The Peoples Democratic Party has said that Nigeria needs change.
It, however, insisted that no change could be better than what it described as the rapid change in all sectors which it alleged Nigeria has undergone in the last four years.
The party declared the continuity of President Goodluck Jonathan as the real change the nation needs and not that offered by the opposition and its presidential candidate.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh in Abuja on Tuesday, said no administration in the history of Nigeria has turned in high flying, all sector delivery in its first four years as President Jonathan, saying, in adopting change as its slogan, the APC has shown it is out of tune with reality as change has since begun under the present administration .
Metuh further argued that the mark of true leadership is the ability to stay the course notwithstanding the level of distractions orchestrated to make the leader lose focus, saying that President Jonathan has beaten every adversity to achieve an unprecedented transformation of Nigeria.
Metuh said, “What change is greater than an unimpeachable delivery in both fundamentals and incidentals of democracy?
“The basic and true test of democracy lies in the level of freedom available to the citizenry, in the separation of powers and in the value attached to the expressed wishes of the people in timely polls.
“To these cardinals of democracy, President Jonathan has been a slave! The change lies in the change of values and attitudes towards decades-long corruption as occasioned by the firm stand of President Jonathan on zero tolerance and in establishing the Freedom of Information law which have made Nigerians discuss freely and expose corruption while government battles the ill within the ambit of the law”.
Metuh added that under President Jonathan, Nigerians relish in all fundamental freedoms even to a level where the opposition denigrate the person and the office of the President, yet no one is harassed and none, a political prisoner.
Besides, he said the legacy of credible elections instituted in 2011 has gathered enough steam with President Jonathan’s insistence on one man, one vote.
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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