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2023: Enugu APC Stakeholders Boycott Tinubu’s Really In Enugu

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, stakeholders in Enugu State on Wednesday boycotted Presidential campaign rally of Ahmed Bola Tinubu in Enugu State.

The APC Presidential candidate, Tinubu was in Enugu where he addressed a rally at the Michael Okpara Square.

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Major leaders of the party in the State, including foreign affairs minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, former Enugu Governor, Barr. Sullivan Chime, former Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odoh, former Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, among others stayed away from the event.

READ ALSO: 2023 Polls: INEC Chairman Meets Leadership Of APC, PDP, LP Others In Abuja

Also absent were the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the immediate past chairman of the Party in the State, Barr. Ben Nwoye and a presidential aide, Barr. Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku.

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The stakeholders were at the Akanuibiam International Airport Enugu earlier in the day to welcome the presidential candidate of the party Tinubu and disappeared from there to Chime’s residence in Enugu.

Briefing journalists, Chime disclosed that the stakeholders were at the airport to receive the Presidential candidate but because of the internal issue they had with the state chairman Chief Ugochukwu Agballah they would not appear at the venue properly for rally.

He said that their absence at the rally was to send a clear signal to the national leadership of the APC that something urgently must be done over the crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the party.

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While calling on the national leadership to address the Enugu crisis, recalled that the issue made them to lead a peaceful protest to the National Secretariat in Abuja, adding that nothing had been done about it till now

While calling on the national leadership to address the Enugu crisis, recalled that the issue made them to lead a peaceful protest to the National Secretariat in Abuja, adding that nothing had been done about it till now.

Hear him, “we received our guber candidate at the Airport. We believe in him, he is the best.

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“However, we are not there at Okpara square because of internal crisis within the party in Enugu state. The party had been in disarray, since the imposition of someone who is not a member of the party as the chairman.

“The party leaders went to Abuja, complained but nobody took them seriously, the issues continued. So, we have to distance ourselves from the local chapter of the party.

“We will ensure that he gets more than the required 25 percent. Enugu must be counted” he assured.

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He also complained that the governorship candidate of the party and the deputy were from the same senatorial zone nothing that it had never happened since the history of democracy in the state.

The former governor said they would all work hard to ensure APC’s victory during the general election but they were left with no option than to distance themselves from such illegal act.

Also, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, while expressing anger, regretted that the party had been hijacked by an external body from Imo state.

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He lamented that the imposed party chairman in the state and the governorship candidate were running the party like sole administrators.

Nnamani said that they neglected their leaders in all the party’s activities, noting that the calibar of people they had in APC before Agballa’s intrusion were people that could have taken the party to greater heights.

Also contributing, former Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Eugene Odo, said that the chairman’s attitude was the reason why stakeholders boycotted the rally.

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Odo said that Gov. Hope Uzodinma as the leader of the party in South East should ensure the unity of the party instead of using mediocres to run the party and cause crisis in Enugu state party.

Meanwhile, at the rally attended by a large crowd, Tinubu begged for South East support, assured that he would make Igboland an industrial hub if elected.

He said that Nigeria is a blessed country and that her citizens have no business running to foreign countries for greener pastures.

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Tinubu, said that there was no country like Nigeria in the entire Africa and as such, he should be supported to renew and rebuid Nigeria.

He said that people who go overseas face hardship and suffering, urging Nigerians to help to make Nigeria great.

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“Those who are running to overseas are suffer, suffer. We have been there. Anybody who tells you that you cannot do something, pray you can do it,” he said.

According to the APC presidential flagbear, Lagos as a state was better than most countries in the Western world, adding that if Ndigbo should collaborate with his expected government, he would make the zone an industrial hub where things are produced.

 

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2023 Polls: How Division In APC Threatens Tinubu’s Victory

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The implementation of the Naira redesign policy and the resultant scarcity of the new notes appear to be tearing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) apart.

On Friday, a protest broke out in Oyo State capital, Ibadan, as people attacked banks and other locations. Earlier in the week, a protest also broke out in Benin City, Edo State, Enugu as well as other States.

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However, the biggest protest has been coming from within the ruling party, as Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party took the first salvo during a rally in Ogun State.

READ ALSO: Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

During the rally in Abeokuta, Tinubu said the redesigning of the Naira is directly targeted at his presidential ambition. He also maintained the same position in Ekiti State during the party’s rally.

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In the last 72 hours, Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has been on media rounds— he has spoken to Channels TV, TVC, Arise TV and BBC. On each appearance, the message has been the same: some elements in the Villa are conspiring against Mr Tinubu.

Some of the comments by the Kaduna State governor fueled speculations that the “Villa Cabals” are backing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who contested against Tinubu but lost.

However, in subsequent interviews, El-rufai clarified that the VP is not part of the people sabotaging the party.

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“This is not the policy of our candidate (Bola Tinubu), this is the policy of fifth columnists. They want to bring us down, they want to bring this country down,” El-rufai had said during the interview on Channels TV.

Apart from El-rufai, other associates of Mr Tinubu also made some media rounds. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola was on Instagram Live discussing the campaign, while Ajuri Ngalale held nothing back during an interview.

Ngalale accused the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele of presenting a poor policy direction to president Buhari.

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The outcome of the policy wasn’t what Emefiele initially presented to the President,” he said during an interview.

It would be recalled that the VP has also criticized the implementation of the policy.

Osinbajo, during a meeting with some players in the Fintech sector, said Nigerians are suffering the impact of the scarcity of the new notes.

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While applying pressure, some governors of the APC equally met with the president behind closed doors on Friday: however, the president insisted on seeing through the February 10 deadline. Shortly after the meeting, Emefiele also announced that there will be no further extension.

The no-extension stance of President Buhari and Emefiele appears to be consistent with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who asked the CBN not to extend the deadline beyond the fixed date.

Many within the ruling party are concerned that the impact of the policy may affect their chances at the polls considering how the PDP and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) are making a push into the Northwest.

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“Asiwaju is coming to terms with the impact of this policy on the election, therefore, he is pushing the Southwest base. The crowd in Osun was a statement, then Ekiti again. He is sending a message,” Ibrahim Gbadamosi, the coordinator of Asiwaju Grassroots Support told Daily Post.

“There is an uptick here, the fact the Asiwaju spoke up— he opened up the conversation around it. And look at it, the governors, particularly the Northern governors are solidly behind him. So there is no reason to be worried.

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“We have six states in Southwest, we are optimistic of about five States in Northcentral, three States in Northeast and still strong in Northwest. In fact, we are pushing in States in Southsouth and Southeast.” He said.

Despite the optimism in the camp of the ruling party, many believe that the hardship associated with the swap of Naira may further weaken the chances of the ruling party.
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Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

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Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

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The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi is gaining support in “unexpected areas”.

Lawal stated this while speaking on Friday during an interview with Channels Television.

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He said Labour Party’s growing popularity will shock critics.

Reacting to comments made by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that Obi cannot win, the former SGF said the outcome of the election will be shocking.

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Every Nigerian is determined to have a say in this election, including those who Nasir el-Rufai claimed are not many. He said northern Christians are not many.

“I want him to wait for February 25 and he’ll see the shock of his life.

“When he goes around bandying about five and six million votes in Kano, he forgets that in the five and six million, Igbos are about one million,” Lawal said.

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