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2023: We Must Complete Out Tenure- Obaseki, As Gov Bala Inaugurates BAM-V



2023: We Must Complete Out Tenure- Obaseki, As Gov Bala Inaugurates BAM-V

Contrary to popular clamour for the South-East geo-political zone of Nigeria to be given the slot of Presidency, by the two major political parties, All Progressive Congress APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, come 2023 general election.


Governors of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki and Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, both of the Peoples Democratic Party, at the weekend, declared  their interest in the 2023 general election.


Governor Obaseki of Edo state, while speaking to the newly elected Vice National Chairman, South-South, PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, stated that he has a duty to ensure that PDP zone their presidential ticket to the geo-political zone for equity.


Godwin Obaseki, said it was wrong for the PDP, not give the zone another four years to complete its slot.


“Presidency must come back to South-South and you (Orbih) must go round the country to let them know that we can’t be cheated. We expect you to deliver the presidency to the zone,” obaseki said.


While Obaseki is drumming support for a return of the president slot to his zone.


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Governor Bala Mohammed at the weekend inaugurated his 2023, presidential ambition, political movement, Bala Mohammed Vanguard, BAM-Vanguard, in Bauchi the state capital, with offices and officers across the 19 northern states and Council Areas.


Governor Bala, who is also a PDP governor, said with the North-East zone being the poorest zone in the country. It will be equity for the PDP to give their presidential slot to the zone.


Bala Mohammed said, Nigeria needs a detribalized from the Boko-Haram ravaged North-East to save the country.


”With the current insecurity and other challenges facing the country and especially the North-East, we need a detribalized leader from the North-East with a track record of service, commitment, and readiness to serve the people,” said Kaduna state chapter Chairman of BAM-Vanguard, Comrade Musa Haruna.


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is the main opposition party that has ruled the country for 16 years, until 2015, when it lost to the All Progressive Congress, APC, have not made official statement on the zoning of their presidential slot.


However, a chieftain of the party told Nationalwatchng, that with the APC, zoning their slot to the South, the opposition PDP, may zone their slot to the North to take power from the APC.


The PDP chieftain further disclosed that the formal Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was the party presidential candidate in 2019, may come back.


He said with the experience and popularity of Atiku, he cannot be dismissed to be the popular candidate to beat any opposition candidate.


He went further to say, that since President Buhari won the election on popularity, their cannot be such popular candidate again in the ruling APC, to beat Atiku.


PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion



PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.


The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.


The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.


Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.


“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.


“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.


“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.


The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”


He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva



Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva

Niger Delta leaders on Saturday praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for liberating the country’s petroleum sector from its quagmire.


They also praised the minister for playing a crucial role in the development of Nigeria.


“Chief Timipre Sylva is committed to the development of Nigeria. He will always support the Niger Delta region through thick and thin”.


In a statement in Yenagoa, the leaders praised Sylva for the zero-fuel queues situation in the country and the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) at Emeyal, Ogbia LGA in Bayelsa State.


They commended the minister for defending the interests of the Niger Delta people, changing the image of Nigeria for the better and attracting International Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMS) and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to the petroleum sector.


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The leaders also hailed Sylva for creating jobs for the people, placing greater emphasis on the distribution chain, indigenous capacities for the oil and gas industry as well as choosing courses which tend at least to a better and more desirable development of the country’s petroleum sector.


Signed by the chairperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, the leaders applauded the former Bayelsa State governor for his honest leadership, dogged commitment to principles in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness and justice.


“Chief Timipre Sylva should be applauded in his quest to bring about economic and social development in the country.”


The leaders who met in Yenagoa for three hours commended the astute politician for opening up local manufacturing in the country, improving the environmental condition of the oil producing areas and making the South-South geo-political zone, particularly Bayelsa State proud by his achievements in politics.


“Chief Timipre Sylva and other ministers have done South-South proud. The zone has never had it so good in terms of provision of amenities and infrastructure,” they said.


The statement emphasized sound business policy, creative power of the petroleum economy and operations of the petroleum industry.


“Chief Timipre Sylva is travelling on the road that leads to success.”


The leaders called on critics to emulate the virtues of Sylva by pursuing peace, progress and development.


“In spite of the current financial crunch, the Federal Government is up to date in its obligations to the Niger Delta region”.


The leaders also advised critics of Buhari’s appointees from the South-South geo-political zone to join Nigerians, home and abroad, in celebrating the achievements of the petroleum resources minister.


“Chief Timipre Sylva will continue to seek what is best for the good people of the Niger Delta region” the statement said.


Chief Timipre Sylva is one of the most ardent promoters of the unity and development of the Niger Delta region

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People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before – Garba Shehu



People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before - Garba Shehu

……Forging Certificate is More Critical Than Terrorism


Senior Special Assitant to President, Garba Shehu, has said that the way killings are being reported under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is like it had never happened before.


Garba Shehu explained that killings had been in existence since forever and President Buhari seems to be a target in the way it is being reported now.


Garba Shehu said this on Channels’ Politics Today, on Friday night while answering questions on the ongoing controversy surrounding the embattled Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, said that those who “stand in criticism of the minister are not willing to forgive him.”


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Garba Shehu, reacting to comparison of Pantami’s case to alleged forgery that consumed former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said the cases are different and opined that the latter was more critical than the terrorism accusation against Pantami.


He also stated that if Pantami forged a certificate before coming to office, the attitude from the Presidency would have been different. The Presidency has been hit with heavy criticisms following the backing of Pantami in the midst of terrorism comments, which the minister said were utterances made in ignorantly, stating that he is now more mature and knows better.


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