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Sports / World Athletics U-20 Championship: Nigeria Finishes Third, Breaks All Previous C by gbollybakare: 7:27am On Aug 23
World Athletics U-20 Championship: Nigeria Finishes Third, Breaks All Previous Championship Records.

Nigeria's contingent to the World Athletics U-20 Championship has finished third on the medals table only behind Kenya and Finland, surpassing all previous records in the history of the Championship.

The gold rush was heralded by Nigeria’s mixed 4×400m relay team while Imaobong Nse Uko(400m women) and Udodi Onwuzurike(200m men) also clinched Gold in the finals of their events in a grand style, with Team Nigeria winning more medals in men and women relay on the final day. Nigeria ended up with 4 Gold and 3 bronze medals respectively.

It is pertinent to note that Team Nigeria broke all records from personal bests to championship records and it is not unconnected to the support received from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the able leadership of Honourable Minister, Sunday Dare.

Nigeria stands proud of the achievement of her gallant contingent, who finished third out of 115 countries. A cash prize of $5000 would be received by the Gold medalists, while $2000 will be awarded to Bronze medalists.

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Health / Lawma Boss Starts A 2weeks Tour by gbollybakare: 9:23am On Aug 10, 2020
The Acting Managing Director /CEO of Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has reaffirmed his commitment towards ensuring that all waste collection and disposal guidelines are s adhere strictly to and that all structures and staff of the organization are working at perfectly.

Following his agenda, to ensure a clean Lagos, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni on Wednesday, 5th of August began a two week Tour . 24 hour Appraisal Tour acrosthe Lagos State, and to enforce where there are defaulters.

Kicking starting the Tour with Lagos East district. Mr odumboni led the team along side Mr Adeshina , LAWMA Lagos Eat District.

Health / Lawma Boss Lunched A 3 Day Appraisal Tour by gbollybakare: 9:57am On Aug 05, 2020
Today, the MD of @Lawma_gov , Mr Ibrahim Odumboni @IOdumboni will kick start his 3 day APPRAISAL tour across lawma offices and sites .
Health / Rebranded Community Centres Will Create Jobs For Our Youths- LAWMA Boss, Odumbon by gbollybakare: 7:19pm On Jul 28, 2020
Politics / Rejoinder On The False Story On Speaker Najeem Salaam Sharing Gala by gbollybakare: 11:46am On Dec 23, 2017
FOR THE RECORD

Our attention at the media office of the Osun State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam (CGI) has been drawn to a picture taken by our Principal during the 2014 governorships electioneering campaign in Ejigbo state constituency, State of Osun, where he stood on his utility car in acknowledging the crowd that was cheering his presence.

Of course, the picture is real not photoshopped, but the narrative that accompanied it was misplaced, mischievous and in bad faith, because an Ejigbo indigene who loves Speaker Salaam and wanted to show it brought some packs of Lipton tea and Indomie noddles to him while his motorcade was passing through Ejigbo central enroute Oja Oba, the campaign venue.
Of course, Speaker Salaam accepted the good gesture and thanked his loyalist who donated his widow’s mite.
To our surprise, some faceless elements quickly brought the picture to the public with a view to slandering Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, because to the mischievous traducers, only a negative narrative could stop his governorship ambition. The bad news to the spin doctors of the narrative is that their antics is exposed and the intention is aborted before delivery.
Ordinarily, we ought to ignore the wicked intention of the narrator who is craving for relevance, but the record must be set straight for our supporters and sympathizers and no negative narrative about our Principal would derail his ambition as long as it does not stand in logic and facts.
This is to lay before the public that Speaker Salaam has put in his best to stabilize the state through stable House of Assembly in the last seven years; a synergy that has engendered unequaled development and conducive environment for business and peaceful coexistence.
In a nutshell, we emphatically stress that at no time was Rt. Hon. Najeem Folasayo Salaam throwing Lipton tea or Indomie noddles at people disrespectfully, because he loves his people and he respects them as his benefactors in politics.

Signed:
Goke Butika
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly.
Phones / NCC To Sanction Telcos For Poor Services by gbollybakare: 3:51pm On May 09, 2017
The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said is set to sanction telcos who are performing below the industrial average with consistently poor service delivery.

Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Dambatta, made the threat during an investigative session by the Ahmed Abu- headed House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee investigating activities of telecoms equipment, service companies and vendors in the country.

According to him, the key performance indicators (PKIs) of the NCC when applied to the services of the telcos showed that they were performing below par. This got to the highest level especially in the months of October, November, December 2016, he said.

“We invited the operators and laid bare what was happening to the quality of service which has degraded to unacceptable level,” he said, adding that NCC will be taking compliance action to compel the service providers to provide acceptable standard of service delivery.

“The NCC is going to impose sanction, and there will be ranking on the quality of service so Nigerians will know which to patronise,” he added.

He however noted that the service providers have complained of lack of infrastructure, denial of right of way and the dearth of foreign exchange to procure telecoms equipment.

While speaking on job losses in the sector, Prof Dambatta said though the Commission was concerned, its mandate does not empower it to dabble into labour issues. “ It’s outside the purview of the Commission. It’s regulated by a different Ministry, we liaise with the Ministry of Labour and Employment,” he said.

The chairman of the committee said the committee has already written to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ascertain the issue of repatriated funds by telcos and others.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige is also to appear before the committee to explain aspects that has to do with job losses in the sector, he said.

The committee is also mandated to investigate the audited accounts of all registered telecoms and IT companies; evidence of compIiance with statutory obligations, frequencies monitoring report for GSM and microwave as well as dropped calls.

http://thenationonlineng.net/ncc-sanction-telcos-poor-services/

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Politics / Nigerian Governors And Transparent Governance By Uche Ezechukwu by gbollybakare: 5:18pm On May 08, 2017
Nigerian Governors And Transparent Governance By Uche Ezechukwu
Increasingly, especially with the emergence of the situation whereby technology and the social media are compelling openness and transparency on all the spheres of human endeavour, especially in the conduct of public affairs by the different strata of governance, government operatives at different levels are being roused to action. The social media, otherwise known as the people’s media, has placed the power to scrutinize in the hands of anybody who can afford a cheap phone that can access the Internet. So, public scrutiny – warts and all – is no longer the preserve of the haughty and privileged few.
The way things are today, nobody can escape the prying eyes of the public, especially as technology has democratized governance and the way the world views it. Hence, increasingly, some standard requirements of good governance have become both the accepted and expected norms for conducting the public affairs of nations and societies of the present time and of the future. It has become obvious that none can escape the current tendency and demands for openness and transparency.
In realisation of this fact, many people and bodies are coming up with initiatives that institutionalize the different and widely accepted and tested attributes of good governance that are applicable across the different global divides. One of such initiatives is the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which was formed on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in September 2011, when heads of state from eight founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States) endorsed the Open Government Declaration and announced their country action plans along with an equal number of civil society leaders, including the former managing director of the World Bank.

These eight founding members then welcomed the commitment of some 38 other governments to join OGP and since its creation, resulted in over 2,500 commitments made by 75 participating countries, covering a third of the world’s population. Significantly, Nigerian government under President Buhari has formally committed and signed up to the ideals and demands of OGP.
Because OGP provides a platform for reformers inside and outside of governments to fashion out initiatives that promote transparency, that empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance, it aims at securing concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments that drive open government reform and innovation in an effort to push countries and societies further in the direction and areas of transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. Significantly, OGP is a voluntary partnership that countries opt to join on their own accord without any external influences.
When I became aware of this initiative from some of my foreign friends, I never for a moment believed that it would become an initiative that would enjoy wide acceptance among African countries including Nigeria, following our legendary tendency for opacity in the conduct of public affairs. It was, therefore, with utter surprise that I learnt that members of the Nigeria’s governors forum – that voluntary forum that provides state governors the platform and opportunity to discuss issues of common interests – at the their April 17th meeting, unanimously agreed to commit and sign up to the Open Government Partnership Agreement, which means that they have, without any prompting, committed to running the affairs of their states on the basis of indices which include, but not limited to: fiscal transparency, anti-corruption, citizen engagement and providing greater access to information.

