A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Oluwole Oluyede, has applauded the Nigeria lawmakers over the recent stance to ensure a return to direct primary, as method of selecting who becomes governor in coming elections.
The Ikere-Ekiti-born politician posited that a return to direct primary lend potency to democracy and is synonymous with giving back power to the people of Ekiti in the coming governorship election slated for 2022.
He said political activities in Ekiti has frustrated the majority of APC members in the state, due to intolerance and the decision of a few to have their ways over the rest, by all means and at all cost.
Oluyede therefore urged the people to be calm and consistent, just as he admonished the Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to see the light and don the cap of wisdom by creating a friendly environment that would produce a resourceful, people-oriented candidate that can secure victory for the APC in coming polls.
He said victory can only come the way of the party when people eschew divisive politics by bringing every member into a formidable fold that can go all out with requisite strength to retain victory on the side of the party.
According to him, lingering political maneuverings by a division of the APC loyal to the governor, smirks of an attempt to throw away the political fortune of the state on the altar of petty politics and aggrandisements.
He noted that the tilt towards a direct primary will make participatory democracy a lone choice for APC and as such the only option for Dr Fayemi, should he desire victory for the party in the coming polls.
“You must have learnt that the National Assembly is bent on treading the path of honour by approving a direct primary which is the best thing that can happen to our democracy at this time.
As a friend and stakeholder of the state, I am of the opinion that your (Fayemi) engagement in our forthcoming elections would be critical to restoring normalcy back to our beautiful land.
“There is no doubt that our state, has gone through difficult times in the past years, resulting in the destruction of the lifelong brand of our state, and the entire Western region as home of men and women with respect, integrity and political maturity. It is therefore time for good men and women to be counted as we seek to take our state back to honour.
I am aware you know that what happens in Ekiti state, despite her small size and economy, matters in the larger Nigerian political context.
“In Ekiti, we find the critical factors that either make or mar Nigeria – the battle between the forces of good and evil; between intellectualism and mental laziness; between service and racketeering.
“As we take this course, we hope we can count on you. With your help we can begin to restore sanity to our political system, starting with one of Nigeria’s unique states: compact, ethnically monolithic and fabled fountain of knowledge.
“I trust you will join me in this quest for the rebirth of Ekiti State, where dignity of persons matters and also help restore sense into politics,” Oluyede stressed.
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UBA Group Dominates the 2021 Banker Awards, Wins ‘African Bank of the Year’
Breaks the Banker Magazine Record as it wins Best Bank in Nigeria and 12 of Its Subsidiaries Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc yet again, reaffirms its leadership position across Africa, as the bank has been globally recognised as the African Bank of the year 2021 by the Banker Magazine, a leading global finance news publication published by the Financial Times of London.
UBA’s solid financial performance, its excellent service delivery to customers and its continuous role of facilitating rapid economic growth across the African continent were some of the reasons that led to the bank being named best bank in 12 of its African subsidiaries and in Nigeria. UBA Nigeria Plc, UBA Benin, UBA Burkina Faso, UBA Cameroon, UBA Chad, UBA Congo Brazzaville, UBA Cote D’Ivoire, UBA Gabon, UBA Guinea, UBA Liberia, UBA Senegal, UBA Sierra Leone and UBA Zambia all came out top as the best banks in their respective countries.
This will not be a first for UBA. In 2020, six of its subsidiaries in Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia were winners of the Best Bank award. This year, the UBA Group is breaking a record with its exceptional wins as African Bank of the Year and Bank of the year in 13 countries. The total 14 awards makes it the first time ever in the history of the almost 100 years of The banker, that any banking group will be clinching as many as 14 wins in a single year.
At the Virtual award ceremony which was held on December 1st 2021, the Middle East and Africa Editor for The Banker, John Everington, explained at the event that a rigorous and highly analytical process is made annually to reach the decision for each Bank of the Year award and the institution’s reputation for independence, authority and integrity is thoroughly applied to each submission.
“While several African banks impressed the judges this year, there was no doubt as to the worthiest recipient of the Bank of the Year for Africa – UBA Group – a clear winner across a wide range of criteria. UBA has performed impressively across its footprint with a strong financial performance across most of its markets,” Everington said.
UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed delight over the recognition from The Banker stated “Like I always say, at UBA, we must be doing something right. Winning 14 total awards in13 subsidiaries and the Bank of the Year on the African continent is a big achievement.’
Continuing, Uzoka said, “The recognitions come as a reassurance that we are on track in consolidating our leadership position in Africa, as we continue to create superior value for all our stakeholders. We have our millions of customers across the globe and our many thousands of staff to thank for this. They are the very reason why we keep winning’
Since1926, the Bank of the Year awards has been celebrating the best of global banking and is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. The 2021 edition highlights those institutions that have outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Banker Magazine is a publication of the Financial Times – a leading global finance news publication which has been in existence since 1888. The Banker magazine is the definitive reference in international banking for high level decision makers.
United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading Pan-African financial institution, offering banking services to more than twenty-five million customers, across over 1,000 business offices and customer touch points, in 20 African countries.
With presence in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and France, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail; commercial and corporate banking; innovative cross-border payments and remittances; trade finance and ancillary banking services
Crisis Rocks Ghana Parliament As Members Clash Over 2022 budget
The 2022 budget of Ghana suffered another set back as the House could not reach concerts on its passage.
The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta had presented the budget for the House to deliberate upon and possibly approve it for passage to the president to work with. But the House is in disagreement.
The Majority members had earlier hoped in easy passage but, they were shocked to witness a tie in the House. The ruling Party, New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has 137 members in the House, same to the main opposition party, The New Democratic Congress(NDC)
The Speaker who could have added one to the ruling NPP lacks the constitutional right, as the Constitution denies him voting right as the presiding officer.
The case will then be taken to the Supreme Court for intervention. The issue has been a major challenge threatening the smooth democracy in the country. The decision to go to Supreme Court is expected to be taken before or by Friday sitting.
By Moses Owopade,
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