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BREAKING: Vice President Osinbajo To Attend APC Presidential Campaign Rally In Kwara

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By Gloria Ikibah

The Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council, James Faleke, has said that the party did not canceled its planned presidential rally in Ilorin on January 17.

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Faleke denied reports that the rally had been canceled due to President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Mauritania.

In a brief statement, Faleke said: I hereby confirm that the APC Presidential Campaign rally slated for 17/1/23 will hold as scheduled. Please be advised as such.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to stand in for Buhari at the rally, according to reports.

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Naijablitznews.com reports that VP Osinbajo will be attending Bola Tinubu’s event in Kwara for the first time since the campaign began in November.

Naijablitznews.com recalled that furing the APC presidential primary in June, Osinbajo contested against Tinubu but however failed to clinch the ticket, finishing third behind former transport minister Rotimi Amaechi.

Since then, there have been numerous rumors about Tinubu and Osinbajo’s strained relationship.

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However, Osinbajo appeared to put an end to the rumors when he paid Tinubu a visit at his new home in Asokoro, Abuja, a few days before Christmas last year.

“President Buhari asked Osinbajo to represent him as he would not be available”, said a source at the Aso Villa on Monday night.

Uncertainty about the rally in Ilorin was fueled by a statement signed on Monday by Saadu Salahu on behalf of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the APC Presidential Campaign Rally in Ilorin.

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The party said it postponed the rally to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the campaign, citing the president’s trip to Mauritania.

The party also stated that Buhari insisted on personally leading the party’s rally in Kwara State.

“This is in order to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the campaign.

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The statement reads in part: “The President is scheduled for an international engagement outside the country this week beginning from tomorrow but insists he would like to personally lead the APC Presidential Rally in Kwara State.

“We deeply regret any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our guests and all APC stakeholders,” the statement read in part.

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JUST IN: IMF ask CBN to extend Feb 10 deadline for old naira notes

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By Francesca Iwambe

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to extend the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes if the difficulties in getting new notes persist.

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According to the IMF, the call become necessary as the development had led to the disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new noted in the bank.

The call was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

“In light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline, should problems persist in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline,” the statement reads.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends February 10 deadline for naira swap

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By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Government from ending the legal tender statuses of old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes on February 10, 2023.

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The apex court made the order following the suit filed by three State governments challenging the Naira swap policy.

Recall that governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Kogi States had approached the Supreme Court seeking an order to stop the policy.

Naijablitznews.com will bring you more details shortly

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CBN captures more Communities as currency swap is continuous in Taraba

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Emmanuel Awari-Jalingo

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Friday extend her currency swap exercise to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local government areas of Taraba state.

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The Director Financial System Strategy, Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Hassan who disclosed this to our correspondent in Jalingo said, the development was in continuation of the CBN initiative targeted at ensuring that all rural dwellers in Taraba have their old naira notes swapped to new ones or deposited in banks before the extended CBN deadline for currency swap.

Hassan noted that the currency Swap Initiative was to help save communities who do not have access to bank, swap their old naira notes to the new notes.

“Just as we have been doing to ensure that people in the rural Communities of Taraba who do not have access to Bank have their old naira notes swap to new ones. CBN delegation have been drafted to more Communities of Yorro, Ardo-Kola and Ibi local to ensure success of the initiative.

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“CBN delegation for Yorro is led by Mr Jackson Imandi, the Deputy Director, the one Ardo-Kola is led by Mr. Kazeem Olatinmu while the one in Ibi local government is been led by the CBN Head of Banking Services in Taraba State, Hayatu Yahaya Shehu to ensure the villagers gain advantage of the Ten days extension for the currency swap” Hassan explained.

When contacted, the chief of Mumuye in Yorro local government, Ado Adamu Manang, that of Ibi, Abubakar Salihu Danbaw and some beneficiary of the exercise in Ardo-Kola local government, Mohammed Musa, Hafsatu Babangida and Isa Mahmud, commended the central Bank of Nigeria for the exercise as it was the best for villagers and promised to help create massive awareness for people to swap their old naira notes to the new ones.

According to them, businesses were already collapsing as people were no longer accepting the old naira notes even before the extended window.

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