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Group replies PDP on Trader Moni, says Nigerians not for sale

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A political group in Nigeria has rejected the main opposition party’s claim on Trader Moni, a Social Investment Programme (SIP) initiated by the Buhari government.

Reacting to the claims of PDP, Sunday Akinloye, chairman of the Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) explained that Nigerians are not for sale at any price.

He noted that because the PDP is a heavily corrupt party, its sees any money transaction as a bribe-giving relationship. “The PDP must note that Nigerians are wiser now and are not for sale. The Trader Moni scheme is very laudable as it has reached close to one million Nigerians.

Akinloye noted that the All Progressives Congress led government does not believe that Nigerians can be bought but instead they have dedicated their service towards the betterment of the people. “The traders who accessed Trader Moni early are already paying back the loan. Nigerians must know that these loans are tied to Bank Verification Numbers and must be repaid.

“The traders were not even asked for their Permanent Voters Card as claimed by the PDP. All you need to be eligible is to be a petty trader.

“The PDP merely reflects their kind of corruption-minded politics which failed to benefit the people for 16 years. They are bitter that they added no real value to Nigerians and will do anything to pull down a good government.

Akinloye explained that while there are so far over 809,000 beneficiaries of TraderMoni, over 1.1 million Nigerians – market women, traders, artisans, farmers – are currently beneficiaries of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), which comprises FarmerMoni, MarketMoni and TraderMoni.

FarmerMoni loans start at N300,000 and are for farmers in farming clusters, via farm aggregators, while MarketMoni is a 6-month interest-free credit of between N50,000 and N300,000 for small businesses – medium-scale traders, market women, artisans, and youth in market associations – under the auspices of their cooperative societies.

Under the TraderMoni scheme, beneficiaries can get access to a higher facility ranging from N15,000 to N100,000 when they repay N10,000 within the stipulated time period.

“PDP are insulting Nigerians by suggesting that our people are for sale,” Akinloye stressed, “No amount is good enough, our people’s right to choose their leaders is priceless, let PDP stand on their own record and stop this abuse of our collective identity,” he added.

He then went on to explain that TraderMoni, which is part of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme (N-SIP), is designed to assist petty traders across the country expand their trade through the provision of collateral and interest-free loans from N10,000. The loans are repayable over a period of six months.

The scheme, which has since been formally launched in 33 states and the FCT, is expected to reach 2 million petty traders by the end of the year,

Also, through TraderMoni scheme, the Buhari Administration aims to take financial inclusion down to the grassroots, and uplift Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid, considering the contribution of petty traders to economic development.

The Federal Government is also aware of the fact that many of the petty traders don’t have what the commercial banks require to grant them loans.

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2019: APC loses out in Zamfara as Appeal Court dismisses appeal

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The Appeal court sitting in Sokoto has dismissed the appeal challenging the judgment of the lower court which upheld the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.

A three-member panel of judges unanimously dismissed the appeal following its withdrawal by the appellant, Aminu Jaji.

Recall on Monday that the three judges of the Appeal Court in Sokoto withdrew from the case over bribery allegation to the tune of $3million (dollars).

One of the respondents, Kabiru Marafa, alleged that there was bribery allegation against the judges which made them lose confidence in them.

Counsel to Senator Marafa, Barrister Muhammad Nuhu, alleged that there was a posting on social media platform, alleging that the judges had received three million Dollars from one Kabiru Kamba to compromise.

“Because of that my client is not comfortable with them and urge the president of the Court of Appeal to constitute a new panel to entertain the case,” he said.

Responding to the allegation, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Belgori said they have decided to disqualify themselves from the case over the grievous allegation in view of the present situation in the judiciary and the country.

Recalled that a High Court in Gusau presided over by Justice Muhammad Bello Shinkafi on Jauary 25 affirmed that the APC in Zamfara state had conducted primaries elections on 3rd and 7th October 2018.

The court also asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept the primaries for the APC’s governorship, senatorial, house of representatives and state Assembly seats.

The National Secretariat of the All Progressive Congress was also barred from replacing the names of those who won the primary elections of the party on 7th October 2018.

