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BREAKING: Atiku Dissociates Self From Daniel Bwala, Reveals His New Status

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BREAKING: Atiku Dissociates Self From Daniel Bwala, Reveals His New Status

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has provided clarity on the professional relationship between himself and lawyer-turned-politician, Daniel Bwala.

News ToGo reports that in a statement released on Tuesday by his media office, Atiku emphasized that Bwala served as the former spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation and was not his former aide.

Atiku’s statement highlighted, “It is important that the media and the general public take corrective note of defining Mr. Daniel Bwala as an aide to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.”

It further explained that Bwala’s role was specifically as a spokesperson for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization during the 2023 election. Following the conclusion of the campaign, the need for a campaign spokesperson ceased, and Bwala has since moved on with his career.

Atiku urged the public and media to refrain from recognising Bwala as a former aide of his, but rather to recognize him for his current occupation and affiliations.

The statement continued, “Bwala offered his services and support to the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization as a spokesperson – and it was a position he held during the last presidential campaign. Subsequently, and after the election, the need for a campaign spokesperson has terminated, and Bwala has moved on with his career.”

Atiku’s clarification comes in light of recent declarations of support by Bwala for the administration of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A Major Edo Gov’ship Contender Quits Race

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A Major Edo Gov'ship Contender Quits Race

A prominent contender in Edo State, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, has opted out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

News ToGo reports that he promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, whom he hailed as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a retired federal Permanent Secretary from Edo North Senatorial District, made his withdrawal from the race official on Saturday morning.

In his statement, Umakhihe expressed gratitude to his supporters and declared, “Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

With the withdrawals of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Chief Lucky Imasuen, nine out of the 12 cleared aspirants remain in the race.

The governorship direct primary election is currently underway across Edo State, with collation slated for Benin later today.

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

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JUST IN: APC Fires Fresh Warning At Gov Fubara

The caretaker chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter, Chief Tony Okocha, has called upon Governor Siminalaye Fubara to halt the governance of the state in the absence of a budget.

News ToGo reports that Okocha further urged the governor to uphold the peace agreement initiated by President Bola Tinubu by resubmitting the state budget to the State House of Assembly.

In condemning the governor’s actions as gross financial misconduct, the APC leader accused Fubara of disregarding an agreement made with the president to resubmit the budget to the entire assembly for the sake of peace in the state. Okocha made these remarks on Thursday, February 15, during an event in Abuja focusing on the necessity of revisiting the president’s intervention for progress in Rivers State.

Expressing his dismay at the governor’s defiance of state laws by sidelining the state house of assembly, Okocha lamented the assembly’s overriding of the governor’s decisions on four significant bills. He emphasized, “Running Rivers State without a budget amounts to gross financial misconduct.”

Furthermore, Okocha advised the governor to ignore the influence of mediocre individuals and fifth columnists whose motives are solely financial gain. He concluded by warning that the state is on the brink of chaos if the governor fails to adhere to the agreements made, asserting that such actions disrespect the president and the law.

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