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2023 Presidency : Emefiele keeps mum as rice famers buy Him nomination form

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The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor  Godwin Emefiele, has kept mum as farmers across the country bought the N100m presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress, APC for him.

Operating under the banner of a coalition of commodity associations in Nigeria, the farmers took the decision of purchasing the forms for Emefiele on Wednesday on Wednesday at the end of a two-day intensive meeting in Maitama, Abuja, that drew more than 30 commodity associations from 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They said the decision was reached having realized that the CBN governor is one of the trusted and tested Nigerians that have the commitment and competence to protect the interests of farmers across the country and give priority to the commodity and agricultural value chain.

One of the conveners of the meeting, Malam Ibrahim Garba said that the meeting was convened to articulate the position of the commodity associations who are the biggest stakeholders in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.

He said the robust national security the country needs now can only be achieved through food security. “Agriculture is the key to achieving national security. Through agriculture, millions of Nigerians are economically empowered and gainfully engaged, our industries are revived, a multifaceted value chain ecosystem created, and food security is ensured,” he said.

The commodity associations leaders said in the last seven years, Nigeria has carved a niche for itself as a country that has achieved self-sufficiency in food production.”

One of the farmers’ leaders from the South-East, Chief Madu Ndubuisi, said, the farmers want to sustain this unprecedented agricultural feat hence their support for Emefiele who is the driver of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural revolution.

It was gathered that the farmers have divided themselves into six zones, with each zone raising at least N20 million. “We have decided that every farmer in the country would donate a minimum of N200 for this cause. We have set the ball rolling. We are not leaving any stone unturned,” Alhaji Mudi Ila, another commodity association leader from Jigawa State, said.

Efforts as of press time to get Emefiele, who had been under pressure to join the presidential race, did not yield results.

Meanwhile, the race for the APC presidential ticket got keener, yesterday, as more aspirants picked the party’s forms just as the ruling party realised N7.2 billion from selling the forms so far.

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Ekiti Central 2023 Elections: I will not take my unopposed ticket for granted – Sen. Bamidele

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, who also doubles as Chairman of Southern Senators Forum of the 9th Assembly, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that he would never take the decision of the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to return him back to Senate through an unopposed party ticket for granted.

Senator Bamidele in a statement issued by his media office after he was screened by the APC Senatorial Screening Panel in Abuja pledged to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the party emerged victorious at the forthcoming June 18, 2022, Governorship Elections in the State.

He commended the Screening Committee for proper organisation and conduct of the screening process .

Speaking on his unopposed aspiration in Ekiti Central Senatorial District, he said, “I do not take it for granted that I am being returned unopposed as the Flagbearer of our party in the 2023 Ekiti Central Senatorial elections.

” It means so much to me, I am grateful to the leadership of APC in Ekiti State and grateful to the leadership of the party at the National level. I am also grateful to the people of Ekiti Central Senatorial District for this honor. I don’t take it for granted ar all. That no one is running against me in this race for the ticket of the party is an endorsement of my humble efforts in ensuring effective representation in the Senate in the last three years. It is also an acknowledgment by the leadership of the party and members of the party that I could be entrusted with the position of an elected Representative of the people and one of the leaders of our people in this tough time.

“It is not that we don’t have equally qualified people or eligible people who can obtain the form. But the fact that this has not happened and the leadership of the party has done so much to ensure that I am given a smooth ride to be the candidate of the party, is, to me a sincere and profound effort and from whom to whom much is given, much is also expected.

” It is a call to further and greater duty. I will do everything possible to ensure the unity of the party through meaningful reconciliation where it is still necessary to do so and to ensure to drive a process in which there will be integrity and mutual trust.”

On Ekiti Governorship Election, he said, “Going back home, we have an immediate assignment, which is to go and campaign thoroughly and vigorously to ensure the victory of our party in the June 18 Governorship Election in Ekiti and I believe that is the next assignment I am looking forward to and I will put in my best in this regard by the Grace of God.”

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Ekiti Central 2023: Senator Bamidele Submits Re-election forms

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The Chairman of Southern Senators Forum and Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael  Opeyemi Bamidele has submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for All Progressive Congress (APC), Ekiti Central Senatorial District for re-election as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Ekiti Central Senator, in a statement issued by his media Office in  Abuja, pledged to attract more dividends of democracy to the people of Ekiti Central if re-elected as Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also thanked the leadership of APC in Ekiti State and party members for their continuous support towards his re-election.

The statement reads, ”  Today Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms, at the International conference center,  Abuja.

“Bamidele after submitting the nomination and expression of interest form appreciated the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and members of the party for their continuous support towards his re-election to the Red Chamber in 2023.”

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SP Lawan lauds Ajibola Bashiru’s appointment as Oyetola’s Campaign DG 

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The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated the spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, on his appointment as the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council for the Osun 2022 governorship election.

Bashiru who represents Osun Central at the Senate was last Thursday inaugurated alongside other members of the Campaign Council by the State Chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun.

SRJ as he is fondly called is to lead other sub-committees in the nine federal constituencies of Osun to actualize the success of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the APC in the July 16 governorship election.

In a short message to the Senator, SP Ahmad Lawan congratulated and wished him Allah’s guidance and protection in his new assignment, which he described as onerous.

“Distinguished chairman, congratulations on your appointment as the DG of the Gubernatorial Campaign of your state. I wish you Allah’s guidance and protection in this onerous assignment. Regards,” he said.

 

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