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Ngige Pulls Out Of Presidential Race, Retains Position As Labour Minister

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has announced his withdrawal from the 2023 Presidential Race.

The Minister disclosed this in a signed statement, hours after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari and hosts of outgoing ministers seeking to continue with the pursuit of offices at the 2023 General Elections.

READ ALSO: 2023: Hours After Buhari Gave Ultimatum, Minister Resigns

“Today, 13th May 2022, I had an audience with the president, Muhammadu Buhari, as a follow up to the one I earlier had with him on 11th May 2022. Ngige stated.

“Having also consulted widely with my family, constituents, supporters, and well-wishers, it is my pleasure to announce the withdrawal of my interest and earlier decision to contest the office of the president in the 2023 general election.

“As a result of this, I will NOT be participating in any of the internal party processes of the said election, starting with the primary.”

The Labor Minister had added that he would like to continue assisting Buhari and the federal government to “weather the difficult last lap” of the administration.

“I have communicated my decision to President Buhari and Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).” the Statement added.

He said although he has received the expression of interest/nomination forms from his supporters, they are yet to be filled and submitted.

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APC Postpones Campaign, Reveals Why

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APC Postpone Campaign, Here's Why

The ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) has postponed the initiation of its campaign which was scheduled to commence on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council Director-General, Simon Lalong disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Ortom Distances Self From Wike’s Call For Ayu’s Resignation

The statement read; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report to the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointment. 

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the timetable of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold

“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates 

“A new date and timetable of events will be announced soon”. 

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Ortom Distances Self From Wike’s Call For Ayu’s Resignation

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Ortom Distances Self From Wike's Call For Ayu's Resignation

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has distanced himself from his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, who had since been seeking the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ortom, who’s a longstanding ally of Wike, made his submission in a statement cited by Newsrand on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Contradicting Wike’s position that Ayu must resign to resolve the ongoing crisis in the party, Ortom expressed confidence in the PDP National Chairman.

The statement read: “Governor Ortom vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministration. That is why Ayu was returned unopposed by the northern caucus of the party and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.

Where was Jemgbagh Development Association, when Governor Ortom galvanised support from across the leaders of the party to make Dr. Ayu PDP’s National Chairman? What was their contribution to that project that they now want to use clannish stance to blackmail the governor?

“This amorphous and emergency Jemgbagh Development Association, Abuja, which has never been heard of before, is now masquerading as the voice of Jemgbagh to embark on campaign of calumny against Governor Ortom, who has worked selflessly for the people of Benue State.

Governor Ortom is more Jemgbagh than most of the people claiming it now. This is fact, because he has done more for Jemgbagh, both in terms of appointments and projects executed as well as patronage in the area, than even one of the Jemgbagh sons, who was governor. Besides, Governor Ortom has consistently worked for the unity of Benue State and will never stand in the way of any of her citizens, either here in the state or in the diaspora.

For those, who claimed to be leaders of this Jemgbagh Development Association, Abuja, we urge them to be truly developmental in their drive to build cohesion among the people and attract real development to their area rather than engaging in mischief or blackmail.”

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Afenifere Explains Why It’s Backing Peter Obi For President

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Afenifere Explains Why It's Backing Peter Obi For President

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the Yoruba socio-political group’s leader, Afenifere, has explained why they are backing the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, for the 2023 elections.

Addressing journalists at a media parley in Lagos, Adebanjo said the group would not compromise the principle of justice, equity, and inclusiveness because the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is a Yoruba man.

He said, “The South-West has produced a President and currently sits as Vice President; the South-South has spent a total of six years in the Presidency, but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.

We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria while we, at the same time, continue to brutally marginalise and exclude them from the power dynamics.

Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back; he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office.

“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity and inclusiveness because one of our own, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is a frontline candidate. It is on this same principle we condemn the Peoples Democratic Party for sponsoring Atiku Abubakar, a Northern Fulani Muslim to succeed General Muhammadu Buhari another Fulani Muslim.”

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