April 1, 2023



2023 presidency: Wike will work for Tinubu – Masari

An All Progressives Congress (ACF) chieftain, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, has confirmed the London parley between Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike and the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

There have been media reviews that the previous Lagos state governor met with some PDP stakeholders underneath the management of Governor Wike. 

The assembly, in accordance with Masari, was a affirmation that the governor would work for the APC normal bearer throughout the 2023 presidential election.

Wike, a Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) governor, is presently at loggerheads along with his occasion after shedding on the presidential major.

Additional to this, efforts by the Wike group to get the vice presidential slot additionally failed because the PDP flagbearer , former Vice President Atiku Abubakar picked Delta state Governor Ifenayi Okowa as his operating mate.

Efforts by the occasion to reconcile with Wike have continued to fail, as his group insisted the PDP nationwide chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, should go to permit for a southerner to step in because the occasion’s chair.

They argued that since Atiku, a northerner emerged because the occasion’s presidential candidate, it’s solely truthful that Ayu, one other northerner, ought to give up for fairness and balancing.

Though the occasion seems in a quagmire, however the duo of Ayu and Bauchi state Governor Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed mentioned there’s no trigger for alarm.

Masari speaks

Confirming Governor Wike’s assist for Tinubu’s bid, Masari, an affiliate of the APC nationwide chief and former place holder of the occasion’s operating mate, mentioned the PDP governor would assist the APC presidential candidate.

Masari who spoke from London Wednesday, informed the BBC Hausa Service that it’s true Tinubu met Wike and they might proceed to fulfill in the end.

“The assembly was mainly on the 2023 Presidential election and by God’s grace, we’re going to work with His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike ,he’ll help and we’re going to win the election with ease, by the need of God,” Masari mentioned.

On whether or not Wike meant becoming a member of the ruling occasion to correctly help Tinubu win the election, the occasion chieftain mentioned he was not within the place to talk on that.

He, nonetheless, mentioned the governor should not essentially go away the most important opposition occasion earlier than supporting his alternative candidate.

The occasion chieftain mentioned: “It is because Wike is a giant politician, a Governor and he has management in another states other than his state. He’s good to the folks and has related along with his folks peacefully. By the grace of God, he can be of assist to us.”

On whether or not the brand new political romance would final since Atiku’s camp was  nonetheless pacifying Wike, Masari  mentioned:  “Properly, solely God is aware of what would occur subsequent. However what we’re seeing now, what has transpired is that we’re going to work with Wike and he can be helpful to us.

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” When you might bear in mind, it was APC that brought on the failure of APC in Bauchi, it was members of the occasion that led to the defeat of the Governor from their very own occasion. In Adamawa too. So, what I need folks to know, somebody can nonetheless help you even with out becoming a member of your occasion if he needs to.

“Moreover, with the widespread acceptance of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Nigerians, I can guarantee you by the need of God he’s going to win the election, with or with out assist. However there may be the Hausa adage which says even if you happen to’re lovely, it is best to add to it by taking tub. So, it’s not solely about Wike, we’re additionally speaking with many different Governors.”

Requested if Wike’s assist gained’t placing former minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi in abeyance, Masari mentioned: “No one will do something that may harm Rotimi Amaechi. He is a celebration member, a formidable member of the APC.”

Buhari pledges assist for APC

In a associated improvement, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to assist solely the APC candidates and that no person can be handled as favorite of the Aso Villa throughout the 2023 basic elections.

A press release from the Presidency issued Wednesday by the Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, mentioned: “The presidency needs to place it on report, and on the identical time, reassure devoted occasion members that President Muhammadu Buhari stays a “disciplined soldier” of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and can, in all the approaching elections, assist solely these candidates fielded by the occasion and no different.”

“This can be a warning to decamped occasion members and a few others who’re nonetheless in court docket towards official candidates of the APC that they’re on their very own and no person exterior the occasion tent ought to hyperlink what they’re doing to President Buhari.

“The President needs to be quoted as saying that he’s the “occupant of the excessive workplace of the President by the Grace of God who used the instrumentality of the APC to deliver him to energy with a historic verdict in 2015.

“In 2019, he was returned with an even bigger majority. For the primary time, a non-PDP authorities got here to energy with an enormous majority after 16 years of the Fourth Republic. His fixed chorus is: “I can’t betray or undermine my occasion by supporting candidates apart from these of the APC.

“This assertion will not be towards any specific candidate. Nevertheless, our stand is evident that solely these candidates fielded by the All Progressives Candidates, APC will benefit from the assist of the President and they’re those he’ll marketing campaign for. Nevertheless, we welcome assist for our candidates in any respect ranges by different events.

