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Soyinka To NASS: Respond To The Yearnings Of Nigerians For Restructuring

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…Says Buhari’s Govt Has Run Out Of Steam To Tackle Corruption

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has urged the National Assembly to listen to the calls for the restructuring of Nigeria and take responsibility for the effect.

He said the National Assembly has the powers and moral authority to respond to the calls if the Presidency is not doing so.

Soyinka said this while speaking in an interview on AIT’s Kakaaki programme on Wednesday.

He said, “The Presidency is saying it’s not my responsibility. On the other hand, the National Assembly keeps saying it wants the President to take action. When that happens, why doesn’t the National Assembly say “fine, we take this as our responsibility, we are obliged to the people who elected us here, the shout is heard even by the deaf today that this nation must restructure, and if that has to be done through the constitution, we are now going to face this as one of our major tasks” and then lead the Presidency on its own?”

He continued, “If the Presidency is not responding, then the National Assembly has the powers and the moral authority to respond to the desire of the populace.”

On why the National Assembly has been reluctant to take up the leadership opportunity, Soyinka said, “Very often, they are struggling for those various committees where I think all the goodies are shared, so they are compromised. But when I speak about this, I’m not speaking about the entirety. But unfortunately, there are those who are purely for their own interest and who make compromises with the Executives simply because they want to fulfil their own personal interest.”

In the same vein, Soyinka said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has run out of steam in the fight against corruption.

According to him, this has resulted in the judiciary being manipulated by powerful people in the country.

“There are so many people who should be in prison if this government had not run out of steam, and so the system is being manipulated. There are cases where the prosecution had reached the level where evidence had been given on governors who had been stealing and depositing in bits and pieces so as not to flout a certain regulation. I mean cases have been taken to that level and suddenly, silence. The EFCC, which I back solidly ever since the days of (Nuhu) Ribadu, in all kinds of ways, we no longer know the distinguishing from rights and left,” he added.

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Again, Tinubu Returns To London Weeks After Declaring Presidential Ambition

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 Former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reportedly departed Nigeria for London, the United Kingdom (UK).

Details about the trip are still sketchy but Arise TV reports that Tinubu returned to the British capital to rest and run medical checkups after months of consultations with prominent Nigerians about his presidential bid.

Recall that Tinubu returned to the country from London on October 9, 2021 after about three months of medical vacation.

During his previous visit, Tinubu was said to have undergone a knee surgery which his media office said went successful “without complication” and that he “contemplates none in the future.”

Tinubu formally confirmed that he would be running for president On January 10, 2022, shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.

“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting. And I have no problem consulting. And I’ve not set a parameter of limitation to the extent of how many people I will consult.

“You will soon hear. All you want to hear is the categorical declaration. You’ve gotten that truth from me that I have informed Mr President of my ambition, and you don’t expect more answers than that”, he had said.

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Sanwo-Olu Nurses Second Term Ambition As Gov

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…Reveals Plans For Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the people of the state are aware of what they will miss if his administration is denied a second term.

Although he did not expressly state if he will seek re-election in 2023, the governor believes it is left for the people to decide if his administration deserves another term or not.

“I think we are doing a very good job,” the governor rated his administration during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “If I dare say so, I think that the citizens know what it is they will be missing if they don’t let us continue to wrap up all the things we are doing.”

He added, “As we speak, we have done about two-thirds of our time – about 65.7 per cent, because we count it every day. The field is not open yet; the race has not been declared open yet. But for me, it is about ensuring that these four years that I have promised my citizens, I put every bit of my sweat into it.

“I will ask, I will consult; citizens, how do you see it? …. that’s how you get it down. Keep your focus on, try and finish very strong. You know when it is time for us to do all the politicking, we will do it.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu also spoke about the efforts being made by his administration to address the gridlock on Lagos roads.

Following the purchase of two new sets of 10 cars Talgo 330kmph trains for its red line rail project, he revealed that the coaches would be on track by the fourth quarter of the year.

According to the governor, the terminal stations will be ready by the set target but transporting passengers may commence next year.

He attributed the possible delay to proper testing of the trains and training of workers, to ensure the safety of passengers.

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Ekiti PDP Primary: You’ve Earned My Respect, Fayose Tells Makinde

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Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has hailed Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, over Wednesday’s primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The Ekiti State governorship primary election produced Bisi Kolawole as party’s flagbearer for the June 18 poll.

Fayose thanked PDP aspirants, members and supporters for their conduct during the exercise.

In a statement by spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said the Oyo helmsman proved to be “a man of his words and he deserved to be appreciated.”

“By ensuring a level playing ground before and during the primary election, Governor Makinde has further earned my respect”, he noted.


Fayose urged him to support Ekiti PDP to win the election so that his position as the only governor in the South-West “will be further strengthened”.

The politician further commended former governor, Segun Oni “for his exemplary display of the spirit of sportsmanship”.

He advised that whatever happened before and during the primary be allowed to slide as no group can win an election alone.

“All stakeholders should be rest assured of their rightful place in the new arrangement,” Fayose said

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