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Wike endorses Akpabio for senate president, says ‘it’s pay back time’

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Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has endorsed Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs, for the position of senate president.

Wike declared his support for Akpabio during a visit by the aspirant and a group of senators-elect supporting him, on Tuesday.

The stability group comprising senators-elect was led by Ali Ndume, representing Borno south.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) had nominated Akpabio and Barau Jibrin to be senate president and deputy respectively.

A statement by the Akpabio campaign media office quoted Wike as saying he would support the former minister because he was there for him when he wanted to be Rivers governor.

“This is the time for me to support him because he supported me when I wanted to be the governor of Rivers State,” Wike was quoted as saying.

“If truly we want this country to move forward from where we are today, I see nothing wrong in the ruling party picking who it thinks can work with the President-elect as the senate president of the 10th assembly.

“On this Akpabio and Barau project, we are together to make sure they win.

“Akpabio supported me during my governorship ambition. He stood by me all through and ensured that I won. I don’t pay back good with evil.

“This is pay back time for him. I will stand by him until he emerges as the next senate president. Our team would soon meet to take a position on your aspiration.”

Wike urged Akpabio not to be worried noting that the opposition to his ambition is a normal occurrence in politics.

“Don’t be worried or disturbed by the contending forces against your aspiration, it is normal in politics. Power is not given on a platter of gold, you fight for it,” Wike said.

“I am impressed that despite your endorsement by your party and the President-elect, you are still consulting your colleagues. That is the way it should be.

“Let us be fair to this country. If we continue this way, Nigeria will not succeed. Don’t waiver, stay firm and you will win at the end of the day.”

Responding, Akpabio thanked Wike for his support and congratulated him on his tenure as governor.

“You have done well for your people and Nigerians. History would be kind to you as you exit office in the next few days,” Akpabio said.

“You believe in justice, equity and fairness and that is what Nigerians know you for.”

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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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