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Tinubu Group Dismisses Dogara, APC Northern Christians As Impostors

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The Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council on Monday labelled a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and some Christians in the ruling All Progressives Congress impostors.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Director of Media and Publicity of Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.

The development came barely 24 hours after Northern Christian leaders in the APC said voting along religious lines in the 2023 general elections may trigger negative consequences among Nigerians and threaten national development.

The APC Northern Christian leaders, led by Dogara and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, agreed to focus on issues that unite them as a people rather than encourage attacks on sensitive religious issues in the name of politics.

The resolutions were contained in a communiqué jointly signed by Dogara and a former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State and ex-Minister of Water Resources, Mukhari Shagari, after a consultative meeting held in Abuja on Saturday.

However, Onanuga on Monday accused Dogara of losing his mind when he realised his self-imposed ambition to be on the presidential ticket of All Progressives Congress was no longer guaranteed.

According to him, the former speaker had suddenly become a reprobate and demagogue, delivering hate speeches and whipping up emotions, to set our country ablaze.

Onanuga said, “The Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council is therefore not surprised by media reports about a meeting of some so-called Northern Christian leaders, who claimed to be members of our APC that was championed by Dogara and his ilks.

“The claim was fraudulent. Dogara, the politician who organised the meeting, left our party officially and unceremoniously weeks ago. And those who attended the meeting were representing themselves, their selfish agenda, not Northern Christians.

“Before then, the former speaker had spearheaded a campaign of vitriol and hate against our party, using religion as camouflage, after he lost the vice-presidential candidacy to a better qualified Senator Kashim Shettima.

“The APC PCC wondered how the assembly of strange bedfellows hoped to foster unity and cohesion in our country, when their candidate represents the antithesis of the goal, having emerged the greatest divider of our polity, between the North and South.

“We want to assure Dogara and his co-travellers fanning hate campaigns against our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and his running mate that they will fail spectacularly at the polls.

Babachir, when contacted, said he was tired of talking to the press on the matter.

“I am tired of talking to you people. Every day, you want me to talk,” he simply said.

Dogara’s Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Turaki Hassan, did not take his calls and he also did not respond to messages sent to him on the matter.

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Adeleke Loses As Tribunal Declares Oyetola Winner of Osun Guber Election

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The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo has sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

The tribunal in a split document of two to one declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Adeleke and issue the same to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

The majority judgement which was read by the Chairman, Justice Tertse Kume said Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 219,666

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Katsina Youths Boo, Stone Buhari’s Officials During Visit in Protest to Hardship

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, commenced a two-day official visit to his home state of Katsina where he inaugurated some projects executed by the state government.

However, his first day in the state was marked by a protest by youths decrying the hardship in the country.

The youth staged the protest a few minutes after noon, shortly after the President inaugurated the Kofar Kaura Underpass in Katsina.

The protesters caused a commotion at the Kofar Kaura Underpass where they threw stones at the crowd after Buhari left the area.

The boys also set up bonfires along the Yahaya Madaki Way, a few metres from the underpass, while shouting: ‘We don’t need you,’ ‘We no go do,’ in Hausa.

A viral video showed a mass of youths violently denouncing the government as they engaged some policemen on the road.

The development is coming 72 hours after the Presidential standard bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was stoned by suspected hoodlums at a campaign rally in Katsina.

The thugs reportedly threw stones outside the campaign venue, damaging several vehicles.

“Our candidate had met with women in a town hall and then held a hugely successful rally at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium. However, on his way to the airport, hoodlums attacked the car our candidate was riding in with heavy stones from his driver’s side causing substantial damage to the vehicle,’’ the Head of Media, Obi/Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Diran Onifade, disclosed in a statement.

Buhari had finished the ceremony and left when the youth stormed the underpass and started shouting, ‘Bamuyi,’ ‘Bamuyi’ (We are not interested.)

They also threw stones at the convoy of state government officials departing the project site.

They were subsequently dispersed with tear gas by security personnel.

One of the youth said they were protesting the hardship in the country, adding that they wanted to draw the President’s attention to the situation.

One of the protestants declared,  “ We are suffering; no job; no life…no money…”

But the spokesman for the Katsina police command, Gambo  Isah, said there was no protest.

He noted, ‘’The President was neither booed nor his convoy stoned. I was part of the convoy. The President successfully inaugurated the project. We were at another inauguration when we learnt that hooligans known as kaoraye were fighting one another at Sabwa ungwa area and we went there. We arrested no fewer than 10 of them and an investigation is already going on.”

The Special Adviser to the governor on Security Matters, Ahmad Katsina,  did not respond to inquiries on the youth’s actions.

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Festival of Joy Promo: Ibadan Hosts Another Draw

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Globacom, on Thursday, held a draw in Ibadan, Oyo State capital to pick the winner of another 3-Bedroom apartment in the ongoing Glo Festival of Joy promo.

The event was held at Gloworld, Challenge, in the presence of several Glo subscribers who were in the shop to transact business.

Commenting about the exercise, a walk-in customer, Mr. Matthew Aina, who drew the winning number, commended Globacom on transparency of the draw, while Mrs. Taibat Azeez, who also witnessed the emergence of another house winner, said the exercise was fair enough.

The three-bedroom apartment will be presented to the winner, who was informed by Glo officials after the draw at a presentation ceremony scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023.

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