A former acting National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, and Senate Committee Chairman on Ecology and Environment, Dr. Abubakar Saraki Thursday hailed the defection of 37 members of the House of Representatives from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a commendable move that will motivate other members to follow suit.
Baraje and Saraki, who had earlier defected to the APC, added that the defection was good for democracy and would ensure the enthronement of good governance in the country.
They spoke during the constituency empowerment programme of a member representing Ilorin East and South in the House of Representatives, Dr. Ali Ahmad.
Baraje, who was chairman of the now rested ‘new PDP, urged Nigerians to remain law abiding and avoid taking laws into their hands, saying more members of the ruling party would still defect to APC.
“I am happy with the defection of some members of the House of Representatives from the People Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. More members of the PDP and the Reps will also defect to the APC”, he said.
Saraki, who was former governor of Kwara State, noted that Rep members from the state played crucial roles in the defection of the lawmakers and commended them for representing their constituency well in the National Assembly.
Ahmad, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and one of the defectors, said it was very important to address unemployment in the country.
According to him, over N100m had been invested in the empowerment programme with no fewer than 15,000 people, including about 10,000 youths as wells as traders, artisans and people in other economic sectors benefitting both directly and indirectly from the empowerment programme.
Ahmad gave a breakdown of the empowerment programme thus: “I am giving out 10 cars which cost N1.5m each. We have 50 deep freezers, 50 motor bikes and other empowerment tools. There is also the information and communication centre. So I am investing close to N100m in this empowerment”.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
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.”
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.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
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.
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.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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