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Benue Assembly Serve Ortom Impeachment Notice

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Ten members of the Benue state house of assembly have served impeachment notice on the state governor Samuel Ortom.

The lawmakers who reconvened the assembly’s sitting in Makurdi on Monday morning also suspended 15 of their colleagues for alleged indiscipline.
The session was presided over by the impeached speaker of the house Terkimbi Ikyange with protection from security operatives.

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Atiku Asks Buhari to Resign over State of Economy

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign from office, saying the president’s recent assessment of the nation’s economy, in which he stated that it had gone out of control, was enough evidence that he had failed.
The president had told state governors last Friday in Abuja that the economy had become so bad that new strategies had to be found to revamp it, admonishing Nigerians to brace up for rough times ahead.

Atiku in a statement in Abuja yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, described the president’s assessment indicating Nigeria’s economy had collapsed under his watch as not only a self-indicting ploy to attract the sympathy of Nigerians, but also a disguise to get a soft landing from the people, who the main opposition flag bearer said he had put under terrible suffering and hardship in the last three and half years.
“The result of course is this late hour confession of failure on the eve of our general elections, in the hope that millions of Nigerians, whom he has condemned to poverty and hardship will give him a clap for failing abysmally. I dare say that President Buhari has miscalculated badly on this matter because Nigerians are simply fed up with him,” he said.
Atiku added, “The economy has collapsed under his watch and he has by this frank remarks admitted that he has no idea on how to fix it; and that is why he summoned the governors to help him. This is really very sad because President Buhari has run out of time and what Nigerians need now is a leadership, which has the political will, administrative experience and sound economic acumen to get Nigeria working again.”
He said the most nauseating aspect of the president ‘s negative assessment of the economy was that he had continued “to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the economy by once again invoking the tired mantra of blaming the past administration and 16 years of PDP rule for his own failure.”
Atiku said Buhari’s comment was a confirmation of the forecast by the British multinational bank, HSBC, which predicted that re-electing the president in 2019 could plunge Nigeria into deeper economic hardship.
“Unless those in charge of the APC and the party’s supporters are, as usual, suffering from some form of self-delusion, it just does not make any sense for them to say that the APC-led federal government had brought succour to the ordinary Nigerian when President Buhari himself has admitted to governors of the 36 States of the federation that the economy has gone beyond his control,” he said, adding, “Or do we need a prophet to tell us that the president’s admission of the state of the nation’s economy is a vindication of our long held position and indeed the forecast by HSBC recently cited by the Nigerian media, where the bank had said a second term for Buhari would greatly stunt the economy of the country?”
He called on the APC to apologise to all Nigerians for bringing them nothing but suffering of unquantifiable proportion since 2015, and to make a solemn pledge not to have anything to do with governance again, especially with the 2019 elections fast approaching.
According to him, the hopes for better governance and improved standard of living that many had nursed with the assumption of office by the president in May 2015 has since given way to despair and hopelessness.
He stated, “The exchange rate of the Naira to the US dollar when the APC assumed office in 2015 was about 170 (official rate) to the dollar. Today it is 360 to the dollar. Today, millions of Nigerians, most of them youths, are unemployed, forcing them to become professional beggars, who wait with bated breath for the federal government’s monthly N5,000 handout and N10,000 Tradermoni aimed at bribing them to re-elect the party in the forthcoming elections.”
He continued, “Power generation has actually dipped from 4,949 megawatts PDP left it in 2015 to less than 3,500 megawatts even though Buhari’s handlers consistently claim that 7,000 megawatts is what is currently being generated. What more evidence do we need to know that the APC has been a curse rather than a blessing to our country?”

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APGA Is The Clear Altertnative

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Chukwueke has condemned the non inclusion of APGA in the Vice Presidential debate conducted by BON and NEDG, yesterday, 14th December, 2018.

Chukwueke affirmed that APGA remains the clear alternative in the 2019 election, stating that the party is poised to change the skewed system of governance that has deepend ethno-religious crisis and furthered disintegratation of the country.

Chief Chukwueke regretted that such a scenario would play out in the fourth estate of the realm, an assumed haven of fairness and justice. He wondered at the modalities used by BON and NEDG to invite some candidates of other political parties to the debate to the exclusion of others.

