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Senate Proposes 18 As Minimum Age For UTME Candidates.

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The Senate has commenced process of amending the establishment Act of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), with particular interest on age of candidates participating in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The lawmakers suggested in the new amendment that 18 years should be set as age for any candidate that will like to participate in UTME henceforth, as against the practice of candidates participating in the exercise as early as 14 years.

Senator Eyakenyi said: “We have the responsibilities of making laws and legislate. We have identified two major areas that we need to go into the process of amending the act establishing JAMB. That’s the area of support we will give.”

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Senate Proposes 18 As Minimum Age For UTME Candidates.

The Committee insisted that candidates should neither sit nor be admitted into the university below the age of 18, as age has a lot to do with learning ability.

Responding, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Oloyede, told the Committee that the Board does not have powers to disqualify any candidate on the basis of age shifting the responsibility to individual institutions.

“Individual institutions can decide on who to admit or not based on age or any other criteria. It is the case with University of Ibadan which does not admit candidates below 16 years,” he said.

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2023: Why am so sure of my victory – Tinubu

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Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says with the “strong support” of the masses, he will win the 2023 presidential election.

The former Lagos governor had announced on January 10, that he had informed Presidential Muhammadu Buhari of his decision to contest the presidency.

Speaking on Saturday when he visited the Ibadan home of Rashidi Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo, Tinubu said he had received positive reactions from critical stakeholders on his interest in running for president.

Tinubu had visited Ibadan to commiserate with Seyi Makinde, governor of the state, over the death of Jimoh Oyewumi, the Soun of Ogbomoso; Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadan; and Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor of Oyo.

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Speaking after the meeting with Ladoja, Tinubu said he is aware of the challenges ahead in his bid to contest, but expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious.

“Life is a challenge and you must be ready to confront challenges and overcome. I have the confidence that I will overcome any form of challenge. I am sure I would face challenges and I have the confidence that I will overcome them,” he said.

2023: Why am so sure of my victory – Tinubu

“The reactions of critical stakeholders to my presidential ambition have been very positive, encouraging and overwhelming and these have spurred me on with the strong conviction that we would succeed and emerge victorious after the election.

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“Life itself is a challenge and I have the confidence and capacity to wade through challenges and overcome. We are forging ahead and with the strong support of the masses of Nigerians, we are going to achieve a resounding victory.”

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2023: Nigerians In Diaspora Drum Support For Atiku’s Presidency

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

As the process of the 2023 presidential election gets underway, interested aspirants have commenced consultation towards securing the support of party stakeholders and members especially towards the first hurdle of primaries election of the party.

To this end, the Atiku team has been moving round the country in consultation with the party leaders.

The team led by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has secured the endorsement of over 25 states for a probable Atiku presidential run.

Atiku Abubakar, a frontline contender for the office of the President, though has not publicly announced his intention to run for the highest office in the country, but a passionate Atiku has never hidden his desire to lead Nigeria out of the current despicable situation it has found itself.

In continuation of the tour therefore, the Atiku team, through a statement released Sunday in Abuja, by the Director Director General of the Amalagamated Atiku Support Group, (AASG) Hon. Oladimeji Fabiyi, said the team has also taken the consultation to Nigeria citizens in the Diaspora.

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The statement said AASG, a body saddled with the mandate to manage and coordinate Atiku groups in Nigeria and Diaspora has however met the leader of the Diaspora coordinators across eight European countries in the United Kingdom to galvanize support and secure the endorsements of the Diaspora Nigerians for Atiku Abubakar.

The meeting, according to the statement held at Sunburn Yacht Hotel, London and had in attendance the coordinators and members from Spain, Germany, Turkey, France, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Belgium and the host country, England.

Others were the Director, International Affairs of the AASG Prof. Gold CW Emmanuel; European Continental Coordinator, Hon. Mayowa Aluko; Regional Coordinator, Prince Olufemi Baker; Coordinator of Special Organization, Barr. Frank Ezeigwe; West Africa Coordinator, Dr. Aleroh; UK Coordinator, Mrs Josephine Nzeogu; London Coordinator, Mrs Joy Jibike and Cynthia Okiri, Youth Advocate.

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The Director General at another meeting also met with the leadership of the PDP UK Chapter led by the UK Chapter Chairman, Chief Elija Agwom Sambo.

The meeting afforded the DG and the party leadership opportunity to discuss the future of the PDP, the need to support the current National leadership of the PDP, show keen interest and invest energy and resources on the party to enable it make the right decisions when picking the presidential candidate of the opposition party.

Fabiyi urged the UK Chairman and his members to rally all other PDP foreign chapters leadership to galvanize and lend their strong voices in support of Atiku Abubakar’s ’s aspiration in 2023.

“I understand some of you may not be delegates to the party primaries, but I do know that you have voices that can help our party take the right decisions. That decision, as we all have agreed here, is Atiku Abubakar.

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“We must remember that 2023 is not about Atiku but about the future of our country. Atiku in all ramifications towers above other interested aspirants,” Fabiyi said.

Sambo in his response maintained that Nigeria is presently at the precipice and crossroads, and that it is therefore important that the PDP puts its best foot forward.

According to him, that best foot is Atiku Abubakar.

“PDP is the party to beat in 2023. Atiku today is the symbol of unity, symbol of hope and good governance in Nigeria. Even if Atiku says he is not interested NIgerians in their millions should appeal and prevail on him to come to rescue of our country.”

He assured that the foreign chapters of the party will support the new National leadership of the party in its mission to rescue Nigeria.

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Am Ashamed Of Uzodinma’s Performance – APC Spokesperson Resigns

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An official of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State who resigned his position from the party has accused the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, of poor performance.

The official, Tochukwu Ugwumba, who was the APC spokesperson at the local level, Okwuabala Ward in Orlu Local Government Area, announced his resignation on Friday in a letter to the chairman of the party in his ward.

He said, “I am ashamed to be identified with the huge deceit, monumental failure in service delivery and anti-government policies as unscrupulous elements have taken over Imo State.”

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He said the governor’s “penchant for frolicking from Abuja to Owerri with chartered jets is telling on Imo state economy”.

“The state governor’s love for drinking luxury crystal wine while the state is suffering from insecurity, endless verification of workers and pensioners, no motorable roads and unemployment is unfortunate,” Mr Ugwumba said.

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