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2023: Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki, Others In Race For PDP’s Presidential Ticket

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As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, finally resolved its internal squabbles ahead of the October 31 national elective convention, no fewer than five persons have reached advanced state of consultations to vie for the Presidential ticket of the party in the 2023 election.

The party at the end of its 92nd National Executive Committee, NEC meeting last week approved October 31 to elect national executive members as the tenure of incumbent chairman, Prince Uche Secondus gradually inches to an end. Nominations to the various committees of the convention are expected to be submitted on September 9 for ratification by NEC.

Vanguard reliably gathered that former Vice President and 2019 Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki have all decided to vie for the sole ticket once again.

It would be called that four of these PDP chieftains were among the 12 aspirants who converged in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital for the 2018 convention, won by Atiku. While the former Vice President clinched the ticket with 1,532 votes, Tambuwal, Saraki and Turaki garnered 693, 317 and 65 votes respectively.

The decision to test the waters again is not unconnected with the party’s decision to keep faith with the North in the 2023 polls as they did in 2019. A reliable party source told our correspondent that the North offers the party a better chance of returning to power than the South.

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According to him, “the party is yet to make an official statement but we all know it is going nowhere other than the North. The reason for this is already public knowledge for if the ruling party is going South, the PDP will go North and test its might and popularity among Nigerians.”

Buoyed by his last outing, Atiku who has travelled the length and breadth of the country in the past two years, building bridges of friendship, sees 2023 as his last chance to realize his dream of governing Nigeria as an elected President.

Speaking exclusively to Vanguard, a loyalist of the Wazirin Adamawa said the former Vice President “will again seek the blessing of his party to contest the biggest election on its platform.”

Asked if Atiku is not tired of running for the office, the light-skinned fellow who asked not be named noted that “he’s doing this in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. He is tired of seeing a potentially great country reduced to ruins due to the incompetence of those managing her affairs. If you know the number of employees this man single-handedly engaged; you will ask that the race be thrown open to him alone. He understands what it takes to make governance count for the people. I can confidently tell you that when the time comes, he will contest but let’s not jump the gun.”

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Speaking against the backdrop of recent criticisms of abandoning the party in times of crisis only to show up at electioneering period, Atiku pledged last week to always stay around this time, saying ‘I want to let you know that I won’t be travelling to Dubai again. I will always be around with you.”

2023: Atiku, Tambuwal, Saraki, Others In Race For PDP’s Presidential Ticket

Like Atiku, Tambuwal who finished second on the log in 2018 Presidential primaries is aiming to go again. As chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, the Sokoto state governor has in the past three years visited the six geo-political zones as well as top leaders of the country including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida.

An aide to the governor who pleaded anonymity because he doesn’t have the permission to speak on the matter said his principal has the blessing of eminent Nigerians including some “founding fathers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to seek his party’s nomination.” Tellingly, the governor has used every fora to hit the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, exposing its loopholes and asking Nigerians to give PDP another chance in the next election cycle.

Tambuwal is not the only governor credited with ambition to go for the sole ticket as his Bauchi state counterpart, Senator Bala Mohammed is said to be in the race as well.

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Another colourful in the race is Bukola Saraki whose 2023 Presidential posters were pasted at designated areas of the nation’s capital a few months ago. Although the former Senate President was quick to dismiss them, the ex-Kwara state governor has continued to make significant inroads into the nation’s political cum geographical zones, particularly after his appointment as the chairman of the PDP’s reconciliation and strategy committee.

A member of NEC of the PDP noted that owing to the fact that the Presidential ticket is north-bound, “Saraki will fight it out with others given the nod of approval he has so far gotten from his nationwide consultations. He is contesting and you can take that to the bank,” he said.

Meanwhile, a loyalist of the former Kaduna state governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has dismissed reports crediting the ex-PDP caretaker chairman with interest to succeed Secondus. Reacting to a report in a national daily (not Vanguard) linking Makarfi with the chairmanship of the party, he said, “His Excellency Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is not running for anything. People are just speculating. All he is interested in is a peaceful democratic change that can urgently save this country. His personal ambitions are secondary.”

Tanimu Turaki, Vanguard learnt, will be aiming to do better than he did in the December 2018 convention in 2018, having made up his mind to seek the blessing of his party once again.

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Ibrahim Isiaka’s Bill For Establishment Of National Technology Park Development Agency Enters Second Reading

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House of Representatives member, Hon. Rep. Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka, representing the people of Ifo/Ewekoro federal constituency has once again fulfilled a significant aspect of his legislative roles by initiating a Bill for an Act to Provide Establishment of National Technology Park Development Agency; for Related Matters which has scaled through the second reading at the floor of the house of representative, Abuja.

