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2023: Ayu must make sacrifice for PDP to win – Wike



..Insists he must resign as National Chairman

Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Governor,Barr Nyesom Wike has insisted that for the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) to win the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, the National Chairman of the Party,Sen Iyorchia Ayu must do the needful by resigning his position.

Wike stated this Friday in Port Harcourt,during a media parley with journalists. He said this is in consonance with the party’s Constitution and for justice, fairness and equity.

The governor said a situation where a presidential candidate will come from the north and National Chairman also from the north, is to say the least unfair.

Wike also alleged that Ayu had told him in confidence that once a presidential candidate candidate emerges from the north,he would step down. He said he is challenging him to deny it.
“I challenge Ayu to deny it. I believe that justice, fairness and equity should prevail for our party to move forward. So Ayu has no alternative than to resign. He should not allow this opportunity to Passover PDP now that Nigerians are tired of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and want to vote for PDP.

There must be sacrifice,so if Ayu loves the party,he should do the needful and that is to step down. We are not removing him,but we are asking him to make sacrifice by resigning as party National Chairman,” Governor Wike emphasized.

The governor said Ayu’s continuous refusal to resign is portraying PDP as a party that is not trustworthy, because if the National Chairman of a party cannot honour an agreement. “Is such party qualified to be supported by Nigerians or electorate,” he queried.

On whether he thinks or knows that a lot of Southern governors are not supporting his view on Ayu’s resignation.
Wike said it is in their own interest to support the crusade for fairness, justice and equity.

“I appreciate the Southern governors and everybody should be bothered that the National Chairman of PDP and Presidential Candidate are from the north. If APC could stand its ground that the Presidential slot must go to the South, bearing in mind that the current President is from the north,why can’t PDP follow suit. It is a national problem,” Wike said.

The governor was of the opinion that if the Presidential Candidate of PDP is from the north, the National Chairman must come from the south for equity and justice and to balance the political equation of the country.
Asked if Ayu finally refuses to resign,what will be his decision or action?

The governor said untill that happens, nobody should predict his action. According to him,it is natural that you cross the bridge,when you get there and not before then.

Commenting on the claim that PDP can do without him in prosecuting the 2023 general elections,Wike said PDP can go ahead to experiment that, pointing out that the party can do that nationally, but not in Rivers State and with a governor that has delivered his promises to the people.

On whether he does not risk being suspended from the party based on his position about Ayu,governor Wike said he is not bigger than the party, but that there could be some consequences to such action.

He lamented that now that Nigerians are not happy with APC and are ready to vote for PDP,Ayu should not allow APC to continue in office in 2023.

“Nigerians are not happy with APC, PDP is preparing ground for them to continue in power with the internal crisis that is avoidable,” Wike posited.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions



The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine



U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra



The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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