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PDP berates Obiano for abandoning Obi’s projects

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State yesterday accused Governor Willie Obiano of abandoning projects initiated by his predecessor, Chief Peter Obi in the state.

The party, which took a swipe at the governor’s handling of the funds of the 21 local governments in the state, challenged him to account for the local government allocations received in the state since he took over power.

In an open letter to the governor signed by PDP chairman in the state, Prince Ken Emeakayi, the party also alleged that the construction of the state secretariat of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Awka, was being implemented with the funds of the state.

The open letter, which was read by the chairman to newsmen during the state executive meeting of the party in Awka,  stated that local government system in the state was non-functional.

The party alleged that  Obiano was planning to appoint caretaker committees in the local government areas of the state after the expiration of the tenures of the current chairmen and councillors warning that the move was a violation of the constitution.

The letter read in part: “It is an open secret that Your Excellency has continued to administer Ihiala and Nnewi North local government area councils illegally without any legitimate council executives contrary to court decisions.

“We humbly and respectfully demand to know the total contract sum of the overhead bridge and flyover projects embarked upon by the Governor Willie Obiano administration at Awka.

“May it please our dear Governor, Akpokuedike, to make public the source of funding of the APGA Secretariat building which is ongoing at Awka and situated on a vast strategic state government land.”

“Your Excellency is also requested to direct ANSIEC to announce the date for the next local government council elections in Anambra State, which ought to take place on a record time well before the January 2016 handover date of the present councilors and chairmen, so as to enable political parties -to commence preparations for the campaigns and election in earnest.

“It is our sincere hope and belief that Your Excellency will find time to address the issues highlighted in this memo so as to reassure the good people of Anambra State that we have a government which ought to be accountable to the people.”

Meanwhile, PDP yesterday appointed Chief John Okigbo from Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government as the new secretary, following Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike’s decline.

Speaking on Uzodike’s resignation, Emeakayi said there was a mistake “ab-nitio” in the election of the former.

He claimed the former secretary did not meet the requirements of the party’s constitution for such election,

He said Uzodike only joined PDP some months ago and did not apply for  a waiver before the congress of the party.

The party ratified the suspension of some chieftains, including its governorship candidate in the 2013 election, Comrade Tony Nwoye, and Prince Osy Ezenwa, among others.

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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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