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PDP Governors to Buhari ” Sign Electoral Amendment Bill Now”



Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law immediately.

This appeal is one of the ninepoints communique issued by the governors who met under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, on Monday, 14th February, 2022, at the Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa.

Reading the communique to journalists after the meeting, the Vice Chairman of the Forum, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said the meeting reviewed the state of the nation and the readiness of the PDP to rescue the nation from All Progressives Congress (APC) misrule.
The PDP governors said that by not signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill immediately, President Buhari will be demonstrating that he is unwilling to give to Nigerians a reformed electoral framework.
“Waiting to run out the 30 days is yet another sign of unwillingness by Mr President to give Nigeria a reformed Electoral framework.
“If there are still misgivings on any aspect of the Bill Amendments may be introduced at a later stage.”
Again, the Governors expressed displeasure on the issue of contaminated fuel that has been supplied to Nigerians.
They urged the federal  government to bring the perpetrators to account.
“The Governors frowned at the duplicity, inconsistency, insincerity of the APC led Federal Government on the fuel subsidy regime, which has been badly and corruptly administered.
“The figures of consumption and ascribed to Nigerians appear fictitious and bloated. They called for proper investigation to be conducted on this matter.”
Also in the communique, the Forum welcomed the Court decision on Police Trust Fund deductions from the Federation Account.
They noted it as a suit at the instance of Rivers State and urged the Federal Government to stop similar unconstitutional deductions from the Federation Account.
“In the same vein, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission should expedite action on the new Revenue Allocation formula in such a way as to increase allocation to States and Local Government.”
The Forum deplored the way and manner the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is being run as an alternate government, which they described as a government within a government.
They said it is time to streamline the  functions and processes of the CBN in order to make it become constitutionally compliant.
Again, the Forum once again decried the opaque nature of NNPC operations. They called for accountability and reconciliation of NNPC remittances into the federation account.
About the current phase of the Constitution Review exercise at the National Assembly, the Forum urged the national lawmakers to revisit the issue of devolution of more powers to the States and Local Governments.
“This opportunity to rejig the framework for policing and securing Nigeria should not be missed. To this end, the Forum would set up a Panel of Consultants to have a thorough look at the security architecture of Nigeria and make recommendations.
“The Governors also urged the National Assembly to transfer some items from the Exclusive Legislative List to Concurrent List.”
The PDP Governors were particularly delighted over the victory of their party winning 43 out of 62 councillorship positions in the Abuja Area Council election.
“In spite of improvements in the conduct of elections, the Gwagwalada and Abuja Area Council results show that manipulations are still possible.
“They urged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to tighten all observed loopholes and further improve on the functioning of the BIVAS Machine for future elections.”
The PDP Governors congratulated their colleague, Governor Douye Diri on his second anniversary in office.
They noted that he has made a positive difference for the people of Bayelsa State and also thanked him for being such a gracious and wonderful host.
In attendance at the meeting were the Abia State Governor and Vice Chairman of the Forum,  Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State and  Governor Udom Emmanuel       of Akwa Ibom State.
Others were Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and  Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Also in attendance were Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde of Oyo State and Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed.
Kelvin Ebiri
Special Assistant Media to the Rivers State Governor.
February 14, 2022.


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L-R: Governors of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa); Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (Oyo); Bala Mohammed (Bauchi); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Douye Diri (Bayelsa); Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (Rivers); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu ) at the PDP Governors ‘Forum meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Monday

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Former Akwa Ibom Governor Advocates for Maintenance Culture for National Development




During the Easter celebrations, Udom Emmanuel, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, emphasized the critical need for Nigerians to develop a culture of maintenance and protection towards public utilities and amenities.

Speaking in his hometown of Awa, in the Onna Local Government Area, Emmanuel highlighted that the path to national development is through the collective prudence and preservation of public resources and heritage.

In a message delivered at a Thanksgiving Service held at the United Evangelical Church in Awa, the former governor pointed out that public facilities are established for the welfare of the citizenry, warranting their protection against acts of vandalism.

Emmanuel’s call to action comes amidst observations of rising vandalism and theft of public properties, including electricity transformers and their components, within the state.

