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2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja
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2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja

Posters of the immediate past president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, were sighted in conspicuous areas of Abuja on Tuesday, fueling speculations that he might soon declare his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election. . Our correspondent sighted some of the posters at the Wuse area of the nation’s capital and at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, popularly known as Wadata House in Abuja. . Saraki’s picture was displayed in the poster tagged, “Reset Nigeria 2023: Abubakar Bukola Saraki for President”. . The media aide of the former senate president, Yusuph Olaniyonu, however, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that he knew nothing about it. . He said, “If Senator Bukola Saraki wanted to contest for president, he will address a ...
Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu
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Afenifere Denies Endorsing Tinubu

The South-West based socio-political group, Afenifere, has denied supporting the presidential bid of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, or any aspirant for the 2023 presidential election. This is coming on the heels of a viral statement by the leader of South West Agenda, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, purporting that his group secured the support of Afenifere for its candidate during a visit to Pa Reuben Fasoranti, erstwhile Afenifere leader, on Tuesday. However, Afenifere denied endorsing any candidate in a statement by its Director of Communications, Sola Lawal, titled, ‘Afenifere denies endorsing presidential aspirant’, on Wednesday. Lawal stated that the group is still mourning the demise of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in whose honou...
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Buhari Hasn’t Fulfilled All His Promises Because He Lacks The Right Team – Tofa

Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa was the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the June 12, 1993, presidential election which result was annulled. In this exclusive interview, the elder statesman bared his mind on many topical issues in Nigeria: from insecurity to permutations for the 2023 presidential election, especially zoning and joint ticket for candidates from the same religion to how President Muhammadu Buhari has fared in delivering on his promises. He also spoke on the victimisation of the Fulani, especially in the Southern part of the country, and the response of the federal government to Asari Dokubo’s declaration of a Biafran government, among others. Excerpts: Insecurity issues seem to have increased exponentially with Boko Haram still ravaging the North Eas...
2023: There Is No Zoning Agreement In APC – Yahaya Bello
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2023: There Is No Zoning Agreement In APC – Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has denied reports that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had a zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 presidential election. There have been growing calls for the APC to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the Southern part of Nigeria. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State had said that the southern region of the country should be allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023. The governor joined his Kaduna counterpart, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other prominent northern politicians who had made similar calls in recent days. But speaking to reporters in Abuja over the weekend, Yahaya Bello said anyone from any zone was free to contest for presidency in 2023, as there was no zoning arrangement in the APC. He said:...
Some Selfish Yoruba Leaders Behind Crisis In Southwest – Oluwo
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Some Selfish Yoruba Leaders Behind Crisis In Southwest – Oluwo

  The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, has alleged that some Yoruba leaders are beating the drums of war and sponsoring crisis for selfish and political reasons. The monarch, in a statement he posted on his Facebook page, on Sunday, said all the hues and cries on security challenge in the Southwest region is about the . Oluwo said the Yoruba leaders sponsoring crisis in the region will not end well. According to him, “Those who are singing discordant tune are doing so because of personal aggrandisement. We know some Yoruba leaders who are calling for war for political reason. It is all about 2023 presidency. Because they feel someone wants to become President and they don’t want him. “It is because they know that the next president of this country will be ...
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2023: My Presidential Ambition Is Speculative ― Goodluck Jonathan

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, said his intention to contest 2023 presidential election was speculative and pledged to continue to serve God, humanity, Africa and the world to the best of his ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity. He called for synergy among President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors, Security Chiefs and other stakeholders, insisting that such would de-escalate tension occasioned by the challenge of insecurity in the country. Jonathan who stated this when he led a delegation of politicians from Bayelsa on a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba, over the recent demise of his father, Sir Okorie Okowa, said it was unfortunate that school children and many Nigerians were being kidnapped for ransom by bandits...
2023 Presidency: Goodluck Jonathan Weighs Options Between APC, PDP
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2023 Presidency: Goodluck Jonathan Weighs Options Between APC, PDP

