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Politics / Obono-obla Under Pressure To Resign Over ‘fake’ WAEC Result by ijustdey: 12:32pm
by Chinedu Asadu

With the resignation of Kemi Adeosun as minister of finance over certificate forgery, Okoi Obono-Obla, another appointee of President Muhammadu Buahri, is back in the limelight over a similar issue.

Obono-Obla, who is the senior special assistant to the president on prosecution, is alleged to be in possession of an “invalid” O’level result, according to findings by the house of representatives ad hoc panel investigating the special presidential investigative panel for the recovery of public property (SPIP).

The panel had said in the course of its primary assignment, it discovered the presidential aide might have forged his way into the University of Jos where he studied and subsequently, the Nigerian Law School.


The issue first came to light in a petition to the house by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), regarding the contradictions in the result from the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

In the petition, HURIWA said it investigated the presidential aide and discovered thus : “Obono-Obla gained admission into the University of Jos with a suspected fake WASCE result. Evidence available to us shows that Okoi Obono-Obla (Ofem Okoi Ofem) sat for May/June 1982 (examination registration No. 09403/247) at Mary Knoll College, Ogoja, where he obtained the following results: English Language – C6, Literature in English- Absent, Bible Knowledge- C4, Government- A1, Economics- C5, Mathematics- F9, Chemistry- F9, Biology- F9. We attach herewith a copy of the result issued by WAEC.

“This result can also be easily verified on WAEC result portal by obtaining a PIN card at the cost of N700.00 (Seven hundred naira only).”

The association added that after he was called to bar in 1991. “Ofem Okoi Ofem, for reasons best known to him, changed his name to Okoi Obono-Obla.”


In the light of the startling allegations, the committee had swung into action, digging deeper into the issue and seeking clarification from all parties concerned.

Testifying before the house of panel, Femi Ola, deputy WAEC registrar, had told the committee that “available evidence indicate that the results were altered and therefore makes them invalid.”

“Considering the results, particularly on what is before me, I would say what I have brought here is the authentic and genuine one; his is not because it has been altered and such alteration renders it invalid,” he had said.

“From our record, the genuine candidate is Ofem Okoi Ofem, 09403/247 of Mary Knoll College, Ogoja. The exam number and number of subjects are the same. The difference is the grade in English literature in which he claimed to have scored C6 despite being marked absent in the true, certified copy.”

While also appearing before the house panel, Isa-Hayatu Chiroma, director-general of Nigerian Law School, Abuja, had said the school has no record of Okoi Obono-Obla’s WAEC results, and thus cannot comment on its authenticity.

He had said under the Legal Education Act, the school is not required to demand for candidates’ O’Level results, adding that the minimum admission requirements is the Bachelor of Laws (LLB).


The committee made several attempts to invite the presidential aide to its hearing but was not successful, leading to request for his arrest. The panel, however, indicted him. In its final report, it recommended the withdrawal of both the law degree and law school certificate obtained with the result.


While the Adeosun scandal got to its climax, some Nigerians took to the social media to demand action on the allegations against the presidential aide.

They asked the president to act on the house repetition and sack him or order a fresh investigation into the issue.

Writing via his Twitter handle, Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said keeping Obono-Obla in his job would be a “mess.”

“With forged certificate, Obono-Obla isn’t even a graduate to begin with,” he tweeted.


Obono-Obla has since headed to court, challenging the power of the committee to investigate both the presidential panel as well as his educational qualifications.

He had said, when the allegations were first made, that they are the outcome of “a hatchet job masterminded by some members of the national assembly who are under investigation by my panel” and that “the intention is to smear and ridicule me.”

His line was switched off when TheCable called for reaction. Garba Shehu, spokesman to the president, did not respond to inquiries made by TheCable.


Politics / Re: Ambode: Tinubu Burst Into Tears At Meeting With Buhari & APC Governors- Guardian by ijustdey: 12:27pm
it seems there isn't a big news that can come put of Lagos state that doesn't involve Tinubu

he has turned himself to the landlord Gustavo of Lagos state
Politics / Maigari Faces Certificate Forgery Allegation, Risks Disqualification by ijustdey: 5:10pm On Sep 19
According to a statement signed by Mohammed Sani Katu, chairman of the NFF electoral committee, the clearance issued to Maigari to vie for NFF presidency has been withdrawn and substituted with a “provisional clearance”.

Katu said there are discrepancies in the certificates submitted by Maigari. He added that the committee received two petitions against Maigari.

The petitions, filed by Chuma Onye and Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe, are dated September 14 and September 17 respectively.

Sequel to receipt of the petitions, the electoral committee said it asked Maigari to defend himself by producing original documents of the Grade Three certificates that he submitted.

“However, as at the 18th of September, 2018, Alhaji Aminu Maigari failed to produce the original document,” Katu said.


Politics / I Sacrificed My Presidential Ambition For Buhari – Ribadu by ijustdey: 6:50am On Sep 18
Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has said the he sacrificed his Presidential ambition to allow President Muhammadu Buhari go for a second term in office because of the good work he is doing for the country.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Ribadu also threw his weight behind the President allowing the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu to continue to head the agency despite opposition from the National Assembly, saying fighting corruption is the most difficult job to do.

Asked whether he was sacrificing his presidential ambition because of President Buhari, Ribadu who is contesting the governorship primary of the APC in Adamawa State, said “You can say part of it. Of course, that is a good reason. When you agree with a leadership, it is okay that you step aside and allow good thing to happen and I am comfortable with that.

“That is okay. It is fine if what you have in your heart is honest service. Any chance is an opportunity for you to do what you can to help your own people, you cannot shy away from that. I have no issue with that.

“Today, President Buhari is our President and I agree with him totally and I am comfortable with the leadership he is giving this country. If there is anything under, I can also make my own contribution, I am very much prepared to do so.”

Speaking on the non confirmation of the appointment of the EFCC Chairman, Ribadu said “This is sad part of our country. To even get things done properly and correctly becomes almost impossible. I don’t see any reason why they will not confirm him and allow him to do the work properly. I totally agree with the federal government in allowing him to do this work.

“Whatever you can say about Ibrahim Magu, you cannot take away the fact that he is a honest person and a very courageous person. These are some of the requirements you need in an anti corruption agency. He is doing extremely well.

“I know him and I know how the place works. I know this difficult in doing this work for our country. I am in total agreement with the decision of the federal government to allow him to continue. It is a matter of courage because fighting corruption is the most difficult job to do.

“It will require all the sacrifice, all the patience and everything that everybody can give for us to make an impact. We are going the right direction. It is tough one, a difficult one, but Nigerians should please go along with it and support it. If we don’t, the chances are that we will not be able to do anything in this country.”

On whether the EFCC was right in investigating accounts of state government and state governors, he said “I told you earlier that fighting corruption is not easy. It is not likely that you will please everyone. You will have to go after people who are in control of government.

“I won’t go to the village and go after somebody for the fun of it. It has to be people who are in charge and on control and often, they are people in opposition or against.

“When you are fighting corruption, there are targets and the target is often people who are in charge of our own wealth and if they mismanage it, the agency has a duty to go after them. But I don’t think that you can do it outside the law.

“There are rules and regulations that govern and determine the way you conduct yourself, as long as you follow it, as long as you are within the permission of the law, I think we must understand that it has to be done. Look across the world, the issue of fighting corruption is the same thing all over. People are saying the same thing they are saying in Nigeria.

“We are not different from the rest of the world. Fighting corruption is the most difficult thing. It is the most difficult job you can do, especially if you are going to do it with all honesty and with good intentions. There is no way that you will not be condemned.”

On the allegation that Corrupt persons were joining the APC for protection, he said “I don’t think that is the case, but that is the beauty of democracy. People are entitled to be where they want to be. Constitutionally, no one has the right to stop you from belonging to any political party. It is the fundamental right of individuals to belong where they want to and no one has the right to.

“You have no right to stop the, because they are entitled to. I am not saying that I totally agree with what is going on. It is not my choice that today, I am from Nigeria, from Adamawa and from Yola. I found myself here and I have no right to say that simply because I disagree with somebody from Yola, I don’t want to play a role or participate in making Adamawa a great place.

“I have no right to exclude anybody. Nobody has the right to stop another person from belonging to any Organisation of Association. Even if you disagree, you can’t do much about it. If somebody is corrupt, let the law take its course. I don’t think that can be a reason for you to stop a person from belong to a political party.

“I think these are things that you have to get clear. It is in our constitution that you are free to belong to a political party, you are free to contest unless the constitution says you cannot. Those issues are constitutional, and fundamental and Nigerians will just have to understand that.”

On why he wants to be Governor, Ribadu said “I just want to serve. In Adamawa State, just like many other states in Nigeria deserve better leadership. We can do better. We are faced with challenges and difficulties and people will just have to come forward and stand up.

