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Ondo ex-commissioner hopeful of APC gov ticket

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Ondo ex-commissioner hopeful of APC gov ticket

As the primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State draws nearer, one of the frontline aspirants and immediate former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa, has expressed confidence that he will clinch the ticket of the party at the forthcoming primary.

Akinterinwa, who was at the state secretariat of the APC in Akure on Tuesday for his official declaration, said the state had the potential to become another Lagos in terms of economic development, and if elected, he would turn it into an economic hub.

According to him, with the state’s longest coastline and deep sea port coupled with a large land mass, the state could feed the entire South-West.

Akinterinwa said with his experience, his administration would find a means to remove unemployed youths from the streets and give them employment.

He said, “We must find a solution to how to move these (jobless) boys from the streets and give them good employment. We must now think outside the box. We must think in a manner that there are no limitations.

“We will make our lands available at a cost. Ondo must be the next Lagos State. We have a coastline and a deep seaport.

“We must bring all these to life, and it will be the game changer. Ondo State needs to move to the next level. Previous governments have made their bid. We need to move to the level of industrialisation.

“I must say that with farming, some of our parents were millionaires in those days. We have the opportunity of land mass, which Lagos do not have. We will bank on these so that the state will be able to feed the entire Southwest.

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“We will ensure that our farmers are given the right support. We will encourage investors to come to the state to invest. We will make our land available at a cost.

“I will become the Chief Marketing Officer of the state. I will take Ondo to the world. Ondo State should be ready to witness a new era of prosperity. With me, we will have the best Ondo State has to offer.”

In his remarks, the state chairman of the APC, Mr Ade Adetimehin, decried the high rate of unemployment in the state, adding that something urgent must be done to reduce the problem.

He urged the party aspirants to allow the party to be in charge of the appointments when they eventually become the governor, saying that is the only way the party faithful at the grassroots could benefit from the party.

“It is important to allow the party at the local level to be in charge of appointment. That is the only way people can benefit. When people are looking for votes, they move close to the party. But immediately they get the power, they leave the party behind.

“Don’t let us allow thuggery in the state. Wale grows through the ranks. He is one of the responsible stakeholders of the party. He is not new to the system. The words of violence and thuggery should not be heard from every one of us,” he said.

The APC has fixed April 20 for its primary, while some of the aspirants have obtained the nomination forms of the party ahead of the primary.

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Akinterinwa, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Chief Olusola Oke, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, Dr Francis Faduyile and Mr Gbenga Edema are some of the other frontline aspirants of the party who will slug it out to get the ticket of the APC ahead of the governorship election on November 16, 2024.

The National Working Committee of the APC has set up a nine-man committee to oversee the primary.

The committee is headed by Mr Emma Eneukwu

Source: PUNCH NEWS

 

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Rivers crisis deepens as Assembly blocks Fubara from spending

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Siminialayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, says the existence of members of the state house of assembly is based on his recognition.

The Martin Amaewhule-led Rivers Assembly has suspended all expenditures of Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara until he re-presents his budget before the House.

The Nation reported that the lawmakers gave the Governor a seven-day ultimatum to re-present his budget, which has expired.

Rivers House Leader, Major Jack, moved the motion to bring up a resolution alerting the House of the governor’s seven-day deadline for presenting the 2024 budget to the House.

Following consideration, the Assembly decided to shut down the Rivers State Consolidated Revenue Account, prohibiting any expenditure by Governor Fubara’s administration.

Source: The Nation

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Fubara risks impeachment as 7-day budget ultimatum reaches deadline

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Tension In Rivers As 7-Day Budget Ultimatum Reaches Deadline

Uncertainty has once again gripped the political landscape in Rivers State, as the 7-day ultimatum by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly for Governor Siminalayi Fubara to resubmit the 2024 budget reaches its deadline this week.

The ultimatum, issued on July 8, will expire today if weekends are counted, or on Wednesday if they are excluded.

The Assembly’s order came after a motion by Dumle Maol, the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary.

Maol, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the Pro-Nyesom Wike Assembly, urged the House to formally notify the governor to present the budget in light of a recent court ruling, which they believe affirmed their membership and validated Amaewhule’s leadership.

The re-presentation of the budget was a key element of the presidential peace pact in December, aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South-South state.

Previously, Governor Fubara had submitted the ₦800bn budget to the Assembly led by Edison Ehie who now serves as the Governor’s Chief of Staff.

The faction of the Assembly is now led by Victor Oko-Jumbo.

The budget, which was passed and signed into law, is still being implemented, suggesting that the peace agreement has faltered.

