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Mbadinuju joins APC, Fayose faults Buhari’s ‘London interview’


FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, Monday defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

   Mbadinuju, who disclosed his withdrawal from the PDP at a press conference in Abuja noted that he had already informed the executive committee of his ward in Umuaku of Ihiala local council of Anambra State of his exit from the PDP.

 He said he was left with no option but to dump the PDP due to the unjust treatment meted on him over the years.

Flanked by chieftains of the APC, former Governor of Abia State, Chief Ogbonaya Onu and former Information Minister, Prince Tony Momoh, he justified his support for the emergence of Buhari’s candidacy, stating: “I first got to know Gen. Buhari when I launched my book on ‘How I Governed Anambra State’ in 2012. Through a mutual friend, I simply sent him an invitation letter to attend the ceremony, and behold, Buhari attended the ceremony at his expense. In fact, he drove from Kaduna to Abuja and sat at the ante-room even before many arrived the venue. That created a positive impression of him in my mind. It shows a trait of excellent leadership quality in the man.”

 Meanwhile, Ekiti State ‎Governor, Ayodele Fayose, Monday described the picture showing General Muhammadu Buhari as granting interview to a journalist in London as a complete fraud aimed at deceiving Nigerians to believe that the interview actually held in London.

   Addressing a press conference in Abuja Monday, Fayose displayed the picture of the “London interview” and pointed out that that interview session actually took place inside a room in a prominent hotel in Abuja.

   He also suggested that presidential candidates should be made to present  health certificates before election.

   Fayose took journalists round a suite at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, where he said the trending picture of Buhari’s interview with the All Eyes on African TV reporter was taken.

Ex-lawmaker predicts victory for Jonathan

 In another development, a former member of the Senate, Mr. Ayo Arise, has predicted victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 polls.

   He also said that the President cannot be blamed solely for the crises bedeviling the country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency and dwindling fortunes of the economy.

   Arise, ex-chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization, also disagreed with the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose over his consistent ‘death-wish’ adverts against Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking on a programme on Channels Television tagged ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Monday, which was monitored in Ado Ekiti, Arise urged Nigerians to vote en masse for the re-election bid of President Jonathan for continued transformation of Nigeria.

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