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“The President says he’ll proceed to assist the occasion in any respect ranges to implement self-discipline, synchronization and coordination.

“He additionally directs officers in and across the Presidential Villa and all these participating in unfastened discuss to withstand making controversial statements that finally find yourself hurting the occasion and the federal government, thereby offering a weapon for the opposition to make use of towards the administration, the occasion or its candidates within the coming elections.”

No trigger for alarm – PDP

However the continuing politicking and the disaster rocking the PDP,  the duo of Senator Ayu and Governor Mohammed described the temper within the occasion forward of the 2023 election as wonderful.

They acknowledged this after the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) with governorship candidates of the occasion throughout the 36 states of the federation Wednesday in Abuja.

Ayu, who disclosed that the candidates got here to specific their issues of their numerous states, mentioned additionally they briefed the occasion management on the hassle they have been making to make sure victory within the 2023 elections.

 “The candidates got here and categorical their issues of their numerous states, briefed NWC on the efforts they’re making of their numerous states to win the election. As you already know, the elections can be gained within the states, not simply on the nationwide degree.

 “I’m very proud of the progress that’s made up to now in numerous states and a few of the little points that we’ve clarified, and it was a particularly helpful assembly. So, we’re blissful that the members of the occasion are very decided that we don’t simply win on the nationwide degree, States Home of  Meeting, Nationwide Meeting, state governorship, we wish to return about 25 state governors or extra as we used to have. So, the temper within the occasion is superb.”

Talking on behalf of the candidates, Bauchi state Governor Mohammed described  the occasion’s governorship candidates as loyal occasion members.

He mentioned: “We imagine within the supremacy and sanctity of the occasion and he has already informed you that the temper could be very wonderful. The candidates are coming collectively uniting the occasion to debate, even problems with reconciliation.” 

Requested in regards to the reported assembly between Tinubu, Wike and a few PDP leaders, Mohammed mentioned: “I’m not conscious of the assembly between different occasion members and governor Wike.”

In his transient remarks, the PDP governorship candidate in Kaduna state, Alhaji Isa Mohammed Ashiru, mentioned there was no disaster within the PDP.

“We’re right here on a consultative assembly with our leaders on the best way ahead and we’ve prolonged discussions and views, relating to the 2023 elections and we’re house and dry,” he famous.

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When requested in regards to the disaster rocking the occasion, Ashiru mentioned: “We don’t have disaster in PDP. I don’t know the place you bought this data.”

 Uba Sani on issue-based marketing campaign 

In a associated improvement, the APC governorship candidate in Kaduna state, Senator Uba Sani has referred to as for issue-based campaigns. 

Talking Wednesday whereas launching Uba Sani Ambassadors (USA), a assist group for his candidacy in Kaduna, the lawmaker mentioned, “marketing campaign of calumny, hate speech or insults won’t assist Nigeria.

 Relatively, campaigns laced with vital points as they have an effect on Nigeria and Nigerians and the candidates’ options of method ahead is what’s going to help the electorates in understanding what the assorted candidates have for them and the way they intend to drive the state ahead.” 

The APC candidate urged occasion supporters and residents to interrogate the candidates’ agenda on training, well being, infrastructure and human capital improvement amongst others.   

Sani mentioned: “I wish to thank the assist group for doing so much. You guys are doing so much. I wish to make it clear right here that for the reason that inception of this group, none of us, both myself or anyone from my marketing campaign workforce has supported them with one kobo and that’s the reason I imagine of their conviction, their dedication, and their assist.

 “This group is among the largest teams we’ve within the marketing campaign prepare, however as a result of we’ve not began the marketing campaign formally, I can’t say a lot. When the marketing campaign begins, we are going to sit with you and the folks of Kaduna state as a result of we’re specializing in politics of points and I wish to urge you to concentrate on points. Our marketing campaign group has already provide you with a few of the issues which we are going to share with you when the marketing campaign begins.

“Many of the main candidates characterize their districts. I need all of you to ask us about our achievements. What we’ve finished for you folks. It’s not the politics of claiming I’ll do that or that however the politics of what have you ever finished. Have you ever ever requested your representatives what they’ve contributed to healthcare companies, training, infrastructure, and human capital improvement sectors of the financial system?”

In his remarks, chairman of the assist group, Musa Ibrahim Zamzam, promised to mobilise 1.3 million votes for the APC guber flagbearer throughout the election, leveraging the capability and functionality of different members of the group of their respective native authorities areas.