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2023 Presidency : Atiku , Tambuwal, Tinubu Test Might In Ondo Election

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Major gladiators, who are nursing presidential ambition in 2023, are determined in their quest to use the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State as an avenue to test their strengths, Daily Independent has gathered.
Some of these political heavyweights are Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who is leading the charge for Governor governorship candidate in the election. Rotimi Akeredolu, the party’s
Others are former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, who is a strong pillar behind Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP flagbearer for the Ondo election.
Another presidential hopeful, Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State governor, though a member of the PDP is reportedly queuing behind Agboola Ajayi, who is set to contest the governorship election on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The trio are reported to be very much interested in the election which, according to political analysts, will go a long way in proving their acceptability in the South West.
Even though the APC had named Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to head the 104-member APC National Campaign Council for the Ondo governorship poll, sources said the decision was influenced by Tinubu after consultation with the Caretaker Committee lead­ership of the party led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
A credible source in the party said Tinubu is very much interested in keeping the “South West, which is his base as united as possible. That was why he is backing Governor Akeredolu. To show that he is one hundred percent behind Akeredolu, he nominated Sanwo-Olu as the chairman of the National Campaign Council for the election.
“Sanwo-Olu couldn’t have accepted the position if Tinubu is opposed to it. Tinubu is ready to mobilise all resources to prove a point in the Ondo election”, he said.
Also, a credible source in the PDP informed our correspondent that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party may have re­solved to dump Jegede following his refusal to yield to the party’s demands in accepting Ajayi as running mate.
Our source said the party leadership led by Prince Uche Secondus believes that a Jegede/Ajayi combination would have secured victory for the party in the main election as both men are formidable politicians with supporters across the three senatorial districts in the state.
“As it is now, Atiku is the major pillar of support for Jegede. Jegede lived all his life in Yola. That was where he started his career and got his SANship. So, you can understand why Atiku has preference for him.
“Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko who is the national chairman of ZLP has given his support to Ajayi who is running on his party’s platform. He has rebuffed several entreaties from Jegede’s camp despite being his major backer in 2016. Mimiko also wants to prove a point with ZLP, a party many had thought was dead in Ondo State.
Aside Mimiko, some PDP leaders who are backing Ajayi are Aminu Tambuwal and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers. The three of them have reportedly met and sealed the ZLP deal for Ajayi who will announce his mem­bership of the party any moment from now.
“Don’t also forget that Secondus is Wike’s man any day. So, he will likely align himself with any position taken by Wike. The agreement is that Ajayi will return to the PDP if he wins the governorship election on ZLP platform”, our source said.

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2023 : Campaign Poster Of Peter Obi And Kwankwaso Circulates On Social Media

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2023: Campaign Poster Peter Obi For President, Kwankwaso For VP Emerges
Campaign poster of Peter Obi, former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vice presidential candidate, has surfaced online.
The campaign poster circulating on social media has Obi running for president while Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor is his running mate.
Both Obi and Kwankwaso are running for presidency on the PDP platform in 2023.
Solgan on the campaign poster reads: “For equity and fairness 2023.”
Meanwhile, the former Anambra State governor is yet to react to the poster currently trending on social media.

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‘Why I Will Support Tinubu’s Presidential Bid’ – Senator Abdulfatai Buhari

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Oyo North lawmaker, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, says he will support All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, to be the next president of Nigeria the moment he declares his interest in the nation’s top job.
Buhari said this during an interview with journalist, Edmund Obilo, on Thursday.
When asked if Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State was working against Tinubu’s interest, Buhari said that was not true.
He responded, “No. I am Tinubu. I am not Fayemi and I will not be in a meeting where somebody would be working against Tinubu. I am supporting Tinubu.”
Responding to a question on whether Tinubu was running for president, Buhari said, “If he wants to be President, I will support him. I will campaign for him.”
As regards the crisis rocking the APC in Oyo State, the lawmaker said the disagreement was caused by the loss of the governorship seat to the Peoples Democratic Party.
He, however, said a former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, is the leader of the party in the state.
When asked if the death of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi had affected the progress of the APC in Oyo State, the lawmaker responded, “Of course. Ajimobi meant different things to many people.”

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Edo: Oshiomole Blew It All Away – Oke Umurhohwo

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By the evening of Sunday, September 20, 2020, the ballots count had ended, and the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted no time in announcing the result. According to INEC, Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor, polled 307,955 votes to beat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.
This outcome renewed the mandate of Obaseki for the next four years and expectedly, triggered varying reactions in Edo state and across the country. Just like the election, celebrations and criticisms are dependent on the side of the divides, causing sentiments and emotions to flow freely.
What just happened? That question rang like a bell in the mind of political observers, many of who least expected the outcome of the poll. While Obaseki secured a fresh term as Edo governor, something big had happened, and in the process, altered the political configuration of Edo state.
It was not unexpected, but the timing and how it happened is what must have caused a sensation. The re-election of Obaseki pointed to one thing– and that is the depletion of Oshiomole’s relevance in the scheme of things in the state.
Before that election, Oshiomole was seen as the ‘kingmaker’, who dictate the political direction of Edo state, and without his blessing and backing, becoming a governor or holding any other political office in the state, would be a herculean task. So, when he withdrew support for Obaseki and queued behind Ize-Iyamu, some presumed it was game over and that the outcome would produce a new governor for the state.
But that didn’t happen, and without much prompting, the Edo electorates put a final seal on the political fortune of Oshiomole and left him with nothing. Edo is not Lagos sentiment pushed Oshiomole to the brink, and he could not withstand the defiance of a multitude of electorates, who resoundingly opted for freedom. Before that election, Oshiomole’s political fortune had dwindled, and winning Edo state for Ize-Iyamu could have offered a reprieve, but that didn’t happen.
Well, Oshiomole has himself to blame for the outcome he got. The signs were there for some time now, but typical of people oblivious to the ephemeral nature of power, Oshiomole failed to read the mood of things properly, or perhaps, as some people have insinuated, allowed himself to be pushed to the extent that he blew everything away. Yes, Oshiomole is left empty, just like the first time he joined politics.
Whether in his home state or elsewhere, Oshiomole’s influence has nosedived significantly, and the huge goodwill he enjoyed over the years, seemed fast gone. The problem, as several events in the past have shown, is his high-handedness and insatiable lust for control, most of the time, for personal benefits and to massage his ego.
All these were enough motivation for resistance, and before you know it, Oshiomole turned an aging fighter who has lost touch but keeps flailing away while his opponents easily throw punches. This is evident in the manner in which he was unceremoniously sent packing as the National Chairman of APC, and with the outcome of the Edo governorship election, he could no longer be a godfather.
If there was any good news in how things turned out for Oshiomole, it would be the valuable lesson on the transient nature of power and how no human should play ‘god’ in the face of other people. That was the impression that the disqualification of Obaseki in the APC’s primary suggested, and the subsequent moves from Oshiomole, including that of a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who went as far as to canvass against the governor’s re-election in a viral video, gave to the public.
As things now look, Edo did not only decide who govern them for the next four years, they made an even important choice– and that is saying no to godfatherism. In 2016, Oshiomole was able to maneuver his way and get the electorates to agree to his choice, but as the just concluded governorship election showed, they resoundingly say no this time, leaving the former governor empty handed. A sad turn for him!

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