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Atiku To Discuss Peter Obi With Aggrieved South-East Leaders When He Returns From the UK

16 October 2018 - 5:11am

When he returns from his current trip to the United Kingdom, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), intends to discuss the choice of Peter Obi as his running mate with the party leaders in the South-East who are unhappy with the development.

After Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, was announced Atiku’s running mate on Friday, some South-East PDP leaders, including four state governors — Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Willie Obiano of Anambra, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi — protested, saying they were not consulted.

As reported by SaharaReporters on Monday, replacing Obi with anyone else “is not an option” for Atiku. See Also Exclusive EXCLUSIVE: Replacing Peter Obi As Running Mate ‘Not An Option' For Atiku 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

However, the former Vice-President, who has been in the UK since Sunday, is also wary of coming across as leaving any vital interest group out of his plans.

“The disappointment of some PDP leaders in the South-East is something I know Atiku will look at once he comes back from the UK,” SaharaReporters was told on Tuesday.

“He’s willing to meet with South-East PDP leaders to discuss; but the option would not be about changing Peter Obi; the option would be about discussing every other political appointment with them before announcing them.

“Atiku is very open to discussing with those who are aggrieved; he wants to carry everyone along, and that’s the reason you’ve not seen him tweet about Obi’s emergence as his running mate. The campaign organization has come out to say this is the running mate, but for Atiku personally, he would have to carry everyone along, which is why he has been silent about it on social media.”

It is still unclear when exactly Atiku will be back in the country, but it will be any moment from now, as Thursday is the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for parties to submit the list of their presidential candidates and running mates.

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Buhari Wishes Alaafin Longer Life On 80th Birthday

16 October 2018 - 4:57am

President Muhammadu Buhari has wished Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo, "longer life" on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary.

The president’s message was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Monday.

The statement read: "President Buhari joins Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State, Traditional Council, family and friends of the Alaafin of Oyo, who is heir to the historic Oyo Empire, in celebrating the landmark age.

“As His Royal Majesty turns an octogenarian, the President believes his 48 years on the throne of his fathers have been most remarkable for the dynasty, illustrated by his contributions to the educational, social and cultural development of the people, both those at home and abroad.

“President Buhari extols the Alaafin of Oyo’s courage in upholding the values of integrity, hard work and search for knowledge, which has been the hallmark of the great Oyo Empire, commending him for regular counsels to governments, institutions and families.

“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the royal father longer life, good health and more wisdom to sustain the legacies of his fathers.”

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BREAKING: Fayose Absent As Fayemi Is Sworn In As Ekiti Governor

16 October 2018 - 4:38am

Kayode Fayemi, former Minister of Solid Minerals Development, has been sowrn in as Governor of Ekiti State.

He was sworn in at exactly 12:24pm, shortly after his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, had taken his own oath of office.

Ayodedele Fayose, his predecessor, was absent at the ceremony, having previously said he would hand over the instruments of office to the Head of Service (HoS), Dr. Gbenga Faseluka, and the Government House and the Governor’s Office complexes to Police Commissioner Bello Ahmed on Sunday, as he would be in Abuja answering the summons of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (INEC).

Fayemi returns to a seat he vacated four years ago, having previously been Governor of the state between 2010 and 2014.

He was declared winner of the July 2018 Ekiti State governorship election, on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Idowu Olayinka, the Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, who said he polled 197,459 votes to beat Professor Olusola Eleka, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 178,121 votes. 

Fayemi, therefore, won by a margin 19, 338 votes.

PDP won only in Emure, Efon and Ikere, while APC cleared the remaining 13 local governments.

As of the time of filing in this report, Fayemi was on a parade round the swearing-in ground, waving and acknowledging cheers from his supporters

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Buhari/APC: Your Problems Are Nepotism And Aborted Change, Not Order 06 By Erasmus Ikhide

16 October 2018 - 4:37am

The adage of my nativity is President Muhammadu Buhari/APC Kalmar: "behind the door's closest can't save the murderer". The All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidency has murdered democracy; adopted rule of the thumb, aborted her own electoral premises, dramatizes unremitting failure, as much as introduced primitive nepotism and archaic bigotry.

Shockingly, how President Buhari and his minders railroaded themselves into that unforgivable tragic outing remains a study for political scientists — after the near revolutionary momentum that ushered to power in 2015. President Buhari and the APC are the regrettable examples of how not to lead or mislead multiethnic nation as Nigeria.

