‘Tinubu, Shettima should resign so Akpabio can conduct fresh presidential election’- Datti Baba-Ahmed

Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the presidential running mate of the Labour Party (LP), has called for the resignation of President Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima.

Baba-Ahmed said Senate President Godswill Akpabio should be allowed to conduct another presidential election after the resignation of Tinubu and Shettima.

He made the call during an interview on Arise Television while responding to a question about the possibility of working with Tinubu’s administration.

Baba-Ahmed firmly maintained that Tinubu and Shettima were fraudulently sworn in after the 2023 presidential election. Therefore, the LP would not collaborate with what he deemed an illegitimate government.

In his words, “Can Tinubu and Shettima just resign and let the Senate President conduct another election? They were fraudulently sworn in, and we will not work with an illegitimate government. If it is not constitutional, we are not touching it.”

His remarks followed a press conference by the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in which he accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Supreme Court of incompetence in handling election matters.

(Daily Post)

Nigeria’s $5bn gas earnings too low, says Shettima

The Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, said Nigeria earns about $5bn from gas, but described it as too low, particularly when compared to what Egypt earns from the same commodity despite having a far lower gas reserves.

Shettima, who spoke at the 6th Valuechain Annual Lecture and Awards in Abuja, said Nigeria has over 200 trillion cubic feet of

untapped gas resources and ranks 9th globally in terms of proven reserves.

He said the impact of truly exploiting the nation’s gas reserves could not be over-stated, as gas was critical to the nation’s power supply, not only accounting for 80 per cent of power generation today, but expected to be the dominant power generation source by the end of this decade.

The Vice President, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Energy and Power Infrastructure, Office of the Vice President, Sodiq Wanka, said, “Today, Nigeria earns around $5bn from gas production, a figure that is 40 per cent less than in Egypt, which has around 30 per cent of Nigeria’s reserves.

“Our production to reserve ratio is less than a third of Egypt’s, less than a quarter of Algeria’s and around 10 per cent of Malaysia’s. In the aftermath of the Russia-Ukraine war, the EU and many other nations were shopping for Liquefied Natural Gas at the same time that Nigeria’s largest LNG assets were operating significantly below capacity because gas supply was inadequate.

“At this rate, according to decade of gas analysis, we could have a demand-supply gap of up to 10bscfd (billion standard cubic feet per day) of gas by 2030.”

He noted that the theme of the event around midstream gas infrastructure was timely, as the importance of critical gas transport infrastructure, processing facilities and other midstream infrastructure could not be overstated.

He said, “One only needs to look at the number of power plants and factories that have built up around the Escravos-Lagos-Pipeline System and its various spurs. Today, I am glad to learn that the AKK pipeline is nearing completion.

(Punch)

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Eid-el-Maulud: Tinubu, Kalu, others hail Muslims, urge prayer for Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu, former governor of Abia State and Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu,  Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others have charged Muslims in Nigeria and beyond on this year’s Eid-el-Maulud celebration, to live by the teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

In his goodwill message, President Tinubu said beyond celebrating the day marking the birthday of the Holy Prophet, the period should be used for deep introspection and fervent prayers.

“Adherents should make deliberate efforts to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. There are great lessons of devotion, perseverance, tolerance, humility and selflessness that we can all learn from the life of the Prophet.“

He urged religious leaders to use the period to pray for the country and to admonish their followers to take the appropriate lessons from Prophet Muhammad’s life in their commitment to the country.

“Nigeria has arrived at an important juncture. While the government is taking all necessary measures to make the country secure and economically viable, we need the full support of the citizenry in the form of patriotism, patience, and prayers. The light is certainly bright at the end of the tunnel,” he affirmed.

President Tinubu also urged Muslims celebrating Eid-El-Maulud to extend their hand of fellowship to the needy and vulnerable in the spirit of the season while praying for the country and her leaders at all levels.

•Shettima: Keep faith with renewed hope agenda

Vice President Kashim Shettima implored Nigerians to keep faith with the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Tinubu’s administration.

He explained that the agenda was targeted at making a difference in the lives of the people.

“I wish all Muslims happy and remarkable Eid- el-Maulud celebrations to mark the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

”His teachings were predominantly on tolerance, sacrifice, peaceful coexistence, abstinence, honesty and generosity are engraved in our hearts.”

Shettima said that the universal truth of the values Prophet Muhammad stood for remained unmovable.

”As we harp on this memorable occasion to reflect on whatever temporary challenges we may be facing. I implore all Nigerians to keep faith with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration, which is targeted at making a difference in the lives of our people. We are all part of the vision of a better Nigeria, and we must show astounding resilience in the responsibility of building the Nigeria of our dreams.”

Shettima said that with mutual commitment and joint efforts, Nigeria would surmount every setback.

•Embrace peace –Kalu

 Dr. Kalu, while urging Nigerians to be steadfast, peaceful, patriotic and selfless as exemplified by Prophet Muhammed (SAW), Kalu urged the citizenry to pray for leaders at all levels.

The former Governor in a goodwill message, admonished religious leaders to use their platforms to advocate peace and harmony in the country, adding that the nation’s heterogenous nature should be explored for positive gains.