With the bashing and abuses which state governors have been subjected to on a regular basis, who would have imagined that they would, on their own, sign up to this international platform that commits them to all the things which they had been accused of standing against.
Naysayers would – for now - wish to adopt a ‘wait and see’ attitude, believing that the governors’ act was too good to be true, claiming that there is usually a canyon of difference between reality and statements. However, more positive observers, who claim that things are changing for the better across the different strata of the society, claim that a few indications seem to have borne out that the fact that the governors might, after all, be living true to their avowed commitment to the OGP agreement ideals, which they willingly agreed to adhere to. These observers point to such issues like the recent exchanges between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Right Hon Yakubu Dogara and the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai. When the speaker had challenged Governor el-Rufai to publish the details of his public spending, the governor had surprised the entire nation by the type of details he promptly volunteered, including the details of how he had disbursed his security vote, which was, hitherto had been adjudged to be beyond public scrutiny.
However, when the governor brought the challenge to the doorsteps of the speaker, he could only produce a payslip of the amount which was immediately scoffed at and dismissed by the public In fact most observers found it very amusing that the speaker could produce a document which showed that he earned about N340, 000 a month – amount which could not fuel the cars on his convoy for a week.
The fact that Mallam el-Rufai could submit his security vote to public scrutiny clearly showed that he had started abiding by his commitment to the OGP which he had willingly signed. There is no reason to assume that other governors, especially those in their first term, and thus desirous of public opinion for their second term desideratum, are not also exhibiting similar levels of transparency. A recent interview by the Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu revealed how he had brought the bailout funds from the federal government as well as the Paris-London Clubs refunds to the attention of labour leaders and other stakeholders who made their imputs on how the funds would be deployed.
With these and other similar examples in other parts of the country, it is becoming clear that transparency is returning to the states, without much fanfare.
Regrettably, there are still state governments that are still mired in the past misdeeds, with unpaid wages to workers and such other infractions, yet, unlike in the past, yet none of them seems to be proud of those lapses, which is a positive index.
There are many observers who are convinced that when the performance of states and those of the federal government are placed side by side, especially in the areas of welfare and provision of infrastructures, like roads, the federal government would come out as the distant second best. For instance, in most states of the federation, whenever you are driving on a smooth well-manicured roads, chances are that you are plying a state road. In a place like Anambra State, the only remaining bad roads belong to the federal government, even though the state government had undertaken to work on many of them that belong to the federal government and hope for later refunds.
Under a situation whereby the federal budget remains unpassed and unsigned five years into the year, resulting in a myriad of unfulfilled commitments of the government, people like Hon. Yakubu Dogara and his colleagues at the federal level should hasten to remove the logs in their eyes to enable them see and remove the specks in the eyes of the state governments.
There is no doubt that, in spite of what is happening in very few states, things have taken a steep trajectory for the better in most other states. Hence, rather than bash state governments, the federal institutions deserve to receive lessons from the state governments.
Politics / Few Achievements Of Buhari 's Govt by gbollybakare: 1:23pm On May 07, 2017
Took Nigeria out of recession
Approved N54b Calabar-Itu Rd
Increased Amnesty budget by N35b
Negotiated release of 82 Girls

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Politics / Buhari Is Mentally Fit And Will Take Nigeria To The Promise Land by gbollybakare: 12:55pm On May 06, 2017
Did PDP's called for Dan suntai resignation as Taraba state governor back 2013_2015? while on wheelchair he wasn't able to adress his people ,walk by himself He was mentally unfit to rule ...synonymous to what constitution describes as" insanity". It is childish for PDP to calls for President Buhari's resignation who's mentally sound , physically capable...to rule.PMB2023!

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Phones / NCC Reads Riot Act To MTN,GLO Others Over Drop Calls by gbollybakare: 8:16am On Mar 07, 2017
NCC Reads Riot Act to MTN,GLO others over Drop Calls




NCC Reads Riot Act to MTN, Glo, Others over Drop Calls

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has read the riot act to Mobile Network Operators, MNOs over the poor quality of service recoded on their networks in recent times saying the downward trend cannot be allowed to continue.

A source privy to the development revealed that the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Engineer Umar Danbatta handed down the warning to the MNOs and infrastructure providers at a meeting in the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

He was said to have noted that Quality of Service, QoS has worsened over time with monitoring reports from November 2016 to January 2017 showing deterioration in QoS and failure of operators to meet benchmarks.

The source who does not want to be identified because he is not the NCC official spokesperson quoted Engineer Danbatta as saying “We have anecdotal complaints from consumers that they are experiencing poor quality calls, while this is anecdotal our technical findings also showed deteriorating quality. So for the first time there is a convergence between what consumers are saying and what our technical people are finding out. So the QoS is really bad in the period from November last year up until now.”

Buoyed by its technical findings and the series of complaints from consumers, the NCC summoned the mobile network operators and their infrastructure providers to the meeting at which the Executive Vice Chairman warned that “it is not something we can allow to continue.”

According to the source, the NCC’s Chief Executive stressed that the regulator will continue to perform its role in the sector regulator while ensuring that consumers are protected especially in view of the Commission’s declaration of 2017 as the Year of the Consumer.

The Commission will henceforth periodically publish information on the quality of service offered by MNOs as part of measures to ensure consumers are not short-changed and to empower the consumer with regards to deciding on the operator to trust.

For operators, the technical report will provide the opportunity to know each other’s performances and to compete.

Telecoms consumers in Nigeria had complained about call seizures, drop calls, poor voice quality, voice freeze, wrong billing and other operators’ shortcomings that had caught the attention of the regulator.

MNOs however reportedly asked NCC to assist them in dealing with the challenges militating against their ability to deliver acceptable quality of service with the leading problem being damage to fiber optics cables better known as fiber cut in the industry.

Other problems identified by the operators at the meeting are the non-availability of foreign exchange to buy the needed hardware for expansion and network maintenance, illegal and arbitrary shut down of towers by various agencies and state governments, multiple taxation and lack of approval for building new base stations as well as challenges of power supply.
Politics / Buhari Is Committed By Akeem Afegbua by gbollybakare: 1:16pm On Feb 08, 2017
By Akeem Afegbua

Buhari Is committed

Buhari wasn't president when factories in Ikeja began browning off and selling their facilities to churches. He wasn't here when 80% of SME died away and the rest went on life support. Buhari wasn't president when landlords were being watched charging rent in US dollars and stores were selling in hard currency. Buhari wasn't president when wheat farming collapsed and Cote d'Ivore overtook us in Cocoa production. Buhari didn't destroy Iwopin paper mill or ALSCON in Ikot-Abasi, a single factory that at a point brought in 30% equivalent of what we got from oil. Buhari didn't take us from net exporter of oil palm products to lazy importers of the same. Buhari didn't make us importers of petrol and diesel nor is he responsible for killing of the textile industry. He didn't destroy our forest resources or run down power stations like Egbin until only three out of twelve turbines work. People shout policy but there is no policy that can transform a 'post-war' economic environment with the snap of the finger and government should just tell the people that this thing is what it is. Government also has to water down expectations on oil prices ever rising above 55 dollars because it is just not possible in the age of Shale and renewables. This nation is cornered and it has no choice than to reform it's lifestyles and go back to work. It has to reform it's justice system such that it can jail it's thieves and reward those who do things right. We are refusing to allow hardship nudge us in the right direction but prefer to explain our woes as a personal failure of Buhari to draft policy from sheer air. They were trampling people to death on job queues before he came on board. Where are your farms to save you from food importation or your refineries to save you from seeking dollars to import fuel? Where are your schools to educate your children without sending them to foreign universities when you can afford it? He isn't two years in control yet and I believe he deserves a little more understanding given the gradient of the point where he took over. Buhari met all these things that way, plus a devastating war that devoured the nation from a region and we have the choice of working with him to restore and rebuild the country or allow ourselves to get us into false sentiments and allow wolves in sheep's clothings take advantage of us to return us to the years of the locust. ‎
Politics / Still On Buhari As A Patriot by gbollybakare: 8:44am On Feb 08, 2017
Buhari wasn't president when factories in Ikeja began browning off and selling their facilities to churches. He wasn't here when 80% of SME died away and the rest went on life support. Buhari wasn't president when landlords were being watched charging rent in US dollars and stores were selling in hard currency. Buhari wasn't president when wheat farming collapsed and Cote d'Ivore overtook us in Cocoa production. Buhari didn't destroy Iwopin paper mill or ALSCON in Ikot-Abasi, a single factory that at a point brought in 30% equivalent of what we got from oil. Buhari didn't take us from net exporter of oil palm products to lazy importers of the same. Buhari didn't make us importers of petrol and diesel nor is he responsible for killing of the textile industry. He didn't destroy our forest resources or run down power stations like Egbin until only three out of twelve turbines work. People shout policy but there is no policy that can transform a 'post-war' economic environment with the snap of the finger and government should just tell the people that this thing is what it is. Government also has to water down expectations on oil prices ever rising above 55 dollars because it is just not possible in the age of Shale and renewables. This nation is cornered and it has no choice than to reform it's lifestyles and go back to work. It has to reform it's justice system such that it can jail it's thieves and reward those who do things right. We are refusing to allow hardship nudge us in the right direction but prefer to explain our woes as a personal failure of Buhari to draft policy from sheer air. They were trampling people to death on job queues before he came on board. Where are your farms to save you from food importation or your refineries to save you from seeking dollars to import fuel? Where are your schools to educate your children without sending them to foreign universities when you can afford it? He isn't two years in control yet and I believe he deserves a little more understanding given the gradient of the point where he took over. Buhari met all these things that way, plus a devastating war that devoured the nation from a region and we have the choice of working with him to restore and rebuild the country or allow ourselves to get us into false sentiments and allow wolves in sheep's clothings take advantage of us to return us to the years of the locust. ‎
Politics / The Politicization Ofthe Appointment Of The Chief Justice Of Nigeria Is Dangeous by gbollybakare: 5:06pm On Feb 07, 2017
The orchestrated personal attacks, innuendoes, accusations and allegations being leveled against President Muhammadu Buhari by some interest groups including some senior lawyers over his alleged delay in the nomination of Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria is totally and entirely misplaced and wrong.

The opportunistic and self-serving campaign by some senior lawyers and groups is regrettable and unacceptable.

I make bold to say that President Muhammadu Buhari has not violated any provision of the Constitution as far as the issue of the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria is concerned.

It is settled that Justice Ayo Salami was removed from office as President of the Court of Appeal on the 11th August 2011; late Justice Dalhatu Adamu was appointed Acting President of the Court of Appeal by then President Goodluck Jonathan in August 2011. He held the office of President of the Court of Appeal in an acting capacity for 15 over months.

