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Voting Pattern Places Burden Of Unifying Nigeria On Buhari – Uduaghan

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emmanuel-uduaghan_0Outgoing Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has warned that the pattern of voting during the last general election has placed a huge responsibility on the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as he faces the challenging task of unifying Nigeria under his administration.

Uduaghan made this known on Friday while delivering a lecture titled: “Good governance as a catalyst for development: The Delta State experience”, organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association of Nigeria.

The lecture, which was held at the UI Trenchard Hall, was the second public service lecture by the alumni.

The Delta governor also said unemployment rate kept increasing in the country because of the over reliance on the oil sector, which he explained, would never provide the employment needed to engage the nation’s jobless youths.

The governor said, “The elections of March 28 and April 11 have introduced a new reality. Nigeria’s electoral map has been redrawn. It was the first time a ruling party would be voted out. It was also the first time that the defeated leader would submit so willingly to the verdict of voters.

“The election has also showed deep division, perhaps more than anyone could have anticipated. It was the first time the entire North would speak with one voice, and the old Eastern region also with a voice. The North-Central contrary to traditional pattern backed the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress.

“In voting, the entire North-West voted massively for Gen. Muhammadu, the APC candidate, while those in the South-East and the South-South voted generally above 90 per cent for the Peoples Democratic Party.

“The state elections were even worse for the PDP in Plateau State where the PDP managed a slim victory in the presidential election, the people hopped on the APC platform. Benue State unequivocally voted for the APC candidate. My interpretation is that these developments have placed a huge burden on the President-elect and his team to begin a unification and healing process of the country.

“The situation is bad that not a single member of the National Assembly was elected on the platform of the APC in 11 of the 12 states of the old Eastern and Mid-Western region.

“I hope the APC leaders will listen to my voice as this will greatly help in moving the nation forward. I can speak these things because as a member of the PDP that have governed Nigeria in the last 16 years, I am not without some understanding of what lies ahead. My opinion does not make me less partisan or less chieftain of the PDP”.

While calling on governors to emulate his administration in his state by looking beyond federal allocations, the 2014 Silverbird Man of the Year Award winner, said agriculture had the capacity to make Nigerian states financially independent.

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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.

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.

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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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