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Maku: Jonathan Best Thing To Have Ever Happened To North Since Gowon

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FROM LEFT: GOV. MUKHTAR YERO OF KADUNA STATE; MINISTER OF INFORMATION, MR LABARAN MAKU AND DEPUTY GOV. AMB. NUHU BAJOGA, AT THE NATIONAL GOOD GOVERNANCE TOUR TOWN HALL MEETING IN KADUNA ON TUESDAY

FROM LEFT: GOV. MUKHTAR YERO OF KADUNA STATE; MINISTER OF INFORMATION, MR LABARAN MAKU AND DEPUTY GOV. AMB. NUHU BAJOGA, AT THE NATIONAL GOOD GOVERNANCE TOUR TOWN HALL MEETING IN KADUNA ON TUESDAY

The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, in Kaduna on Tuesday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was the best thing to have happened to the North.

Maku said this in Kaduna during a town hall meeting organised as part of National Good Governance Tour of Kaduna State.

“There have been a denial (sic), a political denial that President Goodluck Jonathan is not developing the North.

“And there has been an agenda of deceit and propaganda, which is carried out mainly by people and political opinions in some quarters in the north that continuously want to deny the imprint of this administration.

“The truth is that, never since Gowon days have you seen the Federal Government that is impacting significantly in the development of the North as President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration”.

The minister challenged those “with contradictory view” to a debate, saying he would back his assertion with facts.

“We have gone round a number of Northern states; we have been to Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina and we are now in Kaduna state, the political headquarters of the old Northern Region.

“And in all the places we have gone, the evidence is very clear, contrary to those who believe that we are into partisan politics and not discussing the development of the north.

“The evidence is clear that the Yar’adua/Jonathan’s presidency, since 2007 has placed the development of the north in the uppermost part of its own attention”.

According to him, it is not only a northern president, who can develop the region.

Citing examples of projects executed under Goodluck’s administration as typical example that there was no discrimination in the running of the administration.

“It is not true that only people from the north can develop this region, and at any rate it is no longer possible for the leaders of the country to come only from the north.

“Nigeria has changed, today the story is different. The Presidency will go to every part of Nigeria, whether we like it or not.

“And the earlier the north recognises the reality and plans its development so that whoever is there, let us go with our agenda that person will attend to us.

“Power will reside only in one part of the country, is history. It will not happen because Nigeria has changed, awareness has come”.

He reiterated the commitment of the federal government to develop every part of the country.

He listed some of the major projects undertaken by the Jonathan administration as the dredging of River Niger, construction of bridges, dams and ports, as well as the revitalisation of the rail line and education infrastructure. (NAN)

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

Also Read: APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

Also Read: #ENDSARS: Challenge CBN’s Action In Court If Your Account Is Frozen – Akeredolu

According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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