Spokesman to Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (1999-2007) and PDP presidential candidate (2019) has lambasted Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State governor, for alleged unproductive handling of the state.
Segun Sowunmi, former PDP candidate for House of Representatives, who spoke during an interaction with members of Independent Newspapers Association of Nigeria (iNAN) , said Governor Abiodun is governing the state as though he’s a level 13 civil servant.
He said the description was not meant to disrespect civil servants in the State and elsewhere, saying the intellectual capacity deployed in the governance of the State is not more than the workload challenge of a level 13government worker.
Sowunmi posited that Abiodun’s intellectual capacity deployed in his administration is even below level 14,15 or 16, adding that he runs the State without new great ideas
Sowunmi argued that Ogun has failed to experience significant infrastructural development and improved internally generated revenue (IGR) owing to alleged poor administration by the Abiodun’s government.
“In the beginning of this administration, I was very critical of them; but when Covid-19 made all the states not to be able to work much. It was not in my interest as an Ogun indigene to demarket my state when I could not see what others are doing.
“I am disappointed that they have time to organise big burial; they have time to organise big political activities; they do not have time to organise an economic summit which we all used to; they do not have time to organize a framework to ensure that our IGR is bigger,” Atiku Spokesperson lamented.
Speaking further Segun Sowunmi frowns at the way Governor Abiodun uses the media and commissioned writers to mask the real issue, like what the State government has done to IGR and the leakages surrounding IGR of the State. He says: ” they blocked all the leakages? You know the answer yourself. All you have to do is look on the streets and see the number of people jumping up and down, cutting tickets.”
Sowunmi continues: “What have they been able to do with the local government. Have they been able to stabilize it. What are the doing about the image of the state. All the big envelope projects we need to make Ogun State attractive, they have not done anything about it. What have they done to attract good investment, and good publicity for the state.”
Sowunmi also berated the Abiodun-led government for lacking innovative ideas to develop the state.
“They have not brought any innovative ideas of theirs. Not in road construction; not in health; not in housing; not in education. They have not disrupted the economic policy in a manner that can create new energy, and new opportunity for people. “Anytime I think of Ogun, I think of a state that can make itself like New Jersey to America. They have not taken advantage of their proximity to Lagos. What can they do to inspire the citizens; what can they do to interest you.
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Ughelli: Oke Umurhohwo sues for peace, says violence scares away development
A renowned Brand Manager, Hon Oke Umurhohwo has expressed deep concern over the violent clash that broke out between Ekiugbo and Otor-Ihwreko, two neighbouring communities during the annual 'Iyeri’ feast of Ughelli Kingdom a few days ago, calling on warring factions to embrace peace in the interest of progress and development.
Mr Umurhohwo who described peace as the foundation for social stability and economic progress, noted that the upheaval that the clash between the two communities had caused is traumatizing and should cease forthwith.
"The event of the last few days are unpalatable and a stark contrast to what we represent as a people," he noted in a statement he personally signed, adding that "May I use this medium to appeal for calm and impress on people of the two communities involved in the fracas to cease hostility forthwith and embrace peace."
He called on relevant stakeholders in the two communities to rededicate themselves to peaceful co-existence, noting that violence doesn't solve any grievances but rather destroy, which brings no benefit to anyone.
"Just as we must have all realized through history, violence is never a good way to sort things out and it is on the strength of this understanding that I call on my brothers from both sides to embrace peace and cohabit without any form of animosity against each other."
"The time has come to let go of any past misgivings and open a new chapter of peaceful relations that will propel stability and bring about the progress and developments we have always hoped for our respective communities."
Mr Umurhohwo reminds the two communities that as "neighbours, they existed to compliment each others strength for the purpose of growth, not pounding on fault lines for crises", stressing that "we're brothers and should not fight each other."
He commended security operatives for swiftly bringing the situation under control, calling on the state government to work with relevant stakeholders in bringing lasting peace to the two communities.
We are one Urhobo. We are one Ughelli North. We are one Delta State. We are one Nigeria We are one human race." Let peace reign supreme, and unity be our known bearing.
I read with consternation a news report of the above heading in the Premium Times of 18th September, 2021. I had to agree that Premium Times had fallen far short of expectations and requirements of investigative journalism they are known for.
In the first instance, the presidency did not summon the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Group Managing Director (GMD), Mele Kyari, to the Villa as reported by Premium Times.
President Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum Resources does meet regularly with the Group Managing Director for briefing; the President doesn’t interfere in the activities of the Corporation.
Secondly, Premium Times claim that they have exposed how the NNPC conducted a controversial bid for the sale of a N3 billion consignment of slop oil is a wrong misconception as the bid was done in openness and in compliance with procurement processes.
It may interest Nigerians that the so-called “two consecutive investigative reports by PREMIUM TIMES x-raying procurement irregularities and sophisticated corruption of due process at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)” is completely frivolous and inconsequential.
The GMD we all know is a man of integrity and openness. He has opened the account of the Corporation to the general Public since he assumed office so there are no issues related to disposing of 30 million litres of slop oil in a manner that violated the nation’s public procurement regulations as all due process was followed.
The claim by Premium Times that NNPC is “cash-hungry” is ridiculous and baseless. How can a Corporation that recently declared a profit of N287bn After Tax be cash hungry?
NNPC has never stopped its policy of supporting local manufacturing industries as part of its post COVID-19 economic recovery plan and will continue to support local industries even as a CAMA company.
I think Premium Times source this time again failed because the NNPC GMD so called “quick meeting of all his Group Executive Directors (GEDs) to marshal a defence” did not arise. The GMD is known for routine meetings of all its Executive Directors before further briefs of the Petroleum Minister, Pres. Muhammadu Buhari.
Premium Times claimed that the first two bid-winning companies were owned by the same directors but they failed to state what law this violates even though there is no concrete evidences from the newspaper about the Directors,
It may interest Nigerians that the GMD of the NNPC is not facing uneasiness as made believed by Premium Times. Mal Mele Kolo Kyari is busy working with the PIA Committee in ensuring the NNPC transition to a CAMA company.
NNPC under the Management of Mal Mele Kolo Kyari has never resorted to a cosmetic competitive bid fraught with irregularities as all bids are done openly as well as virtually in line with COVID-19 Protocols; the claim by Premium Times is exiguous.
The Presidency is not unraveling any puzzles as none exist in NNPC except in the imagination of the Premium Times.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mal Mele Kolo Kyari has been in good term; if not excellent term with all its Directors and there is no issue of having difficulty in controlling the GED
I am happy that the NNPC did not waste it’s precious time to respond to the sponsored reports when Premium Times requested its comments.
As an extension of the itel brand’s mission to help Nigerians and Africans at large enjoy better life at a subsidized cost, itel has announced the itel Home Store, a walk-in store that strictly provides itel’s product portfolio of smartphones, televisions, mobile accessories, and electrical home appliances to consumers across the country.
The itel Home Store boasts a wide range of itel Family products that are user-friendly, pocket-friendly, and convenient for everyday use by consumers who often crave a wide selection of products but are on a budget. These itel Family Products have grown to include televisions, electrical appliances like electric cookers, standing fans, electric kettles etc., and mobile accessories like headphones, speakers, powerbanks, and smartphones.
The event, which saw top-notch actress Mercy Johnson Okojie, key itel staff, and well-wishers in attendance, was well-received by the residents of the Agege environs, with many purchasing itel products like powerbanks, Bluetooth speakers, Bluetooth headphones, itel televisions, and many more. There were also several fun engagement sessions at the event, with customers getting itel products like itel televisions and itel smartphones for free.
itel has come this far because of the loyalty and consistent patronage of our communities’, says Kevin Zhang, itel’s Country Manager. ‘We exist to serve our communities and to continually provide them with better everyday products. This itel Home Store is just the beginning of another amazing journey for itel and our loyal consumers in Nigeria, and we cannot wait to show you the next level of innovation that we have to offer.’
