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.

APC Supporters Hold Rally For Tinubu In Lagos

APC supporters in Lagos on Thursday

 

The Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation (BATCO Mandate) on Thursday organised a solidarity walk for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu in Lagos.

The group members in their signature white and orange branded cap and t-shirt gathered around the kick-off point in Bank Anthony Road, Ikeja Lagos as early as 8am on Thursday.

The group consisting of party supporters from all the local governments in the state, took off from Anthony, with the rally expected to terminate at Ojota.

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A heavy traffic gridlock has also built around the Ikeja axis even as traffic management officials are working to manage the situation.

Tinubu is in the race alongside top contenders like Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

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.”

Meet Tinubu’s Mother To Confirm His Age, Gbajabiamila Tells Doubters

A picture combination of Femi Gbajabiamila and Bola Tinubu

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Saturday, dismissed allegations of age falsification levelled against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Born on March 29, 1952, Tinubu is 70 years old, based on official records submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission. However, the former Lagos State governor’s age has been intensely scrutinised and debated.

Gbajabiamila defended the APC during a brief address at the joint APC presidential and governorship rally in Lagos.

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Speaking on winning over undecided voters, whom he described as a “very small group outside,” he urged APC supporters in attendance to address some popular concerns on Tinubu’s fitness for office.

“They will ask you a lot of questions. I want to tell you what to tell them. There is something called Frequently Asked Questions. When they ask you, who is Tinubu, tell them Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House said Tinubu is the greatest politician in modern-day Nigerian politics,” he said.

“They will ask you, ‘How old is he? What is his age?’ Tell them that Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House said he is the age his mother said he is. And if they doubt his age, they should go and meet his mother to reconfirm.”

Tinubu’s mother, Abibatu Mogaji died on June 15, 2013 at the age of 96.

“They will tell you, ‘But they said he did not go to school.’ Tell them that I, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said he is more educated than all the contestants put together,” the Speaker said.

‘Most Investigated Presidential Candidate In Nigeria Ever’

On allegations that Tinubu was indicted in the United States, Gbajabiamila asked APC devotees to simply tell sceptics that “the Americans have said repeatedly that they do not know what they are talking about.”

He also countered allegations of corruption against Tinubu with the argument that the APC presidential candidate was never found guilty, while attributing the choice of two Muslims on the party’s presidential ticket to a divine plan.

“They will say, ‘But they say that he is corrupt.’ Tell them he is the most investigated Nigerian presidential candidate in the history of Nigeria, and nothing has been found on him,” the Speaker said.

“When they ask about a Muslim vice president, tell them that God is moving mysteriously in ways that they cannot understand; that he is about to do something in Nigeria.

“Tell them, in Shettima, God is about to live out the scripture of the rejected stone that became the cornerstone. If they ask you, what has he done to develop Nigeria, tell them he has developed men and women who in turn have developed Nigeria.

“Tell them to give you one name of any other candidate that has developed men and women of consequence today in the Nigerian political and socio-economic development.”

‘Architect Of Modern Lagos,’ Sanwo-Olu Thanks Tinubu At Lagos APC Rally

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat during the South West Youths declaration for Tinubu rally, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on April 16, 2022.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat during the South West Youths declaration for Tinubu rally, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, on April 16, 2022.

 

Amid 2023 election campaigns, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu as the architect of the modern Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who is seeking re-election alongside his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, spoke during an APC rally held at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

“Thank you, Asiwaju, for being the architect and builder of the modern Lagos that we’re all enjoying today, for having the vision, the character, the tenacity to push forth an idea into a plan that has birthed the new Lagos today,” he said.

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“Asiwaju has had a reputation as an advocate, a champion of unity, and a man that as continued to stand for the creation of our country.

“We can see this, of course, from all of the outstanding things that he has been doing both on a professional level and within his political career.

“His reputation stands tall amongst his peers and we will continue to derive from his wealth of experience in Lagos in the past 23 years.”

