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I remain committed to new Nigeria project—Osinbajo



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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he remains committed to the dream of a new Nigeria despite the outcome of the just-concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) Special Convention.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke during his visit to the campaign office of The Progressive Project (TPP), a coalition of support groups that backed him for the presidency.

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The vice president also said that he would support Sen. Bola Tinubu, winner and flagbearer of the APC for the 2023 presidential election.

Osinbajo described the clamour for a new Nigeria as a movement.

“This movement is a movement within a party also, we are not doing something that has not been heard of before.

“What is new is that we have a firm belief that a new Nigeria is possible and it is possible through us who are here.

“We went to the convention, and the results showed us clearly that we lost, but it is only a battle, it is not the war.

” There are battles ahead, but we will win the war for a new Nigeria.

I have no doubt in my mind that we will win that war for a new Nigeria.

“That is why our movement for a new Nigeria must remain strong and firm, and we will do everything to keep our movement strong and solid.”

The vice president said that despite the result of the APC presidential primary, the dream of a new country remained alive and well.

According to him, the resolve for a new Nigeria remains strong.

“We will have at the back of our minds, that what you have started in the various movements, coming into one, is the seed that will birth a new nation.

” You and I know the time has come and we will devote everything to it.

“I am committed and will remain committed to that dream (of a new Nigeria), for as long as you are willing and recognise that we have not yet written the story of this country, we have not yet completed the story of this country.

“As a matter of fact, the story has just begun, this movement has just started

” Once the genie comes out of the bottle, you cannot put it back; the word has been spoken; it cannot be taken back: it is time for a New Nigeria,” he said

He pledged support for the APC presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Osinbajo recalled the personal letter he wrote to Tinubu Thursday congratulating him on his victory at the party primary.

“In that letter, I said to him that the dream of this country, the dream of a new country remains alive and well.

” And I want you to know in your hearts that we are democrats when we participate in a contest and the results are announced.

“No matter what those results may be, we abide by them because there is only one process for democrats, whether that process is good or bad, there is only one, and we have gone through that process.

“And in that process, a winner has been adjudged, but that does not kill the dream of the great future.

We will support our party; we will support the flagbearer of our party because we know that the other side is not even worth considering.

“So, we will support the flagbearer of our party, we will do everything we can,” he said.

He thanked  Nigerians at home and abroad, including the Osinbajo supporters’ groups, for the overwhelming support for his presidential bid.

Some leaders of Osinbajo Support groups lauded the vice president for being a true leader and inspiration to millions of Nigerians.

Dr Ahmed Badanga described Osinbajo as a role model to all.

“You are the Obama of Africa; you have made us proud and we will continue to remain with you.

“Yes, we are progressives and we need to move forward.

I will urge all of us to remain steadfast and be committed to this cause because we have a bright future ahead of us,” he said.

Hajiya Rabbi Dauda, leader of the Coalition of Women for Osinbajo, declared the vice president as a winner forever.

“Your Excellency, we, the women of Nigeria, find it worthy to stand by you.

“Somehow, you are not the flagbearer today, but you will be the flagbearer tomorrow.

“I want to say to you that this is a continuous process, we will be waiting for you.

We are here today to listen to you, to tell us where to go and what to do, and I tell you, we will all be waiting for you, tomorrow and always.

“Anytime you need us, all you need to do is to call on us and we shall be there for you,” she said.

Another leader of a support group, Mrs Diana Mary, said that Osinbajo had set a path that would be followed.

“Your Excellency, you have led us to win, we are winners.

We are not taking this for granted, you have led a direction that we will continue to follow and we are happy that for the sake of Nigeria you answered the call.

“I want to appeal that we still converge and speak about those things that we need to address so that we can pull a stronger force for Nigeria.

“This generation of Nigerians is looking for that force that will fight for their future,” she said.

The vice resident was accompanied on the visit to the Campaign Office by the senator representing Kano South in the National Assembly, Sen. Kabiru Gaya; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu; among other senior government officials.


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Volte-face: Senate Stand Down Bill On National Water Resources For Concurrence



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The Senate on Tuesday at plenary stood down consideration of the National Water Resources Bill, 2023 when the bill was listed for concurrence.

The standing down of the bill followed the adoption of a point of order by Sen.Gabriel Suswam (PDP-Benue) and supported by Sen.James Manager (PDP-Delta)

Suswan cited order 85 of the Senate Rules that provided that senators must be availed of details of provisions of any bill listed for concurrence.

The manager, in his contributions, emphasised the need for full disclosure of details of the bill, saying that the bill as presented only made provision for the title.

It would be recalled that the House of Representatives passed the bill in 2020 amidst concerns on the intent and purpose of the bill.

