Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP and the G-5
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has vehemently denied the allegation that the G-5 governors are acting based on his orders or for his interests. The former president said this in the heels of the accusation by some members of his party, the People’s Democratic Party that he is behind the activities of the G-5 governors. The G-5 governors are the aggrieved PDP governors who disagree with the party’s pro-North leadership style. They include Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu). We recall that a few the G-5 governors had withdrawn their support for the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar until the party reverts to the leadership zoning formula of the party. However, Goodluck Jonathan noted that such reports is aimed at causing mischief within the party and to deceive the unsuspecting populace. He, also, added that it will be impossible for the party to achieve any success in the forthcoming election if the party continue to engage in malicious reports against its high ranking members.
Oshiomole spills the beans
Adams Oshiomhole has revealed his conversation with a Minister regarding the funds for road construction in Nigeria. The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Edo North Senatorial District is a former party chairman. The ex-Edo governor spoke on Friday at the inauguration of APC campaign in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area. Oshiomhole stated that he was disturbed by the way the National Assembly manages Appropriation Bills. Noting that the budget must work for citizens, the politician said he doesn’t want to be a Senator who shares grinding machines, motorcycles and tricycles (Keke). Oshiomhole promised to properly represent commoners like he did when he was a labour leader. “The minister of works told me that the reason road constructions are not completed is that the National Assembly takes half of the money budgeted. “This is why we have unfinished roads all over Nigeria”, NAN quoted him saying. The former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president urged Nigerians to vote for APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu because of his performance as Lagos governor.
PDP names those who set Ogun INEC office on fire
Some candidates and leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State have suggested that those who set the Iyana Mortuary office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on fire are the opposition party who are afraid of a free and fair election in the state in 2023. At a meeting of the PDP leaders held on Friday, the opposition party members requested INEC to ensure a quick reproduction of the 65,699 PVCs said to have been destroyed in the Thursday fire attack. The stakeholders expressed shock, saying it was no coincidence that the said PVCs were burnt just three days to the scheduled date of distribution. According to them, the burnt PVCs were supposed to be distributed, starting from Saturday, November 12. While condemning the attack and describing same as suspicious in that the arsonists had targeted the strong rooms where the PVCs were kept, they wondered who could be afraid of having a free and fair election.
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Emefiele must go – APC support group
The South South Agenda for Tinubu/Shettima (SSAT) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to audit the accounts of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The group posited the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele should be suspended from office to enable the board of the Bank, of which the Governor is Chairman, as well as the Financial Reporting Council, to look into the books of the Bank unhindered. It claimed that the monetary policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria in recent times were bringing the ruling APC to disrepute. In a press statement through their National Coordinator, Mr. Bitrus Nta Oliver, and the group threatened to commence legal action against President Buhari and the Senate if they failed to do the needful. It insisted that an independent audit of the bank will expose the damage Mr. Godwin Emefiele had allegedly done to the Bank and indeed the Nigerian economy. Bitrus further blamed the current economic woes of the country on Mr. Emefiele and his incompetence.
Chicken for pepper soup
The Federal Government of Nigeria has filed an amended seven count charges against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The amended charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 was entered before the Federal High Court in Abuja, and contained all earlier sustained allegations against the IPOB leader. As a result of the amended charges, it is to be argued whether FG can proceed to re-arraign the IPOB leader on the amended charge despite the October 13 judgment. Recall that the Court of Appeal had discharged Kanu of all the allegations against him, while appeals on the subject matter were still pending before the Supreme Court. Justice Binta Nyako has fixed Monday for Nnamdi Kanu’s team of lawyers and the Federal Government prosecution team to address the court.