JUST IN : Orji Uzor Kalu Officially Pulls Out of 2023 Presidential Race
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the 9th Senate and a presidential aspirant in the 2023 election, on Monday afternoon announced his withdrawal from the race.
In a statement obtained by The FidelinfoNews Kalu said his decision was informed by the fact that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be zoning the presidency to any region.
According to him, if a candidate of southeast extraction doesn’t get the APC ticket, he will support a candidate from the Northeast. He also announced that he has picked his ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone.
“I congratulate my friend, former roommate and boss , Senator Ahmad Lawan as he picks form to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party , All Progressives Congress (APC) . I am most glad because he is from the North East , the only zone alongside South East that is yet to produce President of Nigeria,” Kalu said
“I have always maintained an unambiguous stand that for justice , equity and fairness in our country, the next president of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari should come from the South East or the North East .
“I have also told Nigerians that I would only run for president if the two major political parties (APC and PDP) zone their tickets to the South East . That is why I was disappointed with our southern brothers who are talking about fairness and equity but has zero tolerance for the same fairness and equity in the South.
“In the absence of a South Easterner being president of Nigeria in 2023 , I have my full support for a North Easterner . This is because it would be the closest to the equity , fairness and Justice everyone is talking about . It further means that the justice is on its way to the South East .
“I thank those who said they have picked presidential form for me because they meant well for Nigerians .
“However, since there is no zoning and the contest is open to all Nigerians , I officially withdraw from presidential contest in 2023. I have also picked ticket to run for Abia North Senatorial zone and to complete the good work I started in Abia North.”
I urge all my friends , allies and supporters in the APC to toe the line of justice by supporting Senator Ahmad Lawan , a North Easterner for the presidential ticket of the APC
Henry Dele Alake: The Scintillating Profile of President Tinubu’s Chief Press Secretary
Henry Dele Alake, a prominent figure in Nigerian journalism and politics, has been appointed as the Chief Press Secretary to President Tinubu. Born on October 6, 1956, in Ekiti State, Alake is currently 66 years old. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to democratic values, activism, and public service.
Alake’s journey in activism began under the mentorship of the late Chief MKO Abiola. He played a pivotal role in the controversial 1993 election, which was unfortunately annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida, the then military president. Despite facing oppression and terrorization, Alake fearlessly advocated for justice and the preservation of democratic principles.
Between 1999 and 2007, Alake served as the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of Lagos State. During this period, he contributed significantly to the development and growth of the state, effectively communicating the government’s policies and initiatives to the public.
Currently, Alake holds the position of Director of Media and Communication of The Tinubu Campaign Council, supporting the presidential aspirations of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the upcoming 2023 election.
Education played a crucial role in Alake’s path to success. He attended Surulere Baptist Primary School in Lagos for his elementary education, followed by Christ’s School Ado Ekiti for his West African School Certificate. He furthered his studies at Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1975. In the same year, he enrolled at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and later pursued a master’s degree in Mass Communications.
Alake embarked on his professional career as a journalist after completing his education. He began as a Senior Sub-Editor at the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) after a year of national service with the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC). Over the years, he held various positions in journalism, including Current Affairs Officer, Senior Current Affairs Officer, and Principal Current Affairs Officer. Alake played a vital role in the establishment of Lagos Television (LTV 8).
In 1985, Alake transitioned to print journalism, joining the Concord Press as an editor and writer for the National Concord and Sunday Concord newspapers. He became the editor of Sunday Concord in 1989 and continued in that position until 1995. During this period, he also served as a columnist for the National Concord.
Alake’s career took a significant turn when he became Chief MKO Abiola’s Adviser on Information, contributing to his election campaign for the 1993 general election. His dedication to Abiola’s cause led to confrontations and oppression from the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha. Faced with immense pressure, Alake went into exile, actively engaging with other prominent figures in the National Democratic Coalition of Nigeria (NADECO), such as Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, Senator Bola Tinubu, Chief John Oyegun, and Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (Rtd.).
Returning to Nigeria’s political landscape, Alake’s talents and expertise were recognized by Governor Bola Tinubu, who appointed him as his Special Adviser on Information and Strategy. He later served as the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy during Tinubu’s tenure as governor.
In 2010, Alake declared his intention to contest for the senatorial seat of Ekiti Central in Ekiti State. However, due to intra-party crises within his political party at that time, he decided to withdraw from the aspiration.
In preparation for the 2015 general election, Alake was appointed as the Director of Media and Communication for the Buhari Campaign Organization, supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambition.
Continuing his involvement in political campaigns, Alake currently holds the position of Director of Media and Communication for The Tinubu Campaign Council, supporting Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential aspirations in the upcoming 2023 general election.
While information about his marital life remains private, it is worth noting that one of his children, Olatunbosun Alake, serves as the Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu.
Alake’s contributions to journalism and politics have earned him several notable achievements. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, where he once served as Vice President. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the West African Union of Journalists. In 2000, he received the prestigious Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) International Gold Award, recognizing his exceptional contributions to society.
Henry Dele Alake’s multifaceted career and unwavering commitment to democracy and public service have left an indelible mark on Nigeria’s media landscape and political sphere. His dedication to his craft and his tireless advocacy for justice and transparency serve as an inspiration to aspiring journalists and politicians across the nation.
President Tinubu Makes First Appointments with Alake, Adeleke and Dada
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Mr Dele Alake as his spokesperson hours after he took oath of office on Monday.
Mr Alake is a long-time associate of Mr Tinubu. He served as his Commissioner of Information and Strategy from 1999 to 2007 while he was Lagos State governor.
The president also appointed Ambassador Kunle Adeleke as the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) to the President.
The APC National Youth Leader Olusegun Dada was named as Special Assistant to the President on Digital Media.
The appointments add with immediate effect, it was learned
List of Governors That Handed Over Without Owing Salaries
Some governors are leaving office without owing workers’ salaries in their 8 years of service to the people of their state.
These governors are handing over to their successors after serving their states for 8 years terms, though there are some governors who were owing workers’ salaries as they leave and left the burden for the incoming administration.
As these governors leave office on Monday, May 29, some of them not owing salaries have been listed below, the list does not mean the outgoing governors are or are not owing pensions or arrears in their state.
1. Nasir El-Rufai
One of the governors handing over on May 29 without owing workers’ salaries is Nasir El-Rufai, the outgoing governor of Kaduna state.
El-Rufai was considered one of the performing governors throughout his 8 years of administration in the state.
2. Abdullahi Ganduje
The immediate past governor of Kano state is one of the governors that left behind the legacy of not owing workers’ salaries.
Unfortunately, the governor could not install his anointed candidate during the March 18 governorship election due to protest votes against his administration in the state.
3. Okezie Ikpeazu
The Abia state governor that just left office was one of the governors who left office and the workers in the state were happy because he was not owing the workers.
A few days to leave office, Ikpeazu ordered the immediate payment of all the civil servants in the state and cleared himself the debt.
4. Udom Emmanuel
Emmanuel, who just handed over the affairs of the Akwa Ibom state, has handed over a state free of the state from owing salary.
The governor was the campaign chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council.
The governor of Kebbi state did not owe workers’ salaries for his 8 years of administering the northwest state.
Bagudu, who was the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, was very instrumental in the campaign and victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election
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