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Secondus: Wike hails Appeal Court decision on PDP’s convention

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Governor Nyesom Wike

By Davies Iheamnachor – Port Harcourt

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, says no individual, including the suspended chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, can thwart the mission of the party to rescue Nigeria from bad leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Wike, who spoke in Port Harcourt in reaction to the Court of Appeal dismissal of Secondus’ application that sought to stop the PDP convention and restate him as the national chairman of the party, said that Secondus’ attempt to scuttle the PDP national convention makes him an enemy of the party.

He stated that the PDP mission to rescue Nigeria is a commitment that will not be compromised because of the mess the APC has made of Nigerian State, pointing out that it is clear that PDP would not allow any individual or group of individuals to derail its rescue mission as captured by the theme of the convention.

ALSO READ: It’s for Nigerians, South-West PDP celebrates Appeal Court judgment against Secondus

Wike said: “What Secondus is doing is to sabotage the efforts of Nigerians, the efforts of PDP from rescuing this country from the hand of the party that has failed the country. And it is not fair.

“This is a party that has given you everything and there’s nothing wrong in making sacrifice. Even if, assuming though not conceding, that anything was wrong, we expected that having achieved what you have achieved in your life from this party, there is nothing wrong in making sacrifice.

“If you make sacrifice for the party, you’re making sacrifice for Nigerians. If PDP is not there, which other party is ready to rescue Nigeria.”

Governor Wike clarified that the Court of Appeal did not only dismiss the application of Secondus, but it also ordered that the PDP National convention be conducted unrestrained.

“Our constitution provides that if a national chairman is removed, the deputy national chairman from that zone will immediately be the chairman or acting chairman as the case may be.

“And so, when Secondus was removed, he handed over to the acting national chairman now. So, the act has already been done, completed. So, what will the court say when someone is already acting and supervising that office,” he said.

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It’s for Nigerians, South-West PDP celebrates Appeal Court judgment against Secondus

It’s for Nigerians, South-West PDP celebrates Appeal Court judgment against Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-West Zone, has said the Appeal Court judgment that set aside the application of ousted former National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was not just victory of the party, but for Nigerians given its significance ahead of the 2023 elections.

The party made its celebration known in a statement by Chief Rahman Owokoniran, the General Secretary of the zone.

It added that, as a party that has a mission of rescuing Nigerians from bad governance in 2023, today’s Appeal Court ruling further strengthens its belief in democracy.

Owokoniran added that all usurpers and ingrates would be weeded off the party so that its unity will not be compromised.

The judgment

Vanguard reported that that reading the decision of the court on behalf of the panel, Justice Gabriel Kolawole said granting Secondus’ prayers would cause inconveniences.

He noted that greater justice would be done by refusing the application of the appellant (Secondus) to stop the convention, or annulling the decision of the lower court.

“The appellant (Secondus) motion fails and is hereby dismissed.

“The sixth respondent (PDP) is empowered to hold its convention without hindrances,” he read.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, bemaoned that Secondus had remained silent since he was sacked and his office taken without saying a word.

The court held that his late move was to take a shot at the national convention. Read the full story HERE.

Reacting, the party’s South-West scribe, Rahman Owokoniran, said: “On behalf of PDP South, we congratulate PDP as a whole on the victory at the Appeal Court against Prince Uche Secondus.

“This is not just victory for PDP, it is victory for Nigerians and Nigeria’s democracy as we mach towards 2023 general elections.

“Justice will always prevail. How can a man who has benefited so much from the party seek to destroy it?

“We thank God for throwing out the usurper.

“PDP believes greatly in democracy and we only welcome those that are ready to help repair Nigeria, not sink it further.

“Today marks another victory for PDP and Nigeria. We shall weed out all the usurpers in our great party.”

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Breaking: Osinbajo, Tinubu in a closed door meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is currently in a closed door meeting with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Tinubu.

The reason for their meeting is not yet known to newsmen but it might not be unconnected with political, economic and security issues affecting the country.

Tinubu recently came back to Nigeria after spending days outside the country for medical check-up.

