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Nigerian Politicians Fighting To Control Affairs In An Empty Shell – Former Anambra Gov Obi

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Mr. Peter Obi has said politicians breaking heads in their struggle to be in control of affairs in Nigeria will soon discover that what they are struggling over is an empty shell, as the entire structure the country is built upon is collapsing.

The warning came from former Governor of Anambra State, Obi, who, on Wednesday, bemoaned the parlous situation in the country, warning that the road the leadership was taking was fraught not only with danger, but would lead to a dead-end if not perdition.

Obi took the opportunity of being the guest speaker at the 60th anniversary of the founding of the University of Nigerian Nsukka, UNN, to once again, point at the stark realities facing the country, heaping the blame on the leadership style of successive leaders in recent years.

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For instance, he bewailed the fact that the country’s receding profile had placed it at an unenviable position of the world poverty capital.

Mr. Peter Obi, Former Governor of Anambra State

He noted that with six persons dropping into the poverty basket every minute, children dropping out of school, a lot of people going to bed hungry and insecurity rising, Nigeria was now at the level where countries ravaged by war, like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan were now doing better.

All these, according to Obi, who was the vice-presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while quoting from current statistics, as usual, had also put Nigerians into lowest bracket of the most stressed and unhappy people on earth, where the gap in inequality between the rich and poor remained also among the highest in the world.

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Dwelling on bad governance and poor leadership as the major factor, Peter Obi lamented that virtually all of the countries that were at same level with Nigeria had left the country behind, with the only exception being Sudan.

Peter Obi reviewed a number of countries in Asia, such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philipines and those in Africa, such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Ghana, who were almost at the same level with Nigeria and even those far behind in the last two decades.

Reviewing Nigeria so far was at the core of his speech at the event, which drew a lot of important dignitaries, including the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Tunde Lemo. Obi, who chose to limit himself to 2,000, dismissed the debate on which government outclassing the other in terms of performance, arguing that there there was a global mechanism for measuring a country witnessing growth.

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He said: “The world has a standard for measuring development that is universally accepted. Like in the university system, there is a standard for measuring the quality of teaching and learning. “The standard is the Human Capital Development, HDI. “It is the standard through which development is measured and in all Nigeria is lower than the countries under comparison.”

SOURCE: (vanguardngr.com)

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“I Am Focused On Delivering On My Mandate, Not Bother About 2023” – Gov. Tambuwal

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Governor Waziri Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has refuted claims that he has declared intention to contest the 2023 presidential elections.

Tambuwal laid the speculations to rest on Friday, in a statement released by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mohammed Bello.

The PDP Governors Forum Chairman stated that delivering on the mandate given to him by the good people of Sokoto State is his major focus at the moment. The challenges occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic makes it imperative to fully concentrate on governance to ensure a return to normalcy, he said.

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The statement noted that “Tambuwal has not declared his political intention. So the news about his running for the highest political office is a figment of the imagination of some overzealous social media activists.” He emphatically dissociated himself from such fabricated misinformation and misleading reportage.

Governor Tambuwal is the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and a major actor in the successes of the party at national level, including the recent PDP victory in the governorship poll in Edo State. He is also the Vice Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

His high political profile in the country has led to his being favored in many quarters for a successful bid in the next presidential elections. But so far, Tambuwal has remained circumspect about his plans, focusing his attention instead on development projects and programs in Sokoto State.

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LG election: “We Have Not Lifted Ban On Campaign”. – NASIEC.

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The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission( NASIEC) says on Thursday that the commission has not lifted ban on campaign ahead of the February 2021 local government election in the state.

Barr. Ayuba Usman Wandai, the Chairman of the Commission stated this when the State House of Assembly Committee on NASIEC and Multilateral Cooperation paid an oversight visit to the commission to assess its 2020 budget.

Wandai said that the commission is on course towards the conduct of the local government election in the state.

” We are determined to conduct the local government election in the state  according to the law.

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” We are working on the February 2021 date as earlier announced by the commission except if there is any challenge.

” We have being seeing posters of aspirants for LG election but we have not lifted ban on campaigns yet,” he said.

Usman Wandai commended the committee for supporting the activities of the commission and called for its sustenance.

He assured of free, fair and credible Local government election in the state.

Earlier, Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Chairman of the Committee said that they were in the democracy House to assess the 2020 budget performance of the commission.

Okpoku ( APC- Udege/ Loko) has assured of the committee’s readiness to partner with the commission in order to have transparent and peaceful local government election in the state.

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” We are ready to partner with you to ensure violence free Local government election in the state, ” he said.

Hon. Barr. Ayuba Usman Wandai #NASIEC Chairman. 

Hon Danladi Jatau ( PDP-Kokona West), the Minority Leader of the House urged the commission to conduct transparent, free and fair Local government election in the state in the interest of peace and sustainable democracy at the grassroots.

Meantime, the committee also paid an oversight visit to Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency where the committee expressed happiness with the activities of the Agency under the headship of its General Manager, Ahmed Saidu.

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Similarly,the committee also paid an oversight visit to the Nasarawa State Bilingual Education Project where the Project Manager, Hajiya Zainab Magaji appreciated the committee for supporting the activities of the project.a

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Afo Community Drums Support For Gov Sule On Purposeful Leadership – Lawmaker.

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Governor Abdullahi Sule and Hon. Mohammed Okpoku

ups and communities have continued to throw their weight behind the purposeful leadership of Nasarawa State Governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule.

This time around, Stakeholders in Eshi community, Udege Development Area said they have resolved to support Governor Abdullahi Sule beyond 2023.

Member representing Udege Loko at the state house of assembly, Hon Mohammed Okpoku told newsmen that the stakeholders made their position known during a meeting at his resident in Nasarawa local government Area today.

The meeting which was centered on unity among the people of the area as a panacea for achieving meaningful development also appraise the administration of Engineer Abdullahi Sule which according to them the state Governor deserved to be given a pat on the back considering his track records of achievements in the past one year in office.

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They particularly applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for stemming the tide of insecurity in Udege Development Area and the provision of infrastructure such as rural roads in the area which according to them The people of Eshi community and Udege Development Area never had it so good than now.

The Eshi stakeholders including the special Adviser to the Governor on Government House Hon Samuel Egya and the chairman of Nasarawa local government Area Muhammad Sani Otto’s , Hon Patrick Ebine among other APC chieftains therefore declared total support for Governor Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023 and also past a vote of confidence on their member Hon Muhammad odege Okpoku for his quality representation.

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The meeting had in attendance all the elected councilors in Udege Loko constituency.

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