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Confusion as Olorunfemi replaces Sanwo-Olu as APC preferred candidate

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If the story reaching TheHeute is anything to go by, then there are strong indication that the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, may have gotten the Ambode’s treatment.

A source close to the inner power has disclosed that the powers that be in Lagos may have deprived Stainless, as the governor is fondly called, his second term in office.

According the scoop, the APC national leader and presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has advised Governor Sanwo-Olu to drop his ambition to run for a second term in office and this is authoritative.

This new development has made the endorsement of the governor for a second term by the Governance Advisory Council a ruse and confirmed that the council is a mere lobby group without authority.

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A very reliable source informed our correspondent that Governor Sanwo-Olu has already been informed by the ‘oracle’ to forget the ambition while another candidate has been told to obtain a nomination form.

Insider revealed how the governor went flat on the floor to beg the godfather when he was told of current happenings but all pleadings didn’t yield a positive response.

The governor was said to have been told to keep to the agreement of one term as it was never on the table that he (governor) would run for a second term.

Now, the governor has been thrown into confusion on how to inform Lagosians and his loyalists that he would not be running and the supposedly consensus agreement has collapsed.

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Meanwhile, it has been gathered that a preferred candidate who retired as a permanent secretary has been directed to obtain a nomination form from the party secretariat. He is Mustapha Olorunfemi, formerly of Lagos state ministry of science and technology.

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An insider who was privy to the politicking at Bourdilon simply said ‘mr governor has been told to forget the ambition just as the way he was asked to obtain a nomination form in 2019’ advising that the governor should just carry his cross or make an attempt to fight. The choice obviously is his, the source concluded.

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Tinubu appoints Tanimu Yakubu new DG of Budget Office

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr Tanimu Yakubu as the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, following the expiration of the tenure of Mr Ben Akabueze.

Yabuku is an accomplished economist and was Chief Economic Adviser to late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua from 2007 to 2010; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria from 2003 to 2007, and Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning in Katsina state from 1999 to 2003.

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He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the same institution.

The president thanked the outgoing Director-General for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.

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The president said he expects the new Director-General to enhance the provision of efficient and qualitative budget functions, with a view to promoting fiscal sustainability, transparency, and accountability in public finance management for national development.

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LP chairman accuses INEC of mismanaging 2023 elections

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The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of mismanaging the 2023 general elections.

This was just as a former Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr Sam Amadi, called for a probe into how the electoral umpire spent the N400bn released for the conduct of the poll.

 

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Addressing a gathering of party faithful during a programme to celebrate Democracy Day in Abuja on Wednesday, Abure expressed disappointment with how INEC conducted the presidential poll where the All Progressives Congress candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner.

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The LP chair also called for a holistic approach to the ongoing electoral reforms to ensure people are abreast of recent developments.

He said, “This reminded us that there is a similarity between the military regime of 1993 that annulled the general elections and the 2023 election which INEC mismanaged.

“One of the cardinal strong points to prepare the Labour Party again for the 2027 general elections is to ensure a holistic approach to electoral reform to ensure that the party followers are well-educated.”

Amadi, a guest lecturer at the event, appealed to the 10th National Assembly to investigate the role played by INEC at the 2023 general election.

The former NERC chairman also noted that the probe cannot be completed without the electoral body explaining to Nigerians and the international community to account for why the outcome of the 2023 poll failed to meet expectations despite budgeting N400bn from taxpayers’ money for the exercise.

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“Nigerians and indeed the National Assembly should be courageous enough to probe INEC expenditure during the 2023 general elections. They also explain the failure of the INEC server during the Presidential election with all the money given to them.

“It is appalling that no one spoke about the huge amount of money given Mahmood Yakubu and all the INEC commissioners to prosecute a failed election because the Supreme Court has to step in to determine the result of elections,” he stated.

Amadi urged lawmakers involved in the ongoing electoral reform to reject the inconsistency of allowing the presidency to decide who will become the INEC Chairman.

According to him, such privilege gives room for election rigging before the votes are cast.

He said, “What is imminent here is that they may have already positioned party members as INEC commissioners against 2027 where they would work and declare the results in favour of the Presidency that appointed them.

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“To this end, opposition parties should work together to win the war on electoral reform. It is time for you to decide whether to be the vanguard of change or not and set up a system that can win elections. This is because politics is not a game of possibility. If we are determined, we will win.

“I think it is an error for any political party to go into an election without strengthening its process. You must take a review of your past, your mistakes and opportunities and weigh options with training of staff and support for the electoral reform, things will positively work out.”

Also speaking, the Leader of the LP Reps caucus, Victor Oghene, promised that the electoral reform, which has passed the second reading at the lower chamber would ensure the bill is passed into law and early enough against the 2027 general elections.

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The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress Political Commission, Martins Egbanubi, on the other hand, dismissed speculation that there is division in the Party.

“We don’t have two factional leaders and there can never be. So the Labour Party remains united and strong,” he assured.

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In March 2024, Theheute reported that Abure said the present challenges facing Nigeria as a nation should not be entirely blamed on leaders, stating that the crop of the current followership was also culpable.

He said the situation of the country was the result of the choices made by Nigerians during the last general elections.

Abure stated this in Lagos while speaking to newsmen in the wake of the Court of Appeal judgment reversing his sacking as the LP National Chairman.

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I believe in full LG autonomy, says Kwara gov

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday, said he believes in full autonomy for local government areas.

He clarified that the position of the state in the ongoing legal proceedings on local government is that the state does not violate any section of the law regarding autonomy.

 

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“It is my personal belief that each local government should manage its resources and be responsible for its obligations, including wages that are first-line charges. The State Governor should not be held liable if any local government is unable to pay salaries since we do not touch a kobo of their money.

“We also do not have any joint project accounts with any local government in the state, as was the case with the previous administration in our state,” the governor said in a statement by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaiye.

“These are my personal beliefs. But my personal belief is not necessarily the same as the letters of the law, including the provisions of the JAAC, which is a creation of the Constitution. As of today, local government allocations are sent to the JAAC as required by the law. Section 162 of the Constitution is very clear on this.”

According to him, as things stand today, no activity of the local government in Kwara State is at variance with these provisions of the law.

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He said, “Our case in the court is not about my personal belief. It is, we believe, in the defence of the constitution, which created JAAC for reasons that are well-grounded in our experiences as a people. JAAC, in summary, pulls resources together to pay all teachers, health workers, traditional rulers, and other statutory duties listed in the schedule of the local government areas. If we all want these to change as a national consensus, we believe that the constitution will have to be amended to expunge JAAC.”

Theheute reports that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), instituted a suit on behalf of the Federal Government, before the Supreme Court, against the 36 state governors in the country seeking full autonomy for local governments.

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In a suit marked SC/CV/343/2024, the AGF urged the apex court to issue an order, prohibiting state governors from unilateral, arbitrary, and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected LG leaders.

The suit which is predicted on 27 grounds, contended that Nigeria as a federation, is a creation of the 1999 Constitution with the President, as the head of the Federal Executive arm of the Federation, and has sworn to uphold and give effects to the provisions of the Constitution.

In the suit which accused the state governors of gross misconduct and abuse of power, the AGF sued them through their respective state Attorney-Generals.

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