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2023 Presidency: Tinubu holds meeting with 17 APC governors hours after Osinbajo’s declaration

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The former Governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is currently meeting with Governors on the platform of the party under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) as part of his consultation towards his 2023 presidential ambition.

The meeting which is holding at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, is coming a few hours after his political associate and Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, declared his intention to vie for the office of the president in the 2023 general election.

This disclosure is contained in a tweet post by the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Goovernor, Gboyega Akosile, on his official Twitter account, on Monday, saying that 17 APC governors were in attendance at the meeting.

The meeting which was reported to have been called this morning by the frontline presidential aspirant is coming less than 24 hours after Osinbajo hosted the governors at his Aguda House residence on Sunday evening; where he disclosed his intention to run for the APC presidential ticket.

The governors in attendance include Governors Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Mai Mala Binu of Yobe, Simon Lalong of Plateau and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa.

Others include Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Andullahi Sule of Nassarawa state, amongst others.

What you should know

  • Recall that earlier in January, Bola Tinubu, formally informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to contest in the presidential election in 2023, although he is yet to officially declare.
  • He maintained that he has the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by President Buhari to turn around the fortunes of the country.
  • When asked by journalists on his feelings about being in the presidential race with his political ally, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is also rumoured to succeed Buhari, Tinubu declined to give a definite response, but rather said he would not speak about individuals.

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N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government. He was picked up by […]

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Iran Blocks 9,200 Bank Accounts Over Suspicious Foreign Currency, Crypto Transactions

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Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has reportedly blocked almost 10,000 bank accounts over suspicious foreign currency and cryptocurrency transactions. The action was carried out in collaboration with the country’s central bank.

Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence issued a statement Saturday stating that it has blocked a number of bank accounts due to suspicious foreign currency and cryptocurrency transactions, local media reported. The ministry detailed:

The statement adds that the total transaction value blocked was over 60 trillion Iranian tomans, which is approximately $2 billion based on the daily dollar exchange rate in the Iranian open market. Iran’s currency recently hit a four-month low against the U.S. dollar.

However, the ministry did not provide any details on the accounts or how much of the turnover was in digital currency.

The Ministry of Intelligence’s action was carried out by the order of a judge and in collaboration with the country’s central bank. It was part of the Iranian government’s recent plan to combat illegal and unauthorized foreign currency and cryptocurrency transactions. In December last year, the ministry announced that it froze bank accounts of more than 700 “illegal” foreign exchange traders in the country.

Meanwhile, Iran is also cracking down on unauthorized cryptocurrency mining. The authorities have shut down about 7,000 unauthorized mining facilities in the past two years. The Iranian government has also drafted new rules to increase penalties for illegal cryptocurrency mining, including additional fines and imprisonment.

What do you think about Iran blocking bank accounts over suspicious crypto transactions? Let us know in the comments section below.

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