Tinubu’s Associates Set To Revive AD Ahead Of 2019 Election

Ahead of 2019 general elections, the moribund Alliance for Democracy (AD) may be the political haven for associates of embattled National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

It was gathered that except President Muhammadu Buhari and well-meaning stakeholders in the ruling party take concrete and genuine steps to placate the former Lagos State governor, his allies may ditch the party for the AD.

A party source revealed that Tinubu’s camp may have opened discussions with stakeholders of the platform that brought him to power in 1999.

The party source noted that the forthcoming Ondo State governorship election would be used to test the waters.

The rejection of the  recommendations of the three-member Election Appeal Committee chaired by Mrs. Helen Bendega, which called for cancellation of the poll that produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and the submission of his name to INEC by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was the cause of the cold war betweenTinubu and the latter.

Tinubu, while demanding for the resignation of Odigie-Oyegun, accused the former Edo State governor of treating with disdain the joint petition written by Chiefs Oke, Olusegun Abraham and Senator Ajayi Borrofice rejecting the outcome of the primary that produced Akeredolu.

While the national leader backed Abraham for the ticket, forces in the Presidency supported Akeredolu, who was president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).

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Recovered Loot Inadequate To Revive Economy– Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has explained that the looted fund recovered so far by government is far cry from what the country needs to revive the economy.

The minister said this on Friday when he appeared on a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

According to him, the amount of money recovered is always being made public. “What we have recovered and if my record is right is about N78 billion, and 3 million dollars.

“We have been able to block various accounts in which about 9 billion dollar is found but those are not money available to us because we are still in court over them.

“The government spends N165 billion every month to pay federal civil servants, even what has been so far recovered will not even pay 50 per cent of the salaries in a month.’’

Mohammed assured Nigerians that every penny recovered will be judiciously spent and nobody could re-loot what had been recovered under the administration.

The minister further explained that Nigerians should understand that what had been recovered was so little compared to what the people needed on a continuous basis.

On budget release, he recalled that the Federal Ministry of Finance released N400 billion for capital projects, mostly on roads, railway, and power.

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Emir Of Kano Wants Northern Governors To Revive NNDC

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on the 19 Northern governors to do everything possible to ensure that the lost glory of the New Nigerian Development Company is restored.

He made the call when a delegation of NNDC’s Board of Directors, led by the Wali of Dutse, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, paid him a courtesy visit at his Palace in Kano on Monday.

He said that the call was necessary in order to promote socio-economic development in the region in particular and the country at large.

He added that “restoring the company’s lost glory will facilitate socio-economic development in the North in particular and Nigeria as a whole.”

According to him, the task of making the company vibrant and formidable cannot be realized without the collective effort of the governors.

“The call is necessary in view of the urgent need for the governors to come together for the realization of the desired objective”, Sanusi said.

He also urged the Federal Government to come up with a blueprint that would ensure speedy industrial development in the country.

He stressed the need for the Federal Government to provide more assistance to the people of North East.

He noted that “the people of the North East are in need of more assistance from the Federal Government and it will greatly reduce their sufferings.”

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FG To Revive Ajaokuta Steel To Reduce Steel Imports

Federal Government has disclosed its intentions to revive the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Industry and reduce Nigeria’s dependence on imported steel costing trillions of naira.
Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in a statement said that the legal issues surrounding the National Steel Industry would pre-occupy his ministry this year.
He said that the government would need to clear the legal hurdles surrounding the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited for it to begin to function.
Fayemi added that it would not be in the national interest to leave the complex the way it is given that President Buhari is determined to see it working in the shortest possible time.
The minister who stated this while defending the 2016 Budget proposal before the Senate Committee on Power and Steel on Monday said it would not be in the national interest to leave the complex the way it is given President Mohammadu Buhari’s determination to see it up and working in the shortest possible time.
He decried the trillions of Naira which is being spent annually on the importation of steel into the country and assured that the resolution of the legal issues surrounding the National Steel Industry would preoccupy the Ministry in the year ahead.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power and Steel, Senator James Manager, observed that the development of any nation is tied to a vibrant Steel Sector. He urged the Ministry to tell Nigerians more about Ajaokuta and use publicity to attract interest towards the company.
The Senators stressed the need to have the revenue profile of the agencies under the Ministry, tackle the legal encumbrances around the steel industry, and explore the Public Private Partnership option in getting the sector to be up and running. It urged the Ministry to commence any necessary legislation process before the year runs out.
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Group Appeals To PMB To Revive Ajaokuta Steel Industry

A group under the aegis of Builder Hub Foundation has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to revive the Ajaokuta Steel industry, saying that the country is in desperate need to diversify the economy due to the dwindling revenue accruable from crude oil.

