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Oyetola And Aregbesola’s Men Battle For APC Gov Ticket, Causes Tension In Osun

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Oyetola And Aregbesola’s Men Battle For APC Gov Ticket, Causes Tension In Osun


There is preceding tension in Osun State as the All Progressives Congress holds its governorship primary on Saturday (today), aso Naija reports.

The tension is a result of a profound battle for the sole ticket of the party between the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola and a former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti.

Adeoti, a former state chairman of the party, is the anointed candidate of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Oyetola was the chief of staff to Aregbesola when the latter served as governor of the state for eight years.

However, the relationship between the governor and the minister has deteriorated to the extent that they now belong to different camps of the party in the state.

Aregbesola has vowed that the incumbent would not be allowed to serve another term.

Also in the race is a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf.

On Friday, a convoy of about 30 trucks of combined security team comprising soldiers, police, men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps and operatives of the Department of State Services moved around major areas in Osogbo, the state capital in a show of force.

Tension has been on the rise since the beginning of the week when Aregbesola at the APC stakeholders meeting held at Ijebu-Jesha, declared Adeoti as his aspirant for the governorship position and asked members of the party to support him.

Also on the same day, the convoy of the minister was involved in a shooting while passing through Old Garage end of Osogbo.

The incident led to accusations  between Aregbesola’s men and Osun State Government. Also, the issue led to an exchange of words between the police and the NSCDC, as both agencies gave different accounts of what happened during the incident.

While the NSCDC, Osun Command, said operatives of the agencies in the convoy of the minister shot into the air when his convoy came under attack, the police in a statement by the Osun command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, insisted that security men attached to the minister shot without provocation.

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The shooting incident also led to a protest by members of the National Association of Osun State Students at the NSCDC command headquarters, as the students accused the operatives of being used as political tools by the former governor.

Supporters of Aregbesola, led by the factional APC chairman, Rasaq Salinsile, had also protested at the police headquarters in the state demanding the removal of the commissioner of police, Wale Olokode.

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Lucky Aiyedatiwa Announces Bid for APC Ticket in Ondo State Gubernatorial Election

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Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has officially announced his intention to vie for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in the upcoming gubernatorial election scheduled for April 2024, Aso Naija Reports.

Following the passing of his predecessor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in December 2023 after a prolonged battle with leukemia, Aiyedatiwa assumed office as the governor of Ondo State.

In an interview with TVC News, he confirmed the widespread speculation by stating his desire to become the APC candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the state.

READ ALSO:Ondo State Govt Declares 2 Days Public Holidays As Late Gov. Akeredolu’s Funeral Commences

“I will definitely be running because I am already the incumbent governor,” Lucky expressed in a video clip obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday.

He further emphasized that no one aspires to be a governor for just one year, and he seeks the opportunity to serve another term within the limits of the constitution.

The funeral ceremonies for Rotimi Akeredolu concluded on Friday, and he has been laid to rest.

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Former APC Campaign Director Reveals: Tinubu Admitted He Had No Plans on How to Govern Nigeria

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Key Notes

  1.  Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he had no plans or blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.
  2. The conversation took place during a meeting in London prior to the polls, where President Tinubu mentioned that the plans for his governance would be developed after winning the elections.
  3.  Mrs. Muhammad expressed her concern about President Tinubu’s competence and questioned how he could rule without a blueprint in place.
  4. Despite her efforts to address critical issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, Mrs. Muhammad has not been granted an opportunity to present her blueprint to President Tinubu.
  5. The revelation raises doubts and concerns about President Tinubu’s suitability for leadership and his preparedness to govern Nigeria effectively.

 

In a recent interview on AIT News, Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he did not have any blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.

Mrs. Muhammad’s revelation sheds light on her decision to resign from the ruling party prior to the election.

During a meeting in London before the polls, President Tinubu informed her that the plans for his governance would be developed after the election.

READ ALSO: President Tinubu’s Daughter Begs Nigerians To Be Patience Amid Economic Hardship

The former Campaign Director recounted the conversation, stating,

“Then I saw a message saying that Asiwaju wants to talk to you. Around 11:00 PM, so I gave them a reply. I’m waiting.

Immediately they saw my text, so they called me back, and Asiwaju called me. He said, ‘I respect your stance on not accepting the appointment.’ I said, ‘Yes, Sir, because I can’t be a zombie.

I just can’t follow you because you said I should follow you. Let me know what you have for us up north. Because if I made a mistake on Buhari with you, the truth is written on the horizon.

So I have to know what you have for us.’ He said he was in London and asked if I could go over. He offered to buy me a ticket. I said no, Sir, I can afford a ticket.

And then he said, ‘Can I get a hotel for you?’ I said yes, that I would appreciate it. I took the next Lufthansa flight to London. I saw him that same night. And we sat.

