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Jonathan Swears In New Political Adviser, Decries Politicians ‘Terrible’ Comments

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NEW SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT ON POLITICAL MATTERS, PROF. RUFAI ALKALI SWEARING OATH OF OFFICE YESTERDAY. CREDIT: REUBEN ABATI

NEW SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT ON POLITICAL MATTERS, PROF. RUFAI ALKALI BEING ADMINISTERED OATH OF OFFICE YESTERDAY. CREDIT: REUBEN ABATI

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday administered oaths of office on his new Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, three permanent secretaries and a commissioner in the Federal Civil Service Commission.

The brief ceremony, which held inside the council chambers of the presidential villa during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, saw the president caution politicians to always watch what they in order to portray good politics in Nigeria.

He said: “As the political adviser you are like the group managing director to Mr. President on political issues. You are not new; you took us round the whole country during our 2011 campaigns. So, you are already a well-known person.

“You have worked as a member of the NWC of the PDP. Your appointment is key because you are the chief spokesperson of the president on political issues.

“And when one listens to some of the comments that we politicians make, sometimes could be terrible and does not portray the character of good politics. We are supposed to be nation builders”.

The president added that though it could be extremely difficult to agree that politicians could be statesmen because they tend to be partisan, he pleaded that their utterances “should give Nigerians hope that this country will be together and that we must unite and we must collectively forge ahead to develop our country”.

Charging his new political adviser to be decorous in his statements and discharge his duties with a high sense of responsibility, Jonathan said, “You are a very mature person and I believe that in your conduct, your utterances, your actions and inactions you will portray a good character; a character that politicians and young people will use as role models. I congratulate you and I know you will not disappoint, not just me but all Nigerians”.

Others, who were also administered oath of office include – Mr. Simeon Etim as a Commissioner in the Federal Civil Service Commission, three permanent secretaries including Nanpon Danjuma (Plateau), Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello (Katsina) and Babatope Ajakaiye (Ekiti).

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  1. IZUAGBE IBRAHIM

    July 2, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Professor Alkali’s appointment as special adviser to the president is a well deserved one.
    With his wealth of experience, I believe he has what it takes to deliver and help in stabilizing the polity.
    He is intelligent, articulate and forthright in the assessment of issues objectively.
    This is a trust worthy one the North should unanimously put forward as a Candidate for the Presidency come 2019 when President Goodluck would have served out his two terms.
    Kudos Prof.

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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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.

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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.

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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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