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I Only Borrowed N18bn During My Tenure, Not N104bn – Says Ex-Plateau Governor, Jang

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Jonah JangThe immediate past governor of Plateau state, Senator-elect Jonah Jang, has denied leaving a debt burden of N104 billion for the state as claimed by his successor, Simon Lalong.

He said his administration was only responsible for N18 billion out of the total debt profile of the state.

On Tuesday, the newly inaugurated Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Lalong, had while speaking to judiciary workers led by the state Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak, disclosed that Mr. Jang left a debt of N104 billion in his handover note to him.

“Governor Jonah Jang left a total debt of 104 billion Naira and owed civil servants and pensioners for seven months”, Gov. Lalong said.

Debunking the allegation on Wednesday in a press statement signed by his Special Assistant/Media Aide, Clinton Garuba, Jang said the claim was misleading.

The statement read in part: “The attention of the immediate past governor of Plateau State and Senator elect, Dr. Jonah David Jang has been drawn to a story making the rounds to the effect that he left the State with a debt profile of N104bn.

“While it is true that in the handover notes given to the new administration the debt profile is as made available to newsmen, it must be pointed out that the Jang administration did not borrow N104bn as is being insinuated in some quarters”.

Mr. Jang said while the total debt figure is true, he only borrowed N18bn with evidence of several developmental projects to show for it.

The senator-elect, therefore, counseled the Lalong led administration to focus on governance and stop the blame game.

“We advise Simon Lalong to focus less on trivialities and focus more on improving on our modest achievements while correcting our perceived mistakes because at the end of your administration, Plateau people will not judge him on the number of accusations and counter accusations but on the extent to which he has met their yearnings and aspirations”, the former governor said.

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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
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.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

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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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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