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Imo Guber: PDP demands Gov Uzodinma’s disqualification

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affirms that its candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, remains undeterred and confident of victory in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Imo State, scheduled for Saturday. Despite facing a purportedly malicious fake video orchestrated and disseminated by Governor Hope Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP expresses unwavering support for its candidate.

In a statement issued on Friday by Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, the party condemns the alleged actions of Governor Uzodinma, urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify him. The party characterizes the purported fake video as a barbaric and shameful attempt by the APC candidate to mislead the people of Imo State.

The PDP contends that the falsified video serves as confirmation that Governor Uzodinma harbors deep concerns about the popularity of the PDP candidate and has resorted to last-minute underhanded tactics in a futile bid to undermine Senator Anyanwu’s candidacy.

The statement reiterates that Senator Anyanwu remains fully committed to the gubernatorial race, dismissing the fraudulent video as entirely baseless. The PDP calls on the residents of Imo State to disregard the misleading video, emphasizing its falseness.

Furthermore, the PDP asserts that Governor Uzodinma’s alleged involvement in the production and dissemination of the fake video is indicative of his lack of readiness to participate in a peaceful, free, fair, and transparent election. In light of these allegations, the party calls on INEC to disqualify the APC and Governor Uzodinma, citing their reported violation of the Electoral Act, 2022, the Nigerian Criminal Code, and Cyber Crime Law.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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