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2023: Zulum wins primaries, rejects aspirants’ offers to be VP, says rebuilding Borno more urgent

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Says Kala-Balge killings reinforced decision

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum who was sole aspirant, has been declared winner of the APC Governorship primaries ahead of the forthcoming general elections in 2023.

The primaries held at the El-Kanemi Sports Centre in Maiduguri on Thursday evening, and was attended by key stakeholders of the APC, including former Governors Kashim Shettima, Ali Modu Sheriff, and Maina Ma’aji Lawan. Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, serving and former National and State Assembly members, Nigerian Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmed Jidda, and many others graced the occasion.

Uba Maigari Ahmadu, Chairman of the APC Governorship and House of Assembly primaries for Borno State, announced that Zulum won with 1,411 votes by delegates.

He explained that 1,560 voters were registered for the primaries, while 1,422 voters were accredited, out of which 1,411 votes were recorded with no record of invalid votes.

Zulum in his acceptance speech, thanked delegates and stakeholders, after which he revealed his position on the calls for him to become Vice President.

Below was Zulum’s remark on offers for VP

“Only at the weekend, more than 30 youths were killed around Kala-Balge. This should remind us of the reality of our problems and the need to deliberately unite ourselves towards the recovery, stability, and prosperity of our dear Borno State.”

“At this point, ladies and gentlemen, I will like to address one issue. I did not consult anyone before raising this issue here because I did not want to give room to be convinced otherwise.”

“As you all know, the APC will be holding Presidential primaries this coming weekend.”

“I have seen all kinds of promotional media content, including articles by notable columnists, associating me with the 2023 Presidency.”

“Let me reveal with apologies, that some close associates of key Presidential aspirants have sent me offers for the position of running mate, as possible Vice President, depending on the outcome of the APC Presidential primaries by the weekend.”

“I have thought deeply about these offers because becoming Vice President is considered attractive. I have thought about all the powers and privileges of being VP. I can see the honour of presiding over meetings attended by Governors and Ministers, and the privilege of having a Presidential Jet at one’s disposal. I can see the honour of Presidential receptions within and outside Nigeria.”

“However, I have asked myself, that should I get the opportunity to become VP and raise my political profile, what happens to all our ongoing works for the people of Borno State?”

“We have built more than 10,000 houses, and currently more of such and reconstructing existing ones, for ongoing resettlement of our people. We have resettled more than 20 communities so far.”

“Yet, thousands of our fellow citizens are still homeless and in desperate need of food, water, and healthcare.”

“We have adopted a development plan that we are already implementing.”

“I have asked myself, what happens to all these plans that I am central to, which are helping to fast track our recovery in Borno State?”

“Ladies and gentlemen, the killings in Kala-Balge at the weekend made me more critical, and the incident seriously reminded me of the challenges that are still ahead of us in Borno State.”

“I came to the conclusion that while a chance to become Vice President could benefit my profile as an individual, becoming reelected as Governor of Borno State has the potential of more overall and more assurance of benefit to the good people of Borno State.”

“I therefore say that while I thank those who may be considering me for the position of VP, I prefer to stay back and work drastically for the people of Borno State because for me as a citizen of Borno State, working with others to hastily rebuild Borno State is the most urgent need and it is beyond any aspiration.”

“I profoundly thank everyone who thought of me worthy of any responsibility and I pray that Allah helps us to work towards the full restoration of peace, the full recovery and growth of Borno State.
I am grateful to our party executives at all levels for supporting us. I am grateful to all serving and former public office holders who constitute our stakeholders.”

“For you our delegates who elected me at the just concluded primaries, I am indeed grateful to each of you for this mandate.”

“Above everyone, I am eternally grateful all the good people of Borno for the mandate given to us back in 2019, and for the overwhelming support we received from May 2019 to date.”

“Believe that insha’Allah, the people of Borno State will support the APC to another resounding victory at all levels.”.

The Governor strongly called for the unity of stakeholders given Borno’s peculiar challenges.

He also promised to work with all stakeholders towards a resounding victory and reminded all of the challenges ahead.

Earlier, former Governor Kashim Shettima in his remark, harped on the need for unity of stakeholders.

Event for the primaries were organized by the State APC led by its chairman, Ali Bukar Dalori alongside a planning committee that was chaired by former Commissioner for Agriculture, Engr. Bukar Talba.

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President Buhari hails Super Eagles’ inspiring start AFCON

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President Muhammadu Buhari commends the Super Eagles of Nigeria for an impressive start at the ongoing 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, defeating a formidable opponent, Egypt 1-0, in their group stage encounter.

The President strongly believes, like millions of football-loving Nigerians, that the spectacular outing in Garoua, Cameroon is a foretaste of what to expect from the dedicated team as they square up against other opponents in the tournament.

The President urges the Augustine Eguavoen-led team and the coaching staff to keep their eyes on the ball, remain good ambassadors on and off the field, and give loyal fans and all Nigerians more exciting moments to celebrate.

President Buhari assures the team of his unflinching support as they soar like an eagle to write another chapter in the annals of Nigeria’s rich football history.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
January 12, 2022

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Former Parliament Leader, Shettima reffairms intentions to contest for APC NE Zonal Youth Leader

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By: Hamza Suleiman

A former Leader of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Comrade Shettima Umar, has reaffirmed his intentions to contest for the All Progressive Congress(APC), North East Zonal Youth Leader in the Forthcoming National Convention of the Party.

