The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked Nigerians to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for taking Nigeria out of recession within a short time.
In a statement on Thursday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the economy grew by 0.11 percent. The development comes after two consecutive quarters of negative growth which resulted in a recession.
Nigeria’s economy beat projections from the IMF and the World Bank, both of which predicted Africa’s biggest economy to exit recession in 2021.
But in a statement on Thursday by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, John Akpanudoedehe, the party said Buhari has kept to its promises to Nigerians he made that Nigeria would exit recession soon.
Akpanudoedehe said the development shows that the Buhari-led government “walks the talk on its promises to Nigerians”.
He said the development was not a fluke, but a result of well-planned measures lined up by the federal government to ensure the country’s quick exit from recession.
According to him, the country’s early exit from recession is a result of the successful implementation of the federal government’s economic sustainability plan (ESP), among other things.
The APC scribe said President Buhari ensured stimulation of the country’s economy to prevent business collapse, retaining and creating jobs through support to labour-intensive sectors, such as agriculture and direct labour interventions.
He added that it also included infrastructure investments in roads, rails, bridges, as well as promoting manufacturing and local production.
According to him, this created job opportunities and pro-poor spending and other social investments targeting the poor and other vulnerable groups in the country.
Akpanudoedehe commended stakeholders, particularly the national assembly, private sector and Nigerians for supporting the economic initiatives implemented by the government to exit the recession.
He added that with continued support for Buhari’s administration, the economy can only get better.
Source: Naija News
Makinde Warns PDP Leadership Against Shifting S/West Congresses
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has warned the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against postponing the South-west zonal congress.
Naija News reports that the governor stated this while briefing newsmen at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
He also called on the PDP leadership to call its National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Eniodem to order to ensure rancour-free zonal congresses in the party.
Makinde described it as unthinkable to see a PDP as the plaintiff and defendant in a case deliberately filed to cause crisis in the party.
He said: “I came here to brief you, first, on the meeting of the southwest caucus of the PDP that was held here two days ago and also to discuss briefly the happenings within the PDP National Working Committee as it relates to upcoming southwest zonal congress of the party.
“At the meeting, we reaffirmed the zoning arrangement for the positions of the South West zonal executives, and also each state, by now, has been able to put together a unity list, which we intend to take to the congress proper.
“But yesterday, I heard of disturbing news that our National Working Committee is planning to postpone the South West zonal congress because some people went to court to complain about the location for the conduction of the congress.
“There are three things that are coming out of the court move. One, I want to say that PDP has moved from allowing within its fold, reactionary elements to hold sway. Maybe in the past, it was possible for elements within PDP to collude with the National Working Committee to file cases where they are the plaintiffs and defendants. And they also try to corrupt the judicial system in Nigeria.
“That will not be allowed because this is a PDP that is getting ready to take the mantle of leadership in this country. We want to provide leadership that is above board for the country and we cannot be seen within PDP to do something that will compromise any aspect of governance in Nigeria.”
He added: “Finally, we are ready in the South West PDP to have a congress that will produce the zonal executives that are acceptable to the majority of the people of the South West.
“As the only serving PDP governor in the South West Nigeria and a very interested party in the growth and development of our party, we do not foresee a parallel congress. That is why we are putting members of the National Working Committee of the party on notice that they must do what is right in this instance and I believe they will do what is right.”
PDP Sends Strong Warning To APC Over Fani-Kayode, Others
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to leave former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode alone.
The warning was given by Secondus after a meeting with the former Aviation minister in the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Secondus and Fani-Kayode was joined at the meeting at his residence by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).
Secondus said APC should focus on fixing Nigeria’s broken economy and security, rather than poaching opposition members.
He said: “We advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC that they should face the business of governance.
“Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.
“They are aware that security has broken down, the economy has broken down. They should face that business for which they were elected.
“Our brother is firm and a man of his word. There is no amount of trick that will make him sway otherwise. He is firm with PDP and we are back to business while will prepare for 2023.”
Recall that Fani-Kayode had met Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and the interim Caretaker Chairman of APC, Mai Mala Buni.
This led to speculations that Fani-Kayode was planning to defect to the ruling APC.
Bello had also in a video claimed that the former minister had shown interest in joining APC.
Umahi ‘Descend Heavily’ On Aides For Exposing ‘Classified’ Documents To Online Newspaper
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has allegedly stopped the running costs and allowances for all his aides, accusing them of working with opposition media to bring down his administration.
It was gathered that the governor is annoyed with his appointees for allegedly providing ‘classified’ bank documents to Peoples Gazette – an online newspaper.
Aides told PeoplesGazette that Umahi has become “dangerously erratic” since the exposure on how he wired public funds from state accounts into his own firm.
“He stopped our running expenses two weeks ago because he became angry that we all betrayed him by sending bank documents to the media,” one of Mr. Umahi’s affected advisers said.
“He (Umahi) also said we did not do enough to defend him against the attacks and ridicules that greeted the (Gazette’s) publication on social media and in Ebonyi,” the official stated.
Another source said: “We don’t know when he will reinstate it (the suspended remuneration) but already many of us are tired of coming to the office when we cannot even get money to buy tissue papers or make tea.”
Ssome commissioners were also affected. But it was unclear whether or not officials working directly with the governor or his chief of staff are still receiving running costs.
Recall that the newspaper had accused Umahi of transferring billions to his private firm from Ebonyi treasury, in disregard for extant code of conduct regulations precluding senior public officials from conducting private businesses, except subsistence agriculture, while in office.
Citing recently obtained financial records of Ebonyi State, The PeoplesGazette accused Umahi of engaging in illicit financial flows from the state’s purse to Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd., a company founded and chaired by himself since 1993.
Brass Engineering, documents showed, had received more than N3.6 billion from Ebonyi coffers between 2011 and 2019.
Umahi, who started transferring state funds into Brass Engineering shortly after becoming deputy governor to Martin Elechi in 2011, continued the suspicious transaction with his firm when he assumed governor himself in 2015.