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Nigerians in the Diaspora will play a robust role in my administration – Tinubu




Nigerians in the Diaspora will play a robust role in my administration – Tinubu





The APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that he would robustly engage the services of the Nigerians in the Diaspora in his agenda to rapidly develop Nigeria and resolve the mirage of problems facing the country. Asiwaju Tinubu was speaking at the 3rd National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, USA Chapter held at the weekend in Newark, New Jersey.








Asiwaju Tinubu, who was represented at the event by Mr. Dele Alake, the Adviser on Media, Communication & Public Affairs of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said that he will tap into the expertise of the APC Diaspora members and the Nigerians in the Diaspora for the accelerated development of Nigeria. Tinubu said that as a former Diaspora himself, he knows and fully understands the abundance of talents and expertise of the Nigerians in the Diaspora, and that he is uniquely positioned, more than any other candidate, to deploy and apply them to the nation building.



Nigerians in the Diaspora will play a robust role in my administration - Tinubu





Mr  Alake informed the convention of the high premium Asiwaju places on APC-USA and that his principal personally instructed that senior members of his Media team must show up for the convention. Mr. Alake then introduced his team members of Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Lanre Issa Onilu, Deputy Director of Strategic Communications and Otunba Biodun Ajiboye to the convention. Mr. Alake thanked APC-USA for the support for Asiwaju and for making Asiwaju Tinubu the focus and the theme of the Convention.



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Also addressing the Convention, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and the Chairwoman of the Diaspora Women Mobilization emphasized in depth the need for women involvement in the campaign and in politics. She called for equal opportunity for women and advised women to participate in the political process from bottom up. She advised Nigerians in the Diaspora not to lose hope in the fight for Diaspora voting.

Prince Ade Omole, the Director, the Diaspora Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council informed the audience that Tinubu/Shettima ticket is all out for a better Nigeria and for the good of Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora. He emphasized the direction of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign and made references to the 2023 Renewed Hope (Manifesto) which he described as an Action Plan of the programs the Tinubu/Shettima administration will implement and deliver to the Nigerian people when elected as President and Vice President of Nigeria. Prince Omole assured the APC Diaspora members and the Nigerians in the Diaspora that the Asiwaju Tinubu’s administration will have a robust Diaspora inputs and engagements. He also commended APC-USA for making Asiwaju Tinubu the focus of the convention and promised to carry on the Diaspora campaign from USA to other foreign countries.

Speaking on the theme of the Convention: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu: the President NIgeria needs at this time, the Guest Speaker, Professor Olarewaju Fagbohun, SAN, extolled the uncommon leadership qualities and vision of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Professor Fagbohun, who is also a former Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), concluded that Asiwaju Tinubu is the President NIgeria needs at this time to tackle and resolve the mirage of problems confronting NIgeria from poverty, to insecurity and corruption. He advised his audience and Nigerians to read his book on Asiwaju which he believes captured the man Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Other speakers at the convention included Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the former Deputy National Chairman North of APC, Mr. Tunde Doherty, the APC UK Chairman, Mr. Dayo Israel, the APC National Youth Leader who also represented the National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Mr. Kayode Opeifa, a former commissioner in Lagos State. They all spoke about the man Asiwaju and how Asiwaju will transform and restructure the country and make it work for all Nigerians.

The Elective Convention produced new national officers of the party including Professor Adesegun Labinjo who was re-elected as the National Chairman of APC-USA. Prof Labinjo reiterated the commitment of APC USA to work tirelessly for the election of Tinubu/Shettima presidential ticket in the February 2023 presidential election. He said that APC-USA was the first Chapter of APC to inaugurate a presidential campaign committee for the purpose of ensuring victory for the party’s presidential ticket. He said the APC USA has since started to engage and incentivize the Nigerians in the Diaspora to travel home and vote Tinubu, and also sell the APC presidential ticket to their relatives and family members living in Nigeria. Professor Labinjo said that APC-USA will soon take its campaign to Nigeria to drum up support for the APC flag bearers at all levels and to donate campaign materials to the APC Presidential Campaign Council. Prof Labinjo assured the Convention that the APC-USA will deploy its technological resources to closely monitor the 2023 elections to ensure that they are free and fair, and report any malpractices before, during and after the elections, and expose and hold accountable any person or group of persons that engage in unwholesome activities.

Other national officers elected at the Convention and immediately sworn in by Judge Dele Alade are: Chief Emeka Molokwu, Deputy National Chairman South, Mr. Abdullahi Gambo, Deputy National Chairman North, Mr. Ademola Tijani, National Secretary, Dr. Ismaila Maigyara National Publicity Secretary, Ayo Olashege, CPA, National Treasurer, Dr. Umo Ekanem National Financial Secretary, Ken Nwele, Esq. National Legal Adviser, Mr. Folly Coker, National Organizing Secretary, Mrs Elizabeth Olagunju, National Women Leader, Mr. Oyakilome Bello, National Youth  Leader, Mrs Emem Asikpo, Deputy National Secretary, Ms. Ololade Salvador, Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Mrs. Khairat Animashaun-Ajiboye
Deputy National Publicity Secretary and Mr. AbdulJabbar Surajo Guga, Deputy National Youth Leader.