Chukwueke argued that APGA deserved representation as the third largest political party in the country and decried the obvious marginalization. He warned that the hope of the common man hangs dangerously on the precipice since the custodian of their hope appears to have joined the party of dubious changers and sharers of our common patrimony.

Speaking with journalists at the Hilton Hotels and Towers Abuja yesterday, Chief Chukwueke declared APGA’s readiness to provide the needed paradigm shift and establish a new positive order in the country. He observed that Anambra State is a clear indication of what APGA intends to do in Nigeria.

Chukwueke observed that Anambra is among the 5 states in the country with the least monthly allocation, yet the least indebted. Anambra is also the 4th largest economy in Nigeria.

He emphasized that the type of prudence Gov Willie Obiano brought to governance in Anambra will form the template with which APGA will run government at the center.

On the impression that APGA is a regional party, Chukwueke was quick to dismiss it, stating that APGA has departed from the perception a long time ago. He mentioned that APGA is fielding candidates in almost all the elective positions in every state of the country.
Chukwueke maintained that the emergence of Gen. John Gbor as the Presidential candidate of the party further substantiates this as Gbor is from the middle belt.

Chukwueke however noted that the vision of Presidential candidate, Gbor and the party is to run an all inclusive government that will place more emphasis on value and merit than on tribe or religion. He opined that Nigeria is more divided because of poverty than by religion and ethnicity.
Chief Chukwueke confirmed that poverty eradication, justice and equity shall form the main thrust of an APGA government.

Courtesy: Vision Gbor/Chukwueke 2019 Team .

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THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA OF APGA IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE GOVERNMENT OF OUR DEAR COUNTRY NIGERIA.

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The Vice Presidential Candidate under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Chukwueke on Saturday put a diplomatic fight against insurgency and establishment of economic zones upon the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria at the heart of his bid to oversee alongside the presidential candidate, Gen. John Gbor, the affairs of this country, as official campaigning got under way for elections next year.

Nigeria, more than ever before, needs a stable and people-focused government to move the agenda for our country forward. The problem of Nigeria is that the structure is resting on a shifting/sliding sand.

We need a government which will shift from the discussions on formula to share, to discussions on formula to manufacture.

The problem of Nigeria is the problem of a mother who is afraid to wean her child, she breastfeeds her child to old age. The effect is that the child never fight for survival, rather he forever depends on the mother.

What happens if eventually the breast milk gets drained and stops to flow, both the child and the mother perishes.

Our past and present governments have not been able to diversify our economy, we depend solely on crude oil which will someday loose relevance.

About the year 2030, automobiles will be electronically powered, crude oil will begin to loose importance, demands will reduce with subsequent fall in price.

THE BIG QUESTION IS; IN THIS SITUATION, WHAT WILL BE THE FATE OF NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS??

The APGA led government will open up the system and build a solid foundation through;

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ECONOMIC ZONES:

We focus on those infrastructural, economic and developmental factors of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

These respective zones calls the attention of the federal government cum foreign investors on the key economic factors of the zone which when harnessed and developed will economically and automatically empower the zone in a competitive way.

In the South East for instance, there wont be any need for Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi etc to spend their resources on giant projects, all they need to do is come together, save some money, get the attention and support of the federal government and foreign investors as an entity to focus on those economic activities that thrive best in the zone, be it agriculture, housing, education, commerce etc. By this Nigeria will be physically restructured and placed on a very solid foundation.

SECURITY:

This is very important and will be invested in to secure the lives of people, properties and economic investments in these zones.

The APGA led government knows that we are a nation who does not believe in itself and its military and by this, kills the morale of our armed forces.

Not long ago Nigeria paid for military equipments that will be delivered in the year 2023, shall we cross our hands and wait till 2023 while our people die everyday due to insurgency? HELL NO!

We shall make the commitment to bring in military contractors who shall come in with their mechanized and man power. They shall help us fight insurgency, restore peace and security, train our people and recoup our military.

ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR CATTLE RANCHING IN THE NORTH:

The APGA led government is ready to make commitment to encourage cattle ranching in the North. We are prepared to involve the CBN to provide finances to encourage farmers who are ready to adapt, invest and build ranching in the North.

