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After Saraki, Atiku visits Omisore over Osun Elections


PDP Presidential Aspirant and Former VP, Atiku Abubakar has reportedly met with Dr. Iyiola Omisore, the governorship candidate of the Social democratic Party, SDP in the ongoing Osun state Elections.

Omisore has been holding meetings with both officials of the APC and PDP due to the Declaration of Saturday’s Gubernatorial Election as ‘Inconclusive’ due to electoral malpractices in some areas. Omisore happens to have influence in those areas.

Until May, Omisore was in the PDP, but he left after it was clear the party’s power brokers had settled to hand the governorship ticket to Ademola Adeleke, brother of the late Isiaka Adele, who had himself defected to the PDP after the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed to hand him the ticket for the senatorial bye-election to replace his brother, who had died in April 2017.

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PDP leaders notably Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, and Abiodun Olujimi, the Senator representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly have been visiting Omisore in Osun State in a bid to convince him to pass on his supporters to PDP, a scenario that would likely bring Omisore’s former party, and Adeleke his political adversary, to power.

A source privy to details of the meeting said; “Atiku had first of all spoken to him on the phone yesterday, but the former Vice President traveled to Osogbo this afternoon to physically meeting with him.

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I won’t tell you specifically what went down at the meeting but I can generally tell you that it was all about convincing Omisore to work for the APC ahead of the rerun. Some offers have been made but we’d see how it goes.”

Atiku Abubakar also confirmed this on his official twitter handle.

https://mobile.twitter.com/atiku/status/1044618091894898689

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Go And Learn Vulcanizer, We’ll Do Freedom For You – Tinubu Takes Swipe At Agbaje


Influential politician and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has fired shots at Jimi Agbaje, for saying that he wants to free Lagos.

While speaking at the All Progressives Congress stakeholders’ meeting in Ikeja on Monday, Bola Tinubu, took a swipe at the Lagos state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, for saying he wants to free Lagos.

Recall that Jimi Agbaje in his campaigns had said he that he will free the state from Alphabeta Consulting, a company which he claims receives a percentage of every dime Lagos earns in taxes and revenues.

In reaction to Jimi Agbaje’s comments, the APC national leader, Tinubu, said: “Those who said they wanted freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later. They do not have the people.

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“He was in the contest for the first and second times. He is in the contest for the third time. He will fail again.”

Tinubu said Lagos must deliver at least three million votes for the APC during the 2019 polls, adding that it is imperative for the ruling party to hold on to power and that its members “must vote en masse” for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC chieftain said: “Here in Lagos, we must maintain a strong outing for APC, a party of progress, development and economy. We must differentiate between a developmental economy and a container economy. We will not accept to get Nigeria corrupt again.

“We suffered 16 years of their failure and fake promises. We have made progress in Lagos We have become the fifth largest economy in Africa. We have six million votes in Lagos.

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“Your target should be half; three million or the entire six million. We must vote en masse for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, our governorship candidate, senators, house of representatives and assembly candidates, and later, our chairmen and councillors.”

Tinubu urged the party’s leaders to woo back those who have left the APC, charging the local council chairmen and councillors to hold meetings with those who are aggrieved.

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 Why Buhari must resign as President – Atiku 

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that Nigeria’s economy was in a bad shape.

Abubakar said Buhari should vacate his post over his confession on the bad state of the country’s economy.

Buhari had on Friday made the remark while meeting with governors of the federation.

But, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, on Sunday, the former Vice President said Buhari has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the country’s economy

He described Buhari’s confession that the “Nigerian economy has collapsed under his watch as not only a pathetic ploy to attract the sympathy of Nigerians with his false honesty but also, a disguise to get a soft landing from the people he has put under terrible suffering and hardship in the last three and half years.”

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The statement reads, “The result, of course, is this late hour confession of failure on the eve of our general elections, in the hope that millions of Nigerians, whom he has condemned to poverty and hardship, will give him a clap for failing abysmally. I dare say that President Buhari has miscalculated badly on this matter because Nigerians are simply fed up with him.

“The economy has collapsed under his watch and he has by this frank remarks admitted that he has no idea on how to fix it and that is why he summoned the governors to help him. This is really very sad because President Buhari has run out of time and what Nigerians need now is a leadership which has the political will, administrative experience and sound economic acumen to get Nigeria working again.”

The Waziri of Adamawa stated that Buhari’s “confession of the failed economy has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the economy by once again invoking the tired mantra of blaming the past administration and 16 years of PDP rule for his own failure.

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“The honourable step to take is for the President to step down from his position. The confession by the President that the economy had gone out of control” was a confirmation of the forecast by the British multinational bank, HSBC “which predicted that re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 could plunge Nigeria into deeper economic hardship.”

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2019 elections: PDP plotting to operate ‘container economy’ – Tinubu 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was plotting to operate “container economy” if voted into power in 2019.

Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to the Vice Presidential debate.

Speaking at the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s Roundtable entitled: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies,’ held at Ibadan, yesterday, Tinubu said the outcome of the debate has shown that the ‘developmental economy’ of APC cannot be compared with the ‘container economy’ of PDP.

The former Governor of Lagos State argued that the developmental economy would take Nigeria to a secured next level of economic prosperity.

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He, however, stated that the container economy would return the country to perpetual slavery and poverty.

The former governor also assured that he would support the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 poll in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

He said: “I saw the debate yesterday, to crown my remarks. You could see the difference between a developmental economy and a container economy.

“Is Oyo State going APC? Oyo State is APC. It is progressive politics. I said in one place before, our Moses has crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Egypt. Success all the way.”

He stated that he did not feel bad if opposition parties in the State associated him with the process that threw Adelabu up as governorship candidate.

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“If we do indirect primary again, I will still vote for your (Governor Ajimobi) choice of successor, because reforms, re-engineering, reinvigoration of the institutions can only continue beyond us. If the foundation is bad, the house will crumble,” he said.

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