The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 over alleged incompetence.
In a statement signed on Wednesday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PTF has not demonstrated any capacity in handling the pandemic beyond the announcement of infections and associated fatalities.
The statement was titled, ‘COVID-19 Second Wave: PDP Laments FG’s Lack of Commitment…Demands Special Department To Tackle Pandemic’.
It partly read, “More distressing is that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has not demonstrated any capacity beyond mere announcement of figures of infected persons, deaths, recoveries, discharges and issues of local protocols rather than engaging in epidemiology, researches and production of equipment, drugs, therapeutics and other medical palliatives that can help stave off the impact of the global pandemic.
“On account of this, the PDP restates our demands for the dissolution of the PTF and in its place allow a convergence of experts in a special department under the purview of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control to professionally tackle the pandemic.”
Buhari had established the PTF on March 9, 2020, to coordinate and oversee the government’s efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The task force, which is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has the two ministers of health, as well as those of aviation, education, humanitarian affairs and disaster management, amongst others as members.
Recall that Buhari in December 2020 extended the mandate of the PTF till March 2021 but the opposition party said the ruling All Progressives Congress has failed to demonstrate efficiency in handling the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.
The PDP further stated, “The PDP is shocked that the Buhari administration did not make any budgetary provision in the 2021 Appropriation for the acquisition of essential therapeutics, including vaccines, even in the face of the heightened anxieties over the second wave of the pandemic in our nation.
“It is indeed the height of leadership failure that the Federal Government has not been able to take a decision on the type and quantity of vaccines expected as well as ancillary facilities and associated logistics.
“The PDP is however not surprised at such governance indolence and confusion as the current system under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch is plagued by endemic corruption, mediocrity, incompetence and laissez-faire attitude to issues that have to do with the wellbeing of Nigerians.”
“Our party rejects the use of the pandemic as corruption drainpipe for All Progressives Congress leaders and their cronies in government circles,” the opposition party submitted.
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PDP Berates Former INEC Chairman, Jega Over Comparism Comment
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, for comparing All Progressives Congress (APC) with the party.
The party cautioned Jega, not to further infuriate Nigerians by trying to dry-clean the APC, despite the alleged unbearable devastation the APC has brought to the nation in a space of six years.
The PDP asserted that trying to compare the APC to the highly productive and development-oriented PDP is an unpardonable disservice to the nation and calls to question the sense of judgment of Professor Jega.
The PDP further holds as worrisome that Prof. Jega, who only recently and rightly so, described the APC and the Buhari administration as a failure, is now attempting an image laundering with such a warped comparison, just a few weeks after he was offered a juicy appointment as Chairman of Governing Council of University of Jos by President Buhari.
PDP, in a statement by spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “It is indeed unfortunate that Prof. Jega, as a professor of political science, could portray an ignorance of the manifest contrasts between the robust fortunes of our nation under the PDP and the wasteland she has become under the APC.
“Perhaps the Professor needs to be reminded of how the PDP worked hard to revamp our nation’s economy, paid off our huge foreign debts and went ahead to grow the economy to become the largest investment hub in Africa as well as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with Fitch B+ rating; only for the APC to wreck the economy and turned our nation into the world poverty capital and a debtor country in a space of six years.
“Prof. Jega must also be reminded how the PDP reinvigorated the private sector with new businesses and employments springing up in critical sectors of telecoms, aviation, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, education, retailing, hospitality, healthcare and banking among others.
“Today, under the APC and Buhari, these gains have been wrecked with massive closure of businesses, which saw over 60 million Nigerians losing their means of livelihood, with alarming 33.3 per cent unemployment rate and over 82.9 million more and about 25 million families not being able to afford their daily meals as our country ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, due to the obnoxious policies of the APC and President Buhari.
“Perhaps the former INEC chairman has forgotten how the PDP stabilized our fiscal economy and handed over our naira to the APC at N160 to a dollar only for the APC to wreck our currency to a dismal N510 to a dollar.
“He may have also forgotten how the PDP handed over the cost of fuel at N87 per litre and how the APC has hiked it to N165 per litre with attendant pressure on our economy.”
The party invited Professor Jega to note how the PDP ran an all-inclusive and transparent administration that guaranteed freedom of speech, equity, fairness as well as free and fair elections, which he attested to; and how the APC, had been running a massively corrupt, insensitive, divisive and exclusionist administration that has destroyed the national cohesion and turned the nation into a battlefield.
“As a professor of political science, Prof. Jega ought to know that while the PDP is an ideologically based political party, the APC is just a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) operated on the basis of deception and that is why it has failed in all ramification and now fizzled in the eyes of the law,” the party said.
The PDP noted that the roles which Prof Jega played in bringing this party and administration into office are still fresh in the hearts of Nigerians.
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Lagos Records Six COVID-19 Deaths Daily In One Week -Sanwo-Olu
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday revealed that Lagos has recorded six COVID-19 deaths per day in the last one week.
As a result, he implored residents to sit up and observed all the COVID-19 protocols while organizations, event centres, and religious groups ensure compliance for all those coming into their facilities.
Providing COVID-19 update in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said: “From the beginning of the outbreak in February 2020 to date, Lagos State has recorded a total of 64,032confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 56,336 have recovered in the community, 2,755are currently being managed actively in the community.
Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,029patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos. We have, sadly, recorded 390fatalities in Lagos State, 30of which have taken place in this current 3rdwave of the pandemic.
Essentially, we have recorded on average 6deaths per day since last week.”
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Hushpuppi: FBI Has No Right To Arrest Kyari Without Following Due Process -Ozekhome
A prominent lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), says the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has no right to come to Nigeria to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari without going through an extradition process.
Ozekhome stated this on Monday during an interview on Arise TV, where he said that this is not the first time Nigeria will be having a case of extradition.
Recall that Kyari was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the fraud case against Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi in the US.
The indictment was followed by an order for his arrest. This was issued to the FBI by the United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California.
He also lamented that the issues involving Kyari, Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu are all happening at the same time.
“When America demanded Abba Kyari, I heard people say FBI can now arrest Abba Kyari. No, you cannot do that. Nigeria is a sovereign country for crying out loud, no matter how down in the doldrums we have become.
“FBI cannot simply come here and pick up Abba Kyari. You must go through the extradition process as established in the Extradition Act of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. You have to look at Sections 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the extradition act.”
“In 1963, Chief Anthony Enahoro was being looked for by the Federal Government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa. They accused him alongside Obafemi Awolowo and others of committing a treasonable felony. Enahoro found his way to London through Ghana. He ran away.
“So, the Labour Party with their new head, Harold Wilson made it a big deal and using the media very heavily to clamour that Enahoro be not extradited to Nigeria.
“But the government of Harold Mcmillan who was the Minister was caught in between and in betwixt as to the respect for human rights of Anthony Enahoro and not to hurt Nigeria as a political deal. But at the end of the day, Enahoro was extradited to Nigeria and he was tried and jailed for 15 years. It was the Gowon regime that released him and Awolowo and put them in key positions in government so as to drive the country’s progress. So, extradition, therefore, did not start today.
“Going through extradition, the Attorney General of the country has a crucial role to play under the Extradition Act, he and a magistrate, or under Section 251 of the Constitution, a judge of a federal high court.
“The country requesting for extradition, like the US, must make a formal request through its consular or representative in Nigeria, that we want this man in our country.”
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