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ACN Divided As Rivers Chapter Denounces Nat’l Secretariat Over Call For Jonathan’s Impeachment

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ACNThere appears to be further cracks in the walls of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as the Rivers State chapter of the opposition party has distanced itself from the call by its national secretariat that President Goodluck Jonathan should be impeached over the political crisis rocking the state.
The state ACN, against this backdrop, absolved the President of any blame in the Rivers crisis choosing instead to lay the blame at the foot of the state governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who it accused of orchestrating the crisis.

In a statement issued and signed by Mr Amonibia Akoko, Secretary, ACN Rivers State, and made available to newsmen, the party cautioned its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on making uninformed statements on the crisis as it will only worsen the situation in the state.

The Rivers ACN said, “We the ACN in Rivers State chapter know the true picture of events that are unfolding in the state.

“And we know that in this incidence, the main culprit is Governor Amaechi, who during the last electioneering and election, sealed up the Campaign Secretariat of Dr Abiye Precious Sekibo, used the Nigerian security agencies to arrest and intimidate our members.

“When all this was going on, Mr Lai Mohammed did not send us word of encouragement or support, as a party in Rivers State.

“Political parties have structures; starting from the ward level to the national headquarters. It is against the party’s constitution for the National Publicity Secretary to usurp the functions of the party at the state, local and ward levels.

“We as members of the ACN in Rivers State have never met and passed a resolution or informed the national headquarters of the ACN that we want President Goodluck Jonathan to be impeached.

“Mr. Lai Mohammed should respect the high office he holds as Publicity Secretary of our great party.

Consequently, we the Executive and members of the Rivers State Chapter of the ACN totally disown the call for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“We unanimously condemn the hasty action and resolution passed by one arm of the National Assembly – the House of Representatives, to take over the business of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

“We, however, commend the Senate for the unbiased and balanced position it has taken to send a fact-finding mission to Rivers State, and find out the true position of things.

“We also call on the Inspector General of Police not to heed the one-sided call for the deployment of Mr Joseph Mbu, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, as Governor Amaechi had used the police to hunt down, harass and intimidate members of the ACN and other opposition parties in Rivers State.

“We ask that the status-quo in Rivers State should be maintained until the fact-finding mission dispatched by the Senate, arrives to ascertain the true picture of events.

“We urge Rivers State people to be law-abiding, as whatever we do shall affect our people and not the likes of Mr. Lai Mohammed, the uninformed members of the House of Representatives and their acolytes, whose inciting statements would only ignite more fire for us to burn”.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

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.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“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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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

Ayo Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while speaking with journalists as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.

Fayose stated that Tinubu has paid his due politically, hence he vowed not to join political enemies of the former Lagos State Governor to shoot him down.

Also Read: Umahi Stopped Being A Member Of PDP Long Before Defection – Fayose

“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.

“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the North like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.

Fayose also insisted that he won’t dump PDP despite the crisis rocking the south-west caucus of the party.

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