‘I won’t step down’ – Governor Ambode dares Tinubu, APC leaders
The battle for the soul of Lagos State took a strange twist yesterday when Governor Akinwunmi Ambode boldly told a meeting of leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Bourdillon, Ikoyi home of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that he will not step down for their preferred candidate in the 2019 governorship race in the state.
The meeting chaired by Tinubu and called under the banner of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) the most powerful clique in Lagos APC also had in attendance outgoing governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, his newly elected successor, Gboyega Oyetola, Ambode and other members of the 22-member council.
A reliable source at the meeting told Saturday Sun that “Ambode was told in plain terms that the party will not support his second term ambition and as such should step down for the candidate the party members are clamouring for. But throughout the whole discussion and till the meeting ended, the governor stood his ground, explaining why he must run and that he will run if APC desires to win the state.”
The governor was said to have listed his achievements to convince the party leaders who equally failed to shift ground. “He was busy speaking grammar when no single member at the meeting supported him. We wish him luck”, the source added.
The meeting however ended with a directive to the State Working Committee of the party to address a press conference today, Saturday at the party’s secretariat on Acme road, Ikeja where the preferred governorship candidate Jide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Femi Hamzat will be officially presented to party members to vote for at the governorship primaries scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday.
The Ambode camp however appears determined to enter into full battle with Tinubu and his men. A source close to the governor told Saturday Sun yesterday that, “Tinubu and his men are jokers, if they fail to present Ambode for second term, they will lose Lagos like they lost Osun, forget the eventual manipulation of the final result.”
“Ambode is the party’s poster boy, and that’s why President Buhari asked the SGF, Boss Mustapha to wade into the Lagos ticket issue but if they ignore even the president’s intervention, they will be doomed like Osun. Nigerians will see that Tinubu is overrated as has shown in Osun. You can see that the president had to send Fayemi, Oshiomhole and others to step into the Osun election, the presidential emissaries didn’t go to meet Tinubu and Aregbesola who were in Osogbo before they went straight to meet Omisore in Ile-Ife, that shows how less they regard him”, the source added.
The Ambode camp had hoped that yesterday’s meeting will end in their favour but was shocked by the insistence of the party leaders that the governor must step down.
Taraba: Labour Party, SDP, Other Candidates Make Moves To Step Down For PDP Candidate, Kefas Agbu
In just 48 hours to the governorship election, the candidates of the Labour Party, SDP, and some other political parties have made moves to step down for the governorship candidate of the PDP in Taraba, Kefas Agbu.
This, according to information, has created tension in the camp of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its candidate, Emmanuel Bwacha. They expressed shock at this information as it serves as a major boost for Kefas Agbu in the election.
Though they have not officially made their intentions known, the candidates of these parties are considering the move because Kefas Agbu has a brighter chance in the election and has the widest acceptance among every other candidate in the forthcoming election.
Kefas Agbu has been described by major stakeholders of the state as a son of the soil who deserves to be the next governor of the state for the sake of progress, consolidation and a more sophisticated economy. His manifesto also addresses the issues being faced by indigenes of the states.
On the other hand, the APC candidate, Emmanuel Bwacha has been accused of lobbying INEC officials to help him rig the election on Saturday since he has a slim chance at victory in the election.
Bwacha was once booed during one of his rallies in the southern part of Taraba for not helping the people when they needed him. He represented Taraba senatorial district at the national assembly but the people rejected him openly.
Due to this, He is planning to manipulate the INEC officials and disrupt the security system to create tension for his favour in the election.
The Nigeria police force and the INEC are hereby urged to pay close attention to Senator Emmanuel Bwacha during the election.
Written by Oluwatosin Alex
Taraba Muslim Communities Reject APC Candidate, Sen Emmanuel Bwacha Ahead Of Election
By Oluwatosin Alex
The Muslim communities in Taraba state have rejected the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Emmanuel Bwacha ahead of the governorship election set to hold on Saturday, 11th Of March, 2023.
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha visited communities in Jalingo, Yorro, Ardo-Kola, Karim Lamido, Lau and Zing to sell his candidacy and to also push the religion narrative but was vehemently resisted by a total rejection by the populace of the communities.
According to reports, Emmanuel Bwacha had gone to meet some of the Islamic scholars in these communities to seek their support and ‘bribed’ them with millions of naira to support his bid to become the next governor of the state.
It was however not revealed if the influential Islamic scholars accepted the largesse but an attempt to get the support of the populace failed totally.
This has added to the challenges Emmanuel Bwacha has faced since the beginning of his campaign. He currently doesn’t know if he is a contestant or not because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused to include his name on the ballot. He was in court a few days ago to seek an order asking the electoral commission to include his name but no positive development has come out of it.
Several allegations have trailed senator Emmanuel Bwacha following his ambition. He has been accused of conniving with INEC officials to rig the election, making plans to manipulate the BVAS device, attempting to contaminate the security system during the election, and many more which he is yet to debunk.
Why Taraba Governorship Election Will Be A Walk-Over Victory For PDP’s Kefas Agbu
Even though there is tension in almost every state in Nigeria due to the governorship election coming up on Saturday, 11th Of March, 2023, Taraba seems to be the only state without so much tension because the people technically know their next governor is the candidate of the PDP, Kefas Agbu.
This is no because he has the support of the incumbent or the PDP is the ruling party in the state but when we talk about wide acceptance by the people, Kefas Agbu seem to be the only one among other candidates who can boldly say he is widely accepted in the state by every tribe, religion, ethnic groups, sections in the state.
Kefas Agbu is not a novice in the nation’s development, he has contributed immensely to the development of the country right from his days as a military personnel in the Niger-Delta region of the country. He made successful efforts to restore peace to the region at a time when there was so much hostility around. Even in Taraba state, Kefas Agbu’s antecedents have placed him above every other candidate in the election.
For the people of Taraba, electing Kefas Agbu as the next governor of the state is more like handing over the state to someone who is part of them, one who has lived with them, one who has experience, one who knows where the shoe pinches and knows the solution the state needs to move forward. There are other candidates but none of them has the capacity of Kefas Agbu when we talk of nation building, positive contributions to the state, investment in the state, acceptance by the people, among a host of many others.
The wide acceptance Kefas Agbu has was evident in every of his rallies even in places that could be described as the most rural area in Taraba state. Among the candidates, Kefas Agbu is the only one that took his campaigns from the urban areas down to the most rural areas in the state, no one has ever done this successfully. How then won’t the people love him with everything within them?
Apart from his antecedents and wide acceptance, his biggest opponent in the election, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, the candidate of the APC is battling with the court to mandate INEC to include his name in the ballot paper. At the moment, the INEC has not recognized him as a contestant in the election following a Supreme Court order that sacked him as a candidate in the election. What this simply means is that the APC doesn’t have any candidate for the governorship election in Taraba state.
Although, the inclusion of Emmanuel Bwacha on the ballot paper will not make any difference to the bright chances of Kefas Agbu. Bwacha, being a senator representing Taraba South, has not spearheaded any significant development in his senatorial districts. He lacks the wide acceptance unlike Kefas Agbu so being on the ballot would even make it more interesting.
As earlier said, the people of Taraba already see their next governor in Kefas Agbu, the election will only be a formality and will be a landslide victory for the PDP.
By Oluwatosin Alex
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