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COVID-19: FG’s palliatives huge scam, give detailed account – PDP dares Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged President Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency to immediately make public detail of funds spent as palliatives to Nigerians.

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PDP explained that the scheme which was aimed at cushioning the stay-home effect caused by COVID-19 pandemic had been exposed to ba a huge scam.

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The opposition party made the call in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.

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PDP also urged its state governors to help their counterparts in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in responding to the pandemic.

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It stressed that had the Buhari-led Presidency involved the states and allowed for a multilayered, people-based approach in the distribution of palliatives, development of therapeutics and implementation of protocols, the situation would have been better handled.

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The statement reads: “Now that the Buhari Presidency has come to its wits end, our party urges governors elected on the platform of the PDP to assist their colleagues in the APC with information, strategies and expertise, for an effective national response for the pandemic.

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“Furthermore, we urge Mr. President and his PTF to do the nation a favour by taking accommodation in the backseat and allowing competent hands to manage the situation.

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“Our party urges the state governors to brace up to the occasion and rally the private sector for homegrown solutions, which the APC-led Federal Government had failed to achieve due to sheer incompetence and
corruption.

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“We, therefore, charge the Buhari Presidency to immediately give a detailed account of all funds and other resources it claimed to have spent, particularly on palliatives; a scheme that has been exposed to be a huge scam.”

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Declare state of emergency on security – PDP tells President Buhari

Declare state of emergency on security ? PDP tells President Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in order to address insecurity situation in the country.  
 

The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, made the appeal at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja while reacting to the open letter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Buhari. Secondus said the advice was necessary looking at the increasing rate of cases of killing and kidnapping across the country.  

He recalled the killing of the then female international aide worker and the recent killing of Funke Olakunrin daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere. Secondus said that the worsen security situation between April and now had made concerned patriotic leaders to voice out their concerns.

These leaders, according to him, include Mr Obasanjo; the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka; and former governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, among others.  Secondus described Mr Obasanjo’s letter as truth that could not be run away from, if the insecurity situation must be addressed.

“Former President Obasanjo in a timely tirade to the President on Monday raised all the issues and properly situated the security position in the country. He went further to highlight the implications of the current state of the nation and where we are headed if urgent steps are not taken.  “As National Chairman of the main opposition party I cannot agree less with the former President.

“I cannot agree less with him where he said among other things that Quote. The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is one of our greatest and most important assets…”.

Secondus said the PDP whole-heatedly associates itself with the position of the patriotic Nigerians.  “The PDP urges President Buhari to respond appropriately to their timely advisories by declaring state of emergency on security in the country and go further urgently to address the issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter.  

Secondus said the killing of Mrs Olakunrin was the high point of murdering of innocent Nigerians across the land.  “It certainly cannot be well for a nation that creates an ugly situation where a 94-year-old Nationalist would be burying her 58-year-old daughter.  “This certainly is not Nigeria of our dream.”

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Kano State election tribunal rejects PDP’s plea to amend names of witnesses

Kano State election tribunal rejects PDP?s plea to amend names of witnesses

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano on Tuesday dismissed a prayer by Abba Kabir-Yusuf, PDP governorship candidate seeking to amend the names of witnesses earlier presented alongside the petition.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Kabir-Yusuf, are challenging the declaration of Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 23, governorship election in Kano state. In his submission, the lead counsel of Kabir-Yusuf, Asiwaju Adeboyega Awomolo said he brought the petition to correct some errors made on the names of their witnesses earlier filed on April 11, 2019.  

He maintained that his application would not amend or alter the statement of fact but to sustain the ground prayer of their petition and urged the tribunal to grant the application. While objecting to the prayer, Counsels to both respondents, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and INEC, Offiong Offiong (SAN) and Ahmad Raji (SAN) noted that the prayer to amend the names of the witnesses by the petitioner contravened the Electoral Act.  

The counsel further argued that election petition should be filed accompanied with names, details and oath of the petition. In her ruling, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki dismissed the application by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Shamaki said Paragraph 4 and 5 of the first schedules of the Electoral Act provided that all election petitions should be accompanied with details of the witnesses.  

The tribunal chairman also noted that petitioner should be expected to file his petition three weeks after declaration of election result. She said since the petitioner had filed his petition in the last three months, she had no jurisdiction to grant the application of the PDP. Shamaki, therefore, adjourned the sitting to the July 22 for the commencement of hearing.  

No fewer than 785 witnesses are expected to appear before the election tribunal to testify for APC and PDP on the conduct of the March 2019, governorship election in the state.

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We will get back our lost glory – Ogun PDP

By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta

Ogun State People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to get back its glory which its had lost to the All Progressive Congress(APC) since eight years ago.

The state party who spoke through its Acting Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olasunkanmi Oyejide, expressed confidence that the party would regain its lost glory.

He said with the purposeful leadership being given to the party at various levels, the lost glory would be restored sooner than later.

Oyejide who spoke at the party secretariat in Abeokuta said the inroad the PDP made into the North during the 2019 general elections was a pointer to the bright future that awaited the party.

He said it was gratifying that the Supreme Court, which is the final court in the land, had resolved the issue of the Ogun State PDP in favour of the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led State Executive.

His words “I strongly believe that useful lessons have been learnt on all sides, ahead of the preparations for the party congress in 2020.

“The party will leave no stone unturned to bring back its lost sheep and ensure smooth congresses from the ward to the national levels.