Gaffes: Alake Defends Tinubu, Accuses Atiku, Obi Of Mistakes

This combination photo shows the Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi (L); All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu (C); and Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar (R).

 

A member of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Alake says the 2023 All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu is human and he is not immune to gaffes.

Alake also accused Tinubu’s counterparts including Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of committing gaffes.

“No human being is immune to gaffes. That does not translate to one’s capacity to rule,” he said on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday.

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Tinubu, 70, a former governor of Lagos State, has been recorded to have made some mistakes during speeches at some rallies.

However, Alake said Obi and Atiku have also made gaffes at rallies.

“Just a few days ago, Datti Ahmed, the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Labour Party committed a great gaffe.

“Atiku committed a gaffe in Kaduna when he said they should vote for him because he is a northerner…If it was Tinubu that made that, all heavens would have come down.

“In fact, Obi is noted for false statistics, anybody knows that…So, there is really nothing to clear about that. Asiwaju is a human being like every other person,” Alake said.

Earlier on Monday, Tinubu made an appearance at Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, and revealed some of his plans for major sectors like defense, economy, education, and technology.

He also delegated some of his allies including serving governors and lawmakers to answer questions posed by participants at the world-leading policy institute and think-tank forum.

Some of those who answered questions on Tinubu’s behalf include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; APC national women’s leader, Dr Betta Edu; former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos, Wale Edun; amongst others.

Speaking on why Tinubu delegated his allies to respond to questions, Alake, who was with the APC candidate at Chatham House, said the former Lagos governor wanted to showcase his team, adding that governance is not a one-man show.

Unlike Atiku, Tinubu Has Many Controversies Surrounding Him – Dino Melaye

A photo combination of APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

 

A spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Dino Melaye, has claimed that everything surrounding the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, is controversial contrary to his PDP counterpart, Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking on Channels Television Politics Today on Thursday, he claimed that the PDP presidential flag bearer has a verifiable historical background, unlike Tinubu.

“Atiku Abubakar as an individual, you will read his biography, you will read his autobiography, you will read his history and if you read it 40 or 30 years ago it is still talking about the same person.

“You can identify his classmates, you can read about the schools he attended, there no controversy about where he is from, Jada, there is no controversy about Atiku Abubakar but everything about Bola Ahmed Tinubu is controversial, mysteriously controversial,” Melaye said.

He also debunked a claim by form APC Chairman Adams Oshiomhole that Atiku said Northerners shouldn’t vote for a Yoruba or Igbo person as the president of Nigeria, describing it as “beer parlour” talk catapulted into political relevance.

Melaye maintained that Atiku is a pan-Nigerian and the most trusted presidential candidate in the 2023 election, saying that people from all the geopolitical zones in the country are comfortable with the PDP candidate.

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He said in the quest to get the PDP presidential ticket, Atiku visited every part of the country and was welcomed, but that Tinubu could not visit the entire South West and didn’t even visit any of the states in the South-East prior to the APC presidential primary.

The Atiku/Okowa campaign spokesperson described Atiku as a billionaire with enterprises while claiming Tinubu is a billionaire without enterprises. He said his principal is the only one that has the capacity to create enabling environment for the private sector to thrive in Nigeria.

Tinubu’s Attacks On Atiku Done To ‘Spice Up’ 2023 Campaigns – APC Member

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Ayo Oyalowo has downplayed recent attacks by the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu’s on his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Tinubu, last Friday, mocked Atiku over the latter’s multiple attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.

Atiku, aged 76, previously lost presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

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Oyalowo, who made a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, argued that Tinubu’s political jibes on Atiku were simply to “spice up” the 2023 campaign.

However, spokesperson for the PDP PCC, Charles Aniagwu, in his response, pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari had similarly contested for president four times prior to his win in 2015 via the newly amalgamated APC.

“Even Charles knows that he is just making a mountain out of a molehill. Normally, in political contests, there are necessary times you throw jibes,” Oyalowo said.

“We have seen about two, three times the two men have met at the airport on different trips and we’ve seen how convivial they were. So, the jibes are just necessary to spice up the contest.

“It is not the content; the content here is, what are we going to do that we believe Atiku cannot do? That is the issue here.”

