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Politics / Federal Projects: Senate's Approval Of N488.7bn For States Raises Dust by agwom(m): 4:17am On Aug 27, 2018
Controversies have continued to trail the Senate’s approval of N488.7bn as reimbursements to states for federal projects they executed across the country.

The senators had, before proceeding on their annual recess in July, approved the money for 21 states through a promissory note programme requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Daily Trust reports that the approval was sequel to the consideration and adoption of the report of an ad hoc committee chaired by Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo).

The same committee had on June 7 this year recommended that N396bn be approved for the states. The recommendation was unanimously approved at the plenary presided over by the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

However, the Senate rescinded the earlier approval a month later when a new report was considered with an increase of N92bn, Daily Trust reports.

Ogun and Oyo states, which were not in the first approval, were allocated N59.2bn and N13.4bn respectively. Also, in the new approval, Zamfara State which was earlier allocated N39.9bn got N60bn.

A review of the approval showed that Lagos got the highest with N114bn. It was followed by Akwa Ibom with N78.7bn. Niger State got the least with N333.8m.

A further review showed that Adamawa got N4.2bn, Kwara N11.2bn, Plateau N12.1bn, Jigawa N10.7bn, Gombe N6.9bn, Ondo N4.3bn, Ekiti N11.6bn, Edo N10.4bn and Osun N13.2bn.

Others are Ebonyi N15.4bn, Kano N4.4bn, Enugu N13.5bn, Benue N3bn, Imo N2.8bn, and Anambra N37.9bn.

The panel said some states were not included in the first report as a result of incomplete document and failure to appear before it.

“The affected states were later invited to present the justification of projects executed in their states on behalf of the Federal Government. This is in line with the Senate determination in ensuring that justice and fair hearing is extended to all,” the panel said.

However, even the committee observed that the claims by the states were bogus, Daily Trust reports.

It said some states that appeared before it were faced with the challenge “of having an incomplete document to justify their outstanding claims.”

“States like Kwara, Adamawa and Lagos embarked on the highway project execution as far back as 2004, while others followed thereafter,” the committee said.

Why I made request - Buhari

President Buhari said he made the request for the establishment of the promissory note programme and a bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations.

In a letter dated March 8, this year, Buhari conveyed the resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), requesting the National Assembly to pass a bill to effect the promissory note and bond.

He said it has become imperative to clear obligations including; unpaid obligations to pensioners, salaries and promotional arrears to civil servants, and obligations to petroleum marketers.

The president also listed contractors and suppliers debts, unpaid power bills, Export Expansion Grants (EEG) scheme debts, Judgement debts and refund to state governments for projects undertaken on behalf of the federal government.

“As you may be aware, sections 41(1a) and 44(2b) of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) stipulates that the proceeds of borrowing by government at all tiers shall be applied towards capital expenditure.

“To provide legal backing to clear the recurrent expenditures component of the obligations, a request for the amendment of the FRA was sent to National Assembly,” the president said.

Our correspondent reports that in the president’s letter, details of the federal projects and the amount due to states were not provided.

Yari speaks on Zamfara N60bn

Contacted, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on Media and Communication, Ibrahim Dosara said the Federal Government owes Zamfara State government over N50bn.

Dosara said the money was expended on the federal projects in the state over the years. He said the projects are mostly roads.

Executive, Legislature must come clean - CISLAC

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said both the Executive arm and the National Assembly must come out clean on the N488bn approved for 21 states as outstanding debts.

Rafsanjani told Daily Trust that the manner the money was approved left much to be desired, hence the need for accountability.

“Both the National Assembly and the Executive seem to conspire to undermine public financial openness and promote financial recklessness and dubious debts and spending without public accountability.

“There is a serious issue of integrity of governance going on under this government, which is worrisome and disturbing given the claims of moral superiority. We are witnessing too much compromise on ethics and principles.

“This is a setback because what the previous administrations were doing is being repeated under this government, making public accountability a caricature and mockery. Otherwise one would not expect this secrecy in approval to happen under a government that is supposed to be promoting public disclosure, especially financial.

