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Babangida knocks Atiku: “Forget your 2019 presidential ambition”

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Former President Ibrahim Babangida on Thursday in Minna, was said to have advised former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to drop his 2019 presidential ambition.

The two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP leaders, met behind closed at the uphill mansion of the former Military head in Minna.

Vanguard gathered that after spending about 45 minutes in the meeting, he former president hit a brick wall as Gen. Babangida was said to have advised him to drop his presidential ambition, although none of them speak with reporters after the meeting.

According to Vanguard, Atiku, who was besieged by anxious journalists and his supporters aiting to cheer him immediately after the long meeting, snubbed them as his security aides prevented them from even going close to him.

“Please pave way; he is not ready to speak with you,’’ the body guards chorused, as their boss made straight for his waiting vehicle that drove him to the airport.

At the airport, the former Vice President also shunned party supporters and journalists who had waited patiently to bid him bye-bye. Wearing a long face, the former vice president walked straight into the aircraft; a development Vanguard gathered arose from the negative nod from President Babangida to his presidential aspiration.

Credit: Vanguard

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Alhassan defects to UDP ‘with all Taraba APC excos’

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Aisha Alhassan, immediate past minister of women affairs, has joined the United Democratic Party (UDP).

Alhassan left the All Progressives Congress (APC) after she was disqualified from contesting the party’s governorship primary election.

The former minister had earlier released her resignation letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the letter, Alhassan said she had always been a loyal party member and was at no time queried or admonished for any wrongdoing.

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had explained that the minister was not cleared for the primary over anti-party activities.

“She had issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern,” he had said.

In a tweet announcing her defection to UDP, Alhassan said: “I have officially joined my next political party with 7 state assembly members, all @APCNigeria executives from 169 wards of Taraba State.

“All 16 local Government exco’s of APC. All states executives of APC, we are now in UDP.”

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Adamawa governor sued over ‘certificate forgery’

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Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow, Adamawa governor, has been sued over the alleged forgery of his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.

The governor was sued by the Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), a rights group.

According to the originating summons, the group claims that the governor did not complete his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state.

GICN asked the court to compel WAEC to produce the governor’s certificate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), WAEC and the police are defendants in the suit filed at the federal high court, Abuja.

The group also asked the court to determine “whether by the true interpretation of Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution, the first defendant (Jibrilla) is not absolutely disqualified from seeking re-election to the office on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in 1983 or at any time whatsoever.

“Whether the fourth defendant should not decline to present the first defendant to the third defendant to purposes of screening ahead of the forthcoming election to the office of governor of Adamawa state on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or Its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in I983 or at any time whatsoever”.

GICN also requested an order directing the police to “carry out its legal duty by arresting and prosecuting the first defendant for perjury if the fifth defendant investigates and finds that first defendant neither completed his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state in 1983 nor was issued any school certificate or its equivalent by the second defendant”.

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Hamzat steps down for Sanwo-Olu ahead of Lagos APC guber primary

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Obafemi Hamzat has withdrawn from the Lagos state governorship race.

Hamzat was a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While announcing his withdrawal during a press conference on Saturday, Hamzat directed his supporters to vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the party’s primary on Sunday.

He said he is stepping down for Sanwo-Olu because he can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence.

“I’ve resolved to step down and source resources together with my brother and friend, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. So, all my supporters are hereby directed to vote tomorrow for Mr. Sanwo-Olu to emerge as the governorship candidate of the APC in Lagos,” he said.

“Apart from the fact that I can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence, Mr. Sanwo-Olu is someone I’ve had close interaction with over the years.

“We are both fortunate to have worked closely with the present vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, getting the wise counsel of those I consider to be political fathers and mothers.”

Sanwo-Olu is seen as the major challenger of Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent governor of the state.

A former banker, he is believed to have the backing of Mandate Movement, a group loyal to Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the APC.

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