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2023 presidency: Diaspora group urges collective support for Tinubu

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The Nigeria Diaspora for Asiwaju (NDA), a support group, says support for former governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu to run for presidency in 2023, is a collective task.

It said everyone should support for Tinubu to become president, irrespective of tribal or religious sentiments.

Dr Akin Badeji, Director-General of the newly inaugurated support group, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

Badeji, a UK -based chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this after inaugurating the group.

“Tinubu stands out as one politician with the best résumé to consolidate on the next level milestones of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“NDA is a partisan group aimed at garnering support in the Diaspora and across the length and breadth of Nigeria for Tinubu presidency, come 2023,’’ Badeji said.

He said the group which had its headquarters in London, UK, and a country office in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), would not rest on its oars until it achieved its desire of enthroning a Tinubu presidency.

Badeji noted that Nigeria was on national rebirth, pioneered by President Buhari , after several years of maladministration by her former handlers.

“We looked around for such personality with the political clout and national appeal to the various interest groups, that can consolidate on whatever achievements the Buhari government has made.

“And we discovered that one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leaders, Tinubu, is the best man for the job.

“As a bridge-builder with a great personality and mentality that recognises all and sundry, there cannot be a better replacement for President Buhari come 2023,” he said.

Badeji said the choice of Tinubú as the country’s next president was painstakingly taken, after taking several yardsticks into consideration.

He described Tinubu as a leader of leaders, a political colossus and an embodiment of progressive politics.

The director-general said a formal inauguration of the home country chapter of the group would be before the end of the year.

He said while Alhaji Adams Dauda would serve as the group’s Diaspora Coordinator, Omogbolahan Babawale would serve as its Nigeria Coordinator and Mrs Vivian Osadebay as its Director of Finance.

Others he said were; Lanre Adegun, Director of Media and Publicity; Dr Shehu Bagudu, Mobilisation; Mrs Kikelomo Oyebiyi-Oladapo, Treasurer; Dr Ronke Tomori, Women Leader and Mr Matthew Udeme as Chief of Staff attached to the DG’s Office.

He said the group’s mode of operations would be unveiled to the public soon.

According to him, the group has representations in various countries including; the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, South Africa, Ghana, Canada, Australia, India, China and Saudi Arabia among others.

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2023 Election: INEC to release timetable when Electoral Bill is signed

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it will not release the 2023 general election timetable until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja during the commission’s first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.

He said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections.

“As soon as it is signed into law, the Commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law”.

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There’ll be level playing ground for all presidential aspirants– PDP Chairman to Momodu

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Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has told presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, that members of the party, and not leaders, would determine who emerges as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu said this on Thirsday during Momodu’s visit to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he formally presented his letter of intent to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

The National Chairman noted that the PDP had no preferred presidential candidate and would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.

Ayu said, “For you to run for office, you must have a strong platform, but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party with which we can go into battle with.

“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best.

“There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants, just like you, we don’t have a special candidate, PDP has no preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.

“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you, PDP will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country, because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday January 11, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi who had a closed door meeting with Buhari today, told state house correspondents that the President advised him to consult widely.

Umahi’s visit to inform the President of his presidential ambition is coming exactly 24 hours after a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, paid a similar visit to President Buhari.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu had also declared his intention to run for presidential race in 2023.

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