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The PDP-led Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) is a poor copy of APC – Senibo Finebone

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Following the emergence of CUPP, the Rivers State APC State Publicity Secretary, Warisenibo Chris Finebone said, “it is important to clearly state that Monday’s coalition between PDP and some political parties leading to the formation of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) is structurally and methodologically different from the coalition between some parties that led to the formation of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, at least, for now.”

The Rivers State APC Spokesman in statement made available to journalists 10th July, 2018 recalled that the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) came together to form APC two years to the 2015 presidential elections which the APC won. New PDP was to later join the APC in same 2013. However, the PDP coalition that signed an MOU last Monday has less than seven months to the 2019 general elections, hardly enough time to forge the coalition into a formidable election-winning political party.

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It reads: “Very importantly, ACN, ANPP and the new PDP that metamorphosed into APC all brought state governors, their followers and resources to the table hence the success that accompanied their coalition. The present coalition being driven by PDP today has only the PDP with governors, the rest are being dragged in without a single governor or state support hence the conclusion that PDP entered into the alliance with itself and itself alone.

“It was after the formation of APC as a political party that it was able to hold congresses, convention and presidential primaries that produced the presidential candidate for the party. We are yet to see how the CUPP will first become a viable political party and cope with the arduous task of selecting a presidential candidate given that the likes of Atiku and others in the PDP were driven there by their inordinate desire to become president.

“We can go on and on to demonstrate why and how the 2013 coalition that brought forth APC and the present one being driven by the PDP are different and cannot have the same outcome.

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“Therefore, the reaction of Rivers State Chapter of APC is that The CUPP should first become a strong political party, hold congresses and convention and successfully pick a presidential candidate then we can begin to see what the outcome of its efforts is likely to be. For now, it will be foolhardy and an unforgivable naivety for anyone to believe that the coalition the PDP is chaperoning with some parties that exist only in INEC register will achieve anything meaningful. By the way, the majority of the so-called political parties in the CUPP alliance were registered by individuals solely for political merchandising and pecuniary pursuits and not for serious political business whereas the APC legacy parties of ACN, CPC, ANPP and APGA were very serious political parties with structures and political office holders across the country.”

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Governor Seyi Makinde Test Positive To Covid-19

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The Governor confirmed his status in a short statement released Twitter.
“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate,” Makinde tweeted on Monday evening.
Further, he said: “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully. Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe,” he added.
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Why I Closed Kastina State Land Borders-Gov. Masari

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The Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has explained why he closed the land borders of the state.

The governor had ordered the closure of the borders and also placed a ban on large gathering in public and religious centers in a bid to curb the possible spread of coronavirus in the state.

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Explaining his action, Masari stated that movement of people into the state is strictly prohibited with effect from 6:00 am on Saturday, March 28, adding that fuel tankers and vehicles carrying food items and other essential commodities will be allowed into the state subject to screening and test at the point of entry. People are however at liberty to move within the state.

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Kastina State shares borders with Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Zamfara, and with the Republic of Niger to the north.

 

 

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INSENSITIVITY: Femi Gbajabiamila-led House Of Representatives Takes Delivery Of Exotic Wonder On Wheels Amidst Global Fight Against Coronavirus

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The insensitivity of Nigerian lawmakers has always been a talking point in the polity and among members of the public.

In the past, they have been frowned at for appearing to make laws that favour them, while failing to enforce those that seem mass-orientated.

The recent acquisition of state of the art cars for themselves at a time that the world is literally mourning countless deaths from the coronavirus pandemic is an all time low for the Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives.

As if oblivious of happening in the world, the lawmakers threw caution to the wind, embarking on an acquisition of  400 units of 2020 Toyota Camry car tagged utility vehicle or official cars.

Chairman of the Committee on House Services, Wale Raji, who confirmed delivery of the cars declined to respond to further enquiries.

However, findings revealed that not less than 400 units of the V6 Limited Edition variant of the car was purchased for members of the House of Representatives at an undisclosed rate.

Further findings on the website of Toyota revealed that each of the vehicles  depending on the variant, has a price tag of between US$25,000 to US $35,000, excluding the cost of shipping and custom duties, which is said to be about 100 per cent of the actual cost of each unit.

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Those with higher specification could cost in the following range: XLE at $29,455, XLE V6 at $34,580, XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130.

As you read, the cars some of which have been allocated are packed at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, true to a resolution reached at a sitting by the legislators in an executive (closed-door) session on February 5,  during which they resolved to purchase the cars.

The cars, which originally belongs to the National Assembly, are usually auctioned to the lawmakers after four years.

Already, about 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports utility vehicles have already been handed out to presiding as well as other principal officers and chairmen of select House committees.

Giving a breakdown of how the vehicles are shared, a member of the House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said, the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the (two) presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

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The source said, “I was told 100 have already arrived and they are sharing them to new members who are not chairmen and deputy chairmen (of committees). The next batch will be for returning (ranking) members who are neither chairmen nor deputy chairmen. The last batch will go to ranking member with appointments.”

The Committee on House Services and the National Assembly Management, led by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, had constituted a joint committee to oversee the acquisition, verification and distribution to the lawmakers.

The Committee on House Services, which also exists in the Senate, serves as the protocol and welfare department.

The joint committee was set up as some members had alleged that the National Assembly had become a “dumping ground” for smuggled and refurbished automobile.

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