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|Politics / My Emergence, Hope For A New Nigeria – Atiku by agwom(m): 5:25am On Nov 25, 2018|
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has said his emergence is hope for a new Nigeria.
Atiku, who spoke on Saturday in Yola, Adamawa state, on the occasion of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Founders’ Day, said the current situation in the country must be changed in 2019 for good.
Atiku, a former Vice President and Founder of the AUN, said the students of the university should have dreams and ambitions, and must remain focused like him in order to realise their destinies.
Similarly, the Senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in governance and must be thrown out of power in 2019.
Bruce said the security situation in the country where many Nigerians were being killed on a daily basis was worrisome, calling on Nigerians to change the political leadership of the country by returning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to power.
“We are a nation divided; we are a nation now living with hunger; we are scared of walking around because of insecurity. When we see a Policeman, herdsman, militant, petty thief, area boy, the first thing we do is to hands up and say don’t shoot.
“So in 2019, tell everybody we need change, hold the umbrella and say, vote for Atiku Abubakar, vote for Atiku Abubakar, vote for Atiku Abubakar,” he said.
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|Politics / 2019: Why Other Candidates Must Step Down For Me – Rev Chris Okotie by agwom(m): 5:05am On Nov 24, 2018|
Reverend Chris Okotie, pastor of the Household of God Church and presidential candidate of Fresh Party for the 2019 elections, argues, in this interview, that all the other presidential candidates need to step down for him so he can set up an Interim National Government. This, Okotie says, is the only way to take Nigeria out the woods
Daily Trust: In recent times, you have been speaking on what you believe is the need for Nigeria to have an Interim National Government (ING). What exactly is the proposition all about?
Reverend Chris Okotie: What I am saying is that the current arrangement in the political hemisphere is not workable because the political class has refused to recognise the seriousness of the existential adversary that confronts us at this time. We are at a juncture in our national evolution where we must come to a halt temporarily and have an ad hoc measure, which is the Interim National Government, to deal with the fundamental issues that beset our nation, and to restructure and change the Constitution. No extant government can do these things. That’s what I’m saying.
DT: Doesn’t your idea render the Fresh Party’s presidential ticket, which you have been given, useless?
Okotie: Yes, I already have the Fresh Party’s presidential ticket, and that means we shall be participating in the presidential election slated for February 2019. But what I am saying is that all other parties should not field candidates against me in the 2019 presidential election so that it would be easy for me to set up the Interim National Government. If they don’t field candidates, it means I have won and what I’d do immediately is set up an ING instead of the normal or ordinary government that is put in place, where we have the legislature, judiciary and all of that that is not workable. An interim government will not need a legislature and it is at this time that we can redesign the political landscape.
DT: Would you be executing this idea on the platform of the Fresh Party?
Okotie: I have to run for election on the platform of a political party. After the election has been held, the creation of the Interim National Government is another step.
DT: How do you think this would work out during the election?
Okotie: Since it would be based on consensus, it would be based on the reality of the time. By the time the 2019 election holds, I am sure we shall be coming to a point to realise that the only way forward is to have a paradigm shift, and that has to be the ING.
DT: But many have argued that the ING idea is not recognized by the Nigerian Constitution. How do you hope to navigate the legal challenge?
Okotie: That is totally irrelevant. The Constitution was created by men. It can be suspended and we can put an ad hoc mechanism in place to legalise the machinery of an interim government. It can be done. It is not impossible.
DT: In the proposed ING, you offer yourself as the person to lead the arrangement. How acceptable do you think your offer would be to other political stakeholders?
Okotie: That would be predicated on the reality of that day. When this whole sequence had played itself out, it would become obvious that there was no other way forward. There is no partisan political equilibrium that can salvage Nigeria at this juncture of our national evolution because the problems that confront us are gargantuan.
DT: So how prepared are you to deal with these gargantuan problems?
