The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, has concluded primary elections for emergence of its flagbearers for the July 24 local government elections across the 57 councils in the state.
The state PDP Chairman, Mr Adedeji Doherty, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that the party’s executives in the state had congratulated all the chairmanship, vice-chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party for the polls.
Doherty, who said that a comprehensive list of the candidates would be published soon, advised the flagbearers to be worthy ambassadors of the party.
He commended efforts of unsuccessful aspirants and said that though they did not win, the efforts had been noted by the party.
He urged all aspirants and candidates to remain loyal to the party.
“All candidates should know that the job has just started; you should all endeavour to make good use of the opportunity set before you by your respective local governments areas and Local Council Development Areas,” Doherty said.
He urged all candidates to do much to ensure victory in their respective councils.
“Lagos is winnable if all and sundry have their hands on deck and all acts are got right.
“I once again appreciate the efforts of all candidates and aspirants,” Doherty said.
The Tide reports that Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has rolled out the timetable and guidelines for elections into the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs of the state.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Chief Lawrence Eze, has urged politicians to shun inflammatory and unguarded utterances that could further heat up the polity.
Eze, who was an aspirant for Enugu West Senatorial Election in 2019, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Monday.
He said that harsh and inconsiderate utterances and rhetoric were already sending negative signal about the country to the international community, including foreigners that work or own businesses in Nigeria.
“There is a need for Nigerians especially politicians to tone down their rhetoric and stop inflammatory statements capable of setting the nation aflame, even when there is no form of war in the first place.
“The current relative peace the country has and we are enjoying is to the benefit of all.
“Hatred, segregation and hate speech only tear us apart and draw us against each other and dent our international image as well,’’ he said.
The chieftain also warned politicians not to overstep their powers and getting involved on issues not related to their duties.
“Today, our politicians get involved in a lot of affairs, which is not governance and do not have a bearing on their offices.
“Most politicians want to hold sway on everything happening around them, even when they are not directly involved.
“Today, politicians want to impose and influence who becomes the chief judge, archbishop, bishop, chief imam, community/market leader, youth leader of a community or association.
“Most of these negative impositions, tells on the kind of leadership we get at these levels; which is further denying Nigerians the opportunity to get competent minds based on merit,’’ Eze said.
Protest Rocks Kano Over Appeal Court Judgment
Protests erupted in Kano city and its environs on Monday afternoon with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.
The Tide’s source reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital following a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court that affirmed the prayers of both the appellant and the respondent in the contentious Kano governorship, though the judiciary had since cleared the air.
In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, huge crowd of protesters had stormed strategic positions in the city as it visited temporary hiccups on commercial activities.
Kano- Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.
Some of the placard read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “ Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023″.
The protest came on the heels of discovery by the Police that “some faceless group are bent on unleashing violence in Kano”, stressing that the police were on top of the situation.
Cp Hussaini Gumel told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already 7 suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.
Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact. In view of that, therefore, any one found outside this arrangement will be treated as common criminal”.
However, normalcy had since returned to the ancient city following the peaceful protest that lasted several hours.
NASS To Receive Tinubu’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, Today
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will today, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.
This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.
He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.
President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.
It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.
It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.
Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.
Muslim Clerics Offer Prayers For Tinubu, Kwankwaso In Kano
Over 1,000 Islamic clerics have offered special prayers for President Bola Tinubu and the NNPP national leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin Kofa (NNPP-Kiru/Bebeji) hosted the ulamas at Kiru for the success of Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano State at the Supreme Court, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s media aide, Sani Paki, on Monday.
During the prayer session, the clerics recited the Qur’an 1,101 times and prayed for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mr Kofa said his relationship with the president was no secret, noting that Mr Kwankwaso is his mentor. He said he would continue to support and promote a harmonious relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Kwankwaso.
Mr Kofa described NNPP as a promising party open to collaboration, alliance and merger with the APC and even with the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party or any other party that showed interest, so long as it is for the good of Nigerians.
He also promised to deploy his modest political network to reach out to gladiators in Kano politics towards resolving all resolvable issues and to de-escalate the current tension in the state due to the Kano governorship seat.
Also, after the prayer session, the legislator hosted 5,000 primary school kids across his constituency, as he often does, and provided them with school kits.
According to the statement, Mr Kofa assured the pupils of the good plans of the federal and state governments, especially on free education and free school feeding programmes.
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