“It’s clear even the so-called disagreement with the National Assembly principal officers was not for public interest but personal. We insist that governance is about people and that Nigerians must know and monitor government’s decisions as they affect Nigerians,” he said.

Why fund must not be released now - Senator

Speaking, a senator from Northwest said the money should not be released to the governors until after next year’s elections.

The Senator, who does not want to be named, said the governors will use the money to execute their campaigns if released now.

“I’m totally against the release of the money at this particular time because elections are around the corner. If it is released now, it would be channeled towards elections. And the aim the president made the request would be defeated,” he said.

He said the money was expected to be channeled towards fast tracking the development of states and not for execution of election campaigns.


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Politics / How I Was Asked To Deliver Osun To PDP – Ex-igp Suleiman Abba by agwom(m): 4:59am On Aug 26, 2018
In his first tell-all interview since his sack as IGP in 2015, Suleiman Abba has revealed why he was given the boot by the then President Goodluck Jonathan. He gave Daily Trust on Sunday a rare peek into some of the dirty jobs he was asked to do and why he believes that the appointment of an IGP should not be the business of the Presidency alone, among many other issues.

You have maintained a very low profile since you were relieved of your duties during the last administration. What has informed your silence?

First and foremost, welcome to the headquarters of Fasaha Solicitors, which is a law firm I chair. It is also the office where Kany Computer Technologies is domiciled. We also have Kany Aviation International Limited all, of which I chair, with their head offices here. That can give you a bit of what I have been doing after service.

But before we come back to that for more details, I think you asked a very important question: Why the quiet? It is in our training and character as police officers to hear more and speak less; that is one of the guiding principles.

Furthermore, because of the very high sense of discipline instilled in me right from home, coupled with my training as a police officer, I have also learnt to go by my training. This is, perhaps, why I have been quiet, but that doesn’t mean that we are not interested in what is going on in the country. I have been following with keen interest. It is my hope that God will continue to give me the strength to be interested in the development of my dear country, which I served in the management of crime for good 31 years. Let me also say that perhaps until there is no strength in me, I will continue to serve my country.

The circumstances leading to your removal were rather controversial as the announcement was made on Twitter. How did you receive it?

Believe me, I have always counted myself lucky. I think because of the little background I gave you about the strength of discipline in me, both personal and professional, I received my sack as a normal development. I was not shocked for a reason that I knew it would happen. Right from the time I started work as Inspector General of Police, I knew that I may not reach the date of my retirement, which would have been 2019, by which time I would have been 35 years in service and 60 years of age. I am saying this because the very first week I took over, we had the elections in Ekiti; that was August 2014. Arrangements had been made for the election by my predecessor and I think it was the same team that also did the Osun election, it was the same AIG.

One of the leading stalwarts in the PDP then said to me: “IG (you know I was acting then) deliver Osun to us and we will confirm you quickly.” I was shocked! That was when I knew that I may not last long in the office. Immediately, I said to myself, “How could I deliver when I am not an electorate? The voters are the ones to deliver, my own was to protect the whole process.” Of course I said to myself that what happened to one of my predecessors (may his soul rest in peace), Adamu Suleiman, was going to happen to me, maybe I would never be confirmed. He was Inspector General of Police and till he left office he was not confirmed.

So that is my approach; I accept things the way they come. I said to myself that I was going to leave that office without confirmation; but then, I went to Osun and did what I was supposed to do. Of course, having made up my mind that I wasn’t going to take the dictates of someone on what I had been doing for decades, I went to Osun, addressed the police officers who were very cheerful because they were seeing their IGP for the first time. I told them to go and do what the law protect the electorate, all other stakeholders, INEC officials, observers, and of course, any other person that had the right to be around the polling areas, collation areas.

I also told them to go and protect the outcome of the election itself. I warned them also that if they allowed themselves to commit any offence against the electoral act, their punishment would be double because they would lose their jobs and may be charged to court. They heeded my warning and did exactly what was expected of them and the outcome was that a winner emerged. Apart from that, the then INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and I addressed the stakeholders, including the contestants, and I assured them that this IG they were seeing had come to do the right thing, which was to tell my personnel to do the right thing and to assure stakeholders that the police would protect the process before, during and after the polls.

