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Latest Political News In Nigeria For Today, Wednesday, 11th May, 2022

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Welcome to the round-up of the latest political news in Nigeria, political gist, highlights of political events, and happenings in Nigeria for today Wednesday, 11th May 2022.

Read all the major political news, political event highlights, and happenings in Nigeria for today on a single page right here.

Buhari Directs Amaechi, Ngige, Malami, Others With Political Ambition To Resign

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday directed members of his cabinet with political ambition to submit their resignation letters on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

Buhari gave directives during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

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2023: Obasanjo Reveals Region That Must Produce Next Nigerian President

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind calls for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the southeast.

Chief Obasanjo maintained that in the interest of peace, justice and equity, the southeast must be allowed by other regions to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

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2023: The Constitution Permits Jonathan To Run For President – Senior Lawyer

A senior Nigerian lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has added his views to the controversies about the eligibility or otherwise of former President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2023 presidency.

Agbakoba in a statement sent to Naija News on Wednesday, 11th May, held that there are legal, moral and ethical angles from which the issue can be considered.

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Appeal Court Takes Decision On Section 84(12) Of Electoral Act 2022

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has taken a decision on the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Naija News recalls that the Federal High Court in Umuahia had in a judgement, voided the provision of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.

The court in a judgment delivered by Justice Evelyn Anyadike held that the section was unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

In a ruling on Wednesday, the appellate court set aside the judgment of the lower court in Umuahia which voided the provision of the controversial section of the Electoral Act.

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2023 Presidency: Allow Me To Defeat Tinubu Again – Saraki Begs PDP For Ticket

Former President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukoka Saraki, has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to let him be the presidential flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming general elections.

The former Kwara State governor while meeting with delegates of the PDP in Lagos, said he wants to defeat the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu again.

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2023 Elections: Why I Endorsed My Deputy As Successor – Ganduje

The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has revealed why he endorsed his deputy, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, as his preferred successor in 2023.

Naija News had reported that the decision to pick Gawuna as Ganduje’s successor was made at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in the state over the weekend.

In a meeting with Kano APC stakeholders on Tuesday, Ganduje said he chose Gawuna as his successor because of his loyalty, reliability and dedication.

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2023: Abacha’s Ally, Mokelu Obtains APC Presidential Form

Ikeobasi Mokelu, an ally of former military dictator, late Gen. Sani Abacha, has obtained the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.

Naija News reports that members of the Mokelu Campaign Organisation picked up the forms on his behalf on Tuesday at the International Conference Centre (ICC).

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PDP NEC To Take Decision On Zoning Today

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to hold its much-awaited National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, today.

The NEC meeting, which had been postponed thrice, will take place at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja.

Some of the issues to be discussed include the zoning and the venue where the presidential primary scheduled for May 28 would take place.

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Mass Defection From APC Looms As Shekarau Begins Consultation

Former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, is reportedly consulting associates and party stakeholders for a possible defection from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.

Reports reaching Naija News on Wednesday morning revealed that the two-term former Governor has been holding meetings with his top political associates and would make a public declaration on his next move soon.

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2023: APC Aspirants Using Public Funds To Buy Presidential Forms – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress and the Muhammadu Buhari government of withdrawing public funds meant for development purposes to party coffers.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening by its spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP said the ruling party is diverting looted funds to its members to purchase the Presidential forms.

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How Money Made From APC N100 Forms Would Be Used – Nabena

A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena on Tuesday revealed how the ruling party intends to spend the fund realised from the sales of its N100 million presidential forms.

The APC chieftain claimed that the ruling party would use the fund to run its activities rather than pick from money meant for the government.

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That will be all for today. You can read more political and other Nigerian news on Naija News

This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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Sanwo-Olu Woos Foreign Investors To Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu played the quintessential salesman on Monday, September 19th, 2022 reeling off his administration’s achievements in the past three years to woo investors to the state.

Sanwo-Olu met a group of would-be investors in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at a roundtable organized by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at Park Lane Hotel in the heart of the city.

He got an exciting response from the group of corporate giants who urged him to see himself as an ambassador of the private sector to the Federal Government.

With confidence, the Governor spoke of the major strides Lagos State has made in the past three years, despite COVID-19. He used the THEMES Agenda – the six-pillar development plan of his administration – as a guide.

According to the Governor, the state’s GDP has gone up by $5b to about $145,141b, budget has doubled to about %N1.7tr and infrastructural development has been tremendous. He cited landmark developments in transportation, the first pillar of THEMES, saying the Red Line and Blue Line rail projects were on track to be commissioned by the end of the year.

The rolling stocks for the Red Line, which his administration started, he said, are on the way to Lagos and work is going on as scheduled on the stations and the overpasses that will ensure a good transportation experience. There are about four other lines to be built for the state to be covered by rail so as to ease the pressure on roads.

Sanwo-Olu minced no words on the purpose of the meeting – to attract more investors to Lagos, which has 80 per cent of Foreign Direct Investments coming into Nigeria.

