Dumebi Kachikwu, embattled African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate, says he remain the party’s candidate for 2023 election, in spite of his purported suspension by the National Working Committee (NWC).
Kachikwu said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ADC NWC, headed by Chief Ralph Nwosu had last Friday suspended him from the party for alleged anti-party activities.
But Kachikwu blamed the problem on the chairman of the party, Chief Ralph Nwosu.
“For those who do not know, Nwosu is the longest serving chairman of a political party in the history of Nigeria.
“He has been serving for the past 17 years, you must understand that this is contrary to the provision of constitution of the ADC which says that a chairman of the ADC can hold position maximum for consecutive period of two terms of four years each.
“For some reasons best known to INEC we do not know how Nwosu was able to hold on to that position for the past 17 years,” he said.
Kachikwu said that tenure of Nwosu and all members of the NWC elapsed on Aug. 28.“Nwosu sought for tenure elongation, he reached me directly and indirectly pleading for us to extend his tenure,” he said.
Kachikwu said that the forum of state chairmen of the party, however, kicked against the planned tenure elongation saying it was illegal.
“Since his tenure has lapsed it is only the National Executive Council (NEC), made up of state chairmen of the party, which has the power to run the affairs of the party and take decisions.
“That was why the elements behind my purported suspension sent out an unsigned document to the media since none of them have any mandate to take any legal action on behalf of the ADC having ended their tenure since Aug.28,” he said.
Kachikwu said that his purported suspension was due to his stance that the party constitution must be upheld.
” I told them that as the presidential candidate of the party I will do everything to uphold the constitution of the ADC,” he said.
Big Brother Naija Season 7 housemates, Chomzy, Bryann and Deji, have emerged winners of the Pepsi task held on the show on Saturday.
Biggie, the coordinator of the show, disclosed this upon completion of the task.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the 19 housemates were grouped into six teams – Davido, Burna, Ayra, Tiwa, Rema and Wizkid.
Chomzy, Bryann and Deji, who won the task belonged to “Team Ayra”, while “Team Davido and “Team Burna” took the second and third position respectively.
The task was in two phases, where they had a fashion parade in their pepsi costumes and a musical performance.
Biggie commended all the teams for their fantastic performances, saying that the reward for the winners would be disclosed later in the course of the show.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 19 housemates are currently on the show bidding for the grand prize of N100 million.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, says the passing out cadets of the Nigerian Military School (NMS) will undergo six weeks additional training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI).
Yahaya was the reviewing officer at the 64th Passing Out Parade of the NMS Boys in Zaria, Kaduna State, held on Saturday.
In a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS said the training at NASI would prepare the boys effectively contribute their quota in combating contemporary security challenges in the country.
He appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and encouragement to the Nigerian army.
Speaking on behalf of ex-boys of NMS, the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, commended the COAS’ “unprecedented” intervention in the area of infrastructure to the school.
The NMS Commandant, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Aun, conveyed the appreciation of the staff and students of the school to the COAS for the execution of welfare projects inaugurated shortly after the passing out parade.
Aun said that the projects would engender conducive environment for teaching and learning in the school.
The projects include, a remodelled e-Library, 2000 capacity students refectory, Officers Mess, Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, Soldiers Club and a Multipurpose Hall. The event was attended by senior military officers, traditional rulers and other dignitaries.
Prof Mahfouz Adedimeji, the Vice Chancellor of Ahman Patigi University (APU), Kwara, has pledged continuous positive service to humanity through excellence in service delivery.
Adedimeji made the promise on Saturday in Ilorin on the sidelines of the official presentation of the book: “The Meteoric Rise of a Dynamic Academic”, in honour of Adedimeji.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event is a public presentation of a compendium as well as official unveiling of Adedimeji’s book, entitled: “Doses of Grammar”.
The don acknowledged that the compendium on him was compiled by his former students.
He appreciated their effort in eulogising him and asserted that the eulogy is a wake-up call to give more to humanity.
“I was emotional when I was making my presentation because I was just doing my own thing, only for them to come back years to compile articles.
