A political group, Nigeria for BAT (Bola Ahmed Tinubu), on Monday staged a one-million persons’ solidarity walk in Lagos in support of the APC presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima.
The APC supporters, who defied early morning rainfall, also inaugurated its state executive committee to rally support for as well as the reelection of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
The event, which took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, had in attendance hundreds of APC supporters and leaders from various local government areas and local council development areas.
Others in attendance were representatives of Persons Living With Disabilities, market women and artisans, Nollywood Yoruba actors and representatives of some tertiary institutions in Lagos State.
Speaking, Dr Oyeyemi Ayoola, the Lagos State Coordinator of the group, said that the solidarity walk was aimed at mobilising support for APC candidates in 2023 general elections.
Ayoola said that the walk was intended to show to the world that Tinubu had millions of foot soldiers that were ready to work for the success of his presidential ambition.
“This is to mobilise people from the grassroots for the support of our presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, and Sen. Kashim Shettima, as well as the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. “Nigeria for BAT is a grassroots movement for the APC candidates.
Senator Tinubu has done a lot for Lagos State to deserve being the president of the country.
“In the area of education, he has done a lot to fund education when he was governor.
Same goes to all other sectors of the state.
Tinubu is a leader of leaders,” the coordinator said.
She explained that the walk had to be shortened because of the rainfall and the traffic gridlock, describing it as successful.
According to her, the walk had in attendance the voting population such as the youth and professional bodies as well as representatives of tertiary institutions in the state.
“Market women and artisans were not exempted too.
I am therefore appealing to those that are yet to get their PVCs to do so to bring to an end major challenges bedeviling the country,” Ayoola added.
In his remarks, Mr Moshood Aluko, a former student union leader at the Lagos State University, said, “Tinubu has been pushing everybody in the last 16 years.
“It is time we come out to support our leader and other candidates for a greater Nigeria.
” A Nollywood actor, Olamipo Bamgbopa, said, “When it comes to movement and struggle, women are always at the forefront.
“The administration of Tinubu when he was governor of Lagos State is a government that has made women leaders at the apex body.
“It is not just for the youths but for the female folks.
We have to flow with the tide because BAT is for women.
We have to support him and other candidates.
” The representative of LASUTech, Mr Kehinde Olayemi, said that students in the state would canvass votes for Tinubu and other candidates.
“He is the only candidate that has been going around Nigeria to make the difference.
We believe we will achieve our goal.
“From the very beginning, history has been made and this shall continue to ensure victory for the party come 2023. This is a journey that is going to be very successful,” Olayemi said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted the inauguration of its 422- member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, to Wednesday, Sept. 28. Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity, APC PC, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday night in Abuja.
“The APC Presidential Campaign Council wishes to inform all members nominated to serve in the various directorates to report at the campaign headquarters on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2022 at 8 a.
m. “Nominated members are expected to participate in the special prayer sessions marking the commencement of the 2023 presidential election campaigns,” Onanuga said.
He said that there would be a peace walk immediately after the prayers, saying that all nominees would be issued their letters of appointment on the same day.
He congratulated members of the campaign council, saying it was a call to serve the party with total commitment and sacrifice.
“We know this is a call to serve our great party that will demand total commitment and sacrifice from all of us.
“It is the council’s strong belief that all members will work hard to deliver a resounding victory for our great party in the 2023 presidential election.
“We also want to use this medium to express our profound gratitude to all support groups registered with the campaign council.
“We are aware you have been working assiduously to promote our candidates and the party across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he said.
He said that the APC and the candidates acknowledged their hard work and great financial and human resources that had been voluntarily expended.
Onanuga urged the support groups to continue their good work, adding that the PCC would work with the support groups as it moved along into the campaign season.
He encouraged other groups yet to formally register with the PCC to do so immediately for proper harmonisation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to a list of members of the council earlier released by the party, President Muhammadu Buhari will head the council.
Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the party National Chairman, are to serve as Deputy Chairmen of the council.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director-General with James Faleke as Secretary to the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy Director-General (Operations) while Hadiza Usman is the Deputy Director-General (Administration)
Leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kwara South have protested an alleged exclusion of members of the zone from the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.
Mr Adebayo Daramola, APC Elder and Secretary General, Kwara South Consultative Forum (KSCF), protested the exclusion in a statement issued on Sunday.
He said such exclusion was an afront on the collective sensibility of APC members from the zone.
He added that it would not augur well to exclude the zone that had sacrificed more for the party.
Members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council that made the list from Kwara in the just released names include: Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, La’Aziz Jimoh, Mr Issa Aremu, Mr Issa Onilu.
Others are Mr Rahman Giwa, Sen Gbemisola Saraki, Sen Ibrahim Oloriegbe Ishiaq Modibbo Kawu and Baba Rasaq, the Governor’s younger brotherDaramola expressed worries over the development, adding that all the names released were from Kwara Central and this remained great concern that must be rectified without delay by the leadership of the party.
He said that this is how marginalisation began, but added that such must not be allowed to stand as it would jeopardiae the unity of the party in the state.
He said that the lopsidedness should be holistically addressed in a comprehensive manner that would bring about cohesion in the APC.
According to him, “we should not entertain the impending marginalisation because our fear is that if Sen Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party eventually wins, I hope we won’t be facing same in future appointments.
The statement said that the people of Kwara South APC would not fail to tell such obvious truth, adding that the people had so many competent hands that could function well and add value to the campaign council.
Daramola also frowned at the alienation of Kwara North from the campaign council, stressing that such exclusion was capable of distabilising the party ahead of the general elections.
He urged the governor to immediately intervene, to forestall the danger such exclusion could pose to the unity of the party as the electioneering campaign began.
2023: Osun NNPP denies endorsing Tinubu 2023: Osun NNPP denies endorsing Tinubu NNPP By Victor Adeoti Osogbo, Sept. 24, 2020 The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Osun has denied claim that it has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu.
The Caretaker Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Abdussalam Abdullateef, who made the rebuttal at a news conference on Saturday in Osogbo, urged Nigerians to disregard the claim.
Abdullateef said four members of the party, who purportedly endorsed the APC presidential candidate, were “on their own.
” According to him, the only presidential candidate known to the NNPP is Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, “who has all it takes to give our dear country a new lease of life come May 29, 2023 and beyond”.
“We in the Osun NNPP want to reaffirm our support for His Excellency, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the Presidential Candidate of NNPP.
“He is the most qualified of all the presidential candidates in Nigeria, in terms of education, work experience, political maturity and closeness to the grassroots,” he said.
Abdullateef stated that some past leaders of NNPP in the state were in the habit of using the party to trade for personal interest, which he said led to the change of leadership of the party.
“It may interest the world to know that the leadership of NNPP at the National level has decided to put a stop to this betrayal habit, resulting in the change of the State leadership in Osun State.
“The after effect of the change was the show of shame by four candidates of the party, who purportedly endorsed another presidential candidate as witnessed.
“If candidates of a political party endorse the presidential candidate of another party while still holding on to the mandates of NNPP, their action did not come to us as a surprise.
“Once again, we outrightly dissociate Osun NNPP from people of unstable credentials and anti-party characters.
“As for the genuine members of the party in the state, we further affirm that all candidates of NNPP in Osun State are working towards success at the 2023 polls”, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four candidates of NNPP in the state in the 2023 elections had on Wednesday declared support for the presidential candidate of APC.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released a 422-member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) ahead of the commencement of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign to be headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the list of members of the council released in Abuja on Saturday,Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate and Abdullahi Adamu, its National chairman, are to serve as deputy chairmen of the council .
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau is the Director General with James Faleke as secretary of the council.
Sen. Kashim Shettima, the party’s Vice-Presidential candidate is the vice chairman of the council and Adams Oshiomhole, former APC National Chairman is the deputy director-general (Operations) while Hadiza usman is the deputy director-general (Admin).
