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Move to unseat Saraki, Dogara: PDP Reps ask Nigerians to resist illegal invasion of NASS

 

Move to unseat Saraki, Dogara: PDP Reps ask Nigerians to resist illegal invasion of NASS
Senate President, Bukola Saraki (left)and Speaker Yakubu Dogara (right)

 

ABUJA—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caucus in the House of Representatives, yesterday, raised the alarm over alleged grand design by the Presidency to invade National Assembly to impose a new leadership in both legislative chambers.

This is even as the South-East Caucus in the House threatened to hold Senator Ali Ndume responsible for Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s travails in the hands of security operatives. This was contained in a statement by Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema (PDP, Anambra) after a closed door meeting with his members.
Information gathered from a reliably  source privy to discussions in the meeting that the common position of most of the lawmakers was that they will vehemently oppose reopening of both chambers. He said: “Definitely, we’ll not encourage the reconvening of the National Assembly as we are watching developments across Nigeria and whatever shape it takes we follow it to a logical conclusion.”
S/East Reps caucus threaten Ndume over Ekweremadu
Meanwhile, the South-East caucus of the House of Representatives, yesterday, warned that it would hold former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, and “his cohorts” responsible should any harm befall Ekweremadu.
The caucus, in a statement released in Abuja by its leader, Chukwuka Onyema, accused the senator of interfering in statutory and professional responsibility of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying his “rascally comments” as reported by a national daily on Monday had further unmasked the real issues and those behind Ekweremadu’s ordeal.
The caucus said: “We have closely watched events around the National Assembly, especially the ruthless attempts to emasculate the opposition and unseat the Senate leadership by all means possible.”
“We have also followed the ongoing investigation by the EFCC of the allegations levelled against the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Despite our doubts, we have maintained our calm, hoping that the law would take its natural cause to vindicate the innocent.
“However, like every responsible and patriotic Nigerian, we have every reason to worry after reading the comments by the Senator Ali Ndume claiming that the EFCC is treating Ekweremadu with kids gloves and, therefore, canvassed Ekweremadu’s detention and indictment by the agency in spite of the obvious ill health of Senator Ekweremadu.
“Let me reiterate, the entire people of the South-East shall hold Senator Ali Ndume and his co travellers responsible if any harm befalls Senator Ike Ekweremadu.”

Saraki summons emergency meeting of NASS leaders

 

•Leaders to meet with INEC too
•Presidency raises the alarm over possible shut down of govt
•We must reconvene as quickly as possible —Lawan
•No cover for corrupt politicians — Lai Mohammed
Saraki summons emergency meeting of NASS leaders
Dr. Bukola Saraki
ABUJA—The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has convened an emergency meeting of the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Issues expected on the agenda of the meeting, include the string of defections in the political space, rumoured plan to impeach the Senate President and the pending 2019 elections supplementary budget, among others. The leadership, our sources said, might consider the possibility of reconvening the National Assembly to discuss urgent and important national issues pending before the lawmakers.
Attendance
The meeting will have in attendance, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun; Majority Leaders of both chambers, Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Chief and Deputy Whips of both chambers.
Also billed to attend the meeting are the Minority and Deputy Minority Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives; the Minority and Deputy Minority Whips of both chambers. Also to attend the meeting outside the leadership of the National Assembly are the Chairmen, Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North), and Aisha Dukku (Dukku/ Nafada, Gombe) respectively. The meeting, it was gathered, is slated for noon today.

