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I Will Not Be Intimidated by Moneybags- Dele Momodu

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Famous journalist and businessman, Aare Dele Momodu has revealed that he will not be intimidated by those throwing money around ahead of the Peoples’ Democratic Party(( PDP) presidential primaries.
Speaking during an interview with Seun Okinbaloye on Channels TV Politics Today, Momodu said that stories are making the rounds about aspirants boasting that they will match others dollar for dollar, he noted that this0 was not the kind of politics that should be playing out in a party that Nigerians are wwaiting for to rescue the country from the maladministration of the ruling All Progressives Congress( APC).
He said that politics should be about ideas and track record and a time has come for Nigerians to begin to question some of the aspirants on their true motivesfor joining the race.
On the issue of zoning, he said that the party would have made its decision before sale of forms, he said it will be suicidal to ask an aspirant who has paid N40million to be asked to withdraw because of zoning.
He however said it was unconscionable for the presidency to be zoned to the North after Buhari completes his term in 2023.
Aare Momodu also used the opportunity to raise issues with the N40m price tag for the presidential form, he said such a move is likely to deter very capable people of integrity from putting themselves forward.
Asked what he considers the most pressing problem he would solve as president, the Publisher of Ovation International and The Boss Newspapers said his first task will be to unify the country.
He said it is lack of unity and a sense of equity that has been responsible for agitations by people like Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.
He said such a move will bring an atmosphere of peace back in the country and that will provide the foundation to initiate other plans in infrastructure, healthcare, security and more.
He said rather than go around like others seeking a concensus, he has been busy meeting the Nigerian people, revealing that despite the security challenges, he has visited Borno, Kano, Kaduna, Enugu and even went all the way to Benin Republic to meet Igboho.

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Tinubu Appoints Yakubu As DG, Budget Office, Drops Akabueze

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Tanimu Yakubu as the Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, following the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Ben Akabueze.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Thursday.

Yabuku is an accomplished economist and Chief Economic Adviser to a former President from 2007 to 2010; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria from 2003 to 2007, and Commissioner of Finance, Budget, and Economic Planning in Katsina State from 1999 to 2003.

The new Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the same institution.

The statement noted that President Tinubu thanked the outgoing Director-General, Mr. Akabueze, for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.

“The President expects the new Director-General of this pivotal agency to further enhance the provision of efficient and qualitative budget functions, with a view to promoting fiscal sustainability, transparency, and accountability in public finance management for national development,” it added.

Akabueze was first appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari as a Special Adviser Planning (SAP) to the President on February 15, 2016, and later redeployed and appointed as DG Budget, June 10, 2016.

Buhari renewed Akabueze’s appointment as the DG of Budget Office in 2020.

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Tinubu Removes Arase As Police Service Commission Chairman, Appoints Argungu

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has replaced Solomon Arase as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesman, who announced this in a statement on Monday, said DIG Hashimu Argungu (Rtd) is the new chairman of the commission.

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We Warned You About Tinubu and APC, Tambuwal Mocks Nigerians over Hardship

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The former Governor of Sokoto State and Senator representing Sokoto-South, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has described the current hardship in the country as a repercussion of re-electing the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in 2023.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto on Sunday, Tambuwal said: “During our campaigns in 2023, we warned Nigerians not to repeat the mistake of voting APC into power because they have nothing positive to offer them.”

“We told them (that) APC are not prepared to lead this country. What they wanted was to grab power and see them into offices.

“Now they have grabbed the power and are into offices but don’t know what to do with it.

“And life is becoming unbearable to many Nigerians because of their failure,” he added.

The former governor, however, called on the opposition to join hands and ensure that the APC loses in the next election.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure APC loses at all levels of government,” he said

He commended leaders of the party for holding the party together and making it wax stronger.

Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Bello Goronyo, claimed that some APC bigwigs, including serving commissioners had indicated interest to join the PDP.

He expressed optimism that the PDP would reclaim the State in the next election.

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