Sanwo-Olu said having worked closely with Tinubu, the former governor had proved himself to be a man with a fountain of knowledge.

The governor argued that based on his assessment, Tinubu was the best man for the job of president.

Though the rally was geared towards both the presidential and Lagos State gubernatorial campaigns, Sanwo-Olu said his predecessor was “the man that we’re all here together with his vice presidential candidate to celebrate.”

PHOTOS: Large Turnout As Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu Campaign In Lagos

All Progressives Congress rally held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on November 26, 2022. Photo Credit: Channels TV

 

There was a large turnout of supporters in Lagos State on Saturday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential and governorship campaign rally held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

Photos posted on the official Twitter account of the APC Presidential Campaign Council showed hundreds of supporters seated with banners displaying the names and images of the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

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Banners also bore the face of the APC governorship candidate in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Obafemi Hamzat.

Supporters at the APC presidential and gubernatorial rallies in Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on November 26, 2022. [email protected]

 

Supporters at the APC presidential and gubernatorial rallies in Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on November 26, 2022. [email protected]

 

Supporters at the APC presidential and gubernatorial rallies in Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on November 26, 2022. [email protected]

 

Supporters at the APC presidential and gubernatorial rallies in Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on November 26, 2022. [email protected]

‘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.

‘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.

Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Babachir Lawal Being Emotional, Northern Christians Not Marginalised – APC Chieftain

A photo combination of former SGF Babachir Lawal and APC chieftain Ahmed Sajo.

 

As reactions continue to trail former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal’s criticisms of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Muslim-Muslim ticket, APC stalwart, Ahmed Sajo has kicked against claims of Christian marginalisation in the party.

On Thursday, Lawal endorsed the Labour Party’s (LP) Peter Obi, a southern Christian, in spite of his membership in the APC, citing the religion of his party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.

But Sajo, in a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, described Lawal and his cohorts as being emotional.

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Speaking on possible feelings of anger among northern Christians over the Muslim-Muslim ticket, the former Adamawa State Commissioner for Information said he did not think that was the case.

“I don’t think so. There are people who are emotional like Babachir and co. You cannot excuse them; you cannot say, ‘You cannot exist within our region.’ But they are there. But that does not mean that, politically, we have marginalised our brothers,” he argued.

“My local government is 90 per cent Muslim and our candidate for House of Assembly is a Christian. We don’t see him as a Christian; we see him as a brother, a capable person, and somebody that can deliver.”

Asked whether the APC recognises Christians as a force in the North, he said, “Absolutely! Is it not in my party that Babachir was made SGF and Boss Mustapha is now SGF? Are they not nothern Christians? Is it not in my party that (Yakubu) Dogara was speaker of the House of Representatives?

“You think that if they were marginalised, they would have arrived at that level? Remember, David Mark was Senate President for how long? Is he not a northern Christian? If they were marginalised, would he have been the Senate President?

“Don’t forget, at a certain point in time when David Mark was the Senate President, Ekweremadu, a southern Christian, was the deputy senate president.”

Northern APC Christians Disagree On Obi Endorsement

A group under the aegis of the Aggrieved Northern APC Christians, on Thursday, recommended that its members and their supporters back the Obi/Datti presidential ticket for the 2023 election.

In a statement titled “Why we have chosen to endorse the Obi/Datti ticket” signed by Lawal, one of its leaders, said it came to the decision of supporting Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, after a painstaking review and analysis of the alternative tickets.

But in a swift response, Dogara and other members of the group distanced themselves from the endorsement, saying they had yet to conclude consultations and that their position would be made public.

Listening To Soludo, No One Will Buy Peter Obi For 10 Kobo – Sule

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, on Wednesday, dismissed polls for the 2023 elections that put the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi ahead of others, including the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Atiku Abubakar.

Sule, who spoke during a live interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, argued that the criticisms of Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, by the incumbent Governor Charles Soludo devalued his predecessor as a presidential candidate to less than 10 kobo.