 “As we mark this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, I felicitate with our muslim brothers and sisters across the globe.

“It is a season of spiritual rebirth and sober reflection as individuals and as a nation.

“The muslim faithful should imbibe the acts of forgiveness, togetherness, humanity, love, selflessness and generosity as demonstrated by Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

“Nigerians regardless of religious, ethnic and political differences must live in peace and harmony for the country to be prosperous,” Kalu said.

He wished the Muslim community a fulfilling celebration.

•Makinde, Sanwo-Olu urge prayer, preach love

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, called on the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State to continue to pray for the leadership of the country and the state.

He also charged them to use the occasion to seek the face of Allah for the country and Oyo State and commended them for their support for his administration.

“This is another opportunity for us to reflect on the majesty of Allah and the favour He bestowed on Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) among all his prophets and to use the blessings of the period to make supplications for our country and our state.

“As an administration, we value the support and prayers of the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State and we have continued to see the results of their prayers.

“As we move on in our efforts to develop our state sustainably, we will continue to need the prayers and support and we will never take them for granted.”

On his part, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu, implored Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful to continue on the path of love, peace, unity, harmony and tolerance in line with the teachings of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

He also called on Muslims to work with other religious denominations for peace and sustainable growth and development of Lagos State.

“As we celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad today, let us continue to pray and work together for peace in our dear Lagos State and Nigeria. Let us contribute our quota to the growth and development of Lagos State by supporting the incumbent administration to achieve the Lagos of our dreams.”

Wike reassures FCT residents

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, reassured residents of the FCT of his commitment to improve the city’s infrastructure including roads and healthcare facilities.

He also called upon the residents to equally meet their obligations to the government and  the society.

“We understand the importance of providing essential infrastructure and services to enhance your quality of life.

“Let us all contribute to the growth and progress of our beloved FCT. Obey traffic rules, pay your taxes, and participate actively in community initiatives.”

•Omo-Agege calls for prayers, relentless support for Tinubu

Immediate past deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, urged Muslims to imbibe the noble life, virtues and teachings of the Holy Prophet which include love, forgiveness, peaceful coexistence and selfless sacrifice.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue to support and pray for President Bola Tinubu as he tackles the nation’s problems, especially the economic and security challenges.

“The government needs our support, understanding and indeed sacrifice to end the present economic downturn. This will engender our path to economic revival and rejuvenation of the wellbeing of all citizens.”

(The Sun)

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Nigeria needs N21trillion to bridge housing deficit, says VP Shettima

Vice President Kashim Shettima on Sunday disclosed that Nigeria requires N21 trillion to effectively bridge housing deficit, despite efforts across the three tiers of government.

Shettima stated this in Sokoto at the groundbreaking for the construction of a 500-unit housing estate by the State government.

The VP, who commended Governor Ahmed Aliyu for his efforts to address the housing needs of people of his State, noted that the housing deficit in Nigeria remained a huge challenge.

Shettima said, ”Nigeria has a deficit of 28 million houses and we will need N21 trillion to meet our housing needs.

“This step taken by the Governor is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by other State governments.

”The governor has started well by completing the roads and flyovers he inherited.”

Earlier, the Governor explained that the housing estate would be for civil servants and would be sold to them when completed on an owner-occupier basis.

Aliyu said: “This is a project that was initiated by the former Governor of the State, Aliyu Wamakko but was later abandoned by the immediate past administration.

“But, we are determined to complete it for the benefit of our workers and the general public.”

The event, which was to mark the first 100 days in office by the administration, was attended by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, among others.

(Daily Post)

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G20 Summit: Tinubu meets industrialist Hinduja over foreign direct investment in Nigeria

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the sideline of the ongoing G20 Summit in India, met with Mr Gopichand Hinduja, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Hinduja Group of Companies, over foreign direct investment in Nigeria.

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, disclosed that Tinubu received the Indian industrialist on arrival in India on Monday.

Tinubu stressed that his trip to India is mainly for business opportunities between both countries.

He noted that Nigeria’s business environment is conducive and welcoming to foreign investors.

“We are here for business. I am here to assure our friends and investors that there is no bottleneck I will not break. Nigeria will become one of the most conducive places to make good profits and create lasting jobs,” he said.

On his part, Hinduja expressed optimism to invest in Nigeria with the emergence of a purpose-driven president.

“I have had paperwork stalled in the Nigerian bureaucracy for over one year, especially in FCT, but I knew that you would be purpose-driven in this endeavour, and God will help you to turn Nigeria’s rich promise into a rich reality for all of its citizens,” the Indian billionaire concluded.

DAILY POST recalls that Tinubu departed Nigeria on Monday for the G20 Summit in India.

(Daily Post)

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PEPT verdict: Tinubu believes he’ll win at tribunal – Sam Amadi

The Director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, Sam Amadi, has said President Bola Tinubu believes he would emerge victorious at the Presidential Election Tribunal.

Amadi anchored his claim on the fact that Tinubu travelled to India a few days before the tribunal’s judgment.

Tinubu arrived in New Delhi, India, for a six-day official visit to attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit and other engagements.

