We Won’t Descend To Level Of Rudderless PDP- APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu have said they will not descend to the level of ‘rudderless’ Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by engaging in insults and abuses, but rather focus on issues that are important to improving the quality of life of Nigerians.
The FidelinfoNews reports that the Director of Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, in a statement issued yesterday said Tinubu’s offence was that he reminded the PDP of its 16 years of cash and carry government which left the mess that the APC government has been clearing.
Tinubu had queried the moral basis for PDP’s plot to return to power eight years after leaving thousands of uncompleted projects and commitments in trillions of Naira.
He had also added that a party still battling with leadership crisis and without a legacy of visionary planning has no place in Nigeria’s future.
Tinubu stated: “They spent 16 years and forgot that there is a railway infrastructure that can do haulage, human carriage, animal and food carriage across the length and breadth of the country.”
“They (PDP) got there and turned it to an incubator. I wonder why they still exist as a party. These are people still fighting for leadership of their party, looking for the direction of the compass. We are not equal at all; we are smarter. We know the road; let them follow.
“We are not just the ones to hurl abuses and insults at our rivals’ party. We don’t need it. We are smarter; we are brilliant; we are courageous; we are not like them.”
However, the APC presidential candidate said instead of the intensely incapacitated PDP to respond to the clear issues raised by Tinubu, the party abandoned all decorum and hurled personal abuses at him.
Tinubu said this was usually the trademark of a party that has nothing to offer the people, saying that no decent person expects PDP to do better, adding that the party and its leaders were clueless as ruling party and still rudderless in opposition.
He noted: “We have had cause in the past to state our objective in the 5-month campaign leading to the 25 February, 2023 presidential election not to trade personal insults. Our party and our presidential candidate will focus on issues that are important to improving the quality of life of Nigerians.
“The PDP has again demonstrated that it has nothing to offer to better the lives of our people just like its sordid past in government. PDP only wants to keep its floundering campaign alive by engaging in groundless muckraking.”
Tinubu stressed that PDP and its ever clueless leaders did more shameful things, by declaring falsely that the governing party was dead, when they know it was the party that they needed to beat to realise the inordinate ambition of their “”perennial candidate and perennially failed Atiku Abubakar.”
The former Governor of Lagos state said, PDP as a party, was not satisfied with this lie as it launched a chapter from its propaganda playbook that the APC government has achieved nothing when APC administration stellar achievements are there for even the blind to see.
Tinubu insisted that the current APC government has many achievements to be proud of unlike the PDP that squandered and plundered Nigeria’s resources and could not even deliver a simple Second Niger bridge to the people of South East, that have always delivered votes for it since 1999.
He stressed that to the shame of PDP and eternal credit to APC, President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the bridge this year.
Tinubu said also this year, Buhari would complete the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, abandoned for 16 years by the PDP.
The presidential candidate said among its many laudable achievements, the current APC-led government has to its credit Lagos-Ibadan, Warri-Itakpe rail network and over 13, 000 kilometres of roads, including bridges at different stages of completion across the country.
According to him, this contrasted with the PDP years when in its first 10 years spent N633 billion on roads no one can see.
“The Buhari administration has completed no fewer than five airports and will take the credit for ensuring that the $17 billion Dangote refinery and petrochemical complex and the $3billion Lekki Deep Sea Port are accomplished.”
Tinubu said Buhari can point to unprecedented investments in agriculture through the Anchor Borrowers scheme for rice, maize, cotton and others, adding that under the APC-led administration, Nigeria became the biggest producer of rice in Africa and cut down Nigeria’s rice and food import bill significantly.
He noted that the Buhari government would be eternally remembered for its unprecedented social investment programme that has reduced poverty in the land and given hope to millions of vulnerable homes.
“Do we need to remind the PDP of the shame it wore as badge of honour every Christmas during its 16 years of mis-governance when Nigerians were made to queue to buy petrol. This ugly spectacle at the pumps disappeared in the last seven years.”
Tinubu said while the party acknowledged the new challenges of insecurity and the economy, they are being confronted squarely by the Buhari administration.
He added that he was already strategising on how to deal with the problems when he assumed leadership of the country as governing is a continuum.