Buhari's palpable panic about the outcome of the forthcoming 2019 general election keeps manifesting by the day. Even though the presidential Executive Order was promulgated a few months back, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar emergence as the PDP presidential flag bearer further jotted President Buhari to exploit extraneous option to truncate Atiku's victory at the polls.

Nigerians across board have no problem with the Executive Order 06 but its implementation must not be used as political tools to punish opponents like the infamous and draconian Decree No. 4 of 1984 which was cruelly pursued and enforced by the incumbent President as a Military Head of State.

The President's Executive Order 06 — strictly speaking — should be a welcome development — if it's not meant to witch hunt and scapegoat political enemies on the other side of the political divide. If not, what qualified 50 persons with N50 million like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, IBB, Atiku or Saraki to be banned from traveling out of the country will only resonate with the electorate if it includes doyens of corruption across the political spectrum.

For the APC/Buhari presidency to take itself seriously, it should disclosed to Nigerians the full list/names of the 50 banned from stepping out of Nigeria. The electorate hope to see the ban extended to the likes of Adams Oshiomhole, Rotimi Amaechi, former SGF Babachir Lawal, Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, his former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, Lai Muhammed, former DSS boss Lawal Daura, GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru and the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu who skipped the mandatory NYSC service.

Nigerians are particularly expectant to have President Buhari include his wife's name on that list for the inexplicably way she got N2.6 billion that was stolen by her ADC.

Also, for President Buhari to show his determination to fixing Nigerian's unresolved financial misdemeanor, he should truthfully tell Nigerians what happened to the report on the US$43 million discovered in an apartment at Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. Nigerians are still waiting to know what happened to the allegation of award of US$25 billion contracts without following due process made against Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources?

The electorate are gazing constantly in the direction of Aso Rock with the expectation that the presidency might tell Nigerians what happened to the Department of State Services (DSS) indictment for corruption of Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Mr. Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Investigative Panel set up by the President Muhammadu Buhari?

Alhaji Lai Muhammed, the Minister of Information and Culture is yet to tell Nigerians the owner of LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, inside which the EFCC claimed that it found US$448.8 million cash. Neither is he forthcoming with the names of the persons who brought the five sacks in which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that it found N49 million cash at the Kaduna Airport.

The electorate are certainly waiting to know what has happened to the Probe Panel on the alleged N500 million bribery said to have been paid to the Chief of Staff (COS), Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abba Kyari by MTN. Again, what has happened to the report submitted on the fraudulent reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, "The Pensions Thief"? When will President Muhammadu Buhari sign another "Executive Order" to deal with these issues?

Those who still believe that President Muhammadu Buhari and the deceptive APC might redeem itself and salvaged Nigeria after 2019 — four years already wasted — must be residing outside this planet. We will be hoping against hope to assumed that a Buhari's damaged Presidency — ethnically and corruptly dead, has any hope of redemption.

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Yoruba Group Kicks Against South-West’s Role In Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Council

16 October 2018 - 3:49am

The Yoruba Restoration Group (YRG) has described the constitution of the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as an indication of the party’s disdain for the Southwest. 

On Monday, PDP named Senate President Bukola Saraki as the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Council.

According to a statement on Monday by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, is Zonal Coordinator for the North-West; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Governor of Gombe State, is the North-East Zonal Coordinator; Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, is the Zonal Coordinator for North-Central; David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, holds the position for South-East, while Nyesom Wike is for South-Southand Ayodele Fayose is for the South-West region.

Barrister Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN) was named as Chairman, Legal Matters, while Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom, is the Chairman, Fund Raising.

However, in a press statement on Tuesday, signed by its convener, Comrade Daud Jokotola, the YRG chided the party for always "thinking low" of the region despite its huge voting population. 

“Ever since Chief Obasanjo left the PDP, the party has continued to treat south-westerners as outcast,” read the statement.

“It is on record that we only became the Speaker of the House of Representatives by chance during the Yar'Adua administration and ever since then, the PDP, in what looks like a sort of coup, has taken every leadership position meant for us to other regions.

"In 2017 when the chairmanship of the party was zoned to the region by a committee set up by the party itself, they took that position from us and gave it to the South-South. 

"In the newly constituted campaign council of the party for the 2019 presidential election, the same party thought so low of us to drag us to merely regional coordinator. 

