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APC Will Take Over Delta State In 2019, Uduaghan Boasts

Peter Okunoren

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Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the immediate past governor of Delta State and 2019 Delta South APC senatorial hopeful has once again warned that Delta State must not be in the opposition camp after the 2019 general elections.

Dr. Uduaghan gave the warning at Olomoro, Isoko South, where he paid a condolence visit to Chief Lucy Esigie, a chieftain of the APC in the company of the APC state Chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, House of Representative hopeful, Mr. Joel Onowhakpo Thomas and other chieftains of the party. The deceased, Mrs Alice Ogri was a sister to Chief Lucy Esigie, the leader of APC in Isoko South.

Scores of supporters of the new APC leader gate-crashed the venue on hearing that the former governor was on their soil, is his first public appearance since his defection to APC.

The Delta South Senatorial hopeful, humbled by the eagerness of the growing crowd to hear from him, decided to address the crowd.

Dr. Uduaghan told the crowd that people from the opposition have not gotten over the shock that hit them since his defection last week.

“They have been trying to deconstruct the meaning of John the Baptist that I used in my defection statement.

“They are breaking their heads over it and wondering who and who will Uduaghan take to the APC.

“Well, my new role as John the Baptist would be to mobilise virtually every PDP member, not just in Delta State but also in the Niger Delta to the progressives’ fold.

“There are some people that we will not allow to cross over. They know themselves,” Uduaghan averred.

Dr. Uduaghan queried if the dividends of governance are reflective of the wealth Delta State produces since playing opposition three years after he left government and the people chorused a thunderous ‘No!’.

Continuing, the former governor said: “Moses grew up in the palace where everything was comfortable for him but the Lord told him that his people were suffering.

“He charged Moses to leave the palace so as to liberate them.

“I have answered the call to return to active politics to liberate and unite our people who have been deeply polarised by the leadership of the PDP.

“I have come for APC to take over and I am leading the Take Over Squad,” he opined, adding that he has pitched his tent with APC to liberate the state from the jaws of the PDP.

He charged the Delta State APC leadership present at the occasion, the people of Isoko and the entire state to get ready because the battle would not be an easy one, but a victory was sure for the party if everyone played their parts well.

He specifically warned the youths present to stop fighting for crumbs that the PDP would throw at them, assuring that if they were hard working and purposeful, he would lead them to where they would be empowered for life.

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How Tambuwal, APC Governors Pushed Me To Remove Oil Subsidy And Later Protested Against Me — Jonathan

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Nearly six years after implementing a controversial fuel subsidy withdrawal which sparked a nationwide protest, former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that it was the 36 state governors who pushed him to remove the subsidy to provide more money for them.

Jonathan, who made the startling revelation in his book, My Transition Hours, unveiled in an upscale event in Abuja yesterday, however, accused the same governors of precipitating a mass protest against him and his administration when Nigerians kicked against the fuel price hike from N65 to N97 per liter.

The former president also slammed the then speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, who is currently the governor of Sokoto State, for hobnobbing with the opposition to tackle him over the fuel price increase.

Jonathan recalled how Tambuwal mobilised the members of the House to sit on a Sunday just to condemn the deregulation approved by his administration.

The former leader said that Tambuwal embarked on the session in the hope that he (Jonathan) had travelled out of the country to South Africa for the centenary celebration of African National Congress, ANC.

“That was the first and only time in Nigeria’s political history that the Parliament sat on a Sunday. At that sitting, an opposition member of the House got up to allege that I had abandoned the nation at such a crucial time to join in festivity in South Africa.

“Unknown to the House, on that same day, while they were sitting, I was at Eagle Square to commission mass transit vehicles my administration purchased to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.

‘’I had to address the issue by telling the nation that it was untrue that I had abandoned the nation at such a crucial time to join festivities in South Africa. The country was tense and the public was wondering what would happen next,” he said.

Jonathan accused the governors, especially those from the opposition APC, of abandoning their push for deregulation when the protests broke out, castigating him and his administration for the decision, apparently to look good before the people.

He said in the 194-page book: “State governors of the main opposition party, some of whom were champions of the subsidy removal in our meetings on the matter, made a volta face.”

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Customs Officers Kill Woman In Lagos

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The Nigeria Police in Badagry said it had arrested seven customs officers over the killing one Mrs Patience Oni and injuring an innocent man at Forte Oil Filling Station near popular Badagry Roundabout in Lagos state.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Badagry Police Station, Mr Samson Akhiromen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry that the men of customs were arrested for indiscriminately shooting and killing of innocent people.

According to the DPO, the customs officers, under the code name Anti-flying, were raiding an illegal rice depot near a filling station around 12 noon on Tuesday, when they started shooting.

“They started shooting indiscriminately to scare away traders and residents from the area.

“During the shooting, the bullets from one of the officers hit two people, one died immediately, while the other one is receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

“The husband of the woman killed is a police inspector serving in Area K Police Station, Morogbo,” he said.

The DPO said that he arrested the officers with his team of officers when the situation was getting out of hand.

He, however, said the arrested officers had been handed over to the SCIID Panti for further investigation and prosecution.

(NAN)

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I Will Pay N100,000 As Minimum Wage — ADP Presidential Candidate, Yabagi Sani

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party, Yabagi Sani, on Wednesday, said he would pay N100,000 national minimum wage.

Yabagi made the disclosure to newsmen in Abuja while unveiling his running mate, Prince Martin Kunle Olateru-Olagbegi.

“Our agenda shall be anchored on the deployment of new governance models to restructure Nigeria and give our people a new direction,” he said.

On workers’ salary, he stated, “The Nigerian economy has the capacity to give a minimum of N100,000 per month to the least paid worker in this country. We have the capacity, what we are losing is leadership.

“A country that is number six among the crude oil and gas exporting countries in the world; a country that is number three among the gas exporting countries in the world; a country that has the largest population in Africa; a country that is remarkable in terms of where the resources of this world are deposited and a country that has the youngest population, youngest workers and youngest capital with all the potential, we cannot be paying N30,000 per month as minimum wage. Believe me, it is very small”.

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