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I Don’t Care About Second Term – Ayade

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Ben AyadeGovernor Ben Ayade of Cross River State yesterday advised governors in the country to focus on delivering dividends of democracy to the people in their first terms, instead of nursing second term ambitions.

“Second term is not my excitement”, he said. “My excitement is to serve now. I don’t have desperation for second term”.

The governor called for the re-evaluation of politics, saying primitive acquisition should not displace service delivery.

According to him, “If to make money is the reason you are in office, you have failed. If it is to serve, you are in the right path”.

Ayade, who spoke with reporters in Lagos, decried the evil of capitalism, urging those in power to cultivate socialist orientation to safeguard public welfare.

The governor also called on stakeholders to take a critical look at the presidential system, which he described as too expensive to maintain and time-consuming.

He explained that the system usually permitted the commitment of politicians to the inordinate hunt for power, instead of delivering good governance.

Ayade said: “We should take a look at the presidential system which we copied from abroad. In the first year, the governor is struggling to step down in office. The second year, he has just started working. The third year, he is preparing for elections”.

The governor said his assets were his character and credibility, adding that these virtues would not be sacrificed on the altar of politics.

Hailing his predecessor, Senator Liyel Imoke, for leaving behind a secured and buoyant state, he said his priority was to continue where the ex-governor stopped by fighting the infrastructure battle and creating opportunities for youths.

On how he has managed to keep Cross River afloat despite the prevailing cash crunch, Gov. Ayade said his administration introduced cost-saving measures, adding that he exhibited an example of sacrifice and self-denial.

He added: “Government must cut down cost. Others are suggesting downsizing. We need to cut allowances. But, downsizing is not the right thing to do. I have increased the number of ministries from 13 to 28. If we downsize, the survivalist instinct of the people will predispose them to criminality and there will be social tension. Government is being expanded to increase productivity, but the number of political appointees must be reduced”.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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

The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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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.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

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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