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PDP Would Have Given Tinubu Ticket For President – Bauchi Governor

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Bauchi State governor Bala Mohammed said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would have given former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu a consensus ticket if he is a member of the party.

Mohammed is one of the presidential aspirants of the PDP for the 2023 election. Tinubu is also one of the frontliners for the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Bauchi State governor said he met Tinubu at the Iftar dinner organised by first lady Aisha Buhari for presidential aspirants.

Mohammed said despite being a PDP presidential aspirant, he has great admiration for Tinubu, who was Lagos State governor between 1999 and 2007.

He credited Tinubu for the formation of the APC and the subsequent election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 to unseat former President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP.

“I was lucky I met Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, (vice president) Osinbajo we discussed, he (Tinubu) called me consensus,” Mohammed said in an interview on Arise TV.

“I told him (Tinubu), if you were in PDP, we would have given you the (presidential) ticket because we know that without you, (Muhammadu) Buhari wouldn’t have been the president.

“In PDP, we recognise contribution. We have people in Nigeria that we must recognise and it was definitely a good outing for me.”

Mohammed commended the host of the dinner Aisha Buhari, describing her “as a unifier and has shown that she is a mother of the nation.”

Mrs. Buhari urged political parties and aspirants to ensure fair play and build bridges of peace during the elections.

“We must replicate the 2015 experience by ensuring a free, fair and violent free election in 2023. Ensure fair play and build bridges where necessary. Our journey is irreversible. You must remain focused on issues that strengthen the nation,” Mrs. Buhari said.

She also noted it was “high time women were adopted as running mates at all levels considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes.”

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President Tinubu Scraps, Merges And Relocates Some Government Agencies From 263 To 161 Agencies

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President Bola Tinubu has ordered the full implementation of the Oronsaye report.⁣

Earlier, ⁣It announced the merging, subsuming, scraping and relocation of several agencies of government. ⁣⁣

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, revealed this to State House Correspondents after Monday’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. 

He said;

“So in a very bold move today, this administration, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, consistent again with his courage to take very far-reaching decisions in the interest of Nigeria, has taken a decision to implement the so-called Oronsaye Report.⁣⁣

“Now, what that means is that a number of agencies, commissions, and some departments have actually been scrapped.

Some have been modified, and marked while others have been subsumed. Others, of course, have also been moved from some ministries to others where the government feels they will operate better,” said Idris. ⁣

Consequently, the President constituted a committee to implement the mergers, scrapping and relocations within 12 weeks, said Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Policy Coordination, Mrs Hadiza Bala-Usman. ⁣⁣Submitted in 2012, the Oronsaye report on public sector reforms revealed that there are 541 — statutory and non-statutory —Federal Government parastatals, commissions, and agencies.⁣⁣

A year earlier, the then President Goodluck Jonathan had set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, under the leadership of former Head of Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye.⁣

The 800-page report recommended that 263 of the statutory agencies be slashed to 161; 38 agencies be scrapped; 52 be merged and 14 be reverted to departments in various ministries.⁣⁣

The report also recommends that the law establishing the National Salaries and Wages Commission be repealed and its functions taken over by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.⁣⁣

It advised the FG to merge the nation’s top three anti-corruption agencies—the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau.⁣⁣

An earlier analysis revealed that the Nigerian Government could save over N241bn if the report is implemented.

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“We Must Endure To Reach Good Side Of Nigeria’s Future” — President Tinubu’s Son Says

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Seyi, The son of President Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to endure the current hardship in the country, adding that the decisions taken by the president should have been made years ago

He also expressed optimism that, while the difficulties exist presently, the country’s future is bright.

Tinubu made this known in a post on Instagram on Monday.

He wrote;
“There is no joy in seeing the people of this nation shoulder burdens that should have been shed years ago.

“I wish today’s difficulties did not exist. But we must endure if we are to reach the good side of our future.”

However, Some Youths already began protesting today in Ibadan regarding the country’s current situation of hardship.

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Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso Exit From ECOWAS Due To Insecurities

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The military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have announced their immediate withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States.

The ECOWAS Commission, however, said the community is ready for a “negotiated solution” with the three countries
But the Presidency in its immediate reaction yesterday, said the three countries were technically not members of ECOWAS, since they were on suspension.

The leaders of the three Sahel nations on Sunday issued a statement saying it was a “sovereign decision” to leave the ECOWAS “without delay”

Since struggling with jihadist violence and poverty, the regimes have had issues with ECOWAS not aiding them and tense ties with ECOWAS since coups took place in Niger last July, Burkina Faso in 2022 and Mali in 2020.

All three were suspended from ECOWAS, with Niger and Mali facing heavy sanctions.

They have hardened their positions in recent months and joined forces in an “Alliance of Sahel States”.

Additional, According to them, The ECOWAS has proven to be very corrupt and a puppet of the western world, they are very one sided in their judgement.

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