A presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Mrs Patience Ndidi Key, has stated that Nigeria needs a leader with competence and vision.
Ndidi Key who made her declaration on Wednesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Utako, Abuja said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government by President Muhammadu Buhari has woefully Nigerians.
The presidential aspirant said what Nigeria needs is the total overhauling of the system by bringing in people who can change the situation of things in Nigeria and Nigerians for good. She said lack of political will and competence not age has been the bane of Nigerian politics. She said the experience needed in politics has nothing to do with age but knowing what to do by putting the right infrastructure in place and provide security for the citizens.
“After 108 years of nationhood, 62 years of political independence and over two decades of uninterrupted civil rule, the state of our country is a woeful depiction of how efficiently our past and present leaderships have mobilized, exploited, and managed our over 200 million vibrant population; rich cultural diversity; apparently inexhaustible deposits of natural resources; congenial climate; rich soil, flora and fauna, among a horde of other potentials.
“Our country is profusely bleeding. Poverty, hunger and anger are boldly imprinted on the faces of the vast majority of the populace. Pervasive insecurity has denied many Nigerians not only their lives and the lives of their loved ones, but also their freedom, dignity and means of livelihood. Terrorists now hoist their flags on huge swathes of land within our national territory; more alarmingly, some within a few hundred kilometers from our nation’s capital!
“It is time to inject a fresh breath of air, a fresh ray of hope, for every Nigerian. At this defining moment, we cannot allow political party prejudices and the primordial sentiments of religion, ethnicity, tribe, and gender to becloud our reasoning. This is also not the time for indifference, complacency, or despondency. We must all honestly admit that our nation-state is precariously drifting in murky waters,” she said.
The presidential aspirant said what Nigeria needs is a leader with competence and vision. She however said zoning has not helped Nigeria in anyway saying she will prefer meritocracy if she had her way.
“Nigerians want a leader that will change their fortune and it is about gender because leadership is not gender based. Zoning has not helped us what will need is meritocracy. But if it (zoning) is what we have practiced these years no problem but if I have my way, I will go for merit,” the former chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) United States chapter said.
Blackout In Abuja, Others As Protesting Electricity Workers, NUEE Shuts Transmission Station In Kaduna
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has shut down operations at the Kaduna Regional Headquarters of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), leading to blackout in the state, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and adjoining North-West states.
The electricity union is protesting the non-payment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of conditions of service and career path for workers and the directive by the TCN board to conduct promotion interviews for acting principal managers who are moving to Assistant General Managers.
The development which also affected four northwestern states, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara, is said to be in line with the directive of the union’s national leadership.
NUEE officials were said to have forced workers out of the company’s premises before locking the gate with their own key after they picketed the Mando TCN Station in the Kaduna State capital on Wednesday.
They however, vowed not to resume work until all their demands were met by the Federal Government.
The NUEE had picketed the Abuja National Headquarters of the TCN on Tuesday.
According to a circular by the General Secretary of NUEE, Joe Ajaero, titled “Call for Action”, to the Senior Assistant General Secretaries and Zonal Organising Secretaries dated August 15, 2022, the union directed that the electricity workers should ensure total compliance with the directive.
This is coming amid erratic power supply being experienced across the nation and at least five National Power Grid failures already recorded this year.
Court Sentences Famous Adamawa Wrestler To Death For Killing Wife With Pestle
A well-known traditional wrestler, Thankyou Grim, has been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for cruelly murdering his wife in Adamawa State.
Super Reporters learnt that Grim, who hails from Sili village in the Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State, hit his wife, Kwalla Grim, repeatedly with a pestle until she died for demanding divorce.
The Adamawa State Chief Judge, Justice Nathan Musa, sentenced the famous wrestler to death after he was tried and found guilty of killing his wife.
He was convicted on a one-count charge of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 192(b) of the Adamawa State Penal Code Law 2018.
While delivering his verdict on Tuesday, Justice Musa held that the prosecution had proved with cogent evidence that the convict actually killed the deceased.
“As stated in my judgement, the convict is convicted for culpable homicide punishable with death; my hands are therefore tied, I cannot do otherwise. Therefore, the convict is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging as provided by section 192(b) of Penal Code Law”, Justice Musa ruled.
According to the prosecution, Grim caused the death of his wife on March 24, 2018.
The famous wrestler reportedly wrestled his wife to the ground and smashed her face with a pestle, hitting her several times until she became lifeless.
He was said to have fled the scene immediately, but later reported himself to the police after three days.
2023: Tinubu, Obasanjo Meet Behind Closed-Doors In Ogun
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, behind closed-doors in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
Details of the meeting are yet to be made known but sources say it is not unconnected with the 2023 general elections and Tinubu’s ambition to emerge president.
On this visit, Tinubu was accompanied by the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, first interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, the governor of Ogun State,Dapo Abiodun, former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel among other dignitaries.
The trip to Abeokuta comes a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari received Tinubu and his running mate Kassim Shettima at the State House in Abuja.