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Exclusive: 2023: Southwest APC Divided Between Osinbajo, Tinubu

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…Fayemi Cautiously Planning His Resurgence

By Unoigbokhai Adamu

As the all-important 2023 presidential race is set to kick off, signs are becoming increasingly clear that the Southwest leadership and members of the All Progressive Congress are divided between Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This is moreso as the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is cautiously planning and strategizing to be the ruling party’s nominee.

The division over the two top party members, according to party sources, is because of the various interests playing out and the likely effects an Osinbajo or Tinubu presidency would have on major political players in the region and who is better suited to win the election for the party.

A source, who is also an APC chieftain, told ThePledge on Monday that since it has become implicit that the Southwest region will produce the presidential candidate of the ruling party, the two prominent candidates in the region will be the Vice President and the former Lagos State Governor. This, he said, is causing division among the various groups and interests within the party in the region.

“Even though the APC leadership has not come out concretely with its zoning arrangement, but we all know from the body language of most of the leaders that the Southwest is likely going to produce the party’s flag-bearer for the 2023 presidential election. And the likelihood of this has made the two biggest political players to go to work through their surrogates”, the source said.

According to him, leadership of the party in the region is not unaware of the influence of Tinubu and his formidable war chest to successfully prosecute a presidential project, but they are equally aware of the likely problems that might come with it, hence their preference for Osinbajo.

The Pledge also gathered that the Southwest APC governors are not taking it lightly on who among the likely candidates will protect their interests in a post Buhari era and are already liaising with their Northern counterparts to pick a candidate who according to sources, will not “throw away the Buhari legacy or come with a vengeance” and reenact his own doctrine.

A Northern Senator indeed confided in this reporter that the region’s political establishment are keenly monitoring the terrain and are determined to make sure they do not miscalculate in supporting the wrong person. “We are not unconcerned of the various moves and alliances shaping up across the country. But one thing should be clear to the aspirants and that is the Buhari factor”.

The senator who wants to be anonymous said: “There is no doubt that President Buhari will be interested in who takes over from him, because like other presidents, PMB will also be interested in ensuring that his legacy is firmly in the hands of a loyalist who believes in his philosophy. In that case, the VP will likely be favoured because being part and parcel of the Buhari government, it will be foolhardy for him to go against a legacy he was part of.

“Don’t also forget that the ruling class is conscious of the experience of Tinubu in the art and use of power and will therefore be cautious and careful in handing over the enormous powers of the presidency to him. If you ask me, the political class of which I am an active member will be more comfortable with the lesser evil of an Osinbajo presidency than that of Tinubu who understands the use of power and money”.

The senator however sounded a note of caution that the VP still has a daunting task in convincing the Muslims and other skeptics that the toga of religiosity which he has been severally accused of has been shelved. He said Osinbajo has not been able to convince critics that he will not unduly favour his Redeemed Church members if given the ticket.

“The VP has a lot to do in convincing worried party leaders and members of the public that he will be a president for all Nigerians. His antecedents and the various appointments he made in the past have not shown that he will be above board. So, he has to convince us with his actions that he will rule without fear or favour”, the Senator said.

It should however be noted that both the VP and Asiwaju have not formally thrown their hats into the ring to declare their intention to contest the presidential primaries, but it’s clear from all indications that they are consulting widely and using their foot soldiers and surrogates to test the waters before the eventual leap.

Another prominent person from the Southwest that is widely believed to be interested in the presidential race is Governor Fayemi. His prominent position as Chairman of Governors Forum is not a fluke and he has strategically positioned himself to be a factor or what political pundits described as a wild card aspirant should in case those seen as front runners falter.

The Ekiti State helmsman has been cautious in the way and manner he pursues his ambition, largely because the whistle is yet to be blown or because he’s still preoccupied with administering his state, but those close to him told this reporter that his presidential ambition is still intact.

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“I Love The Fact That She Gives Me Money”, Toyin Lawani’s Husband, Segun Wealth Makes New Revelation About Their Marriage

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Photographer and husband of celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani, Segun Wealth has revealed one of the reasons why he loves his wife.

