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APC Primary: Why Buhari refused to act as elected autocrat – Presidency



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…APC Canada says Tinubu’s victory, a reassurance of better life for Nigerians***

The Presidency on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari did not suffer any form of constraints in arriving at decisions leading to the smooth conduct of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s primary.

The newsmen report that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu emerged winner of the party’s primary conducted between June 8 and 9.

Tinubu polled 1,271 votes to defeat his closest rivals, former Minister of Transportation, Mr  Rotimi Amaechi who scored 316 votes and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who garnered 235 votes.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s media aide, who was reacting to mixed comments on the just concluded APC primaries in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the president had refused to impose a consensus candidate or act as an elected autocrat.

According to him, by this president’s stance, people’s faith and that of the international community in nation’s democracy had received a major boost since the completion of the APC nomination.

Shehu said: ”Luckily for Nigeria, President Buhari does not suffer from such constraints. He refuses to act as the elected autocrat.

”The President had a clear purpose leading up to the primary: to ensure a transparent, free and fair process that will bring back people’s faith in democracy by taking good governance up to the grassroots level.

”By this alone, people’s faith and that of the international community in our democracy has received a major boost since the completion of the APC nomination.

The presidential aide, who stated that the APC presidential flag bearer would be enjoying Buhari’s unwavering support, dismissed the speculative media reports arising from the conduct of the primary.

He said: ”When it is election season we all expect speculation to reach fever-pitch.

”The press pores over every word spoken, scours every photo taken, and reports every indication suggested, seeking signs of who is supporting who like private investigators – or fiction writers.

”There’s no greater intrigue for this kind of speculation-journalism than a party flagbearer primary.

”But it only comes around once every four years – or every eight following President Buhari’s second term. Therefore, the media must make the most of it.

”So, what a disappointment the All Progressives Congress (APC) party flagbearer primary must have been for those who assembled to witness a catastrophe?

”No intrigue, no division, no disagreement, no defeated candidates rejecting the result, no splits, no third-party runs.

”Only determination to rally around the chosen flagbearer to deliver victory and an APC third term in February 2023.”

In another development, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Canada Chapter, says the emergence of Bola Tinubu as the party’s Presidential candidate for the 2023 election in Nigeria, is a reassurance of better life for Nigerians.

Its Board of Trustee Chairman, Mr Bola Ajimotokan; the Chairman, Mr Slas Abone and the Secretary-General, Mr Yemi Adegbite, made the assertions in a statement jointly signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The newsmen report that Tinubu, the National Leader of APC, had emerged as the party’s presidential candidate at the convention held in Abuja on June 7.

The group described Tinubu’s victory at the just concluded primary of the party as reassurance of better life for Nigerians in the years ahead.

It lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the leadership of the party headed by Abdullahi Adamu for conducting a transparent, free and fair primary election that could not be faulted.

The APC Canada assured the party’s national leader of its unflinching support, acknowledging Tinubu”s sterling performance as a two-term Governor of Lagos State.

“Tinubu, as Governor of Lagos State, through innovative ideas, the formidable team of experts, sense of mission, visionary and purposeful leadership, drove the state to become a leading economy in Africa.

“He also transformed Lagos to a mega city.

The harder the conflict (contest), the more glorious the triumph.

We love the man that can smile in trouble.

“A man that can gather strength from distress and grow.

We salute Tinubu’s decency, experience, moderation, courage, tenacity and strength in pursuing his presidential ambition,” it said.

The group, also acknowledged Tinubu’s invaluable contributions to the evolution and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, saying that his political influence across, as well as beyond Nigeria, was very large and significant.

It expressed hope that the party would record a landslide victory at the 2023 presidential election with Tinubu as its flag bearer.

The group urged other aspirants that contested the ticket with Tinubu to support him so that the party could prove its supremacy over other political parties at the elections.

“We want to put on record our sincere felicitations to Bola Tinubu on his recent triumph over the record number of fellow contestants for the flag bearer of our great party, the APC,” it said.

The group described it as a great achievement in spite of the seemingly insurmountable uphill task, considering the multitude of equally qualified candidates that ran against Tinubu.

“We heartily congratulate you and wish you all the best in the second phase of the journey, and the ultimate victory during the next presidential election that will determine who occupies the Aso Rock Villa.

“We like to make it known unequivocally that the entire members of the APC Canada Chapter are solidly behind you! You can count on us at any time to support your programmes for the country.

“We would like to remind you that the tasks ahead are daunting, but as you did prove during your tenure in Lagos State, you can do even a greater job as the President of Nigeria.

“Remember, the most formidable weapons against errors of every kind are reason and determination with willpower to deliver the country from the bondage of ages bedeviling the nation,” it said.



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Governors’ Forum Welcomes LG Autonomy – Gov. AbdulRahman



Governors’ Forum Welcomes LG Autonomy – Gov. AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, Governor of Kwara and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said the forum welcomed the Supreme Court ruling granting autonomy to local government areas. They have no options, anyway.

AbdulRahman remarked while addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Friday.

He was accompanied by Gov. Hope Uzodimma, Chairman, All Progressives Party (APC) Governors Forum and Dr Bala Mohammed, Chairman, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.

“Compliance is a given and our Attorney General has applied for the enrollment order, which we’ll study carefully.

“But by and large governors are happy with the devolution of power regarding local government autonomy. It relieves the burden on governors.

“Our people really don’t know how much states expense in bailing out local governments, and that’s the issue there,” he said.

He said in his state Kwara, the government had never tampered with local government funds.

“What the local governments have to do is to manage themselves, especially with the incoming minimum wage, to manage their affairs and make sure salaries are paid, traditional rulers get their five per cent and those are the main issues,” he said.

