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Read all the major political news, political event highlights, and happenings in Nigeria for today on a single page right here.
The Presidency on Monday stated that no one can claim to be responsible for the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president of Nigeria in the 2015 general elections.
This is coming days after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu claimed that he is responsible for the emergence of Buhari as president.
Tinubu stated this at the Presidential Lodge in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while addressing the APC delegates ahead of the party’s primary elections.
The statement was, however, retracted by the presidential aspirant, claiming that the statement was wrongly interpreted.
The presidency in a statement released through the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the emergence of Buhari as President was decided by millions of Nigerians.
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Northern All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors have insisted on power shift to the South.
They spoke after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, who led others to the meeting, also disclosed Buhari has not anointed anyone yet as his consensus candidate.
Thirteen out of the 14 APC Governors from the north at the meeting told State House Correspondents they were resolute on their decision.
Their position contradicts the announcement of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as consensus candidate of the party by the National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
Lalong told correspondents that President Buhari has requested the Governors to have a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to resolve the issue of consensus candidate through democratic means.
Lalong, who was flanked by 12 other Governors, said they told the President of their decision to ensure that power returns to the South for the sake of equity and unity of the country.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have reportedly vowed not to withdraw from the presidential race.
Naija News learned that the two presidential aspirants stated that they will contest the APC presidential primary election slated for June 6 to 8 at Eagle Square.
It was learned the moves by the South West APC leaders led by former National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande to produce a consensus presidential candidate for the region collapsed after Tinubu and Osinbajo failed to agree to the consensus plan.
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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has lost yet another party big wig, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe.
Naija News understands that the former National Secretary of the ruling party confirmed his membership withdrawal in a letter dated June 4, 2022, which was addressed to the APC chairman of his Offot Ward 6, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Akpanudoedehe’s resignation is coming amidst controversies surrounding the party in an effort to pick a candidate for the 2023 general elections.
Naija News understands that Akpanudoedehe was part of the defunct Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the party headed by Governor Mai Mala-Buni.
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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Senate President Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the ruling party.
Naija News learned that Senator Abdullahi Adamu announced Lawan as the party’s preferred candidate at the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday in Abuja.
The APC Chairman at the meeting said that he arrived at the choice of Lawan after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He, however, said other presidential aspirants will be allowed to contest the party’s presidential primary election at the Eagle Square, Abuja slated for June 6th to 8th.
It was gathered that the NWC members rejected the announcement of Lawan as the consensus candidate and insisted other aspirants must be given the chance to compete.
The announcement of Lawan as the consensus candidate of the party then led to a division among the NWC members.
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The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Monday stated that the All Progressives Congress would not run its presidential primary the same way the Peoples Democratic Party held its primary.
There were rumours that presidential aspirants induced delegates across the country with funds to attract their votes.
The presidential aspirant while speaking on the presidential primary of the ruling party said he believes consensus-building has been part of the APC.
Umahi stated this while speaking on Channels TV on Monday morning.
He revealed the agreement presidential aspirants under the ruling party had during screening about consensus.
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2023 Presidential aspirant and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Monday, stormed Owo in Ondo State to commiserate with victims of the St Francis Catholic Church gunmen attacks.
Naija News understands that the Presidential hopeful was in Abuja earlier with other APC stakeholders and presidential aspirant as the party begin its presidential primaries today.
The APC national leader commiserated with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the families of the victims of the attack and indeed the people of Owo and Ondo State. He urged the police and security agencies to do all that is within their power to investigate the attack and apprehend the wicked perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Tinubu left delegates, chieftains and other members of the APC that had arrived in Abuja for the party’s presidential primary, for Ondo State.
He met with the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, traditional rulers particularly the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, and others, to sympathise with them over the development.
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Campaign posters of presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress compete for attention at the venue of the party’s presidential primary, Eagle Square in Abuja.
Different sizes of posters, inflated balloons and banners were spotted at the venue as presidential aspirants seek acceptance to emerge as the presidential candidate of the ruling party.
The towering posters compete for the attention of passers-by and their efficacy can be felt as onlookers take a long gaze.
