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Ex-Councillor Wants Buhari To Reshuffle Cabinet

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A former Leader of Opobo/Nkoro Legislative Assembly, Hon. Godswill Anengi Fubara has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reshuffle his cabinet in order to make it more effective and meet the yearning of Nigerians.
Hon. Fubara who gave the advise in an interview with The Tide at Opobo Town, headquarters of the Local Government Area also said that the President may have been hijacked by cabal around him.
“Buhari’s government is currently been hijacked by a group of cabals in his cabinet. Mr. President, as a matter of urgency, should immediately reshuffle his cabinet. The cabals are there, busy manipulating Buhari government,” he said.
According to the former lawmaker who was among a thousand member All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area, President Buhari’s administration has no tangible achievement to point to after three years in office and blamed the President for his inability to function effectively as an elected leader.
Hon Fubara expressed worry over the way things are being done under the present APC-led Federal Government and advised the President to sack some members of his cabinet to save his government from collapse.
“I think President Buhari is on high level manipulation by a cabal in the presidency. As a former chieftain of APC, Buhari is making big mistake because Nigerians are expecting him (Buhari) to flush out those cabals that have hijacked his government. I am not happy the way things are going under Buhari administration. I am not against anybody but against manipulation and bad leadership which has frustrated the masses”, he said.
The grassroots politician further explained that Buhari who was able to lay solid economic development Foundation for Nigeria is finding things difficult as a result of the cabals misrepresentation of the government, pointing out that, “my question remains: Is Mr President not fully aware that there are certain persons in his cabinet who never want him to succeed as President of this nation?”.
Hon. Fubara, who represented Ward 5 in the Opobo/Nkoro legislative Assembly also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to bring together all ethnic nationalities in the country and find means of resolving issues bedeviling the nation.
“Niger is gradually heading to disaster”, he said adding that something urgent needs to be done to save Nigeria from crisis.
Asked if a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction could be actualised under the APC, Hon Fubara said that the Igbos have no future in APC, because the palm failed them as no single project initiated by the current government led by the party has been completed in South East zone.
Fubara added that, “you can see that there are no developments going on now in the South East zone except few mushroom ones, such as the Enugu-Onitsha road.

 

Bethel Toby

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2023: Makinde Holds Workshop For Oyo PDP Candidates

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, declared open a two-day workshop for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearers in the National Assembly and state House of Assembly seats, as well as members of the Governorship Campaign Council in the state.
The workshop had in attendance the three senatorial candidates of the party, 14 House of Representatives candidates, 32 House of Assembly candidates, Director-Generals of Senatorial campaigns, local government coordinators of the Governor Makinde Campaign Council and local government chairmen.
At the workshop held at the Supreme Management Training Centre, Adeyi Avenue, Ibadan, the governor declared that his administration has been able to bring about a paradigm shift in governance and politics in the state, a development which he noted has resulted in the massive development ongoing in Oyo State.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that his government has learnt a lot of lessons and would be able to set adequate priorities for the development of the state if re-elected into office in 2023.
He added that the PDP would run issue-based campaigns, noting that as an administration that has been driven by data, logic and science from its first day in office, it would further “sit down, draw plans and follow the plans.”
Governor Makinde, who also declared that papers for the Iddo-Eruwa Road contract had already been perfected, added that the road would soon be flagged-off.
He called on residents of Ibarapa and other zones of the state to re-elect him and also support all PDP candidates in the forthcoming election.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone. I appreciate us all for attending this meeting, which is aimed at warming us up ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
“The National Assembly candidates have started their own campaigns, and the state, by next week, will start theirs, which will be from the 12th of this month. By then, all of us would be on the same page.
“For me, I am driven by data, science and logic. And for us, this is an opportunity to formally start the process. We need to understand the shape which our campaigns will take for the 2023 election.
“I watched the APC supporters on television yesterday and I discovered their own way of initiating a campaign is a walk-show. Our own way of starting is to sit down, strategise, draw our plans and follow the plans.
“In 2019 elections, we did not just engage the people. We sat down, drew the roadmap for accelerated development of Oyo State. We put the document in the public domain and, up to this moment, it has continued to serve as the compass of development for us in Oyo State. So, this is not something new.
“People who think we don’t understand politics may think what we are doing is ‘political theory’ but this same theory won the 2019 election for us.
“So, today, they have called in experts to speak to us on the political situation in the state, the strategies to be adopted, the challenges we are likely to be faced with. This is because no two elections can be the same. The factors that worked for us then are different from what we have on ground now.
“Then, people didn’t know us but they now know us.”
The governor, who admitted that there were a few areas where his government could have done better, said: “There are areas where we may have made mistakes. There are also some aspects we didn’t prioritise. But I am sure that the Ibarapa people will give us their votes because the paper works on your road have been brought to my table and we will flag it off shortly.”

