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2023: Senator Mustapha, others dump Amosun, join Abiodun

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2023: Senator Mustapha, others dump Amosun, join Abiodun

 

 

 

 

 

 

The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the Senate, Lekan Mustapha and hundreds of his supporters have joined the mainstream of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Mustapha and his supporters have been allies of the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who is leading the faction of the party in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving the senator and his teeming supporters at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun commended them for retracing their steps and reuniting with the mainstream, saying their return would strengthen the party to face the challenges ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am very happy that this is coming from my home base. If I did not have the trust of my people, then I would not have that of other senatorial districts. It is heart-warming that today we are reconciling with my people. We all have opportunity to examine this administration and I am happy you have decided to have a rethink and come for reconciliation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sometimes things happen between siblings that cannot be explained. During the 2019 election, each group campaigned for the same objective and I am happy God gave us the victory. Now, all that are in the past, and it is time for us to put what happened in the past behind us and move forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The important question to ask ourselves is what are we fighting for? What are we quarrelling about? I am happy you have decided to have a rethink and come for reconciliation. You are all welcome home. As a father of the party in the state, when any of us strays away and decides to come back, I have no option but to receive you because it makes me a happy person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I welcome you back. Let me assure you and your team that your being welcomed back with open hands. We run an open door government. You will not be discriminated upon, I call on our leaders, chairmen at the ward and local government levels to accord you the same privileges like others, you should be treated equally”, Abiodun stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The governor described Senator Mustapha as a principled individual with impeccable character and integrity who demonstrated uncommon courage when his integrity was tested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He added that his decision to align with the mainstream of the party pointed to the fact that he is a man who fights for what he believes in and makes peace when necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While assuring the returnees that his administration would continue to be fair, inclusive, accountable, equitable and just, Abiodun urged them to register as party members and be responsible by attending ward and council meetings, especially now that political activities are gathering momentum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He, however, warned against any form of division in the party, noting everyone is a member of the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Please join hands with us as a big family as we continue to build the future of this great state together”, the governor submitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Yemi Sanusi, recalled the circumstance that led to the break away which he said was not pleasant to many, describing the return of party members as a joyous occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am welcoming you back into our midst. Since you have decided to come back home, the war is over. We shall all celebrate at the M.K.O Abiola Stadium come May 29, 2023”, Sanusi stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his remarks, Senator Mustapha commended the governor for spreading projects to all sections of the state, declaring that his senatorial district has benefited from various road projects of the present administration more than previous ones in the last 16 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Governor Abiodun has done very well particularly in Ogun East Senatorial District that I represent. I am convinced that more good things will happen to us if we take the last three years as a yardstick. I, on my part, have facilitated and complemented what you are doing in the area of schools and road construction in the senatorial district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe that every democratically elected governor since the creation of this state served two terms. I am in total support of governor Abiodun’s second term bid. We are here for work, for the progress of the party, but we must work in unity. There are many things to showcase when the campaign starts. I can assure that we will work hard for the party to win”, Mustapha said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former Commissioner for Health, and chieftain of the party in Ijebu- North Local Government Area, Dr. Babatunde nde Ipaye, said the group decided to take the initiative after waiting in vain for their leaders to make the move, adding that they were not forced or intimidated in anyway to arrive at their decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We waited for our leaders to take us back to the mainstream. When they did not do the needful, we decided to take this step. There is time for everything, A time for war and a time for peace, the war is over and we are glad to reunite with our brothers and sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Campaign will provide an opportunity to make analysis and comparison. We know that there is no perfect system anywhere, but we can make comparisons between yesterday and today”, Ipaye submitted.

 

 

2023: Senator Mustapha, others dump Amosun, join Abiodun

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Supreme Court judgment vindicates Amaechi – Media office

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Supreme Court judgment vindicates Amaechi – Media office

 

 

The media office of the former governor of Rivers State and presidential aspirant under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that Nigeria’s apex court (Supreme Court ) today ruled on the appeal filed by Amaechi against the Rivers State Government on the Justice Omereji Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

 

 

 

The Supreme Court in dismissing the Appeal however pronounced that the function of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was mere investigative, that nobody, neither Amaechi nor anyone else, was on trial before the panel.

 

 

 

In a statement sent to Vanguard, Amaechi’s media office stated that “The Supreme Court ruling vindicates the former Governor of Rivers State. The apex court was categorical and clear that Amaechi was not on trial. The implication of this is that any indictment from the Commission is null and void and cannot stand.

