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Osinbajo: Nigeria Deserves The Best

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on Saturday interacted with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State in Dutse, the state capital.

Prof. Osinbajo’s visit was in continuation of his nationwide consultations with APC stakeholders and delegates and his main message was that for the 2023 elections, decisions should be based on what is in Nigeria’s best interest.

On arrival, the Vice President was received by a crowd of supporters at the airport and on the streets, APC Chieftains and senior state government officials led by the Secretary to the State Government Abdulkadir Fanini Adamu, who represented Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, who was out of town at the time of the visit.

At the townhall style interaction with the delegates, which also featured a question and answers session, the Vice President restated his view that decisions about the 2023 elections be based on what is best for the country, its destiny, and future as a nation.

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Osinbajo said “we should make a decision based on the future of our children… We can make progress; we can move on. All I ask you to do is what is in the best interest of Nigeria; vote in the interest of our children”.

He restated how his training and experience in governance, serving as VP under President Muhammadu Buhari, would help him to lead the country effectively if given the ticket and elected under the APC platform.

“As Vice President, the President has given me an opportunity that I do not think any other vice president has been given,” he said.

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Later while speaking during a brief chat with the media after the meeting, Prof. Osinbajo noted that he was happy with the interactions with the Jigawa delegates.

“Obviously, all the issues that we discussed are issues that concern the country very significantly. We talked about agriculture, we talked about youth empowerment, education, technology, and a wide variety of issues,” the VP added.

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“I think it was extremely fruitful, and at least we all understand where we are coming from and where we ought to be in the few years ahead. All of us are very happy that we were able to have this engagement.”

Delegates who spoke during the interactive session included members of the State House of Assembly, local government officials, grassroots leaders and women leaders.

Many of the delegates spoke about the successes of the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), especially the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, which the delegates recalled offered first-time jobs for several women.

They also commended the VP’s contributions in that respect while praising other achievements of the Buhari administration including efforts to make fertilizer available and affordable, a benefit much enjoyed in Jigawa State.

Others at the interaction highlighted the reputation of the VP as “a man of proven integrity and fear of God,” and his “excellent track record, loyalty, and support of Mr. President”.

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Generally, several delegates believe that if the VP becomes elected as President he should expand the SIP, and ensure youth and women engagements in government while providing federal support to Jigawa State agrarian economy.

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The Vice President described as very fruitful the conversations he had with the people, noting that their recommendations were valid.

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Wike Dares Ayu,Suspend Me And See The Repercussions

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has dared the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu to suspend the G-5 governors and see if the party would be able to withstand the storm that will follow.

Speaking yesterday, at the campaign flag-off rally of the State PDP Campaign Council in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the State, Governor Wike boasted that the G-5 Governors are above the threat of suspension.

“We are above that level that you think you can threaten anybody; intimidate anybody with whatever illegal decision you have taken.”

“So, we are waiting for you to announce my own and any other of my friend. Like I have said, when a man says you will not sleep, he too, will he sleep. Will Ayu sleep? Will those his cohorts sleep? So don’t worry, we have the capacity to pay back. We have the capacity to tell you that enough is enough.”

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He warned that the resort to despotism by the PDP National Working Committee would not do the party any good in the forthcoming general elections.

Governor Wike said that the reason why the dissolution of the Ekiti State working committee would be challenged in court was that there were still members of the PDP who believed in the rule of law and that the party should respect its constitution.

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DON’T ALLOW PDP TO RULE NIGERIA —TINUBU

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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday urged the people of Jigawa State to not give the Peoples Democratic Party an opportunity to return to power. This is even as he charged them to keep faith with the All Progressives Congress-led government for service delivery.

The former Lagos State governor stated this when he addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters at the presidential campaign rally held at the  Mallam Aminu Kano Triangle, Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

He said having voted out the “jackals and hyenas” in the PDP administration in 2015, it would be disastrous to give them another opportunity back to power.

He said: “You did the courageous job of chasing away the locusts eight years ago, do not trust their deceptive promises. Do not let them back into power. Like locusts, they will devour everything in their path!

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“Instead, vote for the people that have a track record of delivering prosperity to the people. We did it in Lagos and Borno, and with your help, we will do it again for Nigeria. Vote for the people with the vision, capacity, competence, and integrity to do what is right.

“Vote for responsive and responsible leadership. Vote for us. Vote for the APC on February 25 and March 11.”

He said his administration would build on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and bring the country to flourish.

Unveiling his plans, the frontline presidential candidate promised to revamp the agricultural sector, while also giving great attention to developing infrastructure across the country.

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Reiterating the importance of securing the nation for economic growth, the APC candidate promised to provide all critical security agencies with all they require to secure the nation and make it habitable for Nigerians.

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According to him: “Most importantly of all, we will secure our nation and defeat the menace posed by evil criminals, kidnappers, bandits, and terrorists. We will sweep them away. Broom!

“We will do so by recruiting and deploying more security personnel across the various agencies, improving their equipment and training, and deploying top-shelf technology to improve ground and aerial surveillance in key and dangerous areas.”

Overwhelmed by the tumultuous crowd, Tinubu thanked them every turn, saying ‘Nagode, Nagode, thank you, thank you.”

Jigawa Governor Badaru Abubakar expressed appreciation to the people of the State for turning out in large numbers to receive the presidential candidate and other party leaders.

He described Tinubu as his dear father who would soon be the “father of the nation.

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“You know me, I know you. You know what did before and what we are doing at present. You know right from President Buhari and me your governor, we are doing well for you. Baba Asíwájú will take over from there and double our party’s delivery for you”

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Court Dismisses Lawyer’s Suit Seeking To Disqualify Tinubu

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Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja, has dismissed a suit seeking disqualification of the All Progressives Congress and Bola Tinubu over the nomination of Muslim-muslim candidacy, for the 2023 presidential election.

The suit instituted by an Abuja based legal practitioner, Mister Osigwe Momoh was thrown out by the Judge on ground of lack of locus standi by the plaintiff.

Justice Mohammed held that the lawyer, not being a member of the APC and having not participated in the process that produced Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shetima cannot query them on the nominations.

The legal practitioner had in the suit prayed the Court for an order nullifying the candidature of APC and Tinubu from participating in the presidential election on the ground that the nomination of Muslim-muslim candidacy is unconstitutional and against the spirit and letters of sections 14, 15 and 224 of the 1999 Constitution.

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He asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from publishing the name of APC and its presidential candidate for the purpose of the 2023 election.

However in his judgment, Justice Mohammed disagreed with the plaintiff on legal right to institute the case and subsequently dismissed it in its entirety.

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