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Adeleke’s development plan aimed at plunging Osun into avoidable financial crisis – APC

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The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ademola Adeleke’s administration of deliberately aiming to push the state into an unnecessary financial crisis. The Osun APC has also alleged that the abrupt unveiling of a suspicious N100 billion development program, spanning 12 months, is a hidden agenda to drain the state’s resources.

These claims were made in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by the APC’s chairman in the state, Tajudeen Lawal.

It is worth noting that the state government had recently announced plans to implement a N100 billion development plan. This program includes the construction of five flyovers across the state, the rehabilitation of 1.5 kilometers of roads in each local government area, and the renovation of selected health facilities and schools. Governor Adeleke stated that these projects, to be completed within one year, would not involve loans or financial institutions.

However, Lawal has criticized the program, considering it a serious misallocation of priorities for someone who is responsible for managing the state’s resources. He has called on Adeleke to clarify the source of funding and the payment strategy, especially since he has claimed that no loans would be involved.

Lawal pointed out that Adeleke’s administration had not yet distributed the N9 billion Federal Government fuel subsidy removal relief fund, which had been intended to alleviate the suffering of the state’s residents. He questioned the trustworthiness of the government’s plans to carry out the proposed projects in light of this situation.

The Osun APC chairman also questioned the necessity of constructing five flyovers at this time, especially when the state government has not yet determined the minimum wage for its employees as initiated by the federal government. He raised concerns about the financial viability of such projects at the current state of the state’s finances.

Lawal further accused supporters of the Adeleke administration of lacking patriotism and criticized the redundancy of some projects within the development plan.

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Alleged Misappropriation: External auditor will examine LP’s accounts – Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, has announced that an external auditor has been appointed to scrutinize the party’s financial records.

This follows allegations made by Oluchi Opara, the national treasurer of the Labour Party, on Monday, accusing Julius Abure, the national chairman, of misappropriating N3.5 billion. In response, the party suspended Opara, alleging external influence aimed at destabilizing the LP. Abure, in turn, threatened legal action against Opara for defamation.

However, addressing the situation during a press conference on Thursday, Peter Obi stated, “we will account for everything now that we have an independent person who will tell us which way forward.” Obi clarified that he is not directly involved in the party’s management or campaign finances, assuring transparency in the handling of funds received during the election. He urged the public to come forward with any information regarding the whereabouts of the alleged misappropriated funds.

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We spent N744.5m on litigation, received N595.9m from Nigerians – Obi-Datti Campaign gives account

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The Obi/Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Organisation has revealed that it expended more than N744,500,000.00 (seven hundred and forty-four million, five hundred thousand naira) in legal battles in courts concerning the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, the organization disclosed receiving donations amounting to N595,976,994.00 from Nigerian citizens. Aisha Yesufu, Chairperson of the Fundraising Team of the Campaign Organisation, shared these details during a presentation on fundraising reports.

She emphasized the significance of accountability and transparency, underscoring the need to explain how the donated funds were utilized. Yesufu expressed gratitude to all donors, both in monetary and non-monetary contributions. From the donations received from citizens, the organization amassed N595,976,994. The candidate himself, Peter Obi, also contributed N8,000,000.00.

The campaign strategy included channeling support for Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed through various support groups across Nigeria’s 36 states. Media campaigns were deployed, reaching over 11 million individuals through 40 radio stations, community outreach, and social media platforms.

Limited financial resources led to a strategic approach in utilizing funds. Campaign materials worth N258,374,330.00 were procured and distributed nationwide, along with N16,432,867.00 allocated for media and radio broadcasting expenses. Election promotion expenses amounted to N10,808,948.00, while N324,381,700.00 was spent on Polling Unit Agents. Additionally, bank charges of N1,750,544.00 and administrative charges of N477,000.00 were incurred.

A significant portion, N744,500,000.00, was allocated to cover legal expenses, while over N28,500,000.00 was expended on campaign and election activities. Yesufu clarified that the candidate himself contributed N800,000,000.00 specifically for legal fees.

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Peter Obi an opportunist—Bwala

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A former spokesperson for the Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala, has characterized Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, as an opportunist.

In response to a photo of Obi at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cote d’Ivoire, Bwala asserted that Obi manipulates religion, ethnicity, natural disasters, and sports to his advantage against Nigerians.

Sharing his thoughts on platform X, Bwala stated, “Obi doesn’t engage in opposition but rather exploits opportunities. He capitalizes on the nation’s and its people’s weaknesses like a predator, utilizing religion, ethnicity, natural calamities, and even sports until members of the NFF supporters’ club told him to ‘F’ off.”

“Peter Obi aims to lead Nigeria with slogans and trendy phrases; shifting from consumption to production; referencing China, Malaysia, Egypt, etc. What does he truly understand about governance? He feigns concern for the impoverished masses; however, one should inquire about the wages he offers his employees across all his businesses, and then return to discuss the genuine implications of contemporary slavery with me.”

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