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Ensure return of looted funds, APC tells Modu Sheriff

Ali Modu Sheriff

RULING All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday described claims by the new national chairman of opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that he has the master plan to ensure victory for his party in 2019 as laughable.

APC was apparently reacting to media reports that Ali Modu Sheriff said in Umuahia that the PDP, which lost power in 2015, would reclaim the Federal Government in 2019.
Ali Modu Sheriff was also reported to have said that the PDP would soon come out with a master plan to regain power.

However, the APC, in a statement by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, maintained that it would not wish to join issues with Ali Modu Sheriff’s 2019 postulations and would rather urge him to join in bringing about all-inclusive development in the country.

Buni said that he hoped that such “master plan” would include how the PDP and its cronies will return the huge public funds stolen by PDP members over the past 16 years.

“Nigerians are aware that the current economic hardship and institutional rot was caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and plunder of our common wealth. President Muhammadu Buhari has been working assiduously to correct these years of damage and bring about people-centric governance. It is baffling how the PDP expects Nigerians to abandon the APC’s smooth sailing ship for a rudderless PDP ship, come 2019.

“The 2015 elections has been won and lost. The priority of the present APC administration is to deliver on election promises made by the party to Nigerians who long-desired change of political leadership at the federal level and in many states.

“Happily, Nigerians can look back, with relief and attest that since the APC-led administration took over governance, Nigeria is back on the right track-economically and security-wise and has taken its rightful place among the comity of progressive nations.

APC said the widely acclaimed job creation, social welfare and inclusion programmes proposed by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been well received. The full implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the present administration has greatly plugged revenue leakages. The presidential directive to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to adjust its pricing template to reflect competitive and market driven components has‎ resulted in a more efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also brought about constant availability of fuel nationwide.

“Nigeria is winning the war against insurgency. In spite of desperate attempts to discredit ongoing anti-corruption efforts, the war against graft is being won. In reiterating the recent submission of the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for the first time in many years, Nigeria now has a solidly positive international image and the president is trying to cash in on this image to help rescue our nation from the throes, the economic morass which the PDP 16-year misrule has plunged Nigeria.

“These are clear indicators that the APC and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is on the right track to deliver on its change agenda. With the support and prayers of Nigerians, the APC assures that Nigeria will reach its full potential under our leadership.”

The lawmakers are: Friday Paul Sani, Umar Imam, John Abah, Lawi A.T. Ahmed, Bello Abdullahi.Sequel to a motion moved by Hon Omiata Jimoh (PDP Yagba East) and seconded by Aliu Akuh (PDP Omala) during the sitting, with the presence of the Mace and presided over by Speaker Momoh Lawal, the lawmakers adopted all the motions and adjourned till March 8.

The motion stated that dissolution of the Local Government Service Commission, which he said is a statutory body created by law was illegal and should be reversed, adding that “abolishment of 1 per cent from the joint account of State and Local government without repeal of the law be disregarded and the status quo be maintain within.”

Jimoh added: “All institutions or directives of the State Government with respect to Local Government Service Commission, State joint Local Government Account, Universal Basic Education, Pension Bureau, contrary to the extant law establishing them be disregarded.”

The lawmaker insisted that the House of Assembly being an institution created by Law, “whose operations are guided by prescribed laws and rules have no reference to recognize any person or group of persons as leadership of the House other than Hon Momoh Jimoh Lawal, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly.”

He explained that the Governor Yahaya Bello should by no means and in whatever guise communicate, receive or recognize anything from the group of five led by Ahmed Umar and that any transactions from the executive to or from the group of five shall be considered as fraudulent and met with legal resistance.