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Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe has said Nigerians are struggling for basic democratic rights because “democracy is difficult for some people to really fathom ”.
Abaribe said this on Thursday night at the Government House in Port Harcourt during a condolence visit by the Senate Minority Caucus to the Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, over the death of his uncle, Charles Wike.
He said , “Nigeria as it needs to move in a different direction from where we are moving now . We need you ( Wike) to support us in our effort to make every Nigerian feel the impact of good governance .
“We understand the difficulty every Nigerian is feeling today . We understand the pain most Nigerians are going through. We understand that those who came on the platform of change have ended up even being worse than those that they came to change .
“The disappointment , the disillusionment that most Nigerians are feeling today is our responsibility to bring to the fore in our public debate .”
The former Abia State deputy governor added , “ We have been keeping up with our ideals . Democracy is difficult for some people to really fathom . I think that is why the government at the centre is finding it really difficult .
“You cannot have democracy without having democrats . Only democrats can give you democracy . Autocrats can never give you democracy .
“What autocrats want at every time is to say that their word is law . We believe in interaction and the contestation of ideas in the public space . That is what will lead us to a better Nigeria .
“We have been trying to steer the ship of state in the right direction when we get communications from the Presidency and it has been very difficult.”
He added though the Senate Minority Caucus had continued to work to correct the anomalies in government , the struggle had been met with resistance .
Abaribe said , “ It has been very difficult for us . We thought we would have been able to change the direction of Nigeria in 2019. Be that as it may , we also resolved that we would give a positive direction to government , considering that all of us are supposed to be working for the interest of the country .
“But as you have seen from interactions and what has come out in the media , it has been a very difficult task . Even today , we had to go into a very difficult discussion with our colleagues on the propriety of plunging Nigerians into further debts .
“What we have seen is that maybe there ’s a reluctance on the part of the Federal Government to take good advice from the citizenry represented by us .”

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Hushpuppi: Atiku reacts to APC’s accusation, link to cyber crime, threatens legal action

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Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on Sunday reacted to a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress, APC, linking him to cyber-crimes, suspect Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Atiku said it was mischievous to link him to Hushpuppi because of a photograph.

Following Hushpuppi’s arrest in the United Arab Emirates and extradition to the United States, APC had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe his link to some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains.

A statement by APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena had named the PDP chieftains to include Saraki, ex-presidential candidate; Atiku Abubakar, and former Kogi West Senator; Dino Melaye.

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However, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe warned that such statements would attract legal actions, stressing that such should not be used for political blackmail.

In a series of tweets, Ibe wrote: “It is curious that the All Progressives Congress is mischievously trying to link Atiku Abubakar to the alleged fraudster, Ramon Abbas, AKA Hushpuppi, simply because he was photographed with Atiku at an event where many Nigerians had gathered.

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For the avoidance of doubt, it was a mere photo-op and not at any meeting as being ingloriously speculated.

“We would advise the APC and Mr. Nabena to be very mindful of such senseless statements in the future especially as the case under reference is a subject of litigation in another country.

“Had they been more sensitive, they would have come to terms with the reality that the case is a national embarrassment – not something to cheer about for any political blackmail.”

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BREAKING: Appeal court affirms Bello’s election as Kogi governor

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The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Saturday affirmed the election of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State , after dismissing four appeals challenging his victory at the November 16 , 2019 poll .
In separate judgments all of which were unanimous , the five – man panel of the court led by Justice Adamu Jauro dismissed the four appeals for lacking in merit .
The appeals dismissed were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party , the Actions People ’ s Party , the Social Democratic Party and the Democratic People ’s Party .

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