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With me as President, Nigeria will conquer banditry – Tinubu

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, pledged yesterday to crush banditry and secure life and property once more in the country, if elected.

Tinubu, speaking at a meeting in Minna with APC delegates from Niger State on this month’s primaries of the party, said he would not only change the calendar of bandits but also “conquer them.”

“We will not give up on banditry, we will not run away. Bandits will not take over our lands,” he said.

He added: “With me as President, forget bandits. It is now time to change the calendar of bandits, to tell them that there is no business good in killing people, no matter how much you make.

“We will eliminate all of them. We will conquer them. We will beat them. That is why I am out to run for President of Nigeria.”

Citing his achievements as a two-term governor of Lagos State, his background in the private sector and knowledge of Nigeria, he said: “I am the only one in this race. I don’t know about the others.

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“I am running for the Presidency of Nigeria. I don’t know where the others are running to.

“I know the road to prosperity, safety, clean environment, development of our nation and infrastructure because I have done it all in Lagos State.

“The others do not know the road; don’t follow them. The only person you should follow is the person who knows the road. Follow me, I know the road and I will not mislead you.

“They do not have my brains but I do have enough brains.

“Where are their track records? How many councillors, local government chairmen and chairpersons, members of house of assembly, House of Representatives or Senators have they produced? I have produced them.

“Now, they are pointing the wrong fingers at me. I do not worry about them. God will forgive them because they are blind.

“They claim I am too old, that I cannot stand without shaking, that my legs are bad. That was why when the Governor asked me to sit, I said I would stand.

“A president’s job is not to climb mountains or do wrestling or carry cement; it is to think and perform with his brain.

“We are not looking for someone to fight a WWE wrestling match; we are looking for a thinker to provide security for us; we are looking for a doer who will look at economic opportunities and turn them around to prosperity; someone who knows the way to the education of our children.

“It is not about what we will eat, because at this age, we cannot overeat. We must leave our children and grandchildren with enough opportunities and prosperity. We have what it takes, we have the smartness. I have it better than others.”

On the number of people who are seeking the APC Presidential ticket, Tinubu said: “Many people are running, they do not know what they are running for. But I know I am running to be the President of Nigeria.”

Tinubu also promised that his government would give women ample opportunities as the time has come for the women folk to be more involved  in governance.

Asked by Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who their choice for the presidential ticket was, the audience chorused “Tinubu!”

Also speaking, former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kassim Shettima, said Tinubu is synonymous with Nigeria’s democracy, saying his role in the evolution of the current democratic process was difficult to be matched by any other politician.

He said the former Lagos State governor has all the attributes a leader needs to develop Nigeria.

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Court jails A’Ibom YPP gov candidate 42 years for corruption

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The Akwa Ibom State governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bassey Albert, has been jailed 42 years for fraud.

Justice Agatha Okeke of a federal court in Akwa Ibom sentenced Albert on Thursday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2019 arraigned Albert on six counts of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.

He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, former minister of petroleum.

Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Albert the vehicles.

Delivering judgment Justice Okeke, the presiding judge, found the senator guilty of the offences.

He was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene prison to serve his jail term.

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East district, used to be a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defected to the YPP in July, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

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Tinubu, in solidarity rally assured of massive votes in Kogi

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Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The patron of Team Gamji for Asiwaju/Shettima Presidency, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, has promised to mobilise massive votes for the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in Kogi Central ahead of next year’s polls.

Abubakar, who stated this during a solidarity rally to drum up support for the Asiwaju/Shettima ticket, called on the people of Kogi Central to deliver the APC candidate.

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He said Tinubu worked very hard for the actualisation of democratic rule in Nigeria.

Addressing the crowd, the Chairman of Team Gamji, Alhaji Kent Abubakar, said, “Politics is local, hence the mobilisation and sensitisation from the grassroots.”

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Osun Assembly dares Adeleke over council administration

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Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye

Osun Assembly has challenged the directive of Governor Ademola Adeleke to career heads to take over Local Government Administration.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) conducted the Local Government Election on October 15 with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning all the seats.

But the election was challenged by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Ayoola Emmanuel. The court nullified the election but the chairmen and councilors appealed the case.

However, Adeleke directed the most senior career heads across all Local Government Council Areas, the Area Office, LCDAs and ACDAs in Osun State to take charge of the affairs of their respective Councils with immediate effect.
He hinged the directive on the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo that sacked the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councilors.
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Speaker Timothy Owoeye, in a statement by his press Secretary Kunle Alabi, opposed the directive of Adeleke as he ordered status quo at the local government administration.

According to him: “The legislative arm is saddled with the responsibility of law-making, only disagreed with the Governor on matters of law.

“Owoeye held that the position of the House of Assembly was purely from the point of law and not in anyway antagonizing the Executive arm of government, saying the positions from the point of law was also related to the Governor at the meeting.

“On the issue of LG administration, Rt. Hon. Owoeye informed the plenary of a notice of appeal against the decision of a Federal High Court judgment served on the 7th Assembly.

“The House thereby resolves that the issue of Local Government administration should be left to the court of law, ordering a status quo on all Local Government administration pending the exhaustion on all legal means.

“When Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, the PDP-controlled local government was still in place and the status quo remained. Nobody dissolved the local government until all legal processes were completed.”

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