That was exactly what happened. From then on I knew that, perhaps, I was not going to get confirmed or last long in office. So it didn’t come to me as a surprise at all. I also think it was a blessing from the Almighty God, so I wasn’t shocked or disturbed.

I lost an office I should have held for four years, but that was my destiny. And that was why I refused to go to court, even when people were prompting me to do so.

Some of your associates were reported to have advised you to leave the country following your removal, for your own security. Were you under threat at the time?

I will say you are right. It wasn’t only my associates, anybody that had interest in my life and activities had expressed to me that I should be careful. In any case, there were threats, even from high places

How were you threatened after they were done with you as IGP?

It is only a few people that can get annoyed by somebody’s action and forget it after, perhaps, taking whatever action they would have taken. I want to believe that for threats to have come, even after the action, was an indication that whatever reason that made them to remove me from office was out of annoyance. This is because I was not even given the chance to express myself, which to me is an act of injustice. In justice you listen before you act. Whatever white and dramatised lies that were said against me as an IGP, one would have expected that I would be called to defend myself before any action would be taken. But I leave it to the members of the public to judge whether there was justice or not. All those reasons I heard later on were nothing but white lies

What were the reasons then?

Well, the reason given to the public was that the police was undisciplined. That was the official reason. If I were only about nine months in office and I could lead the police to conduct themselves in the most disciplined manner ever, that can tell you whether or not indiscipline could have been a good reason to remove me from office.

But did you heed the advice of your associates to leave the country after leaving office?

No! I had time to sit down and reflect properly and decide what to do with my life. Remember, we had just finished the most tedious election; an election that everybody believed the country was going to disintegrate, but we successfully prevented that. Of course, I left the country a week thereafter.

Can one say you went on self-imposed exile?

I didn’t go on exile. I wasn’t a politician to have gone on exile. People who go on exile are those who commit an offence or people who the government was after or those who lost an election. I didn’t lose anything. In fact, I was the one offended, so there was no way the issue of going on exile would apply here.

Were you requested to compromise the 2015 general elections as you were asked in the case of Osun?

Absolutely. Let me put it to you in a way that you would understand and perhaps now see the justification for my action. As AIG, I chaired the committee that planned the security of the 2015 elections. In the report we came out with we emphasized that police officers should be sensitised enough to do what is expected of them, to distance themselves from experiences where the police get accused after every national election the police help the party in power to manipulate the result. So when I became the Inspector General of Police and with the elections about six months ahead, the first thing I did was to begin the implementation of that report, particularly the sensitisation of officers. In doing that, I addressed senior police officers and asked them to sensitise those within their commands, heads of departments, commissioners of police and others. down to the constable. A commissioner of police, for example, would go back to his state, address his DPOs, and the DPOs in turn would conduct lectures routinely. I was emphatic that every police officer should be impartial and non-partisan. In that address, someone went to the Villa and told them what the IGP was doing and one of the big shots there called me - and in a form of query - saying, “IGP why are you telling your officers to go and be non-partisan while you should be telling them to help us.” Of course, they knew there was no way I could do a thing like that. He even advised that if you cannot talk to them in general why don’t you call the commissioners one by one. Of course, we went ahead and did the right thing and the result was obvious; the police was impartial and non-partisan.

Are you implying that there were demands to make you look the other way while electoral malpractices were being perpetrated?

I don’t think there was any way for them to put it than the way they did. It is all encompassing.

The ruling PDP then accused you of working in the interest of the APC, which was then in the opposition…?

I am hearing this from you for the first time. What I heard was that after the election I became close to the president-elect and even went to the airport to receive him. In any case, the public could judge if there was anything like that.

Did you try to go close to the then president-elect?

