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We’re ready for reconciliation with Yari’s faction -Marafa
Senator Kabiru Marafa said on Saturday in Kaduna that his faction of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara was ready for genuine reconciliation with the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari’s faction.
This, Marafa, who represented Zamfara Central in the 8th Senate, said was to consolidate the party in order to end the lingering crisis in the state, noting that politics was all about the people.
The former lawmaker spoke during a meeting with his supporters from Zamfara State in Kaduna on Saturday.
Governance not about APC, PDP — Makinde
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Saturday described governance as reflection of society, adding that no political office holder could be successful without the input of the citizens, especially civil servants.
Makinde, who spoke in Okuku, Osun State, at the thanksgiving service to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of a former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, also said governance was not about the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party.
He, therefore, urged religious leaders to continue to offer prayers, rather than put the blame of bad governance in the country only on the political class.
Without restructuring, Igbo or South-West presidency can’t save Nigeria — Olanipekun
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and popular legal practitioner, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), shares with TUNDE AJAJA his thoughts on the clamours for a new constitution and how the country can overcome its challenges
Politicians have shifted the discourse to 2023 already, do you agree with those who feel that is misplaced?
Politicians can be very funny and arrogant about the future. It’s only God who owns 2023, but people are already talking about 2023, which is still two years away. By and large, if you want to be elected into any office in 2023, don’t you want to govern people that would be alive? Then, you need a working document. We still have two years three months to May 2023 and that is enough time to do something. Failure to do that, if an Igbo man or a Yoruba man win, we will witness the same thing we are experiencing under President (Muhammadu) Buhari. Then, where are we going? Is that a way to build a country? Many of us were busy trying to out-speak one another during the last election in the United States, whereas we don’t have a system or institutions here.
I benefitted from political tutelage of Tinubu, Adebayo — Fayemi
The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman, Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, tells ABIODUN NEJO that there was no basis for altercation between him and Tinubu, 2023 presidential election and other issues
Was it Asiwaju Bola Tinubu or Otunba Niyi Adebayo that brought you into partisan politics?
What does it matter who brought me into partisan politics? The point is that I am in partisan politics. I benefitted from the tutelage of both elders that you mentioned. I was involved with the first elder you mentioned, whom I knew from our time in exile and we worked together on the democracy project. I got to know the other when I returned to Nigeria and through contributing my own quota to the development of our state, Ekiti. I really don’t want to get into a pointless debate because it is not helpful. I owe a great deal of gratitude to them. They have both been very supportive of my political development. They have assisted a great deal and I owe them for bringing me into the partisan political space. I have always been politically conscious. I was just not a party member in the sense of party politics in Nigeria. I had been involved and I helped Ekiti, Lagos and some other states with my experience in international development and my involvement with multilateral and bilateral institutions. I was able to bring this assistance to bear even before I came into partisan politics. But the important take away you should have is that all our leaders – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Chief Bisi Akande are very important people to me.
I don’t need donations from diaspora – Sunday Igboho
Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, in this interview conducted in Yoruba language by WALE OYEWALE, clears the air on his recent visit to Ogun State to drive out killer herders, the apprehension by his wife and children, just as he denied allegations of fundraiser and the burning of Seriki Fulani of Igangan’s property
We learnt that some Yoruba people in the diaspora have raised about N11m to support your mission. Do you really need such support and what for?
I don’t need such and there is nothing like that.
CBN anti-cryptocurrency policy threatens jobs, experts warn
Following the Central Bank of Nigeria directive to banks and other financial institutions on Friday ordering the closure of all accounts operating cryptocurrency exchanges, some experts in cryptocurrency trading have raised the alarm over its economic impact.
The Blockchain Solutions Architect, Sterling Bank, Mr Charles OkaforMbah, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, noted that crypto trading is divided into formal and informal exchanges. OkaforMbah, while speaking on job creation occasioned by crypto trading, said, “My mum is going on 65 years old and she trades in crypto, so it is not just the youth that would be affected. It is also affecting the older generation.”
He noted that crypto exchanges employed blockchain developers – some of the highest paid programmers saying – “As of 2020, blockchain developers are highly sought after around the world.” OkaforMbah explained that local exchanges also employed smart contract staff, marketers and customer service staff, and rented office spaces. He added that, though the CBN policy created a ripple effect, he was optimistic that trading would bounce back.
Imo, Rivers factions oppose APC membership registration
Factions of the All Progressives Congress in Imo and Rivers states have opposed the party’s membership registration and revalidation holding across the states. The factions listed among other reasons court orders halting the exercise in their respective states. For instance, in Rivers State, while the faction loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, supported the exercise, loyalists of Senator Magnus Abe opposed it.
A spokesman for Amaechi’s loyalists, recognised by the APC National Secretariat, Ogbonna Nwuke, said, “What is clear to us is that materials are here, but people are to be trained first before registration starts. After the training, then we will go into operations in the field. But for the avoidance of doubt, by next week we (APC) will start registration.” However, a spokesman for the Abe-led APC faction under the chairmanship of Igo Aguma, Livingstone Weche, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said, “There is a court order stopping the revalidation in Rivers State. That is what the Igo Aguma led faction complied with. You are aware that an order was given by a Rivers State High Court.”
A similar situation was obtained in Imo State. A faction of the party loyal to Governor Hope Uzodinma is prepared for the exercise while loyalists of Senators Rochas Okorocha and Ifeanyi Ararume opposed the exercise on the grounds that they were still in court challenging the conduct of the exercise. The APC State chairman loyal to Okorocha and Ararume, Dan Nwafor, told one of our correspondents in an interview in Owerri that he was in court to challenge the process because any activity taking place without his supervision as the authentic chairman would be illegal.
Registration: APC targeting 100 million Nigerians, says Lawan
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said on Saturday that the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress, was aimed at capturing over 100 million Nigerians as members of the ruling party.
Lawan, in a statement by his media office in Abuja, stated this after he revalidated his membership of the party at Katuzu ward in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe North Senatorial District
He said the exercise was conceived to further democratise the party ahead of the 2023 general elections. He also said the process would reposition the APC to dominate the country’s political space by winning more elective seats at the state and federal levels of government.
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