“However, I believe that compliments are just to be smelled and not to be swallowed.
So I’m not going to allow anything that is said to really go to my head.
“This eulogy is an additional challenge; people are paying attention to whatever you’re doing.
So this calls for me to continue to be a better version of myself and continue to do more,” he said.
Earlier in his book review, Prof. Lukman Azeez, the Dean of the College of Communications and Information Science, University of Ilorin, observed that the compilation of the compendium consist of 42 articles.
He explained that each of the articles are constituted by the students of Adedimeji, as well as some of his acquaintances that he grew up with and had personal relationship with.
Azeez described the APU vice chancellor as humble, humane and compassionate, adding that Adedimeji is a mentor to many.
According to him, the book eulogises the vice chancellor as a gifted scholar, great intellectual and a moral compass, among others virtues.
“What strike me most is that some of the contributors to the articles and former students are not Muslims but adherents of other religions,” he said.
Azeez pointed out that the merit of the compendium is to ensure, motivate and aspire people to imbibe the exemplary character and the epitome of what is called Islam.
Also speaking, Prof. Razaq Abubakre, the former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, noted that the compendium explained the nature of Adedimeji, whom he described as an epitome of humility, dexterity, dignity and candour.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Saturday inaugurated the Gashua ultra-modern market constructed at the cost of over N2.4 billion.
Speaking at the occasion in Gashua, Buni said that the market would boost commercial activities, create jobs and enhance income generation.
He listed the structures in the market to include 505 shops, administrative block, mosque, refuse bank, perimeter fencing, internal roads, drains, water facility, banks, fire station and police outpost.
“As you are aware, the Gashua Market is one of the four modern markets this administration is constructing, with others in Nguru, Damaturu and Potiskum.
“The state government has also awarded the contract for the construction of another one in Geidam.
“I am glad that we have completed the Gashua and Nguru markets, while that of Damaturu and Potiskum are at advanced stages of completion.
“This market is already registered as a limited liability company with a full-fledged Board of Directors.
“The day-to-day running of the market is to be conducted by a General Manager to be supported by Management Staff,” Buni said.
The governor charged the board and management of the market to work in harmony to ensure proper utilization of all the facilities.
“I wish to draw your attention to taking all necessary measures in preventing leakages in the revenue collection drive and ensure that all revenues generated go into government coffers,” he said.
Buni announced that the market had been named after Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, a native of Gashua, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the development of the state.
Similarly, the governor named the main road from the City Centre Roundabout to the College of Education in Gashua as Umar Suleiman Way. In his remarks, Lawan thanked Buni for the honour, saying it would spur him to attract more development projects to the state.
He announced a donation of N200 million to 400 traders in Yobe North Senatorial District through his SAIL Foundation, to expand their businesses.
The senate president commended the governor for prudent management of the state’s resources.
Mr Mohammed Omadefu, member representing Keana Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged Nigerians to use marriage institution to promote national peace and unity.
Omadefu (APC) made the call on Saturday while speaking to newsmen shortly after he gave out his daughter, Farida Suleiman Osuza, in marriage to Yusuf Abbas in Keana.
He enjoined couples to take marriage as an act of worship to God and an avenue to enhance peace and unity among various ethnic nationalities.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, described love, tolerance, openness and avoidance of third party involvement in matrimonial affairs as the basis for a successful marriage life.
Omadefu also advised the couple to live in peace with one another in order to build a family full of joy and blessings from God.“You can’t succeed in marriage if you are not patient.
Therefore, you must be patient and exhibit tolerance in order to succeed not only in marriage but in all that you are doing in life,” said the legislator.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief Imam of Keana Central Mosque, Malam Abdullahi Sawaba, while presiding over the marriage, announced N100,000 as the bride price and declared them husband and wife.
Sawaba said the representatives of both the bride and groom have accepted each other and agreed to join their children as husband and wife.
The cleric said marriage is not about accumulation of worldly material things, but to live with each other in peace base on trust, love, tolerance and understanding.