The Agenda
According to a source, top on the agenda for discourse is the letter from President Buhari on the urgent need to approve money for the conduct of the 2019 election, with a proposal of the sum of N164 billion to be provided for through virement or supplementary budget.
The source said they will also look into the not less than N242 billion required for the conduct of 2019 general elections. Recall that there had been calls, especially from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, that the National Assembly should reconvene from its annual recess, having adjourned two weeks ago to reconvene on September 25.
According to the source, after the meeting of the leadership of the National Assembly, they will then meet with the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and other officials at 1pm today. Preparing for the meeting, Senate President Saraki was in the office yesterday for close to one hour.
It would be recalled that one month after the 2018 budget was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate on July 17, read a letter from the President asking the National Assembly to remove a total of N228 billion as reinstatement from the inserted N578 billion in the 2018 budget to fund critical projects.
In the letter read at plenary by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, President Buhari told the senators that not less than N242 billion would be required for the conduct of 2019 general and Presidential elections and asked for the lawmakers’ approval of the money.
Presidency Raises Alarm
Meanwhile, the Presidency yesterday raised the alarm that if the National Assembly failed to reconvene to consider the foreign loan request and supplementary budget made by President Buhari, it could lead to a complete shutdown of the government.
This came as the Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said as a matter of urgency, the National Assembly must reconvene to consider and pass the supplementary budget and the virement request made by the President before the two chambers went on annual vacation.
The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo met behind closed-doors with the Senate Majority Leader and the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Presidential liaison officer in the Senate, Senator Enang, appealed to the presiding officers of the National Assembly to reconvene and consider the pending requests of the President, stressing that anything short of that could lead to a shutdown of government.
Enang said: “We are still appealing to the National Assembly to reconvene. You remember that we passed the budget with an understanding that the greater amount of it would be gotten by foreign loans.
“Although it was approved that there would be loans, the amount to get was not approved. The Fiscal Responsibility Act requires that the President should specifically state the amount the government wants to get from foreign loans and present it before the National Assembly.
“That letter has been presented to the National Assembly and the National Assembly has to pass that amount before the money could be obtained from foreign financing institutions. “This is what we are asking and if it didn’t happen in the next few months, we may have complete government shutdown.
“What we are receiving from the federation accounts as the federal government share of the capital component is not enough to sustain even 15 or 20 per cent of the budget. “So, there may be a complete government shutdown and I know that Nigerians are not going to like it. That is why we are still appealing.”
Conflicting Number of APC, PDP Senators
He continued: “Now the leader of the Senate has said that they are 53, but I want to assure him that the APC has harvested more people from the PDP and other political parties. The head of the PDP in the Senate is formally joining the APC family and that will be in a big ceremony on Wednesday, August 8 in Akwa Ibom State.
“So, the head of the PDP, who holds all the documents of the PDP, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio is coming over with a great team and other minorities will join the APC family and we are good and strong.”

We Must Reconvene Immediately
Also briefing journalists, the Senate Majority Leader, Lawan (APC, Yobe), urged the presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconvene immediately to pass the supplementary budget for the 2019 general elections and the virement request by the President.
He said if the supplementary budget for the election was not passed, it could stall preparations for the election as well as the government. He said: “I have come to visit the Acting President; you know this is our administration.
I have come to brief him on the situation in the Senate and the discussion also considered the need for the National Assembly to reconvene immediately for us to pass the virement and the supplementary budget request by Mr. President.
“You know that the budget for 2018, the capital aspect will be largely funded by foreign facilities, loans. Now, we need to approve that. We also need to approve other important and essential requests especially that of INEC and other security agencies for our security to be improved.
“It is, therefore, very essential that we reconvene immediately to look into those issues because our government is almost stalled and I believe that if we are able to pass the supplementary budget and virement request from Mr. President, this will enable our administration to provide the various infrastructure that we have planned to provide for Nigerians and also all the other aspects of national development.
“To do otherwise will lead to sabotage of this administration; will lead to sabotage of democracy itself because if we cannot provide the essentials for Nigerians, if we cannot provide funds for INEC to plan for the 2019 elections, what do we call ourselves?
“Certainly, in the case of INEC for example, INEC could pick some items on the shelves but there are so many important and essential items that INEC will have to place orders that could take about two to three months. “So, it is very imperative that we do the needful, we should convene the national assembly immediately and as legislators, as representatives of Nigerians, we will do what is best in the national interest.”
Briefing the Acting President
Asked what was the response of the Acting President, he said: “Well, I briefed the Acting President on the situation in the Senate. There are conflicting information coming out from the Senate caucuses.
“We said we are the majority, the APC caucus, that remains so because we remain 53 senators in the APC caucus and we have given the media the list of everyone. I read it about a week ago, every senator’s name was there and his state or her state and the PDP caucus will tell you they are in the majority. I will take this opportunity for the third time to challenge the PDP caucus to publish the names of the PDP caucus members.
“They have never done that, they will only tell you that they are 55, they are 60, they are 75. Publish the names; let Nigerians see where these senators are. We have done our own and it is also important that whatever crisis we have in the Senate and indeed in the national assembly, that Nigerians don’t suffer.
“We as politicians can do anything, it is a parliamentary practice. In fact, in parliament, worse things could happen but parliaments that are responsible and responsive will always take into account the national interest, work assiduously to ensure that the country does not suffer.
“Here in our case, we have our budget suffering, we are not able to implement anything today because, we are not able as a legislature, the National Assembly, pass the request of Mr. President. So, I believe that we should be on the same page with Nigerians, we are not aliens, we are representing Nigerians.
“Therefore, what Nigerians want today is for this administration to provide those essentials that it has promised and it has started providing that. We should plan properly for free, fair and transparent elections in 2019. “If we don’t reconvene and pass the request, what that means is that we have turned against this country, we are stalling the administration and invariably, fighting the people because the people want us to do those things that will make them happy
. “I believe that my colleagues are listening and we should be able to reconvene in the next few days for us to pass the budget request of Mr. President as quickly as possible.”
On Plot to Impeach Saraki
Also fielding questions on the allegation that some members of the APC in the Senate tried to force themselves into the Senate to impeach the Senate president Bukola Saraki, he said he was not aware of any such attempt.
He asked rhetorically: “Did you use the word that some senators attempted to break into the Senate Chamber? I am hearing it for the first time. There is a process going into that chamber, I didn’t hear it before that some senators attempted to break into that chamber.
“Possibly, you must have the names of senators but I want to tell you that we are law- abiding and that we will do everything possible in the national interest but we will try to keep within our processes and our procedures.”
On what could happen if the presiding officers didn’t heed to the request to reconvene the Senate, Lawan said the presiding offers were people like any other person and also Nigerians that had the ears to listen to the demands of the people.
“The presiding officers are people like you and I, they are Nigerians, they listen or they should listen. So, I don’t even want to contemplate that the presiding officers will say they will not reconvene the chambers of the National Assembly based on the fundamental and primary request of Mr President of passing the budget.
“I believe that the presiding officers should do the needful to reconvene the two chambers of the National Assembly to give us the opportunity to pass the supplementary budget and virement request of Mr. President as quickly as possible,’’ he said.

