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13 Political Parties In Alliance With APC

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Thirteen out of the 26
political parties in the country on Wednesday pledged to work with the All Progressives Congress (APC) towards ensuring free and fair elections in the country.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Dr. Bashir Ibrahim who led representatives of the parties on solidarity visit to the APC presidential candidate, Major-Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) in Abuja on Wednesday said they would stand by the APC by ensuring that a free, fair and credible elections are conducted.
“We are here to collaborate with the APC. It is unfortunate that some political parties have decided to serve their masters rather than the country. We are here to inform you that we will stand by you and on the side of the truth,” the PDM chairman said.
Receiving the parties, Gen. Buhari commended those who had agreed to work with the APC, describing their decision as patriotic.
“I honestly appreciate how you arrived at this decision to cooperate with us in this election. This decision is very patriotic. We have to appreciate the stage we are in. We have to realize that we can save the system and our country if we come together,” he said.
Buhari accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sentencing Nigeria to economic and political under-development since it assumed power 16 years ago, adding that the country had made more money between 1999 and 2015 that it made between 1914, when amalgamation took place and 1999 when the PDP took over power.
He challenged the PDP to tell Nigerians how it had utilised the resources of the country in the last 16 years it has been in power.
“We challenge the PDP, let them account for their stay in power for 16 years in terms of the fundamental objectives we have been talking about in the area of security, the economy and corruption.
“We have been very consistent about these issues but people who are sitting on the periphery have kept on making noise and wasting our time. Let them come and defend themselves on what they have done in the last 16 years with the incredible resources they made within this period, the incredible resources this country realised within this period, which is much more than what the country made since amalgamation in 1914. If you like, go and get this record from the central bank,” Buhari said.
The APC presidential flag-bearer also decried the state of the nation’s economy, especially the value of the naira, wondering why N220 should be exchanged for a dollar.
“Look at the state of our naira. Now, you have to get N220-something for a dollar. How can we develop under this system? he asked.
Among the parties present during the visit to Buhari included PDM, African Peoples Alliance (APA), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Kowa Party, African Democratic Congress (ADC), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), United Peoples Party (UPP), Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), Independent Democratic Party (IDP) and Unity Party of Nigeria.

 

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Election and Party Monitoring Committee, Prof. Lai Olorode (left), in  handshake with Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, during the national briefing of accredited observers for the 2015 General Election in Abuja, yesterday. With them is the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

Election and Party Monitoring Committee, Prof. Lai Olorode (left), in handshake with Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, during the national briefing of accredited observers for the 2015 General Election in Abuja, yesterday. With them is the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

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Govs To Hold Virtual Meeting On Judicial, Legislative Autonomy

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The Governors of the 36 states of the federation will hold a virtual meeting today to further discuss the issue of financial autonomy to judicial and legislative arms in states.
This is contained in a statement by NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo on Monday in Abuja.
Bello-Barkindo said efforts were already being made in all states to either constitute State Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or inaugurate them.
This, according to him, is preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government at the subnational level.
The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had since embarked on a nationwide strike on the issue.
He said the governors had been working day and night to establish modalities for the autonomy in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution.
He said that the governors would also be updated on the activities of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, who headed the governors’ interface with the committee.
Bello-Barkindo said that the meeting would also review the agenda of the National Executive Council (NEC), which would take place a day after.
“Other items on the agenda include the regular update on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for results (SFTAS) to provide states’ status on their DLI’s and upcoming deadlines.
The meeting would also receive presentation from the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, regarding unlocking liquidity through sale/optimisation of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets,” he said.
He added that the Policy Development Facility (PDF) bridge programme would also discuss diversification and non-oil export opportunities for states in post Covid-19 era.

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2023: PDP Flexes Muscle Over C’ River

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Leading members of the main opposition PDP converged in Calabar, Cross River at the weekend to strategise on how to retain its grip on power in the state.
This is contained in a statement e-mailed to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.
The Tide source reports that the PDP has been in power in Cross River since the return of democracy in the country 22 years ago but the defection of the current governor appears to mark a turning point.
Political pundits argue that the defection of the state Governor Ben Ayade from the PDP to the ruling APC may affect the fortunes of the PDP in the years ahead.
The governor’s departure is now seen as a major test for the PDP in what is now seen as a game of wits between the PDP and the APC.
Addressing the party’s chieftains, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, declared that Cross River would “remain the stronghold of the PDP, in spite of Gov. Ayade’s defection.
“PDP will work to retain the confidence the people of Cross River State reposed in our party and retain its dominance in the state.
“Our party has governed since the return of party politics in 1999.
“Cross River will remain the stronghold of our party well after 2023,’’ said Secondus, flanked by other chieftains of the party, including Sen. Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Secondus told PDP members in the state to remain resolute to make the party retain power in the upcoming general elections.
Also speaking, a former governor of the state, Sen. Liyel Imoke, gave assurance that no other party would take the state from the PDP, “being the dominant party in the state.
“PDP is the only party known to our people. I assure the leadership of our party that we will deliver victory in 2023,’’ he stated.
Imoke governed the state from 2007 to 2015 when he handed over to Ayade now of the APC.
Other PDP chieftains, who were present at the event included former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River and the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Mr Efiok Cobham.
Also present were Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Etta Mbora and Hon. Essien Ayi, all serving members of the House of Representatives among other party’s chieftains.

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…Vows To Take Over Anambra

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, says the party remains focused to take over the state in the upcoming governorship poll.
Nwobu said this in an interview with newsmen in Awka yesterday, adding that he would not be distracted by those trying to destabilise the party in the state.
He lauded the National Executive Committee of the party for organising successful ward congresses in the state.
He described the success of the exercise as a sure step to the party’s free, fair and credible primary election.
“We want to conduct our primary election, where party people will freely vote and produce a candidate that will be acceptable to Anambra people at the November 6 poll.
“This is not time for distractions. We are focused on taking over government from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
“The party has shortchanged millions of Anambra people in terms of governance.
Nwobu said he remained the valid chairman of PDP in Anambra, having emerged from a valid process that was upheld by a Federal High Court in its May 24, 2018 judgment.
He said the judgment had not been reversed by any higher court and was “unfazed by any court judgment”, which purportedly removed him.
“My leadership is still subsisting, no superior court has set that judgment aside and a court of coordinate jurisdiction cannot do that.
“Our team of legal experts is taking care of that. The decision to appeal will be advised,” the PDP chairman said.
The Tide source reports that Chief Chukwudi Umeaba at the weekend announced that he had taken over the party in the state as the Acting Chairman of the Caretaker Committee.
Umeaba, who announced the suspension of the ward congresses, said his action was predicated on the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court.
According to him, the judgment delivered on June 9, nullified the process that produced Nwobu’s leadership.

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