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EFCC Investigates Lagos APC Reps Candidate Over Alleged Fraud – Naijanewsdirect

  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently investigating Mr. Lanre Sanusi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives candidate in the Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Lagos, over alleged fraud. According to The WITNESS, Sanusi was arrested following a petition against him by a logistics company, 4runner Limited. He was also said to have allegedly diverted COVID-19 materials, hand sanitisers and face masks worth millions of dollars from Dallas City Government Hospital in the United States with the aid of two of his friends who were truck drivers and in charge of the materials. It would be recalled that Sanusi in 2019 was disqualified from being a commissioner by the Lagos State House of Assembly for allegedly presenting a fake academic certificate allegedly issued by a university in the United States. A petition to the anti-graft agency by 4runner Limited had read, “Lanre Sanusi engaged 4runner Limited through Mr. Femi Dada to source for Four(4) shipping containers of 40 feet to load Covid-19 materials such as face masks, an hand sanitisers, to ship it from the United States of America to Nigeria. To also, among other things, provide drivers, haulage companies with such containers specifications. To load the material from its location in Dallas down to the port where it will be finally shipped to Nigeria and Lanre on the other hand would take charge of the clearing and administrating the offloading in Nigeria. “All this discussion and service agreement was made electronically through WhatsApp chats and calls (copy of the print out of the WhatsApp chats between Mr, Lanre Sanusi and Femi Dada is herby attached as Appendix A). While all this process was ongoing, the bill of charge accrued to $33,000.00 (Thirty Thousand American Dollars) as agreed sum that Mr. Lanre Sanusi would pay 4runner Limited through Mr Femi Dada. The

Tinubu’s Running Mate: Boss Mustapha, El-Rufai, Bishop Kukah and Six Others Considered – Naijanewsdirect

Reports making the rounds have it that various caucuses within the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC ) have commenced intense push to come up with the running mate for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, even as the APC flagbearer said he has his running mate in his pocket book.   It was gathered that nine names have been penciled down as possible running mate for the former Lagos State governor but northern political clout and the fear of a Muslim-Muslim ticket is currently leaving APC leaders in a dilemma. The nine names that have so far emerged included Governors Babagana Zulum (Borno), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Samuel Lalong (Plateau); former governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima (who led Tinubu campaignorganisation); former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha. Top critic of the APC and Bishop of Catholic Diocese in Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has surprisingly emerged among those been considered. Daily Tribune quoted a source as saying, “The only drawback for Kashim Shettima is that he’s not Hausa/Fulani and that it will be the first time Hausa/ Fulani will not be represented in government. The same holds for Dogara, Boss, Lalong. “Another source claimed that there is a strong push for Bishop Hassan Matthew Kukah who retires later this year to balance the ticket, in spite of his occasional acerbic views on the APC federal administration.” It was gathered that leaders of the northern region are bent on securing the interest of the region in the next general election in the country. Those proposing the possibility of a Muslim-Muslim ticket are of the opinion that that is the only way of stopping northerners from voting against Bola Tinubu. The source added: “The APC is likely to fly a Muslim/Muslim ticket because

“Why Northern Governors Chose Tinubu Over Osinbajo, Amaechi”, Reveals El-Rufai – Naijanewsdirect

    Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, has revealed why the North-West and North-East national delegates for the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential primaries, chose Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu instead of former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi and Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.   According to El-Rufai, governors of the North-West met and decided that Tinubu, who is the national leader of the APC, is the most sellable of the five Southern aspirants submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari. And again, President Buhari refused to pick a particular candidate out of the five and insisted he asked the governors to allow the delegates decide, El-Rufai said The APC presidential primary was won by the former Lagos State Governor, Tinubu, who scored 1,271 to defeat his closest challenger, Amaechi, who polled 316 while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, came only third in the primaries, polling 235 And El-Rufai said it was so because the governors from the North-West resolved that Tinubu was the best bet and the North East also abided. “I can’t say all of us stuck with Bola Tinubu. Not all of us were stuck with Bola Tinubu. In many of our states, the delegates’ votes were divided. And I went to address the Kaduna delegates for the last time before the voting, “I don’t know how the delegates voted but the feedback I got after the voting is that most of them voted Asiwaju, some voted for Amaechi and some voted for Vice president, Osinbajo. “But overall you can see that overwhelming, Asiwaju Tinubu won. I cannot say all the governors did that. We the Northwest governors met and we decided that our best bet, is the person we can most easily sell in our region, and that is Asiwaju Tinubu and this is why you see the pattern of the voting that way and where the