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is currently weighing his options between remaining in his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or decamping to the ruling All Progressives Con­gress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Daily Independent has gathered. A very close associate of the former president who disclosed this to Daily Inde­pendent on Wednesday said he (Jonathan) is widely con­sulting and will “make a bold decision very soon on wheth­er or not he will listen to the agitations of Nigerians who are yearning for his return”. He, however, said it won’t be a surprise to him if Jona­than defects to the APC given the political ostracisation he has suffered in the hands of his party and the respect be­ing accorded him in APC. While recalling what hap­pened duri...
El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri
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El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, can’t run as Jonathan’s mate in the 2023 presidential election. Omokri, however, said his former principal has no intention to run for president in 2023. He also said Jonathan has no plan to dump the People Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress. Omokri spoke on Wednesday while featuring on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. There have been political permutations and re-alignments amongst members of the PDP and the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections. There were also reports that El-Rufai, who would end his second term as Kaduna State governor in 2023, would be running with Jonathan but Omokri dismissed the report. Jonathan, of the PDP, ...
APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR
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APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR

The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election. Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North. "There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters. It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for presiden...
2023: Fani-Kayode, Four PDP Governors Begin Talks With APC
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2023: Fani-Kayode, Four PDP Governors Begin Talks With APC

In what is being described as a major move ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress has begun talks with four Peoples Democratic Party governors with the aim of getting them to defect to the ruling party, The PUNCH has learnt. It was gathered in Abuja, on Monday, that a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, had met with the Caretaker Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni; and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. A high ranking member of the APC informed The PUNCH that while it was true that the party leadership has reached out to Fani-Kayode, the former minister had not yet made any commitment. The source, however, described the meeting as fruitful and that “things are looking bright.” He said, “Fani-Kayode met w...
2023 Presidency: MASSOB Warns Jonathan, Tinubu, Bello
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2023 Presidency: MASSOB Warns Jonathan, Tinubu, Bello

AHEAD of 2023 elections, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has condemned the subtle political move by some Northern APC governors to lure and influence former president Goodluck Jonathan to vie for 2023 presidential election, warning Jonathan not to be deceived. MASSOB said the move was “a dangerous systematic way of creating and re-establishing another political discord among the people of old eastern region”. MASSOB also urged Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state to bury their presidential ambitions in 2023 and work towards ensuring that a South Easterner gets the Presidency. A statement signed by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu called all the political parties to ensure that their presidential ticket is g...
2023 Presidential Election: Buhari Plotting To Bar Some Politicians – Junaid Mohammed
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2023 Presidential Election: Buhari Plotting To Bar Some Politicians – Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic federal lawmaker, on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari and those around him have concluded plans to bar certain Nigerians from contesting in 2023 general elections. While urging those behind the plot to perish the idea, he said doing so is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional and may put the nation’s democracy in grave danger. Speaking with Daily Independent, Junaid, who refused to mention names of those involved, said certain individuals have hijacked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and are working to use the party to advance their personal interests. While condemning the dissolution of the ward, local, state and zonal structures of the APC, Junaid said members of the party have elevated President ...
Kogi Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency
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Kogi Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency

The Kogi State House of Assembly has asked Governor Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the President of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election. The House in its plenary session on Wednesday said their decision for the endorsement was borne out of the outstanding performances of the Governor in the state. The Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello while moving the motion said Governor Bello has transformed the state and rid the state of kidnapping and armed robbery. “Yahaya Bello by his creative governance style has somehow engineered a reversal of several negative national development indicators in Kogi State. Examples abound everywhere. “Under his watch, Kogi State has been transformed from the kidnap capital of Nigeria outside the embattled north-east, into a polity w...
Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman
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Tinubu Has The Vision, Political Sagacity To Move Nigeria Forward– Lagos APC Chairman

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, has the vision and political sagacity to move Nigeria forward. Alhaji Tunde Balogun, the State Chairman of the party, also rejected the opinion by Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum who said Tinubu, a two-term governor of Lagos state is “destined to be a kingmaker and not a king”, implying that Tinubu can install president but cannot become a president himself. According to Yerima “People like him (Tinubu) are not needed in 2023. I see him as one of those elder statesmen who have made positive impacts in the lives of the younger generation. So, take it or leave it, he has done his bes...
PDP Already Committed Its Presidential Ticket To The North – Junaid Mohammed
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PDP Already Committed Its Presidential Ticket To The North – Junaid Mohammed

