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Akwa Ibom PDP leader defies gov, defects to APC



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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader  in Nsit Atai of Akwa Ibom State, Prince Sunny Elijah, has defied last-minute pressure from Governor Udom Emmanuel to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC), at a grand rally attended by Senator Godswill Akpabio and other APC chieftains in the state.

Elijah, a grassroots politician rejoined PDP in August, last year, at the prompting of Governor Emmanuel, after his disagreement with some Nsit Atai APC leaders over the local government chairmanship nomination, but he returned to APC on Monday, in spite of pleas from the governor.

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On getting wind of Elijah’s impending defection last week, Emmanuel was said to have sent five of his commissioners to lure him to the house of a multimillionaire cement dealer and staunch supporter of the governor, at Osongama Estate, in Uyo, where they begged him to remain in PDP with an immediate cash offer of N5 million and other promises.

Prince Elijah, who rejected the offers defected to the APC with his wife and immediate past House of Assembly member for Nsit Atai, Mrs Sarah Elijah, another former House of Assembly member, Obong Asuquo Darby Udo, a former local government chairman, Prince Sunny Ossom, a serving supervisor, 40 PDP ward executive members, former PDP chapter chairmen, former councillors and thousands of other supporters.

Addressing the rally at Odot, the council headquarters, Prince Elijah dismissed the PDP as a party full of contractors and lightweight politicians.

He criticised the PDP leadership for allegedly breaking the longstanding zoning arrangement, by giving the incumbent House of Assembly member a second term ticket.

He hailed the APC for picking its House of Assembly candidate, Princess Blessing Osom, from the Afaha group of villages and called on Nsit Atai people to support all candidates of the party in the 2019 elections.

Mrs Elijah, Obong Udo and Prince Ossom, who also spoke called PDP a deceitful party and said they were joining APC to bury PDP in Nsit Atai.

Ini Okopido, the State chairman of APC, who received the defectors, said they were entitled to all rights and privileges with old members.

Akpabio, the immediate past state governor, said with the defection of Elijah, all the generals of Nsit Atai politics are now in APC.

He commended Nsit Atai APC members for being peaceful and for not retaliating the destruction of campaign billboards of Obong Nsima Ekere, the APC governorship candidate located within their area on the Airport Road, by suspected PDP agents.

He reeled out what President Buhari had done for Akwa Ibom and criticised the state government for refusing to embrace the Anchor Borrower’s agricultural scheme of the Federal Government.

The APC deputy governorship candidate, Amadu Attai, who represented Obong Nsima Ekere, said the prophecy of Senator Akpabio, that PDP will collapse in Akwa Ibom by December 2018, was being fulfilled with the continuing defection from the PDP all over the state.

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Group Captain Sam Ewang (retd), a former military administrator of Rivers State, said he was overwhelmed by the number of defectors as he had counted up to 10,000 persons, adding that with their coming, Nsit Atai is completely APC.

Meanwhile, the state government has warned neighbouring states and other states of the federation to stop turning the state into a dumping ground for lunatics.

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Gloria Edet, who gave the warning yesterday, said a large chunk of her ministry’s budget has been depleted through evacuation, treatment and
rehabilitation of lunatics dumped in the state from other states of the federation.

Edet said more than 80 percent of lunatics evacuated, treated and rehabilitated through her ministry were non-indigenes.

“We appeal to other states to stop dumping lunatics in Akwa Ibom,” she said.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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