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100 days: Group hails Buhari’s Anti-Graft War

By Ochiaka Ugwu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s government yesterday got kudos for its transparent and anti graft war in the last 100 days in office despite its swelling critics.

A group, Coalition for New Nigeria (CNN) said it is satisfied with the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari especially in his anti graft war , his resolve to recover Nigerian’s looted funds back to the treasury and prosecute culprits ,as well as its handling of the economy, oil and power sector.

In a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend by the National President, Prince Arthur Igwe and National Secretary, Prince Stanley Okorie and made available to Peoples Daily Weekend, the group urged President Buhari to remain resolute and steadfast in his determination to rid Nigeria off corruption and eradicate poverty, unemployment and insurgent that has ravaged parts of the country. 

It implored Nigerians to rally round the change disposition of President Buhari.    

The group advised critics of the administration to be more objective and give Buhari a fair chance to succeed in moving Nigeria to the status of a world economic power.

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Bayelsa Elections: Jonathan’s Ex-Aide, Patience Divided Over Dickson

The erstwhile Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Wariponmowei Dudafagh, on Friday dissociated himself from the Tuesday directive by former First Lady Patience Jonathan that all her loyalists should support the second-term bid of Governor Seriake Dickson in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State.

According to Dr. Dudafagh, though the purported directive from Mrs. Jonathan has not been confirmed, the directive does not include him and he has not changed his position that if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fields Governor Dickson as its flag bearer in the forthcoming election, it will fail woefully.

In a statement issued by the former secretary to the defunct pro-Jonathan’s group, the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN) and a former Bayelsa Commissioner, Gesiye Isowo, denied that the Former First Lady directed him and many others to support the incumbent Governor on his second-term bid.

Dr. Dudafagh was previously expelled from the PDP by the faction of the Party loyal to Governor Dickson over alleged anti-Party posture.

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Kogi East APC endorses Audu

From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja

Ahead of today’s primaries to elect the governorship candidate of the party, the executives of the All Progressives Congress in the nine local governments in the eastern axis of Kogi State have unanimously endorsed the candidature of Prince Abubakar Audu.

The state vice chairman of the party in the zone, Comrade Isa Daniel disclosed this at a crowded media briefing attended by over 1,500 delegates in Lokoja yesterday. 

He pointed out that the delegates and their leaders took the decision after carefully and critically examined those that put themselves to be nominated as the standard bearer of the party.

He said they strongly believed only Prince Audu has the capacity and capability to pull the state out of the woods, describing the positive development as not only wonderful but unique.

According to him, if over 1,500 out of over 3,400 delegates endorsed the former goverrnor, it means today’s exercise is simply to demonstrrate their victory, insisting that with Prince Audu on the saddle in the coming dispensation, Kogi State would be great again. 

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Guild ratifies Garba Muhammed as President

The Nigerian Guild of Editors on Friday ratified Malam Garba Deen Muhammed as its President.

Muhammed takes over from the former President, Mr Femi Adesina, now Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The guild also ratified Mr Steve Ayorinde as Deputy President while Mrs Funke Egbemode emerged as the Vice President, South West.

Muhammed said in an acceptance speech that he would work hard to uplift the guild.

``I will do everything within my power to ensure that you never regret the decision you have taken today. I promise to be accessible to all members at all times’’, he said.

He promised to work with the Nigeria Union of Journalists and other related bodies in order to take journalism to greater heights.

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FG bailout: Kwara orders payment of civil servants salaries

From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the immediate payment of the outstanding two months salary to civil servants in the state.

Governor Ahmed’s directive follows the state government’s receipt of the bailout funds from the Federal Government.

 The Governor,in a statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muideen Akorede, thanked civil servants for their patience during the salary delay and pledged that his administration’s renewed IGR drive will ensure that the state government continues to meet its obligations such as payment of salaries and development projects promptly.

 The statement did not disclosed the amount of federal government released to the state and amount to be pay to the Civil Servants.

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