We collectively elected Tinubu following his knack for wealth creation – Eneukwu
Chief Emma Eneukwu, the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), says the new President-Elect, Sen. Ahmed Tinubu, as collectively elected, is someone with known knack for wealth creation.
“This natural innate quality of the master strategist, Tinubu, would definitely turn things around in the country,” Eneukwu said in a congratulatory message sent to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday.
He said that Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State, had all it takes to make Nigeria a safe and progressive habitat for all.
The national deputy chairman noted that the new President-Elect and his incoming government, would leverage so well on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide a renewed hope to the masses as stated by his campaign slogan.
According to him, “I wish to use this opportunity to congratulate our party, the APC, on our victory during the just-concluded Presidential election.
He said: “My special congratulations go to our President-Elect, Sen Ahmed Bolaji Tinubu, who won in a grand style despite all sorts of negative propaganda against him and our great party.
“The election was a free and fair one as everybody came out en masse to elect leaders of their choice and Tinubu’s victory is the overall resolve of Nigerians on who they want to pilot their affairs in four years to come.
“I am very elated because Nigerians elected someone who has the knack for wealth creation and human capital development.
“He has demonstrated this prospective and his resolve to extend dividends of democracy of upcoming leadership through his acceptance speech as well as his speech during the reception of his certificate of return.”
Eneukwu said that Tinubu had always been very hard working and “the new President-Elect sees and places Nigeria first in everything and can do everything within his powers to make Nigeria work and great again”.
The APC chieftain said that he was not in any doubt of Tinubu’s “capacity to do well” because “he is going to perform beyond expectations”.
Eneukwu also urged APC faithful to unite and finish the remaining job come March 11 during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections by working in unity to ensure victory of the party across the states.
He maintained that reclaiming some lost states across the nation as well as adding more would give the party additional powers to prosper.
“I want to also use this opportunity to ask all our party members to finish the remaining work during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections by ensuring that the party wins more states, in addition to reclaiming all the lost ones.
“We have always shown Nigerians that we are the best political party that delivers democratic dividends to the masses.
“I believe that the sterling performances of our Governors and the integrity of our candidates will give us more victory.
“APC is the only party in Nigeria that abides in all the democratic principles and we believe that we can do better,” he added.
Eneukwu enjoined youths to rally round and support the incoming APC government which would pave the way for their political growth.
He, however, urged His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), His Excellency Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and other candidates across the 18 political parties to rally round and join Tinubu’s government.
“This will renew the hopes of the masses as Tinubu will run an all-inclusive government that would accommodate everybody,” he said.
SDP guber candidate promises top appointments for women, youths
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate in Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari-Talba, has promised to appoint women and youths to top positions if elected.
Zakari-Talba made the promise on Thursday in Katsina during an event organised by hundreds of women within Kwado area of the state to show their support to his candidature.
According to him, development of women and youths will be the top priority of his government if elected governor on March 18.
“I assure you that one of the major areas my government will focus on, is the progress of women and youths, especially in the area of education and empowerment.
“In terms of appointments, if I become the governor of Katsina State, in any 10 appointments my government will give, there must be four women and four youths.
“Therefore, I solicit your votes so that we can work together and move the state to a greater level,” Zakari-Talba said.
He commended the women for organising the event, saying it was a surprise to him to see such a number of them gathered to support him.
Earlier in her remarks, one of the women, Malama Amina Muhammad, assured the SDP candidate of their support, saying that they will mobilise more women in the area to vote for him.
NBA seeks exclusion of corrupt INEC staff from guber polls
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to exclude its staff engaged in malpractices during the Feb. 25 elections from participating in the March 11 governorship and State assemblies elections.
The NBA made the call on Wednesday in Abuja in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Akorede Habeeb-Lawal.
The association also advised INEC to fix all bugs or glitches that affected the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used during the presidential and national assembly elections.
“The NBA urges INEC to ensure that all bugs or glitches in the BVAS machines and other election technology are fixed and improved.
“All INEC staff, including collation and returning officers, with proven cases of misconduct in the Feb. 25 elections should be excluded from the March 11elections,“it said.
The association urged the Inspector-General of Police to ensure the timely deployment of police officers on duty for the March 11 elections.
It also called on political parties to educate their members and supporters on the need to eschew all forms of actions in violation of the Electoral Act.
The NBA commended Nigerians for their resilience and perseverance in carrying out their civic duties, during the presidential and national assembly elections.
The association encouraged citizens to show same values and resolve in the upcoming governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
The NBA urged INEC to address some major challenges observed during the Feb. 25 presidential and national assembly elections.
“ These include the late arrival of INEC officials and ballot materials at the polling stations, malfunctioning BVAS machines, limited or non-transmission of the results from the polling units to the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV),“it said.
Other challenges are insecurity at some polling units, violent attacks on voters and officials, voter intimidation, snatching and destruction of among others.
The association said that findings from their observers indicated that, only a quarter of the electorate representing 27.1 per cent were impressed with the conduct of the elections.
“The majority of the voters representing 64.6 per cent said they are somewhat satisfied,“it said.
It also said its observers found out that only 8.2 per cent of the electorate rated the election poor or very poor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NBA Election Working Group deployed over 1,000 INEC accredited observers, drawn from 128 branches of the association to monitor elections across the 36 states and the FCT.
President-elect is not looking for a ‘rubber stamp” NASS, says Senator-elect Oshiomhole
The President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu is not looking for a rubber stamp National Assembly but a robust one.
Senator-elect, Adams Oshiomhole, Edo North Senatorial District stated this while speaking with newsmen at the presentation of certificate of return to Senators-elect in Abuja on Tuesday.
”Our president-elect looks forward to a senate that would contribute to the development of the country.
”I will not be part of the legislator for the powerful but to the countrymen,” he said.
Oshiomhole, a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he had been been the voice of the people as a textile union activist, NLC President, and Governor of Edo , even in his choice of projects.
“I will be part of the senate that legislates for the good people of our countrymen, not for the powerful, by making sure that what we do in appropriation will be such that Nigerians get value for money.
“It is expected that the executive is powerful but does not have absolute power, so it will not be subject to legislative check.
“We are not there for the allowance. There are couple of things that can be done differently so that the renewed hope of our party can be translated into reality.
“Even the president-elect will not look forward to a rubber stamp assembly but the one that can help to contribute to knowledge.
“Nobody has absolute knowledge but working together and negotiating to have a win-win formula that will contribute to the dividends of democracy,” he said.
Oshiomhole also said that the 10th Senate would work for economic growth, robust GDP that would rely on power reforms.
“The current problem we face in the power sector was because it was meant to favour friends and relatives, who knows nothing about power.
“Now we have to find the courage to deal with a system that makes citizens pay bills for power they did not consume, which for me is fraud.
“Government must protect its citizens, and customers must be protected otherwise all the energy spent to vote for a few guys enjoy does not worth my while.
“ There are couple of things we have to do differently.”
Oshiomole said that the 10th Senate would also look into the issue of petroleum products.
“We still see long queues and each time I see the queues I feel agitated because I fought against these obnoxious policies when I was the President of NLC.
“We must take a radical action to ensure that the petrol we consume is refined in Nigeria.
”I will not go to the senate to lament but make laws that would be enforced,” Oshiomhole said.
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