The 422-man campaign council has Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Chairman Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), as Vce Chairman and state Coordinator.
Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa-Ibom Governor, is vice chairmen (South-South and Uju Kennedy, the former female APC presidential aspirant is vice chairman South-East. Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa is the Regional Co-ordinator and Chairman for North and his state, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, regional co-ordinator South and Ebonyi; Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River is regional director South-south and Ebonyi.
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu is zonal co-ordinator for South-West and Ondo State; Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello is the zonal co-ordinator for North-central and his state.
Gov. Muhammed Yahaha is zonal co-ordinator for the North-East and Gombe and Gov. Bello Matawalle is the zonal co-ordinator for the North-West and Zamfara.
The list showed that all APC governors are co-ordinators of the presidential council in their respective states and where there was no sitting governors of the party, its governorship candidates were the co-ordinators.
Others appointed were Gov. Yahaha Bello of Kogi as National Youth Co-ordinator, Felix Nicholas, Deputy National Youth Co-ordinator; Festus Keyamo, spokesperson, Chris Tarka, deputy secretary, Gov. Kayode Fayemi is the Co-ordinator for Ekiti State and Adviser Foreign Affairs.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan is made Senior Adviser on strategic planning, Femi Gbajabiamila, Adviser on Legal Matters, Aliyu Wamako, former Sokoto State Governor, Adviser on Special Duties.
Rotimi Amaechi, is adviser on infrastructure; Ibikunle Amosun, adviser on contacts and mobilisation; Dele Alake, Adviser on Media, Communications and Public Affairs.
Others are Abdullahi Ganduje, adviser politcal affairs and Kano coordinator; Nasir El-rufai, coordinator, Kaduna State and senior adviser, policy, strategy and enforcement and Abdulrahaman Danbazzau adviser, strategic engagement.
Faleke, Secretary to the council, advised all nominees to pick their appointment letters on Monday at the APC presidential campaign office.
The PCC with its many directorates would be inaugurated on Sept. 26 at the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Office in Abuja
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has charged Nigerians to vote and elect candidates that could sustain the country during the 2023 General Elections.
Sanwo-Olu gave the charge at a Special Prayer Service to commemorate the 62nd Independence Day Celebration, organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque Alausa, Ikeja on Friday.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that APC Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu if elected, have the ability to sustain the economy of the country, hence the need to support him.
The governor urged Nigerians to vote wisely come 2023 general elections by choosing a good leader for a better Nigeria.
He also urged Nigerians to be astute in their voting in 2023, avoid elevating issues that are unnecessary and consider what the candidates had done in their various communities.
Sanwo-Olu urged Nigerians not to listen to bogus statistics but consider the candidates’ plans, especially in the areas of security, economic development, social and physical infrastructure provisions.
”We should look at who have access to the sources for businesses, so that they can employ, ability to sustain the economy of our country, so that we can have a bigger pie and then we can share across the states.
”Nigerians should look at who has ability to protect the integrity of our country by sustaining the military, training them well,” he said.
Speaking on the religious distractions within the country, the governor stated that the election should be based on capacity, achievement instead of religion and other inconsequential considerations.
According to him, there is no point in elevating religion instead of the virtues required of a productive leadership.
“If we can put our lives in the hands of doctors without asking for their religion before surgery, why then are we neglecting what we are supposed to do and doing otherwise in the name of religion.
“We should not play politics under the guise of religion,” he said.
The governor tasked Nigerians on fixing the country and making it better, noting that every developed nation had been lucky to have good leaders at a point in time.
He added that Nigeria would not be an exception while citing Singapore, having Lee Kuan Yew or America having Abraham Lincoln at the right time which led to rapid development of the different countries.
“It is fundamental for all to do the right thing and it is in our interest to fix the country and make it a better place for all,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu, therefore, prayed that Nigeria would not miss the opportunity of choosing a good leader.
He also prayed for a peaceful and violence free election.
