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2019 Election : I’m prepared to provide 21st century leadership — Tambuwal

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The governor of Sokoto state and a frontline presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said that he is well-prepared to provide the 21st century and dynamic leadership that Nigeria and Nigerians deserve.

He disclosed this during his engagement with delegates of PDP in Ekiti state as part of his nationwide consultations.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives who solicited for the support of the delegates at the forthcoming national convention of the party, said that his past leadership positions have prepared him for a time like this when Nigerians are clamouring for a dynamic leader that can save them from the hardship inflicted on them by the current government.

“I am well-prepared to provide that 21stcentury and dynamic leadership that Nigeria needs today. I can assure you that we will assemble the best brains irrespective of tribe, religion to take our country out of its present woes. There will be security of lives and properties as we will deplore technology and stop guess work. I am a lawyer by profession. I am also a life bencher so I understand the judiciary. I am a former minority leader, deputy chief whip and speaker of the House of Representatives so I have a good understanding of the legislature. By the grace of God, I am the executive governor of Sokoto state as at today,” he said.

Tambuwal said Nigeria needs a leader that can unite the country and bring about development.

Ekiti state governor and the chairman of the PDP governors’ forum, Ayo Fayose said Tambuwal possess the qualities needed for leadership, adding that he has distinguished himself as a true Nigerian who will care for all.

Fayose said the delegates from the state will speak with one voice at the convention and vote for the best candidate that can liberate Nigerians from the failure of the All Progressives Congress-led government.

On his part, the chairman of PDP in Ekiti state, Gboyega Oguntuase rallied support for Tambuwal, stressing that Nigeria needs a cosmopolitan leader at a time he claimed the unity of the country is threatened.

“When you have a monstrous leader, who have violated human rights, disobey rule of law, you start looking for an exposed, experienced individual who understands the content of the constitution of Nigeria like Aminu Tambuwal. When you have an ethnic jingoist, a tribalist and a religion bigot that has led to a general state of insecurity, you need a cosmopolitan person like Tambuwal,” he said.

Tambuwal who was also well-received by delegates in Ondo state assured them that he will tackle the issue of herders-farmers clashes and ensure that leaders of thought and representatives of the people are carried along in policies formulation and implementation.

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Harassment of opposition members: Frank urges US, UK, EU, UN, others to call President Buhari to order

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Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has appealed to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, United Nations, and other members of the international community to urgently call President Muhammadu Buhari to order over his incessant intimidation and harassment of opposition figures in the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Frank specifically condemned in strong terms the plot to arrest the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, over frivolous charges simply because of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peter Obi, was a former chairman of the bank.

He also said apart from the indiscriminate arrest and freezing of bank accounts of many opposition figures, some businessmen suspected to be supporting the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are also being harassed by agencies of government on the orders of the presidency.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Frank called on the international power blocs to come to the aid of Nigeria to prevent a revolt against the government by citizens who are now being pushed to the wall.

According to Frank, from all indications the current government is not ready for the general elections in 2019 as evident on its refusal to assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill meant to correct past lapses and ensure free, fair, credible and transparent elections.

He added that since electoral body lifted embargo on open rally, the APC and its presidential candidate have failed to organize political rallies to sell their programmes, hence their resort to intimidate and frustrate opposition members.

The former APC spokesman, who condemned the arrest of Doyin Okupe, the search of Atiku’s son’s residence in Abuja, unlawful freezing of the accounts of some PDP members, arrest of activists and Journalists among others, stated that such anti-people actions were reminiscent of past military dictatorship in the country.

He urged the international community to save Nigeria’s democracy, and said: “The APC’s government should not be allowed to create another monster. If nothing is done to halt this ongoing harassment, it will get to a state where people will begin to defend themselves and by that time the current Boko Haram insurgency will be child’s play.

“In a democracy, how can a President treat his country men and women as less than human? The APC’s government is using state apparatus like the Police and EFCC to intimidate innocent Nigerians, unlawfully. Nigerians are living in fear. Freedom of Speech has been put on hold under President Buhari’s government. Critics of the administration are increasingly being hurled into jail.

“Despite signing the Peace Accord, we believe that President Buhari will not abide by its tenets based on his antecedents. Unless the friends of Nigeria come to its aid, unless this government is put to check, it is not only the 2019 election that is endangered. The continued existence of the country is also in jeopardy.

“So, I urge the international community and all the lovers of democracy all over the world to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all forms of intimidation and harassment of Nigerian citizens over spurious allegations,” Frank stated.

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Bauchi monthly IGR now N1 billion – Official

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‎The Chairman of the Bauchi Board of Internal Revenue Mr Aliyu Jibo, on Wednesday said that the state’s N1 billion monthly internally-generated revenue was too low to enhance development of the state.

Jibo, also the new Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Bauchi State Chapter, expressed the dissatisfaction at the inauguration of new executives of the CITN in Bauchi.

According to him, the state government budgets about N167 billion annually but generates N1 billion monthly.

“This is a serious problem,” he said.

He urged CITN members to remain professionals to improve tax collection in the state which, he said, was faced with dwindling federal allocations because of the nation’s economic challenges.

“The challenges need swift and concrete measures to cushion the effects and enable Bauchi State Government to meet its financial obligations and provide basic amenities and interventions.

“The state government has introduced tax reforms and measures to help in augmenting the revenue flow,” he said.

Jibo also urged CITN members to be committed to improving thier profession and the citizens.

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2019 Elections: APC Statement on PDP, Atiku’s Failed Attempt to Evade National Peace Accord

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The All Progressive Congress(APC) has slammed the People Democratic Party, (PDP) and her presidential candidate on their boycott to the peace accord. the ruling party said that ,it is obvious that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar tried to avoid signing the national peace accord ahead of the country’s 2019 General Elections.

In as statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu noted that to all discerning Nigerians, the PDP and Atiku’s dubious claim of a “communication lapse” as reason for their no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash, as the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like other candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 Elections.

Lanre said Atiku’s eventual decision to sign the peace deal is clearly a face-saving move following widespread condemnation that greeted his initial refusal to agree to the peace deal. We, however, must not lose sight of the dangerous and ominous signs the PDP and Atiku have inadvertently shown Nigerians in the leadup to the elections.

“Again, this brings to the fore, PDP’s open declaration in August this year that the Party will deploy all “means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to manipulate the 2019 election” he added.

The APC reiterated that security and other relevant agencies must be on high alert to check this dangerous threat posed by the PDP’s planned actions for the general elections. In 2019 and beyond, the votes of the electorate must count and the will of the electorate must prevail. We must stand against and resist plans by retrogressive elements who are now nested in the PDP and their agents to disrupt elections through violence and other undemocratic practices.

” For signing the 2019 election national peace accord, the Party affirms the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government to a free and fair electoral process. The APC government has an abiding pledge towards a participatory, peaceful, credible and transparent elections” the spokeperson said.

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