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2023: Diri pledges to support Wike’s presidential bid

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Yenagoa—Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has promised to support Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in his quest to become the next president of Nigeria.

Diri spoke on Friday when Wike and his team visited him in Government House, Yenagoa, to formally inform him about his presidential bid on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to a press statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Diri said Wike already knew the challenges of the people of the South-South and was adequately prepared to address them if he becomes Nigeria’s president.

Diri hailed Wike’s developmental strides in Rivers and noted that the two states would remain united to protect their collective interests.

“There is a thin line that exists between Bayelsa and Rivers states. For me, you know the challenges of the South-South people, especially that of Rivers and Bayelsa. You have worn the shoes and you know where it pinches.

“You are a homegrown politician and understand everything about us. As our son, as you are going out to battle, we are behind you,” he said.

The Bayelsa helmsman who reiterated his position on the zoning of the president emphasized that for the sake of equity, justice, and fairness, the presidency should revert to the southern part of Nigeria.

He solicited the understanding and support of the North in the South’s quest to produce the President in 2023.

Diri further stated that Nigerians were looking up to the PDP to rescue the country, stressing that there was the need to unite the party and focus on issue-based campaigns rather than engage in campaigns of calumny.

He also lamented the collapse of the economy and insecurity in the country, saying “everything has fallen from the top to bottom and Nigerians are waiting for us as a party to reverse the situation.”

In his comments, Governor Wike said he and other PDP leaders were in Bayelsa to formally seek the support of party delegates ahead of the presidential primary.

While applauding Diri for providing purposeful leadership and embarking on robust infrastructure development of his state, Wike said the 2023 election required an individual that can withstand the All Progressives Congress and win it for the PDP.

He also said he was running for the presidency as the country at this time required a firm leadership with the capacity to turn around its fortunes for the benefit of all Nigerians.

The Rivers governor berated aspirants in APC that are promising to sustain the legacies of President Buhari, which he said were suffering, economic hardship, and unbridled corruption.

He noted that anyone promising to continue such legacies deserved God’s forgiveness.

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Go ahead and release another album, I will never join your Asoebi team of State dancers, Abaribe chides Wike

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Umuahia—Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senator representing Abia South senatorial district in the Senate has responded to a statement made by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to the effect that he (Abaribe) dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after collecting money, Sun newspaper reports.

Speaking in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during the PDP flag-off campaign in the state, Wike had accused an Obingwa brother of Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of dumping the PDP after receiving money he requested for.

Wike hinted that the said person whom he did not mention his name, was denied ticket by the PDP and is currently contesting for the 2023 election under another party.

”I am aware that because of some people didn’t get ticket, they went and collected form. Today, we commissioned a road in Obingwa Local Government and am sure that person is from Obingwa local government.

“He promised me that he will not leave PDP and I told the governor, please your brother said he is not going to leave PDP and I said what do we do?

“He said he needs some money, we gave him the money like today; three days after, he left PDP”, Wike said, alluding the said candidate lacks integrity and cannot represent the people.
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Reacting in a statement, however, Senator Abaribe stated that Wike has by what he said, confirmed he (Abaribe) is incorruptible.

Abaribe, who is contesting the Abia South senatorial seat against Gov Ikpeazu on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), further stated that he is a free-born and cannot be a slave or cannot be bought to be “your Boi Boi”.

According to the statement, “Abaribe is a free-born and cannot be a slave. He is an Igbo man; Ndigbo adighi agba boi (The Igbos are never slaves).

“Wike enjoy those you bought. They are actually doing their job very well. Igba Boi is in their blood.

“Go ahead and release another album, Abaribe will never join your Asoebi team of State dancers. Abia State can never be your vassal State”, Abaribe stated.

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Mentioning Peter Obi’s name is disgrace to me, says Tinubu

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Warri Southwest—The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has bragged that it is a “disgrace” to mention the name of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in his presence.

Sahara Reporters reports that Tinubu, who spoke during a campaign rally on Friday, also claimed that the statistics the Labour Party candidate dished out every time was not what Nigerians were going to eat.

Making mockery of his LP opponent, the former Lagos governor said that all the statistics Peter Obi dished out were wrong.

In a video seen by SaharaReporters, Tinubu said, “The other one, that one; he thinks that it is statistics we will chop; in line with arithmetics that no Indian can solve.

“To mention his name is a disgrace to me self. I won’t mention his name; wrong arithmetics, wrong statistics, warehouse economy; that is not what Nigeria needs.”

SaharaReporters in November reported that Tinubu said it was disrespectful to mention the name of the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Funke Akindele, in his presence.

Akindele is also a famous Nigerian actor.
Tinubu had made this known at a political outing, where his supporters sang a campaign song, describing Funke Akindele as a political “ant” compared to the incumbent governor of Lagos and candidate of the APC in the 2023 election, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
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However, Tinubu cautioned his supporters against mentioning Akindele’s name in his presence, describing it as disrespectful and an insult.

“Don’t even bother to mention her name in my presence. It is an insult. It is disrespectful,” the former Lagos governor had said.

Akindele had said that God called her and the PDP governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) and gave them the mandate to change the turn Lagos around.

Akindele said God has been with her right from birth and is interested in her aspirations to make Lagos State work for all people in the state.

“God has been with me from infancy till I went to school and till now. He chose me to be the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, despite the crowd that struggled to be chosen.

“I give God all the glory for what he has done. God has always been doing the best for me.

“We were called by God, if not we would have backed out. People have suffered but God has called us and put us forward to come and change the story of Lagos state for the better. The success of Lagos state is ours,” she had said.

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Tinubu to visit Gbaramatu kingdom, set to meet Tompolo on Friday

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Warri South-West—Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in the forthcoming general election in the country will on Friday, November 25, 2022, storm Oporoza, the ancestral headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state, GbaramatuVoice reports.

Sources close to Tinubu told GbaramatuVoice that while at Oporoza, he will pay a homage to the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba.

After the homage, Tinubu’s train will proceed to the home of High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, a former leader of the defund Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), and global ambassador of the Ijaw Nation, where he is expected to hold a private meeting with him.

Analysts believe that the latest visit to Chief Tompolo by Tinubu who holds the traditional title of Jagaban of Yoruba nation is among other objectives aimed at soliciting Tompolo’s support in his current presidential position pursuit.
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It would be recalled that on Saturday, November 19, 2022, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu led a mammoth crude to Warri Township stadium in Delta state where he flagged off the APC’s Presidential and Governorship campaigns in the state, among others.

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