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Today’s Headlines:I’m still young to quit politics–Ekwunife, Tinubu meets opposition lawmakers-elect Monday over N’Assembly leadership



I’m still young to quit politics – Ekwunife

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The senator representing Anambra central senatorial zone, Sen. Uche Ekwunife on Saturday said it was not yet time to quit active politics, stressing she was rather young and active to retire.

She described politics as a game she enjoyed playing, saying she remained a happy and fulfilled politician with nothing to regret.

Speaking to reporters in Awka, shortly after rendering account of her four years stewardship at the National Assembly, Ekwunife who lost out to Sen. Victor Umeh in the February 25 senatorial poll, however said she would temporarily return to her accounting profession as she waited for God’s direction.

She said, “I have no regrets at all, I’m a fulfilled politician and I’m very happy. Some people are asking whether I’m going to retire, I can’t retire. If people like Obasanjo and others that started before me haven’t retired, why should I?

“I’m so young and active in politics. That I’m not holding any public office presently doesn’t mean I’ll retire, I’m a politician, I enjoy politics and would continue to play politics.”

Tinubu meets opposition lawmakers-elect Monday over N’Assembly leadership

AS the National Assembly leadership tussle intensifies, the President, Bola Tinubu, will on Monday meet lawmakers-elect of the National Assembly from opposition parties.

Opposition Senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect from the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party and the New Nigeria Peoples Party, among other opposition parties are expected to meet with President Tinubu at the State House in Abuja between 3pm and 5pm.

The President’s notice of invitation to the lawmakers-elect, which was obtained by Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, was signed by the Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijani Umar, on behalf of the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

While the opposition senators-elect will meet with Tinubu by 3pm, opposition House of Representatives members-elect will gather at the same venue to discuss with the President by 5pm.

Though the notice of invitation did not state the agenda of the meeting, it was gathered that the leadership of the 10th National Assembly would be discussed.

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The invitation, which was dated June 2, 2023, and addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly, read, “I write to inform you that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will hold a meeting with members of the opposition Senators-elect and opposition House of Representatives members-elect in the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, 5th June, 2023 at 1500 hours and 1700 hours respectively.

NUJ Plans Nationwide Actions Over Subsidy Removal

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) says that it would embark on nationwide protests from next Wednesday if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.

NUJ national secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, disclosed this in a statement shared with journalists after an emergency Central Working Committee meeting of the union which was convened yesterday.

The union said; “ CWC directs all state councils of the union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June, 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.”

The CWC reiterated that the removal of fuel subsidy would free allocations which can be channeled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs.

Ebonyi gov sacks Umahi’s appointees

Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State, has terminated the appointment of political officeholders made by his predecessor, Chief David Umahi.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Monday Uzor, and made available to newsmen on Saturday night.

The governor, in the statement, directed that the termination of appointments was ‘with immediate effect.’

“The affected appointees are to hand over all government properties in their possession to the most senior civil servants in their respective ministries, departments and agencies.

It was stated that the governor appreciates their contributions to the development of the state and wishes them well in their future endeavours

The statement further stated that permanent secretaries and political office holders in the following statutory commissions are, however, exempt from this directive.

They are the civil service commission and the judicial service commission, the Ebonyi Independent Electoral Commission and the state Anti Corruption/ Public Complaint Commission.

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