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Top Story: Obaseki’s Camp in Desertion.


Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, has resigned his membership of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s executive council.

He announced his resignation in a terse letter he signed and addressed to Governor Obaseki.

He was immediately replaced by Mr. Stewart Efe.

Ohonbamu in his resignation letter, said his resignation took effect from today.

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“Without setting a precedent, I have decided to step aside as cabinet member and operate outside‎ it for the general good of Edo State and pursuit of happiness for the citizens,” he wrote.

He however expressed gratitude to the Governor‎ for in‎dulging him in his “purposeful and sophisticated administration”.

“I greet you, Sir, and the ever loyal members of the state executive council. I am particularly delighted that his Excellency’s second term bid is firm and sure-footed.

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“Whenever we shall meet again I know not. Therefore, our everlasting farewell take. If we do meet, why, what shall smile, if not, it is true this parting was well-meaning,” he said.

When contacted, Ohonbamu, a lawyer, confirmed his resignation but declined to make further comments.

In a statement announcing the appointment of the new Commissioner, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said:

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“Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the appointment of Mr. Stewart Efe as Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation.

Ogie added that the appointment takes “immediate effect.”

Until his appointment, Stewart Efe was the Public Relations Officer of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City.


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Elect’23: Disqualify APC for Electoral Act Breach – PDP tell INEC.


The Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos State chapter, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

The PDP accused the APC-led administration in the state of breaching the provisions of the Electoral Act on electioneering campaigns by campaigning for the reelection of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

Taofik Gani, publicity secretary of the PDP in Lagos, who leveled the accusation in a statement on Sunday, asked the INEC to disqualify the APC and Governor Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

He said, “The APC has commenced deliberate public announcements; jingles; Newspaper adverts directly and indirectly sponsored by the Governor, his supporters, groups and the APC announcing Sanwo-olu as a performer-governor within his first year in office that should be supported for reelection.

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“For clarity, the sponsored public announcements, jingles, Newspaper Adverts are clearly calling on electorates to reelect Sanwo-olu and the APC on the basis of their perceived performances within first year. These jingles and other announcements abound. We demand that the Governor and the APC must be disqualified from contesting the governorship election in the 2023. They are already overreaching all other aspirants and parties. Governor Sanwo-olu and the APC are already violating the political process. The level playing field that ought to exist is being dug into gullies for all other parties. This is unfair. The INEC must assert its authority and control of the electoral process by enforcing its rules irrespective of the committer of breaking the rules. The INEC must suo motu disqualify Sanwo-olu as a persona and the APC from eligibility to contest the governorship in the 2023 general elections.”

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The PDP described the scorecard peddled by the APC as “indeed laughable”, describing the APC led administration in the state is the “worst ever by any Lagos State Governor.

The PDP said the Sanwo-olu administration’s one year in office is “a year of abysmal performance of monumental failure”, and vowed to, in the coming days expose the failures of Sanwo-olu’s first year in office as Governor.


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EdoDecide’20: PDP get Obaseki automatic ticket.


Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Tony Aziegbemi, has insisted that there will be no automatic ticket for Governor Godwin Obaseki if he finally joins the party ahead of forthcoming governorship election.

Appearing on Thursday, Aziegbemi, however, said that the party’s door was open for the embattled incumbent governor to join.

According to him, “Our doors are opened. Governor Obaseki is our governor in the State. If he wants to join the PDP, he is free to do so.

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“But will he get an automatic ticket? The answer is an emphatic no. He has to go through the processes.”

He insisted that even if National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP considers given Obaseki a waiver, he “will still get to get to the delegates to explain to them why he should be given the ticket and all that. So it’s a process and that process is open to all Nigerians,” he said.

“So our doors are not closed at all. We feel that Governor Obaseki is being humiliated, maltreated and being given the wrong stick by his party.”

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Asked about the party’s earlier claim that the Governor has not done enough for the State since elected 4 years ago, he said, “Will we give him automatic ticket? I say no. Can he join the party and I said yes. Can he be given a waiver? I said yes. Can he contest in the primary? I said yes of course. That’s what I’m saying.”

Recall that pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) emerged the Adams Oshiomhole faction of the APC consensus candidate for the state governorship election on Wednesday.


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PDP send Eid-el fitr message to Nigerians.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday urged Nigerians, particularly leaders at all levels, not to lose sight of the essence of the Eid-el Fitr and the eternal lessons of Ramadan.