This forward-thinking choice of itel to provide more itel Home Stores and affordable products for Nigerians and Africans will no doubt reinforce the image of the brand as a thoughtful and customer-centric brand. The itel Home Store is now open and ready for everyone to come pick good goods. Even more, there are free gifts for those who purchase from the store from 20th-26th September 2021.
On August 9, around 8 am, a notorious smuggler was trying to make his way with bags of foreign rice through the Nigeria-Niger border in the Jibiya area of Katsina State. A group of customs officers ran after him, driving recklessly.
The smuggler was driving a J5 Peugeot. He had refused to stop at a Customs checkpoint in Batsari, near the Jibiya area of the state. The officers chased him as he scrambled with his vehicle filled with bags of rice.
While chasing the smuggler, the officers’ driver suddenly lost control, ran into bystanders who were mostly villagers, crushing them. As soon as their vehicle stopped, the officers took to their heels, leaving the victims of the accident to their fate, according to eyewitnesses.
Angry youth at the scene of the incident set the Customs vehicle ablaze. Although Gambo Isa, the spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, claimed only five people were killed during the incident, FIJ can exclusively report that no less than 10 persons died.
We obtained the names of the victims and reached out to some of the families of the deceased, who lamented government abandonment since the incident.
ADAMU ILIYASU, DIED WHILE BUYING ‘KUNU’
It was a drizzly Monday morning. Awal Iliyasu, 60, had sent his son Adamu to buy him some kunu, a local Hausa drink made from millets. Adamu was reluctant to go out but eventually left for the Jibiya motor park.
Before running the errand, the eighth son of his father was indoors after returning from an Islamic school.
“Later on, he went to the motor park to buy the kunu. The next news we heard was a tragedy,” said Awal. “By then, he was dead.”
GARBA LAWAL, 60, FATHER TO 16 CHILDREN
Garba Lawal left his home on the day of the fatal incident to fend for his family. The father of 16 children and three wives had borrowed some money from Idi Mai Shago, his younger brother, and set out for the day. He did not return alive.
“We met just some minutes before 8:00 am,” said Mai Shago. “He told me he was going out to hustle to feed his family. I bade him farewell.”
Lawal left to get himself breakfast. He was on his way when the Customs Hilux ran into him and other people. He died before getting to the hospital.
INVITED TO COME AND DIE
Badaru Halilu and Musa Nagari, his cousin, were killed while going to pay a condolence visit to a family member. Badaru had set out to go to the farm when he met Musa, who asked him to convey him to a nearby village with a motorcycle.
Before the takeoff, Musa chatted with his uncle’s children while Badaru and another family member waited.
“Suddenly, what we saw was that a Customs vehicle chasing a rice smuggler swept through everybody standing by the road, including the four people I was with,” said Aminu, Badiru’s father. “My son died instantly, while Musa Nagari died on his way to the hospital.”
Aminu added that some of his kinsmen, who were victims of the accident, were in the hospital.
FROM FRYING PAN TO FIRE
Murtala Tasi’u and his family had just fled Tagwaye Village in Kaduna State for Jibiya due to insecurity. But Khadija Murtala, his daughter, was killed the week they arrived in the area.
The Primary 2 pupil had gone to hawk when the Customs patrol Hilux crushed her. Her father said he regretted letting her out to hawk on the day of the fatal accident.
“At Tagwaye village, we couldn’t sleep at home due to the fear of bandits. We got tired and moved completely to Jibiya,” he said. “She had not been in school since we moved to Jibiya. So, we asked her to hawk dates at the park. And that was where she fell victim to the accident.”
However, the Katsina State Customs Service denied chasing any smuggler, insisting that what happened to the officers was an accident that could happen to anyone.
“What we know is that it was an accident that can occur to anyone,” said Danbaba Isa, the Public Relations Officer of the Service in the state.
“The accident occurred this morning after some of our officers finished eating and were returning to their checkpoint. Their vehicle developed a brake fault, and it resulted in the accident.”
Eyewitnesses’ accounts disputed the narratives provided by customs authorities on the incident. Residents who spoke with FIJ said the authorities were only trying to shy away from their responsibilities.
Military onslaught in Zamfara: Dislodged bandits flee southwards, gunmen strike in Kogi, Kaduna, Ekiti
There were strong indications on Monday that bandits fleeing the military onslaught in Zamfara State were moving to states in the South.
Top security sources, who confided in our correspondents, said security agents in other states had been alerted to be on the lookout for the fleeing bandits.
It was also gathered that the South-West states had put the regional security outfit, Amotekun, on the alert following intelligence reports that bandits being dislodged from Zamfara State were fleeing southwards.
The Amotekun Corps commanders in Ekiti, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states, in separate interviews with our correspondents, stated that residents of the states had been told to be vigilant and guard against infiltration by the fleeing hoodlums.
They said this as gunmen invaded the Kabba Correctional Centre in Kogi State, where they freed 240 inmates and killed two soldiers.
In Kaduna State, suspected herdsmen attacked Peigyim village in the Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state and killed 12 persons.
No fewer than four travellers were also abducted in Ekiti State on Monday.
The Federal Government had last week ordered telecommunications companies to shut down their base stations in Zamfara State as part of the onslaught against bandits, who were engaged in ceaseless kidnapping and killings in the state and other parts of the North-West.
The bandits had also been hit by hunger following the decision of the state government and neighbouring states to close regular markets, where they were getting foodstuffs.
There were reports that many bandits had been killed during military raids, while others were said to be fleeing Zamfara State.
A senior police officer, who confided in The PUNCH, said, “A few days ago, some of the bandits fled to Niger State and they were dealt with by the military. Some of them are moving southwards and security agents have been alerted.”
We envisaged that bandits would take refuge in other states – Ekiti Amotekun commander
The Corps Commander, Amotekun Corps, Ekiti State, Brig Gen Joe Komolafe (retd.), said in an interview with The PUNCH that the agency had always envisaged that the dislodged bandits would want to take refuge in other states and was proactive about guarding against their incursion into Ekiti.
Komolafe said, “We have always envisaged that when dislodged, they will want to move to other states; that is why each time we come out, we talk to the citizens to report strange faces to us.
“We try as much as possible to monitor the routes and entry points; we know that the criminals may not come by road or through the main routes to enter the state; it is in view of that that we always tell our people to report strange faces to us.
“We patrol the forests; we have people on the farms, who will tell us when they see strange faces on the farms or bushes. We try to plead with the people to give us necessary information about strange faces and unusual movements.
“Also, we have perfect working relationships with Amotekun in the neighbouring states as well all security agencies in the state.”
‘We got intelligence that bandits were trying to relocate to Ondo forests’
On his part, the Ondo State Amotekun Corps Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, stated that the security outfit had received a security report on the fleeing bandits.
He said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had given an order for the corps to put in place necessary security measures in the 18 local government areas of the state to prevent the bandits from striking in the state.
Adeleye stated, “We have got information from a reliable intelligence report that the fleeing bandits are coming, that they intend to stay in the forest to cause mayhem and that they are closing in seriously. The source told us that the bandits want to start with Ondo State as a frontline state.
“So, with that, we have put serious intelligence on the ground across the state and our primary aim is to prevent any infiltration and attack. We don’t even want them to strike before we get them. So, we are at every local government area, every major town and inside the forest.
“On the other side too, we are deploying all means to ensure that if they come to this state, they will meet their waterloo. Right now, our intelligence is on the ground at every nook and cranny of the state. And we are monitoring keenly. That is what Mr Governor has directed me to do and I will do it diligently.”
