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Emergence of presidential candidate in 2023 will not be by tribe – Governor Uzodinma

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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has said the emergence of presidential candidates in 2023 will be by party allegiance and not by tribe.

 

Responding to questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari on Tuesday September 1, the Imo state Governor stated that anyone can contest for the presidential ticket on the APC platform as the party does not recognise zoning despite agitation in the South-East zone to produce the president in 2023.

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Uzodinma said;

 

“You know that the position is not vacant now, there is a sitting President and we are practising partisan democracy and not tribal democracy.

“So, the emergence of presidential candidate will come on a party by party basis, not a tribe by tribe basis.

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“But if there are other internal factors that will form part of the considerations for parties taking decision, of course, that will be entirely the job of the leadership of those political parties and I think that is the right thing to do.”

 

On his current relationship with former governor Rochas Okorocha, Uzodinma said;

 

“On the issue of Okorocha, the former governor is my brother, my very good brother in whom I am well pleased.

“I have no issue with him, the only thing is that he is now the former governor and I am now the current governor.

“Once we understand that, we don’t have any issue.”

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Nobody can dictate and threaten us over 2023 presidential ticket – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that it will not allow anyone blackmail or threaten the party over where it should zone its 2023 presidential ticket to.

 

The ruling party which reacted to statements by some southern leaders; Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Mbazulike Amaechi and Idongesit Ikanga, adviced Southern leaders to lean to lobbying as there is no need to overheat the polity with the ticket for 2023.

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APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Nabena Yekini said in the statement;

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“They don’t have any right to tell people what to do. It is not by force, threat or intimidation but by negotiation. If they feel strongly about the ticket, they should form their own political party and give their ticket to whichever zone they want to produce the president in 2023.

“It is called politics because you cannot impose anybody on any person. It is a game of numbers. The Southeast must lobby and tell other regions what they have for them. By the way, it is even too early to talk about zoning in 2023. Instead of heating up the polity,  they should resort to alliance, lobbying and consultations.”

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I have never contemplated leaving the PDP let alone joining the APC – Governor Bala Mohammed

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Governor Bala Mohammed has ruled out plan of dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).

 

A statement released by the governor’s media aide Mukhtar Gidado, debunked report of the Bala being among the three opposition governors negotiating to join the ruling party.

 

The statement read;

 

“We wish to state that the story is disingenuous speculation driven by a clear marketing urge, to feed the appetites of readers whose hunger for salacious political news has been fuelled by the movement of the Ebonyi State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, to the APC and the spate of political alignments and realignments, in the country.

“We wish to state that His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, has never contemplated leaving the PDP, let alone joining the APC.

“Rather, he is presently preoccupied with fulfilling those campaign promises, on the basis of which the good people of Bauchi State supported him to defeat an incumbent administration.”

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Admitting that the Legislature and the Executive in Bauchi is controlled by different political parties, Bala averred that they have constructed a novel bipartisan arrangement whereby the government of the state was jointly run, in the war against hunger and other challenges in the state.

 

The statement added;

 

“To any patriotic politician, a huge challenge of this nature calls for full-time engagement and not political fortune-hunting.

Based on the above, Governor Bala Mohammed considers talks about decamping to another party and all the permutations about 2023, in the first place, as unwholesome distractions.”

 

Bala described the claims of planned defection as premature and the height of insensitivity to the yearnings of the electorate for transformational change that would improve their living.

 

He called on his supporters, members of the PDP, as well as residents of Bauchi to ignore the report and further reassured them of his administration’s resolve to ensure the good life for all residents irrespective of their party affiliation, gender, tribe, or creed.

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No plan to rejoin APC — Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that he won’t be rejoining the All Progressives Congress after defecting to Peoples Democratic Party before the 2019 governorship election in Benue state.

 

The Governor who won his second term on the platform of the PDP, said he declined the invitation of the joining the APC after being contacted by some notable persons.

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In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase, Ortom averred that he is enjoying a robust relationship with other leaders of the party in Benue State and the entire North Central region.

 

He said;

 

“We have read some mischievous statements by members of the opposition in Benue State insinuating that Gov. Samuel Ortom plans to rejoin All Progressives Congress.

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“Those involved in the impish allegation are clearly doing so to soothe their stuck-up apprehensions.

“Why will Gov. Ortom return to APC? To do what?

“It is true that the governor was contacted by some notable persons to defect from Peoples Democratic Party, but he declined the invitation.

“Gov Ortom is the leader of PDP in North Central Nigeria, and he is enjoying a robust relationship with other leaders of the party in Benue State and the entire region.

“It is, therefore, ridiculous for anyone to insinuate that the governor has the intention to leave PDP.”

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