Earlier in his sermon, Sheik Saheed Aro enjoined leaders to always go about their responsibilities toward the nation and the people with the fear of God. Aro said they should always be reminded that they would give account of whatever they did on earth before their maker, God Almighty, after death.
The Sheik also urged Nigerians to commit the 2023 elections into the hands of God almighty for a peaceful, free and fair election, devoid of bloodshed and rancour.
“Nigerians are also advised to do the right thing at all times wherever they find themselves.
They are also enjoined to always pray for their leaders to do well rather than condemn or curse them.
Stakeholders have urged the media to take active interest in politics and remain ideologically neutral in the discharge of their duties.
They made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled, “Nigeria’s Aborted Third Republic and The June 12 Debacle: Reporters’ Account ”.
The book was written by a group of journalists under the auspices of the National Association of Political Correspondents (NAPOC 90s) ,a set of journalists who reported in the 1990s.
Sen. Bola Tinubu , the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commended the group for putting the book together as witnesses to the ”political turbulence” in the 80s and 90s.
Tinubu, represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga ,his Campaign Organisation’s Director of Media and Communications, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day. “Deserving commendation are also members of the press for your heroic role in supporting not only the struggle for the revalidation of June 12,but also the restoration of democracy in our country .
“Let us not treat June 12 election as just another election ,it truly represented a watershed in our history as it moved us closer to our pan Nigeria dream ,a nation where a Yoruba-born politician could team up with a Kanuri man and still win polls.
“With this book, your association ,hopefully has presented the readers a complete picture of what transpired during the period,”he said The chairman of the occasion, Mr Olusegun Ronsewe,Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture ,said although a lot had been written on June 12, the book was unique because it was authored by veteran political journalists in the 90s.
Runsewe noted that the book was coming from the background of well-informed eye witnesses of the events to the build-up to the election ,circumstances of its annulment and its aftermath .
He said, “Indeed ,the journalist as a chronicler of events ,provides the raw materials for the historian.
“The book launch provides us an opportunity to reflect on the political circumstances of that time and to use June 12 as a lesson as we grapple with the challenges of the moment and aspire to take our nation to the next level.
” According to Runsewe, the take away from the book is to keep hope alive ,hope of a united one Nigeria that guarantees all citizens equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.
He said the time to build that Nigeria was now so, citizens should set aside their differences and embrace the unbreakable ties that bound them together.
Dr Emeka Nwosu, National Chairman, NAPOC said it was a thing of joy for them to come together after almost 30 years to share their thoughts and experiences of the 90s with the public.
“We are happy that the unveiling of this historic book is coinciding with yet another season of political contestation in our polity.
“There is quite a lot for the present crop of political actors to learn from this very insightful work, even practising journalists are not left out .
“There are vital lessons they can pick from the book regarding the effective and unbiased coverage of political campaigns and elections based on the shared experiences of the various authors,” he said.
Nwosu said that the example which NAPOC had set would inspire and guide current and future media practitioners in the years to come.
Mr Julius Abure, National Chairman, Labour Party, said it was time to imbibe the qualities of good democracy because democracy in itself was not enough unless it provided good governance and welfare for citizens.
Abure said that was why the book lunch was timely and urged Nigerians to use the opportunity the 2023 elections is presenting to them to make the right choice of leaders that would put Nigeria back on the right track for growth .
He urged citizens to vote for politicians wih character and the capability to deliver and make Nigeria grow.
Sen. Ben Obi, a former Special Adviser to GoodLuck Jonathan on Inter-Party Affairs ,called on politicians to play politics without bitterness ahead of the 2023 general elections because politics was not a do or die affair .
Obi urged them to engage in issue-based campaign leveraging on what they would do to move the nation forward .
Malam Mahmood Jega, a former Chairman of Daily Trust Editorial Board ,said the 221 pages of the book talked about the journey of Nigeria’s democracy .
Jega said the book was a compendium of some of the best political reports in the 90s from when the Independent National Electoral Commission was called National Electoral Commission uphill the June 12 political era.
“It is a rich book and with excellent parts written by veteran journalists,” he said.
