Among the headlines from today are: Mbang Dies at 86; I Regret Supporting Tambuwal As Speaker—Gbajabiamila

I Regret Backing Tambuwal To Become Speaker – Gbajabiamila.Continue Reading>>>

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed regret over his support for a forum that championed the emergence of Aminu Tambuwal as Speaker of the House in the 7th National Assembly.Continue Reading>>>

Tambuwal is now an outgoing two-term Governor of Sokoto State.

“I regret it,” Gbajabiamila stated while recalling the previous attempts by speakership aspirants to oppose the chosen candidates of their respective parties.

The Speaker made these remarks in Abuja on Wednesday night during a meeting of the Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect from the All Progressives Congress and opposition parties for the upcoming 10th National Assembly.

During the meeting, the coalition adopted Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu as the anointed candidates of the APC for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively, for the 10th House.

Before Gbajabiamila spoke, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the APC candidate for President of the Senate, accompanied the Speaker into the venue, delivered a brief remark, and then left.

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent gathered that the meeting is currently ongoing at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

 

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The Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Sunday Mbang, has died at the age of 86.

The Conference Secretary of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Babatunde Taiwo, in an announcement, said Mbang died on Wednesday.

Mourning the deceased, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Mbang displayed exemplary courage, forthrightness, wisdom, intellectualism and selflessness during his service to God and humanity.

He said, “I commiserate with all Methodists in Nigeria and the Diaspora, on the passing of His Eminence, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Coffie Mbang.

“Heartfelt condolences particularly to the Mbang family, and also the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State.

“The late Prelate Emeritus Mbang was indeed a spiritual colossus at home and abroad: the longest-serving Leader, Methodist Church Nigeria; first Methodist President, Christian Association of Nigeria; first Black President, World Methodist Council, among other pioneering positions.

Prepare for challenges, Sanwo-Olu tells incoming Govs

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has shared perspectives and practical ideas on governance at a three-day induction for new and returning governors, held at the Presidential Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, the governor pointed out that the quality of transition determines the extent to which a new administrator could hit the ground running.

He noted that some incoming governors would be taking over from friendly predecessors and enjoy cordial transitions that would make governance to be easy, while others would have to contend with hostile transition teams of the outgoing administrations.

He said, “The most significant and troubling challenges you will face as a new governor will not be anticipated. A lot of events will happen without warning. The ability to be responsive always, and to be able to quickly deploy mechanisms to attend to unexpected challenges will make a huge amount of difference. Negative news about your government and your person will receive more attention than positive developments, especially in social media.

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