Oyo Amotekun beefs up security at boundary with Kwara
The Director-General, Amotekun Corps, Oyo State, Col Olayinka Olayanju ( retd), said the outfit’s personnel were patrolling boundaries of the state aggresively to prevent hoodlums from relocating to the state.
The DG said, “We knew that and our men are already on the lookout for the bandits, other criminals and strange faces, especially at our boundaries.
“We are at alert and our men are carrying out operations regarding this at Irepo, which is the boundary of Oyo and Kwara states, to make sure that the bandits do not relocate to our state.
“They will be stopped. Our men will pick them up. We won’t allow criminals to relocate here.”
‘Osun does not have ungoverned areas’
On his part, the Corps Commander, Amotekun Corps, Osun State, Brig Gen Bashir Adewinbi (retd.), stated, “They (bandits) can’t come to Osun, because the state does not have ungoverned areas.
“Everywhere is being monitored in Osun State in collaboration with the police and with additional 750 vigilantes recently recruited by the state government to support Amotekun.”
Tactics won’t be divulged at the moment – Defence Headquarters
When contacted to comment on reports that the bandits being dislodged from Zamfara State were fleeing to other states, especially southern states, the Director of Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyerr, neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
He said, “Operations are ongoing. Tactics and strategies are not to be divulged at this moment.
“The operations are being conducted in line with the operational directives as well as contingencies.
“The North-Central, North-East and the North-West will soon have reasons to thank the Armed Forces of Nigeria for a job well done.”
He, however, declined to answer further questions put to him on the matter.
Gunmen abduct four travellers in Ekiti
As the Amotekun Corps beefed up security in the South-West, gunmen on Monday waylaid travellers on the Ayetoro Ekiti-Otun Ekiti Road and whisked no fewer than four persons into the forest.
Sources said two buses conveying passengers from the Otun Ekiti end of the road were attacked by the gunmen, who abducted four passengers, while the others escaped.
A source said one of those, who escaped, told him that the gunmen took away four passengers from the two buses.
Another source, who said he got information about the attack from hunters, said, “The hunters were called that some kidnappers were operating on the Ayetoro Ekiti-Otun Ekiti Road.
“But before they got there, the gunmen had commandeered the two buses into the bush. At that point, we could not tell the number of people taken into the forest, but the buses were abandoned there.
“I advised the hunters and the security agents, who arrived at the scene later, that the kidnappers would have gone towards Otun and that they could not have gone very far by then.
“Definitely, they were the ones, who operated on the Ayetoro-Ewu Road on Sunday. The Sunday operation was not successful and that was why they waited around to carry out this one.”
According to him, the kidnappers, on realising that they had missed their targets on Sunday, might have resorted to attacking commercial motorcycle riders and shot indiscriminately in the air to scare people off.
“An Okada rider was stopped at gunpoint and the hoodlums took all his valuables, while another Okada operator escaped into the bush. The kidnappers fled when they noticed that the other Okada rider had escaped,” the source added.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said, “We heard the information and we have deployed our men there.
“There was a kidnap incident this morning (Monday). I cannot yet confirm the number of people abducted. It began on Sunday evening when some suspected robbers attacked a man, whom the police thereafter rescued. But this morning, we learnt that the suspects were the ones who abducted some road users. The police are on their trail.”
S’West PDP asks Buhari to resign over killings
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, on Monday, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to resign from office following his alleged inability to stem the tide of killings across the country.
The Publicity Secretary, South-West PDP, Chief Sanya Atofarati, who lamented that the killers were now turning the heat on the military and other security agencies, thus leaving the citizens helpless and hopeless, advised the Federal Government to seek foreign help in the interest of peace and development of the country.
“It is gross incompetence on the part of the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress Federal Government that Nigeria has become a graveyard,” he stated.
Atofarati said this in a statement titled, ‘Killing spree: Why Buhari must resign now’, made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti in reaction to recent attacks by bandits and gunmen on military formations as well as police stations and personnel.
He stated, “Between 2015 and now, more than 20,000 Nigerians have lost their lives due to the inability of the government to protect the lives and property of the citizens, ranging from jihadist Fulani herdsmen to Boko Haram to bandits/highway kidnappers.
“It is safe to say that the APC government remains insensitive to the welfare of Nigerians, otherwise, by now, Buhari should have voluntarily resigned or cry for help.
“Nigeria is now a country, where the agencies saddled with the responsibility of securing the citizens have suddenly become weaklings and incapacitated; a country where governors’ convoys are attacked at will, monarchs are kidnapped even under the President’s nose in his home state; a country where there is no war but mass burial weekly!
“It is high time Nigeria sought foreign help to curb insecurity, lest we are all captured.” ,,
Zamfara State government has revealed that over 100 people who violated the executive orders regarding the recent security measures in the state have been arrested.
Addressing newsmen in Gusau, the state capital, the secretary of the Task Force on security matters, Abdul Haruna said over 100 people were arrested for various offences while five cows belonging to a military officer were recovered.
The secretary explained that two vehicles loaded with food items and other essential commodities suspected to be heading to the bandits’ camps was intercepted.
“However, the drivers of the two vehicles could not defend themselves hence they were arrested” he added.
Haruna said Lalan junction, Mayanchi junction, Lamba Bakura junction, Colony Junction have been closed indefinitely, indicating that bandits would begin parading these junctions for their food items and other essential commodities.
“We closed these junctions because since markets have been closed indefinitely, the bandits have no other means than to be getting their foodstuffs and other essential commodities from the junctions”
Haruna said that when the tension becomes too much on the bandits, they would be forced to relocate and flee from the state.
It has been more than 2 years of the Dapo Abiodun Government and it seems this government is hell bent on taking the state back to using bush paths. Yes, the roads in Ogun state are that bad. Sometimes you drive in a state that is supposed to be the gateway state and all you see is just nightmares. It gets worse for communities on the Lagos/Ogun border. Going from Ogun to Lagos, you can tell where Ogun state ends and Lagos begins based on the condition of the roads. It is that bad?
Even the roads in the capital city Abeokuta isn't any different from the joke Ogun state roads has become it is almost as though the Dapo Abiodun Government has decided to punish everyone for crimes no one knows who committed. The roads in Ogun East where is from are reportedly not this bad though. Maybe something else is at play
How else does one explain this?
Even roads which were started by the previous admin have either been abandoned or not completed after years, and mechanic have been having a field day fixing broken down vehicles. Please we need a overhaul of the roads in Ogun state.
The Convener , Got Your Back Nigeria, Professor Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr ,has condemned in totality the deliberate plan by some desperate Nigerians who wants to tarnish the Image of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Addressing the press on Friday, Prof. Chris called out the EFCC to resist the temptation of been used by those desperately seeking the office of the president come 2023 , who fear Governor Yahaya Bello as the only possible visible front runner to their ambition.
“I raised three strong points in my last Press Release regarding the desperation of those seeking the High Office of President come 2023 and the ploy to deploy damaging falsehood, perfidy and deceit to hoodwink the media and the people against the very visible front runner Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. Like I clairvoyant I stand vindicated”.
“I warned that if zoning and rotation of power which appears to be their short cut to the Presidency come 2023 becomes difficult, they will resort to blackmail and spurious litigations cum media mudslinging, but also left a caveat that we shall not suffer fools gladly, and that we shall conquer their falsehood with the efficacy of Truth. Such and no other is my Cross”.
