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US Election 2020: Top Republicans dismiss Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden

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US 2020: Top Republicans dismiss Trump

Top Republicans have dismissed US President Donald Trump’s stunning refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Joe Biden this November.

On Wednesday September 23, Trump refused to commit to providing a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, lending further fuel to concerns he may not relinquish his office should he lose in November, but many  Republicans on Capitol Hill, have now downplayed the remarks as merely rhetoric while others deflected questions about Trump’s comments.

No American president has refused to transmit power since 1792 so
Trump’s suggestion threatens a fundamental principle of American democracy.

“The President says crazy stuff. We’ve always had a peaceful transition of power. It’s not going to change,” said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

US 2020: Top Republicans dismiss Trump

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday insisted he is not concerned by the remarks.

“Let me be very clear to you: It’ll be peaceful,” McCarthy said, adding, “no questions, no qualms, no concerns, it’s going to be peaceful.”

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Thune of South Dakota, told CNN.

“Republicans believe in the rule of law, we believe in the Constitution, and that’s what dictates what happens (in) … our election process and so yes,” 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (pictured below) weighed in on Thursday, although he didn’t mention the president by name in a Thursday tweet.

US 2020: Top Republicans dismiss Trump

“The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” 

Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Senate Republican who voted to convict Trump during the President’s impeachment trial, said:

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“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable,” 

Sen. Susan Collins, said she is “confident that we will see it occur once again.”, referring to a smooth transition of power.

“I don’t know what his thinking was, but we have always had a controlled transition between administrations. And I’m certain that if there’s a change in administrations, that we have the calmness as well. It’s fundamental to our democracy,” she said.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, in a difficult reelection race in South Carolina, said: “It will happen,” referring to an orderly transition. “I’m not worried about that. It’s the least of my concerns.”

Graham added: “If there’s a court challenge to the election, it will be decided in court. And the loser of the challenge will accept the results.”

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Taliban leader says not less than 200 people in panjshir surrendered weapons

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By Gistflash News

Sept 6, 2021

less than 200 people including 30 commanders surrendered to the Taliban in the Panjshir Province in Afghanistan, and their weapons and ammunition were seized by the militants, Taliban’s senior leader, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said on Monday.

“In Panjshir, 200 people including 30 commanders surrendered to the Islamic Emirate with their weapons and ammunition,’’ Muttaqi wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, the Taliban claimed taking full control of Panjshir, while the National Resistance Front denied the claims as false, stressing that fighting was still underway.

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Dana Air Chairman, Ogoro, elected President, Rimi Old Boys Association

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Sept 1, 2021

Alhaji Ibrahim Francis Ogoro, Chairman, Dana Air, has been elected President, Rimi (St. John’s) College, Kaduna Old Boys Association.

Ogoro, a 1971 graduate of the 72-year-old institution, emerged president of the association in an election held at its National Convention in Abuja and attended by more than 300 delegates.

Other officers elected in the keenly contested exercise included Mr Mike Reis, Vice President; retired Commodore Daniel Hinga, National Secretary; Mr Dauda Sunama, National Assistant Secretary, and Alhaji Musa Haruna, Treasurer.

Mr Timothy Yusuf was elected Financial Secretary; Mr Hamza Yamel, National Legal Adviser, while Mr Oladele Sanya was elected National Public Relations Officer.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ogoro replaces Malam Mamman Kabir, Registrar, Surveyor Council of Nigeria, who had served in that capacity for several years.

Earlier at the Convention, Kabir had said that his team achieved a lot while in office, but hinted that the new executive council would inherit “a myriad of problems and challenges”.

“You must quickly start on overdrive mode to reverse these problems; the most daunting of them is the financial status of the association,” he said.

Kabir appealed to the Kaduna State Government to speed up work on the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS), Kawo, Kaduna which was gutted by fire, to end the temporary occupation of Rimi College by students of that school.

Students of Rimi College currently receive lectures in a primary school at Ungwan-Rimi, Kaduna after being ejected to give way to the students of the GGSS.

In his acceptance speech, the new President thanked delegates for the total support and confidence reposed in him, and assured them that all necessary steps would be taken to bring the college back to its former glory.

He commended the outgoing executive council for keeping the flag of the association flying in spite of the numerous challenges it faced.

“The problems will not be solved overnight, but my team will, as a matter of urgency, do everything possible to bring the old boys of the institution under one umbrella,” he said.

NAN

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Ganduje presents staff of office to Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado-Bayero

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Aug 21, 2021

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Saturday, presented Staff of Office to the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado-Bayero, as the second Emir of Bichi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls  that Bichi was among the newly created emirates  by  Ganduje’s administration.
Other newly created emirates were Rano, Gaya and Karaye, in addition to the existing Kano Emirate Council.
The Emir, on Friday, married off his daughter to the son of  President Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf.
Speaking after presenting the staff of office to the Emir, Ganduje said the state government appreciated the contributions,  being  rendered by  traditional institutions in promoting peace and stability in the state.
Ganduje said  the  contributions made by traditional institutions,   made the  administration  to create the additional emirates, with a view to extending development to grassroot areas.
He urged  the Emir and other Emirs in the state,  to continue to assist the government in providing security for lives and property.
The governor urged the Emir to remain a father to all his subjects without discrimination.
In his acceptance speech, the new Emir, promised to be just and fair to all people in the emirate.
Ado-Bayero urged the people of the emirate to intensify efforts in enrolling their children into the  basic education system.
He called on government and other development partners, to continue to contribute their quota in addressing desertification.
‘I am calling on people to plant trees, enroll their children in schools and report suspicious persons to the traditional institutions and relevant security agencies  for prompt action,” he said.
NAN reports that the emir was presented with traditional instruments of office.
The event was attended by ministers, state governors, traditional rulers, members of national and state assemblies.
NAN
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