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Nigeria News!!!Despite Tinubu’s rejection of primary, Buhari urges Ondo voters to support Akeredolu.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday formally presented Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo voters ahead of next weekend’s governorship election, declaring that the controversial primary that produced him was credible and transparent.

The President, whose presence at the All Progressives Congress’ campaign rally attracted a huge crowd, appreciated the party leadership for ensuring transparency during the primary which held on September 3 in Akure.

“We thank the party for conducting a transparent primary election which produced the candidate,” the president said.

“I can assure you, on Saturday we are going to win God willing.”

He raised the hand of Rotimi Akeredolu, urging the people of Ondo State to vote massively for him on Saturday.

The president’s assertion negates the opinion of aggrieved members of the party who protested the outcome of the primary after alleging irregularities.

The APC appeals committee had also invalidated the primaries, alleging irregularity.

But the APC National Working Committee led by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun ignored the appeals committee and validated Mr. Akeredolu’s election.

The decision of the NWC created apathy among supporters of Ajayi Boroffice and Olusegun Abraham,

top contenders at the primary; while another aspirant, Olusola Oke, left the party for Alliance for Democracy, AD, after the issues were unresolved.

The aggrieved candidates described the choice of Mr. Akeredolu as lacking in transparency and democratic principles.

A national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who publicly expressed his displeasure over the choice of Mr. Akeredolu, failed to attend an earlier campaign rally and was not also present on Saturday along with his allies, Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwumi Ambode of Osun and Lagos respectively.

Mr. Tinubu and his allies in the south-west are said to be subtly backing Mr. Oke, whose recently revived Alliance for Democracy is gathering a lot of support across the state.

The absence of the aggrieved south-west APC leaders did not, however, deter the attendees at the rally from rallying support for the candidate.

The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, while speaking at the rally, said efforts were made to stop Mr. Akeredolu from emerging as candidate, but that the primary turned out in his favour.

“I want to tell you that we tried to stop Akredolu from emerging as the candidate, but because God’s hand was on him, he emerged,” he said.

“So what God has done, no one can put down.”

The Imo State Governor also called on the people of the state to ensure that Ondo becomes an APC state in order to attract direct developmental impact from the federal government.

While trying to justify the absence of Messrs. Tinubu, Aregbesola and Ambode, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Abayomi Adesanya, said it was not possible to have all the 23 APC governors in Akure all at one.

He claimed that Mr. Tinubu and the absentee governors were not opposed to Mr. Akeredolu.

“If we have the President here, we have all the party leaders already,” he said.

“If we have the President, the Vice President, the national leader and all the 23 governors in Akure at once, then we will ground the entire country.

“Nothing will work and the country will be at a standstill if we have everybody here.”

Mr. Adesanya said he was not aware if the absentee leaders wrote or gave any reasons for their absence.

The Chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke, on his part, said the party was “united and indivisible.”

He assured that with that unity, the party would deliver the state to APC next week Saturday.

Efforts to get formal reactions from Messrs. Tinubu and Aregbesola were not fruitful as their aides could not be reached on telephone at the time of this report.

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Algeria: Bouteflika re-election suffers lack of endorsements from over 1000 lawyers

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Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika faces a tough challenge in his re-election bid after ruling for 20 years.



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A source confirmed that over 1000 lawyers has rejected to support his endorsement following to his health challenge which has kept him out of public. However, anti-Bouteflika has taken over the street last week, demanding his step-down.

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INEC declares Babajide Sanwo-Olu Governor-Elect as Saraki Congratulates Kwara Governor-elect

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The candidate of All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been declared the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.



Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, made the declaration on Sunday at INEC’s collation centre in Yaba, Lagos.

In Kwara state, The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for emerging winner of the Kwara State governorship elections.

Mr Abdulrasaq won the March 9 elections with 331,546 to beat his closest rival, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Razaq Atunwa, who scored 114,754 votes.

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In a message on his official twitter page, Mr Saraki said “I thank all Kwarans, particularly PDP supporters, who worked for the party in the just concluded elections. My congratulations go to Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and all those who emerged at all levels. I wish them all the best,” He said.

Mr Saraki who is a former governor of the state, lost his re-election bid to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial district in the just concluded general elections.

The senate president lost to the APC candidate, Ibrahim Oloriegbe

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Meanwhile, Ezekiel Afon, a lawmaker representing Pengana Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly has died hours after he was re-elected to represent the constituency.

Mr Bashir Sati, the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state confirmed the lawmaker’s death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos.

According to Sati, Afon died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness.

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