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2024: GOVERNOR AIYEDATIWA OFFICIALLY DECLARES AMBITION

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AYEDATIWA IS DEPENDING ON THE GOODWILL OF ALL APC MEMBERS TO WIN THE PRIMARIES OF THE PARTY.

2024: GOVERNOR AIYEDATIWA OFFICIALLY DECLARES AMBITION

– Boroffice, Ekungba, Iji, Segun Ojo, other APC elders rally support for Governor

 

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The Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, on Tuesday, officially declared his intention to contest in the forthcoming November 2024 gubernatorial election in the state under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The Governor made the declaration during a meeting with stakeholders of the APC drawn from the 18 local government areas of the State at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade ground in Akure.

Governor Aiyedatiwa had earlier visited the State Secretariat of APC in Akure where he also made his intention known to the State Working Committee of the party led by the State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.

He said: “Leaders and members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, it is with regard that I come before you today to humbly and officially express my interest and intention to seek the nomination of our great party to contest for the office of Governor of Ondo State.

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“I offer myself, in difference to your popular yearnings and upon wide consultations, not just to run the race, but to be the candidate of our great party in the 2024 gubernatorial election.

“As I begin today this journey to secure, next month, our party’s ticket for the November Governorship Election, I ask you to support me and let us build an APC that respects and promotes members, an APC that cares. Support me to build an Ondo State that works.”

Addressing a crowd of party faithfuls, stakeholders and citizens, Governor Aiyedatiwa hailed the occasion as another milestone in the democratic journey of Ondo State, emphasizing the importance of consolidating governance and celebrating the vibrancy of democracy under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the APC.

Acknowledging the unwavering support of party members, the Governor expressed gratitude for their commitment to the progress of Ondo State.

Recounting the achievements of his administration, Governor Aiyedatiwa highlighted the strides made in infrastructure, education, healthcare, industrialization, security, and workers welfare, promising to build on the foundation already laid.

He paid tribute to the late former Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON, whose vision and partnership laid the foundation for the state’s development.

“He chose me as the deputy governorship candidate to contest the 2020 governorship election, and we won. We won because he was a good man, loved and respected by the people. His yes was his yes, his no was his no. He did not pretend nor played to the gallery. He did not like hypocrisy, sycophancy and backbiting.

“He stood for merit and candour. He loved the State and its people. He picked me as Deputy Governor not just because he loved me but because he had a vision for the young to grow. He wanted integrity, humility, confidence and loyalty to be the character of government. He made no pretence of his plan and desire for succession.

“He was deliberate and prophetic. He said it during our inauguration and repeatedly that “Lucky will succeed me. Lucky will carry on the work after me”. At not one, not two nor three sessions of the Cabinet meetings had he pronounced Lucky as his desired choice to carry the flag after him.

“He was a man of vision. We will not let him down. We will not waiver. We will not falter. We will succeed. Support me to carry on the work. Work with me to bring the desired goal”, the Governor said.

Recounting the administration’s initiatives aimed at improving the lives of citizens, Governor Aiyedatiwa highlighted measures such as salary arrears payment, healthcare workforce expansion, infrastructure development projects, and support for education and agriculture sectors.

Highlighting his vision for Ondo State, Governor Aiyedatiwa outlined a comprehensive development agenda aimed at addressing key issues such as poverty alleviation, economic growth, healthcare improvement, infrastructure development, and education enhancement. He emphasized the importance of sustainable governance and vowed to respect the people’s aspirations for continued progress.

During his welcome address, the Secretary to the Government, Hon. Tayo Oluwatuyi, commended the Governor for his determination to run in the November 2024 Gubernatorial election, expressing confidence that the people of the State would wholeheartedly support him.

Also in his goodwill message , Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, said: “On behalf of the State House of Assembly, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to you as you declare your intention to contest the upcoming gubernatorial election. Your dedication and commitment to serving the people of our state are commendable, and we are confident that your leadership will continue to bring progress and prosperity to Ondo State.”

Earlier in the day, Governor Aiyedatiwa had received resounding support and endorsement for his ambition from elders of the APC from across the 18 local government areas of the State.

The elders commended the Governor for the recognition he has given them with the engagement and promised to give him their support and prayers.

Chief Olushola Iji, former ambassador to Togo, said: “I’m deeply moved by the Governor’s emotional appeal to the elders of the party. His humility in seeking our support signifies his readiness for leadership. With his remarkable achievements in such a short time, I urge us to throw our support behind him.”

Prof. Robert Ajayi Boroface, former Deputy Senate Leader, in his remark, said “Ondo state is blessed with abundant resources, and Governor Aiyedatiwa embodies the leadership needed to harness these resources for the state’s greatness. I pledge my full support to him and believe that with our collective efforts, success is assured.”

