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Debt: PDP backs Gov Sani, calls for inquiry to probe El-Rufai

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The Kaduna State Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has advised Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State to constitute a commission of inquiry to uncover the actual amount of the substantial debts inherited from his predecessor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
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The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Kaduna State Chapter has called on Governor of the state, Mallam Uba Sani to launch an inquiry probing the immediate past governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, following the huge financial debts he incurred for the state.

The opposition party said it frowns at the revelations of Governor Sani, about the state of finances and “misappropriation” of funds of the State, by the former Governor of the State, Nasir El-Rufai, during a Town Hall meeting held on the 30th March, 2024.

In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh, PDP said, “Though it did not come to us as a surprise, we believed that these revelation is just a scratch on the surface on the real issues, therein; we encourage him to go full fledged in this show of transparency !

“We, as opposition party, are in full support of any plan by the government that would bring development to our dear State, bearing in mind that we shall always kick against anything short of that.

“It will be recalled that in 2018 and 2022, the PDP in Kaduna State drew the attention of the Nasir Elrufai-led government and the citizens of Kaduna State about the improper use of public funds, the criminal sale of landed properties belonging to the people of State and the unconstitutional mass sacked of qualified teachers and replacement of same with unqualified ones that have even deserted most of their duty posts; the PDP has been vindicated.

“The PDP urges the governor to set up and mandate a Judicial Commission of Inquiry for full investigation into all the allegations to unravel the state of affairs of the $587 million foreign loans, #85 billion local loans and #115 billion contractual liabilities of unpaid abandoned contracts inherited from the Nasir Elrufai government.

“The judicial Commission of inquiry should also look into the sale of the state’s landed properties in the last 8 years of the failed administration of Nasir Elrufai in Kaduna State and those found guilty should be made to refund their stolen monies to the State coffers and also face the wrath of the law.

“And to also set up another High Powered Civil Service Reforms Commission of Inquiry, to review and ascertain the modalities used in sacking the over 27,000 workers from the State Civil Service without payment of their entitlements and the bastardization of the civil service, during the dark days of the administration of Nasir Elrufai, with the view to doing justice to all and sundry.”

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“Stop the Tension in Rivers,”Jonathan Calls for Truce As Fubara, Wike’s Rift

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The Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zaccaeus Adangor, SAN has rejected his redeployment to the Ministry
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Goodluck Jonathan has expressed serious concern over the rift between Nyesom Wike and his preferred successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara

The former president has called for peace as the duo have intensified their attacks in Rivers state, with Wike insisting Fubara cannot take over his structure

Jonathan has urged the duo to end the political tension in Rivers as he noted that their rift has affected the development of the state.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has waded into the political crisis rocking Rivers state. As reported by The Nation, Jonathan called on Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state and his predecessor, the current minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to stop the escalation of political tension in Rivers.

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EXCLUSIVES: Aregbesola vows never to prostrate for Tinubu

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It is not just a political tug-of-war but chamber of egotism where former Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola flaunts the confidence
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It is not just a political tug-of-war but chamber of egotism where former Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola flaunts the confidence of a ripping seed in the political school of thoughts.

A move by some political influencer in presidency to settle the matter between the political master and his apprentice, in the names of President Bola Tinubu and Rauf Aregbesola but all efforts to end the growing battle proved abortive by nobody but the egoistic  former minister who believed he is more of a godfather than prostrating to the Jagaban Bogul!

A source told The PAPERS that he was asked to prostrate for the President the moment he saw him after having access to the president in Aso Villa.

“He was in Aso Villa with some politicians and he was told to prostrate for the president while others will join him to apologise to the president and settle the matter but he said never he can’t prostrate for Tinubu and those people were stunned and left him alone in the battle. Tinubu saw Aregbesola and greeted him casually and nobody could speak for him and all access was blocked immediately.

In the latest development, Aregbesola felt has been sidelined in the ruling party feels it is important for his political career to dump APC.

Recently, All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known as Banik, who came hard on the former governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for making himself instrument of balkanisation and destruction in the progressive fold, stating that the former governor could no longer be regarded as a governor produced by the party.

Sources within Aregbesola camp told The PAPERS that the former Osun state governor will announce a new party for defection before July as many factors in APC frustrating reconciliation.

