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Tinubu Disappointed N’Central, N’West – Buhari’s Aide

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The North-Central and Northwest regions of the country are disappointed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, picked former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, from the North-East as his running mate.
A Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Special Intervention, Ismael Ahmed, said this on Wednesday while speaking a live television programme.
Tinubu had at the weekend picked  Shettima as his vice presidential candidate after weeks of consultations.
His choice of the serving senator had been greeted with mixed reactions with the Christian community in Nigeria condemning the Lagos State politician for picking a Muslim running mate.
But Ahmed, who is not concerned with the religion of the candidates, said the North- West and North-Central were hoping to get the vice presidential slot, adding that the regions had contributed more votes to the APC than any other region in the country.
“I just came back from Kano yesterday and I know that there are a lot of people who are miffed (for not getting the Vice Presidential slot).
“For example, the Northwest which has the largest voting population of about 20 million upward, six out of the seven governors are members of the APC, five of which are in their second term, none of which contested against the presidential candidate at the convention. The only person, the Jigawa State governor, that bought a form dropped at the last minute and they thought they would pick him.
“A lot of people, rank and file within the party, thought the Northwest could have been considered.
“Some people thought that Northcentral had not had a presidential or vice-presidential candidate in a democratic setting. Even though they have a larger voting population more than the Northeast, they were not considered,” the former senatorial aspirant said.
Ahmed, a former youth leader of the APC, acknowledged that there would always be a complaint notwithstanding who is chosen, adding that the decision to pick Shettima was not an easy one for Tinubu.
He said less emphasis should be placed on the religion of candidates, saying “when Bola Ahmed Tinubu was elected as the presidential candidate at the Eagle Square, I am not sure religion was considered.
“I think he was nominated because of how much work and investment he has put in the political and democratic structure in the last 30 years that gave him that edge over his co-contestants not because he is a Muslim.”
He insisted that Tinubu’s choice of Shettima was based on his pedigree and political prowess not mainly because he is a Muslim.

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NGO Tasks NASS On Fiscal Responsibility Law Amendment

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The Growth Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) Nigeria says there is an urgent need for the national assembly to pass the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) amendment bill into law.
The executive director, Order Paper, Oke Epia,said this on Saturday at a media briefing in Abuja.
The Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 is primarily designed to checkmate wastage and corruption.
Epia said the financial crisis faced by the country is as a result of corruption in the oil sector, which could be resolved through the passage of the amendment of the Act.
“Nigeria is in a fiscal crisis because certain things are not being done right, especially in the petroleum sector which accounts for over 60 percent of revenue earnings and over 90 percent of foreign exchange due to the country,” he said.
“It is the mainstay of the economy and that is where you have the poster child of corruption in this country.”
He said the slow amendment of the fiscal responsibility act gives room for the non-remittance of revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“On the side of public finance management, that is what we want to alert your consciousness to, so that we can mount pressure on the national assembly to pass this fiscal responsibility amendment bill, so it will help get monies that are due to government paid to the government without much ado,” he added.

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Alleged 2019 Guber Poll Rigging: Ogun APC To Probe Amosun

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The state leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State may likely quiz the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over his claim that the 2019 governorship election in the state was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
There were indications that the party’s leadership may take a hard step on the Senator’s claim when the party’s leaders from the 20 local government areas of the state had a closed-door meeting in Abeokuta on Saturday and expressed their displeasure over the allegation.
The state Chairman of the party, Yemi Sanusi, who berated Amosun over his claim, described such outburst as  un-senatorial and unbecoming of a supposed statesman.
It was learnt that after the meeting, the party’s leaders called for disciplinary measures against such anti-party acts, which they likened to the ex-governor’s support for All Progressives Movement’s governorship candidate in 2019, resulting in his suspension.
Sanusi declared that, being the acting chairman of the party in 2019, he observed that the election that produced the incumbent governor was the most credible in the history of the state.
He said the electorate trooped out and overwhelmingly voted for Governor Abiodun and protected their votes from being overturned by riggers.
Sanusi, therefore, called on the party’s leaders and members to reciprocate the kind gesture of Governor  Abiodun by working hard to ensure  his re-election in 2023.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the general election, Governor Abiodun donated a bus to the party’s state executive council with a view to enhancing their operations ahead of the 2023 poll and in appreciation of their contributions towards the growth of democracy in the state.
He described the party’s state executive as a partner in progress, commending them for their sterling leadership which made it possible for them to keep the party united.
The governor, therefore, promised support for the party to sustain its membership drive, emphasising that all hands mist be on deck as the party gets prepared for the forthcoming general elections.

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APC’s Case Challenging My Victory, Waste Of Time – Adeleke

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The Governor- elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Saturday disclosed that the case filed by the All Progressives Congress APC, challenging his victory in the July 16 election is dead on arrival and a mere waste of time.
According to Adeleke, the people of Osun state have spoken and no amount of court cases can overturn his election as governor.
Adeleke, speaking at Ijebu-Jesa, headquarters of Oriade local government, where a former commissioner for finance under the administration of Aregbesola, Dr Wale Bolorunduro officially decamped to the PDP, said his major focus is how to move Osun forward, promising a massive impact in his first 100 days in office.
“The whole world knew that the election was free and fair. APC are just wasting there time. They have the right to go to court but I can tell you, it is dead on arrival.
“Osun people who have voted massively for us should keep calm and not worry. This time around, the people of Osun have spoken and it is the will of God.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is how to make Osun great and I’m promising that in my first 100 days in office , Osun State will witness a massive change,” he said.
Speaking on why he defected, Bolorunduro said he left APC because the party is full of deceit and lack ethos of Obafemi Awolowo.
His words: “I and my followers are decamping today to PDP because it is the party for the progressive. It is a party that is transparent and not deceitful as the former party I was.
“I left APC because my glory was being covered and my contributions trampled upon. APC is full of deceit. There is nothing called progressivesm in that party.
“The party lack fairness, justice, transparency and the ethos of our avatar, Obafemi Awolowo. I had no choice than to leave APC and come to the party of light”.

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