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Today's Headlines:Ndigbo Hails APC For Adopting Kalu For Deputy Speaker;APC Suspends Gemade, Shija

Ndigbo Hails APC For Adopting Kalu For Deputy Speaker

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The Chidi Ibeh-led faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, hailed the decision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to adopt the member representing Bende Federal Constituency, Ben Kalu, as preferred candidate for Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 10th assembly.

The Igbo group maintained he is the best candidate from the South East for the position.

In a statement, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, the Secretary General of the factional apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, maintained that the choice of Kalu was based on his unassuming disposition and track record of accomplishments.

Isiguzoro pleaded with other elected members, especially those from the South East, to support him.

According to the group, Kalu’s experience as the Chairman of House Committee on Information will assist the APC leadership and President-elect, Bola Tinubu, to curb activities of Biafra agitators and other secessionists.

He added that zoning the position to the region would promote national integration, unity, equity, justice, fairness, national prosperity and multi-ethnic diversity of Nigeria.

APC Suspends Gemade, Shija

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Benue State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Chief Barnabas Gemade and one-time House of Representatives member, Prof. Terhemba Shija.

Suspension of the duo was ratified at the State Expanded Meeting of the party, yesterday, at its secretariat in Makurdi.

Chairman of Benue APC, Austin Agada, said the two former APC governorship contenders were suspended for anti-party activities.

Agada accused the duo of working against the success of the party before and during the recent general elections, as well as conniving with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to thwart the efforts of the APC in the state.

He stated: “Gemade vehemently refused to go with the constitution of the party. That he lost his ward and local council of Konshisha is most appalling. Shija frustrated the party and worked in connivance with the PDP. Both are hereby suspended and are to face the party’s disciplinary committee.”

In the same vein, three ward executive council members in Konshisha Local Council were also suspended for anti-party activities.

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Tinubu’s Overseas Trip Stirs Reactions

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Acting leader of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, yesterday, urged Nigerians to shun speculations and accept reasons the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, gave for his trip to France.

Tinubu had, again, jetted out of the country to Europe, ahead of his May 29 inauguration.

According to a statement by his aide, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu was billed to meet with investors and key allies in business during his trip to Europe.

This is coming two weeks after the President-elect returned to the country from a trip to the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and France.

Rahman, in a statement, said: “President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday afternoon, left Nigeria for Europe on a working visit. He will use opportunity of the trip to fine-tune transition plans and programmes, and his policy options with some of his key aides without unnecessary pressures and distractions.

Insecurity, Poverty Getting Worse In Nigeria -Bishop Ndagoso

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Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso has lamented increasing cases of poverty and insecurity in Nigeria.

The cleric who regretted that the country was ranked globally among nations with the largest concentration of the poor called on the President-elect, Bola Tinubu and incoming governments at states and local council levels to give priority to security and poverty alleviation projects.

He stated this in his address, yesterday, at the 2023 Pastoral Council/General Assembly of the Kaduna Archdiocese.

“The situation in which we carry out our mission remains the same if not worse than before. banditry, insurgency, kidnappings for ransom, herders/farmers multi-dimensional poverty are on the increase. Regrettably, our country is still leading the world with the largest concentration of the poorest of the poor, namely, people living below the poverty line.

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