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2023: Soyinka Denies Endorsing Tinubu

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Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has debunked claims that he has endorsed the presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Pictures of Soyinka and Tinubu went viral on Wednesday after the former Lagos State Governor declared his presidential ambition.

The post, which first trended in 2021, quoted Soyinka as saying, “I have never involved myself in politics or campaign for any politician but in 2023 I will be involved in politics and campaign for a longtime friend in 1993 NADECO struggle.”

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However, Soyinka in a statement entitled, “Season of Fakery Galore,” dismissed the post as fake news, advising the public to disregard it.

Part of the statement read, “Here we go again. This same boring, illiterate public interlopers who lack the courage of their conviction and must steal the identities of their betters. One can only hope that the public has learnt to identify Fake News and join in the urgent task of exposing and disgracing these despicable touts.”

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Soyinka noted that he has not thought about the 2023 presidential election or endorsing any candidate for the position.

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“For the avoidance of doubt, I have not even thought about 2023, much less inserted candidates into coveted positions. The signature of this latest moron is familiar as he or she does not even know the difference between ‘Laureate and Laurel.’

“This is an ancient forgery being recycled for the umpteenth time. Those who pass it round do themselves and their recipients a disservice. Find something worthwhile to occupy your time.

“In any case, we have no business with politics in the land of the dead, and the most recent information I have on me is that I died sometime last year,” the statement read.

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New Nigeria That Works For All, My Dream – Presidential Aspirant

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Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, a presidential aspirant and convener of The New Nigeria Group (NNG) says his passionate dream is to have a Nigeria that works for the poor and the rich, the weak and the strong if given opportunity to pilot affairs of this country.

He said the Nigeria of today is not working for all categories of persons but just for some few set of persons who, according to him, do not care if others exist.

Mazi Ohuabunwa who is aspiring for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, disclosed this in Benin on Wednesday while on a consultation visit to leadership of the PDP in Edo State.

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According to the erstwhile Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group(NESG) and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria(MAN), he had met with national chairman of the PDP and other Board of Trustees members of the party to make them known that he is on rescue mission, adding that God may likely use the PDP to rescue this nation from the present mess.

While re-emphasizing that God has destined him to rescue Nigeria, the presidential aspirant urged the PDP to take the 2023 presidential election serious, adding that it is only that his dream of rescuing the nation would be fulfilled.

“The PDP needs to be serious about 2023 because God is calling us as leaders to take this job seriously. The job of leading Nigeria out of economic morass, social equilibrium, etc.

“I have come to be part of the rescue mission that is so urgently and badly needed; to stop the drift in this nation. A country where people’s lives have become so short, people are killed and it is as if they are ants, flies or mosquitoes. Nobody cares about that.

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“My destiny is working how to salvage our nation. God told me you have a mandate to go and birth a new Nigeria. A Nigeria that will be globally competitive; a first world country.

“God says build a nation that will work for all; a nation that will work for the North, work for the South, work for the East, work for the West, work for the poor, work for the rich, work the strong and work for the weak.

“This nation is not working for everybody, it is working for only few persons, some persons do not know other people exist in this country, they care for themselves alone,” he added.

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Welcoming the aspirant to the Edo State secretariat of the PDP in Benin, state chairman of the party, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi said, “with somebody like this, I am sure the PDP will get it right, because you have what it takes to get us out of this mess that the APC led adminstration has brought us in.”

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2023 Presidency: Miyetti Allah Denies Backing Tinubu To Succeed Buhari

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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refuted reports that it endorsed ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu for President.

The body said the position of individuals on who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 should not be regarded as a general one.

MACBAN National Secretary, Baba Ngelzarma issued a rebuttal on Wednesday.

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The scribe stressed that the association respects the ambition of all aspirants and was yet to pitch its tent with any of them.

The attention of MACBAN headquarters has been drawn to stories in the media claiming that we have endorsed the presidential aspiration of Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

“We want to make it clear that the association has not endorsed any candidate. Those who endorsed Tinubu are doing so as individuals.

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“MACBAN should not in any way be dragged into the politics of endorsement at this stage,” Ngelzarma said.

On January 10, Tinubu formally informed Buhari of his desire to become the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer.

On Tuesday, the party chapter in Lagos accused opponents of making unsubstantiated claims to scuttle the APC leader’s bid.

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Surgeons Gave Me Scary News, Pray For Me, Metuh Begs Nigerians

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Olisa Metuh, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pleaded with Nigerians to pray for him over his health.

Metuh took to Facebook page sharing a picture of him on a sick bed, as he revealed he had to undertake many surgeries last year.

His post read , “In the last one year, I have had many surgeries and procedures and I’m believing God this will be my last.

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“No matter how angry you have been about my outspokenness or outright naked challenge to power back then, please pray for me.

“The cankerworm had eaten deeply into my health, it has not been easy with me and I’ve only remained whole through the mercies of God.”

The PDP chieftain said he received scary news from his surgeons but hopes that God would heal him.

I got some scary news from the surgeons today, but my faith remains in God Almighty and with your prayers and by His stripes I am healed and would remain whole in Jesus name,” Metuh said.

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DAILY POST recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arraigned Metuh in 2016 on seven counts of money laundering for allegedly receiving N400million from the national security adviser’s office.

In February 2020, Judge Okong Abang declared Metuh guilty on all counts of money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

In March 2020, Metuh, through his counsel, filed an appeal and was freed from Kuje prison in December 2020. He was granted N250m bail.

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