“And I warned that any attempt to tar or mar the urgency of now and the fervency of a reinvigorated call for a New Deal in Nigeria ala the Youth O’Clock protocol and the Yahaya Bello Movement with fake brush, fake news, fake litigations, fake Court Orders and Preposterous Rulings will not stand, because this is a Movement of intellectuals, egg heads and principled ideologues ready, willing and able to shoot down every fake, false and fictitious kite that his political adversaries may fly. And such is our creed. That said, here is the truth that defeats the present falsehood and confines their perfidy to the ignoble pit of history”.
“Do you know that unlike most States in Nigeria today, the State of Kogi has cleared almost all the outstanding salaries and arrears owed workers, and presently pays workers as at when due? Do you know that the State of Kogi is amongst the States topping the chart in the payment of pensions? Do you know that the State of Kogi is one of the few States that is not owing Medical Doctors and Workers any salary? And have you realized that not having anymore that old cliche and refrain ‘Kogi State is owing workers and not paying salaries’, they have devised the present falsehood and lies, but it won’t stick”.
“The present lie and falsehood fails because the action purportedly brought before the Court by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission EFCC regarding a certain 20billion naira allegedly fixed by the Kogi State Government in Sterling Bank for interest is patently false and fictitious. There is no Account in favour of Kogi State with such deposit in Sterling Bank, and the Bank is presently taking steps against the EFCC on the spurious claim”.
“It is on record that the balance in the Kogi State salary account with Sterling Bank is about 46 million naira only since the 19.3 billion naira meant for Salaries were deployed to that purpose in 2019”.
“To those who have gone to town with the raging falsehood about a certain 20billion naira belonging to Kogi State that was allegedly frozen by the Court, the question is, where is the 20billion that the EFCC deceived the Court into freezing? In what account is it? Can they make public the balance on the alleged Account as at the 31st of August, 2021 when the said account was frozen? Can you cage, freeze or detain what is not? How wicked and sad. As we journey towards 2023 we must as a people implore the EFCC, the ICPC and the other investigative agencies of State to ‘shine their eyes’ and resist any attempt to be used as cannon fodders for falsehood, deceit, blackmail and lies by politicians. Because the lies won’t stick”.
“Need I say clearly, that to further put the naysayers to shame and to right the wrong so done to Kogi State by the EFCC, and their fellow travelers on the path of infamy and treachery, the Kogi State Government has gone to Court against such grievous faux pas. And shall come out clean before the Law Court, and the Court of Public opinion, because this falsehood orchestrated against it will fall like a pack of cards. Yes, the lies won’t stick”.
“We must as a nation resist and refuse the chicanery of political operators who seek through falsehood and deceit to narrow the confines of political contestation. Nigerians must insist that all contestants come before the people with proof of competency and capacity not blackmail and mudslinging. We must challenge the media, the civil society and the clergy to etch new paradigms of truth over falsehood, facts over blackmail, and sound policy over pettiness as 2023 beckons”.
“Finally, may I State without an ounce of equivocation that we shall continue ceaselessly to debunk all lies against the person of Yahaya Bello, against State of Kogi, and against the call for a New Deal for the masses of our Country. Remember it is Youth O’Clock, and the Nigerian Youths along with the masses of our dear Country will purge our politics of the smear campaigns and the vile tendencies of the past. All lies and falsehood in the works for 2023 won’t stick, believe me, so try something else, folks”.
Recall that the Kogi State Government yesterday dismiss the claims by EFCC and has vowed to seek redress in Court.
Annie says the music star's family has never really liked her.
Nigerian music icon 2Face Idibia's wife, Annie has called him out over his relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.
The movie star took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday, September 2, 2021, where she called him out over their relationship.
"I am a patient woman. I am not a fool innocent. Your family never loved me from the beggining. No matter how hard I tried. I was never worthy to them," she wrote.
"I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children. God knows I have I tried. Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sort of rubbish."
I try to stay gracious. You are not the first man on the planet to have kids by different women. You can do better. Everything I do is to show the good human that you are."
"But today, this move done by you, Efe, Frankie and your family is unacceptable."
She went on to call him out for sleeping at the house of one of his baby mamas, Pero for days, during his trip to the United States of America.
"What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spend nights in the same apartment with his kids and their mother? How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero? and she stay with you and the kids under the same roof?"
Pero is 2Face's first baby mama who gave birth to three kids for the music star.
She has been at loggerheads with Annie for years now
Their rift can be traced back to 2015 and 2016 when they both called each other out on social media.
Their frosty relationship took a front burner when photos of 2Face Idibia reportedly kissing Pero at the singer's nightclub back in 2015 broke the Internet.
It’s the day that nearly every Nigerian movie lover has been waiting for – the day of the return of the King Of Boys.
After a successful run in cinemas back in 2018, producers of the political thriller film decided to bless fans with a second installment.
Production ran through most of 2020 and now fans finally get the opportunity to see what becomes of the revered Eniola Salami (the powerful character played by veteran actress Sola Sobowale).
With a power-packed first installment that garnered rave reviews and multiple awards, fans have remained at the edge of their seats, anticipating what would now be a seven-part series released exclusively to streaming giant, Netflix.
Written, produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba, ‘King Of Boys 2’ will return previous cast members such as Sola Sobowale, Remilekun “Reminisce” Safaru, iLLBliss, Osas Ighodaro and some new faces such as veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo.
Netflix Naija has also been teasing the film, giving us sneak peeks into what we should expect.
“Is this your king? King of Boys: The Return of The King is now streaming,” they wrote in a post on Friday.
Commends the Governor and Deltans for making the state a model for others.
Oke Umurhohwo rejoices with the Government and People of Delta State on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the State creation, describing the journey so far as encouraging and reinforces hope of a more prosperous future.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday and made available to newsmen by the Ughelli-born Brand Manager, congratulating the State Governor, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, and past administrators for the monumental progress that the State has recorded so far.
“Today, our state turns 30 years, and it is a moment for us to celebrate,” Umurhohwo noted in the statement, pointing out that “This is so because, in those 30 years since creation, Delta State has experienced progress in so many ways and firmly on the path to a more prosperous future.”
The Delta State House of Assembly aspirant in 2023 acknowledged the sacrifices and foresight that gave birth to the State, noting that “under Governor Okowa administration, the State is experiencing developmental strides that fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the People.”
“Looking back at the last 30 years and the progress the State has made in almost every sector, there will no doubt, be a reason to celebrate as can be seen in every part of the State,” he said.
Oke took out time to also commend his fellow Deltans, particularly recipients of different awards put together for those who have distinguished themselves in several fields, said they should take their recognition as a challenge to do more in moving the State forward.
“To my fellow Deltans, home and abroad, who have maintained a good image for our dear State, I give a big kudos to us all,” he said.
“For those of us who are considered for one award or the other, I say a big congratulation to you and must impress on you that this is more of a challenge for you to do more and bring more glory to the state.
“Once more, I say a happy 30th anniversary to our dear state and the only home we know.”
In the build up to the politics of 2023 there is clearly one individual who has elected to reach out to Nigerians across creed and clan, across religious and ethnic divides and across social cum societal stratification, that person is the incumbent Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello.
The others are busy canvassing regional cum zonal demagoguery. Some are outrageously pulling ethnic and zonal strings forgetting that we are where we are because rather than search for a Pan Nigerian candidate we have for too long elected leaders whose predilection is ethnoreligous and ethnocentric. We have relegated competency and capacity to the background, and we are more concerned about the superficial than about the very serious issues of nationhood.
We elect leaders based on their geography and seek to etch that pattern on our national canvas, and turn around to accuse them of loyalty to ‘their people’. We preach zoning and rotation of power, and turn around to vilify and accuse the leaders who so emerge of being nepotistic and non-inclusive, who does that. We sow cocoa yam and seek to harvest maize, it doesn’t happen that way. That is why Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello is building blocks and bridges of brotherhood and national consensus, chosing to emerge as a Pan Nigerian candidate come 2023 than as a zonal choice for the big job, and that is the way to go.
