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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 19 April, 2021 Edition)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Party reacts as Kano PDP faction suspends Kwankwaso

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano State has suspended a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over the crisis that erupted at the party’s North- West Zonal Congress in Kaduna last week. Kwankwaso’s suspension was contained in a letter signed by the secretary of a faction of the party in the state, H. A. Tsanyawa.

Recall that the PDP in the state has two factions with Kwankwaso leading one and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, leading the other. The Wali-led faction, in the letter dated April 16,2021, said Kwankwaso has been suspended on three-count charge.

According to the letter, the faction, at a meeting held on April 15, 2021, resolved to suspend Kwankwaso and his supporters for three months in accordance with the provisions of section 58(1) of the PDP constitution. The former governor was accused of leading his supporters to disrupt the congress held in Kaduna. The faction, in the letter alleged that “You are also charged with abusing our two serving governors and major North-West stakeholders present during the convention.

Buhari hasn’t failed Nigerians, he’s even tolerating rubbish – Masari

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, has said contrary to the views in some quarters, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has not failed Nigerians.

Masari who spoke in a Television Continental interview monitored in Abuja on Sunday, however said Nigerians should commend Buhari for tolerating “rubbish from some people.”

He said, “The rating of the President has not changed. Anybody saying that the rating of the Buhari administration has gone down should wait till when we would have an election.

Pro-Taliban comments: Sack Pantami now, PDP, CSOs tell Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party and civil rights groups on Sunday called on the Department of State Services to immediately invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, for questioning over some controversial comments he made in the past in support of global terrorist groups, Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja and the CSOs in separate interviews with The PUNCH, also called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), to sack the minister.

Pantami has been under fire lately over comments he allegedly made several years ago in support of Al-Qaeda – an extremist group founded by the late Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by the US Navy SEALs inside a private residential compound in Pakistan.

Amotekun arrests herders, 250 cows over 300-hectare farm destruction

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, on Sunday seized about 250 cows which allegedly destroyed 300-hectare farmland in Ipogun, Ilara Mokin and Owena Dan areas of Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.

The security outfit also apprehended two herders who accompanied the arrested cows into the farms. It was gathered that crops such as cassava, cocoyam, plantain and maize were destroyed by the cows.

The state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the corps, on receiving a report on activities of the herders in the communities, mobilised to the area.

Clark backs Ohanaeze on 2023 Igbo presidency

Prominent Ijaw leader and First Republic Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has supported the moves by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ensure that Nigeria’s next President in 2023 emerges from the South-East.

Clark stated this on Sunday when he received the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and some South-East leaders led by the President-General, Prof George Obiozor, at his Asokoro, Abuja residence.

He told his guests that the first Nigerian President, late Nnamdi Azikiwe, worked with the people of the South-South to carve out the Mid-West as an independent region in the defunct First Republic. He pledged to mobilise his people to reciprocate Azikiwe’s gesture by working with the South-East leaders to produce an Igbo President in 2023.

Okowa and I instrumental to success of PDP presidential primary – Ishaku

The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, has disclosed that the bond between him and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has kept the unity of Peoples Democratic Party.

Ishaku, who stated this while inaugurating road projects the state, noted that he and Okowa were instrumental to the success of the most transparent presidential primary election held at Port Harcourt in 2019.

He said, “There has been a bond between me and Okowa. In 2016, when we wanted to elect our national chairman, both of us worked together to achieve it. Both of us were instrumental to the emergence of our presidential candidate in Port Harcourt. That has remained one of the most transparent primary elections in Nigerian politics.

Wike defends Obaseki’s N60bn printing claim

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said claims by his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki that Federal the Government printed about N60 Billion to share to the federating units in March cannot be regarded as spurious.

The governor challenged the Central Bank of Nigeria to unequivocally declare if money was printed or not.

Wike stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

APC govs attack Obaseki over claims of FG printing N60bn

The Progressive Governors’ Forum has debunked claims by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that the federal government printed between N50 billion – N60 billion to bridge the shortfall in the distribution of federation revenues to the three tiers of government in March 2021, saying that the claims did not reflect the true position of things.

The Forum, in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, by its Chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, said at first, the impression it got was that it was an off the cuff remark made in a private meeting, but “we were, however, shocked to see yet another response from our colleague to the rebuttal by the HM Finance insisting that the March 2021 FAAC was augmented via the printing of money.

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