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Why I resigned from the APC weeks before the election — Tinubu’s campaign director

A few weeks before the election, Tinubu’s director of civil society for the All Progressives Congress (APCpresidential )’s campaign council, Naja’atu Muhammad, resigned.

Naja’atu Muhammad

Naja’atu Muhammad resigned one month before the 2023 presidential election with a letter directed to the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu.

In her letter, Tinubu’s campaign director cited that the new developments in the party do not align with her values and beliefs.

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“The challenges that Nigeria faces today require me to continue championing the struggle for a better country with a clear conscience as I remain absolutely loyal to Nigeria,” Naja’atu said.

She further advised Nigerians to make the right decisions and choices in the coming 2023 elections.

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Sowore shares pictures of Tinubu sleeping during a meeting they both attended.

Following a meeting they both attended yesterday, January 20, ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) for that year’s general election, posted a picture of Bola Tinubu on Twitter last night that appeared to show him dozing off.

Sowore
Ahmed Tinubu

According to Sowore, he took a photo of Tinubu sleeping at the Peace Accord meeting they both acknowledged they attended on their platforms earlier.

The AAC Presidential candidate claimed the former Governor of Lagos state slept all through the meeting and never said anything. He added that the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu spoke on behalf of Tinubu.

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Tinubu vows to end corruption and insecurity while urging supporters to vote APC in all elections.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, has urged Nigerians to exercise their democratic freedom by voting for him and all APC candidates in the upcoming general election.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, has urged Nigerians to exercise their democratic freedom by voting for him and all APC candidates in the upcoming general election.

He said this while addressing a gathering of supporters in Ilorin, Kwara State on Tuesday, Tinubu said his party would fight corruption, fraud and insecurity if voted to power.

He said, “Sweep away fraud, corruption and insecurity with your brooms in the forthcoming election.

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“Today, we are just celebrating freedom. We are re-assessing and re-asserting our freedom in democracy.

“Yesterday, they never believed that today would happen, but it is happening in your lifetime. We thank you for believing in (Governor) AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. He knows how to behave. He is a very honest and genuine, hardworking man.

“Vote for me as your presidential candidate on February 25 and vote for all our National Assembly candidates. Vote for Governor AbdulRazaq and all the House of Assembly candidates on March 11.”

While recalling the APC’s victory over the Peoples Democratic Party in the Kwara State governorship election four years ago, Tinubu said the 2019 elections meant freedom and urged voters to vote APC once more to cement that freedom.

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Dino Melaye mocks Tinubu for his inability to recite Quranic(Video)

Dino Melaye, the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council, has called All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu an emergency Muslim.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

This comes following the inability of the former Governor of Lagos State to appropriately recite the Qu’ran at a campaign rally.

Taking to his Twitter page on Monday, January 16, 2023, Dino Melaye released a video of what he termed the ‘Fathia challenge’ between him and Tinubu.

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Fathia is the first chapter of the Qu’ran, and it is recited by Muslims in every obligatory five daily prayers.

According to the former Kogi State senator, the APC flagbearer is not a Muslim, but an emergency one who is trying to learn the basics of Islams only for political purposes.

Melaye, therefore, urged Nigerians to vote out Bola Tinubu in the forthcoming general election.

He wrote: “Fathia challenge: Dino defeated Tinubu in Quranic citation. Emilokan is not a Muslim but an emergency Muslim trying to learn the basics of Islam for political purposes. Vote him out.”

This has however generated mixed reactions, while many asked Tinubu to take up the challenge, others said that shows Tinubu isn’t a religious fanatic as feared by many that oppose the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Ade Akintunde said; “The only reliable information about EMILOKAN, is that he is a man, the rest are OLUWOLE.”

Micheal said; “Thank God that Dino has confirmed that Tinubu is not a fanatical Muslim as people are portraiting him to be and Dino’s assertion has made a mess of him criticizing the Muslim-Muslim ticket.”

