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Tambuwal Consults Obasanjo , Mark, Danjuma Over 2023 Presidency

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Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has begun consultations with some notable political leaders over his presidential aspiration on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The consultations started last Thursday when he met former Senate President, Senator David Mark, during which he discussed his ambition with him.
Tambuwal was to continue the consultation on Saturday with visits to a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd).
The governor had met behind closed doors with Obasanjo for about an hour in his Presidential Library Pent House in Abeokuta.
A statement by Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, had quoted the governor as saying he visited the former president to consult with him on issues concerning governance and others.
“You know Baba is our leader, statesman. And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on many issues of governance. That is why we have come this afternoon. And, we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto State,” the statement had quoted the governor, who was a leading contender for the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election season, as saying.
However, the main reason for the visit, which the former president’s aide described as unscheduled, was for Tambuwal to feel Obasanjo’s pulse on his presidential bid.
Sources told that the meeting with Obasanjo, Tambuwal headed for Lagos where he held talks with Danjuma in his residence.
He was said to have briefed the former minister on his decision to vie for the presidency in 2023.
The meeting was said to have lasted for over two hours before the governor departed for Sokoto.
Investigation also revealed that as part of the series of consultations, Tambuwal had on Thursday met with Mark in his Abuja residence.
However, PDP National Working Committee (NWC) has not officially announced the party’s zoning arrangement for 2023 presidential ticket, the main opposition party is said to be waiting for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to make a decision before announcing from which zone its candidate would come from.
When contacted PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, for his comment on Tambuwal’s consultations, he said zoning was not yet on the agenda of PDP.
According to him, the party is concentrating on the governorship elections in Edo, Ondo and other by-elections slated for September and October, 2020.
But another party source, who spoke on Tambuwal’s consultations, told “In PDP, the manner of zoning is not clear, but the governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, stands out clearly.
“He is the youngest in the race with a loaded credentials both in the executive and legislature arms of government. Moreover, he is a lawyer. That is the judicial arm.”
According to him, Tambuwal has solid credentials that makes him fit for the job.
The governor was Speaker of the House of Representatives for four years and is about to complete his two-term tenure of eight years as governor of Sokoto State, he said, adding that he is currently the deputy chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and also the chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum.
The source explained that Tambuwal also enjoys the support of PDP governors, who form a critical power bloc in the party.
“Take it or leave it, political pundits say that he is the aspirant to beat. He carries PDP governors along with him and the South-east is merely jostling for the vice presidential position,” the source said.
The source, however, added that from the body language of a former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, he is also interested in contesting the 2023 presidential election.
But he said age might not be on his side as he would be 77 years by then, noting that the belief that the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari has been impaired by old age and health challenges may make Nigerians wary of entrusting another near septuagenarian with power in 2023.
A former aide of the late President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai,any opposition party must adopt a zoning system that would earn it votes if it is serious about winning the next presidential election.
Yakassai explained that the other political parties which are also operating a zoning principle must not tailor their zoning arrangement to suit that the ruling party.
“It does not mean that opposition party must align with the zoning arrangement of the other party. In other words, if one party produces a candidate from the North, the next one should produce from the South. But zoning arrangement cannot prevent another party from producing candidate from the zone where the other party had produced a candidate that occupy that office at one time,” he stated.

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“We Have Kicked Out Godfatherism In Edo State” – Governor Wike

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From results trickling in, we have fulfilled our obligations of kicking out godfatherism, First in Rivers, Now Edo, The power truly belongs to the people of Niger Delta, congratulations to my brother @GovernorObaseki and the big @OfficialPDPNig family. #EdoDecides2020 #EdoDecides

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Obaseki of the PDP has won the Edo State election

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Edo State PDP candidate for governor Obaseki has won yesterday’s by-elections

The Edo State Electoral Commission, held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, declared Godwin Obaseki as the winner with 307,955 votes.

Ize Iyamu of the APC came in second with 223,619 votes

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Observers Denied Access Into Ize – Iyamu’ s LG Collation Centre

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The team arrived at the collation centre at about 1:41 a.m. from different polling units only to be told by security officers that only three observers are allowed to go in.
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A team of factprint observers covering the Edo governorship election at Orhionmwon Local Government Area have been denied access into the collation centre.
The team arrived at the collation centre at about 1:41 a.m. from different polling units only to be told by security officers that only three observers are allowed to go in.
The officers did not state why only three observers were allowed into the collation centre, nor did they mention those who have been granted access.
“He said he can’t allow any other observer to enter. He insists that our observations ended at the ward collation centre even after showing him our I.D cards as Local Government observers.
“Despite all introductions, we are being denied access,” Junaid Omowumi, the team lead, said.
Ms Owowumi also said the security officers told them their election monitoring ended at the ward level.
At the time of filing this report, Ms Omowumi and her team were still unable to gain access into the centre.
Orhionmwon is the local government of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
This harassment comes amidst allegations from both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party of attempts by party members to alter the results.

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