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Keyamo Lashes Out at PDP over Wike, Others’ Absence at Presidential Campaign Flag-off

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The Spokesperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, on Monday night, said Nigerians should see the absence of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, four other governors and some members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party at the official launch of PDP’s presidential campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, as a warning signal.

This is even as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment disclosed that he found the presence of the embattled National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, on the podium promising the PDP will change the fortune of the country a huge joke.

Keyamo made the statement in a release issued on Monday night.

Asides from Wike and his counterparts in Oyo State (Seyi Makinde), Benue State (Samuel Ortom), Abia State (Ikpeazu Okezie), and Enugu State (Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi), other governors elected on the platform of the party were present at the event.

Members of the PDP Board of Trustees, led by a former senate president, Chief Adolphus Wabara, were also present at the venue.

But Keyamo believed the launch of the presidential campaign was a disaster waiting to happen, saying the opposition party had continued to treat the Nigerian public with disdain and disrespect.

He said, “When you have a flag-off campaign that is shunned by the national vice-chairmen of the South-South, South-West, and five sitting governors out of thirteen, that is a definitive and resounding red-flag that Nigerians should not vote the presidential candidate of the PDP in this coming election.

“If the people’s representatives at the state levels are so unanimously against their party’s candidate that they would shun his campaign launch, then indeed, we would say to Nigerians, A word is enough for the wise.

“If not the loss of the sense of shame, what else could have goaded PDP’s now discredited “sit tight” National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to be audacious enough to stand on a podium today in Uyo and make any promise to Nigerians?

“Has he been able to fulfill the promise he made to himself and his party members to step down from office should a northerner emerge as the presidential candidate at their party primaries?

“How can a party that cannot unite itself promise to unite Nigeria? How can a party that brazenly violates its own constitution on zoning be trusted to obey the constitution of Nigeria if again trusted with power?

“Fortunately, to the benefit of Nigerians, there remains a few good men within PDP. These honourable men belonging to the party’s NWC, deemed it right to return hundreds of millions of Naira allegedly transferred into their individual bank accounts as “hush money” to suppress the investigation of the scandal of humongous financial misappropriation leveled against their national chairman.

“Not much should, therefore, be expected from such a gathering. With the obvious inability of its presidential candidate to assuage frayed nerves of disaffected persons within their ranks, how will it be possible for such a person to unite people within such a diverse landscape as Nigeria? You definitely cannot give what you don’t have.

“The PDP and its self-conceited leadership failed woefully to put its house in order before hitting the streets to ask for the votes of Nigerians and, ironically, telling Nigerians they are on a rescue mission.

“Till date, their national secretariat remains uncompleted, whilst the APC, in its relatively shorter existence, now has a permanent headquarters.

“Our democracy is young. This Fourth Republic is barely 24 years old. But then, a 24 years old man would be said to be coming of age. At this time, Nigerians are no longer interested in a trial-and-error leadership.

“Those who have not been proven to be ‘good enough’ leaders should have no access to our highest office. If nothing else speaks to the disaster an Abubakar Atiku presidency will be, this crisis within the PDP does so eloquently.”

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Adeleke: Timi Frank Urges NJC, EFCC to Probe Osun Tribunal Judges, Says Judgement Compromised

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A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, described the majority judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that purportedly sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as highly compromised.

Frank in a statement in reaction to the judgement in Abuja, said the verdict fell short of expectations and does not reflect the will of the majority of the people of Osun, who freely elected Senator Adeleke as Governor.

He called on the National Judicial Council to urgently cause a probe of the verdict with a view to restoring Adeleke’s mandate as well as penalizing any of the tribunal members found to have compromised on integrity.

He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to urgently investigate the judges who wrote the majority judgement and prosecute those found to have based their decision on other considerations rather than the true facts canvassed during the hearing of the case.

He also called on the United States of America to place a visa ban on the Osun tribunal judges found to have used their highly exalted position as arbiters to derail and frustrate the growth of democracy in the country.

He commended the judge who wrote the minority judgement for sticking to the truth and siding with the wishes and aspirations of Osun people that elected Adeleke during the last governorship election.

He however urged the people of Osun to remain calm and law abiding with the certainty that the mandate they freely gave to Adeleke would be retrieved at the appellate court.

He vowed that Nigerians will not fold their arms and watch any attempt to use the judiciary to again steal Adeleke’s mandate through the backdoor.

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Ozekhome Delivers ABSU’s 29th Convocation Lecture, Bags Doctorate Honours

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Renowned Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and Scholar, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, CON, OFR, Ph.D, has delivered the 29th Convocation Lecture of the Abia State University, Uturu.

The event, which held at the University premises, on Thursday, saw the Visiting Professor of Law speaking on a topical issue, “PRIVATE V PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: THE POLITICS, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS”.

Consequently, Ozekhome, will today, be conferred with the LL.D doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) by the same University (his 13th doctorate degree; one by academic thesis).

The conferment will be done alongside other distinguished Nigerians who have made their mark in different spheres of human endeavor including Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, CON; African’s Billionaire business woman and philanthropist, Mrs Folurunsho Alakija, Chief Reginald Stanley and Chief Aigboji Aig-Imoukhuade.

Prof Ogbulu, who disclosed this during the 29th Pre-Convocation press briefing at the conference hall of his office said the event will also feature the conferment of first degrees, higher degrees, professor Emeritus of the millennium, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ogwo. E. Ogwo.

According to Prof Ogbulu the choice of the notable personalities was not for any monetary gains rather for their achievements in various endeavors and contributions to humanity and national development.

He further disclosed that the convocation ceremony would equally feature the commissioning of projects by the Governor of the state and Visitor to the Institution, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu.

Prof Ogbulu while congratulating graduands and awardees, revealed that a total of 3,724 students of the University would be graduating, adding that a total number of 19 students made first class honours.

He used the opportunity to thank Governor Ikpeazu “for deploying human and material resources to curb the incessant menace of kidnapping along the Okigwe-Uturu road which for a while hitherto gave negative image to the university”.

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Runsewe Commends Sanwo-Olu for Pragmatic Investment in Creative Industry

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Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture( NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has said that Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo- Olu has shown deep and unprecedented commitment to the growth of cultural tourism economy in the state, and Nigeria in general.

Listing detailed creative sector interventions by the tourism loving governor in recent times such as reconstruction of the Badagry slave Museum, unveiling of John Randle Yoruba HISTORY and CULTURE Museum, hosting of UNITED Nation’s World Tourism Organization conference and the iconic 35th edition of Nigeria’s biggest cultural festival expo, National Festival of Arts and culture (NAFEST), in November, last year, Runsewe commends sanwo-Olu for these upbeat, pragmatic efforts, geared towards bringing the Creative tourism economy in Lagos, back to local and global reckoning and acceptation.

Speaking to the Media on the sidelines of the official commissioning of the John Randle Yoruba culture and history Museum by President Muhammadu Buhari , Tuesday in Lagos, Otunba Runsewe who also doubles as Africa Region President,. World Craft Council( WCC) , stated further that the blue rail infrastructure, which now dots Lagos skyline, will aid the rebound and attraction of tourists traffic to Lagos state.

“It’s indeed heart warming to see all the tourism infrastructure and investment on platforms desirable to growing a sustainable creative cultural tourism economy in state, and thus empowering local people and industry practitioners. Governor sanwo-Olu is a tourism care giver, futuristic and a tourism job creator” Runsewe emphasized.

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