The APC campaigner alleged that Atiku as Vice President under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, Federal Government-owned companies such as the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), and Nigeria Airways, were undervalued and sold in the government’s privatisation efforts.

But Aniagwu stated that while Atiku was in power, the PDP-led government established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC).

“I would remind him (Oyalowo) that the PDP administration embarked on bank consolidation to the extent that today, when you put your funds in the bank, no matter what happens to that bank, your fund is safe,” the campaign spokesman said.

“I will also remind him about reforms in the pension sector. A number of times, they talk about money in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) as if that was the tree that grew in one forest.

“That money in the ECA was made possible because Obasanjo/Atiku administration was able to realise that we were getting some funds far in excess of what was budgeted, and rather than wasting it, we needed to save for a rainy day.”

I Will Name, Shame Oil Thieves, Atiku Tells Business Leaders

Ifeanyi Okowa and Atiku Abubakar in Lagos on Saturday, November 26, 2022

 

The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has threatened to name and shame oil thieves in the country if elected Nigeria’s President in 2023.

He made this known on Saturday when he interacted with the Business Dialogue Stakeholders Forum at the Eko hotel in Lagos.

 

 

Atiku, also said he would confiscate all oil blocs allocated to some Nigerians who have failed to make them operational.

“If you are not going to develop oil blocs given to you, we will take it away and give it to those who will develop it. We will also assemble the names of those involved in oil theft, publish same and prosecute them,” Atiku told the stakeholders.

 

 

He reiterated his commitment to privatizing the refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri.

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Atiku was at the event with his running mate and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

 

 

Both Governors Udom Emmanuel and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Akwa Ibom and Sokoto states; who are the Chairman and Director General of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign team, urged the stakeholders to support Atiku for a better Nigeria.

‘I Wish You Well’, Tinubu Congratulates Atiku At 76

A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu.

 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has congratulated his opponent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar who turned 76 years old on Friday.

Tinubu sent the birthday wishes in a terse tweet, hours after mocking the former Vice President for his numerous attempts to attain the office of the president of Nigeria.

“Congratulation to the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on his 76th birthday. I wish him well as he marks his birthday,” Tinubu tweeted on Friday evening.

Earlier, Bola Tinubu took the stage at the APC Presidential Candidate Meeting with Niger Delta Stakeholders held in Gbaramatu, Delta State, to address the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II (Aketekpe, Agadagba) on his plans for the Gbaramatu community.

“You mentioned the issue of the deep sea port, the roads, the bridge, and the university, industrial park at Ogidigben. These are the things that came to your mind, Kabiyesi, and all of you here,” the former Lagos State governor said.#

“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Highness, as I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run and he’s tired. Tell him to go and sit down. Enough is enough,” he said.

Obi Salutes ‘Elder Brother’ Atiku At 76

A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.

 

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday congratulated his rival in the 2023 race, Atiku Abubakar, on the occasion of the latter’s 76th birthday.

Mr Abubakar is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“My Dear Elder Brother, HE Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, I rejoice with you as you turn 76 today,” Mr Obi said in a statement.

“May God who has brought you thus far in life, protect and bless you always. Happy birthday sir.”

Mr Obi was Mr Atiku’s running mate in the 2019 presidential election.

‘How Many Times Will He Run?’ Tinubu Mocks Atiku, Snubs Obi, Kwankwaso

 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Friday, mocked his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over the latter’s multiple attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.

Seventy-six-year-old Atiku lost his presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Tinubu, who spoke at the APC Presidential Candidate Meeting with Niger Delta Stakeholders held in Gbaramatu, Delta State, addressed the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II (Aketekpe, Agadagba) on his plans for the Gbaramatu community.

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“You mentioned the issue of the deep sea port, the roads, the bridge, and the university, industrial park at Ogidigben. These are the things that came to your mind, Kabiyesi, and all of you here,” the former Lagos State governor said.#

 

Kabiyesi, Your Royal Highness, as I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run and he’s tired. Tell him to go and sit down. Enough is enough.