Babatunde Samson said; “If he’s not a Muslim then what is he? His not a Muslim but goes to Mecca regularly? He bears Moslem names,if his not a muslim but he associate with Muslims more than d Christians,d Muslims will want to use him even if he’s half Muslim, they will use d principle of Taqiya for him, all I know is Apc will fall, PDP will scatter for Peter Obi to raise a new Nigeria where peace and justice shall reigns! O God of creation makes this noble course come to pass in Jesus’ mighty name.”

Watch the video below:

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Tinubu’s ‘Bala blu’ is used as an exam question at a Nigerian university (Photos)

A Nigerian university has included a gaffe by All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu in its examination questions, asking students about his ‘bala blu bulaba’ remark.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Recall that in November 2023, Tinubu, at an engagement in Imo, slurrily said “a town hall, different from “balablu-blu-blu-bulaba.”

The misspeak from the aspiring Nigerian leader became a ready instrument of humour among young Nigerians online who oppose Tinubu’s presidential ambition.

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Nasarawa State University’s Keffi Center for Continuing Studies’ Department of Mass Communication included the question in their exams, asking students to relate it to their course material.

“‘Using the social media trending sarcastic statement: A Townhall, Different from Bala-Blu Blu-Blu Bula-Ba’,justify social judgement theory,” question 1 of the second semester examination for sophomore Mass Communication students of the Nasarawa State-owned university, read.

Per encyclopedia.com, the social judgement theory explains how attitudes are cognitively represented, the psychological processes involved in assessing persuasive communications, and the conditions under which communicated attitudes are either accepted or rejected.

The flag bearer of the ruling APC continues to evoke public concerns about his mental fitness to govern Africa’s most populous nation, ahead of next month’s poll where he will square of against co-septuagenarian, Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party; Peter Obi of Labour Party and 15 other candidates.

His critics relentlessly hoist totems of his many incoherent and slurry statements as evidence of his unsuitability for Nigeria’s top job.

Tinubu, however, has repeatedly dismissed criticisms about his frail health, saying being Nigerian president is not grave digging that requires his physical strength.

See the examination question below:

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Peter Obi criticizes Tinubu and begs Nigerians not to elect a sick man as president.

In a clear shade at the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has advised Nigerians not to entrust the leadership of a sick country like Nigeria to a sick man.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu of APC and Peter Obi of LP

Peter Obi stated this on Thursday, January 12, 2023, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as part of his nationwide campaign ahead of the February 25 presidential election.

“This country is sick and should not be handed over to a sick person. I am not saying that anyone is sick. We have been here for over two hours, we don’t want people who can’t stand for 30 minutes,” Obi said in an interactive session with the varsity’s Business School.

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He identified character and trust as two cardinal attributes to look out for in the recruitment of leaders to pilot the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

“In the United States during elections, they go for debates. Somebody once asked Barack Obama questions that were personal and he answered. But here in Nigeria, somebody wants to contest elections, we don’t know his real age, we don’t know his name, we don’t know the schools he attended. Nobody knows his real identity and he is pushing to lead everybody.

“My name is Peter Obi. I can say I went to Christ The King College, went to University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Both the VC today, the DVC today, were my schoolmates. We came to university the same year and left the same year. The people I went to school with, I can see them here today, my seniors and my juniors. How come we now have people who do not have classmates? This is very important”

The former Anambra State governor, however, admitted that everybody can’t be educated equally or formally, but everybody’s records must be straight.

Afe Babalola once told me he never had the opportunity of going to a formal school. There is nothing wrong with that. There are so many people who have done well in life and never went to formal school.

On corruption, he said, “If you say you will fight corruption, let’s go to the road you have passed and see what is remaining there after you left,” stressing that “this year’s election must be based on competence as it requires physical and mental energy. It is not a retirement job.”

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According to former SGF Babachir Lawal, Tinubu claimed that campaigning in the South-East is a “waste of time and money.”

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC candidate for president, allegedly claimed once that holding a campaign in the South-East was a waste of time and resources, according to former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

The APC member claimed that Tinubu made the remark during the party’s primaries after he named a fellow Muslim as his running mate for the 2023 elections. Tinubu and the APC member afterwards parted ways.

