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Rebirth of refinery, another evidence of Buhari’s acumen- BMO

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Rehabilitation of the 60,000 barrels per day Port-Harcourt Refinery, the oldest refinery in Nigeria and its eventual start-up in the first quarter of 2023 is historical and highly commendable.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), this is further evidence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s managerial capacity, a solid will to deliver on a commitment to infrastructural development and a more creative way of resolving challenges amidst unfavourable circumstances.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group affirmed that “when a government is committed, focussed, transparent and honest it will have the will to deliver on any promise made in the public space.
“We have now seen that it is very possible to rehabilitate our old refineries that have become congenially comatose over so many years and were almost sold off as scrap by a previous government.

“Interestingly, the model for managing the rehabilitated refinery will be by a third-party concession and not directly by the government.
“This will greatly reduce the possible threat of mismanagement, and the third party will be accountable to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), and by extension, Nigerians.

“In addition, we now have two modular refineries (Waltersmith and Duport refineries) that have been completed and are ready to go on stream,” it said.
BMO recalled that the Federal Government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo had granted licenses to 18 private refineries. Still, there was no crystallization of these licenses until Buhari came on board.

“Also, we now have the mega Dangote Refinery that has already concluded its sourcing of crude oil with NNPCL for its refining activities. Now we are looking forward to a 650,000 (bpd) mega refinery being streamed by the private sector.
“These are some of the national aspirations that are necessary to elevate the Nigeria situation which past politicians have made a sing-song of without practically consolidating them.

“Luckily, we have a Buhari administration that is translating the vision of operating a private refinery to a reality, across boards. Aside from rehabilitation of the 60,000 barrels per day Port-Harcourt Refinery, refurbishment of the Kaduna and Warri refineries are also progressing very well.”

The pro-Buhari group urged Nigerians to show gratitude to Buhari who, under challenging circumstances and constricted environment, has been able to take on these challenges and is delivering on them in the most systematic ways.

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Ondo Guber: PDP begins accreditation of 627 delegates as primaries commence

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The accreditation process for 627 delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that will vote during the governorship primaries of the party in Ondo State has begun.

With the indirect mode of primary adopted by the opposition party, the voting process will soon begin immediately after the delegates have undergone accreditation.

The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who is superintending over the exercise, has assured that the process will be transparent.

According to Ewhrudjakpo, the party is poised to takeover power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in order to ensure proper governance in the state.

“We expect about 627 delegates for the election and we are all set. All members of the panel are here, the accreditation has started.

“So, we are prepared and the aspirants are in high spirits and they have assured me that they would agree to work together for whoever emerged as the candidate.

“The problem of our party is how to get the power back from the APC that had taken power from us for the past eight years.

“You may be aware of my record that I was the one that conducted the primaries in Osun State and we won in Osun and I’m here again to conduct the primaries in Ondo State.

“By the grace of God, we are going to win because the sun of the last year is still the same of this year, so the rain will fall and the farmers would have good harvest.”

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Mimiko’s younger brother joins guber race in Ondo

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By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

Abass Mimiko, a  younger brother to the former governor  of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has emerged as the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.

Mimiko, who emerged the candidate through affirmation in the primary election of the party held on Wednesday at the state party secretariat in Akure, the state capital, said he was going to focus more on education, health, economy and security of the state if elected as the next governor of Ondo State.

According to him, “We are a forced to be reckoned with in this election, we will ensure food security within a year of our being in the office, we will have surplus of food in Ondo State, we will ensure affordable quality education, industrialisation housing , free health services for all residents are  part of our programmes.”

He, however, said his brother, Olusegun Mimiko has thrown his weight behind him in his aspiration to become the next governor of the state.

In his remarks, the National Secretary of the party, Yahaya Wakama said the party was ready to take over the state from the ruling party, urging the members to work hard in order to achieve this.

“Let me remind us however that the days ahead will be even more demanding and disturbing. The signs of what we should expect are already here, harassment, attacks and economic strangulation are some of the weapons that the ruling party will wield in their attempt to prevent the people’s will. But we cannot give up.

“We must resolve to snatch our state from the jaws of death and the predators whose only desire is to sink the ship of state. We must remain the voices of our people and work for their betterment,” Wakama said.

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Edo Guber: INEC final list unsettles LP leadership

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…As Dep. Governorship candidate’s name is missing

By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

The final list of candidates for the upcoming governorship election in Edo state as published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has unsettled the leadership of the Edo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP).

The party has faulted the electoral body for omitting the name of its validly nominated running mate, Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, (SAN) instead of Oluyinka Faith Alufohai who was listed by the electoral body.

Recall on April 19, it was reported that Labour Party governorship candidate in the September 21 gubernatorial election, Olumide Akpata dropped Oluyinka Faith Alufohai and picked Alhaji Asamah Yusuf Kadiri, SAN as the deputy governorship candidate of the party.

In a press statement by Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi, State chairman LP, made available to journalists in Benin City, he assured party members and supporters that “this is simply a technical error.”

According to Comrade Ogbaloi, “Our team followed all necessary procedures and submitted Alhaji Kadiri’s name and credentials as the deputy governorship candidate, well within INEC’s stipulated window. Unfortunately, a technical glitch occurred at the end of the National Headquarters of our party during the submission process, resulting in the incorrect name appearing on the final list.

“We are currently actively engaged with INEC officials to rectify this issue immediately and our team has provided all requisite documentation demonstrating Alhaji Kadiri’s valid nomination. We have been following-up with INEC diligently, to ensure it updates its candidate list with the accurate information.

“We recognise the anxiety this error may cause, but urge our supporters to remain calm and steadfast in their commitment to our party’s vision. Your unwavering support and activism have been invaluable thus far, and we need you to continue spreading awareness of our platform and championing the positive change we represent.

“The Labour Party is determined to contest the forthcoming September 21, Edo State Governorship elections fairly and transparently. We should not allow this minor administrative hurdle to dampen our confidence or impede our momentum. Together, we shall overcome any obstacle, minor or major, as we continue our march towards restoring Edo State to its pride of place nationally.”

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