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APC: Amaechi bound to reject membership of Tinubu campaign council – Insider

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The immediate past minister of Transport and former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi may not accept his appointment as the Special Adviser on Infrastructure of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, inside sources have hinted.

We recalls that Amaechi was recently listed as a member of the constituted Presidential Campaign Council( PCC) to pilot the Tinubu/Shettima ticket for the forthcoming election.

Amaechi battled Tinubu for the party’s sole ticket in Abuja back in June, 2022, but the former Lagos Governor and co-founder of the party emerged winner.

At the end of the heavily contested ticket, the former minister of Transport, emerged first runner-up at the primary.

Amaechi was a two-time Director-General of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Council in 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 and one of the pillars of the merger that saw the dethronement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Feelers from the camp of the former Rivers State Governor said the Ikwerre-born politician had felt let down by the APC’s flagbearer in more than one way since after the presidential primary which he lost.

Recall that Amaechi had during the 60th birthday celebration of Apostle Eugene Ogu, General Overseer of Abundant Life Evangel Mission in Port Harcourt, said that those who voted during the APC presidential primary were regretting their decision.

Amaechi said delegates who allowed money to influence their decision during the presidential primary are now regretting it.

Amaechi then suggested that the former Lagos East Senator used his enormous wealth to control the outcome of the presidential primary to his own favour.

Furthermore, the former Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, is said to have been hugely offended and is angry over the attitude of Tinubu and his boys towards him, especially their unholy romance with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Apart from Tinubu’s meeting with Wike at different locations in Europe after the presidential primaries of both parties, some of Asiwaju’s loyalists, Governor Babagide Sanwo-Olu and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have visited the Governor in Port Harcourt.

There are reports that the Jagaban and his proteges were planning to lure the former PDP Presidential aspirant to the APC, believing he would deploy the state’s resources to help them win the 2023 presidential election and that Amaechi feels he is being undermined as the leader of the APC in Rivers and a pillar of the party, nationally.

The former Rivers Assembly Speaker is reportedly feeling he has been sidelined and disregarded by the party he worked hard to build.

He feels it was a let down to him personally for the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Rivers State to visit his State and had meetings with his political arch-enemy, to the extent of trying to bring him onboard the APC.

Another major reason Amaechi could turn down participating in the APC campaign is that he was not consulted before the campaign council was formed, according to an insider.

Asked if the former Governor was elated to be appointed as a member of the APC campaign council, an insider, who pleaded anonymity, told us, “Elated over what? Are You talking about someone who with the help of very few others removed the PDP and Goodluck Jonathan from power in 2015?

“Are you talking about a two-time Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, a two-time Governor of Rivers State, a two-time Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, a two-time Minister of the Federal Republic? How can Amaechi be dancing because of a mere appointment as adviser in a campaign council when he was the Director-General of the Campaign Council that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015 and 2019? The question should not be whether Amaechi was elated to be given an appointment by Tinubu, it should be whether Amaechi would accept the appointment?”

Asked about the possibility that the former minister might accept the appointment, the source added, “The minister has not spoken yet. But the fact is that he does not feel carried along until this appointment and there’s the possibility that he may not want to commit himself fully because he is a man that doesn’t force himself into where he is not wanted. I won’t speak for him though.”

Also speaking with us on the matter, a former spokesman for the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said, “Amaechi is yet to speak and I have not spoken to him about the list to know his reaction about it. He is yet to direct us on what to do but I am convinced that he will speak if there is any need in that regard. Let us give him some time.”

“[And for me], I don’t have any feelings about the APC Presidential Campaign Council formation.

“Those in charge have done what they feel is the best for the party so we need to give them time to articulate themselves and map out strategies on how to solicit votes from Nigerians. Ours is to pray for them to succeed.”

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BREAKING: Emefiele finally appears before Reps committee after threat of arrest

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Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on Tuesday finally appeared before the House of Representatives Committee, investigating the Naira swap exercise.