“When you are faced with challenges and problems, people will have to stand up and confront it. I believe that anybody with something to offer must come forward and I believe I have something to offer. I believe that I can work honestly and change the way things are, I can run a government that is honest, just, fair and all inclusive.

“I will address the problem of insecurity. I will certainly change the lives of our people. That is the reason why I still want to try and see if Nigerians will give us chance.”


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Politics / How Nigeria Will Mark 58th Independence Anniversary – SGF by ijustdey: 10:12pm On Sep 17
The office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) said that part of activities for the country`s 58th Independence Anniversary will include displays by the Nigerian Air Force jets and helicopters.

This was announced in a statement by Mr Gabriel Aduda, Chairman, 2018 Independence Day Organising Committee, on Monday in Abuja.

Aduda said that movement of military hardware would also be part of the activities.

He said the flight displays by fast Air-Force jets and helicopters would be within the airspace of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Aduda added that the major airspace to be affected would include those of Eagle Square, the three arms zones, Keffi, Ado, Orozo, Karu, Nyanya, Guzape and Asokoro areas of the FCT.

He said that the Air Force jet simulations involving a total of 27 air-craft assembled from various NAF units, were planned for between Sept. 14 to 30 and between 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m daily.

He, therefore, advised members of the public not to panic at the sight and sounds of the personnel and equipment manovers by the military and other paramilitary agencies.

“Citizens are therefore advised to go about their normal activities,“ he said.

He added that full details of the activities to mark the 2018 Independence Day would be released at a world press conference on Sept. 18 at the National Press Centre in Abuja.

Politics / NASS Begins Correction Of Electoral Bill Rejected By Buhari by ijustdey: 4:18pm On Sep 17
Leke Baiyewu , Abuja

The National Assembly has begun work on the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill which President Muhammadu Buhari rejected and sent back to the legislature over drafting issues .

The joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill announced in Abuja on Monday that the panel was now considering the issues raised by the President for which he withdrew assent to the legislation.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC , Senator Suleiman Nazif , who is Chairman of the joint committee, while briefing journalists before the panel went behind closed doors to rework the bill, noted that “ this committee is in the eye of the storm” as Nigerians were expecting so much from them.

Nazif also noted that it would be the fourth time that the committee would be working on the bill , which had been rejected by Buhari two times.

“ I believe that what we are doing is in the best interest of Nigerians, ” he said .

The President had written to President of the Senate , Bukola Saraki; and Speaker of the House of Representatives , Yakubu Dogara , to notify the National Assembly over his decision to decline assent to the bill.



Politics / Ambode: Despite Tinubu’s Hard Stance, Presidency Pushes For Peace Deal by ijustdey: 3:13pm On Sep 17
By Gboyega Akinsanmi and Segun James

Despite the hard stance of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, on the re-election bid of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the presidency yesterday intensified its intervention to broker a peace deal between the national leader and his embattled political godson.

While the push for peace deal was underway, Ambode’s main challenger and the Managing Director of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, formally declared his intention to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state on the platform of the APC.

Multiple APC chieftains, who spoke with THISDAY in confidence yesterday, gave insights into the sustained effort of the presidency and APC National Secretariat to end the Ambode-Tinubu impasse at the weekend, claiming that Tinubu’s hard stance slowed down the process of sealing a peace deal between the two.

Since penultimate Sunday, there has been controversy over the political future of Ambode immediately after Sanwo-Olu and former Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat obtained nomination forms to challenge Ambode in the APC primaries scheduled to hold on September 27.

Just after obtaining the nomination form, the Mandate Movement, a political group loyal to the APC national leader, promptly endorsed Sanwo-Olu, the state’s Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions under the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), to contest the 2019 governorship poll.

Subsequently, Conference 57, a forum of Chairmen of 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) as well as 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state, signed Sanwo-Olu’s governorship nomination form, claiming that they were acting on the instruction of the APC national leader.

Some APC chieftains, including former Deputy Chairman, Cardinal James Odumbaku, and former Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Kaoli Olusanya, allegedly directed Ambode to return his nomination form or face removal from office at a meeting held at Watercress Hotel, Ikeja on Monday night.

With this development, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, have at different times intervened in the Ambode-Tinubu standoff without meaningful outcome.

Giving insight into the peace meetings held at the weekend, an associate of the APC leader and a senator in the seventh National Assembly acknowledged that Tinubu had not agreed to support Ambode’s second term bid despite series of intervention by the president, his wife and the vice president.

He observed that the matter “is complex. The issue is not about the APC leader alone. Ambode has problem with the political class in the state. They alleged that Ambode wanted to hijack Alimosho from Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola. They accused him of setting up his own political structure.”

Apart from these allegations, according to the former senator, the political class alleged that the governor had changed a lot of policies in the state that the APC leader considered as the treasured legacies he left behind, having served the state between 1999 and 2007.

Despite the entrenched resentment in the camp of the APC national leader, he disclosed, “The vice president is working hard to resolve it. Ambode has problem with the political class in the state. Asiwaju has not agreed to support Ambode’s re-election bid.

“Tinubu’s position is that all aspirants should go the primaries. He believes it is the beauty of democracy that all the aspirants face the primaries. But it is not impossible to resolve the issues between Asiwaju and Ambode. With the way things are presently, it appears only the president can prevail upon Asiwaju to soft pedal.

“The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, still met them on Saturday. He will likely meet them again early this week to resolve the differences between the parties. They are still talking. But the president can end the impasse.”

Another party chieftain, who had served in the State Executive Council between 2003 and 2011, acknowledged the sustained peace meetings, which according to him, was facilitated by the president, but handled by the vice president.

Even though Tinubu had not yielded to the presidential intervention, the chieftain said that the Ambode-Tinubu rift had got to the point of reconciliation. The intervention of President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, he said, would eventually yield meaningful result.

According to the source, “There is fear that Ambode may fight back if he eventually clinches the APC ticket. The party leaders believe he does not forgive. That is why it is difficult to resolve the issues. In 2014, the Mandate did not support him. It supported Hamzat then. It was Asiwaju that persuaded the leaders of the movement to support Ambode.

“But Ambode never forgave them. He fought them back. Already, the whole issue has got to the point of reconciliation. The Mandate is just leveraging on Asiwaju’s displeasure against Ambode to fight back.

But they will likely call him this week and read the riot act to him. It will be resolved most likely this week. They just want to teach Ambode some lessons and humble him.”

A cabinet member last night, explained the complex situations threatening the possibility of a peace deal in the Ambode-Tinubu rift, which he ascribed to Ambode’s heinous sins against some entrenched political leaders in the state and Buhari’s weak approach to facilitating reconciliation between the governor and his political godfather.

At the weekend, for instance, he disclosed that Oshiomhole was in Lagos with a clear mission “to resolve the rift. But he could not. Oshiomhole seems to have backed out from discussion after Asiwaju explained what happened to him.”

He noted that the president could “have personally mediated in the conflict and reconciled the parties. The president has actually listened to Asiwaju on this matter.

But he was not firm about it. Rather than prevailing on Asiwaju personally, Buhari mandated Osinbajo and Oshiomhole to continue with the discussion.

“But the vice president met Asiwaju Saturday night. He is really mounting pressure on Asiwaju to reconsider.

Authoritatively, till late on Saturday, Osinbajo was with Asiwaju, appealing to him to allow Ambode enjoy the privilege of first refusal.

“Even though it seems unlikely to resolve it, there is nothing impossible with God. The good thing is that engagement is ongoing. Resolution is not foreclosed, though seems unlikely considering political dynamics in the state.”

Despite series of high-powered peace meeting going on at different levels, Sanwo-Olu formally announced his intention to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state on the platform of the APC yesterday at the City Hall, Lagos Island.

Sanwo-Olu’s declaration was witnessed by prominent political leaders, including a lawmaker representing Lagos East, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Demola Seriki, Tinubu’s former Chief Detail, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, former Deputy Chairman of Lagos APC, Cardinal James Odumbaku and former Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Kaoli Olusanya among others.

The aspirant said he had a plan to make Lagos the greatest, most vibrant city on the continent, taking its rightful place in the comity of states around the globe.

He said, “I have a vision for a Lagos with modern and affordable transport system, impeccable public health facilities, world class educational institutions, where we succeed in educating and skilling our youth, especially our children.

“A vision for a Lagos where our children are educated and our youth are highly-skilled, healthy, free of hunger, illiteracy, disease and destitution. There’s a lot of work to be done to achieve the Lagos of our dream.”

He, therefore, pledged to be a good party man and run an inclusive government while he commended Ambode’s immediate predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for his efforts while leading the state between 2007 and 2015.


