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Alake Endorses Otunba Ashiru’s Guber Bid, Lauds Ijebu/Remo Agenda

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By Eric Elezuo

The gubernatorial ambition of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru has received a boost as the paramount ruler of Egbaland, popularly known as the Alake, HRM Oba Michael Aremu Gbadebo, declared him exceptionally competent and fit to drive the economy of Ogun State to higher heights.

The Alake made the declaration at his Ake Palace in Abeokuta when Otunba Ashiru’s consultation team, led by a former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Gbolade Oshinowo, paid him a courtesy visit as part of his consultation efforts towards the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election.

According to a press statement released by Otunba Bimbo Ashiru’s Media Consultant, Mr. Tayo Mabewaje, the Alake spoke glowingly concerning the unprecedented achievements of the consensus candidate of Ijebu/Remo Agenda, while commending Ashiru’s giant strides in the present administration which have earned the state a place of pride in the comity of states.

While expressing his unalloyed support for the emergence of governor from the Ogun East Senatorial District,  the Alake noted that the choice of Otunba Ashiru as the arrowhead of the Ijebu/Remo Agenda was a welcome development, a step in the right direction and veryl pleasing.

In his eulogy, the Alake stated that Otunba Ashiru has all it takes to continue with the good works of the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun if given the mandate to rule.

The revered monarch further traced the long-standing relationship between the Egba and Ijebu people which dated back in time as he endorsed the agitation of the Ijebu/Remo people for the 2019 gubernatorial slot and consequently the choice of Otunba Ashiru as the consensus candidate of the Ijebu/Remo Agenda.

Earlier in his speech,  Dr. Oshinowo has intimated the palace about the agitation of the Ijebu/Remo to have a shot at Ogun governorship seat as rational, as well as politically and morally justified in the present political dispensation.

In his response, Otunba Ashiru reiterated his commitment to consolidate on the solid foundation laid by Gov. Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA with the resolve to move the state forward by bringing to bear the experience he garnered in the course of his public service.

On hand to receive the team were Chief Niyi Adegbenro, Chief Lai Labode, Asiwaju Femi Somolu and other notable high chiefs from Egbaland.

Among distinguished members of the team that attended the meeting included Are T. Dawodu, Chief O.B Okuboyejo, Chief Bisi Rodipe, Prince Segun Aderibigbe, Prof. Toyin Ashiru, Chief Jare Dada, Asiwaju Tobi Lawal, Mr. Just Jaiyesimi and Otunba (Mrs) Anthonia Balogun, Elder Olatunji and others.

 

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Just In: Fifth Columnists in the Presidency Working Against Tinubu, Says El-Rufai

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By Michael Effiong

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that there are some fifth columnists in the presidency who want the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to lose the 2023 Presidential election.

Speaking on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor El-Rufai affirmed that there was serious division in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He stated that some people in the Presidency because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not their preferred candidate are working against his interest.

He noted that the Naira redesign was not an APC problem but a Presidency problem, urging Nigerians to ignore their current situation and still vote for Tinubu as a person.

On the fuel crisis, he said fuel subsidy had been a problem for many years and that it was President Buhari and not APC that has insisted on the subsidy which is costing the nation a whopping six Trillion Naira.

He revealed that as far back as 2016, Buhari had been advised to remove subsidy but he had bluntly refused.

Governor El Rufai used the opportunity to hail his tenure in Kaduna State, noting that his government has attracted over $4billion worth of investments to the state.

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Atiku Vows to Construct Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto Road, Reiterates End to Banditry

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to reconstruct the Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road, if elected. He also promised to float empowerment programmes that will combat poverty among the citizens.

Atiku made the pledges on Tuesday in Sokoto while addressing a crowd of supporters at his presidential campaign rally.

The PDP presidential candidate also pledged to end the security challenges bedevilling the nation, ensure stability for profitable farming, grazing as well as reopen the nation’s borders to bolster business activities.

He urged citizens to support PDP candidates at all levels at the forthcoming elections, vowing that a PDP-led administration would curb social, economic and infrastructural decay in the country.

Mr Atiku had inaugurated a remodelled presidential lodge and the Dandima flyover bridge constructed by the Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.

The PDP presidential flag bearer also paid homage on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, after an interactive session with community and traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Dr Ayochia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to PDP governorship candidate in the State, Sa’idu Umar and received scores of defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ayu described the Sokoto rally as home coming and enjoined party loyalists to use their PVCs to change the national government as well as sustain the achievements of Tambuwal.

Leader of the defectors, Amb. Faruku Yabo, said the PDP-led administration in the state had the people’s interests at heart, and it was capable of surmounting the national challenges.

The event witnessed presentations from various party chieftains on the ways to address the challenges being faced by the citizens.

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Atiku Promises to End Banditry, Reconstruct Bakalori Dam in Zamfara

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said a PDP-led Federal Government will end banditry in Zamfara State.

Atiku, who was in Gusau on Monday for a campaign rally, also promised to reconstruct Bakalori Dam to aid irrigation farming in the state. He noted that apart from Borno and Yobe states, Zamfara State has paid dearly for the spate of insecurity in the country, which he blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“They brought insecurity, poverty, and disunity; our youth are not going to school because teachers are not paid in secondary and tertiary institutions.

“With your vote, you will expunge them. I promise to restore peace and security in Nigeria. I have done it in the past (and) I see no reason why with your support and backing, by the grace of God, there won’t be peace in Nigeria,” the PDP candidate asserted.

He promised to work with the state government to revitalise the closed down textile companies, adding that businessmen would be supported with capital to open and go into textile production for job generation.

“We will open (closed) borders because it is not in line with the law. Our borders are closed while others are open; there is no justice in this,” he noted.

The vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed confidence that PDP would secure over 80 per cent votes in Zamfara State.

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