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Today's Headlines:I Respect Tinubu But Won’t Join APC–Fayose;We Didn’t Receive N2bn From Wike–APC PCC

I Respect Tinubu But Won’t Join APC–Fayose

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Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday said he would never join the All Progressives Congress even though he had respect for the party’s presidential candidate and Nigeria’s President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The former governor also backtracked on his earlier comment that he had resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party following the party’s loss in Saturday’s presidential election.

Fayose, who said he remained a PDP member, said he only stepped aside.

The former governor in a statement titled, ‘I didn’t resign from PDP, I only stepped aside – Ayo Fayose’, urged Nigerians to continue to support and vote for the PDP, especially in the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.

The statement read, “I am not a member of the APC and will never be a member of the party. I have never hidden my respect for Tinubu. Notwithstanding, I believe that the 2023 presidential election is free and fair and I am entitled to my views.

The All Progressives Congress has denied reports that the party received financial support to the tune of N2bn from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the victory of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

We Didn’t Receive N20bn From Wike – APC PCC

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There were reports that Wike released about N2bn to enable the APC to organise the presidential campaign and ensure the victory of Tinubu in the state.

Recall that a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Chief Tony Okocha, told newsmen on Thursday that the party got human and financial support from Wike.

Okocha further said the governor’s contribution was instrumental to APC’s victory in Rivers State.

But briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, the Coordinator, Tinubu/Shettima Grassroot Independent Campaign Council, Augustine Nwokocha, said the APC received neither money nor assistance from Wike.

Nwokocha said Okocha only spoke for himself, adding that the APC and the people of the state worked together for Tinubu’s emergence.

“We state that the victory of our president-elect was a natural cause of event given his phenomenal pedigree as an astute politician per excellence, an administrator with an unmatchable track record of achievements, foresight, and bold visions.

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PDP, LP Should Have United Against APC – Kachikwu

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The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Dumebi Kachukwu, has said that the victory of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress in the just concluded presidential election was due to a disunited opposition.

He said if the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party had united before the election, they could have defeated the governing party.

He said in a statement on Friday, “The victory of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the just concluded presidential polls is a clear case of consistency and preparation meeting opportunity. Tinubu, a dogged fighter with a mastery of the Nigerian political system, took advantage of a disunited opposition some of whom were running purely on the divisive platforms of ethnicity and religion.

The distortions occasioned by the rigging done by the four so-called leading parties were not significant enough to have altered the outcome of this election. I long warned that any vote for the Labour Party was a vote in support of an APC victory. The PDP and Labour Party candidates failed to show leadership when they refused to put aside petty differences to build a formidable opposition to take on a non-performing sitting government. They now seek to form an alliance of sore losers after defeat.”.

Why I Won’t Challenge Tinubu’s Victory – SDP Candidate

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The presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Adewole Adebayo, on Friday explained why he did not challenge the outcome of the just concluded presidential election in court.

The Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, on Thursday in separate world press conferences revealed their intention to challenge INEC’s declaration of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25.

But Adebayo who spoke during a programme on ARISE TV said though he had evidence of being robbed at the poll, he didn’t win the election.

He also said he congratulated Tinubu and accepted him as the President-elect in obedience to the Constitution.

My position is that Bola Ahmed Tinubu wrongly or rightly has been declared the President-elect, we who ran, who have followers, my followers are angry with me that I did that but that is leadership because the duty is to stabilise the situation and then the law will take its cause.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the National Rescue Movement, Amb. Isaac Udeh, has called on the aggrieved candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party and other political parties to concede defeat for the progress of Nigeria.

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