The only time I met the president-elect was like all the other service chiefs did, to go and congratulate him. It was a common agreement that we were going to congratulate him. I attended the presentation of certificate to the president-elect. Let me tell you why I did that. One, it is only the police that had a seat at that function. Let me also draw your attention to the fact that if you check the electoral act, the police are clearly mentioned as the custodians of security of the elections. Now the IGP had a seat and I appointed at that time, according to tradition, an AIG to represent me in all the activities of the collation, but when it got to the peak I went. In any case, if it was the then PDP candidate that won, I am sure if I didn’t even go there a bigger query would have come. So if we are talking about an election where a candidate that wins legitimately should get all the support, then I don’t see any reason why anybody should query me for attending those functions. Secondly, I went because I wasn’t sure if the desperation shown by those who wanted to disrupt the election or the results of the election would also attempt again.

I wanted to be there personally to take over the command of what was happening because in earlier efforts I was giving directives from my office. So there were good reasons for me to be there, and that was why I was there. Even while I was there, I never went to the president-elect to say congratulations. He was sitting on the far right of the sitting arrangement while I was sitting on the far left. So as I said earlier, it was just a gimmick; lies that were properly dramatised to sway the minds of people to call me what I wasn’t. I have never been a traitor to anyone and at that age I couldn’t be a traitor. I only did what was expected of me and I will repeat it uncountable times if I get the opportunity to do so (to protect the law and do what is expected of me.)

Talking about people attempting to thwart the process, one is reminded of the drama that played out during the collation of the presidential result. There were also speculations that security agencies heard about something being planned to stop the results from being announced. Was the police in the picture of such a ploy?

Yes, the police was in the picture. And thank God the police were in the picture because it did what was expected of it. It disrupted the efforts.



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Politics / Ortom Raises Alarm Over Plot To Kill Him by agwom(m): 5:22pm On Aug 24, 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has raised another alarm over an alleged plot by herders to attack his convoy and kill him along the Makurdi-Lafia highway.

This is the second time within a month that the governor is alleging plans by herders to cause more unrest in the state and to kill him after calling the attention of security agencies on Wednesday, August 1, over alleged invasion of part of the state by herdsmen with more than 10,000 cows.

Ortom who raised the latest alarm yesterday at an interactive session between the church, traditional institution and other stakeholders towards peace building, organized by the Makurdi Catholic Diocese held at the Pastoral Center in Makurdi, emphasised that the alleged plot included his kidnap, torture and thereafter to kill him.

He told the gathering that the information was an intelligence report he got which indicated that the herders who are currently occupying part of his home Guma Local Government Area would laid a siege for him on the Makurdi-Lafia highway.

The governor further disclosed that the intelligence report indicated that all his security aides would be killed during the attack after which they would kidnap him, torture him before killing him adding that, he had reported the matter to the police and other security agencies.

He said based on the findings whenever he slept and wake up and his spirit doesn't allow him to travel by road, he would call flight operators but expressed worry that just a few days ago, the federal government issued a circular that no flight should land in Makurdi airport again.

Ortom also alleged that some Benue indigenes were conniving with other forces in Abuja to kill him even as he stressed the need for the federal government to urgently address the killings across Nigeria by herders militia to pave way for peaceful election in 2019.

Meanwhile in an interview with newsmen, the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, maintained that over 306 traditional rulers, youths, members of both Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) and Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) and other stakeholders were invited for the meeting to educate them on a violence free election ahead of 2019.

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Politics / Buhari Is Working In The South East- Kalu by agwom(m): 11:23am On Aug 24, 2018
Former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu says President Muhammadu Buhari is currently executing major road projects in the South East.

Speaking on the AIT morning programme, Kaakaki on Thursday, Kalu said the President has commenced work on some key roads in the South East in accordance with their discussion before he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

"I asked Mr President what will you do for my people and he said whatever I do for other parts of the country, I will do for them. Now Mr President is doing all the major roads," he said.

He identified some of the projects to include: Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt road, Owerri-Umuahia road, Enugu-Onitsha road, the Second Niger Bridge among others.