“The other one, he think na statistic we go chop. He lies with arithmetic that no Indian can ever solve. To mention his name is a disgrace even to me. I won’t mention the name. Wrong arithmetic, wrong statistics, warehouse economics. That’s not what Nigeria needs.

“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Majesty, it was a joy to find one of my own blood being part of you from Badagry. So, what else do you need? You need honesty; you need the man who knows the road. That is me.”

Though Tinubu did not directly refer to Obi or the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso – two other major contenders in the 2023 elections – his comments were met with chants of “Jagaban! Jagaban!”

He assured the Pere that his administration would consult with the monarch regularly.

“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area, the community of Gbaramatu, and other associated communities – economic development, progress, jobs for our youth, a promised tomorrow that is certain.

“A renewed hope is here standing before you. And I promise, with the support of God on my team that you will live long, you will live with prosperity,” Tinubu said.

2023: Sowore Challenges Tinubu, Atiku, Obi To Debate

AAC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Omoyele Sowore on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

 

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for the 2023 elections, Omoyele Sowore, on Wednesday, challenged his counterparts in other parties to a debate to discuss ideas to move Nigeria forward.

He threw the challenge during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.

Specifically, he challenged Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi; Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

 


 

“Bring me and Obi to discuss our ideas on your show, I guarantee that he would not come,” Sowore stated.

“I know the other two people will not show up – Tinubu and Atiku dare not show up…They should be afraid because anybody who has got no idea should be afraid.

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“They should be afraid because anybody who has got no idea should be afraid.”

On whether he is angry with Obi whose support base is mainly with youths, Sowore, who also contested the 2019 presidential election, said, “Was I angry about Peter Obi in 1992, 1993 when I fought the military? Peter Obi was not even known.

“Any campaign that is childish and that doesn’t address the issues is relevant but not important.”

2023: I Believe In Your Strategy Document, Atiku Tells CAN

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has told the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), that he believes totally in the strategy document of the Christian body.

The former Vice President of Nigeria made this known during his session with the Christian leadership’s interactive session with presidential candidates in Abuja on Tuesday.

Atiku said there is no difference between CAN’s Policy Roadmap for a Future Nigeria and his position as contained in his policy document and various books he wrote.

“I have listened to what the presentation of CAN document and I can tell you the CAN document is totally in conformity with my thoughts in a book which I published when I was the Vice President and this led to a fundamental disagreement with my boss as well as my constituents. There is no difference between my book and CAN’s presentation,” Atiku said while responding to CAN’s message.



Mr Atiku’s delegation was received by CAN’s President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, Secetrary of the association  and other executive members.

Speaking further, the former number two man said ” I stand before you not to campaign but to tell u the honest truth, what you have presented is what I have always believed in. And if I have the opportunity, I swear to God I will do it.

“Oil didn’t not send me to school, my parents paid cattle tax, market tax, radio tax and these were the taxes that sent me school from primary to university. If God have given you gold or oil, take your oil or gold but I will tax you.

“Why should we be fighting over resources that has been endowed to whoever it is endowed to”.

Presenting CAN’s strategy document titled “Policy Roadmap for a Future Nigeria” the national secretary of the association said  “For avoidance of doubt, we present the policies that we believe will address the crises of development in Nigeria;

“State police or fully decentralized police authority; clear and unambiguous religious neutrality of the Nigerian state through the removal of constructional references to religion and the use of religious symbols in al national legal materials and symbols, like the currency, etc., Enforcement of fundamental rights of all Nigerians, including economic and social rights.”

“Restructuring to decentralize governance; Equitable and enforceable sharing of executive and legislative positions in Nigeria; Ethnic and religious representation in military and security agencies, Self-determination for all Nigerian people through inclusion of the right of a referendum in the constitution

“No to Ruga, yes to ranching, Education and free healthcare to all Nigerians (including Almajiri); No open grazing (rather modernization of animal husbandry) and Local control of local economy, including waters, rivers, and forest”.

On his part, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, noted that the church needs to pray not to plant amiss.

He said; ” We have come to the season to plant and we must be careful to plant right so we can harvest abundance and bounitfuly. The church needs to be prayerful as we have not been this divided as a nation before as we are today and at this moment we need a man that can unify all ethnic groups, formal and informal groups. We saw how he alongside President Obasanjo ensured the unity of this country after years under the military and how our presidential candidate who was the VP then handled the economy which led to economic development and prosperity.”

