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Details Of Pastor Bakare’s Meeting With Buhari Emerges

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Details Of Pastor Bakare's Meeting With Buhari Emerges

The founder of Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Friday has a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bakare’s closed-door meeting focused on support for the electronic transmission of votes in the 2023 elections, power rotation and to “dispense what was in my heart”

2023 Election: Power Rotation

Bakare stated, “I had said it on October 3. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character, who love this nation.

“Listen to me, if where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better, the northern part of Nigeria should be the richest and should be the most progressive and the most developed because out of 61 years, the north has produced either the president or heads of state for 40 to 41 years, and yet see the retrogression in the North.

“If it’s from the South, why should a person like President Obasanjo freeze and seize the account of Lagos State in his own tenure? If it’s from South-South or South-East why couldn’t President Jonathan use all his powers to develop South-South/South-East?

“Not where they come from, it’s what they carry and what they have to offer. May the best of the best of Nigerians rise, whether they’re from the east, from the west, from the north, and from the south.

“If there are agreements between politicians among themselves on rotation, a bargain is a bargain. That’s between them. But as far as this country is concerned, what we need at this stage is a man who can drive us to the Eldorado.”

He also said that there is the need for the nation to adopt electronic voting to ensure that no Nigerian of eligible voting age including the Diasporas are disenfranchised.

Asked about his mission at the presidential villa, Bakare said, “It’s a private visit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and I’ve dispensed what’s in my heart.”

Electronic transmission of election results

He applauded the Senate for reversing itself on the electronic transmission of election results, saying beyond that, the country should also adopt electronic voting.

Reacting to the senate’s stance, the Clergyman said, “Perhaps one of the best things the present National Assembly has done, especially the Senate. Because with that, Nigerians can vote and then results can be transmitted so easily. Not only that, part of the State of the Nation address that I did on October 10, I emphasised how Nigeria’s youth, especially undergraduates, are disenfranchised in our country.

“22.3 million students are registered, but during election, campuses are shut, they will not be able to return there to vote, therefore disenfranchised. If we can also be able to vote electronically, that will be wonderful. It will deepen and enhance our democracy.

“Not only that, the Diaspora sends above $25 billion to Nigeria. Nigeria in Diaspora should also be able to vote as they do in every other country in the world. The more the merrier. Yes, democracy is a game of numbers, but our people should have the final say, so the office of the citizen must be as important, if not more than the office of the governor or the president because they are the people who put them in power. Sovereignty still lies in the hands of the people of Nigeria.”

Restructuring of Nigeria

Bakare affirmed that it’s a step that must be taken to move the nation forward, “I’d said it, it’s in the open, the documents are already there, it’s not something I can cover in five minutes. We can do it without shooting any gun. The lecture after lecture after lecture, I have prepared and I’ve made copies available to Mr. President.

“We need to do it, to move this nation forward. The founding fathers of this nation; Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, alongside their entourage in Lancaster House and everywhere, agreed on what type of government Nigeria should have. We must not change the goalpost in the midst of the game.

“We are better off together as a nation than going our different ways. But it must be based on equity, justice, fair play and a rule of law.”

On plans to contest for the 2023 presidential election

When asked if he had plans to contest the 2023 presidential election, he said he would, only if God and Nigerians want him to.

Bakare added, “Every Nigerian, who is of age and who is not disqualified by any means, is free. I’m a nation builder, if God wants me to do that, and the people of Nigeria will appreciate that, why not? I’m as free as anybody to do anything with my time. I’ve pastored a church for 33 years, now we raise new leaders. I want to focus on nation-building.

“The Office of the President is only one office, there are so many other things we can do as people to support whoever is there to make sure that we do not go into retrogression, but begin to make steady progress as a people. I’ve already communicated clearly, my future plans to Mr. President, and it stays between us.”

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SDP Presidential Candidate,Adebayo, speaks at 2022 NBA Conference

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Social Democratic Party, Presidential candidate, Adewole Adebayo has been invited as guest to the 62nd edition of the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Since the 2022 NBA Conference will precede the 2023 general elections that will birth a democratic transition from one democratically elected President to another, for the fifth time in the 4th Republic, Adebayo who is also a lawyer by calling is expected to attend the opening ceremony which is on Monday 22nd,August 2022, as well as a special session that will follow immediately after, titled “Democratic Transitions in the 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond.”

In a letter signed by Tobenna Erojikwe,Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning on behalf of the National Executive Council and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”), stated that Adebayo is formally invited to the conference scheduled to hold between 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State.

‘I write to formally invite you, as a guest to the 62nd Edition of the Annual General Conference of the NBA (“the NBA Conference”), scheduled to hold from 19th to 26th August 2022 in Lagos State. Accordingly, we will be delighted to welcome you as a guest to the Conference.