All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators allegedly gathered in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to finalize plan to impeach Senate President

No fewer than 30 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators allegedly gathered in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to finalize plan to impeach Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.

A source told DAILY POST that the alleged meeting was held around 12:30am in Abuja.

The lawmakers were said to have allegedly met with Lawal Daura, Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The source added that as part of the plot, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) will be picked as Senate President while Hope Uzodinma (Imo West) will emerge as his deputy.

DAILY POST had reported that Saraki and Dogara fixed an emergency meeting for 12:00 noon on Tuesday at the National Assembly.

The development, it was gathered, seeks to counter clandestine strategy by lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open both chambers of the legislature.

No fewer than 30 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators allegedly gathered in the wee hours of Tuesday morning to finalize plan to impeach Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.

A source told DAILY POST that the alleged meeting was held around 12:30am in Abuja.

The lawmakers were said to have allegedly met with Lawal Daura, Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The source added that as part of the plot, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) will be picked as Senate President while Hope Uzodinma (Imo West) will emerge as his deputy.

DAILY POST had reported that Saraki and Dogara fixed an emergency meeting for 12:00 noon on Tuesday at the National Assembly.

The development, it was gathered, seeks to counter clandestine strategy by lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-open both chambers of the legislature.The announcement also came hours after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met Lawan at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Earlier, Senior Special Adviser to Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang urged legislature to cut-short its recess.

“We are appealing to Senate leadership and all caucuses of the national assembly to see this as a clarion call for the good of the nation.

“As the liaison officer between NASS and the federal government, I know it is not the intention of the lawmakers to make Nigerians suffer,” he had said.

APC lawmakers offered N150m each to impeach Saraki, Dogara – Timi Frank

 

APC lawmakers offered N150m each to impeach Saraki, Dogara – Timi Frank
Timi Frank

 

