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Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by ceo4eva: 2:06am On Oct 30, 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan may have placed the embattled Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, on “tactical suspension,” findings by The PUNCH have revealed.

A reliable Presidency source said Jonathan decided on the “tactical suspension,” hours before the signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Nigeria and Israel on Monday.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Mr. George Ossi, had on October 24 told the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation that Oduah led a Nigerian delegation to Israel to sign the BASA.

The House committee is probing the purchase of two bulletproof cars at a whopping N255m price by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for the minister.

Our source explained that it was the ‘tactical suspension’ that made Jonathan to direct the Minister of State (1) for Foreign Affairs , Prof. Viola Onwuliri, to sign the agreement instead of Oduah.

When asked by one of our correspondents what ‘tactical suspension’ meant, he said, “Oduah will not be allowed to attend public functions that will have the President in attendance until the three-member committee set up to investigate the matter turns in its report.”

The source, who said he did not know whether the “tactical suspension” order had been formally communicated to the minister, stated that the step became necessary in order to dissuade Nigerians who hold the opinion that the President was shielding Oduah.

In what seemed a corroboration of the “tactical suspension,” the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, insisted that Jonathan would not associate with or shield anybody found to be corrupt.

He insisted during an interview with one of our correspondents on Tuesday, that the minister did not travel to Israel on the entourage of the President.

“Did you see them (Jonathan and the minister) together in Israel? The President will not associate or shield anybody found to be corrupt. That is why he set up that panel because he will not want to act based on media reports,” Gulak said.

Shortly before our source and Gulak spoke, the Presidency said the BASA was signed by Onwuliri because it was a matter bordering on foreign affairs.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in an exclusive telephone interview with one of our correspondents, argued that there was no politics involved in Onwuliri signing the agreement on behalf of the government.

He said Nigerians should not reduce the matter to “the politics of political appointees who are all ultimately birds of passage.”

The President’s spokesman said Oduah did not only attend the signing ceremony but was also involved in framing the technical details of, and in preparing the agreement along with her Israeli counterpart.

He said it was when that was done, that the Foreign Ministries moved in at the level of G2 diplomacy.

Abati added, “The groundwork (for the agreement) was done by the Ministry of Aviation hence the involvement of the Aviation Minister, but this being a country-to-country agreement, more or less a treaty, it had to be signed by the Foreign Affairs Minister.

“It is also the convention in diplomacy to pair ministers. The Israelis brought their Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, so we did the same. There was no politics involved and there is no doubt that it is within the provenance of the Foreign Ministry to sign agreements on behalf of the country.

“Let me add that BASA is about countries entering into an agreement.

“It is not about individuals. We must avoid the ridiculous temptation to reduce something that will promote good relations with a friendly nation to the politics of political appointees who are all ultimately birds of passage.”

When asked if the embattled minister was under “tactical suspension,” Abati replied, “She (Oduah was actually in attendance at the signing of the BASA . As I said, she was involved in framing the technical details of, and in preparing the agreement along with her Israeli counterpart. That done, the Foreign ministries moved in at the level of G2 diplomacy.”

Meanwhile, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party said on Tuesday that it was worried by the bulletproof car scandal.

Like, Gulak, it assured Nigerians that whoever was found culpable would face the law because it (PDP) would never condone any form of graft.

The party, however, wondered why the opposition All Progressives Congress was going into a frenzy over the scandal when its “governors and leaders have been involved in bulletproof car deals more scandalous than those in the Ministry of Aviation.”

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP said its position on corruption was unambiguous.

A part of the statement reads, “The position of our great party on corruption is unambiguous and our zero tolerance for corrupt practices abounds in practical examples.

“To us as a party, the accusation of corruption in the Aviation ministry is a big worry. It is for this reason that the President and the leader of our party has set up a panel to investigate the matter while the National Assembly which we also lead has stepped in.”

It frowned on the ethnic dimension which comments and street actions on the issue had taken and advised “ethnic lords, jingoists as well as lynch mobs “ to realise that biased sentiments could hardly achieve an objective basis for establishing the culpability of the public officers involved in the matter.”

