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Osinbajo, Buhari and the APC owe Tinubu the presidency — North replies Babangida

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Says neither Buhari, Osinbajo or the APC would have been in power if not for Tinubu.

When it seems as though darkness looms on the presidential ambition of National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, something good ends up popping up from unusual places to keep the hopes alive. 

We know that the North wants to keep power for as long as possible, so unless you trust what’s coming from that region, we do find it strange that there are groups rooting for the former Lagos State Governor.

In response to former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB)’s endorsement of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the 2023 presidency, Northern Media Publishers under the Patriotic Indigenes of Northern Publishers Association (PINPA), has said while it respects Babangida’s right to endorse the vice-president, the sacrifices of the man who made it possible for APC to be in power cannot at this time, be thrown into the garbage bin.

The group while addressing a press conference, said in a statement through its National President, Musa Ajogie, that despite backlash from his people and hatred from the southern part of the country, Tinubu showed his loyalty by sticking with the APC and ensuring it enjoys power for over 7 years now. For this alone, the group says Tinubu deserves to be rewarded with the presidency more than any other member in the APC.

“The endorsement of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the presidency comes 2023 by former military President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(IBB) was, therefore, the biggest joke of the year 2021.

“We don’t think that former military President’s endorsement of Osinbajo can be binding on all Nigerians and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

“It is true that IBB belongs to the class of the military Generals like T.Y Danjuma, Olusegun Obasanjo, Mohammed Aliyu Gusau, amongst others who were the founding members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and not of the APC, the ruling party in Nigeria today.

“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari knows whom he will hand over his government to and he knows to whom he will not hand over government comes 2023.

“We believe that the Jagaba, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a known Nationalist. His leadership potentiality and suitability surpass Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“Tinubu is a political Compatriot, a National arrowhead in politics and a political rare-gem capable of rescuing Nigeria from its fragile state which Osinbajo is superintending as the Vice President.

“Buhari should hand over to Tinubu because the Jagaba worked against the advice of his people when frontline Yoruba politicians warned Tinubu about the danger of being the strong advocate of bringing Muhammadu Buhari to be the nation’s president against national interest.

“Tinubu, as a political goal-getter in a democracy was capable of extracting water from the stone and changed the old ways in which politics is played in Nigeria. He has mentored so many people including Muhammadu Buhari in politics from 2015 and 2019 respectively.

“Today, majority of the people, including the Patriotic Indigenes of Northern Publishers Association (PINPA) have unanimously endorsed the most detribalised, National Team Player, the political strategist and long time political activist, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for 2023 presidency.

“A book in honour of Tinubu’s political Coast Clearing, written by PINPA in the North is billed for launching. Eminent people from all works of life will grace the book launch in honour of the man who has paid his political dues.

“For service to humanity and mankind, selfless service to the country, the majority of Nigerians have endorsed Tinubu for 2023 presidency,” Ajogie said.

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‘There was peace in the Niger Delta before you came’, Edwin Clark tells Buhari in open letter

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Pa Edwin Clark, the leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of being the cause of the renewed restiveness in the Niger Delta region.

In the open letter seen by Ripples Nigeria on Friday, Clark expressed his opinion to oppose President Buhari’s claims that his regime had fostered lasting peace in the oil-rich region.

Clark, who is also a leader of the Ijaw Nation, said Buhari’s predecessors like the late President Musa Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan, should be the ones claiming credit for any peace enjoyed in the South-South.

“There is no doubt that a good amount of peace has come to the Niger Delta in the past few years. However, your claim as having been the main architect that brought the peace does not properly convey what transpired,” the PANDEF leader said in the letter.

“If you will recall, your excellency, before your government came on board, insecurity which had reduced substantially during the tenure of your predecessor, resumed at a very alarming rate.

“The period saw the emergence of a new group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which virtually held your government hostage, oil production went down to as low as about 800,000 barrels per day.

