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Two social clubs endorse IYC central zone chairman, Inodu for assembly race, support Diri’s re-election

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Yenagoa—Two social groups, the Young Shall Grow and the Anyao Anyaju social club of Nembe have endorsed Comr. Clever Osuma Inodu in his bid to contest the Nembe Constituency 1 Bayelsa State House of Assembly seat in the 2023 general elections.

This is coming a day after Inodu formally declared his intention to contest the assembly seat.

In a statement signed by the coordinator of Anyao Anyaju Social Club of Nembe, Mr. Ebiegberi Olali described Inodu as an illustrious son of Okoroma Kingdom who has performed well in his role as the chairman of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Central Zone.

Olali noted that Inodu is fit for the assembly job and rallied support for him from all Nembe people.

According to him, “Comrade Clever Osuma Inodu is our son, from Okoroma Kingdom. Before now, we have resolved to mobilize support for a son of Okoroma Ibe and we have found Clever as one who is the best fit for the job, following his unblemished track record as Chairman, Ijaw Youth Council Central Zone”.

“I call on all sons and daughters of Nembe to support their son who is from Okoroma clan in the forthcoming 2023 Bayelsa State House of Assembly elections.”

“While every ambition is legitimate, let it also be on record that, since 1999 the people of Ogbolomabiri have produced legislators who indeed represented us very well in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly. But none of the two former lawmakers aspired for a third term.

“We want to state categorically that we are not ready to fight anybody physically, but our strength lies in our numbers, to mobilize and support our own.”

Similarly, the coordinator of the Young Shall Grow Club, Mr. Mike Amadanyo in a statement said the political aspirations of Clever Inodu is an “Okoroma project.”

He made a case for the PDP to zone its Nembe Constituency I ticket to Okoroma for equity and fairness.

“This is an Okoroma project. Leaders who have been in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly are also supporting this project.

“They did very well while in the House of Assembly. Their followers have also agreed that the PDP ticket for Nembe constituency I will be zoned to Okoroma Ibe for equity, fairness and justice,” he stated.

A member of the group, Prince Rawlings David commended Inodu for taking the bold step to join the assembly race.

He appreciated Inodu for identifying with the club and recognizing its importance in the actualization of his political aspirations.

Mangrovepen.ng gathered that the two groups also pledged their support for the second-term aspirations of the Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri.

Members of the groups said they have never failed as Okoroma people, hence must support the reelection bid of Governor Diri.

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Buhari has reduced insecurity in Nigeria, says Tinubu

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England—The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari, has reduced the insecurity challenge he met on the ground in 2015.

Punch reports that Tinubu said this during an interview with BBC, which was published on Tuesday.

Questioned about how he would tackle insecurity, considering it has persisted, Tinubu said, “It has reduced. I will defend him.

“Then, 17 local governments and about four states where we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That is no more. That is long gone.

“To start chaos is easy. To bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded but not completely eliminated ISWAP.

“They will talk briefly of lethal weapons and ammunitions and technology equipment that could have helped with the clean up of those.

“The West is yet to feel comfortable enough with a Buhari administration to sell us the arms and technology necessary.”

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People want to use me to make money—Tinubu explains why he snubs debates

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London—The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said those inviting him for debates are only trying to use him to make money because he’s a marketable individual.

Channels Television reports that the former governor of Lagos State said this at Chatham House in London on Monday, barely 24 hours after he snubbed a town hall meeting attended by three other candidates in the 2023 presidential race.

Fielding a question from the audience on why he snubbed debates, Tinubu said, “I see myself as a marketable individual. You want to use me to make money and I’m saying no.”

On controversies surrounding his age, school and time in the private sector, he said, “At the time of birth, I was dated March 29, 1952, in the family record. Then, I don’t think I had decided to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not even that I would go into politics.

“I’ve had a very good record in life. My record is consistent in the university they questioned. They’ve now confessed that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, and the transcript is there showing March 1952.

“I’m not claiming another father, I’m Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request for one.

“One of them was even accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area.

“Equally, it remains the same. Chicago State University where I graduated has attested to that. Now, I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate from them.

“Deloitte trained me as an accountant. Mobile Oil has attested to my outstanding record. I got to the pinnacle of my career in the private sector. Who among them can brag about that?

“Yes, you want to wrestle with the pig, you’ve got to live with the dirt. That’s what I’m doing. I got into politics knowing fully well that it is muddy water. Smog will come, and you will have to live with the dirt and make sure you are upright to finish the job.”

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Dogara joins PDP from APC after declaring support for Atiku

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Abuja —Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Channels Television reports that Dogara was received into the party during the presidential campaign by the party’s presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the nation’s commercial capital, Lagos State.

This comes 48 hours after a group led by Dogara, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum adopted Atiku as the preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

On December 2, the group consisting of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the north said after evaluation of all the presidential candidates, Abubakar is “the best”.

“It is evident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for implosion and extinction; hence, it cannot be the party for now and in the future, because of its rejection to embrace inclusiveness in a diverse country like Nigeria. After the 2023 elections, APC may be dead and buried as a political party,” the group said.

“While the duo (NNPP and LP) may emerge as strong contenders in the political arena in the future, from all indications, PDP appears to be the best option to adopt and support.

“All it takes is to sustain and tackle some of the problems and challenges this country faces.

“Certainly, with proper consultations and inclusive appointments, which is mindful of the federal character principle with a sincere consideration of diverse issues such as religious affiliation, geographical location, and ethnic identity, which many believe will enhance justice, fairness and equity, after a careful evaluation of all the issues highlighted above, we now recommend the adoption of the PDP to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria for the 2023 presidential election,” the group said.

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