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Sack Emefiele now, he’s PDP member, loyal to the opposition – Tinubu

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Nothing short of outright sack of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, would satisfy the All Progressives Congress (APC), which accuses the nation’s number one banker of harbouring a dubious agenda that has brought untold hardship to Nigeria, through his Naira redesign policy.

Against the backdrop of the claim last week by Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu that the policy and the current fuel scarcity in the land, were contrived to deny him the chance of taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari in May this year, Biodun Ajiboye, Assistant Director, Media and Publicity, Tinubu-Shettima Campaign Council (TSCC), said Emefiele must be booted out of office.

He particularly dubbed the CBN boss as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), having been appointed by the former ruling party, and therefore being used to carry out a sinister agenda to undermine the APC and prevent it from retaining power.

Recall that Emefiele recently escaped being detained by the whiskers of a cat, when the Department of State Services (DSS), applied to a Federal High Court, Abuja, to take him in for allegedly sponsoring terrorism, only for Justice John Tsoho, to dismiss the ex-parte motion brought for that purpose, to give him a breather.

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“Godwin Emefiele cannot be trusted with the policy of Naira redesign, particularly at a time like this. I wonder if he had won the primaries, he would have been happy if a policy like that is being executed at a time like this – election period. Whatever it is, I don’t want to start blaming the President. I don’t see any good reason to blame Mr. President for what is going on. I blame the governor of the central bank, who should have been able to put his acts together seamlessly in a way that should not have these traces of failure that is now generating so much heat in the polity.

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“For me, that’s where the problem actually lies. Secondly, I do not see how Godwin Emefiele would do something right at this point in time. I can’t see. Godwin Emefiele is a PDP appointee to start with and to that extent, he still has his cohorts within the PDP. For me, that is where the problem actually is. If I were Mr. President, for him to have contested or attempted to have contested for the position of the presidency at the primaries, would have been enough to tell him to go, because, there is no way that he would have been happy that anybody else won.

“Godwin Emefiele, to my understanding is actually the problem, because as Governor of the Central Bank, you need to put your acts together. He needed to have known that not everybody has a bank in Nigeria. Not every local government even has a bank, for him to hand every activity on the naira redesign on the availability of banks in the neighbourhood. It’s naturally going to end a collosal failure.

“I for one don’t see why Emefiele should have continued in office. Emefiele was a PDP appointee. For whatever reason, Jonathan wouldn’t have appointed him if he didn’t suit his purpose. So, I can infer that Emefiele was and is PDP. His attempt to join APC and his branded vehicles could mean that he wanted at the time, wanted to cross to the APC.”

 

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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