“Your government adopted a military approach to quell the agitations, by deploying the so-called ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in August 2016, which did not in any way solve the problem.

“Mr President, may I make it very clear to you that the area is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, and any attempt to scrap the amnesty programme may produce unpleasant consequences to all.”

Accusing the President of marginalising the Niger Delta region and fanning the embers of agitations, Clark said:

“Our people are very conscious of the developments that your government is carrying out in other areas of the country with monies derived from oil exploration in their area.

“We repeat, our agitation against the use of money looted from our area by the late Gen. Sani Abacha, which was recovered from the United States of America, exclusively for the construction of the so-called mega projects by the Federal Government and the illegal confiscation of 2.4 million pounds from the British Government as loot recovered from the former governor of Delta state, Chief James Ibori, under the flimsy excuse by the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, that it was the federal government, which as a nation, negotiated with the British Government, and that it was an agreement between the two governments that the money should be used for federal projects; this is not true.

Read also: In open letter Obasanjo fires back at Clark over accusation of hate for Niger Delta

“Meanwhile, federal roads in the Niger Delta region have mostly collapsed and applying these funds to rehabilitate these collapsed roads, would have gone a long way to solving some of our problems.

“Mr. President, you have failed to deliver on different promises, including building modular refineries to replace the local refining carried out by youths, relocation of the operational headquarters of the oil companies to the Niger Delta, and the Ogoni clean-up.

“Please, Mr President, I respectfully wish to state that your claim of bringing peace to the South-South geo-political zone, is untenable, untrue and without foundation. The deliberate neglect of the South-South, can lead to the explosion of the keg of gunpowder upon which we are sitting in the Niger Delta.

“I strongly advise you to listen and heed to the various open letters I have written to you,” he said.

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Amidst gunshots, protests and fraud allegations, Fayemi’s candidate emerge winner

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Biodun Oyebanji, immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.

Declaring the winner, the chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, said Mr Oyebanji had 101,703 out of the total votes cast.

Mr Badaru announced this at the State Collation Centre, APC party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.

“It is my pleasure to declare Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of this primary, having scored the highest votes cast. Having satisfied all necessary criteria, I hereby declare Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the winner,” declared Mr Badaru.

He added that Ekiti APC had 183,560 registered members, 107,877 members were accredited, and the total votes cast was 104,983.

The chairman expressed surprise at the allegations by some aspirants that they were not consulted. He explained that the meeting slated for Thursday morning between the committee and the aspirants was cancelled because of a security report.

The Jigawa governor disclosed that the primaries took place across the 177 wards and that it was free and fair.

“However, there are pockets of violence. When we receive the results, we will know where we need to cancel; we will. As we have earlier promised, we have ensured a level playing ground for all aspirants,” the committee chairman added.

On the protest by some aspirants, the committee chairman explained that he had not received any official petition but only heard about it on the media. He directed that the returning officers of the wards where elections were not held should write their reports and submit the same to the committee.

The results presented by the 16 local government area returning officers revealed that Mr Oyebanj won in all the council areas.

Opeyemi Bamidele had 760 votes, Femi Bamisile, 400, Kayode Ojo, 767, Adedayo Adeyeye, 691 and Bamidele Faparusi, 376, Demola Popoola, 239 and Oluwasola Afolabi, 47 in the Option A4 direct primary adopted for the primary.

Six of the eight aspirants had protested the alleged hijack of the exercise in the morning and demanded the primaries be stopped. Messrs Oyebanji and Popoola were not among the protesters.

(NAN)

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PDP fixes February 19 for Lagos congress

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved February 19 for the conclusion of its outstanding congress to elect new state executive committee members in Lagos.

The party disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, on Thursday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the NWC also scheduled a crucial meeting with Lagos stakeholders on February 7 at its zonal headquarters, Ibadan.

It added that the NWC would continue to update stakeholders on any development in that regard.

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