…State legislators to get N50m each against Ortom, Tambuwal, other The immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progresives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has accused the presidency and the leadership of the APC of a plot to induce its Senators, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly members with humongous cash to impeach the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Frank who raised the alarm in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, also listed Governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Samuel Ortom as having been marked for removal in the said plot.
He said while Saraki and the governors have been slated for removal for daring to defect from the APC to the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dogara is to be impeached for fear he may soon dump the APC as well.
He described the ongoing plot to illegally dispense state funds to carry out the unconstitutional removal of duly elected public officials as the height of impunity and corruption that has been prevalent in the present administration since inception in May 2015.
Frank said: “From available information, the Presidency in collaboration with the leadership of the APC is about to dole out the sum of $400,000 (about N150million) each to APC Senators and House of Representatives members to impeach Saraki who has defected to the PDP and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara – who they fear may soon dump the party as well.
“They are also offering legislators in some State Houses of Assembly the sum of $150,000 (about N50million) each, to impeach their Governors that recently defected to the PDP.” He said that the President has allegedly directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to foot the bills to achieve the objective of removing the defectors from their present political positions.
“I have been reliably informed that after separate meetings with APC Senators and House of Representatives members, shortly before his U.K. trip, the President summoned the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and after informing him that ‘APC lawmakers have a proposal’, he ‘directed the GMD to attend to their needs.’
“I want Nigerians and members of the international community to note that this ‘presidential order’ is coming at a period when State Governors have incessantly complained, during their monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings in Abuja, about unexplained shortfalls in remittances of crude oil sales to the Federation Account by the NNPC.
“From this curious directive, it is now clear to Nigerians and the world at large, that the amount accruing to the Federation Account from monthly crude oil sales is being deliberately and illegally deducted at source and set aside by the NNPC – on the orders of the presidency – to fund illegal operations like their present desperate bid to remove Saraki, Dogara and Governors that recently dumped the APC.
“I am not surprised about this unholy cash inducements to lawmakers to do a dirty job because the Presidency and the APC recently conducted a dressed rehearsal of an inducement heist in Ekiti State during the ‘see and buy votes saga’ with which they allegedly rigged the Ekiti Governorship election in favour of the APC,” he said.
He however warned the presidency and the APC to desist from their present plot to illegally remove Saraki, Dogara and affected Governors, it may lead to chaos and anarchy capable of truncating democracy in the country.
He said: “Let me warn the Presidency and the leadership of the APC to desist from their present desperate plot to bribe some Federal and State legislators so as to force the illegal removal of Saraki, Dogara and Governors that recently dumped the APC.
“Let me also urge APC lawmakers to be circumspect about this unholy transaction as they will be risking the wrath of Nigerians should they yield to the inducements and attempt the illegality for which they are now being primed with loads of cash.
“Is it not curious that this illegal cash bazaar is being clandestinely orchestrated by a government that has visited untold hardship on Nigerians in the last three years?” he queried.
He pleaded with the international community to call the President and the leadership of the APC to order and also to prevail on them to stop their plan to illegally use state funds to truncate the nation’s democracy.
“I also want Nigerians and members of the international community to jointly hold the presidency and the leadership of the APC responsible for any unintended consequences of their present action aimed at removing the leadership of the National Assembly and governors who recently switched allegiances from the APC to the opposition PDP,” Frank said.
He further urged the APC lawmakers to reject such “blood money” aimed at violating their consciences and lowering their integrity, while calling on Nigerians to be extra vigilant in order to frustrate the current efforts of the Presidency and the APC to instigate chaos and anarchy in the National Assembly and some State Houses of Assembly, capable of truncating democracy in Nigeria.

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Defection: No cover for corrupt politicians — Lai Mohammed

 

Defection: No cover for corrupt politicians — Lai Mohammed
Lai-Mohammed

 

ABUJA—Federal Government said, yesterday, that no amount of defection from opposition parties to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, will shield any corrupt politician from investigation and prosecution by anti-graft agencies.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known when he paid an official visit to the corporate headquarters of The Authority Newspaper in Abuja.
He said: “Defection, even to the ruling APC would not immune politicians who have looted the nation’s economy from being prosecuted. “Nigerians should be rest assured that the fact that some persons are moving from one party to another does not mean that they will escape prosecution. “Nobody will escape investigation and prosecution on the ground that he or she has moved to APC.
“We have shown that with a former governor and a member of our party that was convicted. We will never terminate anybody’s prosecution on the ground of decamping. However, it is not for the executive to do the work of the judiciary.”
The minister who dismissed the allegation that many of the ongoing defections to the ruling APC were not premised on the allegation of escaping justice, said “some defected for “political calculation and personal reasons.”
On alleged certificate forgery against Adeosun
On the certificate scandal against the Finance Minister, Mohammed said: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity remains intact, in spite of the allegation of certificate forgery against his Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.
“The case is still under investigation and I know the appropriate agencies are still investigating the allegation against the Finance minister and should be allowed to do their jobs.
“Until when an allegation is proven, you do not expect the President to act. The appropriate agencies have spoken and they say they are investigating. The only thing we can do is to wait.
“By saying that the minister should resign or be sacked while investigation is still ongoing may also not be feasible in our clime because of the level of false accusations.
“How many times have they accused me of embezzlement? Even recently, they said my driver jumped out of the car, abandoned me and decamped to PDP. People even made the allegation that President Buhari did not have certificate.”
How Buhari is spending Abacha loot
On the spending of Abacha’s loots, the minister said: “The money recovered from the late military ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha, is not being shared to the poor and vulnerable as widely believed.
“Rather, the money is being deployed in the financing of Federal Government’s social investment programmes comprising four components. “When the first tranche of Abacha loot was paid under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Swiss Government found out that the money was re-looted by those in the administration.
“So, when they wanted to release the next tranche, they put the condition that it must be used for the most vulnerable Nigerians. “We said there is no problem. It is the money we are using to finance our social investment programmes comprising four components.
“About 8.5 million pupils in government schools across the country are currently being fed under the Home Grown Feeding Programme. Again over 400,000 families are being paid stipends of N5,000 every month under the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme.
“The beauty of this programme is that it is being done in collaboration with the World Bank. It is the World Bank and various agencies that determine the beneficiaries and who are the most vulnerable Nigerians.
“I can confirm to you that part of the money was being used to finance the employment of young graduates through the N-POWER programme.
“In fact, no fewer than 200,000 people had been employed in the first batch and another 200,000 would be resuming very soon. “The fourth is the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme whereby market women, craft people etc., are given loan between N50,000 and N100,000. “So, when we say this money is being used for the poor people, it is not as if we are sharing it to poor people in the states.