After 15 months as Acting President of the Court of Appeal the name of late Justice Dalhatu was not eventually recommended and to President Jonathan for nomination as the substantive President Court of Appeal by the National Judicial Council; rather the name of Justice Zainab Bulkachawa was recommended by the National Judicial Council and sent by the then President Goodluck Jonathan to the Senate on March 19, 2014, for confirmation.

Before then, Justice Zainab Bulkachawa was appointed Acting President of the Court of Appeal by President Jonathan and was in office for almost one year before her name was sent to the Senate for confirmation as President of the Court of Appeal.

It follows that the Court of Appeal had an Acting President from August 2011 to March 2014; where were these senior lawyers who are now giving the impression that there had never any precedence over the appointment of an acting appointment concerning senior judicial appointments in the country then?

Some of the senior lawyers who are vociferous in the condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari now were then members of the National Judicial Council, but they buried their heads in the ground like the ostrich!

It is misleading for these senior lawyers to create the impression that there has never been any precedence concerning the appointment of an Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

One time Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi was appointed Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria in January 2007 by then President, Olusegun Obasanjo before he was eventually nominated and confirmed by the Senate!

Where were these senior lawyers who are unethically and unreasonably trying to politicize the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria?

On September 9th 2009, the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Honourable Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi (as he then was) sworn into office Honourable Justice Dantshoho Abutu (as he then was) as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court after the retirement of then Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Mustapha Abdullahi (as he then was) on the 4th September, 2009.

The appointment of Honourable Justice Dantshoho Abutu (as then was) as Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court was okayed by the then late President Umaru Musa Yaradua.

Are these senior lawyers now trying to lie to us suffering from amnesia? Or are they simply mischievous?

In so many States of the Federation, we had had these Acting appointments of Chief Judges of these States. Presently in Enugu State, the Chief Judge is in acting capacity!

Gladly Honourable Justice Onnoghen has wisely and maturely issued a statement disassociating himself from these unwarranted and needless campaign and attacks on the person of President Buhari by these self-seeking and opportunistic meddlesome interlopers.

One would have expected these senior lawyers to meet and discuss with the learned Honourable Attorney General of the Federation or even the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the matter (who is also a senior lawyer and much-respected voice in the country legal circles) but they are unfortunately and busy grandstanding and trying to further desecrate the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by politicising it!
Foreign Affairs / Liberia: Charles Taylor Adopts George Weah. Threatens Return To Horrid Past by gbollybakare: 9:22am On Feb 04, 2017
Charles Taylor ,the former President of Liberia gave a word of assurance to his supporters at his 69th birthday that he never abandoned them despite being in prison.

Taylor who was convicted on 11 charges including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war, in which some 50,000 people died.

The former president who is currently serving a 50-year sentence for war crimes in a British prison. An Act of Parliament was passed to allow for Taylor to serve his sentence in the UK, at the cost of the British government, following his conviction.

On the day of his 69th birthday which was on Saturday , Taylor sounded defiant as he rallied troops: “Whether you are a brother or sister, whether you are a friend or acquaintance, Charles Ghankay Taylor can never, ever turn his back on the NPP. The NPP group grew out of the NPFL; that’s my life, this revolution is my life; it will always be my life.”

The NPP recently entered into a coalition with Senator George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change, which officially became the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

Senator Weah recently handpicked Jewel Howard Taylor (NPP, Bong), the former first lady as his running mate, sealing the coalition ticket that will contest the 2017 presidential elections.

His merger with the former president and picking the former first lady, has shown clearly that Senator Judge Weah is ready to return Liberia to the Taylor's style of government.

What Liberia needs is progressive minded people that will take the country to a greater height from where it is now than people adopting the old and unfavorable pattern of government that makes many suffered.

Politics / This Is The “change” We Voted For By Godwin Amadi by gbollybakare: 4:00pm On Feb 03, 2017
Some people glamourize regret as if regret is a virtue or an endowment. All some posers need to do to remain relevant on social media is to say they regret voting Buhari. Others less imaginative ask, “Is this the change we voted for?” Whenever I hear these, I am reminded that loyalty is a high-price commodity.

What are you regretting? IF you really voted “Change”, what did you have in mind? Instead of reveling in your ignorance, should you not be ashamed that you lacked the basic understanding of what you espoused? At your age and with your level of education you still dance to every beat? Shame!

This is the “Change” I campaigned and voted for. From inception, I know real, lasting change comes at a high cost and discomfort. Have you ever attempted to change your life, weight, values or complexion? Did it come cheap or easy? Why do many people fail to live up to their New Year resolutions? Genuine change at any level is tough and cruel at first. Nigeria will not be an exception.

What happens when corporate organizations decide to change processes and procedures in the workplace? It is usually resisted because most people prefer the status quo. Corporate changes like mergers, acquisitions and reconstructions create imbalance and uncertainties in the concerned entities. I know a man whose workforce reduced by 75% when he restructured (or effected change in) his company. Today, the same man is shouting his voice hoarse that Buhari’s change is draconian and insensitive. Hypocrite!

How do we become self-sufficient in food production? The answer is simple: make heavy investments in agriculture and ban importation of foods that deplete our foreign reserve. Take rice for instance. As long as there are no restrictions on the importation of rice, local farmers will not grow rice and our exotic taste buds will not be retrained. If I were Buhari, I would put a total ban on the importation of rice.

Take cars, fabrics and wines (and spirits) for another instance. Something drastic needed to be done about our appetite for cars, clothes and wines. The cumulative costs of importing this trio into Nigeria consumed a substantial share of our foreign reserve. Buhari says NO. He argues that if you must use these imports, then be ready to pay a premium price for them. This is simple logic and economics. This is especially so since global oil price has dwindled and tempers are high in the Niger Delta.

Goods are more expensive in Nigeria today because Buhari insists that most of the products we import can and should be produced locally. By so doing, he has flung open unending investment and job opportunities for Nigerians especially. While reserving limited foreign exchange for some critical sectors of the economy, Buhari is urging them to make hay while the sun shines. Buhari is CHANGING the way we live, and the pains we now experience are his instruments of CHANGE. You can only take it, but you can’t reject it.

Why is Buhari putting these strategic restrictions on our consumption patterns? If you are PDP or a hater, these restrictions are to punish Nigerians. But to the dispassionate observer, Buhari’s stance is the most effective route to Nigeria’s escape from economic doldrums festered by inordinate importation of all and every product. Some countries in Asia, Africa and North America have provided infallible precedents to what Buhari has set out to do.

What has happened so far? Buhari is in a mad hurry to fix the refineries. About 6 states are now producing rice in commercial quantities. Cross River state has almost completed what is arguably the largest textile mill in Africa. Buhari is challenging Nigerians to introspect and unleash their creative geniuses. Unfortunately, politics is providing a distracting counter-intuition to these breath-taking developments.

Where will Nigeria be in 10 years if we continue (or forced to continue) to look inwards? Imagine what will happen if we continue to produce a larger chunk of what we eat, wear and drink. Imagine when Aba, Sokoto, Nnewi, Kano, Ondo, Osun, Benue and Nasarawa turn natural endowments into skills. Imagine when our universities and polytechnics wake up. Imagine when our industries and blue-chip companies begin to produce. Only a bold step like Buhari’s CHANGE will give form to these imaginations.

If you did not understand Buhari’s change, it is not Buhari’s fault. Regretting voting Buhari says so much about your character. Asking “Is this the change we voted for?” is the clearest indication that you must never be taken seriously again. You are a plastic supporter, and we will not need you in 2019.
Politics / Confirmed – How Disgraced Yahya Jammeh Of Gambia Used Nigeria’s Bola Tinubu’s Le by gbollybakare: 8:54am On Jan 24, 2017
The curtain fell on the 22-year-reign of The Gambia strongman Yahya Jammeh Saturday night when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s leased Falcon 900 flew Jammeh and his family from the capital Banjul into exile.

Jammeh, his wife Zainab, mother and son Mohammed all wore mournful looks as they were being ferried out of Banjul into exile, according to sources close to the flight.

The four of them and Guinean President Alpha Conde were the only passengers on the leased jet, safe for the crew.

A cargo aircraft provided by the President of Chad, Mr. Idris Deby, was seen ferrying at least seven exotic cars, including Rolls Royce and Sports Utility Vehicles for the exclusive use of Mr. Jammeh, who is now in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, shortly after a brief stop-over in Conakry, Guinea. President Conde of Guinea reportedly disembarked before Mr. Tinubu’s jet headed to Malabo, where Mr. Jammeh will, in the meantime, spend his post-office life as the guest of another sit-tight dictator, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.

Besides the persuasive last-minute efforts of Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, it was important that there was an aircraft on ground to complete the mission.

Conde in whose custody Tinubu’s leased plane was came in handy.
Considering the tension the Gambian crisis had generated, Tinubu was reluctant to allow the trip. Eventually, he agreed after assurances that the aircraft would only be used to ferry Jammeh and his family into exile.

For Tinubu, the facilitation of the restoration of peace to The Gambia was paramount.

Contrary to a wild and unsubstantiated allegation that stolen monies were ferried out of the country on the flight, investigations by Bola Tinubu’s Newspaper, The Nation revealed the following.

“No such happened,” one of the sources said. “In fact, it was impossible for looted monies to have been taken away on an aircraft that was in public glare. The radar of the international media, security forces and Gambian people was on the aircraft.