The Bill is targeted towards youthful development as the passage of the bill will open up self-reliant opportunities for the teaming youths, as the whole idea is to establish the industrial park in the three geopolitical zones, it would be narrow down to Ogun State if possible to be propagated to the bearest minimum where the youths can brainstorm and showcase their ideas and creativity Amebo Newspaper NG learnt.

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Ibrahim Isiaka’s Bill For Establishment Of National Technology Park Development Agency Enters Second Reading

The bill was passed year’s ago and it entered second reading before the holiday of the house of representative members, from here now it would be passed to the committee and for concurrence and later passed to President Mohammadu Buhari for ascent and approval.

In the same vein, Honorable Ibrahim Isiaka he used his position as the chairman house committee on ecological funds, federal house of representative, Nigeria to bring succor to the constituent through erosion control and water project for sustainability of the dwellers of Ifo-Ewekoro federal constituency.

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Also, Honorable Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka constructed 3-kilometer roads and erosion control project at Ifo local government, water project in Ayedere under Ewekoro local government, Maternity Building for the constituency to enhance quality health care delivery.

He has been able to get the youths to work through agricultural value chain projects to enable the constituents to have sense of belonging quality representation.

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If a Northerner Succeeds Buhari, Hear Me, Heaven Will Fall ooo – Igbokwe Replies NEF

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Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the remark by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

Igbokwe warned that heaven would fall if another Northerner is elected after Buhari.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF spokesperson had said the North was not ready to relinquish power in 2023.

Baba-Ahmed had said anyone against a Northern president should leave Nigeria if one emerges in 2023.

The NEF spokesman had disclosed this at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series in Zaria, Kaduna.

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If a Northerner Succeeds Buhari, Hear Me, Heaven Will Fall ooo – Igbokwe Replies NEF

However, Igbokwe, on his Facebook page wrote: “Heaven won’t fall if another Northerner is elected president – Hakeem Baba-Ahmad.

“Me- Hear me well, heaven will falloooo.”

Most Nigerians have frowned against the North producing the country’s next president.

Against this backdrop, the Southeast has been clamouring to produce Nigeria’s next president.

Recently, Southern governors had insisted that their region should produce Nigeria’s next president.

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“…as Gov. Sule tasks supporters on House to House campaigns…”

The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) will win the Oct. 6 local government election in the state with landslide victory.

Balarabe Abdullahi stated this during flag off campaign of Toto Local Government Area Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates today in Toto.

The speaker said that Toto LGA is the strong hold of APC in the state and will deliver the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party come Oct.6.

“Today we have no any other party than APC, Toto Local Government Area will continue to remain the home of APC in Nasarawa State.

” Also those big wigs in PDP yesterday are now in APC and by God’s grace, APC will come out victorious at Oct. 6 local government election.

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” His Excellency, I want to assure you that , we in Toto Local Government will not fail you and we will deliver APC come Oct.6 and beyond ,” he said.

LG Polls Nasarawa Speaker says APC will win Landslide

Balarabe-Abdullahi called on the people of the area to come out enmass and vote all APC candidates during the election.

He has assured of his people’s resolved to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule beyond 2023.

The speaker has appreciated Gov. Sule for his security efforts in ensuring peace in the area and called for its sustenance.

Besides, he also appreciated the stakeholders and members of the party in the area for their peaceful conduct during the ward and local government congresses in the state.

On his part, Gov. Abdullahi Sule has urged the supporters of the party in the area to embark on House to House campaign for the victory of the party come Oct.6.

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Sule, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe has appreciated the speaker and other stakeholders of the party in the area for always ensuring the success of the party in the area and the state at large.

” I have heard you all and I have seen, in Toto Local Government there is no other party than APC .

” I urge you to embark on House to House campaign for the victory of the party come Oct.6, ” he said .

He has commended the speaker and other members of the state legislature for giving his administration the much needed support to succeed.

The Governor has assured of his administration’s continued commitment to key into positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

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Also speaking, Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Chairman, Caretaker Committee of APC has urged the people of the area to vote All candidates of the party during the forthcoming local government election in the state.

” Let’s vote Abdullahi Aliyu Tashas, our Chairmaship candidate, his Deputy an all the 12 councillorship candidates come Oct.6 for the progress of our party and the state at large,” he said .

Earlier, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, Alhaji Ahmed Shauibu, Member representing Toto/ Gadabuke constituency at the state legislature and the party chairman in the area respectively have assured that the party will win the forthcoming local government election in the area.

They have commended the leadership qualities of the speaker and called on the people of the area to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023.

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