Breaking: Oshiomhole, DG DSS, 30 APC Senators meet on how to impeach Saraki, Says Timi Frank

 

….As DSS takes over NASS, Bars Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, Journalists, Staff from gaining entrance to NAS….
ABUJA- FORMER Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, this morning raised the alarm that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DG – DSS), Lawan Daura and 30 APC Senators are spearheading fresh moves to illegally impeach Senate Prssident, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
According to Frank, the 30 APC Senators are bring led by the Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North. Preparatory to the meeting of the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives slated for 12 noon today, men of the DSS are stopping Journalists and staff from gaining entrance to the National Assembly complex.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions and a very strong loyalist of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, PDP, Kwara South has been stopped from entering the National Assembly as DSS take over the complex.
Even a Journalist who had tried to enter had his phone sophisticated by the security operatives, though it was said to have been returned to him after some minutes. Meanwhile, Frank who raised the alarm in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday morning, said that the APC National Chairman, the DSS and the APC Senators group met last night in Abuja to perfect strategies on how to carry out the plot.
He said that he has reliable information that the meeting was at the instance of Oshiomhole who is currently pressurizing President Muhammadu Buhari to accept his proposal of using “crude tactics” to topple Saraki and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
According to him, reliable information emanating from the meeting, that National Vice Chairman (Southwest) of the APC, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, joined Oshiomhole in pushing for the illegality while some APC Senators and House of Representatives members at the meeting kicked against the plot saying any “forceful removal of Saraki without due process will not fly with Nigerians.”
According to them, while other APC Senators have since travelled out of the country on vacation, a proposal to appoint Senator Lawan from Yobe State as Saraki’s replacement would be a direct violation of the Federal Character Principle since the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is from Bauchi in the Northeast zone like Lawan.
Frank noted that following the red flag raised by some of the APC Senators who warn of the consequences of the proposed illegality, the meeting was said to have been rescheduled to reconvene by 11am this morning enable Oshiomhole to call Mr. President in London at 9am this morning to brief him on the progress made so far.
It was further learnt that Oshiomhole is expected to present the candidature of both Senators Lawan and George Akume to the President to make his choice during his proposed telephone conversation with Mr. President by 9am.
He alleged that the Presidency through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has increased the $400,000 it is already offering to lure individual lawmakers to support the plot to illegally impeach Saraki to $500,000.
According to him, the lawmakers are also being wooed with offers to drop all corruption charges against them by the Federal Government. He insisted that Saraki’s life and personal safety is at stake while appealing to Nigerians and leaders of the international community to urgently speak out to protect the President of the Senate, Saraki, and safeguard democracy in Nigeria.
He said that the illegal plot to break into the Senate Chambers to illegally impeach Saraki, if allowed to happen, could lead to chaos and anarchy of unimaginable proportion in the country, capable of burying the nation’s democracy apart from the danger it portents for the lives, security and safety of Nigerians.

2019: We will end PDP rigging jamboree in Abia – Kalu

 

2019: We will end PDP rigging jamboree in Abia – Kalu
Orji Uzo Kalu

 

Umuahia – The ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has said it would end what it called “PDP’s rigging jamboree” in Abia State and take over the State by winning the 2015 elections.

According to the party, it would “free Abia people from bondage and lies being fed them” by the PDP administration in the State.
The former governor of the State, Chief Orji Kalu who said this weekend, while addressing zonal and ward executives of the Donatus Nwankpa faction of the party in his Igbere home, boasted that the PDP Government would be sacked from Umuahia Government House next year.
He accused the PDP administration in the state of thriving in propaganda and lies rather than delivering the dividends of democracy by providing amenities that would uplift the lives of the citizens.
Kalu urged APC members not to be intimidated by the ruling PDP in the state but to remain steadfast in their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“We will march PDP anyhow they want it; we must sack them from Government House, Umuahia. We will work to free Abia State from bondage. We cannot allow the locust to continue to occupy Abia.
There will be no locust in Abia again. “The state is feeding us with lies. You are told that you were in bondage, but who is in bondage now. It is a Government of lies but we will ensure that they are voted out.
“Forget the saying the saying that PDP will rig the election, it will not be possible not be possible again, just do tour work well. That era of their rigging is gone. All members of the National Assembly and went there by default, we don’t want any other default law makers again, we want to have active representatives.
“If PDP wants us to fight in the election, we will fight. I am as rugged as rock. We will not allow them to intimidate anybody”, Kalu said while charging the ward leaders to go home and mobilize to give the party credible candidates that sack PDP in the State.

