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Arise TV, ThisDay Publisher Reaches Out, Meets To Resolve Dispute With Tinubu



Arise TV and ThisDay newspaper on one side and the APC Presidential Campaign Council have been at loggerheads after the APC PCC in a joint statement by Dele Alake and Bayo Onanuga, who are both members of the council, verbally attacked Obaigbena over the editorial published by the media organisations’ boards of editors.

Fidel Info reports that the Editor-in-Chief of the Arise TV and ThisDay newspaper, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, has reached out to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu to resolve their issues, SaharaReporters learnt on Friday.

Arise TV and ThisDay newspaper on one side and the APC Presidential Campaign Council have been at loggerheads after the APC PCC in a joint statement by Dele Alake and Bayo Onanuga, who are both members of the council, verbally attacked Obaigbena over the editorial published by the media organisations’ boards of editors.

However, sources told SaharaReporters that Obaigbena reached out to Tinubu’s camp to resolve the disagreement between them.

“Obaigbena reached out to resolve his issue with Tinubu.”

“They met at the house of former Ogun State Government, Chief Segun Osoba to discuss how to de-escalate the problem,” one of the sources said.

The PCC in the statement accused Obaigbena and the media platforms of corruption and lacking the moral rights to moderate public discourse.

The media organisations responded to the APC PCC accusations, while Obaigbena through his Chief of Staff, Fauziya Mohammed in a statement captioned “Lies Have Short Legs, They Do Not Run Far: The Fake News From Bayo Onanuga and Dele Alake,” said that the APC PCC should address the questions by the organisations’ journalists rather than counter them with wild and misleading allegations and fake news.

Arise TV and ThisDay Newspaper had accused Tinubu of dodging their interview requests but Tinubu’s camp allegedly responded by seeking the sacking of its TV anchor, Rufai Oseni.

The statement read in part, “The journalists at THISDAY and ARISE News Channel are doing their duty by raising pertinent questions. Rather than addressing our questions Alake and Onanuga countered with wild and misleading allegations and fake news. We did not dismiss their allegations and have addressed them frontally.

“We now challenge them to respond with facts to the legitimate questions of the Nigerian people through their media. Present your Presidential candidate for Town Hall meetings, debates and interviews by the independent media that last for more than 8 minutes, and not pre-arranged Townhalls where questions are pre-set, pre-arranged and rehearsed.

“The resort to media bullying tactics, blackmail and fake news will not work. Journalists are not your opponents in the 2023 elections. “When they go low we go high.”

The two members of the APC PCC, Onanuga and Alake, soon fired back at the Editor-in-Chief of the Arise TV and ThisDay newspaper, Obaigbena, over his response to the duo’s allegations against the media groups, describing him as “a congenital blackmailer and hustler,” whose statement was a mere “rambling.”

Onanuga and Alake said that Obaigbena’s “largely diversionary composition was an attempt to deodorise his ethical problems,” as he “tried to deflect attention from those pertinent issues we raised about ethics.”

They maintained that “There is nothing he said to creditably detract a jot from our accurate summation of his well-known perverse and ignoble approach to media practice over the years, a practice that continues to undermine the integrity of journalism profession in the country.

“In his first statement attacking us, Obaigbena craftily attempted to mis-characterise as an attack on free speech, our principled stand against his blackmail to have Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu appear on Arise TV and its PDP sponsored Town Hall meetings.

“In the second statement, he was still adamant that our candidate must attend his Town Hall debate, despite our stance that our candidate is already executing another communications strategy to reach the most important target: the Nigerian voters.

“We repeat again: We will not make our candidate available to validate a scheme which, in the light of unassailable information at our disposal, is nothing but a racket by the Arise TV owner, designed to embarrass our candidate.”

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Wike Receives Fmr. President Obasanjo In Rivers



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



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



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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