Confusion hit PDP, Atiku camp- Party unsure of campaign strategy in South West

The PDP is currently pondering on how to approach the people of South West for votes after the region appears to have been ignored again in the scheme of things in the party.

Similarly, some analysts have argued that restructuring of the country, which the PDP has projected as one of its key campaign points, is an elitist concept that does not strike any chord with the voting masses in the zone.

“For instance, what is the Yoruba word for restructuring and how do you pass the message across to the market women, artisans and the masses that form the bulk of the voting population”, a PDP chieftain who spoke on the condition of anonymity said at the weekend.

The source also described the positions of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG) and that of the Speaker of House of Representatives that the PDP promised the Southwest as uncertain, stressing that it’s only if the PDP wins the Presidency that that can be fulfilled.

In a swift reaction however, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, disagreed with the postulations, saying that prevailing circumstances have changed voting dynamics in the country

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Friday, Ologbondiyan said, “Nigerians are not talking about who occupies certain positions. They are interested in who can give them power and make ease of doing business available.

“Nigerians are interested in who can save them from hunger, starvation, killings, bloodletting and all the pain that the Buhari government has imposed on them.

“The issue is not about who occupies what positions. It is about that candidate that understands the nuances of our nation. That candidate that can turn our economy around and make life better for Nigerians.

“Having said that, it’s important to state that the PDP is interested in the value of life. The PDP is interested in the equitable distribution of wealth in the nation. The PDP is interested in making life better for the average Nigerian.

“As such, every group and every geopolitical zone will be well captured and well represented when we form government. This is the type of division that the Buhari administration has continued to set Nigerians against one another with all manner of ethnic crises. But Nigerians have come to resent this approach.

“It is unfortunate that even the President is so insensitive to the plight of Nigerians that he does not realise that this is not the time Nigerians will be thinking about who comes from where. For now, Nigerian are only keen on good governance”.

Can the PDP mount a strong challenge in the South West?

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Banky W and a lady exchange words following his intention to run for a political post

Nigerian singer, Banky W recently declared his intention to run for House of Representatives. He made the revelation at an event in Lagos when he disclosed that he will be running for the Federal House of Representative under Modern Democratic Party.

In reaction to his declaration, a concerned Nigerian identified as Peppy Chidinma Akaniro took to her Facebook page to call out the entertainer turned politician whom she said cannot relate to the plight of common Nigerian people.

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In reaction to her post, Banky W also explained the events leading to the situation which she also posted on her Facebook page. Read her own post below:

The Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) boss Olubankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W declared his intention to contest for the Lagos Eti Osa Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives in the 2019 general election.

The Musician made the announcement at the debut convention of the Modern Democratic Party (MDP) in Lagos. He said he was aware it would not be easy to run given who he would be running against.

“It is with the greatest sense of humility, purpose and destiny that I humbly announce to run for the 2019 Federal House of Representatives.

“I am under no illusions that this run will be easy considering who we are going up against, this is almost impossible.”

The award winning singer picked the slogan ‘Hope 19’ and entrusted the election process on ‘hope’.

“You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing, I can’t live with not trying.

“They said we don’t have the money to run, we say our strength lies in our numbers, they said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it, they said ‘what if you lose’? I say what if we win?”

“So why we may not have a godfather we do have God, vision, intellectual capacity, integrity, right intentions and last but not least, a whole lot of ‘Hope’.

“At the end of the day, ‘Hope’ may be all we have, but I believe it is all we need.” Wellington added that the richest people in Nigeria live in the constituency, therefore Eti Osa is vital to the development of Nigeria.

“Eti Osa houses many rich people in Nigeria, therefore for Nigeria to work Eti Osa must work. We want to fix Nigeria, But we must begin by fixing our communities.

“Our generation needs a realistic rallying point, we need to begin in communities, earn our way into the system and up the ladder”.

