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JUST IN: Abuja Agog As 2322 Delegates Elect #APC Presidential Flag Bearer—-Abuja is agog as no fewer than 2,322 delegates from 36 states and the FCT have converged on the city to elect a flag bearer for the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the 2023 general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s special national convention has been scheduled for June 6 to 8.

Twenty three aspirants are jostling to clinch the coveted position, although efforts are on by the party, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to come up with a likely consensus flag bearer.

In North West, a state by state analysis of the delegates shows that Kano has 132; Kaduna, 69; Katsina, 102; Kebbi, 63; Jigawa, 81; Sokoto, 69, while Zamfara has 42.

In North East, Taraba has 48; Bauchi, 60; Adamawa, 63; Gombe, 33; Borno, 81, while Yobe has 51 delegates.

Similarly, in South East, Abia has 51 delegates, Anambra, 63; Ebonyi, 39; Enugu, 51 and Imo, 81.

In South West, Lagos has 60; Ogun, 60; Ondo, 54; Ekiti, 48; Oyo, 99 and Osun, 90.

In South South, Akwa Ibom has 93; Cross River, 54; Bayelsa, 24; Delta, 75; Rivers, 69 and Edo has 57.

In North Central, Kwara has 48; Kogi, 63; Niger, 75; Nasarawa, 39; Plateau, 51; Benue, 66, while FCT has 18.

The Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, Gov. Abubakar Atiku of Kebbi State, who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, has promised a hitch free exercise.

NAN observed that, while all major hotels in the city and its environs had been fully booked, there had been a spike in vehicular traffic.

The FCT Police command had also announced traffic diversions, affecting many routes leading to Eagle Square, the venue of the epoch event.

Spokesperson for the command, DSP Josephine Adeh, said in a statement that it had also mapped out an operational order.

This, she said, was to allow maximum deployment of human and material resources for the success of the convention

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We’ve Interim Govt Proposal Ready, Okotie Replies Yakasai,Critics

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We’ve Interim Govt Proposal Ready, Okotie Replies Yakasai,Critics—Interim Government campaigner,Rev Chris Okotie has reacted to a widely published statement credited to elder statesman,Alh. Tanko Yakasai,in which he criticised the call for an interim government.

Alh Yakasai had challenged Okotie to put forward his proposition for such a major restructuring of the polity while also opposing such directional shift in governance.

However, Rev Okotie,reacting through his media adviser,Ladi Ayodeji, again reiterated his earlier position that the interim government campaign is open to debate and that he welcomes the contributions of prominent citizens like Alh Yakasai and, indeed, all stakeholders to the project.

Okotie recalled that he was asked in several media interviews to give details of the interim government proposition and how it could be actualized.

The Reverend said from the inception of his announcement of the interim government proposition,he gave details of the workings in form of bullet points outlined in his widely circulated press release.
Moreover, Okotie has promised to send his proposal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly, once Nigerians have been fully sensitized.

Okotie said he has already made this fact clear in several media interviews and would make greater emphasis on the modalities of the interim government in subsequent public statements.

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APC S/Africa: #Tinubu’s Choice Of #Shettima As Running Mate, Wise Decision

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APC S/Africa: #Tinubu’s Choice Of #Shettima As Running Mate, Wise Decision—The South Africa chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for picking Sen. Kashim Shettima as his running mate for the 2023 election.

The chapter in a statement jointly signed on Tuesday in Lagos by its Chairman, Mr Bola Babarinde and the Publicity Secretary, Mr Sanni David, said Shettima’s choice was a wise decision.

Shettima, a former governor of Borno, is the senator representing Borno Central Senatorial District.

The group said picking him as the vice-presidential candidate of the party was a decision made in respect of competency rather than “primordial sentiments like tribal or religious cleavages that have held our country back for long.”

The 55-year-old banker-turned-politician was described by the chapter as a man that has the character and intellectual capacity of a vice-president.

“The thought process in selecting such cerebral and loyal running mate should be appreciated and valued as religion cannot be considered over competence and ability to garner votes for the party,” it stated.

According to the chapter, Shettima has the intellectual capacity to turn things around in the management of the economy under a Tinubu presidency.

“Pcking Sen. Kashim Shettima, an Agricultural Economist with illustrious background in Banking and Lecturing coupled with experience in the public sector, will steer the economic team to bring about much needed socioeconomic development.

“APC South Africa wishes the standard bearer of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima the best of luck in the run up to the elections.

“We hope to host them during campaign tour in South Africa before the elections,” the chapter said

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