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja urged Nigerians to bring the lessons to bear by living in truth, selflessness, tolerance, forbearance, honesty, and transparency in all their dealings.

Ologbondiyan felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim community, on this year’s Eid-el Fitr celebrations, urging all compatriots to exhibit the virtues imbibed during the Ramadan fast in all aspects of life.

He noted that the fervent prayers and the successful completion of the Ramadan fast point to the determination by the people in their ardent trust in God to overcome the vicissitudes of life both as individuals and as a nation, particularly as the nation battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The PDP stressed that leaders must, therefore, bear in mind that the positions they occupy were bestowed by the Almighty Allah for the good of the people and that they will surely give an account of their actions, particularly towards the down-trodden, the oppressed and the voiceless.

“Furthermore, our party beckons on all Nigerians to jettison all divisive tendencies that stoke acts of violence, and rekindle the spirit of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and unity needed to pull our nation out of the woods.

The PDP, according to Ologbondiyan, also urged all citizens to use the occasion to reach out and share with one another, especially the less privileged, the sick, orphans, widows and the aged at this critical time.

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“The party also called on Nigerians not to drop their guards during this festive period but remain alert in observing all health safety and protection directives in the collective effort to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, which would soon be a thing of the past in our nation.

“The PDP prayed for the nation and wished Nigerians happy Eid-el Fitr celebrations,” he said.


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PDP publicity secretary in Imo resigns.


Damian Opara, the Publicity Secretary of the Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has resigned from the party.

Opara resigned on Thursday in a letter he addressed to the state chairman of the party.

The politician who thanked the party leadership for the opportunity to serve as its spokesperson for four years did not disclose the reason for his resignation.

The two-paragraph letter which was sighted by our correspondent reads, “With honour, I, Hon Damian Opara, the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State chapter, with due respect, resign as the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State chapter with immediate effect.

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“I thank the party for the opportunity given to me to serve as the Imo state chapter publicity Secretary.”

While he didn’t disclose his next political move, his allies said that he had joined the All Progressives Congress.

One of the aides of the state governor, Modestus Nwamkpa, said that Opara, has joined APC.

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He said, “The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon Damian Opara, has resigned. He is now a son of the APC.”

Opara’s resignation came a few months after the PDP Chairman in the state, Charles Ezekwem, resigned.


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PDP says Buhari and Boss Mustapha are Nigeria’s major confusion.


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that the broadcast delivered yesterday by SGF Boss Mustapha is causing confusion in the polity.

The broadcast which was to be delivered by President Buhari was done by Boss Mustapha which saw him declare an extension to the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun and Kano.

In a statement issued by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party stated that the power to declare a lockdown is not vested in proxies.

The statement reads: “Our party points out that nowhere in our laws are the powers to broadcast Presidential executive orders to declare curfew and restriction of movements vested in the Office of the SGF.

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“The action of the SGF has brought serious confusion in the polity regarding the legality or otherwise of the directives contained in the SGF’s announcement.

“Such powers are vested in the person and office of Mr. President and not exercisable by proxy, directly or indirectly; which makes the action of the SGF a recipe for serious constitutional crisis in our country.

“Our nation is a state governed by dictates of the law, particularly in the exercise of powers vested in statutory offices, especially that of the President.

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“The PDP holds that the announcement by the SGF is, therefore, another manifestation of abuse of our statutory offices arising from the abdication of responsibilities by President Buhari since the last five years, which had also become more pronounced in this fight against COVID-19.

“Our party, therefore, invites Mr. President to end the confusion in the polity, arising from the action of the SGF, by immediately addressing Nigerians in his official capacity to fulfill the demands of our laws in respect of the necessary protocols on restrictions and other management procedures in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in our country.”


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Just in: PDP fix Edo primary election date. [Nigeria]


Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State will on June 23 and 24 choose a candidate for the state governorship election scheduled to hold in September.

The party stated this in a timetable and schedule of activities signed by its National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akubundu (retd.)

The document also showed that the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms will begin on Friday, May 29, while June 2 has been set aside as the last day for the submission of the forms.

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The party will screen candidates for the primary election on Thursday June 4, while Saturday June 6 is the date fixed for the consideration of appeals emanating from the screening exercise.

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Ward congresses to elect a three-member ad hoc ward delegates will hold on June 9 and appeals arising from the ward congresses will be entertained on Friday, June 19.