Okotie: I am very prepared. If you notice, all these years, I have not engaged in any political participation at any level because my political philosophy is quite different. The ideology that I believe in is diametrically opposed to that of the status quo. And that is why I have not been part of APC, PDP or any other national party.
DT: You are a pastor, so how do you hope to drive your message to non-Christians?
Okotie: We will drive the message when there is a national platform in place, which is the ING. Yes, we must rise above the issues of religion and ethnicity. I have assumed an altitude where these cleavages diminish to mere superficial laceration in the terrain of national integration. But it can only be advocated on a national platform that is recognizable.
DT: If your idea works out, what would be your area of focus when you lead the ING?
Okotie: First and foremost, we must redesign our Constitution. That is clear. This Federalism that we run is what I call terminological inexactitude. It is a lie. It’s a deceit. This is not federalism; it’s more like a unitary government. When you look at its centrifigure, you will discover that there is disequilibrium. We need to address the problem of ethnicity and how that plays out in our polity, and then work on reconciliation. There is a need to restructure our nation.
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|Politics / FG To Sanction Companies That Fail To Observe Public Holidays by agwom(m): 6:48pm On Nov 23, 2018|
The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to ensure the strict observance of all public holidays according to the provision of the law.
Disclosing this in a statement in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau stated that the laws establishing public holidays are contained in the Public Holidays Act of 1979, which states that, “The days mentioned in the Schedule to this Act shall be kept as public holidays throughout Nigeria.”
The minister urged all Nigerians irrespective of their Organisations, Institutions or affiliations to ensure they obey and observe all holidays declared by Government, adding that according to the Act, “no person shall be compellable to do any act on a day appointed by or under the provisions of this Act to be kept as a public holiday which he would not be compellable to do on a Sunday”.
He added that Government would not hesitate to sanction any Organization, Institution or affiliation that denies Nigerians the right to observe their holidays as provided in the Act by an “appropriate authority”.
|Politics / Madumere: Okorocha Is A Bad Loser by agwom(m): 9:15am On Nov 23, 2018|
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, and the convener of the Imo APC Restoration Coalition, Dr Theodore Ekechi, have described Governor Rochas Okorocha as a bad loser, whose penchant for disregard to court orders is legendary.
The duo, who spoke against the backdrop of the nullification of the October 6 primaries that produced Okorocha as the winner to contest the Imo West senatorial seat and Uche Nwosu as the APC governorship candidate, said they had been vindicated.
An Owerri High court had on Wednesday nullified the congress purportedly conducted on October 6, 2018 by the Ibrahim Agbabiaka-led committee from which the duo had emerged.
However, Madumere had gone to court to seek for an injunction restraining the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), from organizing, monitoring or supervising any other governorship primaries of the party in the state.
The presiding judge, Hon. Justice K. A. Ojiako, had granted the prayers sought by Madumere that the October 1, 2018 Imo governorship APC primary election be declared the only relevant and valid primary election in which Senator Hope Uzodinma emerged the winner.
|Politics / We Didn’t Meet Buhari To Campaign For Him – S/east Govs by agwom(m): 5:38am On Nov 23, 2018|
The chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi yesterday said their Tuesday’s meeting with President Muhammad Buhari at Aso Villa was not to campaign for his re-election.
He said they met with the president to seek 50 percent release of the contract sum to the firm for the actualization of the Second Niger Bridge.
He told journalists yesterday that “So, southeast would not say because they are predominantly PDP, they should shy away from development from the federal government to them, to me, that is stupidity, we are not campaigning for anybody, but we want to say that the problem of south east is beyond partisan politics.
“Any party that wants to take southeast must be very serious with southeast and southeast will take that party very serious.”
|Politics / CAN Demands Probe Of Alkali, Agwom Adara’s Killing by agwom(m): 11:44am On Nov 17, 2018|
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday met President Muhammadu Buhari, demanding the setting up of judicial panels of enquiry to probe the killing of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) and the Agwom Adara, Maiwada Galadima.
