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The Presidency has urged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku to halt their campaign of slander and blackmail against the judiciary.



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Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Mr Bayo Onanuga, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to stop their campaigns of calumny and blackmail against the judiciary.

Mr Onanuga made the call in a statement on Monday in Abuja while reacting to Atiku’s recent allegations against the country’s judiciary.

He said, “In separate statements, the PDP and the spokesman for Atiku Abubakar, its defeated presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, threw caution to the winds. They assaulted the integrity of the judiciary and made wild and libelous allegations against President Bola Tinubu.

“In the wake of the poor run of some elected governors of the party at the appeal court, the PDP and former vice-president and his spokesman have become overly desperate to hang their woes on President Tinubu and the judiciary, an important arm of government in Nigeria.”

He added that in blaming others, Atiku and his party failed to demonstrate whether they had done any soul-searching before going public with their weighty, specious, and reckless allegations.

He urged Nigerians to disregard the malicious allegations by the PDP and its candidate that Tinubu while he was governor of Lagos State silenced the opposition and corrupted the judiciary.

He also asked the public to disregard the allegation that Tinubu was planning to foist a one-party state on the country by appointing loyalists as Resident Electoral Commissioners.

Mr Onanuga stressed that Tinubu was a Democrat to the core who had never interfered with the judgment of the judiciary.

“We had witnessed how under his watch, the PDP governor in Osun defeated the APC at the Supreme Court. Similarly, the PDP governor in Bauchi State also won his case in the Appeal Court, beating the APC. President Tinubu is also not planning to impose a one-party state as Atiku has serially alleged and his party and spokesman have now parroted.

“These allegations are deliberately aimed at unnecessarily heating up the polity and causing disenchantment in our country. They exist only in the imagination of the PDP and the former vice-president,” Mr Onanuga said.

He added that unlike Atiku Abubakar, President Tinubu’s record as a democrat par excellence and a strong advocate of the rule of law had been globally acknowledged.

According to Mr Onanuga, Mr Tinubu’s record of service as governor which witnessed giant strides in various facets is responsible for the dominance of his political structure in Lagos State and not by any undemocratic conduct.

“In contrast, it is on record that Atiku Abubakar recently confessed about the electoral heist his party executed in the South-West in 2003 which Tinubu survived out of the six governors of the defunct Alliance for Democracy.

“Atiku and PDP are now crying wolf over the Appeal Court rulings on governorship polls in Plateau, Zamfara and Nasarawa states.

“We hasten to ask the former vice-president where he was in 2019 when the court ruled against the APC in Zamfara and awarded all the positions won by the APC to PDP,” he said.

Mr Onanuga wondered where Mr Atiku was, also in 2019 in Rivers State, when the court stopped the APC from fielding any candidate in both the governorship and state House of Assembly elections.

He further asked where Mr Atiku and the PDP were in 2019 when on the eve of the swearing-in of Bayelsa governor-elect, David Lyon, the Supreme Court handed the victory of the APC to the candidate of the PDP, Gov. Douye Diri.

“Atiku and PDP then savored all these court-handed trophies as sweet victories for PDP and celebrated the courts as protectors of democracy. Now that the same courts are annulling PDP victories, based on the blatant violations of the law by the lawless party, the party is mudslinging the judiciary and President Tinubu.

“We once again implore Atiku and PDP to stop their campaigns of calumny and blackmail against the judiciary and the honorable judges and justices. Judgments are based on law and evidence. In election petition cases, they are based on the Electoral Act and the Constitution, not on sentiments and emotions,” Mr Onanuga stressed.

He added that it was irresponsible and a disservice to the country for the opposition, after failing to observe the letters and spirits of the law, to turn around to tear down an important arm of government.

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Abia Governor Otti plans to increase minimum wage, acknowledging challenges faced by workers




During a media briefing with journalists on Friday night, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State disclosed plans to increase the salaries of state workers on the economic realities of the state. He revealed that he is working with stakeholders to enhance the minimum wage and will soon announce a comprehensive package to this effect....Click Here To Continue Reading>>


The governor explained that the need to adjust the minimum wage was prompted by recent exchange rate convergence, the removal of fuel subsidies, and the increasing inflation rate, which is currently at about 30%.


“We understand that times are tough for many people,” Otti said. “As such, we are working with stakeholders to find ways to improve the remuneration of civil servants in line with the current economic realities.”


