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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 6 January, 2021)

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Account for stolen N15 trillion, PDP tasks Buhari, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to clear the air on the alleged stealing of over N15 trillion public funds in the last few years.

This is even as the main opposition party flayed the APC for engaging in what it called diversionary tactics “as more revelations continue to emerge on how its leaders and some presidency officials pillaged our national treasury and stole over N15 trillion naira.”

In a statement signed by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said it has uncovered plots “by current APC leadership to blackmail and ridicule President Buhari by pushing out fake performance claims, like those contained in the press statement by its caretaker committee on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, which was designed to rubbish Mr. President, highlight his failures and deflect attention from the atrocities of the APC.”

Labour rejects new electricity hike

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday said it would use every available means to resist the new increase in the electricity tariff.

The NLC also accused the Federal Government of deceit and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians at this period the Coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc to the people, adding that if the action of the government was not resisted, exploitation in the country would have no end.

President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who reacted to the sudden hike in electricity tariff said that it would have a toll on manufacturers in the country which would, in turn, lead to job loss.

2023: Zone presidency to S-East, Kalu, Ekweremadu, Anyim, others urge all political parties

Ahead of the 2023 elections, leaders of the southeast zone across political divides have urged all parties to choose their presidential candidates to the zone.

In a communiqué signed by Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, Ike Ekweremadu, Anyim Pius Anyim, and others at the end of a bipartisan meeting at Igbere, Bende Council, Abia State; the South East leaders noted that the presidency has rotated between Northern and Southern Nigeria and among various geopolitical zones with only the South East left out.

The communiqué further stated that the South East as a major geopolitical zone in Nigeria and Ndigbo, being one of the three predominant tribes in the country, must take its rightful position in national polity.

Amotekun to kick off in Ogun January — Gov Abiodun

Poised to tackle insecurity and enhance community policing, the Ogun State government says that the Southwest Security Network, Amotekun, will kick off in the state this January.

Apart from Amotekun, the state government will also commence the implementation of Residents Identification Cards, to provide a reliable database of the people living in the state.

The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made these known in his New Year broadcast, added that the State Health Insurance Scheme, which had been provided with N100m seed fund, will take off in the first quarter of 2021. According to Abiodun, the Amotekun security outfit, which would complement the efforts of existing security agencies, would be headed by a retired Commissioner of Police, as its Commandant”.

Ogoni clean up deceptive, politically motivated, says Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated that the Federal Government is not sincere in the implementation of the clean up of the polluted Ogoni environment as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, adding that FG is only playing politics with the process.

Wike opined that Ogoni having played a vital role in the economic development of Rivers State and the country deserved more than what it is currently getting, urging Ogoni people to stop believing programme.

This was contained in a statement by the Media Assistant to the governor, Kelvin Ebiri after the commissioning of the 16.06 kilometers dual carriage Sakpenwa-Bori Highway by the Governor of Enugu State Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Lawrence Ugwuanyi in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday.

Obaseki’s certificate an incomplete photocopy, University of Ibadan tells court

The University of Ibadan, on Tuesday, confirmed to the Federal High Court in Abuja that it issued a Bachelor of Arts certificate to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in 1979, but that the photocopy he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was incomplete.

The University, which was summoned through a subpoena issued on it by the court, said it was not true that Obaseki forged the certificate he attached to Form EC9 (Nomination Form) he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the purpose of the gubernatorial election that held in Edo State on September 19, 2020.

The institution, which appeared as the second witness on the day Obaseki opened his defence to the certificate forgery suit the All Progressives Congress, APC, instituted against him, was represented by its Deputy Registrar Legal, Mr. Abayomi Ajayi.

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