 

 

 

“With this judgment, Amaechi has been vindicated and cleared him of all purported or alleged indictment by the Governor Wike’s Commission. It has been further settled that the decisions/recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and subsequent White Paper issued by the State Government are not a conviction or indictment and cannot stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“From the onset, it was obvious to any discerning mind that the Commission was set up to embarrass, denigrate and humiliate Amaechi. The apex court judgment today, further buttressed this stance. A Commission purportedly set up to investigate past financial transactions was a Commission to personally witch-hunt Amaechi.”

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Breaking: Gov. Matawalle Win APC Governorship Primary Unopposed

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Breaking: Gov. Matawalle Win APC Governorship Primary Unopposed

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has won the just concluded APC governorship primaries

 

Breaking: Gov. Matawalle Win APC Governorship Primary Unopposed

 

 

The incumbent Governor was declared winner as his main contenders; Hon. Sani Jaji, and Hon. Abdul Malik Garba Gajam withdrew from the race moments before the highly rancor free election.

 

Delegates from 14 Local Government Areas of the state were thoroughly screened by the security operatives before being granted access to the Zamfara State township stadium the venue of the event to perform the all important role.

 

Our Reporter gathered that all the APC leaders in the State all unanimously endorsed Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle’s unopposed victory so also the former Governor of the State Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari was heard saying “APC is the only known party to the good people of Zamfara state.

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SANWO-OLU WINS LAGOS APC GOVERNORSHIP TICKET FOR SECOND TERM

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Youth Organization hails Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Second Term Endorsement

SANWO-OLU WINS LAGOS APC GOVERNORSHIP TICKET FOR SECOND TERM

…Governor’s Opponents Failed To Meet Screening Requirements, Disqualified Before Primaries – Electoral Cmtte

 

 

 

 

 

 

With 1,170 delegate votes in his favour, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu won the governorship primaries of Lagos State’s chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) to become the party’s standard bearer in the 2023 general election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The party members defied the downpour that marred the exercise held on Thursday at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan; they filed under the rain and cast their votes to approve the Governor’s second term ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electoral process commenced at 12:33pm with the arrival of the chairman of the Lagos Gubernatorial Primaries Committee led by the former Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Adamu Shettima Yuguda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electoral committee’s arrival was followed by immediate accreditation of delegates across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of all the 1,225 delegates expected to participate in the primaries, the electoral committee accredited 1,198 delegates seated at the venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exercise was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) dispatched from the commission’s headquarters to monitor the primaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before voting commenced, Shettima explained the modalities adopted by the electoral committee on how the delegates would cast their ballots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said: “This exercise we are conducting here is to renew the mandate of the APC government in Lagos. We bring greetings from our national secretariat. Lagos is an APC state, no other party should be allowed to govern the State because our party has done extremely well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Lagos is very important to APC, because the next president is most likely to emerge from this State. This exercise is important, no matter how long we are here, we must be patient because this is what the electoral laws mandate.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 1:03pm, accredited delegates filed out to vote according to their Local Government Areas. There were five delegates each from 245 wards across the 20 federally registered LGAs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The voting was temporarily disrupted by the downpour. When the rains subsided, the delegates came out again to vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 3:35pm, the voting ended and sorting of the cast ballots began immediately. Then, the electoral committee chairman declared vote counting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A total of 1,182 votes were cast during the primaries; 1,170 valid votes were in favour of Sanwo-Olu, while 12 votes were invalid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having garnered the highest votes, Shettima returned Sanwo-Olu as winner of the process, stressing that two other aspirants who were supposed to contest in the primaries had been disqualified by the party’s screen committee prior to the exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspirant disqualified are Abdulhameed Olorunfemi Mustapha and Wale Oluwo.

Reacting to the outcome of the primaries, Sanwo-Olu dedicated the victory to all party members, describing them as the main winners of the exercise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Governor said the outcome of the exercise was a “loud and clear” message from the party delegates, noting that his victory was the first leg of the success being expected by the State chapter of APC. He said the party leadership would not divert all its energy to win the APC presidential ticket for the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanwo-Olu said: “Having thanked all our party faithful, the bigger appreciation goes to all Lagosians irrespective of the side they lean. This victory is for all residents who have supported us on this journey we started four years ago. What we witnessed this evening is an affirmation that the good work we have been doing should continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is the assurance we are taking to the general elections and we will ensure that we don’t fail. With all sense of responsibility, there are still a lot more that Lagosians should be expecting from us across all facets of governance. The confidence reposed in us will not be betrayed. We pray that God gives us the energy to take Lagos to a level that will reflect the aspiration of all Lagosians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other members of the Gubernatorial Primaries Committee who were at the exercise are the Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Bashir, Tilewa Sijuwade, Hon. Bola Imolehin and Stella Okotete.

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