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Abuja Pastors That Endorsed Tinubu Are on Their Own, Says PFN

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has distanced itself from the endorsement of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, by the Nigeria Coalition of Pastors for Good Leaders.

The Deputy National Chairman, Bishop Don Daniel, while addressing newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, said members of the coalition have the free will to endorse any candidate of their choice, adding that it has nothing to do with PFN.

He said, “The pastors endorsing Tinubu do not change our stance as a bloc of CAN in supporting credible candidates. We still stand on the same agreement and injunction that CAN has given. Everybody is not part of CAN. They chose to and everybody is entitled to their own free will.

“They cannot force anybody to follow them to do what they have decided to do. So if they said they had endorsed a candidate, that is purely their own doing. Everybody has a right and choice of who they want to vote for. It has nothing to do with us.”

Daniel also reiterated the position of PFN on the Muslim-Muslim ticket saying it has not changed.

He said, “We have not changed our stance because we are still part of CAN and we are still frowning at the Muslim-Muslim ticket. We believe that the church can vote for people that are credible and competent. And you know that our president made a press conference recently and he clarified that we are looking for people to move the country forward. And if a Muslim is credible to take the nation forward, we will vote for him.

“The church frowned at the Muslim-Muslim ticket, but it is not a dead end and we are still praying. We have not been able to come up with something definite or specific to say that this is who everybody should vote for. The election is still about three months away. Who knows if the church through CAN can come up with a resolution. But our stance still remains.”

Daniel, however, clarified that the audience he had with Tinubu was a meeting and not an endorsement as alleged.

The cleric urged Nigerians to take responsibility by getting their PVCs and be strategically prepared to vote for credible leaders that would take the nation forward and unite the country on all fronts.

He also disclosed that the fellowship visited Bayelsa and Kogi states to donate some relief items to flood victims in a bid to alleviate their sufferings.

He added that the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Shimon Ben-Shoshan, paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the fellowship where they had a mutual discussion on immigration and agriculture.

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Naja’atu Mohammed Accuses Aisha Buhari of Being Part of Aso Rock Cabal

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A former Director in the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Naja’atu Mohammed, has said that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, is part of the cabals in Aso Rock.

This follows the statement made by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, that some Aso Rock cabals were working to frustrate the victory of APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in the forthcoming elections.

She said this Monday morning while featuring on Arise TV Morning Show.

Mohammed said unlike El-Rufai, she was not afraid to mention names.

“Let me tell you one of the cabals is Aisha Buhari. Aisha that is talking is part of the cabals. We knew the cabals of the late Abba Kyari. When she started talking of the cabals, she didn’t have the guts to come and name names. For the first time in Nigeria, I started to mention names.

“She (Aisha) reinforced what El-Rufai said. El-Rufai said ‘the cabals in the villa’, she confirmed it. She is also part of the cabals. I am trained not to say the details. We are trained to leave names. You have to have the guts to give names,” she said.

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Supreme Court Affirms Lawan As Authentic APC Candidate for Yobe North

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

In a majority judgment delivered on Monday, the apex court allowed the appeal filed by the APC against Bashir Machina’s candidature.

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Atiku Support Group Accuses Wike of Arresting Members in Rivers

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The Atiku Support Organisation has alleged that about 30 of its members were arrested by armed policemen during a meeting in GRA, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Sunday afternoon.

The National Publicity Secretary of ASO, Victor Moses, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and issued on Sunday.

In the statement titled ‘Release our members wow, Atiku Support Organisation tells Gov Wike’, Moses said the meeting was part of preparations for the the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally slated to hold on February 11.

He said some of those arrested were state and local government leaders of the organisation, alleging that the officers may have acted on the instructions of the state governor, Nyesom Wike.

The statement partly read, “Earlier today, Sunday, at about 2 pm, armed police officers in about six Toyota Hilux marked Intelligence Unit and acting on the instruction of the Rivers State Governor surrounded plot No 3 popularly called White House in Omerelu Street, by Salvation Ministries Headquarters, G.R.A., Port Harcourt, where state and local government leaders of the Atiku Support Organisation were holding meetings as part of the preparations for the Peoples Democratic Party presidential rally slated to be held on 11th February 2023.

“Realising the armed men were sent to stop the meeting, some members escaped through the fence, sustaining wounds caused by barbed wires.

“Over 30 of our members, state and LGA leaders, most of whom are women, were arrested and taken away in two white Hilux of the intelligence unit, while about four Hilux heavily armed with police have sealed up the meeting venue. The said No 3 Omerelu Street, GRA, is directly behind the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt.”

The statement added that none of the phone numbers of those allegedly arrested was connecting.

The group called on Governor Wike to release its members with immediate effect, adding that Wike must end “his do-or-die politics of bitterness and stop instigating violence in Rivers State against Atiku Abubakar’s supporters.”

The group also called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to order the release of its members and put a end to what it called “political rascality” in Rivers State, and “to avert Governor Wike’s instigated bloodbath in the state during the election,” adding that “Rivers people should and must be allowed to make their political choices freely.”

When contacted, the spokesman for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said she had not received such report.

Efforts to reach the state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, proved abortive as he did not pick several calls
put across to his mobile telephone.

He had yet to respond to a text message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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