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We have not suspended our convention – APC insists

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted media reports that the ruling party has suspended its national convention slated for February.

The National Secretary of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The ruling party, however, said its priority was to address the fallout of recently conducted congresses and litigations against the party.

The secretary noted that the faceless authors and sponsors of fake news on APC activities, especially the planned National Convention are simply bent on causing confusion and fomenting crisis through misinformation.

”We should not enable them he said.

Akpanudoedehe noted, “The general public is advised to completely disregard fake news on the reported suspension of the planned National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) till June, as reported by some media outlets.”

He said the Caretaker Committee was already embarking on nationwide consultations with party stakeholders to prepare the ground for a rancour-free National Convention.

The secretary said it was based on this that the sub-committee on budgeting and other substructures would be set up in due course.

Akpanudoedehe stressed that dates for party activities such as meetings, primaries, congresses, National Conventions are communicated through well-known official channels and not through ‘sources’.

“Finally, the party notes and appreciates the continued support of well-meaning members and leaders as the APC Caretaker Committee undertakes the immediate task of addressing contestations within the party, litigations, fallouts of recently-conducted Congresses and generally reposition the party ahead of the National Convention.”

Akpanudoedehe said as a focus-driven, process-oriented political party, the APC Caretaker Committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni would not be distracted by the self-serving antics of these sponsors of fake news.

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Fayemi, Fayose, Badaru, Emmanuel meet in Ekiti

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Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his predecessor, Ayo Fayose met at the state capital, Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.

Others were Governors of Jigawa, Mohammed Abubakar; and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom.

Fayose and Emmanuel are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members; Fayemi and Abubakar are of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Photos of their meeting are being interpreted differently on social media.

In a Facebook post, Fayose explained that he was at the Government House to see off Emmanuel, who superintended over the PDP primary election.

He said Fayemi and Badaru, APC Electoral Panel Chairman for Ekiti primary election, “saw us to the Helipad where Gov Emmanuel’s helicopter departed.”

“These clarifications become necessary before the “political analysts” start their commentations.”

The PDP exercise produced Bisi Kolawole as the party’s governorship candidate for the June 18 poll.

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2023: Igbos are ready, better prepared for presidency – Ohanaeze President, Obiozor

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President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Socio-cultural organization, George Obiozor, has insisted that the Igbos are ready and better prepared to produce Nigeria’s next President in 2023.

Obiozor said the Southwest, South-South, and the North have all produced Nigeria’s presidents and Vice Presidents since 1999, with only the Igbos left out.

In a statement, the Ohanaeze President General said Igbos have over the years fully supported other regions that produced the country’s leadership in the past.

He said, “Let it be known and clearly understood that Ndigbo were more prepared than the North when President Buhari was elected in 2015. By then Boko Haram had threatened to overrun the North and the country, and the nation’s priority then was security and the issue of who will guarantee security to the country favoured Buhari, a former Head of State, a General. The only preparation in the North was having available a man like Buhari presumed to have the capacity to confront the security challenges in the North and the rest of the country.

“In the South West, how prepared were they in 1999 when President Obasanjo was elected? In fact, many people from the South-West did not vote for him in that election. The people of the South-West zone were deep in the crises of NADECO and displeasure over the June 12, 1993 election annulment. That, notwithstanding, the Nigerian nation and the people through the two main national political parties zoned the Presidency to the South West to heal and reconcile the nation over the post-1993 election crisis.

“Today, if the truth must be told, the imperative of zoning the presidency to the South East is an idea whose time has come. Certainly, Ndigbo are prepared and look forward to it as a national priority. It is also indeed reasonable and logical that before any other zone in the country goes for a second turn of occupying the office of the presidency that Ndigbo should at least have their first turn.”

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2023: Ohanaeze rejects Atiku’s single term proposal, vice presidential slot

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four years tenure if elected as president in 2023.

The apex Igbo social-cultural group described Atiku’s proposal as a hoax.

Recall that Raymond Dokpesi, an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, had said the former Vice President would govern Nigeria for a single term, if elected as president.

Dokpesi vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the remark was a collective disrespect to people of the southeast.

Isiguzoro also declared that Igbos will reject the vice-presidential slot, stressing that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.

In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST, Isiguzoro recounted how Atiku rejected a single term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.

He said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared openly that attempts to trick and entice the southeast with attractive offers from the ally of former Vice President and 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Raymond Dokpesi to get southeast’s support for his principal (Atiku) in 2023 are hoaxes and collective disrespect on the sensibility of the people of southeast, no amount of enticing promises will make southeast to swap their right to 2023 presidency to anyone.

“Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to adhere to a written request from Igbo elders for a Mandela option of a single tenure in 2019 will continue to haunt his 2023 presidential ambitions, instead, he replied to Igbo leaders in 2019 with his then six years economic blueprint for Nigeria (2020-2026) which was a clear understanding of having the ambition of a two-term as president if elected.

“This evidence is now contradictory to the recent request from Atiku’s ally for southeast’s support, as no force can thwart the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project with vice presidential offer to the southeast, which is not feasible, as there will be a power shift from the North to the East in 2023.”

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