IN today’s edition of Nigeria in Brief: Tinubu reveals why snubs debates; Atiku Tells Lagosians to liberate themselves from One-Family rule; Obi denies he doesn’t give shishi; and other trending stories
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said those inviting him for debates are only trying to use him to make money because he’s a marketable individual. The former governor of Lagos Stated said this at Chatham House in London on Monday, while fielding questions from the audience on why he snubbed debates in his country. This comes barely 24 hours after he snubbed a Town Hall meeting attended by three other candidates in the 2023 presidential race. Tinubu said, “I see myself as a marketable individual. You want to use me to make money and I’m saying no.” The Jagaban further clarifies that his date of birth remains March 29, 1952. He equally states that he had received his original certificates from the Chicago State University where he graduated from. He ended by noting that politics is a dirty game and anyone who wishes to play must be ready to wrestle with the pigs.
The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to privatise the four refineries in Nigeria if elected president in the 2023 general elections. The former vice-president said this at the PDP presidential campaign rally held in Lagos yesterday, Monday December 5, at the Tafawa Balogun Square, Lagos Island. Atiku said privatizing the four refineries would give him the needed funds to support the SMEs for empowerment of young people and creation of jobs. He added that $10bn would be set aside for this purpose. Atiku urged all Lagosians to set themselves free from one-family rule and vote the PDP candidate come 2023 general elections. He further attributed the success of Lagos to the developmental effort of the Federal Government and not the APC government.
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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party has said it was never true that his campaign organization runs a stingy man’s campaign. He explained that the popular slogan, ‘we no dey give ‘shishi’ is an extreme exaggeration attributed to him because of his lean governance style. Obi said this while meeting with stakeholders from North East. The former governor of Anambra State promised to use the people’s resources in a judicial manner to create jobs and opportunities for the people. He added that his duty as a president would be to develop the education sector and deal decisively with insecurity in the North East and in Nigeria.
The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, has sent off 130 first class graduates during their 2022 convocation ceremony in which 5,852 students graduated in flying colours. The Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Someone Bashire said this while addressing newsmen in the university campus on Monday. Bashire appreciated the effort of the ASUU leadership in resolving the protracted ASUU industrial Action, adding that it is in the interest of the students. While sharing the details of the overall results of the graduates in the Bachelor’s Degrees Classified, the VC revealed that a total of 130 students bagged a first class degrees; 1,323 bagged a second class higher division; 1991 bagged a second Lower division; while 636 bagged a third class degrees. He added that 34 students bagged a pass.
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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has denied any involvement in the recent attacks on INEC offices in Owerri, Imo State. Imo State is an Igbo state in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. Recall that Nigeria Today News, reported recently that two offices belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were attacked successively by unidentified persons in which scores of critical infrastructures were destroyed. Meanwhile, the leadership of the organization has distanced themselves from the attacks, noting that IPOB would never engage in the destruction of electoral facilities. In a statement by IPOB’ Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group also distanced itself from the purported message making rounds in which an unidentified male voice is heard warning people in the South East to stay indoors and observe a sit-at-home on December 9, 10, 11, 12, and 14. The voice further warned that anyone who disobeys the order would be killed. Emma stated that IPOB never issued such orders and called on the state and Federal government to arrest such individual as they are nothing but criminals.