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Nigeria elections: IPAC urges new governors to form unity government

The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has charged new and reelected governors in the country to be magnanimous in victory and form an all inclusive government in their various States.

The council also called on losers to embrace the winners by putting their states first in all consideration.

The IPAC, in a press release jointly signed by its Vice-chairman in Abia state, Hon. Chidi Nwosu and Organizing Secretary, Dr. Kelechi Omeribe, reiterated its continued support to the incoming governments in various states of the federation.

IPAC is an umbrella body of registered political parties in Nigeria.

According to the release, “IPAC encourages the various contestants to embrace the winners and form an all inclusive and unity government.

“The Abia IPAC pledges her support to the leadership of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in the interest of all Abians. We congratulate him on his reelection in the just concluded 2019 gubernatorial election in the state”.

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9th NASS leadership: Why Senator Lawan should be Senate President – Yobe Gov-elect

Alhaji MaiMala Buni, Yobe Governor-elect, has appealed to members of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to endorse the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President.

The governor-elect made the appeal on Monday in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Damaturu.

He said that Lawan, who became a Senator in 2007, representing Yobe North Senatorial District, had exhibited competence, loyalty, commitment and selflessness worthy of a good leader.

“There is no doubt that Sen. Lawan is capable of giving the desired quality leadership needed for the implementation of the APC’s campaign promises to Nigerians,” he said.

The governor-elect said the party’s decision to endorse Lawan was to ensure that there was a needed understanding between the upper chamber and the executive to fast-track development and improve the lives of Nigerians.

“The wisdom behind the party endorsing Lawan for the senate president was to ensure that the mistake of having another antagonistic leadership in the 9th senate is avoided in the interest of Nigerians and democracy.

“You can not afford to be the ruling party, yet, having a divided house,as witnessed in the last four years of confrontation and sabotage.

“A situation where bills, including the budget, are unnecessarily delayed to frustrate the administration, must not be allowed to happen again,”he said.

He commended party stakeholders for supporting the endorsement of Sen. Lawal.

“I am highly optimistic that those nursing ambition for the senate president’s office would finally accept the party’s decision and support the preferred candidate of the party,” he said.

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‘Okorocha frustrated, refused to release money for my inauguration’ – Ihedioha cries out

Imo governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, has said that the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha has not released money for his inauguration on May 29.

Ihedioha stated this in a press release issued by the secretary of his inauguration and handover committee, Ray Emeana.

According to Emeana, who doubles as the secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Governor Okorocha refused to finance the plans for Ihedioha’s inauguration.

He said there was no truth that Okorocha had released N150m to the inauguration and handover committee for the May 29 program.

The statement reads in part, “Governor Rochas Okorocha has not released any money to the Emeka Ihedioha Inauguration Planning And Handover Committee.

“For the avoidance of doubts, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his outgoing government have not released any money to the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee.

“The committee has not requested for any money either. Rather, the joint committee made up of the 31–member Ihediohia team and the 21–member Rochas Okorocha team met and adopted common resolutions on how best to proceed with the inauguration activities. Rochas Okorocha has since abandoned the mutual resolutions and proceeded with his Internet-based Commissioning of Internet Sited Projects.

“Conscious of the importance Imo people attach to the May 29, 2019 handover date, the Ihedioha/Irona inauguration committee has proceeded with arrangements to deliver a world-class inauguration to Imo people come May 29, 2019.

“Arrangements to ensure this delivery include such activities such as providing clean environments within and around event venues, including the Dan Anyiam and Grass Hoppers Handball stadia.

“Indeed, Imo is already agog with excitement. Currently, Owerri is the destination of choice for prominent Nigerians at home and in the diaspora. The hotels are fully booked. Flights into Owerri are filled up. The venues for the various programmes are wearing new and fresh looks.

“We can understand the frustrations of Governor Okorocha and the remnants of his e-rats, having realized that their efforts to derail the swearing-in of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha and Hon (Engr) Gerald Irona as Imo State Governor and Deputy Governor respectively have failed woefully.”

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Klopp’s release clause at Liverpool revealed amid Juventus links

It will cost around £32million for any club willing to take Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool, Tuttosport reports.

The German has enjoyed a sensational season at Liverpool, guiding the club to its highest ever points total in the Premier League.

Klopp has also qualified for his second successive Champions League final with the Reds and will face Premier League rivals Tottenham on June 1 in Madrid.

He is now being linked with the Juventus hot seat, as Max Allegri prepares to step down at the end of this season.

However, Klopp is contracted to Liverpool until 2022 and currently earns around £7million-a-season.

And to buy him out of this contract, or at least prompt talks with Klopp, another club would have to put up a whopping £32million – the cost of the manager’s release clause.

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