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2015: Ijaw Elders To Build Solid Bridges With Arewa, Ohanaeze, OPC Over Jonathan’s Re-Election •Insist Administration Has Out Performed Predecessors

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jonThe Ijaw House in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital, yesterday was venue of a meeting of elders from the Ijaw ethnic extraction, who deliberated on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and how best to support his second term ambition.

The elders, who  took turns to condemn what they referred to as consistent attacks on the person of Mr. Jonathan, resolved, after their four-hour long meeting to meet with the Arewa Consultative Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to solicit their support for the president’s re-election in 2015.

Contributors at the meeting which was held under the aegis of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) held that reaching out to other ethnic groups would give their geopolitical zone a second chance.

They were of the opinion that consulting with other ethnic groups would help Jonathan secure a second term in office.

One of the elders, Chief Francis Doukpola said “the Ijaw Nation is not going to war with any region over 2015.We will get the second term for the president by not fighting, but by dialogue and diplomacy.”

The meeting which was convened by Bayelsa State Commissioner for Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Dr. Felix Tuodolor, decried the tirades launched against their son (Jonathan) and the present negative mood of some important sections of the country which they said could work against the president in 2015.

Tuodolor said the Ijaw Nation had yet to achieve its collective aspirations despite its strategic importance to the country.

He said: “Sadly too, the insurgency, ideologically depraved Boko Haram does not help matters at the center as the lack of peace and security of lives and property not only distort the social order but practically impedes meaningful development.

“This anomaly is itself a travesty of justice. It is an ideology of the anomie; to make the country ungovernable, a detestable ideology of calling the dog a bad name in order to hang it.

“That is why we must not allow our son to stand alone in the rain so that his reign of power may not go down on the wrong side of history.

“And very importantly, we must press home for him to serve our country beyond one term so that he will consolidate on the gains of his rule which far exceeds that of any administration.

“Other regions or nations should control theirs as it is the tenets of true federalism. Also, INC should lead the process of building solid bridges between the Ijaws and other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta first and then the rest of the Nigeria”.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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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.”

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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.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

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.

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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.

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