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PDP Convention: Mark warns Against Imposition Of Candidates

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Nigeria-Senate-President-David-MarkFormer Senate President, David Mark, has warned leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, against impunity or imposition of candidates ahead of the August 17 national convention of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He reminded the party leaders that the defeat suffered in the last general election was self-inflicted as a result of non-adherence to democratic ideals.

A statement by Senator Mark’s media assistant, Paul Mumeh, quoted him as saying this when members of the Benue State chapter of the PDP paid him a visit at his country home in Otukpo.

It said the former Senate president noted that “it is incumbent on our leaders and members to allow the popular will of the people prevail at the congresses and convention”.

It also quoted him as calling on PDP members to remain steadfast, just as he frowned against defections at will because of the present challenges facing the party.

Mark stressed that such inconsistencies neither enhances the democratic culture nor the integrity or credibility of politicians who defect.

He said: “ If we must uphold the sanctity of democratic culture, we must follow the path of honour like the Democrats and Republicans in the United States of America or the Labour Party or the Conservatives in the United Kingdom, who hold on to their political ideologies, no matter the odds”.

Mark restated that no matter the challenges, he will not leave the PDP, a platform he said afforded him the opportunity to contest and win elections since 1999.

He reminded party faithful to work hard in the days ahead as credible opposition and overcome the challenges.

The statement noted that the Benue PDP Chairman, John Ngbede, who briefed Mark about affairs of the party, said the party now works as one family.

It said Ngbede listed one of their challenges as cash and appealed to the former Senate president to help address the issue.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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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.”

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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.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

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.

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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.

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