A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Asiwaju Rotimi Ajanaku Sunday disclosed that the party national leader and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a key factor in the actualisation of South West presidential agenda in the 2023 general elections.
According to Asiwaju Ajanaku, in a statement he personally signed in Ibadan, and made available by his media aide, Prince Adebowale Adeoye, the APC national leader is the arrowhead of Yoruba presidential aspiration.
The APC chieftain said Asiwaju Tinubu stands out “as an indispensable catalyst to the actualization of Yoruba agenda in 2023 and beyond.”
“As Asiwaju Odo Oodua (Oodua Youths Leader), it becomes imperative that I speak on issues affecting South West states and Oodua agenda ahead of 2023 as well as unwarranted discussion on Tinubu’s presidential ambition, subsequent attacks on his person by some uninformed people and those planted by antagonists to draw the progress and advancement of Southwest region backward”, he said.
“We are going through in their states. Can anyone tell me the essence of teaming up against Tinubu when no one has actually established any of the baseless allegations raised by his accusers? Having cold-bloodedness against Tinubu especially now when Yoruba ought to work together in realization of its projection in 2023 is unwarranted and against the spirit of our ancestors.
“Should we allow few politicians to deprive Yorubas of our right just because of differences or rancour between them and Tinubu? How sure are we that it is not a case of rivalry, or jealousy? I am not against the idea of criticizing Tinubu, but there is need to make whatever criticism they like to engage in to be constructive.
“We shouldn’t tolerate baseless and damaging criticism at this time. Whether we say Yoruba agenda or Yoruba nation, speaking on political issues in Nigeria today, Tinubu is a generalissimo in the Southwest. So a personality who is that relevant should be protected from political termites”.
According to him, some Tinubu’s accusers are not legitimate Oduduwans, but are planted to destroy Oduduwa structure, adding these were envious of his achievements and his political strength.
“Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a political philosopher, he knows what he wants, how to get it. He picks best brain from every family or community in Yorubaland and beyond, put them on queue for grooming, uses his machinery to get them to enviable positions in Nigeria.
“He believes it’s a cycle that must continue to go round, but unfortunately after assuming exalted positions, some of the so called his boys or political sons believed they have what it takes to tackle him in order to plant their successor, the idea is to break the circle and deprive some families that are on the queue right to benefit from the ‘cycle of progress”.
On the need for traditional rulers especially in the South West to be neutral in Nigeria politics, Asiwaju Ajanaku said “as custodians of culture, moral values and belief, Yoruba Obas should be upright in the protection, defense and promotion of Oduduwa territory and inhabitants. “
Ihedioha Returns To Supreme Court
Former Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has vowed to return to the Supreme Court to prove that Senator Hope Uzodinma was never candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last gubernatorial election.
It would be recalled that the apex court had ruled and affirmed Hope Uzodinma who came fourth in the March election on January 14th.
Ihedioha will be approaching the Apex Court based on the following grounds to prove that there was miscarriage of Justice in its ruling.
1. Uzodinma was not an APC candidate and was not a candidate of any party in the 9th March Governorship election in Imo State based on the judgement of the same Supreme Court on 20th December 2019.
2. The former deputy speaker also avowed that Uche Nwosu was declared as the rightful candidate of APC and AA and was disqualified for double candidature.
3. That APC couldn’t have produced 2 candidates in one election.
4. That the Supreme Court have no powers to allocate votes to any candidate.
5. That Supreme Court have no power to increase the number of people accredited by INEC.
6. That somebody that was not a candidate cannot be winner of an election he was not a candidate.
7. That Nigerian Police have no powers to organize elections in Nigeria.
8. That results tendered by a police officer cannot be admitted in any court as exhibit as he was not INEC officer.
Based on the above facts that are still subsisting, Ihedioha and PDP have applied for review of the apex court ruling.
Akwa Ibom Re-Run: Again, Ekpenyong Defeats Akpabio
Senator Christopher Ekpenyong, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has again defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the January 25, 2020 re-run election for Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial district held in Essien Udim local government Council.
Senator Ekpenyong of the PDP polled a total of 134, 717 votes, while Akpabio scored a total of 83, 820 votes.
INEC Returning Officers, Professor Idara Okon Akpabio announced the House of Representatives result, Professor Robert Dode announced the result for Senate election Re-run while Prof Victor Ebong announced the State Assembly result
However, the scores indicates that senator Akpabio who is currently the minister of Niger Delta Affairs won Ekpenyong only in his own ward, Ukana West ward2 with a total of 762 votes while Ekpenyong scored a total of 620 votes.
And for the House of Representatives seat ,Nsikak Ekong of the PDP won with a total of 45, 366 votes while Emman Akpan of APC scored a total of 22 ,759.
Similarly for the State Assembly Re-run poll, Esse Umoh of the PDP won with a total of 18, 999 polls while Nse Ntuen of the APC scored 7,108.
Ekpenyong while reacting to the outcome of the Re-run while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after being declared winner of the Rerun election by the Independent National Electoral Commission Returning officer described his victory as an ‘Act of God’
“I thank God the giver of victory for seeing me through the entire political debacle since September, 2018. My victory has put agents of darkness to shame.”
The successful candidates are just waiting the formal declaration of the results by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
APC Wins Reps Seat In Ogun
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Kolapo Osunsanya, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election for Ijebu-Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North-East Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Charles Onwuka, of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), announced the results on Saturday at Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode, collation centre of the constituency.
Onwuka said that the APC candidate polled a total vote of 25,959 to defeat his closest rival, Mr Taiwo Shote of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 21,911 votes.