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Today's Headlines: I Deliberately Closed Borders—Buhari, Abure Remains LP Chairman, NLC Maintains

I Deliberately Closed Borders—Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he deliberately shut the country’s borders to encourage food production in Nigeria.

While the move was heavily criticised, Buhari noted that Nigerians later appreciated it.

News Source: Channels TV

He said this during the inauguration of the new Customs Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

“I deliberately closed the borders because knowing Nigerians, they order rice, give some Niger address, and then they bring the rice here,” he said at the event.

“With our land potential – we thank God Nigeria is favoured. We have people, we have land, and we have weather. How many nations are as lucky as Nigeria in the world? Very few nations are as lucky as we are! We thank God for that.”

Abure Remains LP Chairman, NLC Maintains

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has again passed a vote of confidence on Julius Abure, maintaining he is the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP).

While the LP has been recently embroiled in a leadership crisis, the President of the NLC Joe Ajaero insists that Abure is the party’s chairman.

News Source: Channels TV

The NLC chief was speaking while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Well, Julius Abure remains the national chairman of the Labour Party. Nobody has conducted any convention,” he said Tuesday.

“There is no meeting nor NEC meeting called which NLC as trustees has attended where any officer has been removed.”

JUST IN: Tony Blair visits Tinubu ahead of May 29 swearing-in

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the Defence House.

The development comes one week before the swearing-in ceremony of the president-elect.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

A source in Tinubu’s camp confirmed Blair’s visit, saying he was in the country to have a ‘crucial diplomatic meeting’ with the two-term governor of Lagos State.

“I don’t have all the details yet. But I believe it has to do with fostering a bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom. I hope you are aware that the US Secretary also called Asiwaju last week,” he said.

In attendance at the meeting were Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima.

All is not well with Imo PDP— Lawmaker says as he defects to APC

Jerry Alagbaoso, a member of the House of Representatives, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alagbaoso, in a letter read on the floor of the House on Tuesday, said all is not well with the PDP in Imo State.

News Source: Daily Post

This could be a major blow to the PDP ahead of the November governorship election in the state.

“All is not well in Imo State PDP. This explains why three of our colleagues from Imo State and [of] PDP extraction in the House of Representatives defected to APC a few weeks ago.

“I will not be an exception considering the man-made confusion and headaches of PDP in Imo. What is happening in Imo PDP is not satisfactory to those people (members) and my colleagues who crossed over and it is not also satisfactory to me,” Alagbaoso said.

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