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Today's headlines: Victory for Atiku, Obi, would’ve retired Many APC Leaders- Shehu; 10th NASS: Yari Meets Buhari In Aso Rock

Victory for Atiku, Obi, would’ve retired many APC leaders — Buhari’s aide

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Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Thursday, said that many of the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, would have been sent on compulsory retirement had it been that Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or Peter Obi of the Labour Party, had won in the February 25 presidential elections.

Shehu also said that the victory of the President-elect and Vice President-elect, Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, respectively and the established control of the APC in 21 out of 36 states in the last general elections, firmly established the party as a dominant national Political Party.

Yari Meets Buhari

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Ahead of the June inauguration of the leadership of the national assembly, the former Governor of Zamfara State and Senator elect, Abdul’Aziz Yari, on Sunday evening, urged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to “reward performance” and not consider ethnicity or religion when zoning key offices in the 10th National Assembly.

Speaking shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, the former Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, said, “I’m advising the party, that they should reward performance, not religion. Because religion is not in the constitution of Nigeria, and it is not in our manifesto and our constitution.”

Yari, who is one of the new Senators-elect vying for the Senate Presidency, argued that the North being the highest contributor of votes to ensure the victory for the APC, in the February 25 Presidential elections, should be offered the opportunity to produce the next senate helmsman.

Why I didn’t welcome Tinubu to Rivers – Cole

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The Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole, has explained the reasons he failed to visit the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, during his visit to the state to inaugurate projects.

Cole cited negligence and Governor Nyesom Wike’s nonchalance among others as reasons why he was absent from the inauguration.

The PUNCH reported that Tinubu, on Wednesday visited the state on the invitation of Wike to inaugurate the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola flyover in Port Harcourt, where he described Wike as a man of integrity who abandoned his interest for the nation’s interest.

The APC governorship candidate stated this while speaking in an interview with Arise Television on Thursday, adding that Wike should have informed the state chapter of APC if he really wanted them to be part of the programme.

He said, ”I will describe the visit from two sides. The first side of it is the President-elect."

“As a President-elect of Nigeria, he has the right to go anywhere. And the Rivers State Government invited him, and he has come, honoured that invitation, and has come to Rivers State as a President-elect; with that, we have no problem at all."

15-year-old scores 99 in math, 337 overall

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A 15-year-old student of Bishop Otubelu Juniorate, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, Lotanna Azuokeke, scored 99 marks in Mathematics in the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Azuokeke, 15, scored a total of 337 marks in the examination, according to a statement by Dr Chiwuike Uba, Media Adviser to the Bishop of the Diocese of Nike (Anglican Communion), the Founder of the school.

Uba said Azụokeke, a native of Ọba in the Idemmili South LGA of Anambra State, scored 88 marks in Chemistry, 86 in Physics, and 64 in the English Language.

He said: Azụokeke broke record set by Chidera Obi who scored 329 marks to emerge overall best, five years ago.

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