Today’s Headlines:Why I rejected request to visit Tinubu – Bode George; NYSC Shouldn’t Be Compulsory- Jega

Why I rejected request to visit Tinubu – Bode George

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A former deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olabode George, has confirmed that a meeting did hold between him and some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The APC delegation, led by Retired Justice Isola Olorunmibe, also included the leader of the Governance Advisory Council in Lagos State, Tajudeen Olusi, among others.

According to George, an ardent critic of President-elect Bola Tinubu, he couldn’t turn down their request for a meeting because of his respect for Olorunmibe.

He told our correspondent, “They were led by Papa Olorunmibe, a 94-year-old man. In Yoruba land, such a man cannot say he wants to come to my house and I will say no. It’s not done in my culture. There were other elders from the PDP.”

NYSC Shouldn’t Be Compulsory – Jega

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Prof. Athahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has recommended that the one-year National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) should not be made mandatory.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the NYSC 50th anniversary celebration in Abuja on Monday, he said if any activity should be mandatory, then it should be only with the military.

He said the youth service corps ought to be voluntary for youths with proper qualifications and high CGPAs.

According to him, the best graduates who indicate interest should be selected for the exercise hence, adequate provisions should be made such as funding and facilities to enable them function well during the service programme.

Jega noted that the selected ones should also be mentored so that they are trained to occupy special positions in the country.

However, he insisted that if it must be mandatory for the massive number graduates that turn out from higher institutions for the programme, then all the resources and facilities to make it effective and impactful must be provided.

PDP hopeful of victory at Presidential tribunal – Okowa’s aide

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Lawyers seated at the tribunal awaiting the arrival of the judges

Senior Political Adviser to the Governor of Delta, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon, on Sunday, assured members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the party was hopeful of victory at the Presidential Election Tribunal.

Solomon gave the assurance at the victory thanksgiving organised by the state PDP youths in honour of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the state Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Boji-Boji, Owa, Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

He said that while the party was confident of victory at the Presidential tribunal, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state stood no chance of upturning the PDP’s victory at the state governorship election tribunal.

Solomon who represented Governor Okowa at the ceremony, assured that those who worked for the victory of the party would definitely receive their reward and advised those blackmailing others to desist from the ugly and wicked act.

Akpabio: Tinubu is God’s choice — his presidency is a nationalistic project

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Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom, says President-elect Bola Tinubu is “God’s own choice” for the leadership of the country.

Akpabio spoke on Sunday when he was hosted by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor.

The former Niger Delta affairs minister was nominated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the position of senate president while Barau Jibrin was recommended as deputy senate president.

Akpabio said senators-elect for the 10th assembly believe in the vision Tinubu has for the country and are willing to offer their support.

He said if elected as senate president, he will deploy a “national approach” to lawmaking in the red chamber.

Akpabio said the nation’s economy is in need of serious development, adding that the administration of Tinubu will replicate the development in Lagos at the federal level.

He said the senate will collaborate with the new administration to bring the dream to fruition.

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