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Senator Ibikunle Amosun Set To Declare Presidential Ambition

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The 2023 general elections might be the mother of all elections in Nigeria as several political gladiators have been expressing interest in taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari after the elections, and the game appears to be getting interesting by the day.

However, information reaching has it that a former governor of Ogun State and the Senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun is set to join the bandwagon and declare his Presidential ambition in the first week of May, 2022.

Sources revealed that the APC chieftain decided to make his intention known at the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and the Eid-Il-Fitri celebration as a staunch Muslim.

We were duly informed that the news has sent jittery into the camps of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, both of whom have since gone to town with their presidential ambitions.

Amosun is believed to be better positioned for the coveted office as a close pal of the northern oligarchy, headed by Presidential Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that Amosun was in the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) with key northern leaders and he was a member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with President Buhari.

The Abeokuta-born politician is also said to be enjoying the support of the northern governors and majority of the APC members in the Nigerian senate.

“Amosun is highly favoured for the coveted office. They love him in the north and they believe that he is the best candidate compared to Osinbajo and Tinubu.

“They believe he has all it takes to move the country forward as a reliable southern Muslim with little baggages compared to his contemporaries.

“The north will go for him any day and he is a very good friend of Mr. President, so they prefer him,” a source told us.

Amosun is credited with several transformational projects in Ogun State, especially in the area of infrastructure as governor from 2011 to 2019.

The turnaround in Abeokuta with masisve road construction, construction of bridges in many parts of the state, education and health transformations amongst numerous others as Ogun governor were said to have endeared Amosun to the powers that be, who we gathered believe is more reliable than others.

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Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.

This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.

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PHOTOS: FG welcomes Super Eagles with breakfast

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The Super Eagles have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory after their second-place finish at the just concluded African Cup of Nations final.

Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.

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Hardship: We Plan To Establish A National Commodity Board To Crash Food Prices – VP Shettima

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Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this on Tuesday during a two-day high-level strategic meeting on climate change, food systems and resource mobilization held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to Shettima, the board’s mandate includes assessing and regulating food prices, as well as overseeing a strategic food reserve to stabilize prices of critical grains and other essential food items.

“Our solution to the potential food crisis has become immediate, medium, and long-term strategies. The short-term strategy entails revitalizing the food supply through specific interventions like the distribution of fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to counteract the effects of subsidy removal; fostering collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Water Resources for efficient farmland irrigation, ensuring year-round food production, and addressing price volatility by establishing a National Commodity Board.
“This board will continually assess and regulate food prices, maintaining a strategic food reserve for stabilizing prices of crucial grains and other food items,” Shettima said.

On how the government is handling the security challenges that have prevented farmers from working on their farms, he said:

“I wish to assure you that we will engage our security architecture to protect the farms and the farmers so that farmers can return to the farmlands without fear of attacks.
“We won’t only make it safe for farmers to return to their farms, but we will also ensure the activation of land banks. There are currently 500,000 hectares of already mapped land that will be used to increase the availability of arable land for farming, which will immediately impact food output.”

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