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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

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Obasanjo remains Nigeria’s most genuine living statesman –Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “Nigeria’s most authentic living statesman whose life’s odyssey has become an invaluable source of history.”

Ikpeazu stated this in a warm birthday message to Obasanjo on his 84th birthday on Friday, noting that the former president lived for Nigeria and gave the best of his years to the sustenance of the unity and democratic development of the country.

The governor described him as a man who had the very exceptional privilege of serving as both a military and democratically elected president of the country.

It’s madness sign to think Nigeria’ll work without restructuring –Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday, re-echoed the call for restructuring the country as a means of tackling some of the major problems confronting it.

Soyinka stated that there was a consensus among Nigerians that the country must be restructured urgently, saying anybody still asking what restructuring means despite the numerous explanations already provided should be ignored because such persons had chosen to be ignorant deliberately.

The elder statesman spoke at the 2021 Obafemi Awolowo Lecture titled, ‘Whither Nigeria?’ organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation.

Besides Oshiomhole’s political style, I’ve nothing against him –Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday denied bearing any ill will towards his predecessor and former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.

Obaseki, however, said he disliked the former governor’s style of politics.

He disclosed these at the centenary birthday thanksgiving of Msgr Thomas Oleghe and the 18th canonical erection anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi held at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi, Etsako-West Local Government Area of the state.

APC withdraws from Delta LG poll, alleges foul play

Low voter turnout and late arrival of electoral materials marred the conduct of Delta State local government election on Saturday. Our correspondent observed late arrival of materials at the various wards and polling units visited without the use of smart card reader while security personnel were at their duty post.

At Uzoigwe DSIEC wards 11 and 20, in Oshimili South, and Ward 9 Okpanam in Oshimili North materials had yet to arrive at 9:30am.

At DSIEC ward 3, 4 and 16 in Illah community, there were tensions at the polling units, as supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressive Congress allegedly clashed over the late arrival of materials. Speaking on the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olise Ifeajika, said the late arrival of materials was the fault of DSIEC. “There are basically two major political parties here, PDP and APC. Some APC supporters are making trouble, but, in all, I am impressed by the way the election is going on,” he said.

Lagos heading towards wrong direction since Tinubu’s days — Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Chief Bode George, has said he will not stop criticising a former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as far as the state’s affairs are concerned.

George claimed that the affairs of Lagos State started going in the wrong direction since Tinubu took control of the state in 1999.

He claimed that all the beautiful legacies left by Tinubu’s predecessors, such as the late Alhaji Lateef Jakance, the late Mobolaji John and Buba Marwa , had been eroded.

Govs can’t ban open grazing, says Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a factional umbrella body for herdsmen in the country, has said it is opposed to the ban imposed on open grazing of cattle by South-West governors. It said the enforcement of the ban was tantamount to an eviction notice.

This is however against the position of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, which at a meeting with some governors in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on January 25, said it agreed with the position of the governors.

The meeting in Akure was attended by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Governors Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State. MACBAN was led to the meeting by its chairman, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, among other attendees.

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