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2023: I will restore hope to Nigerians — Yahaya Bello



One of the aspirants to succeed President Munamadu Buhari on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi stateas said his government will restore hope to Nigerians if elected as president in 2023 general elections

Yahaya Bello made this known while addressing journalists at the party national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms.

According to him, he will be glad to unite and secure Nigeria and urged all party faithfuls to support him to emerge as the flagbearer of APC come 30th and 31st of May 2023, as he’s very sure that’s the easiest way the party can be victorious.

“Yahaya Bello is coming on the table and restoring hope to the entire Nigeria and the entire black race,  Africa as a continent and the entire black people across the world. That is the hope we are bringing on board to unite, to secure, and to put our country and its people on the path of progress and prosperity.

“Today I have with me my nomination and expression of interest forms to contest as the presidential flagbearer of this great party, the All Progressives Congress. Today we are happy, Nigerians are happy and the party is happy. Right now what we have ahead of us is the task of canvassing and consulting all party faithfuls, leaders, stalwarts, members and even all Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.”

Speaking on the rumored adoption of the former president Goodluck Jonathan by two northern governors, Governor Bello said he’s not bothered by such as he strongly believes all odds are in his favour and expressed optimism to emerge victorious.

“That is the beauty of democracy. In democracy anybody can support anyone but I am assuring you that our great party, the APC is a party that has its own ethics, rules and regulations and I know surely that all of these are in my favour and I am not in any way scared of the pedigree of anyone whatsoever.

“I am confident that I am in the majority, I have the women, I have the youth, I have the people living with disabilities and they are all behind me. I have leaders, I have followers and above all, God Almighty.”

Meanwhile, a female aspirant for the Senatorial Position of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Adedayo Benjamin Laniyi on the platform of APC, had earlier on Wednesday thanked the leadership of the party for giving women an affordable budget to get their nomination forms.

Laniyi while speaking to journalists after obtaining her expression of interest and nomination forms said she stands to represent not just an advocacy of victory for women running in the political race of the nation but more importantly, for the advocacy of women rights to be on the ballot box to run and to win.

According to her, “I have raised and I have built skills, institutions, teams, by the power of leadership and the distinction not just of leading but of working with a team to effectively deliver an expectation and results.”

On the price of nomination form as women have been considered to pay less compared to men, she said, “It’s not half the price I bought my form but for the whole price, expression of interest of 3 million naira. And that is why I was particular to appreciate what has already been paid for, by way of the leadership of the party, granting women out of the 20 million naira the intervention of 3 million.

“So I didn’t buy it at half price. I bought it at the whole figure of 3 million naira, which is the rate of reference for any woman running for Senate in the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the APC.”

Speaking further on what would be her primary focus if eventually elected, she said her priority is to establish a statement of non-negotiable unity at the center of unity.

“That translates to taking the diversity of indigenous and non Indigenous status and making it a national reference of unity, faith, peace and progress from everyone here in the FCT, from the original inhabitants to the first settler coming in.

“FCT is the creation of a noble cause. FCT is not just a capital city, not just like a political monument, but for political history. And that is why and that is how it is. I’m in it to win it.”


APC wins all chairmanship, councillorship seats in Ekiti council polls



Candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the 38 chairmanship and 177 councillorship seats in Saturday’s council elections in Ekiti.

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) made the declaration at Ado-Ekiti on Sunday.

Returning Officers in the local government areas and in the local council development areas took turns to present the results of the various council areas at the headquarters of EKSIEC.

EKSIEC Chairman, retired Justice Cornelius Akintayo, applauded the electorate in Ekiti for the peaceful conduct of the election.

He also commended parties that took part in the election for their sportsmanship; EKSIEC staff who worked on the field; security agents and the media for a job well done.

Akintayo listed political parties that participated in the election as Action Alliance (AA), Action Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Others, he said, were Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Zenith Labour Party ZLP.

EKSIEC commissioners and principal officers joined Akintayo at the presentation of the election results.

Prominent opposition parties like the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had earlier declared their disinterest in the council elections.