Some are banking on the fact that because they supported Buhari to become President in 2015 that Buhari must return the favour in 2023. It is more about a favour for a favour for one of the foremost leaders of the Party from the Southwest. And to some others it is ‘turn by turn’, not seriously about addressing the fundamental wrongs with Nigeria. It is about shortcut to power not about the issues that trouble Nigeria. Sad.
If they are not hiring agents to drum up the ethnic card, they are paying some to call for Zoning and or rotation of power, or they are recruiting liars to defame, malign and misinform, as they cannot seek power fairly and squarely. But the young man from Kogi State maintains that things can be done differently, that politics can be issues based, that competency and capacity can be the linchpin, and that we must build bridges of brotherhood across the nation, that and more stands him out.
From being one of the most unsafe states in Nigeria some five years ago to being one of the safest states in Nigeria today, the helmsman at the Lugard House in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello is saying that 2023 must be about competency and capacity. And he is reaching out on the strength of his performance and not on account of creed, clan or zone.
From running a progressive government with a cabinet whose average age is 42 and making Lokoja one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, Yahaya Adoza Bello is saying that Youth O’Clock is about capacity, inclusiveness and competency. And he is saying that 2023 must be about verifiable information not about deceit, perfidy and falsehood.
Yahaya Bello runs the most gender sensitive, gender friendly and gender just government in Nigeria. And he is saying that the time to replicate such at the centre is now. He is building and growing ennobling and endearing social capital across the nation whilst the others are seeking shortcuts to the High Office of President.
As 2023 approaches may all those who seek to be President come forward with progressive programs and programmatic, until then, the only visible, committed and passionate card is without an ounce of equivocation, the Yahaya Adoza Bello card, and that is the truth, the whole truth.
Nigerians on social media are demanding the protection of digital freedom and freedom of expression in Nigeria. For the past few days, the campaigners have trended their hashtags nonstop. The campaigners, using the hashtags #KeepItOnNigeria and #InternetNoBeEnemy, have been sharing posts for the past seven days on social media, especially on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, urging the National Assembly and Federal Government to embrace “democratic solutions” over punitive legislation.
The idea of “democratic solutions,” according to the non-governmental organisation leading the campaign, Centre for Liberty, originates from a document the organisation calls “democratic solutions to Fake News and Hate Speech.” According to the co-convener of Centre for Liberty, Raphael Adebayo, “the democratic solutions document is a comprehensive collection of how democratic countries across the world are dealing with Fake News and Hate Speech without resorting to punitive legislation as has been proposed by the Senate here in Nigeria.”
Recalling the public hearing that held in March 2020 on the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, popularly known as the Social Media Bill, sponsored in 2019 by Senator Muhammed Sani Musa (Niger East Senatorial District), Adebayo said:
“Nigerians have overwhelmingly rejected the Social Media Bill; the right thing for the Senate to do is shut it down, along with the Hate Speech Bill.
“There are better ways to deal with Fake News and Hate Speech, and that is why our organisation, with the support of Voice Nigeria, has developed the democratic solutions document. We believe that Federal Lawmakers and the Federal Government can learn from and possibly adopt the democratic strategies of other democratic countries to combat fake news and hate speech in Nigeria. Nigeria is a multiethnic, multicultural country, and any attempt by the government to resolve socio-political issues must, as a matter of democratic necessity, reflect the popular will,” he concluded.
The Social Media Bill and Hate Speech Bill are two controversial Bills before the Nigerian Senate. The former, which seeks to regulate social media, proposes up to five years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of spreading fake news or criticising the government unfairly; and the latter proposes the death penalty for anyone found guilty of “Hate Speech.”
Christ Ambassadors’ College has been awarded the best performing school in Kaduna State. The Award was presented by NAPS (National Association of Polytechnic Students) as part of the Associations Annual Leadership event.
The President of NAPS, Mr Adekanbi Sunday Asuku while presenting the award in the school’s premises, said “over the years our association has noticed with keen interest that students from Christ Ambassadors’ College are usually outstanding in the various higher institutions they find themselves. And this may not be unrelated to the school’s zero tolerance to exam malpractice amongst other excellent cultures.”
In her message while receiving the award, the School Manager, Dr (Mrs) Tosin Akinpeloye, expressed her appreciation for the award from the reputable Association. She further stated that “This award is an affirmation of Christ Ambassadors’ commitment to excellence and integrity in the educational sector in Nigeria”.
Over the years, the college has consistently produced students who are blazing the trail by winning the best student awards in their various institutions around the world. In 2016, the college produced the best student in NECO examinations, Kaduna State. And recently, the Directorate of University Advancement, ABU, Zaria awarded an ex-student of Christ Ambassadors’ College as the best student in medicine with a CGPA of 5.0.
Christ Ambassadors’ College, today, is even more determined and poised in their pursuit and commitment to produce graduates who are sociable, innovative, confident and technically empowered to achieve success through hard work, integrity, creativity and persistence.
The Senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, has said that he has nothing to hide from anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Dickson spoke while playing the host to the local chairmen from Bayelsa State who paid him a solidarity visit on Thursday following his invitation by the EFCC on allegation on flood funds diversion and undeclared assets.
The former Governor reiterated that he has declared the assets in question which he acquired before he became Governor to the Code of Conduct Bureau for the fifth time.
He said that the indisputable evidence of the declaration of the assets are before the CCB and the investigating body, the EFCC.
He stressed that he had nothing to hide on his eight year rule in Bayelsa which was marked by unprecedented development in the state in all sectors.
Senator Dickson who also spoke on the alleged diversion of N17.5 billion flood funds said that no such donation was received in Bayelsa during the 2012 flood crisis and he cannot misappropriate funds that never existed in the first place.
He recalled that the state government set up the Flood Management Committee under the Deputy Governor which received logistic support from the government at the time.
Dickson who expressed shock at the allegation stated further that the Government set up the post Flood Rehabilitation Committee headed by distinguished and trusted men of integrity, a former National Security Adviser, the late Gen Owoye Azazi, Chief Doukpola and Barrister Iniruo Wills as chairman, Vice Chairman and secretary respectively. When the late General Azazi died tragically, Senator Dickson appointed Chief Doukpola to head the committee.
According to him, the only cash donation which was received in the state was N500 million from the Chairman of Globacom, Chief Mike Adenuga which was publicly and properly handed over to the committee in a ceremony. This was publicly acknowledged by the committee.
He added that the call of the state government for donations because of the devastating effect of the flood was ignored even by the Federal Government though some public spirited individuals donated relief materials.
He said that the petition written by the NGO had no name of donor and the name of the bank that received or transferred the N17.5 billion.
Dickson expressed further shock that he did not contest any reelection in 2019 as alleged in the petition to the EFCC.
“I am happy with the support that I continue to get and what you people are still doing, supporting the state government in building a strong party and a strong government”
“ I thank you for your relentless support and services to our dear state. You all know our track record and all what we did even in the management of the councils and our attitude to public finances. So there shouldn’t be any worry. We are not in doubt that the investigating institution will be fair in this issue.
“I assure our people that we have nothing to hide. The allegation about flood donation was frivolous as there was no such thing. The state Government under my leadership had to support the flood committee headed by Gen Azazi ”
“It is also untrue that I did not declare the assets in question to the Code of Conduct Bureau. As a matter of fact, I have declared them for the 5th time.”
Leader of the delegation, and Chairman of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Mr Nigeria Kia said that it would be unacceptable to the grassroots for anybody to take deliberate action to bring down the Senator who they described as one of the most vocal voices in the Niger Delta.