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Kogi: Gunmen Attack Yahaya Bello’s Convoy, Injure Security Aides; SDP says it’s not true



The Kogi Government on Saturday affirmed that the convoy of Gov. Yahaya Bello was attacked on Saturday by gunmen, along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.

it said the attack took place near a Naval Base, a few kilometers away from Lokoja, the state capital.

The Kogi Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, made the disclosure in a statement in Lokoja.

Fanwo alleged that the gunmen were political thugs of an opposition political party in the state, the  Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The commissioner said the incident which occurred at about 12.30 p.m., left several people including security aides injured and taken to the hospital for medical attention.

“The gunmen suspected to be political thugs of the SDP, having sighted the convoy of  Bello approaching, blocked the road and started shooting at the convoy.

“A Tundra branded with the logo and flags of the party also blocked the governor’s vehicle and the occupants were armed with rifles and shotguns.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

“But thank God our governor left the scene unscathed and there is no cause for panic.

“Some security aides and other aides attached to the governor sustained some degrees of injuries and have been rushed to medical facilities for attention.

“We urge the people of Kogi to remain calm as security agents are in full control to ensure the arrest of the hoodlums behind the attack, ” he said.

Fanwo said the state government would not allow any breakdown of law and order but would do all it could to bring the attackers to justice.

According to him, the governor has warned against every kind of attack as insecurity from any quarter will be met with stiff penalties.

Responding, Mr Kunle Afolayo, Media Aide to the SDP Governorship Candidate, Mr Yakubu Ajaka, denied the allegations saying: “it was the other way round because it was his political thugs that attacked us.”

 “Is it possible for an opposition political party to attack a governor just like that?

“We were on our way to the Palace of Maigari in Lokoja from Koton Karfe this afternoon, when the governor’s convoy, heading to Lokoja from Abuja, met us on the way and launched an attack on us just like that.

“God knows the truth. It’s unfortunate that APC administration in Kogi is using government might against us and to lie against us for a crime they committed against us,” the media aide further explained. 

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Tinubu To Adopt Price Control Mechanism For Agro Products



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President Bola Tinubu says he will take steps to ensure price control for agricultural products.

Tinubu said this in his inaugural address on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, rural income shall be secured by commodity exchange boards guaranteeing minimal prices for certain crops and animal products.

He said that agricultural hubs would be created throughout the nation to increase production and engage in value-added processes.

“The livestock sector will be introduced to best modern practices and steps taken to minimise the perennial conflict over land and water resources in the sector.

“Through these actions, food shall be made more abundant yet less costly. Farmers shall earn more while the average Nigerian pays less,” he said.

On foreign policy, Tinubu said that the crisis in Sudan and the turn from democracy by several nations in “our immediate neighbourhood were of pressing concern”.

He said that his primary foreign policy objective would be the peace and stability of the West African continent.

“We shall work with ECOWAS, the AU, and willing partners in the international community to end extant conflicts and to resolve new ones.

“As we contain threats to peace, we shall also retool our foreign policy to more actively lead the regional and continental quest for collective prosperity, ” he said.

The President called on all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliations, to support his government in his bid to take Nigeria to greater heights.

“Our administration will govern on your behalf but never rule over you.

“We shall consult and dialogue with, but never dictate. We shall reach out to all but never put down a single person for holding views contrary to our own.

“We are here to further mend and heal this nation not tear and injure it,” he said.

In the meantime, President, Bola Tinubu, has promised to defend Nigeria from terror and all forms of criminality threatening the peace and stability of the country and the sub-region.

Tinubu said this in his inaugural address after he was sworn in as the 16th democratically elected president of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

He said that security shall be the top priority of his administration, saying that neither prosperity nor justice could prevail amidst insecurity and violence.

“To effectively tackle this menace, we shall reform both our security Doctrine and its Architecture.

“We shall invest more in our security personnel, and this means more than an increase in number.

“We shall provide, better training, equipment, pay and firepower,” he said.

Tinubu said his mission was to improve the lives of Nigerians in a manner that nurtured humanity, encourage compassion toward one another, and duly rewards collective effort to resolve the social ills that sought to divide the nation.

“Our constitution and laws give us a nation on paper, saying we must work harder at bringing these noble documents to life by strengthening the bonds of economic collaboration, social cohesion, and cultural understanding,” he said.

He called for the development of a shared sense of fairness and equity, adding that the South must not only seek good for itself but must understand that its interests were served when good come to the North.

“The North must see the South likewise.

“Whether from the winding creeks of the Niger Delta, the vastness of the northern savannah, the boardrooms of Lagos, the bustling capital of Abuja, or the busy markets of Onitsha, you are all my people.

“As your president, I shall serve with prejudice toward none but compassion and amity towards all.

“In the coming days and weeks, my team will publicly detail key aspects of our programme,” he said.

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