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El-Rufai ‘Confident’ APC Will Win Presidency, Retain 24 States In 2019 Election

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai said in an exclusive interview which aired on Channels Television’s political flagship programme, Sunday Politics that he is confident his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will win the Presidency and also retain its 24 states in 2019.

“I do not have any doubt in my mind that we are going to win the next elections; not only in the centre but we are going to present our 24 states, and even more,” he said.

“We are not saying this foolishly, this is scientific. We are monitoring the pulse of Nigerians, not the pulse of a section of Nigerians and I am confident that we are going to win the 2019 elections.”

Amid the criticism that has hit President Muhhamadu Buhari’s administration recently, El-Rufai believes the APC remains focused on delivering on its campaign promises to Nigerians.

He said Nigeria is divided into two, stressing that the disapproval is coming from a selected group of people while the Federal Government is conscious of the people’s stance.

The governor said: “We know the pulse of the nation, we know where we are losing support, we know where we are gaining support; I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to win the 2019 elections.

“There are two pulses of Nigerians – there is the pulse of the Nigerian elites which is the noise that you hear in the media, the social media and so on; then there is the pulse of the people.

“If you remember how many people came out to welcome President Buhari in Kano, then you will know that there are two Nigerias.”

Reacting to the explosive statement issued by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday last week, Governor El Rufai said he is yet to read it, noting that “it is too long and I am very busy.”

He said the Buhari administration is not disturbed by the statement as both the Presidency and the party have responded to the issues raised by the former president.

“You know (former) President Obasanjo is a Nigerian, he’s a patriot and he is entitled to his opinion just like every other Nigerian.

“We are moving on, we are planning to deliver on our promises and when the time comes we will be ready for the 2019 elections with whoever and whatever party that exists. There are 73 parties in Nigeria; we are going to face them and I’m confident as I said,” he reiterated.

The governor said he has been a loyalist to President Buhari and would continue to be “till death do us part (he jokes).”

He, however, said being one of those that have been asking the President to seek re-election was not because of what he stands to gain but in the interest of the people.

“I believe that it is in the overall interest of our party and the stability of Nigeria; It is not because I stand to gain or lose anything,” said El-Rufai. “But it is because in everything I’ve done since I got into public service, for me the interest of Nigeria comes first.

“God has given me everything through the instrumentality of this country – I don’t need anything as a person but what I need is to see a country that is making progress, that is stable and leave a legacy for our children to build on it,” he added.

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Banky W Elated After Undergoing 4th Successful Surgery For Skin Cancer

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Nigerian singer and politician Banky W is celebrating a victory! After successfully battling skin cancer for over 10 years, he recently underwent his fourth surgery for the disease.

On May 23rd, 2024, Banky W shared a heartfelt message on his Instagram.

The singer posted a video showing glimpses of his recovery journey. His wife, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, was like a pillar of support by his side. In a lengthy message alongside the video, Banky W encouraged anyone facing challenges. He expressed his faith that things would ultimately work out.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Reacts To Ban On Ritual Scenes In Nollywood

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Nigeria’s entertainment industry is buzzing with criticism over the government’s new rules for movies, music videos, and comedy skits. The government puts limitations on what can be shown in these forms of entertainment. This includes things like “money rituals,” “ritual killings,” and the use of tobacco products.

Big names in Nigerian entertainment are not happy about these rules. Renowned actor Kanayo O. Kanayo slammed the move as “arrant nonsense.” He questioned why the Minister of Arts and Culture, Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa, would support such restrictions on creative freedom for filmmakers.

Veteran musician Mike Okri even suggested the government might be trying to hold back the entire film industry with these new regulations.

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I Was Collecting N4000 For A Lead Role – Lateef Adedimeji

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Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji recently appeared on comedian Teju Babyface’s podcast, “Deep Dive.” He reminisced about his early days in the Nigerian film industry. He openly shared some of the financial realities he faced as a budding actor.

Lateef Adedimeji revealed that early on, in 2014, he was offered a lead role for a mere N4,000. This low payment reflected his position as a newcomer still trying to establish himself. However, things started to look up for him the following year.

By 2015, Adedimeji’s experience and talent began to be recognised, and his pay rose significantly. He mentioned roles in that timeframe that commanded fees between N100,000 and N200,000—a substantial increase from his initial starting point.

This discussion on the podcast highlights the challenges faced by many aspiring actors, who often have to accept lower pay until their talent and experience are recognised by the industry. Adedimeji’s story offers a glimpse into the perseverance and dedication it takes to navigate the early stages of an acting career.

“If I tell people that I wasn’t collecting N100,000, N200,000 until 2015/16, a lot of people would not believe me. Before then, the highest I collected for a lead role was either N4,000, N5,000, or N10,000. I was paid that low back in 2014 because it was more like a learning process.”

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