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Delta PDP Records Another Feat *As More APC Stalwarts Dump The Broom

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LESS than 48 hours go the local government council elections in Delta State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has recorded a haul of decampees from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) with the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa assuring that his administration will not relent in providing good governance.

An Elder and one of the major financier of the APC in the State, Chief Felix Anirah yesterday (04/01/18) moved the remaining crop of members of the APC to the  PDP at a “special  reception rally” held in Sapele, saying they were tired of the APC.

Governor Okowa who accompanied the Chairman of the PDP, Barr. Kingsley Esiso to receive the decampees, observed that the return of Chief Anirah to the PDP, was “the return of a big fish.”

He commended those who contributed to the return of those who left the PDP for other political parties, asserting, “We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is political party that brought us to where we are today, so, we will continue to welcome our members back to the umbrella party.”

“We will continue to work for our people, you should  ensure that you go out on Saturday to vote,” the Governor said.

Chief Anirah at the event, said it was a home-coming for him in the PDP,  disclosing that  the national chairman of the APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun tried to dissuade him from going back to the PDP but,  he said there was nothing left for the APC to offer him.

“Before I came here (to this special rally for me to formally dump the APC), APC national chairman called me and I told him that since APC is no longer convenient for me and my people, we are moving back to our party, the PDP. We will test our strength on Saturday during the local government council elections , the APC will not get any Councilllorship seat, but, the victory will be repeated in the general elections so that all will know that PDP is fully in control of Delta State,” the former APC chieftain said.

Chief Paulinus Akpeki at the event, observed that with the return of Chief Anirah to the PDP,  there is no more opposition in the State, especially in Sapele.

Chairman of the PDP in the State, Barr. Kingsley Esiso observed that with the return of the leader of the APC in the State to the PDP,  “there is no more elements of opposition in the State.”

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori was among dignitaries who attended the ceremony.

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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Police Arrest Armed Robber Operating With Tricycle In Enugu

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The Police in Enugu had arrested a suspected armed robber, who specialises in using tricycle, popularly known as Keke Napep, to operate in the metropolis.

The police spokesman in Enugu, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement in Enugu that the suspect was nabbed in new artisan market axis of the metropolis on April 8.

Amaraizu noted that the feat of tracking down the elusive suspect was achieved by operatives of the Anti-Cultism Squad of the command.

He said that the suspect identified as Chika Ezike was nabbed based on intelligence information concerning his alleged nefarious activities and elusiveness.

“According to confessionary statement from the suspect, he used to impersonate as a security operative while driving the tricycle and that at a secluded area, he will forcibly dispossess his victims of their valuables and money and then change to another area of the metropolis,’’ Amaraizu said.

He said, “the suspect is regretting his act now as he is blaming Satan for his woes.’’

The spokesman said that the suspect had been helping police operatives in their investigations.

Amaraizu urged residents of the state to be wary of the antics of mischief-makers as well as other criminal minded individuals at any time or place.

“Members of the public should report promptly any suspicious person, object and gathering to the command’s four distress call numbers are: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172.

“They can also get to the command through our social media platforms, which include: nigeriapoliceenugustatecommand for Face-book; @PoliceNG_enugu for Twitter handle and enugustatepolice@gmail.com, enugustatepolice@gmail.com for Email,’’ he said.

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Nationwide Meeting will promote payments to reinforce manufacturing sector – Sen. Egwu

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Sen. Sam Egwu, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries, has reaffirmed the Nationwide Meeting’s dedication to advertise payments that might place manufacturing sector towards driving the nation’s financial development and restoration.

Egwu made the pledge throughout an oversight go to to industries that had benefited from the Federal Authorities’s monetary intervention by means of BoI’s credit score line in Lagos.

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In response to a press release by Hadiza Olaosebikan, the Head of Communication, Financial institution of Trade (BoI) on Tuesday in Lagos, the senator stated that his committee had sponsored a invoice to that impact.

Egwu stated the invoice would be sure that all authorities’s procurement should first be sourced domestically earlier than importation may very well be thought-about.

“It’s a part of our drive to make sure financial buoyancy and development of the manufacturing sector, as a result of if we spend money on our industries, importation will scale back,” he stated.

Egwu stated that the go to was to entry the affect of BOI’s intervention funds on industries that they had supported and interacted with producers on how authorities’s help would help them to beat the challenges dealing with the sector.

“We’re right here to see in case you are glad with the extent of presidency’s intervention and see how far it has been capable of help you to upscale your operations to satisfy the worldwide finest practices.

“The feedbacks will assist us to reposition BoI for larger effectivity.

“It is because we want extra industries to maneuver the economic system ahead and scale back how we spend our international trade on issues we will ordinarily produce right here,” Egwu stated.

Additionally, the Managing Director of BOI, Olukayode Pitan, stated that greater than 96 per cent of the financial institution’s threat belongings had been performing.

Pitan famous that the financial institution ended the 2016 monetary yr with the bottom Non-Performing Mortgage (NPL) ratio of three.7 per cent.

He stated that the federal government’s help enabled the financial institution to ensure a line of credit score price over 500 million {dollars} from the Africa Growth Financial institution (AfDB) that required a sovereign assure.

“It is a line of credit score authorised by the AfDB which we’ve to repay and this is the reason every time we grant loans, they are going to be loans of very excessive chance of compensation,” Pitan stated.

In her remarks, Mrs Nike Ogunlesi, the Chief Govt Officer, Ruff n Tumble, a garment producer, urged the Senate to evolve payments that might restructure the nation’s banking system to help development of companies.




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