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Wike has destroyed Atiku’s electoral chances in 2023; Chinua Achebe was right again: Tinubu

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The Bola Tinubu presidential campaign organisation has flung swiping remarks at Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the crisis rocking the opposition party, ahead of the country’s 2023 general election.

Mr Tinubu’s campaign says infighting between Mr Abubakar and Rivers governor Nyesom Wike has shown that the PDP is in “disarray” and on its way to electoral defeat.

“The ongoing fratricidal war where a faction of the party being led by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum the PDP candidate had hoped to build. With further loss of confidence in PDP by its own members who can not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party, it is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for the Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks,” Bayo Onanuga, spokesman for the APC Presidential Campaign Council, said on Friday.

The crisis in the opposition worsened on Thursday as leaders sympathetic to Mr Wike withdrew participation in the party’s presidential campaign.

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Arising from an all-night meeting, the Wike group, in a briefing by Bode George, a former deputy national chairman of the party, insisted that PDP national chairman Iyorchia Ayu must resign for a reconciliation to occur.

On Friday, Mr Wike, who sought the party’s presidential ticket, accused Mr Ayu of favouring Mr Abubakar against him.

He particularly accused Mr Ayu of reaching out to other contestants, especially Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal, to step down from the race to Mr Abubakar.

The dust raised from the allegation has led to more cracks in the walls of the party’s structure.

Mr Tinubu’s camp condemned Mr Abubakar for the crisis, saying the signs are showing that the former vice president will lose the 2023 election.

“The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.”

“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition,” the APC presidential campaign said.

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Positing further, the campaign said instead of the PDP presidential candidate being a unifier, he is now a “divider-in-chief” in his party.

“A pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist. That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself.  Chinua Achebe, the very accomplished novelist in one of his classics, Arrow of God, wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not grumble when lizards begin to pay him a visit.”

The APC presidential campaign noted, “Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.

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“The former Vice President created the crisis for himself, by pushing the fallacy that only a northern candidate can win the presidency for his party, despite the open record that southerners, when they network with their northern compatriots, can also win the election.”

Peoples Gazette could not reach Mr Atiku’s spokesperson. Also, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP national spokesperson, did not immediately return a request seeking reactions.

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Peter Obi’s supporters defy police, rally at Lekki

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Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, have defied police directive against holding a rally at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

It will be recalled that that the Lagos State Police Command had on Friday warned against any form of rally at the Lekki Toll gate, citing the court order that prohibited it.

However, on Saturday morning, October 1, the supporters, known as the ‘Obidients’, were seen in mass number as they marched at the Lekki-Epe Expressway, chanting ‘Obi! Obidient!’

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A Twitter user, @Nkemchor, who shared a video, posted, “The police presence at Lekki did not stop youths from gathering. Very proud of this generation. If Lekki is your route join them!”

Another user, @eklepatience tweeted, “All we want is a genuine leader that’s ready to serve Nigerians we’re not asking for too much nah just give us Peter Obi. Festac Lagos is Obidient.”

According to tweeps, who shared images, the rally also seemed to be holding in other parts of Lagos, like Festac town, Surulere and the National Stadium.

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Another tweep, @BensonIbeabuchi, tweeted, “Youths defy rainfall to come out in support of the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi at Lekki, Lagos on October 1, 2022.

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2023 is Nigerians’ opportunity to choose patriotic candidates: Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to prioritise patriotism, unity and peace as they make their choices at the polls in 2023.

In a goodwill message to mark the 2022 independence day, Mr Jonathan said the anniversary came at a critical time when the nation was preparing for its general elections.

“The elections provide another opportunity for our citizens to demonstrate our faith in the greatness of our nation. Let us be patriotic in the choices we make.” Mr Jonathan said.

He urged Nigerians to prioritise the unity and peace of the country during campaigns and through the choices that would be made at the polls in 2023.

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“Ours is a great nation with boundless possibilities. Let us work in unity, live in peace, promote justice, and accommodate each other.

“That way, we shall build an inclusive and cohesive society where everyone is happy, safe, and proud of his country,” the former president said.

He extended his compliments to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 62nd independence anniversary.

