Today's Headlines: Nnamdi Slams Uwazuruike, Says He's On Drug; Ondo Former Deputy Governor Replies Akeredolu Over Government Property

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APC Speaks On Viral Zoning list In Circulation.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it has not taken a final decision on zoning any office to any zone in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

The party made this known in its reaction to a list which was purportedly released by the party on its zoning ahead of its national convention.

The list suggests APC has zoned its 2023 presidential ticket to the South and chairmanship to the North, among others.

But reacting to the list, Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen John James Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Wednesday, described the list as fake.

In his words, “People who are interested in running for one office or the other can speculate.

“As far as I am concerned, the last Caretaker Committee meeting we had, we did not discuss that [zoning].

“That is not what we are concerned with now. What we are concerned with is data collection; how to collect data without making mistake.

Ondo former deputy governor Replies Akeredolu

The former deputy governor of Ondo State, Hon Agboola Ajayi has said that he is in possession of only two official vehicles and not four.

Speaking through his media aide, Allen Sowore, Agboola said he returned all vehicles in his possession on February 23rd, the day his tenure ended except the two vehicles, a Land Cruiser and a Hilux Jeep.

Agboola said that he is entitled to those two vehicles just like other former deputy governors in the state.

According to him “one of the vehicles being demanded was at a mechanic workshop in Okitipupa while the other was still with the dealer because full payment has not been made.

The Federal Government has dismissed the comments Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State that N60 billion was printed to augment the amount distributed to states in March 2021.

At the Edo transition committee stakeholders engagement on Saturday, Obaseki had said the money was shared at the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.

When we got FAAC for March, the federal government printed additional N50-N60 billion to top-up for us to share. This April, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, our total borrowings are going to be within N15-N16 trillion,” he had said.

But the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, denied Obaseki’s comment while responding to questions from State House correspondents.

She also defended the government’s borrowings despite the concern expressed by Obaseki on the rising debt profile which he said Nigeria is in ‘huge financial trouble’.

Uwazuruike is on drugs, says Kanu.

Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has described founder of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafrà (MASSOB) Ralph Uwazuruike as a man under the influence of drugs.

Uwazuruike had said on Wednesday the ESN only exists on social media, adding that IPOB lacked the power to set up such an outfit.

Speaking to the Nation, Kanu, through IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, likened Uwazuruike’s comment to that of a possessed man.The IPOB leader said to respond is to dignify Uwazuruike who people knew too well.

He said: “We don’t want to dignify Uwazuruike with response because people knew him very well that he is on drugs every time and he is flipantly talking like someone who is possessed.”

Police kill four ‘pirates’ in Akwa Ibom

Four suspected armed pirates on Tuesday met their waterloo in a gun battle with the operatives of the Marine police, in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The suspects were killed in a sting operation carried out by the police along Ikang Creek after credible information.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, on Wednesday titled ‘Steer clear of Akwa Ibom water ways’ said a speed boat mounted with 115HP Yamaha engine, two rifles and six rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

According to the statement, the suspects, about 32 of them, onboard four speed boats opened fire on sighting the operatives. In the ensuing gun duel, four of the suspects were killed while others escaped with three speed boats.

The statement read, “Acting on very credible intelligence, on 13th April 2021, Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Marine Police, Oron, embarked on a sting operation, along Ikang Creek, Oron where they were confronted by sea pirates numbering about thirty-two on board four speed boats, armed with sophisticated weapons.

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