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Direct or indirect, Tinubu will win APC primaries —Ex-lawmaker, Jibrin

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The campaign team of Bola Tinubu has expressed confidence that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would win the presidential primaries of the party after the proclamation of his ambition.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by AbdulMumin Jibrin, the Director-General, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Support Group Management Council, and a former member of the House of Representatives, during an AriseTV interview monitored by Ripples Nigeria.

According to Jibrin, Tinubu has the wherewithal to become the next Nigerian President due to his antecedents and capacity as evidenced in Lagos State.

“I have said it time and time again that BAT will win the APC primaries, whether it is via direct or indirect Primaries and it is not a matter of luck. He had demonstrated capacity and invested in people; his achievements in Lagos speak for itself. I don’t see how he will lose the APC ticket. In sha Allah, with his declaration, we expect everyone to rally around me in order to concentrate on the general elections.

“He understands the economy, politics, and understands the people. We are going to have a President that will continue from where President Muhammadu Buhari stopped and build the Nigeria of our dreams.”

The former lawmaker also implored people not to focus on reports about his age and health, reiterating that what is important is Tinubu‘s capacity to lead Nigeria into better economic situations.

Jubrin said, “When I was younger, I used to champion youth but I realised that good leadership is not a function of age; the most important thing is capacity and competence and in this instance, Tinubu fits it.

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“I have spoken repeatedly about this; everyone falls sick. In this case, Tinubu was ill and it was a public matter due to his status and he recovered from it. He is very healthy, travelling and organising his ambition and people are talking about his health.”

Regarding the clamour for a South-East Presidency, the former lawmaker expressed his sympathy with the region but blamed them for engaging in regional politics while prominent Igbo politicians refuse to stake their claim.

“On the South East, we sympathize with them and even Tinubu understands these issues but the South-West realised they have to play centrally while the South-East shifted back to regional politics ergo they will have to play politics centrally.

“For example, the South-East politicians are predominant in the PDP but nobody is coming out yet the party is talking about zoning it to the North which means they are not pushing which is in fairness, what should happen but the South-East needs to be more strategic.

“The best opportunity is for them to support Tinubu because he is a man of his words.”

In response to questions about corruption allegations against Tinubu, he noted that these claims are conjured by naysayers from the internet and almost everyone involved in politics has been accused of corruption.

“If you punch Google, there is no Nigerian politician that has not been accused of corruption. The only way you can know a corrupt person is when he is pronounced guilty so, it is to be expected as a frontrunner in 2023. I don’t think it is fair because of comments which get escalated. People are doing this because of his ambition. He has worked so hard to build his pedigree and he is the person that people want, even in the North so it is going to be a landslide.

“Our emphasis should be on the pedigree of this candidate and his achievements, especially in Lagos State. These are the focus we should concentrate on; all these mundane issues will not solve the problem in Nigeria.

“These are trash they people conjure from the internet and we will not create a narrative for naysayers or elevate such discussions and you will see everything about him during the campaign,” the former lawmaker noted.

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Ohanaeze hopes that with time, govt’ll see need for State Police

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Pan-Igbo social-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed its disappointment over government’s rejection of the proposal for State Police in Nigeria.

The reaction came after the House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution this week rejected a bill seeking the creation of state police.

The House Committee scrapped the idea after 14 members of the committee voted against the amendment to section 214 of the 1999 constitution while only 11 others voted in support during a meeting to consider the bill.

Reacting to the rejection, National publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Chidozie Ogbonnia hammered on the importance of having a State Police department, adding that the government would eventually see the beed for it.

“The issue of central police has already collapsed in Nigeria,” said Ogbonnia.

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“In a Federation, there ought to be multiple levels of security architecture, even down to the local Government Area. There is no Federation without multiple levels of security architecture. They compliment the central police.

“Here is the South East, that is why Ohanaeze supports the formation of Ebubeagu, they operate at local levels to compliment the central security architecture.

“They (Ebubeagu personnel) have a relationship with the rural communities and make the job of the central police easier because they understand the environment more than somebody from outside.

“Evidently, there is a need for them to complement each other. I want to believe that with time, they will understand the need for state police”.

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Ekiti Guber: Biodun Oyebanji wins APC primary election

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The immediate past secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship direct primary election held in the State.

Oyebanji, who is widely perceived as Governor Kayode Fayemi’s anointed candidate, emerged the winner with 101,703 votes.

He defeated seven other aspirants who had earlier protested against the electoral process, and pressed for it to be canceled.

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They had claimed, among others things, that the Chairman of the APC primary election committee, and Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, had handed Oyebanji’s supporters the result sheets to write the results before the election.

The aggrieved governorship aspirants include: Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, Demola Popoola, Afolabi Oluwasola, Hon Femi Bamisile and Kayode Ojo.

However, Badaru noted that the election which took place across 177 wards was peaceful, credible and transparent.

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Buhari appoints Tahir new MD of NEMSA

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Buhari appoints Aliyu Tukur Tahir new MD of NEMSA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Engr. Aliyu Tukur Tahir as the substantive Managing Director/Chief Electrical Inspector General of the federation (MD/CEI) of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).

The Honourable Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, OFR, who’s the supervising Minister of the agency confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.

Jedy-Agba who congratulated the new MD charged him to see the new responsibility as a call to continue to do his best towards the actualization of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s power agenda.

He said Engr. Tahir whose appointment is for a period of four years and subject to renewal for another term will be sworn in on a date to be communicated.

Tahir is to replace Engr. Peter Ewesor who retired last year from public service. Ewesor was the pioneer MD of the agency and held the position for eight years, covering two terms.

The new MD who hails from Yobe State in North-Eastern Nigeria was until his appointment, the General Manager, Technical Standard and Inspectorate Services Department of NEMSA.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Power Engineers (NIPE), the Nigerian Society of ENGINEERS (NSE), the Institute of Electrical Electronics ENGINEERS (IEEE) as well a member of the Council of Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

During the Power Sector Reform Programme, Engr. Tahir served as the Secretary of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) Board.

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