Mr Jonathan said the event offered Nigerians a chance to reflect on the experience of nationhood and the prospect of progress and greatness, adding that the people had been steadfast in patriotism in challenging times.

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“Sixty-two years into this journey, we have every cause to reflect on the experience of our nationhood, the prospect of our greatness and how to surmount the challenges that limit our progress as a nation.

“As a country, we have made significant impacts on the global stage in sports, arts, music, and academia.

“Our citizens have asserted themselves as people with strength, courage, and honour in different spheres.

“We have remained steadfast in patriotism in challenging times of our nationhood, demonstrated faith in moments of doubt, displayed resilience in times of adversity and pursued peace when our unity was threatened.”

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State on Saturday said citizens cannot wait see the tenure of Senator Hope Uzodinma come to an end.

Imo PDP said this in a statement made available by its Publicity Secretary, Collins Opurozor in Owerri.

While saluting Imo citizens on the occasion of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary, the opposition party said it reflects on the struggles for Independence in Nigeria and salutes the courage, patriotism and vision of heroes who defied colonial oppression to midwife a free nation.

The release reads, “For Imo citizens, the most essential fruit of political independence, which is their inalienable right to decide those who should govern them, was brazenly assaulted and stripped away on January 14, 2020, through a judicial coup which toppled the popularly elected PDP administration in the state and enthroned Senator Hope Uzodinma, a man who came fourth in the 2019 governorship election.

“Imo PDP, therefore, regrets that the promises held by Independence have become a mirage in the state. It is deeply troubling that our dear state today occupies the top position in all the indices of social misery. Health prospects are getting poorer, real incomes are falling, killings and insecurity have become pervasive, unemployment has become endemic, social institutions have collapsed and there is a sapping of confidence among citizens, a nagging fear that our state is fated to doom.

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“Even in the face of all these, the inept and iron-fist regime of Senator Hope Uzodinma has embarked on a borrowing spree, which has raised the debt profile of the state to N210 billion, thereby making Imo more indebted than all the other states in the South East put together.

“This is worrisome, given that till this moment, the regime still cannot point to any landmark project it has done to justify the humongous borrowings, neither can it account for about N160 billion that has accrued to the local government system under its watch. The 13% Derivation Funds received monthly by this wobbling regime, which has now come to about N25.6 billion, cannot also be accounted for.

“Imo PDP feels disappointed that all the sound policies and programs put in place by our Party for the economic resurgence, social regeneration and holistic development of the state have been discarded by this anti-people government of Senator Uzodinma. Apart from being officially designated as the unemployment capital of Nigeria by the NBS, the latest Nigeria capital importation report went further to declare that Imo under Uzodinma has not attracted a single dollar in foreign direct investment for nearly three years. This is the same Imo that was an oasis of prosperity in 2019 when our Party was in power.

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“The Presidential Business Enabling Environment Council in its report also placed Imo at the lowest rung of the ladder in terms of ease of doing business in Nigeria. Similarly, Imo now officially ranks highest in infant and maternal mortality rates in the South East, and has also been totally displaced in education and tourism, the two areas the state until now held the light for Nigeria.

“A disaster has befallen Imo state, and the people can no longer wait to roll out their drums to celebrate the end of the ill-fated reign of Hope Uzodinma.

“Lies and deception have been elevated to the status of state policy by the regime of Uzodinma. Just yesterday, the Federal Government debunked claims personally made by Senator Uzodinma, that he was dredging the Orashi River to build a new seaport in the state. This is how embarrassingly low the regime can go in its struggle to deceive the people so as to sustain its ruinous and tyrannical misrule.

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“Imo PDP wishes to encourage the people to be patient and never to despair. The resilience which Imo people have shown amid the ravages of bad governance in the state is commendable, and it stems from their faith in the eventual triumph of justice. By the grace of God, our Party shall return to power very soon to restore to the people the basic things of life and an enabling environment to excel in entrepreneurship.

“Our land shall yield again. And Imo people shall be independent from fear, hunger, squalor, unemployment and disease, which are the most ancient oppressors of man. Imo people shall have an unfettered right and the incentives to pursue their dreams here in Imo once again. The storm shall soon be over and affliction shall never rise again”

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