Umar who made his intentions known on Saturday at a Press Conference in Maiduguri, said that the decision was made after a wide exhaustive consultations with various stakeholders and party stalwarts, especially the Youth constituency across the North East, students union bodies, women and youth organizations.He said that his interest to contest was born out of the desire to answer the clarion call of the young people to come over and contribute his ideal experience and God-endowed wisdom, coupled with his long-term vision for the progress of the North East.

He said that “In-view of the enormous challenges and doubting task of repositioning our great party, I humbly consider my self to you as someone that is ready, able, capable and willing to offer my most sincere commitment and experience towards the upliftment of our great party, the APC.

He noted “Having spent a substantial part of my youthful life around services to the Nigerian students constituency, youth developmental activism, I believe I have acquired the requisite knowledge and experience to represent the Social and economic needs of the young people at the party level.

Shettima added “My background on students and youth activism, Political relationships has given me the opportunity, rare privilege and unprivileged understanding towards the Youth constituency, As such, I strongly believe that this knowledge will assist me to serve the Youth of the North East at the party level with utmost commitment, loyalty and sincerity of purpose.

“My vision for the APC is to bring together the youth of our dear country to be part of the major decision making body, by fostering Youth Inclusiveness in governance and the sustainability of our great party in the affairs of Government.My mission is to take our great party, the APC to the next level of victory and greatness, by influencing our dear youth to join our party and ensure it’s success at the polls,”he said.

He pledged to increase the visibility of the success of our great party, mobilize and open spaces for Youth and women to join the great party, organize town hall meetings across the Six states in the North East to deliberate on a future development plan for the country as well as facilitate other means of intervention for the party, upon assumption into office. He promised to also engaged youth and women on governance and decision making processes in the region, empower youths to be self-reliant with 21st century skills for sustainability and to collaborate with stakeholders for the establishment of standard APC Youth and women Houses in each state in our region.

According to him, he would collaborate with all APC states across the zone for the establishment of Youth and women development Commission Boards for the success of the party. He commended Borno Governor Babagana Zulum, for his outstanding commitment and courage towards governance in Borno, overseeing the conduct of APC ward, LG and State Congresses successfully, coupled with providing devidend of Democracy to the good people of the state by executing over 500 capital projects in virtually two years in office.Umar described the feats as the first of it’s kind in the history of Nigerian Political system and prayed that Allah continued to protect the Governor as he continued to pilot the affairs of our dear state.

“With the commitment of Governor Zulum so far, It is paramount upon us to thank our leader and mentor, Distinguish Senator Kashim Shettima for giving us Governor Zulum, this is one of the best decisions made by Senator Shettima, our former Governor and Senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly.

“You may also recall that the APC held it’s ward, Local Goverbments and states congress respectively, so far it’s one of the best Congresses held by any political party in this country, As such, It’s paramount for me to commend the effort of our workaholic National Chairman and Chairman APC National Convention at the same time the Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni for the steps he has taken so far to reform our great party, the APC as we approach the National Convention and the 2023 general elections respectively.

“It has become imperative upon me to also congratulate our leader, and a mentor per excellence, the man who has not only stood for us in this project but also endorsed our aspiration, the man who has taken our aspiration as his own personal project, the man who has made two wonderful governors in Borno State under his leadership, the man with all the required experience and capacity in leadership, in person of Hon. Ali Bukar Dalori, the emergence of Dalori as our APC State Chairman in the recently conducted state Congress is an assurance of many more success to our party, We congratulate him and extend our sincere loyalty to him as our leader and mentor to the Youth of our great party, the APC. “We are also greateful to him for his outstanding support and commitment towards the #TeamShettima for APC North East Zonal Youth Leader Project and we will In sha Allah make him proud at the end.

“I wish to most sincerely thank the great Youth of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba for believing in me, while we continue to work as a team to achieve this project together, I’m glad to also inform you that it’s Youth O’clock and we are READY to SERVE.”As we approach the APC Extra-ordinary National Convention, We will In sha Allah kick-off our campaign tour to all the six states we have in the North East next week as part of our continues consultations strategy, to congratulate the newly elected Executives of our great party at the recently conducted congress and to further intimate them on our aspiration,”he said.

In his remarks, Comrade Mahmud Muhammad, Council Member and ICT Coordinator of Borno State University, and Secretary General of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Borno State Chapter, urged stakeholders in the Northeast to rally around the aspirants. He said “We rally him round most of the stakeholders of the party, they support the movement, blessed the project and assured to do everything humanly possible within their capacity as this is the only time a Borno indigene is aspiring for the Position.

“We (youths) constitutes the majority in the party and I believe, what is ours should be from us, so, am calling on the entire youths of Northeast and other stakeholders to take the project to the promise land.”I believe after getting the support of our party stakeholders, next is the youths who can make it possible, who can make it happen, who can make it propel and its only with the wings of youths it can fly,”he said. He therefore urged the Youths to remain united noting that unity gives strength and strength lead to victory.

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Tinubu Tells Buhari; I will contest for President 2023

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National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu says he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition.

The duo met on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Tinubu, a two-term Lagos governor and former senator, told State House correspondents after the meeting that he had spoken with the president concerning his (Tinubu’s) plans for the future.

Tinubu and Buhari forged an alliance that saw the latter defeat the incumbent in 2015 Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The meeting comes less than a week after Buhari declared in an interview aired on Channels TV that he would not disclose his preferred candidate to succeed him for fear of victimisation.

The two leaders met on the heels of fresh disagreements among leaders of the ruling party threatening the conduct of the long-awaited national convention.

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