Alkali was killed by a militia in Plateau State on his way to Bauchi State, while the body of the traditional ruler, Galadima, was found days after he was kidnapped in Kaduna State.
The association which was led to the State House Villa, Abuja by its president, Reverend (Dr.) Samson Ayokunle, urged the president to ensure that security agencies are non-partisan as the 2019 elections draw nearer and restore peace to troubled spots in the northern part of the country, especially in Garshish District of Plateau State.
It also called on the president to ensure that Nigeria does not return to recession, urgently resolve the issue of minimum wage and task the security agencies to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and other girls still in captivity.
The CAN leadership lauded the president for his efforts against corruption, the initiatives to stem the tide of unemployment, the various efforts aimed at revamping the economy, the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the implementation of the Bank Verification Number and Treasury Single Account.
Responding, Buhari said his vision and objectives for Nigeria were very clear and he was on course to achieving them.
He said he was doing his best to fulfill his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.
Quoted in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, he said fighting corruption takes longer time, especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.
Responding to the request of CAN for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system , Buhari said the burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone, especially district heads, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and especially religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.
He added that bandits who are operating in various communities live among the people and enjoined leaders of thought in various communities to avail security agencies of information about the criminals.
President Buhari also told the visitors that he had assurances from INEC that the 2019 elections would be free and fair as he had been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.
On farmers and herders clashes, Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.
|Politics / You Lack Moral Ground To Ask Me To Leave, Oshiomhole Tells Saraki by agwom(m): 5:11am On Nov 16, 2018|
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, lacks moral ground to call for his resignation after alleged corrupt activities that trailed the party’s primaries.
Com. Oshiomhole, who reacted yesterday in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, threatened to sue Saraki if he failed to provide evidence of inducement.
Ebegbulem described the attack by Saraki as “unwarranted, pathetic and irresponsible resort to petty politics.”
He said Saraki who “is a usurper and pretender to the position of senate president” had no moral ground to call for the resignation of the national chairman.
“It is sad that Saraki, who just woke up from slumber occasioned by his crushing defeat at the Port Harcourt presidential primary election of his party, could degenerate to such a low level.
“It is equally sad, but not unexpected, that Saraki, who is politically drowning, would make such libelous comments against the national chairman of the APC. And I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the national chairman or we file a legal action against him.
“Whereas, the basis on which he made those comments was tenuous and unjustifiable, it is on record that Saraki has been in the eye of investigations by the EFCC and the ICPC for sundry cases of corruption.
“That is the same man that has taken it upon himself to question Com. Oshiomhole’s credibility.
“We challenge him to mention one person who has claimed that he gave money to Oshiomhole to influence him and the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) in the just-concluded primary elections.
“We are aware that part of the strategies discussed in Dubai, where the PDP leaders recently visited and held their meeting, was to continue to dish out lies against top APC leaders with a view to distract the leadership of the APC ahead the 2019 general election. But they have failed because the National Chairman and APC leaders are focused and will never be distracted.
“However, It is time these irresponsible lies stopped; otherwise, anybody who continues to make unsubstantiated allegations against the person and character of the National Chairman should be ready to provide proofs in a court of law. It cannot be just a political game to smear the character of Comrade Oshiomole by people whose track record is unenviable,” he said.
But in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President described the threat by Oshiomhole to sue him over his statement that he ought to quit politics on moral grounds over the allegations against him as an empty boast.
|Politics / B/haram: 54,911 Widowed, 52,311 Orphaned In Borno — Shettima by agwom(m): 7:41am On Nov 15, 2018|
Borno State Governor Kassim Shettima says Boko Haram insurgents caused a lot of havoc on the state “such that we harvested a total of 54,911 widows and 52,311 orphans.”
He said the statistics were extracted from the recovery and peace building assessment conducted by the World Bank in partnership with the European Union and the Nigerian Presidency.
Shettima spoke in Maiduguri Tuesday while receiving a prominent Islamic scholar with vast followers on the social media, Sheik Mufti Ismail Menk.
