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President Muhammadu Buhari has again tested negative for the novel Coronavirus.

This is according to a statement by the Presidency.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina says the status is a thing of joy.

The report on Buhari’s status comes on the heels of a similar report regarding the health of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

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EXCLUSIVE: APC In Crisis After Supreme Court Verdict On Buni

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…Party In Limbo Over State, Local Govt Congresses

…2023 Presidential Battle Intensifies

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to be enmeshed in crisis after the Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday voiding the interim chairmanship position of the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni.

There is palpable fear in the air that the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election might likely threaten the party’s local and state congresses starting on Saturday across the country.

Even though the party leadership has not postponed the congresses, there is implicit fear that some members could challenge the outcome since the Apex Court in its judgment had declared the leadership of Buni as illegal.

The Court had on Wednesday by a narrow split decision (4-3) held that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu cannot be removed as Governor of Ondo State. Legal pundits however pointed out that the little technical point that saved Governor Akeredolu was that the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Kayode Jegede, failed to join Governor Buni in the suit.

Jegede was challenging the competence of Buni as a sitting governor to run the affairs of the APC as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee. He argued that this is against section 183 of the 1999 constitution which states that a sitting governor shall not, during the period when he holds office, hold any other executive office or paid employment in any capacity whatsoever.

As Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN, a Minister of State for Labour and Productivity noted in his statement after the judgment, “had Buni been joined in the suit, the story may have been different today as we would have lost Ondo State to the PDP”.

To other members like Keyamo therefore, the party should do away with the Buni-led committee to pave way for a constitutionally recognized leadership that will organize congresses and conduct elections into the various offices in the party.

“The planned Congresses across the country slated for this weekend must immediately be suspended because it will be an exercise in futility. The competence of Buni to organize the congresses has been called to question by the Supreme Court”, Keyamo stated.

A top party official and former senator however disagreed with the position of Keyamo. The politician who is from the core North said the position of Keyamo should not be a surprise since according to him, the Minister is an interested party in the current scenario playing out. “Don’t forget that Keyamo is interested in the governorship race in Delta state and his chances with the current leadership are very low. He would therefore be interested in the removal of the committee led by Buni, since it appears Senator Omo-Agege has the upper hand in the scheme of things in the state”, said the senator who craved anonymity.

The senator, who is also a lawyer, explained that the Adams Oshiomhole-led leadership was removed by the court and that the party acted in line with its constitution in the way and manner the Buni-led Caretaker Committee emerged. He however said that the party has been holding strategic meetings, both political and legal since yesterday to look at the various options before it.

“Since we don’t want to give the opposition PDP an easy route to Aso rock in 2023, we have to be very careful in sweeping the mine field in the coming months, particularly as it relates to both the party and nation’s constitution”, he said.

Thepledge also gathered that the various interests within the ruling party were caught unaware by the Supreme Court judgment and have started to restrategise on the way forward. It is however yet to be seen if the party would reconsider its earlier decision to pick its next leaders through consensus arrangement.

It would be recalled that forces opposed to the perceived presidential ambition of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, succeeded in removing Oshiomhole, who they see as pliable to Tinubu’s interests. The emergence of Buni on June 23, 2020, was therefore seen as a bull check to the interest of Tinubu and his supporters.

But Wednesday’s judgment has again changed the dynamics and makes the APC 2023 presidential race very unpredictable. The party would have to decide within 48 hours the way forward and this may make or mar its future.

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Conduct 2023 Elections Simultaneously To Curb Rigging -Orji Kalu Tells INEC

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Senate chief whip, Orji Kalu has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold the 2023 general election at the same time.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the former Abia State Governor stated that the conduct of the election should be carried out simultaneously.

He said the presidential, national assembly, governorship, and state house of assembly elections do not need to have different days.

He said the US, Ghana, and Sierra Leone hold their elections on the same day election, adding that Nigeria can also follow suit.

“INEC should conduct the 2023 elections same day as staggered elections are unnecessarily expensive,” he said.

“The conduct of the elections in different days give room for rigging, thuggery, and several vices.

“It also puts the lives of the voters and INEC officials on intense danger.

“When elections are conducted on the same day, popular candidates will emerge because everyone will be busy in their polling units and zones, unlike different days, the cost of running two days elections will also be reduced.

“To deepen our democracy, we need to get the elections right, when leaders with genuine interests of the people are voted into power, they will provide exceptional leadership and infrastructure to their people.”

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PDP Will Wrestle Power From APC In 2023 -Atiku

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says he’s optimistic the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will wrestle power from the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in thr 2023 general elections.

Atiku said this during a meeting with Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, July 29. Atiku had a reconciliatory meeting with Governor Wike in the state government house.

Recall that both politicians fell out after Wike worked against Atiku’s emergence as the Presidential candidate for the PDP in 2015., Wike at the time was in support of the candidacy of Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto state.

Speaking during the reconciliatory meeting, Atiku said: “Well, I came here to reconcile with the governor on party affairs and how we can ensure that there is unity and stability in the party. So, that we can take over government in 2023. I believe that Nigerians can’t wait for 2023 to come, so that PDP will return.”

The former Vice President expressed worry at the deplorable state of security in the country, saying the PDP at the appropriate time would unveil its policies on how it would address the issue.

“I have never seen it (insecurity) this bad. I am 70 years plus, I have never seen it this bad in terms of security challenges, in terms of economy, in terms of unemployment. This is the worst. Why can’t you give us time? We will come up with our policies. We will present them to Nigerians when the time comes.

We have done that before. Under PDP, we recorded the highest economic growth, the best foreign reserves, we reduced unemployment. You know that we can do it.”he said.

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