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Today’s Headlines: Don’t address Abbas as Speaker yet – Adamu, Tony Blair Visits Tinubu

Don’t address Abbas as Speaker yet – Adamu

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has warned supporters and lawmakers to stop addressing Kaduna lawmaker, Tajudeen Abbas, as the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 10th National Assembly.

Adamu said the ruling party had consultation with other aspirants still in the race and other legislative stakeholders.

The APC had earlier adopted Abbas as its candidate for Speaker seat, a situation that sparked outrage from other aspirants in the race.

Adamu spoke on Tuesday when he received Abbas and about 100 lawmakers-elect at the APC national secretariat in Abuja.

The lawmakers, who comprised members of the Joint Task Committee and loyalists of the current Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, held a closed-door meeting with Adamu.

Tuesday’s political roundtable was the first time Abbas would be meeting with the Adamu-led National Working Committee of the APC after the party on May 8 announced its zoning arrangement for the leadership of the incoming National Assembly.

Speaking after the meeting, Adamu cautioned Abbas’ followers to stop addressing him as ‘Speaker’ until he is elected on June 13.

Tony Blair Visits Tinubu

Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has paid a visit to the President-elect of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The meeting between the two leaders was made known in a short statement by Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman on Tuesday.

Rahman, who shared photos of the meeting on Twitter, wrote, “President-elect Bola Tinubu and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair after a meeting this Tuesday afternoon at Defence House, Abuja.

We’ll Be Prudent With N115bn Bond — Sanwo-Olu

GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, yesterday, assured residents of his administration’s commitment in ensuring financial prudence and responsibility for continued infrastructural developments of the state.

Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance during the signing of the N115 billion 10-year 15.25 per cent Series 1 Bond issuance due 2033, and the N19.815 million seven-year 14.675 per cent Fixed Return Forward-Ijarah Lease Sukuk due 2030, under the N1 trillion debt and hybrid issuance, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu said the proceeds from the issuance would be utilized to finance priority projects aimed at improving the state’s infrastructure and fostering economic growth, in line with the state’s ‘THEMES’ Agenda.

His words: “Today is another significant day in Lagos State, with us reaching another milestone in our commitment to deliver infrastructural, economic, and societal progress to the people of our great and excellent State.

Bus Catches Fire At Eagle Square In Abuja

A Coaster bus has caught fire in front of Eagle Square in Abuja. The incident which happened on Tuesday night sent passers-by scampering for safety as the vehicle went into flames.

There were speculations that it was a case of a car explosion. However, in a telephone conversation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Josephine Adeh debunked the claim.

She confirmed the incident but said it was a case of fire outbreak and not an explosion. According to her, the bus was coming from the Maitama axis of the FCT when it caught fire.