“They destroyed 30% of the total strock of houses in Borno, 956,453 units of houses. I really don’t want to bore you with the statistics, but they destroyed 5600 classrooms, 512 primary schools, and 38 high schools and tertiary institutions of learning.
Shettima expressed his administration’s efforts, strides, and some future plans for the betterment of the populace, saying “We are building mega schools, across the length and breadth of the State, about 40 of them to take care of over 50,000 orphans whose parents were killed by Boko Haram. All our classrooms are going to be equipped with digital technology aids.
“In all our schools, we are going to feed them one meal per day. It pains because as leaders, our kids are going to posh schools, while the masses are growing up denied access to western education.”
Sheik Menk said even before the tour, he was amazed by the structures he saw on his way to the Government House from the airport.
|Politics / PDP A Prodigal Party — APC by agwom(m): 4:45am On Nov 15, 2018|
The ruling APC has described the leading opposition PDP as a “prodigal party” that has failed to learn any lessons.
The APC accused PDP of allegedly deploying fake news strategies ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement yesterday, said the ruling party was not surprised at PDP’s typical theatrics in an attempt to evade scrutiny for its 16 years of mis-governance.
Issa-Onilu voiced the APC’s support to the ongoing global media attention and efforts to check the proliferation of fake news, particularly as the country girds up for campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections.
He said the consequences of fake news were often dire as they inflamed perceived divisions in communities, fuelled hate speech, led to violence and distorted democratic processes, among others.
“Disturbingly, the country’s main opposition, the PDP and its discredited agents, have continued to deploy the loathsome strategy of fake news, misinformation and distortion of facts as focal campaign strategies for the 2019 elections.
“While the APC is not surprised at the PDP’s typical theatrics in an attempt to evade scrutiny for its 16 years of mis-governance, it is instructive to the electorate that no lessons have been learnt by the prodigal party,” he said.
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|Politics / Why Terrorism, Armed Banditry Thrive In Africa — Buhari by agwom(m): 7:20am On Nov 09, 2018|
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said terrorism, armed banditry and organized crimes have continued to pose security challenges in Africa because of proliferation of arms aided by free borders in the continent.
The president spoke at the 73rd session of the executive committee and 41st conference of Speakers of National Parliaments of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) in Abuja.
He said the abuse of the ease of movement of persons across borders put in place to encourage African unity contributed to acts of terrorism by groups including All Shaabab, ISIS and Boko Haram.
“Here in Nigeria, we have done a lot to reverse the terror trend and halt the advancement of Boko Haram. We have in collaboration with our neighbours strengthened our armed forces to effectively confront terror groups and have also initiated programmes to address widespread poverty, which has been identified as a significant factor fueling unrest and boosting terror recruitments,” he said.
|Politics / Presidency Faults Report On New National Minimum Wage by agwom(m): 7:07am On Nov 09, 2018|
The Presidency has expressed concern over reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has reneged on earlier acceptance of the N30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage as recommended by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.
Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement said the reports were contrary to what transpired on Tuesday when the committee presented its report to the president.
He said throughout the report-submission ceremony, the president never mentioned any figure.
“What he committed himself to was a new minimum wage, and only after the Report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent.
“Until the proposed minimum wage has gone through the whole gamut of law-making, President Buhari, who is a stickler for due process, will not be caught in this unnecessary web of controversy, which amounts to putting the cart before the horse and hair-splitting.
“As for those who have latched onto the concocted controversy to play cheap politics, we appeal to them to remember that elections are not won through loquaciousness, and trying to demean the President at every drop of a hat. But then, it is not surprising, as they have nothing else to sell to Nigerians, if they don’t ride on the name of the President. Stiff judgment awaits them at the polls,” he said.
|Politics / Southeast Governors Reject Police Report On Security Incident At Ekweremadu Resi by agwom(m): 4:53am On Nov 08, 2018|
South East Governors Forum (SEGF) has rejected the police report which indicated that the security incident at the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was a burglary and not an assassination attempt.
