The Bayelsa State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described those who defected to the All Progressives Congress as “traitors and enemies of the Ijaw nation”.
The Bayelsa PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osom Makbere, while reacting to the defection of party stalwarts to the APC on Saturday, described their action as most reprehensible.
According to him, the defection was wrong because it came at a time when all well-meaning Ijaw sons and daughters were just coming to terms with the “the shocking reality regarding the grand conspiracy to shortchange the Ijaw nation and render us politically impotent in the scheme of things”.
He was making veiled reference to the March presidential elections in which then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw from Bayelsa State, was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
The PDP spokesman further knocked the defectors, saying they were greedy and lack political ideology.
Makbere said, “Some defectors making egress out of the PDP are veterans of the nomadic act of moving in and out of political groups as they do not really place value on ideology or discipline.
“They are people who clearly tide along survival lines, and several of whom were never part of the foundation story of the PDP.
“They came from other disgruntled units and were absolved in the spirit of congeniality and got empowered through lofty appointments and contracts scarcely executed in their own localities”.
He noted that the defectors, as veterans of nomadic stock-in-trade, were once again embarking on an uncertain exodus.
He said PDP would not have reacted to their defections because they have their immutable right to dissociate from any political group but for their casting aspersions on the party as if some kind of implosion of instability informed their departure.
He further reminded the defectors that the PDP is a ship heading for treasure points, saying the party was not bothered about those leaving without genuine reasons.
Makbere added, “For sure, people will miss PDP, the PDP misses no one. Finally, the PDP remains a luxuriant tree full of life and vivacity.
“On the other hand, the defectors can be likened to ‘yellow leaves’ dropping from a tree due to spent time and age. Meanwhile, the umbrella remains open and accommodating to returnees who fail to see their destination as worthy el dorados”.
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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