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How I plan to identify, solve Nigeria’s problems – Tinubu

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said his team has the foresight to identify Nigeria’s problems and solve them headlong.

Tinubu stated this at the inauguration of campaign logo and vehicles of the “APC Northern Door-to-Door for Tinubu/Shettima 2023’’ by the Northern APC Speakers Forum in Abuja on Saturday.

He said his team is also capable of creating prosperity for Nigeria and her citizens.

“We are the party of progressive ideas. We want good education for our children, good development for Nigeria, prosperity for this country and for agriculture and agro-allied projects to be embarked upon.

“We have the confidence; we have what it takes. We have the courage. We have the determination. We have the perseverance,’’ he said.

The presidential candidate added that the APC had no worries about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or engaging it in war of words.

He said that the APC, a party of thinkers and doers needed no such engagement with the opposition still struggling with its leadership.

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“We shall not be hauling abuses at rival political parties. We are smarter. We are brilliant. We are courageous. We are not like them.

“They spent 16 years and forgot that railway infrastructure does haulage goods and humans across Nigeria,’’ he noted.

He advised the PDP to wait for Election Day in 2023 to see the defeat awaiting it.

He appreciated the forum for its gesture.

“You make life easier for us no `sisi’ is demanded from us. Vehicles are provided, logo is unveiled, confidence boosting measure established; forward looking and hope rekindled; good for the prosperity of our country,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, expressed confidence that Tinubu’s leadership would build a new Nigeria.

“We are on the threshold of making history. The global economy is tinkering towards recession; the world has moved from the agricultural age to the industrial age.’’ he noted.

“We have moved from mere industrial age to knowledge-driven industrial age,’’ he noted.

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“Who among the presidential candidates today has greater skills sets, the intellect and the capacity to move this nation forward other than Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,?” he queried.

Mr Shettima believed that 2023 presidential election would be a payback time for Mr Tinubu who had sacrificed so much for the democracy of Nigeria but was humiliated politically.

He said that Mr Tinubu had also contributed to economic and human development across the country through the demonstration of his capacity at different level.

The Chairman, Northern APC Speakers Forum and Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, spoke on behalf of the Forum.

He said members were prepared to work for overwhelming victory for Mr Tinubu.

“I can guarantee 70 per cent victory.

“So far, we have about 205 elected members of the States Houses of Assembly across the north of Nigeria. We are good to go,’’ he said.

“We’re not going to collect a penny from the presidential campaign council. We are not going to collect money from any governor.

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“We are going to join hands together and sponsor ourselves to do this project,’’ Mr Zailani assured.

Secretary of the Forum and Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, said the APC was lucky to have a joint ticket of Tinubu and Shettima for the 2023 presidential election.

“Your Excellency, your transformation of Lagos State from a struggling state to the third largest economy in Africa is indeed commendable.

“Our nation needs a detribalised president with deep understanding of Nigerian politics and economy.

“The country also needs a leader known for religious tolerance and capacity to achieve positive results against daunting odds,’’ Mr Matthew told Mr Tinubu.

APC National Women Leader, Betta Edu, said that history would judge Nigeria right if Messrs Tinubu and Shettima are voted into power in 2023.

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Keyamo: Why Osinbajo was not included in Tinubu’s campaign council

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The campaign council of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has cleared the air surrounding the absence of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from the list of patrons.

In a statement released on Saturday by Festus Keyamo, spokesperson of the council, the APC camp said Osinbajo was left out of the lineup to allow him “concentrate on governance of the country and administration of government.”

On Friday, the APC presidential campaign council released a list containing 422 names of its members.

Osinbajo was absent from the list alongside Yakubu Dogara, former speaker of the house of representatives, Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation, and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, former minister of state for education.

 

The vice-president had contested the APC presidential ticket with Tinubu, and it appeared to have severed the relationship between the duo.

The absence of Osinbajo’s name from the campaign council further fuels the suspicion of an awry turn in their relationship.