Details later:

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OAU reopens November 5, says management

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Shina Abubakar – Osogbo

Management of Obafemi Awolowo University has disclosed that the school will reopen on Friday, November 5, 2021 for students to complete the disrupted 2019/20 second semester examination.

The school was shut after the students embarked on protest on September, 30, 2021, over the death of a 400-level Foreign Languages Student, Adesina Aisat who died at Seventh Day Hospital after brief illness.

A statement issued by the school’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, stated that the decision to reopen the school was taken at an emergency senate meeting, held on Friday, October 29, 2021.

READ ALSO: Protest: Attend to student demands, not suppress them – OAU ASUU tells management

It reads, “The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has reopened the University which was closed down on the wake of the students protests some days ago.

“The decision to reopen the University was taken at an emergency meeting of the Senate, held on Friday, 29th October, 2022.

The release further stated that the students would come to residence on Friday, 5th November, 2021 and continue with their examinations on Saturday, 6th of November, 2021 in tandem with what was previously on ground.

“Parents and guardians are hereby advised to inform their children and wards, particularly those who have already finished their examinations to stay at home so that none of them would use the excuse of the reopening of the University to do something untoward.

“Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, then charged the Students to be law abiding and not to engage in anything that could further elongate the session.

“It will be recalled that the students were to sit for examinations on the 2nd October, 2021 before they embarked on protests on the 1st of October, thereby scuttling the writing of the remaining examinations”.

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2023: North lists criteria for presidential candidates

Rejects aged aspirants

As buildup to the 2023 fresh elections, Northern Nigerian leaders and youth have warned that any political party that fields an aged, incompetent, or incapable candidate should forget the region’s votes.

Making this known at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series  organised by the Students Wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) Borno State chapter, on 28th October, 2021, spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed  warned that the North will turn its back on any party that deliberately and specifically tilts advantages to candidates from particular regions.

The next President, according to the NEF spokesperson, should emerge from a credible election from any part of the country, but he or she must be first and foremost a Nigerian President and those Northerners with ambition to run for the office should know that Northern Elders Forum, Coalition of Northern Groups and many others are not merely supporting the emergence of a Northerner to succeed President Buhari.

He reminded the rest of the country that the North does not need to flash its scorecard on commitment to national unity and the democratic process and that it has paid a huge price for the unity and survival of this country, for which it has no regrets.

The North, he said, has never been a parasite in Nigeria, and while the North believes that it serves all interests to stay as one united country, it will however be “difficult for us  to continue to defend our co-existence if it can only be achieved at our permanent expense.”

He said those who should question their own commitments are people who threaten to leave the country or make it ungovernable if the next President does not bear all the hallmarks of their preferences.

“The rest of Nigeria has a legitimate cause of concern when sections  of the country that have become virtual hostages of irredentists, suggest that only when they have the Presidency will the country eliminate organized violence that has made massive inroads into lives of Nigerian citizens living there.

Taking a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,  he said it has dropped the ball in the manner it had allowed insecurity, irredentism, corruption, poverty, national cohesion, unemployment of the young  and faith in the democratic process to become a way of life in Nigeria today.

READ ALSO: I won’t stay beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari warns tenure extension advocates

He noted that with the unglorifying record of performance of the Buhari administration, which many mischievously see as solely a Northern creation, Northerners are also deeply skeptical that being Northern alone is not enough to make a good leader.

Therefore, he said, the  state of the North today represents the best caution that what you see as yours is not necessarily the best where you have a choice, and every Nigerian must have a choice.

“If a Northerner is to become the next President with our votes in the North, then he has to be the best among all others.He has to convince us in the North that he understands our problems, and has the capacity to solve them. He must have the disposition, energy, health and intelligence to heal the breached pluralism of the North and build bridges across the entire nation.

“He has to be able to lead a country that is failing in a number of significant areas.A personal ambition to be President will not be enough, and we will scrutinize and advise those who will listen, to avoid the temptation to put in place persons who just want power, but not responsibility.

“A president from the North must have the exposure and network to reintegrate all parts of Nigeria into one country and one vision. He must have the courage to eliminate threats of insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, irredentists, impunity, the drugs pandemic and corruption.

