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North Central leaders laud Tiniubu over appointments

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The leaders, led by Bishop Alli John Alli, under the aegis of the League of Middle Belt Bishops, also appealed to Tinubu to appoint High Chief Moses Ayom as Ambassador-Designate to China.

In a letter to the Presidency on Monday, Bishop Alli, who noted that Ayom was from Benue State, called on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. George Akume, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, governor of Benue, to support the call for Avom’s appointment as Ambassador to China.

In the letter, also copied to the North Central zone governors, the leaders described Ayom as having an edge over other nominees that might be considered for the position because he was the most qualified.

The leaders expressed confidence in the ability of Ayom, adding that given the opportunity, the former presidential aspirant, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who stepped down for Tinubu during the 2023 primary election, would deliver on the mandate.

They stressed that the business relationship that Ayom had built over the years with the Chinese government and his business connections in China, would be deployed to ensure a strong mutual relationship with Asia for the overall development of Nigeria.

According to the leaders, who advised the president to consider competent hands for ambassadorial positions, Avom will not disappoint him, and indeed Nigerians, if appointed as the Chinese envoy.

The group further argued that apart from Ayom’s experience and business contacts in China; his contribution and sacrifices for the APC, as well as patriotism to the country, were worthy of note.

In the letter titled: “Before it is too late”, the leaders said; “We are here once again as an umbrella body of Middle Belt Bishops, to commend the President for his unbiased appointments so far.

“However, recall that, High Chief Moses Ayom was the leader of agitation for Middle Belt presidency, but later dropped his ambition and went all out to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is now our president.

“In his uncommon generosity, he also donated his multi-billion naira property on Ahmadu Bello way, popularly known as “Heritage Africa” to President Tinubu, which was used, and is still being used after the campaigns. This is a huge sacrifice that will only come from a dedicated, committed and patriotic citizen.

“Ayom has shown undiluted love and patriotism for this country and for the fact that there has been a very solid relationship and understanding that had existed between the Middle Belt and Southwest right from the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“Chief Ayom has also invested his time, skills and resources in campaigning for Tinubu and Alia, and by the grace of God, both are now president and governor respectively.

Therefore, they said, Ayom should not be forgotten, but should be nominated as Nigerian Ambassador designate to China, based on his connection with the Chinese and the whole of Asia, or be appointed to head a federal agency or parastatal.

“We believe this will be the minimum the trio of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Sen. George Akume and Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Iormem Alia, will do for Chief Moses as a mark of reward for his immeasurable contributions.

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APC professionals hail apex court ruling on LG autonomy

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The All Progressives Congress(APC) Professionals Forum says the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed Local Government autonomy will shore up development at that tier of government.
Dr Isa Yuguda, Chairman of the forum’s Board of Trustees, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the ruling was one of President Bola Tinubu’s major gifts to Nigeria’s democratic growth.
Yuguda said that the forum, like many Nigerians, had always wondered why state governments had, over the years, held on to funds meant for local government administrations, contrary to constitutional provisions.
He said that the development was more painful in recent months because, in spite of a quantum leap in allocations from federal purse to states and local governments, there was no commensurate improvement.
He regretted that since Tinubu assumed office, there had not been much improvement in development at state levels, let alone at the grassroots.
“This was why we supported the president’s position on the local governments, especially the decision to sue the 36 state governors over alleged misuse of local g9overnment funds.
“Now that the Supreme Court has affirmed our position and declared it unconstitutional for governors to hold on to local government funds, we praise Tinubu for testing the matter in court,” Yuguda said.
He recalled that Tinubu, as Governor of Lagos State, took the Federal Government to the Supreme Court on multiple occasions on constitutional matters.
“For our group, the court’s affirmation of local government autonomy is the first step towards grassroots development because that tier will now have direct access to funds statutorily allocated to them.
“This is good for democracy and is bound to increase fund allocations to the third tier of government,” the statement said,
He said Tinubu should be applauded for actualising what his predecessors could not.
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Political entrepreneurs behind crisis in political parties — A.A Nat’l Chair

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By: Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

National Chairman of the Action Alliance (A.A) Party, Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje has disclosed that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring crisis in some political parties in Nigeria.