“It is practically impossible to load millions of dollars on the plane. In any case, no money was loaded into the plane, safe Guinean President Conde, Jammeh, his wife, mother and son,” the sources said.

There were rumours that Jammeh took with him some $11 million. A BBC report said the cash was allegedly taken after Jammeh lost the December 1 election and Saturday. It did not say that it was taken in one tranche and flown out in the flight last Saturday.
Politics / Jammeh: No Looted Cash On Tinubu’s Plane by gbollybakare: 8:48am On Jan 24, 2017
The curtain fell on the 22-year-reign of The Gambia strongman Yahya Jammeh Saturday night when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s leased Falcon 900 flew Jammeh and his family from the capital Banjul into exile.
Jammeh, his wife Zainab, mother and son Mohammed all wore mournful looks as they were being ferried out of Banjul into exile, according to sources close to the flight.
The four of them and Guinean President Alpha Conde were the only passengers on the leased jet, safe for the crew.
Besides the persuasive last-minute efforts of Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, it was important that there was an aircraft on ground to complete the mission.
Conde in whose custody Tinubu’s leased plane was came in handy.
Considering the tension the Gambian crisis had generated, Tinubu was reluctant to allow the trip. Eventually, he agreed after assurances that the aircraft would only be used to ferry Jammeh and his family into exile.
For Tinubu, the facilitation of the restoration of peace to The Gambia was paramount.
Contrary to a wild and unsubstantiated allegation that stolen monies were ferried out of the country on the flight, investigations revealed otherwise.
“No such happened,” one of the sources said. “In fact, it was impossible for looted monies to have been taken away on an aircraft that was in public glare. The radar of the international media, security forces and Gambian people was on the aircraft.
“It is practically impossible to load millions of dollars on the plane. In any case, no money was loaded into the plane, safe Guinean President Conde, Jammeh, his wife, mother and son,” the sources said.
There were rumours that Jammeh took with him some $11 million. A BBC report said the cash was allegedly taken after Jammeh lost the December 1 election and Saturday. It did not say that it was taken in one tranche and flown out in the flight last Saturday.
Politics / Let's Halt Ajimobi Feeding Frenzy. by gbollybakare: 7:46pm On Jan 15, 2017
The video clip of the exchange between the Oyo governor and the protesting students of LAUTECH now gone viral is one part of a running long script. The encounter does no justice to both the governor and the student. First the governor because in the last 4 months no one has done more to make sure funds are sourced to ensure the university reopen. He was in fact the first of the governors to announce in October that despite a lean purse he has his own share of the contribution ready. Osun insisted it had no funds. Thus the school remained shut. In September still concerned about the fate of the university Ajimobi quietly set up a 6-man fact finding team to get to the root of the LAUTECH problem with a view to forestalling similar long shut out. It was this proactive effort that gave fillip to the renewed effort to reopen the university. Thus, the recent announcement that both Oyo and osun states have agreed to pull together 500 million. Ajimobi promised that by February 1st or thereabouts the university will be open.
Thus if there was any of the two governors who worked relentlessly behind the scene to resolve the LAUTECH crisis and return the students to school, it was Gov. Ajimobi. Of course not all of his efforts can be revealed but he sure was key to the resolution. Therefore to want to judge him by the single video or incident is both unfair and unacceptable in a civilized society.
Yes, staying home for over 8 months is both harrowing and frustrating for the students and their parents it should be no excuse for brazen rudeness. Their should be no subsidy for bad behavior for both the students and the leaders.
The students protest was wrongly timed and their unruly posture uncalled for. If their unruliness and protests could provide the funds to open the school that would have happened since. To behave the way they did within the period when their problem was being addressed frontally and the reopening of the school weeks away shows lack of tact and a bit of lack of discipline.
For the defenders of the students, pray why do we think they must always be right ? In our days as student unionists things were done differently. Not in this manner. We know that it's easy for a protest to be infiltrated. We know that some of the student protesters also tend to go overboard. For Gods sake, if you take your case or protest to the door steps of a governor, the least you can do is to lay your case and give the other side a chance to speak. It's important to hear each other out. The Governor lost his cool. But who wouldn't ? I am also wondering what was it that the governor said that has earned him so much attack and abuse ? Are we saying his right to speak to the students as a father and elder should be taken away because the students are Angry ? The governor does not deserve the volume of Attacks he is getting simply for using a language many feel he should not use. Perhaps If Ajimobi had gotten down on his feet to beg the students or simply locked himself up in his office without coming out to see the protesters these attackers and the students would have being happier. May be. Just may be.
Does it mean the students are always right and should always have their rants and unruly behavior excused when it occurs ? This pack mentality that we have is worrisome. An Internet or social media war against the governor will do the students more harm than good. The right of the students to be angry and frustrated should not be a license to unleash verbal attacks on the governor. It is transferred aggression. And in most cases it is counter productive. There is no winner or looser here. Let the tempers cool. And let the gates of LAUTECH be swung open. And let Governor Ajimobi be. This is my tuppence.

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Politics / President Muhammadu Buhari: The Truth Must Be Told by gbollybakare: 1:51pm On Dec 30, 2016
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI: THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD
THEOPHILUS UTCHAYCHUKWU Wrote:


1 No doubt we are going through hard times as a nation. PMB is slow and steady and we all want change like magic. That notwithstanding, CHANGE IS HERE.

2 For example, on Saturday, March 15th 2014, the then government of Goodluck Jonathan invited over 7 million Applicants for 4000 jobs, in the most fraudulent manner lacking in standards. Eventually, 16 innocent people died.
3 But today, Buhari's Government gave out 200,000 jobs using the E-method of application, and no casualty recorded.
That is CHANGE

4 Despite that we are under recession, Buhari is paying seven years pension arrears, employing 200,000 graduates at cost of 6bn naira monthly, and with 300,000 soon to follow.
That is CHANGE

5 Despite the recession, Buhari has released
N700 billion for capital projects to reflate the economy,
N150bn for women entrepreneurship development,
N30 Billion for Lecturers' Allowances and CBN is giving 3 each to graduate entrepreneurs.
That is CHANGE

6 Buhari implemented The Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy that past leaders were afraid to implement because it will expose their corruption.
That is CHANGE

7 Buhari Increased to 30% CAPEX and Infrastructural Engagements Nationwide.
That is CHANGE

‬8 The Army under Buhari has fought Boko Haram to a standstill,
rescued some Chibok Girls,
sanitized Areppo,
forced Niger Delta militants to negotiation,
thought IPOB and MASSOB how to observe the rule of law.
The untouchables like Tompolo are in hiding.
Those who thought they were bigger than Nigeria have understood otherwise.
Gani Adams, Dokubo Asari, Uwazuruike, Ateke Tom and their likes now know the limit of their shenanigans.
Even Nnamdi Kanu is secretly negotiating for freedom.

9 Non of our territories are under the control of non state actors. At best, all that those COWARDS can do is to secretly go and bomb our pipelines or send suicide bombers to IDP camps. They are all afraid to confront the army under Buhari.
That is CHANGE

10 Buhari is unwavering in his Anti-Corruption War. We are getting results that have surpassed all of the results of former regimes put together.

11 Today, the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and over 26 retired and serving Army Generals are facing trial. That was unthinkable in the past. And their civilian counterparts are not left out. With hooligans like Obanikoro, Olisamethief, Fani-KayoStole and the rest returning stolen monies and judicial criminals being arrested the battle is getting set.
That is CHANGE

12 Come to the energy sector, there are many ongoing Power Projects that will over time make Nigeria energy sufficient. Buhari has a policy of Energy Mix, which will ensure that the sabotage of power infrastructure in the Niger Delta is tackled . That is CHANGE!

13 Other regions of Nigeria have identified energy sources that will make them independent of Niger Delta gas. Today wind and sun energy are being harnessed from North East and North West, Coal in the South East, Hydro power North Central and the rest. In no distant future, one of Buhari's ambitious power projects, Mambilla 3,000 plant will gush energy with ease. That is CHANGE.

14 All these compared to I6 wasted years of past administration in energy sector. These other administrations spent over 36 billion dollars and could not generate 3000 megawatts. Meanwhile China spent 25 billion dollars in eleven years to generate 22,000 megawatts. Meaning that given the same time Buhari has achieved a great feat.
That is CHANGE

15 By 2018, all our rice consumption needs will be locally met. Tomatoes and many others too.
That is CHANGE

16 How about National Railway interconnectivity project and the Recent $2.2billon GE PPP agreement.

17 Many federal roads are being constructed.
Contractors who have not been paid since 20I2 have started receiving their cheque
The construction of Second Niger Bridge is under way,
Calabar to Lagos rail, Lagos to Kano rail, Ibadan to Lagos rail and many other ambitious projects that will restore Nigeria to it's former glory are being undertaken by Buhari.
That is CHANGE!

18 Buhari banned 41 Items in the Forex list to help boost local production and protect naira. If you cannot take advantage, that is your fault. This ban is in your interest.
And that too is CHANGE!

19 Subsidy removal was to stop the elite from robbing you of the money we need to develop.
Past administrations refused to do it because they were beneficiaries and they lack the moral rectitude to do it. Only and incorruptible man like Buhari could stand up to those elites who were the beneficiaries of it.
That is CHANGE

20 Despite organized sabotage by corrupt politicians and other ignorant elements in our society, Buhari is trudging forward.
Although, President Buhari needs to speed things up and he needs to restructure our systems and bring about true Federalism that will help component units become productive and useful to the whole.

