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Nigerians In Diaspora Back Atiku For 2023 Presidency



Nigerians In Diaspora Back Atiku For 2023 Presidency

“Former VP is symbol of unity, hope” – PDP UK Chairman 


As the process of the 2023 presidential election gets underway, interested aspirants have commenced consultation towards securing the support of party stakeholders and members especially towards the first hurdle of primaries election of the party.



To this end, the Atiku team has been moving round the country in consultation with the party leaders.



The team led by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has secured the endorsement of over 25 states for a probable Atiku presidential run.



Atiku Abubakar, a frontline contender for the office of the President, though has not publicly announced his intention to run for the highest office in the country, but a passionate Atiku has never hidden his desire to lead Nigeria out of the current despicable situation it has found itself.



In continuation of the tour therefore, the Atiku team, through a statement released Sunday in Abuja, by the Director Director General of the Amalagamated Atiku Support Group, (AASG) Hon. Oladimeji Fabiyi, said the team has also taken the consultation to Nigeria citizens in the Diaspora.



The statement said AASG, a body saddled with the mandate to manage and coordinate Atiku groups in Nigeria and Diaspora has however met the leader of the Diaspora coordinators across eight European countries in the United Kingdom to galvanize support and secure the endorsements of the Diaspora Nigerians for Atiku Abubakar.



The meeting, according to the statement held at Sunburn Yacht Hotel, London and had in attendance the coordinators and members from Spain, Germany, Turkey, France, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Belgium and the host country, England.



Others were the Director, International Affairs of the AASG Prof. Gold CW Emmanuel; European Continental Coordinator, Hon. Mayowa Aluko; Regional Coordinator, Prince Olufemi Baker; Coordinator of Special Organization, Barr. Frank Ezeigwe; West Africa Coordinator, Dr. Aleroh; UK Coordinator, Mrs Josephine Nzeogu; London Coordinator, Mrs Joy Jibike and Cynthia Okiri, Youth Advocate.



The Director General at another meeting also met with the leadership of the PDP UK Chapter led by the UK Chapter Chairman, Chief Elija Agwom Sambo.



The meeting afforded the DG and the party leadership opportunity to discuss the future of the PDP, the need to support the current National leadership of the PDP, show keen interest and invest energy and resources on the party to enable it make the right decisions when picking the presidential candidate of the opposition party.



Fabiyi urged the UK Chairman and his members to rally all other PDP foreign chapters leadership to galvanize and lend their strong voices in support of Atiku Abubakar’s ’s aspiration in 2023.



“I understand some of you may not be delegates to the party primaries, but I do know that you have voices that can help our party take the right decisions. That decision, as we all have agreed here, is Atiku Abubakar.



“We must remember that 2023 is not about Atiku but about the future of our country. Atiku in all ramifications towers above other interested aspirants,” Fabiyi said.



Sambo in his response maintained that Nigeria is presently at the precipice and crossroads, and that it is therefore important that the PDP puts its best foot forward.



According to him, that best foot is Atiku Abubakar.



“PDP is the party to beat in 2023. Atiku today is the symbol of unity, symbol of hope and good governance in Nigeria. Even if Atiku says he is not interested NIgerians in their millions should appeal and prevail on him to come to rescue of our country.”



He assured that the foreign chapters of the party will support the new National leadership of the party in its mission to rescue Nigeria.

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US pledges support to INEC ahead of 2023 general elections



The United States under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland says the interest shown by Nigerian youths in the country’s electoral process will check irregularities especially in next year’s general election and beyond.

She stated this in Abuja during her visit to Nigeria and two other African countries.

Ambassador Nuland explained that money politics and other electoral malpractices which was not peculiar to Nigeria alone, could only be addressed using effective regulations.

Ambassador Nuland said her visit to Nigeria was strategic as the country plans for its general election next year.

She said that the United States would provide all the necessary support for the country to achieve a credible and peaceful electoral process.

Ambassador Nuland had earlier met the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno where issues of interest to Nigeria and the United States were discussed.

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ECOWAS charges Nigeria on Peaceful Election in 2023



The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Tunis sidie has called on Nigeria to ensure peaceful and credible general elections, come 2023.

He made the appeal in his opening address at the first ordinary session of the fifth legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja,

Dr Tunis noted that Africa and indeed the whole world is looking up to Nigeria as a flagship of Political stability.

He however commended the country on the maturity the two main Political parties displayed in the conduct of their primaries and urged that the same attitude be sustained during the general election.

To this end, Dr. Tunis said the Parliament would commence early engagement in collaboration with ECOWAS Commission to ensure a successful exercise in Nigeria and two other countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone billed to hold elections next year.

“May I remind us that next year will be very pivotal for democracy across the region. With elections scheduled to hold in three Member States; the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, our role in ensuring that the democratic processes are conducted to guarantee the best possible outcomes cannot be overemphasized. In coordination with the ECOWAS Commission, we must begin our engagements long before polling day to ensure successes in all three Member States.”

The Speaker also congratulated The Republic of Gambia for the successful conduct of its election in April this year.

On the occasion, the Speaker of  Gambia National Assembly,  Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta In his goodwill message condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power by the military in some member States and the use of the Parliament by leaders to perpetuate themselves in power.

“In this regard, the Government, and People of The Gambia condemn in the strongest terms the unconstitutional seizure of political power through coup de tats which is threatening the very fabric of our society.  This also includes those leaders who rely on support in Parliament to amend their constitutions to accord themselves extended term limits against the will of their people”.

He said to sustain economic prosperity, peace, and stability in the sub-region, governance must be based on the pillars of justice, accountability, probity and most importantly, respect for the people’s will.

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Buhari meets APC Governors ahead of Party’s Presidential Primary



President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Governors of the APC to demonstrate the values and virtues of the party during its forthcoming presidential primary election.

The President gave the charge in Abuja at a meeting with the 22 Governors and the National Chairman of the party.

He noted that the most successful political parties globally had always depended on their internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to achieve bigger electoral fortunes.

President Buhari said he would provide stronger leadership to the party to ensure an orderly process of the presidential primary election.

He stressed that such leadership was also needed to improve the party’s electoral fortunes by retaining power at the center, holding a greater majority in various legislative chambers, and gaining an additional number of states.

The President appealed to the Governors to allow their interests to converge, and their focus to remain on the changing dynamics of their environment, and the expectations of citizens, as well as the global community.

He emphasised that their objective must be the victory of the party, and their choice of a candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence.

President Buhari assured that the consultation process would continue, to ensure that aspirants and stakeholders would be brought on board right through to the convention.

The President stressed that any anxiety occasioned by different factors is effectively brought under control.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, had on behalf of his colleagues, said the party must build on successes of its recent elective convention, and the primaries conducted so far, and come up with a candidate who would walk in the footsteps of patriotism and love for the country shown by President Buhari.

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