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2015: Why SDP Was Revived – Falae

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Chief Olu Falae, a one-time Presidential Candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), on Tuesday debunked claims that he had formed a mega party comprising 15 parties ahead of 2015 polls.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that rather he had decided to pitch his tent with the just-revivied Social Democratic Party (SDP).

NAN reports that Falae spoke against backdrop of reports that he had on April 15 led 15 opposition parties in alliance talks in a bid to remain relevant in the polity.

The opposition parties had at a meeting in Abuja, constituted a three-man committee with members drawn from the Action Alliance, United Democratic Party and the National Conscience Party.

Falae said: “15 political parties on their own came together, came to me and approached me to lead them.

“I told them I had tried the mega party thing four years ago and it did not work.

“But, I have since revived with others, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) of the late MKO Abiola, the SDP that won majority seats in the Senate, the House of Representatives and 22 states out of 30. That SDP is back today,” Falae said.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation also disclosed that the ban on SDP had been lifted, adding “it is now a registered political party since April this year.”

He assured Nigerians that the party would soon be launched in the country, saying “we think it is part of the solutions to Nigeria’s problems.”

He added: “Nigeria needs a third force that has won before, that has been embraced across the country, that is ready to bridge all religious, sectional and regional divisions in the country.”

On calls for national conference, Falae urged the Federal Government to ensure that it convened the conference within the next 12 months.

“A national conference is very important, if we don’t have it now, it may be impossible to hold it later. Why? The security situation is worsening.”

Falae suggested that representatives of the various ethnic nationalities should be invited to the conference and not states or their governments.

He faulted a suggestion that only state governors should be invited for the conference, saying: “Look at the election results, I don’t think there is a single governor in Nigeria today who was elected by up to 30 per cent of the population of his state.

“40 per cent of the population are not voters at all, they are young people, they didn’t participate in the election but they are citizens of the state.

“The remaining 55 or 60 per cent, not all of them voted; so no governor got up to 70 per cent votes.

“So every governor is a minority, he leads by minority, so he does not and cannot fully represent the state. It is only the people that can represent the state,” Falae stressed.

He blamed the mass poverty in the country on what he called over-concentration of the nation’s resources at the centre which, he noted, were being wasted. (NAN)

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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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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