“He must lead with a sense of mission and urgency; the wisdom to negotiate where necessary and the clout to hit hard  where he needs to; and a clear understanding of the sources and nature of our threats and their solutions,” he said.

“The point must be made again that every Nigerian, irrespective of his political party or identity must be free to contest within his or her party to be fielded as a Presidential candidate, and we should reject any party that specifically and deliberately excludes any Nigerian from exercising the same right other Nigerians have,” he said.

Backing this position, another speaker at the event, Hajiya Najatu Mohammed charged the youth to rise and confront the challenges of regaining control of their destiny, urging them not to rely anymore on the shaky path being laid by those who pose as Nigerian leaders today.

She lamented that those in position of leadership are people who are ill-equipped and ill-prepared to lead but for their personal political ambitions and quest for criminal acquisition of wealth.

“The time to get organised is now, time to move by you, the youth, particularly students in higher institutions to wrest control of your affairs and rescue your generation and the next from the margins of decadence, decay and irrelevance being towed by our current leaders,” she said.

Similarly, Professor Usman Yusuf, former Executive Secretary of the NHIS, impressed the urgency for the youth to register massively as their only sure way to flush out those he called, bandits in government.

Professor Yusuf said those occupying positions of leadership today are worse than bandits as they breed banditry and nurture the ground for all forms of criminality by entrenching corruption, impunity, official lawlessness and excessive greed.

“This can only be remedied if the youth, particularly students in higher institutions massively acquire PVCs and participate actively in the campaign to sensitise the northern population to do so,” he said.

In response, the Board of Trustees Chairman of the CNG, Nastura Ashir Shariff warned the youth against risking their collective future in the hands of any of major political parties in the country presently.

He categorically warned that any of the major parties that fields incompetent, weak and aged candidate would be roundly rejected by the North and charged the youth to remain vigilant with regards to the direction the parties are conducting their affairs.

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I won’t stay beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari warns tenure extension advocates

 I won't stay beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari warns tenure extension advocates
President Muhammadu Buhari

*Backs more use of technology in election

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will not stay in office as President beyond May 29, 2023.

The President has also warned those campaigning for tenure extension for him to desist from such a dangerous journey, saying that he would abide by the constitution he swore to uphold.

This is as he has given tacit support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

His expression of support to increase the role of technology in elections came on the heels of the clamor for electronic transmission of results by many Nigerians to make the process credible.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had told the National Assembly and indeed Nigerians that the commission can transmit election results electronically.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying, “I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve by the constitution and leave when my time is up.

“No Tazarce (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”

According to the statement, President Buhari made the vow at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.

Besides the tenure extension issue, the statement further said that the President “tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

“He argued that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.”

The President said, “After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology.

“At that point, nobody can steal their votes or buy them.”

READ ALSO: Buhari travels to Saudi Arabia

President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.

He gave assurances at the meeting that in the balance of “eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”

The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.

He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times.

He asked the critics to compare the security situations in the North-East and South-South in 2015 and how things have improved as of now.

 “My problem is the North-West where people are killing and stealing from one another.

“I had to be very hard on them and I will continue to be very hard until we put them in line and bring back order,” he said.

For Nigerians in Diaspora

President Buhari urged Nigerians living in the country to respect the laws, remain law-abiding and do nothing to derogate from the many years of friendly and mutually-beneficial relationships between the two countries.

A leader of the community, Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, who spoke on behalf of the group requested the President to assist the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to provide science and technical education.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur attested to the good conduct of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians there.

According to them, “Nigerian professionals are doing well and projecting a good image of our country.”

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I won’t stay in office beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari vows

Buhari writes NASS, to present 2022 budget tomorrow

Buhari writes NASS, to present 2022 budget tomorrow

..Backs more use of technology in election
…Warns tenure extension campaigners to desist

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will not stay in office as President beyond May 29, 2023.

The President has also warned those campaigning for tenure extension for him to desist from such a dangerous journey, saying that he would abide by the constitution he swore to uphold.

This is as he has given tacit support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

His expression of support to increase the role of technology in elections came on the heels of the clamor for electronic transmission of results by many Nigerians to make the process credible.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had told the National Assembly and indeed Nigerians that the commission can transmit election results electronically.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying, “I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve by the constitution and leave when my time is up. No “Tazarce’’ (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”

According to the statement, President Buhari made the vow at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.