El-Rufai Reveals What Buhari Said After He Asked Him Who Kaduna Delegates Should Vote For – Naijanewsdirect

  The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has revealed what President Muhammadu Buhari said to him after he asked who Kaduna delegates should vote for at the APC presidential primary. Following the emergence of a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 general elections, El-Rufai revealed that he asked the president to tell him who delegates from his state should vote for before the primary election started. El-Rufai, while featuring on a programme on Channels Television, said President Buhari told him that the delegates should vote for any of the 5 candidates selected by APC governors, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, David Umahi, Kayode Fayemi. He added that the president said the delegates are representing millions of people from Kaduna state and they should pick the best candidate. "President Buhari said, I told you, go and vote for any of the five. I asked that he should tell me who he wants out of the five and the president said he wants all five. He said I should tell the delegates that they are representing 10 million people in Kaduna state and they should vote their conscience. He also said it is a heavy responsibility, and they should discharge it and pick the best candidate." Governor El-Rufai stated that he doesn't know how Kaduna delegates voted but according to the feedback he got after voting ended, most of them voted for Bola Tinubu and some voted for Amaechi and Yemi Osinbajo.

APC Presidential Primary: Hon. Kasunmu Congratulates Tinubu On His Victory – Naijanewsdirect

  Following his emergence as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at the just concluded Presidential Primary in FCT, Abuja, the lawmaker representing Ikeja Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, ARK, has warmly congratulated the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his resounding victory. Speaking to newsmen after the announcement of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the eventual winner of the exercise, Hon Kasunmu said, “After the expected intrigues before the National Convention of our great party, the Presidential Primary for the 2023 General Election has come and gone and a winner has emerged”. “I most sincerely congratulate our great party, the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Working Committee, the National Convention Committee and all who put in huge efforts to ensure a successful National Convention and manifestly free and fair Presidential Primary conducted under a most convivial atmosphere.” “I wish to thank especially our party delegates for showing belief in the personality, capacity, ideas, experience and knowledge of our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and considering him as the best man to provide the needed leadership for our dear country at this point in the history of our nation. “On behalf of the esteemed Ikeja people, who I represent at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I warmly congratulate our National Leader and the architect of modern Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his resounding victory at the just concluded Presidential Primary Election.” “Jagaban, as our Leader and father, over the years you have shown great courage as manifested in your fight for the entrenchment of democratic ideals in Nigeria. Your administrative acumen and glittering track record of public service are visible to all and sundry. So, we your foot soldiers are not surprised by your resounding victory.” “We are therefore, very certain that our party, the All

Just in: Tinubu, Osinbajo Only Aspirants For APC Presidential Ticket, Says Gaya – Naijanewsdirect

  The number of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants have been trimmed down to two. They include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. This was made known by Senator Kabiru Gaya while speaking with Channels TV at the Eagles Square, venue of the APC special convention. Gaya disclosed further that Senator Ken Nnamani and two other aspirants have stepped down for Osinbajo, saying that they would officially make it known when the primary starts properly. The party’s Northern governors on Tuesday (Today) submitted five names to President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration namely: Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi, Umahi, and Kayode Fayemi.

