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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday assured the South-West that President Muhammadu Buhari would hand over government to a President from the zone, if he gets their support in the February 16 elections.
Osinbajo, disclosed this at the palace of the Alaafin, , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during a tour to Oyo for a house to house campaign in the state.
“The 2019 general elections is our own. We are not looking at the 2019 but 2023. If we get it in 2019, Yoruba will get it in 2023. Because if we don’t get it in 2019, we may not get it in 2023 and it may take a very long time to get it. We need to look at tomorrow and not because of today. What we are doing now is for tomorrow and not for today,” he said.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) rising from its National Executive Council meeting over the weekend has declared January 8, 2019, a national day of protest over the delay in processing a new minimum wage for the country.
The development was contained in a statement by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, on Friday.
“The NEC-in-Session approved that the protests should hold in all state capitals and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on January 8, 2019. The NEC mandates all industrial unions and state councils to fully mobilise workers and coordinate with other labour unions for this mother-of-all protest,” part of the statement read.
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will report political parties using President Muhammadu Buhari’s photographs for their campaigns to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole who disclosed this in reaction to the crisis in the party’s chapters in Ogun and Imo, while speaking on a programme aired on TVC on Saturday.
“If there is a person, including a governor, who wants to sell a distorted message, the party will stop him. That is the truth. We have also seen some situations which we are trying to draw the attention of INEC to as the regulator of political parties. You cannot have anyone putting the portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari as President and his own portrait as the governorship candidate on the platform of a political party that is not known to the people,” he said.
The Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise to Nigerians over what it described as falsification of achievements and corruption of the national performance indices in violation of his oath of office and the oath of allegiance to the people of Nigeria in his budget presentation at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
In a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday, the party said that fact-checks exposed the myriads of false claims in the budget speech, adding that it had always alerted that the Buhari Presidency has nothing to offer Nigerians except lying, falsehood, deception, beguilement, intimidation, harassment, hunger, starvation and disobedience of court orders.
“While we do not want to call Mr. President a liar, we urge him, in his words, to tell Nigerians what he will call a person who claims to have done what he did not do, particularly, given his perception by a minority few as Mr. Integrity,” the statement added.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday called for stronger solidarity by West African leaders to tackle the challenges of crime, terrorism, and climate change which he said has negative effects on agriculture.
As reported by Punch, the President made the appeal while addressing the 54th ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, in Abuja on Saturday, the Nigerian leader pointed out that important decisions to address these realities should be taken in the course of the meetings.
According to him, the meeting of the ECOWAS leaders was a clear testimony to their collective resolve and commitment to the effective integration of the West African sub-region.