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Corruption: Buhari Must Resign Now — PDP

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Uche Secondus

Uche Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over allegations of corruption in federal government agencies.

Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party, told journalists during a briefing in Abuja that ongoing corruption investigations of the NDDC, MIC, NEDC, NSITF, EFCC and others indicate Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, was on ventilator gasping for breath.

According to Secondus, the President has abandoned his promise to tackle corruption in the country during 2015 and 2019 electioneering campaigns, stressing that corruption has become a way of life for Nigerians while Buhari plays the ostrich.

He further stated that the ongoing fraud at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) bring to full manifestation the true character of Buhari’s government.

Secondus accused the forensic audit team meant to unearth alleged fraud at the NDDC of becoming accomplice to the crime, citing Senate indictment of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Commission.

Secondus said: “No attempt is being made from any corner to stem the freighting tide in our land. No effort is being made from any angle to halt the on-going free fall being witnessed in all fronts in the country. Nigerians have become helpless and have come to accept and live like citizens of nations without a leader and with no direction.

“Where do we start looking at the state of the nation when all segments of governance have collapsed.

“Regarding insecurity, nothing establishes the fact that there is no governance in the country more than the worsening state of insecurity.

“Having exhausted their propaganda of winning the war on terrorism only in their press releases, as reality has dawned on all, both the military and political leaders are now helpless and confused.

“What the Nigerian Senate did on Tuesday when it asked the Service Chiefs to resign was to show to the world that there is no executive arm of government in place.

“Having watched the security situation in the country grow from bad to worse, the legislators have limited options but to do what they did, at least to show the people they represent that they are sensitive to their plights.

“Not even during the three-year brutal civil war did we witness as many as over 300 soldiers absconding their duties and pouring abuses on their commanders.”

Continuing, the opposition party chairman said: “The nation’s economy is walking to depression because we are already in recession and it’s being fast tracked by the widening scope of corruption involving operatives in high places.

“The free for all corruption going on all over the place leaves us with the impression that the country is dying and there has been a scramble for what one can get out of it before the final demise.

“It’s very disheartening that as the looting and the re-looting of the nation’s resources are going on under the watch of the acclaimed anti-corruption President, no serious reactions are coming from government that prides itself to be fighting corruption.

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“Rather than confront the already exposed corruption cases, the government deliberately takes cautious steps to play them down with a view to protecting their members who are neck deep in the growing sleaze.

“After providence decided to expose the massive fraud going on in the EFCC in the last five years, rather than bring it to the fore, the Presidency in a great cover up, decided to take the investigation, including the interrogation of suspects to Aso Rock Villa behind the camera where all the exposed issues are kept away from public glare.”

“This regime has found a code for corruption and they now glorify it and make fun of it. What we are witnessing in our country today is a total collapse of the nation.

“The country is on ventilator gasping for air. Under such circumstance, President Buhari should do the honourable thing required of an elder statesman in situations like this – throw in the towel and save the country from ruins,” the PDP chairman 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

Dave Umahi

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.

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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.

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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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