Banky W joins some entertainers and celebrities who have declared to run for public offices in the 2019 general election including Kanayo O, Kanayo and Shinna Peller.(NAN)

Adesua Etomi Gives Undaunting Reason Why Banky W Deserves To Be Given A Political Chance

Earlier on, it had been reported the news of how Olubankole Wellington better known by his stage name Banky W took to Instagram to declare his goal to fill in as an administrative lawmaker, speaking to Eti-Osa local government zone of Lagos state in the coming 2019 race. All things considered, standing gladly close by is his ever-strong excellent spouse and performing artist, Adesua Etomi-Wellington.

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Speaking during an event after her husband made the announcement, the beautiful actress had nothing but kind words for Banky W, stating that Nigeria deserved a man like him. She said at the event: “Nigeria deserves a man like my husband. Banky, It is an absolute honour to walk life with you, I can’t wait for the world to know you like I do.” She had also gone on Instagram to post a picture which she captioned, “Proud to be on your team. You inspire me more than anyone else in this world. In awe of you. Here for you and with you.”

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Proud to be on your team. You inspire me more than anyone else in this world. In awe of you. Here for you and with you. @Regran_ed from @bankywellington – They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying. So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria. #Hope19 #EtiOsa – #regrann

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Banky W’s decision to join politics makes him one among many other Nigerian celebrities who have either abandoned their crafts as entertainers to practice politics or combine them both. Celebrity actors such as Desmond Elliot and Richard Mofe Damijo paved the way for many acts in the industry to take on the bold step of engaging in politics. It comes as no surprise how supportive Banky W’s wife is of his dreams, considering how strong their love for each other is.

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Baba For The Street! Banky W Takes His Kind Heart To The Lagos House Of Representatives

Banky W has restored trust in a considerable lot of his fans subsequent to announcing his expectation to keep running for the House of Representatives. In an Instagram post, the ‘Up North’ star declared his goal to keep running for the elective position under the Modern Democratic Party. The EME boss will be challenging to speak to Eti-Osa body electorate in Lagos at the Federal House of Rep in the 2019 general race.

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He wrote, “They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said, “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying.

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They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying. So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria. #Hope19 #EtiOsa #MDP

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“So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have a vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

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Earlier in 2019, Banky W had held a TEDx conference where he spoke about the need for young Nigerians to stop whining and complaining about the situation of the country and take charge by voting and contesting for elective positions. Pop stars, Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia, and Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington were among celebrities who led the march that simultaneously took place in 18 states and the federal capital territory. The sensitisation took place under the auspices of One Voice Nigeria.

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Banky W called on Nigerians to come out enmasse to vote so that they can hold politicians accountable for what they promised during the campaign. He added, “This can also make us hold INEC on what happened to our votes after voting. The power lies with the people so we need to register and vote. Your voter’s card is worth more than money and it will make us benefit from a better Nigeria“.

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Banky W shocks the entertainment & political sphere with his latest announcement

Banky W has renewed hope in many of his fans after declaring his intention to run for the House of Representatives.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, November 10, 2018, the ‘Up North’ star declared his intention to run for the elective position under the Modern Democratic Party.

The EME boss will be contesting to represent Eti-Osa constituency in Lagos at the Federal House of Rep in the 2019 general election.

He wrote, “They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said, “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?

“You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying.

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They said we don’t have the money to run.. we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true. I can live with trying and failing. I can not live with not trying. So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria. #Hope19 #EtiOsa #MDP

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“So while we may not have a godfather, we do have God. And we have a vision. And intellectual capacity. And integrity. And the right intentions. And last but not least, a whole lot of hope.

At the end of the day, hope may be all we have, but I believe that it is all we need. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

Earlier in 2019, Banky W had held a TEDx conference where he spoke about the need for young Nigerians to stop whining and complaining about the situation of the country and take charge by voting and contesting for elective positions.

Banky W leads march for voters registration ahead of 2019 elections

Pop stars, Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia, and Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington were among celebrities who led the march that simultaneously took place in 18 states and the federal capital territory.

The sensitisation took place under the auspices of One Voice Nigeria. Banky W called on Nigerians to come out enmasse to vote so that they can hold politicians accountable for what they promised during the campaign.

He added, “This can also make us hold INEC on what happened to our votes after voting.

“The power lies with the people so we need to register and vote. Your voter’s card is worth more than money and it will make us benefit from a better Nigeria“.

