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2023: Green Alliance pushes for Emiefele to run for President



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***Lists reasons why he is the best to take over from Buhari in 2023

The Green Alliance made up of about 100 pressure groups on Saturday shook Abuja to its foundations with the campaign that specifically urged the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr Godwin Emefiele to join the Presidential race.

The message ‘Meffy 2023′ peace Progress and Prosperity’ was re-echoed several times at the Chida Hotels International, venue of the event for it to be passed on to other Nigerians

The convener of The Green Alliance Wale Fapohunda said, there is no need to look elsewhere for Buhari’s successor who will turn around the fortunes of the country other than Emiefele. 
“The Green Alliance as a movement is one of the numerous groups that is saying we want Dr. Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Emiefele to take over from Baba Buhari. 

“If you look at Emiefele’s activity as CBN Governor, you will see that there is nobody in this Government and I say it with all sense of responsibility and challenge anybody to a debate that nobody in this present Government that has supported the programs of Baba Buhari more than Godwin Emiefele, nobody. 
“It is clear and the facts are there for us to see. We are in Abuja and I am not surprised at all the level of support Emiefele is getting from Abuja.
He said when Buhari took over in 2015 he moved for the diversification of the economy to invest in Agriculture. 
“Immediately Emiefele keyed in to this and we are seeing various and remarkable intervention in this sector of the Nigerian economy. 
“We all saw the rice Pyramids, as we speak Nigeria has ceased from being an importer of rice to a net exporter of rice and it is because of the friendly monetary policy of Emiefele. 
“He has supported women, he has supported the youths, he supported all the President has achieved today in terms of infrastructural development.
According to him, before 2015 there was no train from Abuja to Kaduna, “Now there is train, there was no train from Lagos to Ibadan, the second Niger Bridge is now 95% completed. 
“How is a President able to do these without a friendly monetary policy by the CBN governor, it is not possible. 

“The challenges we had as a nation, like the COViD-19 pandemic, many countries are still suffering today from the economic impact of COVID but guess what? we have an astute businessman who is manning the Apex Bank and we were able to quickly exit recession because we have somebody that is focused that loves Nigeria that wants the progress of Nigeria.

“Out of all the serious contenders do we know that he is the youngest person as he is just 60 years old?. 

“At 60 he has achieved so much for himself so if it is about being alone he does not need anything anymore. He was the group MD/CEO of zenith bank. After that he became the Governor of the Central Bank. 

“It was PDP that appointed Emiefele so when Buhari came in 2015 in his wisdom he decided to retain him, so also after the first five years of his tenure expired, Buhari in his wisdom said I still need this man to run this country so he retained him again the second time that is to tell you something about that man.

“We are saying to him, he must run, he should forget the fact that he has achieved all he wants to achieve because it is not about him. 

“God in his infinite mercy and wisdom create certain people at certain time for specific purposes and that is what we are saying we have identified him. 

“So all this one that we are talking about persuasion, he must run because we don’t want anybody to come and rubbish all that this present Government has achieved we need consolidation. 

“All the members of Green Alliance here, in our private or public conversation, in our social media engagements let us keep telling him that he must run. MEFFY 2023. 

“God in his infinite mercy decided to create him and put him in Nigeria in such a time at this and we will not waste this opportunity that is why we are calling in him, we are saying that he must run and by the special grace of God he will run. 

“We are not going to leave Nigerians to vote people who will come and destroy what has been put together the achievements of this present Government.

“I challenge everyone to an open debate in terms of monetary policies and developmental projects, show me any CBN Bank Governor in the world that has performed better than than Hovernor Emiefele in view of our specific 

“They think they can speak English we are going to speak based on facts and figures. We don’t want tribalistic, illiterate leaders, we want somebody that loves Nigeria, whether Hausa, Ibo or Yoruba, we don’t want religious bigots, we want anybody that will carry everybody along in Nigeria and by Gods grace we shall achieve that.

“The Green Alliance is specifically asking Emiefele to declare for the Presidency 2023

On what will happen if Emiefele turns down the request, he said,

“Essentially the Green Alliance is an independent body with no affiliation with Emiefele in any ramifications so if for any condition he decides not to run the green Alliance will continue as a movement because we are a movement but I can tell you authoritatively that with the little I know about him as a patriotic Nigerian, as someone that loves the nation, as someone that is totally detrubalised and wants the progress of Nigeria by the grace of Almighty God he will run.

On the fact that Politics is a different ball game different from running the CBN, he said,

“First and foremost, man by nature is a political animal, every human being is a politician dont deceive yourself. 