Omo-Aje asserted this in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, on Wednesday said that political bigwigs often sponsor former political members to cause chaos so as to distract leaders from carrying out developmental strategies as panacea to sustainable growth within the party.

The Chairman, who congratulated Comrade Edozie Njoku on his recent victory at the Supreme Court declaring him as the authenticated National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA,) said it is an open secret that these bigwigs are behind the current crisis in A.A.

He added that the needed justice would remain elusive, but the bold move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC,) to recognize Comr. Edozie as the National Chairman of APGA is a welcome development.

Omo-Aje noted that “the Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,”  the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating, often slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.”

According to him, the leadership tussle bedevilling some political parties in Nigeria such as Action Alliance (AA), and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), among others, will make one understand the impact of the above popular saying.

He stressed that just like APGA, the Action Alliance has been involved in the leadership tussle for a long time since in 2017 while APGA began her ‘Political Civil War’ a little over 6 years ago.

“I referred to the problem within APGA as a political civil war because the political tussle when it lasted was among the members of the political party, while the onslaught on our Party is from outsiders,” he stated.

According to him, it is no longer a secret that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring the former members of A. A to disrupt the governance and political activities of the party.

However, he maintained that the Wheel of Justice will eventually grind finely for Action Alliance as it ground fine for APGA, adding that he believes in the Justice System of Nigeria to always favour the truth.

“Both the Greek and Chinese ancient philosophers are ascribed with the ancient wise saying that ‘The Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,’ the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating often-slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.

“Comrade Edozie Njoku eventually got justice after getting a judgement in his favour from one court to another even to the Supreme Court yet it seemed as if the needed justice would remain elusive but the bold move by the INEC to recognize him as the genuine Chairman is a welcoming development.

“I congratulate Hon. Edozie Njoku and his National Executive,  I admire their doggedness and persistence to get the deserved justice.

“I am using this opportunity to thank all our members who have been unwavering in their support and loyalty. I assure you again,  both Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his sponsors have met more than their match in me and my team.

“Let’s not fight or be angry with those who abandoned the ship when it seems the ship is leaking. Let us be more understanding and tolerate them, more especially to those who are sitting on the fence.

“Just like our brother from APGA, We also have a Supreme Court ruling affirming that Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his accomplice Mr James Vernimbe are not our members. THE SAME SUPREME COURT!”

“It may be delayed but I am confident that the Wheel of Justice will grind finely for us in Action Alliance. Once again, I assure you that I won’t stop leading you even from the battlefront until we conquer both the enemies within and without.”

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PDP suspends National Vice Chairman (South South), Orbih

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih over his alleged actions and utterances on Edo governorship primary election of the party.

The party disclosed this, in a statement, by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ologunagba said that the National Working Committee (NWC), at its 588th meeting on Wednesday, July 10,;considered all issues, including complaints on the activities of Orbih, concerning the Sept. 21 election.

According to him, the NWC, at the meeting, unanimously condemned the embarrassing actions and utterances of Orbih relating to the Edo State Governorship Primary Election of PDP.

“The actions and utterances are inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017) and the demand of his office as a national officer of the party.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up a six-member committee headed by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, to investigate the issue pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the party.

“In the meantime, the NWC forthwith suspends Chief Dan Orbih from participating in all meetings, activities and programmes of the NWC, pending the conclusion of the investigation by the committee,” he said.

Ologunagba added that the NWC acknowledged the support and solidarity of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo who rallied round the PDP and its Candidate, Dr Asue Ighodalo.

He charged all PDP leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Edo to remain united, focused and continue to work hard for the victory of PDP and its candidate in the upcoming election.

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