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2015: Yerima Cannot Replace Sambo As Jonathan’s Running Mate – Gana

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sambo_jonathanThe Coordinator for Goodluck Jonathan/ Namadi Sambo 2011 Presidential Election in Kaduna State, Alhaji Umar Gana, has denied media reports that President Jonathan might drop Vice President, Namadi Sambo as his running mate come 2015, describing such claims as “absolute rubbish.”

Gana, who spoke on the backdrop of reports that Mr. Jonathan had concluded plans to drop Sambo for the former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, said yesterday, that if Senator Sani could not develop his state “which is the poorest state in the country today, the North would not do him a favour by giving him higher responsibilities.”

His words: “It is utter rubbish and a figment of some people’s imagination to suggest that Senator Yerima will replace Namadi Sambo as vice president. They are flying kites. I was involved in the 2011 campaign that brought Jonathan and Sambo into office. Some Nigerians believe that the Presidency is divided. In this country, we have only one presidency. We are not in a parliamentary democracy where the Prime Minister and the President would be trying to carve a niche for one another. In the system we are now operating, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is in charge and the Vice President must be loyal to him as one of his lieutenants.

“That is how it should be. We cannot expect Sambo to be competing with his boss, except they want him to be disloyal so that they would start using same against him. The presidency is an indivisible entity and the Vice President and the President have been working harmoniously together. He is loyal to a fault.

“People who say he is not pushfull enough do not understand the system we are operating. We in the North do not believe that Jonathan will just throw him away like that; for being loyal? It is not possible. To think of it how can anybody want Sani Yerima to be the Vice President of this country?

“The current security problem in the North started during Yerima’s tenure as governor of Zamfara State with his brand of Sharia, so what are we talking about?  He did not leave any legacy in Zamfara and people are talking about his taking over from Sambo.

“Sambo is popular in the North and his popularity attested to the fact that the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, won elections in a place like Kaduna, with all its temperaments and manufactured upheavals; and other parts of the North.”

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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