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We’ll Resist APC’s Desperation To Foist One-Party Rule On Nigerians – PDP BOT

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The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has made a vow.

PDP BOT vowed to resist alleged attempts by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to foist one party rule on Nigerians.

Acting Chairman of the BoT, Senator Adolphus Wabara, said this while reading a communique after the 75th meeting of the board, in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said, “The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), at its 75th meeting thoroughly reviewed the State of affairs of the nation and the Party and resolved as follows:

“The BoT is resolved to take urgent steps to resists the current manifest desperation by the APC to turn Nigeria into a One-Party State.

He equally said, “The BoT restates its rejection of the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) in upholding the declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the February 25, 2023 Presidential election, in spite of the evidence clearly pointing to the contrary.

“The BoT is also monitoring and studying the outcome of cases in various election courts with regards to their level of adherence and respect to the Rule of Law and evidence before such court.

“The BoT commended the PDP Presidential Candidate, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, for following due process of the law in his quest to retrieve the Presidential Mandate freely given to him at the February 25, 2023 Presidential election.”

Wabara expressed the board’s confidence in the capacity and courage of the Supreme Court to “ultimately and decisively right the wrongs and correct the manifest errors contained in the Judgment of the PEPC in the interest of the unity, stability and corporate existence of our Country.”

He equally expressed the board’s serious concerns over what he described as the excruciating hardship, worsening insecurity and general sense of apprehension and despondency across the country “occasioned by the hasty implementation of ill-planned policies of the overtly insensitive APC administration.”

The BoT also reiterated its worry over the continued fall in the value of the Naira arising from the ill-implemented policies of the APC with attendant devastating negative effect on the economy resulting in agonizing high costs and unbearable pressure on families.

Wabara also said, “The BoT laments that the APC is pushing Nigerians to the wall and worry that the level of poverty and anger in the polity over the suppressive rule of the APC is capable of snowballing into a serious crisis if not urgently addressed.

“The BoT observed that nation is currently in a precarious situation under the APC and Nigerians look unto the PDP for solution and direction at this time.

“The BoT assures Nigerians that despite the challenges, the PDP remains united, stronger and more determined to continue to lead the charge to rescue our democracy and return our nation to the path of credible elections, Rule of Law, national cohesion and economic prosperity.”

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Federal Character: Reps Reject NIMASA Boss’ Representation, Summon DG

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character on Wednesday summoned the Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety agency (NIMASA), Dayo Mobereola.

This followed the failure of the DG to appear before the Committee for an investigative hearing after being duly invited.

Chairman of the Committee Idris Wase, who expressed displeasure over his absence at the hearing at the National Assembly Complex, rejected Mobereola’s representative.

Mobereola had sent the Director of Administration of Human Resources, Osembi Osigche to represent him before the Committee.

Wase said the DG had not shown regard for the Committee and demanded that the DG must appear in person before the committee on the next adjourned date.

 “This is considered provision in the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and I take you straight to 8-1, it says, in the 3rd Schedule, in giving effect to Section 14, 3-D and 4-D, a portion I just address to you of this Constitution, the Committee shall have the power to Walk out an executive subject to the approval of the National Assembly for the prosecution of all cadres of force in the public service of the Federation and of the State.

“The unconstitutional operation of the Nigerian police force and other government agencies, government companies and persons of the State promote, monitor, and enforce compliance with the principles of the provision of all bureaucratic, economic, media, and political forces at all levels of government to take such legal measures, including the prosecution of the head or staff of any misdeed or government body or agency which failed to comply with any federal character, principle, or formula prescribed or attempted by the Commission.

“These are constitutional provisions guiding our own work. It is a constitutional committee, and it may interest you to know that every state or federation is represented by at least one person. So we are about 70, and I believe because of the enormity of the work going on, that’s why members are not sitting. And very soon they will begin to come in, in their numbers.

“The chief executive is not here. He has sent in communication to us to ask the question that the Director of Administration of Human Resources, Osembi Osigche, be allowed to represent him because of other official engagement.

“There are some questions that we may ask that the representative may not be able to give. So I think it’s better we make sure that the Chief Executives is here before us. We agree to let you know that we’re stepping down your appearance as of today, and then we shall communicate also the next day for this appearance. And we expect him to appear personally.

“I think part of my resolution; he has said he has respect for us. It’s a committee that is constitutional. But he didn’t even have the opportunity and time to write a letter and sign for us personally. He has to ask somebody to sign on his behalf. In an era of doing things and disobeying things that we have not done, I think if he really means the words he’s saying; maybe he would have signed that letter personally.

In his response, Osigche pleaded with committee to accept his representation as the DG was away for another national assignment.

