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Buhari Harbouring Corrupt Ministers – PDP

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PMBThe Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his ministers are being accused of corruption without evidence, insisting that some of the minsters are actually corrupt.

President Buhari last week decried the attempt to paint his ministers and other top officials of his government as corrupt, saying none of those accused of corruption had any case in court before they were appointed.

But the Lagos PDP yesterday, disagreed with the president.

According to the party, President Buhari was obviously shielding some of his ‘corrupt’ ministers because of their financial contributions to his election.

The opposition party accused the president himself, of only pretending to be corruption-free, stating that he should make himself available for live question and answer, if indeed he was very confident that none of his minister are corrupt.

The PDP specifically mentioned the Minster of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; his Transportation counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, and that of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, of having corruption allegations hanging on their necks.

Fashola, Amaechi and Ngige were former governors of Lagos, Rivers and Anambra respectively.

In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Taofiq Gani, the PDP said, “These are in the public glare and we are surprised that the president exhibits volte-face on these matters.

“For instance, Fashola has many corruption petitions against him during and after his tenure as governor of Lagos State.

“Groups such as True Face of Lagos, CACOL and individuals have their petitions unattended to by the authorities”.

“The reported outcome of enquiry, which indicted Rotimi Amaechi, of unaccounted sum of N3 trillion, when he was governor of Rivers State, is lying unattended to by the authorities and Chris Ngige’s self-confession, about his practice at the Okija shrine, is still fresh.

“It is our further assertion that the financial contributions of these particular ministers account for why President Buhari continues to harbour them”, the statement added.

 

 

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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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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

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I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose

Ayo Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.

The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while speaking with journalists as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.

Fayose stated that Tinubu has paid his due politically, hence he vowed not to join political enemies of the former Lagos State Governor to shoot him down.

Also Read: Umahi Stopped Being A Member Of PDP Long Before Defection – Fayose

“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.

“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the North like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.

Fayose also insisted that he won’t dump PDP despite the crisis rocking the south-west caucus of the party.

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