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From Asiwaju of Lagos to Asiwaju of Nigeria: May his reign be peaceful – Opeoluwa Awodugba

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It is a general believe that rain symbolizes comfort, calmness and other goodies of life, let’s hope it’s not just a coincidence that it rained both on the presidential election and inauguration day.

Actually some are still wishing this event will not happen, they’re expecting some kind of abracadabra, maybe a kangaroo judgement to nullify the election and the swearing-in ceremony, but let’s tell them to wake up from their slumbers.

About a year ago when he maid the infamous statement “emilokan” there was uproar, they said that kind of utterance shouldn’t be heard from someone who means well for Nigerians, but against all odds, the man still conquered all the hurdles; Muslim/Muslim tickets, age, health factors, new naira note saga, fuel scarcity and many others could not stop the man from actualizing his life long ambition.

Make no mistake, this man is not a magician, but he’s well talented and somehow knows how to douse tension.

Every elected office holder has the first three months to prove his a point to his subjects, otherwise they would lose hope and start looking ahead to the next election year.

Former Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, despite all his flaws knew this theory and was able to deliver something tangible within the first 100 days; the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES was the programme that made the citizens of Osun to sit tight for what other things Aregbesola would offer them in the next four years.

But this is not about Aregbesola, we’re talking about the one who taught Aregbesola the art and science of politics, he’ll definitely know how to present a masterstroke project before the end of his honeymoon (100 days), so Nigerians should just sit back, lower their expectations, because too much expectations might lead to disappoinment, but it is our prayer that jagaban will not disappoint.

President Buhari is regarded as father Christmas because of his delaings with his cabinet members, Chris Ngige, Adamu Adamu,Rotimi Amaechi(later resigned) Abubakar Malami, Zainab Ahmed, Babatunde Fashola, and others served for eight years under the man from Daura, as if there are no other competent people.

Apart from announcing public holidays and prison breaks, what are we going to remember Aregbesola for as minister of interior for four years, that’s to tell you Buhari is too lenient as he was unable to sanction unperforming ministers.

Judging by his antecedents, Tinubu’s cabinet will be selected based on merit, dominated by technocrats not as compensation to campaign members as Buhari did.

There will be room for politicians, but it has to be because of what you have to offer, you have to justify your appointment, not because you delivered your ward or you were vibrant during campaigns, that’s how Nigeria will work.

Fellow Nigerians, as today marks the beginning of new era and a new dawn, it is our prayer that by 2027, we don’t recount nostalgically our experience during General Muhammodu Buhari.

But take it or leave it, starting from now, you’ll be seeing his pictures on the wall at different offices nation wide, it doesn’t matter whether you voted for him or not, this is a moving train, no one can stop it.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, once again, may your reign be peaceful and bring prosperity to all Nigerians.

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PDP Warns Former Rivers Lawmakers to Desist from Subversive Acts

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), to stop actions that could disrupt peace and governance in the state.

 

The party reminded them that they are no longer members of the House of Assembly, having lost their seats due to their defection, and therefore cannot issue notices or ultimatums to the Governor.

 

The PDP’s warning comes after the former lawmakers issued a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Siminialayi Fubara to re-present the 2024 Rivers State budget, which has already been passed and signed into law.

 

The party sees this action as an attempt to cause crisis and undermine the democratic order in the state.

 

The PDP has charged the Inspector General of Police to take immediate action to protect democracy, peace, and security in Rivers State and has called on the people of Rivers State to remain vigilant and law-abiding, working together for the continued stability and delivery of democracy dividends in the state.

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Oyo APC Rep, Musiliudeen Akinremi, Dies at 51

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Nigerian politician, Musiliudeen Akinremi, a two-term member of the House of Representatives representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency, Oyo State, has passed away at the age of 51.

 

Akinremi, also known as Jagaban, died on Wednesday, with details of his death still emerging.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, expressed sadness over Akinremi’s death, describing him as a dedicated public servant and a beacon of dedication and service.

 

Akinremi served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science Research Institutions and was known for his commitment to his constituency and the country.

 

His contributions to legislative debates and committee activities were notable, and he was a mentor to many first-time parliamentarians.

 

The Speaker praised Akinremi’s leadership, wisdom, and passion for his work, saying his passing is a great loss to the House, his constituency, and the nation.

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Court Verdict: Eze Tells Wike’s Supporters to Stop Celebrating, Oko-Jumbo Remains Speaker

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Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has cautioned supporters of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to stop celebrating the recent Court of Appeal ruling, which voided the interlocutory injunction restraining Marthins Amaewhule and others from parading themselves as Speaker and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

 

In a statement made available to the media, Chief Eze said the Appellate Court was right in its reasoning that by virtue of Section 272 of the Nigerian Constitution which vests exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High on matters pertaining to whether the seat of a member of a State House of Assembly has ceased or become vacant, a State High Court is squarely robbed of jurisdiction to entertain same matters of nature.

 

The APC Chief however dispelled rumors that the court reinstated Marthins Amaewhule and co, noting that the substance of the matter was never brought to the appellate court, same having not been heard by the court below.

 

With the Appellate Court’s verdict, the matter would be re-litigated at the Federal High Court which is the court clothed with the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

 

He said Victor Oko Jumbo remains the legitimate Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and that in effect, the worst Marthin Amaewhule and co can make out of the ruling is hinge on it to continue to wallow in illegality which does not affect the legitimacy of Oko-Jumbo as Speaker.

 

As a matter of fact, Former Speaker, Edison Ehie, in line with due process of law, declared the seats of Martins Amaewhule and others vacant upon their defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the political organization on which platform they were elected, to the All Progressives Congress for no verifiable, cogent reason and till date no court have voided this stand.

 

The Constitution is clear and unambiguous and needs no interpretation to the effect that upon their defection, the former Speaker, Amaewhule and his colleagues automatically lost their seats and the the verdict of the Appeal Court did not invalidate the action of Rt. Hon. Edison Ehie declaring their seats vacant or void their exit from the PDP – as they have turned around to claim they never left the party.

 

Eze called on supporters of the FCT Minister not to deliberately sugarcoat the position of the court as a window to cause crisis in the state as the seats of Amaewhule and others remain vacant until a competent court declares otherwise, which is unlikely.

 

The APC Chief counsel law abiding citizens of Rivers State to be calm, peaceful and not give in to the plot of those he called confused Ex-Lawmakers to ignite anarchy in the State to achieve their sinister aim of declaration of State of emergency.

 

He postulated further that it is unfortunate that both Mr. President and political stakeholders are just watching a plot that is capable of derailing and truncating our hard earned democracy without showing or demonstrating any desire to call WIKE and his misguided followers to order.

 

Eze said the Rivers Assembly Speaker, Oko-Jumbo and his colleagues are on the right path for taking the matter further to the Supreme Court even though the ruling of the Appeal Court did not reinstate Amaewhule and co, stressing that it is good to test the turbulent waters of legal mechanics to expand our jurisprudence.

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