In the same vein, Chief Jamiu Ekungba, Acting Chairman of the APC Elders Caucus, said: “We are not just leaders; we are elders. The Governor has assured us of recognition in his administration. We have been with him during his tenure as deputy governor, and now we pledge our unwavering support to him. I urge fellow elders to continue our collaborative efforts at the local government level.”

Also speaking, Chief Segun Ojo said: “We will spare no effort to ensure the Governor’s victory in the upcoming election. Our prayers for his deputy governorship in 2020 were answered, signifying divine grace from God on him.”

Another elder, Baba Fapounda, said: “In the past, elders were often overlooked, but Governor Aiyedatiwa has given us the recognition we deserve. I decree success and blessings into his life.”

 

 

2024: GOVERNOR AIYEDATIWA OFFICIALLY DECLARES AMBITION

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
March 12, 2024.

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Northern group disowns Babachir Lawal, says Tinubu’s admin more fruitful than Buhari’s 8 years

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Some prominent Nigerians from the north have disassociated themselves from remarks credited to a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, about the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

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Under the auspices of the Northern Congress for Change (NCC), the group said Lawal doesn’t represent the interest of the north, noting that his assertions are unfounded and spurious.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, convener of the group, Dr. Ben Amodu, said that President Tinubu in less than one year in office has already outdone done better than his predecessor Muhammadu Buhari.

Amodu said the current administration has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to inclusive leadership, skillfully balancing the diverse socio-political and religious inclinations of the nation.

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The group, therefore, accused corrupt individuals like Lawal to be behind campaign against the President as they will remain inconsequential and irrelevant in a discussion of prosperous government.

“Despite the vociferous opposition from unpatriotic elements who have long benefited from the corrupt subsidy regime, President Tinubu remains resolute and focused on his comprehensive agenda, undeterred by the cacophony of criticism from those hell-bent on perpetuating the status quo,” the statement said.

“Under President Tinubu’s leadership, Nigeria is experiencing unprecedented economic growth. The administration’s policies have attracted foreign investment, boosted local production, and created jobs. The President’s commitment to diversifying the economy has yielded positive results, with sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and technology flourishing. The country is now on a path towards self-sufficiency and reduced dependence on oil revenue.

“We are witnessing a new era of economic prosperity, and we must commend the Group CEO of NNPC Limited, Mr Mele Kyari for his tireless efforts in transforming the oil sector. His visionary leadership and innovative initiatives have revolutionized the industry, placing Nigeria on the path to economic prosperity.

“We put it forward to everyone that, David Babachir Lawal’s statements are not only misguided but also hypocritical. As someone still reeling from the grass-cutting scandal and his failed support for Peter Obi, he lacks the moral authority, and temerity to criticize President Tinubu’s administration.

“Lawal’s involvement in the grass-cutting scandal and subsequent removal from office due to allegations of financial impropriety significantly tarnished his reputation. Lawal will always be Inconsequential and irrelevant in a discussion of prosperous government. His utterances are a desperate attempt to distract from his own failures and those of his preferred candidate.

“It is imperative to acknowledge that transformation and progress are often confronted with obstinate opposition. The criticisms voiced by Babachir David Lawal exemplify this phenomenon, wherein vested interests and reactionary elements seek to impede the march of progress.

“Nevertheless, we must not permit the dissonant voices of the past to stifle the remarkable advancements of the present. As we gaze into the future, a plethora of promising prospects await Nigeria. The President’s visionary blueprint for a thriving and harmonious nation is steadily materializing.

“We are beholding the emergence of a novel generation of leaders who are unwaveringly dedicated to the well-being and prosperity of the Nigerian populace. With the implementation of judicious policies and the sustained support of the citizenry, we possess the capacity to overcome any obstacles that may arise, ultimately propelling our nation towards a brighter tomorrow.

“The Northern Congress for Change implores Nigerians to disregard the unfounded and spurious assertions made by David Babachir Lawal, and instead, concentrate on the tangible progress and significant strides being made under the visionary leadership of President Tinubu. It is imperative to subject Lawal’s statements to rigorous scrutiny, considering his own chequered history and the consequences of his past affiliations and actions, which have been marked by controversy and divisiveness.”

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Inter-Tribal Group Commends Speaker Abbas For Disposition to Nation Building

 

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The Inter-Tribal Youth Associations of Nigeria has applauded the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, for his tireless efforts in fostering unity and promoting national cohesion through legislation and disposition.

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Inter-Tribal Group Commends Speaker Abbas For Disposition to Nation Building

 

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The group, representing various ethnic and cultural organisations across the country, made this known in a report on its one-year assessment of the 10th National Assembly.

In a statement signed by its leader, Dr. Jack Sunday Itodo, the youths said its conclusion was drawn from the opinion of over 50 lawmakers who unanimously described the Speaker as a detribalized Nigerian.

