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Release of Chibok girls diversionary, improve people’s welfare – Fayose tells FG

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has faulted the celebration by the federal government over the release of 21 Chibok girl‎s by the armed Boko Haram group, saying that such is not only diversionary, but that it can not take away the fact that Nigerians are suffering and they are yearning for relief.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to engage in serious prayers for God to ameliorate their sufferings.

He said this in Iyin-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state on Thursday while inaugurating a block of four classrooms built for the Erelu Angela Adebayo Children’s Home by his wife, Feyisetan.

ayodele-fayose_fellow-press“What they came out today to tell Nigerians that 21 abducted Chibok girls have been released by the Boko Haram group is diversionary. Nigerians have never had it so bad. People are very hungry. What they did today is just to divert attention from what they did last week by clamping judges and justices into detention. While no one is saying corruption should be condoned, but the due process must be followed.

“The Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government that they labelled as inept, did better than this. The exchange rate of the naira to the dollar is unacceptable. The situation has led to hyper-inflation where what people used to buy for N30,000 can not be bought with N100,000‎. Look at the elections that have been conducted since they came to office, all the gains recorded by the previous government as far as democracy is concerned are being eroded,” he said.

Fayose, who urged the opposition in the state to see Ekiti as everybody’s project, opined that after election has been won and lost, the ideal thing should be to work together for the progress of the state.

The governor commended his wife for building on what her predecessor in office did instead of starting her own pet project.

“As you have done this, don’t worry, others will come to recognise you too and what is important is that we work for posterity to judge us. This is already on records and generations coming after us will know we made our impact while leading this state,” he said.

The governor donated the sum of N250,000 to buy clothing materials for the children of the home.

He also gave another N250,000 to buy food items for them, just as he gave automatic employment to a lady helping to take care of the children.

In her speech, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose, said it was an uncommon divine opportunity to be in charge of the state at this point in time.

She thanked the governor and others for supporting the project financially and otherwise.

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2023 Election: INEC to release timetable when Electoral Bill is signed

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has said it will not release the 2023 general election timetable until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja during the commission’s first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.

He said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. We look forward to a speedy passage of the Bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections.

“As soon as it is signed into law, the Commission will quickly release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election based on the new law”.

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There’ll be level playing ground for all presidential aspirants– PDP Chairman to Momodu

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Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party has told presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, that members of the party, and not leaders, would determine who emerges as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Ayu said this on Thirsday during Momodu’s visit to the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he formally presented his letter of intent to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

The National Chairman noted that the PDP had no preferred presidential candidate and would provide a level-playing ground for all aspirants.

Ayu said, “For you to run for office, you must have a strong platform, but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party with which we can go into battle with.

“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best.

“There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants, just like you, we don’t have a special candidate, PDP has no preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.

“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you, PDP will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country, because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition

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2023: Gov David Umahi declares to Buhari his presidential ambition
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday January 11, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi who had a closed door meeting with Buhari today, told state house correspondents that the President advised him to consult widely.

Umahi’s visit to inform the President of his presidential ambition is coming exactly 24 hours after a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, paid a similar visit to President Buhari.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu had also declared his intention to run for presidential race in 2023.

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