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Nigerians will still choose our party in 2023, APC tells PDP

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that Nigerians are too “intelligent” to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) take over power in 2023.

This was stated by the national secretary of the party’s caretaker committee, John Akpanudoedehe while speaking on Thursday at a meeting with state caretaker chairmen of the APC in Abuja.

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Akpanudoedehe said Nigerians will choose his party.

The state chairmen passed a vote of confidence on the Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee.

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Reacting to comment credited to Iyorchia Ayu, chairman of the PDP who had said the ruling party had “failed”, Akpanudoedehe said APC as a preferred choice is evident in Nigerians voting his party in bye-elections.

“Nigerian youths are very brilliant, resourceful people. We had said to ourselves that we were not going to respond because it is not an issue,” he said.

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“But we must be very careful not to arm PDP with the bullets against our party. I learnt that the new PDP chairman made a prophecy that we will scatter before April.

“Let me send a message to PDP. If we are talking about replacing APC, it can never be the PDP because Nigerians are too intelligent. Nigerians will still choose APC.

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“Talk is cheap. Even when they sponsored crises throughout Nigeria, we won most bye-elections. We inherited insurgency and we have dealt with it. As we speak, not one inch of Nigeria’s territory is being taken over by any group. When PDP was in government, they took over everywhere but today, it is different.”

Akpanudoedehe said the current administration’s social programmes are the best the country has seen.

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“Maybe because the president is not the talking type,” he said.

“I am challenging anyone to show me any social intervention programme better than this government. People are collecting alerts for COVID-19 palliatives. Youths, women, civil servants are collecting it.”

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Multilateral organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives for Africa – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that multinational organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’e growth.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum.

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He was chosen to deliver one of the 12 special addresses at this year’s event.

Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, quoted the vice-president as saying: “the creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to enable African and other developing countries to access the SDRs that are not needed or being used by developed or emerging economies.” 

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He also urged multilateral organisations to consider the huge obligations placed on African countries and adopt debt relief initiatives such as the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and the Common Framework for Debt Treatments in a way that will not further constrain the resumption of growth to the continent.

He listed some of the progress made in Africa, including the recovery from the global pandemic, economic growth by 3.7% last year, and a projected 3.8% growth in 2022.

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Osinbajo noted that an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement has been put in place to fast-track economic transformation as the continent is making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years.

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“The continent grew by 3.7% last year and is said to grow by 3.8% in 2022,” he said.

“‘Indeed, as the last frontier in development, Africa has the potential to become the factory of the world especially given its bold steps to integrate through the African Union agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

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“‘There are several other reasons again to be positive about the African growth story given that its large youth population holds the prospect of a demographic dividend and also by giving greater space at providing more opportunity to the private sector.

“The continent is also making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

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“In Nigeria, for instance, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years and this is despite all of the challenges in these past years.

“Such a positive outlook anyway must be tempered by the realisation that Africa continues to need the collaboration and partnership of the international community because unless care is taken, there are several developments that can derail that promise.”

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Gov. Akeredolu donates relief materials to Ose community attack

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Ondo State Government Friday donated relief materials to victims of gunmen attack in Molege community in Ose Local Government area of the state.

 

The State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the event in Akure, the State’s capital said the relief materials were to cushion the effect of the attack on the victims.

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Akeredolu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Gbenga Akingbasote, said that the state government would continue to identify with them.

 

He urged the Ose Local Government Chairman, Dennis Adekunle, who received the materials on behalf of the victims, to ensure that the materials were distributed to the intended people.

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Akeredolu noted that security of lives and property as well as welfare of the people of the state was his priority.

 

The LG boss appreciated the governor for the gesture and the urgent attention given to the matter when it happened.

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Adekunle stressed that the gesture showed that the governor is a man of his words and has fulfilled the promise made during his visit to the community after the attack.

 

“This is a pointer that our’ talk and do governor’ means business,” Adekunle said.

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Some of the relief materials distributed include; food items, mattresses, diapers, mosquito net among others.

 

Recall that at least three people were reportedly shot dead by gunmen who invaded the community on January 6. NAN

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