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Buhari’ll Defeat Jonathan – Amaechi

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Activities at Government House Port Harcourt, con
tinued on a steady note with a mixed bag of events covering political campaigns and governance. The governor had returned to the state on Sunday last week to attend to state matters.
On Monday, Governor Chibuike Amaechi signed the states budget into law. The budget had taken the legislator a month and half to deliberate upon.
Signing the budget into law, Governor Amaechi commended the lawmakers for putting the interest of the state ahead and assured that it would be implemented to the letter.
In the word of the governor, “Nobody can say we have not performed from education to health”, adding that his administration constructed a number of roads.
“The fact is that we are frugal and we did not steal money as against those who are fighting to come in here”, Amaechi said.
The governor while dismissing claims by the opposition that his administration has been reckless in spending, maintained that he had not awarded any contract to himself or to any company owned by him.
Governor Amaechi while warning Rivers people of the antics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to hijack the treasury of the state, promised the he and his party would scuttle such plans.
On the forthcoming elections, the chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) said, “everybody knows and the president knows that Buhari will win the elections. They know that and that is why they postponed the elections and they think that when they postpone the elections, they will win the elections. But the people have made up their minds who and where they will vote”.
Shortly after the signing of the budget, chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon. Josiah Olu and State Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Chamberlain Peterside, spoke to reporters on their expectations.
Hon. Olu expressed hope that the executive would implement the budget as passed till May 29th. He explained that the N338 billion appropriation will help to complete ongoing projects.
“I am sure that in the next three months, we will spend within the budgetary provisions as provided”, he stated.
On his part, Peterside assured that the government would adhere to budgetary provisions, saying, “wherever we stop by the day of handover is where the next governor will continue”.
According to Dr. Peterside, the most important aspect of the budget is the recurrent expenditure which covers pensions, salaries and overheads. He  also said major part of the budget will be funded with internally generated revenue to the tune of over N90 billion.
On Thursday last week, the governor and the APC presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari attended the South-South-rally of the party held at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt.
At the rally Governor Amaechi announced plans by the party to sustain the Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta militants, if it wins on March 28th. He explained that the plan is to include those left out by the current managers of the scheme.
Amaechi who is also the Director-General of the APC Presidential campaigns further stated that the party would support INEC to conduct transparent polls in the future.
Gen. Buhari in his speech had accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the massive corruption besetting the country and promised to eradicate the menace when voted into power. Buhari tasked the Federal Government to account for the 26 million dollars already spent on power generation.

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2023: ‘Unknown Persons’ Stole My Academic Certificates, Tinubu Tells INEC

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic certificates were stolen by unknown persons while he was on self exile.
Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, was one of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Chieftains who fled the country under the regime of the late General Sani Abacha.
Abacha had clamped down on academics, activists and other technocrats opposed to his regime.
In his sworn affidavit in support of his nomination form for the office of the president, Tinubu said he “went on self exile from October 1994 to October 1999 (and) when I returned and discovered that my property including all the documents relating to my qualification and my certificates in respect of paragraph 3 above were looted by unknown persons.”
While Tinubu skipped information regarding his primary and secondary education in the INEC form, he, however, said he attended University of Chicago between 1972 and 1976, where he obtained B.Sc in Economics.
He also said he had B.Sc in Business and Administration, as well as certificate in Public Account.
Tinubu’s latest claims appear to contradict his previous election submissions, especially in 1999, when he ran and won the Lagos State governorship election.
He had said then that he attended St Paul Children’s Home School, Ibadan, between 1958 and 1964; while his secondary education was at Government College Ibadan (GCI), between 1965 and 1968.
Following a backlash, the former governor withheld his primary and secondary schools academic records when he recontested in 2003.
He had claimed that from Ibadan, he proceed to Richard Daley College, Chicago, from 1969 to 1971.
He finally said he attended both Chicago State University and the University of Chicago.
All the submissions were, however, challenged as fraudulent by a prominent Nigerian lawyer, late Gani Fawehinmi.
Fawehinmi, who argued the matter up to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case on technical grounds.
In his forms, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presented the Master’s degree he obtained in 2021, as his highest educational qualification.

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PDP Chieftain Hails Aduda’s Emergence As Senate Minority Whip

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Honourable Hellen Taiwo-Adebakin, has congratulated Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda on his emergence  as Senate Minority Whip
Adebakin, while rejoicing with the Senator said, Aduda’s elevation was a great honour for the good people of the FCT that he represents, who daily yearn for effective inclusion in the affairs of Nigeria.
Hon Adebakin, Secretary of the former and current ex-National ex-officio members of the PDP also described the new feat attained by the Senator as a product of loyalty and consistency to the PDP.
“I am using this opportunity to rejoice with one of our leaders in PDP, Senator Philip Aduda over his emergence as the Senate Minority Whip. Your elevation to this enviable position was a product of hard work, commitment to legislative duties and loyalty to the party. I pray to God Almighty to continue to guide as you assume this position,” Adebakin said.
She, therefore, urged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the party, stressing that the Senator will move to a higher position in the Red Chamber when the PDP returns to power at the centre in 2023.

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Senate Lauds Gbajabiamila’s House Leadership As Speaker Turns 60

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The Senate has lauded House of Representatives’ Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
The Senate gave the commendation in a statement by its spokesman and Chairman, Media and Public Affairs Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The upper legislative chamber, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to congratulate an outstanding achiever, an astute legal light, a man of exemplary social standing and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honorable Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila on his 60th birthday.
“Achieving this major milestone – a perfect 10, six times, over which you have attained calls for recognition and celebration; especially having achieved so much for yourself, the society and the nation.
“The Senate recognises you as a man of good upbringing and a well-bred personality who had traversed the universe in search of education and had achieved so much in your chosen legal career before making outstanding pursuits in legislative politics.
“Your services as an extraordinary lawmaker have been impeccable rising from being a member of the House of Representatives to becoming the minority leader, majority leader and then holding the prestigious position of the Speaker of the elite Assembly”.
“Your being one of the two longest-serving members of the House of Representatives also calls for all accolades that can be showered on you today.
“You have surely had many adventures in life but we still see you travelling farther to further stabilise the Nation’s polity and we pray for long life and good health for you as all things get better with age for you.
“While we rejoice with you, we hope you will have an amazing birthday. Congratulations!”

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