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2023: Nigeria needs visionary, competent leadership — Peter Obi

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…Says election’ll be about capacity, not tribe, connection

Abimbola Abatta

To address the teeming challenges bedevilling Nigeria, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, said the country needs visionary, competent leadership.

This is even as Obi said 2023 elections will not be about connections, tribe, or religion, but about competence, character and commitment to deliver.

Obi stated this on Monday at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at the Eko Hotels in Lagos.

Speaking at the 2022 NBA AGM themed “BOLD Transitions,” the former Anambra State Governor said Nigeria’s problems are results of accumulated leadership failure.

His words: “Out of 200 million Nigerians, 60 percent is supposed to be working. So, it implies 120 million Nigerians working, but today, Nigerians that are working are under 60 million.

“We are in a physical mess, total physical mess because of all this. Between January this year and April, the total revenue of the federal government of Nigeria is N1, 630,000,000,000 but expenditure is four trillion, N4,720,000,000, 000. If you minus this, we have a deficit of N3,100,000,000,000.

“How did we come here? It is the effect of leadership failure over the years. What are we going to do to come out of this?

“You need to have a visionary, articulated, competent leadership.

“The elections we are going to have next year will not be about tribe nor religion, not connections, not entitlement, but about character, competence, capacity and commitment to deliver.”

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, were present at the event yesterday.

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Court adjourns suits seeking to stop Secondus, Omehia from PDP NEC, BoT meetings

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, fixed April 16 for hearing of a suit seeking to stop former Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, from participating in the party’s meetings.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a short ruling, also fixed the date in a separate suit filed to bar sacked Rivers Governor, Celestine Omehia, from attending the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

Titus Jones, a member of the PDP at Ward 5, Ikuru Town, Andoni Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, had filed a suit marked marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/440/2024.

In the suit, Secondus; PDP; acting PDP Chairman, Umar Damagun; PDP Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu; PDP NEC; PDP National Working Committee (NWC); PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st to 8th defendants respectively.

Jones, through his counsel, Joshua Musa, SAN, had sought an order restraining the NEC, NWC, party’s chairman, secretary, and BoT from allowing Secondus to attend any of the meetings pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, having been suspended from the party.

Also in another suit filed by Precious Wobisike, a member of PDP at Ubima Ward 8, Ikwerre LGA, Omehia, PDP, Damagun, Anyanwu, NEC and INEC as 1st to 6th defendants respectively.

In the originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/436/24, Wobisike, also through Musa, sought an order of Injunction restraining Omehia from demanding from Anyanwu, the party’s secretary, any notice of meetings of the NEC.

He also sought an order of injunction restraining Omehia from attending any NEC meeting of the party or participating in the proceedings/deliberations of such meetings in any manner howsoever.

Besides, Wobisike sought an order of injunction restraining Anyanwu from giving notice of meetings of the NEC to Omehia, “not being a former Governor of Rivers State as to be a member of the National Executive Committee.”

He equally sought an order restraining INEC from according recognition to the reports, proceedings, conclusions or resolutions reached at any NEC meeting attended by Omehia.

This, he said, is in violation of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of AMAECHI v. INEC (2008) 5 NWLR (Pt. 1080) p. 227, the judgment of the High Court of Rivers in the case of Sir Celestine Omehia v. The Governor of Rivers  & 2 Ors – Suit No: PHC/3317/CS/2022 and Article 31(1)(w) of the Constitution of PDP (2017 as amended).”

NAN observes that Justice Ekwo had, on April 5, granted the motions ex-parte moved by Musa on behalf of Jones and Wobisike restraining Secondus and Omehia from participating in the party’s meetings pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matters.

The judge, who ordered that the processes be served on the respondents within five days, fixed the matter for today for motion on notice.

When the first matter was called, Musa, who appeared for Wobisike, told the court that the ex-parte order had been served on the defendants.

He said the matter was fixed for hearing of the motion on notice.

However, Ibrahim Mark, who represented Omehia, told the court that they were served on Monday and due to the public holiday, they were yet to regularise their processes.

He sought an adjournment to enable them regularise their court documents.

M. S. Atolagbe, who appeared for 2nd to 5th defendants, aligned with Mark’s submission, and Musa did not oppose the application for adjournment.

Justice Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until April 16 for hearing.