He prayed for unity and peaceful coexistence among the diverse ethnic nationalities, irrespective of differences in tribe, political party and religion.
Sawaba also called on the couple to build a family according to the teaching of prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the venue of the wedding was crowded with politicians, retired and serving civil servants, businessmen, traditional rulers, lawmakers, among other dignitaries.
Praise singers, drummers were not left out as they added colour to the occasion with their skills in drumming and singing to entertain guests.
No fewer than 10 people escaped death in a lone accident on Saturday at Omotosho Step Down Power Plant on Ijebu-Ode-Ore Expressway in Odigbo Local Government area of Ondo State.
Mr Sikiru Alonge, the Unit Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ore, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria .
Alonge told NAN that an Opel Space Wagon marked Ogun AKM 995 SS, carrying 10 passengers, was involved a lone accident due to speeding.
He said that seven of the passengers, including two male adults and five female adults sustained varying degrees of injuries in the accident.
Alonge said that the victims were taken to a private facility, Opeyemi Hospital in Ore, while the vehicle was towed to the Divisional Police Station in Omotosho.
According to him, 10 people escaped death as two males and five famales sustained injuries in a lone accident involving an Opel Space Wagon car at Omotisho Step Down Power Plant on Ijebu-Ode-Ore Expressway.
“The accident occurred because of speeding, but no live was lost in the accident,” Alonge said.
He, however, warned motorists to always maintain normal speed limit, shun over speeding and other regulations that violate traffic rules and regulation, which could lead to crashes.
S. Vice President Kamala Harris has commended Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for providing leadership on climate change.
Osinbajo is in Washington, U.
S. to seek global partnerships and support for the recently inaugurated Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP)Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the duo met at the Ceremonial Office at the White House and made remarks to newsmen before the closed session where they discussed bilateral issues.
Harris expressed optimism on Nigeria’s ability to achieve the ambitious goals laid out in the plan.
She welcomed Nigeria’s ETP and applauded Osinbajo’s extraordinary leadership.
“I congratulate you for your example on your ETP which I know pledges carbon neutral energy by 2060, an ambitious goal but important and by your leadership, I have no question that they will be achieved.
”On advocacy for a just energy transition, Harris observed that her Nigerian counterpart had been an extraordinary leader on the issue.
” I noticed this is something you feel very strongly about and you have been very adamant about the role Nigeria is playing in addressing this crisis that face us all,” she said.
Harris also praised Nigeria’s leadership role in upholding democracy in West Africa and expressed hope that the general election on Feb. 2023 would be peaceful and reflect the will of the people.
Osinbajo, while responding to welcoming remarks by Harris, said both countries needed further collaboration on global issues.
“We very strongly believe that we, in the coming years, will need to work together again on so many global challenges that are varied.
“And they come up very frequently now from promoting peace and security, to tackling global health issues and climate change and of course, economic adversity.
”On Nigeria’s ETP, Osinbajo said that the plan was important because the climate crisis for Nigeria was two existential issues.
‘First, the crisis itself, second the energy poverty which is an issue for us in our part of the world.
“So, while we look forward to the 2060 carbon neutrality goal, we are also hoping that even within a shorter period by 2030, we will deal with the issue of energy poverty.
“We look forward to the coming years and months for even greater collaboration and stronger ties between our countries to create a fairer, more prosperous and perhaps a greener, also freer nation and nations and the world.
”He commended the U.
S. for its innovative approach to addressing climate change.
Osinbajo congratulated Harris on the Inflation Reduction Act, saying it was historic, especially for those who were paying attention to all the issues of climate change.
He told his U.
S. counterpart that Nigeria’s recently inaugurated ETP was the country’s Master Plan for addressing the issues of climate crisis and energy poverty.
Osinbajo disclosed that Nigeria would require investment support towards the implementation of ETP.
He referred to his earlier meetings in the past few days in the US Capital at the World Bank Group, the US Treasury and the US Agency for International Development(USAID).
Osinbajo also took time to laud the long-standing cordial relations between Nigeria and U.
S.He said the U.
