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You Must Apologize To Nigerians For “Insensitive Comments”, PDP Tells Adeosun

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PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, to render an unreserved apology to Nigerians over a comment attributed to her on the current state of the nation’s economy.

The minister had on Wednesday, via her twitter handle, purportedly said that recession is just a word, in response to concern by Nigerians over a recently released report by the National Bureau of Statistics.

The NBS had announced Wednesday that Nigeria’s economy contracted by 2.06% in the second quarter, bringing the country into a long predicted recession.

SEE ALSO: 3 Things Kemi Adeosun Has To Say About Nigeria’s Recession 

But Mrs. Adeosun, reportedly took to the micro-blogging platform via @Mrskemiadeosun to downplay the significance of the report, saying “The strongest of all warriors are ‘Time and Patience’. I know people are concerned about the recession. Recession is a word”.

The tweet was later deleted.

However, the PDP, through its Director of New Media, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement yesterday, said the minister’s utterances were not only out of place but also “insensitive” and that she should apologize to Nigerians.

The party expressed shock that the comment was made on the same day the NBS released a damning report stating that 4,580,602 people have lost their under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Mrs. Kemi Adeosun’s statement yesterday (Wednesday) was an out of line & insensitive attempt at signaling. Contrary to her belief, ‘recession’ is not just a word. It’s a horrible reality for millions of Nigerians who face increasing difficulty in putting food on the table & meeting basic everyday financial obligations”, Mr. Adeyanju said.

“Her comments fly against the reality of rising food costs, parents withdrawing children from schools due to fee increments, rising transportation costs, rents & other such everyday expenditure.

“Her comments are an insult to suffering Nigerians & make mockery of the pain we bear as a result of the sheer incompetence & lack of ability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration of which she is an integral part”, he added.

“We urge Mrs. Adeosun to apologise for her insensitive comments, to stop speaking like a motivational speaker and act like the Minister of Finance that she is”, the statement said.

 

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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