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Replace Exited Ministers HEDA Charges Buhari

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As president Muhammadu Buhari had bid 10 of his former Ministers who recently resigned from their various portfolios (to pursue their Political ambitions) in line with the president’s order, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has called on the president to fill the vacant positions without further delay.

HEDA Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, over the weekend recalled that it took Buhari over six months to appoint ministers in 2015 which not only kept Nigerians angst, but held the economy standstill.“

The president should not waste time to replace the 10 ministers who have resigned to pursue their choice political ambitions. He should make haste and present new Persons to the National Assembly for confirmation before the Parliamentarians are engrossed with the electoral campaigns. Let him not repeat what happened in 2015, when the country was kept in the dark for six months. Many of the offices, particularly the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is too important to be left vacant at this time of political developments in the country”.

He advised that the president looks for men who knows their onions (fit and proper) to do the jobs in those Ministries, and shun cronyism and other primordial sentiments in choosing the right persons this time.“We wish the president can get men and women who are capable, to revamp those Ministries within the short but critical time left for the government. Though, every sector of the economy is begging for competent hands to revive them. The country needs and deserves the right people needed to occupy the right positions at the right time with the right resources to achieve the right results,” he asseverated.

Recall that some Ministers like Abubakar Malami and others who were hosted to valedictory session by the president and automatically vacated their offices are making attempts at a U- turn to resume their former positions, but Nigeria have raised the alarm against such move calling on the president never to restate such unserious and unstable characters, not without a reappointment and Senate clearance as Ministers.The affected ministers include: Minister State for Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

Others are: The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Minister of Justice/Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba and Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Tayo Alasoadura.

It has been confirmed that Amaechi, Nwajuiba, Nigige, Akpabio, Onu and Sylva have all picked the presidential nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while Mr. Malami has also declared interest in the governorship position in his home state of Kebbi.

Running for the governorship position in Abia State is Ogar while Tallen has also declared her ambition to contest for the senatorial seat in Plateau State. Alasoadura on the other hand had picked up relevant forms to contest for the Ondo Central Senatorial seat on the platform of APC.

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Alleged Misappropriation: External auditor will examine LP’s accounts – Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, has announced that an external auditor has been appointed to scrutinize the party’s financial records.

This follows allegations made by Oluchi Opara, the national treasurer of the Labour Party, on Monday, accusing Julius Abure, the national chairman, of misappropriating N3.5 billion. In response, the party suspended Opara, alleging external influence aimed at destabilizing the LP. Abure, in turn, threatened legal action against Opara for defamation.

However, addressing the situation during a press conference on Thursday, Peter Obi stated, “we will account for everything now that we have an independent person who will tell us which way forward.” Obi clarified that he is not directly involved in the party’s management or campaign finances, assuring transparency in the handling of funds received during the election. He urged the public to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of the alleged misappropriated funds.

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We spent N744.5m on litigation, received N595.9m from Nigerians – Obi-Datti Campaign gives account

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The Obi/Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Organisation has revealed that it expended more than N744,500,000.00 (seven hundred and forty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) in legal battles in courts concerning the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, the organization disclosed receiving donations amounting to N595,976,994.00 from Nigerian citizens. Aisha Yesufu, Chairperson of the Fundraising Team of the Campaign Organisation, shared these details during a presentation on fundraising reports.

She emphasized the significance of accountability and transparency, underscoring the need to explain how the donated funds were utilized. Yesufu expressed gratitude to all donors, both in monetary and non-monetary contributions. From the donations received from citizens, the organization amassed N595,976,994. The candidate himself, Peter Obi, also contributed N8,000,000.00.

The campaign strategy included channeling support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed through various support groups across Nigeria’s 36 states. Media campaigns were deployed, reaching over 11 million individuals through 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media platforms.

Limited financial resources led to a strategic approach in utilizing funds. Campaign materials worth N258,374,330.00 were procured and distributed nationwide, along with N16,432,867.00 allocated for media and radio broadcasting expenses. Election promotion expenses amounted to N10,808,948.00, while N324,381,700.00 was spent on Polling Unit Agents. Additionally, bank charges of N1,750,544.00 and administrative charges of N477,000.00 were incurred.

A significant portion, N744,500,000.00, was allocated to cover legal expenses, while over N28,500,000.00 was expended on campaign and election activities. Yesufu clarified that the candidate himself contributed N800,000,000.00 specifically for legal fees.

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Peter Obi an opportunist—Bwala

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A former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala, has characterized Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, as an opportunist.

In response to a photo of Obi at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cote d’Ivoire, Bwala asserted that Obi manipulates religion, ethnicity, natural disasters, and sports to his advantage against Nigerians.

Sharing his thoughts on platform X, Bwala stated, “Obi doesn’t engage in opposition but rather exploits opportunities. He capitalizes on the nation’s and its people’s weaknesses like a predator, utilizing religion, ethnicity, natural calamities, and even sports until members of the NFF supporters’ club told him to ‘F’ off.”

“Peter Obi aims to lead Nigeria with slogans and trendy phrases; shifting from consumption to production; referencing China, Malaysia, Egypt, etc. What does he truly understand about governance? He feigns concern for the impoverished masses; however, one should inquire about the wages he offers his employees across all his businesses, and then return to discuss the genuine implications of contemporary slavery with me.”

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