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2023: I will not anoint any candidate as my successor, Ortom tells party leaders

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said he has no plans to anoint anybody as his successor in the 2023 general elections.

Ortom, while addressing PDP stakeholders’ on Friday in Makurdi, assured them that he would allow the party to field the most acceptable candidate for the governorship election in 2023.

If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him that he is lying. I will work with any candidate that the party fields in 2023.

“Nobody should deceive you that he is my anointed candidate for the 2023 general elections’.”

The governor, however, advised the party to respect zoning arrangements while deciding people to contest the chairmanship and councillorship seats in local government elections slated to hold Nov. 30.

“Zoning is the only thing that will give us the results we want at the end of the day. Zoning is very critical in politics.

“I advise people intending to contest the council polls to back down if the zoning formula is not in their favour. If you are not favoured by the zoning arrangement, do not go there. Do not even buy form. Do not waste your resources.

“We are going to set up a committee that will collect the results after the primaries. We will screen the results. Any aspirant not favoured by zoning will be disqualified.

“We are going to do everything in a transparent manner. I am not going to impose any candidate on you.”

He assured the stakeholders that there were better days ahead, stressing that more contracts would be awarded and more appointments made.

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Ortom added that more jobs would be created and several other things that could be of benefit to them would come their way soon.

Earlier, PDP Chairman in the State, Sir John Ngbede, had encouraged the party faithfuls to ensure that the party won overwhelmingly during the forthcoming council polls.

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JUST IN: Ize-Iyamu emerges Edo APC Governorship candidate

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has emerged the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo.

Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), emerged on Tuesday night in Abuja through a consensus arrangement.

The Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG) was presented by chairman of the screening committee, Senator Francis Alimikhena, the representative of Edo North Senatorial District.

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Other members of the screening committee were a former Edo Deputy Governor, Lucky Imasuen; Gen. Cecil Esekhaigbe; ex-Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Thomas Okosun; former Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie; ex-member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon and the current Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason.

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Buhari is leading Nigeria well, says Femi Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], has said that Nigerians were lucky to have a leader like his principal.

Adesina made the remark while dismissing attempts to pitch him against his principal.

The presidential spokesman maintained that Buhari was leading Nigeria well.

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In a post on his Facebook, Adesina wrote:

“A quote from mischief-makers is making the rounds, ascribed to me. I just dey laugh.

“I am a Buharist any day, no apologies, and I believe the president is leading the country well. In fact, we are lucky to him at a time like this.

“All attempts to demonize me will fail.”

Just a few days ago, a former Presidential Adviser, Tanko Yakassai had passed a vote of no confidence on Buhari.

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Yakassai had described Buhari as an incompetent leader who can’t fix the problems in the country.

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Sanwo-Olu commiserates with New Telegraph over editor’s death

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Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the management and staff of the New Telegraph newspaper on the death of its former Saturday Editor, Alhaji Waheed Bakare.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Tuesday, the governor described the death as painful.

He said that Bakare was a prolific writer, who had a promising journalism career.

He said that the demise of Bakare was a rude shock to his family, friends, colleagues, and associates, but should be accepted as the will of God.

”We should be consoled by the modest achievements of the late editor. Death is inevitable, as we all will die.

”Our goal in life is not to live forever but to create something that will outlive us, bearing in mind that it is not the length of life that matters but the depth.

”Waheed lived an exemplary life. He was a devout Muslim, a dutiful husband, and a good father.

”Above all, he touched millions of lives through his chosen profession as a journalist, who rose to the position of Saturday Editor of a national newspaper,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu also consoled with the Lagos State chapter and the national body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors.

”No doubt, the Nigeria Union of Journalists both at the state and the national levels, as well as the Nigeria Guild of Editors will by now be mourning the loss of an illustrious member. I pray that God will comfort you.

”May God comfort his immediate family, friends, and associates. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

”May He grant the soul of Waheed al-Jannah firdaus. Amen,” the governor said.

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