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‘Emi lokan’: Tinubu’s private, personal, not Yoruba project, – Adebanjo

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For the umpteenth time, the pan Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, has dissociated itself and Yoruba people from the quest of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to succeed incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari as Nigerian President, saying he was on his own in pursuing the project.

The message, was made clear once again by Pa Ayo Adebanjo, its leader, on Saturday in Lagos, where he once again, joined the campaign of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), who has enjoyed massive support at personal and at the level of the respected Yoruba group.

Afenifere, which made its position known since last year, joined other groups in four of the six regions of the country under the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Forum to give a blanket support for the former Governor of Anambra State, a move which they said was not only to underscore their belief in Obi’s competence to save the country currently on the brink, but to preserve the unity of Nigeria, given that the South East, where he hailed from, had not produced Nigerian President for the first time.

Admonishing Nigerians, that Tinubu did not represent a Yoruba project, Adebanjo, reiterated the same message he made last week, warning that there might not be Nigeria, if Obi did not emerge winner in the presidential election, scheduled for February 25.

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Stressing that the Emi lokan (it is my turn) arrangement was between Tinubu and Buhari and not Yoruba people, Adebanjo, told LP supporters at the Tafa Balewa Square in Lagos, venue of Obi campaign’s grand finale that there was no way an agreement struck by two people, could override the interest of more than 200million people or determine their fate.

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The 94-year-old Afenifere leader, stressed: “The one who said ‘it is my turn’ is his agreement with Buhari. Emilokan didn’t say it is the turn of the Yoruba. Emilokan’s agreement with Buhari was that when Buhari leaves office, he will take over. Were you there when he said that?”

With a resounding “No,” from the people, the elder statesman, appealed to his audience in the same words he used at various other forums to describe what Nigeria could face in future if the Obi project failed, saying: “I said before that if Obi does not come in as the president, forget Nigeria. The northern elders now say I want to impose Obi on them. No! They want to impose a northerner on us, and we said no.”

Last week, at a meeting of Igbo leaders Lagos, in honour of George Obiozor, the late leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the South East version of Afenifere, Adebanjo, had explained that Obi losing the election, would mean the end of any opportunity for a non-Christian and a non-northerner to be President again, the same argument he made at the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum in Abuja, where he said: “They are making all sorts of devices to ensure that power remains in a particular part of the country. That’s why they are not even supporting the candidate of their own party. We will give it what it takes. It is either bend or break. If Obi does not win, forget a country called Nigeria.”

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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