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Resignation Shock: Naja’atu Muhammad Quits as Tinubu’s Campaign Director

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Naja’atu Bala Muhammad, a Director in the Bola Tinubu 2023 presidential campaign, has resigned.

She was the Director of Civil Society in the Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The exit of 67-year-old Naja’atu comes one month to the presidential election.

In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as a Commissioner at the Police Service Commission, PSC.

In her resignation letter to APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, Naja’atu decried the state of the nation.

The politician said recent developments in the political and democratic space make it impossible for her to continue participating in party politics.

“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”, she noted.

In a statement on Saturday, January 21, 2023, the activist said she left the scene after the realization that her values and beliefs no longer aligned with party politics.

Naja’atu observed platforms have no ideological differences and are “robes that politicians wear to serve their personal needs and interests”.

“I am committed to supporting individuals that are truly interested in addressing the root causes of our challenges. To remain true to such commitments, one must be willing to take bold and decisive steps.”

The statement expressed regret that citizens still face insecurity, poverty, inequality, and lack of access to basic services.

Naja’atu said the problems require the consolidated efforts of competent and patriotic leadership across every level of governance.

Ahead of 2023, Hajiya Naja, as fondly called, advised Nigerians to be “aware of the consequences of their decisions and their choices.

In November, she demanded the prosecution of First Lady Aisha Buhari over the detention of Aminu Mohammed, a final-year student of Federal University Dutse.

Tinubu Attacks Obasanjo’s Credibility Because He Didn’t Win Former President’s Endorsement

Bola Tinubu, the presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, has reacted to the endorsement of his Labour Party LP rival, Peter Obi by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing it as “worthless”.

Tinubu in a preliminary response to the development however conceded that it was within the democratic rights of the former president to endorse anyone.

The APC standard bearer recalled how the former president’s adopted candidates had lost elections in the past, declaring that not even in Obasanjo’s home state, Ogun, can anyone rely on his endorsement to be governor or councillor.

Obasanjo had in a new year message to Nigerians youths carpeted Tinubu and his own former deputy, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying only Obi holds a promise for the country.

“Let me say straight away that ‘Emi Lokan’ (My turn) and ‘I have paid my dues are one and the same thing and are wrong attitude and mentality for the leadership of Nigeria now. They cannot form the new pedestal to reinvent and to invest in a new Nigeria based on an All-Nigeria Government for the liberation and restoration of Nigeria. Such a government must have representation from all sectors of our national life public, private, civil society, professional, labour, employers, and the diaspora. The solution should be in we’ and ‘us’ and not in ‘me’ and ‘I”, the former president had declared.

According to a statement on Sunday, January 1, 2023, issued by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu said he was responding to the development after a series of calls by journalists seeking his reaction.

The council noted that the former president has a history of failed endorsements, and expressed sympathy for Mr Obi who it said is on his way to joining the lost of losers endorsed by Obasanjo in the past.

Part of the statement reads; “We read with amusement the endorsement of Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his New Year message on Sunday.

“Following calls by journalists from various media houses who asked for our reaction we decided to make this preliminary statement, though we didn’t consider the so-called endorsement to be of any value.

“We respect the democratic right of former President Obasanjo to support and endorse any candidate of his choice in any election”, the council noted.

The Tinubu campaign council added that except that the former president formally made his decision known in his new year message, “any discerning political watcher in Nigeria knows that Chief Obasanjo’s preference for Peter Obi is expected”.

It noted that Obasanjo had earlier stated his position at various public events, the last being at the 70th birthday anniversary of Chief John Nwodo, a former President of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Enugu.

Noting that Obasanjo is not a democrat who anyone should be proud to be associated with, the Tinubu campaign said it would not lose any sleep over the development.

“We make bold to say that our party and candidate, Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not lose sleep over Obasanjo’s move, as Obasanjo is notorious for always opposing progressive political forces, as he did against MKO Abiola in 1993.

“The endorsement is actually worthless because the former President does not possess any political goodwill or leverage anywhere in Nigeria to make anyone win a Councillorship election let alone win a Presidential election. He is a political paperweight.

“He is also not a democrat anyone should be proud to be associated with.

Source: Daily Post

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