Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Sunday visited Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, in Zaria, and the Chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi.
Bello said he went back to where he was raised, groomed, and schooled to consult them on his ambition to become the President of Nigeria come 2023, describing his journey to Zaria as a homecoming.
While speaking with journalists in Zaria, Kaduna State, the governor insisted that Nigerians were calling on him to contest the presidency in 2023.
“They raised me, educated me, tutored me, nurtured me before unleashing me to serve in Kogi State. I am here to pay homage. We are on consultation, Nigerians are calling on me to serve. So, I have to consult my father who is versed in history,” he said.
He described his interaction as well thought out as it afforded the opportunity for him to discuss with his host as father and child, saying he was passionate about uniting the nation.
According to him, he was a next-door neighbor to the Emir when he was in Zaria, saying that he was unavoidably absent during the Emir’s coronation, noting that one year after he was enthroned, he had to visit him.
Anambra election: Soludo mocks Andy Uba, says APC candidate afraid of meeting his people
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has mocked his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Senator Andy Uba, over his inability to flag off his governorship election campaign.
Soludo in a press release by the director of media of his campaign organization, Mr C. Don Adinuba, said the delay for the flag off of Uba’s campaign was because he was afraid of meeting the people of Anambra State to answer questions about his past actions.
Recall that Senator Uba had twice rescheduled the flag off of his campaign, citing the insecurity in the state, and on one occasion, suspended it in honour of the killing of Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former information minister, Prof Dora Akunyili.
The Soludo Campaign Organization had dismissed Uba’s claim for suspending the campaign, saying the suspension had nothing to do with the state of security. It said Uba rather suspended the campaign because he was frustrated that President Muhammadu Buhari had refused to attend the rally, and there was no indication that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo would attend either.
Mocking Uba, Soludo in the release said: “The APC purported candidate has been running away from the good people of Anambra State for weeks because he is afraid of his own shadow in the state.
“Uba is very afraid of Anambra people, the very people he wants to rule by all means.
“In fact, his fear of ndi Anambra borders on phobia because of what he has done to the state since his days in the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration when the state witnessed abduction of the sitting governor and his so-called resignation from office.
“The forced movement of the governor to the Okija shrine in the dead of the night to swear an oath of critical and perpetual allegiance to a tiny clique of so-called godfathers, the mayhem of November, 2003, are part of the reason he doesn’t want to meet the people.”
Soludo said by claiming that the security situation is not good, Uba and his group are passing a vote of no confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and to whom all security and intelligence services in the country are answerable.
“Uba’s inability to hold rallies springs from his growing unpopularity and outright rejection not only by the people of Anambra State but also by top members of his own party, including President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige who is the APC founder in the state and National Inland Waterways Authority chief executive George Moghalu.
“After all, Professor Soludo, who was attacked on March 31 in his hometown of Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area is holding huge rallies all over the state, touring two local government areas daily, together with the fearless Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano.”
The release also added that it was unfair for Uba to claim that he scored a whole 320,201 votes to win the primary election of his party on June 26, 2021, when the entire APC membership in the state was not up to that, nor did anyone come out to vote on that day.
6 APC Governors supporting Tinubu’s presidential ambition – Dayo Adeyeye
Former Minister of Works and National Chairman, Southwest Agenda for Tinubu presidential ambition codenamed SWAGA 2023, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has revealed that 16 All Progressives Congress (APC) governors are covertly supporting the presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The group also inaugurated a parallel APC executives at the Ward and local government levels, describing the Hon Paul Omotoso-led executives elected by a group loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Saturday as mere impostors.
Adeyeye spoke in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, while inaugurating the factional executives belonging to SWAGA group across the two strata of the party.
While addressing the factional APC and SWAGA members, Adeyeye said : “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be the next President of this country and one of us will become the governor in Ekiti State. I am happy that the new executives have passion for this group and this will lead to action and eventually victory for all of us.
