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Lagos PDP wants Fashola probed

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The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to institute a probe of his predecessor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, accusing him of mismanaging N2 billion SURE-P Fund.

PDP  in  a statement in Lagos, said:  “This incumbent governor must speak out now! Anything short of a categorical statement as to whether Fashola was clean or not is disservice to the state. Lagosians want to know what the new occupier of the office met, especially the actual amount of loan collected, how much balance owed and the actual number of Lagos State Government property still intact. Governor Ambode has this burden to discharge and indeed timely.”

“Under Fashola, the SURE-P funds well over N32 billion meant for the state could not reflect in any project and not accounted for! The local and foreign debts of near N1 trillion is hanging as debt for Lagosians to pay through over-taxes whereas the former governor is rumoured to be the purchaser and owner of several private choice property and the ones owned by the state government, including the magnificent Elephant House in Alausa.

“This is despite leaving over 75% of his initiated projects uncompleted or obviously abandoned. It baffles one that such a person can be moving around without any investigation into his administration,” PDP said.

The party  denied the rumours that it masterminded the recent demand for the probe of the former governor  and the attendant acrimony such has generated within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The party rather counselled the APC leaders to face the numerous allegations instead of the attempt to blackmail or drag the PDP into their burdens.

The PDP has however reiterated that it will remain resolute and not shy away from being a vibrant opposition Party in the state, says Taofiq Gani, Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary in a statement.

“As long as we notice any misgovernance, we will blow the whistle. We shall not relent in doing this constructive opposition. It does not matter whether it coincides with efforts of other groups or interests in the state.

“We shall commend when appropriate and condemn when inevitable in good faith for good governance and expected growth in lagos state,” it said.

The party  said  that the revelations  on Fashola by the Coalition Against Corrupt Leadership (CACOL) relating to alleged fraud during the former governor’s administration has indeed vindicated the PDP’s persistent stance that the Fashola administration was more of fluke than Fact in the dividends of democracy.

“Indeed, several times during his reign, we had shouted that the governor was running a propagandists Government and that the state was being plunged into avoidable local and foreign debts.

“With over N27 billion monthly IGR, the state needs not borrow for projects. The former governor deliberately embarked on projects that were not feasible within another twenty years, got loans to complete such projects within eight years only to mismanage and or divert such loans.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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