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Inclusion Of PDP Senator Nnamani Was Not A Mistake – Tinubu Campaign Council

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The Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress on Monday defended its inclusion of the name of a Peoples Democratic Party Senator, Chimaroke Nnamani, in its list of individuals tasked with the responsibility to ensure victory for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, at next year’s polls.

In a statement on Monday, the Council’s Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, said Nnamani’s name on the list was not a mistake, adding that the list was not in any way partial.

Onanuga said, “The PCC will also want to clarify that the appearance of the name of Chimaroke Nnamani, a distinguished senator from Enugu State, was not a mistake.

“He is on the list in his own right as a supporter of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“Distinguished Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who is still away in the United States, is a very close friend of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“He may not be on the field with us as a PDP senatorial candidate in Enugu East, but his presence is indicative that he may have chosen to give ‘moral support’ to his old-time friend and brother.

“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate the extent of Senator Nnamani’s support for his friend and brother. That is part of his fundamental human right which supersedes any provision in a Party Constitution. His position and allegiance to his party is self-defining and does not need any qualifying by us.

“Any explanation as to his status should be coming from the other party and not from us who are very proud to be associated with him.”

Nnamani, who currently represents Enugu East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was listed as the 350th member of the 422-man list released on Friday night.

The situation came as a surprise to many Nigerians but the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, on Saturday said Tinubu enjoys support beyond the APC and it is not unusual for the “cross-party alignment”.

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Islamic Cleric Justifies APC Muslim-Muslim Presidential Ticket

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An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Daimagoro, has said that there is nothing wrong in the pairing of a Muslim candidate with another Muslim deputy candidate adopted by the All Progressives Congress in its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.

 

Danmaigoro, while speaking at a prayer session organised in honour of Kwara state governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, in Ilorin on Monday cited the recent election of two Christians as governor and deputy governor in Osun State, which he noted as an attestation to the propriety of the Muslim- Muslim presidential ticket of the APC.

Danmaigoro noted that the people of Osun State jettisoned religious sentiments by voting for the Peoples Democratic Party’s Christian-Christian ticket in the governorship election.

 

“If there is nothing wrong in the people of Osun State voting for the PDP’s Christian-Christian ticket, then there is nothing wrong in Nigerians supporting the presidential candidate of the APC and his running mate, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kassim Shettima who are both Muslims.

“What should be paramount in the minds of Nigerians is the election of capable hand as the nation’s next president and Tinubu has all it takes to make Nigeria great again,” the cleric said.

 

Though the event was meant to mark the birthday of a former Commissioner in the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commision, AlhAbdulHameed Sambo, it was turned to a prayer ground for both Governor AbdulRazaq and Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

Dignitaries that graced the event included the special Adviser on Strategy to Kwara State governor, Saadu Salahu; a former state lawmaker, Barr. Bamidele Aluko; the chairman of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki; APC stalwart, Alh. Baba Adefalu; Brigadier- General Agbabiaka; and a retired permanent secretary in the state, Alhaja Mopelola AbdulRahman; amongst others.

 

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Adeleke Makes First Appointments As Osun Governor

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The newly sworn-in Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, made his first appointment as he named Rasheed Olawale as his Chief Press Secretary.

Adeleke also approved the appointment of Kazeem Akinleye as his Chief of Staff and Teslim Igbalaye as the Secretary to the State Government.

The appointments, according to the governor, take immediate effect.

Adeleke, who was sworn in on Sunday froze all government accounts and also reversed the state’s name from the State of Osun to Osun State.

The ‘Dancing Senator’ as he is called accused his predecessor Gboyega Oyetola of taking some malicious actions against him including the appointment of permanent secretaries.

Adeleke thus ordered the “immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions. Immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets. An immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after the 17th of July 2022.

“An immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, Osun State. All government insignia, correspondences, and signages should henceforth reflect Osun State rather than State of Osun which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution.”

 

Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the governorship election in July floored Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who sought reelection as governor. The PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 local government and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

The APC candidate has since dragged the winner to the election tribunal over alleged electoral malfeasance.

 

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Upholds Bwacha, Binani’s Governorship Candidacy

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The Court of Appeal in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.

The Appeal Court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the APC governorship candidates for both states.

 

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