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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 2 January, 2021 Edition)

Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police

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Resign honourably, Tambuwal, Adebanjo, others tell service chiefs

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the military chiefs to act honourably by resigning their appointment amid the worsening insecurity if the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), refuses to sack them. He stated further that the Buhari-led Federal Government should admit failure in the area of security, noting that governing the country and protecting lives and property is not rocket science.

Speaking at a webinar organised by the Emmanuel Chapel, themed, ‘Rebuilding our lives: A case for hope and determination to succeed, Tambuwal explained that it was ironical that security agencies were short of personnel even when millions of Nigerians ready to serve were roaming the streets.

In the same vein, elder statesmen, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai and Dr Junaid Mohammed, also backed Tambuwal’s position that it’s high time the military chiefs resigned. Adebanjo argued that the President should also have resigned given the way the insecurity problem had festered under his watch.

We’ll ensure Lagos enjoys democratic dividends – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, has promised that the All Progressives Congress will do its best to ensure that Lagosians enjoy democratic dividends.

According to a statement titled ‘We’ll Sustain Growth, Unity in Lagos APC – Obasa,’ the speaker made the promise when he received the APC Women in Barracks (Lagos West branch) who paid him an end-of-year visit.

He was quoted as saying, “I am sure everyone has a willingness to be good and do good, but sometimes, challenges that we do not see or envisage do not give us the opportunity to meet our overall desires. But we will continue to do the best we can, reach out to as many people as we humanly can and ensure that Lagosians enjoy democratic dividends.

ASUU kicks, says shortlisted candidates for LASU VC unqualified

The Lagos State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has kicked against what it described as the controversial selection process for the ninth vice-chancellor of the institution.

The union, in a letter dated January 1, 2021, and addressed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, raised the alarm over alleged irregularities by the selection committee.

In the letter signed by its Secretary, Tony Dansu, and Assistant Secretary, Adeolu Oyekan, the union alleged that some of the candidates lack the requisite qualifications to succeed the incumbent VC, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, whose tenure would end on January 11. It added that before the advertisement for the position, the selection criteria were not presented to the new Governing Council.

Okorocha plans to destroy APC before defecting, says Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday said ex-governor Rochas Okorocha planned to destroy the All Progressives Congress in the state before defecting to another party.

Uzodinma made the claim while reacting to Okorocha’s accusation on Thursday that the governor was not working for the interest of the party.

Okorocha said the APC was “no longer breathing” in the state since Uzodinma became the governor. But Uzodinma’s Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, who reacted to Okorocha’s claims, described the former governor as a “sinking man.” Nwamkpa said Okorocha was only angry that under Uzodinma’s watch, the APC had gained ground in the South-East, a situation which saw the defection of the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, to the party.

Buhari’s national broadcast empty, directionless – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed the January 1, 2021, national broadcast by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as empty, uninspiring and directionless.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s New Year Address, Empty, Directionless – PDP…Shows Nigerians Have To Come Together, Salvage Our Nation,’ signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Friday.

The party noted that the president’s 2021 New Year address was “empty, directionless” and confirmed its projection that the nation had indeed become leaderless. Ologbondiyan said, “The President’s speech underscores the urgent need for compatriots to come together and salvage our nation that is fast becoming a failed state.

New Year: Obaseki hails Edo people over 2020 election victory

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, appreciated the people of the state for their support during his second-term election travails last year.

He said by voting him in for a second-term in office during the September 19, 2020 Governorship Election, the residents of the state showed that power truly belongs to the people and that they have the authority to choose their governor.

“In the midst of the gloom and despair, there was a silver lining for us in Edo State with the conduct of the September 19 governorship election, which against all predictions, turned out to be peaceful, credible and a watershed moment for our democracy as a nation,” Obaseki stated in his 2021 New Year address on Friday.

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