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Today's Headlines: Buhari Unveils Agenda 2050, PDP Unveils Melaye As Kogi Gov Candidate

Buhari Unveils Agenda 2050

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday launched a new long-term national development plan, the Nigeria Agenda 2050 (NA 2050).

Recall that he first inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the preparation of the Medium-Term National Development Plan 2021 – 2025 and Nigeria Agenda 2050 in November 2020.

The initiative’s objective is to ensure that the country attains a Per Capita GDP of $33,328 per annum, placing her among the top middle-income economies in the world by 2050.

It hopes to take Nigeria to an Upper Middle-Income Country and subsequently to the status of a High-Income country by 2050.

President Buhari inaugurated it before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Council (FEC) Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the Plan has the vision of a dynamic, industrialized and knowledge-based economy that generates inclusive and sustainable development for the country.

PDP unveils Melaye as Kogi gov candidate

The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has formally unveiled Dino Melaye as its standard-bearer in the November 11 governorship election in the state.

The ceremony held Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital, was attended by the party leaders across the three senatorial districts of the state.

Speaking shortly after he was presented to the party faithful, Melaye expressed his appreciation to every member of the PDP for the confidence reposed in him and promised not to disappoint them.

He said Kogi had no business being poor as she was sitting on a gold mine enough to make the citizens of the state immensely rich.

“Kogi State has over 42 mineral resources untapped. There is nothing wrong if we have five Obajanas in the state. There is no reason why Ajaokuta should not be working. There is no reason why we should depend on monthly Federal Allocation. All these will be brought to a halt when I become the governor through you in November,” he said.

Buba Galadima: Why Kwankwaso didn’t go to court despite losing presidential election

Buba Galadima, a chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), says the party did not challenge the results of the February 25 presidential election because “Nigeria must move forward”.

Speaking in a chat with Arise TV on Wednesday, Galadima claimed NNPP has the highest chance of overturning APC’s victory if a suit was filed, but the part decided not to challenge the election.

He added that the party did not want to “destroy this election” and give an opportunity to some “people who are waiting to establish an interim government”.

Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of NNPP, finished fourth in the presidential election which was won by Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Both Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) have challenged the outcome of the election and submitted petitions to contest Tinubu’s victory.

Ekweremadu’s Sentencing: Nigerian Senate beg UK govt for clemency

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday appealed to the United Kingdom government to consider clemency for the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who is awaiting sentencing on organ harvest charges.

The decision which was taken at the plenary, followed a motion sponsored by Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North Senatorial District.

Utazi drew the attention of lawmakers to the travails of their former colleague, who is being tried for alleged organ trafficking for which he has been convicted alongside his wife and a medical doctor.

The lawmaker said Ekweremadu and other defendants have been convicted with their sentencing slated for the 5th of May, 2023.

He explained that being a Deputy Senate President for 12 years and the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, he has contributed hugely to the growth of democracy in Africa and beyond and should be considered for clemency.

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