The North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) declares that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 must come from the region.
They described the geopolitical zone as a focal point for unity and security since the civil war.
NCPF Media Secretary, Rt. Hon. Sule Audu Dickson and another official, Tunde Olusunle, spoke to a group of journalists in Abuja.
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They noted that most of the leaders of the North Central served Nigeria with diligence.
The Forum noted that democracy is “the midwife of a North Central son, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.”
The organization said General Ibrahim Babangida “was able to move Nigeria’s capital from Lagos to the north-central region, which is part of the north.”
“Yakubu Gowon sacrificed himself to reunite Nigeria in one nation. These three people come from the North Central and we want to make sure their work is not in vain.”
The NCPF stated that “the area needs development and is ready to continue this with the federal government, with the cooperation of our governors regardless of our political affiliations.”]]>
Former US President Donald J. Trump has removed himself entirely from the world wide web. Still banned from Facebook and Twitter and battling to discover a means to control news coverage since leaving office. Mr Trump chose Wednesday to shutter his DIY alternative, a blog site he had started simply a month back called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”
Mr. Trump had actually ended up being frustrated after speaking with friends that the site was getting little web traffic and making him look small and irrelevant, according to a person accustomed to his thinking. The site, which cost a few thousand dollars to make as well as was created for Mr. Trump by a business run by his former campaign manager Brad Parscale, was planned to be an online hub for advocates to see statements provided by the former head of state and communicate with him.
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” In a time of silence as well as exists, a sign of flexibility develops,” a video introducing the system last month marketed. “A location to speak easily and safely. Straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump.”
Last month, after The Washington Post reported that the blog was drawing in essentially no readership, Mr. Trump soft-pedalled its objective, calling it a substitute step up until he identified what followed.
” This is suggested to be a momentary way of obtaining my thoughts and concepts bent on the general public without the Fake News rotates, but the internet site is not a ‘system,'” he stated in a statement. “It is simply a way of connecting up until I pick what the future will certainly be for the choice or the establishment of a platform.”
Some people in his small circle of consultants claimed that they were discouraged by his decision to close it down on Wednesday. Others tried to place a more favourable spin on it.
Jason Miller, a consultant, stated on Twitter that the choice to put on hold the blog site was a precursor to Mr. Trump’s joining one more social media site platform.
” Yes, really, it is,” he created when asked if the move implied that Mr. Trump would certainly be returning to social media sites in another kind. “Keep tuned!”]]>
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has revealed the real reason why he joined the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Umahi, Chair of the South-East Governors Forum, said it was love that he shared with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He spoke in his hometown of Uburu on Monday.
Umahi stated that the president’s love for Ebonyi would have been sufficient reason for him to join the APC.
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“You can say anything you want to say, but the president loves me and I love him also.
“I do not know how this love happened, but you should realize that grace is always upon the house of David,” he said.
Umahi joined the APC of the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, a few weeks ago, quoting injustice in the main opposition party.
A former Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, has declared his intention to contest for the office of the Governor of Lagos State in the 2023 election.
Dr Abdul-Lateef announced his intention during the inauguration of “Iyepe 2023 We Fit Do Am” project, a movement meant to create political awareness among Lagosians.
“There is apathy in the county; not so many people are involved in voting these days. It has been going down in Lagos State.
“Out of about 24 million people in Lagos State, during the last voting exercise, we witnessed less than 1.5 million voters.
“You can see that there is a gradual level of disinterestedness by the populace. So we have started this movement to raise political awareness to encourage people to have hope that we can have transformation.
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“By the time we encourage more people to participate in politics, we believe that things will change for the better by the grace of God,” he said.
According to him, “Iyepe” is a symbol of unity which reminds us that we are all from Adam who was created from sand.
“A leader who bears Iyepe will bring about unity among the people,” Abdul-Lateef said.
According to him, the greatest challenge in the nation’s politics is apathy, which is a lack of participation by the people.
He urged Lagos residents to believe that nothing was impossible, adding that the time had come when votes would begin to count to bring into the leadership competent and committed people.
Abdul-Lateef, who was yet to name his party of choice to contest the governorship election, said that he was optimistic that Lagos residents would support him when the time comes.
He, however, commended the leadership role of All Progressives Congress National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for working towards leading Lagos State to the promised land.
He also commended the efforts of the past governors of Lagos as well as Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for their tremendous leadership role in the state.
Also speaking, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), described Abdul-Lateef as an “uncommon politician” and expressed support for his ambition to be Governor of Lagos State, come 2023.
“We are here to celebrate a symbol of humility, a democrat and a politician who is coming out openly and declare his ambition to become the next Governor of Lagos State.
“We are here because we support this aspiration and know it is in the course of justice; it is fair call, it is belated, he was to become deputy governor eight years ago.
“We believe that 2023 to 2027 dispensation belongs to the Muslims and this slot must not be wasted,” Akintola said.
