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Tinubu/Shettima Ticket: Outrage over Babachir Lawal’s Channels Television remark

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Nigerians have reacted negatively to the comments of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal during an interview on Channel Television’s Politics Today anchored by Seun Okinbaloye, where he condemned the fielding of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima; two Muslims as the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) respectively.

Lawal had said that the north would only support a political party that is capable of winning, adding that Peter Obi and Datti Baba Ahmed of the Labour Party is a good pair.

The former SFG said that Muslims dominate many appointments in the north, saying that out of the 27 universities in the north only five have had Christian Vice Chancellors.

He gave instances of Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Maiduguri, which he said have never had a Christian Vice Chancellor since they were established.

Reacting on Twitter, a popular social media, one Ishmael said that “it’s so sad to see a man who call himself a Pastor playing the card of religion, he claimed Christians are not allowed to be VC in Adamawa, the last I checked for 16 years the PDP ruled Obasanjo/Jonathan both Christian, they could have appointed one if it really not about competence.

“Babachir also said Christian across all MDAs were being trained both locally or internationally, that claim is totally false and misleading and should be condemned. We have more Christians as CEO/MD/Directors/Coordinator  across all MDAs.”

Also reacting, one Tony4Real said;
“if what he was saying was the norm, why didn’t he as SGF, intervene. Using the power of his office to change it. Now, as a floor member and a bigoted religionist, he is prancing from one TV Station to another yarning dust. Babachir is a political van der val, oblivion awaits him!”

Another Nigerian, Olasumbo Apanpa, said; “when he was busy looking for easy money, contracts that he won’t execute, but pocket the money. This man is a disgrace and shameless liar!”

He was followed by another commentator; Ahmad K Dutse, who said;
“I felt disappointed listening to him but that’s what there are told Taraba and Jos have never allowed any Muslim to rule just even deputy governor them no go get Gombe Kaduna, Nassarawa they all have deputy Christian they cry more…”

T.Laoshl, who also lambasted Lawal, said; “Lol, this man dey whine us. He wants to use religion to corner notes. Clown. Go and ask CAN.

J.O.M, said; “You played the card first by choosing MM ticket now, it’s a sin if another man plays same card. Keep crying.”

This was as Olusegun Olopade said; “These one makes you ashamed to even want to identify with this Christianity thing sef. Same Babachir that was sacked for stealing fa?”

Also, J.M said; “our politicians whipe up any mention for cards as some people may like to call it that best suit their intentions. No cap. But really, a Muslim Muslim ticket is certainly a desperate move. I am not in support of it.

Ugwu Obinna said; “All these cries is because he isn’t supporting APC or PDP now, while Abdul S. Abdul commented that; “I blame Seun for not doing his job! Babachir represented the whole North East as the SGF, where at least 70% are Muslims. When he was kicked out for Grass Cutting scandal, another Christian was appointed to replace him. How many VCs from Jos, Benue, Taraba are Muslims?

Dudu By Nature (DBN), in his own comment said; “I was very disappointed hearing such from such man. You see why this country isn’t moving forward and their petty politician is worst if he gets close to Aso Rock.”

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Vote Tinubu, I’ve Known Him For 20 Years, Buhari Campaigns In Lafia

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Vote Tinubu, I've Known Him For 20 Years, Buhari Campaigns In Lafia

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to vote for the All Progressive Congress, APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whom he has known for over two decades.

According to Buhari, during APC’s campaign in Lafia, Nasarawa State, the party’s national leader is determined and would give his all, if elected as Nigeria’s next president.

Buhari says; “Today in Lafia, Nasarawa State, I delivered my message: VOTE Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria, and VOTE Governor Abdullahi Sule for a 2nd term! I have known Asiwaju for more than 20 years; he is a committed Nigerian; he will give his best to Nigeria!”

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As Buhari’s tenure comes to end, he listed his commissioned projects which include Lagos port, and Kano State’s Inland dry port, as he assures citizens of a rising nation.

“On January 23, in Lagos, I commissioned the new Lekki Port, Nigeria’s first Deep Sea Port. A week later, in Kano, I commissioned the Dala Inland Dry Port, which we have already designated a Port of Origin and Final Destination. A new Nigeria is rising, and there is no going back,” he stated.

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PDP Campaign D-G Reveals Wike’s Preferred Presidential Candidate

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Sekibo Reveals Wike's Preferred Presidential Candidate

Abiye Sekibo, the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, has disclosed Nyesom Wike’s preferred candidate as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In response to the Rivers State government refusing to allow the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to hold a rally there, Sekibo revealed this, claiming that Wike had instructed his people to support Tinubu instead.

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“We are aware that by credible information reaching us that Governor Wike has directed his loyalists, including all local government Chairmen, special adviser, commissioners, party executives at the state and local government level, and all other appointees to work for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, even though you have not had the courage to boldly announce same to the people of Rivers State,” the PDP campaign D-G stated.

Remember that the location for the event set for February 11 was authorized by the Rivers state government in January, but that approval was later canceled.

But according to Sekibo, Wike instructed all local government chairmen, his cabinet members, his assistants, and executives to back Tinubu’s bid for the presidency.

The two senior PDP figures fell off after the PDP primaries, with Atiku choosing Ifeanyi Okowa over Wike, as the governor of Rivers State refused to support his presidential nominee.

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Elections: 14 Ondo Parties Sign Peace Accord

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Elections: 14 Ondo Parties Sign Peace Accord

No fewer than 14 different political parties in Ondo State have signed an agreement for the peaceful conduct of its supporters ahead of the forthcoming general election in the state.

It was gathered that the political parties include the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress, the Labour Party, the SDP and many others.

The peace accord was signed by the chairmen and candidates of the political parties in the forthcoming elections at the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Commissioner of Police in Ondo, CP Oyeyemi Oyediran.

Oyediran said the step was necessitated to ensure that the forthcoming elections were devoid of acrimony and violence before, during, and after the exercise.

“There is campaign going on everywhere and we are all aware of the hues and cries in some places while some places are very peaceful and some are not.

“But for the areas that are not so calm, we have made some attempts to ensure that they have calmness in those areas.

“The worst of the areas is Idanre, but by the grace of God, I think we have stemmed the crisis in the bud and it is relatively peaceful now,” he said.

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