Indications emerged Thursday that Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP suspended Governors of Rivers and Sokoto States – Rotimi Amaechi and Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko – are in discussion with the opposition to fine-tune modalities for their eventual cross-carpeting to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Interim Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change for Katsina State Alhaji Farouq Adamu Aliyu has disclosed.
Aliyu, who was speaking at the inauguration of the CPC local governments’ interim committees in Katsina yesterday, said the two PDP governors indicated interest in joining the APC adding it is just a matter of time for them to dump the PDP for APC.
“More PDP governors, whom I don’t want to mention their names, have also indicated their interest in APC and I am sure they will soon come out and tell the world their intentions. Our door is open for any interested PDP governor to come and join the wagon of the APC.
“We will soon start receiving imminent personalities from the PDP in their quest to join the APC ahead of the conduct of the 2015 general election. This is to tell you that Nigerians are tired with PDP. Nigerians are ready to bring change in politics come 2015,” he said.
When contacted, however, spokesman of the Sokoto State governor Sani Umar denied that his principal is talking with the APC with a view to dumping PDP.
“It is absolute lie. He should tell you where this talk was held. As far as I know there is no truth in what he is saying. You will recall that his Excellency said on Wednesday when he arrived in the country that he would not leave the PDP, but that he will continue to fight for justice,” he noted.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State nor any of his representatives were available for comments on the matter.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.
Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.
The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.
Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.
Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.
Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.
“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”
“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.
He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”
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