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Obi’s endorsement: Babachir spoke for himself, Dogara, northern APC Christians react

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Members of a group of northern Christians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) have distanced themselves from the endorsement of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

The group is led by Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), and Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives.

In a statement on Thursday, Lawal had said the group has agreed to endorse Obi.

The group had earlier expressed reservations over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC, and said it would adopt a consensus candidate.

Speaking on the decision to support the LP in an earlier statement, Lawal said the group considered justice, equity, and harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians.

Amid varied reactions, in another statement on Thursday, Lawal insisted on the choice of Obi, saying “this is justice; this is equity; this is political engineering at its best and one that engineers peace and harmonious co-existence of the various socio-political and religious classes of our nation”.

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But in another statement, eight members of the group said Lawal spoke for himself, adding that a collective decision would be announced soon.

“We want to draw the attention of the general public to the recent position canvassed by our Chairman, Engr B D Lawal, as the position of our Group,” the statement reads.

“We wish to state that necessary consultations have been concluded, and based on manifestly unassailable empirical data, the group is poised to adopt a position which will be made known to the public at an interfaith event to be held very soon.

“Suffice to say that no one in the group including the Chairman has been mandated to speak to the public about our position at this material time.

“Based on our modus operandi, our position was meant to be presented to the general public at the event above referred to. That has not changed.

“Consequently, the decision to endorse a particular candidate and the statement credited to the chairman are solely the decision and views of the Chairman which he is absolutely entitled to but not that of the group.

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“We hope this statement clears all the querries most of us have been inundated with on this all important subject matter.”

Signatories to the statement Dogara; Simon Achuba, former Kogi deputy governor; Albert Atiwurcha; Doknan Sheni; Mela A. Nunge, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Ishaya Bauka, a retired general; Ibrahim Haruna; and Leah Olusiyi.

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Despite allure of office, I won’t take over from my father – Akeredolu’s son

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Babajide Akeredolu, son of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Friday, dispelled rumours that he plans to take over from his father, Rotimi Akeredolu, after the expiration of the latter’s tenure.

He said despite the allure of office, he had several sectors where he could venture into and become extremely successful than being in government.

Babajide, who is currently a Special Adviser and Director-General, Performance and Project Implementation Unit, Office of the Governor of Ondo State, revealed this at a press conference in Lagos State.

He said, “I don’t have any plan to run for office. It is interesting people speculate this, but I have multiple pathways to success. I don’t need to stay in government to be successful.

“Power is never something that gingers the Akeredolu family. I’m not looking for that (governor’s seat), but I’m just looking for opportunities to make young people thrive.

“I have never thought of being a governor. That thing is stressful and I don’t want to go through it. People that are build for that, I wish them well.”

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He added, “There are multiple cards to success for me. I am lucky I have a strong surname with a lot of options before me. So, I really don’t bother about what’s coming next, but I just focus on the present and how I can help the younger generations.”

 

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Fans, colleagues condole with Davido, Chioma over son’s death

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Nigerian entertainers and fans have sent condolences to singer, Davido and his lover, Chioma Rowland, over the death of their three-year-old son, Ifeanyi.

Ifeanyi reportedly drowned at their home in Banana Island, Lagos State.

Following the sad news, entertainers have taken to their social media pages to mourn the child and pray for his parents.

Singer Paul Play Dairo said, “I’m really lost for words. This is really painful. Take heart, David.”

Actor Williams Uchemba wrote on Instagram, “I said I won’t believe anything on social media until I personally confirm myself. I prayed for it to be a lie. I am upset, pained and confused. Nobody deserves to feel this pain.

“Please say a prayer for David, Chioma and the entire family. Nobody deserves this kind of pain. Rest up little one.”

Muyiwa Ademola wrote, “It is one of the saddest thing when kids are being buried by parents. We really wish it never happened! May The Almighty gives the parents and the entire Adeleke family the strength to bear this loss.

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“Please and please, if you have a pool in your house and you have little children, endeavor to secure free entry to the pool. Ensure no one except adults and supervised children gets in.”

Actress Iyabo Ojo, mourning, said, “I don’t even know how to react to this rude shock. I was hoping it wasn’t true. My God!!! This is so shocking, sad, devastating and extremely painful
Olorun!!! Ikun le abiamo.”

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FULL LIST: Osinbajo, Dogara missing as Aregbesola makes Tinubu’s presidential campaign team

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is conspicuously missing as the All Progressives Congress (APC) released the presidential campaign council list of its flagbearer Bola Tinubu ahead of the 2023 election.

James Faleke, secretary, APC presidential campaign council, released the list in Abuja on Friday.

Also missing are Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education.

The duo had distanced themselves from the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket and the emergence of Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.

On the list, Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau State, retained his position as director-general, while Adams Oshiomhole, former APC chairman and Bayo Onanuga remained deputy director-general (operations) and director of media and publicity, respectively.

Rauf Aregbesola, former Osun governor and minister of interior, also made the list.

The list includes names of serving and former state governors of the party, ministers, senators and other members of the APC.

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