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Osun Governor-Elect, Adeleke Sets Up 37-Member Transition Committee
The Osun State Governor-Elect, Ademola Adeleke, has constituted a 37-member Transition Committee.
The committee would help facilitate the smooth transition between the incumbent administration led by Governor Gboyega Oyetola and his administration.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Adeleke as the winner of the July 16th 2022 governorship election in Osun State.
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated the state Governor, Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.
Adeleke’s Media office on Tuesday noted that the transition committee comprises seasoned technocrats, present and former public office holders, and experts from diverse fields.
The statement titled ‘Adeleke constitutes Transition Committee’ was released by the Media Director of PDP in the state, Oladele Bamiji on Tuesday.
2023: ‘There Are Only Two Candidates, Peter Obi Is Not Popular’ – Gov. Sule
The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has claimed that the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi is not popular.
In an interview on Channels TV on Monday 25th July, Sule said there are four political parties but the flagbearers of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar are the excellent candidates.
According to him, he is unaware that Peter Obi is popular in the nation because Atiku and Tinubu are the only top candidates.
He added that he has no doubt about Obi’s popularity in certain regions but it is going to be difficult for the LP candidate to win a national election.
PDP Reacts As Terrorists Flog Kidnapped Victims, Threaten To Kidnap Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the Muhammadu Buhari-led government over the action of bandit terrorists who subjected the kidnapped victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack to severe beating.
The opposition PDP stated that the dehumanisation of the victims is proof that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in every aspect.
NewsTimes reports that the PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, stated this during a press conference on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
It will be recalled that as earlier reported by NewsTimes, a video showing terrorists flogging victims of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack has surfaced online.
In the video, the terrorists are seen flogging some of the victims kidnapped on the Kaduna-bound train on March 28, 2022.
The gunmen in the video also boasted that they would destroy the country, kill the remaining passengers in their custody and sell out the others.
The terrorists also threatened to kidnap and kill President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.
Ologunagba said the PDP is deeply saddened, alarmed and distressed by the video which establishes that the victims have been in the terrorists’ den for at least 120 days.
Amaechi, Tinubu’s Allies Go Head-To-head Over Vote Buying Allegation
A former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Amaechi has been slammed over his statement on Monday insisting that the outcome of the All Progressives Congress presidential primaries was influenced by delegates who were bribed.
Amaechi also claimed that the said delegates were now regretting their decision.
Reacting to his statement, some APC supporters and party chieftains berated the former governor, insisting that his claims come from a place of frustration after losing in the primaries.
Director-General of Asiwaju Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation, Adebayo Shittu, said he found the utterances of Amaechi unbelievable.
2023: Wike Vows Not To Work For Atiku, To Remain In PDP
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has reportedly ruled out the possibility of supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
A close associate of the governor who spoke with Daily Independent on Tuesday on the crisis in the main opposition, however, stated that Governor Wike would not dump the PDP.
The associate added that he would not join the All Progressives Congress despite advances from leaders of the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike has been silent on the forthcoming presidential election following his grievances with the former vice president, Atiku.
This is coming after Governor Wike threatened to reveal to Nigerians all that has transpired in the PDP since the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the party.
Lawmakers Deny Alleged Plan To Impeach Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Tuesday distanced themselves from an alleged plan to impeach the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.
There had been reports (not from NewsTimes) that the Northern Caucus in the lower chamber has the intention to impeach Gbajabiamila over the controversial Water Resources Bill.
The controversial Water Resources Bill, which seeks to bring all water resources (surface and underground) and the banks of the water sources under the control of the Federal Government, was first introduced in the 8th Assembly.
The bill was rejected by the lawmakers in the 8th Assembly.
The bill was again reintroduced in the House of Representatives chamber on June 29.
The lawmaker representing Jibia/Kaita constituency, Sada Jibiya who sponsored the bill, said wide consultations have been made for a better version of the bill.
The lawmakers, however, during plenary on Tuesday debunked the report of planning to impeach Gbajabiamila.
Members of the House condemned the report, insisting that they are solidly behind the speaker.
The matter was later referred to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges for further investigation.
2023: APC Lacks Capacity To Deliver Electoral Expectations’ – Magnus Abe
Former senator representing Rivers South-East district in the National Assembly Magnus Abe has opined that APC lacks the capacity to overcome its challenges.
Abe in a statement issued by his spokesman, Parry Benson, said the future of Rivers State was more important to the people of the state than the pleasure of any individual.
He expressed optimism about winning the state election stating that he would not impose himself on the people and end up being a governor without the endorsement of the masses.
Giving reasons for dumping APC, Abe said he would not waste his time in the party that has not shown any capacity to be able to overcome any challenges and deliver the electoral expectations of its members.
He added that he’s looking for a platform that will give him the privilege and the opportunity to fly their flag and present himself, ideas and commitment to the people of Rivers State.
Tinubu, Atiku’s Presidency Threatened As Kwankwaso’s NNPP Sends Urgent Message To INEC, EFCC
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Kaduna State chapter, has called for the disqualification of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
The state Chairman of the NNPP, Sani Litti, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify both presidential candidates on the grounds of alleged financial crimes during their respective presidential primaries.
Speaking on Monday, Litti called for the arrest of Tinubu and Atiku by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).
He also demanded the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari due to the insecurity plaguing the nation.
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