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Good governance will stop military coups in West Africa, says Ganduje



The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, has urged African leaders to deliver on good governance as a way of reducing the incidences of military coups in West Africa.


Ganduje made this known when he received a delegation from the ruling party in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by its National Chairman, Mr Stephen Ntim.


He noted the long historical affinity between Nigeria and Ghana, it would be apt for the ruling parties of both counties to share ideas on delivering good governance to their citizens.


He noted that with good governance systems in place, the masses would be the ones to resist any military incursions that could derail democratic rule.

“This kind of visit is important and good to help us exchange ideas on how to deliver good governance to the people; and it can even reduce tide of military incursions that we are witnessing recently.

“While we are discouraging military coups, we must improve our governance systems, when this is done, the masses will be the first to even resist any such military interventions”, the APC chairman said.

He described the visit of the NPP national chairman as an ice-breaker that would strengthen the relationship between the ruling political parties of both countries.

This, he said, was especially because Ghana and Nigeria shared same values and political history.

Ganduje said the relationship between both countries was long standing, noting that they passed through same colonial masters and shared same national language: English.

He recalled how both countries secured independence from Britain without shedding blood and spoke English as official language which further strengthened their bond among Francophone neighbours.

He said the Ghana ruling party national chairman was breaking the ace by developing a strong tire between leaders of political parties in the region.

Ntim earlier, congratulated Ganduje on his emergence as APC national chairman, and Nigeria on her 63rd Independence Anniversary.

“We are happy and proud to be sharing this day with you. It signals greater days ahead and we hope you will want to reciprocate this visit”, he said.

He told Ganduje that it would be significant for the APC and NPP to be sharing ideas on enthroning good governance so that the parties would remain in power for many more years.

The NPP national chairman said his party had a lot to learn from Ganduje and Nigeria’s ruling party,the APC.

“As a party, we have a lot to learn from Ganduje as an individual, and from the APC as a political party,” he stressed.
He said his visit was to begin a journey between the ruling parties of the two countries on how to enthrone good governance in the interest of its citizens.

Ntim noted that Nigeria and Ghana had a long standing relationship that could not be taken for granted, adding that since 2017, Ghanania presidents had visited Nigeria 45 times.

He thanked the APC national chairman for accepting to meet with him in spite of the short notice, saying he looked forward to having him visit Ghana before long.

Ntim was accompanied on the visit by Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Rashid Bawa and some officials of his party among others.


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie



Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.


According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.


He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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