Otti addressed allegations that his government had exaggerated food expenses, calling them unfounded and the work of hatchet men.


“That is not true. It is the work of hatchet men,” said Otti. “The truth is that we are very prudent in how we manage funds.”


On the issue of Modern Ceramics Umuahia, the Governor said that preliminary work did not support bringing the industry back to its current location and that they are considering moving it closer to the source of raw materials.


“We are studying and revalidating them. We do not want any industry to collapse,” he added.


Otti also addressed concerns about the higher number of opposition party members at the state House of Assembly, saying that he does not foresee any problems with them as they are there for oversight and to support the government.


The governor reiterated his commitment to paying pension arrears in the state and ensuring that recently retired permanent secretaries and directors receive their arrears of salaries and gratuities.


“We are already working towards improving remuneration, not just for the minimum wage but also across the board,” Otti said. “We will make an announcement to that effect in due course.”

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Breaking news: Governor Obaseki responds to the recent declaration made by his deputy, Shaibu, and discloses his next course of action.




Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has stated that the millions of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state will determine the fate of his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who recently declared his intention to run for the governorship seat....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Obaseki made this known in an interview with journalists after a meeting with Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, at the Ramat House on Thursday.

He said their discussion centered on issues relating to the PDP Governors’ Forum, including the party’s upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

“We also discussed many other issues relating to our party as a whole and the state of the country. And as you know, things are not as we want them to be. We will keep rubbing minds to see how we can support the administration and save this country by reducing the suffering of Nigerians,” he said.

About his relationship with his deputy, Obaseki said, “The relationship as you know, has been cordial. He (Philip) wants to run for the office I currently occupy and he is free to. I think as a Nigerian, he has the constitutional right to run, nobody can or should stop him.

“The party will decide and also members of the party will decide who will be the flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.”

Asked if he would support his deputy’s gubernatorial bid, Obaseki said his vote alone would not determine Shaibu’s fate. “I’m only one out of millions of our party members in Edo state,” he said.

The PDP governor also discussed the state of the nation, expressing concern over the rising cost of food items and the suffering of Nigerians.

According to Obaseki, “Things are very difficult as we know at this point in time. Nigerians are suffering, and the suffering is unprecedented.

“But I think, we should stop lamenting and think of what to do as leaders to confront the issues we are facing to reduce the sufferings of our people and put more food on their tables.

“The year is coming to an end and the prices of food items are going up and what can we, as PDP governors do to ameliorate the sufferings of our people. These are some of the things we talked about while preserving the unity of this country.”


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The Senate Majority Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, has criticized the N9.9 trillion recurrent expenditure proposed by Tinubu for the 2024 budget.




Senate majority leader Opeyemi Bamidele has expressed concern over the high recurrent expenditure of the N27.5 trillion 2024 budget, which constitutes 43% of the budget. During the opening of the debate on general principles of the budget at plenary in Abuja on Thursday, Bamidele said the total fiscal operations of President Bola Tinubu’s government would result in a N9.8 trillion deficit, which is above the three per cent threshold set by the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

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Based on the fiscal assumptions and parameters, the total federally-collectible revenue in the budget was N16.87 trillion, while the total federally distributable revenue was N11.09 trillion. Bamidele explained that to finance the deficit of N9.8 trillion would require new borrowings totalling N7.83 trillion in addition to N294.49 billion expected from privatisation. The deficit would also be financed from N1.06 trillion drawn from bilateral, multilateral loans secured for specific development projects programmes.


Bamidele also listed budget highlights as an oil price benchmark of $77.96 per barrel, a daily oil production estimate of 1.78 million barrels of condensates of 300,000 barrels to 400,000 barrels per day, and an exchange rate of N750 to one dollar. He said that the total revenue available to fund the 2024 budget was N9.73 trillion, including revenues from 63 government-owned enterprises, while oil revenue was projected at N1.92 trillion, with non-oil taxes at N2.43 trillion, among others.


While some senators commended the president for the budget, Bamidele expressed concern over continued borrowing, even though Mr Tinubu had resorted to it to finance fiscal gaps. Bamidele said the debt level of the federal government is still within sustainable limits, and these loans are used to finance critical development projects and programmes aimed at improving the economic environment and ensuring effective delivery of public services to Nigerians.

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