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Group endorses Senator Degi’s aide for Brass Constituency II Assembly seat in Bayelsa

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Brass—The United APC Grassroots Forum of Brass Constituency II has called on Mr. Ebinimi Omubo, the senior legislative aide to Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, to contest the Brass Constituency II seat in the Bayelsa state house of Assembly in 2023.

The leader of the Forum Mr Amabebe Saint Rolland made the call in a statement sent to mangrovepen.ng after a critical meeting in Okpoama, headquarters of Brass Constituency II.

He revealed that Ebinimi Omubo has all the qualifications and experience to contest the assembly position.

Rolland said that “he holds a “B.Sc degree in Political Science (Ed) in the University of Port Harcourt, an M.Sc degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Management at the University of South Wales, United Kingdom in 2012 and a host of professional certifications.”

He stressed that apart from the educational qualifications, Ebinimi Omubo has the working and political experience to be the next lawmaker to represent Brass constituency II based on his vast knowledge in community and human relations. He is currently working as a senior legislative aide to a serving senator.

Rolland maintained that Ebinimi Omubo’s humility, generosity, popularity at the grassroots, commitment to community development, and work as coordinator and supervisor of many community projects make him eminently qualified for the assembly position.

In his words: “Mr Ebinimi Omubo aside from the aforementioned educational qualifications is also a grassroots political servant leader, a peacemaker, a humble individual, loyal and committed to the leadership of our great party.

“He has over the years coordinated and supervised several projects executed by Sen Degi-Eremienyo such as the renovation of the Okpoama Kingdom town hall, ongoing renovation of Okpo Square, Ewoama water reticulation project, ongoing renovation of Odioma town hall and several other projects.

“Therefore, we call on Mr Ebinimi Omubo to contest the Brass Constituency II Bayelsa State House Assembly elective position come 2023 for effective representation.”

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Buhari has reduced insecurity in Nigeria, says Tinubu

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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

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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

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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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