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Kwankwaso To Ribadu: Defecting To PDP Will Be Your Biggest Political Mistake

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Rabi'u KwankwasoKano State Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, on Thursday advised former presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, against defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to avoid committing political suicide.

Kwankwaso, who spoke to reporters in his office, said while he was yet to confirm whether the former anti-graft boss was interested in the purported offer of a gubernatorial ticket by the PDP, he warned that Ribadu would be committing a political blunder by dumping the All Progressives Congress.

He said: “well, I have heard the rumour and we read it in newspapers and watch it on the television. But I don’t want to believe that it is correct or that it is true. But I want to say that if it is true, then it is a big disappointment for Nigerians. People ordinarily will think that my brother, Nuhu Ribadu is a principled person; somebody with good ideology, somebody who is progressive; somebody who is always working towards the unity of this country.

“And above all, I remember during his days as the chairman of EFCC, he tried so much to deal with corruption. As we are moving deep into democracy, water is taking its level, people are moving in and out of parties, meaning that people with similar ideologies are coming together. And unlike 1998/99 when we were forming parties to deal with the military and install democracy, which was why everybody from all ideological tendencies came together.

“Now that we have gone deep into democracy, we are looking at our shoulders to say who is close to who and who is on the other side. That was why some of us left the PDP to join our brothers and sisters who have the same ideology with us—and that is to bring about the desired change in this country. Now, for him who was, in my opinion, in the right place and together with the progressives, if he should just leave because he is looking for position or he is looking for a ticket to contest election, I don’t think that is good for him and I don’t think that is good for the country.

“At the end of the day, if that happens, God forbids, he will be the biggest loser. He will lose because he joined a group that most of them were jailed by him. I don’t think they will ever want to see him there. But in politics, there is this accommodation of people that they will bring you close, raise you up and dump you. At the end of the day, they will laugh at you and say, look at him now.

“If Ribadu joins PDP, whether he wins election or not, he will be the biggest loser. People can’t believe that all that we said about him was completely wrong. The biggest punishment for a politician is for him to be in a wrong place.  I don’t think Nuhu Ribadu will make that mistake because if he does, it will be the biggest political mistake of his life”.

Kwankwaso also called on Nigerians to reject the proposed new constitution, which he said was smuggled into the just concluded national conference, insisting that it was a grand plot by the PDP and the presidency to elongate the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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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

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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

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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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