Tinubu, in a congratulatory message issued by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday in Lagos, described Turkur as an astute political leader who has served the country creditably in many capacities.
He described Tukur as an elder stateman whom he acknowledges, admire and respect his sterling qualities.
“His records at Ports Authority where he was once Chief Executive Officer and as governor of defunct Gongola State are particularly exceptional.
“Though, we belong to different political parties, his commitment to democracy, good governance in Nigeria and his contributions to party politics over the years are remarkable,” he said.
The APC leader prayed to Almighty Allah to grant Tukur more years and good health.
“As he turns 85 today, I beseech Almighty Allah to continue to imbue him with good health and robust energy.
“May He grant him more years to continue in the service of our country and humanity,” he said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi
It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP
The political parties said that premium should rather be placed on delivering good governance and addressing the many challenges facing residents of the state.
The opposition parties were reacting to statements made by former governor of the state, Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, and PDP chairman in the state, Chief Augustine Nnamani, relating to the 2023 election in the state.
The PDP chieftains had during a solidarity visit to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Sept. 19, 2020 by the Ebeano Political Family, said that the governor would be allowed to choose who succeeds him in 2023.
The Ebeano Political Family is a structure founded by Nnamani during his time as governor and the platform has since produced successive governors in the state.
Reacting, the Chairman of APC in the state, Mr Ben Nwoye, said it was unfair for the PDP to start deliberations on who leads the state from 2023 when those elected in 2019 had yet to find their feet due to some circumstances.
Nwoye said that efforts should rather be made to assist those who were elected into political offices in 2019 to realise their campaign promises.
“Actions that are directed toward 2023 in my view are not fair to the people, especially when the incumbents are just beginning to find their feet after the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Those who were elected should be allowed to deliver good governance within the period they were elected to serve.
“When the time comes, we shall deal with 2023,” Nwoye said.
Also his APA counterpart, Mr Chukwunonso Ogbe, described the statement as undemocratic and capable of causing political tension in the state.
Ogbe said that in as much as members of the PDP in the state had the right to associate with one another, “but it is wrong to make statements that suggest that one man will decide for the state.
“That statement which was made in full public glare that the governor be allowed to choose his successor come 2023 is capable of heating up the polity.
“This is an implied admittance on the part of the former governor of the culture of imposition of political office holders on the people of the state which we have always protested against,” he said.
Ogbe, however, said that opposition political parties in the state would rally to end incidences of godfatherism and imposition of candidates in future elections.
“Come 2023, a new order of governance shall be enthroned by the electorate of Enugu State,” Ogbe said.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Edo election: INEC begins release of results
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday began the collation of results from 18 local government areas of Edo .
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC in Edo, Mr Johnson Alalibo, gave the name of the Returning Officer for Edo governorship election, to include Prof. Akpofure Rem-Rukeh, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru.
Alalibi declared that the results from 13 local government were ready for collation
“This is final stage of the election and I urge urged you to be calm, if you have any protest we will recognise you to speak,” he said.
register voters 84241, accredited 20825, total valid 20369,rejected 361
Total vote cast 20730
Esan Central APC 6719, PDP10,694.
Register voters 55569, accredited 17931, total valid votes 17672, rejected 242, total vote cast 17914
Egor APC 10202, PDP27621. Register voters 219841, accredited 39709, total valid votes 38396, rejected 955, total votes cast 39351
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole