The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26, election in Ondo State.
Mr Oyegun told members of the party on Thursday that wrestling power out of the hands of an incumbent government was not an easy task.
“For the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members,” he said.
The Chairman of the APC spoke at the flag-off campaign of Mr Akeredolu held on Thursday in Akure, the State’s Capital, which was attended by prominent chieftains of the party from across Nigeria.
Mr Oyegun explained how important the state was to the Federal Government which it is in control of, emphasising that the state must join the mainstream politics.
The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, urging the electorates to give 90 per cent votes to his party.
“Are you happy with the present government in Ondo state? Do you want change? It is not easy to change. It is very easy to change and remove the present government but it requires hard work and dedication. I am convinced that the 26th of this month November is a day for us.
“I assure you that we in Abuja will support you to ensure that the APC takes over power in Ondo. Just as we will not let you down, please, pick your PVC and let it be ready. Tell your friends, family and other relatives, you need to vote for the APC, as this is the only party that can give you the desired change you are yearning for,” he told the crowd of supporters.
On his part, Mr Akeredolu boasted that the APC in the state would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.
“We are committed to fighting this course. We should work together to ensure victory at the polls come November 26. We have promised that we will create jobs for the youths, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.
“Our workers have not received their salaries in a long while but we will ensure that that becomes a thing of the past if we are elected into power.
“We will not frustrate the people but will bring smile to their faces.
“Twice this party has called me and twice I have answered the call. It is a call to serve the people and liberate the people of Ondo State and I believe that together we will triumph, with your support.
“Look at the calibre of governors, ministers and party members here. Let us vote right and vote for the APC, the winning party,” the APC candidate appealed.
He noted that as long as the APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states in the south-west, the party must take over Ondo State.
Some of the top party members at the rally were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who represented the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.
Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Professor Cladius Daramola.
Also at the rally were Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Olorumbe Mamora, Sola Iji, Pauline Tallen, and Chief Ayo Akinyelure, Segun Oni, Adeniyi Adebayo, Isaac Kekemeke, Ali Olanusi, Tayo Alasoadura and Ade Adetimehin, Osita Izunaso among others.
The Nigerian Senate President is confident that the amendments made by the Senate to the Public Procurement Act will help to stimulate Nigeria’s domestic economy.
He said it would also go a long way in ensuring that in the process of awarding contracts, funds would be available as quickly as possible and that jobs would be actually completed.
The Senate President made the statement on Wednesday after signing the Senate’s version of the Public Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB.232), which would be forwarded to the House of Representatives for Concurrence.
He said: “Many countries have used legislative mechanisms like these that focus inwards to diversify their local economies.
“This amendment helps to position our local producers, manufacturers and service providers to benefit from the government procurement process of ministries, departments and agencies”.
In a report presented by Senator Joshua Dariye, the Senate advocates the use of local content in public procurement process as well as a 25 per cent mobilisation fund for contractors, up from the current 15 per cent given to them.
Senator Dariye said that the Bill, when assented to, would amend certain relevant sections of the 2007 Procurement Act to favour local manufacturers and ensure speedy completion of projects.
The screening of 47 ambassadorial nominees at the Nigerian Senate has been put on hold following what the federal lawmakers call irregularities in the nomination process.
The Senate suspended the screening on Wednesday after Senator Joshua Dariye raised a motion under matters of urgent national importance alleging the non-inclusion of the names of competent persons from his constituent.
Senator Dariye expressed concern that not a single career diplomat from his state was included in the list.
His views were shared by Senators Sola Adeyeye and Fauster Ogolar. They believe that the nomination process is faulty.
The Senate after deliberation summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, to appear before its Committee on Foreign Affairs to explain the lopsided nomination and report to the upper legislative chamber in one week.
It is barely two weeks since President Muhammadu Buhari sent the names of some ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation and since then, lawmakers have been picking holes in the nomination process.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, also joined in the condemnation of the nomination process before announcing the decision of the Senate to suspend the screening.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs is expected to meet with Mr Onyema and report to the Senate in one week.
But for now, the screening of the ambassadorial nominees remains on hold.