The posters of presidential aspirants spotted at the venue of the presidential primary include those of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The poster of the national leader of the party and aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is dramatic, showing him giving a knock-out punch to a smiling Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
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Former Kaduna Central lawmaker and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Shehu Sani has thrown a shade at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former lawmaker hinted that there is likely indecision on the part of the APC and Presidential Buhari on how to choose the party’s presidential candidate for 2023 without going into a full fledged election at the primaries.
The President and the APC leadership have recommended the intensification of consultation and consensus building to reduce the number of aspirants as it begins its convention which runs from Monday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Naija News reports.
Though the presidency on Sunday refuted viral reports that the President has backed the zoning of the APC ticket to the south, it confirmed President Buhari has told the Governors to work on producing a consensus candidate.
However, Sani said both Buhari and the APC leadership including State Governors are pushing the responsibility of a possible consensus candidate to one another.
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Benue state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday debunked the publication circulating on the social media that the governorship appeal panel of the APC for the state has nullified the primaries.
The party’s state Publicity Secretary Daniel Ihomun, in a statement, described the report as fake, malicious and contorted.
The statement said an appeal panel by a political party lacks the power to cancel any primary election, so the purported report is fake and has no substance.
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The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has mocked Atiku Abubakar over his emergence as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okechuku said Atiku’s chances of winning the 2023 elections have been ruined after ten Northern All Progressives Congress Governors backed the quest for Southern Presidency.
The APC chieftain made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Enugu State.
He commended the governors for supporting the zoning of the APC presidential ticket to the South, stating that their action is patriotic and honorable.
Okechukwu also mocked the PDP for jettisoning its zoning arrangement and refusing to zone its presidential ticket to the South.
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The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa in the House of Representatives, Shina Peller has denied dumping the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2023 general election.
Peller cleared the air in a statement released through his media aide, Kola Popoola on Sunday.
The lawmaker further stated that he remains a member of the APC until he announces his defection on his social media platforms.
The visit of Peller, who lost the Oyo North Senatorial ticket, to a chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Adebisi Olopoeyan, last week triggered speculations that he had dumped the APC.
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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) is no match for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 elections in the state.
The governor mocked his predecessor and former principal, Rabiu Kwankwaso over the formation of the new party and his chances of winning any election in the state.
Ganduje boasted that Kwankwaso and the NNPP do not pose any threat to the chances of the ruling party both at the federal and state level in the 2023 elections.
Governor Ganduje made these known in an interview on a political programme on Television Continental (TVC) on Sunday.
According to the governor, the constant movement of Kwankwaso between political parties has seen him lose a lot of his supporters and followers.
Ganduje claimed that he is not worried about the poaching of some political heavyweights from the APC into the NNPP.
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Nigerian politician and elder statesman, Buba Galadima said there was an understanding that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would emerge as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate for 2023.
Galadima claimed that there was a gentleman’s agreement with Tinubu to become the next leader of the country after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The elder statesman said it was agreed during the formation of APC in 2014 that if the former Lagos governor would help Buhari win the 2015 general elections, he would become the Vice-President.
Galadima stated that Tinubu however failed to emerge as Buhari’s running mate in 2015 because of the Muslim-Muslim ticket. He added that the former Lagos governor instead nominated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He claimed that it was agreed at a meeting held in 2014 that if Buhari becomes President and finishes his tenure, he would ensure that Tinubu become his successor.
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A presidential aspirant and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has vowed to defeat Atiku Abubakar before 2pm on election day if he emerges as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bello boasted that he has the formula to defeat Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.
Naija News understands that the APC, under which governor Bello is seeking to clinch the number one political office in the country, is set to conduct its presidential primary election this week.
The ruling party had scheduled to hold its convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja between Monday and Wednesday, June 6-8, 2022.
During an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, governor Bello said he is the voice of the young Nigerians, women and people living with disabilities.
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The decision by 11 Northern governors to concede power to the southern part of the country has been criticized by a coalition of northern youth groups of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
APC Progressives Youth Elements and the APC North-East Youth Forum protested in Bauchi on Sunday, claiming that the governors were selfish in agreeing to give power to the south.
During the protest, the youths were seen holding placards with various inscriptions such as “It’s North or Nothing”, “We are not in support of power shift to South”, “We will not accept the decision of eleven governors”, “It’s in their selfish interest”.
Speaking with newsmen, President of APC Progressives Youth Elements, Alamin Bala Mai’auduga, said that it’s not time for the South to rule the country.
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That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News
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