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APC Campaign Rally: We Never Intended To Disrepect Obi Of Onitsha – Ngige

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PART OF THE CROWD AT THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) ANAMBRA STATE CANDIDATE DR. CHRIS NGIGE’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN ONITSHA...YESTERDAY. LEFT: APC LEADER ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU SPEAKING AT THE RALLY... YESTERDAY. WITH HIM (FROM RIGHT) ARE: CHIEF TOM IKIMI, IMO STATE GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF OSUN ALHAJI MOSHOOD ADEOTI, APC INTERIM NATIONAL CHAIRMAN CHIEF BISI AKANDE, NGIGE, EKITI STATE GOVERNOR DR. KAYODE FAYEMI, EDO STATE GOVERNOR ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE, DR. OGBONNAYA ONU AND OTHERS (PHOTO CREDIT: THE NATION)

PART OF THE CROWD AT THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) ANAMBRA STATE CANDIDATE DR. CHRIS NGIGE’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN ONITSHA…YESTERDAY. LEFT: APC LEADER ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU SPEAKING AT THE RALLY… YESTERDAY. WITH HIM (FROM RIGHT) ARE: CHIEF TOM IKIMI, IMO STATE GOVERNOR ROCHAS OKOROCHA, SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF OSUN ALHAJI MOSHOOD ADEOTI, APC INTERIM NATIONAL CHAIRMAN CHIEF BISI AKANDE, NGIGE, EKITI STATE GOVERNOR DR. KAYODE FAYEMI, EDO STATE GOVERNOR ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE, DR. OGBONNAYA ONU AND OTHERS (PHOTO CREDIT: THE NATION)

The All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer for the November 16 Anambra governorship election, Senator Chris Ngige has described as misleading, rumours that his campaign rally on Tuesday in the commercial city of Onitsha was held in a bid to disrupt the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe’s annual Ofala festival.

Debunking media reports that he was cursed by the monarch for flagging off his governorship rally on the day set aside for the Ofala festival inspite of one year of notice given for the traditional ceremony, Senator Ngige, representing Anambra Central, said he was not in any way trying to disrespect Igwe Achebe, whom he described as a role model to traditional institution in Igbo land and Nigeria in general.

The senator said he received the nod of the Palace of the Obi of Onitsha concerning the rally, adding that his Campaign Organization even got the go-ahead to pay a courtesy call on the traditional ruler before proceeding to the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, venue of the event.

He said what happened was that we received permission from the Palace, and the Palace Secretary even asked us to give him the protocol list of the governors and other dignitaries that will be coming, because we planned to pay a courtesy call on Obi of Onitsha.

“We were told at the middle of the rally because we could not pay a courtesy call on Obi of Onitsha, because our Director for Operation, Mr. Okonkwo Okom informed us on Tuesday morning that further communication will be after the Ofala some other time

“There was never a time we came to disrupt the Ofala festival and we never intended to disrespect the revered traditional ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and Onitsha culture and tradition, as we hold him in high esteem just like we do to other traditional rulers in Igbo land. There was a communication gap and if that resulted in any embarrassment to the Igwe, our party, APC and myself (sic) apologise for that” he said.

Senator Ngige also urged the Monarch to disregard all political gimmicks from the opposition aimed at driving a wedge between him, APC and the Onitsha traditional institution just as he pleaded with his supporters to remain calm as everything is under control.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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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.

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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.

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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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