The APGA led government shall stand with farmers to ensure they have the support they need to grow the agricultural value chain. We shall make commitment for massive water irrigation in the North to reclaim our desert lands and generate more vegetative area for our cattles. This will reduce the pressure of cattle rearers coming down south and eternally put an end to the often conflict between farmers and herdsmen.

REDUCTION IN THE COST OF GOVERNANCE BY 5%:
The cost of maintenance for our government officials is outrageous, the APGA led government shall reduce the cost of governance by 5%, ranging from the federal to the state and local government functionaries.

The funds recovered from the reductions shall be directed to our health, housing and education sectors.

As has been the case since the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) started publishing the Human Development Index (HDI), Nigeria’s 2017 HDI statistics and the World Health Organisation’s World Health Statistics 2017, tell a woeful story about our health systems.

Nigeria must improve funding for health care and ensure that we not only retain our medical professionals but attract those in the Diaspora who left the country in search of greener pastures.

The increased funding that shall become available shall be used in improving facilities at public hospitals and schools and to enhance the remuneration of our teachers and medical personnel so as to ensure parity with their peers who have similar qualifications and experience in the western countries.

VISION GBOR/CHUKWUEKE 2019 TEAM

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GENERAL GBOR PRESENTS APGA’S FIVE CARDINAL COVENANT TO SOUTHWEST LEADERS.

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The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Retired General John Gbor has reiterated the determination of his party to re-enact true federalism in Nigeria if elected in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.
General Gbor gave this assurance while exchanging views with the leaders of the Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere in Akure, Ondo state.
He unveiled APGA’s five cardinal covenant anchored on; True Federalism, Security, Economic Reconstruction driven by private enterprise in post-oil setting, Social Agenda involving health care reform, education, social housing policy, youth, women and empowerment of physically challenged persons with the intention to set up Youth Agency in the Presidency.
The APGA Presidential standard bearer maintained that his party presents the best opportunity for paradigm shift in governance in Nigeria, contrary to the ugly experiences of the citizenry under governments sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the past nineteen years.
In his remark, the leader of Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasoranti, assured General Gbor of the readiness of the Yoruba Ethnic Nationality to cooperate with any group genuinely committed to the Restructuring of the Nigerian Federation in order to restore true federalism in the country.
Pa Fasoranti recalled what he described as the golden days of genuine federal system of government in Nigeria before the overthrow of the First Republic by the military in 1966, pointing out that in that era the four federating units of the country effectively controlled their resources and developed socioeconomically at their own pace.
For his part, a former Secretary of the Government of the federation and National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chief Olu Falae enthused that the people of the Southwest geopolitical zone would work in synergy with the APGA as a viable Third Force to wrestle power from the APC-PDP oligarchy which according to him has in the past two decades grossly misruled Nigeria to the detriment of the masses.
Chief Falae maintained that as far as he was concerned the APC and PDP are two sides of the same coin and urged the Nigerian electorate to shun both parties and vote massively for genuine progressive parties in the 2019 general elections in the country.
Courtesy: Vision Gbor/ Chukwueke 2019.

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We Can’t Expect People Who Destroyed Our Past To Improve Our Future – YPP’s Getso

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The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Umma Getso, has warned that it will be a mistake to expect those who have governed Nigeria before to solve its problems.
She said this on Friday during the NEDG/BON Vice-Presidential Debate, which was held at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
“To be candid, YPP is a party that is here to bring a new thing,” she said.
“It is a party that is founded with the new ideology to bring a new set of politicians because we cannot expect people who destroyed our past to come and improve our future tomorrow.”
According to her, her party will, among other things, focus on girl-child education if voted into power.
“I have a passion for the girl-child education and I spent the early part of my adulthood in the development of the common Nigerian,” she said.
Getso who briefly introduced herself as the daughter of a former Senator from Bauchi State stated that her background had equipped her to serve people well.
She explained that her belief that Nigeria would get better prompted her to join the race with YPP’s presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu.
While stressing that Nigerians were yearning for better leadership, Getso stated that the YPP was committed to creating that paradigm shift in leadership styles.
She added, “As a mother of three, I have been through the lowest level of Nigeria’s standard of living and I know how Nigerians are suffering. I know that there is no substantial thing from 1999 till date that a typical Nigerian will show today.”