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Politics / Re: Battle for Kemi Adeosun’s replacement begins in Ogun by ijustdey: 7:43am On Sep 16
cc lalasticlala......

they should not allow the governor Amosu to give another nominee because am sure he will present another person with a tainted degree cheesycheesy

but that NYSC saga really downgraded the good works that Kemi Adeosun did and was doing


Properties / Landlord Wanted To Sleep With My Daughter And Me – Woman by ijustdey: 6:47am On Sep 16
By Solomon Ishola

A woman in Ota, Ogun State, Mrs Omolara Balogun, has accused her landlord, Mr Tunde Olaoluwa, of trying to sleep with her and her daughter.

Mrs Balogun levelled the allegation during the hearing of a case on house rent at a Customary Court in the town.

She said she gave the landlord N26,000 being the accumulated rent for nine months for a room at N2,500 a month, saying he refused to collect the money and instead asked her to vacate the accommodation.

According to her, she had cause to believe that Olaoluwa was ejecting her because she and her daughter refused the landlord’s sexual advances, and not because she was owing him house rent.

She added that she experienced burglary incidents frequently in the house for which she complained and the landlord did nothing, pointing out that it was for this reason that she refused to pay her rent at a point.

Olaoluwa dismissed the claims, describing the defendant in the case as a trouble maker always causing chaos in the house at the slightest opportunity.

In his verdict, the Court President ordered Mrs Balogun to vacate Olaoluwa’s premises within 10 days as it had become obvious that they could no longer live together as landlord and tenant.



Politics / How Buhari’s Government Investigated Kemi Adeosun’s NYSC Certificate Scandal by ijustdey: 11:12pm On Sep 15
Folakemi Adeosun, the British-born Nigeria’s finance minister, whose counterfeit youth service scheme certificate was the subject of a relentless news coverage for over two months, left her senior cabinet position on Friday.

The development — although came largely as a result of the PREMIUM TIMES investigation that exposed her in July— followed the conclusion of an internal probe by a senior administration official detailed to supervise the government’s independent findings, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

President Muhammadu Buhari accepted Mrs Adeosun’s resignation on Friday night, in which she admitted the document was forged and she had to step down to avoid being a perpetual liability to the administration.

“I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine,” Mrs Adeosun said of the PREMIUM TIMES investigation that precipitated her ouster.

“This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign.”

The resignation letter was the first time Mrs Adeosun’s position would be made public since the certificate scandal was first exposed on July 7.

She declined multiple requests for comments when first told by PREMIUM TIMES that investigations had revealed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate she was parading was forged.

The former finance minister, whose parents had long settled in England before she was born, had claimed she obtained a certificate of exemption from the NYSC upon arriving in Nigeria in the early 2000s.

Prior to being appointed minister, she had used the same document to secure jobs at private professional services firms and also served as finance commissioner in her home Ogun State.

After our findings were published, legal experts and experts in NYSC operations, including a former director-general, agreed the document was forged and demanded she either clarify or resign immediately.

Mrs Adeosun, however, remained defiant of the public outrage, setting off a prolonged cat race that pitted top administration officials and some of the president’s top allies against each other.

She ultimately lost the battle on Friday, 69 days later.

Presidential intervention

Within days after our investigation was published, Mr Buhari enlisted the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to take over internal government findings on the matter and offer recommendations.

Boss Mustapha immediately commenced work on a mission so secretive all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark about its progress, multiple sources with sufficient insight on the investigation told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr Mustapha started by first directing Ms Adeosun to issue a press statement on the matter. This was aimed at managing the public anger against the government over her silence, which citizens saw as an upraised middle finger from both the scandal-plagued minister and the administration she served.

But she rejected the advice. This prompted Mr Mustapha to fire her repeated queries and reminders, all of which she neither acknowledged nor addressed, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Consequently, the SGF wrote to the NYSC via its supervising Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, demanding the scheme’s position on the scandal.

A few days later, the NYSC responded to Mr Mustapha, also through the ministry, telling the SGF in no uncertain terms that Mrs Adeosun, indeed, forged her certificate as reported.

Mr Mustapha then prepared a report to the president, in which he confirmed that all elements of PREMIUM TIMES investigation were true and recommended that Mrs Adeosun was no longer fit as a cabinet minister.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr Mustapha recommended Mrs Adeosun for prosecution, which is top amongst the demands Nigerians made of the administration.

It was also unclear whether Mr Mustapha investigated the part about how federal lawmakers also deployed the former minister’s forged document as a blackmail tool to get her into illegally disbursing public funds to them.

The SGF did not return PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments about his investigation of Mr Adeosun for more than a week.

Mr Buhari promised to act on Mr Mustapha’s report, but the political pressure his allies exerted on him made it difficult for him to act fast.

Amongst those who plotted intensely to block Mrs Adeosun’s removal was Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

Mr Amosun, arguably the strongest ally of Mr Buhari in the southwest, recommended Mrs Adeosun for the position in 2015.

Mr Amosun was amongst the first set of politicians who scrambled to save Mrs Adeosun a day after her forgery was exposed, a pressure he and others kept alive for over two months and well into the last minutes.

Itse Sagay, an anti-corruption adviser to Mr Buhari, also alarmed many when he disclosed in August that Mrs Adeosun should be allowed to keep her position.

He said what was more important was the former minister’s stellar management of the Nigerian economy.

As the back end politicking by Mr Amosun was ongoing, senior administration officials, including Mrs Adeosun’s cabinet colleagues, were on the sidelines demanding that that the president must take a decisive action on the scandal.

“All of us were worried that this scandal has, by extension, plagued us for too long and we were finding it difficult to function optimally in our respective capacities as a result,” a senior administration official told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday.

Another official said Mr Buhari was telling everyone that he would act at a specific time, only to dash their hopes.

“He said he will sack her after returning from the July ending joint-Ecowas meeting in Togo,” the source said, “but he did not do so.”

The president also promised to act upon arrival from the meeting at the International Criminal Court in Netherlands, but did not live up to it. Yet another promise was made by the president when he was proceeding on a 10-day vacation in London in August, only to renege.

The president was caught in-between, but every day the scandal went unaddressed cut deeply into his public perception amidst a looming general election in which he hopes to retain his seat and expand the fortunes of his All Progressives Congress, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Dayo Adeneye, Mr Amosun’s information commissioner, did not return requests for comments about whether or not his principal lobbied to keep Mrs Adeosun in office despite strong criminal allegations.

A turbulent week

Mrs Adeosun was appointed in November 2015. Her exploits included noticeable improvement in tax collection and the cutting down of waste in public service, especially the curbing ghost-workers and budget racketeers.

Although the country plunged into recession under her watch in August 2016, the economy later bounced back with fair improvement in GDP growth by mid 2017.

Her tenure also saw Nigeria successfully raise Eurobond to shore up the economy, following reduction in oil prices which crippled government activities and threatened payroll.

When Mrs Adeosun stepped down on Friday, Zainab Ahmed from Kaduna State was announced as her replacement.

That decision has been criticised by some Nigerians. But administration’s said Mr Buhari only picked her because she is female, and already a confirmed minister.

As news of Mrs Adeosun’s departure dominated the headlines Friday night, she quietly edited the biography on her verified Twitter page to remove her affiliation to the Nigerian government.

She did not immediately replace it with any new position, also she tweaked her profile image to what seemed an official portrait of her with a grin.


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Politics / Ministers Who Resigned Under Buhari’s Administration by ijustdey: 10:30pm On Sep 15
By Eseohe Ebhota-Akoma

Three ministers have resigned since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2015. They are

Mrs Kemi Adeosun:

She was appointed as the minister of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015.

However earlier in the year, the former minister was said to have illegally obtained her NYSC exemption certificate to get into public office.

But on 14 September, 2018, Adeosun tendered her resignation as Minister to the president following the NYSC certificate scandal that ensued.

Before her appointment as minister, Mrs Adeosun served as the commissioner of Finance in Ogun state.

Mr Kayode Fayemi:

Governor-elect of Ekiti state Mr. Kayode Fayemi resigned as the minister of Solid minerals development on May 30, 2018 to pursue his political ambition.

Prior to his appointment as minister, Fayemi was a governor of Ekiti state between 2010-2014.

Hajiya Amina Mohammed:

Following her appointment at the United Nations as UN Deputy Secretary General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed resigned from Nigerian Federal Executive Council as the minister of Environment on 24 February 2017.

She served as a minister from 11 November 2015 to 15 December 2016.


Politics / How Presidency Held Adeosun’s Resignation Letter For One Month by ijustdey: 8:06am On Sep 15
ABUJA – Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Finance Minister, has turned in her resignation letter.

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted her resignation from his administration.

The president on Friday thanked the minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits.
A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed her resignation.

President Buhari also approved that the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, should oversee the Ministry of Finance with effect from Friday.

Mrs. Ahmed is said to be a cousin to Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai.

