President Buhari mournPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Abuja condoled with the family of Tijjani Kiyawa, a former member of the House of Representatives from Jigawa.
Kiyawa, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Southwest Senatorial District of Jigawa for the 2023 general elections died in a Chinese hospital on Saturday.
Malam Garba Shehu, spokesman to the president stated that Buhari also condoled with the government and people of Jigawa over the demise of the former lawmaker.
Buhari described the deceased as a “kind and insightful politician who placed the interests of the people he represented above his own.
“He left behind an indelible contribution to the social and economic development of his community and the nation.
“He will always be remembered for his acute understanding of grassroots political mobilisation.
’’ The president prayed for the repose of Kiyawa’s soul and for fortitude for the family, political associates, the government and people of Jigawa to bear the loss.
Two support groups of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Kogi, on Sunday urged youths to vote massively for the candidate.
They are the Southwest Agenda (SWAGA) for Asiwaju Tinubu and the North Central Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (NCA ’23), Kogi chapter.
National Chairman of SWAGA 2023, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye, made the appeal at a rally in Okene, Kogi, aimed at mobilising youths to vote massively for APC’s ticket in 2023. According to him, Nigeria needs a very dynamic, creative and imaginative leader at this time, and that is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He stressed that Tinubu did well as Lagos State governor and he would replicate same feats across the country if elected in 2023. “Asiwaju won the APC presidential primary election with a landslide and that is what will happen again at the 2023 presidential election, by the grace of God. “All the attacks and terrible things people are saying now is because they have already realised that Asiwaju cannot be stopped.
“That is why they are doing everything to bring him down, but they will not succeed.
“We have enjoyed the enthusiasm, passion and commitment of the people of Kogi. “We have seen the Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, Dr Ado Ibrahim, and he has given us his blessings and support for Asiwaju.
“We are very much convinced that Kogi people will vote massively for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu come 2023,’’ Adeyeye stressed.
On his part, the NCA ’23 for Asiwaju Coordinator and Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Raji, said the event was to sensitise and to mobilise Kogi youths to support Asiwaju come 2023. “We want to encourage the youth to take to the footsteps of Asiwaju because he started as a youth during National Democratic Coalition and became senator as a youth.
“We need a leader that can come up with a good template to salvage Nigeria, and it is only Asiwaju that can do that; and also think of the masses, especially the youth.
“We want Kogi youths to wake up, get their PVCs and be ready to vote Asiwaju come 2023 so that the youth can assume that seat after eight years,’’ Raji said.
While expressing satisfaction with the turnout of youths at the event, Raji stressed that Tinubu remained a leader that could bring jobs, empowerment and development to Nigeria.
Other dignitaries at the event were the National Secretary SAWAGA-NCA, Hon. Bosun Oladele; National Conveyor, SWAGA, Hon. Ojo Oye; APC State Women Leader and Mrs Funmilayo Samuel, among others.
In their separate comments, Oladele, Oye and Samuel, assured the youths that Tinubu is a leader of vision, passion and action who would make Nigeria better and end its security challenges.
The women leader assured that Tiunubu was hale, healthy and strong to deliver good governance to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliations.
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sen. Bola Tinubu will consolidate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements when he becomes president in 2023. The declaration was made in Abuja on Sunday by the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi.
He spoke with newsmen at the end of a meeting between Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the northern parts of the country and the APC presidential candidate.
Abdullahi said APC was sure of victory with Tinubu as its presidential candidate.
“We are confident that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will continue from where President Buhari will stop.
“We thank God Almighty for the gift of life; we thank Him greatly for the success of the just-concluded APC presidential primary election.
“We equally appreciate our party men and women for their sense of unity and patriotism.
“We will not relent; President Buhari has laid a good foundation for the nation’s prosperity.
“We are putting our mechanism in motion; we are strengthening our strategies at various constituencies and states,’’ he said.
Abdullahi also told newsmen that the APC would continue to do the needful through grassroots mobilisation to emerge victorious at the 2023 general elections.
“Our unity, our victory is assured; we have done it before and we will do it again, by God’s grace.
The speaker advised Nigerians to have faith and confidence in the ability and capacity of the APC’s presidential flag bearer considering his wealth of experience and track records.
Abdullahi urged Nigerians to support Tinubu wholeheartedly.
President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reiterated the determination of his administration to uplift the quality of life of the citizens in spite of the harsh socio-economic realities.
He said that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.
The president gave the assurance when he received former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He, however, urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting interest of the country.
The president said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself.
The president, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, had also consented to the acquisition of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited by Seplat Energy Offshore Ltd., a Nigerian outfit.