On states where local government elections are yet to be conducted, he said the forum would meet next Wednesday to look at the issue wholly and then come up with a resolution.

He also said the discussion on minimum wage was ongoing, and that the tripartite committee had met and submitted its report.

“Yes, a movement of figures is the prerogative of the president which he will also transmit to the National Assembly for robust debate before it’s adopted,” said AbdulRahman. 

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Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare



Kanwan Katsina Lauds Efforts of Successive Katsina Governors, on Ketare

… Credits Shehu Yar’ Adua for Government Day Secondary School; Gov. Shema for construction of Gora-Ketare-Kankara and, Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Roads

The Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare, Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara has commended successive governments of Katsina State for executing various developmental projects in Ketare District.

Alhaji Usman Bello gave the commendation when he received the leadership of Ketare District Youth Mobilization KDYM in his palace who paid him Sallah’s homage and congratulated him for the successful Sallah Durbar in Katsina.

The Monarch explained that all the modest achievements recorded in his 24 years as District Head of Ketare were made possible with the assistance of the successive Governors of Katsina State.

The Kanwan Katsina explained that the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua when he was the Governor of Katsina State in 1999  and was his Teacher at Katsina College of Art and Science and Technology in 1975 was responsible for the construction of the Government Day Secondary School, Ketare; while Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema who was the Kanwan Katsina School mate at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, constructed Gora-Ketare-Kankara Road and Ketare-Mashigi-Malumfashi Road.

Similarly, Governor Aminu Bello Masari constructed Dayi-Gangule-Gundawa-Wawal Kaza Roads and a comprehensive Primary Healthcare Center in Ketare, in the same vein, the current Katsina State Governor Malam Dikko Umaru Radda in a bid to enhance the security of lives and properties which are his topmost priority establish the Katsina Community Watch Corp where Ketare Youth were engaged in combating bandits and kidnappers.

Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara mni also expressed gratitude to the management of the Community and Social Development  Project CSDP under the leadership of Dikko Mohammed for collaborating with communities of Ketare District to construct all the Community Day Secondary schools.

Therefore, The Kanwan Katsina assured the youth organization that he will not relent in partnering with the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to bring in the much-needed development in Ketare District.

Earlier in his address, the interim Chairman of the Association Malam Bishir Umar Girbobo said they were at the palace of the Kanwan Katsina District Head of Ketare Alhaji Usman Bello Kankara to pay Sallah homage and to appreciate all the developmental projects and policies initiated by or facilitated by him such in the areas of education, computers training for the Youths ICT, Health, Agriculture,  Road Construction, issuance of National ID Card and INEC Voters’ Cards, among others.

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HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging ‘Siege’ By FG On Kano



HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

…Calls writer an impersonator who should be arrested!

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) says the letter to the Senate, accusing the Federal Government of laying siege on Kano State did not emanate from the party.

This is contained in a statement by the NNPP National Chairman, Dr Agbo Major on Thursday in Abuja.

The party was reacting to a letter written to the Senate, through its President, Godswill Akpabio by Dr Ajuji Ahmed on June 24. 

The letter was titled: Need for NNPP Federal Lawmakers to Make Urgent and Concerted Efforts to End Immediately the Siege on Kano State by Agents of the Federal Government.”

According to Major Agbo, the letter written by Dr Ajuji Ahmed was without the mandate and authorization of the leadership of  NNPP.

“Dr Boniface Aniebonam is the founder of  NNPP, holder of the registration certificate of the party,  chairman,  board of trustees and a life member of the board while  Dr Agbo Major is the national chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday is the National Secretary etc. 

He described Ahmed as an impersonator who should be arrested by the senate. 

“The NNPP stand remains that the Kano Emirate leadership crisis is an internal matter of Kano state indigenes under culture and tradition.

HOAX: NNPP Writes Senate, Debunks Letter To Akpabio Alleging 'Siege' By FG On Kano

“Political party involvement under the circumstances is wrong. The principle of our party remains focused on the peace of the society, development and well-being of the greater numbers of Nigerians.

“That the matter is currently before competent courts of law and jurisdiction and any interference by the National Assembly shall further complicate the situation.

“The avoidable tension generated as a result of the actions of the state government in Kano necessitates the need for vigilance and enhanced security in the state to avoid breakdown of law and order. 

“It is trite for Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf, Sen  Rabiu Kwankwaso and Elder Buba Galadima to understand that every court order must be obeyed before the complaint. The rules of engagement to vacate orders of the court are very clear and unambiguous”

He said it was, therefore,  necessary for the National Assembly to align with the position that would guarantee the protection of the lives and property of citizens in  Kano state.

” ⁠The NNPP as a registered political party in Nigeria is not interested in engaging in any controversy with the Federal Government and its agencies,  particularly security institutions.

“We should be responsible partners and law-abiding citizens for the peace and development of Nigeria. The letter and any form of representation by the said Ahmed should be disregarded forthwith 

“In an ideal situation,  it shall be the responsibility of the NNPP lawmakers to raise the matter on the floor of the national assembly.

“As we said, the matter is in court and they should go to court, after all, the Kano state governor is in power today via the court.

NNPP  have no role to play because Gov ABBA Yusuf is the governor of Kano state and not the party.”

Major Agbo noted that Elders of Kano state and elites, come together and resolve the internal Chieftaincy crises, then approach the court for consent judgment or be patient with the court for final judgment.

“This is better, civilised and brotherly than the avoidable propaganda and blackmail of the Federal Government and its security institutions carrying on with their statutory duties to maintain peace and order of the society.

“We, therefore,  wish to state that Gov ABBA Yusuf should concentrate on providing quality leadership in Kano and distance himself from all the avoidable tensions in the state. 

“We also appeal to the senate to disregard the illegal and inappropriate letter of the expelled members of the NNPP led by Ahmed.

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