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Edwin Clark Challenges Buhari To Implement APC’s Report On Restructuring

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Elder statesman, Edwin Clark, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately implement the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led committee of the 0All Progressives Congress (APC) report on true federalism.

Clark, who is the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANFEF), told newsmen at his Abuja residence on Wednesday that true federalism remains the solution to the multiple challenges besetting Nigeria.

According to him, it is President Buhari’s duty to ensure the nation heads towards true federalism even as it has been detailed in the APC report by the Governor El-Rufai-led committee.

The elder statesman is of the opinion that the degenerating living conditions in the country are worsening because the President has refused to heed the call for restructuring which breeds equity, fairness, and justice.

He further asserted that restructuring was part of the President’s campaign manifesto in 2015 and wondered why it has become an uphill task to implement.

The former federal commissioner of information argued that if the APC cannot implement its own committee’s recommendations, then the party lacked the necessary capacity under President Buhari.

“The statement of both the former chairman of APC, His Excellency, John Oyegun and El-Rufai himself; El-Rufai was blaming the National Assembly because they have the power to make law, they have the power to constitute a constitution,” he said.

“If the government in power in 2015, said that ‘in our manifesto, restructuring of Nigeria for a better Nigeria is number one’ and you came to power in 2015. Now, we are in 2021, or two years more for you to go, you are not talking about your constitution.

“So, your party said look, let us put into the writing. It was in our manifesto. Let us set your committee to examine the issue of restructuring and the party did it. What are they waiting for? Are they waiting for PDP to come into power before executing their own report?

“As I said, I am speaking on behalf of the majority of Nigerians who are aggrieved. A meeting called by Mr President to Aso Rock of representatives of Nigeria will not last more than one day.

“The executive will then prepare a memorandum to the National Assembly and within three or four months, they will be completed. The National Assembly has been spending N1 billion every year on amending the Constitution of Nigeria for years now; they have not been able to do so.

“So, if the APC is the party ruling Nigeria today, it means it lacks power under President Buhari to implement whatever they want to implement in the interest of Nigeria,” Clark explained.

He, however, noted that regardless of how long was left for the current administration, the Buhari-led government can still implement the recommendations of the party’s report.

“So, the issue of time does not arise. If they want to do it within six months, it will be carried out,” the elder statesman declared.

The PANDEF chief also stressed that no part of the country would remain slaves to the other, adding that until the injustice perceived by parts of the country was addressed, the issue of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other agitators would be a child’s play.

According to him, the agitation for self-determination and secessions will definitely increase to the extent that it will worsen the security situation in the country, therefore, threatening the nation’s polity.

He asked the government to heed the cautionary messages and act lest the nation implodes.

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You’ve Failed Nigerians In All Your Promises, Wike To APC

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The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has berated the All Progressives Congress-led federal government for allegedly failing in all three promises made to Nigerians including fighting insurgency, corruption and fixing the economy.

The Governor expressed his disappointment on Friday at the presentation of the 2022 appropriation bill to the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Governor Wike said the country has never had it worse than it is today since the Nigerian civil war in 1967.

He said, “under their watch, we have witnessed two economic recessions in quick successions with devastating economic consequences on the states and living standards of the people especially ordinary Nigerians and the teeming unemployed population”.

Acknowledging that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the economic challenges in the country, Wike noted that “our situation was made worse by the failure of the federal government to deal with security challenges that have now escalated multi-dimensionally to virtually all regions of the country “.

“They promised to tackle the insurgency, pervasive corruption and fix the economy, they have failed woefully in all three promises to the indignation of Nigerians”.

“I’m sure this mistake will not be repeated by Nigerians in 2023”.

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Umahi Has No Plans To Return To PDP, APC Insists

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi says governor Dave Umahi has no plans to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Simbard Ogbuatu, the state party spokesperson in a statement issued Friday in Abakaliki, said “Umahi has not, either in person, a representative or through a surrogate made and will never make any move to return to the ‘Social Club’ known as PDP.”

According to him, Mr Umahi is at home in APC as the leader of the party for more than one year, claiming that the governor’s defection to the APC was not done to achieve selfish enrichment but for greater good of Ebonyi and the South-East zone.

“Umahi’s defection to the national party did not come to him as stupefaction, neither did he join for selfish enrichment.

“The defection is a well-thought out movement decided in the greater interest of Ebonyi in particular and the South-East in general.

“His Excellency saw the need to toe the line of the former nationalists like late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, from the zone who had always believed in the politics of the centre,” Mr Ogbuatu said.

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Senate Accuses Prominent Nigerians Of Frustrating AMCON’s N4.4 trillion Debt Recovery Efforts

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The Senate says some prominent Nigerians are “frustrating” the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria from recovering N4.4 trillion owed the corporation.

Senator Uba Sani, Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, made this known on Friday at a stakeholders meeting.

According to Mr Sani, “From the N4.4 trillion we are trying to recover, about 350 people in this country are responsible. This is about 83 per cent of the debt.”

He said that the indebted powerful Nigerians “have been employing different strategies and tactics to stall the repayment of loans running into trillions of Naira.”

He said they were unwilling to support AMCON but frustrating the corporation because they are the same people that have taken this money from the banks.

“But unfortunately, from what is happening, AMCON is finding it very difficult because those people are highly placed Nigerians, they try to frustrate AMCON’s effort through the judiciary and that is what we are looking for,” the Senator said.

He assured the agency the committee was doing everything within its power to assist AMCON in recovering the N4.4 trillion owed the company.

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