Jega called on Nigerians to read the book and learn lessons especially from June 12 to chart the way forward for the nation’s democracy .
Ahead of the 2023 General Election, a coalition has began mobilisation for the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima.
The coalition include the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), Youth and Elders Forum and Genuine Governance Group (GGG).
Mr Frank Igwebuike, the National Leader of the coalition as well as the national leader of PDM, and Mr Paul Isamade, Director of Mobilisation, GGG, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
Igwebuike said there was need to work assiduously towards mobilising and supporting men of capacity and capability in the country’s political space.
According to him, we have carried out a highly sophisticated work study on the man the cap fits, is no other than, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“In times like this, only great men can be called to help in bringing forth good governance and protection of our collective patrimony.
” He said that the ecclesiastical study of the Nigerian state gave impetus to a forum such as this, adding that the coalition had a well defined mission.
This, according to him, is the formulation, expression and realisation of religious harmony in the country.
On his part, Isamade said the country needed someone who had character, integrity to govern the country, adding that a man without sympathy for the poor would not be able to govern the country.
He said that Tinubu remained a detrabalised Nigerian and a man who had been able to put things in order in Lagos.
He said, “Tinubu’s track record speaks for him, we need someone who will not deceive Nigerians.
“We have been deceived for too long; we need to give Tinubu a chance to make this country great again.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer in the 2023 general elections, Sen. Bola Tinubu said members of the party in the North-East have reasons to work for its success at the polls.
Tinubu said this in Gombe on Saturday during the wedding reception of Misbahu Yahaya, son of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya.
He said the emergence of Sen. Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno, as his running mate, members of the party in the region had a duty to work for the APC’s success in 2023 elections.
He, therefore, challenged the APC family in the region to redouble their efforts ahead of 2023, and appreciated them for supporting his candidature.
“I thank you for what you have been doing for me, I am a happy man being in your midst, I feel at home.
“Though, I challenge you to do more than what you have done in the past.
“Now that your son is equally the running mate you have to double your efforts, and you have to do more,” he said.
Tinubu, who wished the couple a happy married life, enjoined them to embrace love, tolerance and use effective communication to enjoy a successful marriage.
He also prayed Almighty God to bless the union.
In his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan described the North-East as Tinubu’s second zone after the South-West. “By the endorsement of members of the North-East APC caucus which I presides over its affairs and the voters in the region, this is your next zone.
” For his part, Shettima said political activities would soon commenced, adding that, “the North-East is an APC domain more so one of you is a running mate,” he said.
He urged the people to turn out enmasse to exercise their franchise in the elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Misbahu Yahaya tied knot to Amira Babayo, at a colourful celebration in Gombe.
Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder and Chairman, Board of Trustee of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has described Atedo Peterside’s ANAP Foundation as transactional outfit following its recent projection of the 2023 presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that ANAP Foundation had put the 2023 presidential election as a three-horse race.
It said the race was between the candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi; All Progressives Congress, Sen. Bola Tinubu; and Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, after a new poll concluded in early September.
According to the result of the poll which was commissioned by the ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls Ltd., Obi will lead the race with 21 per cent of votes in the poll.
The outcome showed that Obi’s votes would give him an eight per cent lead over APC’s Tinubu and PDP’s Abubakar who each got 13 per cent of the votes to end up as joint second in the poll.
The presidential candidate of the NNPP, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, was fourth in the poll with three per cent of the votes.
Aniebonam in a statement on Friday in Lagos, described such projection poll as false and deceitful.
“What should worry Nigerians is the age of Atedo Peterside to be associated and directly involved in falsehood and deciet of the public in the name of politics.
“Peterside’s ANAP may be simply described as a transactional organisation.
“We can only but put them to prayers so that God may help them to find food through honourable and genuine means.
“The fact is obvious that NNPP is the party to beat in 2023.” He said that the emergence of Kwankwaso as NNPP presidential candidate had changed the political narratives of Nigeria.
“Watch out as we coast to victory in 2023,” he added.