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Bayelsa council polls: group endorses Isiki for Ogbia chairmanship position, says he is the best for the job



Ogbia—A political group known as the Ogbia Prosperity 2022 has thrown its weight behind Hon. Prince Isiki in the forthcoming Ogbia Local Government chairmanship election, describing him as the best man for the job.

Leader of the group, Hon. Macaulay Jokori, in an interview with said nobody else vying for the position could defeat Isiki given his well-grounded roots in the area.

Jokori noted that Isiki is not only committed to the people but is well-grounded in the culture and tradition of the people of Ogbia with respect for constituted authority.

According to him, Isiki who is currently the Governor’s Special Representative in Ogbia LGA, knows what the people want, opining that with him at the helm of affairs, there would be a bridge between the youths and the old.

In his words: “Prince is eminently qualified and I believe that at this moment in time, in the history of our development in Ogbia, he fits the bill. And knowing him as much as I do, I don’t know any other person vying for that office that can defeat Prince Isiki.

“I have come to know Prince as somebody that has remained unshakeable in terms of commitment, love for community, and respect for constituted authority.

“And everyone knows that he grew up in the Palace, so he knows a lot about our culture and tradition and at a time when we are losing grip of our young ones due to youthful exuberance and other twisted motivations, we have Prince as a rallying point as chairman of Ogbia LGA.

“He will be a bridge between the youths, the not so young and the elders.

“He knows a lot about our history; where we were before and where we are going and I believe also that he has a grasp of the kind of job we want to do for the young ones and to also leave a legacy for those that will come after us. I can say that Prince is the best man for the job.”

When asked what Prince Isiki would do differently from his predecessors if and when elected the chairperson of the Ogbia council, Jokori noted, “While I am not going to stand and role out his manifesto, I can say that he has the experience to rally people together to achieve a common purpose.

“What we need right now is a local council that works at the grassroots, a government that feels the pulse of the people, a government that is responsive and manages our resources in a way that serves our best interest.”

He continued, “I believe that from day one, he will not learn on the job because he is not a stranger to our challenges. He has dealt with some of these challenges before as a young man growing up on the streets of Ogbia town.”

He further maintained that “All his life has been in Ogbia town, he was born and bred in Ogbia soil so he is familiar with the issues we are facing. I believe that if he becomes the chairman of the council, he will use the office to better the lots of the people.”


Buhari has reduced insecurity in Nigeria, says Tinubu




England—The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari, has reduced the insecurity challenge he met on the ground in 2015.

Punch reports that Tinubu said this during an interview with BBC, which was published on Tuesday.

Questioned about how he would tackle insecurity, considering it has persisted, Tinubu said, “It has reduced. I will defend him.

“Then, 17 local governments and about four states where we had flags of foreign jihadists in Nigeria. That is no more. That is long gone.

“To start chaos is easy. To bring normalcy and redecorate is more difficult. Here we are, Buhari has degraded but not completely eliminated ISWAP.

“They will talk briefly of lethal weapons and ammunitions and technology equipment that could have helped with the clean up of those.

“The West is yet to feel comfortable enough with a Buhari administration to sell us the arms and technology necessary.”

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People want to use me to make money—Tinubu explains why he snubs debates




London—The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said those inviting him for debates are only trying to use him to make money because he’s a marketable individual.

Channels Television reports that the former governor of Lagos State said this at Chatham House in London on Monday, barely 24 hours after he snubbed a town hall meeting attended by three other candidates in the 2023 presidential race.

Fielding a question from the audience on why he snubbed debates, Tinubu said, “I see myself as a marketable individual. You want to use me to make money and I’m saying no.”

On controversies surrounding his age, school and time in the private sector, he said, “At the time of birth, I was dated March 29, 1952, in the family record. Then, I don’t think I had decided to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not even that I would go into politics.

“I’ve had a very good record in life. My record is consistent in the university they questioned. They’ve now confessed that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, and the transcript is there showing March 1952.

“I’m not claiming another father, I’m Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request for one.

“One of them was even accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area.

“Equally, it remains the same. Chicago State University where I graduated has attested to that. Now, I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate from them.

“Deloitte trained me as an accountant. Mobile Oil has attested to my outstanding record. I got to the pinnacle of my career in the private sector. Who among them can brag about that?

“Yes, you want to wrestle with the pig, you’ve got to live with the dirt. That’s what I’m doing. I got into politics knowing fully well that it is muddy water. Smog will come, and you will have to live with the dirt and make sure you are upright to finish the job.”

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Dogara joins PDP from APC after declaring support for Atiku




Abuja —Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Channels Television reports that Dogara was received into the party during the presidential campaign by the party’s presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in the nation’s commercial capital, Lagos State.

This comes 48 hours after a group led by Dogara, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum adopted Atiku as the preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

On December 2, the group consisting of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the north said after evaluation of all the presidential candidates, Abubakar is “the best”.

“It is evident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for implosion and extinction; hence, it cannot be the party for now and in the future, because of its rejection to embrace inclusiveness in a diverse country like Nigeria. After the 2023 elections, APC may be dead and buried as a political party,” the group said.

“While the duo (NNPP and LP) may emerge as strong contenders in the political arena in the future, from all indications, PDP appears to be the best option to adopt and support.

“All it takes is to sustain and tackle some of the problems and challenges this country faces.

“Certainly, with proper consultations and inclusive appointments, which is mindful of the federal character principle with a sincere consideration of diverse issues such as religious affiliation, geographical location, and ethnic identity, which many believe will enhance justice, fairness and equity, after a careful evaluation of all the issues highlighted above, we now recommend the adoption of the PDP to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria for the 2023 presidential election,” the group said.

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