February 29, 2024
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Tinubu’s camp is alarmed by Obasanjo’s attendance at the Wike-Obi discussions in London.

The presence of former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the meeting in London between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies and presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi, angered Bola Tinubu’s supporters yesterday, despite their alleged dedication to their cause.

Relatedly, the Obi-Datti Media Office recently criticized Mr. Dele Alake, a spokesman for the APC presidential candidate, for saying that Peter Obi had accomplished nothing during his eight years as governor of Anambra State.

This occurred on the same day that Governor Wike announced he would shortly announce his favored candidate for the 2023 presidential race.

Remember that Governor Wike and his supporters met with Obasanjo and Obi to discuss the importance of forming an alliance before the general elections in 2023?

Similarly, Tinubu and a few of his associates met with Obasanjo last week to ask for his approval and support at his home in Ota.

Obasanjo, however, refuted claims that he supported Tinubu while the APC presidential candidate was in town.

According to a source acquainted with the London discussions, the Obasanjo camp is not pleased that Wike and Obi’s conversation in London included Obasanjo.

Further information revealed that Obasanjo was invited to the meeting by Obi.

According to the source, Obasanjo attended the meeting with the Wike camp because of Peter Obi, and the Wike camp was also responsible for leaking information about the Obasanjo and Obi meeting in London.

“The Wike camp decided to disclose the story and the photo of their meeting with Obasanjo and Obi because they did not want the news to be leaked by someone else.

“At Obi’s request, Obasanjo attended the summit in London. Peter Obi was willing to meet with the Wike camp, but Obi insisted that Obasanjo be there first.

The Tinubu people were not pleased to see Baba (Obasanjo) in London because they believed he had made a commitment when they first saw him in Ota. The Tinubu camp was unhappy that Obasanjo attended the meeting in London with Wike and Obi since they believed Baba had already pledged his allegiance to them (Tinubu’s camp).

Obi/Datti media office tackles Alake

The Obi-Datti media office reacted angrily to Alake’s accusations that Obi, the LP presidential candidate, cannot cite any legacy projects of his years of leading Anambra State and, thus, cannot be compared to his APC rival.

According to the article, Alake may not have ever crossed the River Niger throughout his lifetime and is undoubtedly one of the Lagosians who think Nigeria begins and ends in Lagos.

He might not have visited Anambra and had been too prejudiced to review the LP candidate’s public records.

“Suffice it to say that Obi’s accomplishments during Alake’s puppet regime in Lagos State earned him multiple awards, including ‘Governor of the Decade.’

He might not have visited Anambra and had been too prejudiced to review the LP candidate’s public records.

“Suffice it to say that Obi’s accomplishments during Alake’s puppet regime in Lagos State earned him multiple awards, including ‘Governor of the Decade.’

Alake further asserted that he was absent during his principal’s fight for democracy and that Obi’s firm is dependent on imports that devastate the economy.

“Once more, the attack dog is either naive or mischievous about Obi being the only chief executive of his era with the most investment of state funds that not only increased the economy’s productivity but also created jobs, not to mention Obi’s education policy that has propelled Anambra State from 29th to first in the school certificate performance index.

“If Alake is current, he should not have celebrated Asiwaju’s role in the democracy struggle because it has been diminished since it was revealed that he lobbied to be made a minister in late Sani Abacha’s government and only joined NADECO after he was rejected by the junta.

“However, Alake gave out one fact that the Media Office agrees with: indeed, Obi cannot be compared to Alake’s candidate.

“Yes, they are not comparable; Obi is highly verifiable, but Alake’s man is not; Obi has an origin; Alake’s has none; Obi has educational credentials; his counterpart has affidavits; Obi is hale and hearty and ready to face the challenge of leading Nigeria, the other candidate acts by proxy; Alake’s man says it’s his turn to rule Nigeria, Obi says it’s the turn of Nigerians to take back their country. “Indeed, there is no basis for comparison between the two. We are in sympathy with these attack dogs who need to keep attacking the man they claim has no structure and is just a social media wave instead of selling their structured candidate. All they seek is to mention Obi to be able to trend.

“The Obi-Datti tag team is in the market with their content which is resonating with Nigerians, let Alake’s enter the stage and sell himself, never again will anybody become Nigeria’s President through fake and unsubstantiated packaging.”

I’ll name my preferred presidential candidate soon — Wike

Giving insight into his preferred candidate for the 2023 election, Governor Wike promised to state his position at the appropriate time.

He said this during the flag-off of projects to deliver internal roads for Eneka town, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The governor said: “Some other people are busy putting themselves together on how they will take over leadership in Nigeria, to loot the remaining ones these other people have already kept. I’m privileged to know and at the appropriate time, I’ll tell you who these people are.

“Forget about all these people running around, saying they want to rescue or save you (Nigerians). Just watch to see what is going to happen next.

“All of us should be calm concerning what is happening in the PDP. Nothing has happened yet. But by the grace of God, something will happen.” Feeling unfazed by perceived negative media campaigns against his administration, Wike said: “Look at us concentrating on giving our people good governance. What is good governance? Good governance is making the people happy.

“Good governance is providing infrastructure for the people; good governance is not about party. Providing good governance is about leadership. We are here every day flagging-off projects and commissioning projects even though our tenure is coming to an end.

“Now that I have come to Eneka to provide this basic infrastructure, I can come back to Eneka and ask you to follow me, let us go there or let us stay here. Do they have what it takes to come and talk to you? Can they come and talk to you?

“It is somebody that hears from you that you have also heard from. This one you’ve not provided anything for my people, you’ve not asked them what they want, then you want to tell them where to vote. So, we will come and meet you and say see where you’ll vote.”

Tinubu to meet Osinbajo, Amaechi, other APC aspirants tomorrow

Meanwhile, an APC presidential aspirant, Dr Nicolas Felix, yesterday, confirmed that all 22 aspirants of the party would meet tomorrow.

Felix, in a statement, said he called for the round-table, which is scheduled to hold by 2.00 pm at Transcorp Hilton, for all aspirants to meet and come up with viable strategies to support the party’s standard bearer to win the 2023 poll.

The statement read: “The choice of Abuja wasn’t a mistake. I called the meeting for us to address the challenges bedeviling our country and inclusive politics.

“We will also brainstorm on adopting winning campaign strategies to support our flag-bearer, Bola Tinubu, that seek to carry every Nigerian along in our bid to coast home to victory in the 2023 general elections.”

Among those expected are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

Also expected at the meeting are Governors Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).

Others are Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; former Ogun State governor and serving senator, Ibikunle Amosun; a serving senator, Ajayi Boroffice; former Zamfara governor, Ahmad Sani; former Imo State governor and serving senator, Rochas Okorocha; a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole; fiery cleric, Tunde Bakare; pastor and businessman, Dr Nicolas Felix; former Information Minister, Ikeobasi Mokelu; oil magnate, Tein Jack-Rich and the only female among them, Uju Ken-Ohanenye

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