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Only Atiku Presidency Can Unite Nigeria – Prof Okonkwo

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The Director General of Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Council in Anambra State, Prof Obiora Okonkwo has said that only the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, can truly unite Nigeria.

This was contained in a press statement, released on his behalf by the deputy spokesperson of the council in Anambra, Mr Chibuike Uloka.

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Okonkwo avowed that: “The unrest in the South East and other parts of the country is believed to be a failure of the central government, and has continued to threaten the unity of the country and affect the economy of the region and the country. Only the victory of Atiku Abubakar will be enough to appease the South East and restore the stability of our democracy.”

Okonkwo urged for more support for the presidential candidate of the PDP, insisting that Atiku’s presidency will reorganize the nation and stabilize our nascent democracy.

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According to the statement, Okonkwo had earlier reminded members of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee, IPAC, and other Atiku support groups in Anambra State that what is paramount for the South East at this time is true federalism and a liberalized economy, which Atiku has made the core of his campaign and manifesto.

“Nigerian president of South East extraction is achievable in no distant time; rather, it’s for us to be strategic and intentional in forming the necessary alliance, as it was with our founding political fathers, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alex Ekwueme.

“Given our political complexities, no single region can win the presidency alone, hence, the need for an alliance, which we must begin to cultivate with the support for Atiku Abubakar,” he stated.

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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.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Aso Rock ‘Elements’ Working Against Tinubu’s Victory – El-Rufai

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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.

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

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.

READ ALSO: New Naira: Seven Notable Quotes From El-Rufai

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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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