Sen. Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, for mobilising the consciousness of youths during his campaign.Tinubu stated this when he visited Gov Bello in Abuja, barely 72 hours after his emergence as the flag bearer of APC ahead of the 2023 presidential election.Tinubu described Bello as his son, adding that the governor was reminded of “what the nation wants to be.”Tinubu was accompanied on the visit by three governors —Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Bello Matawalle (Zamfara); and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).A former Governor of Edo and ex-APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was also at the meeting.The presidential hopeful also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level-playing ground for all the contestants during the special convention and primary. Tinubu said, “The man of the convention, the man of democracy for that day was Muhammadu Buhari. “If you want to run, run; you want to crawl, crawl; you want to dance, dance.“Yahaya Bello is my son; you mobilised the consciousness of the youth in the county. You remind us of what the nation wants to be.Tinubu described his victory as a very good step for the APC stakeholders to work for one united country that is concened about prosperity.He also thanked all members of the Yahaya Bello Campaign Organisation, adding that, “ You all made a mark, you were resolute.”The APC presidential flagbearer also thanked the party’s leadership for ensuring that the convention ended peacefully.“The (opposition) thought there would be chaos and crisis. But we saw peace. Emi lokan. It’s my turn,” he said.Tinubu said that he was very proud of the Director-General of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, Hafsat Abiola-Costello.He noted that the peace and joy being enjoyed in the country was owed to her late father, “MKO Abiola, the reason June 12 became a public holiday.”He also revealed that it was in the house of Kudirat Abiola (Hafsat’s mother) that he found the cap with which he disguised and fled Nigeria. “I’m happy to be back to save Nigeria,” he added.Tinubu also saluted the courage of Gov Matawalle who, he said, faced the worst form of opposition, including banditry.“I thought the termites would eat him up. He listened to the words of elders, brought reconciliation and peace to Zamfara State,” Tinubu said.Responding, Gov Bello announced that he had collapsed his Presidential Campaign Council and would donate the building to Tinubu’s campaign organisation.The governor promised that he would be on the streets to campaign for Tinubu and take APC to victory,“Today, I have collapsed my Presidential Campaign Organisation.” I am donating my campaign organisation secretariat to you. I have learnt a lot from the little lecture you gave to us.“What elders see when they are in the valley, the younger ones won’t see it,” Bello said.The governor noted that the convention and election had come and gone and promised to lead the youth to campaign for Tinubu to ensure that APC would win convincingly.“Never again will PDP lead this country. Thank you all my colleague governors for giving me the opportunity to learn from you.“Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC national chairman) has never lost election and we will win the 2023 election. Our convention went well and peacefully,” he added.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC),M 2023 Presidential Candidate, has charged the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), to stand strong, united and vigilant ahead of the elections.Mr Felix Morka, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, said on Friday in a statement that Tinubu gave the charge when Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s National Chairman, led members of the NWC to visit him.Morka said the team was at Tinubu’s Abuja residence, to congratulate him for emerging as the party’s 2023 Presidential Candidate.Tinubu was quoted in the statement as saying that staying strong, united and vigilant is critical to defeating attempts by opposition moles and spies to infiltrate and undermine cohesion in the party.The former two-term governor of Lagos State, and one of the leaders of the APC, pledged his total commitment to working with the party to achieve victory in the general elections.He congratulated the NWC, APC members, and Nigerians, for the remarkably successful conduct of the party’s National Convention that saw his emergence as its presidential candidate.Tinubu expressed confidence in the APC NWC, and its leadership to ensure victory in the coming elections.Adamu had on his part during the visit, restated the commitment of the APC NWC, to deliver the presidency to the party, and Tinubu in the 2023 General Elections.He assured Tinubu of the NWC’s resolve and determination to mobilise the leadership and base of the party, to secure a decisive victory for the party in the polls.“The APC and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are the only choices that will ensure a prosperous, economically stable and harmonious Nigeria,” the statement quoted Adamu as saying.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Tinubu emerged as APC’s Presidential Candidate for the 2023 General Elections at its just concluded Special Convention and Presidential Primary Election on Wednesday.
Tinubu, who contested the party’s presidential ticket with 13 other aspirants, polled 1,271 votes at the election to pick the ticket.
Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past Minister of Transportation, came second with 316 votes, while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 delegate votes.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ghana Chapter, has urged the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu to pick a female as his running mate.
The Chairman of APC Ghana, Mr Oghenosa Micheletti, who made the appeal in a statement on Friday, recalled that Tinubu, who fielded a female running mate, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele ((1999-2003), helped him run a successful government.
Micheletti noted that Tinubu’s choice of a female as deputy led to the emergence of many women as deputy governors in Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that apart from Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, who was deputy to former Lagos State Governor, Michael Otedola, from 1992 to 1993, the state has enjoyed having female deputy governors through Tinubu’s support.
They include Sarah Sosan (2007-2011) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2011-2015) and Dr Oluranti Adebule (2015-2019).
NAN also reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had given the presidential and governorship candidates of the 18 registered political parties eight days, to pick and submit the lists of their running mates
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the directive on Thursday in Abuja, at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
Micheletti who is also the Treasurer of APC Diaspora Chairmen Forum, congratulated Tinubu on his emergence as APC Presidential Candidate, adding that the former Lagos State governor’s candidature would usher in a Nigeria that everyone envisaged.
“What this also means is that when Tinubu wins, Nigeria will have its first female vice president that will go down in history.
“Tinubu’s candidature will ensure victory for APC in 2023 and ultimately, the consolidation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacies.
“With a female vice presidential candidate, Tinubu will be the first presidential candidate of a ruling party to do so, and it will usher in the gender balance that some of us advocate for.
“Tinubu shall consolidate on infrastructure, confront decisively the insecurity challenges in the country, and address the economy, using a more magnifying Lagos State template for the nation.”
According to him, the APC, through its primaries, has again shown Nigerians that it remains a truly progressive party.
“The landslide victory of our Leader, Tinubu is an indication that our delegates made the right choice; his popularity and acceptance as the only formidable politician that can guarantee victory for our party in the general election is evident in the wide margin of results at the primaries.
“No doubt his track record as a true democrat and impactful leader through the years, is an undeniable factor in his triumph.’
The APC Ghana chairman also applauded the party’s national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, for organising a free and fair primary election where the will of the people prevailed.
“We appreciate our president, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for his exemplary leadership, particularly for not imposing any candidate on the party.
“We also congratulate all the aspirants for displaying great sportsmanship which has added value to our democratic system.
“It is now time to close ranks and unite the party for the tasks ahead. The party leadership must reach out to all aggrieved members especially the aspirants in the contest and their followers, because we are one family that can only win in 2023 with a united front,” Micheletti added.
He, therefore, pledged the support of members of the party in Ghana for the APC in the 2023 General Elections.
Tinubu won the APC Presidential Primary on Wednesday, beating 13 other aspirants to clinch the party’s ticket.
The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has assured the party’s presidential flag bearer, Sen. Bola Tinubu, of the party’s full support.
This he said was to enable the ApC towards deliver Tinubu as president in the 2023 general elections.
Adamu made the pledge in a statement by Tinubu’s spokesperson, Mr Tunde Rahman on Thursday in Abuja.
Rahman said that Adamu gave the assurance when the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members visited Tinubu to congratulate him for winning the party’s presidential ticket at the just concluded primary election held on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the party’s leadership will work assiduously to deliver Tinubu as president.
He said: “We thank God for giving you to us and to all Nigerians and by making you the presidential flag bearer of our party for the 2023 election.
“You have come a long way; you have seen it all. I can tell you that we have a commitment beyond description, a commitment to deliver you as president.
“Our party has spoken loud and clear, and delivering the will of the people, our delegates have given you the mandate to lead.
“We are all now your soldiers. We will follow you to all the nooks and crannies of this country and we will not rest on our oars until we have delivered you as president.”
Responding, Tinubu, who is also a former governor of Lagos state, thanked the chairman and members of the NWC for the honour, adding that as a member of the party, he belonged to the same progressive family.
The APC presidential flag bearer said the committee had formed a very dynamic team in a short period of time and as such, sent jitters to other parties that the party remained united.
Tinubu, therefore, urged them to continue to live up to expectations,” as I have done throughout my campaign,”
He assured the NWC that he was ready to reciprocate and vindicate every effort in making the ultimate sacrifice, which remained relentless public service to our beloved nation.
