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Nigeria doesn’t need a good man as President – Chidoka shades Peter Obi

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Osita Chidoka

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka has declared that Nigeria doesn’t need a good man as President. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart made the remark on Thursday at a virtual national dialogue monitored by DAILY POST. Chidoka’s “good man” assertion was in response to previous comments by a Labour Party, LP, chieftain Valentine Ozigbo.

Ozigbo, Special Adviser to Obi on Technology and Strategic Alliances, described the LP presidential candidate as a humble man.

“When it comes to the personality of the candidates, we don’t emphasize character. You need someone who is humble, who you can engage. You need somebody who is compassionate, who cares about his country, fellow human beings; someone who fears God, who has conscience.

“There are some people who want to be empire on their own. Even as they are today, you cannot even reach them how much more when they become President,” the 2021 Anambra governorship candidate said.

In his contribution, Chidoka highlighted PDP’s achievements when it controlled the federal government between 1999 and 2007.

“The challenge is when you build institutions around an individual, you are bound to have problems. The lesson of our past history was that Obasanjo was a strong active leader, and afterwards we had Yar’Adua.

“Yar’Adua was a honest and quiet man, but under whom not much moved because every move was susceptible to conversation and long debate. He was a good man, the first man to declare his assets publicly and also made his vice to declare assets publicly.

“The first man to reform the electoral system, acknowledging that the election that brought him to power was not good.”

Chidoka however insists building institutions that will stop the ‘business as usual syndrome’ is “far more critical than a good man. The former Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corps Marshal cited ex-German ruler Adolf Hitler as an example.

“One of the good men that ruled the world was Adolf Hitler,” the politician said. When he was elected, the whole Germany said this is the man that we need to restore the German pride.

“We all know how it ended because the German people for the first time, instead of trusting in their institutions, trusted an individual.”

Chidoka, a former governorship candidate in Anambra, also mentioned the President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Despite the challenges of being charged to court for corruption, the people of Brazil re-elected him again because he gets things done. Getting things done is different from an Umaru Yar’Adua who was a good man, a very decent man, but could not get things done”, he added.

Source: dailypost

In other news – 2023: I will deliver over 1.5 million votes for Tinubu – Adegboyega Oyetola

Former Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola has promised to deliver over 1.5 million votes from the State for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

Adegboyega Oyetola

Oyetola made this disclosure at the inauguration of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in Osogbo on Thursday. Learn more

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Alia moves to resolve land dispute between Air Force, Benue communities

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Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia has met with a delegation from the Nigerian Air Force, as well as representatives of Ugondo and Mbaivur, to deliberate on ways to peacefully resolve the lingering land dispute between Air Force and the two communities.

In his address during the meeting on Wednesday in Makurdi, Alia said he was pleased to host the warring factions, stating that peacefully resolving the dispute around the area will attract more Federal Government presence, thereby bringing more development to the state.

Alia, who appreciated the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, for his efforts to ensure that the standing dispute is resolved, reiterated his administration’s readiness to continue to press and ensure that more developmental projects are brought to the state.

The governor, who also visited the area after the meeting, promised to construct a road that will link up to the borders of Makurdi and Gwer-West, and up to the Gwer-West boundary with Gboko Local government, in order to make the communities more accessible. He added that the road would serve as a permanent boundary between the natives and the Air force.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the delegation and the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, Nigerian Air Force, Makurdi, AVM F O Edahosa, noted that efforts were made in the past to resolve the land dispute, to no avail.

He said the Chief of Air Staff has also shown interest in the resolution of the case, considering how strategic Benue is, and is willing to ensure that the dispute is amicably resolved.

He appreciated the governor for his tireless efforts and desire to ensure peace in the state, pointing to some of the meetings the governor has held with different security heads since he assumed office.

Responding, the Mue Ter Ugondo, Chief Clement Kurugh, as well as Amir Ishor, the representative of the Ter Makurdi, all appreciated the governor and the Chief of Air Staff for wading into the existing land demarcation dispute, saying they trust the governor’s efforts to resolve the issue and bring a lasting solution.

Source: People

In other news – Labour Party chairman, Abure, others released

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, who was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, alongside other party members, has regained freedom.

Julius Abure

Abure and the Edo state chairman of the party, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi were arrested by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Read more

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Labour Party chairman, Abure, others released

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The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, who was arrested on Wednesday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, alongside other party members, has regained freedom. Abure and the Edo state chairman of the party, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi were arrested by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The arrest followed a petition by the LP Youth Leader, Comrade Eragbe Anselm Aphimia, who is reportedly loyal to the factional chairman of the party, Lamidi Apapa.The youth leader petitioned the CP alleging that he was attacked by some party members in December 2023.

Abure was forcefully arrested barely 48 hours to the party’s primary election ahead of the September 21 gubernatorial polls in the state.

However, DAILY POST gathered that Abure was released on Wednesday night on bail. Addressing supporters on Thursday morning, Abure said, “let me thank all of you for your solidarity and support. We have been facing several battles since the last election ended.

“Yesterday, we were making arrangements for the primaries and the police swamped on us, arrested us, over what I will not discuss now because investigation is still going on. I must, however, state clearly that following several interventions, they have graciously released me on bail

Source: businessday

In other news – I keep my relationship private because of my past mistake – Mercy Eke

Big Brother Naija reality star, Mercy Eke has claimed she keeps her dating life and relationship private because of her past experiences.

Mercy Eke

 

Speaking in a recent episode of the Celebrity Quickies posted on comedian AY’s YouTube page, Eke disclosed that she found love again but decided to keep the identity of her new lover secret. Read more

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INEC fixes date for Saki rerun election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed Saturday, 3rd February, 2024, as the date for the conduct of a rerun election in two polling units in Saki West State Constituency, Oyo State House of Assembly. INEC made this declaration via a statement issued by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Rahman Adeniran Tella.

The REC in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, said that the conduct of the rerun election was in compliance with court order.Tella said the affected polling units include, Odo-osun 007 in Ogidigbo area and Ogbalanja polling unit 019 in Sepeteri/Bapon registration area.

The REC said only eligible voters with permanent voters’ card (PVC) who registered in the two affected areas would be qualified to vote during the rerun.

He added that the Biomodel Accreditation System (BVAS) would be deployed for the exercise. He urged the candidates for the election to begin campaigns immediately

Source: Naija News

In other news – Peter Obi, Sowore wouldn’t have ended suffering experienced under Tinubu – Daddy Freeze

Nigerian media personality Daddy Freeze has said the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, and his counterpart from African Action Congress, AAC, Omoyele Sowore, might not have ended the sufferings Nigerians are experiencing under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Nigerian media personality Daddy Freeze

 

He, however, noted that a younger president like Sowore or Obi would have attracted more investments to Nigeria unlike Tinubu’s administration. Read more

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