“There is politics in everything we do because politics is about decision making,. Even in your houses in your family there is politics. “All of us at any point in time take political decisions. Do we understand what fiscal role the CBN plays in the Nigerian economy. 

“Do you understand certain management decisions that must be made as a Governor of CBN, if that person is not himself politically in tune he would have messed everything up. “Whether you talk about established politicians when we get to the bridge we will cross it, when we get to the field we will sort it out. 

“What I am saying is about facts and figures, it is about what you have done and what you have not done. 

“Let us compare notes for Nigerians to see. Comparing Nigerian with Angola which is similar oil producing country with less population, the inflationary trend is extremely manageable compared to Angola. 

“Let established politicians go and dust their boots let them prepare for a robust debate. 

“This is not ground standing, we are ready, he has the intellectual wherewithal, the intellect to run against every type of political obstacle that may come his way

The group said the contest is not about Emefiele, but about the country adding that they have identify him as the best for the country adding that he must come out and run as president. 

“We won’t leave the activities of the country in the hands of politicians that will destroyed what Buhari has done,” Fapohunda added. 

Also speaking, another co-convener, Akin Osomo, said it was the second time they are calling on Emefiele to come out and seek for the highest office in the land. 

He said Nigeria cannot be doing the same thing and expect different results.

“We must persuade this man. We are begging, pleading. We want him to answer the call. For the love we have for our country, we need to do something different. 

“Nigerians have been putting in politicians, we must try someone who has perform both in public and the private sector. Emefiele should answer the call,” Osomo added. 

A woman leader in the FCT, Hajiya Fatima Musa Gwagwalada, said women will support Emefiele if he decides to contest adding that he is someone that have been promoting the activities of Women. 

Another co-convener,  Valentine Gabriel,  said the Abuja invasion become nescessarry because the over 100 interest group want Emefiele to be the next president. 

“Nigeria has very few leaders. As such, we cannot afford not to get it right. We cannot afford not to search for the person that will succeed Buhari. Emefiele is the right person to succeed Buhari,” Gabriel said. 

Also, the Women leader of the Green Alliance, and member of the Anioma Women Forum,  Angela Ejiofo said they supports women in politics adding that they are calling on Emefiele to run for the office of the president in 2023.

“He is the right person to run the country. He will bring prosperity. Nigeria needs progress. Emefiele will bring unity and strengthen the economy, security and create jobs. The women want him to answer the call of Nigerians, ” she added.

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Akpabio brags about South South capacity to deliver for Tinubu in 2027




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***Says, Akwa Ibom votes for APC in 2023 surpassed all that of 5 south East States

The President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio has boasted that the entire South South States will resoundingly deliver victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2027 to return President Bola Tinubu for second term.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday when the zonal Leadership of the South South APC ked by the National Vice  Chairman Victor Giadom Paul him a courtesy call

He said the party in Akwa Ibom made it possible for Tinubu to secure the 25% requirement to win.
He said Akwa Ibom alone devered more than 800000 votes for APC which he said was more than the votes the five South East States gave to the APC
“You will be surprised that the votes from Akwa Ibom alone for the APC in the Presidential election was more.l than the total votes from the five states of the South East
“What it really mean is that recall when David Leon contested in Bayelsa State, he won resoundingly but he was not sworn in, that happened a day before swearing in and even this last one that Timipre Sylva contested we also did very well and we are now in court so I cannot comment of that. “That shows you the strength of the APC in the region and even when the PDP is the ruling party in Rivers State where the Chairman Victor Giadom comes from, we were able to win the presidential election Rivers State, I am talking based on data which can not lie.
“I want to say that with that giant step now that we have a senate President, I don’t see any reason why the entirety of the South South Region will not become APC. “The only way we can pay back the National leaders of our party, the only way we can show the President for standing by us in the South South to produce a sente President After 45 years is for us to make sure that in 2027 we will give him and the entire APC resounding victory in the 6 States of the South South region.
“We are steadily moving on, Cross Rivers State is 100% APC. Here and there some people will emerge either in the Senate or the House of reps and the House of Assembly but in the governorship and government of the State is totally APC.
“Akwa Ibom has the Senate President, so for you to have members of the House of Representatives it shows that things are about to happen.
“For you to have won the presidential election in Rivers State where the Zonal chairman comes from, means things are beginning to happen.
He said in 2019 APC won in Bayelsa State except for technical issues in the court.
“That shows clearly that APC has come to stay in the entire South South,
“Edo State the APC governor took government house into another party and so election is coming next year, we expect the chairman to double his effort with all of us to be included in the campaign and ensure we get back what belongs to us. “Your visit is timely and I believe strongly that working together with you, APC can only be stronger in the South South Region
“On our part, we are working across party lines to support President Tinubu, all the senators of the South South are determine to give Tinubu the support so that he can succeed irrespective of party affiliation and that is a good sign

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Nasarawa govt berates PDP over protest against Appeal Court judgment




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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Government has challenged  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against blackmailing the judiciary over Nasarawa governorship tussle.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr, Peter Ahemba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Public Affairs and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lafia.

