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JUST IN: Wike Invites Tinubu For Project Commissioning

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has disclosed plans to invite President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to commission two flyover bridges constructed by his administration in the state.

The two infrastructures that were in their completion stage were designed by the Rivers state government to reduce travel time across the metropolis.

Wike disclosed the plans to invite Tinubu on Wednesday during a chat with representatives from media organizations in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

 

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Nasarawa Assembly Sealed Off By Police Over Election Of Two Speakers

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The Nasarawa house of assembly complex has been sealed off by the police, following the election of two speakers for the seventh assembly.

Ramhan Nansel, the state police public relations officer (PPRO), said Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba, the commissioner of police, gave the directive after consultation with other security agencies in the state.

He said the action was taken to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

On Tuesday, the members-elect held two parallel proceedings resulting in the election of the different speakers for the assembly.

Ibrahim Abdullahi, the incumbent speaker, and Daniel Ogazi, member representing Kokona east constituency, were elected at the different proceedings.

While Abdullahi was elected at a sitting which took place at the ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs by 11 out of the 24 members-elect, Ogazi was elected by 13 members at plenary at the state assembly complex.

Earlier report had it that the inauguration of the 7th assembly, which was scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed by Ibrahim Musa, acting clerk of the assembly who cited security reasons.

Reacting to the development, Abdullahi said his re-election followed due process and constitutional provisions.

Abdullahi spoke while inspecting the level of damage done to facilities at the assembly complex following the leadership tussle.

“During my swearing in and that of the deputy speaker, Hon. Jacob Kudu, the clerk of the house was seated, the deputy clerk, sergeant-at-arm and his deputy as well as management staff were all present,” Abdullahi said.

“But sadly, very sadly, some people went into the hallowed chamber under the leadership of a grade level 8 officer to administer oath of allegiance and oath of office.

“As far as I am concerned, they are not inaugurated and they remain members-elect of the state house of assembly as their inauguration was illegal because it did not follow due process.”

He said any inauguration other than the one conducted by the clerk of the house is invalid.

The speaker urged the people to discard any suspension given by the Daniel Ogazi-led camp as invalid “because the group acted unlawfully”.

“How can you suspend members that are not part of your inauguration?” Abdullahi asked.

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Aregbesola Denies Apology Report, Says He Holds No Grudges

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Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the former governor of Osun State, stressed on Wednesday that he is not at odds with anyone and is determined to work with everyone to bring the progressives back into power in the state.

According to him, the reports in some sections of the media that he blamed the devil and seeking for forgiveness is untrue and misleading.

The immediate past minister of interior said irrespective of what happened in the past, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) must heal and jettison personal gains for the reinvigoration of the party.

He spoke at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, at his homecoming reception after his tenure in the federal cabinet.

He called on stakeholders, true progressive, traditional, and social institutions who believe in the party’s development agenda to rally members for successive elections.

His words: “I hold no grudge with anyone in Osogbo or Osun. My hands are wide open to work and receive anyone. Anyone who has issues with me has their reasons, but I hold no grudge against anyone.

“It is never my desire to leave any of them, but now that they have gone the way they did, I beseech you, our royal father, to plead with them. I would always wish them well and always desire to work with them.

“Anywhere I am, please be rest assured that Osogbo and Osun interests are covered,” the former governor said.

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Aregbesola Blames Devil For Rift With Oyetola, Seeks Forgiveness, Hails Tinubu As His Destiny Helper

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Former interior minister, Ogbeni  Rauf Aregbesola has asked forgiveness from former governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola and others who may have been offended by his actions over the past four years.

Aregbesola, who was Osun Governor between 2010 to 2018, handed over to Oyetola who served under him as Chief of Staff after winning the 2018 governorship election.

He was opposed to Oyetola’s re-election and faulted the elders of the party for not chastising him (Oyetola) for reversing his policies.

Aregbesola, who arrived Osun State after his tenure as the Minister under former President Muhammadu Buhari, visited the palaces of Owa Obokun, Oba Gabriel Aromolaran and Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun before addressing his supporters at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park via Old Garage, Osogbo capital of Osun State.

The ex-Minister, who spoke in Yoruba language, lauded Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve. He also commended President Bola Tinubu for being his destiny helper and trusting him with power.

According to him: “I have not returned to Osun for animosity or acrimony but reconciliation of our party. I have come here today to beg for forgiveness from anybody who is offended towards me. The reason why people are applauding me over my successes in Osun today was because of the great work I did when I was in government and those who turned themselves into enemies today, we worked together in government.

“I thank God who showcased me from Lagos through the help of President Bola Tinubu, he is the architect of my success. I spent 8 years as commissioner in Lagos. In 2004, we had a meeting in Badagry where we talked about how we will take over our states from the opposition party. President Tinubu and other Yoruba elders directed me to come and take over Osun State from the opposition.

“With the help of God and the support of Asiwaju, I was able to excel as a Governor for 8 years even though it was not easy with the help of those that turned to my enemy for four years.”

“In 2019, after the Supreme Court judgment, I came to this venue with the person I handed over power to. I counseled that I have played my own part and handed over to the person I loved. But I said, the person must do it right by ensuring unity within the party. If that is done I will now be the godfather. But unfortunately, Satan took over them in interpreting what I said. I never begged for anything from them when he was in power.

“I am saying it today and I am begging for forgiveness. After this, we are not going to beg anybody again. We didn’t offend anyone and we don’t believe anyone offended us but it’s possible that they believe we offended them, that’s why we are apologising to them.“

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