Kalu, who is eyeing the Abia North Senatorial seat, said he left the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) to the APC because he couldn’t have returned to the PDP, which de-registered him and rendered him without a political party for 10 years, adding that he wanted Ndigbo to be closer to the president.

Kalu, who is facing trial before a Lagos High Court on allegations of money laundering, dismissed suggestions that he joined the APC because of the case, explaining that he has never discussed it with the president or anybody in the APC because he believes he is innocent.

While affirming his confidence in the judiciary, he criticised the Federal Government for disobeying court orders for the release of forner NSA, Sambo Dasuki and the arrest of judges.

Kalu also dismissed claims by his successor in office that he pressured him to sell Abia guest houses in Lagos to his company, Slok Group, explaining that he bought those properties during his tenure as a governor and maintained free education in the state throughout his tenure.

The convener of Njiko Igbo, a socio-cultural and political association, also reiterated his earlier statement that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is alive and is presently in a foreign country.

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Politics / We’ve Not Released Timetables For Primaries - APC by agwom(m): 5:31am On Aug 24, 2018
The ruling All progressives Congress (APC) has distanced itself from a primaries’ timetable said to be for states Houses of Assembly, National Assembly, governorship and presidential positions published yesterday in a national daily.

The APC, in a release by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, described the published timetable as fake.
Nabena, who urged that the timetable should be disregarded, said the party is yet to announce its official timetable for the listed primaries.

Politics / FG To Submit 2019 Budget In September by agwom(m): 4:28am On Aug 24, 2018
The federal government will present the 2019 budget to the National Assembly in September in a bid to restore the January to December budget cycle.

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed this in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust in Abuja,

The minister said the federal government had consulted widely with members of the National Assembly in that regard.

The presentation of the last two budgets could not achieve that threshold. The president presented the 2017 fiscal document to the lawmakers in the second week of December 2016 while that of 2018 was presented in the first week of November, 2017.

Speaking on the current effort, the minister said: “Our aspirations is that we want to meet the requirements of the law to submit it by September but as you know the National assembly is itself away on recess and they resume by September.”

She said the law encourages the executive to submit the budget by September and the idea is that by December, the budget is passed.

The Minister also said the N1.56 trillion spent by the federal government on capital projects was the highest amount ever spent on capital projects in the history of Nigeria.

She said the federal government released 60 per cent of the total N2.2 trillion budgeted for capital projects in 2017, being the highest value ever spent in the country.

The Minister said the 2017 budget did well as the country executed 100 per cent of the personnel component, ensuring that salaries and pensions were paid, including pension arrears.

She said Nigeria’s projected revenue was about N5 trillion, but was only able to generate N2.7 trillion, or 54 per cent of the total.

The underperformance in the revenue was not in the oil and gas sector, she stated.

She said despite the fact that production did not go up to the 2.3 million barrels per day projected for the year, oil and gas sector revenue hit 95 per cent largely due to increase in oil price in the international market.

“Non-oil revenue performance was not as high as we had expected,” the Minister said.

She revealed that revenues from Customs stood at 29 per cent of what was projected while the Federal Inland Revenue Service achieved about 60 per cent.

She said where Nigeria had significant shortfall of 25 per cent was in independent revenues generated by government owned enterprises such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) that were supposed to remit operational surpluses.

She said the government also planned to sell some equities to raise N700 billion but that transaction did not happen.

“In general, 2017 budget performed reasonably well and all the debts we were supposed to borrow, we were able to do 100 per cent,” she said.

On why non-oil revenues did not perform as expected the Minister said: “The taxes you collect are also indicative of the performance of businesses in the economy. Because of the recession, a lot of businesses were struggling and couldn’t perform as they should and getting taxes will be as a result of the profit declared by companies.”

She said FIRS in 2015, when this government came into power, had a tax payer base of about 13 million and has been able to push that up by 17 per cent now.

Budget cycle inconsistency bane of economic development – Experts

The inconsistency in Nigeria’s budget cycle has given room for speculations and poor implementation, experts had warned recently.

Also according to data obtained from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) 2016 Annual Report and Audited Accounts, from 2011 to 2017, the time of approvals of the budgets is well into the New Year.

