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PDP will not compromise credible, popular candidate in 2023 says Lamido

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By: Ahmed Rufa’i, utse

Former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido has indicated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 would produce it’s presidential candidate based on credibility and popularity not regional or ethnic considerations.

Lamido made the disclosure while receiving the PDP presidential aspirant and Sokoto state governor, Rt, honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at his residence in his country home at Bamaina, Birninkudu local government area of the state.
He noted that the party is looking for a credible leader who can win election and be generally acceptable.

Lamido explained that PDP is looking forward to producing a candidate that can bring unity among Nigerians as well as national economic transformation through human and capital development when voted in to power.

He urged politicians to discourage sectional or regional politics with a view to avoiding incompetent leadership.
“It is painful and disturbing for any reasonable and patriotic Nigerian who is concerned with the country’s unity and progress to advocate for tribal politics laced with religious or regional undertones for producing the next Nigerian leader.

He said “No body will zone any position to any part of the country for selfish reasons, it is undemocratic, unacceptable and we will not allow it to happen”.

Lamido explained further saying “We fought to return the country to democracy. and we decided to give Presidential ticket to a Yuroba man in 1999 just to calm the frayed nerves of those offended from the Southwest then”.

Speaking earlier the Sokoto state Governor, Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal promised to lead the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to victory in 2023 general election if chosen to be it’s touch bearer

The Sokoto state Governor said, “The country is presently in a horrible situation that needs a competent leader to restore normalcy in 2023”.
Tambuwal explained that “Nigeria needs urgent attention from concerned people to intervene through the ballot in the positive change that PDP will bequeath to Nigerians “.

“We are in Jigawa and Bamaina not for campaign, but to have a consultation with my father, the former Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido. I need his fatherly support for my Presidential ambition when the time comes”, he stressed.

According to Tambuwal, “We need a competent President who can address the present challenges that are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria as one united country in Africa”.
Tambuwal was accompanied by, Deputy Governor Zamfara state Mahdi Gusau, Former Sokoto state Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, former PDP Chairman Halliru Bello, Former Deputy Governor Sokoto state Mukhtar Shagari and a Gubernatorial candidate under PDP for KEBBI STATE in 2019 Election General Sarki yaki Bello.

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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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Obi visits Atiku, Saraki, Lamido in Abuja over State of the nation

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Apparently worried about the state of the nation and the increasing uncertainty in the living conditions of the poor and underprivileged, the 2023 Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi has consulted some top opposition leaders to chart a way out.
Among those Obi consulted with were Former Vice President, and PDP Presidential Candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, the Former Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki and the Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
A statement Spokesperson Dr Yunusa Tanko indicated that his visit to the leaders is in continuation of his determination to live up to his expressed commitment to the peace and progress of the nation. “His abiding devotion has always been for the emergence of a Nigeria that works for all its peoples where the people are quickly pulled out of poverty.
“At the center of discussion during each of these visits was the state of the nation and how to reduce the suffering of all Nigerians irrespective of class and location.”
The statement explained that the desperate condition of the downtrodden in in the country was particularly highlighted.
“Of particular interest and emphasis in these discussions was the worrisome situation in the Northern parts of the country”

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Dan Nwanyanwu insists, no remedy for 27 Rivers lawmakers that dumped the PDP

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The National Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has insisted only fresh election can reinstate the 27 lawmakers from Rivers State who who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him by voluntarily switching political allegiances, the lawmakers have effectively relinquished their previous seats, with no avenue for reinstatement.

Despite directives to INEC to refrain from taking action, Nwanyanwu argued that delaying elections merely prolongs the inevitable outcome.

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In an interview with Arise TV, he remarked, ”I agree with Wike that nobody will remove the 27 lawmakers but they have removed themselves.

They have on their own volition decided to leave the state assembly. And I want to say without mincing words that nothing will bring back the 27 lawmakers to their seats unless another election is conducted and they emerge victorious in the election.

As of today, any lover of democracy and laws would know that the constitution has written it clearly that if on your own, you decided to join another political party, there is no provision that you want to come back.

I’m aware that there are plethora of cases and INEC has been told not to do anything. But you see, they are just postponing the day of the election.

These lawmakers are no longer recognized members of the state assembly. I’m a lawyer and most lawyers are unanimous on this matter. When a law is clear and unambiguous, you don’t need to give it any strange interpretation.

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