The council chairmen called on the Federal Government to ensure fairness in the ongoing probe of allegations made against Senator Dickson by a non governmental organization.
They pledged their support to Senator Dickson for his unique leadership style which they said created the opportunity for them to be council chairmen.
They noted that Dickson has the record of a Governor who did not touch local government funds for eight years.
“Having heard and saw what happened to our father and leader yesterday, we deemed it right to pay a solidarity visit to him as our father in politics who has made it possible for us to be where we are today,
“If we, the grass root politicians, who have enjoyed the support of our father heard this and we don’t avail ourselves the opportunity to visit him, it will not be well with us. That is why we are here to support him and pray that all will be well with him by God’s special grace.
“And also to let the government and the authorities know that our father today is one of the voices (if not the loudest) in the Niger Delta and this idea of bringing down the voice of the Niger Delta is unacceptable to the grass root politicians.
“It is also our humble prayer that those in authority should be very rational in taking any decision or any action they want to take in this matter.
“We are with you and will still stand firm and strong with you,” Kia said
Will ₦900 Naira be equal to $1 Dollar in 2021? In this video, Finance & Tech Reviewer, Fisayo Fosudo shares a very detailed analysis about the new CBN policy regarding the ban on the sale of foreign exchange to the BDC (Bureau de Change) as well as how speculators think the dollar rate would be against the Naira.
During the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting that the CBN regularly has, the CBN governor announced on the 27th of July that they would stop selling forex, dollars especially, to the Bureau De Change Operators, and the reason cited was because of the unwholesome business practices by the BDCs that are putting a lot of pressure on the Naira. What does this mean for Nigerians and the economy? This is an attempt to look at both sides:
What is Going on?
In the year 2000, BDC operators in the country were only 74, in the range of the year 2010 and 2016, that number rose to 2,000 BDC operators and in 2018 to the 2021 year range, that number went up to 5,000 BDC operators in Nigeria. The thing is Nigeria has 2 markets, the Normal Import and Export Window market or the Bank rate and then the parallel or black market rate. Historically, the black market rate has always been higher, there was a time when Naira to the dollar was 22 on the normal rate and Naira to the dollar was 87 on the black market.
What have the BDCs been doing?
The CBN governor was receiving over 500 applications for BDCs every month and analysts claim many BDCs were flouting the rules of FX Guidelines by selling more than $5,000 per person or even getting more than one license to access the $20,000 (per license) weekly allocation from the CBN to the BDCs. A license requires that the BDCs deposit a minimum capitalization of 35 million Naira. Previous CBN FX Sale Stop
The CBN has in fact discontinued selling of foreign exchange to the BDCs before. in 2016, Nigeria went into a recession because of the low oil prices. The CBN stopped selling dollars to BDCs partly because dollars from oil sales and foreign investors stopped coming in, the federal reserve also fell below the CBN’s target point. The dollar rate rose against the naira.
In January of 2016 and the CBN governor said that the bank has been selling at 197 to the BDCs, they have become greedy and are selling at 250 to ordinary Nigerian people. According to Nairametrics and a frame of reference, in January of 2016 when the CBN banned BDCs, the exchange rate was 268 per $1, in December of 2016, it went crazy to 495 per $1. We had a 46% currency devaluation and an 85% dollar gain against the naira. Basically, if you had $100 in January of 2016, it was 26,800 and by December it was 49,500 naira.
What will happen?
Just like the last time, the dollar rose against the Naira and subsequently stayed at 360 when the CBN was able to attract dollars from overseas with high interest from investors. This time around there’s a prediction that dollar will rise to 600 Naira per $1 or if we go by the 2016 number or 925 naira per $1 in December of 2021. I mean, It rose sharply to 525 from 500 per $1 just 1 day after the CBN made this recent 2021 announcement but it’s said that it would go even higher. At least in the short term. Fortunately, over the course of the days, it gained against the dollar and even went below 500 which is a major positive.
The CBN has taken many power moves and said that 1) Any Bank conniving with BDC now will be sanctioned. 2) They have in fact released 200 million dollars to banks so that people can buy directly, from their banks and 3) The CBN has even put out a letter stating that Bank should have teller points at their branches for the sale of FX to retail customers. Especially for people who want o request for Personal or Business Travel Allowance, School Fees, Medical Payment, Business transactions amongst others
The Aftermath - What does the Future Hold?
Analysts are looking at the fact that this move will drive the dollar rate up really high, at least in the short run and many people will take advantage of it. Do note that they have not banned BDCs or seized anyone’s licenses so people are still patronizing BDCs, however, the thing is that because of this shocking news, people might want to buy and hoard more in fear that the rate would go higher, which will make it go higher because there’s a lot of demand.
Many reputable analysts have advised that the CBN should just sell to the BDCs at that same very high rate of maybe 490 and force them to sell at 500 in the black market. Some also say Nigeria should just devalue the currency at 500 and let’s call it a day. This move might force BDCs to increase the price, causing the dollar to even rise further but again if it can be stabilized, the BDCs will lose almost 90% of their profits, the Nigerian people will gain.
The ultimate advice that can help Nigeria is that we find a way to make even more foreign exchange and not just demand for foreign exchange, it means more freelancers, higher oil prices even can help as it always helps, oil got us here anyway, we need to export way more and bring in more dollars so we can have the bargaining power, we also need to produce and consume locally, that is buying Nigerian and selling Nigerian.
Do you think Nigeria would export way more than we import? Would Nigerians suddenly start buying more locally produced goods and food and would inflation stop rising? Only time would tell, but I want to know your own thoughts about the situation in the comments below.
Senator representing Bayelsa West at the National Assembly, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson has asked the general public to disregard the resolutions arising from a purported meeting held by a group who claimed to be the National Working Committee(NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and calling for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
Senator Dickson urged the public to also disregard the calls by the group as well as those by a purported reps caucus.
Dickson, who is the immediate past governor of Bayelsa state, however, expressed satisfaction with the statement earlier issued by the Chairman who said he would not resign his position, adding that Secondus cannot be stampeded into resigning. Dickson also reminded that only through a national convention of the PDP can Secondus be removed.
He said the activities of those people ran contrary to the constitution of the party and that the decision of an illegal few cannot be taken to be that of the majority of the party members.
According to him:
“My attention has been drawn to a purported statement by some members of the National Working Committee who went outside the constitution of the party and convened a meeting in a hotel room without the knowledge, consent and presence of the chairman.
I want to draw the attention of PDP leaders, members and Nigerians at large that the meeting was the action of a few party officers and does not represent a valid resolution or decision of the National Working Committee known to the PDP constitution.
By the PDP constitution, only the national chairman of the party can summon and preside over meetings of the organs of the party especially the NWC of which he is chairman. So the purported meeting and the outcome therefore are part of the plot to contrive a needless crisis in the PDP.
It is part of the scheme to call a dog a bad name to hang it. The general public should note that the statement signed by some members: 3 members of the working committee and 3 Vice chairmen of the party (as indicated in the press release) does not constitute a valid resolution of the National Working Committee.
By the way, the NWC has 19 members and only 6 of them signed the statement leaving out the majority of 13 who were not at the meeting and the chairman who was not aware, who did not attend, who did not authorize and who did not preside over the said meeting and therefore it is not only a nullity but an act of gross misconduct.
It is all an effort to contrive a crises in the party to further the ulterior objective of those who are funding it, the intent of which is to cause a major crisis in the PDP.
Secondly, my attention was also drawn to a purported statement by the Reps Caucus. As Nigerians and all PDP leaders know, the minority leader of the Reps is Honorable Ndudi Elumelu not Hon Kingsley Chinda, and members of the House of Representatives caucus have already spoken that they did not hold any such meeting and the Chairman of the caucus Hon Ndudi Elumelu has rightly issued a statement which is in the public domain that he did not summon or preside over such a meeting.
