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2023: GAC’s nod on Sanwo-Olu’s second term best decision — Ndigbo leader

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The Deputy Apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos All Progressives Congress, Sir Jude Idimogu, says the approval by the party’s Governance Advisory Council on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term bid remains the best decision.

Idimogu, the lawmaker representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, spoke on Tuesday.

He applauded the GAC, the apex decision making body of the APC in the state, for the approval.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sanwo-Olu’s second term fate, which had been uncertain, was on Monday approved and sealed by the GAC at a meeting held at the State House, Marina.

By this approval, the coast is now clear for Sanwo-Olu to purchase the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to re-contest for governorship position on the platform of the APC in the 2023 gubernatorial poll in Lagos state.

Reacting, Idimogu, a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that the party’s leadership had acted in good wisdom to have allowed Sanwo-Olu run for second term in office.

According to him, the ruling party does not need a green horn who will be trying to find his balance at a time its leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is aspiring to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

He said: “This is a good one.

“The party leaders have done marvellously well.

“Continuity is the key, especially now that we are dreaming that our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, will succeed President Buhari.

“We need this now so that we can have massive support from experienced people from the executive and legislative arms for Tinubu’s ambition.

“God bless the GAC.

“They are men of wisdom.

“We cannot bring in a new person, who will be trying to find balance, now to lead the state.

“We need somebody who is on the ground already.

“We don’t need a green horn now no matter the experience.

“This is a best decision.”

The Igbo leader, who described Sanwo-Olu as “Mr. Sellable”, said that his achievements in the state also qualified him deserve a second term.

He urged that all hands should be on deck for the actualisation of Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

Recall that immediate past Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term bid in 2019 was truncated by the party structure and GAC members over unresolved differences with interest groups within the party despite his achievements in office.

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2023: Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang resigns to join governorship race

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The Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, has resigned his appointment to join the Akwa Ibom governorship race.

In his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, which was made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Edet Ekpenyong, Enang, thanked the President ‘’for the opportunities to serve which I, and my family shall forever treasure”.

The letter reads in part: “And the time has come. I intend to contest for the Governorship of Akwa Ibom State on the platform of our party, The APC for which I now seek nomination, having purchased and submitted the Nomination and Expression of interest form.

‘’I hereby formally tender my resignation from office, to pursue Gubernatorial electoral cause.

“I in August 2015, upon your Inauguration, Your Excellency graciously appointed me as the Senior Special Assistant to The President on National Assembly matters – Senate & Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly.

“I served in this capacity managing what turned out to be the toughest Executive – Legislative Liaison assignment in the Nation’s democratic History.

‘’I served beyond your first term into your second term, working with the Party Leadership to elect the current Senate presiding officers in accordance with the desire of the Party, managing the screening and clearance of your second term ministers among others, which has given your second term administration greater stability and peace with the Legislature.

‘’You graciously re-appointed me as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs in August 2019, serving till date”.

 

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APC clears 12 Benue aspirants for guber primaries

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The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared 12 Benue aspirants, ahead of the Friday governorship primary election in the state.

The state APC Publicity Secretary, Dan Morgan-Ihomun announced this when he spoke with newsmen Monday in Makurdi, the capital city.

He promised that there would be no manipulations at the governorship primaries, saying that all aspirants would be given a level playing field.

“There will be a level playing field for every aspirant in order to elect the best candidate.

“It is the delegates that will elect who will be our candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

“We do not have a preferred candidate, whoever they elect for our party he will be acceptable,” Ihomun said.

He said that about 1, 517 delegates would take part in the Friday primaries.

The aspirants cleared included, former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, Terwase Orbunde, former Chief of Staff to Gov. Samuel Ortom and Herman Hembe.

Others were: Sam Ode, Chief Steven Lawani, Mathias Byuan, Chief Barnabas Gemade and Prof. Terhemba Shija.

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