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“No Room For APC” In Benue South District – Mark Says As PDP Senators Pay Solidarity Visit

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David Mark-Ike EkweremaduThe immediate past President of the Senate, David Mark, has assured that Benue South Senatorial zone will remain fortress against the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, in the forthcoming re-run election.

The former Senate president based his conviction on the overwhelming solidarity and support “by my people who are solidly behind me. I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that there is no opposition to my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in my zone”.

Mr. Mark assured the Senate caucus of the PDP, who paid him a solidarity visit following the annulment of his March 28, 2015 Senatorial election, that the Appeal tribunal verdict has strengthened his and his constituents resolve the more.

“The Appellate tribunal judgment came as a surprise to me. But I am happy there is opportunity for a rerun election. I can assure you that any day, any time, my people will vote for me.

“Benue South Senatorial zone is totally a PDP area. One Senator, the four House of Representative members, 10 out of 11 state House of Assembly members are all members of the PDP. So, clearly, there is no room for APC or any other party in my area.

“Be rest assured that under a free and fair contest, I have no challenger. My people would not be cowed or intimidated to do otherwise.

“I respect the ruling of the Appeal Tribunal, but let no one be deceived by any gimmick that the result of the election was declared while collation was still on. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer Professor Latif Tiamiyu who announced the result three days after the election, a university Professor is alive.

“The election was conducted on March 28, 2015, the result was declared on March 30, 2015, how could the result have been declared before the final collation?

“For me, it is one of those ironies of life. I take it in good faith. I know as a matter of fact that my people will rise up to the challenge to vote for me and defend their votes”, Mr. Mark said.

Earlier, the Deputy President of the Senate Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who led the 49 PDP Senators to the solidarity visit, said the appeal tribunal verdict is only a temporary setback but expressed confidence that Senator Mark will bounce back at the rerun polls.

Mr. Ekweremadu said: “We are here to assure you our leader that we will stand by you. We know your worth. Nobody can diminish the fact that you remain a great asset to this country. We know your people value you. They will not let you down.

“We will be with you in this struggle. You are not new to this kind of battle. Like in the previous challenges, you will come out Victorious because you mean well for your people and this country”.

 

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

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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