On a Channels Television broadcast, Lawal discussed Tinubu’s chances of winning the upcoming presidential election in February and stated that he had no possibility of doing so.

In addition, he declared that he was still an APC member while endorsing Peter Obi of the Labour Party. During the interview, Lawal stated;

“During the convention, he didn’t even allow us go the South-East.

“He said it was a waste of time and money.”

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Why Tinubu skipped the town hall with the president is explained by the APC.

The All Progressives Congress has provided an explanation for Bola Tinubu’s absence from the Arise TV town hall meeting in response to the criticism that followed it.

Ifeanyi Okowa, Atiku Abubakar’s running mate, represented the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the town hall meeting yesterday night. Additionally present were the presidential candidates for the Labour Party, Peter Obi, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and the Peoples Redemption Party, Kola Abiola.

Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labor and director of public affairs for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), said in a statement released on Sunday night that Tinubu can’t accept all invitations due to his busy schedule, including the one for the Arise Tv town hall meeting.

Additionally, it was revealed that numerous radio and television stations in Nigeria have expressed interest in organizing such debates, but out of respect for them, Tinubu would not make selective appearances on some stations while neglecting others.

Read the statement below:

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Nigerians Are Being Warned by Tinubu Against Making “Another Mistake” in Elections.

In preparation for the general election in 2023, Tinubu asked the electorate to exercise “intelligent and discerning” judgment. 

Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, has urged Nigerians to learn from the “mistakes of the past” as political campaigns formally begin on Wednesday. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, also asked the populace to exercise “intelligent and discerning” judgment as they got ready to elect the nation’s next president in the general election of 2023.

“We must show that we have learned from mistakes of the past. We must be prepared to make difficult decisions. We must be wise, we must be discerning; we must choose progress. We must favour reason over sentiment,” Tinubu said in a message to mark the official commencement of the 2023 presidential election campaign activities across the country”. 

In preparation for the elections in 2019, Nigeria’s electoral agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), today formally lifted the ban on political party campaigning. 

Last weekend, INEC made public the names and qualifications of the political parties’ candidates for the election.

In the contest to succeed incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, Messrs. Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) are seen as the front-runners among 15 others. 

Since the former governor of Lagos entered the competition for success. Many Nigerians have expressed serious concern over Buhari’s health, particularly his detractors who have questioned if he is qualified to lead a nation that takes pride in being a “giant of Africa.” 

Videos of 70-year-old Tinubu with his clothes wet have repeatedly been brought up by his detractors to raise concerns about his weakened health and insinuate that the APC presidential contender may struggle with incontinence.

In spite of this, Tinubu pleaded with Nigerians to join him in his goal of winning the position of leader of the nation, saying he was prepared to lead the nation to greater glory through creative ideas. 

He claimed that as they launch their campaigns to persuade the populace to elect them to power, he and his running companion, Kashim Shettima, are prepared to present their vision of a flourishing Nigeria.

“Our nation stands at a brink of history,” continued Tinubu. Like practically every other country in the globe, we are faced with formidable obstacles. Some of them are of our own making, while others are the results of circumstances that are completely out of any Nigerian’s control. We cannot afford to make a mistake on this one, that much is evident. 

As the APC gets ready to launch its campaign, Tinubu’s choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket has also been a significant oddity. 

Even while the APC presidential candidate stated his action was based on merit rather than religious concern, the fact that Shettima, a sitting senator on the same faith platform, was flown has drawn criticism.

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I am not going to turn them down, but i am still consulting – Bola Ahmed Tinubu talks about 2023 Presidential elections

The national leader of All Progressive Party (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu revealed after a closed door meeting he will not turn down offers to represent his party as the Presidential candidate for 2023 elections, but he will importantly still consult and deliberate with his friends to choose a day he will declare his intentions to Nigeria.

 Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

“I am not going to turn them down but I will still effectively and widely consult, particularly brainstorm with my friends and find a date to come out openly and tell Nigerians. But the President is still in office. I don’t want to distract him from all the challenges he might face today. So, don’t muddle the political waters. Consult, make our program known to the people later. And the intention is clear. So you can keep guessing,” Tinubu said