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PDP rejects Fayose’s endorsement of deputy as governor

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The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), has insisted that it is yet to have a candidate for the coming governorship election, despite the open endorsement of the deputy governor, Olusola Kolapo, by the governor, Ayo Fayose.

The party is witnessing internal tensions following the governor’s choice of his deputy as his successor, in opposition to other aspirants who have shown interest in the party’s governorship ticket.

Former PDP spokesman at the national level, Dayo Adeyeye and Biodun Olujimi, a serving senator, are raising dust over the governor’s action.

Both aspirants have jointly condemned Mr. Fayose’s “imposition” of his deputy, warning that it might cost the party the governorship election.

Publicity Secretary of the party in Ekiti, Jackson Adebayo, told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday that Mr. Fayose’s support for his deputy had nothing to do with what the party as institution was doing in preparing aspirants for the primaries.

“There is a difference between the activities of party stakeholders and the party as an institution,” Mr. Jackson clarified.

“The party does not have a candidate for the governorship election yet until the primaries. Whoever wins the majority of the votes of the delegates will become our candidate.”

He however, noted that every member of the party had the right to declare his support for the candidate of his choice.

“The governor is a member of the party, he has his interest and that is his right; and he has only one vote, he has the constitutional right to support and canvass support for the candidate of his choice,” he said.

“But for us as a party, we do not have and we cannot have a candidate until the primaries are over. The showing of any aspirant at the primaries will determine whether he will emerge our candidate or not.”

Mr. Jackson noted that no aspirants have been officially listed to contest the primaries because the national headquarters of the party was yet to issue guidelines on and date of the primaries.

He added that, ”although some persons may go about announcing that they would run for the ticket, only those who obtain the form would eventually be recognised as aspirants when the process starts.”

Source: (  Punch Newspaper  )

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuse FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of taking huge loans to acquire substandard and refurbished trains.

The former lawmaker from Kaduna made this accusation on Thursday on his Twitter page while condemning the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

He expressed that for such to have happened, it means Nigeria paid for substandard or refurbished locomotives adding that the Chinese contractor in charge must be made to repair them at no cost to the government.

He wrote:

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Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation

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Gowon: AfDB President Adesina Warns Against Misinformation

Akinwunmi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina has stated that former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon is a man of great honour and decency.

In recent days, the former Head of State has been in the news over the allegation that he looted half of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) when he was in office.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the United Kingdom parliament, had referenced an allegation that Gowon looted Nigeria’s treasury while in office.

Also Read: Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

Reacting in a tweet on Thursday, Adesina said Nigerians should beware of misinformation.

He described Gowon as a “great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria”, adding that his “honesty and integrity are impeccable.”

“Be careful of misinformation! H.E. General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former Head of State, is a man of great honour, decency, honesty, amazing simplicity, humility, and integrity. I know him. A great and admirable elder statesman of Nigeria. His honesty and integrity are impeccable.

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Gowon Describes UK MP’s Fraud Allegations As False

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Gowon Describes UK MP’s Fraud Allegations As False

Yakubu Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has reacted to allegations by a British lawmaker that he stole half of the Central Bank of Nigeria while in office.

In his reaction on Wednesday, the former Nigerian leader described the submission by the British Parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat as rubbish.

He pointed out that he served Nigeria meritoriously and never stole anything with the records clearly available for all to see.

Also Read: Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Defends Gowon Over Allegations Of Looting CBN

It will be recalled Tugendhat on Monday while addressing the British Parliament during a debate on a petition calling on the UK to impose sanctions on some federal government officials for their roles during the recent #EndSARS protest in Nigeria, submitted that some leaders have been looting the West African nation and hiding the ill-gotten wealth in the UK.

However, Gowon in his reaction to the allegation was quoted to have told the BBC in an exclusive interview: “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see.”

 

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