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My Greatest Happiness Was Relegating Saraki And Taking Over Kwara -Oshiomole

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Immediate-past National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at a news conference Saturday in Abuja said he has no regret over the various decisions he took while at the helm of affairs, stating that his greatest moment of happiness in office was when the party took over Kwara state and effectively displaced the Saraki political dynasty.

The former labour leader said he has accepted the decision of the National Executive Committee NEC to dissolve the National Working Committee NWC which he chaired until Thursday.

“At the end of the day how do you judge the performance of a party? You judge it by its electoral outcome. I believe it is convenient for people to point at few areas where we had challenges, few states that we lost, but also there were states that we won.

“For example, it does not matter what anybody wants to say, I (Oshiomhole) remain proud that we were able to recover Kwara State. That was extremely important to us for reasons I need not enumerate.

Also expressing his excitement at recovering Gombe State for the party, Oshiomhole said; “I am happy that we recovered Gombe state. Those are very strategic states. There are a couple of other things that I could speak to but today is not the right day to talk.

“As for regrets, no regrets at all. There is no regret at all. You cannot land a party as large as the APC bin a country as diverse as Nigeria and expect that everybody is going to be happy for you.

“In life, for every one thing that some people are clapping, there must be those who are not happy. Just look at a football match.

“When you score a goal, you will see some players almost crying and yet you see some other people jubilant as if that is the end of the world. That is the way life is. You cannot have it both ways. I assure you I do not regret anything”.

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FRESH: North-East Governors’ Forum Elect Zulum Chairman

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Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has been elected as the pioneer Chairman of the North-East Governors Forum.

The Borno governor will hold the position for a period of two years.

This was made known in a communique issued at the end of the forum’s second meeting, which held in Maiduguri on Saturday and signed by the Forum’s Chairman and governor of Borno, Zulum.

According to the communique, the meeting was attended by governors of Adamawa- Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Gombe- Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya, Borno- Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Bauchi- Sen. Bala Mohammed, Deputy Governors of Taraba- Engr Haruna Manu and Yobe, Idi Barde Gubana.

The governors also agreed to make Maiduguri headquarters of their forum.

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Ize-Iyamu: Buhari Blasts PDP, All Your Governors Must Quit First

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President Muhammadu Buhari has lashed PDP over its call that he should dissociate from Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, questioning the party’s moral ground to make the call.

In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari asked the PDP to clear moral cobwebs in its camp first before questioning the integrity of the APC candidate in the Edo election.

The statement referred to some PDP governors, facing corruption trials before their election and who nevertheless were elected.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which has been struggling to clear its name from alleged deals with the underworld in Dubai and the United States has, to our surprise, found the voice to attack the anti-corruption war of the Muhammadu Buhari administration following the President’s endorsement of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress, APC’s dashing candidate for the governorship election in Edo State.

Forgetting its own history and antecedents, the PDP said in a garrulous statement that “the President ought to have been aware that the Candidate is standing trial for corruption,” and then went on rant against the government’s war against corruption, alleging its failure.

Let PDP first withdraw the governorship nominations it gave to Ahmadu Fintiri and Bala Mohammed of Adamawa and Bauchi States respectively, before it opens its mouth and talk on the efforts of this administration in fighting corruption. Or else, it should shut its mouth forever and leave us to do what it dares not attempt.

Both PDP governors were actually on bail from criminal trial on several counts of fraud and embezzlement.

Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, July 1, 2016 granted bail to the former acting governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. He was charged on June 30, 2016 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his company, Mayim Construction and Properties Limited on a five-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N2.9 billion.

In the case of Bala Mohammed, the PDP Governor of Bauchi State, the EFCC, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, arraigned the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, before Justice A.

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FRESH: I Won’t Vie For President In 2023, South Deserves It –El-Rufai

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai has said he would not vie for the 2023 presidency.

He stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Saturday.

The governor said the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the South at the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office.

El-Rufai noted that rumour of his presidential ambition has been making the rounds since he was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003 to 2007.

He said, “Many have been saying that I want to contest for president since I was a Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“This does not make sense.

“I do not want [to contest the Nigerian presidency].

“It’s God that gives power, whether you like it or not.

“If He [God] wants, He [God] will give it to you, but I have never intended to contest for the presidency of Nigeria and nobody can say I did.”

El-Rufai disclosed that there is a gentleman’s agreement for power to rotate between north and south every eight years.

“The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023; I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement,” the governor said.

He further explained that though the arrangement is not recognised by the constitution, politicians are aware of its existence.

“I believe that (there is) no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from. However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” el-Rufai said.

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