“We have begun a new story of greatness, prosperity in the history of our nation. You helped me to complete the introduction, we must now work together to etch the substance of the book itself.
“Our book will not be complete until you have delivered me as president,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu described the APC chairman as a straight-forward, focused and courageous man.
He added that the party’ chairman had worked together with him as a fellow-governor in the class of 1999 governors.
“I thank you and I reiterate my commitment to the greatness of our party. We must work together, we must not let our enemies who want to divide us succeed.
“We must not allow it. Almighty Allah will crown our work with success as we embark on the journey to a greater Nigeria.”
Among the NWC members who joined the chairman on the visit were the Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Abubakar Kyari; Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Emma Eneukwu; National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore; National Publicity Secretary, Mr Felix Morka.
Others included the National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Sulaiman Argungu; National Woman Leader, Dr Betta Edu, and National Youth Leader, Mr Dayo Israel, National Vice Chairman (South-West): Dr Isaac Kekemeke; National Vice Chairman (South-South): Chief Victor Giadom, and National Vice Chairman (North-East), Comrade Mustapha Salihu.
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has ordered re-run for the governorship primaries in 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Benue.
The Chairman, Benue Governorship Re-run Committee, Mr Joel Omajali, disclosed this when he addressed APC members on Thursday in Makurdi.
Omajali listed the affected LGAs as Kwande, Ushongo, Buruku, Konshisha, Ogbadibo, Agatu, Ohimini, Ado, Oju, Okpokwu, Obi and Apa.
He, however, stated that, in Buruku LGA, the re-run would take place in only three council wards namely: Mbaya, Mbaapen and Binev, respectively.
He said that the party in the state was in a race against time, as it was the last day for the submission of candidates by parties to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We have a timeline for this exercise. We are supposed to turn in our results latest by 5pm today, since it is the last day for all primaries.
“If we do not do it now, then Benue will risk not having a candidate. So, the Returning Officers will be dispatched on time, Omajali said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on June 4, the Appeal Committee of the APC recommended the nullification of the governorship primaries.
The Benue APC had adopted direct primaries which the governorship congress held on May 27, produced a suspended Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia as winner.
The appeal committee, in a report submitted to the National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, on Saturday in Abuja, said the exercise should be nullified, to avoid the agony of not fielding a candidate in the 2023 governorship election in Benue State.
The report was signed by the Benue APC Primary Election Appeal Committee Chairman, Mr Uzoamaka Onyeama, and the Secretary, Gyang Dung Gyang.
The committee said it received petitions and reports from party faithful and citizens of the state, including governorship aspirants, Sen. Barnabas Gemade, Prof. Terhemba Shija, Mr. Michael Aondoaka (SAN), that the said governorship primaries never hold.
The report in part reads: “the few result sheets the aspirants presented to us had more curiously no agent of the governorship aspirants or agent of the declared candidate to prove the results sheets produced and declared genuine.
“It is the submission of the Appeal committee members that form the foregoing, the past event of Zamfara State and the most latest and potent danger of Anambra State; that no governorship primary held in Benue State and we recommend as follows; that the NWC cancel in its entirety the gubernatorial primary election in Benue State and conduct a fresh election.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Zamfara chapter has congratulated Bola Tinubu for emerging the party’s flag bearer for the presidential election at the party’s special convention.
According to the party, delegates made the best choice for Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement issued by the party’s Publicity secretary, Yusuf Idris in Gusau on Thursday.
Idris described Tinubu’s emergence as the party’s flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election as a welcome development.
“The state APC under the leadership of Tukur Danfulani commends the delegates across the country that participated in the primaries and made the best choice for Nigeria.
“The former governor of Lagos State and leader of our great party, has overtime demonstrated leadership prowess through the mentoring of many prominent Nigerians to exalted positions.
“We are confident that the party is on the right path of success in the coming 2023 general elections.
“Tinubu had set up a strong development plan for Lagos as its two times governor which the state is still benefitting from as the subsequent leadership is being handled by his beneficiaries.
“We are very confident that if such a committed leader takes over as president, Zamfara will be part of the early beneficiaries of the administration.
“This will significantly address the issue of insecurity and bring it to a conclusive end.’’