21 Nobody can fix Nigeria in one day. Even God believe in process, he is not in partnership with magicians. Buhari has not solved all our problems, but we are making progress. Don't let your hate becloud your sense of value judgement.CHANGE IS HERE.
Politics / Reply To Reno's Half Truths by gbollybakare: 7:13pm On Dec 29, 2016
REPLY TO RENO's HALF TRUTHS


Reply By Osita Okechukwu

On Christmas Day of 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted leading citizens of the Federal Capital Territory led by the minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, and during the visit he returned to his old habit of blaming and said, and I quote, "there was no money saved, no infrastructure built, and power is still our main problem."

Reno: This is patently untrue and without mincing words, President Buhari lied.

Former President Jonathan left $2.07 billion in the Excess Crude Account when he handed over to President Buhari on May 29, 2015. He also left Foreign reserves of $29. 6 billion for the incoming government in May 2015.
Osita: This is true when we remember that on May 6, 2010, ex-president, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, inherited Excess Crude Account of $17 billion and over $60 billion in Foreign Reserves and left $7 billion Joint Venture Cash debt to International Oil Majors (IOC) and $11 billion foreign debts, many state governments in salary and sundry debts and local debt of uncountable figures. Indeed Nigeria by all accounts was dangerously sliding into a failed state, halted by gallant Nigerian voters.
Reno: If ex President Jonathan left no savings, with what money did President Muhammadu Buhari use to bail out those states that could not pay salary (mostly APC states) after he assumed office in May 2015? Of course the Central Bank of Nigeria did not print money! That money came from somewhere.
Osita: The bail out to states - $2.07 billion = 0. True!
Reno: On Tuesday the 26th of July, 2016, President Buhari commissioned the $1.457bn Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail project. This was a project built and COMPLETED by the Jonathan administration. It is a 187 kilometer railway that enables Nigerians to live in Kaduna and work in Abuja. Is this not infrastructure?
Osita: Abuja-Kaduna standard rail project if we recall was initiated by ex-president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was not completed and Jonathan continued, and Buhari completed it. If Jonathan had completed as Reno, the only man standing on behalf of Jonathan, which is commendable, why is it not listed during the presidential campaign as one of the political capitals of the regime? Why was it not commissioned even by Madam Peace, Her Excellency, Mrs Patience Jonathan WHO was very active?
Reno: The only federal university in President Buhari's state is the federal university Dutsin-Ma was built by former President Jonathan who also built 11 other federal universities in Zamfara, Yobe, Nasarawa, Kogi, Taraba, Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Ebonyi, Bayelsa and Ekiti states.
Osita: New Federal Universities named across the federation, including Dustin-Ma Yes! Built No!

Reno: By building 12 new federal universities and 165 almajiri schools and renovating 507 additional secondary schools all over Nigeria through the Universal Basic Education Commission, the Jonathan administration not only increased access to education, the policy also had the intended side effect of putting hundreds of thousands of youths to work which stimulated the economy and contributed to GDP growth. Are these not infrastructure?
Osita: these are no doubt infrastructure, but built to what level and what in actual sense is the outcome? Were we not advised in school to measure the outcome of every investment made?
Reno: To prove that former President Jonathan prudently and judiciously developed all parts of Nigeria, I will now list, state by state, the infrastructure that the Jonathan administration invested in every state of Nigeria. I challenge President Muhammadu Buhari to contradict me.
Osita: Ladies and Gentlemen, lets pay attention please! To know whether Nigerian voters referendum on the Jonathan's performance is wrong?
Reno: In Abia, Jonathan completed power plants in Aba and Alaoji and reconstructed and reopened Ohafia barracks to stem kidnapping.
Osita: Hope Geometric Power Plant in Aba is not listed, for it is a private venture pioneered by Professor Barth Nnaji during Obasanjo regime. Alaoji is also an Obasanjo pioneered project, over invoiced by Jonathan regime. Details later.

Reno: In Adamawa Jonathan constructed 5 Almajiri schools and the NAF Comprehensive Sec School and a Terminal at the Yola airport.
Osita: Huge infrastructure indeed, for five good budget years for Adamawa State. Five years of unprecedented oil revenue, yet no federal roads, no agricultural projects etc.

Reno: In Anambra Jonathan completed Onitsha River Port, repaired Onitsa-Owerri Rd and kick started the process of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
Osita: yet to locate neither the completed Onitsha River Port nor any ship berthing there. Methinks this is one of the half or false truths dished out to captive audience by Reno. The 2nd Niger Bridge still stands as one of the Jonathan's biggest scams. We may recall Jonathan during the 2011 presidential campaigns proclaiming at Onitsha that the 1st Azikiwe, meaning the great Zik of Africa of blessed memory, completed the 1st Niger Bridge and that the 2nd Azikiwe, meaning himself will complete the 2nd Niger Bridge. It was a hilarious proclamation digested and used effectively to garner millions of votes in the South East region.
In February 2014, Jonathan after a rally at Owerri, where he received some prominent political decampees, like an Emperor touring his kingdom, he flew to Onitsha to confer with the Obi of Onitsha, Agbogidi, Igwe Alfred Achebe, a cerebral royalty. To his chagrin His Royal Majesty after some pleasantries reminded Jonathan who thought that yesterday is gone and that people have short memory, of the 2nd Azikiwe promise. Hell was let loose as he was thoroughly humiliated. As a counter pose they quickly coupled a an over invoiced PPP arrangement, which deferred 360* with the construction of a similar bridge, Owete Bridge, which was awarded under federal budget and about 80% completed.
Reno: In Akwa Ibom Jonathan established a new Federal Polytechnic in Ukana and the Nkari Earth dam and rehabilitated FG rds.
Osita: established as hinted before is far wide from completion. On federal roads, as a road master, I know for one that Aba- Calabar, Calabar-Uyo, Ikot Ekpene-Umuahia etc are in a very bad shape, until recently when Buhari re-mobilized the contractors. Rehabilitated federal roads fall squarely into Reno False Truths.
Reno: In Bauchi Jonathan equipped the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi and built 5 Almajiri schools.
Osita: this not the kind of project expected by the good people of Bauchi nor is it commensurate to the heavy support given by the then governor Isa Yuguda and Bala Mohammed at big risk.
Reno: In Benue Jonathan is building the Loko-Oweto bridge, completed the Makurdi Water Supply Scheme supplying to 1 million people.
Osita: this is the only truth in this whole propaganda thesis.
Reno: In Borno, Jonathan has fought desertification with the Great Green Wall Project and rehabilitated the Uba – Mbalala Road. He also set up the Presidential Initiative for the Northeast and the Victims Support Fund which raised ₦59 billion for the Northeast. Interestingly, it is from this PINE that a certain Babachir Lawal is accused of pilfering ₦270 million from.
Osita: Jonathan either by omission or commission allowed Boko Haram insurgents to dislodge Borneo State and indeed the North East region. In fact some pundits posit that the tepid approach was deliberately guided on the firm belief that opinion over the disaster will favor the regime. Whether true or false, the hard fact is that insecurity bedeviled infrastructure in the region during the period under review.
Reno: In Cross River Jonathan rehabilitated the Margaret Ekpo Int’l Airport and Modernised the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
Osita: what of dredging of Calabar port or Ibaka deep sea port, is it not possible to add them, assuming that the teaching hospital and the Expo airport were actually completed.

Reno: In Delta Jonathan has taken Itakpe-Ajaokuta-warri railway to 80% completion and kick started the $16B Gas City Project at Ogidigben
Osita: why 80% for rail line that was over 60% on May 6, 2010, when he became executive president? Can Reno tell us how much did Jonathan administration invest in the Ogidigben Gas City Project? One is yet to locate any project completed in the Niger Delta or anywhere else.
Reno: In Ebonyi Jonathan established the Fed University in Ndufe – Alike, repaired over 250km of roads and built power substations.
Osita: Established continues!
In Edo Jonathan completed the Ihovbor power Station, reconstructed the Benin-Ore-Sagamu and equipped UBTH.

In Ekiti Jonathan established the Federal University in Oye – Ekiti, and repaired hundreds of kilometers of Federal Rds.

In Enugu Jonathan gave the S. East their first International Airport and revived the PH-Enugu rail line.

In Gombe Jonathan established the Federal University in Kashere and built 5 Almajiri schools.

In Imo Jonathan rehabilitated the Sam Mbakwe International Airport and completed power stations and built sub stations. #GEJisworking.

In Jigawa Jonathan established the Federal University in Dutse, built 5 Almajiri schools and built silos.

In Kano Jonathan revived the Lagos-Kano rail, built 5 Almajiri schools, renovated the MAKIA Int’l Airport and built silos.

In Kaduna, Jonathan has just completed the Standard Gauge Kad-Abj rail that enables you work in Abuja and live in Kd.

In Katsina Jonathan established the Federal University in Dutsin-ma, built 5 Almajiri schools and multiple silos.

In Kebbi Jonathan established the Federal University in Kalgo, built 5 Almajiri schools and multiple silos.

In Kogi Jonathan established the new Federal University in Lokoja, and completed the Geregu power plant.

In Kwara Jonathan revived Jebba-Kano & Ilorin–Offa rail lines, built Almajiri schools, ongoing reconstruction Ibadan Ilorin Rd.

