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Just In, PDP Finally Chooses A National Chairman From The North, At The Just Concluded National Convention In Abuja

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Former President of the Senate, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has emerged as the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A breaking news flashed by Channels TV this Sunday morning, October 31, 2021, said that “Senator Ayu, a consensus candidate for the position, took over the leadership of the main opposition party alongside 20 others elected into various positions within the PDP National Working Committee.”

“The new set of leaders were elected at the party’s national convention which began on Saturday and lasted till the early morning of Sunday.

“Hundreds of party delegates participated in the election of the new national officers at the Eagle Square in Abuja,” the report said.

•Picture: Senator Iyorchia Ayu is surrounded by members of the PDP Governors’ Forum as he gives a remark following his emergence as the new National Chairman of the main opposition party in Abuja on October 31, 2021

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HURIWA, Calls Out Atiku And Tinubu To Clear, Controversies, Allegations Surrounding Their, Ages, Births, Certificates, Others

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Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Wednesday, urged All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to clear the allegations and controversies surrounding their birthdays, ages, certificates, and businesses.

The rights group said it was imperative for the electorate to be informed on first hand basis by the candidates directly through publicised sworn affidavits before the Federal High Court so Nigerians know exactly the true identities of the persons seeking their votes because voting is a sacred social contract and it wouldn’t be transparent if voters are asked to vote for persons they aren’t so sure of vital statistics about them.

HURIWA said although as a body, it has nothing to do with those allegations made at various places and times by some politicians against Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President Atku Abubakar but the rights group said it would be far better and much more credible if these high profile individuals could respond by themselves once and for all, to clear the doubts about these key questions about them.

HURIWA said it was mindful of the fact that even in the United Kingdom few hours back, the internationally respected long distance athletic Olympics champion Sir, Mo Farah

A Knight of Great Britain) admitted that he was trafficked as a Child into the UK and that he had a false identity and that his true identity is Hussein.

The group noted that the British Government affirms that since the offence was committed by adults and not by the person making the admission, his citizenship granted him could not be revoked.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said Nigerians deserve to know everything about the persons that were putting themselves forward to succeed the President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2023.

The rights group “called on Tinubu and Atiku to make these critical information open and transparent so these lingering doubts are ended once and for all.”

HURIWA said it has no intention of instituting any legal challenge against these Presidential Candidates but was interested in Nigerians knowing the truth in the spirit of the Freedom of Information ACT of 2015.

Recall that in 2009, former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had allegedly without any shreds of empirical data, said that “everything about Tinubu is fake.”

Speaking in Yoruba, Oyinlola had alleged thus: “Bola Tinubu from head to toe, is fake, I still want to add something, because his age is fake, his mother is fake, his father is fake, the school he attended is fake, his state of origin is fake, PDP! Power!!!.

“I want to tell you something today and if you want to know, if you see Tinubu, let him expose/show his hand and stomach, there is cartoon of lizard there, which indigene of Lagos would have that mark except Osun indigene.”

Specifically, these allegations had been reinforced by Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Bode George, and many other Lagosians not on the side of the former Lagos State Governor. Controversies and plethora of allegations have also trailed Tinubu’s name, birth, original state of origin, parents, schools attended, and many others.

Bayo Onanuga, the authorised Campaign Media Spokesperson of Tinubu, dismissed Oyinlola’s allegations as malicious and unsubstantiated.

“Also, in the case of Atiku Abubakar, there are subsisting allegations that he is not a Nigerian but a Cameroonian.  Atiku was once dragged to Court but the matter was not decided in favour of his accusers.  Also, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is being challenged in court over alleged false academic claims by a group which the Politician, through his Spokesperson, had rubbished as “a distraction and an absolute falsehood.”

Onwubiko said: “There is need for clarity on the identity doubts around APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu. Nigerians deserve to know everything about him with proof, beginning with allegations of him as a kid being transported to Canada with the name Bola Tinubu which isn’t his originally; the unclear stories about his parents, elementary education and lots more – all are still allegations that are yet unproven but there is the need for Tinubu to take out a Court’s affidavit responding to these groundswell of unverified allegations.

“These issues must be made clear to Nigerians by APC Presidential Candidate himself, not by proxy, before he begins campaign because the citizens who are owners of the sovereignty of Nigeria have the legal right to know.

“Nigerians won’t vote for any man who is shielding his past for obvious reasons. Nigerians have their permanent voter cards and will do their due diligence before casting their priceless votes that cannot be bought and so Nigerians await his educative and informative responses.”

 

Sources News Express.

 

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Press Release, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Picks Kashim Shettima As Vice Presidential Candidate

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Tinubu picks Kashim Shettima as Vice Presidential candidate

 

All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate and National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Sunday confirmed Senator Kashim Shettima as his Vice Presidential candidate.

Tinubu personally disclosed his choice to journalists at the Daura residence of President Muhammadu Buhari. The APC flag bearer arrived Daura Sunday afternoon to pay Sallah homage to President Buhari who arrived his home town on Friday.

Senator Shettima is former Governor of Borno State and a close associate of Tinubu who has been a staunch supporter and campaigner for the choice of Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria.

He toured many states with Tinubu since December 2021 where he addressed party delegates and mobilised support for the former Governor of Lagos State.

Who is Senator Shettima?

