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‘No serving or past governor, minister deserves the presidency’

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Having failed wiefully in their present and past responsibilities to the electorates they were elected to serve, all serving state governors and ministers aspiring for the presidency have been advised to drop their aspirations.

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Salihu Othman Isah has stated.

Isah, who is an activist and entertainer asked them to bury their heads in shame for their poor performance in positions they occupy or have occupied instead of aspiring for the presidency.

According to him, it is disgusting that governors of States which insecurity have ravaged under their watch are now indicating interest to run for various elective positions using state resources especially security votes which they are supposed to deploy for securing their citizens.

The actor and former National Vice President of Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN) disclosed that in Europe and the United States of America as well as some parts of Asia, no leader with abysmal performance is encouraged to vie for offices or return to the ones they are currently holding when they have performed woefully.

He bemoaned the situation whereby leaders who cannot pass a mere integrity test if conducted on them are either elected or reelected to office.

“The situation we contend with is that none of the elected governors or appointees can scale through a properly conducted integrity test. The best we can have is a few of them scoring less than forty percent and in this case, forty out of a hundred percent is not a pass mark.”

The APC presidential aspirant also said it is equally shameful that some African nations we see as poor and lowly describing them as banana republics are actually doing better than Nigeria which is referred to as a Giant of Africa.

He said he was shocked and surprised when he visited some of these countries as far back as ten years ago to behold the level of growth and stability they have attained.

He hinted that he discovered they were actually the giants since they are better and more developed with organized systems and institutions than the supposed giant, Nigeria.

Isah who is popularly known as Hotman in the entertainment circle explained that these nations are better organized and disappointingly even more civilised than our nation.

He listed some of these countries to include Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Kenya among others.

He blamed our past and present leaders for the setback for failing to engender growth by building institutions, regretting that, “what occupies their minds and psyche is how to plunder our budgetary allocations. So bad such that budget delivery in Nigeria is like a ritual that must be observed or performed yearly, but which are never commensurate with actual growth.
“All we hear annually are high figures being pronounced which never translate to tangible development.

“Now. What will be the difference between my leadership and that of these primitive leaders? First and foremost is the assemblage of a team of like minds, conscientious and committed professionals that know how to manage men and resources, those that are passionate in harnessing our God’s given gifts for the greater good of all Nigerians.

According to him,
“In saner and civilised climes, failures are not encouraged to perform more failures. They kick their asses out from public space instead of being recycled as is done here.

“They have no moral justification to request another term in office from the electorate who they have failed, the position of the constitution notwithstanding.

“You see. The issue here is moral justification, maturity, democratic rights and the fear of God. It is not about the constitution either.
“Not a single one has displayed adequate capacity, capability, selflessness, ability and the willingness to be above board as President.
“For instance, none of them can be singled out as incorrigible. The are all corrupt. Corruption is in their gene, their DNA are polluted. We can’t trust them because they have been tested and they have failed.
“It’s like the educational system. If a child fails the primary school, you don’t upgrade such child to secondary level. If he or she falls the secondary, they will have to drop out and not promoted to the university. This is how it is.

“These governors have siphoned the funds meant for security in their various states. So they can’t be allowed to contest the presidency. If they cannot stop insecurity in their states, how can they now be able to stop it at Federal level.
“If they can’t grant basic education in their states, how can they do it at the federal level? This is the morals of this argument.”

Isah who was named as one of the 50 future leaders in the country by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) stressed that
“With me as President, Nigerians can go to sleep with their two eyes closed. It is not rocket science but by doing the needful until such a time we attain perfection.

“Nigerians have a right to be secured. Security is one of the main factors for the growth of societies. An insecure society will always be distracted from other factors that will lead to its development.
“So for me, my four point agenda is security, education, healthcare delivery and boosting the economy. When a nation is at peace, every other factor of development falls into pleasant places.”

He promised that his government will encourage the recycling of wastes and products adding that industries that will engage in recycling of wastes will be established in all the 774 local governments areas as a means of creating employment especially for the youths.

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LP digs into archives, unearth document that limits NLC power to take party

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In its effort to regain legitimacy the Labour Party (LP) has started digging into its archive to produce historical limitations to the powers of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the Labour Party (LP).

According to the letter displayed by the LP, the Nigerian Labour Congress does not have any status conferred by the statute over the Labour Party; instead, it enjoys the status of any member of the Labour Party.

The letter written in 2015, signed by Mrs Augusta C. Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, and addressed to the former leader of the Labour Party, Ayuba Wabba, reads: “With reference to your letter on the above subject dated August 5″, 2015, I am directed to inform you that the Commission has reviewed relevant documents and records in its possession in respect of the Labour Party and has established the following:

“Membership of the Labour Party as provided in Articles 1 and 9 of the Labour Party’s Constitution, 2009, does not confer any special or superior status on the Nigeria Labour Congress.”

The letter, INEC/DEPMI/LP/16/T/68, is entitled: Re: request for INEC’s Urgent Intervention To Arrest The Activities Of An Imposter Group In Labour Party

The letter further said, “In accordance with Article 15(7) of the Labour Party Constitution, 2009, the elected National Executive Committee (NEC) has a tenure of four (4) years.”

