Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, and Atiku Abubakar, the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, failed to show up at a town hall meeting for presidential candidates on Sunday.
The presidential town hall series is an initiative of Arise Television and the Centre for Democracy and Development.
The candidates in attendance are Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party; Rabiu Kwakwanso, presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, and Kola Abiola, the standard bearer of the Peoples Redemption Party.
Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state governor and vice-presidential candidate of the PDP, was in attendance to represent the party’s flagbearer.
Commenting on the absence of the PDP presidential candidate at the town hall meeting, Okowa said Atiku secured permission from the organisers to be away.
The Delta governor said: “He(Atiku) is outside the country. We duly obtained the permission of the organisers for him to be represented.
“When it is time for debates, we will get into it. But this time, it is a town hall. Atiku has asked me to represent him.”
There was however no representative for the presidential candidate of the ruling APC.
The agenda for the first presidential town hall meeting is security and the economy.
Tinubu/Shettima 2023: APC launches crowdfund app in Lagos
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, is launching a Crowdfund App aimed at mobilising funds for the campaign of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima today (Tuesday).
The unveiling of the app, which is holding at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria-Island was scheduled to commence at 11 am.
Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, is expected to lead other dignatries at the event.
The council explained that the app will afford Nigerians the opportunity to poll financial resources to back their preferred Presidential candidate, who is reputed for assembling the best crop of administrators in the history of Lagos state for the realization of the goal.
“The crowd funding will reduce the influence of money bags, give more citizens a sense of belonging and deepen democracy in the country,” the council stated.
‘Common sense will prevail’ — Aisha Buhari breaks silence on Adamawa APC dispute
Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, says she is committed to intervening in the situation in the Adamawa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aishatu Binani, the senator representing Adamawa central, had defeated Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Jibrilla Bindow, former governor of the state, to win the governorship primary held on May 26.
Aggrieved by the outcome of the election, Ribadu instituted a suit challenging Binani’s victory.
A federal high court in Yola, the Adamawa capital, had nullified the primary in October.
However, in a ruling delivered on Thursday, November 24, an appeal court in the state restored Binani’s candidacy.
The development elicited celebration from women shareholders, with Pauline Tallen, the minister of women affairs, describing it as “the beginning of good things” for Nigerian women.
The first lady was however reported to have pitched her tent with Ribadu during a meeting of Adamawa APC stakeholders held last week.
Breaking her silence on Tuesday, the first lady, who is a native of the state, said she will get involved in the “problem” to ensure that “common sense” prevails in Adamawa politics.
She said in an Instagram post: “In the name of Allah, I wish to thank Adamawa State APC Leaders for the courtesy visit they paid on me, on November 18, 2022.
“As an indigene of the State, a mother a Grand Mother and the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I would like to reaffirm my support for the genuine concern of our party leaders, as well as COMMIT TO STEPPING INTO THE PROBLEM so that reason and common sense will prevail in Adamawa politics.”
Aisha Buhari also called on northern leaders to emulate their south-west counterparts by “enthroning women” as deputy governors in the states in the region.
“I would again like to repeat my appeal to respected leaders in the North to learn from the exemplary practice of their Southwest counterparts in enthroning women as Deputy Governors in states as a gradual approach to obtaining gender inclusion in our polity,” she wrote.
“This is a most realistic step in our efforts at attaining gender justice instead of supporting the pursuit of the misplaced ambition of an individual do-or-die politician.”
Osun state assembly counters Adeleke over rejection of ‘state of Osun’
The Osun state house of assembly says the state will continue to be referred to as ‘state of Osun’ as against ‘Osun state’.
The development was announced on Monday in a statement by Kunle Akande, the house committee chairman on media and publicity.
On Sunday, while making his inauguration speech, Ademola Adeleke, the Osun governor, ordered an immediate reversal to ‘Osun state’ instead of ‘state of Osun’, which was adopted during the Rauf Aregbesola administration.
Speaking on the development, the Osun assembly said the adoption of ‘state of Osun’ is “a matter of law”.
“The usage of the state anthem, crest and flag is an enactment of law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice,” the statement reads.
“The enactment ‘state of Osun anthem, crest and flag law, 2012’ assented to on the 18th of December, 2012 contained in Schedule I, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.
“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.
“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing “Osun State”, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into this matter.
“However, the State shall and will continue to be described as the state of the virtuous (Ipinle Omoluabi).”
The state government, under the administration of Rauf Aregbesola, had announced the renaming of Osun state as “state of Osun” in 2011.
But in 2017, an Osun state high court sitting in Ilesa declared that the renaming is illegal and therefore, null and void.
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