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Ondo APC youths protest at APC secretariat, demand election rerun

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Ondo APC youths protest at APC secretariat, demand election rerun

By: Michael Mike

Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of Ondo APC youths on Thursday protested the outcome of Saturday’s primary election that produced Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the winner at the party secretariat in Abuja.

The young demonstrators, who came in four luxury buses, were however dispersed by security operatives mounted at the entrance of the national headquarters.

Barely an hour later, the defiant young protesters regrouped a few blocks from the secretariat by the popular Barcelona Hotel, shouting ‘Aluta Continua.’

While displaying placards and banners that read ‘Ondo APC rejects Kangaroo primary election’, ‘No primary held in Ondo’ and ‘We want a fresh election,’ they threatened to march into the party secretariat again.

Their demonstration took place almost the same time the National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, and members of the National Working Committee were placating the aggrieved aspirants to bury the hatchet and support Aiyedatiwa ahead of the governorship election in November.

Addressing newsmen, the leader of the demonstrators who is also a party youth leader in Akure South, Kolawole Johnson, described the primary as a sham and declared that only a rerun election can pacify their people back home in Ondo.

Johnson also appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other leaders of the party to prevail on the NWC to inaugurate a new election committee chairman to oversee the fresh poll.

He said, “How can you say you want to ratify the outcome of a primary and you declared a candidate? It shows there is foul play. Ondo is APC and APC is Ondo State. We won’t fold our hands and allow opposition parties to snatch Ondo from us.

“That is why we are calling on the party to cancel the primary. There should be a rerun and we want a new person to head the committee that will supervise us. What they did is not a primary election. It is selling the APC ticket. We want a rerun because we are not impressed with the poll.

“We, therefore, invite President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to look into this. We don’t want opposition to take over Ondo State.”

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Governor Buni speaks on trade fairs and opportunities in Yobe

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Governor Buni speaks on trade fairs and opportunities in Yobe

By: Yahaya Wakili

Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has revealed that trade fairs are widely believed to provide access to research findings, new technologies, and ideas towards actualizing scientific and economic advancement for industrialists and policymakers through face-to-face interactions.

He highlighted some abundant and yet untapped resources in terms of solid mineral resources, deposits of oil, vast arable land suitable for both irrigation and rain-fed agricultural activities, and the highest livestock population in the country.

Governor Mai Mala Buni disclosed this at the Yobe State Special Day at the 15th North East joint domestic trade fair held at Bauchi, the Bauchi state capital.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Idi Barde Gubana, was impressed with the theme for this year’s event, “Combating security challenges and the way forward for Nigerian economic transformation.”

He pointed out that the diverse people of the state showcased their cultural heritage at the festival from all seventeen local government areas of the state.

Buni commended the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism contingent and state officials for showcasing the cultural heritage of the state.

Governor Buni expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Bauchi state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for hosting the event.

The North East Colliation of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mine, and Agriculture presents an award to Governor Mai Mala Buni CON in appreciation of government support for the chamber of commerce.

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Gov. Buni Assures Yobe State University of More Funding

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Gov. Buni Assures Yobe State University of More Funding

By: Mamman Mohammed

The Executive Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, today, assured the State University of additional funding from the state and local governments to meet the realities of the current economic challenges.

He gave the assurance when the governing council of the university paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Damaturu.

The governor said his government is mindful of the economic challenges facing all sectors of society, and the university is no exception.

He expressed the readiness of his administration to provide the university with more resources to continue with the pursuance of academic excellence.

“The future of the state and our people rely on the university to produce the manpower needed for good governance and quality services to the state.”

He charged the governing council to reach out to agencies like the Tetfund and development partners to source for more funds.

“Other tertiary institutions are benefitting from these agencies. You should also take this advantage and scout for additional funds for the university,” he advised.

The governor noted that the northeast states are working to establish 10 megawatts solar power electricity project to improve power supply in the region.

“We are also working on the North East Development Commission to consider another 10 megawatts solar power project to further improve power supply in the sub-region,” he added.

Gov. Buni expressed optimism that the two projects, when completed, would stabilise electricity supply in the Northeast region.

Meanwhile, the state government is converting 170 boreholes connected to the national grid to hybrid solar powered supply, with 10 boreholes in each of the 17 local government areas.

Earlier, the Chairman of the council, Barrister Ahmed Mustapha Goniri, said the funds allocated to the university have become unrealistic with the increasing rate of inflation.

Goniri said more funds are needed to meet the basic and other requirements of the university.

“More funding is required to meet the needs of the University for it to excell as a Centre of academic excellence” the council chairman said.

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

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I am Primed to Rule Botswana -Butale

By: Michael Mike

The presidential candidate of Botswana Republican Party, Biggie Butale has given reasons why he is contesting for presidency.

Botswana is expected to go to the polls in October. According to the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies, Botswana is long regarded as one of Africa’s most stable and enduring multiparty democracies.

The current president, Mokgweitsi Masisi of the Botswana ruling party Democratic Party, was elected April 2018 and he will be standing for re-election .

But Butale believes he can upstage him at the polls, insisting he was primed to take-over from president Masisi to end what he termed hereditary tendency in the country.

He promised that his presidency will improve the welfare of his people by diversifying the economy to attract more investments into the economy.

The Botswana Republican Party presidential candidate in the coming election who spoke to journalists in Abuja called for democratic reforms in his home country.

He said: “For a democracy to be true, there should be a rotation of government because if you have one-party rule for 60 years, one would wonder if it is a mature democracy.

“But I believe that Batswana are in a position to change that and solidify our democratic culture.”

Butale also stressed the importance of unity across the continent.

He said the whole of Africa is waiting for Nigeria to wake up to its responsibility as the country holds the key to Africa prosperity.

According to him, “I am here in Nigeria; not only am I aspiring to be the President of Botswana but I am also a pan-Africanist. I believe that if we all hold hands together and walk together, we will all go far.

“I believe that Nigeria holds the key to Africa’s prosperity because it has a critical mass of educated citizens,” he said.

He therefore challenged Nigeria to awaken its vast potential to lead Africa into a prosperous future.

Butale explained, “Nigeria is a sleeping giant and until the potentials of the critical mass are harnessed and utilised, it is a sleeping giant and Africa will also sleep along with Nigeria. I believe it takes one person to wake up a sleeping giant.

“For Nigeria to rise, it needs one person and I am coming with this seed to plant it. We need Nigeria to be a modern seed,” he added.

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