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Adamu Rallies Support for Tinubu’s Successful Inauguration




By Jude Opara, Abuja

Ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on May 29, Nigerians have been urged to continue to render their support to the incoming government to enhance the development of the country.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen.

Abdulahi Adamu made the call at the Secretariat of the party when a Support Group known as The Natives paid the a solidarity visit to the party on Thursday.

Earlier in his address, leader of the group who is addressed as the Supreme Leader of The Natives, Hon.

Olalekan Smart Edwards said the victory of Bola Tinubu is victory not just for the APC but for all Tribes and Tongues across the country.

Adamu who was excited at the visit thanked the group for all the support they gave not only to the National Working Committee (NWC) but to the APC during the general elections which he said made it possible for the party to win the presidential election.

“I appreciate the support that you are giving to the NWC of our party. Anytime I meet any of our support groups, I can’t feel complete in my address without congratulating us, you for victory in the last election.

“Today, through your concerted efforts, in collaborating with us, voting us, we have a brand new president of the federal republic of Nigeria in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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“He took time off because of the rigours of the campaigns. We thank God he is back. I was with him with members of the NWC. He is hail and hearty. He is ready to work. He is rejuvenated and ready work.

“We want your continued support for us and the incoming government. We want your support to ensuring that our transition is smooth and peaceful”.

The APC Chairman further said every effort must be put in place to ensure that the outgoing President safely hands over and peacefully disengages from government.

“We want President Muhammadu to hand over safely by the end of May, 29. Buhari has led us to this victory. And one way we can pay him is to ensure that he has a very peaceful exit.

“And our support for President Buhari should not stop because he is not going to be president after May 29th.

“Our loyalty to him should not be extinguished on May 29th. This incoming government is President. We voted for him. We supported him. Everyone of us should be more anxious to ensuring that Bola Ahmed Tinubu succeeds as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He will take off by the 29th of May by this grace of God.

“The supports of everyone of you is required. As you were in the campaigns so you will be during the governance. It is my hope that God in his infinite mercy and wisdom will protect all of us. I hope that by the time we are in, I will see more of you”.

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The Natives said they were happy with Adamu for leading the party to victory in the last election, adding that their cardinal interest is the sustenance of one and indivisible Nigeria.

He however admonished the APC to use the outcome of the election as a lesson warning that if they fail to heed the voices of reasons, they may suffer the same fate that saw the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) losing election.

“Opposition is claiming victory. Sad to do so. Your party must learn, Nigeria’s ruling party learn from internal wrangling. Know the value of rewards. Celebrate youths, women and elderly and they will give support to the incoming government.

“The purpose of our visit is to reaffirm our confidence in the Party’s choice of the Presidential Ticket TINUBU/ SHETTIMA who are now President-elect and Vice President-elect, and also for giving us a marketable product that speaks for itself.

“We as voters have come to thank God for the victory, celebrate with the Party, its NWC and also the dynamic  and indefatigable Chairman.

“We as the NATIVES, a Pro Democracy and Anti- Sabotage Group, are here in continuation of the advancement of our common goal of one indivisible Nigeria under God. We as a nation blessed roundabout with over 387 tribes and 200million in population, see our diversity as our greatest assets.

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“This Victory of APC is for all, with Bola Ahmed TINUBU, his victory is for all Tribes and Tongues”.

Edwards equally took a swipe at the opposition for claiming that the election of Bola Tinubu was flawed, insisting that a majority of Nigerians actually voted for him.

“Some parties imagine they won elections, when they didn’t even know where our tribes reside around the 176846 Polling Units in Nigeria, neither did they have agents in our villages, they were busy begging villagers to come and volunteer for them . This was laughable because  we know it is not individuals that contests elections it is PARTY.

“2023 Elections was to us a wake up call to all ethnic nationalities, a clarion call for national solidarity. The EMILOKAN slogan made us realize it was the turn of competence, turn of minorities, turn of the forgotten tribes”.

He added that the decision of 8,794,726 voters who voted for Tinubu across all tribes, was a Vote for HOPE and that at the end it shall speak for the people because they believe in Asiwaju to make Nigeria great again


Gov. Diri laments Slow Pace of Work After Paying N16bn Mobilisation Fee to Contractor




Bayelsa’s Gov. Douye Diri on Friday at Nembe expressed dissatisfaction at the pace of work on the 21km Phase One of the Nembe-Brass Highway.

He noted that the indigenous contractor, Setraco Nigeria Ltd., had collected N16 billion mobilisation fee from the state government out of the contract sum of N54 billion.

He stressed that the level of work done since the project began about a year ago was not commensurate with the N16 billion paid as mobilisation.

“I am not comfortable with the level of sand filling that you have done so far.

“We have timelines for this project and I do not want anybody to ever think that we are playing politics with this road.

