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Arewa Group Backs Tinubu, Amaechi, Others To Succeed Buhari

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The Arewa Mandate Initiative (AMI) has backed Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi, Orji Uzor Kalu and others to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

The AMI in a statement issued by Malam Muhammad Mubarak, FCT, Coordinator and Alhaji Aminu Muhammed, Sokoto Secretary respectively, said the endorsement was in line with the gentleman agreement reached by the leaders of the party at the formative stage in 2015.

The statement read: “Flowing from our engagements with various All Progressives Youths groups, across the North, the Arewa Mandate Initiative, AMI, wishes to announce that majority of the APC, members support that the presidency should move to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in 2023.

“This consensus was reached after months of serious consultations with the youth groups and major stakeholders in the party, spread across all the three geo-political zones of the North-West, North-Central, and the North-East.

“The Arewa Mandate Initiative, which has been spearheading the support for power shift to the south, had conducted three major rounds of surveys among the APC supporters, on the 2023 presidential power shift, and found that majority of the APC family fully support that power should move to the south in line with the gentleman agreement reached by the leaders of the party in 2015.

“In line with this popular demand, the AMI hereby wishes to urge those who might be nursing the presidential ambition from the North to shelf the idea in the interest of our party and national unity.

“While the Arewa Mandate Initiative, recognizes the right of all Nigerians to seek for any elective office of their choice as this is a constitutionally guaranteed right, it would however urge northern politicians to let go of their presidential ambition, as part of their own sacrifice for the unity and stability of Nigeria.

“The AMI, in furtherance of the search for a president from the south that could match the pedigree and patriotic credentials of President Muhammadu Buhari, has beamed its searchlights on some individuals that may be the choice acceptable across the board, for the north and south.

“Though certain individuals in the south have been identified as likely choices for the presidency, the Mandate group has decided to keep things under wraps, for now, to allow for wider consultations.

“As part of its assignments, the AMI, has initiated talks/discussions with high ranking members of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, and the Middle Belt Forum, MBF, with a view to having a consensus on a presidential material acceptable to the North, as the general elections draw near.

“Among the names that the Arewa Mandate Initiative and the support groups are considering from the south-south, include, former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba, SAN, the Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr Timipriye Sylvia, Minister of Transport, Chief Rotimi Amechi, and the Minister of Niger Delta, NDDC, Chief Godswill Akpabio, and from the South-West, includes names like Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Minister of works Raji Fashola, Governor of Ekiti, John Kayode Fayemi, and Minister of Interior, Rauf AregbeShola.”

The group stated that it is also looking at names like the Minister of Science and Tech, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former Governor of Abia, Dr Orji Uzoh Kalu, Governor of Ebonyi State, Umahi, and the former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, from the South-East.

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Tinubu Congratulates Muslims at Ramadan

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Tinubu Congratulates Muslims at Ramadan

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, joins Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

In a special press statement on Tuesday by his Media Office and signed by Mr. Tunde Rahman, the former Lagos governor said: “I join Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in observance of this blessed month of Ramadan. For this special and holy month serves to remind us of the peace-loving and compassionate principles of our faith and encourages us to be even more faithful to these principles that we may all move closer to Allah in our daily lives.

“During this month, adult Muslims are enjoined to abstain from food and drinks and other worldly things from dawn to sunset. This spirit of sacrifice, discipline, and perseverance symbolised by denying the body of food and drinks must engender the spirit of humility, mercy and kindness in us individually and as a true community of faith. Through this self control and perseverance, we are moved to beneficial introspection, self-discovery and self-development.

“”I urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to be guided by this spirit in their interactions with fellow Muslims, but equally important also in their relations with their neighbours and Nigerians of other faiths as well. We must do so not only for the holy month of Ramadan but everyday of our lives.

“Nigeria faces many present challenges but none of these challenges can defeat us so long as we remain true to the tenets of our faith by extending the hand of brotherhood and goodness to those around us. We grow in strength through unity and compassion, not through division and recrimination. Thus, the call and spirit of the holy month are much needed now.

“May we all join as brothers in pursuit of peace and harmony for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. May Almighty Allah continue to guide us with his munificent hand and open our hearts and minds that we may have the ability to fast, worship and reap the spiritual benefits of this holy month. Ramadan Mubarak.”

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How Recklessness Of Some APC Leaders May Cost The Party In 2023 – Progressive Governors’ Forum

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The Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might lose to its main opposition party in the 2023 elections over the “recklessness” of some of its leaders.

Lukman, who has been vocal about his grievances with the APC’s national leadership, said the ruling party is its own major opponent in the next round of general elections.

He said these on Monday via a statement titled ‘Determining Factors for 2023 Contests in APC’.

“An inconvenient reality, which every APC leader and member, committed and working to protect the electoral viability of the party, should be worried about is that the strongest opponent of the APC is within the APC,” he said.

“The truth is, other parties, especially the PDP, are shadow opposition whose electoral prospects are largely dependent on the outcome of internal contests in the APC, mainly because of the reckless and undisciplined conducts of some APC leaders.”

Lukman noted the ruling party lost governorship elections in many states including Rivers and Zamfara because of in-house crises that made aggrieved leaders work against the party’s interests.

He said the APC has been able to win important elections including the last presidential poll because of the loyalty and support President Muhammadu Buhari commands.

“The question, which every APC leader and member needs to answer is, will the APC continue to enjoy such an electoral advantage when President Buhari is not the Presidential candidate of the party?” he added.

“Is there another leader in the APC with the towering electoral profile of President Buhari? Whether there is another leader with the electoral profile of President Buhari, is yet to be seen, at least not based on any electoral evidence.

“Part of the requirement for APC to be able to retain the electoral advantage of President Buhari is that factors of blind trusts in the party must be eliminated. No matter the estimation of support or opposition of members of the new NWC to the ambitions of leaders, APC leaders must have very high moral credentials such that when the NWC erred, they are not beyond correction.”

The PGF DG, who had earlier cautioned Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee, on repeating the mistakes of previous leaders, commended him for “bringing back sanity into the party.”

He said while this has made APC “become more attractive for political leaders of other parties”, it must regulate the conduct of political leaders especially elected representatives.

“(The) inability to develop the capacity to regulate the conducts of party leaders will be injurious to the vision of developing the APC as a truly progressive party,” he added.

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Edo Assembly Clears 15 Appointees As Special Advisers

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Edo State House of Assembly on Monday cleared 15 nominees for appointment as special advisers to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The clearance was sequel to a letter dated March 31, signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Osarodion Ogie, requesting the lawmakers to approve the appointment.

The letter said: “I write at the instance of Governor Obaseki to inform the House about the need to appoint special advisers to the governor.”

“Accordingly, Mr. Governor has directed me to seek the approval of the House for the appointment of 15 special advisers to the governor.”

The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Henry Okhuarobo, urged members to approve the governor’s request, saying it was the first step to constituting the state executive council.

The lawmakers unanimously in a voice vote approved the governor’s request to appoint the 15 special advisers.

Speaker Mr. Marcus Onobun thereafter directed the Clerk, Mr. Yahaya Omogbai, to convey copies of the approval to the governor for action.

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