 

Osinbajo, Senate leader meet in Aso Rock

 

Osinbajo, Senate leader meet in Aso Rock
VP Yemi Osibanjo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senate, Ita Enang are currently meeting behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting started around 2p.m when the duo arrived the Acting President’s office.
Recall that Senator Enang had led the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio to the Vice President last week where discussions on Akpabio’s planned defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress was concluded.

Sen. Ben Bruce : “How can we tell foreigners to visit Nigeria when Nigerian leaders take their vacation outside the country?

 

Sen. Ben Bruce :  “How can we tell foreigners to visit Nigeria when Nigerian leaders take their vacation outside the country?
Senator Ben Bruce – President Buhari

 

Infuriated by the federal government poor-reaction to the incessant killings, violation of human rights and extra-judicial crimes in the country, the senator representing Bayelsa east constituency, Ben Murray-Bruce, Monday berated the activities of herdsmen in the country and called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to protect Nigerians from further killings.
Sen. Bruce, who is known for his ‘Common Sense theory’, frowned at a statement credited to the leader of the country.
According to him, “How can a nation with a police and armed forces population close to half a million be overrun by herdsmen with an expansionist and 18th century jihadist agenda? “And how can a leader say “there is nothing I can do to help the situation except to pray to God to help us out”?.
Recall that Sen. Bruce had attacked and condemned Buhari’s repeated trip to Britain and had equally opined that such vacation would only damage the country’s economy.
“Our President keeps going to Britain for ‘vacation’. Has he ever asked himself how many times the British Prime Minister has come to Nigeria for a vacation? And yet we want growth. How can we grow if we give others what they don’t give to us? What is wrong with Yankari or Obudu?
“How can we tell foreigners to visit Nigeria when Nigerian leaders take their vacation outside the country? How can we tell the world that Nigeria is safe when our leaders move with small armies to protect them from Nigerians? No one will believe in Nigeria if Nigerians don’t first believe in herself.
“Donald Trump is a billionaire who can afford to take his vacation anywhere in the world, yet he chooses to stay in America. His America First policy is bringing jobs & business back to America. In our own case, our leaders have an Europe and America first policy. This must change!” he said on Saturday.

Opposition using fake news as campaign tool against Buhari’s administration – Lai Mohammed

 

Opposition using fake news as campaign tool against Buhari’s administration – Lai Mohammed
Lai Muhammed

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the opposition elements in the country have resorted to the use of fake news as a campaign tool against the Buhari Administration ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday when he visited the corporate headquarters of the Authority Newspapers to kick-start the media tour in furtherance of the campaign against fake news, which was recently launched by the federal government.
He said: ‘‘Because the Buhari Administration is performing well, the political opposition believed that the best way to de-market the administration is by latching on to fake news to create religious and ethnic disharmony and throw the country into turmoil.
“With the Buhari Administration delivering on its promises to fight corruption, build the nation’s economy and tackle insecurity, the opposition has realized it will not make any impact if it takes on the Administration on that turf. So, it has decided to take the easy route, which is to use fake news and hate speech to de-market the Administration, pitch Christians against Muslims and one ethnic group against another,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the opposition has thrown caution to the wind in its futile attempt to divide Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines by using fake news to blame all the killings in a certain part of the country on herdsmen, ignoring the bands of deadly militia groups that are being sponsored by unscrupulous people to kill innocent people and put the nation on edge.
He cited the example of how the opposition is distorting the fact that the clashes between the farmers and herders are being aggravated by climate change – which has heightened the contest for scarce natural resources like water and land – as well as demographic pressure. The Minister said the morbid fear the opposition harbors that when he is re-elected in 2019, President Buhari will consolidate on the fight against corruption, has thrown the opposition camp into confusion, hence the frenzy with which they fabricate and publish fake news in order to cast the government in bad light.
“Many politicians know that the only way to distract this government is to spread fake news and they are being very selfish and they have amassed so much wealth that they can continue to sponsor fake news at a very dangerous level for as long as they want.
“Many of them have this morbid fear of the President being re-elected because they know that in his second term, the war against corruption will start yielding fruits. There are so many cases in court today and they are just praying and doing everything to distract the government so that their cases will be scuttled,” he stated.
Alhaji Mohammed said that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, there is a re-distribution of the nation’s wealth from a few to the generality of the public.
He noted that the Administration’s Social Investment Programme is providing one meal a day for 8.5 million pupils across 23 states; the Conditional Cash Transfer is empowering 400,000 families with N5,000 every month, the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme is making available loans to artisans and craftsmen as well as market women while the N-Power Programme has provided employment for over 200,000 unemployed graduates.
Mohammed, however, praised Authority Newspapers for being the first media outlet to write an Editorial in support of the campaign against fake news, saying he chose to kick-start the media tour with the newspaper in appreciation of their efforts.