READ ALSO: Breaking News: Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate Soars to 5% in Q3’23

And I said, ‘Sir, the reason why I’m not accepting your appointment is because I don’t know what you have for us up north.

Because in the North, every single person is either waiting to be killed or kidnapped.

We can’t go on like this. What is your blueprint for us?’ He told me that he doesn’t have anything for us.”

Mrs. Muhammad further explained, “I said, ‘You mean, Sir, you don’t have a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I can’t have a blueprint because if I have a blueprint, I’ll be stepping on too many toes and they might even kill me.’ This was what he said.

I said, ‘But sir, how can you rule without a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I’ll only make a blueprint after winning the elections.’ I said, ‘There will be a lot of distractions after winning the elections. You have to keep your eyes on the ball.’ He said, ‘Well, you know what? If you have anything you want me to put in my manifesto, then please bring it.’

I told him that I have elders. We have a network for national salvation. I have our elder. I’ll go meet him in Paris the next day. The next day, I left for Paris.”

Mrs. Muhammad expressed her disappointment at not being able to meet with Tinubu again to present the blueprint.

Despite her efforts to address important issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, she has not been granted an audience with him.

This revelation by Mrs. Muhammad highlights the lack of concrete plans presented by President Tinubu for his potential governance of Nigeria, raising concerns about his suitability for the role.

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Put More Effort Into Ending Widespread Insecurity, Don’t Wait For State Police – Obi Tells Tinubu, Governors

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Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, calls on President Bola Tinubu and state governors to intensify efforts in combating the surging insecurity plaguing the nation. Obi expressed deep concern over the escalating insecurity, urging Tinubu and governors to take urgent steps to address the growing threat and prepare for the implementation of state policing. He cautioned that the worsening insecurity, coupled with widespread hunger and poverty, poses a significant risk of a national crisis.

Obi’s statement read, “While the idea of State Policing as discussed recently by the President and the 36 States Governors, is a welcome development, and while looking forward to its implementation, which may still take a while, all efforts, at the moment, should be geared towards ending the ugly trend of insecurity in the nation. We should not just wait for the proposed state Police to do the magic while we become lackadaisical and allow criminals to run riot like the recent reports in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

“Waking up every day to the sad news of terror attacks around the country remains very worrisome. Recently, gunmen were reported to have attacked a mosque in Katsina, killing worshippers, and abducting several villagers.

“A terrorist attack was also reported in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State where six persons were reportedly killed and about 50 abducted. What is more worrisome is that these terrorists now boldly target security agents.

“Just yesterday, bandits were said to have attacked a police station in Zamfara killing the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO. These and many other violent attacks and kidnapping-for-ransom in the country should keep the government and security agencies on their toes.

“Such a high level of insecurity when combined with the high level of hunger and poverty in the country, forms a perfect recipe for disaster in our nation. We must therefore take all possible measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our dear nation.

“I urge the government and our security agencies to expedite action on ending these terror attacks on the Nigerian people and ensure that every Nigerian is free to live securely in every part of the nation. I commiserate with the families who have lost dear ones to these violent attacks in the nation while praying for the safe rescue of those in captivity.”

 

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President Tinubu Arrives Abuja After AU Summit

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President Bola Tinubu has returned to Abuja following his attendance at the 37th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Asonaija reported Tinubu’s departure from Addis Ababa on Monday morning, and he arrived in Abuja at approximately 3:40 pm on the same day.

During his time in Ethiopia, the Nigerian leader actively engaged in discussions at the 44th Ordinary Session of the Executive council, held bilateral meetings, and participated in various events on the sidelines of the AU summit. Tinubu collaborated with other African leaders in high-level meetings focusing on institutional reforms of the African Union, peace and security matters, specific thematic topics such as climate change, and the strategies for the continental body’s participation and priorities within the G20 forum.

Accompanied by ministers and other senior government officials, the President spent three days in the East African nation. The summit’s theme for this year is ‘Educate an African fit for the 21st Century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning in Africa.’

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President Tinubu Approves N126 Billion for Nationwide Housing Provision

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President Tinubu Approves N126 Billion for Nationwide Housing Provision

President Bola Tinubu has given his approval for the allocation of N126.5 billion towards the provision of housing across the nation, Aso Naija Reports.

This decision aims to facilitate the construction of 100,000 houses within a span of 18 months.

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, made this announcement during a groundbreaking ceremony held in Karsana, an area in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The funding for these housing projects will be derived from various sources, including the budgetary allocation of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), and Public Private Partnerships with reputable developers.

In addition, the federal government plans to initiate the construction of 6,000 housing units in the first quarter of the current year.

Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa also emphasized the incorporation of cross subsidy as a significant aspect of the government’s strategy to enhance affordability for individuals with low to medium incomes, thereby promoting integrated living.

According to this approach, the housing units constructed in the Renewed Hope Cities will be available for sale at commercial rates, while a substantial percentage will be sold at concessionary rates to low- and medium-income Nigerians who are members of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.

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