“Aregbesola is no longer in APC, I can tell you that. But we are waiting for official announcement of the next party for defection,” said our source.

“For now, there are possibilities of joining  SDP or AD, but only a matter of time, but he’s not joining PDP as speculation rises.”

Banik expressed this opinion recently at the senatorial meeting of the party in Osun Central held at the party secretariat, Ogo-oluwa, Osogbo, when making clarification to some statements attributed to the National Secretary of the APC, Senator Ajibola Basiru ( SRJ).

According to Banik, “Statement made by our National Secretary, Senator Basiru Ajibola SRJ was poorly reported. He didn’t say Ogbeni Aregbesola had ceased to be a former governor of the state. What he said was Ogbeni had by his past anti-party activities and continued combative attitude to the party cut himself away from us, hence it is safe to say he is no longer part of the party. We in APC know Aregbesola is no longer our member.”

The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs recalled how Aregbesola mobilized his lieutenants and supporters to work against the party during presidential, governorship and other elections, as well as how he mocked the party for its electoral misfortune at the Supreme Court.

Banik said a committed member of the party, particularly a former governor and minister should not have engaged in brazen anti-party activities as Aregbesola did, advising the Ijesa-born politician to seek political truce with his leader and benefactor, President Bola Tinubu, if he is still interested to be accorded the deserved respects within the party.

 

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Jimoh Ibrahim cries out, says Ondo APC guber primary was a fraud

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Ondo South Senator, Jimoh Ibrahim has lamented the outcome of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo 2024 governorship primary
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Ondo South Senator, Jimoh Ibrahim has lamented the outcome of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo 2024 governorship primary election held on April 20th 2024, describing the exercise as a “mega fraud” that would end at the Supreme Court.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Ibrahim said the primary election did not hold in 159 out of 203 polling units across the three senatorial districts in Ondo State.

He insisted that Kogi State governor, Ododo Ahmed Usman, who was the Chairman of Ondo State Primary Election Committee, fraudulently declared Lucky Aiyedatiwa winner in cahoots with the former Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Armed with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s report, the lawmaker disclosed that he has filed a complaint at a Federal High Court in line with provisions of the Electoral Act, which stipulates that “complaints arising from primary election be filed within 14 days”.

In the INEC report which Jimoh personally made available to journalists, the primary election did not hold in 15 out of 18 LGAs in Ondo.

Ibrahim further alleged that Ododo and Omo-Agege changed the date of collation of results midway to allow them perfect the “electoral fraud” in favour of the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

To buttress his point, Jimoh pointed to a letter written by Ododo, which was addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akure, purportedly changing the date of collation on the day of the primary election.

Parts of the letter, which was sighted, reads: “Please refer to our letters on the above stated subject matter, dated 5th April, 2024 with Ref. Number APC/NHDQ/INEC/19024/016 wherein we requested for a change in the State Collation Centre.

“We are writing to further inform the Commission of the postponement of the collation of election results for the All Progressives Congress, APC primary election, which is scheduled for 20th April, 2024. The postponement became necessary due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the submission of results from the Local Government Collation Centre Officers.

“Despite our best efforts to ensure timely collation, most of our Local Government collation officers will arrive late, as a result of logistic challenges which have led to a delay in the collation processes.”

 

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Aregbesola dumps APC, mulls on SDP, AD

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Going by the recent comment by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known
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Going by the recent comment by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known as Banik, who came hard on the former governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for making himself instrument of balkanisation and destruction in the progressive fold, stating that the former governor could no longer be regarded as a governor produced by the party.

Sources within Aregbesola camp told The PAPERS that the former Osun state governor will announce a new party for defection before July as many factors in APC frustrating reconciliation.

“Aregbesola is no longer in APC, I can tell you that. But we are waiting for official announcement of the next party for defection,” said our source.

“For now, there are possibilities of joining  SPD or AD, but only a matter of time, but he’s not joining PDP as speculation rises.”

Banik expressed this opinion recently at the senatorial meeting of the party in Osun Central held at the party secretariat, Ogo-oluwa, Osogbo, when making clarification to some statements attributed to the National Secretary of the APC, Senator Ajibola Basiru ( SRJ).