"While we have no issues with the South-East being the vice presidential candidate and have taken the decision in good faith as a contribution to national unity, we will not stand back and allow this open desecration of our honour continue. 

"We wish to make it clear to the leadership of the party that in spite of the misrule of the APC administration, the party is not treating us as an outsider and no matter how bad it is our son is the Vice President there.”

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Seven Things You Should Know About Buhari’s Controversial Executive Order No 6

16 October 2018 - 3:11am

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the media uncovered the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s watch list of 50 high-profile Nigerians. These people are to be restricted to the shores of this country pending the determination of their cases. 

The order was in exercise of a presidential privilege called Executive Order, which is not enshrined in the Constitution. Since the release of the list, opinions have been divided as to the sincerity and constitutionality of the action. While some people believe that fairness is not a long-suit of the Buhari Administration and the execution of the order might devolve into tyranny, some think corruption should be fought regardless of the means used. 

Here are seven things you should know about the Executive Order 6

1. It deals with the preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences.

This may lead to political vendetta, witch-hunt and selective punishment. While some former political office holders’ assets have been confiscated by Federal Government for this reason (Diezani Alison Madueke, Sambo Dasuki, etc) some names, such as Ayo Oke, former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) of the infamous grass-cutting scandal are conspicuously missing from the list.  

2. It is out to tackle corruption, which is believed to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the well-being, national security and stability of the country’s political and economic systems.

The essence of power separation will be defeated by the dictates of the executive order. The interpretation of the law belongs to the judiciary and once the judiciary makes its pronouncement, it should stand. A violation of the pronouncement of the court is the reason Dasuki still remains incarcerated. 

3. The order gives the Attorney-General of the Federation power to coordinate the implementation of its stipulations and subsume enforcement agencies under the office of the Attorney-General. 

If this is carried out to the letter, we are bound to witness cases similar to Abdulrasheed Maina’s. The former Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms was reinstated through the backdoor by the Attorney-General of the Federal in connivance with Minister of Interior. 

4. The order extends the scope of corruption to cover “other relevant offences, including terrorism, financing of terrorism, kidnapping, sponsorship of ethnic or religious violence, economic sabotage, cases of economic and financial crimes, and an unclear category of “acts of contributing to the economic adversity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

This might give birth to many cases reminiscent of Ibrahim El-zakzaky’s, in which the nature and name of charges are at the discretion of Federal Government. The list of crimes the man is supposedly charged with keeps piling up, informed by the whims and caprices of the power that be. 

5. It wields the big stick and shifts blame; it threatens the head of agencies with sanctions for any failure to comply with it.

The accusations and counter-accusations that trailed the invasion of the National Assembly during the tenure of Lawal Daura as Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) still sticks in people’s mind.  

6. The Executive Order purports without prejudice to any laws or existing suits, to protect from dissipation the assets of any Nigeria citizens within the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria known to be a current or former government official or a politically exposed person, who is or has been complicit in or has engaged in corrupt practices.

Again, this is hijacking the function of the judiciary. The judiciary, despite its many sins in recent times, has not been found wanting in this regard. The court asked that Diezani’s property be forfeited.

7. The Executive Order has no place in the Nigerian Constitution

The constitution is the norm in any democracy; it is there to guide and guard and once its contents are suspended the citizens become vulnerable and democracy, except by name only, ceases to be one.

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Paul Allen, Co-founder Of Microsoft, Is Dead

16 October 2018 - 2:43am

Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has passed on.

He died on Monday at the age of 65, following complications arising from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

On October 1, 2018, Allen had revealed via a tweet that his lymphoma had returned.

The tweet read: "Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge."

He founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, years after the two met as student-colleagues at a private school.

A statement on his passing by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella, read: "Paul Allen's contributions to our company our industry, and our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences,and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world".

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PDP Names Saraki DG, Atiku Presidential Campaign Council

16 October 2018 - 2:10am

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has named Senate President Bukola Saraki as the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Council.

Other positions for PDP presidential campaign for the 2019 general election for the different regions were also announced in a statement on Monday by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman.

According to the statement, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State is Zonal Coordinator for the North-West; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Governor of Gombe State is the North-East Zonal Coordinator; Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State is the Zonal Coordinator for North-Central; David Umahi holds the position for South-East, Nyesom Wike for South-South, while Ayodele Fayose will coordinate activities for the South-West region.