However, sources told Saturday Independent that the minister may have tendered her resignation letter nearly a month earlier but was held on to by the presidency, allegedly to forestall political backlash ahead next year’s general election.

A presidential aide, it was gathered, persuaded Adeosun to hold on for a while longer only to release the letter from the minister as measure to forestall the expected tension over the sack of Matthew Seiyefa, Director General, Department of State Services (DSS) and his replacement with Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

The social media have been rife with reactions after the presidency announced Bichi as the new helmsman for the DSS barely weeks after reports alleged that Seiyefa had a face-off with Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, over re-organisations of the spook agency. The episode and latest sack event had generated angry voices from prominent Nigerians from the Niger Delta and the Middle Belt.

Saturday Independent was further informed that news of Adeosun’s resignation may have been released as a measure to take away steam from the raging controversy of newly appointed DSS boss at the expense of Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa State.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been serially accused of nepotism in his appointments especially in the areas of security. Bichi enlisted in the defunct National Security Organisation (NSO) in 1982.

He retired after 35 years of service in 2017 as Daura’s Finance & Admin Director but was retained by Lawal Daura, the former DG sacked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo while Buhari was on short leave in London, for a few months and then released February 2018.

There are suggestions that Daura may run the DSS through proxy, a reason Adeosun’s alleged resignation may draw attention away from. “It could get worse,” reacted Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman, National Human Rights Commission(NHRC).

Some online portals hinted at the minister’s resignation over the three months old controversy involving her alleged forgery of exemption certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Government officials have refused to comment as repeated calls to Yinka Akintunde, Media Adviser to the minister, yielded no result. Femi Adesina, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, would neither respond to repeated calls nor to text messages sent to him.

However, Malam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media to the president sent a tacit response via text stating: “If there is any letter to that effect, I have not seen it.”

In a highly damaging expose by an online newspaper, the Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Adeosun, was reported to have declined participating in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after schooling in the UK.

Instead, according to the report, she forged an exemption certificate many years after graduation which qualified her for the ministerial appointment.

The year-long service, organised by the NYSC, is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate from universities or equivalent institutions at less than 30 years of age.

In addition to being a requirement for government and private sector jobs in Nigeria, the enabling law prescribes punishment for anyone who absconds from the scheme or forges its certificates. Eligible Nigerians who skipped the service are liable to be sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Saturday Independent findings at the finance headquarters in Abuja, on Friday, showed a largely unruffled staffers going about their duties without any much of hint of tension that such news normally provokes. Some staffers told the newspaper too, that the minister was still at her office working.

By protocol when a minister resigns, the letter is forwarded to the presidency through the Office of the Chief of Staff (CoS), and such official begins handing over procedures to the permanent secretary of the ministry.

While normal activities went on at the ministry on Friday, it was gathered that Adeosun had actually offered to resign and had followed up with a letter to the effect.

“She handed the letter to the presidency after which a powerful aide to the president then prevailed on her to hold it off until after the election in 2019,” explained a ministry top official.


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Politics / 31 Political Parties Endorse Ambode’s Reelection Bid by ijustdey: 8:50pm On Sep 14
The People’s Trust (PT), a new mega party nationally led by Olisa Agbakoba, human rights advocate, and Abduljalil Tafawa Balewa, son of former prime minister of Nigeria, has endorsed Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, for 2019.

Thirty other political parties endorsed the governor and offered him their tickets for 2019.

Ambode is currently facing stiff opposition within the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement on Friday, Segun Obe, publicity secretary of PT, said Ambode should be encouraged to consolidate on the great development he has started in Lagos

“Ambode has proven to be a wizard of development in Lagos, therefore should not be sacrificed on the altar of political intrigues and interests within Lagos APC,” he said.

“So, we as the platform of the fresh breed credible third force stakeholders in Nigeria have mobilised 30 other political parties in our grand coalition to engage him for the purpose of fielding him in the 2019 if APC in Lagos rejects him.

“The People’s Trust, a product of the political long-suffering of the Nigerian Youths and masses with over 500 thousands permanent voters carders, PVC’s of its members in Lagos is set to adopt Ambode as its governorship candidate in Lagos if the Tinubu led camp of APC rejects him

“For us in the Lagos People’s Trust, Ambode is a fresh breed industrious and resourceful Governor, who has since changed the face of Lagos within the shortest possible time and should be encouraged to complete his second term in the interest of the welfare of the people of Lagos, which he has started’ to do.”


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Politics / 'Kemi Adeosun Has Not Resigned' - Aide. Adeosun Spotted Working In Her Office by ijustdey: 5:00pm On Sep 14
Ifeanyi Onuba

The Minister of Finance, Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , is still working in her office despite reports of her resignation.

Our correspondent who was at the ministry around 12pm saw the minister’ s official vehicles and her personal staff at the ministry.

When our correspondent visited the minister ’ s office located on the seventh floor of the headquarters of the ministry , it was observed that she was in her office working.

Officials of the ministry , who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity , said they were not aware of her resignation.

As of 4 :10pm when this report was being sent the minister was still in her office, while journalists were waiting to interview her outside the ministry.

An aide of the minister , who spoke to journalists , said his boss had not resigned.

It was gathered that the Presidency would issue a statement on this issue later today.


Politics / Abe: What APC Senators Have Against Saraki by ijustdey: 1:57pm On Sep 14
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

A serving senator and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Magnus Abe has said that lawmakers of the ruling party are not comfortable having the opposition holding two most important posts in the senate.

Abe who spoke to journalists at the national secretariat of the APC after submitting his governorship nomination form, said that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki should have known that the party will not be pleased with him retaining his position after defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“The position of all members of the APC who are Senators, is that a member of minority party, especially two members of minority party cannot lead the majority, that will be an uncomfortable situation,” he said.

However, Senator Abe said he and his colleagues will follow the constitutional provisions in order to bring the position of the party into effect.

“I believe the Senate President, in taking the decision to leave the ruling party would have known and actually should know that the party will not be pleased with that position because the reason he won as the President of the Senate is because APC won the election and won the majority in the Senate,” he said.

On his alleged face-off with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi over his governorship aspiration in Rivers State, the senator said he does not consider that as a major issue, adding that he is not in any supremacy contest with the minister.

“My disagreement with the Minister of Transportation is not deep; it is just that he doesn’t want me to be the candidate of the party and I believe if that issue is submitted to members of the party and they agree that I should not be the candidate, I will take it in good faith and I will support the party.

“If they, however, feel that giving my services to the party and giving my track records of the party, of excellent service to my state, I should be given the opportunity to serve the state in that capacity, I am offering myself for that. I think that will resolve that issue,” he said.



Politics / Buhari: No More Corrupt-minded Persons In APC by ijustdey: 12:08pm On Sep 12
•Receives nomination forms from shadowy group

•Adopted as presidential candidate by party

•Another group donates N56.8m to campaign

Omololu Ogunmade, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja defied several appeals to him to reject the expression of interest and nomination forms purchased for him by the National Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) and received the forms at a brief ceremony in the State House.

Buhari, who said he was not only grateful but also honoured to be presented with the forms by persons he described as patriotic Nigerians, pointed out that members of the group contributed money to raise N45.5 million for the purchase of the forms.

He also said members of the group were not fewer than three million Nigerians, whom he said were spread across various parts of the country.

The president chronicled how his foray into politics began in 2002 up to the time of his election in 2015 and described members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who left the party, as the weakest of people whose selfish agenda did not align with the selfless vision of his administration.

According to him, with the exit of such selfish persons, APC is now made up of strong and patriotic Nigerians, whom he said were willing to toe the path of building a secure, self-sufficient and corrupt-free Nigeria.

“We now have a party of strong and patriotic individuals who are ready, willing and able to continue on this journey of building a strong, secure, self-sufficient, corrupt-free Nigeria,” he said.

The group had last Thursday bought the N45 million forms for the president, who is the sole presidential aspirant on the platform of APC.

Speaking in the banquet hall venue of the presentation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the group, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwanjuba, described the group as a network of young persons, drawn from various fields of endeavour.

According to him, members of the group, whom he said were drawn from every ward of the existing 120,000 polling units across the country, made the contributions from the least of N68.00 and upward to enable them raise the money.

Further stating that members come from every geo-political zone of the country, Nwanjuba, who said the president had been given triple A rating, added that they took the decision because of outstanding leadership principles exhibited by Buhari, including what he described as his record performance in areas of security, economy, infrastructure delivery and financial prudence.

He said the young citizens who made up the group had opted to purchase the form for the president to encourage him to continue in his service to the country and also consolidate on what he had done so far.

He said, “These ambassadors whose network seeks to consolidate these gains and engrain this focus, then decided to contribute their intellect and little earnings towards ensuring that our president is encouraged to continue this service, being as it is now apparent the real beneficiaries of all the toil and tenacity of purpose that now radiates this leader.

