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BREAKING: PDP Picks Okowa As Atiku’s Running Mate

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will in the next few hours, announce the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as the running mate of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Contrary to the reports that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike would emerge as Atiku’s running mate, Arise TV reports that the party has settled for Okowa.

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2023: You Cannot Promote, Sell Tinubu Without Looking Stupid – Dino Melaye

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Former federal lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, has declared that it is impossible to promote the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu without looking stupid.

Dino, who appeared on a Channels TV programme on Friday, said the alleged failure of the APC government has made it difficult for candidates of the party to gain acceptance in the country.

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According to the former governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Tinubu and the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi are no match in any manner with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

READ ALSO: Tinubu Denies Demanding N50bn Monthly From Former Lagos Gov

Dino, who was recently appointed as the spokesperson of Atiku campaign council, also lambasted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo over his recent comment against Tinubu.

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He said, “This government marketed Atiku by their colossal failure. Today, the most difficult candidate to sell is APC candidate whether at House of Representatives, senator or governorship level.

“That is why you cannot defend, promote or campaign for Bola Ahmed Tinubu without looking stupid. This is what happened to my brother and friend, Festus Keyamo, he started talking off point. He started saying things that do not make sense.”

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PDP Crisis: Your Men Behind Purported Legal Suit, Not Me, Wike Tells Atiku

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Friday dismissed the trending story that he dragged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to court as untrue.

Wike rather said it was Atiku’s political minders who planned and planted the purported story of a legal action in the media only to discredit him.

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The governor made this refutation at the inauguration of the Rivers State House of Assembly Quarters performed by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in Port Harcourt, state capital.

In his words, “People have called me throughout this morning and said all kinds of things that I went to court against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. I want to say categorically, if I have a reason to go to court, I will go to court, but I didn’t go to court.

READ ALSO: Presidential Primary: Wike Clears Air On Allegedly Dragging Atiku, PDP, Tambuwal To Court

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“Yesterday too, they said I removed all PDP flags at Rivers State Government House.

“But I just have to say these things for Nigerians to know that I have kept quiet, and I am busy delivering dividends of democracy for my party to win election in Rivers State.

“But I want to tell the candidate, it is the candidate’s group that are doing all these things. Let the world hear, they are the ones plotting all these things, thinking that they will spoil my name, you cannot.”

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Wike even explained that if he had wanted legal action against the outcome of the PDP presidential primary, it would have been prosecuted within two weeks after the primary, when such pre-election matters could be entertained.

“I didn’t go to court. I have no reason to go to court. But those of you who are plotting and saying that I went to court instead, for you to have come out now to say Wike went to court, I say shame on you.

“Shame will be on all of you. I have told the candidate, you will win or lose this election because of the people around you. Anybody who knows me knows too well that if I was going to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks after the primary because it is a pre-election matter and after two weeks, you can’t go to court.

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“The legal adviser of the party called me and I told him that he knows that there is mischief going on. But he knows me very well, if I’m going to court, it is not those kinds of lawyers that I would have used and I don’t even know the lawyers.”

However, the governor also noted that the bigger challenge ahead of the PDP should be how to win the 2023 general elections.

“You’re supposed to be talking about how you will win the election. All these rent seekers around him are not doing him any favour.

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“Rather they are trying to make him not win the election. But if that is what they wished, I wish them good luck.

“You see that I am not talking. I am doing my work, so leave me to do my work. Those concocting ideas every day, social media cannot make you win any election.

READ ALSO: Presidential Ticket: Ayu Speaks On Wike Allegedly Being In Court, Fingers APC 

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“Election is about the people and by the people. Let those in Abuja with you (Atiku), tell them to go home and campaign for you to win election. Leave Wike alone, enough is enough.”

Besides, Wike recalled that during the 2019 general elections, the same people claiming to love the PDP more now in South-South, sabotaged the party’s winning chances in the region.

He also lamented that instead of some PDP governors loyal to Atiku to strategize on how to win the 2023 elections, they are busy joining other stalwarts in wasting the time plotting accusations.

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Oshiomhole Was Favoured’, Edo APC Members Join Sen Alimikhena In PDP

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Senator Francis Alimikhena has led several All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmaker represents the Edo North senatorial district in the National Assembly.

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In May, Alimikhena dumped the APC for the PDP where he won the 2023 ticket.

He will face ex-APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole who emerged as the party’s Edo North flagbearer.

On Friday, the defectors explained that they left the APC to join the senator because of “injustice”.

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They said the party denied Alimikhena the return ticket in favour of the former governor.

READ ALSO: Presidential Ticket: Ayu Speaks On Wike Allegedly Being In Court, Fingers APC 

Deputy governor Philip Shaibu said he was elated to reunite with those he had shared political journeys with in the past.

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You’re welcome to the PDP, together we will change the face of Edo North and the state in general.

“The aspect that gladdens my heart most is the invitation to Edo North to witness a tsunami of defection that will coast PDP to victory at all levels in 2023,” he said.

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