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Ayade appoints 18 special assistants on religious matters



Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has approved the appointment of 18 special assistants on religious matters.

Nine persons who were previously appointed in the same role in 2016 were retained.

Each of the special assistants represents the 18 local government areas in the state, and drawn from the three senatorial districts.

Special Adviser on Media And Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita, confirmed the appointments to TheCable on Saturday.

“Yes, the appointment of the men of God as special assistant on religious matters is true,” he said.

With the latest announcement, more than 1,000 aides have been appointed by the governor in 2020.

In April, the governor had approved the appointment of 427 new aides, including a special assistant on the state’s groundnut oil factory.

The special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, while defending the appointment of a special assistant on groundnut oil factory, had said “the duty of government to create jobs for its citizens.”

“The governor had said repeatedly that he only needs about five percent of his appointees. So, he deliberately creates these jobs to put food on the table so as to reduce social tension,” Ita explained.


Politicians forced me to contest election, collected all my savings – Ex-IGP Okiro



A former Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro, has disclosed that some politicians tricked him to part with all his savings when he contested Senate seat after retirement.
According to him, they made him to join the political race after he left office and gradually collected all his money until he was left with nothing.
He spoke in Abuja at a programme tagged: “Presidential aspirants’ media interactive platform” organised by New Nigeria Dream Initiative (NNDI),

The former IGP, who served between 2007 and 2009, urged Nigerians to say “enough is enough” in 2023 by rejecting politicians’ money during the voting process.
He said, “Nigerians will talk about the leadership deficiency, but I say no, that is not enough! It takes two angles! If leaders have deficiency, we have followers’ complacency! Because if leaders are behaving, we just laugh, wave at them, and say walk and go! And they will do the same thing again.
“But if we say no! Enough is enough, they change! You go, they give you money for votes so that you can vote for somebody whether the person can perform or not! They give you N5, 000 and you look for four years. That means the N5,000 is your due for four years.
“I am talking about this thing because once in a time, the politicians have faults but we have more faults than the politicians. I have an experience, let me share the experience, I corrected myself and I said bye bye to that thing.
“I contested election in Abuja here, Senate. I was on my own when they called me to come and contest. I said I had just retired; they said no, come and contest! I said okay, I will discuss with my wife. I told my wife and she said I was afraid.
“So, they would come to me and say we want to go here, bring money; we want to do this, bring money; we want to do that, bring money; I gave all my savings, nothing again to give. They came one day, I said I was not going to give more money because I have nothing to give you.
“They told me the former man was not doing very well but I should come and try. You want me to give more but where do I get money from? I said okay, let’s do it this way, assuming I now go to borrow money or sell property to give to you, and I am elected, of course, the first thing I will do is to pay back that debt and all the property I sold, I buy them back.
“I know that after four years, there will be another election, I will reserve money for that election so that I will not borrow again. You people are the fault of this government. We should say no to election vote sellers.”
He added that Nigerians should jettison voting of political parties and ensure they bring in someone with good track records who can deliver dividends of democracy to them.
He said, “We’re not going to follow bad wagons; we are going to vote for people irrespective of their political parties. It can be A B C D or UAW or whatever party. We will look at individuals. Is he good?
“Look at his track records! Look at people who are qualified, not where they come from, irrespective of the party they belong to, to make sure that if they rule us, the dividend of democracy will reach everyone.”

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I want to continue as Borno gov despite being offered VP slot – Zulum



Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, says he has chosen to continue as governor despite being offered to be a running mate by some presidential aspirants in the 2023 general election.

He said this on Thursday during the governorship primary organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Zulum, who secured the APC governorship ticket, said he would prefer to focus on continuing on his achievements as governor.

He said “As you all know, the APC will be holding presidential primaries this coming weekend. I have seen all kinds of promotional media content, including articles by notable columnists, associating me with the 2023 presidency,” he said.

“Let me reveal with apologies, that some close associates of key presidential aspirants have sent me offers for the position of running mate, as possible vice-president, depending on the outcome of the APC presidential primaries by the weekend.

“I have thought deeply about these offers because becoming vice-president is considered attractive. I have thought about all the powers and privileges of being the VP. I can see the honour of presiding over meetings attended by governors and ministers, and the privilege of having a presidential jet at one’s disposal. I can see the honour of presidential receptions within and outside Nigeria.

“However, I have asked myself, that should I get the opportunity to become VP and raise my political profile, what happens to all our ongoing works for the people of Borno state?

“We have built more than 10,000 houses, and currently more of such and reconstructing existing ones, for ongoing resettlement of our people. We have resettled more than 20 communities so far. Yet, thousands of our fellow citizens are still homeless and in desperate need of food, water, and healthcare.

“We have adopted a development plan that we are already implementing. I have asked myself, what happens to all these plans that I am central to, which are helping to fast-track our recovery in Borno State?

“Ladies and gentlemen, the killings in Kala-Balge at the weekend made me more critical, and the incident seriously reminded me of the challenges that are still ahead of us in Borno State.

“I came to the conclusion that while a chance to become vice-president could benefit my profile as an individual, becoming reelected as governor of Borno state has the potential of more assurance of benefit to the good people of Borno State.

“I, therefore, say that while I thank those who may be considering me for the position of VP, I prefer to stay back and work drastically for the people of Borno state, because for me as a citizen of Borno state, working with others to hastily rebuild Borno state is the most urgent need and it is beyond any aspiration.

“I profoundly thank everyone who thought of me worthy of any responsibility and I pray that Allah helps us to work towards the full restoration of peace, the full recovery and growth of Borno state.”

Announcing the result of the primary which held at the El-Kanemi sports centre in Maiduguri, Uba Ahmadu, chairman of the electoral committee, said Zulum polled 1,411 votes.

He said 1,560 voters were registered for the primary, while 1,422 voters were accredited, out of which 1,411 votes were recorded with no invalid vote.

Zulum, in his acceptance speech, thanked stakeholders and delegates of the APC in the state, as well as the Borno people for their support.

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2023: South-West APC presidential aspirants not at war — Fayemi



Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, yesterday, disclosed that South-West presidential aspirants were not at war with each other, but after the success of the region.

The All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential aspirant, while addressing Osun State delegates at Government House, in Osogbo, said aspirants from the zone, including Bola Tinubu, have right to contest the exalted office.

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