Others are Barrister Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, who was named as the Chairman, Legal Matters while Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom, is the Chairman, Fund Raising.

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Fresh Trouble For Minimum Wage

16 October 2018 - 2:07am

When the organised labour suspended its strike action over declaration of negotiation of minimum wage on Sunday, 30th September 2018, it was believed that a new minimum wage would soon be announced. 

But another announcement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige that negotiation was inconclusive and that no agreement had been reached over a definite figure even after the tripartite negotiation committee rounded off its deliberations, has thrown up fresh agitation in the labour circle.

The Guardian gathered that at the October 4th and 5th meeting, both the organised private sector and organised labour agreed on N30, 000 while the Federal Government team led by Ngige pressed for N25, 000.

The conclusion was that since the organised labour and organised private sector are in agreement and in the spirit of tripartism, two against one was a done deal.

The meeting then adjourned to await the date for presentation to the Federal Government.

With these achieved, labour said it was at a loss at what transpired within government circle within one week.

Indeed, Ngige made unveiled his new position after the first the FEC meeting that preceded the conclusion of the committee’s negotiation.

Were new facts presented to Ngige at the FEC meeting that influenced a change of stand? Labour said they think so.  

Indeed, according to the Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation (ILO), which has always been erroneously cited by Dr Ngige on the ability to pay, nothing can be further from the truth. 

The convention, which ILO adopted in 1970 titled ‘Minimum wage fixing convention, 1971 (No 131)’ remains the most adopted convention by the ILO member states, encourages members to establish a machinery to fix and adjust minimum wages from time to time; wages that are based on the principle of full consultation with social partners (tripartism); involves social partners, on an equal footing, as well as independent experts in the design and operation of the system; sets the minimum levels that take into account the needs of workers and their families, as well as economic factors and include appropriate measures to ensure the effective application of minimum wage.

It is therefore a pure mischief by the Minister to declare that the ILO convention 131 speaks to ability to pay by employers.

The centrepiece of the convention is that the tripartite bodies must reach a common figure, which labour said was achieved before the committee was legitimately adjourned.

The agreement on N30, 000 by both labour and the organised private sector indeed signalled that majority (labour and employer body) had their way while minority (government) had its say.

Labour also said the Minister did not oppose the N30, 000 figure at the meeting and that the committee on figure that made the submission was chaired by Ngige himself. 

The argument of labour is that N30, 000 monthly (which is less than 100 dollars) is grossly inadequate to take care of a man, his wife and four children as stated in one of the strands of the ILO convention 131, which states that a minimum wage must take into account the needs of workers and their families.

The present scenario seems to lend credence to insinuations within labour movement that the present government is not committed to implementing a new minimum wage.

Speaking at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, Ngige said the Federal Government proposed N24, 000 as the new minimum wage for civil servants.

Ngige claimed that when the committee reconvened on October 5th, after the NLC had suspended its nationwide strike, “the organised labour came down to N30, 000 the organised private sector came down to N25, 000 while the state governments proposed N20, 000.”

He said the Federal Government is still ‘consulting’ and that the negotiation is on going.

He said in accordance with Convention 131 of the ILO, the most important thing to consider in fixing the new minimum wage is the ability to pay.

In his reaction to the development, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba said the entire labour movement was dumbfounded by the latest argument of the Minister. 

He added that the organised labour would not hesitate to declare yet another strike action that would be debilitating to the nation’s economy should the Federal Government delays the promulgation of a new minimum wage within the shortest period of time. 

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Governor Ganduje Facing Impeachment As Kano Assembly Begins Probe Into Bribe Videos

16 October 2018 - 1:54am

Kano State Governor Ganduje

Kano State Governor Ganduje

The Kano State House of Assembly has opened probe into the bribe-taking videos of the state governor, Abdullahi .

Raising a matter of urgent public importance on Monday, a member representing Warawa Constituency, Labaran Madari, said the assembly should investigate the authenticity of the video and take measures.

Madari stated that the videos had brought the institution of governance in the state to disrepute and therefore the need for the legislators to take urgent action.

The matter was seconded by Baffa Dan’Agundi, a member representing Kano Municipal.

In response, the Speaker, Alhassan Rurum, constituted a seven-man committee to investigate the matter and report back to the Assembly.