The reaction followed the recent protest in Lafia against the Appeal Court governorship election judgment by a group purported to be coalition of indigenous people of Nasarawa State.

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, November 23 had set aside the judgment of the tribunal of Oct. 2nd and declared Sule as the winner of the election.

The governorship elections petition tribunal on Oct. 2, annulled the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of PDP as the winner of March 18 election.

The governor’s aide described the protest as the shameful step against the judgment of the Appeal Court by a group hired by the PDP.

Ahemba added that the decision of the Appeal Court was a true reflection of the popular mandate freely given to the governor by the electorates on March 18.

He explained that the government has confidence in the judiciary and believed that justice would be served at the Supreme Court.

He further explained that when the PDP was declared at the tribunal nobody protested, rather, the governor challenged the decision at the appeal court.

He advised PDP and its candidate to also challenge the outcome of the appeal court as they cannot takeover power through the backdoor.

“The same party that was crying of external interference on the governorship dispute in the state is now calling on President Bola Tinubu and international communities to interfere,” he added.

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Credible election in 2027 under APC, Tinubu is a mirage, Timi Frank tells Nigerians




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Nigerians should not expect free, fair, transparent and credible elections in 2027 under the administration of President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said
Frank made the call in his reaction to the just concluded off-cycle governorship elections in three states of Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa.

Frank in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, indicated that the level of electoral fraud, manipulation and rigging witnessed in Kogi and Imo states especially, points to the fact that no credible result can come out from future exercises.

“The elections were nothing to write home about and to imagine that it was the first set of elections conducted under the watch of President Tinubu. What happened in Imo and Kogi is a clear indication of the kind of elections Nigerians will witness 2027.

“Our electoral system is presently in dire straits under our highly compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which has now graduated from rigging by manipulating the INEC Result View (IReV) portal and the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) to writing results of polling units before the people cast their ballot.,” he said.

Frank who is the United Liberating Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Ambassador to East Africa and Middle East, lamented that when INEC which is now a rigging department under APC has finished manipulating results, the judiciary which is unfortunately now the legal department of the ruling party, will simply legalise what the electoral body has done.

Besides, security agencies that were meant to protect voters and arrest riggers also take part in the rigging. The police, and other security agencies are now a security department in the APC.

He insisted that the brazen level of rigging in Imo and Kogi was not surprising because Tinubu himself was installed President through rigging and other acts of impunity which the judiciary validated.

Frank said: “It is sad that when our democracy in Nigeria is meant to be progressing, it is rather retrogressing. Nigeria is now the worst country in terms of compromised election results compared to other African countries.

“We don’t make improvements, we don’t make progress. Things are getting worse. So in 2027, if Nigerians do not take the bull by the horns to fight to restore credibility in our electoral system we’ll continue to have elections where the will of the people will not count. This is even so when the APC has appointed 10 of their card carrying members as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the INEC.

“This anti-democratic and unfortunate development is a clear indication that the conduct of the 2027 elections will be a formality to endorse only APC candidates either as freshers or for second term in their various offices.

“So if Nigerians want change, they should wake up and do the right thing, like other nations have done to defend their democracy.”

According to him, now that all the institutions of government that are meant to defend democracy, have practically compromised, “if we are not careful, Nigeria will turn to a one party state.”

He added: “It’s quite disappointing for a man, who under in the PDP regime was always crying, that the party wanted to turn Nigeria into a one party state, is unfortunately the one that is practically poised to officially turn Nigeria into a one party state like Uganda, Zimbabwe and Cameroon that have been under one party rule for decades.”

He lamented that opposition governors have compromised their parties and have failed to perform their role as opposition because of harassment and blackmail.

He added: “So the opposition governors, especially the PDP governors, have turned themselves into praise  singers because they have been blackmailed them to jettison their role as leaders of opposition in the country.

“That’s why some of us have decided to bear the pains by doing everything in our power to legally defend our democracy and our country from turning into a one party state.

“We have commenced mobilising  Nigerians especially in diaspora to save the country from the hands of election riggers and make sure our democracy stands.

“If we don’t stop Tinubu and APC, they will turn Nigeria into a one party state like Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Uganda.”

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