He was accompanied on the trip by top government officials, including ministers and presidential aides.

The president is expected to participate in the G20 Summit, which is scheduled to be held between Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

On the sidelines of the submit, Tinubu will have high-level meetings with other world leaders and business executives, as well as meet the Nigerian community in India.

Meanwhile, the tribunal is in session in preparation to deliver judgment on petitions by presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party’s Peter Obi.

Atiku and Obi had urged the tribunal to upturn Tinubu’s victory because he did not win the last presidential election.

However, Amadi said Tinubu’s action shows that the outcome of the tribunal is predetermined.

Tweeting, Amadi wrote: “Tinubu leaving d country two days b4 an important court decision that could end his tenure & attending a summit he has no real stakes, arriving b4 those with stakes, is a JOKE.

“It suggests predetermination. He believes it’s in the bag. That cocksureness bruises judicial integrity.”

(Daily Post)

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Why we upheld Shettima’s nomination – Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday struck out the petition of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

In a ruling on the objections against the petition made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shetima and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani held that the petition lacked merit and competence for it to be determined.

Among others, Tsammani said the disqualification issue on which the petition was predicated was a pre-election matter that ought to have been taken to a Federal High Court and not a Tribunal.

Being a pre-election matter, the Tribunal said that it has no jurisdiction to dabble into the issue of disqualification to question the nomination and declaration of Tinubu, Shetima and APC victory at the presidential election.

He also held that the petition was statute-barred, having been filed outside the period allowed by law.

He further held that the APM lacked the locus standi to institute the petition because its presidential candidate, as a necessary person who stood for the presidential election along with Tinubu, was not part of the petition.

APM’s grouse was that Shetima engaged in double nominations for a Senatorial election in Borno and later as a running mate to Tinubu.

It prayed that the Tribunal axe both Tinubu and Shetima for allegedly violating sections 131 and 137 of the 1999 Constitution in the ways and manners one Kabiru Masari opted out as Tinubu’s running mate and Shetima brought in.

Details later.

(Daily Post)

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BREAKING: Tribunal dismisses suit seeking disqualification of Shettima

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has thrown out a suit brought before it by the Allied Peoples Movement, APM, seeking the disqualification of Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The party had argued that Tinubu was improperly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for nominating Kashim Shettima as his vice-presidential candidate for the election.

The opposition party had claimed that Shettima was still the APC candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District on July 14 when he accepted the nomination for vice-presidential candidate.

However, ruling on the case on Wednesday, the PEPT ruled that it is a pre-election matter and it therefore lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

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Nigeria did not apply to join BRICS, says Shettima

Vice-President Kashim Shettima says Nigeria did not apply to join BRICS, an economic bloc made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. 

Shettima represented President Bola Tinubu at the 15th BRICS summit which held this week at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

BRICS, which considers itself a counterweight to western powers, disclosed at the end of the summit that new members would be joining its fold from January 1 next year.

The new members are Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

With many still wondering why Nigeria did not make the cut of new members, Shettima said the country never applied for BRICS membership in the first instance.

“So far, we have not applied for the membership of BRICS,” Channels Television quoted Shettima as saying on the sidelines of the summit.

“And it is majorly informed by the fact that my principal President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a true democrat that believes in consensus building.

“There are so many variables that need to be taken into cognisance.

“We have to evaluate so many tendencies and issues that require engagements with the economic advisory council, the federal executive council, and even the national assembly, before an informed decision towards joining the BRICS would be taken.”

More than 40 countries expressed interest in joining BRICS, with 23 formally applying to be part of the club.

Some 50 other heads of state and leaders attended the summit in South Africa.

BRICS has been in formal existence for 15 years.

Its expansion is considered part of a plan to forge dominance and reshape global governance, with voices of the south at the centre of this new world order.

Shettima said he was asked to attend the summit by his principal because the Tinubu administration “which began less than three months ago, is examining the variables and evaluating the scope and level of regional and global cooperation to pursue in order to establish Nigeria as the desired friend and partner”.

(Cable)

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Uzodinma, Okorocha close ranks as VP, Ganduje move to reunite them ahead of Imo guber

Vice-President Kashim Shettima and Abdullahi Ganduje, national chair of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are making attempts to reunite Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo, and Rochas Okorocha, a former senator.

The duo have been at loggerheads for some time now over the politics of Imo.

In 2021, Uzodinma got a court injunction to seal property belonging to Okorocha.

Okorocha made an attempt to unseal one of the properties but he was arrested. He was granted bail same day.

In the buildup to the 2019 election in the state, Okorocha handpicked Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, for the APC governorship ticket, over Uzodinma.

The result was two governorship candidates on the APC platform.

The party would go on to recognise Uzodinma as the authentic flagbearer, under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole, the then national chair of the party.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) on Thursday night, APC said it is now a united front.

The post had pictures of the four men high-fiving and wearing broad smiles.

“Vice President Kashim Shettima, our National Chairman Abdullahi Ganduje, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and Senator Rochas Okorocha parley,” the party posted.

“Ahead of the Imo state governorship election, APC is a united and strong house.”

The Imo governorship election holds on November 11.

(Cable)

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