Members of the committee include Baffa Dan’Agundi (Kano Municipal) as chairman; Labaran Madari (Warawa) member; Garba Gafasa (Ajingi), member; and Zubairu Masu, (Sumaila) member.

Others are Ayuba Labaran (Kabo) member; Abubakar Galadima (Bebeji), member; Garba Yau Gwarmai (Kunchi/Tsanyawa), member and; Mujtafa Amin, secretary.

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Kachikwu: Nigeria Currently In Full-Blown Energy Crisis

16 October 2018 - 1:48am

Ibe Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu

Nigeria is currently going through a full-blown energy crisis, and could experience this for a long time if it fails to articulate a sound policy framework that focuses intensely on its gas sector, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said yesterday.

Kachikwu, in his ministerial address at the 11th edition of the international conference and exhibition organised by the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) in Abuja, explained the country’s continued dependence on oil alone to run her economy was hurting the country and it would need to quickly refocus attention on her abundant gas resources.

Though represented by his Senior Technical Adviser on Upstream and Gas, Mr. Gbite Adeniji, the minister’s disclosure came at a time the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stated that the country’s plan to build a transnational gas pipeline with Morocco was gaining momentum with plans to sign the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for the project soon.

The minister explained that Nigeria no longer enjoys priority attention from oil and gas investors, adding that southern and eastern African countries now compete especially for investment in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with Nigeria.

“Secondly, there is a much more constrained international environment with the mounting new LNG suppliers coming on stream globally, and Nigeria is competing for investment with southern and eastern Africa.

“Prices of oil are forecast to fall after 2030, and stay low for a long period after that with a possibility of absolute fall in demand for oil and a related impact on price of gas,” the minister noted.

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2019 presidency: Why Atiku Should Step Down For Me – Presidential Candidate, Adesanya-Davies

16 October 2018 - 1:43am

The presidential candidate of the Mass Action Joint Alliance party, MAJA, Prof. Mercy Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, has told the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to step down for her.

According to her, since MAJA party and the PDP were members of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, it was needful for the emergence of a candidate for the coalition.

Adesanya-Davies said this when she received some Nigerian students who paid her a courtesy call on the sidelines of World Student’s Day.

The MAJA presidential candidate said the former Vice President Atiku should step down for her on account of Atiku’s age and also because she is a woman.

She added that the odd favoured young candidates for the 2019 general elections.

“Since men have failed Nigeria, they should give women a chance to emerge as the nation’s next president and return the country back to the path of progress,” she said.

“The main topic of their discussion was on the prospect of her emergence on the CUPP platform, as she hopes to be the next president of Nigeria in 2019, having received the National Association of Nigerian Students’ NANS Outstanding Leadership in 2018 as well as the students’ endorsement.

“I will, in fact, seize this opportunity to appeal to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to kindly step down for me at the CUPP as President Buhari of APC steps aside, because this time indeed is a-woman-youth-academician ticket and a tip to the Middle-belt Christian Nigeria currently bearing all the brunt of killings in the North.

“And that is where I come in,” she said.

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Exam Malpractices: Fed Govt Charges Sen Adeleke, Four Others

16 October 2018 - 1:22am

The Federal Government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke (Osun West) and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja with alleged  examination malpractices.

Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.

Named with Adeleke, in the charge are: Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the principal of the school), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (the teacher).

Adeleke was absent when the case was called yesterday.

His lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), told the court that his client took ill on Friday and had been stooling.

Izinyon said a copy of a medical report was available to that effect. He said Adeleke suddenly took ill at the weekend, but was getting better.

He sought a postponement of the arraignment.

Prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said he was in receipt of the medical report on the health condition of the 1st defendant (Adeleke).

He said he was not averse to a short adjournment as sought by Izinyon. He said the defendants were released on the administrative bail granted them by the police.

Lawyers to the other defendants also agreed to a short adjournment, following which Justice I. E. Ekwo adjourned till October 31 for arraignment.

Justice Ekwo said: “The prosecution is ordered to ensure the defendants are in court at the next date, to take their plea.”

Izinyon has represented  the IGP in some major cases. He represented the IGP in the cases against his invitation by the Senate over Senator Dino Melaye’s trial and the Offa robbery case in Abuja.

In the first count preferred against the defendants, the prosecution alleged that the five defendants “conspired to commit felony, to wit: examination malpractices, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004”.