In a letter addressed to the Permanent secretary, Mines and Steel Development and signed by the founder of the foundation, Natasha Akpoti, the foundation stated that it is regrettable that Nigeria has continued to suffer monumental losses from the multibillion dollar investment due to assets depreciation, brain drain of man power that were trained in Russia, Bulgaria, and India for the steel plant.

In the letter which was also copied to Buhari, Akpoti stated that Ajaokuta steel plant has the capacity to produce over 5 million metric tonnes of steel per annum once the first, second and third phases are completed.

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PDP: Jonathan, Party Leaders Move To Revive Party

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun moves to revive the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Jonathan and the party leaders have endorsed a blueprint for the revival and rebuilding of the party in preparation for the elections. A meeting was held on Monday at the Peoples Democratic Institute in Abuja to ratify the roadmap.

The meeting was attended by some party leaders, including Senator Ahmed Markafi and a former Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam.

The blueprint has already been circulated to all the party leaders. The roadmap has been well received by the party leaders and other important stakeholders.

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I’m Done With Partisan Politics, Obasanjo Turns Down Pleas To Help Revive PDP

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has rebuffed repeated pleas from concerned member of the Peoples Democratic Party to help revive the party following its defeat in the March 28 presidential election.

Concerned about the future of the party, some of its leaders have been reaching out to Mr. Obasanjo to return to the party and help build it ahead of future elections.

Reports gather that among those persuading him to return to lead the party were serving governors and federal lawmakers who believed the party should play viable opposition in the next dispensation.

Mr. Obasanjo’s close allies said the anxious party men have been pressuring the former leader, who was the first elected president on the party’s platform, by either visiting him or through telephone calls.

Report provides that the former president, who was also the PDP leader and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, has repeatedly rebuffed the request to return to the party.

Sources close to him said at some point he told those mounting pressure on him that rather than returning to the party he would encourage viable opposition from other standpoints.

“I’m done with party politics here on earth and in heaven. Period,” Mr. Obasanjo was overheard telling a PDP chieftain who telephoned him recently to raise the matter.

Mr. Obasanjo was also said to have told some people pressuring him that he could have considered returning to the party had his membership card not been publicly thorn before the general elections.

He was quoted as saying his membership card has been shredded and that “as it is now, a goat has eaten up the pieces”.

Mr. Obasanjo confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that he has been under pressure to return to the PDP but vowed not to do so. “I’m not ready to discuss partisan politics because I’m done with it,” he said.

After a meeting with Mr. Jonathan sometime in February, the outgoing governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, had assured that the PDP would beg Mr. Obasanjo to return to the party.

“When a father is angry with his children, the children should beg him. Baba is more than a party man. He is an icon, a national symbol and a leader and inventor, a creator of all the institutions today in Nigeria from the president to the governors, who are his own sons, are all his creations.”

“And so when a father is angry with his children, we will only say we are sorry to him. But then, we cannot be renounced for whatever it is…….We might have made some mistakes, but abandoning us is not the solution because the country is first before anything else. So, he is our Baba even up to the president.”

But Mr. Obasanjo told PREMIUM TIMES he has foreclosed any possibility of returning to the PDP. “I agree that Nigeria needs a strong and viable opposition and I will continue to encourage that,” the former President said. “I will continue to do that even without belonging to a political party. I have moved beyond party politics.”

I Will Revive Rivers State, Says Wike

Rivers State governor-elect, Mr Nyesom Wike, has commended the people of the state for overwhelmingly voting for him as he promised to revive the state and give it a new lease of life.

He also said that the only winner in the governorship election is Rivers State, noting that no candidate lost the election.

Speaking during a victory thanksgiving service in Port Harcourt, Wike said that with the release of the results,  all attachments to party affiliations will be obliterated across the state.

He said: “With the release of the governorship election results,  there is no loser in the election because Rivers State has won. I want to appeal to all our members to set aside all political differences and embrace all Rivers people irrespective of their political leaning.”

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