

“If rigging is what Saraki is banking on to win the 2023 election in Kwara State, he has failed just like Osun has shown. His rigging tactics failed there and the will of the people has been restored. We are aware of how Kwara PDP members were deployed to Osun as INEC ad-hoc staff and observers to influence the election. The tribunal has vindicated us after establishing cases of overvoting. Kwarans are politically aware and conscious. They will monitor and guard their votes.

“We also call on the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities during the election and not allow crooked politicians to impugn the credibility of the forthcoming polls. We are aware that is their plans. Our democracy must be protected at all costs in the country and Kwara State, specifically,” he told our medium.

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JUST IN: Abia PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Is dead



The Abia State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne, is dead.

Fidel Info reports that this was announced in a statement by his son, Dr Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, on Wednesday.

The statement read, “I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja today January 2023
25, by 4 am after a brief illness.

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