He spoke of opportunities in water transportation, saying from seven ferries, the state’s fleet has risen to 21, besides many others run by private operators. Investors can double the fleet, Sanwo-Olu said.

Many of the 15 jetties being built by the state are ready for commissioning, he added, stressing that the aim is to have an integrated urban transportation system, strengthened by a strategic road infrastructure, such as the Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Fourth Mainland Bridge, which has attracted many investors, among which one will be chosen before the end of the year.

The state, said the Governor, plans to build an Infectious Diseases Research Centre to tackle health challenges, such as COVID-19.

Over 1000 school projects have been completed and “we have introduced technology to make teaching and learning an exciting experience”.

“We are seeing the results. We used to have about 36% pass in School Certificate Examinations; now we have about 80%,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“We are opening brand new schools and introducing technology by giving teachers tablets to aid their job.”

He spoke about the 6,000 km fibre optic cable being laid around the state, saying the first phase of 3,000 km was almost completed. This, he said, will aid faster and cheaper internet connectivity, thereby boosting service in hospitals and schools, besides boosting the impressive activities of the youth in the tech ecosystem.

Sanwo-Olu described Lagos as the “entertainment capital of Africa”. He cited the recent Headies Awards in Atlanta and added that a Film Village was on the way. He mentioned opportunities in housing and assured would-be investors of “the sanctity of contracts”, with the state appointing new judges to aid smooth operations of the Judiciary.

On security, Sanwo-Olu described Lagos as “the safest state in Nigeria”. He said small businesses were being supported with grants, even as the youth and women are being encouraged.

It was, however, not all a matter of pass marks. The Governor spoke of challenges, such as refuse disposal, saying about 4000 metric tons were being generated daily. This, in his view, should attract investors, who are willing to turn waste to wealth – a path the state is willing to tread. There are also challenges in water, power and other sectors, which are awaiting investors, Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

The applause was loud as Sanwo-Olu ended his speech.

Replying, the Managing Director (Africa) of McLARTY Associates, Amb. (ret.) Terence P. McCulley, praised Sanwo-Olu for an insightful account of his administration’s policies and projects.

He said many “people who have returned from Lagos have spoken of how they no longer recognize the state because of the developments taking place there. He is of the view that the Governor has done well “because good governance is about providing services.”

Amb. McCulley said: “You can be the ambassador of the private sector to the Federal Government, providing an enabling environment for manufacturing, agriculture and technology, which are drivers of diversification.”

A participant spoke about the discovery of talents among Nigerian youths in the tech space. He said such talents were being lost to other countries because they could not be retained in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu said the government was doing so much to link young graduates to companies which train them to make them employable under its Graduate Internship Programme, which has absorbed thousands of youths. There are other programmes, he said, agreeing that a retention strategy for talents was necessary.

At the meeting were Stephen Jennings, founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the organisers, Country Head, Nigeria, Rendeavour, Eyong Ebai, CEO, Africa, GE Healthcare, Mr Patrick Santillo, Senior Vice President, BCIU, Mr Biodun Dabiri, Chairman, Lekki Worldwide Investment and many others.

With the Governor were Economic Planning and Budget Commissioner, Sam Egube, Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner, Lere Odusote, Information and Strategy Commissioner, Gbenga Omotoso, Special Adviser on SDG and Investments, Mrs Solape Hammond, Special Adviser on Public Private Partnership, Ope George and Mrs Ibilola Kasumu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology.

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JUST IN: ISWAP kills 11 farmers in Niger

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At least 11 farmers – nine from Niger and two Nigerians – have been executed by insurgents of the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) in Diffa, Niger Republic.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Diffa region is close to the Lake Chad basin, a strategic area where the borders of four countries converge – Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

The incident occurred on Tuesday around 6 p.m. when thirteen farmers were intercepted by the ISWAP terrorists while they were going to cut down trees. 11 of the farmers were shot dead, with two others lucky to escape.

ISWAP had before the deadly attack reportedly issued a warning to all local farmers and fishermen to vacate some of the islands in Marte, Abadam and some parts of Niger, accusing them of leaking information to security agents about their hideouts.

The slain farmers have been buried as many of them are Muslims.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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JUST IN: “PDP now a northern party” – Fayose attacks Atiku

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As the 2023 election draws near, Isaac Fayose, younger brother of Ayodele Fayose, a former governor of Ekiti State, on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become “a Northern party”.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Isaac stated that as against the campaign slogan that Atiku Abubakar, presidential flag-bearer of the PDP is a unifier, the former Vice-President is “a divider”.

“PDP is now a Northern party. If you see their campaign, they are campaigning to the Northern Christians.

“Atiku is a divider. The party is officially dead,” Isaac said in a video posted on his known Facebook page.

Isaac’s comments comes after Atiku on Wednesday afternoon said no party member can force the PDP’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign. Ayu hails from Benue State, in Nigeria’s north-central region.

This is coming hours after the crisis rocking the PDP deepened on Wednesday as Governor Nyesom Wike’s team, made up mainly of Southern political heavyweights, pulled out of Atiku’s campaign council. They promised to support Atiku only if a Southerner replaces Ayu.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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