Stop insulting our son- Yoruba group backs Osinbajo, caution Dogara

The Vice President may not have asked for the support of his kinsmen, but he has been offered support anyway.

The Yoruba Progressive Youth Congress (YPYC), has warned the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to respect the limits of his constitutional boundaries and stop the veiled attempt to ridicule Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the office of the Vice President of Nigeria.

National president of YPYC, Comrade Kola Salawu, who addressed a press conference said the recent probe of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, by a House of Representatives ad hoc committee set up by Dogara is a clear case of a parliament trying to overstep its bounds and an attempt to bring down another prominent Yoruba son due to hate.

The group said the report of the Isa Ali led Ad Hoc Committee on Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness released last week by the House which indicted the Vice President and called on the security agencies to further investigate him is the word form of insult on any serving public officer.

The YPYC, which says its core mandate is to defend the interest of Yorubas in public office said it cannot stomach a case of disrespect and insubordination clearly in breach of the Nigerian Constitution.

Salawu said:” For anybody, influenced by any sentiment to step out in vilification of the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo in this brazen manner is directly courting the anger of Yoruba youths.

“It is a slap on the face of YPYC members, wherever they are domiciled in the world. Osinbajo is not a political orphan and Dogara should get the message straight.”

 

The committee report according to the YPYC struggled frantically to implicate Prof Osinbajo, who is the statutory chairman of NEMA’s Governing Board, over some perceived frauds in the management of the agency’s finances and baselessly faulted financial approvals by the board to the agency, which Prof Osinbajo is the Head and proceeded to directly indict the Vice President on what it said were unlawful approvals for projects that were not executed.

“The Reps Probe Panel by this submission directly indicted the Prof Osinbajo, with the unsubstantiated allegation of illegally approving N5.8 billion North East Intervention Fund. Sadly too, it claimed the fund was subsequently mismanaged by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). We do not think, Speaker Dogara and his cohorts in the parliament embarked on a voyage of fantasy,” the group stated.

Salawu said while his group supports good governance, transparency and accountability in public office, it cannot tolerate the deliberate persecution of a renowned leader based on ethnic sentiments in the bid to blot the years of hard earned reputation and integrity in the guise of a probe.

“The entire Yoruba Progressive Youth Congress (YPYC) are astounded that a demeaning and publicized indictment on the Vice President in an official report of parliament never vacated the inherent doubts on the particulars of the item of his complicity.

“We hasten to say confidently that the report never proved NEMA’s Governing Board, chaired by Prof Osinbajo had no powers under the law establishing it, to approve emergency expenditures for the agency to the amount queried by the House. It has not disclosed how due process was allegedly abused or violated,” Salawu said.

The YPYC insisted that the report is tainted by procedural breaches, bias and lack of depth to arrive at its conclusions.

“We are not told whether the amount approved by the NEMA Governing Board exceeded their permissible limits under the law, which established it. The report only sent a bland cheque to the public and raised an alarm so loudly to tarnish his name.

“And quite damply, the report cladded in falsehood, only intimated of an alleged mismanagement of the funds. So, is the Vice President or members of the NEMA Governing Council in that capacity responsible for the administration of funds they approve?,” the group asked.

YPYC noted that when the report alleged there were monies missing to the tune of N33 billion, the committee meant a conviction of Prof. Osinbajo in public domain.

It said when the committee attempted, to summon the Vice President to explain the decision of the Governing Board in suspending the six serving directors implicated in the alleged N2.5 billion fraud, as requested by EFCC to enable thorough investigation, it became obvious there was something fishy.

“We alerted Nigerians of the constitution of this diversionary Reps adhoc committee to probe NEMA funds, which never concealed its character assassination mission. YPYC warned long before now that the committee is aimed at tarnishing the image of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, his stewardship and the fixation to offer him as a sacrificial lamb for the vermins in power.

“What propelled our initial skepticism of the job of the committee’s assignment was its unlawful usurpation of the duties of statutory investigation bodies. They transformed into investigators of financial crimes. But after the conclusion of its arrangee investigations, it still referred the cases to either EFCC or the ICPC to investigate what they have investigated. It does not make sense to us,” Salawu said.

