The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Federal Government to reverse its decision to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 per cent to 7.2 per cent.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday in Abuja said that the PDP rejected the decision.
Ologbondiyan said that Nigerians could not bear such burden under the prevailing economic situation.
“The PDP insists that the decision to increase VAT on already impoverished citizens is in bad faith and cannot be justified under any guise.
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari that such increment would put more pressure on families and businesses as it would result in an increase in costs of goods and services that have direct bearing on the welfare of the people.
Ologbondiyan said that instead of foisting more tax burden on Nigerians, Buhari should recover the over N14 trillion oil money alleged to have been stolen in the last four years.
“The PDP therefore urges the National Assembly to protect Nigerians and save the nation from collapse by rejecting this injurious decision by the Buhari Presidency.”
Edited by Nick Nicholas/ Grace Yussuf
PDP rejects committee to reconcile 14 Edo Assembly members-elect
Mr Chris Nehikhare, PDP’s Publicity Secretary in Edo, said in a statement in Benin on Friday that the reason for such committee was baseless.
He said that the 14 persons to reconciled with could no longer be described as lawmakers-elect because their seats had long been declared vacant.
“Their refusal to subscribe to the oath of membership and allegiance all through the first session and first quarter of the 7th Assembly was tantamount to abdication of office.
“The governor should know that the seats are no longer available to them, those 14 seats belong to PDP candidates who are also already in court,” he said.
According to the PDP publicity secretary, it is wrong to describe people whose seats were declared vacant for failing to report for duty as lawmakers-elect.
He further stated that the 14 affected persons were already in court seeking to restrain the Independent Electoral Commission from conducting by-elections into the seats.
“As a party, the PDP has approached the court seeking to be joined as a defendant in that suit.
“We did so believing that our rights may be affected,” he said.
Nobody defected from APC to PDP in Kwara–Spokesman
APC State Publicity Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that ” the recent garrulous and spurious rumour of 10,000 defectors from the APC to PDP is nothing but a mirage.”
“This claim by the PDP is of doubtful success, laughable and a terrible absurdity as it would have been impossible to assemble 10, 000 people in any location at this period of the coronavirus pandemic without the attention of the public.
According to Aro, PDP is resorting to a psychological campaign in the state because of its poor image.
“We recognise the people as our primary constituency and we are prepared to build a greater and prosperous Kwara State.
“We advise the public to discard the antics of the opposition which is determined to take advantage of the internecine crisis in the APC to paint a false image of its acceptability,” he said.
Edo Gov. Poll: Rep Chinda chairs PDP screening committee
Rep Kingsley Chinda, Obio/Akpor Constituency, Rivers, is to chair the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) screening committee for aspirants in its primaries for Edo governorship, scheduled for Thursday.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) on Thursday in Abuja.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP approved the list of the screening committee.
Members of the screening committee are: Chief Oladimeji Fabiyi, Sen. Joy Emordi, Hajiya Aishat Hasindu, and Hon. Boyele Debekeme as Secretary.
Akobundu said the screening exercise would hold at the NWC HALL, Wadata Plaza from 10 a.m.
The three aspirants that obtained the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms for the primaries were, Mr Kenneth Imansuangbon, Mr Omoregie-Ogbeide Ihama and Mr Gideon Ikhine.
Anambra poll: Aspirant urges PDP to reconsider zoning of ticket
Ozigbo, a former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, stated this during an online news conference on Thursday in Awka.
He said the yearnings of the people of the state was that the Anambra South Senatorial District should produce the next governor of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the party leadership had said at an expanded South-East Zonal Executive Committee meeting in March that it was not considering zoning of the governorship ticket to any of the three senatorial zones of the state, “at least for now’’.
The National Vice Chairman of the PDP for South East, Chief Austin Umahi, had made the declaration, shortly after the meeting in Enugu.
The meeting was attended by governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, David Umahi of Ebonyi and the Deputy Governor of Abia, Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Sam Anayanwu and other current and past National Assembly members.
The governorship election will hold in November 2021.
“If the proper things are done and the race zoned to Anambra South Senatorial District, I will win the party primary and become the next governor of the state by the grace of God,’’ he said.
He, however, said that in spite of his party refusal to zone the race, he would still contest and win.
He said he was not afraid to contest against any candidate, including the ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
“If my party gives me the governorship ticket and Soludo emerges in APGA or any other party, I will floor him.
“What Soludo has, I have more.
“It’s Soludo that will be bothering on how to beat me in the contest because I have the wherewithal and connection to contest and win the election.’’
Expressing confidence that he would emerge the consensus candidate of the PDP, Ozigbo said he had the goodwill of the majority of the party’s leaders in the state.
“I don’t have a godfather; God is my godfather but I have the goodwill of the leaders of our party.
“Some have linked me with Mr Peter Obi, Chief Chris Uba, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and a host of others.
“That shows I’m popular across the board,’’ Ozigbo said.
Ondo governorship: PDP aspirant pledges to harness aviation, mechanised farming potentials
Mr Tony Erewa, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for Ondo State governorship, has pledged to harmonise opportunities in aviation and agricultural sectors to boost the state’s economy if elected.
Erewa made the pledge in an interview with newsmen shortly after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that as a technocrat, he had successfully run different businesses and organisations and would use his experiences and capability to turn the fortune of the state around.
“I have knowledge of modern agriculture and I will ensure that mechanised farming takes centre stage when I become governor.
