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2019 presidency: Tanko Yakasai reveals who’ll take over from Buhari

Elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, has expressed concerns over the controversies in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, about which region will produce Nigeria’s president in 2013.

Yakasai believed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in a pole position to bear the party’s flag come 2023.

Arewa.Ng, recalls that the APC had promised the South West and the South East the 2023 presidency.

Yakasai told Sun that promises like this should not be made a campaign issue.

He explained that “With the Vice President coming from the South West, certainly, it is impossible for anybody from that zone to promise the South East that they would soon get to power. By the nature of our politics, it is expected that if a presidential candidate wins the election, his running mate would naturally be the next presidential candidate for the party.

“If that is the case, we cannot argue that the slot can go to the South East and the South West; it is not possible. It is a clear cut deception and I don’t think that people in high places should deal with the matter of election on the basis of deception.

“It should not even be a campaign issue because there is precedence in the country such that where the principal has completed his tenure, the second in command would be the natural presidential candidate for the party in the next round of election.

“Therefore, anything to the contrary is a clear case of deception which is coming from the leadership of the APC.

“Deception is done deliberately and the motive behind any form of deception is to cheat.

“Anybody who goes out of his way to deceive, his intention is to cheat the people that he is deceiving.”

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Atiku attends PDP NEC meeting over Elections, Buhari


The special National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started its emergency meeting to make a review of the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoarl Commission (INEC).

In attendance at the meeting, holding at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, and presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, are the party’s leaders, including Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) held a similar meeting on Monday, during which President Muhammadu Buhari controversially said: “So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”

Buhari’s expense-of-your-life comment is one of the leading agenda at the NEC meeting.

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2019: Atiku has conceded defeat to Buhari before elections on Sartuday – Oshiomhole

Ahead of Saturday’s election, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has conceded defeat.

Oshiomhole said this while reacting to Atiku’s claim that two geopolitical zones, South South and South East were his strongholds.

Reacting to Atiku’s claim, Oshiomhole said the former Vice President has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones in the country.

According to Tribune, Oshiomhole said: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of South south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.

“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.

“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been. ”

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Leah Sharibu: Dapchi parents cry out to FG over Christain girl’s fate

Parents of Dapchi schoolgirls in sober, sorrow and agony mood, have again reechoed the need for the Federal Government to expedite action to ensure that Leah Sharibu, the only Christain girl still in Boko Haram’s enclave is released unharmed.

The parents through their chairman, Bashir Manzo made the appeal at a special prayer session organized to commemorate one year anniversary of the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls, held at Leah’s family house in Dapchi town today, February 19, 2019.

Manzo told DAILY POST that, though parents of Leah were absent at the prayer, they were represented by Helakuri, Leah’s aunt, saying Mrs Rabecca Sharibu travelled to Yola, Adamawa state to join her husband following recent rumour that their daughter was gruesomely killed by the terrorists.

He said that, the prayer brought together Muslim and Christian clerics wearing black and white mufflers while offeriing special supplications to the Almighty God for the safe release of Leah, the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity.

“Apart from today’s prayer, we had observed three days fasting, with a view to seeking divine intervention for the release of our daughter (Leah).

“Despite assurances that Leah is alive and well, we are once again appealing to the Federal Government to rededicate its commitment to salvage our daughter from her captors”, the chairman appealed.

Recall that, on February 19, 2018, Boko Haram terrorist group abducted over 100 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi and were released a month later, leaving Leah Sharibu in captivity.

The abduction of the girls had generated global outrage as Nigeria and the world at large had not fully recovered from the kidnapping of over 200 Chibok school girls in neighbouring Borno state before the Dapchi girls were taken.

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