He said “We appreciate you and we acknowledge the seriousness this committee takes on this national assignment. As you rightly say, he should have signed, but I really wish he was available to sign. And he wanted to come in person. That’s to show you the regard he has for this committee up to the last minute. Of course, if he was still unavailable, he would have been able to do that. But because of the nature of the job, maritime, and international engagement, which took him away. But most importantly, I’m very sure that he will definitely be willing to be here on the next appointed date.

“Once more, we crave the indulgence of this committee. To understand that he really loves to be here. And he takes this assignment seriously. Hence, he sent the highest-ranking person responsible for that activity to come here and put up this position. So, we crave your indulgence to be able to do so.

“Whatever he went out there to do, we appreciate that the blue economy is important for the country to move forward. But the blue economy is in the front line because of the good laws that have been produced by the same National Assembly. So, he’s enjoying our good work. He should render his good account before us. There is no explanation as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

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Senate Removes Ndume as Chief Whip, Vice Chairman of Appropriation Committee

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By Eze Okechukwu Godson, Abuja

The Senate yesterday removed Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno State) as its Chief Whip and also stripped him off his position as the Vice Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, moving him to Chair the Committee on Tourism.

Replaced by senator Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno North) as the Chief Whip of the senate, Ndume’s removal was sequel to a directive issued to the senate in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio by both the National Chairman and Secretary of the ruling All People’s Congress Party (APC), Mallam Umar Ganduje and Senator Bashir Ajibola respectively.

In a voice vote, the senate took a unanimous decision to effect the removal of Senator Ndume after the complaint letter against his ‘unbecoming’ utterances as the Chief Whip of the senate was read by the President of the Senate, Sen.

Godswill Akpabio on the floor of the senate.

Senator Ndume who was absent during plenary yesterday had been making critical remarks about President Bola Tinubu’s economic policies, the economic hardship, food scarcity and the concomitant security crisis affecting the country.

However, Tahir Monguno who hitherto is the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary was presenting yesterday during plenary when his name was brought forward as replacement for the critical senator Ali Ndume and immediately sworn into office.

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NASS Plateau Caucus Dumps Parties Quarrel to Pursue State’s Interests

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

The Plateau state Caucus in the National Assembly on Wednesday, resolved to jettison the ongoing noticeable quarrel between their various political parties and work together to pursue the common interests of the state.

Sen. Diket Plang (APC-Plateau) made the pledge in Abuja, at a welcome ceremony for lawmakers, organised by Plateau State Indigenes’ Forum in the National Assembly (PIFNASS).

He said that the lawmakers were determined to bring back the glory days of Plateau and to make it a home to all Nigerians and foreigners again.

“When we are here, we talk about Plateau and what we can take home; no matter your party or tribe, the essence is Plateau, no matter religion or Local Governments, the emphasis is Plateau.

“Plateau must rise again, it must be said that there is a Plateau and therefore, when they are sharing, we must collect our own and take it back home.

“I assure you that we will leave a responsible, people-oriented and a very fair representation of the people of Plateau,” he said.

He charged members of PIFNASS as indigenes of the state, to guide lawmakers, particularly first timers as part of their contribution to the development of the state.

Speaking on behalf of Members of the House of Representatives from Plateau, Rep. John Dafaan (APC-Plateau) said that all the legislators from the state operate as one family.

He said that Plateau is one and the lawmakers were already working as one for the best interest of the state.

The lawmaker urged PIFNASS to partner with the lawmakers and cooperate with the caucus to attract the dividends of democracy for the people.

Earlier, the President of PIFNASS, Mr Caleb Danfulani said that the association is aimed at promoting unity and enhancing the well-being of its members regardless of party affiliation, tribe and religion.

According to him, our aim is also to see that we promote the ideal of oneness thereby creating that bond of brotherhood and pursue common goals that will lead to the growth and development of Plateau.

“We should all work as a team to see that we attract developmental projects to Plateau.

This, we cannot achieve alone but with proper collaboration and lobbying of other legislators from neighbouring states,” he said.

Also, the Chairman of the organising committee, Dr Paul Adiwu said that the primary duty of lawmakers was to serve the interests of constituents.

He reminded the lawmakers that their presence in the hallowed Assembly was not only a privilege but a sacred trust.

“We respectfully charge you to remain committed to the welfare, progress, and development of our State and Nation.

“In the past, we have made considerable progress in improving the lives of our people through various initiatives and policies.

“Therefore, we must not relent now but continue to aspire for greater heights, ensuring that our actions benefit our communities.

“The road ahead requires our unwavering support, collaboration, and dedication. As we depart this venue, let us carry with us the spirit of unity, the zeal for service, and the determination to positively impact the lives of our people.

“Let us remain steadfast in our resolve knowing fully well that by working together we can achieve a brighter and more prosperous future for Plateau State and our great Nation,” he said

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