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Umahi Is Fighting Us For Refusing To Join APC ― Ebonyi PDP
The caretaker committee of the Ebonyi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday alleged that Governor Dave Umahi’s frustration over his inability to get PDP members to defect with him into the All Progressive Congress (APC) is responsible for his actions against the party.
Chairman of the caretaker committee, Elder Fred Udeogu, who made the allegation while addressing a press conference at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Friday, said Umahi is fighting the PDP in the state because he did not realize his main objective to pull them to his new party.
The party boss stated that despite being tempted by political appointment and other things, some of the PDP elders told the governor that they had been in the party longer than him and could not join him in his new party. The party boss alleged that Umahi, who defected to the APC last year, wanted to have control of both the APC and the PDP at the same time but the PDP members resisted his moves, thus infuriating him.
Varsity Workers Declare Nationwide Indefinite Strike
Varsity workers, under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non- Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), have declared an “indefinite, comprehensive and total strike,” with effect from Friday, 5th February 2021.
However, the Unions said they have delayed the immediate take-off of the strike till February 5, to give the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders opportunities to arrest the situation.
The strike is coming about a month after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), called off its strike, which paralyzed all academic activities in the university system for over 10 months. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the leadership of the unions, warned that if the government failed to address all the issues in contention, the strike would commence from the midnight of February 5. The General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, who spoke on behalf of JAC leadership said the decision to declared the strike was based on the resolutions of the congress held across the branches.
NCDC Confirms 1,483 New COVID-19 Infections, Total Now 118,138
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,964 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 118,138.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday.
“On the 22nd of January 2021, 1483 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
Persons Stoking Ethnic Tension Should Be Treated As Criminals, Makinde Tells Oyo CP
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tasked state Commissioner for Police, Ngozi Onadeko to arrest persons stoking ethnic tension in the state and treat them as criminals.
Makinde who gave this charge when Onadeko paid him a courtesy visit at governor’s office, Ibadan, on Friday, decried rising ethnic tension in the state.
Speaking, Makinde condemned as unlawful and unacceptable persons making statements that are unconstitutional.
Boko Haram Now Causing Havoc, Attacking Residents In Nasarawa, Governor Tells Buhari
Nasarawa State governor, Abdulahi Sule, has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari over the havoc he said Boko Haram has continued to cause in the state.
Speaking to correspondents after a meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, he said even though the terrorists had been dislodged from Toto in state, where they had camped, they have regrouped at the Nasarawa/Benue border from where they are now launching attacks on residents.
He said he was with the president to discuss the insecurity issue in Nasarawa along with other issues including the possible Federal Government takeover of Jitata road, which serves as an alternative route from the state to the FCT. He said some of the Boko Haram elements active in the Nasarawa State belong to the Dar-us-Salam group that had been dislodged from Niger State, saying that upon a joint security operation, a lot of them were killed while 900 were arrested. The governor maintained that those arrested confirmed their membership of the Boko Haram insurgency group.
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