He promised the leadership of the CAN that Atiku/Okowa Presidential campaign will ensure it attend to all  issues raised in CAN’s strategy document.

Atiku’s delegation to the session included his Vice-Presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman of the PDP, Iyiocha Ayu, Ex-VP Ach Namadi Sambo, PDP PCC DDG Operations Senator Liyel Imoke, Gov Ishaku Darihus, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, Tom Ikimi, Hon Elumelu, High chief Raymond Dokpesi amongst others.

PDP Can’t Remain A Viable Party Without Winning The North – Chidoka

 

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka says the party can’t remain a viable without winning the bulk of votes in northern Nigeria as it did to govern Nigeria from 1999 to 2015 before it lost to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“What we have in the PDP now is what I call a ‘Northern Strategy’; restoring PDP as a national platform that cuts across its base in the South-East, South-South and take it to the north again.

“Without us winning back the north into the PDP as a party, we will not be able to remain a viable national platform. So, what is at stake today is the mechanism of doing that,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday.

The ally of PDP flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, however, said his party’s strategy of winning back the north won’t be at the expense of losing its base in Southern Nigeria.

He also faulted the permutation of the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on parties controlling Kano, Lagos and Rivers states.

According to him, no party has won all the three states at once since 1999.

With Nigeria’s return to democracy after years of military rule, PDP produced then Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo (1999 to 2007), Umaru Yar’Adua (2007 to 2010), and Goodluck Jonathan (2010 to 2015).

The party has since jostled to return to Aso Rock for the top job in 2023 having failed in 2015 and 2019. PDP faces a major challenge in the next presidential election as it produced Adamawa-born Atiku to succeed Katsina-born Buhari — both from northern Nigeria, a development faulted by proponents of zoning.

‘Future Of G5 Tied To PDP’

On the crisis rocking the PDP, Chidoka said his party will continue to work on winning Rivers and will work on winning back five aggrieved governors of the party known as the G5 or the Integrity Group because their future is tied to the PDP.

“We will continue to work to win Rivers State and I believe that Governor (Nyesom) Wike understands that his future is tied to that of PDP, same as the other four governors,” he stated.

The former minister said the PDP will “work towards every issue and ensure every contradiction between the party is resolved before the election and I am very hopeful about that”.

Atiku, Okowa Meet With CAN Leadership In Abuja

PDP’s Atiku Abubakar with some CAN leaders on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in Abuja

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Atiku was accompanied to the interactive session by PDP chieftains.

This is one of the interactive sessions that the Christian body has had with presidential candidates and their running mates.

Last Wednesday, CAN leadership met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and other members of his party.

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Peter Obi’s Emergence Good Omen For APC, Minus For PDP – Ganduje

Peter Obi as the flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 presidential election is good news to the All Progressives Congress (APC), according to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

However, based on the governor’s analysis, Obi’s emergence spells trouble for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC stalwart, who made a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday evening, described Obi’s candidature as a “good omen” for his party.

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“Our major contender is the PDP,” he said. “What is our political investment in the South-East? The votes we got from Nasarawa Local Government in Kano Metropolitan Area was much higher than the total votes APC got in the entire five states of the South-East.

“So, you can see that if there is any problem politically in the South-East, it is the PDP that will suffer the brush. So, the emergence of Obi from the South-eastern part of this country I think it’s the votes of PDP that he will snatch away and is already snatching away.

“For APC, I think it is even a good omen. Instead of having a very close competitor, now the attention of the competitor has been diverted.”

Ganduje pointed to the internal crisis in the PDP as further cause for the party to be worried about its chances in the forthcoming election.

“Apart from the problem they have within the political party, especially the G5, there is also the factor of Obi. So, any political analyst would know that the emergence of Labour Party is a minus to PDP and by extrapolation, it is a plus to our great party, the APC,” Ganduje said.

Since the emergence of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in May, five PDP governors also known as the G5 or ‘Integrity Group’ have called for the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, citing regional balance in the party’s structure.

The governors include Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).