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Dual citizenship: Tinubu has no business being President – PDP *Twitter suspends Hundeyin’s account

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Few days after his expose that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has dual citizenship, having acquired a passport of Guinea, one the West African countries, David Hundeyin, has come under the axe of microblogging site, Twitter, with the locking of his account.

Hundeyin, an independent journalist mad his revelation on Saturday night, by the revelation, which some opposition parties and their supporters appeared to be feasting on, with the prospect of the information being listed as one of the grounds for the nullification of the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tinubu’s supporters in their thousands were said to have inundated Twitter with privacy complaints which triggered the automated system of the sit to flag the post for deletion, while also locking out the journalist from his account “for violating Twitter’s policy around personal identifying information.”

But Hundeyin, who said he had contacted Twitter to appeal the suspension, presenting a strong argument that Tinubu’s Guinean citizenship was a matter of national and public interest, said he was, however, unsure when the suspension would be lifted, adding that he hinged his argument on the fact that Tinubu was the president-elect of Africa’s largest economy with overarching public interest.

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“After posting evidence of @officialABAT’s undisclosed dual citizenship and perjurous INEC EC9 declaration, West Africa Weekly founder @DavidHundeyin’s Twitter account has been maliciously reported for “posting private information” and is temporarily locked, tweeted @WestAfricaWeek, a digital publication owned by Mr Hundeyin.

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“You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorisation and permission,” Twitter wrote to Mr Hundeyin in a mail in the early hours of Monday.

Apart from the argument that reporting the tweet was an admittance that the passport indeed belonged to the former Governor of Lagos State, the development is being seen as a further stumbling block to the Tinubu presidency, in the light of Section 137 of the Constitution, which prohibits “anyone who has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of a country other than Nigeria” from being president.

Critics are also raising the issue perjury, saying Tinubu, not disclosing his dual citizenship, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was a violation of the electoral laws and a criminal offence, as the commission’s Form EC-9 enjoined the candidate to fill it under oat.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has already joined the campaign to nullify Tinubu’s victory on that score, saying he ought not to have contested the election in the first place and that now the truth had been revealed, he ought to be stopped from assuming office of May 29, the last day in office of incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Daniel Bwala, spokesman for the PDP Presidential Caouncil (PDP-PCC), brought the perspective of the party, when he used his Twitter handle to question the suitability of the APC candidate to be made President, given the latest situation.

He wrote: “If you are running for the office of the president, but you have acquired a passport of another country, meaning you have dual citizenship; and in your INEC form you ticked No for having another passport other than a Nigerian passport, what is the implication? Hmmm.

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“Someone was trying to give an excuse for dual citizenship and said, “but the passport has expired.” Funny. Does the expiration of your passport take away your citizenship status?

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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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