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Rivers APC Accuses Wike Of Kickstarting Looting Spree

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Although Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has only spent three weeks in power, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has started showing him the kind of opposition he will face in the next four years.

The state chapter of the APC accused Wike of plans to start looting by requesting for an approval of N10 billion from the state House of Assembly.

The party claimed that Wike had prevailed on the Assembly dominated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members to approve a N10 billion loan for him without attaching projects for which the loan was meant.

“Wike has confirmed our fears that he has no agenda for the development of Rivers State, rather than looting the common patrimony of the state with impunity, by influencing the state House of Assembly to approve N10 billion without the purpose of the approval being clearly stated,” a statement signed by the media adviser to the party chairman, Chukwuemeka Eze, said.

“Part of the fund, we are meant to understand, is to be used to pay off all those imposing Chief Wike on Rivers State against the wishes of our people and against the rotational principle.”

Chief Wike, the party further alleged, “perfected this looting spree when immediately after his swearing-in ceremony on May 29, 2015, he locked out both the Permanent Secretary and the Chief of Staff from Government House, until May 31, to enable him loot the property in the Government House – after which he turned around to maliciously allege that former Governor Chibiuke Amaechi, looted the place before leaving office.

“Rivers APC, however, has vowed not to be blackmailed or intimidated, saying: “All these ploys notwithstanding, we wish to reiterate that no amount of thieving, misappropriation of public funds will deter us from fighting the evil cause Wike’s personality represents.

“Apart from trying to deny the Riverine areas of their right to produce the next governor of Rivers State after Amaechi, his illegal imposition tells dangerous times for our dear state. Most importantly, we cannot give up the fight to avenge the blood of hundreds of our people killed in order to realise Wike’s mission to capture the Rivers Government House at all costs,” the APC said.

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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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