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APC, Ambode Turning Lagos To Kangaroo Republic Over Refusal To Conduct Council Polls, Says PDP

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Akinwumi AmbodeThe Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State has berated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the state House of Assembly for refusing to conduct elections into the state’s local government councils.
The Lagos PDP described the government and the House’s refusal to conduct the local council polls as a demonstration of their lack of commitment and sincerity.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the PDP said the delay in the conduct of the council elections showed that Ambode was not prepared to govern Lagos in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.
The statement read, “Governor Ambode has opted to turn the state into a kangaroo republic where the norms of good governance are violated. The PDP wants the Lagos State House of Assembly not to approve any expenditure to any ministry and the local councils until those institutions are legally and properly constituted. We are shocked that the APC and Ambode are confirming their inability to continue to govern Lagos State. How can one explain that Ambode does not have a cabinet even when he took over from a predecessor who is a member of his party?
“The transition that should ordinarily be smooth is now disjointed because of the inefficiency of the governor and his party. This is a violation of the constitution. The state must have commissioners and the continual delay in appointing commissioners and aides, to us, is a deliberate plan to clean up the mess in the various ministries and departments. Similarly, the governor is presiding over a government that is alien to our 1999 constitution, section 7 of which guarantees only democratically elected local council leaders. The tenure of the last council leaders expired in October, 2014”.
The Lagos PDP alleged that Ambode’s attempt to reform the local government system was actually an excuse for not holding the council elections.
The statement noted, “This is just an alibi to avoiding council polls, knowing full well that his party is not popular at the grass roots. Unfortunately, the House of Assembly is abetting this illegal agenda. A serious House of Assembly should summon the governor to explain why he should continue to spend the state’s resources at this time without commissioners and democratically elected local council leaders”.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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