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Wike, an expired drug about to be taken off the shelf – Dino

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The war seems not over, neither does there seem a let-off in the acerbic language both sides are hauling at each other in the bitter engagement between Dino Melaye, Senator formerly representing Kogi West and Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, which broke into the open a fortnight ago.

Wike had drawn the first blood, when he dismissed the governorship ambition of the Senator, describing it as a non-issue and warning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where both belong that giving him the ticket, in the forthcoming election in Kogi State, would result to sure failure.

But Dino did not allow the din to die before making a quick riposte, where after acknowledging that the Rivers governor had actually bankrolled a previous attempt, he now wondered, why the same man who found him so good as to invest huge resources in his previous ambition, would now turn around to denounce the same move.

His quick explanation was that Wike was beefing him for his refusal support his vitriolic attack on Atiku Abubakar, who vanquished him to pick up the PDP presidential ticket, which got worse after he also lost the bid to become the running mate to the former Vice President, who chose his neighbour, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, instead.

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In fact, Dino, went ahead to recount how the same Wike, who spent all his time during the recent presidential election campaigns attacking Atiku for usurping the chances of the South, had lobbied heavily to become his (Atiku’s) running mate and in one instance, called him (Dino), 19 times in a space of two hours to mount pressure on him to intervene in lobbying Atiku.

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Even after emerging the PDP candidate, Wike continued his protests, insisting that Dino, was unfit for the position, a statement, that prompted the Senator to once again, descend on him, calling him an expired drug about to be taken off the shelf.

A guest of The Morning Show, a breakfast show on Arise Television, Dino, told his hosts: “My quick response to Nyesom Wike is that he’s an expired drug, who is about to be taken off the shelf. So, I’d not want bother myself discussing with a man who is about to leave office and is suffering from post-election trauma. I want to concentrate seriously on my election. I want to concentrate on rescuing the people of Kogi State and I do not have time for drug and alcohol-induced individuals.

“I want to say that we work with time and season. Governor Wike himself on national TV, had told Nigerians, on a  Monday morning, that he was taking 40 years-old whisky – on a Monday morning. So, I’m not the one calling him. He advertised himself as such to Nigerians.

“But having said that, I want to tell you that, that you supported me, does not mean that you’ll ask for my liver and kidney. I’ll not give it. Let me say it that Wike himself, had always been supported and and he owes PDP a lot and anything he’s doing for any individual in PDP is like giving back to what the PDP did for him.

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“Governor (Peter) Odili made him chairman of his local government. So, he has been helped by somebody. After Governor Odili helped him, Governor (Rotimi) Amaechi made him Chief of Staff. Governor Amaechi helped him. Governor Amaechi nominated him as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Governor Amaechi helped him.

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“Mrs. Goodluck Jonathan spent her money, her connections and everything to make him the governor of Rivers State. So, everyone gets help by one person or the other. But you don’t help people with the intention to enslave them. You help people with the intention to control them. You don’t help people with the intention to run their lives and run their decisions.

“Once you give assistance to somebody, then you should allow the person to exist. Wike, once he assists you and you don’t do his bidding, and you try to say I have an idea or you have a decision, he would go all out to announce you and advertise what he has done for you.

“For example, he gave N50million to the family of the late respected traditional ruler in Port Harcourt. He came on national TV to announce that he gave N50million to the family of that respected man, a former Minister of the Federal Republic and a respected traditional ruler. The holy book says whatever you do with your right hand, the left hand should not know.

“So, the truth of the matter is that God can assist you through anybody. But because I refused to support his presidential ambition, when he was helping me, I was qualified, when he was helping me, he felt I had the quality and credibility to be a governor.”

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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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