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S’South APC Raises Alarm Over Plot To Manipulate 2015 Polls

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APC-Logo1The South-South zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over alleged plans to manipulate the 2015 general elections.

The National Vice-Chairman of APC in the zone, Mr. Hilliard Eta, said in a statement on Sunday that the increasing threats to the party by the Peoples Democratic Party was a pointer to that effect.

Eta, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Bassey Ita, said the recent warning by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, over alleged plan to rig next year’s polls and the siege on the National Assembly by security agencies lent credence to the plan by the PDP to rig the forthcoming poll.

The statement read in part, “Last Thursday’s siege on the National Assembly by agents of the state, as deployed, albeit illegally, was to test the waters over the practicability and possibility or otherwise of the 2015 elections rigging agenda when the military, police and other security personnel will be deployed in areas known to be the stronghold of the APC for threat motive.

“The confusion created by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the recent issuance of Permanent Voter Card and the Continuous Voter Registration in Lagos, Kano and Rivers states, known to have massive support for APC, was a strategy to reduce the strength of the party in those states so as to reduce the party’s chances of winning massively there”.

The South-South APC, while decrying the siege laid to the National Assembly by security agencies, advised the leadership of the ruling party at the centre to leave Amaechi alone.

It noted, “Our reaction was informed by recent statements endorsed by Dr. Doyin Okupe, presidential aide, defending the police siege on the National Assembly last Thursday as well as the warning by Governor (Rotimi) Amaechi over allegations by the governor that the presidency plans to rig the 2015 polls and the APC’s reactions that would follow.

“Nothing short of what Amaechi has promised will happen if the Presidency makes good its rigging plan during the 2015 polls”.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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