S. had been a long-standing partner and friend of Nigeria and even as long ago as independence.
Osinbajo stated that the U.
S had been a firm supporter of Nigeria’s aspirations, especially its economic and social development ambitions.
He appreciated the support Nigeria received from the U.
S., especially in the fight against terrorism within the borders and in the Sahel and the timely donation of 4 million vaccines, to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
” And that, of course, was extremely useful,” he said.
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, on Saturday said journalists and other media practitioners were the most dehumanised people in Nigeria.
Mohammed stated this in Bauchi while presenting two new Toyota Hiece buses to the Government House Press Crew and the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state.
According to him, media practitioners are always suffering from the rigour, challenges of news gathering and sometimes, they don’t even have salaries and wages.
He added that the media people had been suffering in silence even though they put up a mirror for the society to see itself.
Mohammed, who said that he was giving out the vehicles to show that journalism and media men have dignity, added that they must be respected and encouraged to work in a manner to create an environment conducive for them.
He said to be above board, media men must be given respect in terms of their contribution to society.
“This is an opportunity for me to say thank you to my creator for uplifting me to the position of a governor as a journalist and as a media man, I cannot do better than to identify with my first constituency.
“I’m using this opportunity to call on the media owners to please look at the problems and challenges of media practitioners.
He said this would make the profession to be noble so that journalists could have salaries, wages, allowances, transportation and other welfare package.
“I’m also calling on our colleagues, the governors, the presidency and the rest to respect these people who are always there in the rain, in the sun, asking questions and trying to make the society better by exposing bad governance, and some of our limitations and inadequacies.
“I’m not flattering the media but they are doing so much, they have remained one of the best professionals in terms of what they are doing and they are at par with their global counterparts,” Mohammed said.
He reiterated his pledge to renovate the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ Secretariat in the state before the expiration of his tenure.
The Yobe State Government has named the Gashua Ultra-Modern Market after Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant (Press) to Lawan in a statement in Abuja, said the naming of the market after Lawan, was announced at the commissioning of the project by the state Governor, Mai Mala Buni on Saturday.
Tabiowo quoted Buni as saying: “I have the pleasure to announce to you that the Gashau modern market has been named after Distinguished Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.
“The first ever President of the Senate from Yobe State and, indeed, the entire North East geo-political zone and in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the state.
” It is also in recognition of the exemplary working relationship he established between the executive and legislative arms of government for a developmental democracy to thrive.
” “The Gashua ultra-modern market is a 505 shops of different sizes, administrative blocks, mosques, drainage systems, water facilities, provision for banks, fire station and police outpost.
“The market is expected to stimulate increased economic activities that will enhance job opportunities and income generation for our people and promote internally generated revenues.
” Buni said that the market was registered as a limited liability company, with a full-fledged board of directors to be supported by management staff.
He, therefore, enjoined the board and management of the market to work to ensure good utilisation of all facilities towards the realisation of collective goals.
The Senate President, who commissioned the project, announced on behalf of his SAIL Foundation, a donation of N200 million to traders in Bade Local Government through his foundation.
SAIL stands for Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.
According to him, 400 traders are to benefit N500,000 each as start-up capital.
He announced that the foundation, under his leadership, would oversee the disbursement of the funds to local traders.
Laws said: “ I’m short of words today, for this honour done to me.
“Yobe State is out on the trajectory of development; today, we are celebrating one of those development strides you have brought to our state.
“In particular, the ultra-modern markets in the four local governments are signs of efforts by your administration to create employment opportunities, generate wealth and, of course, ensure sustainable economic development for our state.
He praised the governor for the foresight and “what you have been able to do in the line of developing our state in the last three and half years.
” I want to assure you that those of us representing Yobe State in the National Assembly will continue to give our maximum support to you and our administration in this state, and nothing less is expected of us.
“I am particularly thrilled when you mentioned that the ultra-modern markets of Gashua and Nguru have been completed.
“On behalf of all of us in Zone C, otherwise known as Yobe North Senatorial District, I want to thank you for this care and concern for the development of this zone”.