The statement also quoted Danfulani as commending “President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing internal democracy in the party which demonstrated his earlier stand of not imposing or anointing any candidate’’.
“We appreciate the effort by national APC chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu for managing the challenges up to the level of conducting free, fair and credible convention acceptable to all meaning Nigerians.
“We wish to particularly commend APC northern governors for coming together to support the shifting of the mantle of the nation’s leadership to the South.
“We appreciate them for supporting unity, peace and stability in the party which led to Tinubu’s emergence as the best candidate.’’ (
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued discussions on the possibility of coming up with a concensus candidate ahead of Tuesday’s Special Convention for its presidential primary election.Alhaji Abba Kyari, Vice Chairman, North, of the party, on Monday in Abuja, said discussions on the issue would continue tonight at the house of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman.Kyari spoke to newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting between governors elected on the party’s platform and members of its National Working Committee (NWC) at the party’s national secretariat.When asked if the party had come up with a concensus candidate, Kyari said: “the discussion continues tonight at the house of the party’s national chairman”.He said the possibility of the party coming up with a concensus candidate before the primaries, could therefore not be ruled out.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 2,340 delegates from the 774 Local Government Areas in the country and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are expected to vote at the APC presidential primary.The delegates are expected to cast their votes for their preferred aspirant that would emerge as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.Though, 23 presidential aspirants bought the party’s presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the presidency, 13 were cleared by the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun presidential screening committee.President Muhammadu Buhari, at a dinner with the party’s presidential aspirants on Saturday, backed the rotation of power to the Southern part of the country in 2023.This limited the numbers of aspirants that would be contesting the party’s 2023 presidential ticket at the primary to those from the South if a concensus candidate is not picked.NAN also reports that 11 governors from the North had in a statement on Saturday, announced their decision to support power shift to the South after the end of the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.The governors, while urging presidential aspirants from the northern part of the country to step down from the 2023 presidential race, said, ”the decision to support power shift to the South is in the best interest of the country”.The APC Special Convention for its presidential primary election holds at the Abuja Eagle Square.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) has denied reports that it has endorsed Senate President Ahmad Lawan, as its concensus candidate for 2023 election. Alhaji Sulaiman Arugugun, APC National Organising Secretary said this when he spoke with newsmen after an NWC meeting in Abuja on Monday.He acknowledged that Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman briefed the committee on the issue, saying however, that it was not delibrated at the meeting.“You can see that we are all just coming out of the NWC meeting and we were fully briefed by our national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu.“And he did briefed us that Sen. Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate is our concensus candidate for the APC national convention.“That is the information he gave us, but it not an issue that was delibrated on the floors of the NWC.“It was just an information he gave us and all of us are entitled to our opinions as democrats,” Argungu said.The APC National Organising Secretary added that the decision was not from the party’s NWC, stressing that it was an individual decision that was never delibrated by the committee.Arugugun said that the APC NWC was in agreement with Saturday’s resolution of the 11 Northern governors that the presidency must shift to the South in 2023 after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 11 governors from the North had in a statement, announced their support for power shift to the South at the end of the tenure of Buhari.The governors while urging APC presidential aspirants from the region to step down from the 2023 presidential race, said, ”the decision to support power shift to the South is in the best interest of the country”.The Northern APC governors also commended their Jigawa counterpart, Gov. Abubakar Badaru, for withdrawing from the race ahead of the presidential primaries slated from June 6 to June 8. The governors who signed the communique at the end of the meeting included Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Gov. Sani Bello, Niger; Gov.Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa and Gov. Umara Zulum, Borno.
Others were Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Gov. Umar Ganduje, Kano State; Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and former Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto; Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State; Gov. Muhammad Yahaya, Gombe state, and Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.
Buhari had at a meeting with APC presidential aspirants on Saturday, approved power shift to the South in 2023 poll.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Presidential aspirant on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s only interest is to field the best candidate that will defeat other opponents in the 2023 presidential election.
Bello said this at a media appearance on Sunday in Abuja, noting that the candidate must be able to give the people the right kind of leadership while building on the successes of the President.
The governor said that he was optimistic that the best candidate would be chosen irrespective of region, tribe or religion, stressing that Nigerians were clamouring for who would solve the challenges of the country.
