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Presidential Hopeful Osayande Aghaze Laments Cost Of Forms, Vows To Challenge It In Court

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Presidential Hopeful Osayande Aghaze Laments Cost Of Forms, Vows To Challenge It In Court

Presidential aspirant Osayande Aghaze has lamented the cost of forms in Nigerian political parties, saying it is unconstitutional.

Addressing journalists at his 60th floor Hollywood office in the United States, Aghaze, a renowned Hollywood film producer, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ozengluz, Inc, and the Developer of Bitter Leaf Capsule, who just established his exploration committee to throw his hat in the 2023 presidential race, stated that the alarming prices of obtaining expression of interest and nomination forms for presidency and the cost of running for political office in the country, should be outrightly addressed.

According to him, it encourages corruption, promotes vote-buying, and discourages the youth and other competent people from delving into politics.

His words: “If you are a presidential hopeful who wanted to contest for the presidency under the two major political parties in Nigeria, the first thing you would need is, at the lowest end, US$33 000, which is about N12 million) or, at the top end, US$125 000 (N45 million) to buy the presidential nomination forms. 

“To be realistic, this is very costly everywhere in the world, and it goes beyond our belief that you can only separate serious contenders from unserious ones by the competency, capacity, credibility, strength of the programme, workable solutions, and sellable candidate to Nigeria through rapid intra-party debates and other high-level criteria reviews that can ensure we present a better leader for future for Nigeria.”

Speaking further, Aghaze expressed confidence that he is the best suitable candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, whose tenure is due next year.

“No doubt, I will make the best president for Nigeria based on real-life and business experiences, and also due to the fact that Nigeria as a nation is at this critical juncture.

Nigeria is at a critical juncture, and thus needs a person with critical thinking abilities, coupled with the moral integrity to lead a Nation that has been mismanaged by greedy, and corrupt politicians. It will be the epitome of insanity for Nigerians to vote for the very same people that have brought the country to its knees,” he said.

According to Aghaze, Nigeria as a nation lacks skilled technical workers, and no country has ever developed without a skilled labour force. “Nigeria is blessed with abundant Natural and human resources, but these abundant Natural and Human resources can never be fully utilized and explored without a well-trained skill workforce. You can not continue to ask for foreign investors to come to Nigeria, when there is not a capable-well skilled labor force.”

“If I am elected president, in my first week of office, I will call for immediate decentralization of Nigeria’s political power and return the power to grass-root local and state governments. I will overall improve the educational system and convert half of Nigerian Universities into Technical/Computer Science Institutes,” he added as he highlighted his agenda.

Aghaze, however, debunked ongoing rumours that he’s considering running for governorship in Edo State.

“I am aware that many Edo leaders see and agree with the vision that I have for Edo state, but I have expressed interest in the presidential race and that is where I like to focus my energy at this point,” he clarified.

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I Never Thought I Would Be Picked As Tinubu Running, Masari Says

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I Never Thought I Would Be Picked As Tinubu Running, Masari Says

All Progressive Congress Vice Presidential Candidate, Kabir Masari has expressed his surprise at being selected as Asiwaju Tinubu’s running mate.

Masari disclosed this during an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service, revealing how honored he is to be picked.

“I was told that I will fill a form and return immediately. The form was brought to me and I filled and returned it as directed. Masari said.

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‘I am a realist and someone who believes in destiny.

“In the first place, this opportunity, to me, came as a surprise. I never envisaged in my wildest dream that I will be picked. But when it happened, it was God’s wonders. So nothing is impossible.

“I feel honored for this great opportunity. So, if at the end of the day it became otherwise. I will accept it as a will of God. More than anything, God has uplifted me.

“Do you know that since I was picked as his running mate, I have been inundated with phone calls from every part of the country wishing me luck? To say the least, I receive nothing less than 500 text messages. Over 200 on WhatsApp and 300 on SMS; that’s a rare privilege. It is only God that uplifts His servant.”

The APC Vice-Presidential candidate will then add that nothing is wrong with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, as Nigerians should be more concerned with development rather than religious issues.

“Many Christians and Muslims have been killed. So both of us must unite to salvage the situation; so, candidates must be assessed on their antecedents. The APC presidential candidate has performed credibly well based on his past records. He stated.

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APC To Lose Majority Status In Senate To Oppositions Over Defections

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APC To Lose Majority Status In Senate To Oppositions Over Defections

The majority status of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently under threat, as no less than 20 members of the party in the Senate have concluded plans to defect to opposition parties.

The APC members, according to a report, would be defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), amongst others.

In the course of Wednesday, June 22, 2022, plenary session, Senator Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central, announced his defection to the NNPP, a development that brought the number of APC senators to 67.

Newsrand understands that the APC is experiencing mass defection to opposition parties as members of the party lost their return tickets to the National Assembly during the primary elections.

So far, APC has lost 13 senators to opposition parties; to stop this, its National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, met with the party senators behind closed doors at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.

Explaining the defections, Adamu said it was normal considering that it is the country’s election year.

His words: “The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there are all sorts of behaviour in the political space and ours is not an exception.

In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.

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Relatives Identify Headless Body Of Physically Challenged Ex-Lawmaker

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Relatives Identify Headless Body Of Physically Challenged Lawmaker

The relatives of Nelson Achukwu have identified the headless body of the physically challenged former Anambra lawmaker.

Anambra Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Tochukwu Ikenga, who disclosed this development, said Achukwu’s remains was found at the boundary between Uke and Ukpor axis of the state.

Having identified the corpse as theirs, Achukwu’s relatives quickly resorted to buring him considering that he had started to decompose.

According to Ikenga, the deceased was kidnapped on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in his residence.

The PPRO said while efforts were being made to rescue him, his body was found without the head.

Ikenga added that the command would do everything within its powers to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

Achukwu, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly and a businessman, had earlier been abducted by gunmen a few months ago and later released after the payment of N15 million ransom. He was kidnapped again on June 9th and the reason for his second kidnap and murder is still unknown.

His death is coming after similar gruesome murders in Anambra State after the lawmaker representing Aguata II State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Okechukwu Okoye, was kidnapped and beheaded by his abductors last month.

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