Therefore, Nigerians should disregard the reported decision of the purported rep caucus meeting.
All this is to create a media frenzy backed up by the sponsored demonstrations at the party secretariat on Monday which are designed to force the chairman to resign in order to set up a caretaker committee which is illegal. Happily the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has issued a statement a short while ago that he will not resign. I support this decision fully as it is backed by the PDP constitution.
Let me also bring to the attention of all that by the PDP constitution, a vote of no confidence even by a duly constituted NWC or other organs of the party does not remove a Chairman. The chairman is voted for and can only be removed by the National Convention unless on his own volition, he chooses to resign. So I call on all leaders of the party that this is perhaps their last effort to save the PDP. Like me, most of us have paid dearly and have paid our dues since 2015 when we lost the Presidential elections and like me, we should all not rest on our oars or leave any stone unturned in the bid to strengthen and reposition the party including calling people to order and standing up against illegality when we have to.
There is no crisis in the party. What is happening is only a contrived media crisis orchestrated and funded by some people with a motive to hijack the party without subjecting themselves and their cronies to a democratic vote at the convention which is due in less than 4 months.
This has nothing to do with Secondus performance but a coup against a major democratic institution in Nigeria and must be resisted and stopped by all lovers of democracy and all men of good conscience in Nigeria.
The decamping of Governors and other leaders is not the fault of Secondus. It happens from time to time in all political parties from 1999 till date. The PDP has received Governors, presiding officers of the National Assembly and other political leaders under secondus and will continue to do so after this crisis. It is these people orchestrating these crisis that have made governors and other leaders to leave the party because of the needless crisis and the toxic political atmosphere created by them within the party.
Since we lost the 2015 elections, secondus has labored to keep the party in spite of harassment, campaigned round to support candidates without the so called ‘taxation’ which has been put to an end in the party. He is one of the most experienced political party administrators in the party and in the country right from his days as NPN youth leader till date. He has seen it all and done it all. The whole issue is that Secondus insists that party decisions should be taken by all stakeholders and not by a few especially decisions about the direction of the party in 2023.
I call on the National Chairman to utilize all options and powers available to him under the constitution and to take steps to ensure that no officer or member no matter how highly placed usurps, or impedes the exercise of his rights, powers and duties as national chairman or is allowed to plunge the party into another needless crisis.”
END OF THE ROAD FOR SOLUDO AND VICTOR OYE AS INEC ISSUES AND ACCEPTS NOMINATION FORM OF UMEOJI CANDIDATURE .
… NOMINATION OF CANDIDATE IS LAST PHASE IN THE FORMALIZATION OF CANDIDATURE.
… OYE/SOLUDO CAMP IN DISARRAY OVER DEVELOPMENT
… INEC ACTED IN FURTHERANCE OF UMEOJI CANDIDATURE AFFIRMED BY THE COURT
.. EVIDENCE OF INEC ACCEPTANCE OF THE FINAL SUBMISSION ATTACHED
The road is now closed for the ambition of former Central Bank Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo to be the Governorship candidate of APGA and Chief Victor Oye to upturn his popular sack as APGA Chairman with the issuance of Nomination Forms by INEC and acceptance of the filled Nomination Forms containing the list of Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji’s nominators as required by Section 32 of the Electoral Act. The official deadline for making the submission closed today been 6th August 2021
This phase which is a statutory process that marks the close of the process of nomination of candidates has thrown the Soludo camp into disarray and seems to have buried the guber ambition which could not fly.
Majority of APGA chieftains and House of Assembly lawmakers who spoke described latest development as victory for APGA members who have stood with Umeoji and willing to sink and die for his ticket. The member representing Ihiala Federal Constituency in the house of Representatives Ifeanyi Momoh, the Chief Whip of the State House of Assembly who led over 10 other lawmakers and the APGA State Auditor all welcomed the development and expressed the readiness of the APGA family and stakeholders to hit the ground running and bring landslide victory for Umeoji.
The lawmakers appealed to His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano, Chief Victor Oye and Prof. Charles Soludo to as one family rally round Umeoji who holds the key to APGA victory to help develop on the agenda of APGA to keep doing more and expanding the good works of the Party.
COMRADE IKECHUKWU CHUKWUNYERE APGA NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY
The Kano State Hisbah Board has prohibited the sharing of pre-wedding photos of the daughter of Emir of Kano Zahrah Bayero, saying it is a sin.
Pre-wedding photos showing exposed shoulders of Ms Zahrah has elicited much criticism for Hisbah, a religious police known for sanctioning people for ‘immoral behaviours.’
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, the Kano Commander General of Hisbah, Harun Ibn-Sina, said the Emir’s daughter is not above the law, and failed to set a good example to other Muslims.
According to the BBC Pidgin, the religious police chief said those Muslims sharing the Emir daughter’s wedding photos and videos have sinned.
“Hisbah boss Sheik Harun Ibn Sina say di Emir daughter na muslim wey no dey above di law and suppose lead by example if she wan blessings for her marriage.
“Di Hisbah boss also criticise pipo wey dey share di fotos and videos from di event saying na sin to share di materials,” BBC Pidgin reported.
Before now, Hisbah had banned tailors, supermarkets and boutique owners from using mannequins to display clothes in the state. In June, the religious police arrested 40 teenagers for selling condoms and Marijuana in Kano.
AS APPEAL COURT RESUMES SITTING IN KANO: TENSION, UNCERTAINTY IN OYE/SOLUDO CAMP OVER INCURABLY DEFECTIVE NOTICE OF APPEAL FILLED OUTSIDE 14 DAYS AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 285 OF THE NIGERIA CONSTITUTION
…HOW OLANIPEKUN,IKPEAZU,IKWUETO AND OTHER OYE LAWYERS HAVE RUINED HIS CASE AND DESTROYED OYE AND SOLUDO CHANCES OF WINNING AGAIN BY FILLING OYE APPEAL OUTSIDE 14 DAYS STATUTORY TIME FRAME.
… NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED OUTSIDE THE CONSTITUTIONALLY PROVIDED TIME
… ALLEGATIONS OF SABOTAGE HIT OYE LEGAL TEAM, AS OBIANO WEEPS IN GOVT HOUSE ,ACCUSES LAWYERS OF SABOTAGE.
Reports from the Chief Victor Oye camp of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Prof. Charles Soludo Campaign Organization shows there is palpable tension since it was revealed that the Notice of Appeal filed on their behalf by their legal team at the Court of Appeal Kano Division was incurably defective and thereby incompetent and deserving of being struck out by the Court when it resumes hearing on the Appeal on Thursday.
The Notice of Appeal seen by the our correspondent and signed personally by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN also had the names of Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN, Patrick I. N. Ikwueto SAN, Ken Mozia SAN, Bode Olanipekun SAN and seven other lawyers listed as Appellants’ Counsel was filed at the Registry of the Court of Appeal instead of the Registry of the High Court from where it should have been transmitted to the Court of Appeal.
One of the lawyers listed on the Notice who also is a member of the Oye led NWC of APGA was seen shouting in Awka that by not filing the Notice of Appeal at the High Court and having withdrawn their prayer before the Appeal Court to transmit further records and for a deeming order, it meant there was no Notice of Appeal properly so called. He questioned why the junior counsel who must have been instructed to file the Notice of Appeal was not clearly instructed as to the Registry where to file it.
The NWC member lamented how after heavily paying the lawyers and flying them by private jets to Kano for the Appeal, they had jeopardized the Appeal. “We cannot be paying six SAN’s and making such elementary and fatal mistakes.” He later identified the sixth SAN as Yusuf Ali who led the team on the 30th July when the Court delivered its ruling on their Motion seeking leave to appeal as interested person.
