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2023: Tinubu promotes excellence, capable of becoming Nigeria’s president -Abe



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Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

Former representative of the Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, has described former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as a promoter of excellence, saying he is capable and qualified to become Nigeria’s President in 2023.

Also, he said the National leader of the All Progressives Congress is one leader that places capacity and competence above loyalty in all his dealings.

Abe said this during a breakfast meeting with journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Tuesday.

He explained that the story of Lagos State and where it is today cannot be discussed without mentioning Tinubu.

Abe added, “The most important job of a leader is to pick people. If you look at the quality of people that Asiwaju picked and the way he promotes quality people in everything, they stand out.

“The one thing that has kept Africa where it is today is that leaders prefer loyalty above capacity and competence. Asiwaju is one of few leaders in Africa who picks capacity and competence above loyalty and promotes excellence in every way.

“So I think he is eminently qualified and other people who think they are qualified are also free to indicate their interest.”

While making a veiled reference to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Abe said Nigerians don’t want
anybody who does not like money to come near the presidency.

Recall that Amaechi has in several fora said he does not like money.

But Abe stated that “we need a leader at this point who understands money and knows how to generate money because that is the biggest problem in this country today.

“I think that of all those who have participated in the leadership of this country in recent times, Asiwaju is one person I know that has shown that he understands money.

“So anytime somebody comes and say I don’t like money, give me the country to run, know that the person is saying that he wants to cheat the rest of us.”

Reacting to those who said Tinubu was too old to occupy the plum office, Abe said age can never be an issue in leadership, adding that Tinubu is eminently qualified and has the party structure to become President.

“We all like the fact that he has gone to inform the President about his ambition to contest the 2023 presidential election. Nigerians will come out in their numbers to support Tinubu,” Abe said.

On his ambition to contest the governorship election in Rivers State in 2023, Abe, a chieftain of the APC, said he was still consulting and would soon make his intentions known to the Rivers people, adding that the leadership of the party in the state must do things differently for the party to regain its pride of place.

He expressed the need for political parties to deepen internal democracy so that every Nigerian irrespective of status can have a sense of belonging and benefit from the system.



[BREAKING] Nnamdi Kanu: Police disperse Sowore, others with ‘tear gas’, bullets at Abuja court



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Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have dispersed a former presidential aspirant and activist Omoyele Sowore and other individuals who were present at the Federal High Court to monitor the arraignment of the leader of the proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, The PUNCH has observed.

The PUNCH reports that Sowore who arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday morning was barred from accessing the court premises and was attacked by some hoodlums.

After which the Security operatives began to fire live ammunition into the air creating an environment of fear and disarray.

The PUNCH reports that Sowore, an activist had on October 21, 2021, visited the Federal High Court to witness the ongoing trial of Kanu.

Sowore who was also attacked then blamed the operatives of the Department of State Services for the attack on him.

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FERMA completes 10 road projects appropriated to Kebbi in 2021 – Official



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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in Kebbi state, has completed 10 road projects appropriated to the state under the special maintenance repairs and special intervention of COVID-19 projects in 2021.

The agency’s Maintenance Engineer in the state, Mr Rilwanu Usman, who confirmed this while speaking with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday said that the projects were completed in view of their economic and agricultural importance to people of the state.

According to him, “the works completed under special maintenance repairs are, construction of access road in Adamu Augie College of Education (COE), Argungu, which is 1.0 kilometre of access road constructed and about 750m line drain provided.

“Construction of culvert and drainage along Lailaba to Yeldu phase one, which was an additional 4.0 kilometres of earth road constructed with eight number culverts provided as well as culverts in 2.5 kilometres of road surface dressing as we are working within the limited fund.

“Special repairs of Malando-Ngaski–Warra Road, which is special repairs, involving patching of potholes, scraping of some section of about 2 kilometres in length, repaired with asphalt, among others.

“Emergency repairs of scoured pile caps of bridge three in the flood-prone Fadama section of Argungu- Bui road. Special maintenance repairs of Tuga- Ka’oje road which is 0.72 of failed section fully repaired, involving potholes, among others,” he said.

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Usman added that there were also five projects under the COVID19 special intervention programme which were competed in 2021.

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He said: “There was general maintenance of Birnin Kebbi-Jega- Sokoto road which is 1.7 kilometre of distress pavement strengthened with wearing course and overlaid a new layer of asphalt.

“We also have Kalgo- Bunza-Kamba road, which had been giving motorists headache because of failed section and it was repaired with asphalt concrete. Argungu-Bui road, as some failed section of the road, was repaired with asphalt wearing course, patching of potholes and construction of line drain.

“We have also completed 2.3 kilometres of Malando-Ngaski-Warra road, which was the certification of failed section and repairs with asphalt and well as patching of potholes.

“Lastly, Rijau- Ribah-Wasagu road, received attention under the COVID-19 programme as two number culverts were constructed, certified road length of 1.5 kilometres and patched more than 3,000 square meters of potholes under the COVID19 programme,” he said.

On direct labour, he said that the washed-out bridge of Argungu–Bui Road has also been repaired sequel to approval by the Agency’s Managing Director, Nuradeen Rafin-Dadi, in 2021.

“We have done no fewer than 20 direct labour projects last year, and we also have a series of approval to connect key roads with the main federal roads in the state.

“Through the efforts some of the lawmakers in the state, we have installed numerous solar street lights in Koko, and are undergoing construction of drains and other road furniture, among other projects yet to come,” Usman said.

The maintenance engineer commanded FERMA’s MD, lawmakers, Attorney -General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for their efforts in making the state to be among the best in the maintenance of federal roads in the country.


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Buhari’s media aide Shehu follows Tinubu media support group on Twitter



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From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, is now following the Tinubu media support group on Twitter.

The presidential media aide, who has over 1.2 million followers, joined the microblogging site in April 2015 and follows 365 other Twitter users.

The Tinubu Media Support Group (TMS) with the handle @TinubuMediaS was opened this month following former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu’s public declaration to contest for the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

The profile of the group describes it as “Volunteer Media Support, BAT Fans, Promoters of BAT’23 project.”

So far, the group follow 455 Twitter users and it is being followed by 954 followers including the presidential spokesman.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had declined to disclose his choice of successor in a recent media interview with Channels Television, saying he would rather keep it to himself to prevent the individual from being “eliminated.”

Buhari had said: “No. I wouldn’t because he may be eliminated if I mention it. I better keep it secret.”

Tinubu had on January 10th, while in the State House Abuja, disclosed that he had informed President Buhari of his intention to vie for the presidential ticket of the ruling party.

He said as a democrat, President Buhari did not stop him from attempting to pursue his lifelong ambition.

The APC chieftain had while responding on if he had informed President Buhari about his ambition said: “I will answer that with categorical yes. I’ve informed the President of my intention but I have not informed Nigerians yet. I’m still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people will I consult. You will soon hear, all you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten the truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, you don’t expect more answers than that.”


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