The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, January 8, debunked reports that it has zoned its presidential ticket.
This was contained in a statement by Hon. Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the party.
He described it as completely misleading as it does not in any way represent the position of PDP.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP emphatically and unequivocally states that it has not zoned its presidential ticket to any part of the country,” the statement said.
He said the party was founded on democratic principles, saying that every action of the party, including zoning, is based on extensive consultations, discussions, and consideration of all the issues as well as the various tendencies and interests across the nation.
He said the PDP has the main objective of ensuring that the unity, peaceful co-existence, and development of the nation are reinforced and promoted.
The statement further added that the party urged Nigerians and “our teeming members and supporters to completely disregard the unfounded zoning claims as being peddled, just as it cautioned those behind the claims to desist forthwith.”
The PDP thanked Nigerians for their “overwhelming interest in the party as their sure platform to rescue and rebuild our nation from misrule and urged them to remain united and focused as we join forces for the task ahead.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected plans by the Federal Government; to increase taxes on non-alcoholic and carbonated drinks.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, January 7; by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba in Abuja.
1st News had also reported that the FG announced the increased taxes; as a way of discouraging over-consumption of sugar; as well as checking obesity; and also generating more money to fund the 2022 budget.
But the union believes implementing increased taxes on non-alcoholic and carbonated drinks; which is one of the provisions in the 2021 Finance Act, will impose more hardship on the citizens.
The NLC, therefore, asked the National Assembly to urgently amend the sections of the Finance Act; which re-introduced excise duties on non-alcoholic and also carbonated drinks.
A portion of the statement read, “On the 31st of December 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Finance Act. Some of the provisions of the Finance Act includes the imposition of excise duties; on locally produced non-alcoholic, carbonated, and sugary drinks.