Also, the ruling party said the main opposition party has proved itself as a party afflicted with chronic myopia, lacking in vision and incapable of recognizing the imperative of elevating the common good of the country above partisan quibbles.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Felix Morka, stressed that PDP’s obsession with puerile partisanship blinds it to existential and strategic opportunities to heal old wounds, mend fences, and build bridges of national unity and harmony.
He said sadly, the PDP would rather fan the embers of hate and division.
Morka stated: “Asiwaju’s consultative visit to the former President was a strategic move for national unity and cohesion, a move worthy of commendation and emulation.
“The infantile outburst on the Asiwaju/Jonathan parley by the same PDP that claims to be on a self-styled mission to unify Nigeria only betrays the party’s extreme hypocrisy and folly.”
Morka noted that PDP’s track record of 16 years of misrule and corruption remained indelible in the consciousness of Nigerians.
He said contrary to PDP’s laughable claim that the duo of Tinubu and Sen. Kashim Shettima were distancing themselves from Buhari’s administration, it was on record that this government deftly managed two economic recessions, and pulled the nation back from the precipice where PDP’s years of atrocious rule left it hanging precariously.
“Our party and its presidential candidate are seeking the mandate of Nigerians to consolidate on the foundation of restoration and greatness that has been laid across all sectors by the Buhari administration. The PDP and its co-peddlers of hate and disunity cannot stop this noble aspiration,” Morka noted.
Creed III Actor Jonathan Majors Arrested For Assault
Creed III actor Jonathan Majors has been arrested on strangulation, assault and harassment charges.
Fidel Info reports that The New York Police Department said Mr Majors, who stars alongside Michael B Jordan in the recently released film, was involved in a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old woman on Saturday.
“The victim informed police she was assaulted,” a police spokesperson said.
Mr Majors was briefly taken into custody.
A lawyer for the 33-year-old actor denied any wrongdoing.
The NYPD said they were called around 11:14 local time after receiving a 911 call from an apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea district.
They added the woman suffered minor head and neck injuries and was taken to hospital.
He was released from custody by Saturday night, an NYPD spokesperson told the Associated Press news agency.
In a statement, Mr Majors’ lawyer said the actor was “completely innocent” and alleged the star was the victim of the altercation involving a woman known to him.
Priya Chaudhry said: “We are quickly gathering and presenting evidence to the District Attorney with the expectation that all charges will be dropped imminently.”
“This evidence includes video footage from the vehicle where this episode took place, witness testimony from the driver and others who both saw and heard the episode, and most importantly, two written statements from the woman recanting these allegations.”
“All the evidence proves that Mr Majors is entirely innocent and did not assault her whatsoever.”
Mr Majors’ arrest comes just weeks after the actor presented an award at the Oscars.
His career took off after breaking through in 2019’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco, before going onto to star in Netflix western The Harder They Fall and Marvel Comics film Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.
Mr Majors plays Jordan’s adversary in Creed III, a boxing film released earlier this month.
US Vice President Kamala Harris Kicks Off Africa Tour In Ghana
Vice President Kamala Harris was greeted by schoolchildren, dancers and drummers as she arrived Sunday in Ghana for the start of a weeklong visit to Africa intended to deepen U.S. relationships amid global competition over the continent’s future.
Fidel Info reports that Harris said “We are looking forward to this trip as a further statement of the long and enduring very important relationship and friendship between the people of the United States and those who live on this continent.”
The children cheered and waved Ghanaian and American flags as she stepped off her plane after an overnight flight. She smiled broadly and placed a hand on her heart as she passed by the dancers.
“What an honor it is to be here in Ghana and on the continent of Africa,” Harris said. “I’m very excited about the future of Africa.” She said she wanted to promote economic growth and food security and welcomed the chance to “witness firsthand the extraordinary innovation and creativity that is occurring on this continent.”
Ghana is one of the continent’s most stable democracies, but Harris is arriving at a time of severe challenges for the West African nation. Its economy, among the fastest growing in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic, faces a debt crisis and soaring inflation that is driving up the cost of food and other necessities.