“In spite of the hue and cry from a vociferous few whose stranglehold on our commonwealth has become somewhat dislodged, it is on account of the resolve of these ambassadors that they proceeded to obtain the nomination form for the president from the All Progressives Congress to encourage Mr. President to seek re-election for another term to help consolidate the work he is doing.”

Nwanjuba said contrary to an agitation that purchasing the form for the president was a clear violation of Section 91(9) of the Electoral Act; no law was broken after all, arguing that if any law had been broken, the president would not have accepted the form.

APC Adopts Buhari as Presidential Candidate

Meanwhile, the National Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Maimala Buni, yesterday in Abuja, said the party had adopted Buhari as its candidate for 2019 presidential election.

Answering questions from journalists at the State House, Buni, however, said any other member interested in the presidential race was free to pick the nomination form.

He emphasised that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had already endorsed the candidature of the president.

According to him, “Once the National Executive Committee of the party passes a vote of confidence on the president, that president stands accepted because the NEC is the highest organ of the party and it met to take the decision, where every interest was represented.

“So the NEC of APC has passed a vote of confidence on our president and that means every APC member has endorsed him.”

He also said the decision was not new, pointing out that it was the same standard that was obtainable in advanced democracies.

“In advanced democracies, once the NEC of a party passes vote of confidence on the president, nobody contests against the president. The president has been accepted,” he explained.

Buni also said the president would be given the right of first refusal, adding that having accepted the nomination form, it means that he is the party’s presidential candidate in next year’s election.

As at close of collection of nomination forms yesterday, Buhari was the only aspirants that had the forms. The submission of the forms closes today.

Another Group Donates N56.8m to Buhari’s Campaign

In a related development, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria yesterday presented a cheque of N56.8million to the National Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as part of their contributions for the re-election bid of Buhari.

The group’s donation came just as Oshiomhole, who reacted to comments by the PDP and its presidential aspirants, said they were jittery ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The rice farmers, who were led on the visit to APC national secretariat by the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, and its National President, Aminu Goronyo, said their contribution was in appreciation for the over N100 billion loan facilities the President Buhari-led administration had given to the farmers.

Oshiomhole said Buhari had already won the presidential election with the support of 12.2million rice farmers across the country, who are registered voters.

In a statement yesterday by the Oshiomhole’s Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, said Bagudu commended the efforts made so far by the Buhari administration to encourage rice farming in Nigeria, adding that “the efforts had yielded fruit as the cost of a bag of rice today is N13,000.”

He also said that most of the farmers are today millionaires.

Speaking against the background of criticism by the PDP over the donation of N45 million by a group to purchase expression of interest and nomination forms for the president, Oshiomhole, mocked the PDP, saying they were jealous of the support being enjoyed by President Buhari across the country.

He said: “our opponents who are jittery, when some faceless people contributed money for one of the aspirants of PDP. He looked at them and said I have enough to buy all of you, he cried a little bit just for the effect.

“Not a word was spoken in the media about the morality or the legality or illegality of it. I thought the media will ask what is the morality of those who have nothing giving to the rich. Not nothing.

“When our own president who does not have, some people deiced to raise money to buy his form, suddenly it became an issue that why should people buy nomination forms for aspirants.

Oshiomhole spoke of how the party arrived at the cost of nomination form, saying it had to explain to the president that the cost of conducting transparent primaries across the country will be very high and hard to meet.

“I told him that Sir, you have many admirers who will contribute the money,” Oshiomhole said.

He said in the case of President Buhari will need even more money to prosecute his election because of the party’s decision to hold direct primaries.

“But I am glad it is the confidence Nigerians have on the leadership of our President that different groups contributing money for his campaign,” he said.

While tackling the PDP, Oshiomhole accused the party of being involved in many scandals among which was the allegation that its administration once gave Nigerians poisonous rice.

“One of the scandal that we have had to deal with when I was governor, was when I had the honour to preside over a meeting of the governors and the former Customs Controller General was lamenting to us how people they granted waiver to import rice exceeded the quota they were given and imported more rice into the country and he claimed that they defrauded the federal government about N22billion in waivers and in excess of what they brought in.

“My quarrel with the PDP government, why today I celebrate the defeat of the PDP and I don’t hide it, those criminal act of poisonous rice being imported into Nigeria was done not through the back door.

“We saw PDP ministers lamenting that the rice in our markets were expired products and I asked, who elected them to lament? They allowed this expired rice into the country, they proceed to grant them waivers, they exceed the waivers they are given,” he said.


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Politics / Re: Ambode Faces Impeachment As 57 LG Chairmen Endorse Jide Sanwoolu For Governor by ijustdey: 3:13pm On Sep 11
ambode about to go down because of tinubu greediness.....

Ambode ‘faces impeachment’ over second term bid

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Career / Man Burns Boss’ Credentials For Refusing To Increase Salary by ijustdey: 1:12pm On Sep 11
A 25- year - old store keeper , Abubakar Hussaini , who was on Tuesday sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court , Abuja , said he burnt his boss’ s credentials for his failure to increase his salary.

Hussaini said the complainant , Mr Jack Jiang, a Chinese , promised to increase his salary, but failed to do so .

Hussaini who pleaded guilty to charges of criminal trespass , mischief by fire and theft , begged the court for leniency .

The judge, Abdulwahab Mohammed , however , sentenced Hussaini to 12 months imprisonment, but gave him N 20, 000 option of fine .

He also warned Hussaini to be of good behaviour and to also desist from committing crime .

The prosecutor , John Okpa , had told the court that Jiang reported the matter at the Area Command, Life Camp, Abuja on August 26.

He said that Hussaini criminally trespassed into the complainant ’ s house and stole a traveling bag containing five wrist watches , two bangles , four T - shirts and credentials.
Okpa said that all the said items were valued at N 1 . 5 million .

The prosecutor said that four wrist watches, two bangles, two T- shirts and the traveling bag were recovered from Hussaini during police investigations.

He further said that Hussaini burnt the complainant ’ s credentials , adding that the offences contravened Sections 348 , 336 and 288 of the Penal Code .
(NAN ).

Crime / Residents Flee As Police Arrest 15 Women Over Baby’s Death by ijustdey: 12:22pm On Sep 11
The police in Anambra State have arrested 15 women following the recovery of a dead baby at 16 Okolie Street, Nkutanku, East Niger Layout in Ogbaru Local Council Area.

The baby was said to have been dumped in the wee hours by a yet-to-be-identified mother.

The Nation gathered that the area was deserted by residents to escape further arrests.

A police source said the arrest of the suspects, including spinsters, two nursing mothers and one aged woman, was to enable the command carry out laboratory tests to detect the baby’s mother.

“The women were subjected to serious interrogation by the Investigation Police Officer (IPO) at the Okpoko Police Division in a bid to unveil who might have been involved in the barbaric act,” the source said.

Okpoko Divisional Police Officer (DPO), I. Jauro, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said nine persons were arrested in connection with the incident.

He added: “They will be sent for medical tests. I don’t want to the innocent ones to suffer. That is why we call for the tests to help us in our investigation as we are not medical experts to detect the mother without tests.

“If at the end of the day they all proved to be innocent, we will allow them go, while we continue to search for the real suspect.”


Politics / Crises Erupt In APC State Chapters by ijustdey: 7:19am On Sep 11
By Babatope Okeowo, Kunle Olayeni and Emmanuel Masha 

Crises have erupted in several state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over governorship tickets and the mode of primaries for the selection of candidates for various offices in the 2019 general elections.

There is confusion in the Ondo State chapter of the APC as aspirants for various offices have been submitting their expression of interest and nomination forms to the state chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin and a factional chairman, Mr. Idowu Otetubi.

In Zamfara, Governor Abdulaziz Yari and his deputy, Ibrahim Wakala, are at loggerheads over the governorship ticket of APC for the 2019 poll.

Major stakeholders, led by Senator Magnus Abe, yesterday held a State Executive Council Meeting at a parallel secretariat in Port Harcourt.

In Ogun State, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, yesterday resigned his appointment. He is contesting for the governorship ticket of APC against the choice of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

In spite of the endorsement of Alhaji Muktar Idris as the governorship candidate of APC in Zamfara, the Deputy Governor, Wakala, said he is still in the race.
The APC had zoned the seat to Zamfara central, where the deputy governor and the candidate come from.

The party had also resolved to use indirect primaries in selecting its candidates, but in a twist of events, announced Idris, the state Commissioner for Finance as its consensus candidate.

Although the issue has polarised the party, Governor Yari defended the action, saying that the candidate was endorsed by all stakeholders of the party.

In a chat with journalists yesterday in Gusau, the state capital, Yari maintained that the decision was a “tradition in the state’s politics of the APC.”

“This does not, however, mean that an individual has no right to go on his own and purchase the nomination form.

