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APC Stakeholders want search for 2023 VP narrowed to Northern Christian

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Malam Aliyu Audu, National Coordinator of the group, made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

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He added that picking a northern christian as the party’s vice presidential candidate would ensure national inclusion and help to manage differences and promote national unity.

“Having successfully crossed the hurdle of producing a presidential candidate from the southern region in the person of Sen. Bola Tinubu, the APC is now faced with yet another important hurdle it must cross before the deadline for the submission of nominations by political parties elapses.

“The bone of contention this time around lies in which of the two dominant religious faith will produce the Vice Presidential candidate,” Audu said.

He added that the APC national stakeholders were deeply concerned about the raging controversy which had heated the polity in the last few days.

“Why we are conscious of the fact that religion should not be a determining factor in our leadership selection process, the peculiar circumstance the nation finds herself calls for reflection in the decisions we take, so long as they bother on our national lives.

“Today, the country is deeply divided within our fault lines of ethnicity and religion and we cannot afford to jettison this sensibilities in critical decision making.

“This is why we think that the APC must be guided by the sense of these sensibilities in the selection of the Vice Presidential Candidate of the party,” he said.

He added to do otherwise, would be to further fuel what divided us and gave room for mischief makers to take advantage of our differences.

According to Audu, Nigeria is in dire need of good governance and this can come from either a Muslim or a Christian leader.

“But in the spirit of nationalism, justice and fairness which the northern governors demonstrated a few days ago, the leaders of the North on whose shoulder the emergence of the Vice Presidential candidate rests must also demonstrate this spirit,” he said.

This, he said, they should do by ensuring that the vice presidential candidate comes from the Christian faith.

He added that the northern APC had in its fold, capable individuals from the Christian faith with proven track records that could deliver just like anyone from the other faith.

Audu said aside their capability to deliver on the party’s ideals, they also had the capacity to win elections for it.

He stressed that no one wins elections for any political party, but the collective will of all, adding that the APC could achieve electoral victory with unity of purpose.

“The APC National Stakeholders therefore call on the party to narrow its search of a Vice Presidential candidate to a northern Christian whom we have in abundance.

“Doing this will ensure national inclusion and help to manage our differences and promote national unity,” he said.

Meanwhile, the North-East APC Youth Stakeholders Forum, also in a news conference, appealed to the party leadership to pick its vice presidential candidate from the North-East.

Malam Haruna Sardauna, Chairman of the forum, said zoning the position of the Vice President to the North-East would neutralise the chances of PDP presidential candidate at the election.

He added that it would also help in mobilising massive support from the region and other zones to ensure electoral victory for the APC and its presidential candidate.

“While appreciating our party’s loyal members, especially from the North-West and North-Central Zones, we are appealing for their special consideration for the North-East Zone to produce the country’s next Vice President,” he said.

He added that the region had brought block votes to the APC at every elections and had always supported its candidates from the other regions from its inception.

He said the region is currently faced with issues of insurgency and other social unrest, adding that the party’s critical stakeholders should consider its position.

Sardauna, however, appreciated the media for successfully covering the APC Special National Convention and Presidential Primary Election that produced Senator Bola Tinubu as the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.

He also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Democracy Day.

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Cracks in APC as 20 senators plan to defect to PDP, NNPP others

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No fewer than 20 senators are set to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties.

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The ruling party, which had earlier lost over 10 senators to the opposition parties is troubled by the wave of defection as more lawmakers that lost their return tickets to the National Assembly during the party primaries are set to leave the party.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Senator Dauda Haliru Jika representing Bauchi Central, announced his defection to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Worried by the wave of defection in the party, the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, met with the APC senators behind closed doors at the National Assembly complex, Abuja yesterday.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Adamu admitted that the APC is worried about the development.

The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there are all sorts of behaviour in the political space and ours is not an exception.

“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.

“There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems. I have committed my colleagues at the National Assembly to face the problem squarely and see the problem as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does,” he said.

According to Punch, a source in the National Assembly disclosed that not lesser than 20 senators are planning to leave the APC within the next week.

“The party chairman came to have a meeting with the APC senators because he said that they learnt through intelligence that not lesser than 20 more senators were planning to defect to other parties within the next one week.

“The chairman asked each of the aggrieved senators to lay bare their grievances which we all did one after the other. Having heard our problems, the chairman instructed that we put them into writing,” the source said.

The lawmaker said during Adamu’s meeting with them, the party chairman asked the senators to put their complaints into writing and promised to address all issues raised.

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Bala Mohammed meets Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt [Photos]

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has held a closed-door meeting with his Rivers State counterpart, Gov. Nyesom Wike.

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The National Vice Chairman of the PDP, South-South Dan Orbih was also part of the meeting.

The meeting with Bala Mohammed came after pictures of the Presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi meeting with Wike in his country home emerged online.

Obi says his visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was for the duo to discuss vital national issues.

Earlier today, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest,” Obi’s tweet, shared alongside photos of him and the Rivers leader, read.

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Peter Obi explains why he visited Wike

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Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party says he visited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to discuss vital issues of national interest with him.

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Obi’s visit to Wike in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, sparked a conversation on social media as many believe the meeting was about the forthcoming 2023 elections.

But hours after the meeting, the former governor Anambra took to Twitter to explain the reason he held a meeting with Wike behind closed doors.

“Earlier today, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest,” Obi tweeted.

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