As governor of Borno State between 2011 and 2019, the 56 year old Kashim Ibrahim Shettima ran his government on the similar template used by Bola Tinubu in Lagos.

Despite the Book Haram insurgency, he was able to build world class schools, housing and he also tapped on Human Resources outside his state.

Among his closest aides were an Ibo Christian from Anambra State in the Southeast, an Urhobo Christian from Delta State in the South-South, a Christian from Edo State in the South-South, a Yoruba Christian from the Southwest, a Fulani man from Gombe in the northeast and a Hausa man from Zamfara State in the northwest.

He was born on the 2 September, 1966 to the family of Sir Kashim Ibrahim. He is married to Nana Shettima, and they have three children: two females and a male.

In a Wikipedia biography, Sen. Kashim attended Lamisula Primary School in Maiduguri from 1972 to 1978; Government Community Secondary School, Biu in southern part of Borno State from 1978 to 1980; transferred to Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum (now in neighbouring Yobe State) where he completed his secondary education in 1983. He studied at the University of Maiduguri and earned a Degree (BSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1989. He had his one-year compulsory membership of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, at the defunct Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative Bank, Calabar, capital of Cross River State in South-South, Nigeria, from 1989 to 1990.

He obtained a master’s degree (MSc) in Agricultural Economics in 1991 at the University of Ibadan in Southwest, Nigeria. Shettima joined the University of Maiduguri as a Lecturer with the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in the academia from 1991 to 1993.

Early career:

In 1993, he moved into the banking sector and was employed by (now defunct) Commercial Bank of Africa Limited as head of accounts unit at the bank’s office in Ikeja, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.

Shettima was there from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 he crossed over to the African International Bank Limited as a Deputy Manager and rose to become a Manager in 2001. In 2001, he moved to the Zenith Bank as head of its main branch in Maiduguri. At the Zenith Bank he rose to Senior Manager/Branch Head; Assistant General Manager (AGM)/Zonal Head (North-East), Deputy General Manager/Zonal Head (North-East) before he stepped out of the Zenith Bank as a General Manager in 2007 following his appointment as Commissioner for Finance in Borno State.

Shettima worked with the Commercial Bank of Africa as an Agricultural Economist at its Ikeja Office, Lagos State (1993-1997). He then became a deputy manager, later manager, at the African International Bank Limited, Kaduna Branch (1997–2001), and was appointed Deputy Manager/Branch Head of the Zenith Bank’s Maiduguri Office in 2001, becoming General Manager five years later. In mid-2007, Shettima was appointed Commissioner of the Borno State Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. Later he became Commissioner in the Ministries of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Education, Agriculture and later Health under his predecessor as Borno Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.

Political career:

From 2007 to 2011, he served as Commissioner in 5 Ministries. In the January 2011 ANPP primaries, Engineer Modu Fannami Gubio was selected as candidate for the governorship. However, Gubio was later shot dead by gunmen, and Shettima was selected in a second primary in February 2011.

In the 26 April 2011 elections, Shettima won with 531,147 votes while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Muhammed Goni, gained 450,140 votes.

He won re-election in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress, APC and was unambiguously chosen as Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, an umbrella body of Governors in the 19 States located in northern Nigeria. He has so far been driving key changes in the affairs of the forum with focus on promoting northern unity and reviving ailing industries belonging to northern States.

As Governor of Borno State, he efficiently managed challenges arising from the Boko Haram insurgency which he inherited in 2011. With the approval of the National Security Adviser and the Nigerian Army in 2013, his government formalised establishment of youth volunteers called the Civilian JTF.

Senator Kashim Shettima’s leadership credentials have attracted positive recognition within and outside Nigeria. Governor Shettima emerged the 2014 Governor of the Year (Leadership Newspapers), Governor of the Year, 2015, (Nigeria Union of Journalists, national body); Governor of the Year, 2015 (NewsWatchTimes Newspapers); Governor of the Year, 2015 (Vanguard Newspapers); Governor of the Year, 2016 (Tell Magazine); 2017 Zik Prize for Leadership; Kaduna NUJ Award for courage and exceptional leadership (2017), FCT NUJ Merit Award for exceptional Leadership, 2017.

In February, 2019 he became the winner of the Borno Central Senatorial District election, thereby replacing Senator Babakaka Bashir.

Borno Central Senatorial District comprises eight local government areas: Maiduguri, Jere, Konduga, Bama, Mafa, Dikwa, Ngala and Kala Balge.

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June 12, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Says Nigeria Remains Same 29yrs After June 12 Annulment

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Pa Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio political-group Afenifere, has said that, nothing has changed in Nigeria 29 years after the June 12 annulment of 1993 presidential election which was won by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola.

Adebanjo, on Saturday, in an interview stated that Nigeria is still in search of democracy despite being under civilian rule.

The elder statesman stressed that Nigeria might not develop until she changes the current constitution, which he said was foisted on it by the military. “We need to change our current constitution. Any election conducted under this fraudulent constitution is an exercise in futility.

“What have we gained after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election? The election Ied us to another military rule and they imposed the 1999 constitution on us.

“It is either we go back to our independent constitution or we sit down to discuss if we still want to be together. If we don’t want to be together we should know,” he said.

Adebanjo noted that the current constitution is against the southern region, while agreeing that the June 12, 1993 presidential election was a watershed in the country.

(New Telegraph)

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