In Lagos Jonathan revived the Lagos-Kano rail, introduced inter city air conditioned diesel trains and is rehabilitating MMIA.

In Nasarawa Jonathan established a new Federal University in Lafia and rehabilitated the Lafia–Makurdi Rd.

In Niger Jonathan dredged River Niger up to Baro, Baro Port at 95% completion, Zungeru power plant ongoing.

In Ondo Jonathan completed and commissioned the 500 MWs Omotosho Power Plant Phase 2 & renovated the Akure airport.

In Ogun Jonathan rehabilitated the Sagamu-Ore road as well as the Ijebu Igbo Ajegunle–Araromi–Ife-Sekona Road (Section II).

In Osun Jonathan re-equipped OAUTH, constructed silos, built power substations, repaired Efon Alaaye-Erinmo Ijesha-Iwarga Rd.

In Oyo Jonathan is reconstructing (not repairing) Lag-Ibadan Rd and has commenced constructing the Lag-Ibadan hi-speed rail.

In Plateau Jonathan repaired the Vom-Manchok Rd, construction of earth dam in Heipang and power substations.

In Rivers Jonathan revived the PH-Enugu Rail, Rehabilitating the PH International Airport & upgraded Uniport Teaching Hospital.

In Sokoto Jonathan is fighting desertification with the Great Green Wall and built 5 Almajiri schools.

In Taraba Jonathan established the Federal University in Wukari and constructed the Kashimbila Multi-Purpose Dam Project.

In Yobe Jonathan established Fed University of Gashua, Almajiri schools & Gashua–Hadejia 132KV double circuit trasnsmission line.

In Zamfara Jonathan established the Federal University Gusau, built multiple Almajiri schools and constructed silos.

Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of Transformation with Reno Omokri
Osita: Ladies and Gentlemen, established infrastructure dominated Reno's check list and as I posited earlier instead repeating myself like a broken gramophone record, let's ask Reno, if all he eloquently listed are true, how come Jonathan lost the election? Are Nigerians so wicked or backward that they fail to view election as a referendum on the performance of the incumbent?

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Politics / Exposed: Amosun Political Chest Beating. by gbollybakare: 4:45pm On Dec 23, 2016
AMOSUN POLITICAL CHEST BEATING.

Governor Amosun exploded at the meeting with House of Assembly and National Assembly members... Boasts about contesting the Senate and emerging the next Senate President, reveals how votes were bought in Ondo & hints on how Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be disgraced before 2019!!!

Hard facts have emerged about the meeting which was held about two days ago at the governor's office between the Governor, his OGHA and NASS members. It was reliably gathered that the incumbent governor in Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun bragged about his 2019 senatorial ambition where he revealed that he is under severe pressure to contest as the senator representing Ogun Central senatorial district a position which is currently held by Senator Lanre Tejuoso.

In his words, the governor was quoted as saying "I am under enormous pressure to contest for the Senate seat of my senatorial district. I said to myself, I can't be anything less than a number 3 when I go back to the Senate. I might not contest and I might contest. Even Tejuoso that is seated here might recontest and might not recontest. The same goes for Micky and others here"

These words shocked Senator Tejuoso who was also seated at the meeting according to the source at the meeting.

The governor also bragged about how votes were bought in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in Ondo state and promised to repeat such feat in the 2019 elections in Ogun State. In his words, the governor said " we were just laughing at the likes of Asiwaju when they budgeted N100,000 per polling unit. Unknowingly to them, we brought in N1m per unit. I got the money out from Abuja and we will repeat same in Ogun come 2019.

I am concerned about just 7 local governments. The 5 in Ogun central, Sagamu and Ado odo ota. I am prepared to spend N1bn in Sagamu, N1bn in Ado odo ota then N2bn in Ogun central. That "Ladi has no brain" (in yoruba). No matter what we do, that drug boy buruji will beat us in some part of Ogun east while that fool from Lagos will control the other 4 local government in Ogun west"

The governor was oozing massive confidence at the meeting and revealed that he was aware of underground moves to the camp of Tinubu from within his government. The governor said (in yoruba to be precise) "we are aware of the moves by some of you but if I get to know you have gone public with such moves, you are finished"

The governor hinted about the plans to create crisis for Asiwaju Tinubu in Lagos APC. The governor said in his words " Even Lagos will go out of Asiwaju's grip. We will bring in few PDP to decamp to APC and cause them problems (laughter) you don't know anything. You can go ahead and tell them o, I don't care"

None of the house of assembly and National Assembly members uttered a word throughout the meeting as they were all in shock.

Meanwhile the source within that gave this information is waiting for the government to deny this exclusive story before making the audio file public....

SOURCE......RELIABLE.
Politics / No Merger Talks With Tinubu, Others – PDP Bot Chair by gbollybakare: 8:52am On Dec 07, 2016
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, on Tuesday in Abuja, dismissed alleged merger talks with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and others.

The BoT chair of the main opposition party insisted that the party did not contact the former governor of Lagos State or any member of the APC with the hope of luring them to the PDP.
He said the camp of Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP was busy repositioning the party and had yet to contact anyone in the APC with the aim of luring them to defect to the main opposition party.

Jibrin said such reports suggesting alliance talks by the Makarfi camp with Tinubu and some disgruntled members of the APC emanated from those he described as mischief makers.

There were reports that apart from Tinubu, the PDP was also luring a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Aliyu Wamakko among others.

Jibrin in a statement said the PDP had never contemplated teaming up with Tinubu and the other APC members with the purpose of either forming a new political party or strengthening the PDP.

Jibrin said, “I salute Tinubu’s courage for coming out to speak frankly about his position regarding this unfounded rumour and for setting the record straight.

“In Tinubu’s own reaction denouncing the report, he condemned the PDP and I can’t understand why anybody would think that we are going to form a new party with somebody who is condemning us.

“The PDP is a golden name, a party formed by respectable and dignified Nigerians dead and alive, like Alex Ekwueme, Jerry Gana, Solomon Lar, Adamu Ciroma, Aminu Wali, Sule Lamido and many others.

“It is therefore ridiculous to think that anyone would abandon a well organised party like the PDP and join another party. There is nothing wrong with the PDP, except for some characters within the party.”

Jibrin said that the current crisis rocking the PDP was as a result of impunity and indiscipline among some of its members, but he added that the PDP would overcome the challenges sooner than expected.

The BoT chairman said that he was happy that issues arising from anarchy, self-centredness, self aggrandisement, poor leadership and indiscipline that he said had plagued the PDP were already being resolved.

He said, “We are ready to make corrections by doing away with impunity, indiscipline and pride among some people in our midst.”

Jibrin commended the efforts by the Senator Ike Ekweremadu committee and another committee led by Gana to find lasting solutions to the various conflicts within the PDP.

Jibrin said he had the confidence that many of those who left the PDP before and after the 2015 general elections as a result of ill-treatment would soon rejoin the party before the 2019 general elections.

He said, “We are ready to look into their cases whenever they decide to come back. We can never abandon the PDP for some people who have just joined us simply because they have the capacity to cause trouble.”
He also dismissed the reports suggesting that the PDP was planning to change its name.
Phones / Ncc/telcos- Increase In Data Tariff – Why Not Now, If Not Now? by gbollybakare: 4:54pm On Dec 05, 2016
NCC/TELCOS- INCREASE IN DATA TARIFF – WHY NOT NOW, IF NOT NOW?
 
Blessing Olaifa, Abuja
 
For those who have set their alarm clock on the proposed increase of tariff on data usage by telecommunications operators, especially the big players, namely MTN,GLO, Etisalat and Airtel: a temporary victory has been won. The planned hike has been suspended.
 
However, in the days ahead all stakeholders in the industry would face the grim reality over the sustainability of the status quo. Reverting to the old price regime means a lot to the industry, except of course things have to remain as they are.
 
But experts have agreed that things cannot remain the same in an industry considered as “ dynamic, capital intensive and competitive.” As everyone awaits “the finalization of the study on the determination of cost-based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria,” it is important to put the issues in their proper perspective once more.
 
The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC,  via a letter had directed the big telecommunication companies to increase their data tariff beginning from December 1, 2016. The letter to that effect was signed jointly by the Policy/Competition and Economic Analysis Director, Miss Josephine Amuwo and the Legal Regulatory Services Head, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye.
 
They signed on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the regulatory body, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta. Professor Danbatta had on assumption of office in August 2015 unfolded an 8-point agenda to drive the vision of the NCC. Among others, his agenda was to facilitate broadband penetration, improve quality of service, protect and empower consumers and promote fair competition and inclusive growth.
 
The NCC’s, proposed hike in data tariff was to check the emergence of dominant operators in the data service segment and ultimately enhance broadband penetration into the rural area. It’s a journey that must start now.
 
The document further explain that the measure would provide a level playing ground for all players and protect the industry from massive predatory pricing and safeguard investment, ensure growth, and development and sustainability of the industry.
 
In the said letter, the NCC put the interim price floor for data services at N0.90k/megabyte (MB) for the big operators. The big carriers before this new development have been charging as follows: MTN 45k/MB, Globacom 21k/MB, Etisalat94k/MB and Airtel 52k/MB, putting the average at 53k/MB.
 
The smaller operators and new entrants price per megabyte shows that Smile was charging 84k/MB, Spectranet 58k/MB and Natcom was charging 72k/MB. The average charge of this category was 71k/MB. The small operator were described by NCC as “one that has less than 7.5 percent of market share and a new entrant is an operator that has operated less than three years in the market”.
 
