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Alleged Stolen N15trn: APC Challenges PDP To Argue With Facts

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The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to argue their cases against the ruling party with facts.

It accused the opposition of always playing up phantom, baseless and unfounded allegations against the ruling party.

This came on the heels of allegations in the media by the opposition party of stolen N15 trillion public funds under the watch of the President Muhamadu Buhari-led administration.

APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said the PDP was yet to get over the hangover of 16 years locust and recklessness, hence the unfounded and baseless allegations.

Akpanudoedehe said that, “in the past weeks, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has labored to canvass tales of a phantom stolen N15 trillion public funds in the media.”

But noted that, “It is not surprising that the generality of discerning Nigerians has ignored the unfounded and baseless allegation because it is clear that only the PDP believes its deviant tales.

“From petroleum subsidy rackets, unexecuted electricity, CCTV, roads, to arms contracts to fight the North-East insurgency, the culture of outright theft, misappropriation and diversion of public funds became the mainstay and pastime of successive PDP administrations.

“The PDP is obviously hungover these forgotten and discarded years of the locust. Under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria has left that era.

“The most ardent critics of the President Buhari and the APC government he leads will definitely chorus one fact: This government is unsparing and does not condone thieves within and outside government. Nigeria is definitely not where it was in terms of the pervasive corruption, the impunity that ultimately ended the PDP administration’s 16 years of the locust.

“With the implementation of Treasury Single Account, Biometric Verification Number (BVN), Whistle Blowing policy among other initiatives undertaken by the President Buhari administration, the fight against corruption remains one of the strongest successes of this administration.”

The APC Scribe maintained that “For a rudderless party blinded by its tactless opposition politics, we don’t expect the PDP to see the impact and commendations these initiatives have received and the increased government savings it has brought to fund ongoing and critical infrastructure projects across the country.”

Knocking the opposition further the ruling party said the with the advent of APC-led administration, the country has practically forgotten the PDP employment rackets era.

According to Akpanudoedehe, “the bribe-for-jobs and other employment rackets perpetuated under PDPs watch remains one of the most disgraceful and lowest points in our nation’s history. Nigerians will recall how a PDP government fleeced young job seekers of application fees under the pretext of mass recruitment. Many died and where maimed in the 2014 Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment exercise for advertised vacancies that had been allegedly sold off by job racketeers. Under President Buhari, Nigeria has left that era.

“Nigeria is no island. We suffered our fair share of the economic impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on livelihoods and jobs. Commendably, President Buhari showed leadership in cushioning the effects and guiding the country out of the economic challenges.

“No government in the country’s history has systematically put in place measures to create jobs and alleviate poverty like the President Buhari government.

“The proactive and successful implementation of the N2.3 trillion Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has not only stimulated the economy and prevented business collapse, it has also created jobs through support to labour intensive sectors such as agriculture, direct labour interventions and infrastructural investments.

“The administrations N75billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) as well as the Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Fund which includes Payroll Support for businesses in health, education, hospitality and food production sectors have targeted millions and provided opportunities for the youths and many Nigerian businesses.

“We invite the PDP to argue with the facts,” Akpanudoedehe concluded.

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Fintiri Has No Hand in Your Travails, Kumangar Tells AA Lawal Uba, APC

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The Director General Media to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state has said Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has no hands in the invitation of AA Lawal Uba by security agencies.

According to our sources, the Department of state service (DSS) on Friday invited AA Lawal Uba over his vituperation on the speaker, Adamawa state house of assembly, Aminu Abbas.

In reaction to the invitation by the DSS, the main oppostion party in Adamawa, the All progressive congress (APC) blamed Fintiri for Uba’s travails and accused him of stifling dissenting voices in Adamawa state.

But in a statement issued by the Director General, media and communication, Solomon Kuamangar, today, the Governor’s aide said Fintiri should not be blamed for the travails of the misguided fellow, AA Lawal Uba.

The statement said AA Lawal Uba is a misguided critic who ought to know that the Governor on several fora has reiterated and welcome constructive criticism by anyone he should, however, know the difference between criticism and hauling insults on leaders. He, therefore, has himself to blame and not Fintiri.

Kumangar lambasted the APC as a party seeking relevance in Adamawa to divert attention from the recent dollarized primary that produced a candidate who has set members at daggers drawn at each other.

It is wrong to ckaim impunity where there is none and turn blind eyes to the recent impunity it perpetrated in the recent dollarized APC governorship primary in Adamawa.”