Lamenting the negative impact of such actions on community welfare and development, Emmanuel urged the people of Akwa Ibom and Nigerians at large to embody the virtues of unity, eschewing ethnic biases and sentiments detrimental to progress.

He underscored the importance of community vigilance and the establishment of protective mechanisms to safeguard government installations and public utilities.

Emphasizing the spiritual significance of the Easter season, Emmanuel prayed for blessings upon the people and encouraged living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

He commended the efforts of the current governor, Umo Eno, in prioritizing the welfare of the people and reiterated the essential role of individual and communal responsibility in fostering a conducive environment for development.

The call to cultivate a maintenance culture underscores a broader vision for sustainable development and the effective utilization of public resources, pivotal for the progress and well-being of the nation.

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Governor Umo Eno Inaugurates Board for Akwa Ibom Bulk Purchasing Agency




Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has inaugurated the Board of the State’s Bulk Purchasing Agency, charging its members to uphold transparency and accountability in line with its operational blueprint.

The newly constituted Board is chaired by Dan Akpan, with Unyime Etim serving as the General Manager/Secretary. It also includes commissioners from the Ministries of Economic Development, Agriculture, Justice, and Internal Security, as well as representatives from various sectors such as ALGON, economic advisory, market matters, the Chamber of Commerce, and Labour.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the State Executive Council Chamber, Governor Eno reiterated the importance of the Bulk Purchasing Agency in providing essential food items to the needy and vulnerable in the state, particularly amid challenging economic conditions nationwide. He commended the State House of Assembly for swiftly passing the Bulk Purchase Agency Bill, emphasizing the legislative support received for the initiative.

Governor Eno charged the Board members to collaborate closely with relevant ministries and stakeholders to ensure the effective administration of the food voucher programme. He stressed the need for accountability, urging the committee to be prepared for audits to maintain transparency in their operations.

The ARISE Food Security Programme, which is set to be launched next week, aims to address the soaring prices of staple food items by providing free food vouchers to the most vulnerable individuals identified through the social register. Governor Eno reiterated the government’s commitment to administering the programme based on the updated social register to ensure fairness and transparency.

While acknowledging the temporary nature of the food intervention programme, Governor Eno emphasized the importance of returning to agricultural practices for long-term food security. He assured the commencement of the government’s seedlings distribution programme through the Ministry of Agriculture to support farmers in the state.

Overall, the newly inaugurated Bulk Purchasing Agency is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the prompt delivery of food items to the people of Akwa Ibom State, underscoring the government’s commitment to addressing food insecurity and supporting vulnerable populations in the state.

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PDP Demands Senate President Akpabio’s Resignation Amid Allegations of Budget Padding, N108bn Akwa Ibom Fund




Godswill Akpabio

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate resignation of Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio, amidst allegations of budget padding and corruption.

The party demanded an independent investigation into the claim that a whopping N3.7 trillion was clandestinely inserted into the 2024 budget for purported non-existent projects.

In a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the opposition party also urged Akpabio to report to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding a pending case involving the alleged looting of N108 billion from the coffers of Akwa Ibom State during his tenure as governor.

Furthermore, the PDP insisted that Akpabio should address allegations of an N86 billion contract scam that reportedly occurred during his tenure as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, particularly within the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The PDP strongly criticized the suspension of Senator Abdul Ningi by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership in the Senate, labeling it as an attempt to stifle investigation into the budget padding issue raised by Ningi. The party denounced the suspension as a desperate move to conceal facts and suppress accountability.

Expressing concern over the refusal of the APC Senate leadership to initiate a transparent investigation, the PDP questioned the motives behind avoiding a thorough inquiry into the matter. The party also raised eyebrows at Akpabio’s involvement in presiding over the suspension proceedings, which it deemed as detrimental to the Senate’s integrity.

The PDP emphasized that the gravity of the allegations against Akpabio warrants his immediate resignation to facilitate an impartial investigation. The party reiterated its support for Senator Ningi’s quest for transparency and accountability in the polity.

In conclusion, the PDP urged Akpabio to step aside and allow for an independent probe into the budget padding allegations, while also calling on him to address the corruption allegations leveled against him.

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