The party further stated in the document that Local government congresses to elect one national delegate and persons with disability per local government is scheduled to hold on June 16.


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COVID-19: PDP give Buhari govt 2 days ultimatum to find missing Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]


The main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given the President Muhammadu Buhari government “a 48-hour ultimatum to declare the whereabouts of the medical team from China who were brought in purportedly to assist the nation in its fight against the spread of the COVID-19.”

In a statement shared on its Twitter handle on Saturday night, the main Party was reacting to a declaration by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, that he cannot account for the whereabouts of the Chinese team.

“More so, the minister’s statement had heightened apprehensions in the public space that the Chinese team, whose identity and activities have been shrouded in secrecy, might have been brought in by a certain cabal for another purpose outside the general public good,” the PDP said.

COVID-19: FFK question where about, mission of Chinese doctors. [Nigeria]

The PDP said it was suspicious, creepy and weird that Dr. Ehanire, who oversees health matters in the country and had repeatedly assured that the Chinese were brought to render medical services and trainings; “and even went personally to receive them at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on April 8, 2020, in an elaborately publicized event, can no longer account for the team.”

The party said it was worried that the Buhari government was not telling Nigerians the truth, and is “playing politics with the lives of our citizens and health safety of our nation.”

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The main opposition said it holds that the government’s inability to account for the Chinese team amounts to direct betrayal of public trust, “which has heightened fears of conspiracies by certain unpatriotic interests in the APC and its administration to compromise the health architecture of our nation and expose our citizens to danger.”

COVID-19: FG confirm all Chinese doctors missing. [Nigeria]

“Nigerians can recall how the Federal Government had failed to respond to demands by our party and other well-meaning Nigerians for the particulars of the members of the team, their medical status, scope of operation, detailed itinerary within our country as well as the safety of the equipment they brought into our nation.

“Our party had expressed worry over scary reports of escalation of the scourge in certain countries reportedly after the arrival of Chinese medical personnel in those countries and insisted that the @OfficialAPCNg administration should be held responsible should there be any sudden upsurge in COVID-19 infection and deaths in our country, with the arrival of the said Chinese medical team,” the party said.

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The party noted that before the arrival of the medical team from Asia, Nigeria’s nation’s coronavirus data stood at 254 confirmed cases with 44 successfully treated by Nigerian doctors and 6 deaths but had skyrocketed to 5,450 cases and 171 deaths as of today.

The PDP said it was insisting that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha “should immediately come out with the truth and provide explanations on the whereabouts of the team in the next 48 hours so as to douse the tension in the country.”


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Oyo commisioner’s death – PDP commiserate with Makinde. [Nigeria]


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, over the death of his Commissioner for Environment, Kehinde Ayoola.

The party’s reaction was issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.

PDP said it was saddened by the demise of the governor’s associate.

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The party described the late Ayoola as a loyal and dedicated party member.

It recalled how he played key roles in Makinde’s governorship campaign and eventual victory at the polls.

“Our party indeed grieves. Nevertheless, we take solace in the promise of the Almighty God regarding those who departed in good works,” PDP said.

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The party condoled with the Ayoola family, the government and people of Oyo State.

The spokesman prayed God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss and eternal rest for the departed.


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Your incompetency, backseat government killing Nigerians – PDP Struck Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the manifest incompetence of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency is destroying Nigeria.

PDP said Buhari’s lack of visibility and failure to personally lead from the front is responsible for the failure to check the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The opposition party lamented that the alarming increase in infection and mortality rates in Nigeria would have been curtailed if the nation had a competent, proactive and transparent leadership with the capacity to articulate a quick national response to the pandemic.

PDP made the assertion in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The party noted that the situation had been “worsened by greedy and corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and the cabal in the Presidency, who are cashing in on President Buhari’s ineffectiveness to pillage resources meant for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in our country.”

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PDP described as distressing the inability of the President to demonstrate the “desired visibility; as he addressed the nation only thrice (each time, after much prodding), after which he had remained out of public visibility, leading to lack of effective coordination of the fight against the pandemic.”

The statement added: “Moreover, President Buhari has failed to act on wise suggestions by well-meaning Nigerians, particularly on administration of palliatives and production of homegrown therapeutics.

