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CUPP reacts as Falana, Oby Ezekwesili, others form new political coalition


The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has kicked against the inclusion of some of its members in the new political party floated on Wednesday by some prominent Nigerians.

Newsmen reported earlier that about 30 prominent Nigerians formed a new political movement in the country.

In a communique issued on Wednesday in Abuja, the group unveiled its name as National Consultative Front.

Some of the members include a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba; a prominent lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba; human rights lawyer, Femi Falana; ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Obadiah Mailafia, and former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili.

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CUPP said while it appreciates the fact that the alleged crass performance of the present administration must have led to the formation of the political party but stated that those associated with it(CUPP) at the meeting, attended in their individual capacities and not as its representatives.

CUPP, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, also wants its name to be removed from the list of member groups of the new coalition.

“CUPP leadership has never been consulted hence it will amount to misrepresentation in bad faith for these leaders to continue to use the name of CUPP.

“The CUPP has been a formidable opposition to the misruling party in government and have held them to account on behalf of the Nigerian people.

”Finally, we advise these eminent leaders that multiplicity of alliances has been proven by our political history and in several other climes to be the easiest way for the misruling party to win the opposition and continue in their unprecedented mismanagement of Nigeria and her resources.

“It is the hope of CUPP and many Nigerians that the facilitators of the new group should explore the workability of closing ranks with CUPP to chase away destroyers of our country rather than dividing the ranks of the opposition.

“The Opposition can only be victorious in the 2023 General election when there is only one united front. Let us work together to defeat the common enemy that has destroyed our country and made our People poorer,” CUPP’s statement said.


Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election



The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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PDP State Congress: Smooth sail for all contestants in Bauchi



Contestants in Saturday’ s State Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi are having smooth sail as all of them are vying unopposed, reports the Newsmen.
No fewer than 2,153 delegates are expected to cast their votes, in spite of the lack of opponents that will slug it out to produce 39 officials to occupy various positions in the State Executive Committee of the party.
In his remarks before the commencement of proceedings, the congress  Returning Officer,  Amb. Umar Damagun assured that the process would be free and fair.
He said that all the positions being contested were unopposed but for justice and fairly, votes would be cast to enable the contestants and party delegates to exercise their franchise.
He assured that the committee would adhere to the provisions of the party constitution and standing rules.
Also speaking, Malam Ibrahim Shira, a chieftain of the PDP,  commended the party for ensuring proper organization of the congress.
NAN reports that the voting commences at about 2:00 p.m,  under tight security and in the presence of stakeholders, such as the representatives of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant bodies.
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Buhari Felicitates with Ngige at 68



President Muhammad Buhari has felicitated with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, as he clocks 68.

The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, commended him for his contributions to the government/organised labour relations.

“President Muhammadu Buhari warmly rejoices with Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige OON, as he turns 68 on August 8, 2020.

“The President joins the medical community, labour fraternity, the legislature, where the celebrant served as Senator, and people of Anambra State, whom he served as Governor, to salute Dr Ngige for his meritorious stewardship to community, state, country and humanity, wishing him greater health, strength and sound mind.

“As he serves as conciliator-general between government and organized labour, President Buhari wishes the Minister well in all his endeavours,” the statement said.

Also, Pensioners under the aegis of Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association (FEPPAN) have hailed Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige as he turns 68 Saturday.

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The pensioners urged the minister to maintain the existing cordial collaboration between his ministry and the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, which facilitates the regular and prompt payment of monthly Pensions of Federal Pensioners since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power.

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