“APC leaders and members across board are using their personal money to fund SWAGA. Members are not after money. Let me tell you this, 16 governors are now backing Tinubu for president and they are no longer afraid after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State openly supported us when we did the flag-off in Lagos”.
Speaking about the strength of SWAGA in Ekiti, which he described as strong and intimidating in terms of membership, Adeyeye added: “We leant that they wanted to come and disrupt this swearing-in today, but I said they can’t. Governor Fayemi wanted to conduct election into the House of Assembly in Ekiti East constituency one, they killed three people.
“That was how weak and debased our party is now. The current government can’t bring out a governorship candidate in APC and win in 2022. They have been rejected and SWAGA is coming to save the party from ruin”.
On the new parallel executives inaugurated by SWAGA, the former Minister said: “Those that were inaugurated today are the authentic APC executives in Ekiti. The party at the national level brought out a guideline that people should come out and queue to vote for the ward and local government congresses, but the people didn’t come out. They were inside a room concocting names under the guise of consensus.
“But SWAGA members filed out. We have the video clip that we will present. What they did on Saturday, October 16 was a nullity and a complete waste of time. We knew what we did for Fayemi to win in 2018, he couldn’t have won on his own, because he has no popularity.
“I know that they can’t buy you with money, you are for SWAGA. This government has finished, don’t let them deceive you with positions. Only the Fayemi’s Tokantokan group are enjoying the dividends of what we did, others are sidelined. It is now ‘chop alone, die alone.’
“Even many of those with appointments are aggrieved, many will shock them during the governorship primary, we are now using direct primary. They can no longer sleep because the party now wants direct primary, owing to the fact that they are not popular”, Adeyeye said.
The SWAGA State Coordinator, Prince Bamigboye Adegoroye, commended members for mobilising for the party despite alleged threats from some people, saying the group has become a powerful force to be reckoned with in APC.
“By the grace of God, all our struggles will end in happiness. This is the time for political struggle. Some of you acted like brave men today, if not, you won’t have been able to attend this occasion”.
The group’s Chairman, Ikere- Council, Lanre Adekungba, said they had worked for the party in the past, but without profit, saying SWAGA will be a departure from such harrowing experiences.
“We are using our personal funds to maintain this group, which shows that we are resolute. We will deliver the party in the primary. How many people remain with them, the remnants, we will bring them to this group”.
The group’s Woman Leader in Efon Local Government, Mrs Eunice Adeoye, said the executives should be more diligent and aggressive in mobilising for the group, to be able to produce governorship candidate for the 2022 governorship election.
APGA to Uzodinma: Rise up or resign over insecurity in Imo
The leadership of Imo All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA has asked Gov Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to find ways to stop the killing in the state or resign if he is unable to provide adequate security to the people he is governing.
The opposition party said security of lives and property is paramount to the people, calling on Gov Uzodinma to rise up and combat increasing insecurity in the State.
APGA said,” Indeed, Imo State has become a fiesdom of killings as no week passes without one killing or the other with accusing fingers pointing at the infamous unknown gunmen.”
The party made the call on Thursday in a release signed by Hon. Emeka Nkwoada, APGA Publicity Secretary and made available to journalists in Owerri, Imo State capital.
The release reads,” the leadership of Imo APGA has condemned the gruesome and senseless killing of two prominent traditional rulers from Njaba LGA.
“The royal fathers, HRH Eze E A Duruebube and HRH Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebinowere autonomous communities, were among the twenty traditional rulers having their peaceful meeting at Njaba LGA before the dastardly act that left many injured and hospitalised.
“It will be recalled that this latest killing is coming barely one week after soldiers and unarmed youths of Izombe, in Oguta LGA clashed, leaving in it’s wake, many deaths and houses destroyed.
“As a political party, APGA Imo State believes that these orgy of killings in our state and neighbourhood is alien to our culture and no sensible Igbo man will indulge in such.
“There must be a stop to these killings or else the governor should resign if he cannot provide adequate security to the people he is governing. Security of lives and property is paramount to the people”.
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