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Knocks for Peter Obi for quoting dubious statistics

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Fact checkers went to work Friday night to puncture some of the statistics quoted by Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party at the live TV debate at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
In arguing that petrol subsidy that he estimated to be a trillion naira a year was a waste, Obi said there are only two million vehicles in Nigeria.
Fact-checking revealed otherwise. According to National Bureau of Statistics(NBS), Nigeria has over 11.5million vehicles on the road, as at 2017.
Obi also claimed that intra-African trade is just a mere 9 per cent. He was proven wrong. Intra-African trade, according to Afreximbank Africa Trade Report 2018, is estimated at 15 per cent. In 2016, this was estimated at 18 per cent of its total exports and imports. IMF even gave an estimate of 20 per cent of the total trade volume of about one trillion dollars.
Obi was correct when he said oil exports still accounts for 80 per cent of Nigeria’s dollar revenue. However, oil contribution to GDP has dwindled to about 10 per cent, according to NBS.
But he was caught out when he claimed that his administration as governor of Anambra state was the first to buy up to 30,000 computers for schools. Twitterati said Governor Kayode Fayemi bought more in his first term in Ekiti State. He reportedly bought 48,000 Samsung laptops, 30,000 for students and 18,000 for teachers.
Despite the statistical goofs, Obi was praised by many PDP sympathisers for his performance during the debate.
Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, who had not tweeted for a long time, wrote:

 

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Election Debate : I’m delighted with Peter Obi – Fayose

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has commended the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi for an outstanding performance during the Vice presidential debate held on Friday night in Abuja.
He said that Obi demonstrated a high level of understanding of issues relating to the economy compared to other candidates.
Fayose in his twitter handle said he was delighted with Obi’s performance and his level of intelligence.
He wrote on his official Twitter Page, “Delighted that our VP candidate, Peter Obi demonstrated high level of understanding of issues relating to the economy of this country.
“In PDP, we have brains in abundance, while in the other party, they have lies in abundance. We will surely get Nigeria working again.”
It will be recalled that on Friday night, five candidates contesting for the vice presidency, engaged in a debate.

Those who participated were, Yemi Osinbajo (APC) Peter Obi (PDP) Umma Getso (YPP) Alhaji Abdulganiyu Galadima (ACPN) Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya (ANN)
Their responses and opinions drew mixed reactions from Nigerians.

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Why Nigeria needs Peter Obi – Tambuwal

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The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has reacted to the outcome of the Vice Presidential debate.
Tambuwal said the debate indicated that Nigeria needed a Vice President like the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential running mate, Peter Obi.
DAILY POST had reported that on Friday night, five candidates contesting for the vice presidency, engaged in a debate.
Those who participated were, Yemi Osinbajo (APC) Peter Obi (PDP) Umma Getso (YPP) Alhaji Abdulganiyu Galadima (ACPN) Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya (ANN)
Reacting, the former PDP presidential aspirant said Obi was well articulate and understands how Nigeria’s economy works.
In a series of tweets, “Nigeria needs a Vice President like Peter Obi. Well articulated, a sound economist who understands how Nigeria’s economy works.
“Together with @atiku, Nigeria will be on the right track to greatness. #Letsgetnigeriaworkingagain
“Watching the #VPDebate I can assure Nigerians that @officialPDPnig, we got the right man for the job as Vice President.
“Peter Obi is backing all his points with facts and figures, proffering solutions too.What a man!”

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No Diaspora/Out-of-Country Voting in 2019 General Elections.

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The attention of INEC has been drawn to a report by a section of the media which gave false impression that the Commission has “made special provisions for IDPs outside Nigeria to vote in the 2019 Elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wishes to inform the general public that “there will be no Diaspora or Out-of-Countyr voting for any Nigerian”, and that “only duly registered Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within Nigeria will be allowed to vote.”
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Presidency Dismissed Recent Utterances By Obasanjo, Tags It A Sign Of Confusion

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Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that whomever Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant, as the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months alone.
Shehu added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.
In the words of the Presidential media aide:
“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.
“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again. After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,”

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