“As you know, under democratic conditions, everyone can exercise his right, but any of such persons would not have the backing of either the party or the state government,” he said.

The deputy governor, who had since indicated his intention to contest for governor, however, said he would not back down.

His media aide, Yusuf Idris, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Wakala would pick his nomination form at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday.

Indication has emerged in Ondo State APC that the proponents of the direct and indirect mode of selecting candidates may organize parallel primaries in order to produce candidates for the next year general elections.

While the proponents of direct mode of primaries in Ondo APC have been submitting their expression of interest and nomination forms to the faction led by Mr. Otetubi, those in support of indirect mode of selecting candidates have been submitting their forms to Mr. Adetimehin.

Citing insecurity and lack of authentic membership register, the mainstream of the party, led by Adetimehin, with the backing of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, had, last week, agreed on the indirect mode of primaries in order to select candidates for the next year election.

But yesterday, a member of the National Assembly, Mr. Kolawole Babatunde, submitted his form to the faction led by Otetubi, saying he was ready for the direct mode of primaries in order to emerge as the candidate of the party.

Babatunde, who represents Akoko Southeast/Southwest federal constituency, said the presentation of his forms to Otetubi conferred legitimacy as the authentic chairman of the party in the state.

His words: “As far as I am concerned, we are not afraid of any parallel candidates because the APC, under the leadership of Mr. Otetubi, is the authentic APC in Ondo State. We bought the forms and followed the due process as laid down by the constitution of the party.

“As far as I am concerned, I don’t see any parallel primaries, as we speak, we are in court and I am sure we will get the victory. Thank God the national leadership of the party, in their wisdom, has given their support to direct primaries which is the best option as we speak.

“The proponents of indirect primaries are those people that are not on the ground. They know that they are in the minority in this state. They are afraid of a normal election where every card-carrying member of the party is going to vote.

“If you are in the majority in the party, you don’t need to be scared of the direct primary. We started this party, we have been on the ground and we are saying we are ready for the direct primary.”

In Rivers, the Senator Magnus Abe faction of APC yesterday held its State Executive Council Meeting at the party’s parallel secretariat in Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

At the event, which attracted party faithful across the state’s 23 local government areas, Abe who, fielded questions from reporters, said that direct primaries would serve the interest of the party and its members.

He also said that he was gunning for the party’s governorship ticket and that he won’t dump his ambition, just as he disclosed that aspirants targeting elective offices could purchase their forms at the party secretariat.

The factional chairman of the party, Chief Peter Odike, read a communiqué issued to party members and reporters, in which he described the decision of the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to adopt direct primaries for aspirants as a move that would reflect the people’s will.

Odike also stressed that indirect primaries work against internal democracy, adding that the party would work in line with the party’s constitution to ensure that party members are not denied the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

He said: “The state executive committee unanimously adopts and affirms the use of direct primaries for choosing all our candidates in the forthcoming general elections, as it affords party members the opportunity to participate in the process.”

Some party chieftains that attended the SEC meeting included Senator Wilson Ake, the former member representing Rivers West Senatorial District; Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amachree, the former speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly; ex-Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Prince Chibudum Nwuche, as well as Hon, Alwell Onyesoh, two-time commissioner during the administration of former Governor Peter Odili.

In Ogun, Amosun’s com missioner, Ashiru, yesterday obtained the nomination form of APC in pursuit of his ambition to contest the 2019 governorship election.

The former commissioner, who hails from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun East Senatorial District of the state, confirmed his resignation in a telephone chat with reporters.

He said he had already submitted his resignation letter to the office of the Secretary to the State Government yesterday morning.

Ashiru thanked the governor and people of the state for the opportunity given him to serve the state.

He said: “Yes, I have tendered my resignation letter this (yesterday) morning to pursue my governorship ambition. You will recall that my people from Ijebu and Remo picked me as a consensus governorship candidate since last year; they also bought me APC nomination form recently to contest for the seat.

“So, I must hear the clarion call from the good people of Ijebu-Remo to further serve my fatherland in higher capacity. And as a true son of my father and law-abiding citizen, I must quit my present office to be able to fully partake in the primaries as directed by our party, the APC.”


Politics / Cattle Sellers And IPMAN Buy Election Forms For El-Rufai (Photos.) by ijustdey: 3:39pm On Sep 10
Representatives of the Association of Cattle Sellers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), NATO, Sheikh Gumi Market Association, among others, have purchased the expression of interest form and nomination form for Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, as part of efforts to support his re-election bid.

Representatives of the Association of Cattle Sellers, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), NATO, Sheikh Gumi Market Association, among others, have purchased the expression of interest form and nomination form for Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, as part of efforts to support his re-election bid.

The representatives presented the forms to the Governor on Monday, according to a series of tweets on his handle.

According to the post, el-Rufai described the action "as one of the most pleasant surprises of his life".

The post also noted that the groups decided "to come together to buy the nomination form for Governor Nasir Ahmad @elrufai in support of his giant unprecedented developmental".

The post read: "Happening Now: Representatives of IPMAN, NATO, Sheikh Gumi Market Association and the Association of Cattle Sellers have come to present Governor @elrufai with the APC expression of interest and nomination forms which they bought for his re-election bid.

"The groups have said that they decided to come together to buy the nomination form for Governor Nasir Ahmad @elrufai in support of his giant unprecedented developmental strides in Kaduna State.

"Governor Nasir Ahmad @elrufai describing the moment as one of the most pleasant surprises of his life, thanked the groups for their thoughtfulness, criticisms and counsels at all times."

The groups have said that they decided to come together to buy the nomination form for Governor Nasir Ahmad @elrufai in support of his giant unprecedented developmental strides in Kaduna State. pic.twitter.com/zNfV2Xcsye
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) September 10, 2018



Politics / Abacha Loot: Swiss Lawyer Tackles Malami Over Dubious N7bn Legal Fees by ijustdey: 1:19pm On Sep 10
by Femi Owolabi

Enrico Monfrini, the Swiss lawyer hired by Nigeria to recover Abacha Loot, says Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), is trying to change the facts on the $321 million recovered from Luxembourg.

TheCable had reported how Malami engaged Oladipo Okpeseyi and Temitope Adebayo, two Nigerian lawyers, for a fee of $17 million (about N7 billion) to do a job already completed by Monfrini.

In an interview with New Telegraph on August 26, Malami, questioning the services of Monfrini, alleged that the Jonathan administration agreed to pay Monfrini 20 to 30 percent as his fees before the final repatriation of the money to Nigeria— an idea the AGF said the Buhari administration frowns at.

“And he was indeed paid an amount which was not clear as to the concept and extent of what services he rendered whether this $321 million was part of his facilitation. But a point of interest is that as at the time this government came in the $321 million was not paid by the Swiss government,” Malami said in the interview.

Speaking with TheCable, however, Monfrini, a world renowned lawyer, said Malami has chosen to publicly make allegations and statements which tend to smear his reputation.

“I read the content of the article published by the New Telegraph on 26 August 2018 in which Mr. Malami is trying through lengthy statements to get people to believe different facts which are, to say the least, untrue,” he said.

Before President Muhammadu Buhari came into office, the Swiss lawyer said he had never heard of any professional fees “of 10 to 20 per cent” paid to lawyers.
“As far as I am concerned, my fees were always fixed at 5% or most of the time substantially lower. If one comes to the matter of the $ 321,000,000, I want to strongly stress the fact that this money was not what Mr. Malami calls ‘part of my facilitation’.

It was money which had illegally been received by some members of the Abacha Family which I had started to search as of September 1999, found through researches operated by my firm and myself in Luxembourg in 2000, frozen in said country thanks to my intervention and finally forfeited thanks to my intervention in Switzerland in December 2014. I do not consider that all the enormous work invested by my firm and myself in this matter could possibly be quoted as a ‘facilitation’,” he said.


Malami, in the interview, said Monfrini was considered to be among others for the recovery of the $321 million but he was asking for 20-30 percent as against the conventional five percent approved by the federal government. He said he had, however, convinced Buhari on a 10 to 15 percent pay for the Swiss lawyer but Monfrini rejected, insisting on 20 to 30 percent cut — which the president was not going to approve.

“It was against this background that a consortium of lawyers of Nigerian origin now submitted their proposals and we accepted their letters and they swung into action,” he said, adding that he had already proposed to the ministry of finance for the Nigerian lawyers to be paid a five percent cut from $321 million.

But Monfrini insisted he had already completed this job and his fees, in about 20 years recovering Abacha Loot, was around five percent.

“I sternly deny having ever asked Mr. Malami or any other public Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay me anything more than the 5 % I was entitled to,” he told TheCable.

“I also have to repeat that the payment of my fees [happened] in December 2014 upon receipt by the Geneva Attorney General of $321,000,000 paid by the government of Luxembourg thanks to my intervention.