ExxonMobil, the parent company had earlier entered into a landmark Sale and Purchase Agreement with Seplat Energy to acquire the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from Exxon Mobil Corporation of the U.
S.A.The agreement would also enable Seplat Energy to acquire share capital from Mobil Development Nigeria Inc., and Mobil Exploration Nigeria Inc., both registered in Delaware, USA.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman stated on Monday in Abuja that the president’s consent was in consonance with Nigeria’s drive for increased indigenous participation in the energy sector.
Also on Monday, the president congratulated the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Sports Federations and Associations on the performance of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Team Nigeria posted an impressive outing at the competition, finishing seventh on the medals table with 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze.
On the same day, Buhari forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate for confirmation as Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts, for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
Buhari, in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo, who occupied the position until his demise.
The president also received the new Executive Members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
At the meeting with the NMA officials, Buhari disclosed that the Federal Government had disbursed N100 billion to indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare investors as loans to expand their capital base.
He said it was also meant to boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.
Buhari stated that the loan was extended through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s support to the private pharmaceutical sector.
The president also announced the appointment of former Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Dr Habiba Muda-Lawal, as Special Adviser to him on Policy and Coordination.
Buhari also hosted the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, Simon Lalong, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau, said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank the president for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre.
He also lauded Buahri for granting presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye.
According to him, the people of the State will remain grateful to the president for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.
Also on Wednesday, President Buhari joined members of staff and political appointees in the State House in congratulating the Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, on his 59th birthday.
The president congratulated Umar, his family, friends and professional colleagues on the auspicious occasion.
Buhari appreciated Umar’s efforts, sacrifices and dedication to effective management of the State House.
Buhari unveiled the 2023 National Population and Housing Census Project Document, aimed at promoting robust and informed national conversation on procedures for the census.
He unveiled the document at the National Stakeholders Summit on the 2023 census, organised by the National Population Commission (NPC), in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
Buhari also hosted representatives of victims of Kaduna train abduction in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the president, the Federal Government was doing everything within its powers to ensure the safe return of the remaining abducted passengers of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train.
He said, ”since the terrible and cowardly attack by the criminal elements on March 28, the nation had joined them to endure a period of difficulty and emotional pains.
” Buhari also explained his reason for discarding the use of lethal military force in extracting the remaining abductees.
The president, therefore, condoled with the families of the victims and those who lost their loved ones.
Buhari also on Thursday received the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray and his Management Team, telling them the kind of sub-regional body West African leaders desire and must have.
Buhari, also on Friday in Abuja, received the Management of BUA Group at the State House led by the Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu.
He also inaugurated the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD), to bridge the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in coordination with relevant MDAs, would ensure greater successes in tackling national crisis.
The president concluded the week with a closed-door meeting with Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo in the presidential villa, Abuja, on Friday.
Uzodinma, who spoke to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting thanked the president for graciously granting his request that the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri be converted to Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Teaching Hospital.
He also disclosed that he sought president’s approval for the Alvan Ikoku College of Education to become Federal University of Education, Owerri The governor spoke extensively on the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
HE urged the media to pay more attention to issues like the depletion of the country’s crude oil output and the unsettling security situation in the country.
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State in 2023, Chief Uche Nnaji, on Sunday unveiled Chief George Ogara as his running mate.
Making the declaration at the party’s zonal secretariat in Enugu, Nnaji said the process of choosing a running mate was Herculean because of the quality and qualification of the person required.
He praised God that he finally found a professional and an astute politician as running mate.
“I have been able to get a professional and an astute politician as deputy.
I have been able to get Chief George Ogara as my running mate.
“I believe he will add value and impetus to our campaign efforts and in giving Enugu State people good governance when we emerge victorious in 2023,’’ he said.
Nnaji added that he was currently visiting the 260 wards in the state on a “thank-you’’ tour and the exercise had given him the opportunity to determine the level of infrastructural decay in the state.
He stressed that infrastructure would be put on the front burner after he had emerged as governor in 2023. In his remarks, the state’s chairman of the party, Chief Ugochukwu Agballah, thanked Nnaji for the choice of Ogara whom he described as a lawyer par excellence and philanthropist of note.
“Today we are re-invigorated for the final onslaught to take over Enugu State in 2023. “We call on traditional and religious leaders and every lover of Enugu State to rise against the ignoble machinations of opportunistic cabals that have been wrecking Enugu State,’’ he said.
In his acceptance speech, Chief Ogara appreciated the governorship candidate and the party for finding him worthy to serve as deputy governor.