A country of 34 million people that’s slightly smaller than Oregon, Ghana is also wary of threats from instability in the region. Burkina Faso and Mali have each endured two coups in recent years, and local offshoots of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group operate in the area known as the Sahel, which is north of Ghana.
Thousands of people have been killed and millions more have been displaced.
The fighting has created an opening for the Russian mercenary outfit known as Wagner, which maintains a presence in Africa despite participating in the invasion of Ukraine as well. Mali welcomed Wagner after it pushed out French troops that were based there, and there are fears that Burkina Faso will do the same.
The economic and security challenges will likely be discussed on Monday when Harris meets with Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo. They also are expected to hold a joint news conference.
The two leaders have met twice before, both times in Washington.
During their first meeting, in September 2021, Akufo-Addo said “our big challenge — and it is a challenge of all those who want to develop democratic institutions on our continent — is to ensure and reassure our people that democratic institutions can be a vehicle for the resolution of their big problem — that is economic development as the means to eradicate poverty on the continent.”
Harris is the highest-profile member of President Joe Biden’s administration to visit Africa this year. After Ghana, she plans to visit Tanzania and Zambia. She returns to Washington on April 2.
The expanded outreach is intended to counter China’s influence, which has become entrenched in recent years through infrastructure initiatives, lending money and expanding telecommunications networks. Ghana, for example, reached a $2 billion deal with a Chinese company to develop roads and other projects in return for access to a key mineral for producing aluminum.
Most of Harris’ events in Ghana will focus on young people. Africa’s population has a median age of 19.
On Monday, she plans to visit a skate park and co-working space that has a recording studio for local artists. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, who is accompanying her on the trip, will hold a town hall meeting with actors from a local television show and attend a girls basketball clinic.
In the evening, they will attend a state banquet with the Ghanaian president and first lady.
On Tuesday, Harris will give a speech and visit Cape Coast Castle, where enslaved Africans were once loaded on ships bound for the Americas.
Before leaving for Tanzania on Wednesday, Harris will meet with women entrepreneurs and Emhoff will tour a chocolate company that was founded by two sisters. The name of the company, ’57 Chocolate, is a reference to when Ghana became independent.
Cameron Hudson, an Africa expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Ghana has been “a bright spot in the region” but “it’s facing some very stiff headwinds.”
He noted that the country’s south, where the capital of Accra is located, is primarily Christian, while the northern area is mostly Muslim, and there are fears that militants could expand their operations there.
“These terrorist groups are able to prey on existing fault lines within these societies,” he said.
Hudson said Ghanaian authorities have intercepted weapons shipments and human smugglers. Sometimes there are bursts of violence, and the number of incidents spiked last year.
Buhari Mourns Late Retd. Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sorrow on the loss of Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya, who led the military from 1993 to 1997 and served as vice chairman of the Interim Governing Council in 1994 under the Abacha government.
Fidel Info reports that He praised the late statesman “for his love, belief, and dedication to the country,” adding that “his services to the nation will never be forgotten.”
“Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organisational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer,” a statement signed by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, read on Sunday afternoon.
The statement is titled ‘President Buhari pays tribute to General Diya’.
Diya, 79, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, as announced by his son, Oyesinmilola Diya.
The announcement read, “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lt-General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (retd).
“Our dear daddy passed on to glory in the early hours of March 26, 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
Born April 3, 1944 at Odogbolu in Ogun State, Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1993 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994.
He served as the Chief of the General Staff under General Sani Abacha from 1994 to 1997. He was second in command and the de facto vice president of Nigeria.
Adesina said that the President honors General Diya for his daring and valiant military career in Nigeria as well as his devoted service to the nation as General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991–1993), Chief of Defence Staff, and Military Governor of Ogun State from January 1984 to August 1985.
“The President recalls that Diya was known for his brilliance, exceptional organizational skills and discipline, and he displayed these virtues in the important roles he held in office as a military officer.”
“The President salutes the former Chief of General Staff for his love, belief and loyalty to the country he cherished so much and fought gallantly on the frontlines to defend her unity,” he added.
Buhari sent heartfelt condolences to Diya’s family, friends and colleagues, on behalf of the Federal Government.
He also prays that General Diya’s soul finds rest with his Creator, and may his contributions to the nation never be forgotten.
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