“It’s equivalently false to state, as Mr. Malami does, that at the time this government came in, the $321,000,000 was not paid by the Swiss Government as it was the subject of judicial pending before a court and to write that this situation was ‘the crux of the matter’ is so untrue that it becomes laughable.

“The truth is that the money was available to the government of Nigeria as early as December 2014 and as I said before, the matter for which Mr. Malami chose to appoint two new Nigerian lawyers for fees exceeding $ 17,000,000 [could have been done] in writing a letter to the Geneva Attorney General or to the government of Switzerland requesting the money to be paid back to Nigeria. Again, such an activity is not to be developed by lawyers but only through diplomatic consultations between States.”


In April, Monfrini had denied asking for additional fees when a syndicated article in Nigerian media sought to justify the duplication of his job by Malami.

Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), a partner organisation with TheCable, for eight months, has continually written the AGF, seeking information and documents on the recovery of $321 million but the AGF is yet to respond.

CNJF has gone to court, seeking an order of mandamus compelling the AGF to make available the information and documents requested from its office pursuant to the freedom of information (FoI) act 2011.

TheCable had also asked the AGF what the newly engaged lawyers did to merit N7 billion.

The only time he responded to TheCable’s email enquiry, Malami said, “I am not ready to make any comments on my private email over the matter.”

The house of representatives has described the engagement of new lawyers for an already completed job as height of injustice. An ad-hoc committee was set up to look into the matter, but Malami resorted to delay tactics to frustrate the investigation .

Incidentally, Okpeseyi and Adebayo were lawyers to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the legacy party of President Buhari, while Malami was legal adviser.

“Well, the truth of the matter is a relationship between the lawyers and I exist. There is no doubt about that,” Malami disclosed in the interview with New Telegraph.


Politics / Why Buhari Hasn’t Acted On Minister Adeosun’s Certificate Scandal — Presidency by ijustdey: 11:41am On Sep 10
By Tosin Omoniyi

The Presidency on Monday said it hopes the certificate forgery scandal involving the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, would soon be proven as false, claiming that investigations are still on after more than 60 days since PREMIUM TIMES broke the story.

It however said the government would take the appropriate action immediately details of the investigations are made public.

PREMIUM TIMES exposed how Mrs Adeosun skipped the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps scheme and
forged a certificate that indicated she was exempted from participating.

The revelation trigerred widespread outrage from Nigerians, with the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a nongovernmental organisation, petitioning the police inspector general demanding an investigation into the claims against the minister.

Last month, another nongovernmental organisation, the Social Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP),
sued the NYSC for its failure to disclose details of the certificate paraded by the minister.

The group had earlier made a freedom of information request to the NYSC which the agency ignored.

In August, Lai Mohammed, the information minister, said the appropriate agency was still investigating the allegations against Ms Adeosun and that the president would only act at the end of the probe.

So far, the corps’ only comment on the scandal was a short statement on July 9 saying it would investigate the claims .

On Monday, in the Presidency’s first public comment on the matter, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the allegations against a key member of the administration were yet to be proven.

Mr Shehu, who was responding to allegations of corruption against top officials of the administration said ‘some persons’ were looking forward to a predetermined outcome from the allegations hence their disappointment with the government’s (in)action so far.

“The minister of information has spoken on the matter. And a process is ongoing to address the allegations. When that process is complete, Nigerians will know the outcome,” Mr Shehu said during an interview on AIT’s Kakaaki.

“Some people want a particular outcome and because they are yet to see this outcome, they are not happy. Give it (investigation) time. There is a process ongoing,” Mr Shehu said.

He said the Presidency would act when it has all the facts.

“It’s an allegation. If it is proven, you will see what will happen. The minister and the NYSC have spoken on the matter,” he added.

When challenged on the length of time the ‘investigation’ was taking, Mr Shehu said: “It is not for me to decide (the duration). I don’t have the full facts of the matter, so why the investigation is not out, I don’t know. I hope there will be an early outcome.

“Don’t forget, these people (Mrs Adeosun and other indicted officials), whose names are being dragged in the mud have families and relatives. We hope their innocence will be established,” he said.

While the Nigerian government continues to drag its feet on the certificate forgery, it successfully prosecuted a civil servant for falsifying his professional accounting, ICAN, certificate.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how James Lebi-Ayodele, who worked at the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, was convicted by an FCT High Court in Jabi in July and sentenced to two years in prison without an option of fine for forging the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria certificate.

According to a report in Vanguard, the judge, Yusuf Halilu, said the convict would have risen to the position of the Auditor General of the Federation with a forged certificate in the future if the forgery had not been detected.

The judge also ordered Mr Lebi-Ayodele to pay ₦100, 000 in restitution.



Business / In New Revenue Drive, FIRS Targets Billionaire Tax Defaulters by ijustdey: 8:26am On Sep 10
Considers freezing accounts

By James Emejo in Abuja

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has disclosed that the agency will soon target defaulting taxpayers who have billions in their bank accounts but refuse to honour tax obligations to the country.

He said over 6,772 billionaire taxpayers had been identified by the service leveraging on bank data, adding that the FIRS would through all banks do what it called substitution on accounts for such identified taxpayers.

The FIRS boss spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting which held last Thursday in Lagos, noting that those who had between N1 billion and N5 billion in their accounts have no Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or have an identification but never filed any tax returns as tax payers.

Fowler was quoted by a source as saying, “What we have done is what we call ‘substitution’ which also is in our laws which empowers us to appoint the banks as collection agents for tax.

“So, all these ones of TIN and no pay and no TIN and no pay, to the total of 6,772 will have their accounts frozen or put under substitution pending when they come forward.”

He said, “First, they refused to come forward in 2016, they refused to come forward under VAT and are still operating here. So, we are putting them under notice that it is their civic responsibility to pay tax and to file returns on these accounts.

“We looked at all businesses, partnerships, corporate accounts that have a minimum turnover of N1 billion per annum for the past three years.

First of all, the law states clearly that before you open a corporate account, part of the opening documentation is the tax I.D. From the 23 banks, we have analysed so far, we have 31,395 records, out of which effectively minus duplications we had 18,602.”

Continuing, he said, “We broke those into three categories: Those that have TIN tax I.D, those that don’t have no TIN and of course no TIN no pay and those that have TIN and have not even paid anything.

“So, on a minimum, every company or business included here over the last three years have had a banking turnover of N3 billion and above. Some of them have had banking turnover of over N5 billion and have not paid one kobo in taxes. Now the total number of TIN and no pay is 6,772.

“So, if someone is good in mathematics and you take the minimum level of N3 billion multiply by 409 and they are operating within our society and economy and do not remit or make any tax payment.”

Commenting further on some far-reaching measures being taken against wealthy tax defaulters, Fowler said, “…If you do not file your returns and you are in constant default, we use turnover as a basis of estimating your tax liability’.

For example, if your turnover is N100 million, we assume that 20 per cent of that is profit and we tax that at 30 per cent.

He said some of the people or companies “claim not to own the properties, those of them that claim not to own the properties and of course were sent to government, presidency to decide what would happen to those properties that have no owners.

“To those that have owners and have not paid, they would be prosecuted. We are also in the process of going to court to get the approval of the court orders to sell those properties.

“We are not only doing that in Abuja, we have concluded it in Lagos. We are currently doing it in Osun, Oyo and Kaduna States and eventually we would cover the whole federation.

“The idea here is simple. If you have had the opportunity to make your wealth in this economy, in this society, the least you can do is pay your tax.

“We have not included any group who by law are not meant to pay tax in this group. So far, we have sent out 2,980 letters and we believe that before the end of September we would get most of them out.



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Politics / 2019: How Political Parties Are Raking In Billions by ijustdey: 4:12pm On Sep 08
By Hamza Idris & Abbas Jimoh

This is the best of times for political parties in Nigeria, as many of them are cashing in on the rush by candidates for nomination forms and other million-naira offerings.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had since given the green light for all political parties to start selling forms for aspirants ahead of 2019 general elections.

It was as if most political parties were waiting for this once-in-a-season opportunity, as many of them had following the clearance, sprung into action, held National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) meetings and thereafter sponsored pages in national dailies detailing what each aspirant must pay to vie for any elective office.

While a large number of politicians holding various offices have not raised eyebrows over the huge amounts being charged by various parties, civil society activists, lawyers and some election monitors have condemned the charges, saying it was as if there was a “grand conspiracy” by the leading parties to favour those that have enough resources at their disposal at the detriment of those from outside the ring.

The addition of 23 new political parties on August 14 by INEC to the existing 68 registered ones bring the total to 91. Also, this will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general elections on 16 February 2019.

“This suspension is in line with Section 78 (1) of the Electoral Act, which requires all applications for registration as political party to be concluded latest six months to a general election,” INEC said in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Malam Mohammed Haruna.

