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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 9th April, 2021 Edition)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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Anambra PDP hires 181 town criers, for mobilisation

The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party says it has hired no fewer than 181 town criers for mobilisation and enlightenment of the people of the people towards the November 6 governorship election in the state.

It also said no fewer than 10 radio stations had been engaged for the same purpose. The state chairman of the party, Ndubuisi Nwobu, stated this on Thursday, during the commencement of the party’s membership registration and mobilisation in the state.

He said the party was targeting no fewer than 163,000 new members before the November 6 poll. He charged the party’s ward leaders to target about 500 new members in their units.

Nigeria can learn from South Africa on fair politics – Secondus

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said that Nigeria has a lot to learn from South Africa regarding the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

A statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, on Thursday, said Secondus stated this when he received the South African High Commissioner, Thamsanqa Mseleku, at the party’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

The party chairman was reported to have said that the African National Congress and the PDP needed to work together to save and deepen democracy in Africa.

PDP, Okorocha hit Uzodimma as Imo blames ex-gov

The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday said Monday’s attacks on Owerri Correctional Centre and the state Police Command headquarters were indications that Governor Hope Uzodimma had failed.

At a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, the PDP chairman in the state, Charles Ugwu, urged the governor to stop the blame game and take responsibility. The PDP chairman stated that the spate of insecurity in the state since December was a proof that the governor had nothing to offer to the people of the state. Ugwu, who traced the trajectory of the insecurity from Orlu Zone to Okigwe Zone and Owerri Zone, expressed worry that the state was sitting on a keg of a gun powder.

But the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, said that PDP was still angry that it was sacked from power through a legitimate means.

Also, a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, berated Uzodimma over his (Uzodimma) comment on the recent gunmen attacks on government facilities in the state. Okorocha, who spoke with journalists in Jos on Thursday after attending a burial of Mrs Felicia Kaneng, accused the governor of conjuring up false narrative to cover his “incompetence and weakness in managing the affairs of Imo State.

PDP govs in Zamfara, beg Matawalle not to join APC

Six Peoples Democratic Party Governors have visited Zamfara State in an effort to persuade Governor Bello Matawalle not to join the All Progressives Congress.

The governors, including Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, Darius Ishaku of Taraba, Umar Fintiri of Adamawa and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, were in Government House Gusau on Wednesday, where they spent several hours with Matawalle who was alleged to have concluded arrangements to defect to the APC.

The visit of the PDP Governors to Zamfara State followed a similar visit by three APC governors -Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), who also had a closed-door meeting with Matawalle.

Bauchi petitions EFCC, alleges APC officials embezzled N1.4bn road fund

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has accused some elected and appointed public officers who are members of the All Progressives Congress of fraud in a N1.4bn contract for the construction of a major road in the state.

Although he did not mention the “elected and appointed leaders,” he, however, stated that the state government had already petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission on the matter.

He stated this in his speech during the inauguration of 24.5 kilometres Itas -Gadau Road construction project on Thursday by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde at Itas Gadau local government area of Bauchi State. He said that the N1.4bn was collected for the construction of the Soro-Miya road project but no work had been done.

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