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Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Yunusa Tanko, Declares to Run for 2019 Presidency



By Eric Elezuo

A former Vice Presidential candidate on the platform of the National Conscience Party, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential election under the same umbrella.

Making the declaration before a full house of pressmen at Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos, the man who was running mate to frontline publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu in the 2011 Presidential election, highlighted 10 care programme that he will introduce which will cater for and not only add value ‘to our egalitarianism but also emphasize the missing human capital development that have long eroded us as a people.’

He presented the 10 care programme to include employment, food, health, housing, Education, Water, Electricity, Transportation, Telecommunication and Security, while noting that “the state of insecurity is compounded by executive lawlessness’ and blamed the government of the day for having no answer to “mounting ethnic intolerance, ethnic violence, communal clashes, religious mayhem, police-induced violence and extra-judicial killings.”

Alhaji Waheed Lawal, Mohammed Fawehinmi (2)

Born in Kano, Dr. Tanko was the Vice Presidential candidate of the NCP, a party he served as its National Secretary prior to his nomination.

Mohammed Fawehinmi

He attended the Army Children School, Ikeja between 1974 and 1981 before proceeding to Ikeja Grammar School for his secondary education, and obtained his certificate in 1985. In 1992, he was awarded a HND degree in Marketing from the Kaduna Polytechnic, and followed it up with a Post Graduate diploma in co-operative Studies from the same institution in 1994. He also has a degree in Accounting from Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, a Post Graduate diploma in Management from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as well as an MBA from the same institution.

Mr. Femi Aborishade

He was the Deputy National Chairman of the NCP for 10 years, from where he ran with Dr Osagie Obayuwana in the 2007 Presidential election among many other political and circular portfolios which he handled without blemish.

Dr. Tanko joins the long list of Nigerians who believes that there is the need to unseat the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dr. Yunusa Tanko, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Mr. Femi Aborishade, Mr. Kayode Ajulo with Fatai Ibu-ciro

In attendance at the declaration were son of the Founder of the party, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Mr. Mohammed Fawehinmi; Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, Mr. Femi Aborishade among others

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




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




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




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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