The earliest was that of 2013 which was submitted to the National Assembly on Oct. 10, 2012 and assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan on Feb. 26, 2013, indicating a five month time lag.

All others were presented to the National Assembly in December and assented to in April, May or June.

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), experts said that the inconsistency does not augur well for the economy.

Mr Atiku Samuel, Head of Research, BudgIT, said the economy depends on fiscal, monetary and trade policies to power it.

“Monetary authorities look closely at the budget for direction and that is why the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was reluctant at its first meeting in 2018 to take action.

Mr EzeOnyekpere, Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), said the fact that the nation no longer had a fixed budget calendar had introduced inconsistency and uncertainty into the economy.

He said this trend had influenced poor economic performance in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), growth and ability to meet sectoral objectives.

Mr Victor Muruako, the Acting Chairman FRC, also said the trend reduces predictability and affects planning even within the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and with those doing business.

The FRC report also said that a strict budget timetable should be incorporated into the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), 2007.

Politics / "Treasury Looters Have Eaten Nigeria’s Seed Of Growth For Breakfast"—tinubu by agwom(m): 12:07pm On Aug 23, 2018
Asiwaju, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the three years of APC administration is not enough to re-engineer the country, emphasizing that the treasury looters have “eaten” Nigeria’s seed of growth and development.

Speaking during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Lagos on Thursday, the APC leader said despite the looting of the country’s treasury in the previous years, President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually restoring the hope of Nigerians.

He said: “Nigerians adopted democracy; we are going to live through this democratic government. We need a President Buhari to retool and re-engineer, that is what he is doing in the economy and he is doing it gradually, otherwise we don’t want it to fall apart again.

“We ate the seed of growth for breakfast. Therefore, there is nothing for lunch or dinner. Nothing to harvest that is why we talk about looters. But it will not take a magical touch to bring it to reality. It takes patience and perseverance.

“Three years is not enough time for retouching, redevelopment and re-engineering the country. There is a lot of hope, there is a lot of expectation.

“Economic development and the future of the youth are crucial in the growth of any nation and we are taking care of that. You have to re-grow the economy, re-engineer it from bottom, during that process; it is always very difficult for ordinary people.”

Tinubu added that he was proud of his achievements during his time as governor of Lagos state.

“We were meticulous, dedicated and focused and we lifted the spirits of our people and that is why it is important for Nigerians to be focused now,” he said.



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Politics / Atiku Reacts To Buhari Sponsoring Medical Bill Of Blind NYSC Member by agwom(m): 10:18am On Aug 23, 2018
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for paying medical bills of a blind National Youth Service Corp in Daura.

However, Atiku in a tweet earlier today frowned at the gesture which he said is coming “5 months to the 2019 election”

He also explained that “if he (Buhari) had invested the public funds he spends on his London medicals on public healthcare, he wouldn’t need to do this”

President Buhari had on Tuesday promised to sponsor the medical treatment of a 28 year old serving member of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Okenala Ahmed who is visually-impaired.

Ahmed is a graduate of Insurance from the Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State and is currently doing his service year in Daura, Katsina State.


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Politics / Why Saraki Is Afraid Of Reconvening - APC by agwom(m): 6:40am On Aug 23, 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the Senate President Bukola Saraki has refused to reconvene National Assembly because he is afraid of impeachment.

The APC Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, in a phone interview with Daily Trust yesterday, said the Senator knew that the party had the two-third majority needed to impeach him.

Nabena said Saraki was just buying time thinking that the party would negotiate with him, advising the Senate President to reconvene National Assembly in the interest of the country.

When asked whether the APC was still insisting that National Assembly should reconvene to consider INEC Budget, virements from Mr President and other issues raised by the National Chairman, he said, “Yes, because it is for the good of the country and the masses if the National Assembly reconvenes. The budget is something that will affect everybody. So, it’s not for personal interest. Budget is meant for the country. We all know that the INEC issue is still outstanding, security and other issues of economic importance.

