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Ex-CBN Governor, Charles Soludo Joins Anambra Guber Race

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A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Chukwuma Soludo has declared his intention to contest the Anambra governorship election.

Soludo is seeking to contest the governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Naija News understands.

Declaring his intention on Thursday, Soludo said his intention is to continue the good work started by current Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.

He said: “I granted an interview where they asked if I still stand by what I said in 2017 that ‘if Anambra is not broken, why mend it and I told them that Anambra is more sound now.

“In 2010, Federal Bureau of Statistics conducted a survey and said the poverty rate in Anambra was 53 per cent.

“In 2020, it conducted another survey and said poverty rate had gone down to 14.7 per cent, what else can you use to measure good governance.

“Anambra is doing well under Obiano and my mission is to continue and complete all the legacy projects of the governor.”

According to NAN, present during his declaration were many APGA chieftains including the chairman of the party in the state, Nobert Obi.

Naija News recalls the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 6, for the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has fixed March 6, 2021 for the conduct of its zonal congresses in the six geo-political zones of the country.

This was announced on Wednesday by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan as part of the outcome of the meeting by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

He noted that aspirants for the various offices including aspirants for National Ex-Officio are expected to submit their nomination forms latest by February 25, 2021.

Source: Naija News

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PDP Sends Strong Warning To APC Over Fani-Kayode, Others

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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.

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Umahi ‘Descend Heavily’ On Aides For Exposing ‘Classified’ Documents To Online Newspaper

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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.

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PDP Vs APC: What Secondus Discussed With Femi Fani-Kayode

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The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, on Thursday, meet with a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode.

Secondus and Fani-Kayode was joined at the meeting at his residence by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC).

Speaking after the meeting, the former minister dismissed reports that he was planning to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Fani-Kayode, leaving the main opposition party was never an option for him.

He said: “We had a very extensive and fruitful meeting and I want to state here and now that, whatever issues there may have been, have been resolved. We are moving forward as one. I never left the PDP, I am in PDP and I am proud to be here.

“Whatever the case may be, what is happening in the country now, the best thing for us to do is to build bridges across party lines, across regional, ethnic and religious lines. This is the only way we can be glad to have a country we can call our own.”

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.

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, had also in a video claimed that the former minister had shown interest in joining APC.

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