Should the House of Representatives present more fact before laying accusations at the feet of the Vice President?

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N33 BILLION CORRUPTION SCANDAL!!! VP Yemi Osinbajo Breaks Down In Tears, Sets The Record Straight With Pure Facts And Figures

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, faulted the report of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, which allegedly indicted him over “emergency intervention of food security to the North-East”, in June 2017, when he was Acting President.

 

Osinbajo’s position was contained in a statement made available to Journalists, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

 

In its report, the Committee had alleged that N5,865,671,939.26 was approved and released in June 2017, via a memo raised from the Office of the Acting President, directing the Minister of Finance and the Accountant-General of the Federation, to so act.

 

 

The Committee concluded that the payment made was in contravention of the approval of the National Assembly.“This conclusion is both false and misleading”, the VP’s statement noted.

 

Akande explained that the period in question was a time when Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, and their host communities, faced severe food shortages throughout the North-East, as a result of successive poor harvests and abandoned farmlands, minimal cross-border cash crop trade, and lost economic opportunities.

 

He recalled, that the United Nations World Food Programme, had on April 15, 2017, issued a warning that it would be reducing its support to about 1.8 million IDPs, by as much as 88 percent, due to corresponding reduction in funding by the donor countries.

 

He added that around the same time, the United Nations Commission for Refugees in Geneva, also warned of the growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in the conflict areas.

 

He said: “The Federal Government moved urgently to prevent the looming disaster, by establishing a strategic food intervention plan for the affected States.

 

“A Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Delivery to the North-East was convened, and the Committee met on the 13th of May, 2017, to kick off the process, with the then Acting President as Chairman.

 

 

“Other members of the Committee included: Minister of Finance; Minister of Budget and National Planning; Minister of State for Budget and National Planning; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Governor of Central Bank; Deputy Chief of Staff to the President; and the Senior Special Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President.

 

“Resulting from the deliberations of this and subsequent meetings, the approval referred to in the House Committee’s report was, in fact, based on a request raised by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as facilitator of the National Food Security Programme, via a letter dated May 25, 2017.

 

“As explained in the said letter, there was an immediate need to distribute grains, including rice, maize, soya beans and sorghum, to Internally Displaced Persons, through the National Emergency Management Agency.

 

“The only way to obtain the quantity of grains required was to resort to the National Food Security Progamme, earlier established by the Federal Government, as a means of shoring up its strategic grain reserves.”

Oshiomhole in fresh trouble! Reps set to probe APC chairman

The National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other Political party leaders will have their activities during their various party primaries investigated by the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives on Thursday set up an ad hoc committee to probe alleged violations of the Electoral Act by political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission during last month’s primaries to pick candidates for the 2019 polls.

The House observed that the primaries exposed the lack of internal democracy within political parties, while it accused INEC of looking the other way when the abuses occurred. Over 200 lawmakers failed to secure a return ticket during the primaries.

State governors were also criticised for allegedly manipulating the primaries in some places with the sole objective of imposing their preferred candidates on the parties.

 

The All Progressives Congress received much of the attacks as most of the speakers on Thursday were aggrieved members of the ruling party.

However, some opposition party members, including the Peoples Democratic Party, also complained that they were not fairly treated during the primaries.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, resolved to conduct investigation into the alleged abuses after an APC member from Niger State, Mr Adamu Chika, moved a motion to draw attention to the alleged violations.

Chika also called for a probe of the income and expenditure of the “major political parties in the last four years” to bring their operations in compliance with Section 226 of the 1999 Constitution.

The lawmaker said, “If legislative measures are not adopted to address this dangerous drift, the National Assembly may, in the nearest future, be the assemblage of governors’ stooges to the detriment of our democracy.”

Speaking specifically on the case of Niger State, Chika said, “No aspirant can say he got the result of the election. You can only know it through your agent, but to say you have it is a lie.

“Somebody contested for Senate but he was given the ticket of the House of Representatives. Niger has moved from poverty to hopelessness.”

