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I’m Not Running For Presidency — Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says he is not nursing the ambition of running for the office of the President of Nigeria.

Governor Wike made the clarification when he appeared as a Guest on Arise Television.

The governor said speculations linking him to presidential ambition are distractions.

“Right now, I am focusing on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers state.

“Recall that in 2018 and 2019 when I was supporting my friend Aminu Waziri Tambulwal, it was speculated in the media that I was going to run with him. That was my first tenure and I have not even completed it and they wanted me to give that away.

“To clear every speculation, let me state that I am not going to run for the office of the president of Nigeria for now. I am concentrating in developing Rivers state. I am not a party to anybody saying that the problems in PDP is about 2023.

“That can be the problem in APC because it is the ruling party. This the last tenure of Mr. president and he is going, so people are hustling to take over from him within his party. PDP has nothing to do with that because the way it is now, we are taking over from nothing.

“Now, I just started my second tenure and you’re talking about the presidency. When that enters anybody’s head then that person will not be able to provide the dividends of democracy to the people. And that is the problem you see in APC because everybody is thinking of taking over from the President instead of concentrating to do their work.

“They don’t even know the minds of Nigerians. But because of the kind of politics we have, people feel since Mr. President is leaving, they do not want his party to lose out. How will someone in an opposition party begin to contemplate of running for presidency when I still have time to provide things for my state,” he said.

Commenting on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s aspiring to contest for the presidency again, governor Wike said it is a fundamental right that cannot be denied.

He however, said it is too early to determine who will fly the presidential flag of PDP because the focus is on how to get the party more organised in order to secure more political seats.

“I am not interested in who wants to run for now. I am more interested that PDP should become more organised. Let us get more political seats. When the time comes, we will all sit down as a party to decide on who will fly the flag.

“Again, let me say, on whether I will support former governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Amaechi if he decides to contest for presidency as you have asked. I am a party person, so if he is running on the platform of PDP for presidency why won’t I support him. I cannot do anti party at this level to support a non-PDP candidate,” he said.

On zoning of PDP presidential ticket to the north, governor Wike said the national executive council of the party has not taken a final decision.

“We will come together to resolve issues because we are a family. Outsiders can not do things that will divide us. What we are interested in now is how we can remain united to take over power from APC that has failed Nigeria.

“APC should not be allowed to continue to keep the country in its present calamitous state. We want to take over to move Nigeria forward”, he added.

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How Obaseki Paid ₦15 Billion To PDP For Guber Ticket — Ize-Iyamu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has accused the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki of bribing his way to emerge as the party’s flag bearer in the upcoming poll.

Ize-Iyamu alleged that Obaseki paid the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ₦15 billion to emerge as its governorship candidate.

He made the allegation in a statement signed by John Mayaki, his campaign Director of Communications.

The APC governorship candidate charged the state governor to explain to people of the state how he came about such a huge fund.

He also expressed optimism that he would defeat Obaseki at the poll on September 19.

“He is also yet to explain to the people of Edo State where he got the 15 billion Naira he paid the PDP tax-collectors to facilitate his imposition as the party’s emergency-hour candidate.”

“It is no surprise, given the nature of Obaseki’s administration and sharp practices of both governor and appointees that such an agency is missing in Edo State.”

Obaseki had emerged as PDP’s governorship candidate in Edo State after all aspirants stepped down for him.

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Ondo APC Chairman Resigns, Dumps Party For PDP

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The Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, resigned from his position as chairman yesterday July 10 and as well dumped the party for PDP.

This is coming about nearly two weeks away from the APC’s governorship primaries in the state.

The former chairman who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat, also revealed that he has decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

It has been gathered that he is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP.

The ex chairman is at loggerheads with the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and has indicated interest to run against him in October.

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“Igbo People Are Happy With Buhari, Will Continue To Support Him” — Arthur Eze

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Billionaire oil magnate, Arthur Eze says Igbo people are happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and will continue to support his administration.

The notable philanthropist stated this on Wednesday at the inauguration of Zone 13 Nigeria Police Headquarters at Ukpo, in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A visibly-elated Eze expressed delight that his hometown was chosen as the site for the police zonal headquarters, thanking the president and the police authorities.

“He is currently rehabilitating the Enugu-Onitsha highway, constructing the 2nd Niger Bridge and has approved this new police zone 13 for our people,” said Mr Eze, an indigene of Ukpo.

“We cannot thank him enough, and as a leader from the zone, I must say that we the Igbo people are happy with President Buhari and will continue to support his people-oriented programmes,’’ Eze said.

He later handed over the key of the complex to a representative of the Inspector-General of Police, saying that policemen deployed to the zone would have a fruitful working experience.

The newly-established Zone 13 is expected to cover three South-Eastern states – Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra.

While Ebonyi was previously under Zone 6 headquartered in Calabar, Enugu and Anambra were under Zone 9 with headquarters in Umuahia.

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