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PIGB: ANN Knocks Presidency, Says Reasons are Calculated Lies

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Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), an opposition political party which condemned President Buhari’s rejection of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) because it would whittle down the president’s power doubling as petroleum minister, has again condemned as deceitful, the recent release by the presidency to refute the party’s claim.
In a counter reaction by the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Akinloye Oyeniyi, the party said all the three reasons advanced by the presidency are calculated lies which apart from corruption and abuse of human rights, is hallmark of the outgoing administration.
Oyeniyi, an Audience Economist and Legislative Expert, while reacting to the reasons listed by the presidency said “We saw the release by the PLON (Senate) Senator Enang about why the president refused to assent to the PIGB and the three lies stated therein, which are that, the NPRC would keep 10% of revenue thereby affecting FAAC revenue sharing to federal, states and local governments; expansion of PEF scope, divergence of policy administration and independence; and legislative drafting which could bring about ambiguity if assented to.
“But we as a party is standing with our earlier claim and that the presidency is only saving face and concealing real reason the president withheld his assent by putting out this calculated lies to deceive unsuspecting Nigerians.”
Going further, Oyeniyi said, “We are talking about a bill that passed through all legislative processes including public hearings which the executive arm, top grade petroleum and financial industries stakeholders, host communities, CSOs, CBOs etc took part in and all inputs collated, probed and aligned. The truth is that Buhari refused doing so because provisions of that bill in its Sections 1 to 6 are clearly against his interest and that of the villa cabal. The 10% Ita Enang touted in a bid to cajole unsuspecting Nigerians absolutely has nothing to do with government oil revenue shared as FAAC. It is all lies, the 10% to be retained by the NPRC is about revenue from fees and licenses publications sold, fees for services rendered by the NPRC to non-petroleum companies, while other traditional funds generated from production, leases, bonuses and so on will still be going into the Federation Account.”
The party said it is clear the circle is getting smaller for the outgoing administration since it -the party’s foray into political terrain of Nigeria, and that it is clear the drowning ruling party is merely clutching a straw which is also sinking.
“From the presidency’s reaction, Nigerians will see that the government is deficient in proper lie to conceal the rejection because it is clear it is all about the loss of power of the current president doubling as petroleum minister; because once the bill is assented, Buhari will no longer be the one to award and renew oil licenses and award marginal fields, because all will now require senate approval and in some cases entire National Assembly approval. Unlike it is shrouded in secrecy now, the NPRC will have its budget laid and approved by the National Assembly, and this is a terrible blow to the current cabal milking the nation dry.”

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Just In: Fifth Columnists in the Presidency Working Against Tinubu, Says El-Rufai

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By Michael Effiong

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that there are some fifth columnists in the presidency who want the All Progressives Congress ( APC) to lose the 2023 Presidential election.

Speaking on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor El-Rufai affirmed that there was serious division in the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

He stated that some people in the Presidency because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was not their preferred candidate are working against his interest.

He noted that the Naira redesign was not an APC problem but a Presidency problem, urging Nigerians to ignore their current situation and still vote for Tinubu as a person.

On the fuel crisis, he said fuel subsidy had been a problem for many years and that it was President Buhari and not APC that has insisted on the subsidy which is costing the nation a whopping six Trillion Naira.

He revealed that as far back as 2016, Buhari had been advised to remove subsidy but he had bluntly refused.

Governor El Rufai used the opportunity to hail his tenure in Kaduna State, noting that his government has attracted over $4billion worth of investments to the state.

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Atiku Vows to Construct Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto Road, Reiterates End to Banditry

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to reconstruct the Funtua-Gusau-Sokoto road, if elected. He also promised to float empowerment programmes that will combat poverty among the citizens.

Atiku made the pledges on Tuesday in Sokoto while addressing a crowd of supporters at his presidential campaign rally.

The PDP presidential candidate also pledged to end the security challenges bedevilling the nation, ensure stability for profitable farming, grazing as well as reopen the nation’s borders to bolster business activities.

He urged citizens to support PDP candidates at all levels at the forthcoming elections, vowing that a PDP-led administration would curb social, economic and infrastructural decay in the country.

Mr Atiku had inaugurated a remodelled presidential lodge and the Dandima flyover bridge constructed by the Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s administration.

The PDP presidential flag bearer also paid homage on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, after an interactive session with community and traditional rulers in the state.

Earlier, the PDP National Chairman, Dr Ayochia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to PDP governorship candidate in the State, Sa’idu Umar and received scores of defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Ayu described the Sokoto rally as home coming and enjoined party loyalists to use their PVCs to change the national government as well as sustain the achievements of Tambuwal.

Leader of the defectors, Amb. Faruku Yabo, said the PDP-led administration in the state had the people’s interests at heart, and it was capable of surmounting the national challenges.

The event witnessed presentations from various party chieftains on the ways to address the challenges being faced by the citizens.

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Atiku Promises to End Banditry, Reconstruct Bakalori Dam in Zamfara

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said a PDP-led Federal Government will end banditry in Zamfara State.

Atiku, who was in Gusau on Monday for a campaign rally, also promised to reconstruct Bakalori Dam to aid irrigation farming in the state. He noted that apart from Borno and Yobe states, Zamfara State has paid dearly for the spate of insecurity in the country, which he blamed on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“They brought insecurity, poverty, and disunity; our youth are not going to school because teachers are not paid in secondary and tertiary institutions.

“With your vote, you will expunge them. I promise to restore peace and security in Nigeria. I have done it in the past (and) I see no reason why with your support and backing, by the grace of God, there won’t be peace in Nigeria,” the PDP candidate asserted.

He promised to work with the state government to revitalise the closed down textile companies, adding that businessmen would be supported with capital to open and go into textile production for job generation.

“We will open (closed) borders because it is not in line with the law. Our borders are closed while others are open; there is no justice in this,” he noted.

The vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed confidence that PDP would secure over 80 per cent votes in Zamfara State.

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