Bello, therefore, expressed optimism that he would emerge as the chosen candidate considering all that he had achieved in Kogi in terms of security, unity and progress, building on the successes of President Buhari.
“Mr President has always been providing a very wonderful leadership, the National Chairman has equally been providing a superlative leadership for our party and for our country and yesterday’s (Saturday) meeting was one of them.
“For us as aspirants in the forthcoming primary elections, we were asked to make a consensus among ourselves on who will emerge so that we can come up with one formidable candidate against the PDP.
“It is very gladdening and I know that by the grace of God, we are going to come up with the one strong candidate.
“And, I am very optimistic that I, Yahaya Bello, as the candidate to build on the leadership and successes of President Muhammadu Buhari, will emerge as the consensus candidate by the special grace of God, considering our achievements and successes in Kogi on security, unity and progress.
“Nigeria of today is all out for who is coming to solve Nigeria’s problem and not where you come from and that leadership, I by the special grace of God will provide for Nigeria,” Bello said.
On the fate of the party after the special national convention, Bello said that the party as always will come out stronger than ever before, commending the party’s leadership for a smooth process all the way.
“By the special grace of God, we are going to come out stronger than ever before. This kind of anxieties were expressed in the last convention that came up with Sen. Abdullahi Adamu as the National Chairman and other committee members.
“This kind of anxieties came up when we were electing our senators, governors and all our candidates across boards three weeks ago and we all came out very strongly.
‘By the special grace of God, I am optimistic that we are going to come out very strongly.
“By the special grace of God, I Yahaya Bello of Kogi State shall win that convention and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the general elections come 2023,” Bello added.
Bello, however, urged delegates of the parties to vote him in the forthcoming elections to give him the opportunity to continue the legacies of President Buhari to build a safe, united prosperous Nigeria.
“And, by the special grace of God, I Yahaya Bello of Kogi State shall win that convention and be the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the general elections come 2023,” Bello said.
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has warned that the party would penalise any member that disrespects its leadership, irrespective of one’s position.Adamu issued the warning on Saturday in Abuja at a news conference while reacting to the recent outburst of Sen. Bola Tinubu on President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abeokuta.Tinubu, a former two-term governor of Lagos State, is a frontline presidential aspirant of the APC and also one of the party’s leaders.“Within the last three days, the country, and the world of the social media have been inundaunted with the report of one of our leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state, when he went for his campaign in Abeokuta, Ogun.“In the course of his address, he went as far as to mention what happened between him and President Muhamadu Buhari.“He went as far as saying how Gen. Muhammadu Buhari went to him, citing instances of even prostrating in tears begging him to endorse him and to support him for the presidency.“He claimed Buhari went to him, his utterances are very insulting.“It’s very very unbecoming for a person of that standing to do what he did to the sitting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.“It is amazing how a fellow APC person would make that kind of comment in that kind of circumstances about the president.“We take exception to this, it has shown that he does not show any appreciable level of respect for the office of Mr President.“Therefore, we want to make it public that we are saddened by what we saw in the video in that reportage and we condemn it in the strongest of terms.“We do hope that he would never say that kind of thing again,” the APC national chairman said.Adamu noted that although there was a retraction of the comment by Tinubu, the effort was not adequate.He said at the time Tinubu made the comments, the party’s presidential screening committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had not presented its report to the party’s leadership.He said there was therefore no justification for the outburst of the former Lagos State governor at the time he spoke.On whether there would be punitive measures against Tinubu, Adamu said:“You see in Hausa there is a proverb that once you take hold of any amount of grass from a thatched house and you pulled it off from the roof, you can’t replace the same number of grass.“What is out is out, what he did say was not an apology, it is just like trying to retract and you say, I didn’t mean this. It’s a problem of misinterpretation. It is not a regret.“If there is the need to penalise any member of the party, not just Bola Tinubu, anybody, we will bring him to the party’s book, anybody as we watch events as they unfold.”Adamu dismissed speculations that 10 out of the party’s 23 presidential aspirants had been disqualified.“I want to say very clearly that no aspirant has been disqualified. It’s like sitting in an examination.“Even if you pass, there is grading from first-class to ordinary pass, so no aspirant was disqualified, incidentally, the president has invited all of them to a dinner today (Saturday),” he said.