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2023: Tinubu Taunts Atiku, Obi At Lagos Rally

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed, the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate, yesterday pledged to lead a progressive inclusive administration if elected.

Fidel Info reports that by asking voters to vote out the former vice president in 2023 because he has nothing to offer the populace, Tinubu, who mocked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Candidate as a recurrent Aso Rock challenger since 1999, urged voters to get rid of the man.

Speaking at a colorful mega rally held by the APC campaign team in Lagos, which was led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the former two-term governor of Lagos State was present at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere Lagos.

City boy arrives in Lagos to a large assemblage of people.

For the Lagos City Boy, it was sort of like coming home, as he was greeted by a euphoric gathering of APC fans from all around Lagos and the South-West regions. Most of Surulere was sealed down as they arrived in several cars.

Participants in the demonstration had already taken over the service lane of the highway by the time it was nine in the morning and all the parking spaces at the National Stadium complex, located across from the venue, were full.

It was a show of love for Tinubu, who governed Lagos for eight years and has been instrumental to the emergence of successor governors ever since.  

Tinubu, who spoke in both English and Yoruba commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the organisation of the rally, saying “I don’t see anything missing here today.” He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC leadership and governors among others saying together APC would retain power.

He said: “It is a broom (APC symbol) revolution. We will continue a progressive government for the country where nobody will be excluded. We will do our best. You will not be abandoned. You will not be forgotten in education, you will not be forgotten in healthcare.

“I know one man who has been running for the presidency since 1999, Atiku. He ran in AC, ran in PDP and is running in PDP again. With your votes tell him to go and sit at home. Retire him with your votes.

“He said he will ensure a better future for Nigerians. Don’t ’listen to him. With PDP, they were in power for 16 years. They gave you estimated bills, they forgot Lagos-Badagry road, forgot Second Niger Bridge, forgot and other roads. Don’t mind them.

“We have all 22 APC governors here. We shall win together. We will not lose any one of them. Go get your PVCs and vote for APC candidates. You have seen what Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat are doing in Lagos? For me, for you, and the stability of Lagos State, vote for Sanwo-Olu.” 

With Tinubu at the rally are his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima; members of the APC National Working Committee, NWC, led  the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, members of the   Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, and governors elected on the platform of the APC.

The governors include Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; Yahaya Bello , Kogi; Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Kwara; Gboyega Oyetola, Osun; Simon Lalong, Plateau; Aminu Masari, Katsina, and Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi among others.

Also at the rally were House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammad, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel; former deputy Governor, Lagos State and Lagos West Senatorial candidate, Idiat Adebule; and former Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji. 

In his welcome remarks, Sanwo-Olu said by the grace of God Tinunu is the next president and commended him pushing an idea that gave birth to “a stable Lagos today.”

“Tinubu has been doing outstanding things professionally and politically. He is the best man for the job. He is a fountain of knowledge. We want to translate the tenacity of Lagos at the centre. This is the beginning of mother of all rallies.”

Also speaking, Plateau State Governor and Director General of APC PCC, Mr. Simon Lalong, celebrated Tinubu, saying with his experience, capacity, reach and what he did in Lagos as governor “the 2023 presidential election is as good as won” for the APC because “victory is sure.”

According to him, Tinubu stands taller than all the other presidential candidates” and “he is a manager of men and resources and the best man to succeed President Buhari.

He said other Nigerians have accepted Tinubu and urged Lagosians not to reject their own but give him more support than they gave him in 2015 and 2019.

He also urged Nigerians to reject candidates who give fake statistics and make fake promises. 

In like manner, the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said the 22 governors of the APC were in Lagos to campaign for Tinubu for the right reasons because Tinubu left a better Lagos with more opportunities for many, adding that if elected, Tinubu would replicate the feat at the centre.

On his part, Gbajabiamila described Tinubu as “the greatest Nigerian in modern day Nigeria politics” noting that none of the other 17 presidential candidates has developed men and women like Tinubu.

However, the National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, urged caution saying “it is not over until it is over” and urged APC faithful to work hard and deliver Tinubu and APC candidates at the polls.

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Wike Receives Fmr. President Obasanjo In Rivers

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi meet with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday.

Fidel Info reports that Obasanjo and Fayemi are attending the ongoing Port Harcourt International Conference 2023 holding at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.

The summit is tagged, “Deepening Democratic Culture and Institutions for Sustainable Development and Security in Nigeria.”

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Non-Indigenes In Kwara State Declare Support For Gov AA

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Non-Indigenes in Kwara State have declared a total support for Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his re-election bid, pledging to vote overwhelmingly for him in the forthcoming election.

Fidel Info reports that they made this known at a consolidative forum meeting where they said they would continue to cooperate and support the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq.

In a statement by the Total Coordinator of the Amalgamated Non-Indigenes Associations, Barrister Adokutu Jafaru Ibie, previous administrations were condemned for playing politics of exclusion with non-indigenes in the state.

“Past governors only remember non-indigenes when it comes to getting our votes during electioneering periods. This time around, however, only the AbdulRazaq administration in the history of Kwara State has truly accorded non-indigenes the required recognition in the governance of the state.

“This is one government every non-indigene from the six geo-political zones of the country resident in Kwara must appreciate and work and accept for fulfilling promises made to the people. We’ll ever remember Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a promise keeper, and has truly activated the substance of his promises to the people of the six geo-political zones resident in Kwara State.”

Adokutu urged non-indigenes in the state not to be swayed by the deceit of opposition, telling them to queue behind the ruling APC in the forthcoming election.

“We accept the reorganization process of the Senior Special Assistant to the  Governor on Non-Indigenes, Hon. Caleb Ono Bobi, which has helped to better reposition all affiliate associations, clubs, unions etc of non-indigenes resident in Kwara State. He advised non-indigenes not to allow themselves to be swayed by the deceits of opposition parties in the state but to queue behind the All Progressives Congress led administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to return his government to power in  at the March elections.

“In the same vein, the President of the South-South Community in Kwara, Sir Christopher Ozonuwe appealed to all non-indigenes in the state to be very watchful of political hawks during this election year so that they do not fall to their empty promises and open deceits but to always align with the purposeful governance of the current administration of  AbdulRazaq.

“Our SSA and other government appointees on Inter-Community Relations are men of good professional and intellectual clout. So, we believe the governor has truly done us a good turn by appointing them into his cabinet. We are solidly behind them in the onerous task to re-elect our governor for another four years of untarnished governance of our Kwara State.”

Adokutu also announced that non-indigenes in the state will carry out a Non-Indigenes Solidarity Rally for the Governor’s second term re-election soon.

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BREAKING: Warri-Itakpe Train Derails In Kogi

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According to reports, a train traveling the Warri–Itakpe route derailed, leaving numerous people stranded.

Fidel Info reports that it was the same train that had people kidnapped from its station in Igueben, Edo State.

According to information, the incident took place inside Kogi woodland.

According to reports, a number of people got off the train out of concern for their safety.

It was gathered that the train left Warri early on Sunday and got derailed at around 12pm inside the thick forest between Ajaokuta and Itakpe.

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