Despite being in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for over a week now, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has hailed the removal of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a very “big relief”.
The embattled former spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in the last general elections, said Sheriff’s removal weekend, was long overdue as the former Borno State Governor had no business being the chairman of the opposition in the first place.
Mr. Fani-Kayode was one of several former PDP ministers who strongly opposed Sheriff’s emergence as chairman, labeling the latter a known Boko Haram sponsor.
In a statement he issued from detention, the ex-minister, who is to remain in EFCC custody for another three weeks after the anti-graft agency secured an order from a Magistrate Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State to hold him for a longer period, recalled that he was maligned by “some party members and citizens alike for insisting that Sheriff must go as he was bad news for the PDP, his sack at the Port Harcourt convention has justified our stand”.
According to Fani-Kayode, the forum of former PDP ministers (1999-2015) was aware that the former Borno governor “railroaded himself into the chairmanship of the PDP under false pretences and bogus claims, three months into his ill-fated tenure, it has become clear to everyone that SAS (Sheriff’s nickname) was a mistake the party should not have made in the first place”.
He continued: “Now that he is gone, it is expected that the caretaker committee of patriots and dedicated party leaders put in charge to run the affairs of the party for the next 90 days would do well to embark on the urgent reconciliation of members with the purpose of making PDP that usual united and formidable party it has always been.
“I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the Caretaker Committee as led by its chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna State, who has also been my longtime friend and political associate, will create the needed atmosphere of trust and comradeship among party members going into the next convention”.
Fani-Kayode also appealed to all aggrieved members of the PDP to sheathe their sword at this time and come together as one people under one umbrella, saying now that the sore point – a veiled reference to Sheriff – has been removed, members must not miss the opportunity to forge a united front for the sake of Nigeria.
While calling for a return of power to the people, the detained ex-minister expressed his appreciation to governors elected on the platform of PDP, party leaders and elders for their steadfastness to do the right thing in the face of immense pressure.
“This action is proof that PDP is ready to correct its mistakes of the past and remain the only alternative to bringing genuine dividends of democracy to our teeming citizens”, he asserted.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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