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N/Central Critical To PDP’s Chances In 2023 – Saraki
A former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning the 2023 presidential election and other offices largely depends on the ability of its leaders in the North Central zone to unite and work together.
Addressing delegates at the weekend during the North Central congress held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Saraki, a former presidential aspirant said PDP had always recorded sound victory in the zone and stressed the need for the party to continue waxing stronger.
“We have looked at the statistics for past elections since 1999 and projected into the 2023 elections, for PDP to return to control of federal power, the party needs to return to winning ways in this zone. This is a party that started controlling four of the states plus FCT in 1999, and at one time was in control of all the six states. Today, a situation where we now have only one state is partially responsible for our loss of federal power.
EFCC: Why We Are Making Use Of Hotel Seized From Dasuki
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained the reason for making use of Halal Fountain Hotel (Annex), situated at No. 29A, Rabah Road, Kaduna, reportedly seized from Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), former National Security Adviser.
Daily Trust had reported how the hotel that has been under investigation in connection with the $2.1bn arms scandal involving the former NSA, has become a temporary home for some EFCC cadets and officials.
The EFCC Zonal Head in Kaduna, Sanusi Abdullahi, who confirmed that the facility is presently being used by officials of the agency, said staff on transfer to Kaduna use the facility as a transit camp. He said he also benefited from the use of the facility when he was newly transferred to Kaduna.
Anger As El-Rufai Sacks 4000 LGA Workers
The decision of the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai to disengage 4000 workers across the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State has sparked outrage.
Daily Trust reports that on April 6, over 4000 staff across 23 local governments received their disengagement letters.
Reacting to the development, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), described the action as “arbitrary and cruel”, and called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack. He said the decision to give effect to compulsory retirement of officers that are 50 years old and above; compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above, even when they are less than 50 years violate the fundamental human and trade union rights of Kaduna State workers.
Boko Haram: 6 Killed, UN Hub, Others Destroyed In Borno
Six people were killed and many soldiers wounded when Boko Haram terrorists loyal to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked Damasak in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State at night on Saturday.
It was learnt that three women, a man and two soldiers lost their lives during the attack but other sources gave higher figures.
The United Nations has condemned the attack saying thousands of people would face serious humanitarian challenges. Locals said the assailants had destroyed the United Nations Hub housing all the workers of the international organisation.
Look Out For Crescent Of Ramadan From Monday – Sultan
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday.
Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto.
“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH. Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read.
South East Governors Launch Regional Security Outfit
Governors of the South East have gone the way of their South West counterparts by establishing a regional security outfit to tackle criminality.
At a security meeting in Owerri, Imo State capital, on Sunday, the governors announced the establishment of EBUBE AGU, which will have its headquarters in Enugu State.
Chairman of the Southeast Governors forum, Dave Umahi, who read a communique issued at the end of the meeting of the South East Governors expressed optimism that the development will boost security.
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