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Yahaya Bello picks APC gubernatorial form for Kogi

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Kogi State gubernatorial aspirant, Yahaya Bello, has picked the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial form at the party’s head office in Abuja.

Speaking during the event Bello said: “I am running for Kogi State governorship in the forthcoming election, beginning with the primaries of APC.”

He disclosed that Kogi State was created 24 years ago; the same number of years it took United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubia to develop from the desert it was then to the present. It is unfortunate that our state that was created 24 years ago is rated 35th among the less developed states in Nigeria.

“With all the enormous resources we have and what is accruable to the state over the years, there is nothing to show for it. Therefore, the people of Kogi State, the young and the old and also the women came together and asked me to run, to come and rescue the state.”
He said that his entourage came from far and near across the length and breadth of the state to support his aspiration.

“In our quest to liberate the state, we have decided to take on 5 cardinal points that are going to affect the lives of our people. We are going to declare a state of emergency in the education sector. When I was in primary school the educational system was better. Today children learn under trees, the roofs of their classes are caving in, the teachers are not motivated.”

He added that Kogi State has fertile land to produce one form of agricultural produce unfortunately the fertile land is lying fallow, and also expressed regret that the government is not paying attention to internally generated revenue.

“Kogi State has more than 80 per cent of solid minerals in Nigeria which some powerful cabals are illegally mining to their own benefits. We will make sure that Kogi State is prosperous and other states will come to learn from us.

“We will partner both local and foreign investors to ensure that we tap our solid minerals. In the area of tourism, we are making contacts with our business partners within and outside the country to make Kogi a hub of tourism in Nigeria.

“With all these put in place, there will be job creation for our youths and I belong to that class. Our youths are redundant and we want to ensure that they are gainfully employed”, he added.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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Nigerian-British chartered accountant, Biyi Oloko, wins UK by-election

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Biyi Oloko, a British citizen of Nigerian descent and Conservative candidate, has won the Tilehurst South and Holybrook by-election in the United Kingdom. The Tilehurst South and Holybrook seat was run as a by-election after the death of incumbent councillor Peter Argyle, after 24 years of meritorious service.

Oloko, the new Conservative councillor, who has now been elected to West Berkshire Council, emerged victorious in the by-election that was also contested by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking after his election, Oloko, who was quoted by leading weekly news outlet, Newburytoday Newspaper, said: “I can’t wait to get started on continuing Peter’s work alongside councillor Richard Somner. I met many of our residents on their doorsteps and their message was very clear, their priorities will be my priorities as I look forward to continuing to build on the good record of the Conservatives-led administration.”

Lynne Doherty, Conservative leader of West Berkshire Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome Biyi to the group. We share a passion for community involvement and I’m sure that he will champion the voice of his residents in this area.

Berkshire is a county in South East England. One of the home counties, Berkshire was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters of patents were issued in 1974.

Oloko was a former Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Internal Revenue to late governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi.

Oloko is a chartered accountant whose boardroom experience traverses the Private Sector, Public Sector and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

He is the CEO of Stephen Simeon Limited, an international advisory business with presence in the UK and Africa. He has an excellent reputation as a leading expert in structuring transactions, business recovery and business turnaround.

Oloko is an active volunteer in the Berkshire region where he is a Vice President of the Thames Valley District of Chartered Accountants and an Ambassador of the Institute of Directors (Berkshire).

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PDP Governors meet in Port Harcourt to consider presidential candidate

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Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will be meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday (today) to strategize for the 2023 general elections.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Cyril Maduabum said the meeting is aimed at consolidating on how to rescue and rebuild Nigeria through the 2023 poll.

According to the Director-General, the meeting will also review the current state of the nation and readiness of the opposition party to provide the necessary leadership to rescue and rebuild the country.

He stated that all the elected PDP governors are expected to attend the meeting which is coming after a gala night hosted by the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike.

“The PDP governors are working in concert and consultations with other party leaders, particularly the Ayu-led National Executive Committee of the PDP, to craft a credible process and programme for Nigeria’s positive rebirth,” he added

However, an impeachable source told DAILY POST that part of the agenda to be discussed is how the party will zone the presidential ticket to region that holds critical stake in the election process.

According to him, the party may also look at arriving at a consensus presidential candidate if possible.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and some of his counterparts were received by Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Sunday evening.

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