Prominent attendees of the Convention included Mr. Tony Isama, Mr. Tayo Alawiye, Mr. Nojeeb Agunbiade, Prince Henry Adesanya, Mr. Kunle Masha, Mr. Adeleke Lamoriyu, Dr. Biodun Dada, Mr. Bisoye Oladejo, Alhaja Adenike Oyejide, Alhaji Shehu Suleiman, Mrs. Dupe Ayangbesan, Ms. Saratu Garba and many others.


Professor Adesegun Labinjo
National Chairman, APC-USA

Dr Ismaila Maigyara
National Publicity Secretary, APC-USA

Chief Emeka Molokwu
Deputy National Chairman South

Mr. Abdullahi Gambo
Deputy National Chairman North

Hon Khairat Animashaun-Ajiboye
Deputy, National Publicity Secretary

Hon Dele Alade
Chairman BOT, APC-USA


OGUN ELECTION; This is no coincidence



OGUN ELECTION; This is no coincidence

OGUN ELECTION; This is no coincidence

By Tunde Salako


Is this sheer coincidence? In 2019, Gbenga Daniel was the South-West coordinator of the PDP presidential campaign and was always with the then presidential flagbearer of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.



OGUN ELECTION; This is no coincidence



They moved around the country together in private jets. Many times, he talked to the media about the chances of Atiku in the presidential election. But when Atiku lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, Daniel made a 360-degree turn and started negotiating with APC.







He was negotiating with APC because he knew that he could not meet with Ibikunle Amosun who had just floated another party, the APM after his (Amosun’s) crony lost out woefully at the APC gubernatorial primary in Ogun State, coupled with the fact that the then governor had declared him persona non grata for eight years.








He also suspected that the PDP would not be able to perform well at the gubernatorial election just ahead. Ladi Adebutu, who was defeated by Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 18 election, was also the PDP gubernatorial candidate then.






As a political Maradona, he was able to read the script very well and of course Abiodun won the election, and Daniel got all the benefits attached to joining the winning side. For one thing, the embargo that Amosun had placed on his businesses were removed. Besides, Daniel was even to interface with APC chieftains to the level that he also aspired to become a senator.







Lekan Mustapha, the outgoing senator, is a two-term senator who ordinarily would have become a high ranking senator had he won a third term ticket. But he was prevailed upon with the intervention of some other aspirants and Daniel won the Ogun East senatorial primary.







But having won the primary, Daniel started another scheme. He began thinking of how to outsmart the man that gave him the platform to contest and bounce back into political reckoning. He started badmouthing the Governor all around. During the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections that APC won by a landslide in Ogun State, the Governor and the APC leadership had supported Daniel with a lot of logistics. That was only natural.





However, shortly after he won the election, the 2019 Judas spirit in him struck and took control of his faculties. Daniel started hobnobbing with the same PDP he had rejected and betrayed then, with Ladi Adebutu and his father now becoming his closet political pals. His project was now to run the sitting Governor down and out of town. And he did his best to undermine the Governor, with his attack dogs in full battle mode. He ensured that during the gubernatorial poll, the Governor lost out in his areas of influence.







It has become quite apparent now that Daniel is a serial betrayer and cannot be trusted. What is important to him is his bread basket and nothing else. There is nobody he cannot betray. If he can betray PDP in 2019 and APC in 2023, what type of character is he portraying in the public space? When you look at the way he was so close to Atiku, it would have been hard to suspect then that he would dump him (Atiku) so spectacularly. But he did.







Then when you look at the way he was also close to Dapo Abiodun and President-elect Bola Tinubu, taking centre stage as the latter came to campaign in Ogun State during the APC presidential primaries and during the presidential campaigns proper, it would also have been difficult to suspect that he would play the Judas card so soon. But that was what he did. He, Abiodun and Tinubu rode in the same bus on the campaigns, yet the bile inside him was huge.








For Daniel, what is permanent is his interest, pure and simple. So, this is not a matter of coincidence; it’s a matter of character. No wonder the Yoruba say that character is a smoke; it can’t be hidden. Governor Abiodun must take comfort in the words of our elders: Whoever is betrayed by friends should take it in his stride. After all, blood relations also betray.

Salako, a social commentator, wrote from Imeko, Ogun State.

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APC leadership Frowns At Illegal Suspension OF Onochie,Ojoughoh in Delta




  APC leadership Frowns At Illegal Suspension OF Onochie,Ojoughoh in Delta


The National leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has frowned strongly on the illegal and induced wave of suspension going on in the Delta state chapter of the party.



APC leadership Frowns At Illegal Suspension OF Onochie,,joughoh in Delta




This is coming in the wake of the suspension of Dr Cairo Ojoughoh and Ms Laureatte Onochie, the Chairman of the NDDC. According to a senior member of the NWC of the party, who spoke on a condition of anonymity the national leadership has sent a strong warning to the leadership of the party in the state to desist from this avoidable distraction; and that they should have appraised the situation objectively and begin to work towards future elections knowing fully well that the party’s performance in the State have been of concern.