In count 2, the prosecution alleged that the three members of staff of the school acted in concert by aiding and abetting “the commission of examination malpractice by personation” when they allegedly “registered Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke” while knowing or having “reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The alleged offence is said to be contrary to Section 9(1) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

In count three, the two Adelekes were accused of acting in concert, and “personated as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School when you fraudulently registered as students of the school in the June/July, 2017 NECO”.

The offence is said to be contrary to Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

The fourth count accused the three members of staff of the school of “acting in concert” and while “saddled with the responsibilities of registering students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination, breached that duty by registering Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke as students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination when you know or had reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.

The fourth count was said to be contrary to Section 10(a) and punishable under Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.

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Jerry Gana Accuses SDP Leaders Of Betrayal

16 October 2018 - 1:11am

The Director General, Prof. Jerry Gana Campaign Organisation, Dr. Ike Neliaku, has accused leaders of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) of betraying his principal by inviting former Cross River State Governor, Mr. Donald Duke to contest the party’s presidential primaries. He claimed to have evidence of their meetings, which he promised to disclose at the right time.

Ike who accused the party leadership of betrayal and conspiracy, maintained that his group simply wants an adherence to the party’s constitution.

“By the he provision of our constitution, this ought not to have happened. We drew your attention to it, you ignored it and you said you didn’t take the man (Mr. Donald Duke) seriously. How wouldn’t you take a former governor serious? How, especially in this case when we heard that some of them went and invited the man (Mr. Duke) to contest? You invited somebody to contest, you turn around and you say you didn’t take him seriously. Somebody somewhere was simply manipulating the process to ensure that somebody does not emerge. We have the facts. We know the meetings they held, where they were held, dates and what they decided to do and they carried it out,” he disclosed.

He emphasised that he was not afraid to name the leaders involved in the clandestine meetings.

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Buhari Not In Charge, Running Govt By Proxy – Tambuwal

16 October 2018 - 1:03am

Aminu Tambuwal

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The Governor of Sokoto State, who was a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aminu Tambuwal, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is not in charge of the country.

Rather, he said the President ran the country by proxy.

He said it would be suicidal to allow the President to preside over Nigeria for another four years.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives spoke in Abuja on Monday when the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the PDP paid him a visit in his Maitama (Abuja) residence.

Tambuwal said he was not angry about his loss of the party’s presidential ticket in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

He promised to work with the national leadership of the PDP towards ensuring that the party emerges victorious in the 2019 presidential election.

He said, “I want to reassure you, our party men and women and Nigerians that I am committed to the success and victory of our party at the general elections, come February 2019.

“We have had a robust and fruitful engagement on the way forward and I have made my commitment immediately after the convention that I am going to support our candidate, Wazirin Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar,  100 per cent for us to have victory at the general elections. So, I am not wavering, I am not looking back.

“Work has started for us to ensure that the PDP family remains united and other lovers of democracy come and partner with us for us to ensure that we convincingly win the election.”

He said the task of wresting power from the ruling party was not his personal ambition, adding that “all of the issues we have discussed, canvassed and traversed for during our meeting with delegates and party leaders, have remained there.”

The governor said, “The maladministration and the way the country is being run through proxies is unacceptable.

“President Buhari is not in charge. It will be suicidal for him to return to power for another four years. So, we don’t want a situation whereby that will continue anytime after May 29, 2019.

“We want a government in which the President of Nigeria will be right on top of issues. One that will respect the rule of law.

“So, I have given my commitment and I mean it, I am out for it. By the grace of God, we shall support Atiku Abubakar and the PDP to win elections throughout Nigeria.”

The governor said that other presidential aspirants would also work for the party and its presidential candidate in 2019.

He said that he was resolute in his decision to give total support to Atiku in pursuit of victory for the PDP in the next elections.

The Chairman of the PDP Committee on Peace and Reconciliation, who is also the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State,  hailed Tambuwal and other aspirants for their understanding and what he called the spirit of sportsmanship in the last national convention of the party.

He specifically commended Tambuwal for “displaying maturity and a spirit of sportsmanship after the Port Harcourt Convention,  which was won by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.”

The governor said that the visit was part of the decision of the PDP to visit and interact with all presidential aspirants of the party in the last election with a view to encouraging them as leaders of the party in their own rights.

Dickson said that the party had commenced a series of consultative talks with aspirants and leaders of the party in a  bid to win the presidential election in 2019.

