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2023: I’ve no favourite governorship aspirant, says Alao-Akala



By Gistflash

June 2021

A former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, says he has no preferred aspirant among those jostling to pick the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in the state in 2023.

Alao-Akala made the clarification in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Tolu Mustapha, on Monday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alao-Akala is the Chairman of APC Elders Advisory Council in the state.

Alao-Akala had been accused of sponsoring a preferred aspirant for the governorship seat in 2023 in a publication titled: “Who gets Oyo APC ticket in 2023’’.

The publication also alleged that the ex-governor had positioned his son, Olamiju, as the running mate to a preferred aspirant.

Alao-Akala described the publication as “conjecture of lies, deceit, mischief, misinformation and a shoddy job’’, urging members of the public to disregard it.

“The said write up, which has since gone viral, after careful analysis of the intention of the said author, is a conjecture of lies, deceit, mischief, misinformation and a shoddy job,’’ he said.

Alao-Akala described himself as “a father to all the aspirants”, saying he has no bias or personal interest in any of them.

The APC chieftain said he operated an open door policy and would never discriminate against any member of the party, no matter his or her status.

“The interest and choice of the unwavering party members is what I will stand by come rain, come shine,’’ he said.

The former governor advised aspirants in the state to desist from actions that could undermine the unity of the party.

He urged them to work and meet with party faithful, who will form the bulk of those to decide who flies the flag of the party at the 2023 polls.

Alao-Akala promised to abide by the decision that would be taken at the party’s primaries, and not on the pages of newspapers or social media.

He also advised the media to desist from stories designed to fan embers of discord and disunity in the party.

Alao-Akala called on APC leaders, elders and members to discountenance the publication in its entirety.

“All party faithful should not be disillusioned or discouraged by a petty publication of this nature as the source and sponsor of this particular offensive write up is already known.’’

He vowed to expose those behind attack on the unity and cohesion of the party if they fail to desist from such act.


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2023: My successor will emerge through dialogue, says Gov. Ugwuanyi



By Gistflash

June 17, 2021

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State says his successor in 2023 will emerge through a process of dialogue anchored on justice and equity.

Ugwuanyi said this on Thursday in Enugu during a political rally organised by Enugu East Senatorial District.

The governor, who was responding to requests by the people of the zone that he should pick his successor from the area, said that their messages were well understood.

“I have listened to all the speeches. Rest assured that the contents and contexts of the messages were well understood. Dialogue, equity and justice shall take preeminence at the fullness of time,” he said.

Ugwuanyi said that he appreciated the support given to him by the people of the zone, adding that such would not be taken for granted.

The governor said that the zone emerged as the area that gave him the second highest vote in 2019 governorship election.

He commended the people of the area for their contribution to the prevailing peace in the state, adding that all hands must be on deck to sustain the same even at the expiration of his tenure.

Ugwuanyi said that his desire was to leave the state in absolute peace at the expiration of his tenure.

Earlier, the Convener of the rally and Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, said that it was the turn of the zone to produce the next governor of the state in line with existing zoning policy.

Ubosi said that the zone, comprising six local government areas, would support whoever would emerge from the area.

In a goodwill message, Dr Ben Nwoye, Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State Chapter, said that the party had already zoned the governorship position to Enugu East Senatorial District.

Nwoye appealed to the leadership of the People Democratic Party (PDP) to also zone the position to the area.

The APC chairman said that he was at the event to plead with the governor to anoint his successor from the zone.

According to Nwoye, if the PDP accede to the request, then the two political parties would then slug it out at the polls.

However, the Chairman of the PDP, Chief Augustine Nnamani, said that the PDP had its internal procedure and had not zoned the position.

Nnamani, however, said that the leadership of the party would meet soon to deliberate on the zone that would produce the next governor of the state.

“In no distant time, the party will meet but rest assured that everything will go as planned. As the true son of the zone, I cannot go against your wishes,” Nnamani said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other dignitaries that spoke in favour of the zone producing the next governor of the state included former governor of Old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo.

Others are Sen. Ken Nnamani, members of the National Assembly from the zone and traditional rulers from the zone.


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FG to use indigenous products to mark independence



By Gistflash

June 10, 2021

The Federal Government says it will use locally made products, nation’s rich culture and tourism to commemorate the country at 60, as celebration continues.

Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said this at a news conference organised in line with the preparation of Nigeria at 60 celebration continuation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the nation turned 60 on Oct. 1, 2020.

Considering the significance of the age in the  journey to nationhood, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the celebration should be made a year long one that will end in September.

According to Adebayo, the activities outlined are aimed at showcasing what the nation is endowed with that needs to be harnessed for the good of all.

He said that the concept of the event was made with the inclusion of the private sector and the activities included essay competition and photo gallery.

He noted that the celebration would be used to  showcase globally, the rich cultural heritage of the nation so as to make Nigeria a choice destination for tourism.

The minister further said that tourism has huge potential to harness and if properly developed would significantly contribute to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

”The present administration has made deliberate effort to strenthen the economy by encouraging the growth of small and medium enterprises.

“According to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, small and medium enterprises have contributed about 48 per cent of the national GDP in the last five years.

“In celebrating 60 years of our nationhood, the fruits of the labour of our people to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged.

“The exhibition of made in Nigeria products will therefore further reveal the tremendous potentials that abound in our quest for self sufficiency and self reliance.

“There is so much in our country that if we join hands we can create enough wealth for this and succeeding generations considering our rich cultural heritage and diversity,” he said.

Adebayo, therefore, urged the media to use the opportunity of the celebration to report things that unite and showed promise of a greater tomorrow for the nation.

Mr Femi Oyelade, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Say It Loud, an NGO, said the organisation was using the Nigeria at 60 celebration to reward citizens that had done exceptionally well in their endeavours.

”’The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, and the ownership committee on Nigeria@60 has commissioned Say It Loud Limited, to organise the Nigeria@60 special awards.

”#N60SA for achievement as recognition of notable and patriotic Nigerians making impact in different fields and endeavours in their different sectors and adding positive values to national development,” Oyelade said.

He added that every Nigerian could log on the website @ WWW.NIGERIANSPECIALAWARDS.COM to nominate the most suitable candidates of choice for different categories.

He called on Nigerians to participate and use the medium to showcase the good side of the nation against the negative reports.

NAN also reports that the exhibition of made in Nigeria products and life cultural troupes are scheduled from June 15 to June 19, at the Eagle Square, Abuja.


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Anambra Poll: APC set up 7-member screening committee



By Gistflash

June 9, 2021

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has set up a seven-member committee to screen aspirants jostling for its ticket in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary of the party’s Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the committee was expected to conduct the screening of the aspirants in line with the provisions of the party’s Constitution and guidelines for the nomination of candidates.

According to him, Mr Ikechi Emenike will serve as chairman of the committee while Augustine Utuk is its secretary.

Other members of the committee include; Eugene Odo, Prof. Ben Angwe, Mrs Kemi Nelson, Ahmed Aliyu and Prof. Adeolu Akande.

The committee would be inaugurated on June 10 at the APC National Secretariat.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 14 aspirants were jostling for the APC ticket to contest the election slated for Nov. 6.

The party’s primary to pick its candidate among the 14 aspirants had been fixed for June 26.

The APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms were sold to aspirants for N2.5 million and N20 million respectively.


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