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Today's Headlines: PDP groups join APC in Oyo, vow to unseat Makinde, Why I Almost Cried When I Became Vice President — GEJ

PDP groups join APC in Oyo, vow to unseat Makinde

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Ahead of the Governorship/House of Assembly election on March 18, the camp of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has received more defectors from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The defectors from two PDP groups were received on Wednesday by the State APC Secretary, Alhaji Tajudeen Olanite, at the party secretariat.

The two groups received into the APC are Integrity Youth Vanguard (IYF), led by Fola Afolabi, and Idera De Disciples (IDD), led by Tunde Adewumi.

Recalls that five different groups within Oyo PDP, with no fewer than 7,000 members, on Monday joined the APC following its brilliant performance at the Presidential and National Assembly elections of Feb. 25.

The two groups with members drawn from across the 33 Local Governments in the state, came with over 5,000 members to join the APC, expressing their collective resolve to unseat Gov. Seyi Makinde.

Mr Fola Afolabi, the IYF leader, decried the poor handling of Oyo PDP affairs and governance of the state by the governor.

Mr Tunde Adewunmi, the IDD Leader, expressed readiness to work assiduously for the victory of the APC governorship candidate, Sen. Teslim Folarin, and other APC candidates on Saturday.

Adewunmi said that the victory of APC would assuage feelings of victims of the governor’s alleged high-handedness.

Why I Almost Cried When I Became Vice President — Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he never wanted to be Nigeria’s Vice President when he was chosen to contest alongside the late Musa Yar’Adua, adding that he cried but had to take it as his destiny.

He advised politicians to conduct themselves peacefully during and after the 2023 elections.

Jonathan stated this when he paid a condolence visit to governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State over the death of his father at Sampou Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

“As a leader in the country who had the privilege of serving at the state level and national level, I can only advise that politics is not about that you must be there. If God wants you to be there, you will be there. If it is not yet your turn to be there, you will not be there. When I became a vice president I almost cried, I never wanted to, but that was my destiny and I had to move.

“So, I advise people who are interested in these offices and their supporters to conduct themselves very well. They want to serve us, not to serve themselves.

“I always tell people that if you are so ambitious, then go into business. If you want to be in the state assembly and people don’t want you, fine, go and sleep. You want to be a governor and people don’t want you, go and sleep or do business.

“But if you want to serve us as people then you must be humble and you will not kill us before you serve us. So, people must conduct themselves peacefully and if God wants them to win their elections, they will win their elections,” Jonathan said.

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23 illegal firearms recovered in Bauchi

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The Bauchi State Police Command has recovered 23 illegal firearms and ammunition from miscreants in the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s Spokesman, SP Ahmed Wakil, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Bauchi.

He said the command in its unrelenting efforts would continue to mop up illicit arms in the state.

FG, states yet to harmonise ahead June deadline

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The Federal Government, on Wednesday, said it had yet to harmonise efforts with states to set up palliative measures ahead of the June 2023 deadline for the discontinuation of petroleum subsidy.

However, it said the concerned committees would soon conclude discussions with key stakeholders as the administration wound down.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, revealed this to State House correspondents shortly after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

He noted that a committee led by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the National Economic Council comprising state governors had been working to resolve the issue for over 12 months now.

Within that period, however, the committee has yet to harmonise.

Asked about the reasons for the delay, Agba explained that the situation required time as it had far-reaching consequences for the nation.

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