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Addressing the situation, the campaign team said President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the omission of the vice-president and Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, from the list.

The statement:

“Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council,” the statement read.

“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, is the chairman of the campaign council. As a result, Mr President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of government.

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“As a responsible party and government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.

“Our candidates and the leadership of the APC have also indicated that the list is not sacrosanct as there may be periodic review of it as circumstances dictate.

“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us, and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”

 

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Shock as PDP senator, Chimaroke Nnamani, makes APC presidential campaign council list

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Chimaroke Nnamani, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and senator representing Enugu east senatorial district, has been listed a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.

In a 422-man committee released by James Faleke, secretary, APC presidential campaign council, on Friday, Nnamani is the 350th on the list as a member.

Prior to his announcement, Nnamani did not announce his exit from the PDP.

But in August, Nnamani, in a long-thread tweet, said he is in opposition to the “shameless campaigns and parodies” aimed at the health of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC.

Nnamani, a medical doctor, said he is appalled by the “extreme and unprofessional” forms of attacks directed at the former Lagos state governor over his health.

“I vigorously oppose, protest and detest the shameless campaigns and parodies targeting Tinubu’s health,” he wrote.

“As a health worker, I am amazed by ignorance, foolishness, wickedness and callousness of these idiotic operators. I believe they are unwarranted, extremely unprofessional, and have no place in our polity.

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Nnamani also cited Tinubu’s works in the criminal justice sector, education, and health, adding that he left a “lasting legacy of hard work in Lagos infrastructure”.

He did not answer or return calls and SMS sent to his mobile phone.

But Felix Morka, APC national publicity secretary, said he would respond later.

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Newspaper Headlines Today: Benue residents flee as flood takes over homes

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1. Residents of flooded areas in Benue State have fled their homes as a result of the flood. Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Dr Godwin Oyiwona said on Friday that the flood had risen to a level of 11.1m on the seasonal flood gauge on river Benue.

2. The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party took a new dimension on Friday with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, making a series of allegations against the Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, among others. Wike accused Ayu of receiving a N1 billion bribe. Ayu and Atiku have refused to react to the allegations.

3. Geng Quanrong, the Chinese man accused of killing Ummu Buhari (Ummita), will be served Chinese meals. The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) made the confirmation as his trial gets underway. Kano Correctional Centre spokesman, Musbahu Kofar-Nassarawa said Quanrong was not expected to eat ‘gabza’, a meal for prisoners.

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4. The three policemen abducted by some gunmen in Ogun State have regained freedom. It was gathered that the cops, who arrived Ogun from Zone 2, Onikan Lagos for an investigation, were captured in broad daylight yesterday along the Wasinmi road, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun.

5. Some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State have been abducted in an attack along Kaduna-Kachia highway in Kaduna State. It was gathered that the attack happened at a place called Tashar Icce, which is some meters from Kujama community in Kajuru Area of the State.

6. The federal government has told the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to obey the National Industrial Court ruling and call off its seven-month strike. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the advice while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja.

7. The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, accused the former Senate President, David Mark, of working against him during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential primary election. During a chat with some selected journalists in Port Harcourt on Friday, Wike said David Mark was part of those who plotted his defeat.

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8. Following weeks of anxiety and serial postponements, the presidential campaign council list of the flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was released with several notable names of party chieftains missing. The 422-man list has names of political heavyweights, including APC governors, ministers, lawmakers, ambassadors, as well as serving and past public office holders.

9. Against the backdrop of recent visit to All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential candidate Bola Tinubu in Abuja, by some notable actors, the National Executive Committee of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has warned its members to desist from doing anything that would jeopardize the interest and purpose of the guild.

10. Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo was yesterday, charged with ‘improper and/or violent conduct following the incident where he appeared to knock a mobile phone out of a supporter’s hand. The incident happened at Everton’s Goodison Park after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat last April.

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