He described Abdul-Hakeem as a consistent politician and a spiritual leader, adding that his combination of the two attributes would transform Lagos State.]]>
Re-elected Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has reached a hand of an alliance to Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, but warned that there would be no tolerance for Oshiomhole if he creates dilemmas in the state.
Governor Obaseki gave the warning while speaking on ARISE TV on Tuesday, noting that Oshiomhole’s negative remarks will no longer be tolerated. Obaseki, who won re-election in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, had been in APC before he fell out with Oshiomhole, was disqualified from contesting on the party’s platform and then defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to the governor, “I don’t have any plans to drive him out of town. But if he continues to behave the way he has always done, if he continues to be disruptive; “If he continues to flaunt his lions and tigers in Edo State and tries to create problems for us here, then we would not have any mercy.
So it is totally up to him.” He said Oshiomhole betrayed his trust, adding “For Oshiomhole, I won’t want to say much here. But when you find that you have been deceived, you don’t share the same values, you don’t trust at all. “It is his responsibility to rebuild that trust and to show if his values align with what we represent as a people.
Clearly I am not God, but I will say he should stay on his lane, while I maintain mine.” He also accused Oshiomhole of causing disharmony between him and Ize-Iyamu, whom he said is a relative. On whether he would dump PDP, Obaseki said: “I won the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. “I think it will be immoral and unfair to even have any other consideration at this point about leaving the platform that gave me the mandate.
“There must be moral in politics; people must be ethical. At this point in time, I do not think it is a proper thing to do”; to jettison the party that has brought me into the party. “Particularly, I have no issues or challenge with the party now.”]]>
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has actually bought the constraint of vehicular movement in Edo State.
The curfew begins at 11:59 pm on Friday and ends at 6 pm on Saturday.
Authorities spokesperson, Frank Mba, in a declaration stated this would guarantee public order and safety throughout the governorship election.
Mba likewise mentioned the need to avoid the movement of illegal arms, controlled substances and political goons.
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The IGP told residents to head out en-masse and vote, guaranteeing that security agencies have been sufficiently set in motion to provide a safe, safe and secure and favourable environment.
He informed citizens to see the limitation as part of the needed sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.
Adamu cautioned versus any kind of violence, taking of tally boxes, vote-buying, vote-selling, hate speeches, and other acts efficient in compromising the electoral procedures.]]>
Atiku counters Tinubu. Atiku Abubakar, the Former Vice-President, has asked the Edo voters to cast their votes for of Godwin Obaseki the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the coming Governorship election on Saturday in Edo State.
Alhaji Atiku tweeted this a few hours after Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, said Godwin Obaseki does not deserve a single vote in the coming governorship election.
Asiwuaju Bola Hamed in a video posted online said, “He (Obaseki) does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.”
But Obaseki debunked Tinubu’s claim, noting that Tinubu would fail in his attempt “to extend his political dominance and empire to Edo State”.
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Former Vice-President, in his tweet, warned against any act of violence during the Saturday election.
Atiku Abubakar said, “The democracy that we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and critical review of our electoral processes.
“As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count.
“I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out en masse to cast and defend their vote for @GovernorObaseki.”
One of the allegations raised by Tinubu against Obaseki was preventing the inauguration of lawmakers.
But Obaseki in a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, replied, “We call on all Edo people, friends of Nigeria and all lovers of democracy to disregard all the comments by Tinubu, as the allegations about the Edo State House of Assembly and other claims in the broadcast are completely false.”
The crisis in the Edo State House of Assembly began when it was inaugurated under controversial circumstances at night with only nine, out of 24 lawmakers-elect, on June 17, 2019, following a proclamation by the governor.
The lawmakers, who were not part of the process, as well as the APC, rejected the process and called on the governor to issue a fresh proclamation.
However, a Federal High Court in Rivers State barred the governor from doing so. A separate court also barred the National Assembly from taking over the Edo Assembly.
This worsened the crisis within the APC in the state and deepened the feud between Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was also the National Chairman of the APC.
The governor orchestrated the suspension of Oshiomhole from the party at the ward level. In retaliation, Oshiomhole ensured that Obaseki did not clinch the governorship ticket of the APC and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu emerged as the winner of the primary.
The crisis in the Edo State chapter of the APC and the multiple court rulings on Oshiomhole’s suspension snowballed into a national problem that culminated in the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), dissolving the National Working Committee of the APC causing Oshiomhole to lose his position.
An attempt by the aggrieved lawmakers to be inaugurated was, however, scuttled by men claiming to be renovating the Assembly complex.
However, the APC claimed the men were thugs hired by the governor who was afraid of being impeached.]]>
Former Oyo first lady and wife of late former Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, Florence, on Sunday thrashed Governor Seyi Makinde, his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, and the state government. She spoke while receiving the government delegation led by the Olaniyan, at Ajimobi’s Oluyole residence.
