PDP will take over power from APC in 2023 – Atiku boasts

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), will take over power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), come 2023. Speaking with newsmen shortly after he cast his vote at the Mahmud Ribadu Square, Yola, venue of the PDP State Congress, Atiku maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party State Congress in Adamawa will set the pace for others when it comes to election transparency. He called on politicians to respect party guidelines, electoral guidelines and the nation’s Constitution in electing party…

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State of the nation: ‘No restructuring, no 2023 General Elections’ – NADECO threatens

The National Democratic Coalition, (NADECO), has said it will not endorse any election conducted based on the 1999 Constitution, as every institution and action taken under the document remains illegal. Spokesperson for the organisation, Ayo Opadokun, who stated this in a television programme in Lagos, yesterday, said without restructuring, there was no need to hold the 2023 elections and that those who hold the contrary view were pretenders. According to him, “Anyone saying there must be an election in 2023 before we can talk about restructuring is speaking on a…

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North-Central PDP picks former Senate President as consensus candidate for National Chairman position

The North-Central zone of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has agreed to the choice of Benue-born former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu as their candidate for the position of national chairman of the party. This was disclosed to newsmen by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, after a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, late on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by former Senate presidents David Mark, Bukola Saraki, and Iyorchia Ayu himself. Others present at the meeting include former Kogi State Governor, Idris Ibrahim; PDP…

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2023: “We won’t allow any presidential candidate use nation’s restructuring as campaign material” – Afenifere warns

The pan- Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has declared that it will not allow presidential candidates of any political party to use the promise to restructure Nigeria as a campaign tool in the 2023 Presidential Election. In an interview with newsmen, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, elder statesman and acting national leader of the organisation, said the issue of Nigeria’s restructuring is long overdue and must be settled before the 2023 General Elections. On why Afenifere is taking the position, Adebanjo said that many advocates of restructuring usually use it as a campaign…

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2023: PDP NEC approves zoning of National Chairman slot to the North

The National Working Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), yesterday approved the recommendation of its committee to zone the party’s next National Chairman position to the Northern part of the country. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the NEC, which was held in Abuja. Ologbondiyan said that the NEC considered and adopted Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led Zoning Committee’s report, ahead of the party’s National Convention, scheduled for Oct. 30. The committee had recommended that the current elective National Working…

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2023: Zoning PDP’s presidential ticket to South ‘impossible’ – Sule Lamido

The former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has said it is not possible for the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to zone its presidential ticket to the South in the coming 2023 presidential election. Lamido stated this in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC), Hausa service, yesterday. According to the PDP chieftain, it would not be possible because of the personal interest of some few individuals in the party. This followed the decision of the PDP Zonal Committee, chaired by Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to position…

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2023 Election: ‘Search For Presidential Candidate Outside Party Structure A Loss Of Confidence’ – PGF DG To APC leaders

Godwin Amunde The Director-General of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) – the umbrella body of Nigerian Governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) – Dr. Salihu Lukman, said moves by some leaders of the party to push negotiation for the emergence of a 2023 presidential candidate outside the party simply means loss of confidence on the structures of the party. Dr. Lukman described the move as a threat to internal unity among APC members and leaders and asked the party’s hierarchy to perish the thought. This is contained in a statement titled: “APC…

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Middle-Belt Forum blasts Northern govs for opposing power rotation

…Says power must rotate between North, South, Middle-Belt The Middle-Belt Forum (MBF) yesterday berated the Northern Governors and traditional rulers for opposing power rotation. Recall that on Monday, the Northern governors and traditional rulers held a meeting in Kaduna, where they rejected power rotation and also kicked against Value-Added Tax (VAT) collection The MBF, in a statement by its National President, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, said that power must rotate between the North, South and Middle-Belt, adding that it is unfortunate that the Northern governors are hiding behind the Constitution. “As the…

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2023: ‘South’s call for power shift unconstitutional’ – Northern governors

…Says it is sub-judice to act on VAT while issue is before court…Insists Rivers, Lagos confusing VAT with Sales Tax The Northern Governors Forum, (NGF), has declared that the position of their southern counterparts that the next president must come from the South contradicts the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution. In a communique issued at the end of their joint meeting with Northern traditional rulers yesterday in Kaduna, the governors condemned statements by their Southern Governors Forum (SGF) that the Presidency must go to the South in 2023. The NGF…

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2023 PDP zoning deadlock: Gen. Gusau other retired Generals in fresh move to rescue party

…David Mark, Oyinlola penciled for national chair, BoT roles The crisis trailing the job of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee led by the Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, will soon be resolved. A party source privy to the deadlock at the Enugu meeting last week over the zoning arrangement being pushed by the Northern leaders of the party said all other things being equal, the final decision of the committee will be unveiled in Abuja this week.  Investigation revealed that the zoning template of 2017, which zoned the…

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