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2023: Gbajabiamila Opens Up On Contesting For Sanwo-Olu’s Job

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…Speaks On Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition

…Explains Why APC Will Survive After Buhari

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday said he has not really given much thought to the possibility of throwing his hat into the race for the Lagos governorship seat in 2023.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, the Surulere Federal Constituency lawmaker, said he was focused on the task as the Speaker of the 9th House of Assembly and will not be distracted by such talks about contesting against the incumbent Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Asked if he was nursing such ambition, Gbajabiamila said, “That question provoked a smile. I don’t have such plans, I have no immediate plans. I have a job I am doing right now, it is a very tough job on my hands.

“I don’t want distractions, I am working as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and there is a lot on my shoulder right now.”

While noting that Sanwo-Olu had performed well on the job in the last two years, the Speaker said such reports about him contesting for the Lagos top job was arising from the manner in which the former Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was denied a second term ticket.

“As for becoming Lagos Governor, I have not even thought about it. Why? Because the Governor of Lagos is doing a good job. The fact that we had a one-term Governor does not mean it is going to be the same (in 2023) Sanwo-Olu is doing well, we will see what the future holds.

“The future is what it is. We leave it in the hands of the one who decides the future for everybody,” he concluded.

Speaking on the percieved presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress, APC stalwart, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Gbajabiamila said though the ex-Lagos Governor was yet to declare his ambition, he was more than qualifies to contest the highest office in the land.

“Let us be clear on one with one thing. He has not declared that he wants to run. Should and when he decides to, if he decides to declare, you and I both know that he more than qualifies to run for the office of the President,” the Speaker said.

Questioned further on if Tinubu had opened up on his plans to become President in 2023, he said, “Asiwaju’s communication with me is privileged. The communication is privileged.”

But the Speaker submitted that capacity and love for country are two requisite characteristics the next president most possess, while adding that it was not out of place to take rotation into consideration.

The next president must have capacity capacity and capacity. Basically capacity and love for country.

“Under this circumstances that we find ourselves, I think rotation should still be considered, it may not be the ultimate but it should be part of what is considered. Nigerians wants rotation and it should be considered but capacity is important,” he said.

He agreed with the sentiment that any region who gets the nod to produce the next President will douse the tension in such region, however insisting that it must not be the deciding factor.

He said, “Yes, a South East President will douse the tension in the South East, same will be the case if the South South produces the President or the North.

“Equity and fairness should be a consideration. But the question is that is there all there is to bring a President?”

On if the APC will survive as a party after Buhari’s tenure, the Speaker said those wishing the party to disintegrate were only chasing shadows, just as he expressed optimism that the President’s legacies will help the party remain relevant beyond 2023.

“President Muhammadu Buhari comes with massive good will, his 12m votes is not folktale. Politicis sometimes is about personality.

The president has endeared footprints in a lot of people and that will come to play and I sincerely believe that the APC will gain a lot from the legacies of the President in years to come,” Gbajabiamila said.

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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen’s Failure To Change Tactics Behind Super Eagles’ Loss To Tunisia, Says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is not happy with the elimination of the Super Eagles from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The football house feel its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, who acted as interim head coach at the tournament in Cameroon, could have fielded a different team and tactics against Tunisia.

Nigerian won its first three games at the AFCON against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, playing expansive football with reliance on wing play from Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.

However, the Tunisians found a way to shut down Simon and Chukwueze, winning 1-0 in the round of 16.

“We can’t be predictable for three consecutive matches straight up,” a senior NFF official told ESPN in a not-so-veiled criticism of Eguavoen.

“We ought to have changed tactics and even personnel to surprise them, too.

“Everyone was too heartbroken to have straight thoughts. But now, we have to maintain our heads, be stable, and focus on making the best decision for Nigeria.”

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Buhari Sympathises With Victims Of Market Fire Incident In Onitsha

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with victims of the fire incident at Main Market and Relief Market in Onitsha, Anambra State.

This was contained in a statement by the president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday in Abuja.

Recall that firefighters on Friday battle to put out a raging fire caused by a fallen petrol tanker in the state.

The fire reportedly destroyed several goods.

According to report, the fire started after a petrol tanker conveying fuel fell around Obodoukwu road, along the Onitsha-Owerri road in the commercial city.

Reacting, Buhari directed Federal Government agencies working with the Anambra government to give the necessary succour to victims.

He also urged public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations to assist those whose means of livelihood had been affected by the unfortunate incident.

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2023: Buhari Will Give Us Guidance On Zoning, Says Gov Abiodun

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Ahead of the APC National convention in February and General Elections in 2023, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is confident that the President Muhammadu Buhari will give necessary guidance to ensure that equity and justice is reflected within the party’s zoning formula.

The Governor expressed this view after a visit to the President at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

He was accompanied by a broad delegation including former governor of the state, Olusegun Osoba; Chairman of the Council of Obas, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; former deputy governor, Alhaja Salimot Badru and a foremost industrialist, Chief Sulaiman Adegunwa.

Governor Abiodun who thanked the president for his recent visit to the state (where a number of projects were commissioned), equally spoke on the issue of zoning.

He noted that the party is working on a formula, which according to him will be made known after an approval by the National Executive Council.

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