APC Must Unite Behind Tinubu – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Ahmed Tinubu hoist the APC flag at the Eagle Square in Abuja on June 8, 2022, after winning the latter won the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 elections. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked the All Progressives Congress to unite behind its presidential flagbearer in the 2023 elections, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The President made the comment in a congratulatory statement signed by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.

“Having emerged victorious he has our full and unwavering support,” he said.

“Now our party must unite behind our candidate to achieve victory at the 2023 elections so that our government will continue to secure our communities, grow our economy and continue the fight against corruption.

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“During the Primaries, there were factions and disagreements amongst the contestants and now that the process has ended we must build a united front in our party.

“In this way, the APC will remain the party that can best deliver on the priorities of the Nigerian people. Now it is time to put the process behind us.

“Because what we can all agree is that the APC remains the party that can best deliver on the priorities of the Nigerian people. But the way to demonstrate that we can get on with this job is to unite.

“The movement we created in 2013 is beyond individuals. Together, we made history by becoming the first party in our country’s history to unseat a party in power and propel our candidate into the Presidency through a peaceful democratic transfer of power.

“We strongly believe that Bola Ahmed Tinubu will safeguard and improve on this democratic achievement and legacy. He is the right candidate for Nigeria’s aspiration because he is the APC’s candidate and under the continued stewardship of our party. Nigeria can achieve greatness and fulfill its destiny in Africa and the World.

“The high point of this extraordinary convention of our party was the energy of the Presidential aspirants and it is from amongst them that we have chosen the most popular leader.

“I recognize and commend the enthusiasm and self-confidence amongst our party men and women.

“I also thank the delegates for making the right decision leading to the emergence of our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

Labour Party Faction Elects Ezenwafor As Presidential Flagbearer

Ambassador Jude Ezenwafor was elected presidential candidation of a Labour party faction on June 8, 2022.

 

The crisis rocking Labour party appears to be festering as a faction of the party led by Mr Calistus Okafor has held its National Convention to elect Ambassador Jude Ezenwafor as its presidential flagbearer.

“What we are doing here today is to elect a man who is worthy to give us that change we’ve been yearning for,” Okafor said.

In his acceptance speech, the presidential candidate of the Okafor-led faction pledged to rescue Nigeria.

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“I have never been in a wrong place. Labour party is going for a rescue mission,” Ezenwafor said.

With the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the election of presidential candidates looming, the Labour party appears divided on who will be the party’s flagbearer.

Mr Peter Obi is the candidate of the INEC-recognised Julius Abure-led faction.

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Canada Unveils Carbon Emissions Offset Market

In this file photo the Canadian flag flies above the Canadian embassy in Beijing on January 15, 2019. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

 

Canada unveiled Wednesday a national carbon emissions market to help it meet its climate goals by allowing cities, farmers and others to sell credits for CO2 reductions to heavier polluters.

Under the system, registered participants can generate one credit for each tonne of emissions they reduce or remove from the atmosphere.

Credits can then be sold to others in Canada to help them meet compliance obligations or emissions reductions goals.

“This system gives foresters, farmers, Indigenous communities, municipalities and others an opportunity to earn revenues by cutting pollution,” Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault told a news conference.

Some environmental groups, however, called it a step backwards in the fight against climate change.

“Offsets don’t stop carbon from entering the atmosphere and warming the planet, but on paper they make the big polluters look good,” Greenpeace’s Salome Sane said in a statement.

Ottawa has pledged to reduce Canada’s carbon emissions by up to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

But several independent reports have said the government is not doing enough to reach that target, and is lagging behind its G7 counterparts in slashing emissions.

Its new offset credit system, which allows credits to be generated from projects started after January 1, 2017, would allow landfills to sell credits for captured methane, for example.

Farmers could generate credits by sequestering more carbon in their soil by alternating fields in which they plant crops, or using feed for livestock that produces less burped gasses, while forestry firms could do the same by thinning diseased trees and managing brush to reduce wildfires.

“You can’t just go out and plant a tree in your front yard and get a credit,” an official told a briefing.

The emissions cuts must be new, verifiable, and permanent to qualify under the program, which will also include direct carbon capture from the air once those details are hammered out.

The federal system also prohibits trading of duplicate credits. The province of Quebec, for example, is already part of the US state of California’s cap and trade system known as the Western Climate Initiative.

‘Historic Setback’ For Brazil As Hunger Surges

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a meeting called “Brazil for Life and Family” and promoted by an anti-abortion movement, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 7, 2022. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

 

The number of people living in hunger in Brazil has surged 73 percent in the past two years, a “historic setback” for a country that had made huge gains against poverty, a report said Wednesday.

Around 33.1 million people in Latin America’s largest economy are living in hunger, up from 19.1 million in 2020, said the report from the Brazilian Network for Research on Food Security.

That represents 15.5 percent of households in the country of 213 million people, according to the study, which was based on data collected between November 2021 and April 2022.

More than half the country — 125.2 million people — suffers food insecurity of some kind, meaning they are in hunger or do not know if they will have enough to eat in the near future, it added.

That figure was an increase of 7.2 percent from 2020.

The “historic setback” is the result of “the ongoing dismantling of social policies, the worsening of the economic crisis, the increase in social inequalities and the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the report said.

It even found increased food insecurity among those benefiting from a new social program called “Auxilio Brasil,” which President Jair Bolsonaro launched this year.

The average payment under the program, 500 reais (around $100), has been eroded by annual inflation of 12.13 percent.

Images of hungry Brazilians digging in the trash for food have become commonplace as the country has struggled to bounce back from the pandemic.

The researchers found food insecurity affected more than half of rural households and a “terrifying” 27.4 million people in urban areas.

Hunger nearly doubled among families with children younger than 10, affecting 18.1 percent of them.

Black and mixed-race Brazilians are hardest hit, at 18.1 percent of households, versus 10.6 percent for whites, the report said.

Niger Governor Lauds Tinubu’s Triumph In APC Presidential Primary

A photo combination of Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello and Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello has congratulated former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Presidential flag bearer in the 2023 elections.

Tinubu emerged victorious at the party’s Special National Convention held at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The Governor, in a congratulatory message, said the choice of Tinubu amongst other qualified candidates is an expression of confidence of the teeming party delegates across the country.

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According to him, Tinubu’s victory represents confidence in his ability and capacity to rework the country, reestablish the waning confidence of the people and propel the turnaround of the nation’s dwindling economy in the shortest possible time.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate and rejoice with him. It is an affirmation of his wide acceptance and a clear demonstration that the APC National Leader is credible, capable and has the ability of spearheading a march towards the country’s rebirth”, the Governor said.

The Governor, who described the process of the APC Presidential primaries as free, fair and credible, reaffirmed that the emergence of a Southern candidate as a standard flag bearer of the party is in the best interest of justice, fairness, unity and political stability of the nation.

Bello urged fellow presidential aspirants, leaders, stakeholders and members of the APC to rally round the party’s standard flag bearer and work relentlessly to ensure that the party is returned to power at all levels in the 2023 general elections.

“The transparent and successful conduct of the election and the cooperation of party members, it has become a great stepping stone for the party’s victory in the forthcoming elections next year”, he added.

He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring that the APC Presidential primary election became a source of consensus rather than division stressing that his guidance has been inspirational to the party.

The Governor commended the party’s Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) for ensuring a hitch-free and successful presidential primaries.

He also applauded party members for conducting themselves in an orderly manner and expressed appreciation to security officers for providing the enabling environment for the successful conduct of the primaries.

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