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A former spokesman of the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign council, Daniel Bwala, has said the 2023 Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi is hunted by a ghost he created.

Bwala was reacting to Obi’s latest threat to jump the LP before the 2027 general elections.

Posting on X, Bwala wrote: “BREAKING NEWS: The presidential candidate of @NgLabour at the 2023 elections @PeterObi is hunted by a ghost that he created. Sensing the obvious in Labour Party to the effect that there is no automatic ticket, he has therefore threatened that if the party would not conform, he will leave.

“The Social Democratic Party, which he hopes to use the platform when the need arises, doesn’t give automatic tickets.

Peter Obi feared that he may likely not win the delegate election because he is not a grassroots politician, he is presently in a quagmire “A former president is reported to be having it very difficult convincing nation’s statesmen to support the move because they prefer to give @officialABAT his due time to reform Nigeria.”

Footballer, Ahmed Musa has reacted after a video of him refusing to shake the governor of Kano State went viral.

In the viral video, Musa is seen refusing to accept a handshake offered to him by Kano state governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.

While some called it a sign of disrespect, others said it was a sign of respect and that Musa was just sending the message that he wasn’t worthy to shake the governor’s hand.

The Super Eagles’ Captain has now reacted.

He shared the video being discussed on Instagram and wrote: “It has come to my attention that a moment captured almost a month ago, has unexpectedly become the centre of attention on social media.

“It’s disheartening to see a simple act of cultural respect blown out of proportion. In our Northern culture, the gesture of kneeling, shaking hands etc signifies the highest form of respect. This was my intention when I greeted the Deputy Governor in such a manner.

“However, when it came to greeting the Governor, I chose to bow and not shake his hands, honouring him in a way that is deeply rooted in tradition.

“It’s unfortunate that amidst all the pressing issues our nation faces – economic hardships, security challenges, religious clashes and more – this seemingly insignificant moment has garnered so much attention.”

He continued: “What’s even more disheartening are the comments questioning my respectfulness, especially from those who don’t know me personally. Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on where we choose to direct our energy. Shouldn’t it be towards finding solutions to the problems plaguing our society rather than getting caught up in needless distractions?

“I urge us all to channel our collective efforts towards addressing the real issues at hand. Let’s focus on uplifting one another, fostering unity, and working towards a better future for all. And with this, I rest my case. #FocusOnWhatMatters #CulturalRespect #UnityInDiversity.”

London Flight: ‘Keyamo Should Sack Them’

The Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has opined that the Aviation Minister, Festus Keyamo, need to sack some officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

Naija News reports that Onanuga made this known while reacting to the outcry of the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, that some Nigerians are working to see the downfall of the airline.

In an interview with Arise TV breakfast show, Onyema spoke about the airline’s maiden flight to London.

He said that when Air Peace returned from its maiden flight to London, some staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) restricted its aircraft to landing at a rejected part of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, far from the port’s new terminal.

Onyema noted that such an action would have exposed passengers to difficulties, saying it would have taken them hours to get to the terminal building.

He narrated further that even though C-23 at the new terminal was free for use, the officials chose to reserve it for a foreign carrier at the expense of an indigenous carrier.

Part of his words read, “There are internal conspiracies within Nigeria. Some Nigerians are praying that we fail, but the good thing is that nobody is God. Do you know what I did? I called my operations control centre, who could reach the pilot. I told him to tell the pilot to block the taxiway. It was when British Airways landed that they started making moves to tell us to go to where we rightly belonged.”

Reacting via X, Onanuga urged Keyamo to sack workers who have failed to imbibe the ‘renewed hope spirit’ of the current administration of Bola Tinubu.

He said, “Aviation Minister Festus Keyamo needs some flushing to do at MMIA. Some workers there have failed to imbibe our renewed hope spirit. They should be shown the way out.”