Further, in his fury, he disclosed that the legal team for some inexplicable reason withdrew the Notice of Appeal filed within time on 6th July and correctly at the High court Registry for one which was filed out of time on 30th July and wrongly filed at the Court of Appeal. There was no reason for us to shoot ourselves in the leg. We have just lost a case we had clear chances of winning he lamented.
“We must find out who the saboteur is in our legal team. If not for deliberate sabotage how can we undo all the correct things we have done for the wrong things. I suspect one of the SAN’s may be working for our opponents. We filed correctly at the High Court and within time and we withdrew it for a Notice that was filed out of time and wrongly at the Court of Appeal. We withdrew our prayer for deeming order, we withdrew our prayer to transmit further records, in fact we killed our case ourselves.”
It would be recalled that on Friday, the Special Panel of the Court while delivering its ruling in the Motion filed by Chief Edozie Njoku seeking leave to appeal as an interested person struck out the Motion for having been filed out of time as it was filed on the 22nd July, 2021 more than 7 days after the constitutionally required 14 days within which to file any appeal to a pre-election matter. It is therefore expected that in similar matters, Courts are bound to reach similar decisions. Hence having struck out Chief Edozie Njoku’s Motion, the Court of Appeal is also expected to strike out the Notice of Appeal filed on behalf of Oye.
The implication of this will mean that the dreams of the Oye led APGA and Governor Willie Obiano to ensure that Prof. Charles Soludo emerges as the candidate of APGA is dimmed and clears the coast for Hon. Chukwuma Umeoji who has been listed by INEC.
The mood in the Soludo campaign has been quite moody since the revelations came to the fore and the ones boisterous office now looks like a shadow of its former self.
Sen Ben Ayade will vacate the office of Governor in the next 1year ,10 months.
Despite his impressive performance in industrialization and expansion of Government to accomodate more unemployed youths and adults, his recent political moves has created so much blank lines behind his political history.
Can anyone truly Trust Ayade to Stand, Fight and Protect him when “push comes to shove”?
Can Ben, actually be Trusted to watch over anyone’s fragile political “back”?
Is Ben worth dieing for?
Let’s take a historical review of his digital political battles.
1) In the build up to the 2019 elections, Ben projected his best Friend Chris Agara to run for Senate from central senatorial district after hijacking the 2015 PDP congresses.
At the end,outsider Sandy Onor strolled to the ticket effortlessly. Chris wept, Ayade blamed Imoke and Wike.
2) In his second Term transition, the only member of the Ayade’s Team to win a primary to any National Assembly elections was his Speaker, Hon Gaul.
Having accepted automatic tickets for NASS members, Ayade couldn’t replace any NASS members, despite hijacking their ward and chapter structures.
Under Ayade’s watch his most loyal No 3 man lost the elections, Gaul was to fight gallantly to victory at the Tribunal and the court of Appeal, where he got a rerun.
Ayade lost the rerun despite having over 9000 votes aheadwith less than 12,000 votes at stake in the rerun.
Ayade Blamed Imoke.
3) Ben’s third political battle was the ward and chapter PDP congresses of 2019, As sitting Governor, Ben lost control in 15 out of the 18 local government chapters of the party to a few National Assembly members led by Sandy Onor .
Sandy pulled out one of the most outstanding political victory against a seating Governor by adopting Hon Jarigbe as his political field commander and used Jarigbe to deliver both the battle and the victory inside the Governors Senatorial District, while oversighting the whole project from the comfort of his Aso Villa apartment.
4) Ben, the sitting Governor haven failed to convince his party to reverse his delegate list went to court, from the high court, the court of Appeal and supreme, The Governor was given a cerebral judicial trouncing classically funded by Sandy and his “Paddy-man” Wike, another seating Governor in near by Rivers State. Ayade blamed Wike.
5) Then came the demise of Sen Rose Oko, the Governors Senator. He nominated his former Senior legislative Aid to replace Sen Oko.
With the Support of the PDP, Imoke and Gershom, Ayade took full control of the Party Primaries and even voted at the primaries in ogoja amidst gun shots and harrassment of delegates.
But again, his nemesis Sandy and Jarigbe were preparing a political martial music, the one Ayade doesn’t seem to comprehend.
In brief, Jarigbe was declared candidate of the PDP up the supreme court.
Ayade blamed Wike.
6)PDP in a desperate bid to retain Ayade in the party offered a soft landing and wrote NASS declaring Odey as their nominated candidate. And Boom Sandy and Jarigbe switched on their martial music .
Again Ayade danced zanku and sent odey to the Election Tribunal,while waiting for “consequential orders”. Despite the low current judgment of the Tribunal , the court of Appeal declared Jarigbe as Senator in conformity with the earlier supreme court verdict.
The Court of Appeal is the final court in this case.
Who is Ayade blaming? Maybe, Wike, Sandy, Rain Maker, Thunder Controller or consequential orders. Lol.
7) From the cases of Agara, Gaul, Odey and the PDP Congress defeat, Ayade has inherent and natural problems.
A) Lacking capacity to take critical responsibilities despite who is involved.
B) Ayade does not enjoy the influence and Goodwill Associated with a sitting Governor as in the past, the Goodwill that can be called upon at crucial moments of crisis.
C) Ayade is not Trusted by Nature, Fortune, Grace or Favour to fight for anyone beyond fighting and protecting self.
D) Ayade has invested so much vital social capital to protect the perfection of self / family and is blinded by the Grace to look after anyone else.
1. Unfortunately, a lot of people will still fall asleep blindly counting on the Governor to protect, project and fight for them in 2023. Beyond the stomach infrastructure advocates, even experienced politicians still expect Ben to understand the lyrics of the martial music playing in the background ahead of 2023.
I don’t blame them, Ayade has the gift of constructing a “perspective and perception quarantine” and hold his loyalist spell bound.
Remarkably, he has the gift of 2 extreme behaviours:
One, To dance in public when he is over excited and his loyalist take his Zanku steps for internal happiness or confidence.
And Secondly, to Cry in public when he is depressed or frustrated, his loyalist taking it as exhibition of Emotional empathy and sober attachment to their sufferings.
” I wish I Can Help ” kind of scenario. Lol.
The Danger of Trusting Ayade ahead of 2023 is simple…
1) Those who are fighting Ayade ahead of 2023 know him so flawlessly perfect, they have used 6 years to study and test run his fragile Political Immune system and successfully infected him with a wicked Virus, his immunity is going down daily.
And From Agara, Gaul, Odey and PDP congresses, they have carried out successive Strategic Dry Run on Ayade with one Simple Martial music rhythm .
2) Incredibly, Ayade knows how to Run away from the battle field thereby exposing his loyalist.
For instance, how one member of the house of representatives, Jarigbe successfully fought the sitting Governor in his senatorial district, took away his party structures and senatorial seat without any form of return Fire.
And typically of Ayade, he jumped Bail, took AWOL and ran away to APC sucketing to the National with a Low Current Transformer, at a time APC has become what hausa people call “Kasuan Dere “( Night market.)
3) Ayade has been politically humiliated and bruised right inside his own party of 6 years PDP and after sucketing to the APC National, his beaten run still continued.
At this point, my people “Shine Ya Eyes”!!! real politicians should now understand that the level of Trust to place on Ayade should be counterfeit.
Obviously, Ayade is not near the Clinical Execution elements in Duke and Imoke.
In 2023, clearly if you choose to Trust Ayade, check the unbeaten Runs of his opponents against him, take note of his proclivity for “Unforced Errors” And like Lawyers will say, “Caveat Emptor ” Buyer beware.