A former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe, has debunked rumours making the rounds that the immediate past chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd.), slumped and died in his Lagos home.
Mr. Inokoba, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) about two weeks ago, died in Lagos on Wednesday.
There were unconfirmed reports that Inokoba, 68, who recently purchased the nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC, slumped and died in Mr. Alaibe’s home following heated arguments with his host over the issue of their governorship ambitions.
It was also alleged that the former NDDC boss had offered the deceased N200 million to withdraw from the Bayelsa governorship race.
In a statement by his aide, Nwokoma Ndu, on Wednesday, Mr. Alaibe described the allegations against him as “baseless, malicious and wicked”.
The statement said the former NDDC chief had been in Abuja and could not have been responsible for Mr. Inokoba’s death.
The statement attributed the rumour to the handiwork of the PDP-led state government.
“How can somebody who has been in Abuja all week suddenly appear in Lagos for a ghost meeting?” the statement asked.
“It is evident from the hate stories emanating from the pro-PDP media in the state that they want to look for every opportunity to nail Mr. Alaibe due to their fear that he will beat the governor in the December elections if he gets the APC nomination”, he said.
The statement recalled that the PDP had before now, accused Mr. Alaibe of using President Muhammadu Buhari’s name to raise money to prosecute his governorship ambition.
“How can a man they described as broke suddenly be offering huge money? How far will they go in their bid to bring down the personality of Timi Alaibe?” the statement said.
It, therefore, warned Nigerians, especially indigenes and residents of the state “to be wary of such wicked propaganda from the Bayelsa State government which is born out of mischief”.
The statement said no matter the blackmail, Mr. Alaibe, who is in the Bayelsa governorship race, would clinch the APC nomination and he would go ahead to defeat Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in the December 5 poll.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
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.
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.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – 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.
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.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
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.
“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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