Another controversy about President Bola Tinubu has been stoked by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, identified as Mallam Yakubu on how the offer by him to make the fomer governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu Senate president failed
Yakubu, a strong ally and supporter of Tinubu, in a viral video, released on Thursday, disclosed how the President failed to honor that promise to make Kalu Senate President in the 9th National Assembly.
According to him, he was there in Kalu’s house when Tinubu made the political promise but later went deceitful to betray his friend and political ally and pitched the tent of Senate Presidency with Godswill Akpabio.
The Zamfara APC chieftain and ally of Tinubu said it was not too late for the President to do the needful by ensuring that Kalu becomes the Senate President.
He said, “Yes, Good evening, this video is overdue. You see, most of us are politicians in this country and we cannot see the truth without talking. We have to appreciate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for all he has done in this country since he took over as the president in this country.
“But there are people he promised and he is fulfilling some of them and he is not fulfilling some of them. I was opportune to be in the house of a former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu when his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu came into the house and we all ate and drank.
“The Senator’s wife cooked for everyone of us that day, we ate good food that day and the President told him, ‘please do not run for President, go back to run for Senate, I will make you Senate President.’ Orji Kalu agreed and he ran for Senate.
“And today, Mr President is not fulfilling that promise. Most of the financial crisis we are having today, it is only Senator Orji Uzo Kalu who has the capacity and the experience to negotiate with the international communities, to negotiate with the local investors, to negotiate with every stakeholders and make sure every challenge we are having today to come to an end.
“Kalu has done his part, Tinubu should pay him back and the time for that Senate Presidency is now.
“Mr President needs somebody like Senator Orji Uzo Kalu, people think that as a young man, as a former Governor he has money, he cannot be controlled, he is not going to be loyal. No, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu is a very loyal person that I have opportunity to know very well, he is very loyal person.
“Mr President should remember when he was having problem with President Olusegun Obasanjo, how Senator Orji Uzo Kalu helped him to win his election in Lagos after 1999 election when he was coming in 2003. He was denied the right by President Obasanjo, it was only Orji Uzo Kalu who stood by him and he was the only Alliance for Democracy (AD) Governor who won the election at that time because Orji Uzo Kalu supported him.
“If today such man you said you are afraid of him, you cannot trust him with the Senate Presidency, who else will he trust? You need somebody that can build the country with you, you need a man that is highly influential internationally that can talk to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and talk to other international bodies for African investment to grow.
“We cannot be rich and be poor and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is working harder for growing this country and if you are working harder to grow this country, you need Senator Orji Uzo Kalu as the Senate President. He is very well known person, a very capacity person, someone who can go round with you, to make you get what you are looking for.
“My advice for Mr President is this: we all worked with you, I was a member of AD, I worked with you, I campaigned for you, we love you but we want you to keep that promise you made to Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his house, telling him to step down that he should not run for President, that you will give him senate President.
“Today you are not fulfilling the promise, I don’t want you to listen to any people telling you wrong thing about Orji Kalu; Orji Kalu is the only man that can grow this country with you Mr President Bola Ahmedu Tinubu..We want you to review your stand on this matter, thank you very much Mr President.”
Group threatens to occupy govt house if Akeredolu fails to hand over to his Deputy
A group, under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party Forever Initiative (PDPFI) has threatened to occupy government House if Governor Rotimi Akeredolu fails to handover to his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa without further delay
The group insisted that if the ailing governor fails to handover within 72 hours, they will occupy the government house on Monday.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Obande Gideon declared that though, they will continue to pray for Akeredolu’s quick recovery as human, but his incapacitation should not affect governance.
The group said that there is a provision for a deputy who shall discharge his duties in an acting capacity as empowered by the law, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to provide the kind of leadership expected of it by Nigerians.
The group decried the ineptitude of APC government, adding that APC has failed to manage the political crisis in Ondo State.
PDPFI said: “The worst of it is the political vacuum in Ondo State where the APC led Federal government used in showcasing its ineptitude towards governance in the Country.
“It also happened in Taraba State when the late Gov Danbaba Suntai had an air crash, we resolved the crisis but the ruling APC has failed woefully in managing the political crisis in Ondo State. This is a sign that the APC led Federal government is insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”
The group further pointed out that APC has abandoned the constitution to serve some personal interest.
It wondered why it is so difficult to call the State Assembly to order and ensure smooth working relationship between the Deputy Governor and the sick Governor’s family.
