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Hike in Fuel price: Junaid Muhammed says Buhari’s Govt is insensitive to plight of Nigerians

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Hike in Fuel price: Junaid Muhammed says Buhari’s Govt is insensitive to plight of Nigerians


A second republic lawmaker and elder statesman, Junaid Muhammed has taken on Nigerians who are expecting so much from the Present administration of President Muhammedu Buhari that does not have their interest at heart.

He said, Unless Nigerians are prepared to stand up for their rights and confront the Government, man for man, word for word, stone for stone, gun for gun they will never have a responsible Government.Speaking to theNationalUpdate in Abuja in a telephone interview yesterday  Muhammed said the present APC led administration is certainly not a responsible Government except Nigerians want to continue to decieve themselves.”First and foremost I think it is a mistake to think that a government that has lost track with its constituents, its own people can listen to any of their concerns especially when it comes to natters of livelihood or their own existence.”This Government has for long forgotten about whatever it was they pretended to come into Government for.”He said they are only there to satisfy themselves and people who are their cronies who thinks they are comfortable in Government.”The concerns of the ordinary Nigerian is not on their radar, it is completely out of question.”Muhammed expressed the believe that part of the problem has to do with the so-called Labour union who are meant to tackle the excesses of the Government if they had done so much earlier in a very credible manner.”Making noise after the Government has made up its mind and they knew about this actually from last year and they start making noise now, I think it is nothing but mix bag.On the position of the National Assembly over the electricity tariff which they had put off till January 2021 and yet Government went ahead to effect it he said they has never pretended to stand on the side of the people when there is an issue that concern their welfare.”I have never known when they did that. And this idea about people making noise about standard of living and how people are coping or not coping has been there with economic bad news, security bad news since the existence of this country.”It is not entirely new but why people are now making noise I am beginning to wonder, what are they after, what do they want?He said personally he would not have minded the increase in tariff for electricity or increase in the pump price for PMS. “I believe it should have been done in a very transparent and opened manner. Take South Africa for example, they are not much of an oil producer but they are highly industrialised, they are the most industrialised country in Africa today.”Any time they bring in fuel from outside they subeject it to the portion in their refinery and then they will come with the cost of each litre at which they bought it and how much to refine it into several components which they call fractional distillation and when they do that they tell everybody.”This is how much they spent for the refining and for the crude and how much extra they put in order to pay their workers and the additional expenses in the refining process.”So you can see why you have never heard of a problem of fuel prices in South Africa.On the issue of Electricity he said the ANC Government committed the same mistake which the Nigerian Government has been committing for several years choosing deliberately to maintain their refineries.According to him, in the Nigerian scenario the monies were actually being stolen and it Started from the military era.”They will pick somebody who is a retailer and give him a multi billion Naira to maintain a refinery whether in Warri or the two refineries in Portharcourt and it doesn’t work but we knew the people who took the money.”The monies have not been recovered and the refineries are not working, why are they grumbling? I dont understand the kind of people Nigerians are. “Unless we have a government that is prepared and that is up and doing, that is prepared to maintain the refineries in the best practices with some of the best standards of the developed countries who brought out the technology in the first place we can never get it right.

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2023 Presidency: Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

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2023 Presidency:  Bello tells oldies to cool their heels, as their time is up

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State may have signaled to all the older persons jostling for the Presidency to jettison their ambitions as the time is for the younger generation
He said, the nation is bedevilled by leadership crises due to the absence of succession plan.
He spoke in Abuja on Saturday when he received a team of ex-Nigerian football internationals, led by a former Super Eagles player and coach, Augustine Eguavoen.
He said Nigerians should focus on competence of aspirants seeking for the presidency of the country as against the clamour for zoning.
The Gover had since thrown his hat in the ring backed with vigorous campaigns for the topmost job.
Bello expressed confidence that come 2023, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix the country.

He added that the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them.

Bello said competence should be the basis for the emergence of Nigeria’s next President instead of ethno-religious considerations.

Using the example of the new leadership of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Governor Bello said it was time the old left the political stage for the younger generation. “Mr President who listens to the calls and yearnings of the youths appointed one of us to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and you are going to see the magic wand in the fight against corruption because Mr Bawa knows that the future lies squarely on the shoulders of the young generations.

So, we will do everything possible to assist Mr Bawa to succeed on the job. “No matter the energy or talent that you had put in building the Super Eagles of those days, if you don’t have successors, younger ones who will take over from you, we would not have still had some brilliant people on the pitch today.  “Both north and south do not know boundaries when it comes to football and other sports. So, we are appealing to Nigerians to look beyond religion and ethnicity. For once, let us get one person who will fix this country irrespective of where he comes from and then the rest shall follow. “I pray that good reasons will prevail on our seniors to know that the time is up for them because I have been charged with the responsibility of educating, sensitizing, mobilizing strong, energetic, committed and patriotic new generation of men and women. I will not fail in that responsibility. “I know that the youths and students are listening to me. We have spoken. We have communicated a nd we understand ourselves. We are ready to take leadership. We are not waiting to be simply called upon. We are saying, here we are. We are taking charge. “By the special grace of God, I can assure you that come 2023, our party under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will provide the next generation of leaders who will fix this country. There will be Judases. No doubt about it. There will be gang ups. There will be landmines but we will overcome them. There will be obstacles. There will be hurdles but we will cross them. I think the elders, the earlier the seniors know that the time is up, the better for them. I want to finally urge our seniors and the federal and state governments to give every necessary support to those who made us proud at one time or the other,” he said.

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

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2023 election: Group asks Tinubu to declare his presidential interest

***offers N10M to support purchase of Tinubu nomination form

By Doris Ferdinand

A group under the aegis of Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) is urging Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency declare for 2023 presidential election.

Director General -TINA, Alamoh Kehinde Samuel disclosed this in an inaugural world press conference held at Tinubu Support Group Office in Abuja on Saturday.

Kehinde said after much consultation, the group decided to throw their weight behind Bola Ahmed Tinubu and give their unrelenting support to him because they are convinced that he is competent to actualize the Nigeria of their dream.

The group further offered a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 to support Asiwaju’s purchase of presidential nomination form.

“Our group has concluded plans to present a cheque to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as support for the purchase of the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the presidency, when the party commences the sales of form.”Kehinde said.

“As a show of our commitment, we wish to present to Nigerians, a dummy cheque of N10,000,000 as support in the purchase of Asiwaju presidential nomination form immediately the APC commences sale of forms, this is to demonstrate our commitment to this course which is critical to the development and progress of our dear country.

“Again, we are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu possesses all the qualities, competence, capability, capacity and experience needed to actualize the Nigeria of our dream.” Kehinde added.

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

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INEC schedules Aba North/South Federal Constituency for Saturday 27th March 2021

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday 27th March 2021 for the conduct of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State.
Thia was contained in a statement that was issued by National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
The vacancy he said arose as a result of the death of Hon. Ossy Prestige, member representing Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State in the House of Representatives and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Federal Constituency by the National Assembly.

He pointed out that the official notification for the election the commission said will be published on Monday 1st March 2021.
“Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 4th and 10th March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 16th March 2021.

“Political Parties shall submit the names of their Polling Agents for the election to the Electoral Officers of the respective Local Governments on or before 19th March 2021 and campaigns by political parties shall stop on 25th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 10th March 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.

“Political parties fielding candidates for the bye-election should pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the bye-election and conduct transparent and valid party primaries in line with the dictates of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

“We enjoin political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500, 000.00

“The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.”

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