Presidential Candidate for Social Democratic Party ,SDP, Prince Adewole Adebayo, has promised Nigerians that he will end and demolish Boko Haram and banditry in his first 100 days in office if elected President in 2023. He also vowed that within 60 days, banditry, in any and every part of the country would have been totally wiped out from Nigerian soil.
“If the people in my government are not trying to be billionaires, the issue of banditry will be over within 60 days. Terrorism is a little complex but the Boko Haram fighters can be technically chased away from Nigerian soil within 100 days, that doesn’t mean they won’t be in the region. The strength of these Boko Haram and bandits is the ability to reinforce. That reinforcement ability is what makes look it like the Nigerian armed forces are not doing anything. They have a rapid reinforcement. If it takes you three weeks operation to dislodge them from the territory, they can use seven days to recalibrate and come back. So, my first 100 days you will be hearing Boko Haram from a long distance and the bandits, most likely will be former bandits, that is if they are alive at all”, he stated.
Speaking at a question and answer online programme “Symfoni” Adebayo said as a potential president, his vision about where Nigeria is headed and how to get there is clear in his head as men and women of character and integrity to help with the New Nigeria he envisioned, are already being sought.
Unlike his contemporaries, Adebayo said he didn’t have the luxury of having a political godfather to smoothen his path as all of them are dead, adding that, after the Almighty God, he relies on nobody.
“I am not lucky with godfatherism. Unfortunately, all my godfathers are dead. Aminu Kano, if he was alive, would have been my god father. Micheal Opara would have been another god father. Mbonu Ojike, it was who said government should serve the people. He would have been my god father, if he was alive. If I had a god father I won’t be running. The people that would have been god fathers are the ones running against me now”, he said.
Adebayo said two weeks after the elections have been won and lost, he will make public names of his ministers, not only for confirmation by the National Assembly, but for further scrutiny by the general public.
Said he: ” I will name my ministers two weeks after the elections. I assign portfolios to the ministers and allow Nigerians to judge them, question and interrogate them. I meet the service chiefs and behind to hear from them their challenges and how it can be tackled. As a potential winner of the coming election, I am already speaking with them. I don’t need to wait till when I would be sworn in before taking such action. I swing into action the moment the election is won and lost”.
Adebayo said he is not surprised about the sudden matching order given by the president to the minister of education to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU suspension of his members from classrooms, adding that its typical of the president. “Its not unusual from the president to allow issues to fester before taking decision.
I don’t want to be a president like that. It’s better not to be a president at all than allow crisis to fester for this long. Anybody who knows the president would know that he is a very good and decent man but I think he is on a wrong job, because this job requires you to know things and take action before they happen, and if they happen, to react swiftly. It is my hope that the matter is resolved. But even at that, by the time I assume office, I will cement it so that for the next 25 years, there won’t be crisis of ASUU with the Federal Government again because I will ensure there is autonomous for the sector. Remember that I went to America where I spent ten days and in the course of meetings, where we reached agreement with the black historical universities and colleges to come and assist Nigerian universities. At least, 2000 Americans professors will come to Nigeria on sabbatical and exchange to help us build up . Even if ASUU isn’t on strike , they don’t have enough equipment to produce quality graduates”.
Mega Rally: Ogun APC PCC Set To Receive Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Arrangements have been concluded for the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) coming up on Wednesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The rally will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari who will be joined by the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and other members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Governor of the State, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun who also doubles as the State coordinator of the Presidential Campaign Council will be playing host to the party’s hierarchy for the Presidential Campaign rally this Wednesday, January 25, 2022 at Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s Stadium.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of APC PCC in Ogun State, ‘Wale Onifade on behalf of Chairman, APC PCC Media and Publicity, Otunba Femi Davies said the rally promises to be a mother of all rallies as APC members and supporters; and the people of the state are in high spirit to receive the president, Tinubu and their team.
Onifade added: “Also to join the president, who is the chairman of the presidential campaign council at the rally, are the chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Director General of the Campaign Council, Governor Simon Lalong, Deputy Director General of the Campaign Council, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC Governors, Deputy Governors, Senators, members of the House of Representatives, members of the Ogun State House of Assembly.
Otunba Davies urged all APC members in the state to turn out en masse to accord the president and his team a befitting welcome.
“The event will also herald the presentation of flags to the Presidential Candidate, Governorship Candidate and our National Assembly candidates in Ogun State.
“Already, the ground is fertile for the success of this great crusade because of the well known monumental, life changing performance of the ruling APC government in the state since 2017.
“The myriad of people centered positive interventions and genuine display of Character and Vision by the APC administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun testify to the enduring romance between the people of Ogun state and good governance.
” It is in this vein that the Presidential Campaign Committee, Directorate of Media and Publicity in Ogun State encourages members of the public, supporters, and admirers of our party to troop out to the great carnival to endorse competence, vision, character, hope and track record as epitomised by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
Has Uche Ogah’s Governorship Dream evaporated?
As a top player in the oil and gas business, Uche Ogah’s paths have been laced with more roses than thorns.
The CEO, Masters Energy, plies his trade to the envy of many of his competitor
However, the man whose business interests include banking, insurance, aviation, shipping, dredging, logistics, construction and hospitality, had taken a wrong step when he dabbled into the murky water of Nigeria’s politics.
His foray into politics can only be described as a misadventure rather than an adventure, as his ambition of becoming the number one citizen of his state has so far amounted to a wild goose chase.
His political trajectory started in 2015 when he lost the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to the incumbent Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
He had felt like someone whose birth right had been denied him; so, he reportedly spent millions of Naira to reclaim the ticket.
There was palpable joy in his household when Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cede the certificate of return to Ikpeazu, maintaining that he was never qualified to run for the party primaries in the People’s Democratic party (PDP on the grounds of fake tax returns during the primaries.
Justice Abang further ordered the Chief Judge of the state to swear in Ogah as the substantive governor of the state.
Following the controversial ruling, his supporters went out in wild jubilation, while the whole state went into a frenzy.
But his balloon of hope was punctured, in spite of the fact that he was presented with a Certificate of Returns by the INEC.
This was so because the Appeal Court in Abuja nullified the Certificate issued to him, a development that finally put paid to his dream.
Surprisingly, in spite of this doleful experience, he never gave up, as he fought and got the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to challenge his old rival, the incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at the last governorship poll.
Like a serial loser, he was again defeated by Ikpeazu.
To make up for his loss and compensation for his loyalty for APC, he was appointed Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development.
To him, this was just a stop-gap, as his eyes are set on the number seat in the state.
He couldn’t wait for another election year in 2022, as he once again threw his hat in the ring for his most cherished ambition.
Though the primary election had been held, it still remains controversial, as two contestants are laying claim to the party’s ticket.
While High Chief Ikechi Emenike is being duly recognised, Ogah has sued the alleged winner and APC for trying to deny him his right.
At the moment, it seems his hope of getting the number one job of the state may not come true immediately, as the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, last week, dealt a blow to his ambition.
The Appellate Court affirmed Emenike as the Abia governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 election.
Since the development, the oil guru has reportedly been having sleepless nights. Perhaps, if Ogah had known, he would not have involved himself in the game of politics,
Indeed, if he knew any better, he would remain in his familiar business, making money.
SDP Presidential Candidate,Adebayo, speaks at 2022 NBA Conference
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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