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Today's Headlines: I’ll Help Tinubu Formulate Good Policies-Akpabio, Trump Refuses To Accept 2020 Defeat

I’ll Help Tinubu Formulate Good Policies – Akpabio

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Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and aspirant for the Senate President position, Sen.Godswil Akpabio, has he is committed to helping President-elect, Bola Tinubu formulate good policies for Nigeria.

The senator-elect stated this when a group of young professionals under the umbrella of Senator Akpabio Vanguard, paid him a solidarity visit yesterday.

He noted that with over 23 years of experience as a public servant, he is committed to helping the Tinubu in formulating good policies and laws that will be impactful on the lives of Nigerians.

The senator further said that when elected as president of the senate, he will work hand in hand with the presidency to ensure that poverty, insecurity, and other social vices are flushed out, while also promising to build youth and women of integrity that the society can reckon with.

Trump Refuses To Accept 2020 Defeat, Mocks Sexual Abuse Victim.

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A combative Donald Trump made a rare live appearance on longtime adversary CNN on Wednesday, repeating his false claims about the 2020 election, hurling insults and mocking a former magazine columnist he was found liable of sexually abusing and defaming.

Trump, during a one-hour “town hall” on the cable television network that he regularly denounced as “fake news” while in the White House, took questions on a broad range of subjects including the war in Ukraine, the debt limit, immigration and his multiple legal challenges.

“Most people understand that what happened was a rigged election,” Trump said of his 2020 presidential election defeat by Democrat Joe Biden.

If reelected, he said he would pardon a “large portion” of the hundreds of Trump supporters who have been jailed for their roles in the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol.

They were there with love in their heart,” the 76-year-old Trump said of the rioters who attempted to block the congressional certification of Biden’s win.

Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, refused to unreservedly commit to accepting the results of the next White House vote when pressed by CNN anchor Kaitlin Collins, the mediator for the event.

“If I think it’s an honest election, absolutely I would,” Trump said.

The former president also waded into the tense negotiations between the Biden White House and Congress over raising the US debt limit, urging Republican legislators not to do so if Democrats don’t agree to spending cuts.

Ondo PDP demands fair LG poll.

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The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has expressed its readiness to participate in the forthcoming local government election in the state.

The state Chairman of the PDP, Mr Fatai Adams, stated this at the party’s secretariat in Akure, on Thursday.

Recall that the Chairman of the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Joseph Aremo, had fixed December 16, 2023, for the conduct of the local government poll in the state.

Speaking on Thursday, the PDP chairman, Adams, said the opposition party was ready to participate in the election but warned the ruling All Progressives Congress against manipulating the process.

Adams said the need for the LG poll could not be overemphasised as local governments in Ondo State had become “just salary payment agency of the state government, rather than serving the grassroots as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He said, “We are assuring the general public that we are prepared to participate in the electoral contest with the fervent hope that the governor and his APC will allow the commission to perform its role without undue interference and interruptions. As a party, we have put the necessary machinery in motion which will culminate in our electoral victory at the polls.

“This resolution is deliberate and we are conscious of the agenda of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to continue to muzzle the local government administrations by foisting his stooges on the people. We can therefore gauge his temperature and the mood of the APC as well as the inconveniences our resolve may cause its members who erroneously see local government as their cash cow, being the reward for their hypocrisy and sycophancy to the governor.

Kogi govt approves 65 years age retirement for teachers

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Kogi Government has approved 65 years as the retirement age for teachers in the state.

The approval was sequel to the passage of the Retirement Age of Teachers in Kogi State and for Related Matters Bill, 2022 on Thursday by the House of Assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Matthew Kolawale, said with the passage of the bill, teachers in the state would now retire upon attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever comes earlier.

“The Public Service Rule or any legislation that requires a person to retire from the public service at 60 years of age or after 35 years of service shall not apply to teachers in Kogi from the date of commencement of this law,’’ he said.

In what appeared to be part of the mop-up activities of the seventh Assembly, two other bills were passed by the lawmakers on Thursday.

The bills, which were taken clause-by-clause for consideration included: “A Bill for a Law to Amend the Kogi State Utility Infrastructure Management and Compliance Agency and Other Matters Connected Therewith, 2018.”

The other one was “A Bill for a Law to Establish the Kogi State Roads Fund Management and Administration Board and Other Matters Connected Therewith, 2022.”

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