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Sen. Aliero dumps APC for PDP

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Sen. Aliero dumps APC for PDP

…APC UK tells Tinubu: ‘Be magnanimous in victory’***

Sen. Adamu Aliero (APC Kebbi Central) on Thursday formally announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Declaring his defection in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, Aliero said his decision was informed by his effort to fulfill the desire of his teeming supporters spread across the state.

Also read: 2023: Buhari Delivers APC Victory Flag to Tinubu

The newsmen report that Aliero is a two-term governor of Kebbi State, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and a serving member of the red chamber.

The lawmaker said: “I, Muhammadu Adamu Aliero, people of my constituency, that is Kebbi Central and my teeming supporters from across Kebbi State have resolved to defect from APC to PDP due to the injustices we endured in our former party, APC.

“Those in support of my political ideology were deceived and treated unjustly, hence the need for us to leave the party for another political party where we feel we shall be accommodated and treated justly.”

According to him, before arriving at a conclusion of leaving the party, he made several efforts to resolve the issue including complaining to the national headquarters of the party but in spite of the intervention of party officials, nothing positive came out of it.

He, therefore, appealed to all his supporters in Kebbi Central Senatorial District as well as other loyalists across the state to vote for PDP to ensure its victory at all levels.

In another development, the United Kingdom Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday urged Sen. Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party, to be magnanimous in victory.

The newsmen report that Tinubu emerged APC’s flagbearer in the just concluded Special Convention and Presidential Primary Election.

Tinubu who contested the party’s presidential ticket with 13 other aspirants, got a total of 1,271 votes at the election to emerge APC Presidential Candidate.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past Minister of Transportation, came second with 316 votes, while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo came third with 235 delegate votes.

Reacting to the development in an interview with newsmen Mr Jacob Ogunseye, APC UK Publicity Secretary, said Tinubu deserved the victory considering his hard work and experience in Nigeria’s political history.

“We, however, implore Tinubu to be magnanimous in victory as everyone is needed in ensuring the victory of the party in the 2023 General Elections,” he said.

He advised Tinubu to use the opportunity and unite the party, and also ensure that all groups and individuals were carried along as the campaign for the general elections drew closer.

Ogunseye congratulated Tinubu for winning the party’s ticket; and also commended the APC leadership for the success of the primary, describing it as rancor-free, fair and transparent.

He assured Nigerians that with Tinubu as president, a better and greater future was guaranteed for all Nigerians irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political affiliations.

Ogunseye said that Tinubu had been tested and trusted as a former two-term governor of Lagos State, and that his records and achievements remained unmatched.

“From housing, economy and other sectors in the state, his administration fired on all cylinders, leaving no stone unturned.

“Besides restructuring different organs and sections, the administration also pioneered novel initiatives.”

Ogunseye therefore, said that Tinubu would do much more as the country’s president.

He further explained that Tinubu’s antecedence and popularity across the country gave him the victory not money.

“Politics is much more than just money.

It is about having influence, alliance, structure, and impacting people’s lives positively, Tinubu had all of this working for him, as he invested in people.

“He may not be a perfect human being as a mortal, but his legacies in Lagos State are there for all to see, and that is what successive governments in the state had been consolidating on.

“He has vast knowledge in economic management and a perfect understanding of Nigeria’s political economy, his leadership and excellent footprints in Lagos State as governor remain unmatched.

“As governor of Lagos State, Tinubu raised the state’s internal revenue generation from a paltry N600 million monthly to N51 Billion,” Ogunseye said.

 

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Wike, One Of Best Appointees Of Current Administration – Tinubu

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 Those hoping for the removal of Wike, Federal Capital Territory Minister, may be seeking the mirage, as President Bola Tinubu says, the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike “is one of the best appointments ever made in the history of the current democratic dispensation.

The President stated this on Wednesday in Abuja, during the inauguration of the Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) and the Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX), known as the first phase of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Expressway

Represented by his Vice, Kashim Shettima, the President described Wike as a force of human nature, adding, “Love him, hate him, but you can’t ignore him, because, at every point in time, he is redefining the meaning and concepts of modern leadership.

The President commended Wike and his team, for their dedication and hard work in delivering many projects, including the expressway in less than one year.

Tinubu reiterated his administration’s commitment to engendering progress and prosperity.

He said that the extension of the ISEX represented more than just a road, but symbolizes connectivity, accessibility and opportunity.

”It also signifies our unwavering determination to bridge the gap between the urban and rural areas in ensuring that development is not confined to city centres but reaches every corner of our great nation.

