A former spokesperson of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural and political group, Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has traced the nation’s woes to the scuttling of democratic rule by the Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari-led military junta in 1983.
Adeyeye, who is also a governorship aspirant in Ekiti State under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement on Wednesday, said Nigerians needed to be reminded that the military, led by Buhari, truncated the country’s development 30 years ago.
According to the gubernatorial hopeful, democracy would have been developed beyond its present level if Buhari, a former military dictator, had not toppled the Alhaji Shehu Shagari-led civil government in 1983.
He said, “God won’t allow the retrogressive elements in the APC to destroy Nigeria the way they did on December 31, 1983.
“It is on record that the Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s government started the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill and was almost completing it before Buhari led others to overthrow the government. The dream of Ajaokuta was killed by that military coup led by Buhari. All efforts to revive it by the [President Goodluck] Jonathan-led government have been impeded by unresolved court actions.
“In Lagos State, the Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s government had commenced the Metroline Transportation System, but what did the Buhari-led military government do? It truncated the project and went on to pay $78m compensation to the contractor at the expense of Lagos tax payers.
“Before the 1983 military coup, the Jakande-led Lagos State Government only needed the Federal Government to guarantee a N100m loan and the Shagari-led government was ready to do it, but Buhari cancelled the laudable project and paid $78m compensation to the contractor.
“If Jakande was going to give Lagosians Metroline in 1983, and he (Jakande) could build Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa; several low cost houses, roads, Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos State Television, the permanent site of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, among other landmark achievements, shouldn’t we begin to ask ourselves what would have happened to Lagos State in terms of development if Jakande had ruled the state for eight years?
“Now we have Dr. Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government that has demonstrated strong commitment to the return of the country’s lost glories. These same elements are telling us that because President Jonathan is from a minority Ijaw tribe, he must not be allowed to have a second term.
“Their main reason for opposing President Jonathan is not lack of developmental strides, but because a minority Ijaw man does not have the rights to rule the country”, Adeyeye said.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
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.
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.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says 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.
“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.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
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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