Today’s Headlines:No One Can Stop Tinubu’s Swearing-In; Obasanjo endorses Akpabio

No One Can Stop Tinubu’s Swearing-In–APC

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The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that stopping Tinubu’s swear-in will be unconstitutional.

Recall that five residents of the Federal Capital Territory recently approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for an order to halt the ceremony.

They had applied for an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, any other judicial officer from swearing in any candidate in the February 25 presidential election as President or Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, until it was judicially determined with finality or in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution that such candidate had fulfilled the requirement of Section 134(2) (b) of the constitution.

Reacting in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, the Lagos State APC spokesman, Seye Oladejo, described their steps as “an exercise in futility”.

He expressed confidence that the swearing-in of Tinubu as president would be held unhindered.

According to him, it is against the provision of the constitution and precedence for a President-elect to emerge and not be sworn in.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Yabagi Sani, has called for calm ahead of the swearing-in.

Obasanjo endorses Akpabio, Abbas as Senate President, Speaker

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A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon. Olujonwo Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the consensus candidates for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, describing their choice as the best.

Obasanjo endorsed Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President and Abbas Tajudeen as Speaker.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Monday announced the consensus zoning arrangement and nominated preferred candidates for the leadership positions of the National Assembly.

Though some aspirants in the two Chambers have called for immediate review of the arrangement, APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu appealed for calm from the aggrieved lawmakers.

He promised that the NWC will look into the zoning arrangement after consultation with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed when he returned from his working tour of Europe.

Adamu, NWC Members Must Go_Yekini

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Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, shares his views with ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS on the zoning of the 10th National Assembly leadership positions and the forthcoming Bayelsa State governorship election, among other issues

Why did many stalwarts of the APC in Bayelsa State like you abandon David Lyon, whose victory was overturned four years ago, for the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva?

No, it was not the way you people in the media projected it. Let me tell you the truth. Lyon was not really our candidate. This was because at that time, the people were already tired of the PDP and (Seriake) Dickson. So, there was nobody the APC could have brought up for the election bearing in mind the resources and all that. The truth is that if you think you are popular, you can go to another party and contest to show your popularity. Even the House of Assembly, you couldn’t win. You failed in your ward, unit and everywhere. So, how do you expect to win the general election? Let us face the reality; winning an election can be compared to playing chess. Without the pawns and your knights, it means the king and the queen are useless. So, as a General without soldiers, who are you? Without the people that did the work for him, could Lyon have won the election (in 2019).

Tinubu Will Not Abandon Outgoing Northern APC Govs – Onanuga

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Mr Bayo Onanuga is a member of the Media Subcommittee of the Presidential Transition Council. He also served as the director, media and publicity of the defunct All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Presidential Campaign Council that worked for the emergence of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima as president-elect and vice-president-elect. In this interview on Trust TV’s Daily Politics, the former managing director of the Agency of Nigeria (NAN) spoke on what the president-elect would most likely do in his first 10 days in office, those that would make his cabinet, the possibility of setting aside or fine-tuning some of the economic policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the fate of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, among other issues.

What should Nigerians expect in the first 10 days of the president-elect once he gets to the Villa?

By the time the president-elect is sworn in, we expect that he would announce some of his key officers. Of course, in the first 10 days he will also promulgate the National Assembly so that they can elect their leaders. I think he would be making some very strategic appointments.

I cannot say for sure whether his list of ministers would be ready in 10 days, but I am sure he is working at it and he would have it ready by that time.

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