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic federal lawmaker on Monday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has already committed its presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections to the North. Prominent northern candidates likely to contest the 2023 presidential election on the PDP platform are Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party's candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Ahmed Makarfi former Kaduna state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa and Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, former Gombe state governor. Junaid who also said President Buhari lacks the capacity to lead the APC to victory in 2023 said any politician who realises that his ambition cannot be realised in the political party he belongs to s...
Atiku Can Still Contest 2023 Presidential Election- Secondus
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Atiku Can Still Contest 2023 Presidential Election- Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party’s floor is open for any contender willing to contest for the presidential election in 2023, including Atiku Abubakar. National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, said this while reacting to questions from journalists in Bauchi Friday night on whether the party will re-present the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who lost the 2019 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari. “There is no room for discrimination,” Secondus said in Bauchi State during a solidarity visit on Governor Bala Mohammed. “Everyone is qualified; both young, old, governors, non-governors are qualified to contest and we have the space for everyone–if you win, you become our candidate. The door is open to everybody.” In Bauchi with Sec...
Anyone Above 70 Years Should Forget About Contesting For President – Shettima
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Anyone Above 70 Years Should Forget About Contesting For President – Shettima

Yerima Shettima is the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum. In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he speaks on the controversy over zoning for the 2023 presidential election, Southern Kaduna crisis and other issues of national interest. Excerpts: You have always insisted that the North will produce President Buhari’s successor in 2023 but the President’s nephew, Mamman Daura recently said competence should be considered for the next rather than zoning. What is your perspective on that? I’m in support of what he said because the issue of zoning has not helped us in the past and it will never help us now. Yes, it is true that it must be seen to be applied in the spirit of justice, equity and fairness to all. But don’t forget the fact that this is the same thing that br...
2023: Tinubu, Fayemi Test Strength With APC Deputy National Chairman Position
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2023: Tinubu, Fayemi Test Strength With APC Deputy National Chairman Position

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the South-West chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently polarised over the rumoured presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party, and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). Credible sources in the party said the ambition of the two men is what is responsible for the uproar in the zone over the nomination of former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, as the party’s deputy national chairman (South West). It was also gathered that given the influence of the deputy national chairman, both Tinubu and Fayemi are “eager to nominate a candidate who will be their ears and eyes when critical decisions are taken, especially as regards th...
I’ll Dump Nigeria For Togo If Tinubu Becomes President – Bode George
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I’ll Dump Nigeria For Togo If Tinubu Becomes President – Bode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, speaks with MUDIAGA AFFE on the state of insecurity in the nation, his plans to contest the 2023 presidential election, and the problems in his party, among others You have shown interest to contest the 2023 presidential election. What are the motivating factors? First, our party will have to agree if it is coming to the South-West or not. We have a highly cerebral group made up of seasoned Nigerians where we discuss issues on Nigeria and the South-West. The thought came out when people started talking about the South-West and in my part of the world, if some people are wishing you to do something, you do not deflect it. Although the time is still far ahead and nobody knows who will be alive or n...
Doyin Okupe Reveals Only Way PDP Can Defeat APC In 2023 Presidential Election
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Doyin Okupe Reveals Only Way PDP Can Defeat APC In 2023 Presidential Election

Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to change its name. Doyin Okupe in a post on his Facebook page, said the change of name and formation of a new party is the only way PDP can defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC. The former presidential aide said PDP in its present state cannot win 2023 presidential election. According to him, the ‘‘formation of a new party, birthed by PDP, with new people, younger elements in society and politicians of other tendencies from various existing political parties including powerful but dissatisfied elements from the ruling party, is the only formation that will effectively neutralise and overrun the incumbent party.’c His post entitled ‘Why _PDP must change its name’...
Don’t Be Surprise To See President Buhari Contest In 2023 – Galadima
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Don’t Be Surprise To See President Buhari Contest In 2023 – Galadima

ormer political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of Reformed All Progressives Congress, rAPC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, has stated that Nigerians should not be surprised to see the President contesting in the 2023 presidential election. Buba Galadima who now works together with the PDP said that when the time comes, PDP will usher Buhari into the 2023 presidential race. In an interview made available to IgbereTV, Galadima claimed that President Buhari's absence in the country during the hearing of the petition filed by Atiku meant that Buhari is in control of the judiciary as he is confident of victory He said, “I have never seen such a terrible situation like what we are witnessing in Nigeria today under the APC-led government of President Muhamma...
You’ll Vomit All You’ve Stolen — Pastor Tunde Bakare to ‘Bourdillon’
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You’ll Vomit All You’ve Stolen — Pastor Tunde Bakare to ‘Bourdillon’