The Committee and delegation of the CBN are currently meeting at the National Assembly.

The meeting commenced around 12:05 pm after over one-hour behind closed doors.

It would be recalled that several threats of arrest were issued by the House and the Committee on Thursday after Mr Emefiele shunned the House.

The CBN boss had announced an extension of the deadline for the new currency swap till 10th February. However, the committee has insisted that Emefiele must appear before them.

At the commencement of the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, Ado Doguwa said the CBN boss provided reasons for missing previous invitations.

 

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Court dismisses ex-presidential candidate’s suit seeking Buhari’s sack

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday dismissed a suit by a former presidential candidate of Hope Democratic Party, HDP, Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 presidential election.

The suit seeking the outright sack of President Buhari was thrown out by Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo on three major grounds.

Parts of the grounds are that the suit constituted a gross abuse of court process, statute barred and was an affront to the supremacy of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Besides, Justice Ekwo held that the suit was baseless, frivolous, irritating and vexatious in its entirety.

Owuru had, in the suit, applied for an order of court to declare the presidential seat vacant and swear him in as the authentic winner of that election.

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We’ll secure, unite Nigeria – Peter Obi promises Nigerians

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in this year’s elections, Mr Peter Obi, has promised to bring back a new Nigeria where every citizen will be proud to belong.

He lamented that presently, Nigerians are ashamed to identify themselves as Nigerians because of the many challenges the country is faced with.

Speaking in Kaduna on Wednesday while flagging off his presidential campaign in the North, Peter Obi said: “Kaduna was the capital of Northern Nigeria where every Nigerian was proud to belong, hence we started the campaign here in Kaduna. We are about to bring back that Nigeria where everybody was happy to belong. Kaduna State represented productivity in the North. It represented what was good in Nigeria. And that is what we want to bring back. We are tired of hearing stories.”

According to him, Kaduna State hosts the best military formations in the country, it is supposed to be more secure than any part of the country, adding: “But there are so many security challenges in the state. We will secure and unite Nigeria. Security will come back again.”

He noted that insecurity in the country is not because the bandits are more formidable than the government, but because of bad leadership.

“That is why the bandits are everywhere and operating almost freely, killing and causing unimaginable destruction of valuables,” he stated.

Obi assured: “We will restructure the security architecture. Security personnel will be well taken care of. We will ensure their lives are taken care of so that their families are taken care of in the event of death.”

He added: “Datti and I will change this country from consumption to production country because of the high prices of things. All the vast lands in the north will be centres of agriculture. Kaduna State again will become a processing centre. The Bank of Agriculture, (BoA) will finance food production in Nigeria and all the support groups, youth, women and all Nigerians, their labour for the party will not go in vain.”

In the coming elections, he explained that nobody should tell one another about tribe, religion or section, stressing that things are not sold in Nigeria based on religion, tribe or section, but all are suffering from the bad leadership of the country.

Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party presidential running mate stated that those looking for peace, unity, desiring that things work fine in Nigeria should cast their votes in the coming elections in order to ensure the emergence of a new Nigeria.

He assured: “Nigeria has never gotten the calibre of presidential candidates as it is presently. Kaduna is the centre of good things in the country and hopes the people of the state will come out en masse to change the narratives of this country through their votes by electing Labour Party to power for the good of every Nigerian.

“We are people that said and do exactly what we promised to do. We are serious in ensuring the betterment of Nigeria and ensure equality in all aspects of life for all Nigerians. We promised to wipe away the tears of the common man and give them a sense of belonging. It is only Peter Obi that is saying that Nigerians should vote for him because of his credibility.”

The gubernatorial candidate of the party in Kaduna State, Jonathan Asake thanked the youths for being a great engine room of the party as well as women and the support groups, saying, “there will be inclusiveness in all spheres of life to enhance the living standards of all Nigerians because the party means well for Nigerians and Nigeria.”

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