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2023: Peter Obi’s project is Obasanjo’s third term agenda – PDP replies Oby Ezekwesili

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has responded to a recent claim by Dr Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, under the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, that Atiku Abubakar was not in charge of the economy when he was vice president.
Ezekwesili had called on Atiku, the presidential candidate of the PDP, to stop misleading the public by saying he headed the Economic Management Team during his time as Vice president.
Ezekwesili’s statement is coming on the heels of the claim by Atiku that he was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and opening the economy for private sector investments while heading the economic management team as a Vice President.
Atiku wrote, “As head of the economic management team while I was Vice President, I was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for the opening of the economy for private sector investments in several sectors. And we made tremendous progress.”
However, the former Minister has described Atiku’s claim as false. She also warned the former Vice President to stop misleading the public.
She wrote, “Dear former Vice President Atiku, please ask the handlers of your @Twitter account to stop misleading the public. You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team.
“This absurd Lie does you no good at all. Please ask your Team to stop it. Happy New Year. Wish you well.”
But Daniel Bwala, spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign, dragged Peter Obi’s presidential project into the mix.
He said that Obi’s project is Obasanjo’s third term agenda, and Obi Ezekwesili was one of those working on a third term project for the former President.
“First of all I respect Ezekwesili. She’s a very intellectual woman but everyone knows she supports Peter Obi,” he said on Arise Television’s The Morning Show on Wednesday.
“Peter Obi is supported by most of the people that worked in Obasanjo’s government because Peter Obi’s project is a third-term agenda for Obasanjo if you see the people endorsing him, including lawyers and elder statesmen.
“It is not surprising she could say that, but let us talk on the issue. Who is the Chairman of the Economic Council? The Vice President.
“The head and members of the economic team come with proposals. They come to discuss policy issues, and not a single one of them can bypass the Vice President and meet the President on the subject of the economy except if the President independently summons them.
“Let her just come out and say she’s supporting Peter Obi and campaign for him.
“What she’s saying has no place in fact, logic and reality. Atiku Abubakar was Chairman of the Economic Council and even scouted most of them. So let her just say ‘I’m supporting Obi’.
“All these people that worked with Obasanjo that are masquerading themselves as neutrals meanwhile they’re carrying out the same agenda of the third term that cannot stand.”

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APC professionals hail apex court ruling on LG autonomy

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The All Progressives Congress(APC) Professionals Forum says the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed Local Government autonomy will shore up development at that tier of government.
Dr Isa Yuguda, Chairman of the forum’s Board of Trustees, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the ruling was one of President Bola Tinubu’s major gifts to Nigeria’s democratic growth.
Yuguda said that the forum, like many Nigerians, had always wondered why state governments had, over the years, held on to funds meant for local government administrations, contrary to constitutional provisions.
He said that the development was more painful in recent months because, in spite of a quantum leap in allocations from federal purse to states and local governments, there was no commensurate improvement.
He regretted that since Tinubu assumed office, there had not been much improvement in development at state levels, let alone at the grassroots.
“This was why we supported the president’s position on the local governments, especially the decision to sue the 36 state governors over alleged misuse of local g9overnment funds.
“Now that the Supreme Court has affirmed our position and declared it unconstitutional for governors to hold on to local government funds, we praise Tinubu for testing the matter in court,” Yuguda said.
He recalled that Tinubu, as Governor of Lagos State, took the Federal Government to the Supreme Court on multiple occasions on constitutional matters.
“For our group, the court’s affirmation of local government autonomy is the first step towards grassroots development because that tier will now have direct access to funds statutorily allocated to them.
“This is good for democracy and is bound to increase fund allocations to the third tier of government,” the statement said,
He said Tinubu should be applauded for actualising what his predecessors could not.
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Political entrepreneurs behind crisis in political parties — A.A Nat’l Chair

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By: Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

National Chairman of the Action Alliance (A.A) Party, Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje has disclosed that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring crisis in some political parties in Nigeria.

Omo-Aje asserted this in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, on Wednesday said that political bigwigs often sponsor former political members to cause chaos so as to distract leaders from carrying out developmental strategies as panacea to sustainable growth within the party.

The Chairman, who congratulated Comrade Edozie Njoku on his recent victory at the Supreme Court declaring him as the authenticated National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA,) said it is an open secret that these bigwigs are behind the current crisis in A.A.

He added that the needed justice would remain elusive, but the bold move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC,) to recognize Comr. Edozie as the National Chairman of APGA is a welcome development.

Omo-Aje noted that “the Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,”  the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating, often slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.”

According to him, the leadership tussle bedevilling some political parties in Nigeria such as Action Alliance (AA), and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), among others, will make one understand the impact of the above popular saying.

He stressed that just like APGA, the Action Alliance has been involved in the leadership tussle for a long time since in 2017 while APGA began her ‘Political Civil War’ a little over 6 years ago.

“I referred to the problem within APGA as a political civil war because the political tussle when it lasted was among the members of the political party, while the onslaught on our Party is from outsiders,” he stated.

According to him, it is no longer a secret that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring the former members of A. A to disrupt the governance and political activities of the party.

However, he maintained that the Wheel of Justice will eventually grind finely for Action Alliance as it ground fine for APGA, adding that he believes in the Justice System of Nigeria to always favour the truth.

“Both the Greek and Chinese ancient philosophers are ascribed with the ancient wise saying that ‘The Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,’ the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating often-slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.

“Comrade Edozie Njoku eventually got justice after getting a judgement in his favour from one court to another even to the Supreme Court yet it seemed as if the needed justice would remain elusive but the bold move by the INEC to recognize him as the genuine Chairman is a welcoming development.

“I congratulate Hon. Edozie Njoku and his National Executive,  I admire their doggedness and persistence to get the deserved justice.

“I am using this opportunity to thank all our members who have been unwavering in their support and loyalty. I assure you again,  both Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his sponsors have met more than their match in me and my team.

“Let’s not fight or be angry with those who abandoned the ship when it seems the ship is leaking. Let us be more understanding and tolerate them, more especially to those who are sitting on the fence.

“Just like our brother from APGA, We also have a Supreme Court ruling affirming that Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his accomplice Mr James Vernimbe are not our members. THE SAME SUPREME COURT!”

“It may be delayed but I am confident that the Wheel of Justice will grind finely for us in Action Alliance. Once again, I assure you that I won’t stop leading you even from the battlefront until we conquer both the enemies within and without.”

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PDP suspends National Vice Chairman (South South), Orbih

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih over his alleged actions and utterances on Edo governorship primary election of the party.

The party disclosed this, in a statement, by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ologunagba said that the National Working Committee (NWC), at its 588th meeting on Wednesday, July 10,;considered all issues, including complaints on the activities of Orbih, concerning the Sept. 21 election.

According to him, the NWC, at the meeting, unanimously condemned the embarrassing actions and utterances of Orbih relating to the Edo State Governorship Primary Election of PDP.

“The actions and utterances are inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017) and the demand of his office as a national officer of the party.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up a six-member committee headed by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, to investigate the issue pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the party.

“In the meantime, the NWC forthwith suspends Chief Dan Orbih from participating in all meetings, activities and programmes of the NWC, pending the conclusion of the investigation by the committee,” he said.

Ologunagba added that the NWC acknowledged the support and solidarity of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo who rallied round the PDP and its Candidate, Dr Asue Ighodalo.

He charged all PDP leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Edo to remain united, focused and continue to work hard for the victory of PDP and its candidate in the upcoming election.

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