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA) sent out a cryptic jab to "Bourdillon" which is the name of the neighbourhood former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu's house is situated in Lagos. During his preaching on Sunday October 27, President Buhari's former running-mate stated that people who say that one is generous after he or she has stolen the money that belongs to a state, are foolish. Pastor Bakare in his sermon which bordered on the 2023 Presidential election, affirmed that "since democracy began some people have been living larger than life, having jets here and there, having a house in Bourdillon and other places at the expense of the public". He insisted that Nigerians crucify their heroes and celebrate villains. “The eyes of those who see will not be dim....
2023 Presidency: Nothing Wrong If North Retains Power – ACF, CNG
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2023 Presidency: Nothing Wrong If North Retains Power – ACF, CNG

ACF and CNG insisted that there is nothing wrong in political parties fielding northern candidates for the 2023 presidential election. The two prominent northern groups denied the existence of any national consensus as regards the issue of zoning or rotational presidency. Speaking to Saturday Tribune in separate interviews, the Secretary General of the ACF, Mr Anthony Sani, said the North reserved the right to drum up support for its preferred contenders in a multiparty democracy like Nigeria’s which, he noted, gave only political parties the exclusive right to present candidates for elective offices. “No groups outside political parties can present candidates for elective offices. And in the absence of a national consensus on rotation and zoning of political offices like the ...
I Didn’t Approve 2023 Presidential Campaign Posters In Circulation – Oshiomhole
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I Didn’t Approve 2023 Presidential Campaign Posters In Circulation – Oshiomhole

Denying having knowledge of the posters, Oshiomhole said those circulating them were looking for ways to set members of the APC against one another. Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has denied 2023 presidential election posters showing him as the flag bearer of the party, attributing it to the handiwork of mischief-makers. SaharaReporters had sighted campaign posters of Oshiomhole, an ex-governor of Edo State, and Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, in Surulere, Lagos State. This is just as campaign poster of Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, as the presidential candidate of the party was seen at Ikeja in the state. Denying having knowledge of the posters, Oshiomhole said those circulating them were looking for ways to s...
Tinubu, Oshiomhole, El-rufai’s 2023 Posters Spark Debate
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Tinubu, Oshiomhole, El-rufai’s 2023 Posters Spark Debate

Four years ahead of the 2023 Presidential election, politics of who emerges the next President of Nigeria seems to be dominating the social media space, no thanks to political posters posted in some strategic parts of the country. Those whose posters can be seen in parts of Nigeria include the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. In Kaduna city, posters which read, ‘El- Rufai 2023 (Mai Aiki) for President, Federal Republic of Nigeria’, sponsored by the Northern Youth Forum were seen in various parts of the state on Sunday. In Ikeja, a large billboard of Tinubu could be seen around the ‘Ikeja Along’ bus-stop, with the words, ‘BAT 2023’, although it has since been taken down. ...
President Condé Of Guinea Lobbies Buhari For Tinubu In Daura Ahead Of 2023
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President Condé Of Guinea Lobbies Buhari For Tinubu In Daura Ahead Of 2023

President Alpha Condé of Guinea visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, at the weekend to lobby for his friend, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to clinch the presidential candidacy of the party in 2023, Daily Independent has gathered. Though Condé’s visit coincided with the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations which he marked with President Buhari in Daura, credible sources said his main mission in Nigeria was to intervene on behalf of his friend, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the 2023 presidency. Though Tinubu has been silent on whether he will contest the 2023 presidential election, many of his loyalists in the APC have said he will take a shot at occupying the highest office in the land when the presidency is zoned to the S...
Nigerian Youths Take Things For Granted – President Buhari
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Nigerian Youths Take Things For Granted – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has no plan to groom a successor for the 2023 presidential election and accused Nigerian youths of taking things for granted. The president stated this while reacting to one of the requests made by the members of progressives in academics, who visited him at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday. The spokesperson for the group, Dr. Bolariwa Bolaji, had earlier urged the president to groom a successor, who will take over in 2023. Bolaji said: “We are delighted having you and in another four years you would want to go and rest – then who takes over from you? We are suggesting that you bring vibrant youths among people who have shown interest, bring them in so that you start saddling them with responsibilities and you will be watching over these next ...

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