***Says, the president has capacity to confront insecurity with reforms
***Applauds his agenda poised to bringing about a dawn of a new era
Prominent leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Olorogun Bernard Okumagba has expressed the confidence in the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s newly inaugurated government to bring about lasting peace and prosperity to Nigeria through an inclusive national reconciliation process.
Okumagba who is also a member of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), said the president has the capacity to remarkably focus on confronting insecurity through a reform of the sector; growing the economy; and tackling multi-dimensional poverty, which would boost Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
By so doing, he said the new government will create a robust middle class that will drive our Country’s economic rebound under his watch.
In a Press Statement, Olorogun Okumagba, a former Delta State Commissioner for Finance, also reckoned that the new President who has an established reputation as a bridge builder, a true progressive, an astute believer in true federalism, and who has over the years sacrificed to ensure the sustenance of democracy in the country, will bring these remarkable skills and attributes to bear in renewing the hopes of Nigerians for a more prosperous nation.
These were contained in a statement he issued to congratulate President Bola Tinubu (GCFR) and Vice President Kashim Shettima (GCON) on their momentous inauguration as the 16th President, and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He wished them every success in guiding our country towards stability, true democratic governance and economic development.
Reacting to President Tinubu’s inaugural address, aptly captioned “THE NIGERIAN IDEAL”, shortly after being sworn-in by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Olorogun Okumagba eulogised the President for his firm and unequivocal commitment to “progressive good governance in furtherance of the Nigerian ideal” succintly captured in his five governance principles.
The principles that will guide his administration as outlined by President Tinubu include “governing according to the constitution and the rule of law; to defend the nation from terror and all forms of criminality that threaten the peace and stability of our country; and to remodel our economy to bring about growth and development through job creation, food security and an end of extreme poverty.”
Okumagba also applauded President Tinubu’s promise to address the nation’s economic problems and his directive to the monetary authorities to make monetary policy to be more business friendly and work towards a unified exchange rate.
Okumagba stated his deep appreciation of the significant role President Tinubu has played in seeking solutions to the political and economic challenges assailing our nation. Olorogun Okumagba recalls that President Tinubu’s remarkable transformation of Lagos State as Governor between 1999 and 2007, and the sustenance of a succession pipeline has since made Lagos the state of choice to live in, work, and play.
In tune with the mood of the nation for “renewed hope” of a more prosperous and united nation, Olorogun Okumagba re-affirmed his best wishes for the success of the important work that lies ahead.
EU reports: LP says FG is feebly adopting face saving measures
***EU only hit the nail on the head
The leadership of the Labour Party has countered the Federal Government of Nigeria for discrediting the European Union’s conclusion on the 2023 General Election wherein it faulted the modalities by which the conclusion was reached.
It reiterated what it believed as the accurate testament of the European Union’s conclusion on the 2023 general elections which merely hit the nail on the head.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary Obiora Ifoh said,
“Eropean Union’s Conclusion on the 2023 general elections are nit Jaundiced but accurate Testament of the outcome of the FG and INEC alliance to change the will of the electorate.”
“We see this face-saving measure by the Federal Government which is coming days after the submission of the report as feeble and medicine after death.
“It will interest the government to note that the European Union’s report is only one out of numerous submissions by other international Observers who have described the outcome of the election as a sham and an exercise that did not reflect the will of the majority of Nigerians.
“Labour Party stands by the position of the EU observation mission. We have always said that this election was massively rigged in favour of the APC and their candidate.
“What the FG is saying is just an afterthought and a shameless effort to mask the obvious. Even the blind can see, the deaf can hear and they know this election was manipulated.
“Huge pieces of evidence abound for even the deaf and the blind to hear and feel. We are only hoping that the judiciary will dispense justice without fear or favour in the interest of the nation and posterity.
“Nigerians already know the true winner of the 2023 presidential election and no amount of slandering, denial, or rebuttal can change the fact that the party in power has no mandate of the electorate.
“We must also note that whatever position the INEC has taken is with active connivance with the Federal Government to deny the electorate and it clearly shows that INEC is not in any way independent.
“The Commission’s action is at the whims and caprices of the government and we know it. But Nigerians looking to the Judiciary for justice. That’s where we stand.”
FG tackles EU over report on 2023 general elections
The Federal Government has countered the European Union’s report on the 2023 general elections, describing the conclusions therein as “jaundiced”.
The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy gave the indication in a statement on Sunday.
“We urge the EU and other foreign interests to be objective in all their assessments of the internal affairs of our country and allow Nigeria to breathe,”
According to him, the February 25, 2023 presidential election was “clearly and fairly” won by Tinubu, the then candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also advised that the EU allow Nigeria to breathe and not meddle in the affairs of the country.