Dollar Rain at PDP Convention: Delegates Get $35,000 Each From Atiku, Wike – Naijanewsdirect

  Delegates to the presidential convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, smiled home with at least $35,000 each from the two frontline presidential aspirants, Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike. There were at least 14 presidential aspirants who jostled for the party’s ticket on Saturday in Abuja. Some of the delegates said they received $10,000 and $15,000 each from the coordinators Messrs Abubakar and Wike respectively. They however said some of them get up to $20,000 (about N12m) from the two leading aspirants. “At first Atiku and Wike gave us 10,000 and 15,000 dollars each, but when Atiku learnt about what Wike offered, he now started reaching out to us to level up the tally,” said one of the delegates from Kano. He added that the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, who was also contesting, gave them $5,000 each. “Some aspirants, like Bala Mohammed, were not sharing the money across the board, they shared it sparingly. Only Atiku and Wike were sharing to all delegates. “The vote canvassers were all around, and the process appeared like an auction. I believe some of us could get from 40 to 60,000 dollars each before the end of the exercise,” he said. A number of delegates from Edo and Jigawa States who spoke on the condition of anonymity corroborated the position of their Kano counterparts, saying some of them collected up to $40,000. A coordinator of one of the leading candidates said some of the delegates were brought to the nation’s capital in charter flight, fed and lodged in hotels at the expense of the presidential aspirants. “You have to hide your delegates, otherwise they will be up for grab. Some aspirants made mouthwatering offers and ask them to take oath of commitment,” he said.   Source: Daily Nigerian 

Just in: Eshinlokun-Sanni Defeats Demola Seriki, Akeem Apatira, Wins Lagos Central Senatorial Ticket – Naijanewsdirect

Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Lagos Central Senatorial District. At the primary election conducted on Saturday, 28 May, 2022, Eshinlokun-Sanni scored 185 delegate votes to beat his closest rival, Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain, Ademola Seriki who could only muster 97 delegate votes. Hakeem Apatira came a distant third taking 22 delegate votes. The exercise, free and fair, devoid of rancour took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

APC Presidential Primary: Tinubu Shares Manifesto, Promises To Transform Nigeria – Naijanewsdirect

Presidential aspirant and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has shared his manifesto for the transformation, touching on decentralizing the policing, creating jobs, among others, if elected president of the country. A press statement signed by the Director of Media and Communication, Tinubu Campaign Organization, Bayo Onanuga, asserted that Tinubu will lead Nigeria to a new era of economic prosperity, peace, security  and political stability. Tinubu, the pace-setting Governor of Lagos State between 1999-2007, presented his vision within five thematic areas. He promised to improve security by decentralizing the policing of the country and creating hundreds of  thousands of new jobs simultaneously. He promised to transform Nigeria into an enviable country and one where there will be justice, peace and prosperity for all, with a “robust economy”. Titled ‘My Vision for Nigeria’, Tinubu promised in the document, “a nation transformed into greatness, the pride of Africa, a role model for all black people worldwide, and respected among all other countries. “A vibrant and thriving democracy and a prosperous nation with a fast-growing industrial base, capable of producing the most basic needs of the people and exporting to other countries of the world. “A country with a robust economy, where prosperity is broadly shared by all irrespective of class, region, and religion. “A nation where its people enjoy all the basic needs, including a safe and secure environment, abundant food, affordable shelter, health care, and quality primary education for all. “A nation founded on justice, peace, and prosperity for all.” On economy, Tinubu promised to build an economy that will make the nation’s Gross Development Product grow quicker  annually for the next four years while also providing jobs for millions of youths in the country. He also promised to launch a new National Industrial Policy focused on special intervention to reinvigorate specific strategic industries. “I will

Lai Mohammed’s Son, Folajimi Loses Third Term Ticket To Former Councillor – Naijanewsdirect

The son of Minister of Information and Culture and current member representing Ikeja State Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Folajimi Mohammed has lost his bid to represent the constituency for the third consecutive term. Honourable Mohammed lost at the primary election conducted to pick the flagbearer of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, 27 May, 2022. Interestingly he lost to former Councillor and one time Legislative Leader of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Seyi Lawal. At the primary election, Seyi Lawal polled 15 of the delegates votes while Folajimi could only muster nine votes.