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2023: Peter Obi is Nigeria’s future — Royal Father



Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

An Elder statesman and Traditional Prime Minister of Nnewi in Anambra State,Chief Raymond Urama Anajemba, Ugochinyere Nnewi, Onowu Ndigbo has stated that the Presidential Candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi is beyond a standard flag bearer, pointing out that his emergence was phenomenal.

Chief Anajemba made the declaration in an exclusive interview with Nigerian NewsDirect in Port Harcourt. According to him, Nigerian youths have now realised that they just have to take their destiny in their hands, hence the need to support and enthrone a leader of the future, which he said Obi represents.

The Royal Father was categorical that neither the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar nor the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Tinubu fits into that shoe. This, he said has made it possible for Obi to gather support in virtually all the four corners of the country,ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“Ordinarily it was expected that South East would have been allowed to produce the Presidential Candidates of the two major political parties in Nigeria this time around, but that was not to be.

It is now obvious that the youths should be allowed to take over mantle of leadership in Nigeria in 2023. Be that as it may be,the younger generation have realized that it is time for them to take over from the older generation and that is why the emergence of Peter Obi has become a phenomenon in the political landscape of Nigeria,” the Elder statesman said.

“A white woman delivered a child recently and named him Peter Obi, that is to tell you how phenomenal Obi emergence is.

“Peter Obi is not just a Presidential Candidate, but a revolution. He is for the future. A cursory look at the other candidates will convince you that Obi is for the future, so his support cuts across the nooks and crannies of the country. The younger ones are clamouring for a future leader. Obi’s emergence is like a wild fire,” Chief Anajemba said.

The Traditional Prime Minister said if at the end of the day Obi is not elected president, he will go back and live his ordinary life, which he has been living.

However, he said he is convinced that Obi must get certain percentage of the votes in Lagos, Kano and other parts of the country in a free and fair election.

Commenting the stand of Governor Nyesom Wike on the chances of Obi becoming the President of Nigeria in 2023. The Onowu Ndigbo said Wike had from the onset said that Obi will not win the election and he recently said that he would support the APC Presidential Candidate. But he is one man and entitled to his opinion.

“We are not saying that everybody will vote for Obi, but the truth is that his candidacy is revolutionary. So 2023 holds a lot in stock for Peter Obi and the younger ones in Nigeria. But my fear is that the powers that be may be tempted to truncate the political system in 2023 if the process doesn’t favour them,” the Chief said.

On restructuring, Anajemba said until Nigeria is restructured it may be difficult to make headway as a nation.


APC declares Ondo primary inconclusive



The All Progressives Congress 2024 Governorship Primary Committee in Ondo State has declared the Saturday primary inconclusive.

This is contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Committee, Gov. Usman Ododo on Sunday morning.

The statement said that rerun election would take place in all the 13 wards of Okitipupa Local Government with total validated registered party members of 9,515.

“Having received reports of the primary election from the 203 Wards in the 18 Local Governments of Ondo State, the Primary Election Committee has decided that election will be conducted in all the 13 Wards of Okitipupa Local Government with total validated registered members of 9,515.

“ We have validated reports that the exercise did not hold in the local government due to late arrival of electoral materials and personnel as a result of logistics challenges.

“Election in Okitipupa Local Government shall be conducted 12 noon on Sunday 21st April 2024.

“The final collation of the results will be done thereafter”, the statement said.

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Over 1,000 Kano APC members defect to NNPP



Over 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State decamped to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Saturday.

The decampees, from Shanono and Bagwai local government areas, were formally received by the Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo on behalf of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf at the Kano State Government House.

A press release by the Deputy Governor’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu stated Gwarzo’s delight in welcoming the defectors.

He emphasized that the NNPP prioritized unity and that all members will be treated equally.

According to Garba, Gwarzo reiterated the administration’s commitment to implementing programs that would benefit all the people of Kano State and urged continued support from residents for the state’s progress.

Speaking earlier, Alhaji Haruna Babangida Abbas (Kosashe), leader of the defectors, cited Governor Abba’s leadership qualities and governance style as reasons for their move.

He expressed regret for their past APC affiliation and pledged their dedication to working with the NNPP for Kano’s betterment.

Also Speaking, Kano NNPP Chairman, Alhaji Hashimu Dungurawa welcomed the new members and assured their involvement in the party’s activities.

He encouraged members of other parties, including the APC, to join the NNPP for the state’s advancement.

Dungurawa also urged support for the government’s policies.

The event was attended by prominent figures, like the Kano State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Musa Suleiman Shanono, and several NNPP stakeholders who celebrated the influx of new members.

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Ondo APC Primary: 171,922 accredited members to vote, says committee



The committee to supervise the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ondo state, on Friday, said a total of 171,922 accredited members would vote on Saturday.

The primary is scheduled to hold in 203 wards in 18 local government areas with 16 aspirants including the governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, contesting.

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, the Secretary of the seven-man committee, stated this after its meeting with stakeholders and aspirants on Friday night in Akure .

He said that none of the aspirants had before the eve of the exercise withdrawn or stepped down for another candidate.

The secretary said that the committee was ready to conduct the primary using  the direct mode in all the 203 wards across the state.

He appealed to the aspirants to caution their supporters to allow the peaceful conduct of the primary for the progress of the party.

Omo-Agege assured of the committee’s resolve to strictly follow the guidelines and constitution of the party and conduct a transparent, fair and credible election.

He said that the committee would collaborate with the security agencies in the state to forestall breakdown of law and order before, during and after the primary.

The committee is headed by Gov. Usman Adodo of Kogi.

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