Last week, Governor Fubara announced that his administration is already preparing the 2025 budget, indicating that the demand for the re-presentation of the 2024 budget is unrealistic.

The crisis in Rivers State, which began about eight months ago, has continued to evolve.

It started with a fire at the State House of Assembly in October, followed by an attempted impeachment of Fubara, massive resignations from the executive cabinet, and unrest over local government administration. This phase culminated in a failed attack on the Presidential Hotel.

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With the deadline for the 2024 budget presentation set for this week, the political climate in the state appears tense, as the assembly and the governor navigate the ongoing crisis.

Meanwhile, Chijioke Ihunwo, a pro-Fubara politician from the same community as Amaewhule, has dismissed the 7-day ultimatum on the governor as laughable.

Ihunwo, who was appointed by the governor as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, urged Amaewhule to accept his fate as a former assembly member, after defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

He encouraged the people of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, comprising Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre, and Emohua Local Government Areas, to continue supporting the Governor under the leadership of former Senator John Azuta-Mbata.

The politician, who was criticised for appointing 100 aides last week, said the decision which other CTC Chairmen are also implementing is aimed at bringing local government administration closer to the grassroots.

He announced that more appointments would be made in the coming days, to demonstrate that the Fubara-led government is inclusive.

Source: Channels

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2027: Tinubu’s loyalists begin underground lobby for Lagos governorship ticket

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The upcoming succession race for the governorship of Lagos State in 2027 has begun to attract significant attention as potential candidates

The upcoming succession race for the governorship of Lagos State in 2027 has begun to attract significant attention as potential candidates and media personalities are reportedly engaging in preliminary discussions and seeking support from influential figures such as President Bola Tinubu and other prominent political entities in the state, in their bid to secure the position of the governor of the Mega City, ThePAPERS reports.

It has been revealed that every potential candidate in the state party has a key supporter. However, it is widely recognized that the current governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has some influence over his successor, but navigating the political landscape within the Lagos state party system remains challenging.

As rumors circulate, there are reportedly more than five individuals vying for an influential political seat through underground lobbying. The current governor is expected to announce his preferred candidate closer to the end of his tenure.

Interestingly, the current speaker of the Lagos state, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has been rumored to be among those lobbying for the party ticket.

Sanwo’s stand against Hon. Obasa could be due to many factors especially the rejection of his commissioners at the state assembly on two different occasions and other internal issues.

According to our source, a top executive in All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos state said the next governor of Lagos will be a Muslim, and this brings in the name of Dr. Hakeem Muri Okunola popularly called HMO. He was the immediate Lagos state Head of Service, currently serving as a private secretary to President Tinubu, except otherwise, zoning will not favour him.

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A top name, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief of Staff to President Tinubu, is a politician with little trust in good governance by Lagos State APC, so it is less likely.

In Lagos East, Senator Tokunbo Abiru emerges as the top aspirant. As a prominent technocrat, he has garnered significant support from many APC supporters in his constituency. However, questions arise regarding his level of exposure and experience to effectively govern Lagos.

“The heat is on, people are already lobbying for who will be the next Lagos governor after Sanwo-Olu, but the next candidate is not only going to be the decision of the President being our political godfather in the state, it has to involve some grassroots powerhouse and the President is already aware, ” a member of Lagos State APC told ThePAPERS exclusively.

He continued: “There’s no favourite but a Muslim candidate will emerge obviously. What I can say is that Asiwaju has a way of surprising lobbyists, and I think that will still happen again. Let me also inform you that whatever name you are hearing from the Lagos Assembly is fake, it can never happen. When the time comes, a gentleman could emerge as Sanwo-Olu successor but we are waiting for the game to become more intense and intense.”

Responding to the question that if the president picks from his current presidency cabinet and appointment, he said: “Politics has changed, and I can tell you that Asiwaju is always ahead of those changes, he knows what the Lagosian want and as a party, we will not want to play to the gallery of Chinedu or Obidient, just like what happened last time. Every politician wants to become Lagos governor by all means but we have a strong political structure in the state, even the person who attempted to destroy it regretted his action.

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“Finally, any name you are hearing is subject to speculations and speculation is welcome in the world of media propaganda.”

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Ex-senate president Anyim dumps PDP for APC

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Ex-senate president Anyim dumps PDP for APC

Anyim Pius Anyim, a former senate president, has left the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Anyim officially joined the APC on Saturday at a ceremony held at the Abakaliki Stadium in Ebonyi state.