The statement further said that the President “tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections, arguing that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.”

The President said, “After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology. At that point, nobody can steal their votes or buy them.”

President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.

He gave assurances at the meeting that in the balance of “eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”

The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.

He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times, asking the critics to compare the security situations in the North East and South-South in 2015 and how things have improved as of now.

“My problem is the North West where people are killing and stealing from one another. I had to be very hard on them and I will continue to be very hard until we put them in line and bring back order,” he said.

President Buhari urged Nigerians living in the country to respect the laws, remain law-abiding and do nothing to derogate from the many years of friendly and mutually beneficial relationships between the two countries.

A leader of the community, Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, who spoke on behalf of the group requested the President to assist the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to provide science and technical education.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur attested to the good conduct of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians there.

According to them, “Nigerian professionals are doing well and projecting a good image of our country.”

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Ayade presents N276 Billion Budget of ‘Conjugated Agglutination’ for 2022

AYADE

By Ike Uchechukwu

Cross River state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade on Friday presented a budget of 276 for 2022 Christened Conjugated Agglutination to the State House of Assembly

According to Gov Ayade 106 billion naira would be for recurrent expenditure while 170 billion naira would be for Capital expenditure.

Governor Ayade who presented a budget size of N276billion said the 2020 budget was lower than others because it is intended to focus on existing projects and not new ones.

Explaining the title of the budget, Ayade disclosed that It’s conjugated agglutination because “it is a cascade of so many projects, back to back to ensure their completion. Putting all together to form a new envelop, that when it explodes you will see a new prosperity agenda.”

The Budget which is markedly different from the previous year, according to the governor, focuses on the completion of ongoing projects like the Obudu Cargo and passengers International Airport, Obudu British/Canadian International School, the Odukpani Junction flyover among many others.

Also constituting the focus of the 2022 budget, Governor Ayade said it seeks to ensure the sustenance of his administration’s policy of regular payment of salaries.

Ayade further stated that the budget was aimed at “crystalizing all other budgets into one With a view to marrying all certainties with reality.

“The Macro economic indices is beyond my control and it a huge challenge that has caused a lot of difficulties for the state,” he said .

Speaking on gratuity of retirees he disclosed that there were plans to set aside between 30 to 50 million naira every month to gratuity and appealed for support of the State house of Assembly for quick approval.

“It is my dream that all retirees gets their gratuity and pensions because someday, we all will grow old,” he said

Vanguard also observed that out of the 25 members of the House of Assembly ,members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party,PDP were absent at the budget presentation.

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PDP Convention: Southwest stakeholders endorse Oyinlola, Ologunagba

PDP Convention: Tension as court defers ruling to today

In a last-ditch effort to secure a united front in the national convention to elect national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stakeholders of the party from the Southwest zone have concluded negotiations on candidates to adopt as consensus options.

Sources at the consultative meeting held in Lagos on Wednesday say that the stakeholders have concluded on former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the deputy national chairman (South) and Hon. Debo Ologunagba as the national publicity secretary of the party. Oyinlola and Ologunagba are from Osun and Ondo states respectively.

Leaders of the party who organized the meeting, according to a source, are dissatisfied by the highhanded disposition of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and thereby forging a united position to checkmate the only PDP governor from the region.

The meeting, which was learnt to have been attended by state executive officials and elders from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states decided to throw their support behind Oyinlola on account that he is competent  and was the first person to signify intention for the position. In addition to that is their claim that the emergence of Oyo State former deputy governor, Taofeek Arapaja was a creation of Governor Makinde.

A source who was part of the meeting said that “majority of party officials from other states in the Southwest are not happy with the way Governor Makinde has handled the affairs of the party. The PDP in the Southwest is one big family and we recognize the fact that the governor is the leader of the party in his state. In the current situation where Governor Makinde is the only PDP governor from the Southwest, we recognize him to be the leader of the party from the zone.