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Asked to mention the traits that makes Tinubu stand out from his opponents, Sule said, “Today, the current governor of Anambra State where Peter Obi was governor is the right person who will tell what has happened during the period of Peter Obi.

“Today, I’m in a better position to tell you what Tanko Al-Makura did compared to what we see on the pages of newspapers, because I have the files and numbers in front of me.

“So, if you go to Anambra, look at what governor of Anambra (is saying). They were in the same party. It’s not that they changed parties. It’s Peter Obi that changed parties but it’s the same All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

“So, if you go and see what he is saying today about Peter Obi, you will not buy Peter Obi for 10 kobo.”

According to Sule, people who argue otherwise have no idea about reality.

“Now, do you have the same with Asiwaju (Tinubu) and the governors who came after him in Lagos? Is Lagos better looking today than Anambra? Is the economy of Lagos better today than Anambra? It’s like day and night. There is no comparison,” he said.

Soludo’s Criticisms, Obi’s Response

Soludo, in a lengthy statement on November 14, tackled Obi, saying the LP candidate cannot win the 2023 presidential election.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor said Obi knows he cannot win the 2023 presidential elections and is only playing a game.

“Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win,” Soludo said. “He knows the game he is playing, and we know too; and he knows that we know.

“The game he is playing is the main reason he didn’t return to APGA. The brutal truth (and some will say, God forbid) is that there are two persons/parties seriously contesting for president: the rest is exciting drama!”

However, Obi said after doing his little as governor, Soludo was in a position to do his best as an economics professor.

“He (Soludo) remains my brother, we are very close. I remain prayerful for him. For other things which I didn’t succeed at, God has given him opportunity to do it and succeed.

“So, if there is anything pending, governance doesn’t finish, people are still in government in America, so you stop where you will stop, other people will continue from there,” Obi 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.”

Adebanjo Campaigns For Obi In Ibadan, Says Presidency Not About Tribe

A combination of file photos of Mr Peter Obi and Mr Ayo Adebanjo.

 

Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday, campaigned for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The nonagenarian, who briefly addressed the crowd at the Adamasingba stadium in Yoruba, said he does not hate All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu but the 2023 Presidency is not about tribe.

“To critics saying this one (Obi) is Igbo, that one is Yoruba, the Presidency of Nigeria is not about Igbo or Yoruba but the whole of Nigeria,” he said.

In his speech, Obi paid “sincere respects” to the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo and other respected Yoruba leaders including Adebanjo whom he said stands for equity and fairness.

 

 

The LP candidate said, “What Adebanjo and Afenifere is standing for today is what will make the future of Nigeria, they are standing for equity, they are standing for fairness. Justice, equity and fairness should be the foundation of which we will build a united Nigeria.”

Last month, Adebanjo had said Obi remains his choice despite the endorsement of Tinubu by his predecessor, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Tinubu had visited Fasoranti on October 30, 2022 at his residence in Ondo State where the nonagenarian ‘anointed’ him.

However, 94-year-old Adebanjo, who succeeded Fasoranti as Afenifere leader last year, said while he won’t want to join issues with his predecessor, Obi remains his choice candidate for the February 2023 presidential poll.

Previously, Adebanjo said to keep Nigeria one in 2023, every Nigeria should be “Obi-Datti compliant”. Obi is running for Aso Rock’s top job alongside Datti Baba-Ahmed.

He also said he won’t compromise his cherished principles of justice, equity, and inclusiveness.

“The South-West has produced a president and currently sits as vice-president, the South-South has spent a total of six years in the presidency but the Igbo people of the South-East have never tasted presidency in Nigeria, and now that the power is due back in the South, equity demands that it be ceded to the Igbo.

“We cannot continue to demand that the Igbo people remain in Nigeria, while we at the same time continue to brutally marginalize and exclude them from the power dynamic.

“Peter Obi is the person of Igbo extraction that Afenifere has decided to support and back, he is the man we trust to restructure the country back to federalism on the assumption of office.

“We will not compromise this principle of justice, equity, and inclusiveness because one of our own Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a frontline candidate,” he had said.