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I will give every student in tertiary institutions a grant of N100k per semester if I become president, says Sowore

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Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), says Nigerians will beg him to stay beyond the constitutional limit of two terms in office if he becomes president.

Sowore spoke on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television.

Speaking on the naira redesign, Sowore said the funds used for redesigning the naira should have been channelled to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The AAC presidential candidate said if elected president, he will not concentrate on redesigning the naira, but seek ways to improve the value of the country’s currency.

On his educational policy, Sowore said if elected president, his administration will give every student in tertiary institutions a grant of N100,000 per semester.

He also said he will channel efforts into improved revenue for the country through addressing leakages.

“I will never be part of those who ask the private sector to run education in Nigeria. It will be publicly-run education programme. We are focusing on free education,” he said.

“I have said it; every student in Nigeria who is in the higher institution — there are 1.7 million students in higher institutions — will get at least N100,000 per semester as study grant from the federal government. I mean it. I will not make them take loans.

“We don’t need to borrow in my first four years. I have discovered how we can block all the loopholes and make more money.

“I just told you about N11 trillion unremitted revenue. It is sitting in the bank accounts of our MDAs. We can get it. It belongs to the federal government. N11 trillion is a huge amount of money; money owed by oil companies.

“I’m talking to you as a citizen of Nigeria who has operated alone almost virtually, finding money, kicking out sources where money has been hidden, having to provide evidence for stolen money. I have been the person who covered it the most since 2006 through Sahara Reporters.

“When I am telling you these facts, believe them. I know the politicians; I know how they steal, and I know how the money in this country is being filtered.

“I’m not just saying it to lie to you on TV. It is a matter of fact that if you get to work, you will be shocked.

“Nigerians will be begging me to continue in government after my two terms when I do the job that I’m telling you. But I don’t want to do more than two terms; I’m not interested.”

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‘My membership has been rendered useless’, says Salihu Lukman as he resigns from APC

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Salihu Lukman, a former vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north-west, has resigned as a member of the ruling party.

Last year, Lukman resigned from his position as a member of the national working committee (NWC) of the APC.

He said, “the party is completely at variance with the founding vision of forming a progressive party”.

Before this, he had also resigned as the director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) in 2022.

In a statement on Wednesday, Lukman said his membership in the APC has been rendered useless.

He noted that his decision was based on the lack of internal democracy and the inability of the leadership of the APC to allow reforms within the party.

“Given all this, it is possible to remain in APC if, at all, President Tinubu will allow internal reform in the party to return it to its founding vision, which, as it is, is very remote. But my reality now in the party is that my membership has been rendered useless, and there is no need for me to continue to impose myself,” the statement reads.

“I have therefore gone back to the trenches and will try to work with all committed Nigerians who agree and subscribe to the goal of actively campaigning for the survival and development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We must grow our democracy to the point whereby elected representatives at all levels are accountable to the party, and it is possible for Nigerians represented by various interests to develop strong relationships with political parties and elected governments based on which policies of governments can be made to reflect the wider interests of Nigerians.

“I am confident that a strong democracy with functional political parties is possible in Nigeria. I am also confident that, in our lifetime, we can produce governments that are truly capable of making the lives of Nigerians better. I don’t expect party leaders will agree with my decision. I believe that eventually, we will be united will all party leaders and other Nigerians who are committed to developing Nigerian democracy.”

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35 reps propose six-year single term for president, zonal rotation

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A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives are seeking alterations to the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for the rotation of the Presidency among the six geo-political zones of the country.

They also want an amendment to the Constitution to provide for “A single tenure of six years for the President and Governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the group on Monday in Abuja, the member representing Ideato South/Ideato North Federal Constituency, Imo State, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said, “The reduction in government spending and wastage, efficiency in governance, and national stability by providing a single term of six years for the President and Governors,” will go a long way in cost-cutting measures.”

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You can’t judge Tinubu just after one year in office, Doyin Okupe tells Nigerians

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Doyin Okupe, a former director-general of the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign, says Nigerians should not be quick to judge the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

In an interview on Friday on Channels’ Politics Today, Okupe advised Nigerians to resist the urge to criticise Tinubu’s administration like the previous governments.

He said the president inherited a bad economy, adding that the former governor of Lagos came to the helm of affairs during an “abnormal situation.”

“You can never and should never judge this administration like you judged other administrations. Because this is an abnormal situation in which this administration came to life,” Okupe said.

“After such a prostrate economy for eight years, the government and governance were abandoned. Things became so bad. That was the point at which this administration came in. People are forgetting.”

Okupe said Tinubu was a better candidate than Peter Obi of the LP and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2023 presidential election.

“I will remember my tweet. On the 21st of March, 2022, I was an aspirant for the presidential election under the PDP. I said if Bola Tinubu wins the primary for APC, he would do well,” he said.

“He has come to the government at a difficult time. This is a very bad time for anybody to come and administer this administration. Of all the people who ran for president in 2023, by the benefit of hindsight, Bola Tinubu is the best.

“I think if this country would give this gentleman some time, you cannot judge this administration just after one year in office.”

Okupe resigned from LP in January, citing “ideological grounds” as the reason for his departure from the party.

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