The couple sat down with Pulse TV for ‘Fun Facts’ about the couple where he boldly made it known to the world that his wife gives him money.

Though Toyin Lawani tried to hush him up and cover it, Segun Wealth maintained his stance that the go-to celebrity stylist credits his account.

During the interview, Toyin Lawani had asked him the 3 things he likes about her and the photographer stated that he loves that she gives him money among other things.

Toyin Lawani later acknowledged that her husband never spends her money.

She noted how she credited his account once with N20 million and he never spent it.

See their conversation below,

Toyin Lawani : What do you love the most about our relationship?

Segun Wealth : 3 things that I love is that one, the relationship isn’t getting old, we do everything together and lastly, you give me money.

Toyin Lawani: Segun ti ba interview je (Segun has spoilt the interview). Which money?

Segun: I like that you bring a lot of money

Toyin: They would bow say it’s because of money u married her

Segun: What’s my concern. Don’t you give me money?

Toyin: Egbami o Sugar Mummy

Toyin: What I love about our relationship is that you are one of the people that I have dates that I know isn’t after my money, even when you need something, you literally kill yourself before you ask me for that thing. You never take advantage of me. Times that I will leave 20m in your account, I will come back and meet it there. You will need money for yourself, you wouldn’t even touch it.

Toyin Lawani vowed that no man can dupe her with her money again, “No man can chop my money again”.

Netizens had a lot to say about the interview.

hublovey_ : Full house husband

rhodaowolabi : I love her sincerity, unlike some others who fool themselves by saying the husband is the one giving money when it’s obvious he’s not financially buoyant

etimajonathan : With my full chest, I’m not amused. How old is this man’s last child from his other wife? Mtchewwwwww! Una two should just gerrout!

Jacyntambachu : she will still come back to tell us how he stole from her

callmegeraldinee : She wan use laugh cover am

Kemi Filani news recalls Toyin Lawani had opened up about controlling her husband Segun Wealth, as widely speculated by many social media users.

Toyin Lawani revealed the current state of her marriage following the criticism and backslashes she received after sharing a video of her husband, kneeling to feed her.

A follower had commented on the post, saying that with many people seeing such a display of love online, they will conclude that Toyin Lawani was controlling her husband.

Responding, Toyin Lawani opined that only those who do not know her husband will think anyone can control him.

She wrote: Only people who don’t know my husband will think anyone can control him. He’s just normally a clown.

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Odogwu Wore It Better, Singer Ayra Starr Reacts After Burna Boy Recreated Her Outfit On Stage

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Nigerian international singer Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe professionally addressed as Ayra Starr, has reacted after superstar, Burna Boy recreated her recent outfit on stage.

During a recent stage performance, hit maker, Burna Boy, who has been described as an inspiration to Ayra Starr recreated her outfit, a pair of feathered jeans and sleeveless top.

Reacting Ayra Starr shared photos of them both rocking the outfit and declared that Burna Boy wore it better that her. She wrote: ‘Odogwu wore it better’

Recall that Ayra Starr, who recently penned a father’s day note to her mother, replied a troll who referred to her as a prostitute.

It all began after Ayra shared a new photo of herself with the caption: New 🎶?.

The new photo sparked reactions from her followers, but one comment that grabbed the attention of the singer was the one by a commenter with the username, ‘Ib fire’, who called her a prostitute. “best in being ashawo”, he wrote.

Ayra, in no time, replied him throwing the insult back at his mother and twins.

“Just like your mom, twins”. The singer wrote.

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Israel Adesanya Beats Jared Cannonier To Retain UFC Middleweight Title

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Israel Adesanya defeated Jarred Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to retain the UFC middleweight championship.

Adesanya fought against middleweight contender Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 at the T-mobile Arena, Las Vegas Sunday morning.

Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the Octagon and is still undefeated in the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of The Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019.

‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.

He has successfully defended his title four times since then. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.

On Sunday, the Nigerian-born New Zealander successfully defended his middleweight title for the fifth time.

While Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker in February for the second time to retain his middleweight strap, Cannonier knocked out Derek Brunson in the second round in February to become the weight’s No.1contender.

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