This is a time that all hands should be on deck towards moving the party forward. He expressed surprise at the suspension of Ms. Onochie, a Deputy Director in the Women Presidential Campaign Council and a close associate of the incoming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who contributee immensely both financially and morally towards the success of the just concluded/successful election.






The Delta Chapter of the APC is advised to take a cue from the President-elect, His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu who publicly shwocased his democratic credential when he lost the Presidential election in Lagos believed to be his stronghold. He accepted the results of the election and described it as democracy at work. It is clear that the APC in Lagos did not allow that distract them as it later manifested in the victory in the Governorship and State House of Assembly eelctions barely two weeks later.

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Amongst the most dangerous people in Nigerian politics today are Peter Obi and Dati Baba Ahmed with their army of ignorant, fascist, violent, uncouth, frustrated, garrolous, racist, bigoted, misguided, radical, brash and rebellious supporters.





I heard Dati the Daft warning our President and CJN not to allow our President-elect to be sworn in or else lives would be endangered and the military would intervene.









He said this on Channels Television. His exact words were “if Tinubu is sworn in it is as good as inviting the military to take power”.






He also said that he would under no circumstances accept Tinubu as President, that he had no faith in the courts or the election tribunals, that the President was incompetent, that the INEC Chairman had conducted a fraudulent, sham election and was arrogant and that the President-elect was a Pablo Escobar and Mayer Lansky-like drug baron all rolled into one and the father of organised crime in Nigeria.








Even when the interviewer Seun Okunbaloye, as professional as ever, cautioned and warned him that his words and sentiments were unacceptable and that they breached the NBC regulations and the law he flared his Mauritanian nostrils, rolled his eyes, raised his voice and insisted on continuing, boasting that he feared no-one and that he had no apology for his intentions, assertions and views.







Instead of desisting from his attempt to incite Nigerians against constituted authority, democracy, the courts, the CJN, the Federal Government, the President, the INEC Chairman and the President-elect, he knuckled down and repeated his incendiary and dangerous words.

All this and he is still walking around freely. I wonder whether he is above the law?

If yours truly or anyone else from the BATIST camp had said those words and such things on national television all hell would have broken loose and we would have been invited by the security agencies by now.

We would also have been attacked and subjected to an insulting barrage of condescending, unsolicited, ill-informed, malicious and unwelcome advice by one or two foreign diplomats who had clearly forgotten their place.

What Obi, Dati and their wild, uncouth and unruly supporters represent and seek to implement is nothing less than a dangerous and fascistic ‘Kaduna Nzeogwu agenda’ with all it’s attendant consequences and they must be exposed, renounced, rejected and resisted by all lawful and constitutional means.

Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural nation nation whose strength, beauty and power lies in its unity, plurality and diversity.

We must not let anyone destroy or divide us.

We do not want or need a tribal President who seeks to subjugate and enslave all those that do not share his ethnic heritage or religious faith.

Worse still we do not want a Vice President with a foreign heritage who really has nothing to loose if Nigeria is burnt to the ground and who can always run back to his fathers country.

These fascists came third in a free and fair election, even trailing Atiku Ibn Dubai and his People’s Destruction Party, yet they still claim to have won and have threatened to turn our nation upside down if they do not have their way.

It is within their ranks more than any other that the call for an ING and a truncation of the democratic process is loudest.

They say it and pronounce it on the social and traditional media every day and neither Peter nor Dati cautions them or even attempts to reign them in.

They and their foreign friends who are encouraging them from behind the scenes and whose diplomats insist on involving themselves in our politics and internal affairs are hell bent on having their way, subverting the will of our people, destabilising our country and robbing the President-elect of his mandate.

Their thinking, like a jilted and bitter bride that has been abandoned at the alter by her groom, is that “if I can’t have it then no-one else will have it”.

They want to throw the baby out with the bath water.

They want to thwart the will of the Nigerian people and rob us of what is lawfully and legitimately ours.

Whilst we seek unity, love, peaceful co-existence and mutual respect they want division, war, panic, fear, chaos, subversion and destabilisation and they indulge in the most despicable and foul degree of denigration, subterfuge and malevolence against the Nigerian people and state that we have ever witnessed in our entire history.

They are furious and bitter with the outcome of the election and they just cannot live with it.

They do not have the stomach, the courage, the honor, the grace, the pedigree or the fortitude to accept defeat.

Simply put they want to wipe out the entire system and existing status quo, impose their will, destroy everything that is wholesome and good in our nation, re-write our history, re-define our heritage, destroy our culture, desecrate our values, use religion and ethnicity to achieve power and forge Nigeria in their own angry, bellicose, frustrated and jaundiced image.

We must resist them with every fibre of our being and defend our hard-earned democracy, our civil liberties, our human rights, our civic institutions, our way of life, our religious and ethnic diversity and heritage and the peace of our land otherwise, as a nation, we will be lost forever.

Nigeria must never fall into the hands of those who seek to destroy her from within and ultimately seek to dismember and divide her.

Nigeria must be at peace.

Nigeria must flourish and excel.

Nigeria must stand tall, strong and firm and reaffirm it’s enviable position as the giant, strength and pride of Africa and one nation under God.


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