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JUST IN: PDP Chairman Dumps Post Immediately, Accepts Tinubu’s Appointment

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JUST IN: PDP Chairman Dumps Post Immediately, Accepts Tinubu's Appointment

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resigned his position immediately and accepted President Bola Tinubu’s appointment.

News ToGo reports that Desmond Akawor, the Chairman of PDP in Rivers State tendered his resignation following his appointment as the Federal Commissioner representing the state at the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Akawor’s resignation was communicated through a letter addressed to the acting PDP National Chairman, Umar Damagum.

In the letter, Akawor expressed gratitude to the PDP for the opportunity to lead and acknowledged President Bola Tinubu for the appointment. The excerpt from the letter reads: “After consultation with my leaders and family, I have accepted this opportunity to serve our country, which I consider as a national service. Consequently, I have resigned my position as the Rivers State Party Chairman of our great party – The PDP, and immediately handed over all duties to the Deputy Party Chairman – Hon. Aaron Chukwuemeka who has commenced action in this stead.”

He further stated, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have steered the ship of our great Party, The PDP at the State level from 2020 to 2023, and especially grateful for your support and the support of the National body during my tenure. My family and I are extremely grateful to Mr. President – Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his consideration and for finding me worthy to serve in this capacity.”

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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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