The governors made this known on Wednesday through the Director General of the SEGF, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya who addressed a press conference in Enugu.
“The forum calls on the Police and other security agencies to undertake thorough investigation and bring the culprits to book. We reject the hasty conclusion that the attack was a case of burglary, otherwise, the so-called “’burglars’’ would not have insisted on the Deputy President’s son taking them to his father’s bedroom. The careful and methodical execution of the plot points to something more sinister than burglary,” he said.
While condemning “the attempted assassination of His Excellency, Senator Ike Eweremadu,” he said “his attempted assassination, no doubt, casts a dark shadow on the state of security of lives and property in Nigeria.”
Also, the governors berated the federal government for abandoning the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the second Niger Bridge projects.
“We want to use this opportunity to once again call on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the South East and deal with the infrastructural decay at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
“We restate that the airport is not safe as there are no runway lights, the tarmac is bumpy with potholes, while one of the buildings destroyed by storm for over two years has become an eyesore. The cargo section of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport is not functional.
“It is, indeed, a shame that a whole region as economically robust as South East does not have an airport that can land all categories of aircraft. The Federal Government should please come to our aid by making the airport more functional.
“We are aware that the Governor of Enugu State His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has taken up the challenge of helping to fix Akanu Ibiam International Airport, but we know also that the burden is too heavy for a state government. That is why we are calling on the Federal Government to come to our aid.
“We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to take the issue of Second Niger Bridge seriously. The Niger Bridge is arguably the gateway to the Eastern part of this country with business hubs of Onitsha, Nnewi and Aba, amongst others.
“We note with concern that the second Niger Bridge has become a political chess board in the hands of politicians seeking Igbo votes.
“We have become aware that it was only in July, 2018, that the contract for the second Niger Bridge project was signed, in spite of the fact that the first foundation laying ceremony was undertaken in 2013. We pray that this will not be another lip-service to the realization of second Niger Bridge.
“We earnestly appeal to the Federal Government to assist the South East region by ensuring that the second Niger Bridge is completed,” he said.
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|Politics / SSS Parades Six Suspected Killers Of Agom Adara In Kaduna by agwom(m): 3:55pm On Nov 07, 2018|
Six suspects involved in the kidnap and killing of the late Agom Adara, Maiwada Galadima have been paraded by the State Security Service (SSS) in Kaduna, on Wednesday.
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|Politics / I Rely On God For 2nd Term — Gov Udom by agwom(m): 6:19am On Nov 07, 2018|
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has said those making noise about his second term are only telling lies as he only relies on God to win re-election in 2019.
The governor said Akwa Ibom State had never had it this good since its creation over 30 years ago and that the evidence was there for the people to see, cautioning those “lying” against him to desist from doing so.
Speaking during a town hall meeting with the indigenes of Akwa Ibom State in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, and the 19 northern states, yesterday, Udom said what the state had been witnessing since his assumption of office was “massive and deliberate programmes towards industrialisation of the state.
“Today, we have a state that is together, where there is unity. Our development has touched everywhere in the state, and we want to make sure that we impact on every sector.
“We’re trying to open the state’s economy so that everything will be in place. As at today, we’re at the last lap of our deep seaport. By next year, the greater per cent of rice to be consumed in Akwa Ibom will be produced by the state.
“We’re building one of the best cocoa plants in the state. We want a situation whereby the time we leave office in eight years, 80 per cent of the food you’ll consume in Akwa Ibom State will be produced by the state.
“All these are things they won’t tell you. People only make noise and tell lies about us. But we don’t know how to tell lies, so we’re here to tell you the truth. It is only God that we rely on, and He alone shall do it for us.
“The noise you’re hearing today is about the soul of Akwa Ibom State. We will stand and make sure that we save the soul of Akwa Ibom State.”
The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Luke Onosiok, said the people of Akwa Ibom were lucky to have Udom as their governor, noting that his projects spoke for themselves.
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