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Today's Headlines: Obi, Atiku Behaving Like Trump –Keyamo, Umahi’s Convoy Not Involved In Crash-Aide

Obi, Atiku behaving like Trump – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has criticized the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for berating the United States, US, Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, over the conversation with the Nigerian President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

DAILY POST had reported that Blinken, during a call with Tinubu on Wednesday, assured the President-elect of US commitment to further strengthening the US-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

But, Atiku expressed disbelief, saying the call was a contradiction to the publicly stated position of the US on Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election.

However, Keyamo said the call was not a contradiction, stressing that Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party are behaving like former US President, Donald Trump.

Tweeting, Keyamo wrote: “No, your Excellency, @atiku, it is not a contradiction. The United States and @SecBlinken know you and Peter Obi are behaving like Donald Trump in America: refusing to accept your obvious defeat and relying on propaganda to deceive the world."

"They have your type in the US, so they understand the issues correctly. They know that whilst there were intolerable incidents during the election perpetrated by all leading parties (for instance Peter Obi got far less votes in Anambra State than was declared – I dare them to publish what is on IREV), they also have credible reports that those isolated incidents did not SUBSTANTIALLY affect the overall outcome of the elections."

Umahi’s convoy not involved in crash - Aide

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Chooks Oko, has denied the convoy of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, was involved in a fatal accident along the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport road, Onueke.

Oko described the news as “false and misleading,” adding that such news constitute an attempt to disparage the efficient commissioning of ongoing projects in the state.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State has been drawn to a most malicious and wicked rumour making the rounds that his convoy was involved in a fatal crash along the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport Road, Onueke.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the governor’s convoy was not involved in any kind of crash or anything related to it.”

However, it was stated that there was indeed a crash of a Toyota Sienna vehicle and a motorcycle along the road but Oko inisted that the Governor’s convoy was nowhere near the incident.

He said, “The general public is thus enjoined to disregard the fake news”.

Doguwa, Two Other Aspirants Step Down For Abbas

In a dramatic twist, three aspirants for the Speaker of the incoming 10th House of Representatives, House Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Abdulraheem Olawuyi and Abubakar Makki Yelleman have stepped down from the race to support the All Progressives Congress (APC) concensus candidate, Tajuddeen Abbas.

They made their decision known at the Joint Task-10th Assembly meeting in Abuja Wednesday night.

The meeting was attended by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila and the 10th Senate President concensus candidate, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Doguwa who spoke on behalf of the other two candidates said, they have decided to stepdown for the APC’s choice to respect the Party and align with the preferred candidate for the Speakership seat.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am here to put it on the records that, not just from today, that, right from day one, when the NWC, the National Working Committee of my party put it on the table that, they have come up with a zoning arrangement and after zoning, with all sense of morality, micro-zoned it to the North West and Micro-micro zoned it to my brother, Right Honourable Tajuddeen Abbas representing Zaria federal constituency from North Western Nigeria, as from that date and day, I therefore called my bid to contest for the Speakership of the 10th House of Representatives off."

PDP NWC bans ‘unlawful’ disciplinary actions by party organs

The National Working Committee, NWC, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDD, has banned party organs at all levels from commencing disciplinary actions against party members without recourse to provisions of the party’s constitution 2017 (as amended).

This was part of resolutions reached at the end of the NWC meeting held in Abuja as contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja yesterday.

He said: “The National Working Committee, NWC, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at its 571st meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, resolved to constitute a Committee to review all cases of reported indiscipline and anti-party activities by some members of the Party in the 2023 general elections.

“The decision of the NWC is in furtherance of on-going efforts by the national leadership of our party to instill discipline as well as to achieve a comprehensive reconciliation in the party.”

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