”We celebrate not just the completion of yet another road project by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), but also the commitment of our administration to endangering progress and prosperity.

“Today’s commission is the fourth completed road that we proudly unveiled in the Federal Capital Territory, all executed in less than one year.

”These roads are tangible proof of our administration’s vision for modern, prosperous and inclusive Federal Capital Territory.”

Tinubu assured that in the coming months and years, his administration would continue to prioritise infrastructure development as a cornerstone of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

”We remain committed to delivering on our promises, empowering our people and building a nation that we can all be proud of,” he said.

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Kaduna Assembly C’ttee On Finances Of ex-Gov. El-Rufai submits Report

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Kaduna Assembly C’ttee On Finances Of ex-Gov. El-Rufai submits Report

The ad hoc committee set up by the Kaduna State House of Assembly to investigate all the finances, loans and contracts awarded under the former Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has submitted its report to the house.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Magaji Danjuma, while reading the report on Wednesday stated that the committee had discovered evidence of several cases of alleged corruption in the running of the state from  May 2015 to May 2023.

He said that the committee had also discovered some alleged improper awards of contracts without due process with some loans collected without the approval of the state assembly.

While reading the report summary, the Speaker, Dahiru Liman, said that the El-Rufai administration had a total income of N1.49 trillion in the years under review, adding that some of these monies were allegedly misappropriated.

He added that the Ministry of Finance,  in collaboration with the Kaduna State Inland Revenue Service (KADIRS) reportedly withdrew the sum of N 721.67 million through the use of an ‘unauthorized debit card by a third party’.

Lima n explained that another N30 billion was siphoned from the state’s internally generated revenue by the ministry of finance with some officials of  KADIRS, following other questionable transactions found by the committee.

The speaker explained that the then administration awarded a contract worth N 510.47 billion and left behind the contractor’s public and consultants’ liabilities.

Therefore, the committee recommended that the Kaduna Internal Revenue Service withdraw the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Account domiciled at Zenith Bank as Security for N20 billion guaranteed in 2023.

” And to request the bank to refund all monies deducted on account of the purported illegal guarantee together with the accrued interest thereof.

”That, all the Commissioners of Finance of the State from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023, be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for thorough investigation”, he said.

The committee also recommended that

all the Accountant Generals of the State that served during the years be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation including KADIRS chairmen.

Others to be referred to the law enforcement agencies include Ms Dolapo Popoola, the immediate past Managing Director of AlL KAPSCO and Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, for Special Adviser

to the governor on Media and Communication.

Other recommendations were for the current Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the current Executive Secretary, State Pension Bureau to step aside for proper investigation.

The committee stated that all loans obtained by the Kaduna State Government between 29th May 2015 to 29th May 2023 obtained without due process were not binding on the state.

 He added that the state government should henceforth stop honouring all obligations arising from them.

Also, some of the contractors who have not worked or were overpaid should refund to the state government a total sum of N36.35 billion being monies paid for contracts.

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Jimoh Ibrahim Withdraws Suit Against APC, Aiyedatiwa, INEC

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Jimoh Ibrahim Withdraws Suit Against APC, Aiyedatiwa, INEC

 Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim has withdrawn the suit filed challenging the emergence of Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Nov. 16 governorship election in Ondo state.

Co-defendants in the suit seeking nullification of the party’s governorship primary conducted in the state on April 20 are APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It would be recalled that the senator had after the conduct of the party’s governorship primary held on April 20, alleged irregularities and no election in the 18 local government areas of the state.

At a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Ibrahim attributed the withdrawal of the suit to a series of interventions made by President Bola Tinubu on the phone and physical meeting held with him at the Villa.

He said the litigation was not about him but for the sole purpose of ensuring internal party democracy, which was lacking in the APC governorship primary election.

Ibrahim said: ” The suit is now withdrawn due to the intervention of President  Tinubu.

“The President called me, had a meeting with me, and assured me that he will, as the party leader,  improve on internal democracy within our party.

“And I will need to withdraw the case to enable him to chart a way forward.

“Earlier, the governor visited my Asokoro residence for several hours after an unsuccessful visit to my hotel room in Akure.

” I cannot disobey the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because the issue I’m fighting for is not personal.

“It is simply to improve internal democracy to which the President has promised improvement. My respect for the President is absolute!.”

He thanked Tinubu for his words of wisdom and encouragement during their meeting and for emphasising his commitment to internal democracy again.

“The withdrawal of this legendary suit coincides with the first anniversary of the  President’s incredible performance in office, and this is my gift of the “cake” of the first anniversary,” Ibrahim said. 

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