“But leadership requires that you take everybody along. When we organized election for the position of zonal chairman for the PDP in the Southwest, Governor Makinde sponsored Arapaja, and even though a large number of people went against his position, we still delivered his candidate in the person of the self-same Taofeek Arapaja from Oyo State.

“Again, this time around, after we, the stakeholders of the party had micro-zoned the position of the deputy national chairman to Osun State, and with Prince Oyinlola signifying intention for the post, our leader, Governor Makinde went behind us to bring this same Arapaja from Oyo State against our wish. Oyo State alone, is not Southwest and we would have expected that this time around, the governor would generously concede the position of deputy national chairman to someone from another state in the zone but he didn’t do that.

“Now, remember that the Osun State governorship election is next to the 2023 general election. It is one election that is crucial for the PDP to win. We, the stakeholders, believe that Prince Oyinlola, having been governor in Osun State and with records of his achievements in office, should be the person to lead our campaign in the Osun State governorship election. For him to play that role well should require that we, as a political party, recognize the asset that we have in Prince Oyinlola and decorate him with the position of deputy national chairman. He has a more colourful appeal than Ambassador Arapaja in leading campaigns in the Southwest and that is why today, we are all in agreement that Oyinlola should be the most senior party official in the Southwest.

“On Saturday, we will deliver our votes for him and network with our other colleagues and party members from other zones to affirm support for Oyinlola and secure his victory,” a source who pleaded anonymity said.

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PDP ready to rescue Nigeria – Okowa

BREAKING: 2 dead, as Delta communities clash over land dispute
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

The Chairman of Accreditation Sub-Committee of Saturday’s National Convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said the planning and outcome of the convention would prove that the party was ready to rescue Nigeria from prevailing challenges. 

Okowa, who is the Governor of Delta, made this known in his remarks at a meeting of the Committee held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja. 

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He said that PDP was ready to take over leadership at the centre in 2023, emphasizing that the convention would strengthen unity and democracy not only in the party but in the country. 

The committee chairman disclosed that the party had reached consensus on most of the elective positions at the conventionn, adding that only two positions were still open for contest.

He, however, expressed hope that consensus would also apply on the remaining position going by the efforts being made by the leadership of the party. 

The Delta Governor urged members of the committee to uphold transparency, objectivity and fairness in the handling of their responsibilities, saying that the assignment of the committee was the “soul of the convention”. 

He said that only those accredited by the committee would be allowed to vote at the convention, stressing that over-crowding would not be entertained at the venue. 

Okowa restated that the convention would send a signal to the party in power that its time was up, and sued for the support of PDP members in the task of rebuilding the party for greater success.

“I welcome all of you to this meeting and it is my hope that we do our work as diligently as we can so that at the end of the day the PDP will be proud of our work as Accreditation Sub-Committee. 

“Processes must have to be put in place to ensure that only those who were duly accredited will be in a position to vote at the convention. 

“People look up to us and they expect that at the end of the day we would have done what is supposed to be done and done rightly also. 

“If there is trust in the convention, that trust must start from the process of accreditation and we must do the best that we can for this country. 

“We are not expecting to have a contentious convention because we are doing the best that we can within the leadership of the party in trying to ensure that we limit the level of contest at the convention. 

“The PDP believes in building consensus, so we are still talking with the contestants and within the party leadership to see how we can reduce the contest and I believe that we will be able to agree as much as possible,” he stated. 

The governor further remarked that where the party failed to build consensus in some positions as was expected, there would be a contest in the  various positions. 

“As at this morning, it’s only two of the positions that we have not been able to build consensus on at the moment. 

“Every other position we have been able to build consensus. So, we are looking forward to a very peaceful convention that we believe will be able to strengthen our party and send the right message to Nigerians that as a party we are truly prepared to rescue this nation. 

“As a party we must use this convention to prove to show to Nigerians that we are truly prepared to take over governance for the good of our nation and our people. So let’s have that in our heart as we do the work rightly. 

“It is our prayer that every position will not be contested for so that we just walk in and cast the yes votes. 

“But even if we are going to contest for one or two votes we still have to ensure that things are done in such a manner that it is transparent and the whole world will see that we are a democratic party and we are prepared to do the right thing to send the right communication to Nigerians that we are truly prepared for the future,” he added.

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