“Since the third recorded broadcast, Mr. President had receded into the safety of the Aso Presidential Villa, leaving his inept aides to continue to issue disjointed claims and uncoordinated directives.

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“Nigerians should note that President Buhari’s failure to make himself visible and personally lead from the front had resulted in the failure to develop a strong all-inclusive and seamless national response against the pandemic; leading to diverse responses by various states and a consequent spike in spread and mortality rates.

“President Buhari had woefully failed to spur and lead a strong teamwork of federal, state governments and the organized private sector for a proactive response that would have checked the spread of the pandemic in our country.


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Comparing Buhari to Obasanjo is like comparing Count Dracula to Mother Theresa – FFK speaks. [Nigeria]

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Femi Fani-Kayode has spoken against the comparison of the administration of President Buhari to that of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Femi Fani-Kayode who served as minister of aviation in the Obasanjo administration stated that Buhari has incurred debts for Nigeria which were cleared by Obasanjo.

He also stated that all that was achieved by Nigeria under Obasanjo have been turned into the opposite by Buhari

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”Comparing PMB to OBJ is like comparing Count Dracula to Mother Theresa. OBJ united Nigeria, PMB divided her. OBJ brought peace, PMB brought war. OBJ brought prosperity, PMB brought poverty. OBJ brought life, PMB brought death. OBJ brought hope, PMB brought despair

OBJ paid off our foreign debt, Buhari indebted us to the tune of $30 billion and turned us into Africa’s biggest debtor & beggar. OBJ solved our problems, PMB created them. OBJ brought restoration, PMB brought degeneration. OBJ brought us pride, Buhari brought us shame

OBJ brought us good success, PMB brought us stark failure. OBJ loved all Nigerians and treated them equally, Buhari loves only northerners and treats all others like field hands and slaves. OBJ saw Nigeria as a nation, PMB sees her as a conquered territory

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OBJ led the best, most successful, most intelligent, most enlightened & most productive cabinet & Govt. in the history of Nigeria whilst PMB leads the worst, most destructive, most savage, most ignorant & most corrupt cabinet & Govt. in the history of Africa

OBJ fought terror & despised terrorists, PMB rewards terror & pampers terrorists. OBJ was a leader, PMB is a ruler. OBJ was a lion, PMB is a mouse. Comparing the two is like comparing night & day or chalk & cheese or heaven & hell: it makes absolutely NO sense!” he wrote


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[Nigeria] Obasanjo-Atiku’s Tenure and Buhari’s Govt impossible to compare – PDP tackles APC.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday, declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, lacks the parameter to compare the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

PDP made the remark in response to APC’s claim that ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar admitted that Obasanjo administration was short-sighted and failed to diversify Nigeria’s economy.

APC’s spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, had stated this in a statement where he commended Atiku for suggesting how Buhari should improve Nigeria’s economy.

However, PDP berated the ruling party for its comment, stressing that APC has “reversed all our national gains in a space of five years.”

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The former ruling party stated this in a statement titled: “You Lack Parameters to Compare Obasanjo/Atiku Tenure with Buhari’s”

The statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ogbondiyan reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a knee-jerk reaction by the dysfunctional APC to the well-received suggestions by former Vice President and PDP’s candidate in the 2019 Presidential election, Atiku, on how to revamp our ailing economy.

“While the PDP had chosen not to allow the fizzling APC to distract us from our focus, particularly in finding solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot keep quiet and allow those who had reversed all our national gains in a space of five years, to continue to engage in distortions, outright lies and appropriation of projects executed by the PDP to continually spit on the memories of Nigerians.

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“It is sad that a patriotic and non-partisan rescue effort by Atiku was met with insults, animus and aspersions by an administration under which Nigeria is collapsing economically, just because it lacks the required competence and brilliance for modern governance.

“This is a government under which our nation has become the poverty capital of the world; our foreign debts have quintupled from $7 billion in 2015 to $30 billion today; our once highly rated banking sector is now shedding its workforce.”


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Adeleke, Nigeria’s own Mike Tyson Defeat PDP in Court.

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A Federal High Court in Lagos State has ruled against the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Bukola Saraki, his campaign director in the 2019 general election over unauthorised use of the photograph of Mrs. Amuda Adeleke, Lagos-based trader, on their campaign billboard.

NobleReporters reported late last year that Mrs Adeleke, a Lagos-based trader, had dragged Saraki who was the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation during the 2019 General Election, before the court for using her picture on campaign billboards without her consent.