“I will play my role and help to pay attention to the minute details that will help our party to achieve victory.
“I will also be loyal to the party and to my principal.
We shall do everything necessary to get to the seat of power,’’ he stressed.
Tinubu Support Group (TSG), has commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Sen. Ahmed Tinubu over the appointment of James Faleke as the Secretary of party’s Presidential Campaign Council.
This is contained in a congratulatory message to Faleke and signed by the group’s Head of Media, Tosin Adeyanju, on Sunday in Abuja.
Adeyanju described Faleke as an experienced, dutiful, responsible and responsive leader.
” We wish to join your family, friends and political associates both locally and internationally, to celebrate your appointment as the Secretary of the Campaign Organization for the 2023 Presidential Election.
” No doubt Sir, your appointment is indeed a round peg in a round hole.
“Congratulations to you Sir on this new opportunity and national assignment to serve our great party APC and the nation at large,” Adeyanju said.
He said that the appointment of Faleke was perfect and strategic ”owing to his political sagacity, his knack for development, social dexterity and his unalloyed loyalty to Tinubu.
“We are also so excited on your behalf, knowing fully well that you are a great fit for that position and will deliver beyond the expectations of the campaign council as you did during the last presidential primaries.
“As a noble organization committed to the 2023 victory at the polls, we would like to thank the duo for finding you worthy for this noble appointment.
“We are very proud and have confidence in you that you will fully deliver on your terms of reference.
Ebonyi APC expels Gov. Umahi’s opponent for senatorial ticket Expulsion By Christian Ogbonna Abakaliki, Aug. 14 The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone has expelled Mrs Ann Agom-Eze from the party over alleged rebellious and unruly behaviours.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Sunday by the party chairman in the state, Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha.
Agom-Eze was Gov. David Umahi’s main challenger for the Ebonyi South senatorial ticket of the APC ahead of the 2023 polls.
On July 22, a Federal High Court in Abakaliki ordered a rerun of the senatorial primary election after one of the contenders, the governor’s younger brother, Mr Austine Umahi, had withdrawn from the race.
After the court judgment, APC conducted a fresh primary election on July 31 where Gov. Umahi emerged winner.
Okoro-Emegha stated on Sunday that Agom-Eze rebelliously jeopardised her membership by violating APC’s Constitution, which prohibits any act of dishonesty capable of disparaging the party or its member(s).
He added that Agom-Eze was initially expelled by the ward executives of APC in her Umudomi Ward in Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
“The chairman of APC, Ebonyi South Zone, Mr Ernest Nwazi through a motion, expelled Agom-Eze form the party citing rebellious and unruly behaviour.
“The chairman stated also that she fundamentally violated some sections of the party’s Constitution,’’ he stated.
“Agom-Eze has recklessly disparaged herself by eating back her words in an effort to satisfy her paymasters.
“Since her expulsion started from her ward, I cannot interfere with the decision because politics is a grassroots engagement.
“We are well schooled in her antics as she is being bankrolled by the opposition party,’’ he added.
Okoro-Emegha stated also that the APC would convincingly deliver all its candidates including Gov. Umahi at the 2023 general elections.
“The APC Ebonyi South zonal meeting which took place at Afikpo North Local Government Area headquarters witnessed massive turnout of party faithful.
“They came from additional four council areas of Afikpo North, Ivo, Ohaozara and Onitcha,’’ Okoro-Emegha stressed.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says it is the desire of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State to rebrand and unite the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Onyeama disclosed this on Sunday in Enugu during an interactive meeting with members and stakeholders of his pet project, Kwusike Political Family.
The minister said it was sad that members of the party in the state had not learnt from the mistakes of the past that made them loose previous elections.
Onyeama said he had, after the last state elective congress of the party, felt that the party had a team and envisaged a united and progressive APC ready to make the difference.
“We had a number of crises for four years which divided our party in the state and we were disillusioned for not winning elections.
“As an opposition party in the state, you have to be united to overthrow the ruling party,” he said.
The minister, however, said that though they were in a difficult situation, there was hope going forward.
He, however, said it was not too late to seek for new circumstances that would put the party on good footing, adding that leaders were meant to serve their people.
He said the meeting was to do a postmortem of the circumstances that led to the lingering challenges in the party, adding that they would not want to repeat past mistakes.
“I am here to meet with my ‘family’.
Kwusike Foundation is not a factional group that divides our party as some people think.
“One of the reasons I wanted us to meet is to do a postmortem about what we did right or wrong in the past in order to prepare ourselves better for future endeavours.
“As a party, coming together to chart a course is not reactionary or maintaining a status quo that is anti-people,” he said.
