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Meningitis: PDP ask Yari to resign, describes scourge as deficit of APC govt



For attributing the scourge of meningitis to the handiwork of God, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday asked the governor of Zamfara state, Alh. Abdullaziz Yari to resign.

The party also lambasted the ruling All progressive Congress (APC) over the development, describing it as a huge deficit of the government.

The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said that the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis in the country and the apathetic attitude of both the Zamfara state and federal government to curtail the Scourge is disheartening and preposterous.

“For the record, the primary responsibility of any government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens and the APC led government has remain insensitive, careless and adamant to the plight of Nigerians in all ramification.

“This government wasted so much funds on the State House Clinic with no tangible result but neglected other health centers and clinics across the country that have capacities to manage the health challenges of other Nigerians.

“As of Tuesday, April 4, 2017, about 336 Nigerians have lost their lives due to the outbreak of type C Cerebrospinal Meningitis and the Federal Ministry of Health has not taken any concrete step to contend with the spread. It is on record that the PDP government in sixteen years did not allow such mindless display of insensitivity as seen by this APC Administration.

“More worrisome is the statement credited to the Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Abdullaziz Yari in which he attributed the outbreak of Meningitis to God’s making. This is shameful and very unfortunate as the APC has run out of reasons to blame previous PDP administration but it’s now blaming God for its failures.

“Governor Yari should not blame God for his failures but that of his Party, the APC, to avoid incurring God’s anger on their crass ineptitude in governance. However, we wish to advise him to resign immediately for making such statement as a state governor and the Chairman of Governors Forum who is supposed to bring hope to the people and not despair,” the party said.

PDP, however called on the federal government to stop playing politics with this outbreak and do everything within its power to end the menace.

“As a Party, our heart goes to the families of all those that lost their lives to the scourge within this period. We urge all Nigerians to drink more water, sleep in a ventilated environment and report symptoms to the nearest health center within their areas for quick medical attention,” the party said.

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Why Ekiti must vote Buhari in 2019 – Fayemi’s deputy, Egbeyemi



Bisi Egbeyemi

Bisi Egbeyemi

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in the February 16 presidential election.

Egbeyemi said Ekiti has a brighter future under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, which is executing key capital projects in the state for the benefit of the people.

The deputy governor, who spoke at a public forum in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said the APC-led Federal Government was carrying out a rail line project that will connect Ekiti with Osun State.

A statement on Wednesday signed by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, quoted Egbeyemi as assuring the people of more capital projects and empowerment programmes that will change their lives if Buhari is re-elected in the 2019 presidential poll.

He disclosed that Governor Kayode Fayemi was instrumental to the conclusion of Ekiti in the rail project noting that when completed, the project will boost the local economy and attract more investment.

The deputy governor also urged the people of the state to vote for all APC candidates in the 2019 general elections to help the party implement its manifesto for the benefit of the masses.

Egbeyemi said: “All I want you to do for us is to pray for this government and to support us. This is the first time Ekiti will be in connection with the federal government.

“By February, there is going to be an election and we want every Ekiti man and woman to support us by voting for Buhari.

“Once that is done, you have a man up there and he is one of the best. I don’t need to tell you that Kayode Fayemi is one of the closest governors to President Buhari.

“I want to tell you before March or April, you will know what will be coming to this state by the grace of God.

“The rail line that is coming from Osogbo, it was through the efforts of Kayode Fayemi that Buhari included Ekiti in the project.

“Ekiti was not in the project but Buhari said Ekiti must be included asking why Ekiti was not having rail line.

“There are more goodies that will come from the Federal Government but we must vote APC and ensure that Buhari returns for second term.”

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TIV National Volunteers Dispels deceitful Narratives Against President Buhari- ARC. Tachia



President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari


The National Coordinator, TIV National Volunteers for Buhari 2019, Arc Ukura Patrick Tachia has said that his group is out to debunk the deceitful narrative against President Muhammadu Buhari by non-performing politicians in Benue state.

He stated this during a courtesy visit by the TIV Volunteers for Buhari 2019 to the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu in his office in Abuja.

The coordinator pointed out that his group shares the same passion for anti-corruption and ready to put a lie to the deceitful narrative concocted and peddled by non-performing politicians that President Buhari is an enemy of the Tiv nation.

Arc. Tacia said despite the deliberate falsehood and hate messages against the President by opposition politicians and enemies of the state, the TIV NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS for Buhari would ensure that the President records a landslide victory in 2019 Presidential Election in Benue state and the nation in general.

“Our members and officers have been working round the clock engaging individuals, communities one on one and through the media as well as other means of communications” Arc. Tachia said.

He added that their unflinching support for President Buhari was due to his enviable record of achievement in all sector of the economy including Ministry of Communications and its agencies that have attracted $40 billion worth of foreign direct investment in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Minister of Communications, Dr. Adebayo Shittu commended the group for their courage to support President Buhari despite all the political noise to discredit laudable achievement of the present administration.

He said that President abhorred criminality of any shades and his working very hard to get to the level where institutions would develop and function properly to serve citizens of the country regardless of their ethnic and religious background.

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APC’s negative change made me dump party for PDP – Ondo federal lawmaker



The member representing Owo/Ose federal constituency of Ondo State at the House of Representatives, Bode Ayorinde has disclosed that his reason for dumping the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was due to the deviation of the APC-led federal government from it campaign promises.

Ayorinde, who stated this in Owo, in the northern senatorial district area of the state, alleged that APC brought “negative change” to the Nigerians, hence his decision to quit the party.

Recall that the lawmaker was among the House of Representatives members that defected to the opposition party in July this year.

Ayorinde, who spoke during the flag off of his re-election campaign, stated that, “When I was in APC, I was one of those people complaining about PDP. But PDP committed a mistake by wanting to retain power in the south after eight years of Obasanjo, two years of Ya’Adua north, six years of Jonathan south and the north have more population. So it was not even about performance it is about fairness, justice equity that we all felt that government will go back to the north.

“However we made a mistake of bringing a lifeless President who he has very good intentions but he doesn’t has the capacity to carry out his intentions.

“Some people just hijacked the government, so he could not secure Nigeria, he could not provide the jobs.

“When I left APC, I left because the change that was promised was not a positive change, it was a negative change, hike in prices, unemployment, insecurity among others and I felt that someone could do it better which is Atiku. I’m not happy with Buhari, let us try another person.”

Reacting on the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in not assenting to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, he stated that the president’s move would not affect the chances of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in emerging victorious at the 2019 polls.

“The electoral, orderliness, fairness is in the hand of Nigerians, not in the hands of any law. However good or bad the law is, it is the human being that is matter, it is the same electoral act that ushered in President Buhari and we will still use it to bring in Atiku whether it was sign or not what am interested in is about Nigerians.

“We are just waiting for Atiku to be sworn in, those who voted PDP out, the N-PDP who broke out of the PDP and went to APC have left the APC, they are the winners, they have backed in PDP including many of us who are never in PDP before. The game is over for APC, the elections will come and nothing will happen, there won’t be any killing, everybody will come out en masse to vote for Atiku, their votes will be counts and Atiku will be declared winner.”

The lawmaker also stated that he is optimistic of winning his constituency seat at the polls.

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