The party then went for the jugular of the APC , saying it (APC) was not different from a white washed tomb.

The PDP described the APC as a stinking sepulchre and the headquarters of corruption in Nigeria.

It said, “This is a party whose leaders relish in stinking miasma but artfully turning a blind eye to it.

“They however go megaphonic when other political parties are involved.

“Hardly can you point at any of its leaders without a heavy baggage.

“In fact, the governors and leaders of the APC have been involved in bulletproof car deals more scandalous than those at the Aviation ministry but this is conspicuously missing on the sermon list of these false evangelists of good governance.”

It wondered why the trial of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, for acts of corruption, had yet to be discussed by the APC leadership.

The PDP further contended that the stench of corruption oozing from the concession of the Lekki Toll Plaza and its debilitating effects on the electoral fortune of APC was the reason the Lagos State Government allegedly retrieved and paid off the firm that built the road.

http://www.punchng.com/news/jonathan-places-oduah-on-tactical-suspension/

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by JECBOSS: 2:14am On Oct 30, 2013
I hope the Minister drove one of her bulletproof cars to Israel. At $800,000 apiece, those cars should be able to fly and sail.
It's still Nigeria for you. Soon this matter will be swept under the carpet and the news will go back to Governor Amaechi and from there to the rebel Governors. All these are propaganda. Jonathan is just waiting for the media rants to die down, then everything gets back to normal. I CAN'T BE DECEIVED ANYMORE!

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by buoye1(m): 2:45am On Oct 30, 2013
Enough of dis. Oduah. giRl of a thing. Na

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by theshadyexpress(m): 4:07am On Oct 30, 2013
she took part in designing the framework, was at the signing ceremony,was at the signing ceremony,how then is she suspended.
if not for the desperation by punch and its partisan sponsors to portray the minister in bad light their reasoning should have convinced them that it was the job of the foreign affairs ministry to handle issues like this that had a diplomatic content in it and also seeing that the Israeli foreign minister was the one representing the other party.
of recent the president commissioned two power plants that added close to 1000mw to the grid but this news did not make it to
the front page of punch not even for a day but since the aviation issue came up it has always made it to the front page since up to 3 weeks back.
all these just gets to prove that the Nigerian media is heavily politicised and oduah just happened to be caught up in the crossfire and not because she did anything wrong.
I'm almost sure she will be vindicated in the end.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Nobody: 5:00am On Oct 30, 2013
theshadyexpress: she took part in designing the framework, was at the signing ceremony,was at the signing ceremony,how then is she suspended.
if not for the desperation by punch and its partisan sponsors to portray the minister in bad light their reasoning should have convinced them that it was the job of the foreign affairs ministry to handle issues like this that had a diplomatic content in it and also seeing that the Israeli foreign minister was the one representing the other party.
of recent the president commissioned two power plants that added close to 1000mw to the grid but this news did not make it to
the front page of punch not even for a day but since the aviation issue came up it has always made it to the front page since up to 3 weeks back.
all these just gets to prove that the Nigerian media is heavily politicised and oduah just happened to be caught up in the crossfire and not because she did anything wrong.
I'm almost sure she will be vindicated in the end.

Did u mean sincere9geria will be vindicated at the end or what?I can't imagine a patriotic nigerian embracing,celebrating corruption and corrupt politicians.

Nevertheless,nemesis will still catch up with u and ur other colleagues who are also found in this mess.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by donphilopus: 5:46am On Oct 30, 2013
This tactical suspension will affect her not, sack her if you want to sack her and stop playing politics with corruption

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by waleadex(m): 6:00am On Oct 30, 2013
Well,so far,it's glaring she's seriously embattled and it would be so honourable of her to resign her appointment and possibly make defense afterwards.One serious bad thing about we Nigerians is we see resignation as disgrace,as poisonous too.If the Pope who resigned was a Nigerian he would have preferred to die there instead of resigning. Yar'adua case too was another example.
May God deliver Nigeria from this darkness!