The group warned that they can not fold their hands and watch the nation been sank, adding that their action is to guide the ruling party.
The group said: “Once upon a time, our party, the peoples Democratic Party attempted to protest against the leadership vacuum in Ondo State but the security agencies prevented us. We are not giving up, we are resilience in propagating good governance at all time.
“It has become ridiculous and indeed a laughing stock the activities of non state actors, who display their overbearing influence on the management of affairs of Ondo State in view of their relationship with the ailing Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The Governor has been around in the Country but obviously not fit enough to manage the affairs of the State. The question is, since the Deputy Governor is not allowed to act, and the Governor has refused to resume, who is administering the State at the moment.
“We hereby call on Governor Olawarotimi Akeredolu to resume within 72hours or hand over power to his Deputy for effective management of Ondo State.
“We make bold to say that, if the Governor fail to resume or handover power to his Deputy within 72hours, we will have no option than to occupy Ondo State Government House to press home our demand, he stated.
Adamant NLC, TUC declare nationwide strike starting Monday midnight
Despite restraining order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) against the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), counterparts from embacking on strike, the unions have resolved to commence the planned nationwide strike from midnight today (Monday)
In a statement on Monday, the unions ordered workers nationwide to withdraw their services at midnight.
“In furtherance to the decision of the Joint National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC and TUC, all workers in Nigeria are hereby directed to withdraw their services effective 12:00 midnight today, 13th November 2023,” the unions said in a joint statement.
“Consequently, all affiliates and state councils of NLC/TUC are directed to issue circulars for maximum compliance and these circulars be made available to the National Secretariats or posted to the NEC and CWC Whatsapp Platforms.”
While assuring members of further updates about the nationwide strike, organised labour urged them to “remain assured of our commitment to Nigerian workers and people”.
The strike is part of labour’s moves to push for justice after the National President of the NLC Joe Ajaero was malhandled in Imo State last week. Ajaero and other NLC members were in the South-East state for a protest over “non-payment of salaries and pensions for 44 months and violation of other labour rights”.
However, the NLC chief was treated as a criminal in the state with the union accusing Imo state of arranging the attack to stifle protests over workers’ rights. Ajaero was badly hurt, bundled into a van and briefly detained, according to the union.
Following the incident, NLC and TUC threatened to go on a nationwide strike on November 14 if the government failed to meet its demands, which included the resignation of police officials.
“We are worried that it has become criminal for workers in Nigeria to gather for a peaceful protest,” they said.
Last week, the unions picketed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to press home their demands, leaving travellers stranded.
Recent strikes have had a mixed turnout. Last month the unions agreed to call off a planned strike in protest over rising living costs after the government offered a package of measures to cushion the impact of its economic reforms.
NUJ FCT Chairman buries beloved wife amid tears, wailing
The remains of Late Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen, wife of the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen were laid to rest amid tears and wailing in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State on Wednesday.
Comrade Osaretin is also a senior correspondent of the Tribune Newspapers in the FCT.
Among those who sent condolence messages to the Chairman, NUJ, FCT Council included the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud.
In a statement she personally signed, Mahmoud stated that: “It is with a deep sense of loss and sadness that I convey to you my heartfelt condolence on the death of your amiable spouse, Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen.
“I can’t imagine the pain you are going through, but in this time of sorrow, may you find peace and solace in the loving memories you shared with your dear wife.
“As you comprehend this profound loss, my heart goes out to you, and the rest of your family, and I wish you nothing but comfort and strength.
“On behalf of the Office of the Honourable Minister ot State, FCT, do accept my deepest sympathies for this great loss.
“May the Almighty GOD grant her eternal rest.”.
Speaking after the burial, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen maintained that the late Mrs. Osadebamwen was a virtuous and supportive wife whose demise was a great loss to the entire family.
He said: “My sweetheart, the 6th wonder of Igala-nation, my pride, my love, our love story is taking a new turn. One that would take a very long time to agitate my mind. It is about your sudden exit. You played me, my love. You sent me on an errand, and before I came back, you were on your way to heaven. Not my wailing could hold you back. So sweet was your heavenly sight you always talked about. You saw it, liked being there, and disregarded my call to return. And you were excited.
“Today, the beautiful moments seem to have all gone. Wait, not gone. Efeosa Eseosa is here, so is Omosefe Ufedoh and Osarhiemen Ojone. They are the products of our union. The blessings of God that added no sorrow. I love you, my darling.”.
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