Also joined in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/./19, were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi, his running mate.

Justice Ayokunle Faji, who has been in charge of matter, made a monetary award of N5m to Mrs. Adeleke, yesterday, explaining that the money would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP, and Peter Obi, Atiku’s running mate during the election.

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Atiku and Obi lost the election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The trader had told the court that the unauthorised use of her photograph for the party’s campaign caused her embarrassment.

“All my friends who saw the campaign billboard said it portrayed me as a woman stricken with poverty who had lost all hope and was prepared to commit suicide,” she said.

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She asked the court to award N45m against Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Obi for infringing on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

However, after ruling in her favour, the judge, instead, awarded N5m against the defendants


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Senate approve Buhari’s N850bn loan request, PDP react. [NIGERIA]

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Assembly to ensure the prudent use of the N850 billion loan it approved for the Federal Government on Tuesday.

Recall that the Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for N850 billion loan from the Capital Market to finance projects in the 2020 budget.

It further mandated its Committees on Finance and Appropriation to liaise with the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmad for details of the loan.

Reacting, the party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, also advised the presiding officers of the Senate to ensure prompt repayment of the loan.

Ologbondiyan expressed concerns over what he described as hasty approval of the N850 billion loan as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He said that the party was concerned that in spite of the huge natural and human resources at the disposal of the country, the government was still accumulating loans, without repayment plans.

Ologbondiyan also expressed worry over the transparency and management of the country’s loans.

“The PDP, therefore, charges the Senate Presiding officers to note that in approving this loan, the nation holds them responsible to ensure strict oversight monitoring of the handling of the money.

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“This is especially as it is being sourced from the capital market, which hosts investments by private individuals and firms.

“The Senate must ensure judicious use of the funds as well as prompt repayment.

“This is because our nation cannot afford any default, as such is capable of crippling the capital market and worsening the economic hardship already being faced by Nigerians,” he said.

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Ologbondiyan advised the Federal Government to articulate innovative ways to create wealth and plug wastes, instead of resorting to borrowing.

He said what was expected of the government at a time such as this was to immediately cut on luxury.

The PDP spokesperson also advised the government to slash the number of presidential appointees, cut down huge allowances and maintain a lean budget that would centre on health, research and growth of the economy among other critical needs.

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“The PDP, therefore, urges all stakeholders, particularly fiscal transparency groups, the Nigeria Corporate World and management of the capital market to protect Nigerians by closely monitoring the performance of the loan.

“This is to guarantee effective management and prompt repayment,” Ologbondiya added.


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[Nigeria] PDP warns Oyetola – Says Don’t Compensate APC Chieftain with Amotekun Appointments.

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The Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised Governor Gbeyega Oyetola against compensating his supporters with appointments into Amotekun security outfit.

The controversial security outfit was the initiative of southwestern Governors to deal with the security challenges in the region.

Like other South Western states, Osun state has passed the bill supporting the establishment of the outfit.

However, in a statement signed by Olasoji Adagunodo, the Chairman of the opposition party in Osun, Mr Oyetola has been advised to be “cautious in his possibly ‘back on the wall’ move to compensate some idle chieftains of his party in the State at the expense of Amotekun, the security support outfit created to tackle growing insecurity in the South West.”

The statement was gathered by NobleReporters on Tuesday.

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This followed the governor’s announcement of an Osun Apc chieftain, Comrade Amitolu Shittu as Director-General of Amotekun in the state.

According to Mr Adagunodo, the PDP agreed that the Governor was at liberty to find jobs for his idle boys and party members but certainly not in exchange for the security of lives and properties of residents of the State.

He stated that the advice is necessary for the view of the unauthorized appointment of political supporters of the governor and his party members without recourse to the edict that established the Amotekun outfit or the approving authority which is the State House of Assembly.

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He recalled that the security support outfit was established to combat growing insecurity in the South West and an act was ordered to be promulgated by each state government with approving the power of the edict resting solely on the state houses of assembly in each of the states.

The PDP chairman noted with concern that the Amotekun may be heading for the rocks if technical handlers of the outfit are highly partisan persons which the appointment of Mr Amitolu seems to portend and represent. The appointment according to Osun PDP, patently runs foul of the state House of Assembly legislation establishing Amotekun in the state, either in title or descriptive stipulations of persons suitable for such appointment.