In case with a suit number ZMS/GS/52/2018, Sanusi Liman Dan Alhaji and 37 others vs APC and 143, the plaintiffs had asked the court to compel the All Progressive Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission accept the results of the party’s primaries election in the state conducted on the 7th of October 2018 among others.

On the same day, the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday barred the  APC, from fielding candidates in Zamfara in the forthcoming general elections.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, affirmed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), foreclosing the party from participating in the election.

Justice Ojukwu held that the position adopted by INEC with regards to Zamfara APC was in tandem with the law and would help to instill discipline.

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Ogun rally: Tinubu didn’t fling APC flag away – Aide

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Tunde Rahman, spokesman of Bola Tinubu, says the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not leaving the ruling party.

In a statement on Tuesday, Rahman said Tinubu remains faithful and committed to the party despite the incident that happened at the campaign rally in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Monday.

Tinubu was seen throwing away the flag of the party after the crowd had disrupted the rally.

Rahman, however, stated that the national leader did not throw away the flag but attempted to toss it to Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, to present it to Dapo Abiodun, the governorship candidate.

He accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of making an issue from the “exchange of a flag” out of mischief.

“With but a few precious days until the election and with its chance of victory running out even faster than the time, the Peoples Democratic Party now grasps at the most nonsensical and desperate tactics to salvage its falling enterprise,” the statement read.

“However, a drowning man cannot toss himself a lifeline. Nor can the PDP succeed in turning the innocuous attempted exchange of a flag between the National Leader and National Chairman into a rift in the APC’s successful campaign.

“An incident did actually occur at the Ogun State APC rally but it is not the one PDP has concocted. The true incident that should be reported and condemned is that people who furtively oppose the party and the president tried to infiltrate and disrupt this rally. The attack by these operatives was disrespectful of the office of the president and could have potentially harmed the person of the president.

“Such antics have no place in our political discourse. The author of these misdeeds should desist before real harm is done. Now to the crux of the opposition’s latest antics. If the issue of the flag has become the hotspot of the PDP campaign, then they are in serious trouble.

“During that portion of the Ogun rally, the National Chairman and others were looking for a party flag. Asiwaju Tinubu spotted one within his reach. He picked it up and attempted to toss it to Chairman Oshiomhole so that the Chairman could present it to the party’s gubernatorial candidate Prince Dapo Abiodun. If you want to fault Asiwaju for anything in this matter, your critique can only be limited to the accuracy of his toss. Any attempt to enlarge the episode beyond this is fiction and mischief writ large.

“As the National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu is thoroughly faithful and committed to the APC. It is unthinkable that he would leave the party. Moreover, there is no reason for him to do so. He has been hard at work for the victory of the APC and all of its candidates in the upcoming election.”

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Senate 2019: Don’t waste your votes on PDP’s Aidoko, Alfa tells Kogi East

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Isaac Alfa, a retired Air Marshal, has asked the people of Kogi East senatorial district to elect credible candidates ahead of the 2019 National Assembly elections which holds this Saturday.

Alfa, while speaking to newsmen in Lokoja on Thursday advised the constituents not to waste their votes on the People Democratic Party candidate, Senator Attai Aidoko as he would soon be disqualified following a recent Supreme Court judgment.

Recall in January, the apex court struck out the appeal of Attai Aidoko, incumbent Kogi East senator, who had appealed the decision of the Appeal Court.

The Appeal Court had upheld the decision of the trial court which declared Alfa as the candidate who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary poll.

 

Read the full statement below:

My good people of Kogi East, I want to thank you for your support for the last three and a half years over my case with Senator Attai Aidoko which finally ended with victory for me at the supreme court on 23rd January 2019. With this victory, Kogi East can now go ahead and elect credible people to represent them.

The High Court judgment which Aidoko challenged at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and lost, indicted Aidoko and the PDP for presenting a ROUGUE and FALSE document to INEC, an offence that disqualifies Aidoko for life. Therefore, with the latest judgement, Aidoko cannot contest the coming election and INEC will soon remove his name.

Anybody who votes for Aidoko is throwing away his or her vote. If Adioko continues to impersonate and takes part in the election, he is exposing himself to jail.

May God guide you to vote this time for our best candidate for Senate.

Thanks

 

Air Marshal Senator Isaac Alfa CFR

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