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Covid-19: Anambra PDP Set To Donate N125 Million To Fight Pandemic

The Anambra State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that it would be committing N125 million to assist the federal and state governments in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The party said that from the amount, it would also be donating the sum of N300,000 and other packages to each of the 179 communities in the state as part of its contributions to cushion the harsh economic effects arising from the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Chairperson of the Anambra PDP Palliative Committee, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe, while briefing reporters at the party’s secretariat in Awka, the Anambra State capital, added that the party would build a COVID-19 testing centre within 21 days as soon as the state or federal government approves a space or location for that purpose.

Onyemelukwe, who was also the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2017 governorship election in the state, said that the party has been touched by the challenges being faced by the people, particularly the disadvantaged, and has therefore decided to reach out to them.

‘While we know that the federal and the Anambra State governments will and have been doing a lot to help the people restart their lives, we in PDP Anambra deem it imperative as a party and as a people to, once again, rise up and support our people, especially the most vulnerable ones, to get back on their feet,’ she said.

‘We are, therefore, committing the sum of N125,000,000 towards this purpose. In line with our strict position of ensuring accountability and transparency to the public on contributions and expenditures, we wish to give a breakdown of what the N125,000,000 entails as follows:

‘Anambra State, owing to its economic and commercial importance to our nation, deserves to have a COVID-19 testing lab in place. PDP Anambra State is, therefore, committing to setting up a standard COVID-19 testing lab within 21 days of adequate space being provided by either the Anambra State government or in the alternative, the federal government.

‘We are, therefore, requesting the federal government of Nigeria and the Anambra State government to provide us with a space either at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, or any of the hospitals in Anambra State, donated to the federal government by the Catholic Church, to set up a standard COVID-19 testing lab for this purpose.

‘We will be donating to each community in Anambra State the sum of N300,000. This will enable the communities to give 60 least privileged persons/families in each community N5000 each to help them start life again and contribute to their business revival in this post lockdown era.

‘While there are 179 communities in Anambra State, there are some additional areas that, we believe, need to be accommodated. For example, Onitsha Urban area (Onitsha North and Onitsha South LGA), Obosi town (Obosi Urban and Obosi Village), Okpoko area in Ogbaru, etc, are some of the communities we considered as 2-in-1.

‘N105,000 will be used to provide food, cash and other items, as palliatives, directly to each ward in our communities.’

The Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, thanked party stakeholders including Mr Peter Obi who donated N40 million, Senators Stella Oduah and Uche Ekwunife who donated N10 million each, and many others, for their financial contributions for the relief project.

‘You’ve Let Almajiri Down’ PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress of betraying Almajirai and Nigeria ’ s poor and vulnerable after using them to grab power in 2015 .

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, said this in a statement in Abuja.

The party noted that the APC and its regime had continued to show their true colours especially as manifested in the neglect and dehumanising treatment they had meted out to poor and vulnerable Nigerians since the outbreak of the COVID- 19 pandemic .

The statement read in part, “The PDP notes that APC’ s disdain and desertion of our citizens had further exposed it as a deceitful party which used lies , propaganda and false promises to mislead the people in 2015 to denounce a system of governance which had their interest at heart and worked day and night to ensure a better life for them.

“ Today , the APC and its government have succeeded in wrecking the lives of ordinary Nigerians ; stolen their common patrimony ; rendered many homeless , turned their joy into sadness , hope into hopelessness , fortune into abject poverty; reneged on all their enticing promises , swindled and abandoned our citizens to a life of misery.

“ From Katsina to Lagos , Kano to Edo, Kaduna to Osun , Yobe to Ekiti ; Plateau to Kogi and all the places where the APC has left footprints at the federal and state levels , the downtrodden people have been exploited and now abandoned ; treated by the APC as sub – humans in their own country. ”

It also accused APC leaders of taking delight in insulting Nigerian youths who they denied job opportunities calling them lazy and unemployable .

Ologbodiyan noted that the same APC derided the then PDP administration which took the initiative towards solving the almajirai problem once and for all.

He further said , “ Unfortunately , what we witness today are total reneging on these promises , degradation of citizens , hunger and starvation, intimidation of dissenting voices , untold corruption, neglect of our infrastructure, annexation of electoral and judicial system , violation of human rights , in addition to escalation of insurgency and bloodletting while the President , who promised to lead from the front, recedes very far into the luxury and safety of Aso Presidential villa .

“ Nigerians can recall how the PDP championed the cause of the downtrodden , established Almajirai schools , the e – wallet initiatives for rural farmers , built new universities , revamped our economy , overhauled our health care system , established the National Health Insurance Scheme, revamped the mortgage system to give Nigerians access to own homes and expanded the political space to promote youth and women participation in governance , among others. ”

The PDP accused the APC of reversing all those gains within a five year period . It maintained that the COVID- 19 pandemic had further exposed the APC as a party without plans for Nigerians , which only came to grab power to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Nigerians .
The party urged Nigerians not to despair , but to rally among themselves , help each other and ensure that a party like APC, did not come to power at any level after the end of this tenure.

Supreme Court dismisses suit challenging Wike’s illegibility to contest poll

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State from contesting in the last governorship election.