Reeling out the stipulations in the law establishing Amotekun in Osun State, he mentioned that the Amotekun Agency is to be headed by a Corps Commander who shall have proven knowledge and relevant experience in security matters and his appointment is subject to the confirmation of the State House of Assembly (HOA).

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Mr Adagunodo added that the Corps Command Management Team shall be headed by the Corps Commander, to be assisted by Deputy Corps Commander, Adminstrative Commander, Operations Commander, Investigation Commander and Field Commander.

The PDP chairman further explained that the Amotekun Governing Board shall be headed by a Chairman with proven integrity and experience in security matters.

The opposition party, however, argued that the appointment of a Director-General and the directive to resume work immediately as Amotekun Director-General in the state was self-serving and alien to the Laws that established Amotekun in Osun State.

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“But for the general security of lives in the State and possible dangerous precedence, the PDP was never interested in joining issues with Mr Governor and his advisers, who have clearly been acting dictatorial by failing to put up the administrative and operational outfits of Amotekun that are necessary, legal and by going through due process with the state House of Assembly for debate and approval before coming up with a non-existent appointment under the Amotekun Law.

“There is no gainsaying the fact that, as usual, another policy of the governor has somersaulted by unilaterally equating Amitolu’s Relationship of APC “State Boys” to that of a legally established outfit like Amotekun Corps Commander, which according to him, does not require any further Parliamentary input. The party, therefore, advised His Excellency, to take a 360 degree turning to avoid destroying whatever is left of his personal integrity and that of his wobbling government,” the statement read in parts.


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Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: Party calls for investigation. [Nigeria]

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>>> Two Chinese Nationals Arrested In Zamfara For Illegal Activities <<<


Police Operatives in Zamfara state have arrested two Chinese Nationals and two other locals for engaging in illegal mining activities at Kwali village in Bukkuyum local government area of the state.

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The spokesman of the state police Command, Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that the arrest of the suspects followed an intelligence information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali, Bukkuyum LGA of the state.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo acting on the strength of the information, led a special taskforce team to Kwali mining sites on Sunday to assess and see things for himself.

On getting to the site, he said two Chinese Nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.

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The police spokesman however said that The two Chinese Nationals Mr WANG and Mr. CHUN are being interrogated to get more information that could help the course of investigation.

He also disclose that hundreds of illegal miners ran away as they saw the police team, while two laborers among them were however arrested.

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>>> Kano’s Mysterious Deaths: PDP call for Buhari’s immediate visit <<<


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded an immediate investigation into the mass death recorded in Kano State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state.

The party said its call is predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at this time that the nation is battling with the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

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PDP also criticised the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje for allegedly failing to take appropriate measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus or whatever medical situation that is causing the deaths.

“Our party holds that the situation in Kano demands an immediate Presidential visit and investigation at a very high level.

“Those dying in Kano are Nigerians and must not be abandoned. The development deserves utmost Presidential attention to avoid further escalation.

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“It is even more ludicrous that Governor Ganduje chose to politicise the health issues in his state by resorting to unnecessary denials and pecuniary concerns.

“Such an anti-people approach to governance is always symptomatic of leadership that did not emanate from the mandate of the people.

“Our party, therefore, calls on Nigerians to hold Governor Ganduje and his APC administration responsible for the development in Kano State which had worsened due to the failure of both Kano state and the Federal Government to promptly investigate and contain the situation.

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“Consequently, the PDP charges President Buhari to immediately wade in and arrest the situation in Kano without any further delay,” the statement read in part.

Dr Sabitu Shuaibu, the Deputy Coordinator Kano State COVID-19 response, in an interview on Channels Television special COVID-19 programme revealed on Friday that over 640 citizens have died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week.


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[Nigeria] Suspend ATM, Mobile transfer, electricity charges – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the suspension of charges for use of ATM cards and low amount mobile fund transfers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday in Abuja.
It stated that the suspension of such charges should be part of the panacea to ease the burden on poor Nigerians during the lockdown.

The party called on the on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately open an arrangement with commercial banks to suspend the charges.

Ologbondiyan said the lockdown had subjected majority of Nigerians to extensive use of ATM and mobile transfers for survival, making the suspension of charges on minimal transactions within this period of restriction is highly imperative.