Itodo said Rt. Hon. Abbas’s unwavering commitment to nationalism and nation-building has been a beacon of hope and inspiration to every Nigerian.

Under his leadership, Itodo added that the House has become a symbol of unity and progress, where the voices of all citizens are heard and valued.

He further said that his penchant for unity is evident in the way he has conducted the affairs of the House, always seeking to build consensus and creating a sense of belonging among members, leading to a more harmonious and productive legislative environment.

“The Inter-Tribal Youth Associations of Nigeria applaud the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, for his unwavering commitment to nationalism and nation-building,” the statement said.

“His tireless efforts to promote unity, inclusivity, and progress in our dear nation are truly commendable. We appreciate his dedication to the Nigerian people and his role in fostering a sense of belonging and patriotism among citizens.

” We must acknowledge tireless efforts to bridge the gaps between our diverse communities, promote inclusivity, and foster a sense of belonging among all Nigerians are truly commendable.

“His dedication to the Nigerian people is evident in his selfless service, his passion for the common good, and his ability to bring people together towards a common purpose.

“We particularly appreciate Speaker Abbas’s efforts to promote national unity, his stance against divisive tendencies, and his commitment to the development and growth of our dear nation. His leadership has been a shining example of what it means to put the interests of the nation above personal or parochial interests.

“One of Speaker Abbas’s most significant achievements has been his ability to foster unity and inclusivity among lawmakers from diverse backgrounds. His leadership style, which emphasizes collaboration and consensus-building, has created a sense of belonging among members, leading to a more harmonious and productive legislative environment.

“Abbas’s achievements are a testament to his dedication, vision, and leadership acumen. As Nigeria continues to navigate the complexities of nation-building, the Speaker’s penchant for unity, inclusivity, and progress serves as a beacon of hope for a brighter future.

“His legacy will undoubtedly inspire future generations of leaders, cementing his place as one of Nigeria’s most effective and transformative Speakers. We, therefore, urge all Nigerians to join us in commending and supporting Speaker Abbas in his continued efforts to build a united, prosperous, and great Nigeria for all.”

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Kogi indigenes, concerned Nigerians stage pro-Yahaya Bello protest in London, urge Pres Tinubu to ensure adherence to rule of law

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Kogi indigenes, concerned Nigerians stage pro-Yahaya Bello protest in London, urge Pres Tinubu to ensure adherence to rule of law

Kogi indigenes, concerned Nigerians stage pro-Yahaya Bello protest in London, urge Pres Tinubu to ensure adherence to rule of law

. Lambast opposition for alleged desperation

Kogi indigenes and concerned Nigerians gathered under the banner of the “Alliance For Emancipation and True Change” to stage a peaceful protest in the United Kingdom, calling on President Bola Tinubu to intervene and ensure the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) remains impartial and free from political interference.

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They raised concerns that the Commission, with the handling of the corruption allegations against the former Governor of Kogi State, had given the impression of political persecution to Nigerians and the international community.

During the protest, held in London on May 20, 2024, the demonstrators stressed the importance of a fair and just prosecution process, in line with the rule of law, and condemned the alleged use of the EFCC by politicians to intimidate and harass perceived opponents.

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They cautioned against the politicization of the EFCC’s activities and called for a review of its operating procedures to ensure transparency and accountability.

Speaking during the procession, Dr Shaibu Ojogbane, Publicity Secretary of the Alliance For Emancipation and True Change, and Chukwunonso Ezeani, Director of Research & Public Affairs, reiterated the alliance’s support for the government’s anti-corruption efforts but called for greater oversight to prevent selective justice and abuse of human rights.

The group said, “The protest against the former Governor today, apparently sponsored by the Opposition in the state, indicates desperation on their part. We are aware that at least one of the opposition candidates is currently in London.

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”Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has restated his readiness to answer questions regarding his period of leadership in Kogi state; all he asks for is that the rule of law be adhered to, as it is glaring that in this particular case, the commission is serving the interest of some powerful Nigerians beyond the eye meets.

”With this in mind, we state without any fear of contradiction that the commission must be called to order without delay.

”We trust that Mr President will act swiftly so this situation doesn’t degenerate into a massive calling out of the government on matters related to selective justice, abuse of human rights and other issues associated therein.”

They urged the president to intervene promptly to prevent further damage to the government’s reputation and ensure the EFCC operates with integrity and impartiality.

According to them, the Opposition has also continued to ride on the activities of the EFCC to malign Governor Bello by sponsoring ethnic onslaught against him even outside the country.

The protesters said they deemed it important to stage a peaceful protest on the side of justice so that Nigerians were not misled by a few people.

 

Kogi indigenes, concerned Nigerians stage pro-Yahaya Bello protest in London, urge Pres Tinubu to ensure adherence to rule of law

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