The ceremony was attended by many political stakeholders, including Abdullahi Ganduje, APC national chairman; David Umahi, minister of works; and Francis Nwifuru, governor of Ebonyi.

Ganduje presented the APC flag to the former senate president at the ceremony.

Speaking at the event, Anyim said he and his supporters have resolved to unite the whole of Ebonyi with the APC political family.

Anyim said his supporters have resolved to support President Bola Tinubu and all his political appointees in the state to resolve the challenges in the country.

“Accordingly, the people of Ebonyi have resolved to collaborate with the governor and all federal appointees of Ebonyi, particularly the honourable minister of works, to upscale our support for President Bola Tinubu,” he said.

Anyim was elected as a senator from Ebonyi in 1999, and he was elected as senate president in 2000 under the platform of the PDP.

He also served as the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Source: The Cable

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Ungrateful element: How I lobbied Yar’dua in 2007 to get job for Ganduje after serving as my SA – Kwakwanso reveals

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Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former Kano Governor and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), In a recent interview

Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former Kano Governor and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), In a recent interview with Arise News, addressed speculations regarding his relationship with his former deputy, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

Kwankwaso sought to dispel any notions of personal animosity, emphasizing that he harbors no personal grudges, especially in the realm of Kano politics. He underscored that his principles preclude any form of personal vendetta.

Reflecting on their past professional association, Kwankwaso detailed his extensive support for Ganduje’s political trajectory.

He recounted appointing Ganduje as his deputy governor from 1999 to 2003, and later as his Special Adviser in the Ministry of Defence. Further illustrating his support, Kwankwaso mentioned his efforts in securing a position for Ganduje in the Chad Basin Development Authority during the Yar’dua administration.

Kwankwaso, a former governor himself, stressed that his political mission in Kano was accomplished and that he has no interest in perpetuating political discord. Instead, he called for unity and the importance of moving forward, leaving past conflicts in the past.

In his own words, Kwankwaso stated: “I’m not the Governor of Kano; I’m just the leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party and as a matter of principle, I don’t have an enemy. I don’t believe that I have anybody to fight, especially in the politics of Kano. The person you mentioned was my deputy governor from 1999 to 2003 and my Special Adviser in the Ministry of Defence.

When Yar’dua came in 2007, I lobbied and secured a job for him in the Chad Basin. He was there when I got the ticket in 2011, and I invited him to come back and be my deputy again. When I finished, I decided with other leaders in Kano to hand over the mantle of leadership to him freely.

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Now, once that happens, anybody is free to do whatever he or she wants to do, but I successfully completed my assignment in Kano, and I left. Whatever happened in Kano is now history.”

Kwankwaso’s remarks underscore his commitment to a principle-driven approach to politics, one that prioritizes the larger goal of unity and progress over personal grievances. His stance reflects a desire to see a more collaborative political environment, free from the shackles of past disagreements and focused on collective advancement.

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Voters were confused in 2023 – NNPP gives reason for new logo

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Voters were confused in 2023 – NNPP gives reason for new logo

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, has provided an insight into why there was a need for it to effect clear changes in its logo.

DAILY POST reported on Friday that the party, on whose platform the Governor of Kano State was elected in 2023, has changed its constitution, which paved the way for changing its slogan, logo and flag.

The national chairman of NNPP, Dr Ajuji Ahmed, spoke during the official presentation of the new logo, flag and slogan of the party in Abuja on Friday.

The party presented its new logo, which will adorn ballot papers in every election in Nigeria, starting in November this year, to the Nigerian media following approval by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The party clarified that due to the issue of logistics, INEC will still use its old logo for the off-season September 21, 2024, governorship election in Edo State and the re-run election coming up in Kano State shortly.

“However, beginning with the November 16, 2024, off-season governorship election in Ondo State, this new logo will be on the ballot papers,” it said

Providing an insight into why there was a need to effect clear changes in its logo, the national chairman said: “Our experience in the last general elections when the old logo with its many colours posed a great challenge in the production of the ballot papers gave us a clear indication that, for the party, going forward, there was an urgent need to do something about the logo, especially. In fact, in some cases, our voters were confused by the way the old logo came out in the ballot papers across the country.

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“As a party focused on going forward, we did not blame anybody; we did not go to tribunals to challenge anyone on account of the way the logo came out in ballot papers throughout the country.

“Instead, we went on a mission of dialogue and wide consultations within and outside the party, which took us to where we are today.

“Let me also use this medium to call on all State Independent Electoral Commissions, SIECs, across the country to take notice of this new development in the democratic journey of this great country. All SIECs should feature this new logo on ballot papers for local government elections in all states of the Federation.”

 

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