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Still basking in the euphoria of Wednesday’s victory at the Supreme Court, the Ahmed Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party PDP has begun moves to shoot itself back into public reckoning and dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.

Though Makarfi had in the aftermath of the Wednesday court victory which sacked his rival, Modu Sheriff, asked the APC to begin to prepare its hand over notes, he did not however disclose how the PDP intends to wrest power from the APC.

Vanguard reports that the PDP, among other plans, will use the APC’s manifesto against it.

“The APC had at least 81 promises in its manifesto. Among all the things the party promised, how many has it achieved? The promises were mere propaganda tools which unfortunately many people bought into because some of our colleagues in government under Jonathan also lost focus and were too detached from the people.
So, today we intend to benchmark those promises and then take the APC up on its own words”, said a former key minister under the Goodluck Jonathan administration who did not want his name in print for fear of a backlash from the current administration as he is presently facing prosecution by the anti-graft agency.

He said, “the PDP will also zone its presidential ticket to the north knowing that President Muhammadu Buhari might be too ill to recontest in 2019.

The PDP will beat any other person including Buhari if he stands for re-election because Nigerians have seen through the lies of his party and can now judge better, having tasted the soup of two wives”.

The former minister added that the PDP has learned useful lessons and will ensure that in order to move, it practises internal democracy.

“Printing only one presidential ticket, and therefore excluding others, was perhaps one of the major reasons we lost the 2015 presidential election. By the time we are able to put our house in order, we will ensure that there is nothing like imposition, especially beginning with our forthcoming national convention. We shall improve on our reward system so that party members are rewarded for their contributions unlike what the APC is doing now to its members”, he said.

On the fate of Sheriff, the ex-minister added that the PDP was already trying to reconcile all the parties to the dispute, but added that the Makarfi-led caretaker committee could wield the big stick on those who refuse to abide by the rules of the party.

“Makarfi is like that small Fulani boy who guides a herd of cattle from Daura to Ibadan. He has the rod. People are expected to shape in or shape out, otherwise it will not be out of place to suspend or outrightly expel those who may want to drag the party back”, he added.

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ASUU Replies Adamu On Students’ Compensation Comment

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday said it “had no words” for the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

It was earlier reported that the minister of Education during the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja said ASUU should compensate students for the period wasted.

Adamu had also said the government would not pay the university workers for the time lost.

Speaking with our correspondent, ASUU National President, Prof. Osodeke simply said, “We have no words for him”.

ASUU had embarked on strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, following what the union tagged as the failure of the government to meet some of the lingering demands of the union.

The union is seeking the release of revitalization funds for universities, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of university lecturers; release of earned allowances among others.

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Strike: ASUU Must Compensate Students For Wasting Their Time – FG

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Adamu Adamu, Nigeria’s minister of education, has said it is the responsibility of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to compensate students for the time wasted during the six-month strike, and not the Federal Government.

Adamu who spoke on Thursday, also said the government will not concede to the union’s demand to pay lecturers their emoluments for the six months of no academic activities.

The minister suggested that the affected students should “take ASUU to court” to claim damages incurred over the strike period.

The Education minister said this at the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the federal government bears no liability to compensate millions of students grounded for six months over lost time.

He also said if the students are determined to get compensated, they should take ASUU to court.

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BREAKING: Lagos Govt. Extends Okada Ban To Mushin, Oshodi, 7 Other LGAs

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The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada to four more Local Govt Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.

As gathered, the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed full enforcement from September 1, 2022.

The additional councils where the total Okada ban is pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.

Others are Ikosi-Isherri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.

Sanwo-Olu had in May banned the operation of commercial motorcycles on highways and six local governments and nine LCDAs. The governor announced that the ban is “indefinite and total”.

The six local governments listed by the governor are Ikeja, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, and Apapa. The ban followed the February 2020 restriction placed on the activities of commercial motorcycles.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government decided in line with the State’s Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018 to immediately address the chaos and menace created by the operations of Okada in the listed areas. He told the police to enforce the order without compromise.

He said, “After a critical review of our restriction on Okada activities in the first six Local Government Areas where we restricted them on February 1, 2020, we have seen that the menace has not abated. We are now directing a total ban on Okada activities across the highways and bridges within these six Local Government and their Local Council Development Areas, effective from June 1, 2022.

“This is a phased ban we are embarking on this period, and we expect that within the short while when this ban will be enforced, Okada riders in other places where their activities are yet to be banned can find something else to do. We have given the notice now and we expect all commercial motorcycles plying the routes in the listed councils and areas to vacate the highways before enforcement begins. The enforcement will be total.”

Following reactions that greeted the ban’s announcement, the governor on May 24 insisted that the state government would go ahead with its proposed ban on motorcycles, adding that security services and government are on the same page with respect to the banning of motorcycles in the selected areas of the state.

He also assured that the security architecture of the state would not be compromised in any way so that Lagos residents will continue to live their lives and do their business without any fear or favour.

He said, “The security meeting gives us an opportunity for us to review the recent pronouncement on the future banning of Okada (motorcycles) in some selected local governments and LCDAs.

“We are able to put strategies in place. All of us were able to identify a lot of other things we need to do to embark on advocacy and ensure that we communicate effectively and efficiently to citizens. And that is why you see us giving out handbills in all of the major languages that we have in the country.

“There is a radio jingle being sent out to also communicate to people. I am also aware that there is a plan for advocacy on television stations as well.

“It is a people-driven initiative that we all agreed to live and to comport ourselves in a similar manner. And we know what has been the effect of this. So, I am happy that all of us, the security operatives and government are on the same page with this and we will also be going ahead with our plans.”

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