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Today's Headlines: US aware you lost Election - Keyamo tells Obi; Osinbajo to unveil projects For MSMEs In 8 States

US aware you lost, your tantrums ineffective’, Keyamo tells Obi

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Minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo has told Peter Obi, flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 General Elections, that his ‘tantrums’ are ineffective as the US is aware that he lost the presidential election ‘fair and square’.

Keyamo spoke in response to Obi’s comments about the telephone conversation between Antony Blinken, US secretary of state and Bola Tinubu, the president-elect.

The former governor of Anambra argued that the basis on which Blinken called Tinubu to pledge to strengthen the ties between Nigeria and the US was “unclear”.

Obi asked Blinken not to legitimise the victory of Tinubu until the presidential election petition tribunal gives a verdict.

Keyamo, in a tweet on Friday, said Obi overrated his “tantrums” and that of his supporters as having any effect internationally.

“It’s obvious that you and your supporters have overrated your noise and tantrums after the election as having any real effect internationally. No, they have not had any such massive effect as you would wish,” he said.

“Unfortunately for you, the US has dealt with so many opposition figures around the world and they know exactly how to separate facts from fiction. They know you lost, fair and square. They know that in a complex society like Nigeria, you could not have won with your message of ‘religious war’.

“They know you’re just a splinter of the main opposition, the PDP, so it amounts to delusions of grandeur to think that you won when you actually came third.

Osinbajo to unveil projects for MSMEs in 8

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will simultaneously inaugurate common area facilities for the use of operators of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across eight states on Tuesday.

The projects were constructed to support small businesses across the country to overcome production and related challenges under the National MSMEs Shared Facility Scheme, Tola Adekunle-Johnson, Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement on Friday on Abuja.

Adekunle-Johnson listed the projects to be inaugurated to include six hybrid Solar Systems installed at designated MSMEs clusters in Nasarawa, Enugu, Borno, Adamawa, Ekiti and Ondo states, and one ultra-modern tailoring and fashion facility each in Delta and Kogi.

“The eight facilities will be commissioned simultaneously on May 22, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“The facilities in Delta and Kogi regarded as the largest fashion hubs in the North-Central and South-South regions, and the other 6 were built in partnership with the state governments.

“The hub in Okene, Kogi, where the vice president will be physically present, will provide an enabling environment for garment makers and fashion designers in the state and put them on the path of sustainable growth.

Buhari mourns founder of FCMB, Subomi Balogun

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President Muhammadu Buhari says he shares in the grief of the business community, particularly banking and investment sector, over the passing of an illustrious citizen, Chief Michael “Subomi” Balogun, 89.

The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja, condoled with family members, friends, and associates of the revered businessman.

He noted that Balogun’s legacy of kindness and charity stretched into many homes, institutions, and communities, touching lives through education, health, and multiple empowerment opportunities.

Buhari affirmed that Balogun, ”through foresight, wisdom, and hard work, lived ahead of his time, by starting the First City Merchant Bank in 1983, which grew over the years, with branches across the country, and working assiduously for the take-off and success of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.”

Wase dares APC, vows to contest speakership

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, on Friday in Abuja vowed not to withdraw from the race for the Office of Speaker of the 10th National Assembly.

This is despite the decision of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, which zoned the office to the North-East.

“I am in the race! And by the grace of God, I am going to conclude the race. I have not withdrawn or stepped down for anybody,” Wase told State House Correspondents on Friday after meeting the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

On Wednesday, the outgoing Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect of the APC and opposition parties had adopted the anointed candidates of the APC for Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu, respectively, for the 10th House.

He said the APC gave the North-West the Speakership and Deputy Senate Presidency to compensate the zone.

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