 

Certificate saga: Senator Adeleke knows fate Wednesday, August 8

 

Certificate saga: Senator Adeleke knows fate Wednesday, August 8
Senator Ademola Adeleke

 

The Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital Monday fixed Wednesday to rule on the eligibility of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke for the September 22 election.
At the resumed hearing of the Case, the court entertained preliminary objections and counter-affidavits in respect of a suit challenging the eligibility of Senator Adeleke before it adjourned the case for ruling on the plaintiffs’ prayers before the court.
Citing Section 177(d) of Nigeria constitution, the plaintiffs, Mr Rasheed Olatunji and Mr. Idowu Oluwaseun had on 23rd of July 2018 approached the court contending that the PDP candidate was not eligible to participate in the primary election of the party because he doesn’t possess minimum required educational qualification, and prayed the court to set the election aside.
On 26th of July 2018 at the returned hearing of the matter, the court adjourned the case till August 1st for definite hearing but the process was stalled following a request by the plaintiffs for out of court settlement, a development that led to the further adjournment of the case to today 6th of August, 2018.
Appearing before the court today, Barrister Olufemi Ayandoku, the lead counsel to the plaintiffs revealed that the parties could not go on with the dialogue, the parties would have to lock horns since barrister Edmund Biriomoni, the counsel to Ademola Adeleke had filed other preliminary objections and written on the prayers of the plaintiffs.
The counsels thereafter put the dialogue behind and expressed readiness to go on with the case. In his argument, Biriomini asked the court to strike out the notion on notice for want of competence and jurisdiction pointing out that the federal high court is in position to decide the case. The respondent, in opposition to the suit, filed three affidavits and written address deposed to by Adeleke.
On the motion of the notice, Biriomoni stressed that one need not pass secondary school certificate examination and that only prove of education up to the level is enough to make one eligible for a governorship position.
However, the plaintiffs’ counsel argued that the Testimonials and the Statement of Results presented by counsel to Senator Adeleke counsel on the senator education up to secondary school level, submitted before the court and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were forged.
He noted that Osun State was created in 1991 and that the document which was dated and purportedly issued in 1988 at Muslim Grammar School Ede could not have originated from Osun State because as at the said date Ede was in Oyo State and that the documents were forged.
He also added that the examination, Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) which the senator claimed to have sat for was not in existence as of 1981 when he claimed to have written the examination.
He cited Section 31 (5) of the Electoral Law which stipulated that any person can approach the court if any candidate presented false affidavit or document to INEC and paragraph 6 which gave the court the power to disqualify anyone who did so.
The court then adjourned the case till Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 for final judgement on the suit.

We’re hungry, not getting enough from centre, says Emir of Daura

 

 We’re hungry, not getting enough from centre, says Emir of Daura
Emir of Daura – Buhari

 

KATSINA – Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruq Umar has on Monday said his people and President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown are hungry and not getting enough from the centre despite the fact that their son, Buhari is the President of Nigeria.
This was as he urged Ministers who benefitted from appointments of President Buhari to reciprocate the gesture by coming to the aid of people of his constituents through developmental projects and farm inputs.
The Emir stated this when he received the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Audu Ogbeh who was on working visit paid homage on the Emir in his Daura palace. He said the Minister’s appointed by Muhammadu Buhari are not doing enough to assist his hometown, Daura with a viable project.
According to him, “Buhari by his nature will not influence the siting of any projects in Daura. But his Ministers who benefitted from his appointment should reciprocate by bringing developmental projects to Daura, his birth place.
“It is a call to duty for the Ministers to make provision in their Ministry’s budget of ensuring that Daura benefitted immensely from Buhari administration.
 “If the Ministers failed to site any projects to Daura, they have betrayed the President and people of Daura. “Like the Rice production in Kebbi State. Katsina has prospects in rice production and irrigation farming.
“Katsina has dams and irrigation sites like Sabke, Jibia, Zobe, Daberan, Mai Ruwa dams and if utilized and reciprocated has potentials of feeding the state and it’s neighbours.
“I urge you to go back, look inwards and search for what, how you can assist people of Daura. Daura is faced with absence of projects for its development and its people are hungry and need federal government assistance,” the Emir said.
Earlier, the Minister, Audu Ogbeh said plans are underway to establish a tomatoes farm and processing plants that with create about six thousand (6,000) jobs for farmers growing tomatoes and also stop importation of tomatoes in the country.
Also responding to the Emir’s request, Ogbeh said the ministry will look into the issue of establishment of a Rice mill as well as providing improved seeds to create jobs in Daura emirate.

