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2019: Mimiko withdraws from presidential race

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The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has
announced the withdrawal of its presidential candidate, Mr Olusegun Mimiko from the 2019 presidential election.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr Dan Nwanyanwu made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the party would approach the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw Mimiko’s name and file same for the Senate.
According to him, looking at the political barometer, Nigerians have zoned the office of the president to the North.

He said the North had produced two powerful candidates –
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President, Atiku
Abubakar.
Nwanyanwu said Mimiko has the records to show and the
capacity to replicate what he did in Ondo across the country.
“We are starting the process to persuade Mimiko to withdraw
and take a senatorial ticket; after all, we need strong men at the
senate to pass the necessary laws after the election next year.
“He is a loyal party member and I can assure you, with the
discussions we have had, by tomorrow we should be filing his
name as a senatorial candidate after withdrawing it from the
presidential race.
“ZLP will be part and parcel of the making of a new president,
we shall support one of the big parties but that is left to the
party to meet and decide.
“We have to look at all the options and all that has happened
since 2015, what is on ground and who is able to deliver for
the common good,” he said.
Nwanyanwu said that there were too many candidates running
for the 2019 presidential elections.
According to him, these candidates have formed themselves
into groups, supporting one presidential candidate or the other.
“It does not work like that and we should stop deceiving
ourselves, the election for next year appears to be between the
incumbent president and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
of the PDP.
“I do not know how people will keep deceiving themselves; if
you are a presidential candidate of a party and you are either
supporting Buhari or Atiku, it does not work, that is deceit.
“Drop your presidential ticket, narrow it down so that votes
would not be lost.
“If you pretend to be a candidate and close to election, your
people will meet, an agreement is reached and then you
announced you are supporting Buhari or Atiku; you should not
be taken seriously,” he said.
Nwanyanwu said that such candidates have between now and
Saturday to withdraw their presidential candidacy to support
anybody of their choice.
He said it was important to do so to avoid confusion and
possible loss of votes in the 2019 presidential race.
Nwanyanwu said that every vote is important in the 2019
presidential election urging contestant willing to drop at the last
minute to do so before Nov. 17 to cut down the number of
names on the ballot paper.
“Withdrawing close to the election will not make any meaning
but withdrawing early enough will reduce the number of names
on the ballot paper.
“This is because those in the villages who wanted to vote for
you and does not know what you are doing here in Abuja will
still go on to vote for you and such votes will be lost, this is to
avoid confusion,” he added. (NSent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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