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2023 presidential election: Why APC may consider Amaechi, El-Rufai’s joint ticket

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Campaign posters of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, and Kaduna State Governor, have been seen in some parts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The materials show Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State as presidential candidate, and Nasir El-Rufai, current governor of Kaduna State as vice presidential candidate.

The posters do not have the logo of any political party but carry the name of an organisation – ‘National Consolidation Movement’.

A source told us that the possibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains running together is high.

The politician close to the ruling platform as well as the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), gave reasons to buttress his position.

Citing insider information, he listed number one as Amaechi and El-Rufai’s unfettered access to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Others are network and contacts, incumbency as office holders, influence within the APC, and clamour for power to return to the South.

Analyzing why the South-South may get the nod, the source told citizens not to forget that the South-West has for thirteen years occupied the two topmost positions in Nigeria since 1999.

He feared that the South-East may face some objection in the APC due to skepticism about widespread acceptability, agitation for secession, electorate support, and war chest.

Although the party is in charge of Imo State, with stalwarts trying to gain more supporters in the region, it remains unclear if the nation’s leader is favourably disposed to an Igbo presidency in 2023.

In 2015, retired General polled 198,248 votes (of total 15,424,921) in the entire district, and 403,958 votes (of total 15,191,847) in 2019.

Reminded how the South-West, led by ex-Governor of Lagos State and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, delivered the majority of votes for Buhari in both general elections, the source stressed that ticket zoning to the region is in doubt.

“President Buhari may not be opposed to Amaechi and El-Rufai’s ambition because as I speak, these two are part of the top five figures running the APC.

“(Kayode) Fayemi was considered but a Yoruba man governed Nigeria for eight years after we returned to democracy. Another is the incumbent VP – eight years in view. This factor knocks the Ekiti Governor out.

“I believe that any power shift will strongly consider the South-South and South-East. Options are being weighed. However, in terms of funds, voting figures and trend, local support, and the likes, South-South is ahead of South-East.

“Buhari and El-Rufai are close. The Governor was one of those who insisted the President contest again in 2015 after three attempts. Many would remember the efforts of Amaechi after he joined APC from the PDP late 2013.

“He is also close to Buhari, he was Director General of the President’s campaign twice and was successful. Things may change later but I believe Buhari will support their aspiration”, the politician said.

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2023 Presidency: Zoning can’t stop Tinubu – Ex-Minster

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A former Minister of Works and National Chairman of South West Agenda for 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has restated that the truth that the quarter has produced the president withinside the beyond won’t forestall it from clinching the presidential price price tag if the All Progressives Congress zoned the price price tag to the South.

The former Minister opined that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remains the best and the right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after bowling out in 2023 based on experience and political networks.

Adeyeye spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during the official launching of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) 2023, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor.

Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of lresidency to the South in 2023, as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.

Adeyeye said: “And if the ticket comes to the South, the fact that the Southwest had produced the President before won’t prevent the Yoruba race from getting the APC ticket.

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“You could all remember that the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was from Katsina State and when the ticket went back to the North in 2007, they picked President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina. They didn’t say his state had produced President before.

“What we need in Nigeria is someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who knows everybody. Someone who has planted and nurtured people across all the zones. Someone, who believes in making stars to unite Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

Also , the former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Tony Adeniyi, alleged that members of SWAGA in Ekiti were being harassed and intimidated by APC members loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi , saying these barrage of embarrassment must stop in the interest of APC.

“Before SWAGA was formed, we had ‘Tokan Tokan’ and original ‘JKF’, which are outfits loyal to Governor Fayemi.

“Is it an offence to associate with one of the foremost Nigerians like Tinubu? We are being treated here in Ekiti like orphans in the Sahara desert . We are being intimated and harassed by people who had contributed nothing to APC.”

Also, in his short lecture at the event, a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos , Prof. Yemi Oke, said he came to fraternise with the group as a Yoruba man , who believes in the Southwest agenda for the 2023.

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In his speech entitled: ‘Nigeria at a Crossroad, What Option for the Southwest Geopolitical Zone’, Prof. Oke, described Tinubu as the most qualified to lead Nigeria after President Buhari, so that all the faultlines and cleavages can be amended for national unity.

Commending Tinubu for working hard to sustain the country’s democracy, the Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council in Ekiti, Hon. Ife Iyaniwura, said Tinubu has become a strong political stakeholder that people respect in the country.

“Asiwaju has been a phenomenon. He has shown it.”

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Open Grazing: I’m a herdsman but I ranch my cattle – Benue Varsity lecturer

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A member of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU Benue State chapter, Dr Ogi John has declared support for ranching of cattle in the country.

Recall that following the incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country, many prominent Nigerians called for a ban on open grazing.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in May 2017, signed the Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law as a measure to tackle the farmers and herders crisis in the state.

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Similarly, governors in the Southern part of the country unanimously opted for ranching in a bid to end the insecurity in the region.

John Ogi, a senior lecturer in the university made his stance known in a post on his official Facebook page after visiting one of his farm in Anuja.

He said ranching remains the global standard of rearing cattle.

The post reads, “I am 100% in support of ranching, that’s the global best practice. I own cows and I ranch them, cattle business is a private business and cow owners must learn to protect their animals from destroying other peoples farm.

“Sunday visit to one of our farms in Abuja, part-time civil servant, full-time agro businessman”.

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Students of Rivers State College of Health block major roads, protest poor amenities

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Students of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology on Tuesday, blocked the mile four axis of the Ikwerre street in Port Harcourt in protest towards bad simple services withinside the institution.

The protest prompted a heavy gridlock across the area, forcing motorists to apply opportunity routes. The college students who defied an early morning downpour to level the protest are disturbing for the availability of water and energy of their hostels through the institution’s control. Some of the leaders of the protest, who spoke with us additionally decried “non accreditation of a few guides presented withinside the institution,”leaving them jobless after graduation.

A protester said,, “have a take a observe the building, it’s far simply pleasant out of doors however whilst you cross in, its rubbish. The region is water logged, there has now no longer been mild for over weeks now not to mention water”. “So college students are sincerely stranded. Just to wash and feature their garments ironed has been a massive problem. “So we’re calling at the Rivers State authorities to return back and assist us.

The control of the college has failed us. “We are paying a massive quantity of costs right here however you can not see the impact withinside the control of the college”.

The college students threatened to hold the protest till their needs are met. Efforts to attain the institution’s provost proved abortive as his cellular strains had been unreachable.

 

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