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APC Presidential Primary Aftermath: Party’s supporters welcome Oyetola with fanfare



Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola addressing crowd of Supporters
…storm Owena-Ijesa, Erin-Oke, Ipetu-Ijesa, Ilesa, Osogbo roads to receive his convoy 
… We remain the party to beat, Oyetola declares 
It was a carnival-like event decorated with pump and circumstance  as chieftains and members of the Osun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, thronged out in large number to welcome the Governor of the State, Adegboyega Oyetola, who was returning to the State after the just-concluded Special Convention and Presidential Primary of the ruling party in Abuja.
Governor Oyetola who landed at the Akure Airport was given a tumultuous welcome on his way to Osogbo by the party’s loyalists.
The party’s faithful who wielded brooms and posters of the Governor assembled and awaited the arrival of the Governor at Owena-Ijesa, Ipetu-Ijesa, Erin-Oke, Ilesa, Idominasi, Kajola and Osogbo to receive the Governor as part of the celebration of the emergence of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the party’s presidential primary election.
Oyetola who adorned white attire with a customised face-cap that carries the logo of the newly-elected APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed gratitude to his supporters and loyalists of the party, saying the rousing welcome was a testament to the fact that they are solidly behind him and the party.
He called on them to remain steadfast and resolute in the collective quest to move the party forward and ensure all-round success in all the forthcoming elections.
Oyetola, who assured the party’s faithful of better days ahead, said the emergence of Senator Tinubu as the party’s standard bearer was a clear manifestation of good things for Nigerians.
The Governor enjoined them not to relent but rather double their efforts to form a united front and work assiduously to ensure victory for the party in the July 16 Osun governorship election and next year’s general elections.
He said the time has come for every citizen of voting age to get registered and collect his or her voter card to afford him or her the opportunity to vote as this would go a long way to enhance the winning chances of the party.
“I am very happy to see you in large number. Your large turnout is an indication of the fact that our party is atop. I have come home with good tidings from Abuja. We have gone, we have seen and we have conquered. Asiwaju’s victory is victory for all. As you can see, this is our victory. It is a victory for Osun, southwest and indeed Nigeria and Nigerians.
“We must commend President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing a free, fair, credible and transparent process of selecting the flag-bearer of our party. It is to his credit that everything went well without manipulation. I must equally commend the Governors from the North for standing by all of us and for ensuring that the party’s flag-bearer is chosen from the South.
“For the first time, we have seen the Northern Governors supporting the shift of the choice of the flag-bearer from the North to the South. And I must commend our delegates, particularly those from Osun, for performing wonderfully and for not allowing themselves to be bought over by anyone. They did excellently well and they didn’t allow themselves to be compromised.
“We all know what Asiwaju did in Lagos State. We all know how he turned the State to mega city and commercial nerve centre of the country. This is what he is going to replicate when elected as President. Our time has come and we stand to gain a lot from this. Let’s remain united and work in unison for the success of our party. APC remains the party to beat here in Osun and at the centre.
“Our own time has come and we must do everything to make it a reality. It is time for us to give our very best support to the man of the moment and the best way to do this is to form a formidable frontier that will coast us to victory and pull down permanently every element of the opposition.
“I want to remind you of July 16. Our governorship election is in a matter days. Please do your best to ensure that you renew your mandate. I am here to serve you better. I have no other reason to be here than to serve you and I want to assure you that we will do better than what we have done. This is just the beginning.
“I want to assure you that we will continue with our programmes and policies that have impacted the people. We are people’s government, we don’t have any other reason being here than to serve you. Please continue to support us and don’t be deceived by those people going around promising heaven and earth. I don’t have a jet to buy for anybody but I have the capacity to move Osun to the highest level of development. Please support our administration. Don’t be bought over by anybody. You are men and women of honour and you are known for Omoluabi ethos.
“I want to enjoin our party members who have not collected their PVCs to do so. No party member is useful to the party if he or she does not have his or her PVC. Let’s go and obtain our PVCs and start spreading the gospel of the modest achievements of our administration in the last three and a half years. Our party is the party to beat at all times. Let us reunite ourselves and work for a common goal”, Oyetola said.


Yobe North: Appeal Court Affirms Bashir Machina As APC Candidate




The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

The court upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State which held that the President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the National Assembly.

The court had submitted that Mr Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to select its candidate in the election held on 28th May 2022.

Delivering judgment on the appeal filed by the President of the Senate, a three-member panel of the appellate court led by justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, held that the primary election conducted by the party on 9th June is invalid as it was in breach of the constitution.

The law is settled as to the involvement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in party primaries, which is to monitor, the primaries of 9th June were not monitored by the electoral commission.

The APC made a case at the appellant court for itself and it preferred candidate Ahmed Lawan but failed to make him a co-appellant.

