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PDP presidential aspirant holds closed-door meeting with Obasanjo

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Olusegun Obasanjo

A United States-based presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Nwachukwu Anakwenze, on Thursday, held a closed-door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo at his penthouse of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

Speaking with newsmen after the brief meeting, Anakwenze said Nigeria should have become a manufacturing nation to be regarded as the leader of black nations.

The presidential aspirant noted that, with avalanche of God-given natural resources, Nigeria ought to have become an export nation of technological devices such as computers, automobiles, and airlines.

He said lack of foresight by past Nigerian leaders to combine both the natural and human resources into productive ventures were responsible for the retrogressing state of the nation’s economy.

Hassan said the prospective pilgrims would be required to be fully vaccinated with a booster shot, saying that a PCR test is also a must.

“We need to start investing in the youths. The youths have been destroyed and drowned. My job is to rescue the young people and put them in place to save Nigeria. The old politicians’ time is up. I will give scholarships and skill acquisition and government soft loans to drive their businesses.

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“(The) APC is a failed government, they are taking loans. We don’t need to take loans to service our economy, we need to become an industrial and manufacturing nation. We need to be making cars, trains, and ships, we need to be an export nation of computers. Our young generation can do that. I will empower the youth to make that happen.”

Speaking on the health sector, the PDP stalwart said every region of the country should have specialist hospital to deal with major surgery of the body.

According to him, this will discourage foreign medical trips by Nigerians.

“I manage 4,000 health doctors in the USA. We need specialist hospitals in every region of the country that can do everything like eyes, nose, ear, brain, bone, prostate. In America, if your heart and kidney stops working, we can replace them with another one. Prostrate should not be a deadly disease in Nigeria.

“We will bring experts from the US to train our indigenous doctors on these special treatments.

“In America, prostate is like having catarrh. In America, Nigerians are top in education; why is it that when they come here, they fail?

“On energy, we should have 24hours power. We have the flaring gas on our rivers. We can convert the rivers gas into turbine and generate electricity from it.

“I’m a detribalised Nigerian. I will share power among the six geopolitical zones. Nobody will feel left out. The North are good in agriculture, I don’t have any problem working with everyone.”

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Aregbesola kinsmen dissolve faction, seeks members’ reintegration into Osun APC

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Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Osun Progressives (TOP), a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State loyal to former governor and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has disbanded to pave way for the reintegration of aggrieved members.

Speaking at a press conference, yesterday, former speaker of the House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam, said the resolution to dissolve the faction was to allow them to restructure the party for true progressives.

He said the step became necessary because of the trajectory and the electoral misfortune the party suffered in the July 16 governorship election that led to their loss and resolve for the way forward.

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“We are hereby dissolving The Osun Progressives (TOP) and the faction of the party associated with it to facilitate the unity of purpose that this time requires. For effective closure, we will have a truth and reconciliation forum within the party when fully restructured with the sole purpose of preventing any recurrence of the ugly past.

“We are therefore extending our hand of fellowship to everyone who is a progressive at heart and loves good governance in our party, in the other parties and independents who are hitherto not aligned to any party.

“Consequent to this, and to demonstrate our readiness for this leap of faith, I have the mandate of our leaders and members to invite other progressives in other caucuses in the Osun APC and other parties and like minds across the state to join us in this endeavor. This is a call for unity of purpose in our party and beyond. It is a call for burying the hatchet and working for the greater good and service to humanity through progressive governance,” he added.

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I’m the most investigated and most accused former governor – Tinubu

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Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Chatham House London

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has again provided an insight into his source of wealth.

Tinubu in an interview on BBC in London said he was the most investigated and most accused former governor yet nothing has been found on him.

Daily Trust reports that many Nigerians had challenged Tinubu to explain his source of stupendous wealth and this has been a recurring issue in the current electioneering for the 2023 election.

During the interview, he accused his critics of envy, explaining that he had a lot of investments which yielded profit.

Responding to the question on the corruption allegation, he said, “You got to know how to analyse and how to ask questions, not in the accusatory format.

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“Are they enemies of wealth, if they are not enemies of wealth, investments do yield. I have an example of Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in America and in the world. He started from stock buying. I inherited great real estate, I turned the values around.

“I am not denying my wealth, I was the most investigated, the most accused governor for eight years, up to 2007 and since I left the office, I am still there, I have not taken any government appointment.”

Asked on the allegation that he was taking a certain share of the revenue being generated in Lagos State where he governed between 1999 and 2007, he retorted, “Hey excuse me, share what? Have they proven it? IMF has investigated the record in Lagos. What is wrong with them? It is envy.”

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Apologise to Nigerians for Tinubu Chatham House embarrassment, PDP tells APC

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The Peoples Democratic Party has taken a swipe at the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over his performance at the Chatham House in London on Monday, where he delivered a lecture but delegated some members of his team to respond to questions from the audience.

The PDP’s Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization, which described the outing as disgraceful, asked the Tinubu’s handers to apologise to the nation and stop embarrassing their principal.

It said Tinubu failed to perform the simplest of tasks required of a person desiring to lead the world’s largest black nation.

Spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign group, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in Abuja, on Monday.

He said, “Nigerians including supporters of the APC Presidential Candidate were thoroughly embarrassed to watch Asiwaju Tinubu who earlier showboated with a scripted speech went blank on the world stage in tragic display of emptiness and inability to personally address questions that were put to him on economy, security and other challenges facing our nation.

“Our Campaign finds it very appalling that a candidate aspiring to be the President of a nation as complex as Nigeria exhibited an embarrassing inability to coordinate his own thought process to the extent that he could not personally think through issues and address them but had to direct questions put to him including those on his health and policies to others to answer.“

Ologbondiyan further said, “Asiwaju Tinubu has confirmed to Nigerians and the world that he has no business contesting the 2023 presidential election; that he is grossly incompetent, completely unprepared for leadership and intends to transfer the onerous task of leading our nation to proxies and a cabal that did not seek votes from Nigerians.

“Of course, Nigerians cannot afford to have a President who cannot take responsibility to lead but intend to shift burden to others apparently to find scapegoats to blame for his inevitable failures.

“The APC presidential candidate ended up becoming a butt of international joke as he could not provide any lead on the critical issues of economy, security, youth development and foreign policies, despite notes passed to him at the event by his handlers.”

He advised Tinubu’s handlers to stop embarrassing him by always pushing him to make public appearances, even when they were aware of his incompetence.

Ologbondiyan said, “What Nigerians expect is for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign to apologize to the nation and stop embarrassing their principal with poorly scripted appearances.

“Now that the APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu has confirmed his unpreparedness and lack of capacity on the world state, we urge that he should immediately collapse his campaign, stop wasting resources, go home and rest.”

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