Nigeria needs leaders that will inspires young ones, Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, says Nigeria needs leaders that will groom the young ones to take over leadership responsibilities from them as they leave office or move to other spheres of life.

He said the absence of such a transition in leadership has remained a setback for the country’s growth.

The Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

According to the statement, Gbajabiamila made the call at the graduation of the first 74 trainees of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) held at the National Assembly on Saturday.

Afenifere Crisis : Yoruba Group Blames Tinubu, Says He’s Agent of Division

A pan-Yoruba Youth socio-economic group, the Southwest Renaissance Group (SRG), has berated the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the current crisis rocking the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

In a release signed by the Convener of the group, Hon. Olaitan Abdul Salam, at the weekend, the group referred to the APC candidate as a divider-in-chief, a chronic agent of division and destabilization, warning Yorubas to be wary about giving their support to Tinubu in next year’s presidential election.

For a very long time, the Pan Yoruba socio cultural organization, Afenifere served as an umbrella and a rallying body for the Yoruba race.

I Dropped My Ambition to Back Peter Obi after consulting Obasanjo, Other Yoruba Elders – Doyin Okupe

A former aide to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Doyin Okupe has disclosed why he jettisoned his 2023 presidential ambition to support Peter Obi.

Recall that in 2021, Doyin Okupe declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the PDP but he later withdrew from the race to support the aspiration of Obi who was at the time in the PDP. The duo eventually defected to Labour Party where Obi is now the presidential candidate and Okupe the director-general of Obi’s presidential campaign council.

In an interview with Channels TV, Okupe said he decided to join the presidential race because he was angered by the various problems in the country but after having consultations with some Yoruba elders including Obasanjo, he decided to step down and support Peter Obi. He said he stepped down for Obi because he wanted the southeast to have a good shot at the presidency and because he believed that the former Anambra governor would perform better than him as president.

About 2:30 minutes into a video shared on YouTube by Channels TV, Okupe said “I was angered by the developments in the nation especially this banditry, closing over 700 schools in the country. You know it was as if nobody can actually bring things under control, I’ve been very close in government and past circles and I know that it is not true. So I made a statement that if in the next three or four months it doesn’t appear as if this is going to abate, then I am going to run for president. So when it didn’t abate I made a declaration to run but somewhere along the line, I felt that it was unjust to deprive the Eastern part of Nigeria of an opportunity to have a shot at the presidency.

“Therefore in consultations with some elders in Yoruba land including chief Obasanjo and a host of others, I said I will drop my ambition and support an eastern candidate. The best of all was Peter Obi who I consider could do much better than I could ever have done as a president so I supported him.

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Obi and PDP cannot stand against the fury of Jagaban of APC.

The former minister of aviation and the Director New Media for the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has in a tweet on his verified Twitter account a few minutes ago, tweeted that Peter Obi is moving fast and strong, but Obi and PDP cannot stand against the fury of Jagaban of APC.

History has it that since 1999, the bid for the presidency has always been between two major political parties. However, there are indications and belief that this 2023 election is going to be different as we now have a third force and arguably by some people, we also have a fourth force.

Femi Fani Kayode, who may have also considered the emergence of a third force and its potential ability, wrote,

” Peter Obi is moving fast and strong. There is a spiritual dimension to his rise. At this rate, he and his Obidients may soon topple the PDP to become Nigeria’s main opposition party. Yet the two of them (Labour and PDP) put together cannot stand against the fire and fury of the JAGABAN of the APC.

Labour Party is negotiating with me, because they know my worth and political magic wand to emerge 2023 presidential election

Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers state has stated that the Labour party is trying to convince him so that he can help them win the presidential election.

He made this remark on Friday while speaking during a media briefing. According to him, other parties like the labour party knows his political value and how he can determine the outcome of the presidential election next year.

He however emphasized that he is not ready to leave the PDP and that he is ready to fight till the end. One of his major priorities now is for Ayu to resign as the party chairman so that a southerner can take over.

His words: “Aside from Tinubu, who is from the APC, other political parties are talking to me as well including Labour Party because they all know my worth and how I can ensure that they win the 2023 poll”

Source: People Gazette


EXCLUSIVE: APC Presidential Candidate, Tinubu Shuns Lawan, Amaechi, Appoints Governors Ayade, Inuwa For South-South, North-East Campaigns

The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has sidelined the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and former Rivers State Governor and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as leaders in his campaign team for their regions – North-East and South-South respectively.

In the APC Presidential Campaign Council breakdown of appointees obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, Tinubu rather appointed Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, to lead his South-South campaign and Gombe State Governor, inuwa Yahaya, to lead his North-East trail.

The document released on September 23 and signed by James Abiodun Faleke, Secretary to the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, reads, “We are pleased to announce the nominees of the leadership of the presidential campaign council, as per enclosed. All nominees are kindly advised to pick their appointment letters from the undersigned on Monday, September 26, 2021….all other members will be contacted by the leaders of their respective directorates.”

Checks by SaharaReporters showed that Tinubu failed to give prominent roles to Lawan and Amaechi – his two fellow presidential aspirants in the June presidential election.

On June 8, Tinubu with 1271 votes beat his major opponents, Amaechi who polled 316 while Osinbajo, had 235 votes. Meanwhile, Lawan got 152 votes and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello polled 47 votes.

According to the presidential campaign council breakdown, Amaechi was appointed only a “member” of the campaign council with no portfolio as against 2015 when he was the Director-General of the Muhammadu/Osinbajo APC campaign which removed the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Also, Lawan’s name was lost among prominent positions and only featured as among the senior advisers as he was appointed as “Senior Adviser, Strategic planning.”