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Bliss4Lyfe(f): 6:08am On Oct 30, 2013
Trash. Fake news.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Jeel: 6:38am On Oct 30, 2013
Politics

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by theshadyexpress(m): 7:15am On Oct 30, 2013
ebenezer4o2:

Did u mean sincere9geria will be vindicated at the end or what?I can't imagine a patriotic nigerian embracing,celebrating corruption and corrupt politicians.

Nevertheless,nemesis will still catch up with u and ur other colleagues who are also found in this mess.
you just proved that you are an absolute fool.what do u know about corruption?is following due process now corruption.
I think you need to get your head examined before your mental state deteriorates further.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Jeel: 7:45am On Oct 30, 2013
This matter is over flogged. While she is guily,there are worst ppl than her. But as it is, na u we de catch be thief. And one can obviously see that its just a way to discredit her and hypnotise GEJ to boot her. But I think he is wiser than that now.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by dridowu: 8:09am On Oct 30, 2013
When are d 3 man ctte going to submit dr report sef ? Am tired of roforofoism car scandal.
Nigeria =One Month= One Scandal

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by dridowu: 8:19am On Oct 30, 2013
theshadyexpress:
you just proved that you are an absolute fool.what do u know about corruption?is following due process now corruption.
I think you need to get your head examined before your mental state deteriorates further.
can't u comment without you using dirty words . It is pple u like that are interested in do/die politics. Am so sure that GEJ dat u support will never support u using dirty words on his behalf.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Nobody: 8:25am On Oct 30, 2013
theshadyexpress:
you just proved that you are an absolute fool.what do u know about corruption?is following due process now corruption.
I think you need to get your head examined before your mental state deteriorates further.
why kill yourself over this Stella's case? By jove, you won't even have the slightest opportunity to ride in one of those cars with her!

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by FrankC3: 8:30am On Oct 30, 2013
Jeel: This matter is over flogged. While she is guily,there are worst ppl than her. But as it is, na u we de catch be thief. And one can obviously see that its just a way to discredit her and hypnotise GEJ to boot her. But I think he is wiser than that now.

Guilty of what exactly? First, the people shouting know nothing about NCAA or the Aviation ministry and the laws establishing the agencies. NCAA ought to follow a Public Procurement Act in acquisition of assets and once it is established that it was not done, the head of the agency involved takes responsibility not the head of the ministry. Note that part of the procurement procedure could be approval from the ministry to go ahead with the procurement process. That was why Bode George was sent to jail and not the Minister of Transport.

When they were after Oteh in SEC for lodging in hotel and hosting delegates (clearly provided for in the her appointment privileges), no one mentioned that Olusegun Aganga was corrupt. The song was that Oteh is corrupt, even after when she exposed corrupt request from the HoR. When the economic crises hit Nigerian banking industry, Soludo(CBN head) was demonized, not the Finance Minister. When Maina looted pension funds, he was criticized as Maina, not Caleb Olubolade of Police Affair Ministry. When Farouk Lawan stuffed dollars in his cap, he was criticized, not the Speaker of House of Reps. But when Fola Akintotu of NCAA bought vehicles for NCAA, people decided to leave Fola and demonize the Aviation Minister.

If there is any crime that this woman has committed, I will like to know about it. But if this is still about a vehicle purchased by NCAA, the bigots should leave her alone and hold Fola responsible, a man judged by Nigeria to be qualified enough to take decisions affecting the Agency.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by theshadyexpress(m): 8:34am On Oct 30, 2013
dridowu: can't u comment without you using dirty words . It is pple u like that are interested in do/die politics. Am so sure that GEJ dat u support will never support u using dirty words on his behalf.
so you are finally admitting that GEJ is a man of character!
simply put,if u insult an elder directly ie indirectly u shouldn't expect me to be nice to you.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by theshadyexpress(m): 8:37am On Oct 30, 2013
kolawaxxy: why kill yourself over this Stella's case? By jove, you won't even have the slightest opportunity to ride in one of those cars with her!
why kill yourself over my personal affairs...go get a life before I pounce on you

