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 Ojukwu’s widow shuns APGA presidential campaign flag-off 

Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Thursday shunned the presidential and national assembly campaigns flagoff of the party in protest.

Aside Bianca, her rival for the senatorial ticket of the party, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah of Capital Oil and Gas, who was disqualified before the primary election for not obtaining waiver, also stayed away.

Bianca has been locked in a running battle with the leadership of the party since she failed to clinch the ticket, and has severally called on the party’s national chairman, Chief Victor Oye to resign.

A source said that her absence was deliberate, and was done in protest to embarrass the party because of Oye’s refusal to resign.

Former national chairman of the party, and the senator representing Anambra central, Chief Victor Umeh, however called for calm, while also begging the widow of the late leader of the party to put behind her all grievances and work for the success of her late husband’s legacy.

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Umeh assured that, “APGA is here to accommodate all Nigerians in governance and all their interests.

“We promise Nigerians that all they need to succeed will be made available in APGA. We urge you all to put your eyes on the ball, and the ball is victory for APGA in all the elections. We know people are aggrieved about the past, but we urge them to put it behind and put the party and her survival first.

“There is no way everyone will be happy, but having come this far, we should put our grievances in the past. Our opponents did not fair better in the last primaries, so let our own not be different.

“We must reach out to wife of our late leader Bianca, who has made noble contributions to the party, let us cling together and make better commitment to the party.”

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Presidential candidate of the party, General John Gbor (retd), was presented with the party’s flag, alongside his vice presidential candidate, governorship, senatorial and house of representatives candidates across the country.

Addressing the crowd, Gbor said the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have all failed the country and cannot offer good leadership.

He called on Nigerians to join hands with his party, APGA to make a change in the country.

“I call on the Nigerian armed forces, my fellow retired generals, the youths, Nigerian students and all to join hands with us to make a change in this country,” he said.

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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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