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I won’t be needing anybody’s vote because I’m not running for third term – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he would not be needing the votes of anybody in another election because he has no plan to run for a third term in office.

There have been speculations that Buhari may likely seek a third term in office at the end of his second term in 2023.

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) gave credence to the speculation about two weeks ago when he accused Buhari of planning a third term agenda.

Speaking on Friday at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, Buhari said he has no intention to prolong his stay in office.

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“I said you should read the Constitution because I am not going to make a mistake. Besides the age, I am not going to contest for third term because I will go by the Constitution. The Constitution says two-terms.

“I’m going to be frank here because I won’t be needing anybody’s vote,” President Buhari said in his address to the meeting.

 

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IPAC dissolves interim committee, fixes  Sept. 5 for election

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The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has dissolved its Interim National Committee-led by Leonard Ezenwa, the National Chairman of Action Alliance Congress (AAC).

The President, of the Council, Chief Peter Ameh, announced the dissolution at a news conference after the council’s General Assembly meeting held in Abuja.

He recalled the Court of Appeal judgment that described the deregistration of 22 political parties as unconstitutional.

Ameh, also the National Chairman of the Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) said that the council also constituted a new electoral committee to conduct an election for new executives of the council on Sept. 5.

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“The General Assembly of the council has unanimously passed a motion dissolving the Leonard Ezenwa led interim committee and set up an Electoral Committee for the conduct of the 2020 National Executive Council elections.

“We have set up a new electoral committee to conduct the election on Sept. 5 to bring a new set of leaders that will work for the general interest of the Nigerian people,” he said.

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Members of the electoral committee according to Ameh, are Mr. Abdulkadir Salam of Labour Party (LP) and Alhaji Musa Taka of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD).

Others are Mr. Bamigboye Abiodun of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Mr. Don Harmattan of Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), and Dr. Emeka Okengwu of Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD).

“The leadership of the council could only be attained through the election.

“The interim committee was set up in February after the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) deregistered 74 political parties,’’ he explained.

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Ameh commended the Appeal Court’s judgment which said that deregistration of 22 political parties was unconstitutional, describing it as a landmark judgment which has expanded political space for Nigerians.

He said that the judgment had reinstated the rights of all Nigerians to associate with any political party of their choice and seek elections.

“The Appeal Court judgment has brought hope to our democracy,” he said.

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Edo 2020: Crowds at rallies thrill Shaibu

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Edo deputy governor Philip Shaibu on Thursday in Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area, expressed joy over the large turn out of supporters at campaign rallies, and described the development as “thrilling”.

Shaibu is contesting the Sept. 19 governorship election with his boss, Gov Godwin Obaseki, on the platform of the PDP.

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The deputy  governor, while addressing supporters in his Ward 11, declared: “with the crowd I see here, this election is won by PDP already”.

“This election is for the liberation of the people. The governor is bringing development closer to the people.

“On the 19th of September, you people should come out and support the governor and myself. You people have been with me since when I was in the House of Assembly. Give me the same support and I will not disappoint you,” he said.

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In his remarks, Obaseki thanked the people for the trust and promised that they would not be betrayed.

“This election is about the future of the people. As a government, we must continue to pay salaries, pay pension, create employment for our people.

“We won’t allow few people to distract us from achieving greatness. My message for you is to come out and give us the same vote you gave us the last time,” he said.

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Senate committees begins scrutiny, consideration of 2021-2023 MTEF, FSP document

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Adeola made the disclosure in a statement by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the commencement of scrutiny and consideration of the MTEF, FSP document was to ensure timely presentation of the committee’s recommendations for passage at plenary on resumption from recess.

Senate had received the 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP on July 20.

It had before embarked on annual recess referred the 2021-2023 MTEF and FSP document to its joint Committees on Finance and National Planning for further legislative work.

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Adeola said there was a need for thorough scrutiny of the MTEF and FSP document given the dynamics of the world economy occasioned by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that the volatility experienced in the international market for crude oil and its attendant effects on the nation’s sources of revenue also warranted the need for scrutiny of the MTEF and FSP.

“There is a need for all stakeholders to come together to critically study the fundamentals of the new normal forced on the global economy by the COVID-19 pandemic.

” With the instability witnessed in the price of crude oil at the international market and the sluggish world economy with some nation falling into recession.

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“There is a need to assess our situation critically with a view to being realistic about our revenue sources for budgets going forward,” he said.

Adeola said invitations had been dispatched to Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to appear before the joint committees to make presentations on the MTEF and FSP.

According to him, there is a need to examine the rationale for pegging the price of crude oil at 40 dollars per barrel and projected crude oil production of 1.86 million barrels per day.

“We are kick-starting the process on Aug 19, with government agencies like Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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“Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), among others.

” The Ministry of Finance and its agencies and subsequently all revenue-generating agencies” he stated.

Adeola called on heads of MDAs to come fully prepared with reasons for their positions on the MTEF and FSP, as the joint committee intends to present its report to the Senate immediately on resumption after recess.

He said the envisaged presentation of the committee’s report before its passage, was also in preparatory to the presentation of the 2021 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

This, he noted, was ultimately geared towards achieving the budget cycle of from January to December.

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