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Mayors agree, Congress should invest in affordable housing

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Congress rolls out ‘Better Deal,’ new economic agenda

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Illinois’ financial crisis could bring the state to a halt

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg optimistic ‘over the long haul’ for US

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Poll: Virginia governor’s race in dead heat

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House panel to consider bill to revamp DHS cyber team

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Report: $15 minimum wage bill would benefit 20.7 million workers

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Some California incumbents lagging in fundraising: report

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Lawmaker spends a day working as baggage handler, barista

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Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson who in March 2017 was appointed as the senior special assistant on Entertainment, Arts and Culture to Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, attended the first Stakeholders Summit on Entertainment, Art and Culture in Collaboration with Kogi Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on the 26th of April.
The event gathered special dignitaries including the governor of the Kogi State to deliberate on the possible ways to move the entertainment industry to the apex level in the state.
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Donald Trump reflects on first 100 days in office

It’s barely 24 hour to the first 100 days of US president, Donald Trump in office. Reflecting on his time so far, Trump in a recent interview with Reuters said,
‘I loved my previous life, I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. I actually, think this is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier. I do miss my old life, I like to work. But this is actually more work. I like to drive,I can’t drive any more.”
He continued to say, ‘and, while I had very little privacy, in my old life because, you know, I’ve been famous for a long time. I really think this is much less privacy than I’ve seen before. This is, you know, something that’s really amazing. At the same time, you’re really into your own cocoon because there’s such massive protection, that you really can’t go anywhere.”
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Buhari to now work from home -Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says President Buhari will henceforth begin to work from his home in the Presidential villa Abuja. President Buhari for the third time in weeks, was absent from the Federal Executive Council meeting today April 26th.

Speaking with state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi osinbajo, Lai Mohamed said President Buhari needs some rest and has asked that all his work files be brought to his residence in the villa so he can continue with his work.
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Jega disappointed me on how he conducted the 2015 general election- GEJ says

In a book scheduled to be launched on Friday April 28th, former spokesperson of late President Musa Yar’Adua and Chairman of Thisday editorial board, Segun Adeniyi, revealed that Former President Goodluck Jonathan was unhappy with the manner former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, went about conducting the 2015 general election which he lost in to President Buhari. Part of the book quotes Jonathan to have said;

“I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election. As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 percent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised.”

Jonathan is also quoted to have accused that Americans were urging Jega to go on with the elections despite the fact that some Nigerians had not collected their voters card.

“Of course, the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such a thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election? The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with the election that was bound to end in confusion” he said

Jonathan in the book defended his decision to postpone the election by six weeks.

“When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. But moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram to the level in which they posed the threat to the election.”

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Buhari has lied to Nigerians about his achievements – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari saying he lied to Nigerians with his claim that his government has fulfilled its campaign promises in just two years. While praying to God to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to continue to guide Nigerians and help the country overcome the spirit of lies, deceit and betrayal, the party said: “We read with rude shock and utter dismay, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians and of particular interest is the paragraph that said: ‘In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy’. Really? “These comments from Mr President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years,” the party said in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The PDP says former President Buhari handed over a buoyant economy to Buhari On security, the PDP noted how former President Goodluck Jonathan made efforts to conquer Boko Haram and procured equipment despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria. This breakthrough, the party said, led to the successful dislodgment of the terrorists before the March 28, 2015 elections. “Nigerians can testify to the gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and local government areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.

“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the election. APC governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as governors,” the party said adding that most of the achievements being claimed by Buhari were transferred by Jonathan. Concerning corruption, the party said the president actually failed despite the alleged success it has achieved in the fight. Dayo Adeyeye said the president lied to Nigerians “As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure. “The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners. “The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The government is at the crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of Transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi. “It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015,” the party said. The party recalled how Jonathan’s government grew the economy from a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009 to one of $574 billion and how the party handed over a single digit inflation which is now 17.26 percent.

“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy. “The Buhari government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so-called recovery plan. The economy is at a standstill. “Major infrastructural developments that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all-time low of less than 2,000MW. “The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration,” the party said.

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PDP condemns APC’s disobedience of court orders

The Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government of running Nigeria like a gestapo state. According to the PDP, Nigeria is fast drifting into a dictatorship and possible anarchy under the Buhari administration. This was contained in a statement distributed to the media by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adyeye.

PDP factional chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi The PDP lamented that prominent individuals that held public office in the last administration are being arrested and detained indefinitely without trial.

“For instance, the former governor of Benue state, Mr Gabriel Suswam was arrested by men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention for over two months now without trial. “Also, the former governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu was arrested on April 5, 2017 by officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and like the others, he has been in detention and yet no case has been filed against him in any court by the anti-graft agency. “Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki has been in custody for about two years now without trial.

Similar brutality, arrest and mindless detention went on with other PDP leaders and members that were arrested by either the DSS or the EFCC. “It is also very clear in the Constitution of Nigeria that no security agency has the right or power to detain suspects more than 48 hours without trial. “Ironically, while former leaders and members of the PDP are being arrested indiscriminately and detained without trial, other former office holders of the ruling APC who have been accused of various corrupt practices are yet to be arrested.

Instead, they are compensated with juicy ministerial appointments -double standards. “We are in a constitutional democracy and as such, the present APC administration must lead by example and obey court orders. It is on record that most of these suspects have been granted bail by the courts of the land and the ECOWAS Court in the case of Col. Sambo Dasuki .This is sheer lawlessness!” The PDP accused the Buhari-led government of not respecting laid down rules .

The statement reiterated that the PDP is not against the anti-corruption campaign of the federal government, but warned that the Buhari administration must follow due process in dealing with issues of corruption as the PDP did during its governments. The party also called on the government to charge all those in detention to court and those grant bail to those the courts have freed. The party vowed to deploy all constitutional means both domestic and international to seek redress against what it described as gestapo rule, adding that Nigerians are fed up with the undemocratic rule of the APC-led government. “We advise this government to stop forthwith; all actions that tend to heat up the system and push citizens into taking extreme measures in self defence. “The economic hardship brought upon Nigerians by APC misrule is bad enough, abridging the people’s rights on top of that is like adding salt to injury”, the statement added. Meanwhile, the youth wing of the PDP has said that factional leader Senator Ali Modu Sheriff must tender an apology to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The call comes on the heels of an incident in which Sheriff walked out on Jonathan at a peace meeting in Abuja recently.