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Nigeria’s poverty is a result of corruption in Precidency – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has blamed poverty and growing insecurity in Nigeria on the alleged unbridled looting and extortion by a cabal around the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the ruling All Progressives Congress.

This party’s position is contained in a statement titled, ‘Corruption in Buhari Presidency, APC responsible for poverty in Nigeria – PDP…Says Treasury Looting is APC’s Manifesto’, signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Sunday.

According to the statement, the PDP declared that the alleged “unbridled treasury looting and extortion by the cabal in the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress are directly responsible for the excruciating poverty and escalated insecurity being suffered by Nigerians in the last five years.”

The party noted that the “grandstanding by the Buhari regime” in response to revelations of abuses and sleaze emanating from the investigation of the suspended acting Chairman of the APC-controlled Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, exposed a desperate attempt by a cabal to delink certain of its officials from indictment in the saga.

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Ologbondiyan said, “The recent revelations of widespread treasury looting, including the alleged allocation of billions of stolen money to certain top government officials, have also exposed the hypocrisy of the APC and how its leaders are mercilessly plundering our economy while abandoning our citizens to a life of squalour.

“The picture is becoming clearer on how the APC leaders, in the last five years, siphoned and pocketed over N14tn, from various government agencies, meant for the development of the nation and the welfare of Nigerians.

“From unfolding events, Nigerians are no longer in doubt that treasury looting is the official manifesto of the APC, which has now been exposed as a deceitful party that came to power by pretence and pointing of accusing fingers at others while its real intention had always been to sweep the treasuries for their selfish gains.”

The statement further read:

“This explains why the APC administration has failed to expose those involved in the wholesale stealing of N9.6tn ($25bn) oil money as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo just as no steps have been taken by the APC government to investigate and recover the money.

“It equally explains why the APC administration had also failed to expose those behind the reported stealing of N1.1tn worth of crude oil, using 18 unregistered vessels linked to some of its leaders and why the money was never recovered.”

Attempts to get a response from the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, were futile, as calls to his mobile phone were neither picked nor returned.

Also, a response to a text message sent to him was still being awaited as at the time of filing this report.

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However, the Chairman of the Buhari Media Organisation, Niyi Akinsuji, said:

“Unlike the PDP, this administration is open and transparent.

“We don’t cover up; whenever there are allegations against anyone, it is investigated and sanctions applied. The PDP should hide its head in shame for mismanaging Nigeria for 16 years.”

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Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the death of a former state lawmaker, Mr Kola Fakiyesi, as “very shocking and unfortunate”.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said that Fakiyesi passed on at his prime.

He said that his death was a great loss to the state and the APC family to which the deceased belonged.

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Fayemi described Fakiyesi as a very loyal party man, adding that since his election into the Assembly in 2003 on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, he did not waiver in his political belief, as he remained in the progressive camp throughout his lifetime.

He added that the late Fakiyesi also represented Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency I in the Second Assembly meritoriously.

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He said the late former lawmaker’s pedigree as an astute and loyal party man earned him the position of Minority Leader in the Assembly.

“He later served as a member of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission,” he said.

The governor said that the deceased spent his life in service to humanity, adding that his dynamism and diligence endeared him to the people of his constituency.

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Fayemi commiserated with the family of the late politician and the people of Iyin Ekiti, his home town, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC

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Sen. Wali Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the National Assembly to hasting the process of empowering INEC to conduct all elections in the country.

This, he said, would go a long way in giving the electorate the opportunity to elect credible leaders at the grassroots, thereby strengthening democracy.

Jibrin made the call while speaking with newsmen in his country home, Nasarawa, during the Nasarawa central constituency’s bye-election, conducted by INEC on Saturday.

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According to him, most of the elections conducted at the local government level in most parts of the country lack credibility and therefore, a slap on Nigeria’s democracy.

“If the National Assembly formulates a law that empowers INEC to conduct all elections in the country, it will further strengthen democracy.

“That is why I am calling on National Assembly to hasting the process of allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct all elections in the country.

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“This will allow the people at the grassroots elect credible leaders of their choice and ensure speedy development in the country,” he said.

Jibrin lauded INEC for the peaceful conduct of the by-election in the constituency.

The BOT chairman called on relevant stakeholders and politicians to support INEC for the improved electoral process.

He also enjoined PDP stakeholders and supporters in the state and the country at large to continue to remain united for the peace, progress, and development of the party.

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The Newsmen reports that counting of voting was still ongoing in many polling units visited as at the time of filing this report.

reporters also report that the bye-election was the sequel to the death of the member representing Nasarawa’s central constituency in the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu (APC) on April 30.

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Wike tackles Oshiomhole on Obaseki’s certificate

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has denounced claims by former Edo Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki lacked required academic credentials to contest the September 19 poll.

Wike, in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said Oshiomhole did not have the moral standing to question his successor’s qualifications.

The Governor, who is also Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo 2020 Governorship Election, dismissed issues surrounding Obaseki’s certificates.

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Reacting to comments by Oshiomhole during the flag off of the APC Governorship Campaign in Edo, Wike berated the former APC National Chairman for his continued claims despite affirmation by the University of Ibadan that Obaseki is an alumnus.

Wike challenged Oshiomhole to present his academic certificate and stop discouraging Edo people from voting a candidate he once claimed was the brainbox of his administration’s achievements.

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He said: “The certificate claims about Governor Obaseki by the former APC National Chairman is a non-issue because he is the best candidate for Edo State.

“It is unfortunate that we are in a country that somebody that does not have a certificate will question the one that has.

“Oshiomhole has trade test which is not an academic qualification. I challenge him to show the world his academic qualification.

“Oshiomhole is trying to tell Edo people whatever he decides is what will be and this is an opportunity for Edo people to say no.

“His claim that if APC loses the election they will secure the mandate through the courts is a total confirmation that the party cannot win the Edo election through the ballot box.

“Securing victory through the courts will be null and void as there are still Judges in Nigeria with conscience who cannot dance to the tune of the APC.”

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