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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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Discordant tunes as Obi/LP clash over purported endorsement of Abure

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***Obi says he did not endorse any leadership, as LP counters him

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in the 2023 General election Peter Obi may be embarking on a collision course with the party over his motif for the visit to the secretariat of the party on Tuesday along with his supporters.

Apparently piqued by how his visit was portrayed to be an endorsement of the Julius Abure-led leadership, Obi on Wednesday morning clarified that his visit to the Party’s secretariat on Tuesday was not to endorse the leadership but to engender reconciliation.
A statement by Peter Obi Media Relations (POMR) spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that the visit was more of reconciliation not an endorsement of any leadership as it was being portrayed.
In a swift reaction, the LP national publicity Secretary Obiorah Ifoh in a counter statement described Obi’s new statement as a twist of the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate to the leadership of the party.
He said Obi and Abure are on the same page over reconciliation in LP as he warned against any attempt to twist well intentioned visit.
Obi’s spokesperson statement reads,
“Obi’s visit to Labour Party yesterday was not to endorse anybody, but occassioned by his reconcilliatory move. Julius Abure in his speech stated clearly how Obi came to the office, and Obi in his speech clarified same, while preaching peace, and his mantra ‘pursuit of better Nigeria for the poor’

“Leadership of NLC/TUC Political Arm Commorades Titus Amba and Chris Uyot who were informed of Obi travelling out today, hence will honour thier invitation, also met with him, and extensively discussed same peace move with them.

“Obi had repeatedly maintained that his interest was to carry everybody along into one strong family, and not to support one against the other.

“In all his meetings with with all stakeholders, he has always maintained peace, and urge not to lose purpose which is to free Nigeria suffering and pain.

“The LP standards bearer plans to continue meeting with critical stakeholders, and groups to achieve all-inclusive political family with a common dream of rescuing Nigeria.

Ifoh statement reads,

“The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been called to a statement issued by the spokesperson to our National Leader, Peter Obi titled, ‘Obi visits to LP, Reconciliatory, not endorsement…’ Dr. Tanko Yinusa wherein he tried to twist the well intentioned visit of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate on the leadership of the party.

“As a party we are pleased that our leader has chosen to reconcile all aggrieved members and stakeholders of the party. “This noble step taken by Mr. Obi is in line with the call made by the Labour Party’s National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure during his maiden press conference last week titled ‘Triumphant Resumption of Abure led NWC’ wherein he pleaded with all the warring parties including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to sheath their swords and join in the rebuilding process in the party.

“Peter Obi’s visit and speech on Tuesday during the FCT solidarity rally has been variedly described in some quarters as an endorsement on the Abure leadership being his very first visit after the successful National Convention of the party held in March. But to us as a party we cherish this visit on whatever nomenclature as a positive wind blowing on the party.
“We believe that very soon, the reconciliatory efforts will be consummated and metamorphose into a political force that will usher in a government that will liberate Nigerians from the shackles of maladministration we are presently facing in the country.

“Finally, we urge the NLC and its Political Commission to understand that we are not the foe, and to see us as an ally in the battle to rescue Nigeria.
“They should emulate the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) which has shown greater understanding and willingness to partner with the Labour Party in our efforts to make a new Nigeria possible.”

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Okonkwo accuses Abure-led LP of being equally yoked by corruption as APC

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***Says he is suspending his association with the party

Nollywood actor turned politician, Kenneth Okonkwo, has alleged that the national convention organized by Julius Abure which returned him as Labour Party (LP) national chairman is nothing but criminality and corruption.

He stated this when he announced he was suspending his relationship with the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the LP.

According him, a new Nigeria is the priority, adding that he prefers to lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing.

Okonkwo, who was the spokesperson for the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 election, in a post via his verified X account on Tuesday, said the current Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party is another incompetent and corrupt association, just like the All Progressives Congress (APC) he left before.

The post reads: “I am suspending my relationship in all ramifications with the purported Abure-led National Working Committee of Labour Party.

For me, it’s either a new Nigeria or nothing. I prefer to lose doing the right thing than winning doing the wrong thing.

Nothing can wash out the criminality, corruption, and incompetence with which the purported National Convention was purportedly organised by Abure.

I did not leave the comfort of a ruling party APC because I believe that they are incompetent and dishonest only to come and join another incompetent and corrupt association, which is the current Abure led National Working Committee of Labour Party.”

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Obi, Otti, LP Lawmakers to storm Akure for Ondo guber election campaigns

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***Party Receives Boost From Aggrieved Aspirants from APC and PDP

The Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Governorship Primaries in Ondo State, Mr Olusola Ayodele has declared the resolve of Party to take back Ondo State in the forthcoming coming Governorship elections of the state billed for November 2024 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC)
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, quoted Olusola Ayodele to have made the declaration when he Addressed the Southwest Leadership of the Party on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Ayodele who conducted the Ondo State Governorship Primaries of the LP in Akure a fortnight earlier stated that all preparations by the Leadership of the party to win the Ondo Governorship elections have been concluded with the formation of a proposed Southwest Task Force on the Ondo Governorship elections .

According to him, the Task Force being put together comprises key leaders of the party in the Southwest, who have been charged to mobilise a high-powered National Campaign Team of the Party for the Governorship elections to reenact the LP – Mimiko victory and 8 years good governance of Ondo State

He said, “To lead the Ondo National campaign committee is Mr Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party and Mr Alex Oti, Governor of Abia State. They are to be supported by all LP Senators, Reps Members, State Lawmakers and other key leaders of the Party in the country with formidable solidarity from key members of the Obidient Movement in diaspora.”

While clarifying the rumour about the possibility of the party conducting a substitution primaries for the Governorship candidacy of the party, Ayodele said “this would only happen, if the current governorship candidate of the party decides to withdraw from the race during the substitution window created by INEC and if the National Working Committee, NWC of the Party also finds governorship aspirants who have the required competence and capacity as possible replacement to fly the governorship ticket of a mega party like the Labour Party, especially, a party which has ruled Ondo State for 8 years before”

Ayodele said although some aggrieved frontline governorship aspirants, especially from the APC and PDP are already discussing the possibility of crossing to Labour Party with the Committee, it is only the National Working Committee of the Party that can sanction such discussion before the close of the substitution window of INEC. He however applauded the youths, students and the masses of the people in Ondo State for remaining steadfast with the Party.

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