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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BREAKING: APC Convention To Hold February 26, Says Buni
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni has announced February 26 as the date for the APC convention.
Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this on Tuesday at the national progressive women conference 2022 holding at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
He said the party is counting on the support of women to hold a successful convention.
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Lagos Transporters To Pay ₦800 Daily Levy, Excluding RTEAN, NURTW Dues
…Effective From February 1
Lagos State government, on Tuesday, introduced a daily ₦800 consolidated informal transport levy for transporters in the state.
The levy is outside the union dues collected by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Lagos State finance commissioner, Dr Rabiu Olowo, who revealed this at the agreement-signing ceremony by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local councils and transport unions, said that the consolidated levy collection will start February 1.
He stated that the harmonized levy became expedient to ensure that the transport sector in the state is organised and fits into a 21st-century economy.
Olowo added that the consolidated levy takes into consideration all the elements in a sane society.
According to him, the levy takes care of dues previously accrued to local councils across the state, as well as revenue for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LASWA) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) among other MDAs.
He said that the state government expects that once a transporter pays the ₦800 at a point, he or she is expected not to pay at any other park or bus stop throughout the day.
He also said that the government expects that union members will not collect levies from transporters as they are not expected to pay at every bus stop or park.
Olowo said the consolidated levy would reduce the multiplicity of levies collection as many residents and transporters have complained about the huge levies unions often collected.
The commissioner also made an allusion to a report about the ₦150bn that transport unions collect in Lagos under the disguise of collecting dues, saying the new development will eliminate multiple taxes.
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House Of Reps To Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be reintroduced Wednesday for a rework by the lawmakers.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in December rejected the Bill, citing issues with direct primary provisions.
Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address at the resumption of plenary Tuesday while chiding the appalling argument that lack of proper membership registration of the political parties was among the reasons why the Bill should be rejected, however stated that a credible electoral law is what the people want and that is what they will get.
He also assured Nigerians that the lawmakers will prioritize action to pass the constitutional amendment bill.
Thereafter, the lawmakers went into a close door session.
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