“This will be better than the white-collar job that people are seeking.
“I will build a stadium in each of the three senatorial districts that will attract investors and attract international matches,’’ Erewa said.
He also pledged to transform the domestic airport at Akure, the state capital into an international one so as to make it possible for international flights to land and take off from there.
“This will bring a lot of international businesses into the state.
“It will also interest you to know that Ondo state has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa and we will convert this into a tourist attraction.’’
Erewa, who expressed optimism that PDP would win the state governorship election, however, promised that all aspirants would work together for whoever emerged as the party’s candidate.
He also expressed optimism that he had what it takes to deliver Ondo state to the PDP at the Oct. 10 poll.
“We will put everything in place, put all hands on deck, move to all nooks and crannies of the state to propagate the story and sell our manifesto to the electorate.
“I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo state.
“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives,’’ he said.
Ondo 2020: Okunomo, PDP governorship aspirant, picks party’s nomination form
Mr Banji Okunomo, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, has picked a nomination form ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for July.
Okunomo made the disclosure in a statement issued made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Okitipupa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the nomination form was also in preparation for the governorship election slated for Oct. 10 in the state.
NAN also reports that Okunomo, who picked his form at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, was the first among the array of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state to do so.
Okunomo, a former PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, said that he dedicated the form to God and the people of the state, who, he said, he intended to serve as governor.
“I picked the nomination form of N21m at Wadata House in Abuja today and this has made me the first among the PDP aspirants to purchase the form.
“I also dedicate the form to God and the good people of the state, whom I intend to serve meritoriously, if I am elected the party’s flag bearer.
“I also promise to eradicate poverty, generate employment, create wealth and enhance the livelihood of the several millions of Ondo State residents, if elected governor,” he said.
NAN recalls that Okunomo was also the first aspirant, who collected the expression of interest form at the PDP secretariat in Akure last week.
PDP scores Gov Tambuwal high, calls for support against insecurity
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Sokoto State Chapter, has called on the residents to join hands with Gov. Aminu Tambuwal in the protection of lives and property across the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, the state Chairman, made the appeal on Wednesday in Sokoto.
Milgoma, who rated Tambuwal high in terms of the provision of development projects, said that the recent attacks by bandits in Sabin Birni Local Government Area should not be used by critics to rate Tambuwal’s stewardship.
He urged people to support him against security challenges because adequate security was the responsibility of all.
The party leader said that it might be inhuman to ignore the loss of lives and property occasioned by the attacks, which coincided with the May 29 celebration, but his achievement should not be downplayed by critics.
”Being a responsible person and astute leader, Gov Tambuwal remained calm and sober rather than spending time, resources and energy reeling out projects he had accomplished.
“Who would go to new schools built by government when marauders have routed his brethren; we will not be happy if hospitals are overwhelmed by dead bodies.
“Gov Tambuwal has been steadfast on his obligations in spite of all challenges that comprised legal battles over his election victory, financial decline and the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the party chairman said.
He said Tambuwal’s administration had uncovered many ghost workers and saved the state billions of naira going into the pockets of few in the past.
Milgoma said that Tambuwal disbursed N4 billion to empower small businesses, established state’s microfinance bank as well as partnered with the Moroccan government on agriculture, water resources, healthcare and others.
Ondo 2020: Okunomo advises against monetising PDP primary
Okunomo gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Akure on Wednesday.
Okunomo said some aspirants believed in the power of money to buy party delegates and advised against using money as a benchmark for choosing the party’s governorship candidate.
He urged the electorate to rather carry out objective analysis of the aspirants’ pedigree on what he could offer when he becomes a governor.
“My advice to all delegates is that they should be wary of bad and emergency politicians who come to run because they have money to buy their votes and when they possibly win, they forget them.
“The electorate should not shy away from judging the antecedent of aspirants because the antecedent of those aspiring determines what they are going to do possibly when they get into office.
“And ensuring that anybody that will emerge must have strong view as a functional and efficient manager of people and resources,” the PDP aspirant said.
He added that the party needed a professional that was technically skillful and capable to understand economic and financial components of governance.
“To be a good leader and archiver is not by quantum of certificates that you acquire or by self glorification or title you hold but by your content.
“Content of your character, intellectual possession, administrative, managerial skills and capabilities to be able to run a good government,” he said.
“Failure is not in my dictionary, rather success is what is in my dictionary but if otherwise, I’ll give glory to God and life continues,” he said.
Benue LG polls: PDP Chairman says party’s victory not a surprise
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, Mr John Ngbede, said the party’s overwhelming victory at the council polls on May 30 didn’t come to him as a surprise.
Ngbede disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Makurdi.
The party won 23 Chairmanship positions out of 23. Also, it won 276 Councillorship positions out of 276.
The chairman noted that the party deserved the landslide victory because it worked assiduously for it, which manifested on Saturday.
“We campaigned seriously without relenting. No political party in the state campaigned apart from PDP.
“We followed all the processes of election beginning with the congresses.
“Some political parties did not buy forms. Even the ones that bought forms they did not campaign at all. So, what did they expect,” he queried.
He also said that Benue residents voted massively for the party 8because Gov. Samuel Ortom was performing wonders for the state.
“The milestones recorded by the governor went a long way in winning votes for the party.
“He has completed a lot of projects which were started by his predecessor.
“He also initiated new ones and some of them have been completed while others are on the verge of completion and others ongoing,” Ngbede said.
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