The judge equally fixed the sister case against Secondus to April 16 for hearing.

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Price crash: Dangote Refinery diesel will reduce Nigeria’s inflation — Aliko Dangote

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President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has revealed how diesel obtained from the Dangote Refinery can reduce Nigeria’s inflation rate.

Nigeria’s inflation rate reached 31.70 percent in February 2024, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with food inflation at 37.92 percent – a 27yr high. The country’s inflation rate has been on the rise since January 2023.

Similarly, the fluctuating exchange rate of the dollar to naira has been pushing the prices of commodities and services. However, with the gradual gains recorded by the Naira over the past weeks, economic experts predict a gradual fall in the price of goods and prices with some manufacturers like Dufil Prima (makers of Indomie), airlines already crashing their prices.

The price of Diesel had also been affected in recent times by the exchange with the cost per litre rising to over N1,700.

Responding to this hike, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has urged Nigerians to expect a drop in inflation given the reduction of diesel pump prices.

Speaking on Wednesday during a chat with journalists after he paid Eid-el-Fitr homage to President Bola Tinubu at his Lagos residence.

“I believe that we are on the right track. I believe Nigerians have been patient and I also believe that a lot of goodies will now come through. There’s quite a lot of improvement because if you look at it, one of the major issues that we’ve had was the naira devaluation that has gone very aggressively up to about N1,900.

“But right now, we’re back to almost N1,250, N1,300, which is a good reprieve. Quite a lot of commodities went up. When you go to the market, for example, something that we produce locally like flour, people will charge you more. Why? Because they’re paying very high diesel prices.

“Now, in our refinery, we started selling diesel at about N1,200 instead of N1,650 and I’m sure as we go along, things will continue to improve quite a lot,” Dangote said.

Speaking further, he said, “If you look at it now, when you are buying N1,650 or N1,700 for a litre of diesel, and that one has been cut off by almost two-thirds, you are now paying N1,200 for diesel.

“Maybe, going forward, even though the crude prices are going up, I believe people will not get it much higher than what it is today, N1,200. It might be even a little bit lower, but that can help quite a lot because if you are transporting locally-produced goods and you were paying N1,650, now you are paying two-thirds of that amount, N1,200. It’s a lot of difference. People don’t know.

“This can help to bring inflation down immediately. And I’m sure when the inflation figures are out for the next month, you’ll see that there’s quite a lot of improvement in the inflation rate. So a step at a time. And I’m sure the government is working around the clock to make sure that things get much better because it is in the interest of everybody that things get better.

Recall that marketers had earlier confirmed that the Dangote Refinery had commenced the sale of Diesel and that the product was dispensed to marketers at between N1,225/litre and N1,300/litre depending on the volume of purchase.

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Lagos-Calabar Coastal road to be completed in Tinubu’s tenure — Works Minister

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The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi has noted that the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road will be completed in President Tinubu’s tenure.

While fielding questions about the project on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief, Umahi said, “We are looking at eight years in the life tenure of Mr President [Bola Tinubu].”

The Minister said each kilometre of the coastal road would cost N4 billion but said the government’s prudence made that possible.

“You know, there are other projects not awarded by me that are also going for about N4 billion per kilometre,” the former lawmaker explained.

“So, I will pride myself, to the glory of God, that this project is the most prudent project that I’m starting. Other projects I made, we are reviewing, we are fighting, and we’re trying to review, the cost,” he said.

Umahi, however, said the cost is a tentative one.

“Well, I cannot sign my signature on that because it can come down, it can go up,” the minister said.

But there are plans to recoup the money via tolling, according to the minister.

“Let me leave out the infrastructure along the corridor. Let me just concentrate on the tolls and I put 50,000 vehicles as an average passage on these toll points per day,” Umahi said on the breakfast show.

“I put N3,000 as an average cost. N3,000 because the cars could be like N1,500, and the big trucks could be like N5,000,” he said. “So, we put an average.”

“In 15 years, you make back the money,” he said, dismissing calls that the cost budgeted for the road was high.

He explained further that there will be security at the toll gates and also some facilities like filling stations.

“At every point of tolling, we also have toll station where we have a kind of relief activities: the restaurants, filling stations, parking lots, and so on and so forth,” Umahi said.

“So, people will now have confidence. In these sections, we intend to put CCTV all through.”

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