The Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko yesterday explained that he was at the Presidential Villa to formerly inform President Goodluck Jonathan of the defection of himself and the other four governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wamakko, who arrived for the meeting at the First Lady Conference room with his Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, stayed for the about five hours meeting with President Jonathan and other fourteen PDP governors.
Speaking with State House correspondents when the meeting ended around 2.45a.m., he said that the forum provided him the opportunity to say the truth concerning their grievances which led to their defection.
But he did not respond to the question whether he was pressurized to return back to the PDP by the President.
He said: “Well the meeting went on very well because some of us came here as governors in PDP matter and our position has been known.
On behalf of the five of us, I have already briefed Mr. President our position as G-5 that we are no longer in the PDP mainstream and that we are already in another party.
But as a President of this country, if he calls us, we will come and listen to him and respect him as a leader of our country, otherwise what we had there was mostly a PDP affair.”
On why he sat through the about five hours PDP meeting, he said “We had to tell the President and Chairman of the our position. We can’t just be going about talking, we had to come and tell them the truth where the truth must be told and that is why we came here.”
On his part, the Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Godswill Akpabio said that the meeting was part of the on-going dialogue to resore harmony and peace in the party.
He said: “I think the meeting we had was part of the dialogue Mr. President… months back at that time we had the G-7 governors.
The last time we met, we met with the G-2 governors and today we had the G-3 and so it is part of the continuing dialogue to ensure harmony and peace in the party and Mr. President is not relenting.
He is very serious about consulting with all strata and all the bigwigs in the party, particularly the governors who are aggrieved with a view to bringing everybody on board and ensuring harmony and unity of the party and the governors.
I don’t think the issue of APC was discussed.”
On whether all hope is lost with the declaration of Governor Wamakko to journalists at the end of the meeting, he said: “Please, you have to distinguish the issue state-by-state. You have to take the issues state-by-state.
I wasn’t here when the governor of Sokoto was talking to you and I know that the governor of Sokoto State is just one member of the PDP in Sokoto and if he says he is leaving the PDP, I am sure there are still thousands of other members of PDP who will say we are staying within the PDP.
So you can’t say all hope is lost. How can all hope be lost? The party is very robust, large and as much as possible we are interested in keeping our leaders together. That is why, we as governors are all here. We will continue dialogue, this is not going to be the end.
We have narrowed down few issues which we are taking up with Mr. President and the governors are also going to discuss. You saw the number of governors today, we are more I think 17 or 18 governors and you can be sure that the number will keep increasing.”
Asked to mention the issues causing the lingering crisis, Akpabio said: “I think the issues differ from state to state. They are all family issues. They are mostly issues that linger within the PDP and we believe strongly that the President is very poised and determined to ensure there is harmony.”
On whether he believes that the five governors who decamped to APC are still members of the PDP, he said: “Which five? Do you mean the G-7 or G-4 or G-3?”
He also declared that he was not aware of any media report where some PDP governors were insisting that the PDP National Chairman, Bamanga. Tukur must be relieved of the position. “I have not read. Which media? I have not read it,” he stated.
Among governors who attended the meeting which started on Sunday night include Niger, Abia, Kebbi, Kogi, Katsina, Bauchi, Plateau, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, and Taraba states.
Also at the meeting were the Vice President Namadi Sambo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
The President left the venue of the meeting about an hour to the end of the meeting.
“Please If Anything Happens To Me, It Wasn’t Ordinary” – Ex BBN Ifu Ennada
Nigerian reality TV star and actress, Ifu Ennada has disclosed that she is being threatened over her involvement with the ongoing #endsars protests.
The former BBNAIJA housemate told her fans that if anything bad happens to her, they should be aware that it isn’t ordinary, because she’s getting threat messages from anonymous people.
“They are threatening me! Guys the people where I live are getting calls that I should stop posting about these things.
Please if anything happens to me, just know that it wasn’t ordinary. I’m not posting things that aren’t happening or things that others are not already posting”.
She further mentioned that her location is currently off, and she isn’t home, so no one can trace where she is.
Hoodlums attack Nnewi police station, release motocycles impounded by police
Trending online is the news of Some hoodlums who have attacked the Nnewi police station before releasing motocycles impounded by the police.
The station was also set on fire.
A video of the hoodlums celebrating after releasing the motorcyles has circulated on social media.
Watch video below:
#EndSARS: Nigerian stock market investors lose N113.1 billion
The Nigerian stock market could not sustain the bullish performance recorded earlier in the week as the market, Wednesday, plunged by 0.75 per cent following the curfew announced by the Lagos State as a result of the protest by Nigerian youths against police brutality, tagged #EndSARS.
Market analysts have expressed skepticism about bullish performance in subsequent trading sessions this week; even as investors position ahead of the third quarter, 2020 (Q3’20) earnings releases.
The analysts noted that foreign investors are always wary of insecurity in any economy and would begin to halt investments.
Analysts at InvestData Limited said: “We expect this volatility to continue, even as high Dividend Yields attract inflow to equity assets, ahead of the peak period of the Q3 earnings reporting season and momentum associated with earnings season in the midst of crude oil price oscillation.”
Meanwhile, investors on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, lost N113.1 billion as market capitalisation, which represents the total value of stocks traded on the Exchange fell to N14.9 trillion while Year to Date, YtD return weakened to 6.0 percent.
Sell pressures dominated today’s trading session as investors booked gains from MTN Nigeria which dropped -1.4 percent followed by Guinness Nigeria -5.9 percent and ARDOVA -6.3 percent.
As a result, the NSE All-Share Index, ASI declined 75 bases points, bps or 0.7 percent to 28,449.49 points.
Activity level improved as volume and value traded rose by 9.8 percent and 44.3 percent to 326.6million units and N4.2billion respectively. The most traded stocks by volume were UBA (40.3million units), Zenith Bank (39.6million units) and Guaranty Trust Bank (38.3million units) while Guaranty Trust Bank (N1.1billion ), Zenith Bank (N800.9million) and Nestle (N479.9million) led by value.
Performance across sectors was lacklustre as all indices lost except Insurance index (0.6 percent) which was buoyed by price appreciation in WAPIC (10.0 percent). The Banking index lost the most, down 1.7 percent following losses in Guaranty Trust (-1.3 percent) and Zenith Bank (-1.2 percent).
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