“So, we are still insisting that Senate President should reconvene the National Assembly. His only fear - he is afraid because he knows that the numbers are there. That is why he is afraid. But he is just buying time. All what he is doing is just to buy time to negotiate with him this time around.”

Asked if the APC was insisting that he (Saraki) should resign, Nabena said, “He needs to resign from the position since he has moved to the PDP. And this is not negotiable. Nobody is negotiating with him. And if he doesn’t, he will be impeached democratically.”

When reminded that there had been argument over what actually constituted the two-third majority, the APC acting spokesman said, “That is what I’m telling you. He knows that the two-third is there. He knows. That is why he is buying time. First of all, he must understand that the country comes first before any individual interest. If that is what is going to make the country move forward, the people also know that. So, the country cannot be held to standstill because of one man. So, if he is not afraid, let him come.”


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Politics / Atiku, Saraki, Kwankwaso, Others Big Disasters To Democracy - BCO by agwom(m): 1:14pm On Aug 22, 2018
The Buhari Campaign Organization, (BCO) has tagged Senate President, Bukola Saraki, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Senator Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state among others as big disasters to democracy.
The group also labeled them as empty vessels that only make loud noise without physical muscles to match Buhari's integrity and popularity.

The group made the claim through its National Coordinator, Alhaji Danladi Pasali in an interview with newsmen in Jos on Wednesday.

The group explained that the defection of Saraki, Atiku and Kwankwaso among others to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wouldn't serve as a threat to President Muhammadu Buhari's reelection bid come 2019.

He said, "Their defections would not affect the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 and our party is ever ready to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians no matter the plot to distract the government."

He added that their defection was the best thing that happened in Nigeria's democracy considering that they are "hypocrites" and "moles" within APC.

He said, "These are people who left PDP to join APC thinking of themselves and their personal ambition but under President Buhari they didn't get want they want and then left again. They are a big disaster to democracy."

The group reiterated that Buhari has a 99.9 per cent chance of winning 2019 presidential election because he has succeeded in delivering 80 [er cent of his electioneering campaign promises.


Politics / Sallah: Gombe APC Chieftain Shares N40m To Party Officials by agwom(m): 5:55am On Aug 22, 2018
A chieftain of the APC in Gombe State, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bamusa, has shared N40 million to officials of the party for the Sallah celebrations.

Alhaji Bamusa said the donation was to compliment the effort of the party officials who he said faced challenges of inadequate financial resources to cater for the needs of party loyalists.

Bamusa, who is also a gubernatorial aspirant on the APC platform, said the gesture was to assist the party officials and loyalists to enjoy the Sallah celebration with their families.

The gubernatorial hopeful also called on the party’s delegates to give him the mandate to become the party’s flag bearer for the forthcoming 2019 elections, saying he was the only candidate that could wrest power from the ruling PDP.

Our correspondent reports that the state chairman got N100,000, 30 members of the state executive committee N50,000 each, while administrative staff at the APC secretariat got N50,000 each, party youths N50,000 and ward chairmen received N20,000 each.

Responding on behalf of the party officials, the state Chairman, Mr. Nitte Amangal, commended the aspirant for the gesture.

Mr. Amangal said the party was aware of his contributions that helped in gingering the activities of the party in the state.

Politics / Rep Lar Cautions PDP Against Change Of Name by agwom(m): 5:41am On Aug 22, 2018
A Member of the House of Representatives, Beni Lar (Langtang North/South), has advised the PDP not to change its name. Lar, who said such move could be counter-productive, added that it might not advance the course of the party as being adduced in some quarters.

Speaking with newsmen in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Lar insisted that the PDP remained a brand name in Nigeria.

The daughter of the pioneer National Chairman of the PRepresentatives, Beni Lar DP, late Chief Solomon Lar, said the suggestion about the need to change name ahead of the general elections in 2019 was not entirely genuine and accurate.

The lawmaker said the name was not the party’s problem but a shift from the dreams of the founding fathers of the party.