 
Reactions to the new price regime were spontaneous from across the country, forcing the NCC to suspend the hike. The regulatory body through its Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo cited a general outcry from Nigerians as reason for the suspension. He said the NCC new position was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders.
 
Among critical stakeholders that kicked against the hike were members of the National Assembly, Trade Union Congress and the National Association of Telecom Consumers (NATCOM). Nigerians also took to the social media to express their opposition to the hike.
 
While the Senate ordered a halt to the increase and set up a committee to further look into the matter, it however maintained that it would involve all the agencies connected to the matter in its investigation.
 
 
 
However, the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria, ALTON,  expressed disappointment over the decision of the NCC to suspend the proposed price hike. ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo said NCC’s action would be unhelpful to the industry, as data prices had already fallen to unreasonably low and unprofitable levels. He said the public sentiments expressed across the country against the hike were understandable, but that NCC’s intervention as a regulatory body should not be driven by sentiments.
 
Ekanga Attah, a Nigerian who resides in Ghana, in a publication by The Cable reacted thus: “inasmuch as I don’t support the increase in tariffs, but we have to understand that data (and goods in general) is still relatively cheaper than in most other countries. 
 
“I bought 6gb on Vodafone Ghana for 90 cedis (N9000) and petrol cost 3.69 cedis (N369) per litre while a bottle of star which is manufactured here in Ghana costs the equivalent of N500 while every other commodity cost twice or thrice as much as in Nigeria while the salary scale is equivalent to that of Nigeria as I learnt due to heavy government taxing which makes me want to run back home.
 
“So I know that the government is making some kind of miracle because bigger economies exposed to our type of shock eg Venezuela and to some extent Saudi Arabia are actually experiencing total upheavals.
 
“And to think they still have to do all this with North East in total ruins while catering for about 2 million IDPs so I would say at this point in time we should shoulder the shocks and ride it out because it could have been so much worse”, he asserted.
 
Again the planned increase in data tariff brought into the front burner the issues of infrastructures development and expansion in the industry and the imperative of quality of service. Would Nigerians prefer poor quality of service such as slow networks to improved quality and fast network service? 
 
Would a reasonably justified hike at a period of recession not be an incentive to industry operators who are also facing the challenge of sourcing foreign exchange in the face of depreciating naira value? Industrial operators also face the challenge of equipment shut down and vandalism, yet the base stations are powered with diesel in the face of electricity supply gap.
 
The NCC had rightly argued in a document obtained by The Nation that chief among the reasons for the reintroduction of the price floor was that” some service providers were actually pricing their services below cost, a situation which could spell doom for the industry “.
 
ALTON President had warned about the unsustainability of the old price regime. His loud outcry might be seen as a cry to protect his members. But his warnings that “if the matter is not urgently addressed, it could lead to deterioration in the quality of data services across all networks and attendant poor quality of experience of users,” should not be ignored. 
 
A top official of NCC was of the opinion that “it is also in the interest of consumers who have stake their hard-earned income on data purchase to get quality service in return. Or of what benefit is a data purchased at cheaper rate, yet to download a 2hour movie takes as long as a day, leaving consumers frustrated.”
 
Similarly, he said attaching a 10-page Curriculum Vitae in a Cyber Café could be as slow and time consuming, the pains and frustration of not getting it done at all haven purchased a 1.30minutes airtime could force a nightmare. The hike in data tariff, he further argued should be a win-win situation for all stakeholders in the industry. Whether it is now or later, the choice is before all the stakeholders, the official who would not want his name in print added. 
 
According to a top industrial player “ for those who do business with data, service quality is imperative and irreplaceable.  This could be a different ball game all together for other consumes, however, the NCC is better placed in the long run to chart a course that would be more beneficial to all. Good that NCC had developed a culture of consultation and openness to ensure justice, and fair-play by putting all the cards on the table, its regulatory functions to ensure the growth and development of the industry remain sacrosanct in the days ahead”.
Politics / President Buhari Has High Regard For Tinubu – Femi Adesina by gbollybakare: 3:16pm On Dec 05, 2016
President Buhari has high regard for Tinubu – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina

Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Muhammadu Buhari in this interview with Vanguard Newspaper navigates through and sometimes around some knotty issues that have recently bestirred the polity. He spoke on among others, the alleged intraparty wrangling between the President and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the role of the President in the All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the Ondo State governorship election, and the criticism raised against his boss by President Olusegun Obasanjo among others. Excerpts: By Bashir Adefaka

How would you assess the government you serve in after more than one and a half years in office?

Well, Nigeria is not where it was when he entered office. When you want to assess his government, assess it based on the promises he made. You know the tripod promises of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of security, reviving the economy and fighting corruption.

In terms of security the country, as heaven is as far from hell, that is where we are now, which is far from where we were on May 29, 2015.

We know that by 2015 the entire country was almost overrun and nobody was sure what would happen the next day, the next week, the next month. But we know where we are today that the insurgency is virtually defeated, completely under control. What we are passing through is a mopping up process and the worst we can see is over by the grace of God.

So, in terms of securing the country, the President has kept to his promise. Roads that had been closed for three years have reopened. Emirs and traditional rulers that had fled their palaces have returned and are using the same palaces. Gombe had not had NYSC orientation for two years.

They had orientation in Gombe this year. So, you just need to talk to the people in the North East and they would tell you that it is a new dawn. They couldn’t farm for almost five seasons. They are back in their farms. Those who fled their villages are back into their villages. We know that there are still skirmishes here and there. There are cowardly suicide bombers here and there but it will be over. So, the President has kept to his promise of securing the country. Other fronts of insurgency like Niger Delta will be settled. Issues like kidnapping, armed robbery, the government is attending to them. This government has a capacity to secure the country and is putting that capacity to work.

And on anti-corruption, no matter what they say, “Oh, it is one-sided and all that,” what we all know is that the anti-corruption war is well and alive and it is a war that will be fought to a logical conclusion. Nigeria will never be the same again because the cleansing process is real and that cleansing will permeate every nook and cranny of the country.

The third area is the economy. It is still sticky but it is work in progress. I tell you, as clear as night follows the day, the government will put the economy of this country on a fresh foundation.

(Cuts in)So you mean there is light at the end of the tunnel?

Oh, definitely. Even now a new foundation of a diversified economy is being laid for the country. We had had promises of diversification of the economy for five decades. This is the first time real practical steps are being taken to diversify the economy. Do you know what is happening with agriculture now? So much so that in two years time Nigeria will not import rice again and we will be able to even export.

How do you mean?

I mean we spend about two billion dollars annually importing rice. In about two years we will not import rice and we will be able to export. So, that is part of the new foundation for the economy. The solid minerals sector is another foundation that is being laid for the economy of the country. The gestation period for solid minerals is long; in fact, the minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said it is up to 20 years, but that foundation is being made. And by the time Nigeria enters into the boom of solid minerals, people will remember the Buhari administration and give it kudos. So, it is promise made, promise kept and promise still being kept.

So, people crying over hard life should be patient with the government?

That is just it.

Loyalists of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are saying the President has betrayed their leader? Why?

No. Don’t forget that I don’t speak for APC. I speak for the President. That question probably will be taken by the APC spokesman. But what I can say on my own end is that the President whom I speak has utmost respect for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

From what I have seen so far, the President has high regard for Asiwaju Tinubu.

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Asiwaju’s loyalists are saying that after helping to install Buhari as President that he has been betrayed?

You are a journalist and a political watcher. You can say whether somebody installed another person. I am sure as a political watcher you know it. You know that getting to political office is usually a combination of factors. Each person has a role he plays and so, I don’t think anybody can come out to say, “I installed this person.” No, it is a wrong word. That person would then be playing God. Asiwaju Tinubu is a political force to reckon with. He played his own part in the emergence of President Buhari and that is why the President has high respect for him.

What was the magic wand the President applied that gave the APC victory in Ondo?

As a political watcher because I am a political watcher, it could be that the people knew that APC was still the way to go. That shows that they still believe in the party and they still trust the President. You know a lot of people said, “If Buhari is involved, then, we trust the President, we trust that it will be right, it will be fair, it will be transparent and there will be integrity in it.” So, it is something that also worked for APC in Ondo State.

So for you the Ondo victory means the people have not deserted Buhari?

Those saying that President Buhari’s popularity has waned are not being scientific. I wish they can back it up with scientific proof. You will be amazed if you carry out a scientific exercise, the vote of confidence in the President will be overwhelming because, despite the tough time people know that serious work is going on and that with a bit of patience, better days will come for the country. And the number of people who are willing to wait for things to turn round are more than people who are not willing to wait. I have said that before.

Do you think the admonition by former President Obasanjo to President Buhari to focus on his job indicates a withdrawal of support by the former president for your boss?

It is only former President Obasanjo that can emphatically say if he has withdrawn support for President Buhari. He didn’t say he withdrew support. He just gave an advice and President Buhari respects Chief Olusegun Obasanjo very highly. And if he gives an advice, President Buhari would look at that advice very critically.

But did the advice go down well with the President?