He said that the lifting of the charges within the period of COVID-19 pandemic would ease the burden on cash withdrawals by vulnerable citizens and encourage more Nigerians to support one another at this critical time.

“The PDP demands the CBN to immediately liaise with commercial banks and stimulate a special social sustenance modality to defray the cost of such charges, particularly to cover minimal transactions in favour of vulnerable Nigerians.”

Ologbondiyan also urged the Federal Government to activate similar social sustenance scheme to immediately defray electricity tariff, particularly in areas populated by low income and vulnerable Nigerians within the period of the lockdown.

“The PDP calls on the Federal Government to show compassion on suffering Nigerians whose means of subsistence have been crippled by the lockdown, and immediately provide funds to electricity distribution companies to actuate the tariff suspension within this period.”

He also advised the federal government to immediately commence the collation of data from trade unions and cooperative societies covering low income groups such as market women, Okada riders, artisans, cab drivers and labourers among others.

This, according to him, is for possible economic recovery funds and loans to buoy their businesses at the end of the lockdown.

He said that citizens were passing through difficult and harrowing experiences.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP was worried that the federal government was yet to reach out to most vulnerable Nigerians, whose survival directly depended on daily income in the markets, shops and streets crippled by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Consequently, the PDP restates its call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately extend similar financial intervention that was released to Lagos state to all other states of the federation,” he said.

He also called on Mr President to take immediate steps to end alleged corruption in the social intervention scheme, especially palliatives funds.

“Such social investment funds should be channeled to states for disbursement through the machinery of local governments, traditional institutions and community leadership to ensure that they reached the target vulnerable groups,” he said.

He also called on the federal government to declare monies so far donated by private individuals, firms and donor agencies.

Ologbondiyan called on the government to immediately constitute an Eminent Nigerian Group drawn from the private sector to manage the fund to eliminate corruption, bureaucratic and political bottlenecks.

He said: “Our primary focus as a party remains the welfare of our citizens as we stand with them in this battle to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in our country.”


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Lockdown extension: Buhari’s speech is disappointing – PDP. [Nigeria]


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Monday’s COVID-19 Pandemic speech by President Muhammadu Buhari as very disappointing.

PDP said the speech, just like the pre-recorded broadcast of March 29, 2020, failed to address salient issues of urgent concerns to Nigerians in their daily struggle against the spread of the plague in the country.


President Buhari, in a nationwide address, had extended the lockdown in a bid to further tackle the spread of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

However, a statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said: “It is more painful that President Buhari could not address the immediate needs of the people or provide a trajectory that will take care of their future.


“Instead, Mr. President bored our nation with a rehash of global data already known to Nigerians in addition to promises that are far-flung departures from the harsh realities on the ground.

“Already, there are serious agitations and unrests in Lagos, Ogun and some parts of the FCT where Nigerians, who earn their means of livelihood on daily basis and who have been locked out from their means of subsistence and can no longer withstand the pangs of hunger, are becoming restless.

“Our party still believes that Mr. President needs to quickly retool his approach and adopt an all-encompassing model that will take care of the hunger and deprivations, which this lockdown has imposed on Nigerians.”


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[Nigeria] Shija dumps PDP, may join APC.


A Veteran politician and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Prof. Terhemba Shija, in a shocking move has announced his resignation from the Party .

Professor Shija, a University Don has being in PDP since 1999 where he maintained absolute royalty.


In a letter dated April 8, 2020, and addressed to the ward chairman, PDP, Nyimagbagh Ward, Vandeikya local Government Area, Vandeikya, the erudite Professor explained that his resignation is on personal grounds.

The letter which was obtained by media, recalled that Shija in the mass Exodus that hit the party in the 2014, he had stood firmly as a resilient and committed member of the party.


He further explained that having spent the last twenty years or more in loyal service to the party, it was time for him to move on and pursue some other goals beyond what he feels the PDP can offer him.

While wishing the party well in it’s future endeavours, Shija said he holds no ill feelings towards it and its members.


But NobleReporters gatherings revealed that the Professor of English and Ex House of Representative member may be heading to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shija, worked with the Benue leader of the APC, Governor George Akume, as the first man to be in charge of Local Government and chieftaincy affairs.


Shija , a very popular grass root politician who is always at home with every one is rumoured would view for the 2023 governorship position on the ticket of APC.

NobleReporters also gathered exclusively , Senator George Akume, who had knack for springing surprises in Benue politics may have had talks with professor Shija, to dump PDP for APC.