She said the crisis bedevilling the ruling APC was a good opportunity for the PDP to retake its governance of the nation, stating that the APC had not given a good account of itself. The legislator called on PDP leaders at national and state levels to ensure that all the party’s aspirants were given a level-playing field at the primaries.


Politics / Shun Do-or-die Politics – Abdulsalami by agwom(m): 5:24am On Aug 22, 2018
Former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar has called on politicians to always play by the rules and shun do-or-die politics for the country’s democracy to advance.

Fielding questions from newsmen at the Minna Central mosque shortly after theEid el Kabir prayers yesterday, the former leader said Nigeria’s political space was being needlessly heated up by politicians, adding that enduring political culture can only be built when politicians adhere to the rules of the game.

He said it was pertinent that politician understand that leadership comes from God and He bestows same on whomever He wishes, adding that with such understanding, the prevailing issue of do-or-die politics should not arise.

He said the 2019 general elections would be a test case that Nigeria democracy has come of age, asking Nigerians to put aside their differences by ensuring hitch-free polls.

He urged Muslims to imbibe the exemplary life style of Prophet Muhammad and the lessons of Eid el Kabir by living in peace with people of other faiths.

Niger State Deputy Governor Ahmed Mohammed Ketso called on those who registered in the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration exercise by the Independent Electoral Commission to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards to enable them to elect credible leaders of their choice in 2019.

The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Mal Isa Fari, enjoined Muslim faithful to internalize and practise the innate and core lessons of the festival which, according to him, essentially reinforces the spirit of sacrifice, tolerance, sympathy, empathy, devotion to duty, and the promotion of harmonious coexistence.

He also enjoined wealthy Muslims to assist the needy and vulnerable in the spirit of love and brotherhood that Islam stands for.


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Politics / PDP Uses Surrogates To Buy Pvc At The Cost Of N5,000 In Yobe — Apc by agwom(m): 10:48am On Aug 17, 2018
The Chairman Yobe State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Adamu Chilariye has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of illegally buying the permanent voter’s card ( PVC) of unsuspecting members of the public.

He made the accusation on Thursday at a press briefing in Damaturu. He stated that the state EXCO of the APC was notified of the development.

“The PDP political office holders in Yobe Zone B have been using surrogates to purchase voter’s cards within Potiskum town at the cost of N5000 per PVC”

He said the APC has lodged complaints with the security agencies against the illegal act.

However, Chilariye advised the general public to be careful not to fall into the politicians’ trap.

The chairman disassociated SEC from some political aspirants in APC who had begun to deceive members of the party that they were endorsed by the SEC.

“The SEC wishes to state that it has no anointed aspirant and will only support the candidate that emerges as the party’s flag bearer during primaries.”, the chairman said.


Politics / States Owe FIRS N41bn Tax - NEC by agwom(m): 6:00am On Aug 17, 2018
The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday said states owe the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) N41 billion in Value Added Tax (VAT).

Jigawa state Governor Abubakar Badaru disclosed this at the end of the NEC meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House Villa, Abuja.

Badaru said the chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler disclosed this while briefing the council.

“He informed the states what their positions are and the outstanding due to the states of about N41bn. He believes the states have to pay.

He came up also with new technique and system that will help automatic collection of taxes both VAT and withholding tax. I think the states take and are willing to pay their outstanding," he said.

He said the council was also told that from January to date, about N40bn was remitted from the states.

“This has a significant increase compared to what happened last year,’’ he said.


Politics / Gombe Assembly Minority Leader Dumps APC For PDP by agwom(m): 4:37am On Aug 17, 2018
The Minority Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Haruna, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Fada, as he was popularly called, announced his defection yesterday during the house plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Nasiru Abubakar Nono.

He said he left the APC because of the existing division in the state chapter of the party and the injustice meted on him by the party leadership.

He said the state APC unjustly suspended him four months ago and denied him the opportunity to defend himself, despite writing several letters to the national headquarters of the party.

Politics / Re: We’ll Conduct Free, Credible Elections In 2019 – Osinbajo Assures Nigerians by agwom(m): 8:23pm On Aug 16, 2018

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