Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, has said the merger of political parties under the banner of All Progressives Congress (APC), is in the interest of PDP.
Obi, who spoke recently in an interview at the foundation laying ceremony of a civic centre for Awka Ambassadors’ Club in Awka, Anambra State, stressed that neither the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, nor the presidency was against the merger as widely speculated.
According to him, the Mr. Jonathan was rather pleased that opposition parties were coming together in the best interest of democracy.
“There is no truth in what people say about the president’s desire to destabilise APC. It is clear that the PDP is an octopus and it is in the interest of smaller parties to come together and at least, give the PDP a run for their bigness,” the presidential aide noted.
While advocating a two-party system for Nigeria, Obi, who was once a running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the banner of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the 2007 elections, however, expressed fear that the merger might not stand the test of time considering challenges inherent in previous political mergers.
He also called on indigenes of Anambra North Senatorial District who are jostling to produce the next governor of the state to put their house in order if they hope to achieve their ambition.
“As at last count, there are about six or seven governorship aspirants from the zone, and this poses a problem.
“I have also heard that some of them are already lobbying to be deputies. They have to put their act together,” Obi said.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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