SaharaReporters on September 21 reported that a fresh crisis could also engulf the party as Tinubu rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Margaret Chuba Okadigbo as the Zonal Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in the South-East.

Margaret is the widow of the late former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo


“His (Tinubu) South-East penetration is the lowest, he refused Buhari’s nomination of Okadigbo’s wife to handle his South-East campaign. He felt she’s not capable enough despite being told by the President to pick her,” one of the sources had told SaharaReporters.

In January, Buhari appointed Margaret as chairman of the newly-incorporated Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Okadigbo was a political ally of Buhari and a one-time running mate.

He was Buhari’s running mate when he contested for President on the platform of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2003.

The sources added that the appointment of James Faleke as the party’s Presidential Campaign Council Secretary was made against the advice of the APC National Executive Council.

Tinubu in August named Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives as the Secretary of the Presidential Campaign Council for Tinubu/Shettima 2023.

“A serious crisis is rocking the party over Tinubu’s refusal to accept those nominated to him by party leaders to handle his campaign.

“While he (Tinubu) wants to handpick key people to head the campaign council, party leaders especially the chairman and the presidency through the cabal want their loyalists to be in charge.

“I won’t deceive you, Tinubu’s candidacy is currently receiving the cold shoulder. Imagine, he said he doesn’t trust the party chairman. Now he can’t constitute a presidential campaign committee because of such a high-level crisis.

“Major senators in Katsina, Gombe, and Kebbi are defecting to PDP. His worsening illness is now of serious concern too as he is planning another medical trip abroad. He made Faleke his PCC Secretary against the party’s advice that he should appoint one Tarka from Benue State,” another source had added.

Before the June presidential primary election of the APC, the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu favoured the emergence of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the party’s candidate.

However, Lawan came a distant fourth in the primary with 152 votes against Tinubu’s 1,271 votes.

Culled from Sahara reporter.



2023: Bola Tinubu offered me Senatorial ticket when we met in London – Wike makes huge revelation

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has claimed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, offered him a senatorial ticket when they met in London, United Kingdom.

Wike revealed this during a media chat on Friday morning.

The governor arranged the chat in a bid to address the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party.

According to Wike, he contested the presidential primaries because he wanted to be the candidate, so he didn’t buy a senatorial form.

“I didn’t contest so I can become a vice presidential candidate.

“I am not like others who were not serious and bought senatorial form alongside presidential form, and that’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it.”

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Wike lambasted Atiku, Alleging his unfit to unify Nigeria.

Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor, yesterday in Port Harcourt, addressed all stakeholders in the state on the current wrangling in the Peoples Democratic Party, saying the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has told Nigerians he is a unifier but he cannot unify the party. He said,

You are promising Nigerians that you can unify this country, but this one that I saw, you cannot do it. Is it when will come the complicated one? That is just what we are talking about. It has nothing to do with whether you like my face or not. Give them this so that they will have a sense of belonging. You have taken a presidential candidate, you have taken the chairman.”

Speaking further, he vowed that he would not leave the party irrespective of the in-fighting in the state, adding that running away from the battle field is a sign of weakness.

He finally told the gathering that they had never seen defeat and would never see it, boasting that those who were saying something against the state would eventually run back to it in the near future.

Watch the video below(fast-forward to 6 minutes 36 seconds):

Breaking : Bola Tinubu meets with Northern clerics

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, welcomed a delegation of Christian clerics from Northern Nigeria on Thursday. He took to his verified Twitter handle to share photos of the meeting and details of what they discussed during the meeting, and one of those who reacted to it was the human rights activist, Aisha Yesufu.

Tinubu said – “Earlier today at a lively, productive and amiable meeting with a delegation representing the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, we discussed important issues of national significance, as well as my determination to deliver unity, harmony and lasting peace to Nigeria.”

The meeting with the clerics is coming a few weeks after the controversies that trailed the presence of some Bishops at the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as the running mate to Tinubu in Abuja.

Many had taken to social media to allege that the Bishops were fake, as the Christian community in the country were not happy with the Muslim-Muslim ticket that the APC was flying in the 2023 presidential election.

In her reaction to Tinubu’s recent meeting with the Bishops from the North, Aisha Yesufu said that when the saga about the fake Bishops at Shettima’s unveiling came up, she made it clear that Tinubu didn’t have to do it because many clerics will later come to meet him on their own.

In the post she made on her verified Twitter handle, she wrote – “When that rented Bishops thing came up, I did say he didn’t need to. There are many that will willingly show up! It must have been the spirit of error. It is unrelenting.

Airview News reports.

Breaking : Wike Takes in pulling out of Atiku Campaign Council remain unwavering

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said he and other aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will remain in the party and “fight for inclusivity”.

Airview News had reported how party members, especially those in Wike’s camp, demanded Iyorchia Ayu’s resignation as a condition for resolving the crisis.

The call for Ayu’s resignation is said to be on the grounds that the national chairman and the presidential candidate cannot be from the same region.

But Ayu is unyielding to the demand.

Speaking on Thursday during the Rivers State PDP stakeholders meeting at Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said: “One thing I have always told people is, if anybody is thinking, doing anything to think that we will leave PDP, foul. We will do the fight in the party,” Wike said.

Governor Wike insisted that the constitution of the PDP stated that elective and party offices must be zoned which, should be respected.

He wondered why the former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman (Walid Jibrin) will be pressurised to resign and Ayu is excusing himself from keeping to doing what is right.

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