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Imo APC Expels Governorship Candidate, Hope Uzodinma

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The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled Hope Uzodinma as its governorship candidate. The decision was announced on Thursday by Daniel Nwafor, the state chairman of the party, at a press conference held at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, the Imo State capital. He accused Uzodinma of running a parallel executive, as well as working with a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), instead of Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, who is also contesting for a senatorial seat on the APC platform. Speaking on the expulsion, Nwafor said: “Senator Hope Uzodinma has been sponsoring the All Progressives Grand Alliance Senatorial candidate, Senator Osita Izunaso, instead of the APC Senatorial candidate in Imo West, Governor

Court Sacks Ondo Federal Lawmaker As PDP Candidate

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Honourable Bode Ayorinde Honourable Bode Ayorinde A Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, has ordered Bode Ayorinde, the lawmaker representing Owo/Ose Federal Constituency in Ondo State, to desist from parading himself as a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the February 2019 general election. The court also asked the PDP to remove Ayorinde’s name from the list of its candidates contesting in the general election. It, however, instructed that Sodiq Obanoyen's name be sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the PDP candidate for Owo/Ose Federal Constituency.  Obanoyen was said to have won the House of Representatives primaries of Owo/Ose Federal Constituency with 107 votes against Ayorinde, who polled 73 votes

PHOTOS: After Exchanging ‘Sick’ Letters, Buhari, Obasanjo Banter At Council Of State Meeting

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Less than two days after exchanging heated letters during which each called the other "sick", former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Muhammadu Buhari have met at the National Council of State meeting currently going on in Abuja. In stark contrast to the pre-meeting events, the two leaders were photographed exchanging smiles on Tuesday. On Sunday, Obasanjo had released a statement titled ‘Points for Concern and Action’, in which he likened Buhari to late dictator Sani Abacha over his alleged intimidation of the opposition and critics of his government. Obasanjo had submitted that the people should not allow themselves to be deceived by Buhari for a second time. However, Buhari responded via his spokesman Garba Shehu, saying Obasanjo needed the help of a "doctor" so he "could get

APC Campaign Likens Atiku’s US Trip To ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ Boys Scamming Their Victims

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council says the visit of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the United States of America “smacks of things local ‘yahoo yahoo’ boys do to scam their victims”. For the first time after more than a decade, Atiku stepped foot in the US on January 17, 2019. See Also Breaking News VIDEO: Atiku Arrives In US All Smiles In Saraki's Company 0 Comments 3 Days Ago There had been speculations that Atiku stayed away from the US allegedly due to the belief he would be arrested over allegations of corruption, including one by US congressman Williams Jefferson that part of the $100,000 cash found in his refrigerator was intended as bribe for Atiku for his role in helping

Those Pushing For Okorocha’s Suspension From APC Are Fraudsters, Says Spokesman

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Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, has dismissed reports of his suspension by a faction of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). A statement by Sam Onwuemeodo, his Chief Press Secretary noted that the challenge of APC in Imo State is the imposition of candidates into key positions by Adams Oshiohmole, the National Chairman of the party. According to Okorocha, the faction pushing for his suspension are a "league of fraudsters". Okorocha said: “There is only one APC in the state with Hon. Daniel Nwafor as the Chairman and Owelle Rochas Okorocha as the leader. Any other group claiming to be a faction of Imo APC must obviously be a gang of 419ers or league of fraudsters who are experts in the issuance of dud cheques and collecting billions for jobs not do

Recovered Assets Will Be Sold Off, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has maintained that assets recovered in the anti-corruption fight will be sold off to prevent re-looting. He said this during his campaign rally in Kaduna on Friday. Buhari affirmed that fighting corruption in Nigeria is a difficult task and he won’t stop until all funds are recovered from looters. His words: ”What we are doing is to ensure that all recovered assets are sold off and the proceeds lodged into the Single Treasury Account. That way, no one will have the opportunity to appropriate such assets. “The anti-corruption fight is difficult in the current democratic dispensation, but we will continue to work carefully and steadily until we insulate public funds from looters.” Buhari told Kaduna residents to remember the situation the countr

APC On Atiku’s US Visit: A Thief Is A Thief No Matter Where He Goes

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The US chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says whether Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visits the US or not, his character remains "questionable". This was contained in a statement issued by Adesegun Labinjo, Chairman of the US chapter of the party, on Friday. Until Thursday, Atiku had not visited the US in more than 10 years, as a result of allegations of corruption-related matters, including one involving US congressman Williams Jefferson which claimed that part of the $100,000 cash found in his refrigerator was intended as bribe for Atiku for his role in helping American firm iGate secure a contract to expand broadband in Nigeria. However, he landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Thursday evening, accom...

‘Buhari The Goalkeeper, Osinbajo The Striker’ — 18 Things We Learnt From #NgTheCandidates

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President Muhammadu Buhari and his second-in-command, Yemi Osinbajo were quizzed last night on their years in office and what they would do differently if given another four years to steer the ship of the state. This happened at a televised town hall meeting tagged ‘The Candidates’ which took place at Sheraton Hotel in Abuja, courtesy of MacArthur Foundation. These are 18 takeaways from the engagement: Buhari The Goalkeeper, Osinbajo The Striker The debate began with the President getting the initial questions, but Osinbajo was soon the one doing more of the talking — until the last 15 minutes or thereabouts of the two-hour show when Buhari finally came to life with some witty answers. But, overall, Buhari mostly scratched the surface of the questions, Osinbajo was the one who