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Your Closeness to Diri Hurting our Party, APC Group Tells Lokpobiri

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From Mike Tayese, Yenagoa

The All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters in Bayelsa State have lamented that the current closeness of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to Governor Douye Diri and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is hurting the chance of APC and its candidate, Timipre Sylva ahead of November 11 governorship election.

The group ‘APC Progressive Movement for Good Leadership and Governance’ also urged President Bola Tinubu and National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to call Lokpobiri to order as his closeness with the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri was hurting the chances of the APC.

The group in a statement on Tuesday by its President, Dr. Ebipade Godknows and Secretary Mrs Evelyn Dogood and made available to Daily Asset in Yenagoa, noted that it is worrisome that barely two weeks to the governorship elections, nothing has been seen or heard about Lokpobiri’s contributions to the election of Chief Timipre Sylva.

They pointed out that the Minister has not attended any party stakeholders meeting in the state, nor has he attended any of APC campaigns even when the campaign train went to Ekeremor his Local Government Area.

According to them, Lokpobiri’s alleged consistent visit to Bayelsa Government House and frequent meetings with Governor Diri is worrisome and he needs to be called to order.

They said: “The Bayelsa APC Progressive Movement for Good Leadership and Governance, a pro APC support group in Bayelsa State is concerned about the anti APC activities of the Minister of Petroleum Senator Heineken Lokpobiri in Bayelsa and the danger it poses to the party especially the upcoming Governorship election in Bayelsa state.

“Two weeks to the Bayelsa State gubernatorial elections, it is worrisome that nothing has been seen or heard as contributions from Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri, the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, to the

election of Chief Timipre Sylva as the Governor of Bayelsa State.

“The anti-party activities of Senator Heineken Lokpobiri is traced back to 2019 when he wanted the ticket to run for Governorship of Bayelsa State but couldn’t as it was given to Chief David Lyon, since then

Lokpobiri has been fighting the party with so many litigations, ordinarily one would have thought that since he is now holding such a major position as Minister of Petroleum (State), he should use his position to better the chances of the party but the reverse is the case as he continued to work with the PDP.

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BIPC activates judicial processes to eject allottees from estates

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From Attah Ede Makurdi

The Benue Investment and Property Company Limited (BIPC), on Wednesday, obtained judicial administrative order to individuals who have defaulted on the terms of payment for the BIPC Evergreen Estates located at Nyiman and Northbank axis in Makurdi of Benue State.

The Managing Director of the company, Dr.

Raymond Asemakaha, explained that the affected persons were earlier given a sufficient grace period before the judicial process of ejection was activated.

Dr.Asemakaha in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Makurdi, the decision to eject the allottees followed the expiration of the period of grace conveyed to the allottees/occupants of BIPC Evergreen Housing Estates.

He said affected allottees are yet to pay the purchase price as stipulated in the Provisional Offer letters, adding that the management is pleased to inform the general public that the company has activated administrative and Judicial processes of ejecting such allottees/occupants.

“As a business entity with a mandate to maximize profits for the shareholder, Management is compelled to explore this line of action in order to minimize the losses associated with the continued occupation of the estates by such allottees/occupants.”

“The ejection exercise is not in any way aimed at victimizing the allottees /occupants as the company has exhausted the internal remedies provided in the provisional offer letter including but not limited to verbal and written persuasion to the allottees/occupants of the Estates to pay the purchase price annually or monthly but to no avail.”

“Members of the public are therefore enjoined not to be misled by the unsubstantiated reasons advanced by such allottees as noncompliance with the ejection exercise will attract punitive legal consequences” the statement concluded.

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Give Tinubu More Time to Solve Challenges – Gowon

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Retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon has urged Nigerians to give more time to the  President Bola Tinubu-led administration, toward resolving the various challenges confronting the country.

He added that it was too early in the life of the administration to begin to resolve all the inherited crisis in different sectors.

Gowon said this after a meeting with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Well, I was telling him that no Nigerian leader that get there and will not have all the report of what is being said about him.

“But certainly, there’s no doubt from what one hears and what one sees on the various media.

I think the government is trying its best to deal with the various problems of the country.

“Don’t you worry,  you will get criticised but people who get there know better than you know.

“I think all what one can say is that Nigerians, we’ve got to give the President time to get things really done. And it is too early to say absolute result, perfect result will be achieved now.”

Gowon said  the meeting with the President also centred on the issue of the challenges facing the ECOWAS subregions, adding that it must be settled amicably.

“Being the surviving leader, or founding fathers of the ECOWAS, I think we had to discuss some of his plans in order to see what can be done to bring the matter under control,” Gowon said.

He debunked claims on social media that he refused to attend an event organised by ECOWAS, adding that this was probably due to miscommunication.

“I think there was a miscommunication but then, it gave the opportunity for the  President to call me so that we can discuss what I was to do.”(NAN)

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Tinubu Appoints New Immigration CG

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of DCG Kemi Nandap,  as the new Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

A statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the appointment is with effect from March 1.

“The President anticipates that the new comptroller-general will deepen the ongoing reforms in the service and create a robust mechanism for efficient and dedicated service delivery to Nigerians.

“As well as strengthen the nation’s security through proactive and effective border security and migration management.

He said that Nandap would take over from Mrs Caroline Adepoju, whose term in office expires on Feb.

29.

Ngelale said that before her appointment, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller – General (DCG)  in charge of the Migration Directorate of the service.(NAN)

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