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Pro-Amaechi Senators’ Defection To APC Will Not Affect Us – Rivers PDP

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apc-vc-pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State and the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, have disagreed over the recent defection of two out of three Rivers senators to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

While Rivers PDP said the defection will not affect its fortunes in the state, Senator Ake described the party’s reaction as pretentious and contradictory to the realities on ground.

Abe, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), alongside his colleague representing Rivers West, Senator Wilson Ake, defected from the PDP to the APC.

But the state PDP, in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to its State Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, explained that rather than having a negative impact on it, the lawmakers’ defection would strengthen the party.

“Rather than having any negative impact on the PDP, the defection of Senators Magnus Ngei Abe of Rivers South-East and Wilson Ake of Rivers West Senatorial District further strengthens the party as they (the defecting Senators and their allies) have been a thorn in our flesh.

“The PDP therefore welcomes the exit of the senators. For about two years now, the senators (Abe and Ake) have been flirting with the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, which merged with other opposition parties to form the APC.

“As a party, we are saying the defection of Senator Abe and Senator Ake makes no meaning and it’s not a shocker to us. We should rather celebrate their exit because they were bad eggs in the party and their continued stay among us will do us more harm than good”, the state PDP said.

But in his reaction, Abe described the state PDP statement as the ranting of a weeping child, claiming that his exit from the PDP was a ‘big minus’ to the party.

Insisting that the PDP was dead in Rivers State, Abe, who spoke through his Media Adviser, Mr. Honour Sirawo, likened the PDP’s reaction to his defection as an unnecessary display of bravado.

Abe, who was last month purportedly shot by the police with rubber bullets during an aborted Save Rivers Movement, SRM, rally in Port Harcourt, punctured the state PDP’s argument further, saying if the party at the national level was already worried about the defection of senators, PDP’s reaction at the state level was of no significance.

He said, “The Rivers PDP is not correct. The senator representing Rivers South-East has clout and credibility. He has numerous followers and is always the desire of any political party.

“Any political party that loses Senator Abe needs to do a lot of work to attain at least 20 per cent of the value the lawmaker has added to the system.

“If the national level of the PDP is worried (about senators’ defection), whatever the Rivers State PDP thinks about it is of no significance. If the Senate is worried that senators are moving to the APC, why would the state PDP not worry?”

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  1. de proph

    February 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

    time will tell,there is no need of noise making since 2015 is fast approaching and then we will define the minse

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

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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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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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.”

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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.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

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.

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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.

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