Analysts are unanimous that only few of the political parties would field candidates during the 2019 general elections.

However, the few that would contest have already released timetables for their primaries, and the amounts payable for each post.

There are 29 states where governorship elections would take place, considering that Ekiti, Osun, Anambra, Ondo, Edo, Bayelsa and Kogi states, due to staggered elections that took place in those states, would not be witnessing governorship polls in the 2019 general elections. There are 109 senatorial seats and 360 federal constituency seats that would be contested for next year.

Similarly, on the average, there are no fewer than 20 House of Assembly seats that would be contested for in each of the 29 states where elections would hold, conservatively putting the total number seats at 590. Kano, for instance, has 40 seats in the state assembly.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is asking for N25m from all those want to vie for the presidency under its platform.

The party is also asking for N10m for gubernatorial aspirants; N5m for those going for the Senate; House of Representatives N2.5m and state house of assembly N1m.

For the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential aspirants are expected to cough out N45m; governorship aspirants N22.5m; Senatorial aspirant N7m; House of Representatives, N3.85m and state house of assembly N850, 000.00.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had pegged its presidential nomination forms at N12m while that of governorship at N6m. Others are Senate N4m, House of Representatives N1.5m, and House of Assembly N150,000.

Another opposition party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) said the expression of interest and nomination forms for the presidential category is N12m and N6m for the governorship.

For Senate, according to the party, the fee is N2.5m; N1m for the House of Representatives and N450,000 for the state House of Assembly.

At present, the PDP has 16 aspirants that are practically campaigning, and most of them have obtained the forms. These include ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former Minister of Special Duties Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, former governor of Jigawa State Sule Lamido, and the proprietor of Baze University, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Others include former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Senate President Bukola Saraki; former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Senate President David Mark; former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang; Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State; Chief Alfa Muhammed Oliver, Ahmed Buhari and Hon. Isah Saulawa, among others.

Assuming each of them paid N12m to get the presidential forms, it means the PDP will have over N1.9 billion from that category. And if only two people would buy the forms for gubernatorial election in the 29 states available for contest at N6m, it means the PDP will garner N348m.

There isn’t much interest in the APC presidential contest as only President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be in the race. But assuming two people would throw in their hats, it means the ruling party would have N90m from that category.

For the governorship, if two people in the 29 states where elections would hold in 2010 would buy the forms at N22m, And if two people would buy the forms for the APC gubernatorial contest, it means the party will smile to the bank with nearly N1.3billion from that category.

But the APC have a multitude of aspirants in many states, such as Nassarawa, where there are about 16 aspirants, all of them committed to clinching the ticket and therefore trooping to the party’s secretariat to get forms.

Political parties will rake in billions from forms sold for national and state assembly seats, and analysts predict that most of the parties would deploy such resources into other endeavours beyond what the law prescribes.

In spite of the economic hardship being experienced, there are indications that the major parties will fight to the finish. Ahead of the 2015 elections, the PDP charged N22m for the presidential nomination forms while the APC reportedly collected N27.5m.

The ‘Not Too Young to Run Movement’ has criticized the high cost of the forms for expression of interest and nomination for the 2019 general elections. One of the conveners of the movement, Hamza Lawal, said that the prices will make youths and qualified politicians to shelve their ambitions.

He said the whole idea of paying exorbitant rates for nomination forms smacks of a grand conspiracy to keep the system only for moneybags, and shut out those with less financial muscle.

Speaking to the Hausa Service of the BBC, the National Secretary of the APC, Maimala Buni, said they have good reasons for asking for this much.

“The APC does not get subvention from the government,” he said, adding that it is a self-funding political party and the money that would be raised will be used in financing the forthcoming primaries at all levels.

At the last nationwide vote in 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of then-president Goodluck Jonathan charged N22million naira per nomination form, while the All Progressives Congress (APC), of eventual winner Muhammadu Buhari, asked for N27.5million.

A rights activist and an APC presidential aspirant, Mr. Christmas Akpodiete, has dragged the ruling party, the Attorney General of the Federation, the INEC, the PDP, and other registered political parties before the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, over the high cost of nomination fees. His case is marked with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/951/2018.

The presidential aspirant is asking the court to restrain the APC and the PDP from going ahead with the scheduled primaries. That if they do, he’s asking the court to declare such primaries null and void.

Akpodiete is also asking the court to restrain INEC from recognising such primaries, pending the determination of the substantial suit. He is of the opinion that the nomination fees charged by the political parties were not only ridiculous and unaffordable, but also unconstitutional.

“The nomination fees are repugnant to the rules of natural justice, equity and good conscience,” Akpodiete noted, asking the court to give a judicial breath to this matter by pegging the nomination fees for all elective positions at N18,000 because according to him, that is the minimum wage.

But while that little drama plays itself out, more and more candidates continue to troop into party offices, paying huge sums of money, with hopes of victory at the polls in 2019.


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Politics / Sultan Receives Catholic Bishops, Says ‘God Did Not Create You To Fight For Him’ by ijustdey: 1:12pm On Sep 08
By Rakiya A. Muhammad

President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Saad Abubakar Friday received Catholic Bishops of Nigeria in his palace, and urged all religious leaders to collectively come together and preach against violence before, during and after elections.

“We must tell ourselves the truth and speak the truth. Everything is not ok in Nigeria. Let’s stop hiding under religion, ethnicity or region. I know we have problems in Nigeria. Let’s not deceive ourselves,” he stated.

He noted: “There is no fight between Christianity and Islam. But maybe disagreement between Muslims and Christians. But we must try and fish out extremist in our midst.

Though, you cannot completely fish out bad eggs from the society. But we should continue in doing our part to ensure a peaceful country.”

The religious leader pointed out: “No society that is made up 100 percent saints. We have our problems and challenges. But we should collectively try and overcome them. As leaders, we must try and work for peace. No problem in this world that defies solution unless we are not honest. If not, we will overcome the problems.”

The Sultan harped on unity. “We must also educate our followers that despite the challenges, we belong to one God Almighty but chooses to worship God in different ways,” he said.

The royal father called on Nigerians to stop hiding under the cover of religion to perpetuate evils.

He noted that many leaders use religion to better their lives. “We must remember that as leaders, we must work for peace.”

He also spoke against killing of innocent people in the name of religion. “People have wrong notion of Jihad. You cannot kill people pretending you are fighting for God.

You are simply deceiving yourself. Jihad does not entail that,” he asserted.

The Sultan added: “God did not create you to fight for Him. “

He urged:” We should however look at the too many things that bind us together and try to take our religion back from the enemies who are bent on using the religion to commit crimes”.

Earlier, National President Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Arch Bishop Augustine Akubeze lauded the Sultan for his roles on interfaith peace and peaceful coexistence in the country.

Also speaking Catholic Archbishop of Abuja. Cardinal Onaiyekan noted the need for peace amongst religious leaders and for then to work towards ensuring peaceful coexistence.

He asked: “If we cannot get peace amongst religious leaders, how can we get peace amongst the people?”

In a remark, Catholic Dioceses of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah acknowledged the Sultan’s cordiality to all irrespective of religion and other leanings.


Politics / Fayose: I Buried My Presidential Ambition Because APC Rigged Ekiti Poll by ijustdey: 12:36pm On Sep 08
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, says he will no longer contest the 2019 presidential election because the All Progressives Congress (APC) rigged the last governorship election in the state.

Fayose had declared interest in the number one position in the country, vowing to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in a free and fair election.

“I am inviting you today, distinguished leaders of our party, is to inform you formally that I will be seeking the ticket of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to contest the 2019 presidential election,” he had said on September 28, 2017.

“My party leaders, standing before you is Peter (The Rock) Ayodele Fayose, the man already destined by God to take Nigeria out of the present political and economic stagnation.”

But speaking with TheCable, Fayose said he has decided to put his ambition aside and face the petition filed by Kolapo Olusola, his deputy and gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, in the last governorship election.

The governor spoke through Idowu Adelusi, his chief press secretary.

“Governor Ayodele Fayose has decided to bury his ambition because of the last Ekiti governorship election that was rigged by the APC and we have already filed a petition at the tribunal,” he said.

“So presently, the governor is more concerned in getting back the mandate of his deputy, Professor Eleka, than his presidential bid.

“That’s the preoccupation for now, so for that reason, he has decided to put his ambition aside, and face the petition in the tribunal and make sure the PDP gets its mandate back.”

The governor also said he has no preferred presidential aspirant among those jostling for the PDP ticket.

“Though, the governor as a human being, a leader and party member, is entitled to have his own choice, for now, he has remained neutral,” he said.

“As the chairman of the PDP’s Governors’ Forum, he has remained neutral. Alhaji Atiku has visited him, Rabiu Kwankwaso has visited him and Taminu Turaki has also visited him. Before now, Sule Lamido has visited him, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has equally visited him.”


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