Lukman said the significant increase in VAT in the country between 2015 and 2020 confirmed improved efficiency and reduced corruption in the process of collection and management of Nigeria’s public finances.
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He also chided those ‘leaders’ and clerics who criticize the federal government’s approach at fighting insurgency and banditry, and seem to furtively support criminality.
In an opinion article entitled ‘Narrow Politics and Questions of Democratic Development’, Lukman said it is disappointing that a sitting governor and retired public servants could be promoting “wild goose” campaigns, adding that those doing so, including a sitting governor, are exhibiting what he called “morbid symptoms.”
The PGF Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja while welcoming Ayade, who just defected from his party, Peoples Democratic Party, to the APC.
If anything, the lesson from the 2019 elections, which every APC leader and member should be reminded, is that APC was defeated in Rivers, Zamfara, Bauchi, Adamawa, Oyo and many other places by aggrieved APC leaders who worked against candidates or leaders of the party as a result of internal disagreements around candidate selections for Governorship of these states.
The 13-member Convention Working Committee was appointed by an emergency National Executive Committee meeting of June 25, 2020, under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni, with initial tenure of six months, which was extended by another emergency NEC meeting of December 8, 2020 to June 2021.
He said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, adding that there was a need to correct the distortions to set the records straight.
It was the late economist, John Kenneth Galbraith, in the book: “The Nature of Mass Poverty,” who warned that: “Poverty is man’s (and woman’s) most powerful and massive affliction. It is the progenitor of much further pain – from hunger and disease on to civil conflict and war itself.” In our case in Nigeria, beyond our self-inflicted ethnic and religious conflicts, poverty is also at the root of all the kidnappings, abductions and banditry.
He said this while reacting to the directive of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State that herdsmen should vacate the state within seven days and the reaction of the Presidency warning against such move.
The DG of the body of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, said this in an article he dedicated to the abducted students, some of who had escaped from their abductors, with the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, saying those yet to be accounted for were 333.
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Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
Lukman made the assertion in a statement on Sunday in Abuja while speaking on the county’s democracy and the political class
The official presentation was made by the Chairman, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, at the office of the Senate President in the National Assembly.
The PGF Director-General, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He made the call in a statement on Monday in Abuja, adding that the Federal Government and sub-national entities could not afford to ignore the demands by the youth.
Lukman made the call in a letter, entitled: “Appeal for Reconciliation and Peace building in APC,” addressed to the party Caretaker Committee Chairman in Abuja on Wednesday.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the closed door meeting, Bagudu said they also used the opportunity to officially present the newly inaugurated APC Caretaker Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, to the President.
Somehow, vested interests who may have been furtively peddling false allegations against some Progressive Governors for the perspectives they hold about the crisis facing the party, are doing everything possible to impose their fantasies. All other perspective outside those fantasies are being criminalised and every attempt is being made to break the ranks of Progressive Governors
Lukman, who gave the advice in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, urged the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to fulfill his promises of May 10, 2018, when he announced his intention to aspire for the position of National Chairman of APC.