He stressed that the meeting with Tambuwal focused on the need to strengthen the PDP, to provide the requisite support for the candidate of the PDP for electoral victory.

He said, “I am leading a team of the committee of governors to interact and compare notes with our brother, His Excellency, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

“As you all know, he ran a great race and we are all proud of what he did and what he continues to do.

“We appreciate his statesmanship; we appreciate the way and manner he has been of help to the party, consolidating the gains that the party is making.

“This afternoon, as part of our decision to go round, visit, encourage and interact with all our party leaders especially all those who indicated interest in the last presidential elections, we have held a fruitful meeting.

“We are actually starting from here and would be leaving from here to visit our former national caretaker chairman and also hold similar consultative meetings with him.

“This is just the beginning of several interactions formally and informally that we are going to have with him and with several other leaders of our party.

“As you all know, he is a very key player in the unfolding political scenario and we are all committed to reclaiming our country and building a new Nigeria.”

He said that all the leaders of the PDP had a responsibility to close ranks, to hold regular talks as opposition politicians to reposition the PDP for electoral victory.

Dickson said that as the nation moved towards the next election, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies had a responsibility to ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.

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2019: APC Still Barred Fom Fielding Candidates In Zamfara, Says INEC Chair

16 October 2018 - 12:59am

THE possibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not fielding candidates in the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State may have been sealed.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said yesterday that the commission’s stance on the issue has not changed.

INEC had barred the APC chapter from fielding candidates in the elections after allegedly failing to conduct primary elections.

The commission had set October 7, 2018 deadline for parties to conclude their primary elections. But divisions within the APC state chapter prevented an INEC-supervised election from taking place for the governorship and legislative positions.

Consequently, a letter signed by INEC’s Acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche, and addressed to APC’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, stated that the party could no longer conduct any primary elections outside of the originally-stated window.

It added that the state APC would not be allowed to participate in the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections in Zamfara next year.

But the party would not want to hear any of this, vowing to participate in the election.

But, the INEC boss yesterday stuck to his gun, saying that the commission has not changed its earlier decision on the issue.

Yakubu spoke yesterday in Abuja at the end of the opening of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Network of Electoral Commission (ECONEC) meeting in Abuja.

The INEC boss, who was responding to questions from reporters, said: “We have issued a statement on Zamfara and nothing has changed. We stand by the statement that we issued.”

He noted that the October 18 date for the submission of list of candidates by the political parties is sacrosanct.

There are 91 parties. But only 89 notified the commission of their intension to conduct primaries.

Yakubu said: “I am sure we have made some progress, but the deadline as we say is on October 18.”

He ruled out any possibility of extension as he declared, “we will give a full report after the October 18. No extension”.

On Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), Yakubu said INEC had printed the PVCs of those who registered in the first, second and third quarters of the year.

“We are looking at the end of November 2018 for all the PVCs to be printed, including request for transfer and relocation.”

He reiterated the commission’s assurance to ensure that outstanding PVCs are ready for collection before the 2019 general elections.

Yakubu said the two-day meeting, which kicked off yesterday, is expected to validate the study carried out on the issue of cost of conducting elections.

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I’m Going To EFCC With My Bedclothes, Pillowcase, Bible – Fayose

16 October 2018 - 12:47am

The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he was going to the office of the Economic and Financial Crime, EFCC, today with his bedclothes, pillowcase, English and Yoruba bibles.

Fayose’s tenure expired midnight on Monday.

The Governor’s immunity ends along with his tenure and he has been invited to the headquarters of the EFCC.

Fayose will be answering to allegations that he received about N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA through the then Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

Fayose told reporters in Abuja “I will be there on Tuesday. I am not begging for any bail. It is up to them. If they want me, they should just give me a bed

“I have done by bed bedclothes, I have done my pillowcase, I have my English and Yoruba bibles.

“I am prepared for them. Nobody should worry about me. Only cowards die many times before their deaths.”

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We Did All We Could To Save Aid Worker Hauwa Liman, Says Lai Mohammed

15 October 2018 - 1:55pm

Hauwa Liman

The Federal Government has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of another aid worker by Boko Haram on Monday, despite what it described as "actions taken by the government and the widespread appeal to save the young woman".

A statement issued in London on Monday by Segun Adeyemi, Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the killing as "dastardly, inhuman and ungodly", saying nothing can justify the shedding of the blood of innocent people.