Explain your role in N9 trillion NNPC contract scam, PDP challenges Buhari

 

Explain your role in N9 trillion NNPC contract scam, PDP challenges Buhari
President Muhammed Buhari

 

ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday charged President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration to tell Nigerians what they know about the N9 trillion ($25 billion) contract scam allegedly perpetrated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under their watch.
Addressing a press conference on Monday with the theme, “Where Is President Buhari’s fight against corruption?”, the party urged the President to come clean and live up to his name as ‘Mr. Clean’ by throwing more light on the N48 billion meant for the upkeep of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) but which was allegedly diverted by officials of government.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan who addressed journalists at PDP national secretariat yesterday described the Buhari-led Presidency of providing cover for corrupt elements in government while simultaneously harassing opposition figures under the guise of fighting corruption.
“The PDP challenges President Buhari to explain why his anti-corruption fight has not been extended to investigate the corruption from the leaked memo detailing alleged underhand oil contracts to the tune of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars) at the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which are under the direct supervision of President Buhari as Minister of Petroleum Resources.
Why has investigation into this scam been suppressed?
“The PDP challenges the Buhari Presidency and the APC to explain to the world why his anti-corruption fight has not been extended to the internationally reported diversion and alleged stealing of N18 billion out of the N48 billion approved by the National Assembly for the rehabilitation of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rebuilding of six northeast states ravaged by insurgency in the 2017 budget,” he said even as he took a swipe at the Commander-in- Chief for his style of leadership in the past three years.

2019: Women embark on house to house campaign for Buhari/Osinbanjo

 

2019: Women embark on house to house campaign for Buhari/Osinbanjo
Buhari – Osibanjo

 

Minna – Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election, a new women group has emerged in Niger state and set to embark on a house to house campaign for the success of Buhari/Osinbanjo success at the polls.
The group named Noble Women Movement For Buhari / Osinbajo Support group has already mobilized 274,000 across the state and has kick started its campaign for the presidential ticket of president Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo with a mass rally in Minna over the weekend.
Coordinator of the group in the state Hajia Zaynab Abubakar said similar women groups are also being floated in all the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory with the same mission of “selling” President Buhari and his Vice, Professor Osinbanjo to the electorate for next year’s election.
The coordinator disclosed that the group has also embarked on the mobilization and sensitization of the women across the country on the need to be registered ahead of the general adding that the assignment had been a success story. ” Our first assignment is to ensure that virtually all women of voting age obtain their voter’s card because It is only with the Voters Cards that we can reelect President Muhammadu Buhari, so if you don’t have voter’s card you cannot be a member of this group”.
“Besides the mobilization for the reelection and sensitisation of women to obtain their voter’s cards, another agenda the group would pursue is getting women elected into public offices because women are more dependable and are not as greedy as our men who are daily defecting from the party that made them politically”, she remarked.
She decried the spate of defection from the APC to the PDP but added that rather than have any negative impact on APC, it will only energize the Party towards winning next year’s general elections with less stress.
“Defection will not affect us in 2019, those defecting are thieves because they were used to getting free money, but Buhari is a man of integrity and financially disciplined and cannot change because of them,” she declared.
Hajiya Abubakar therefore called on those that have just defected to come back to the fold, (APC) before it is not too late so as to see to the reelection of President Buhari and his Vice, Professor Osinbanjo for a better Nigeria.

 

Omokri Suggests Akpabio Was Planted By PDP To Infiltrate APC

 

…Don’t assume the worst about Senator Akpabio,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon. “There is more to this than meets the eye. The Akpabio I know is a clever player! In battle, you sometimes send some of your own agents to infiltrate your opponent’s camp…

 

 Omokri Suggests Akpabio Was Planted By PDP To Infiltrate APC                             Godswill-Akpabio

 

Reno Omokri, media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, says it is too early to criticise Godswill Akpabio, a serving senator and two-time former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is on the verge of dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Rumours of Akpabio’s possible defection began gathering last week, and reached a crescendo over the weekend when he met President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Already, Akpabio has been unofficially welcomed to the APC — first by the party’s official Twitter handle, and also by Lai Mohammed, who has “gladly welcomed” the defection of the Senate Minority Leader, saying it amounts to a “one-one goalless draw”.

However, Omokri has suggested that Akpabio is set to join APC to ork for the PDP.

‪”Don’t assume the worst about Senator Akpabio,” he wrote on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

“There is more to this than meets the eye. The Akpabio I know is a clever player! In battle, you sometimes send some of your own agents to infiltrate your opponent’s camp.

“This affords you the opportunity of destroying him from within. Politics is war by other means. Akpabio is no fool. Don’t render your judgment just yet.”