According to Onyeama, there have been lots of opinions and distractions after the party congress but we should not be distracted.
He said that political power was not meant to intimidate the people but to serve them, adding that members of the party were equal stakeholders.
“We will fight to deliver APC and make it competitive in Enugu State.
We should try to seize control of governance through the ballot and make a meaningful difference.
“A lot of you have been working hard for the party and together we shall overcome the challenges.
APC must thrive in the state,” Onyeama said.
In their separate speeches, some members of the party, including Messrs Walter Oji, Benson Eze, Gbazuagu Nweke and Mrs Juliet Egbo, decried the “hatred, hardship, intimidation and despair” in the state chapter of the party.
The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has attributed the prevailing poverty, political instability, insurgence and collapse of government institutions to leadership failure.
Omo-Agege made the observation on Saturday at the 5th Annual Leadership Ceremony of the Value Rebirth-Centre-LSD Leadership School, in Delta.
The senator, who was represented by Mr Mathew Omonade, said he believed in unity and urged people to enthrone sound ethical leadership rooted in respect, honesty, service, equity, justice and community service.
Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship flagbearer in Delta, noted that over the years, poor leadership had frustrated the achievement of the country’s enormous economic and political potentials.
“But all is not lost because State and nation-building all over the world have been and remain a permanent work in progress.
“As we move towards leadership selection in 2023, the leaders we need now should posses knowledge, sound Judgment and commitment to specific causes and ideals,” he said.
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, said that the country needed leaders with good moral conduct and ethical responsibility to attend to demands, needs and problems of Nigerians.
Omo-Agege, however, noted that genuine leadership also needed honest, courageous and credible followership less vulnerable to manipulation, adding that followership was an indispensible aspect of leadership.
He said the stability and progress of the country required the deployment of deliberate commitment by citizens and those entrusted with leadership to advance the national agenda, regardless of challenges.
Also, Mr Monday Osasah, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CENTRE LSD), said the leadership school was a flagship programme of the Leadership Institute, adding that it started in 2009.He said the idea was borne out of the realisation that leadership was a major challenge, especially in Africa.
Osasah said the Centre LSD Leadership School was designed for people who wanted to become leaders and be equipped with leadership skills for the transformation of organisation and society.
“Aside the Leadership School in Abuja, the Centre is running similar school in Warri, Benin-City, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki and Jos in Plateau State.
“This Delta annex of the school is run in collaboration with Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative (VREI),” he said.
Earlier, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, Executive Director, VREI, said the centre was graduating 101 students.
He said it had now graduated 359 students since inception in 2017, adding that 200 students had been admitted for it’s 20222023 Leadership Academic Session.
Speaking on the theme of the lecture, the guest lecturer, Mr Johnson Ikube said that Nigerians must acknowledge that there were challenges confronting the nation.
Ikube urged people to vote for competency and not popularity in the 2023 general elections.
He advocated for the decentralisation of government, noting that the system would function better under a decentrised arrangement.
“Leaders should move from the government of business to the government of governance.
There is poverty in the land.
Mankind must put an end to the war or war will put an end to mankind.
“We have gotten to a level where human life has become meaningless, not only in Nigeria but in the entire world,” he said.
Ikube expressed worries over the wrong use of social media, saying that it had heightened insecurity in the society.
He said that Nigerians must unite and restore the glory of the country, stressing that, “this is our country, we must keep hope alive and join hands together to bring it back to the good old days.
No fewer than 616 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe State on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An ex-chieftain of PDP, Alhaji Kwairanga Dukku, led the new entrants, including women and youths leaders from different wards within the local government area into the APC.
Dukku attributed their decision to good and purpose-driven leadership style of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya.
Also speaking, Alhaji Bappah Maru, a former member of the PDP Elders’ Forum said the efforts of the present administration in the state in the provision of potable water in the area convinced him to join the APC.
Umaru said their decision to join the APC was to appreciate the governor’s people-oriented policies towards improving the well being of the people.
Welcoming the new members, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya said the APC-led state government had entrenched good governance.
Represented by the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Muhammad Magaji, Yahaya said the large number of people joining APC showed there was no hope for the opposition parties in the state in 2023. ”With the calibre of defectors received in Dukku LGA, the APC in Gombe had been further fortified and this means that our chances in 2023 are getting brighter,” the governor added.
The Vice Chairman of APC in Dukku LGA, Alhaji Yahya Kole, lauded Yahaya for delivering on his mandate to transform the state.
He said: ”This is why APC has become a party that everyone wants to join and we will keep receiving new members.