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Momodu joins 2023 presidential race

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The Chief Executive Officer of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu has explicitly declared his intention to vie for the Presidency ahead of the 2023 elections.

Momodu made his intention known on Monday during a live interview on AriseTV monitored by Ripples Nigeria.

According to him, he is better prepared due to his tutelage under the late MKO Abiola and his previous experience at vying for the Presidency under the National Conscience Party.

“I am very ready to run for the President of Nigeria due to the complexities of running a heterogeneous country like Nigeria.

“I have studied the template of MKO Abiola and the problem is that we have leaders who are not accomplished which is the crux of the problems.

“I am tired of lamenting which is what every Nigerian does. I contested in the platform of the NCP, 11 years ago and the lesson I learned was that I was in an inferior position due to the status of the party; this experience made me better-prepared,” Momodu disclosed.

In response to his chances of winning the ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party amid heavyweights such as Atiku Abubakar and Bukola Saraki, Momodu stated that the party would brainstorm on the most eligible candidate who will increase its chances of winning in 2023.

He also stated that there was a need to unify the country in order to make governance easier while criticisinh President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged emasculation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which led to the appalling state of the economy.

READ ALSO: Dele Momodu accuses Buhari’s govt of ‘dragging Nigeria back to Stone Age’

“Politics is about elimination and the party will narrow it down to the most eligible candidate that will increase its chances of winning. Nigerians must learn to do things differently and they are so afraid that those who have amassed wealth will use it against them.

“The best way to change this mindset is to ensure a paradigm shift towards uniting the country.

“I never quarrelled with PMB; I proffered solutions when he came into power — I didn’t expect him to know about the economy but rely on his team but his VP was emasculated which led to the current disunity in the country. This was why I started supporting Atiku but the reason I am running is that people might say I didn’t offer my candidacy.

“The issue is not about getting PVCs yet but getting the right candidates.

“We need to entrench meritocracy irrespective of their tribe and religion but most politicians lack the patience to discover such brains,” he said.

Momodu also questioned the recurrent removal of subsidy, expressing his skepticism while proffering solutions out of the malaise.

“This is one of the issues that needs to be addressed; it is difficult to understand what the subsidy is when previous governments have always removed yet it is still there.

“We must jettison the idea of refining crude oil abroad which was part of the pledge made by PMB which is why the subsidy issue confuses me. The only way is when we know the exact price being imported and until we resolve these issues, the issue of subsidy will not end,” 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.

(NAN)

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Amid protests, fraud allegations, Biodun Oyebanji declared APC gubernatorial candidate

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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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