The Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress has engaged in a war of words over the invitation extended to former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the state by Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Obasanjo is expected in Rivers on February 17, 2014, to inaugurate projects executed by the Amaechi administration.
The state PDP on Wednesday in its opposition to the planned visit described the former President’s invitation to the state for the inauguration of projects as a public display of hypocrisy and pretence between the two men to give the impression that they had resolved their resentment for each other.
The party in a statement signed by the media aide to its state chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, recalled that in 2006, during the build up to the 2007 general elections, then President Obasanjo castigated the people of the state for wishing to have a governor in the mould of Amaechi, who was Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
It also recalled that the former president instigated criminal investigations against Amaechi, thereby, effectively denying him the PDP governorship flag.
According to the statement, “It is also on record that upon assumption of office much later, same Amaechi in retaliation on Obasanjo cancelled the Airforce Base Link Road named after Obasanjo by ex-Gov Peter Odili.
“Ironically, the same Obasanjo link Road is one of the projects the former President is billed to commission in addition to some schools and roads completed by Dr. Peter Odili, some of which he, Obasanjo had between 2001 and 2006 formally commissioned”.
In its reaction, the Special Assistant to the State Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, described Obasanjo as a leader with pedigree, who should not be ridiculed by the state PDP.
Eze also described the planned visit of the former president as historical, adding that the people of the state will give Obasanjo a rousing welcome.
He said, “For the PDP to say that former President Obasanjo was coming to Rivers State to commission schools and roads built by former Governor Peter Odili shows that they are misguided in their thoughts.
“Who in this world would say he does not know that Governor Amaechi built over 350 primary and secondary schools? But the truth is that Obasanjo is coming to Rivers State to see and commission what some blind leaders refused to see.
“That Obansanjo said Amaechi’s governorship ambition had K-leg; that was seven years ago and the issue must have been rectified. Why is the PDP still dwelling on the issue?”
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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