I have not discussed that with the President. I speak for him and I can only say what he has told me. He and I have not discussed what former President Obasanjo said but I know that with the kind of respect that President Buhari has for the former President, he would look at what he said very critically.
Politics / Ondo Apc Crisis: Akinyelure Responds To Fellow Nwc Member, Hilliad Eta by gbollybakare: 10:24pm On Oct 06, 2016
In an escalation of the crisis currently rocking the APC in Ondo State, the National

Vice-Chairman of the APC (Southwest), Chief Pius Akinyelure has reacted to his

National Working Committee (NWC) colleague and South-south counterpart, Hilliad

Eta’s claim that the party’s NWC never voted on the submission of the party’s

governorship candidate to INEC prior to the 22 nd September INEC deadline. Eta had

accused Akinyelure of giving a wrong account of the events that transpired at the

NWC meetings of 19 th , 20 th and 22 nd September.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Akinyelure denied ever voting in support of the Election

Appeal Committee report being ‘thrown out’. He described Eta’s vituperations as a

red herring, largely intended to distract from the democratic aberration that

occurred at the party’s last NWC meeting of 22 nd September, where the will of the

minority was allowed to ride roughshod over that of the majority. Akinyelure

clarified that contrary to Eta’s claim, the decision taken at the NWC was that the

appeal committee’s recommendations be temporarily set aside in favour of a

political resolution to the impasse. Akinyelure stated that when it became evident

that this political resolution was not forthcoming, a majority of NWC members

agreed that the name of an interim candidate be submitted to INEC to meet the

impending deadline.

Chief Akinyelure reiterated that the party’s NWC never voted to reject the appeal

committee’s report, as that, in its self, would be ultra vires and beyond the authority

of the NWC. He averred that the decision taken at the party’s NWC meeting of the

19 th September was to merely temporarily set aside the appeal committee’s

recommendations, not ‘throw out’ the appeal committee’s report as Eta claimed.

According to Akinyelure, the appeal committee’s report contains very weighty

allegations bordering on criminal falsification and distortion of the Delegates’ List. He

added, ‘’any sensible person knows that the moment a register of voters is falsified,

the credibility of an election based on such a register becomes questionable,

regardless of any outer façade of transparency’’. According to Akinyelure, the NWC’s

remit, vis-à- vis the appeal committee report, was either to accept or reject the

recommendations of the appeal committee report. He described as ‘arbitrary and

unilateral’ Chief John Oyegun, the party National Chairman’s decision to forward the

name of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) to INEC. He made it clear that since Hilliad Eta was

not the appointed spokesperson of the NWC, his comments should not be construed

by the media and general public as representative of the NWC as a body.

Akinyelure said ‘’If, as Eta accepts, the NWC is the recognised appellate body under

the party’s constitution, how then does it sit comfortably with him when that body’s

head makes unilateral decisions that don’t reflect the majority view? It simply defies

logic to be honest’’. He made it clear that since Hilliad Eta was not the appointed

spokesperson of the NWC, his comments should not be construed by the media and

general public as representative of the NWC as a body.

Chief Akinyelure threw down the gauntlet to Eta to make public the names of the

members at the last NWC meeting of 22 nd September who were against the

submission of an ‘interim’ candidate to INEC. He insisted that six (6) NWC members

expressed their support for the submission of an interim candidate to INEC at the

22 nd September meeting as against the five (5) who were opposed.
Politics / Prof. Paden Got It Wrong. by gbollybakare: 10:38am On Oct 06, 2016
PROF. PADEN GOT IT WRONG.

Tinubu sent chose Osinbajo for Buhari as VP – General Ibrahim replies Prof. Paden

A retired general, Iliyasu Ibrahim, has discredited claims that a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu was against the emergence of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
Ibrahim spoke on Tuesday in reaction to a portion of the recently-launched book by Professor John Paden on Buhari, titled: “Muhammadu Buhari: Challenges of Leadership,” which claimed that Osinbajo emerged as Vice President despite pressure against it by Tinubu.

Paden, in the book had stated that the former Lagos State governor had wanted the Vice President’s role for himself and not Osinbajo.
Ibrahim, in a statement issued yesterday, said, “I became disturbed about this falsification of recent history. Why would the author say this and have it published when many of us know the truth? The truth is that Tinubu singlehandedly chose Yemi Osinbajo and sent the name to President Buhari. There was no pressure. Tinubu is Osinbajo’s political mentor. The latter was his attorney-general and commissioner for Justice in Lagos and both have a close relationship.

“My worry stretched further when I recall the recent piece by Femi Fani Kayode on Tinubu and his huge contributions to the APC and how he is now being short-changed. Though I do not agree with all the claims made by Femi Fani-Kayode, I am convinced he made some reasonable arguments and his summation about Tinubu’s role in the current political dispensation can hardly be faulted. In some areas, he went overboard and you could see him gloating, the PDP apologist that he is. Also, the mention of Governor Ajimobi as one of the governors working against Tinubu is a fallacy and here he got his facts wrong. Ajimobi has remained consistently behind Tinubu and that is easily verifiable.

“But back to the emergence of Osinbajo as Vice Presidential candidate. I was there the night before the final decision and subsequent announcement. I was there at the Lagos Lodge Annex in Asokoro, Abuja at Tinubu’s place. On the night in reference, Asiwaju insisted that three names would not be sent for the VP slot. He maintained that only one name would be sent. Eventually, the name of Osinbajo was sent to President Buhari. There was no issue of pressure.

“Osinbajo was Tinubu’s man and that was the only person Tinubu was willing to accept to cede the VP slot. Shortly after Governor Amosun came around to the Lagos lodge. He came in and we greeted. Now, it seems clear that some fifth columnists are trying to distort recent history and we should not let them. This history is too recent to be mutilated.”
Politics / How Oyegun, Buni, Izunaso Rigged Ondo APC Primary by gbollybakare: 10:28am On Oct 06, 2016
How Oyegun, Buni, Izunaso Rigged Ondo APC Primary

The National Vice Chairman (South West) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Pius Akinyelure has revealed how the party’s governorship primary was manipulated culminating in the submission of Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the party’s candidate.

Akinyelure, in a statement detailing how the primary election was rigged, named the National Chairman Chief John Odigie Oyegun, National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni and the National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso as the persons behind the act.

The statement, which the National Vice Chairman said enjoys the support of six National Working Committee (NWC) members, accused the trio of using NWC meetings to usurp powers and unilaterally take decisions that their offices did not give them the power to take.

It emerged that as many as three delegates’ lists for the election were in circulation at some point after the first list was tampered with.

Izunaso, according to the account, single handedly removed, added or substituted names on the initial list circulated to the party’s 24 aspirants leading to the emergence of a second list that was altered in favour of Akeredolu. His action enjoyed the support of Oyegun and Buni even when other members of the NWC opposed it because it conflicted with the party’s rules.

Akinyelure wrote that “The National Organising Secretary confirmed to the National Working Committee meeting of Monday 19th September 2016 that he actually received objections from some of the aspirants as to the delegates list. Then he unilaterally made the adjustments as he deemed fit.

“It is emphasised that the National Organising Secretary performed these adjustments without recourse or reference to the National Working Committee. The National Working Committee was not appraised of his actions before the primary. The National Organising Secretary then issued this altered list to the Primary Election Committee for use in the conduct of the election.

“This altered list became available to some of the aspirants in the early hours of the Election Day (3rd September 2016) when the election process was about to commence. Chief OluwarotimiAkeredolu,and three other aspirants protested and raised objections as to the delegate list to the Election Committee. However, “Committee members could not address as it was not within their competence to do so. They went ahead with the conduct the election. After the declaration of the results of the election by the Election Committee, three aspirants petitioned the Election Appeal Committee alleging discrepancies and the alteration of the delegates list provided to them by the Election Committee and other irregularities.

“Consequent on the above, the National Working Committee (NWC)of the party received both the Election Committee and the Election Appeal Committee’s reports which were tabled at the NWC meeting of Monday 19th September 2016,” the statement read.

A decision by the NWC to submit the name of an interim substitute to INEC as place holder until a fresh primary was conducted suffered a setback after Oyegun, Buni and Izunaso blindsided the other members to submit Akeredolu’s name in spite of a six to five vote in favour of presenting the substitute name.
Politics / Updates On Edo Election :APC Chairman Oyegun Loses In His Unit by gbollybakare: 5:39pm On Sep 28, 2016
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie Oyegun has again lost his unit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ongoing Edo election.

APC national chairman John Odigie-Oyegun acknowledging the crowd just before casting his vote.
Oyegun, who voted at Oredo Ward 2, Unit 1 has not won an election for his party in the unit since joining the APC.

The returning officer of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that the APC scored 69 votes, while the PDP scored 78 votes.

Politics / Presidency Apologises For Buhari's Plagiarising Of Obama's Speech by gbollybakare: 9:22pm On Sep 16, 2016
The Federal Government has apologized to Nigerians for the plagiarism pointed out in the president’s speech at the just concluded “Change Begins with Me” campaign in Abuja,. Reacting to comments by Nigerians through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu .

Mr Shehu responding to the allegation through his twitter handle @Garshehu .

“PMB has ordered that prompt & appropriate disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for a wrongful insertion in his speech delivered on September 8, 2016 at the launch of the “Change Begins with Me’’ campaign.”

“It was observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what President Buhari read in paragraph 9 of the 16 paragraph address while inaugurating the Campaign on Thurs., Sept. 8, are too close to be passed as coincidence. There was a mistake by an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened. Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.”

” This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted. The Presidency wishes to state in the clearest possible terms that it regrets this unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does not happen again”

” President Buhari urges Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems” he said .

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