Another APC member from Kaduna State, Mr Musa Soba, recalled how  “direct and indirect primaries created direct and indirect grievances” in his state.

Soba, who was the first member to dump the APC soon after primaries, also said aspirants were made to buy nomination forms at exorbitant costs when the party already had pre-determined winners.

But while Chika and Soba complained about the alleged overbearing influence of their state governors, a member from Ogun State, Mr Adekunle Akinlade, informed the House that the national leadership of the APC robbed winners in his state of victory.

Akinlade, the preferred candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, narrated how the party structure ensured that the contestants who won never got the tickets.

Giving the fact that many House members were unable to secure re-election tickets of their various political parties, is this current investigation by the House of Reps being done on the basis of national interest?

Please share your views in the comment section.

Buhari, The Entire APC, Unsettled, As Reps Indict Osinbajo, Others Over N33 Billion Corruption Scandal

The Federal House of Representatives has indicted the governing board of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over “illegal approval of N5.8 billion north-east intervention fund.”
The lawmakers also recommended the dismissal of Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of NEMA, over alleged fraud.
At plenary on Thursday, the lower legislative chamber adopted a report of its committee which also recommended the prosecution of Maihaja.
The ad-hoc committee was set up to investigate the NEMA DG over alleged corruption at the agency.
The committee in its report accused the NEMA DG of “corruption and embezzlement of N33 billion emergency intervention fund” meant for the agency.
The committee findings read: “On the emergency intervention of food security to the North-East to support the population ravaged by insurgency, a sum of N5,865,671,939.26 was approved and released in June 2017 via a memo raised from the Office of the Acting President, directing the Hon. Minister of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation to so act.
“The details further specified a directive to the Governor of CBN from the Ministry of Finance to pay the sum from the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account which the AGF is to raise a mandate for. This is in contravention of approval of NASS on the issuance of Euro Bond from which the Hon. Minister authorized the payment.
“Committee noted the flaws and infractions on the authorization granted and removal of such huge sum of money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account of the Federation in violation of the Constitution … due process was not followed as taxes and interest accruable to government were not deducted and remitted to the FIRS on the sums released and paid into the accounts of the different corporate entities shown above, this created colossal loss of revenue to the Federal Government.”
It said out of about N5.8 billion, “NEMA got N829,026,456 for logistics and it claimed it spent it as follows, without satisfactory evidence”.
The committee said it also discovered that the federal government “lost a total sum of over N33 billion as a result of mismanagement or outright embezzlement of funds occasioned by the actions or inactions of the Managing Director of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja.
“It is hereby consequently recommended that the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, be relieved of his duties by Mr President, Commander in Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria and handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.”

JUST IN: Vice President Osinbajo Fingered In N5.8 billion Scandal

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have some image laundry to do in the days ahead as the Pastor have been accused of illegally approving the spending of some state funds.

The House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has indicted  Osinbajo, accusing him of illegally approving N5.8 billion North East Intervention Fund.

The funds according to the lawmakers were mismanaged by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The committee called for the sack of the Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, for alleged fraud, corruption and embezzlement of N33 billion emergency intervention fund.

The house committee held a public hearing four months ago on the alleged breach of public trust by NEMA.

Even with no iota of blemish before now, there have been calls in some quarters that Osinbajo should be dropped as Vice President next year.

A House of Representatives member, Hon. Linus Okorie had told President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to drop Osinbajo and pick a running mate that hails from the South East region to show his commitment to supporting the emergence of an Igbo president for the country in 2023.


This, according to Okorie, would prove President Buhari’s commitment to the Igbo agenda in 2023 and his support for the emergence of a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction come 2023.

Okorie, who is representing Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo federal constituency in the House of Representatives was reacting to the earlier opposition of South-East Governors and the PDP leaders on the choice of former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi as the running mate of former vice president of Atiku Abubakar for next year’s presidential election.

On his part, Chief Chekwas Okorie, the National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), reminded Ndigbo that President Buhari and the ruling APC never promised to hand over power to the region in 2023.

He claimed the offer peddled by South Eastern APC leaders was the ‘worst form of deceit’ and stressed that only idiots would fall for it.

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