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Igbos or PDP responsible for Tinubu stickers sold in Lagos parks: MC Oluomo

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Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo

Musiliu ‘MC Oluomo’ Akinsanya, the chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garage Management Committee, has suggested the Igbos or the PDP might be responsible for selling stickers to commercial drivers and riders to fund the presidential campaign of APC presidential standard-bearer, Bola Tinubu.

“Whether it is you, the Igbos who are devising these means or opposition PDP, don’t give us bad names,” Mr Akinsanya said on an Instagram live video while urging his supporters to hand over violators to the police after beating them. “Anywhere you see something like that, beat them and take (them) to (the police) station. Anyone you see selling such stickers in the name of park and garages, arrest them and call my number.”

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He added, “By the grace of God, Tinubu owns the presidency, and there is nothing enemies can do.”

Sources familiar with the matter told Peoples Gazette that the so-called levy could not have been enforced without his authorisation. The Gazette also learnt that the toll collection is widespread in Lagos and has gone on for weeks before coming to public light.

A resident in Ikorodu, Halimat Rufai, explained that Okada riders usually were forced to pay for the stickers.

“I have witnessed the incident twice. Where the okada men refused to purchase the campaign stickers, and they were stopped from working. The other one almost led into a fight,” she said.

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A tricycle rider who shuttles Berger/Ogba part of the state also spoke with The Gazette in line with our editorial policy on anonymous sources.

“Their troubles have increased since we entered this political season. We bought the tickets weeks ago, although some riders are still struggling on whether to buy or not,” the rider explained.

He added, “It is not only in this garage. Other garages are paying too, so it can only come from the chairman’s office.”

The Nigerian public has continued to condemn the Tinubu camp for the levy.

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Ortom backs Ayu to remain as PDP chairman

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Governor Samuel Ortom and Governor Nyesom Wike

Governor Samuel Ortom says he is against the removal of PDP national chairman Iyorchia Ayu.

Mr Ortom, who shares the same caucus with Governor Nyesom Wike, backtracked on the collective position of the group demanding the removal of Mr Ayu.

In a statement released by the Benue governor’s chief press secretary Nathaniel Ikyur, Mr Ortom said he believes in the leadership of Mr Ayu and his ability to take the PDP to victory in the 2023 election.

“It is an open secret that Governor Ortom worked tirelessly, alongside other prominent Benue citizens, to ensure that Dr Ayu gets elected as the national chairman of our great party even against all odds,” said the statement. “He cannot, therefore, turn around to work against him to be removed from office.”

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It added, “In the run-up to the National Convention, Governor Ortom got the backing of many leaders of the PDP who believed in his sense of judgment when he vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministration.”

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That is why, according to the statement, Mr Ayu was returned unopposed by the northern caucus of the party “and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.”

The PDP and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, said its confidence in winning the election remains unshaken and will move on with or without the support of Mr Wike.

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Again, APC postpones launch of presidential campaign council

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has again postponed the start of its campaigns earlier slated for Wednesday.

The director-general of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council and Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Lalong said the development followed the party’s decision to include more people in the campaign council.

“Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday to officially kick off our campaigns for the 2023 presidential elections,” the statement said. “We had also announced that the members of the campaign council report at the campaign headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.”

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However, it said due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within “the APC family, we have decided to adjust the timetable of these activities.”

He explained that this was to ensure that everyone was on board before activities officially commenced, adding that the activities earlier announced for September 28 would no longer hold.

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Mr Lalong said as the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, the council understood the sacrifices and understanding of its teeming members, who were willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead.

He said this showed the enormous love the party members had for its candidate, Bola Tinubu.

He, however, said a new date and timetable of events would be announced soon.

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2023: APC suspends Jigawa lawmaker

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Hon. Usman Haladu Isah, who represents the Kanya Babba constituency in the state House of Assembly, has been suspended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State for undermining the party.

This was stated in a press release sent to newsmen and co-signed by the party leaders of the Kanya Babba Constituency and the Babura Local Government, Isa Ubale.

According to the statement, the member was charged with disrespecting the party’s elders and undermining the party in advance of the general election of 2023.

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It was reported that the state Assembly member lost his ticket to Ibrahim Hashim Kanya in the APC primary election for the coming 2023 general election.

Ubale said the suspension was unanimously agreed by all the party leaders in the constituency.

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The suspension took effect from the 24th of September 2022, pending the conclusion of the investigation for further action.

The statement added that a copy of the suspension document had been sent to the stakeholders of the party in the state.

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