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Who will be the next first lady of Nigeria?

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After the three most popular parties carried out their primaries for the presidential elections, one thing is certain; Nigeria’s next president could (arguably) come from the Labour Party, the All Progressive Congress, and the People’s Democratic Party.

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If truly every great man, has a neck (wife) steering the direction of the head, it is then important to know who would be directing the internal affairs of the next president of Nigeria.

Pulse presents a list, profiling the wives of the frontline presidential candidates.

Margaret Obi

Margaret is the wife of Peter Obi, the flagbearer for the Labour Party, in the 2023 presidential election. Obi’s wife is a native of Onna, Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, but married into Anambra state in 1992.

She is a Philanthropist and Businesswoman who is also known for her fierce devotion to women empowerment and child protection activities. During her husband’s tenure as Anambra State governor, she facilitated the distribution of equipment grants to women cooperatives that are engaged in dry season farming.

She promoted their access to factors of production and enhanced their capacity to support their families. Margaret also facilitated the establishment of Family Courts in the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWAPD) to deal with issues of child abuse and violation of women’s rights especially widows’ right to inheritance.

Oluremi Tinubu

Oluremi Tinubu is married to the presidential candidate representing the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Oluremi is a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God. She is from Ogun State and is also the former first lady of Lagos State.

As a first lady, she established the New Era Foundation, dedicated to establishing centres for “all round development of young ones and promote public awareness on environmental health and community service.

Currently, Remi is a senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the Nigerian National Assembly.

She was one of over 100 senators elected in the 8th assembly in 2015. Six of these were women. The others were Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife, who both represent Anambra, Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Rose Okoji Oko and Binta Garba.

At the 2019 general elections, she retained her senatorial seat representing Lagos Central, making it her third tenure in office.

Senator Tinubu proposed a bill to reform the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to make it a more viable entity. She also received the award for bthe most impactful female senator at The Guardian-organized International Women’s Day Summit 2021.

Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar

Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar is one of the three wives of former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar. She served as the second lady from 1999 to 2007.

Amina was born into a Christian home to the Albert family, a Yoruba family from Ilesa, Osun state. In 1971, she married Atiku Abubakar, then a young customs officer, before becoming a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic.

Apart from English, she speaks Yoruba and Hausa languages fluently. She converted from Christianity to Islam.

While in Rome to further her education in 1986 and 1987, she saw many Nigerian girls on the street. After making an inquiry, she realized that many of the girls served as prostitutes for their madams, and quite often were not paid.

She also found out that they were deceived with promises to work in Italy, and this prompted her to pledge to combat such incidences upon her return.

In 1999, when her husband, Atiku became Nigeria’s vice president, she started an advocacy to end forced prostitution and other forms of human trafficking.

First, she founded Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and then sponsored a private bill for strict punishment for traffickers, and for the establishment of a federal agency, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons responsible for fighting the trafficking of persons in Nigeria.

She also ran education courses focused on welcoming and rehabilitating girls repatriated from different countries back home to Nigeria.

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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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