In a commentary signed by the National Publicity of Labour Party, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, Labour leaders should acquaint themselves with history to avoid unnecessary conflict

The comment reads, in part: “A good student learns from history. If people refuse to learn from history, history will continue to repeat itself. When the Nigeria Labour Congress attempted to crookedly take over the leadership of the Labour Party in 2015 and wrote INEC, INEC replied that they had no locus standi to interfere or change the leadership of the party.

“They have failed to learn from that trajectory, and it is surprising that Joe Ajaero’s NLC is also taking the same line of action and trajectory, and they are expecting a different result.

“A reasonable NLC would have been thinking of how to consolidate with the leadership of the Labour Party having made huge exploits and having achieved great results from the 2023 general election; rather, they have chosen a collision cause that will neither help them nor help Nigerians.

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Olusola Oke says, he did not commit crime for marrying an Igbo woman

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Barrister Olusola Oke addressing the media after the submission of his expression of interest and nomination forms for the November Governorship election in Ondo State.
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**Admits he is a polygamist

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election, Olusola Oke has put to rest the misinformation about his marital status and the politics of the first Lady of the State disclosing he is a polygamist

The Social media had been awashed with tweets from his opponents in Ondo State telling people not to vote for him as his Ibo wife will visit tyranny on the State like the immediate past first Lady, Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu.

Reacting to a poser on the issue with reference to a tweet making the round on social media that reads,
“Say no to Olusola Oke, we don’t want another Igbo tyrant first Lady in our place. The last 8 years had been hell under Mrs Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, Olusola should simply go to his wife’s state to contest”
He said, in a contest like this, you don’t expect everybody to be your friend and when they cannot find fault in you, they will look for something.
“First and foremost there is a good population of Igbos in Ondo State who are members of APC, when you say that what you are doing is provoking them to support me.
“In Nigeria, it is unconstitutional for anybody to discriminate against another on the grounds of the circumstances of his birth, his tribe or marriage. So what the person is tweeting is unconstitutional.
“It is not against any law in Nigeria to marry from another section of the country but these people have also forgotten, they keep writing about my junior wife, I am a polygamist.
“They have checked my credentials they know they cannot find fault in terms of relevant requirements, they cannot say that I am not well educated, they cannot question the integrity based on my certificate, they cannot question experience.
“They cannot question my good looks, so they must get something to talk about. Yes the social media is awashed but you will never see me comment. We are talking about competence and the development of the State, you are talking about being married to an Igbo.
“It is a funny story, but the truth of the matter is I married a Yoruba woman first in my life, an Ilaje woman, we have been married for the last 41 years. She is a PhD holder, she has served Ondo State for 35years, even in her right she could be governor of Ondo State, yet when they write, they misinform deliberatly to denigrate my person.
“I haven’t committed any crime and I am happy at the tweet, look at what some said, that the Ibo woman is the most generous woman they had ever seen.
“I have got women, pretty, don’t look at them, they are well mannered women, I have not told anyone who will be my first Lady. Obviously those who write, are not with me.”
The aspirant had visited the Party’s national secretariat to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms on Friday

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LP crisis: Obi drops bombshell, says he will leave if leadership fails to change

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party(LP)in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has taken many Nigerians by surprise when he hinted about the possibility of dumping the party ahead of the 2027 election season if the leadership of the party failed to toe the part of integrity.
This is coming against the backdrop that the Labour Party held what was described by stakeholders as a kangaroo convention that even the Electoral Umpire; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discredited.
Obi had advised the leadership of the party to tarry a while for proper consultation before the convention, but the leaders went ahead with the convention.
They also reserved the 2027 presidential ticket of the Party for Peter Obi and that of Abia State for Alex Otti the incumbent Governor who is yet to be 10 months on the saddle even when they decided not to take part in the gathering
Obi gave the hint during an engagement with his supporters on his Verified X space hosted by Parallel Facts, yesterday.

The former Amambra State Governor explained that his primary focus which dedicated members of the Obidient Movement have aligned with; is all about making Nigeria work for all citizens, as such, he refused to be distracted.

According to him, the contrived crisis in the Labour Party was part of a distractive strategy which neither he nor his supporters were willing to fall for.

Obi said, “Our engagement is about Nigeria, they are trying to change our focus what we want to do is not about Labour Party it is about what the Obidients want to do about Nigeria.

“We are thinking about water, we are thinking about power, we are thinking about employment, thinking about security that should be our focus.

“The other matter we will deal with. We were somewhere , we didn’t start with Labour.

“I’m a Christain. Jesus said, when you go into a city try to change them, live with them ,fast with them, if in the end you can’t you come out and even wash the sand that is on your shoes .

“He didn’t say go there and die with them. I tell you, I’m making spirited efforts to change them (LP) but I’m not going to die with them.

“That will not stop what we set out to do, We will try to change them (LP), if we can’t, we will leave them, we will not die with them.” End

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