He said, “It is therefore wrong for APC to assume that Fintiri ordered the invitation of AA Lawal Uba by security agencies simply because the victim of injustice is not a man of any stout means.”
Kumangar urged AA Lawal Uba, APC, “to leave Fintiri out of their political travails and allow God’s time and preferences to prevail.”

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2023: Atiku Canvases Support For Gov Fintiri’s Re-election

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called on Adamawa State people to reelect Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for second tenure in office.

Abubakar who is the Waziri Adamawa made the call during a political rally organised in honor of his home coming held at Mahmud Ribadu Square, Yola Monday.

He disclosed that the governor has performed well within three years in office and urged the people to vote him again to reap more democracy dividends.

The PDP presidential candidate thanked the people of his home state for supporting his political quest since he ventured into politics, more than three years ago and pledged to never disappoint them.

He urged the PDP in the state to accord those who detected into the party all the privileges and henceforth involved them in the scheme of party activities across the state.

In his remarks, governor Fintiri congratulated all decampees into the PDP and assured the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar that Adamawa will deliver all candidates under the platform of the party.

He maintained that his administration has delivered all its his campaign promises to the people in the areas of maintaining unity, peace and security, providing free education, infrastructure, housing estate among others.

According to Governor Fintiri, the flyover and underpass built by the present administration were aimed to attracting investors into the state and creat jobs to the youths.

The national chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, who received thousands of decampees and handed them over to Governor Fintiri for integration into the party, assured them equal treatment.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu who described Atiku Abubakar as a unifier, prayed to God to give the presidential candidate the wisdom of piloting the affairs of the country if elected.

Responding on behalf of the decampees, Alhaji Shuaibu Babas, member Fufore/Gurin constituency said with their defection, the opposition APC is already dead in the state and assured their loyalty for the PDP.

The Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Abubakar accompanied by his running mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State among others was visiting his home state for the first time since after winning the PDP presidential primary elections.

Alhaji Abubakar alongside his entourage accompanied by Governor Fintiri was earlier at the palace of Lamido Adamawa, Doctor Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa where he paid a homage on the royal father.

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Namdas Gifts Al-Irshad Academy N500,000 Over Student’s Perfect Imitation Of Tinubu

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The member representing Ganye, Jada, Toungo, and Mayo-Belwa federal constituency, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas has donated the sum of N500,000 to Al Irshad Academy in Mayo Belwa for representing the candidature of APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a playlet recently.

In a video that went viral on social media at the weekend, pupils of the school during its graduation ceremony played the role of Tinubu and his wife, Adamawa state APC governorship candidate, Aishatu Binani, and other top politicians both at state at the national level.

In the playlet, the viral video showed 12-year-old Jafar Bala Usman, a JSS 1 student dressed in agbada and adorning the Tinubu signature cap and eyeglasses arriving at the event alongside his entourage and security men to the admiration of many.

Hon. Namdas who is a strong supporter of the Tinubu/Shettima APC ticket saw the viral video on Facebook and was impressed by the creativity of the pupils who are members of his constituency.

The lawmaker who chairs the community on the army then asked a delegation to visit the school and gift the sum of N100,000 each to the boy who played the role of Tinubu, his wife, and the girl who played the role of Aishatu Binani. He also gifted the school the sum of N200, 000 and encouraged them to continue to impart the ideal of democracy and peaceful coexistence to the students.

Senior legislative aide to Hon. Namdas, and Husseini Sanda while presenting the cash gift to the students, and the school appreciates the management for supporting APC and also allowing their students to represent the party’s presidential candidate in their playlet.
“This demonstration has shown the acceptability of the APC presidential candidate at the grassroots and how much the young once here love our party’s presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Sanda said.

He added that Namdas appreciated the school for instilling political knowledge into the children which he believes will spur them to aspire to be true and good leaders in the future.

“The cash donation is to inspire the pupils and also encourage the school to continue with the good work they are doing in the area of creating political awareness to the students at a tender age. This I believe will help them in the future,” he said.

The principal of the school, Suleiman Njobdi said the decision to use Tinubu in the playlet was born out of the love they have for him. “Tinubu is someone who has helped a lot of people and transformed Lagos when he was governor. I am confident that if he becomes president in 2023, he will change the fortune of this country for good,” Njobdi said.

The young Tinubu and the school management appreciate Namdas for reaching out to them and assured him of their continuous support.

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