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Today's Headlines: Why Blinken Called Tinubu–Tunde Rahman; What I’ll Do If Tinubu Invites Me For Talks–Apapa

Why Blinken Called Tinubu–Tunde Rahman

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The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, called the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, because the US understands the importance of Nigeria among the comity of nations, his media aide, Tunde Rahman, has said.

According to him, the US acknowledged Tinubu’s victory during the February 25, 2023 presidential election because the competitive nature of the poll represented a new era in Nigeria’s democracy.

Rahman stated these in an exclusive chat with one of our correspondents on Wednesday.

The PUNCH reports that Blinken had pledged stronger ties between the US and Nigeria during a 20-minute telephone call to Tinubu on Tuesday.

But the call had generated reactions from opposition camps, with the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, describing the conversation between Blinken and Tinubu as “demoralising”.

“I am in disbelief that Secretary Antony Blinken called Tinubu, a contradiction to the publicly stated position of the US on Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election.

What I’ll Do If Tinubu Invites Mee For Talks– Apapa

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The factional chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Lamidi Apapa, has revealed what he will do should the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu invite him for reconciliation talks.

Apapa made the revelation while speaking in an interview on Arise Television on Thursday.

He said, “Before I honour him, I will consult the executive of the party, so if they ask me to go ahead, I will do. If the executive says go ahead it becomes our position.

It’s not going to be my position. If they say go and see him or we are going to see him, it becomes the position of the party not the position of Alhaji Bashiru Lamidi Apapa

Akpabio Woos LP, NNPP, Confirms Tinubu Met Kwankwaso

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Senate presidential candidate, Godswill Akpabio and his team have taken their campaign to the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Akpabio and his campaign team met the two opposition parties, alongside his running mate, Barau Jibril, barely 24 hours after meeting with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing the National Working Committee of the NNPP led by its acting national chairman, Abba-Kawu Ali, Akpabio said that his team, called the Stability Group, was determined to secure the support of leadership of the oppostion parties ahead of the June 13, 2023, Inauguration of the National Assembly.

He said, “Membership of the Stability Group cuts across party lines, and we are doing extensive consultations. We have never had a situation where we had 8 political parties like we are going to have in the 10th National Assembly.”

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You’re Entitled To Your Opinion, FG Replies Matawalle

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The Federal Government said Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state is exercising his freedom of expression by saying that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should investigate the presidency and the outgoing ministers.

Recall that Governor Matawalle had asked the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to investigate President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet members.

The Zamfara governor also asked the EFCC stop castigating governors and beam its searchlight on the Presidency and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

He urged the EFCC boss to ensure the commission’s investigation must be wholistic and not selective.

He said, “The investigation must be wholistic and not selective. It is in this respect that the recent invitations and pronouncement by the EFCC Chair is imbalance, incomplete, hypocritical and unnecessarily skewed.

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