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JUST IN: Chris Ngige speaks on running for President in 2023

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he reserves the right to contest for any elective posts in 2023.

Mr Ngige said this while debunking reports that he was interested in contesting for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for 2021.

The former Anambra state Governor spoke in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

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He, however, noted that he is not interested in becoming governor since he is on a national assignment as Minister.

Ngige said:

“Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.

“Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate.

“I can vie for president if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run.

“I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment.”

 

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Rivers APC crises: Aguma remains chairman – Sen. Abe

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Sen. Magnus Abe, a former Rivers southeast District Senator at the National Assembly, says Mr. Igochukwu Aguma remains the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers.

Abe, in a statement issued by his media aide, Parry Benson, on Sunday in Port Harcourt, said the alleged suspension of Aguma from office was in clear breach of a valid court judgment.

The Newsmen  recalls that a State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had on June 9, declared Aguma as chairman of the party’s caretaker committee following a petition to the court.

However, Aguma was later suspended from office by the Sen. Andrew Uchendu-led State Executive Committee (SEC) faction, on the grounds that Aguma allegedly took critical decisions concerning the party without the committee members.

Abe, a lawyer, however, said that the decision of the faction was inconsequential due to the subsisting court judgment.

”So, even if the judgment is set aside, the action of the SEC members was already in defiance of a subsisting court judgment, considering the time they took the action.

”They should have collected the signatures of SEC members and served a notice to Aguma with a demand to summon a meeting.

”There are constitutional provisions in our party’s constitution to summon an extraordinary meeting of the state executive committee of our party,” he explained.

Abe noted that Aguma, after he was declared chairman by the court, invited the party SEC members for a meeting and that members fully attended the meeting.

He added that a quorum was formed and decisions reached with the party’s state executive committee members at the meeting.

”The SEC members met and took certain decisions, including, asking the acting chairman to draw a blueprint on the way forward and present to the members at a later date.

”The proper procedure for those (SEC faction) who later met, would have been to collect the signature of members and serve a notice to the chairman, with the demand to summon a meeting.

”So, they cannot call a meeting in his (Sen. Uchendu’s) house, which other members were not invited and usurp the powers of the SEC, to set up a factional executive.

”This action, at the time it was done was a clear breach of a valid court judgment,” he pointed out.

Abe insisted that the party’s SEC could only meet if summoned by the party chairman or when a proper procedure was used by members to override the chairman.

The Senator urged the party members to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari’s obedience to court orders, advising factional members not to deepen the crises in the party.

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Akeredolu appoints two new aides

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the appointment of Mr. Oluwole Moneyin and Mrs. Charity Thiti, as Special Assistants on special duties and women mobilization respectively.

Mr. Olusegun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement on Sunday in Akure said the appointments were to further strengthen the administration for optimum performance.

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He further said the government wished the new appointees the best of luck in their new positions.

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Take responsibility, more COVID-19 cases may increase death rate, Presidency begs Nigerian youths

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The Presidency has appealed to Nigerian youths to protect the elderly amongst them as cases of coronavirus increase daily in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC had on Saturday confirmed a total of cases 28,167 in Nigeria as death toll rises to 634.

Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad on Sunday warned that more infections and spread of Coronavirus by youths could lead to more death in the older generation.

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He, therefore, advised Nigerian youths to take responsibility and slow down the spread of COVID-19 by following safely health guidelines by NCDC.

The Presidential aide on his Twitter page wrote:

“Do you know that more infections in the younger population can lead to more deaths in the older population who are more vulnerable?

“Take responsibility now, slow down the spread of COVID-19 by respecting all the NCDC protocols. Protect the older ones, this pandemic is very real.”

Recall that NCDC boss, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has mentioned that youths between the ages 20 and 40 were responsible for the spread.

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He noted, however, that the majority of those bearing the brunt of the youth responsibilities are older people from 50 years and above.

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