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AA sympathises with Kaduna govt, victims of drone attack

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The Action Alliance (AA) has conveyed its astonishment regarding the military drone attack resulting in casualties and injuries in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. In a statement on Tuesday, the National Chairman of AA, Dr. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje, extended condolences to Governor Uba Sani and the residents of the state.

Expressing deep sadness over the incident, Omo-Aje highlighted the party’s concern about the accidental bombing that claimed the lives of innocent civilians and caused severe injuries to others. He emphasized the need for measures to prevent such incidents in the future, particularly regarding the safety and well-being of civilians in conflict zones.

Omo-Aje urged for a comprehensive investigation into the occurrence, echoing the sentiments of other Nigerians. Additionally, he commended Governor Uba Sani for his swift response to the unfortunate incident, acknowledging the governor’s efforts in addressing the aftermath of the military operation.

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Edo Assembly approves N409.2 billion supplementary budget for Obaseki

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Barely five months after assenting to the 2024 appropriation bill by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the State House of Assembly has shored up the budget to N409, 217,894,248,87 billion.

DAILY POST reports that the governor had on December 22, 2023, assented to N342.825,969,909,21 billion appropriation bill, which was N17.5 billion higher than the N321.4 billion earlier presented to the House.

DAILY POST noted that the raising of the budget to N409.2 billion was sequel to the House’s consideration and approval of the Governor Obaseki’s letter requesting a revision of the 2024 budget.

The lawmakers, while speaking in favour of the revised/supplementary budget, noted that it would enable the governor to finish his eight-year administration of the state well.

Moving the motion, Charity Aiguobarueghian, the Majority Leader of the House, noted that the supplementary budget was necessary for the state government to get legislative backing for the implementation of the N70,000 new minimum wage approval for the state’s workers recently.

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Charity, also opined that it would also allow the governor to complete all the ongoing projects awarded.

Other lawmakers that spoke in favour of the supplementary budget include, Maria Edeko (PDP), the deputy speaker, Eric Okaka, (APC), the minority leader of the House, Eigbiremonlen Fada Sunday, (PDP), Esan Central and Ugabi Kingsley Oghenakhogie (APC), Etsako East constituencies.

They all noted that, if approved, the revised supplementary budget would give the government the financial enablement to complete all ongoing projects and thereby eliminate cases of abandoned projects.

The House, at the committee of the whole, however, shored up the 2024 fiscal year budget to N409.2 billion, an increase of N66.4 billion.

In the new supplementary budget, recurrent expenditure is now N182, 446,255,325, 16 billion, while capital expenditure stood at N226, 771, 634, 923, 71billion as against the earlier assented budget of N154, 276,225,868,96 billion and N188,549,744,040,26 billion, respectively.

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The Speaker of the House, Blessing Agbebaku, who summed up the deliberation, said a clean copy of the approval will be sent to the state governor for his assent.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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2023 Deputy guber candidate, Jasper Uche dumps PDP in Abia

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Dr. Jasper Uche, who served as the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State during the 2023 elections, has tendered his resignation from the party.

In a letter addressed to the PDP Chairman of Umuaku Ward in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, Dr. Uche formally announced his decision to resign from the party. The letter, shared with DAILY POST on Tuesday morning, was also copied to the PDP Chairman of Umunneochi LGA and the State Chairman of the party.

The resignation letter stated: “I am writing to formally announce my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), effective immediately. This decision comes after careful consideration and extensive consultations.”

Dr. Uche expressed gratitude to the party for providing him with a platform, which led to his nomination as the Deputy Governorship Candidate in the 2023 general elections.

Similarly, Hon Ikechukwu Nwabekee, a former member of the Abia State House of Assembly representing Osisioma Ngwa North constituency, has also parted ways with the PDP.

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In a letter addressed to the party chairman of Amasaa Ward 5 in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of the state, Hon Nwabekee formally communicated his decision to leave the party. He emphasized that his decision was reached after thorough consultations and personal conviction.

Hon Nwabekee expressed appreciation to the party for the opportunity it provided him to serve, including his tenure as Chief Whip of the Abia State House of Assembly. He noted that his resignation was a step towards seeking new challenges.

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Ebonyi ex-Reps member, Ogbaga dumps PDP

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Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, has officially stepped down from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ogbaga, who represented the Abakiliki/lsu federal constituency of Ebonyi State from 1999 to 2023, made this announcement through a resignation letter dated April 24, 2024. The letter was addressed to the Chairman of the PDP Anmegu Enyigba ward and was also sent to the local government area (LGA) and state chairmen of the party.

In his resignation letter, Ogbaga stated, “I am writing to officially inform you of my resignation from the PDP. After careful evaluation and consideration of the current political climate within the party, I have decided to take a step back. Since 1998, I have remained a steadfast member of the PDP, contributing significantly to its growth with unwavering dedication and support.”

He emphasized that his decision to resign was personal and expressed gratitude for the leadership and support he received within the party. Ogbaga concluded his letter by wishing the PDP well in its future endeavors.

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