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Why APC Can’t Fulfill Its Campaign Promises — Gbajabiamila

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said it’s impossible for the ruling-All Progressives Congress (APC) to fulfill its campaign promises without addressing the problems associated with the local government systems of the country.

In a press statement addressed to members of the public, the APC flag bearer in the House of Representatives explained that the local tier of the Nigerian government must be taken seriously for progress to be made.

Gbajabiamila said it was “time for all efforts to be channeled toward addressing the problems bedeviling the LG system in the country to make it more efficient and effective”.

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“The local government administrations in Nigeria are the closest to the people. They should be responsible for making decisions and providing services that ensure the quality of life for the Nigerian people.

“Until we fix local government administration in Nigeria, we will not be able to fully deliver on the promise of democratic governance in a way that allows us to achieve our country’s full potential.

“This is the most critical and most important tier of government” he stated.

Gbajabiamila further stated that since there is a public and political consensus in favour of constitutional reforms to address the fundamental and structural problems in the country, now is the time to “ensure that the question of how to get our local governments working is at the centre of our national conversations about the future and promise of Nigeria”.

“If you don’t fix the local government administration, you will just go round and round.”

Meanwhile, recall that Newsrand earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has set up a high-powered contact/strategy committee made up of 61 members to rebuild and reposition the party ahead of the 2023 elections.

The APC strategic committee is made up of 12 serving APC governors, senators, house of representatives members, and other party chieftains, while Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Jigawa state, will serve as chairman

 

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EFCC Confirms Okorocha’s Arrest

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EFCC Confirms Okorocha's Arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has confirmed the arrest of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Addressing the media, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said Okorocha was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Uwujaren, however, declined to comment on the reason for the arrest of the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.

When asked, the EFCC official said, “It is true, he (Okorocha) was arrested today in Abuja but we are not giving details.”

Okorocha’s latest arrest is coming weeks after operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested him in February for allegedly unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Prior to his arrest, the Imo State Government had sealed the estate and other properties it claimed to have been “diverted” by Okorocha and his family members but the Senator has since said the properties were legitimately his own and that of his family members.

The ex-governor has however been at loggerheads with his successor, Hope Uzodinma, who has vowed to recover all “diverted” assets.

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Uzodinma To Igbos: Don’t Lose Hope In Nigeria

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Uzodinma To Igbos: Don't Lose Hope In Nigeria

Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State, has advised the Igbo ethnic group “to jettison every action and activity that would reduce the high stake (their) region has in the country so as to produce the next president of Nigeria.”

Uzodinma said this in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he welcomed his counterparts from the other states of the South-East and stakeholders of the region to its first security summit.

“Igbo are major stakeholders in Nigeria as they constitute the second largest population of every city in Nigeria,” he said.

“Our people have more stake in real estates in virtually all the major cities in the country, our people control the commanding height of commerce all over the country.”

According to the governor, no ethnic group in Nigeria is more united than the Igbo.

“We, the Igbo are more united than any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria, through our shared struggle, our chequered history and our deep-rooted extended family traditions and brotherhood makes our values, beliefs, commitment to a united Nigeria, beyond reproach,” he stated.

Continuing, he revealed that at a time when the peace in the region is threatened by some “dissident groups” who have taken up arms and created the impression that the Igbo want to leave Nigeria to create their own nation called Biafra.

“What Ndigbo wants is justice, equity and fairness. A Nigeria that provides a level playing ground for all citizens. That is what we want, not Biafra. And we believe we can get what we want through constructive and tenacious engagement with fellow Nationals and relevant institutions, not by violence or war. Igbo have seen war, not in storybooks or in movies but real war. No right-thinking Igbo, who experienced the excruciating and devastating effects of the civil war on Igboland and our people, will vote for another war. The young and inexperienced may zealously want to beat the drumbeat of war, but it is our duty, as their parents and elders to talk them out of it.

“Those creating the erroneous impression that Igbo want to leave Nigeria are either naive or mischievous. Igbos need Nigeria just like Nigeria and Nigerians need Igbo,” he added.

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Tinubu Not A Right Candidate For 2023 Election – Newsrand Readers

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Tinubu Not A Right Candidate For 2023 Election – Newsrand Readers

There are indications that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be running for the nation’s highest seat – The Presidency.

When asked if Tinubu was the right choice for Nigerians, and if he would be voted for at the 2023 elections, the majority of Newsrand Readers showed disapproval.

This poll was carried out at NEWSRAND official Twitter handle, with over 74% saying they won’t vote for the former Lagos State Governor if the elections were held.

The former Lagos State Governor who has been showing interest lately in running for the seat in 2023 is clearly not NEWSRAND readers’ choice.

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Tinubu has been linked with controversies lately, with the famous one being the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.

Many Nigerians believed that he ordered the Tollgate shooting on the 20th of October, in other to protect his investment in the state.

An insignificant amount believe in the rule of Bola Tinubu, as they expressed their support for him.

He is believed to have contributed majorly to the growth of Lagos State.

Tinubu managed a state in which its urbanization rate rapidly increases yearly, out of total dependency on statutory allocations from federal accounts.

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Another reason added as a plus for the Jagaban was how he led a protest with other pro-democratic politicians who believed in the restoration of democracy, to challenge the then-military regime led by the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Some others ask for options more interesting and vibrant than the Asiwaju of Lagos, as they yearn for  youths to take control of the country.

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