“We find it preposterous and unconscionable that in this day and age, any foreign organisation of whatever hue can continue to insist on its own yardstick and assessment as the only way to determine the credibility and transparency of our elections,” he said.
He said the presidency was not unaware of the “machinations of the European Union to sustain its, largely, unfounded bias and claims on the election outcomes”.
Alake further stated that there is no substantial evidence provided by the EU or any foreign and local organisation that is viable enough to impeach the integrity of the 2023 election outcomes.
“We would like to know and even ask EU, how it reached the conclusions in the submitted final report with the very limited coverage of the elections by their observers who, without doubt, relied more on rumours, hearsay, cocktails of prejudiced and uninformed social media commentaries and opposition talking heads,” he stated.
“We have many reasons to believe the jaundiced report, based on the views of fewer than 50 observers, was to merely sustain the same premature denunciatory stance contained in EU’s preliminary report released in March.
“We strongly reject, in its entirety, any notion and idea from any organisation, group and individual remotely suggesting that the 2023 election was fraudulent.”
The media aide said Nigeria has put the elections behind, and Tinubu is facing the task of nation-building.
“As a country, we have put the elections behind us. President Tinubu is facing the arduous task of nation-building, while those who have reasons to challenge the process continue to do so through the courts.”
On June 27, 2023, the EU presented its report on the 2023 elections in Nigeria to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The EU said the election exposed enduring systemic weaknesses and therefore signaled a need for further legal and operational reforms to enhance transparency, inclusiveness and accountability.
The EU also identified six areas for improvement in Nigeria’s electoral process moving forward.
Some of the key areas listed by the Mission are ambiguities in the law, the establishment of a publicly accountable process for the selection of the INEC members, ensuring real-time publication of results as well as access to election results.
It also highlighted the need for protection for media practitioners while decrying the discrimination against women in elective and appointed positions as well as impunity regarding electoral offences.
Senator Kadiri advises New President to be focused, avoid nepotism
***Faults the process that produces Tinubu
***Wants law that will allow all cases in election to be dispensed with before inauguration
An All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts and an elderstatesman Senator Alex Kadiri has cautioned the newly sworn in President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to remain focused and shun nepotism that were the greatest albatross of former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday over the successful inauguration of President Tinubu, Kadiri who was a senator that represented Kogi East from 1999 to 2003 said Buhari failed because he lost focus few days after he took the oath of office in 2015.
On his advise to the new President, he said he expects him to be focused because what happened to Buhari was that he lost focus barely few hours after he was sworn in.
“He should be focused, he should stay away from Nepotism, stay away from settling for the rich and abandoning the poor. The poor are more in number in our country and any attempt to ignore the poor then the rich cannot sleep.
“The rich cannot continue to sleep if the poor remains awake.
Once he remains focused, he should remember that there are more people in this country than the south west where he came from. Let him realise that there are more people in Nigeria other than the Yorubas.
He said in the last government for eight years, Nepotism was the order of the day.
He expressed misgiving over the election that brought in Tinubu saying he does not agree with the process. “I wish the new government brought about by my party APC is inaugurated after the cases are dispensed with, although I don’t agree with the method throught which the victory came about.
“There are many issues that have not been cleared about him as a person. In any election, these issues ought to have been addressed. Each of the issues is capable of preventing anybody from being sworn in as the president of the country, what is his actual name, which schools did he actually attended. Where did he actually work, what is the source of his finances, did he bribe the electorate to vote for him to subvert the electoral process.
“These are issues that in other climes, must have been addressed before anybody stands for election, here we sweep them under the carpet, that has always been our lot but like I said I wish him luck since God has made it possible for him to become President.
“In other climes all cases are finished with before anybody is sworn in but here we put the Cart before the horse.
“We are now going to expect our judges to tell us tomorrow that Tinubu is not qualified to be President?
He therefore advocated for amendment to the electoral laws in a manner that all cases would have been dispensed before anyperson can be sworn in.
“The whole thing started from the electoral law, all issues pertaining to presidential election should be dealt with and dusted before anybody is sworn in.
“Our judges despite the fact that they have their shortcomings, this particular situation we have put them in is very difficult position.
“I will 81 years next Month, I am worried about those who are much younger. I never believed that our country will go down the way it has gone, I never believed that my party’s President will bring the country to the level it has gotten today.
“I am only praying that things improve. I had a benefit of a good education, I attended good hospitals, I have been eating good food but my children can not enjoy all those facilities today. I used to travel to my Village almost every week but now to do that every 3 months or 6months you have struggle to get security or anything at all.
“The insecurity is so high that you need to go and hire body guards or policemen, they are available for such things. Go around is now impossible.
“Like I said, I wish him luck, whether we like it or not we now have a President produced by my party. The point I am making, as an 80 year old man, whether anybody like it or not I am telling you what I feel about the situation. I am not a happy person.”
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