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Osinbajo Suspends Trader Moni Tour

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has halted his visits to markets nationwide to promote the Trader Moni scheme,

Osinbajo has not toured any state to promote Trader Moni in the last one month.

However, checks showed that the programme was still on.

Trader Moni is an initiative of the Federal Government, through Bank of Industry and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

The programme is part of the Federal Government social intervention aimed at funding micro business in the country through soft loans beginning from N10, 000.

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The programme was launched in August while the Vice-President began his tour in Osun State on September 3, 2018, barely three weeks to the Osun State governorship election.

At the first tour, Osinbajo was accompanied to Iwo Market by the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; Dep. Governor of Osun State, Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi; and other government officials.

The exercise was immediately branded as voter inducement because of its timing.

The Vice-President further took the tour to Lagos markets in company with the then All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and other APC stalwarts, according to punchNG.

He visited over 20 states thereafter during the countdown to the polls.

Osinbajo on some occasions combined his tour of markets with door-to-door campaigns where he met with people and asked them to vote for the APC.

Members of the opposition, as well as Transparency International, described the exercise as voter inducement.

The chairman of the anti-corruption organisation, Awwal Rafsanjani, noted that the initiative was an “official use of public funds in the name of TraderMoni to actually induce voters.”

He added, “It was not done three years ago. It was only started close to election time. So, the allegation by many Nigerians that this is clearly a case of vote buying using public funds goes contrary to our constitution and to have a free and fair election.

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  1. akuigbo

    March 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I thought that Osinbajo is a child of God, but I now know that he is a devil incarnate , that Buhari is now poorer that 2015, no wonder you go about giving people N10.000 to start business in Nigeria while your wife goes to market with N100.000.00 and wear gold worth of millions of dollars in her just finger, you cannot deceive me and my people but God will deceive, because as you sow , so shall you reap.

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BREAKING: APC Suspends Obaseki’s Aide

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An aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr. Kaycee Osamwonyi, has been suspended from the ruling All Progressives Congress for allegedly engaging in acts of thuggery, hooliganism and causing factions within the party.

Kaycee was suspended by APC leaders in Ward six Uhunmwode local government area.

The motion for the suspension of Kaycee was moved by Hon. Harrison Orobor and adopted by party members present at the meeting.

Other reasons adduced for the suspension of Kaycee were engaging in activities that have brought the APC to ridicule and opprobrium in Ward 06 and promoting subversion and breaches of the Constitution of the APC.

A disciplinary committee was set up to look into the allegations against Kaycee and submit its report within two weeks.

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Members of the disciplinary committee were named as Hon. Clifford Igbineweka, Saturday Enaruerue, Stanley Onaghise, Lucky Onobun and Iziegbe Airhienbuwa.

When contacted for comments, Kaycee promised to respond but he was yet to do so as at press time.

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2023: Tinubu Has All It Takes To Be President — APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has said the the National Leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has all it takes to take a shot at the Presidency in 2023.

According to the APC Lagos chapter, the former Governor of the state is qualified because of his commitment, resourcefulness and pedigree.

The statement was released by the Secretary of APC in Lagos State, Lanre Ogunyemi, during a press briefing in Lagos to unveil newly elected executives.

Ogunyemi further stated that Tinubu has the right to aspire to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 whether he has informed the party or not.

He added that it is the decision of Nigerians to accept him when the time comes.

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Ogunyemi said, “Tinubu has all it takes to lead this country and he has all the fundamental rights as a Nigerian to aspire.”

“It’s now left for Nigerians to accept or not. It’s now left for the party to decide who they want as the presidential candidate come 2023.”

“Whether he has briefed us or not on his aspiration, whether he is expressing any body language, whether people are against it or not, we are sure that he has everything to lead this nation.”

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Kaduna Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy

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Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has been elected as the new Kaduna Speaker.

His election came barely an hour after Hon Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned as Speaker.

Hon. Zailani, who represents Igabi West Constituency in the Assembly, was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly until his election to lead the House on Tuesday.

Zailani is a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, Hon Mukhtar Isa Hazo, representing Bassawa Constituency has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

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Both of them have been sworn-in by the Clark of the Assembly.

The former Speaker, who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly, officially submitted his resignation letter to clerk of the House Tuesday morning.

The Nation gathered that members of the House had started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

Chairman, House Committee on information, Honourable Tanimu Musa confirmed he submitted his resignation letter.

However, Shagali’s offence warranting the alleged plan impeachment was yet to be unraveled as the time of filing this report.

The 40-year old Aminu Abdullahi Shagali became the Assembly Speaker on the coming of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.

He was re-elected to preside over the House in 2019 on strong recommendation of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i.

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