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Saraki Leads PDP Committee To Meet With Babangida, Abubakar In Minna



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reconciliation committee led by former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday met with the former military president of Nigeria, Gen Ibrahim Babangida.

The PDP committee met with Babangida at his hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State.

According to Saraki who led the delegation, the visit is a continuation of engagements with influential leaders and stakeholders in our great party.

They also used the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on another former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Others in the delegation included ex-Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke and former Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.

Meanwhile, a former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Hosea Agboola, has lambasted former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, for describing Governor Seyi Makinde as a ‘baby governor.’

Speaking on Thursday while welcoming some loyalists of a former governor of Oyo State and leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Rashidi Ladoja, Agboola described Fayose as a liability to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Agboola, a political ally to Governor Makinde, also described the ex-governor as an opportunist.

Agboola said, “Such a statement from Fayose to a serving governor and leader of the PDP in the South-West is most uncharitable and in bad taste.

Source: Naija News

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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.

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



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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Fayose Describes Makinde As A Failed Governor, Vows Not To Reconcile With Him



Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as a failure, adding that he (Makinde) is not ready for dialogue.

Fayose was reacting to comments by Makinde, who vowed to ensure that reactionary elements within the Southwest PDP would be fought and defeated.

Makinde also was reported to have warned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against postponing the zonal congress of the party billed for March 6.

Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, the former governor accused Makinde of wanting to betray elders that help him defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the Oyo governor had the nerves to query the decision of the NWC on critical party matters, thereby making a mess of party leadership.

Fayose said the Makinde had deluded himself into thinking that he is the zonal leader because he is Governor, thinking he can run the NWC and the state.

“Makinde is a failed governor. He has proved it by his inability to protect the people of Oyo State. He has demonstrated more than enough reasons not to be fielded as our PDP candidate again. He has betrayed trust and in our group, we will not sit with him in dialogue,” he said.

Fayose added: “Majority of people Makinde is fighting today are the people who made him. He should stop his ranting. During the congress, we will teach him lessons; that becoming a Governor does not make him a leader. Let him continue to parade the failed politicians around him.

“He wants to run the NWC alongside Oyo State to assist his inordinate ambition to control the Southwest. He lacks the moral justification to criticise the NWC. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.

“Makinde must be rejected by the people of Oyo State. The young man is opening all fronts for war, barely one and half years in office.”

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