According to Banik, “Statement made by our National Secretary, Senator Basiru Ajibola SRJ was poorly reported. He didn’t say Ogbeni Aregbesola had ceased to be a former governor of the state. What he said was Ogbeni had by his past anti-party activities and continued combative attitude to the party cut himself away from us, hence it is safe to say he is no longer part of the party. We in APC know Aregbesola is no longer our member.”

The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs recalled how Aregbesola mobilized his lieutenants and supporters to work against the party during presidential, governorship and other elections, as well as how he mocked the party for its electoral misfortune at the Supreme Court.

Banik said a committed member of the party, particularly a former governor and minister should not have engaged in brazen anti-party activities as Aregbesola did, advising the Ijesa-born politician to seek political truce with his leader and benefactor, President Bola Tinubu, if he is still interested to be accorded the deserved respects within the party.

 

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‘You don’t exist… I determine your existence’, Fubara to Rivers assembly members

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Siminialayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, says the existence of members of the state house of assembly is based on his recognition.
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Siminialayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, says the existence of members of the state house of assembly is based on his recognition.

Fubara spoke on Monday when some political and traditional leaders from Bayelsa state visited him at the government house in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers.

The Rivers governor said members of the state assembly do not “exist”, adding that he decided to “give them a floating” through a peace deal initiated by President Bola Tinubu.

Fubara said he accepted the peace accord on the understanding that there was a relationship between him and members of the state house of assembly.

The Rivers governor said he has shown restraint in the political crisis rocking the state despite his powers, adding that the other party did not show such.

He lamented that daily, his supporters suffer intimidation and attacks in the state.

“Those group of men who claim that are our assembly members are not assembly members — they are not existing,” Fubara said.

“I want it to be on record. I accepted that peace accord to give them a floating. That is the truth.

“There was nothing in that peace accord that is a constitutional issue. It is a political solution to a problem.

“It has gotten to a time when I have to make a statement that they are not existing.

“Their existence is me allowing them to exist. If I de-recognise them, they are nowhere.”

In the past few months, members of the Rivers state assembly and Fubara have been at loggerheads.

In October 2023, the assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against the governor.

The impeachment notice was later withdrawn in December 2023.

On several occasions, the assembly has overridden the decision of Fubara not to sign certain bills passed by the lawmakers led by Martin Amaewhule, the speaker.

In January, the Rivers assembly overrode the decision of Fubara not to assent to four bills earlier passed by the lawmakers.

In March, the assembly again overrode Fubara on the passage of some bills.

In April, the assembly did the same for the local government amendment bill.

On Monday, the assembly overrode the Rivers governor on the passage of the public procurement amendment bill.

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‘I’ll return PDP to power if elected’

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Frontline contestant for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Segun Akinwumi, has said that he has what it
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Frontline contestant for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Segun Akinwumi, has said that he has what it takes to reposition the party and return it power in Ekiti if given the chance to lead the party.

Unveiking his agenda for the party at a Press Briefing in Ado-Ekiti, Akinwumi said the PDP had gone underground in Ekiti and requires a visionary and purposeful leadership like him to bring it back to recony.

Top on his agenda is to return the PDP to power in the 2026 urging all loyal members of the party to achieve the herculean task.

“We can and we will defeat the ruling party in the 2026 governorship election in Ekiti .the PDP is already in the doldrum, we need someone capable to bring us out of the doldrum.

“We are an inch closer to the government house, we have some of our members in government now who will vote for us at that time”

Akinwumi, who served in many ministries as commissioner in the state said that he remains the preferred choice of the PDP members in Ekiti.

He described all the PDP leaders who has ruled and governed the state as excellent leaders who has landmark achievements for people to see.

Responding to allegations of anti-party levelled against some PDP leaders, including former Governor Ayo Fayose, Akinwumi, promised the issue would be sorted out and that any anti-party activities from their members will soon be a thing of the past.

According to him, if elected as the preferred PDP chairman in Ekiti, party members will comply with the ethics, rules and regulations of the PDP, including Fayose.

He, however commended all loyal PDP members in Ekiti, to stay strong that they will take over government in Ekiti in 2026.

 

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