She told the deputy governor: “I don’t have your number, I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers that I don’t know sir. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead, and he served this state for eight good years.” She denied ever contacting either Makinde or anybody in his government for any kind of support during the illness of her husband. Florence also denied the state government’s claims that the family sent a proxy to meet the governor during the burial arrangement.
The widow said it was time for everyone to reflect on their lives “because death is a necessary end. It will come when it will come. We don’t know who is next and we don’t know when our time will come”.
She said Christianity and Islam teach love and peace “and I am glad that the deputy governor of Oyo State is here because I need to put some record straight. It is the first time I’m going to make any public announcement or statement since my husband actually died”.
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Florence recalled that she opened the papers some days ago and saw the Oyo State Government “writing a lot of things”.
Noting that her husband took ill on the 22nd of May and was hospitalised, she read that Makinde claimed he called “but didn’t”.
She added that it was necessary to “put the record straight because this is a family of politicians and I don’t want anybody to tarnish my husband’s name, well my husband is gone. It could be me or anyone else tomorrow”.
Florence said life in itself is vanity upon vanity, adding that “either you are PDP or APC, the man is dead and he has been buried. But the governor didn’t call me. Even if he had called me and I didn’t pick his calls, he could have sent me a text message for record purposes”.
“And then today again, I read in the papers and saw how the Ajimobi’s family were lying about some things. Mr deputy, my husband, never had anything against the governor or anyone else. We were in different parties, but he was an elder statesman, and he slept on the ground.”
The widow declared that Makinde never called nor sent her a condolence message.
Lamenting that her husband was hospitalised for one month, she quipped: “What politics are we playing, please? Life is short, I’m a Christian, and my husband is a Muslim, we all should let the fear of God guide us in whatever we are doing. Ajimobi is gone today, whatever he does doesn’t matter to me.”
Florence stated that all that has happened doesn’t matter and that she will respect her husband’s wishes “and that was what I did today, laid him to rest peacefully. I don’t want any controversy. Everything I read in the papers, I just swallowed them all and let it go”.
“The press are here, we never had any rift with the governor, with the state government, I never dialogued with them, I never contacted them nor sent them a word because I didn’t know it was necessary for me to send official messages that my husband was hospitalised.”
She told those in the room that she never sent messages “to Governor Fayemi; I didn’t send to Governor Ganduje, I didn’t send to Lagos State Governor, I didn’t send messages to anybody because it was all over the social media and they knew that my husband was ill”.
Ajimobi’s wife said the least anybody could do “as a God-fearing person was at least to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died. Not even you, Mr deputy governor called. If you had called me as you claimed and I didn’t pick, you could have at least send me a text message sir”.
“Are you saying he didn’t contribute anything to this state and you could not honour him for a second. The man is dead, and I need to put the record straight. I don’t want anybody, any government to garnish my husband’s image. He was a peace-loving man. And he played his role, and he’s gone.
“Nobody can be on the stage for so long. You come, play your roles, and you leave. Somebody else comes. I pray for Governor Seyi Makinde to succeed because that is the only time I would say that my husband succeeded.” As the atmosphere was getting tensed, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, interjected and called for prayers for the repose of the soul of the late governor.]]>
Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, has maintained that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been tossed under the bus and withdrawn from politics.
Following, President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to back a former Deputy National Secretary of the APC, Chief Victor Giadom, to continue as the party’s Acting National Chairman.
Buhari on Wednesday stated “the law is on the side of Victor Giadom”, in his quest to become the Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Buhari made his stance known in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
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The president explained that he has received “very convincing advice” and will hold a virtual meeting with Giadom tomorrow (Thursday).
First Oshiomole is kicked out by the Court of Appeal. Then his preferred replacement, Ajimobi, falls into a coma. Then his arch rival, Giadom, is recognised by Buhari as Nat. Chairman.
Conclusion: it is over for Tinubu. He has been thrown under the bus & retired from politics!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 24, 2020
Fani Kayode while reacting, tweeted, “First Oshiomole is kicked out by the Court of Appeal. Then his preferred replacement, Ajimobi, falls into a coma. Then his arch-rival, Giadom, is recognised by Buhari as National Chairman.
“Conclusion: it is over for Tinubu. He has been thrown under the bus and retired from politics!”
The National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate on November 16, 2019, Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, Dino Melaye, challenging the victory of Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared APC candidate the winner of the election conducted by the commission after a court had nullified Melaye’s victory in the initial election held on February 23, 2019.
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In his petition, the PDP candidate asked the court to declare him the winner of the election having scored the highest number of valid votes in the poll.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Kashim Kaigama, who delivered the lead judgment, said Melaye failed to prove how the election was rigged in favour of Adeyemi.
He said the PDP candidate’s petition was dismissed for lack of merit.
Meanwhile, Melaye has promised to appeal the tribunal’s ruling at the Appeal Court.