The NBA Conference is the leading event of the NBA and a main feature of the annual calendar of the Nigerian legal profession. It presents legal practitioners in Nigeria with a unique opportunity to interrogate issues affecting the profession and society and to continue to seek innovative ways of advancing justice delivery and providing value-adding legal solutions to their clients and the environment within which members of the Association operate.

The theme for this year’s Conference is “Bold Transitions”. And the Conference is anticipated to have approximately 13,000 delegates from the Bar and Bench in attendance. Also expected are business

persons from different sectors, technocrats as well as political leaders from within and outside Nigeria.

The core objective of the 2022 NBA Conference is to host a world class conference, with in-depth

discourse on critical issues affecting the legal profession and the country in general, facilitated by the most eminently qualified resource persons. Discussions at the Conference will focus on the need for the legal profession to engage boldly with global evolutionary trends and will comprise over 30 technical sessions where experts will lead conversations primarily aimed at envisioning the future of the legal profession within the context of a rapidly transiting world and business environment, triggered in part, by the revolutionary exploits and expressions of technology and the historic coronavirus pandemic.

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Billionaire Businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah’s Wondrous Donation

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No doubt, Ifeanyi Ubah, Chairman, Capital Oil, is generous to a fault.   This top player in the nation’s oil and gas sector also has a large heart. Besides, he is unapologetically committed to the uplift of his community, while also helping the course of humanity.

The billionaire is fasting becoming one of the biggest philanthropists from the South East part of Nigeria has the milk of kindness running in his veins.

As proof of his fellow-feeling, the Senator representing Anambra South senatorial district in the National Assembly,  has  just made a wondrous donation of N500million to Anambra State, to support the fight against insecurity.

Ubah made the pledge during a visit to the state Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, at the Government House last Tuesday evening in Awka, the state capital.

The senator, however, made specifications on how the money would be spent.

Anambra State had for over a year been under the tight grip of criminals, who kidnap, kill and steal from residents until lately, when Soludo fought back.

Ubah in a statement signed by his Head of Media and Strategic Communications, Mr. Kamen Chuks Ogbonna, also explained how the funds would be used.

The senator was quoted as telling the governor that: “It takes a secure environment to sustain infrastructural development.

“I will complement your efforts with a series of interventions aimed at curbing capital flight from the zone and restore confidence in our people to return home and help in developing our economy.”

Stating how the funds would be spent, Ubah said N200million would be spent on the training of security personnel and provision of latest security communication gadgets for Anambra South vigilante groups.

He added that N300million would be for the provision of solar lights to further illuminate and strengthen the security architecture in Anambra South senatorial district.

The senator said the promise would all be implemented in the next three months.

 

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2023: Tension In Alimoso As 3,000 Supporters Of APC Rep Aspirant Threaten Defection 

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There is a palpable tension in the Alimoso Federal Constituency chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as supporters of House of Representatives aspirant, Prince Idris Balogun, have threatened to defect to another party over the seeming injustice done to the aspirant during the party primaries.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend, the supporters led by their spokesman, Olalere Oyetola lamented that despite that their candidate, Prince Balogun, popularly called Oluomo Kafata, being the most popular and widely accepted aspirant, the leadership of the party gave its Rep ticket to another aspirant.
“We’re supporters of Oluomo Kafata and we are registering our grievances and displeasure at the injustice done to him during the last primaries of the party,” Oyetola said.
According to him, Balogun has been the man who has been driving the party forward in Alimoso Federal Constituency. “He has been empowering people of all cadres: students, women, widows and party members. Over 5,000 people have benefitted and more are still benefitting from his empowering programmes,” he said.
Oyetola stated further that Balogun has been doing everything in the name of the party and he has been able to put the party in the consciousness of the people. “His empowerment programmes have been second to none. This is a man who has purchased buses to convey school children to and from school in the name of the party. He purchased a grading machine worth N100 million used in grading roads. All these are done free of charge and in the name of the party,” he said.
He stated further that Balogun was the consensus candidate of the party. “The primary for Rep could not take place in Alimoso due to violence. Two people were killed on that day. After due consideration, it was decided that Oluomo should be the consensus candidate.
“We were surprised that a kangaroo primary was organised at the party secretariat and schemed him out,” he explained.
According to him, they have to let the whole world know what is happening in Alimoso because supporters of Oluomo are not happy.
“He (Oluomo) has been the one telling us to calm down that the leadership of the party is looking into the problem.
“However, not even him can keep us calm for long. We’re not happy and we may leave the party if urgent steps are not taken to redress the situation,” he said.
Others who spoke with the media at the occasion, confirmed that they have made up their mind to leave the party if the injustice done to their man is not redressed.
“The leadership of the party should know that if Balogun is allowed to leave the party, APC will lose in Alimoso Federal Constituency. He is the most popular candidate, a grassroots mobilizer and the choice of the people. He will win the election on any party’s platform,” he said.

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