Mohammed commiserated with the family of the aid worker and said the Federal Government did all within its powers to save her life.

His words: "It is very unfortunate that it has come to this. Before and after the deadline issued by her abductors, the Federal Government did everything any responsible government should do to save the aid worker.

"As we have been doing since these young women were abducted, we kept the line of negotiations open all through. In all the negotiations, we acted in the best interest of the women and the country as a whole.

''We are deeply pained by this killing, just like we were by the recent killing of the first aid worker. However, we will keep the negotiations open and continue to work to free the innocent women who remain in the custody of their abductors."

He thanked all the friendly governments that have continued to work with Nigeria for the safe release of the abducted women, and the clerics across religious lines who have been pleading for their

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Armed EFCC Officials Will Surround Fayose's Residence At 12am on Wednesday, PDP Alleges

15 October 2018 - 1:45pm

Ayodele Fayose

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm of an alleged plan by the presidency to "incarcerate, indefinitely, the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose".

This was contained in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the party, accusing the anti-graft commission of "showing bias by deriding the Governor, making light of a very serious matter by mocking him and asking him to come before his tenure elapsed".

The statement read: "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Presidency has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to incarcerate, indefinitely, the outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

"Information at the party’s disposal and all over the social media indicate that the Presidency has put the commission on alert to arrest the governor at midnight today and detain him indefinitely. The alleged directive by the Presidency is not unconnected with the plot to use the EFCC and other security agencies to incarcerate the governor owing to his persistent criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government.

"This uncompromising stands of the outgoing governor against the present administration was the reason Ekiti State was invaded and taken by force during the last governorship election."

The party also accused the EFCC of hatching plans to surround Fayose's residence at midnight.

The statement continued: "By 12 midnight, the governor’s residence is expected to be surrounded by armed men of the EFCC under the pretence that they had information of his plot to escape. This is to achieve their plan to humiliate the governor and portray him in bad light to the public by dramatising his arrest.

"Nigerians can recall that it was the governor who offered to submit himself to the EFCC despite the commission’s clear display of bias and partisanship as demonstrated in its various actions, especially its tweets and putting the governor on security watch-list.

"The EFCC even unprofessionally showed its bias in deriding the governor, making light of a very serious matter by mocking him and asking him to come before his tenure elapsed, which the governor declined in line with the constitutional immunity. It is now beyond dispute that Governor Fayose is not a scoundrel running away from justice. Whatever the EFCC, APC, and the Presidency’s spin-doctors may say, it is also clear to everyone that Fayose is not a coward; neither is he afraid of the EFCC.

"Fayose is prepared and ready to defend himself in the court of law. Neither the Presidency nor EFCC is a court of law. Since the EFCC said it had dusted up Fayose’s files, it should be ready to take him to court once he presents him at the agency’s office on Tuesday.

"Governor Fayose has offered to walk to the EFCC office by himself and nothing must happen to him tonight. The PDP condemns this resort to fascism by the APC government, saying the whole world should be at alert to see another demonstration of crude disrespect for the rule of law and rights of Nigerians."

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Troops 'Rescue' Five Women, Seven Children Abducted By Boko Haram

15 October 2018 - 1:05pm

A joint operation featuring the Nigerian Army, Civilian Joint Task Force and some vigilantes have rescued 12 persons who were abducted by Boko Haram, the ARmy has said.

Comprising five women and seven children, they were "rescued" on Monday during a clearance operation in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The soldiers also "recovered" two locally-made dane guns and a first-aid box.

News of the rescue was disclosed via a tweet on the Army's official handle that read: "Troops of 121 Battalion in conjunction with members of Civilian Joint Task Force and some vigilantes on a clearance operation along Maiduguri Bama Pulka axis today 15 Oct 18 rescued 12 people (5 women and 7 children) who were abducted by BHT at Shave Village.

"During the operation, 2 BHT were neutralised. Items recovered include 2 locally made Dane Guns and a First Aid Box. The COAS has commended the gallant troops and directed them to continue with the clearance operations on other flanks."

Troops of 121 Battalion in conjunction with members of Civilian Joint Task Force and some vigilantes on a clearance operation along Maiduguri Bama Pulka axis today 15 Oct 18 rescued 12 people (5 women and 7 children)who were abducted by BHT at Shave Village.

— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) October 15, 2018

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