The zoning also favoured Shija, who hails from Jechira and in particularly Vande- Ikya local Government area, popular called, ” KUDA Hot” zone.

Since he announced his resignation from PDP, his judges quarter residence located on Gboko road has been a Mecca of sort from various political groups and individuals who are in solidarity with his rumoured governor political ambition.


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Ondo’20: I will spend one term – PDP governorship candidate. (Nigeria)


A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, has declared that he would serve only one term in office if elected governor.

This, he explained, was because he would be completing the tenure of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, as both of them hail from Owo, Ondo North senatorial district.


Dr. Ayorinde said he opted to work closely with Governor Akeredolu to move the state forward but all his intentions were repelled.

Ayorinde stated that he was chased out of the All Progressives Congress by Akeredolu despite his several pleas to him to be magnanimous in victory and tolerant of all of them that contested against him at the party primaries.


He said all efforts to make Akeredolu realised he is the Governor of all in Ondo State rather than Governor of Aketi Team failed.

The PDP governorship hopeful noted that the present realities in the state and emerging facts have rekindled his genuine concern that achieving a great and prosperous Ondo State is a task that must be accomplished.


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According to him, “People had equally asked me whether an Owo man can succeed Aketi as Governor. My answer has been emphatic no but that it is only fair and just for an Owo man to complete the expected tenure of office.

“Therefore, my honest intention is to complete the term due to Owo through the mandate of the good people of Ondo State and I am prepared to give our Leaders in PDP, a written undertaking to that effect.


“Ondo State, the 5th amongst the nine oil producing States in the Federation deserves better leadership. Given the opportunity to serve, my mission is to industrialise Ondo State, create wealth and provide gainful employment for our teeming citizens.

“That has been my concern, my consistent sermon and my mission in government. So, 1st on my priority list is Industrialisation, 2nd is Industrialisation, and the 3rd is Industrialisation.


“I must acknowledge the fact that many of the aspirants from Ondo Central and Ondo South are eminently qualified to govern the state. However, they must be appealed to, to allow us finish our two terms in Ondo North.

It is expected, reasonably too, that when power shifts to their districts, they would be allowed to complete their terms. Very logical and desirable to so think and act.

“This decision was reached after a very wide consultation coupled with strong conviction that I can make a positive difference. After 44 years of its creation, Ondo State must stop crawling. It must stand right and be counted amongst self sufficient states in Nigeria.

“As I present myself for genuine service with the fear of God, I appeal to all indigenes and residents of Ondo State to stand by me towards rebuilding our dear sunshine state.”


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PDP senators hail Buhari over speech.

disagree with party leaders.


The Minority Caucus of the Senate, yesterday, disagreed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, the caucus commended the Federal Government’s approach to combat the ravaging COVID-19 as contained in President Buhari’s Sunday evening national broadcast to Nigerians.


In a statement released in Abuja by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the caucus said though they had expected the presidency to engage the National Assembly more in some of the policy areas that are statutory, they have to recognise the fact that these are unusual times that may require quick policy responses.

“These are perilous times in the world and indeed an unusual situation for our dear country, so the PDP caucus described as a step in the right direction the President’s broadcast and policy measures, which we believe while being short on prioritizing the poor and vulnerable in our society , nevertheless if properly implemented will keep our people safe from this deadly virus,” he said.


Abaribe assured that the caucus is ready to work and engage in a bipartisan manner with the presidency and is even ready to reconvene should the need arise to insure that the country ward off the Covid-19 virus, which has kept the entire world on it’s toes.

However, the caucus asked for a proper monitoring of the disbursement of the palliative measures to ensure that it gets to the people they’re meant for and also urged humane approach by the relevant security agencies while strictly implementing the measures that has to do with the restrictions of movement of our people.


“The security agencies should bear in mind that these are unusual times and first of it’s kind that Nigerians will be asked to stay mostly at home and maintain social distance. As such the approach should be more of humane engagement rather than the application of force,” Abaribe added.

Nonetheless, the PDP caucus according to Abaribe, advised Nigerians to adhere strictly to the federal government directives and other containment measures rolled out by the National Center for Desease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) adding that doing so, would certainly put the ravaging virus at bay.

“It could be tough, but the measures are necessary now if we must survive this deadly scourge and emerge stronger after,“ Abaribe added.


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