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2023: We’ll decide presidential candidate Rivers will follow soon- Wike

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By Francesca Iwambe

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has told residents to wait for his decision on the presidential candidate to vote for in 2023.

Wike said they should, however, vote massively for the candidates of the PDP in other positions such as governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly.

Speaking on Tuesday while inaugurating the Rukpoku-Izo-Ogbodo-Igwuruta link road constructed by his administration, the Governor said they were still talking on the issue of the 2023 presidential election and whom they would support for the poll.

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Wike said: “We have started doing Eneka internal roads phases one and two, Eneka to Igbo Etche, we are doing the SAARs Road going straight to Rikpogbodu. Remember from Eledo down to Rikpogbodu and Obirikwere road, I was the one who did it. I have now done Rumuakwu to Eneka road; Rumuakwu to Igwuruta link road.

“So, you are the ones owing us now. You did first for us and we retaliated by doing for you. Now we have come to ask you again to come and do for us. If you do for us, it means we will come and do for you again.

“You will vote for our governor, our Senatorial Candidates, House of Rep’ candidates and Assembly candidates. Then the other one I will come and tell you where you will vote. Don’t worry calm down, these ones I have mentioned now make sure you come and vote for them. Very soon, we will meet in our houses and take a decision where we are going to. We are still talking”.

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Towards the end of his speech, the Governor stressed he was concerned only about Rivers PDP and its candidates saying “it is carry go” for the candidates from the State.

He said: “I have seen the picture of how here was. If you are doing business here or live here go and put the picture in front of your house. As you wake up, you see the state of the road before and now.

“It will make you to say this is the government we believe in and this is the party at the state level, listen to what I said ‘party at the state level we believe in’. At the state level this party is doing well and you must continue with us. I am speaking on a national TV. I want anybody anywhere to hear me. They won’t do me anything and they don’t have the capacity to try me”.

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He added: “These other people know there is no way they can win Rivers State. They are only making noise to go collect money from people so that at the end of the day they will say they were rigged out.

“Who and who are following you? Which local government will you win and who are those there that will make you to win elections. There are opinion leaders that are influencers of people. You must vote for a party that has brought dividends of democracy.

“All about governance is the happiness of the people. Some people say they were governors for eight years, they didn’t do anything. So we have done our part”.

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Taraba APC reschedule fresh Gubernatorial primary for 10th February 2023

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

Following the Supreme court judgement which dismissed the case between Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and David Sabo Kente, the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reschedule a fresh gubernatorial primary election for Taraba state, slated for 10th February 2023.

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This was contained in a statement released by the party and made available to newsmen in Jalingo by the state party publicity secretary, Aaron Artimas, indicate that the fresh primary election will take place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.

The statement reads in parts,

“This is to notify all members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Taraba State, particularly gubernatorial candidates that the National Secretariat of the party has scheduled to organise fresh gubernatorial primaries for Taraba State on Friday 10th February 2023.

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“To this end, all concerned are advised to prepare themselves for the exercise. The fresh Primaries will take place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium on the stated date of Friday, 10th February 2023.

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Just In: Winner Emerges In Abia PDP Governorship Primary

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Chief Okey Ahiwe, the immediate past Chief of Staff to Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has won the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary election in the state.

Following the death of Prof. Uche Ikonne, the party’s flag bearer in the 2023 general election, the election became necessary.

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Governor Godwin Obaseki, Chairman of the PDP Primary Election Committee, announced the following results:

Total vote cast 516

Chief Okey Ahiwe 469

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Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu 12 Votes

Don Lulu 12 Votes

Samson Orji 11

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Villa cabals: Lai Mohammed knows those I’m referring to – el-Rufai declares

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Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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