“We know why we awarded this contract. We know the importance of this road leading to Brass and I do not want you as contractors to disappoint the government.

“This contract was awarded for the first phase for about N54 billion and your mobilisation fee was 30 per cent, which amounts to N16 billion.

“Government has paid the N16 billion, but the work done is not commensurate with the mobilisation fee that you have received.

“The next time we come here, we want to see this whole place sand-filled. Take this very seriously.

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“You are a serious company and you have been working with this government. You did the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road and now you are on this important road. So I expect that you will not disappoint us,’’ he said.

Responding, Setraco’s Area Manager for Bayelsa and Delta, Engr. J. J. Cosme, promised to increase the pace of work on the project to meet the timelines.

He assured that the company would not disappoint the government and people of the area.

Gov. Diri also inspected the on-going Onuebum-Otuoke Road project in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. (NAN)

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Taraba: Bonzena Emerges 10th Assembly Speaker.




From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo

Rt. Hon John Kizito Bonzena, member representing Zing Local Government Area, has been re-elected to preside over the Taraba State House of Assembly.

Bonzena emerged Speaker alongside his Deputy, Hon. Haman Adama through a unanimous decision of the 24 members of the House on Friday.

In his speech after the swearing in, Bonzena applauded Gov Agbu Kefas for providing an enabling environment for the inauguration of the 10th Assembly.

” I wish to very specially commend His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Dr.

Agbu Kefas for deliberately creating an enabling envíronment for the inauguration of this Assembly today.

“Your Excellency, we commend and appreciate your understanding. In particular, Your Excellency’s presence here is a practical demonstration of how high Your Excellency holds the Legislature in the scheme of things. The Executive-Legislative relation must continue to be cordial and symbiotic”

He however lamented the poor state of the Taraba State House of Assembly, stressing that he was challenged by the problems and will do everything he can to surmount them.

He identified lack of office accommodations, Lack of training for both legislators and staff, unpaid backlog of allowances for the Staff, unpaid arrears of membership fees for Commonwealth and Parliamentary Association both Africa and international and digitalization of voting system among others.

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Bonzena reiterated his stand on tackling these issues with the support and advice from the members, while soliciting for their prayers for the success of the Assembly.

He commended Press men for their accurate reportage of the activities, the security, civil society groups, other non Governmental organizations, the clerk of the House and his team of support while encouraging them to do keep up the good spirit.

Bonzena is representing his people for the fifth time at the State House of Assembly, and he has presided over the affairs of the House since the former Speaker, Prof. Albasu Kunini resigned in December, 2022

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Shettima Inaugurates N570m NASS Mosque




Vice-President Kashim Shettima on Friday,  inaugurated the Jumu’at Mosque built by the Muslim faithfuls in the National Assembly.

In his remark, Shettima felicitated with the Muslim faithful in the National Assembly and urged the to act with humility as they discharge their responsibilities.

He advised the faithfuls to be mindful of their lifestyles as they must one day leave their positions and the world.

“50 years from now, many people will not be alive.

We should act with humility. power and wealth are gifts from Allah”,he said.

The vice-president commended all the people involved in the building and  completion of the Mosque.

Earlier, the Chairman, National Assembly Mosque Project Management Committee, Sen.

Ibrahim Shekarau said that the idea to build the Mosque came up in 2021.

He said the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives set up the committee comprising of four senators, 10 members of the House of Representatives and three members from NASS management.

Shekarau said that the aim was to build a bigger Mosque for Muslims as the existing one was  small for the Muslim community praying in the National Assembly.

“We had our first meeting meeting on September 22,2021.

After the committee’s meeting, a general meeting of all Muslim legislators was called and that was when the legislators was called and that was when the legislators converted and ordinary muted idea into a concrete reality.

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“All 227 of us agreed to bear the brunt of the project, and within eight months of this agreement, we had contributed well over N570 million.

“The magnificent state-of-the-art edifice you are about to commission is the result of the moral and financial commitment of Muslim members of the 9th Assembly and Muslim staff of the National Assembly,” he said.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who was represented by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, commended all the people that made contributions to build the Mosque.

According to him, it is God’s will that chose the members of the 9th Assembly to do it otherwise, it would have been done earlier.

In his address, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said that the 9th Assembly had the opportunity to make history and provide a lasting legacy with huge rewards in the hereafter.

“We consider ourselves very lucky for chosing us to make this Mosque a reality,” he said.

Lawan said that Muslim senators contributed N400,000 monthly while members of the House of Representatives contributed 250 per month as the project lasts.

In his vote of thanks, the Speaker, House of Representatives,Femi Gbajabiamila said, the building of the Mosque was a sacrifice made for God.

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He said that it does not require anybody’s commendation as everyone is only looking for infinite reward from God. (NAN)

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