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GOC Warns Soldiers Against Rigging 2023 Elections For Politicians

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The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Aminu Chinade, has warned soldiers against helping politicians and political parties to rig the 2023 general elections.
Gen. Chinade issued the warning on Tuesday when he paid a familiarisation visit to the headquarters of the 4 Brigade in Benin. He said engaging in electoral malpractice at any level would bring the Nigerian Army into disrepute.
The GOC said he was impressed with the briefs he received about the conduct of the officers and men of the division, urging them to sustain their efforts and not lower the standard while discharging their duties, especially during the 2023 general elections.
“I want to commend you for your commitment and dedication to duty as indicated in the brief I got even before coming. I am encouraged by your behaviour and professional conduct.
“I want to implore you to work closely with the host community and contribute to the security of lives and property in the area, especially in this election period”, Gen. Chinade said.
He added, “Remain apolitical in order not to dent your career. Whenever you are called upon during the elections, you should remain neutral and apolitical.”
The army general further charged them to maintain professionalism and shun partisanship in the discharge of their assignment.
Gen. Chinade assumed office as the new GOC of the division on August 12.

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I Will Not Vote Same Faith Ticket -Onaiyekan

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Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, on Wednesday said the same faith ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a political decision based on a calculation to win votes.
Onaiyekan however said as a voter in the next general elections, he would not vote for the same faith ticket of the ruling party.
The clergy, who spoke at the 1st synod of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, held in Ede, Osun state, said there was no need to comment on the decision of a political party, but as a Church, facts about the matter should be presented to people, who will also take their own political decisions.
He said, “You will note that the Catholic Bishop Conference has not taken any action on the Muslim/Muslim ticket of All Progressives Congress. The reason is that the Muslim/Muslim ticket is a political decision taken by APC as a party on the calculation that it is their best way to win the election or assure their victory in the 2023 general election.
“There is no point telling them not to take such a decision, all you can say is that they will have to accept responsibility for the decision they have taken. I only have one voter’s card and by God’s grace, I will use it. I will definitely not vote for a Muslim/Muslim ticket. That is my decision.
“But since it’s a political decision of a political party, what the church can do officially is bring out the fact and tell people that they should take their political decision accordingly.”
Delivering a paper on the topic, ‘Church As An Agent Of Dialogue And Reconciliation In Our Community In The Quest For Just And Peaceful Societal Order’ at the event attended by a representative of Grand Imam of Osun State, Sheik Musa Animasaun, the President, Osun Baptist Conference, Dr Paul Kolawole, and Dr. Abiodun Fafolarin, the Secretary, International Council for Ifa Religion, among others, Onaiyekan said continuous dialogue should be encouraged to promote harmony.
In his goodwill message read by Sheihk Abdusalam Akinwumi, the grand Imam of Osun state, Sheikh Animasaun, commended the Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. John Oyejola, for his efforts to promote religious harmony in the state.
He assured of more commitment to efforts that would sustain religious harmony in Osun working with the Catholic church and other leaders.

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