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APC chieftain commends Tinubu on 50 per cent subsidy on agric inputs



Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, has commended President Bola Tinubu for approving a 50 per cent reduction in the cost of agricultural inputs for farmers during the dry season farming period.

Oyintiloye told newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo that the subsidy would have a positive impact on farmers and contribute to increased agricultural production and improved food availability.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, on Nov. 25 said the federal government would support 250,000 wheat farmers with a 50 per cent input subsidy to cultivate about 250,000 hectares during the dry season.

Oyintiloye, a member of defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), noted that the country’s current food inflation, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stood at 31.5 per cent.

Oyintiloye, a former lawmaker also said that in the selected food price watch for the month of October, as released by NBS, shows that the average price of one kilogram of rice local sold rose by 68.10 per cent on a year-on-year basis from N487.47 in October 2022 to N819.42 in October 2023.

He said the NBS statistics further revealed that the average price of one kilogram of brown beans rose by 39.90 per cent on a year-on-year basis to N790.01 in October from N564.69 recorded same period 2022, among other food prices.

Oyintiloye, however, said that the approved farm input subsidy by the federal government was timely, as it would reduced the food inflation in the country.

He said that President Tinubu’s assurance to Nigerians in transforming the agricultural sector by making food security the number one priority had started yielding positive results.

“We need to commend President Tinubu for this 50 per cent subsidy on farm inputs.

“This will go along way to boost food and nutrition security, attract private sector investment, reduce post-harvest losses, and add value to local agriculture produce in the country,” he said.

Oyintiloye said the programme of National Agriculture Growth,  aimed at supporting farmers through training on good agricultural practices and provide certified inputs, would enhance food production.

The APC chieftain said that with the various agricultural interventions by the president, there would be a positive changes in the prices of food and there would be surpluses in the coming days.

He said the president’s passion for food security and his quick intervention on fertilizers, improved seeds, mechanisation and grants, in both long and short run, would yield a desirable results to ensure food production round the year.

Oyintiloye, however, appealed to the federal government to relate directly with subsistence and large scale farmers, among other stakeholders in agriculture business through their various associations.

He said this would enable them to access various government intervention programmes without any form of hindrance and make Nigeria self-sufficient in term of agriculture produce, thereby making prices of food items affordable.

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2024 Appropriation Bill scales 2nd reading in Senate



The N27.5trillion 2024 Appropriation Bill on Friday scaled through second reading at the Senate.

The followed debates by lawmakers on the general principles of the bill at plenary.

Sen. Adams Oshiomole (APC -Edo) said there was need for appropriations to be made for the completion of the Benin-Auchi Road,saying that the road was a major link connecting Nigerians from the six zones of the country.

He said the completion of the road would help to improve economic activities in the country.

He said it was not for the Senate to be debating exchange rate, saying that determinants of exchange rate was a matter of micro economic policies.

Sen.Franchis Fadahunsi (PDP-Osun), who commended the 2024 budget, said there was need for the masses to benefit from the content of the budget on implementation.

He called for allocation of more funds to ensure completion of roads in in Osun and other parts of the country.

Sen.Enyinnaya Abaribe(APGA-Abia)said not much was allocated to power as information indicated that less than 3 per cent was allocated to power in the budget.

He said power was key to employment generation and optimal workings of other sectors and the economy in general.

He said the Senate would have to re-order the priorities of the budget for direct impact on the economy.

Sen. Aba Moro(PDP-Benue) said allocation to education should be based on UNESCO provisions, given the challenges in the education sector.

Former President of Senate, Ahmad lawan commended President Tinubu for the budget.

He said the success of any administration was based on the support the legislature, saying that the National Assembly must continue to support the President.

He called on the senate committees to be interested on what happened on the implementation of previous budgets of 2021,2022,2023 both supplementary and main budget.

Lawan said emphasis must be placed on having secured and safe environment for schools to function, and provision of enabling peace in Niger-Delta.

He called for prioritisation of security in 2024 budget, saying that security was key in attaining the required economic activities.

Deputy President of Senate, Barau Jubril, shortly after the 2024 Appropriation Bill scaled second reading refered the bill to the Committee of Appropriations.

The committee was to return it back to plenary on Dec.19 for further legislative input on the bill.

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