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by idupaul: 8:45am On Oct 30, 2013
This govt never fails to show its lukewarm stance towards corruption when given the opportunity to prove itself , imagine instead to go all out and send this woman that reeks of corruption away from the cabinet they chose to give her what the call a "tactical" suspension . Since when did suspension start being classified as tactical or Strategic? Yeye still de smell ooo

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by theshadyexpress(m): 8:48am On Oct 30, 2013
idupaul: This govt never fails to show its lukewarm stance towards corruption when given the opportunity to prove itself , imagine instead to go all out and send this woman that reeks of corruption away from the cabinet they chose to give her what the call a "tactical" suspension . Since when did suspension start being classified as tactical or Strategic? Yeye still de smell ooo
you are the one that convicted her of corruption abi,a beg park enter lagoon jare

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Nobody: 8:55am On Oct 30, 2013
this is the most corrupt president in nigeria history

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by 1MCN: 9:00am On Oct 30, 2013
Jonathan played a very intelligent politics here by lobbying The State of Israel to come up with their Foreign Affairs minister. If you think that action wasn't arranged for then you're such a pitiable low brain.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by idupaul: 9:17am On Oct 30, 2013
theshadyexpress:
you are the one that convicted her of corruption abi,a beg park enter lagoon jare

My friend carry your primal cave man mentality since you are not reasonable enuff to stand up for what is right ... Anytime you open and ever complain that Nigeria is not good you will see the plague that will overrun your fingers.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Jayses(m): 9:59am On Oct 30, 2013
Oooooo i don hear

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Justicemy: 9:59am On Oct 30, 2013
technical or they meant to say paddy paddy suspension ??

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Nobody: 10:01am On Oct 30, 2013
Justicemy: technical or they meant to say paddy paddy suspension ??

Lol....dont mind them

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Sermwell(m): 10:03am On Oct 30, 2013
Jona sack the gaddam chick and stop this propaganda driven politics! She iS nothing but a thief!


Yes I say so!!!

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Dannylux: 10:04am On Oct 30, 2013
Jonathan's sit gets hotter by the minute lipsrsealed

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Polio: 10:07am On Oct 30, 2013
theshadyexpress: she took part in designing the framework
What did she actually do RE designing the framework? Since you know she took part .. can you tell us what she did or what role she played?!

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Guk: 10:07am On Oct 30, 2013
Frank-C:


Guilty of what exactly? First, the people shouting know nothing about NCAA or the Aviation ministry and the laws establishing the agencies. NCAA ought to follow a Public Procurement Act in acquisition of assets and once it is established that it was not done, the head of the agency involved takes responsibility not the head of the ministry. Note that part of the procurement procedure could be approval from the ministry to go ahead with the procurement process. That was why Bode George was sent to jail and not the Minister of Transport.

When they were after Oteh in SEC for lodging in hotel and hosting delegates (clearly provided for in the her appointment privileges), no one mentioned that Olusegun Aganga was corrupt. The song was that Oteh is corrupt, even after when she exposed corrupt request from the HoR. When the economic crises hit Nigerian banking industry, Soludo(CBN head) was demonized, not the Finance Minister. When Maina looted pension funds, he was criticized as Maina, not Caleb Olubolade of Police Affair Ministry. When Farouk Lawan stuffed dollars in his cap, he was criticized, not the Speaker of House of Reps. But when Fola Akintotu of NCAA bought vehicles for NCAA, people decided to leave Fola and demonize the Aviation Minister.

If there is any crime that this woman has committed, I will like to know about it. But if this is still about a vehicle purchased by NCAA, the bigots should leave her alone and hold Fola responsible, a man judged by Nigeria to be qualified enough to take decisions affecting the Agency.


Point of correction: Mr Joyce Nkemakolam in his capacity as Acting DG of NCAA bought the vehicles

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by Nobody: 10:09am On Oct 30, 2013
He is the president. Whatever i say or suggest here would just end here. He knows what to do best. Thats why i voted him. If he decides to forgive her, he has his own reasons which i strongly believe would yield good results in the future. Everyone cannot be making decision... Thats why we elect.

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Re: Jonathan Places Oduah On ‘Tactical Suspension’ by ChemicalMallam(m): 10:10am On Oct 30, 2013
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