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2023: I’ll Remove Fuel Subsidy If Elected President – Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has vowed to remove the subsidy on petrol if elected president.

Tinubu disclosed this while meeting with business leaders in Lagos State on Friday.

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The APC flag bearer said funds spent on fuel subsidies would be redirected to public infrastructure, health, and physical policies, among others.

He said: “We must remove the PMS subsidy immediately. We will redirect funds to public infrastructure, health, and affordable infrastructure.

“Physical policy will be the main driver, we must steadily move out budget from dollar-dominated oil revenue.”

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Nigeria expends heavily on fuel subsidies yearly, a situation that some economic stakeholders have described as fraudulent.

Similarly, the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate Peter Obi had described fuel subsidy in Nigeria as an organized crime.

Obi vowed to remove fuel subsidy if elected president next month.

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Villa Elements: Lai Mohammed Knows Those I’m Referring To – El-Rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, of knowing the individual elements in the Villa that are working against the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that El-Rufai had earlier on Wednesday, alleged that some persons in the presidential Villa were working towards the failure of the party.

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Responding to him, the Information Minister while addressing the state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting on Wednesday, noted that the Presidency is not aware of those in its fold working against the APC.

READ ALSO: 2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

The Governor, however, on Thursday, in an interview on Arise TV, insisted that even Lai Mohammed knows the individuals he is referring to in the Villa.

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He said, ”Let me restate exactly what I said. What I said was that we are convinced that there are elements in the Villa that want APC to lose the elections, I did not say the Federal government. I did not say Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I said APC. So I don’t understand why the Federal government is responding to what I said because the Federal government is not part of it. I referred to elements in the Villa, and with the greatest respect, even Lai Mohammed knows who I am referring to.”

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2023: Election Results Will Shock El-Rufai – Babachir Lawal

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi is gaining support in “unexpected areas”.

Lawal stated this while speaking on Friday during an interview with Channels Television.

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He said Labour Party’s growing popularity will shock critics.

Reacting to comments made by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that Obi cannot win, the former SGF said the outcome of the election will be shocking.

READ ALSO: New Naira: Seven Notable Quotes From El-Rufai

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Every Nigerian is determined to have a say in this election, including those who Nasir el-Rufai claimed are not many. He said northern Christians are not many.

“I want him to wait for February 25 and he’ll see the shock of his life.

“When he goes around bandying about five and six million votes in Kano, he forgets that in the five and six million, Igbos are about one million,” Lawal said.

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Account For N600bn Refund By Buhari Govt, APC Knocks A’Ibom Gov, Emmanuel

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to account for the billions refunded by the Buhari administration.

The party asked the government to atone the state over alleged financial recklessness and plundering of resources.

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A statement on Saturday by APC Chairman, Stephen Ntukekpo accused authorities of trying to twist the comments of its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Information Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Ini Ememobong had alleged that Tinubu called Emmanuel “a boy” and condemned the aspirant’s “unwarranted and uncharitable” attack on Udom at a rally in Uyo.

The government demanded that the former Lagos governor tender a public apology to the Akwa Ibom helmsman and the people.

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On Thursday, a group issued a seven-day ultimatum to the APC co-founder to apologize to the governor or face legal action.

Reacting, however, Ntukekpo noted that Tinubu actually exposed Emmanuel’s “financial mismanagement and Lilliputian performance”.

The politician accused the administration of “mindless looting and brazen embezzlement of pensions, gratuities and other entitlements”.

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Ntukekpo said the situation has plunged the people into poverty and deprivation for nearly eight years of the Peoples Democratic Party leadership.

Only recently, we were made to understand that payments in excess of N600 billion, being refunds from the APC-led Federal Government, were made from the federation account to Akwa Ibom State.”

READ ALSO: New Naira: Seven Notable Quotes From El-Rufai

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The APC told the public that to date, the Emmanuel-led administration has been unable to satisfactorily explain how the funds were used.

The statement further alleged the governor was “plotting to foist a stooge as his successor to cover his tracks”.

Ntukekpo declared the “machinations of the PDP” had failed as Akwa Ibom people “are resolute” to vote for the APC and its candidate, Akanimo Udofia.

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