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Reaction trails Tinubu’s declaration, and it doesn’t look good

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Tinubu said Nigerians should pocket their opinions anyway.

Nigerians could end up addressing the now National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as “Mr President”, by the end of next year’s presidential election, an outcome that would be a dream come through for Tinubu who himself, admitted its been his life-long ambition.

Prior to his Monday’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, where he formally declared his intention to run for the presidency, Tinubu is well known for his role in helping others achieve their ambitions, including Buhari himself who had failed three times in his attempt to rule the country.

He was then and unsurprisingly asked why he was not satisfied remaining a kingmaker rather than wanting to be president, Tinubu said: “About the cap of kingmaker. I’ve never seen the cap of a kingmaker before. That is the truth. And I’ve never seen where it is written in the rule book anywhere in any country that a kingmaker cannot be a king unless you commit murder.

“So, whatever is your attribute is your own opinion. Me, I want to pursue my ambition without the title of a kingmaker. You can write your literature and your story based upon your own perception.”

With that response, it is clearly obvious that Tinubu means business, regardless of public opinions about his age, health, and roles played in bringing a government most Nigerians can’t wait to see its end.

In fact, Tinubu didn’t seem to find fault in the current government but instead, promised to continue from where Buhari would eventually stop.

He said, “I have the confidence, the vision, the capacity to rule, build on the foundation of Mr President, and turn Nigeria better.” 

With that in mind, reactions soon followed as Nigerians who aren’t particularly in favor of a Tinubu presidency due to concerns around his age and health, also find his promise to “build on the foundation” of the current government, hard to stomach.

Adefile Emmanuel said, “You cannot prosper electorally because of this statement,” in reference to Tinubu’s promise to continue where Buhari leaves off. 

Okorie Nich said, “Affliction shall not arise a second time.” 

James Oche wrote, “We rebuke you inshallah, for this hardship, you want to continue with deeper starvation from killer PMB. ? Holy Ghost fire 🔥.” 

Geoffrey Moses shares his view, “U see the reason why I said this old men have nothing to offer to this country wrather to steal and destroyed what our four fathers had labored for in vain.” 

Agbo Sylvester is a bit straight forward, “If not for the gullibility nature of a lot of Nigerians, by this statement, you are already disqualified……Naija, are we going to allow ourselves to be terribly impoverished and enslaved again? A stitch in time they say saves nine……very soon, they will be out with their empty promises, ensure we are not deceived again, enough is enough…….Naija no belong to a few ooo, na for us all!”

Florence Mbah has her say, “God forbid! So, you want to be the chief of herdsmen that’s going all over Nigeria raping destroying farming produce and murdering innocent Nigerians. You want to mortgage Nigeria the more, you want to cause more suffering and make naira more worthless. I pray that God will not allow it.”

Aniedi Isong, doesn’t seem interested either, “Stop it. We don’t want to continue from there. We want to go back to where he picked us.”

Somina Ilami, “Chimooo o si he will continue from where Bubu stopped. God please, you said affliction will not rise the second time. Don’t let this happen again. 

Please God😭😭😭” 

Jayne Umeodiegwu, “God forbid evil and wickedness in high places!!! So, he intends to amplify the backwardness/absymal failure/high-handedness/incessant shedding of innocent blood/cluelessness/mediocrity/incessant-borrowing-with-nothing-to-show-for-it/irresponsibility that the current administration repesents?! God forbid!!! Almighty God, this is a prayer from a sincere heart, Nigerians have been through enough hell in the past 6+ yrs. Please, let Nigerians have a taste of good leadership for once in Jesus name Amen!”

Lastly, Ella Sweet, thinks Buhari’s deeds for 8 years needs to be completely undone.,” Sorry to say sir,, but if you want to start from where buhari stopped you will never achieve that in Jesus name Amen 🙏 the only vision Nigeria needs now is someone who will go back to 2015 and amend all that buhari has scattered.”

Nigerians obviously aren’t responding well to the news, of Tinubu’s interest in the presidency. But in Nigeria, victory relies on other factors more than just a PVC.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Labour vows to continually resist govt oppression

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has on Tuesday vowed to continue to resist any form of oppression on the masses by the Federal Government.

This was stated by Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, while speaking with journalists in Abeokuta.

Bankole also disclosed that the organized labour has suspended its planned protest over the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the Nigerian government.

The Labour chief said the suspension of the protest was informed by the federal government’s decision to abort the proposed increment in the price of petrol.

Ripples Nigeria on Monday reported that the government was putting on hold its initial plan of removing subsidy on petroleum products by June 2022, and this was after the labour unions and student unions threatened to hit the streets to protest.

The labour congress had fixed February 1, 2022 for a nationwide protest to resist the government’s decision, but arising from an emergency NEC meeting of the Congress, Bankole said after considering many factors, the NLC has decided to shelve the proposed protest.

Bankole said, “We have only one task before us and that is to resist government oppression in any form. We have passed through this path before and here we are again.

READ ALSO: Buhari moves to dump decision on fuel subsidy removal for next govt

“We had a NEC meeting in December when we started having insinuations that they are going to hike petroleum products come February. We had a meeting and NEC took a decision that any day we hear that any kobo has been added to it, we should not even wait for any directive, we should just shutdown the country.

“We had the directive to mobilise and sensitise our people that never again shall we allow any subsidy removal, never again shall we allow them to deceive us.

“Yesterday (Monday) there was a formal publication from the government to the leadership of the congress that government putting the fuel subsidy removal on hold”.

“So, arising from that, we had an emergency NEC meeting and we deliberated and the consensus of opinion is that since the proposed demonstration protest on the plan to hike the price of petroleum and since they have rescinded their decision that we should also shelve our proposed action.”

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Udom Emmanuel to chair Ekiti PDP primary election committee

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The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has been selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to serve as Chairman of the Ekiti State electoral committee to conduct a ‘special congress’ for the governorship election in the state.

The nomination of Emmanuel was announced on Tuesday in Abuja by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Umar Bature, who disclosed that the committee was saddled with the task of electing a credible governorship candidate for the June 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

READ ALSO: PDP will resist any attempt to rig Ekiti guber election – Segun Oni

Bature also announced other members of the committee as approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to include Toby Okechukwu who will be the Secretary of the committee, as Olusola Obada, Michael Mku, and Ibrahim Khalid, will serve as members.

According to Bature, the Ekiti State congress is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

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Hislop condemns ‘depressing’ conduct of MPs in spiky committee session

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Ian Hislop says standards in British public life are “very depressing”, as he denounced the lobbying culture of MPs in a standards committee session this afternoon.

Asked by the standards committee chair, Chris Bryant, how MPs were doing on standards in British public life, Hislop complained they were “not good”.

The editor of Private Eye added the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal was proof the “system failed.”

In a tense exchange with liaison committee chair Sir Bernard Jenkin, Hislop was pressed on whether better dialogue was needed around understanding rules on lobbying.

Hislop complained: “Why do you have to explain to a new MP why he shouldn’t lobby for a company that’s taking government contracts?

“Why isn’t that blatantly obvious?”

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