Mr Lawan appeared in the case as the 2nd respondent indicating that he and the APC were working at cross purposes while trying to achieve a goal.

The appeal is unmeritorious as it fails in its entirety.

The appellant (APC) is to pay the sum of N1 million to the 1st respondent (Bashir Sheriff) as cost.



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APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chieftains of the Party in Lagos

•Sanwo-Olu, Progressive Governors: ‘He’s country best choice for president’
•‘PDP about to repeat another failure in Lagos’ – Tinubu 

Surulere – the Lagos city that hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team.

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice for the president.

“Aside being a visionary leader, Tinubu has also been an advocate of unity and a figure who has stood firm in support of national cohesion. We are all witnesses to all outstanding achievements to his name. His reputation stands tall among his peers And he is the right man for the job.”

Tinubu took to the podium to share message of “Renewed Hope” with the mass of young people at the rally. He said his administration’s priorities would focus on improving human capital development and harnessing energy of the youth through job creation to accelerate economic growth.

His capacity to lead the country, the APC presidential candidate said is not in doubt, noting that Lagos’ growth trajectory from a State in deficit to one of the six largest economies in Africa best demonstrated his ability to drive the needed change to put the country on the path of prosperity.

When elected, Tinubu said he would do his best to change the country’s fortunes, but noted the task would not be easy at the start.

He said: “I stand before you all with a solemn promise that when we are elected next year, we will continue and build on the progressive path laid forth by our party since 2015. We have a clear agenda for the future of the country and with your support, we will work to achieve a better future for you and your family.

“Nobody will be forgotten when we roll out our development plans. We have great plans for our youths in education and employment. You will not be forgotten. Economic growth is one of our biggest priorities. We will do our best to solve the contemporary challenges facing us, but it will not be easy at the start.”

Tinubu, again, took a swipe at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, calling on the electorate to use their votes to retire him finally. The APC presidential candidate said PDP spent 15 years making excuses and forgot the mandate given them to better the lives of Nigerians in the era of boom.

Under the PDP, Tinubu said major infrastructure projects were left to rot with no plan for their rehabilitation, including Lagos-Badagry Highway.

“Rejecting Atiku with your votes and retiring him will be the final step to take in burying PDP for life,” Tinubu said.

The APC National Leader passed a vote of confidence on Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, saying the Governor had become a symbol of good governance.

Tinubu said PDP would repeat another outing of failure in Lagos gubernatorial election, stressing that the opposition party did not have enough strength to stop Sanwo-Olu’s re-election

PCC Director-General and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, described Tinubu as a “consummate manager of people and resources” with capacity to change difficult situations.

Lalong said Tinubu’s greatest success as former Lagos governor was his ability to groom brilliant successors that expanded his ideas to the next level.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tinubu’s winning the party presidential ticket took him out as the most investigated politician in the Fourth Republic.

Despite series of wild allegations being bandied against Tinubu, the Speaker said none had been proven to be true. The APC presidential candidate, Gbajabiamila said, would win the election with convincing margins.

He said: “This is not the main rally for Lagos. We are energising the base with this large turnout witnessed here today. When the main campaign is held, it will be the double of the crowd we see here today.”

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Tinubu to Atiku, How many time will you Run?



APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his PDP counterpart Atiku Abubakar


The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Friday, mocked his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over his various attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.

Atiku Abubakar lost his presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Tinubu, who spoke at the APC Presidential Candidate Meeting with Niger Delta Stakeholders held in Gbaramatu, Delta State, addressed the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II (Aketekpe, Agadagba) on his plans for the Gbaramatu community.

“You mentioned the issue of the deep sea port, the roads, the bridge, and the university, industrial park at Ogidigben. These are the things that came to your mind, Kabiyesi, and all of you here,” the former Lagos State governor said.#

Kabiyesi, Your Royal Highness, as I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run and he’s tired. Tell him to go and sit down. Enough is enough.

“The other one, he think na statistic we go chop. He lies with arithmetic that no Indian can ever solve. To mention his name is a disgrace even to me. I won’t mention the name. Wrong arithmetic, wrong statistics, warehouse economics. That’s not what Nigeria needs.

“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Majesty, it was a joy to find one of my own blood being part of you from Badagry. So, what else do you need? You need honesty; you need the man who knows the road. That is me.”

Though Tinubu did not directly refer to Obi or the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso – two other major contenders in the 2023 elections – his comments were met with chants of “Jagaban! Jagaban!”

He assured the Pere that his administration would consult with the monarch regularly.

“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area, the community of Gbaramatu, and other associated communities – economic development, progress, jobs for our youth, a promised tomorrow that is certain.

“A renewed hope is here standing before you. And I promise, with the support of God on my team that you will live long, you will live with prosperity,” Tinubu said.

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