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Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has denied that his administration is owing workers six months’ salaries.

Umahi was reacting to recent statistics released by the financial rating agency, BudgiT in which it placed Ebonyi among states owing salaries for six months.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr Chooks Oko, on Saturday, insisted that the report was totally false, and contradicted all verifiable facts and evidence in the state.

Umahi noted that his administration, from its inception, had never owed salaries of workers even for one month.

The statement advised BudgiT and other such organizations to always verify their facts properly before releasing statistics to the public, as incorrect reports were capable of diminishing their respect and integrity.

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The statement reads: “the attention of Ebonyi State government has been drawn to a report recently released by BudgiT, an otherwise reputable financial rating agency, placing Ebonyi among states owing salaries for six months.

“Without attempting to impugn on the integrity of the organisation, we wish to state categorically, that the report is outrightly false, and contradicts all verifiable facts and evidence in the state.

“It is on record that the present administration in Ebonyi State under Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, Fnate, from its inception, has never owed salaries of workers even for one month.

“As a matter of fact, workers’ salaries have always been paid on or before the 24th of every month up till July, 2022.

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“We hereby urge BidgiT to specify their source or remove Ebonyi state from the report as it has no business there. Curiously, all efforts to reach the organization through their advertised phone numbers have proved abortive as they are perpetually switched off.

“Meanwhile, the supposed source for Ebonyi indices has denied sending such a report.

“BudgiT and other such organizations are advised to always verify their facts properly before releasing statistics to the public, as incorrect reports are capable of diminishing their respect and integrity.

“For the avoidance of doubt, BidgiT is advised to seek verification from the appropriate Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments in the State, including speaking with the Civil servants.

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“We cannot be deterred from delivering quality governance to our people while ensuring the best welfare for our workers.

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Buhari has done his best, but obviously not enough: IPAC

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Buhari has done his best, but obviously not enough: IPAC

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) says President Muhammadu Buhari has done his best, but it was not enough as the nation needs more from him.

The Lagos State chairman of IPAC, Olusegun Mobolaji, remarked while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 62nd Independence Day broadcast on Saturday.

“Well, he (Buhari) has done his best. This is the best that the President can do, and on a day like this, we say ‘well done, but obviously, the best is not good enough is the reality,” he said.

He, however, said both Nigerian leaders and citizens have roles to play to realise a better and brighter future for the country.

“We pray for a greater and better Nigeria, but this cannot come if everybody does not play his or her role- the leaders and the electorate, the great and the small, the young and old, corporate organisations and all workers.

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“Everybody has to play his or her roles to make Nigeria a better place to live and stay,” Mr Mobolaji said.

Congratulating Nigerians on the anniversary, the IPAC boss urged citizens to use the opportunity of the next transition in the 2023 general elections to choose leaders that would fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

“We should put our heads and eyes down to elect the right person-the right man or woman for the job.

“Leaders that can deliver the kind of country we all desire. Nigeria is a great nation and ought to be a great nation,” he added.

On campaigns ahead of the forthcoming elections, Mr Mobolaji said all politicians should ensure decorum and respect one another.

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“I use this opportunity to call on all candidates and their supporters, as they go about campaigns for the 2023 general elections, they should do it with all modesty and be moderate.

“Please, do not try to intimidate or harass anyone. The cloud is big enough for all birds to fly without touching one another,” he said.

He said Nigerians should continue to learn from gains and pains since independence.

Mr Mobolaji added, “The whole thing is in our hands- the leaders, politicians and the electorate.”

Mr Buhari had assured citizens that their resilience and patience would not end in vain as his administration continued to reposition and strengthen the security agencies to tackle the nation’s security challenges.

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The president also highlighted some of the achievements of his regime while addressing Nigerians in a broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary.

(NAN)

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Peter Obi rally locks down Lagos, large turnout in Bauchi, Asaba, Calabar

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Peter Obi rally locks down Lagos, large turnout in Bauchi, Asaba, Calabar

Supporters of Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, on Saturday trooped out en masse across Lagos, Bauchi, Asaba and Calabar to rally support for the former Anambra governor.

Traffic congestion was recorded in several parts of the cities where the rally took place.

In Lagos, the Lekki-Epe expressway as well as Surulere, supporters of Mr Obi were seen marching and chanting songs of praise for the presidential hopeful.

Many supporters of Mr Obi ditched the Nigerian green and white flag for the Labour Party’s multi-coloured flag, waving as they marched in excitement. Others adorned paraphernalia of the party.

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Another mammoth crowd marched from Inter-bus roundabout along Nnbisi road in Asaba, Delta state, for the Obidatti rally, leaving a scanty audience to receive Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s independence day address.

A similar situation was recorded in Warri where Mr Obi’s supporters converged in droves at Effurun roundabout and thereon marched to Airport road and later Warri city stadium where Labour Party leaders encouraged them to vote wisely in the 2023 general elections.

In Calabar, dancers adorned traditional attires and lined major roads chanting “Obi! Obi!” to match the beats of traditional musical instruments. Other supporters adorned the Labour Party’s paraphernalia in a show of support for Mr Obi.

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In a Facebook video posted by The Nation, another excited crowd marched in support of Mr Obi in Bauchi. Some of them could be seen chanting “Carry me dey go, Obi, carry me dey go, dey go, dey go,” while waving the Nigerian and Labour Party flags.

The massive turnout has put to question claims that Mr Obi, labelled by opponents as a social media candidate because of the support he enjoys from Nigerian social space, would not enjoy the same support on the ballot.

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Gov. Lalong advises leaders to put Nigerians’ interest at heart

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Simon Lalong

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has urged fellow Nigerian leaders to be selfless and committed to nation-building.

“Those in power should always put the interest of the citizens first and shun any action that will dwindle hope, faith and patriotism among the followers,” Mr Lalong said in a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

He described Nigeria as a great nation with abundant human and material resources comparable to a few countries worldwide.

The governor pointed out that good leadership would ensure the nation’s resources are harvested and utilised efficiently for the good of all rather than for the benefit of a few.

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He expressed hope that Nigeria would achieve greatness despite its current challenges.

He urged citizens to put aside their personal interests and be united to work for the country’s progress while paying tribute to those who struggled for independence.

“It is, therefore ,important that we do not allow the challenges of the moment to stop us from highlighting and thanking God for the tremendous successes we have achieved over the years.

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“In this regard, we pay special tribute to those who fought for our independence, those who nurtured it and to all who are doing their best to sustain it.

“We should continue to do our best to ensure that the sacrifices of these men, women, youths, children and people of various backgrounds do not go in vain,” he said.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for commemorating the 62nd anniversary, Mr Lalong prayed for a smooth transition in 2023, which, he said, would consolidate the nation’s achievements.

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