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, led the five-man panel of the apex court which unanimously held on Monday that the notice of appeal filed before the Court of Appeal by the plaintiff, Elvis Chinda, who initiated the suit before the Federal High Court,  was incompetent.

The plaintiff’s prayer that Wike be disqualified was anchored on an allegation that the governor forged the statutory declaration of age he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 governorship election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had in its March 8, 2019 judgment held that Chinda not only failed to prove the allegation, but the suit had become statute-barred because it was filed outside the time stipulated by law.

Chinda had subsequently filed an appeal against the judgment but was said to have wrongly addressed it to the ‘Federal High Court’ instead of the ‘Court of Appeal.’

He later applied to the Court of Appeal for amendment of the notice of appeal to reflect the name of the Court of Appeal.

But Wike, dissatisfied with the development, appealed to the Supreme Court contending that the amendment granted by the Court of Appeal was illegal as he contended that it violated Paragraph 14(2) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act.

In the lead judgment of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,  who prepared the lead judgments on the two appeals, the apex court upheld Wike’s case and ruled that the amendment of the notice of appeal by the Court of Appeal was illegal.

The judgment was read on his behalf by another member of the panel, Justice Paul Galinje.

Lawan on senate presidency: I’m not leaving anyone behind

The majority leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says he’s talking to every senator-elect in the 9th Assembly in his bid for the Senate Presidency of the 9th Assembly

He was speaking as a guest at the NAN forum on Thursday in Abuja, Lawan, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promised not to let his colleagues down if elected.

The senator has been endorsed by the leadership of the APC as well as President Muhammadu Buhari but that did not stop two of his colleagues in the north-east – Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje – from also joining the race.

But Lawan said he is not worried having opposition from his own region. The senate leader is from Yobe state.

“In fact, APC senators, almost everyone is on this project and we have sat and spoken and talked one-on-one,” he said.

“So many PDP senators are in support of this project. In fact, YPP is fully on board, Sen. Ifeanyi Uba from Anambra. And we believe that this is the way to go.

“We are going from door to door; we are talking to all the senators-elect. We talk to the APC senators, PDP senators and YPP senator, believing that we are going to work with them.

”I want to assure everyone very seriously because it is a burden that my party feels I can carry. By the grace of God and with the support of my colleagues in the APC, PDP and YPP in the Senate, we should be able to deliver that burden very well.

“I have no hard feelings against my brothers from the north east contesting. What the party and the leaders did was to say I have been recommended or I have been endorsed.

”That is a preference; that the party has a preference is not to say that others cannot do the job. But definitely, the party, our leaders have some reasons why they think we are most suitable for this job.”

He added if elected, the senate would ensure that public funds are judiciously utilised through its oversight function.

According to him, “we want to see public funds being properly applied and deployed, we want to see less of embezzlement or no embezzlement of public funds.

“This is because sometimes not the quantum of funds that you have but how you are able to ensure proper and prudent deployment of those resources that matters. We had so much resources in the past but bulk of those resources were embezzled.

We’re set to work with Wike –Amaechi’s APC faction

All Progressives Congress (APC) faction loyal to Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has accepted to work with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Speaking on behalf of elected and appointed members of APC at the factional party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, Senator Andrew Uchendu, said they were ready to work with Governor Wike for the progress of the state.

Governor Wike had, on April 17, during a broadcast after he received his certificate of return, extended his hand of fellowship to Rivers people, including all political parties, which have been engaged in the struggle for power to guarantee a better life for the people of the state.

Uchendu said there was no need to continue political fight, while the state needs development, adding that, if Rivers people could come together, insecurity would be nipped in the bud.

The APC chieftain commended Wike for the call for collaboration for peaceful Rivers State, noting that their leader and the immediate past governor, Amaechi, has also accepted the call for friendship, in the interest of the development and peaceful co-existence.

“About two weeks have passed since this broadcast was made and as stakeholders in the Rivers project, we have waited with bated breath in the hope that we would see deliberate actions arising from that broadcast geared towards rebuilding our state and restoring the dignity of every Rivers person.

“We believe Governor Wike is sincere in this initiative. It is for this reason we want to commend Governor Wike’s call for collaboration and peaceful co-existence.

“Happily enough, Amaechi, in his Easter message re-echoed Governor Wike’s position on the fact that Rivers State has suffered enough and that every true son and daughter should be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice for the return of peace in our land.

“We hope his clarion call is one that should signal the end of politicking and the beginning of governance. It is our considered opinion that Rivers people must now become the centre of all politics and governance.

“We cannot continue to toy with the lives of our people or take them for granted any longer. A key indicator of good governance is the return of peace and security in the state,” he said.

Reacting to the APC faction’s acceptance to work with the government, Mr. Emma Okah, Commissioner for Informationa, said it was a welcome devlopment.
He said the Rivers State government has always wanted to work with everybody and has been extending the olive branch towards this end.

“In 2015, we asked them to work with us. They didn’t accept it. This year again, we did. That they have accepted is a welcome devlopment. We hope they will match their promise witb good intention and positive action for the progress of Rivers State.”

Meanwhile, the APC has urged the governor to concentrate more on insecurity and called for strategic approach to tackle the menace for development to thrive.

“Thankfully, Governor Wike can draw from the experience of his predecessor, Amaechi, who inherited a state that was plagued by massive insecurity and infrastructural decay.”

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