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Tinubu Accuses Arise TV Of Blackmail Over Townhall Meeting

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Kayode Sanni Arewa

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The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has again said he would not attend the Arise News Town Hall meeting slated for Sunday.

Tinubu said Arise News has consistently shown a pattern of bias against him, stressing that he doesn’t consider the medium as credible and impartial.

The APC presidential flag-bearer vowed not to participate at the town hall meeting slated for Sunday, and any other Arise News may plan before the February 2023 presidential election.

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The two-term former governor of Lagos State said this via a statement issued on Saturday by the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.

Onanuga said Tinubu has his own schedule of campaign activities and other engagements within and outside Nigeria, noting that the APC presidential candidate has already departed Nigeria and would be at Chatham House in London on Monday, where he will speak on Security, Economy, and Foreign Policy.

He stated: “We find it shocking and downright anomalous that Arise News continues to broadcast the participation of All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its Presidential Town Hall meeting scheduled to hold on 4 December, 2022 despite our earlier statement that our candidate will not be available.

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“We noticed that Arise News has also been running a campaign on the so-called constitutional duty of the presidential candidates to participate in its debate by dubiously citing section 22 of the Constitution of Nigeria on the obligation of the Mass Media.

“While it is trite that the media has clear constitutional duty to hold public office holders accountable to the citizens and its role as the watchdog of the society, there is no part of the Constitution and the section 22 that says a presidential candidate of any political party and least of all, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must participate in Arise News Town Hall event or any media organised event at all.

“The same Constitution grants all citizens of Nigeria including, Asiwaju Tinubu the right and freedom of choice and association. The APC Presidential candidate has a right to decide where he goes and events to participate in as he seeks the mandate of Nigerians to be elected as the next President of our country.

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“We want to make it abundantly clear again that Asiwaju Tinubu will not participate and will not attend the Arise News Town Hall meeting slated for Sunday, 4 December, 2022 and any other ones it may plan before the February 2023 presidential election. We want to equally stress that Arise News has consistently shown a pattern of bias against Asiwaju Tinubu and we don’t consider the medium as credible and impartial.

“The APC Presidential candidate has his own schedule of campaign activities and other engagements within and outside Nigeria. One of such events is his scheduled event for Monday , December 5, 2022 at Chatham House in London where he will speak on Security, Economy and Foreign Policy.

“Asiwaju Tinubu travelled to United Kingdom early today (Saturday) for this earlier scheduled engagement. We want to reiterate for the umpteenth time that no amount of blackmail, intimidation and media bully and innuendos by the owner and management of Arise News will change the position our campaign has taken on this matter.

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“We seize this opportunity to warn our spokesmen and supporters to steer clear of this station over its consistent unprofessionalism and bias against our candidate and party,” the statement read.

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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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