2019: Fayose can contest presidential election, say Balarabe Musa
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“Even where others tactically withdrew to their shells, Fayose became the lone voice. I salute him. Okunrin takuntakun. If you drive through the state capital you are likely to miss your way because of the legacy projects that have changed the face of the town. Seeing is believing, it is a reality. I congratulate the governor,” the eminent monarch said.
“Fayose is bold, fearless, he has put Buhari government on its toes. All efforts to silence him with Federal Government agencies has not shut his mouth. Opposition is an ingredient of a virile democracy, the FG should be tolerant of opposition.
“Whoever that will emerge will be president of Nigeria, and not president of a section. Fayose is exercising his right, it is wrong for anybody to vilify him for declaring his ambition. The man is bold, courageous and has put the Buhari government on its toes. Anybody having interest should come out so that we can compare,” he said.
…..as Alafin lauds his courage Former Governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has said Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is eminently qualified to contest the 2019 presidential election, just as the Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, praised courage of the Governor as strong opposition putting the federal government on its toes. *Balarabe Musa They both spoke on separate occasions in Ondo Town and Ado-Ekiti at the weekend.
Anybody from any section of the country who has met the constitutional requirements can vie for the presidency. There should be no restriction because the country is in the need of a right leader.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Sunday, Musa spoke on the sideline of the wedding of a daughter of former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, in Ondo Town, while Oba Adeyemi spoke in Ado-Ekiti during the 5th convocation of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).
On the clamour for restructuring, Musa noted that the agitation had heightens because of insecurity, poverty, hunger and inequality in the county.
Recall that a couple of weeks ago, Governor Fayose openly declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The declaration jolted some people who started saying it was not yet the turn of somebody from the Southern part of the country to seek the exalted position.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemi lauded Governor Fayose for his pedigree and landmark achievements in the state.
The Kaduna State Governor said, “it is the right of every Nigerian to aspire for the office of the President of Nigeria.
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Forces within tearing PDP apart – Dickson
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said that some forces within the Peoples Demoratic Party, are tearing the party apart. He said those forces were against a cohesive and a strong PDP that would take over power at the centre. Dickson made the revelation during a media chat at […]
”I am very prayerful and let me say that at this point I am hopeful that these forces that are trying to tear the party have the capacity to take the party from one crisis to another and to generate another crisis.
”I pray that the party overcomes or realises the need to overcome these forces within the PDP that are placing selfish ambition and ego above the need to build a strong party that can take power at the centre.
”I pray that the party survives these internal forces. I have always believed that this country needs two strong party. I have said that over and over again that we need a strong cohesive party in government, which incidentally, the All Progressives Congress is not. We should also pray for the APC to get their acts together.
”Ideally, Nigeria needs a strong party in opposition. I agree with what a former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar said a few days ago. He said that the PDP had disappointed Nigerians and not truly living to be a strong party in opposition.
”That is very sad. I as a person, am an opposition man and I am very comfortable being in the opposition. There are not many governors who can survive the kind of election I survived. I believe that my party has a lot of work to do and we should pray for it so that the country can have a real taste of two strong parties.”
Dickson made the revelation during a media chat at the Governor’s Conference Room at the Government House, Yenagoa, on Sunday evening.
Dickson stated, ”I was very serious about rebuilding the party to take over power at the centre and everyone knows what I did. I did everything, built consensus but I think there are forces within the PDP that are against a cohesive and a strong PDP that will take power at the centre.
He said those forces were against a cohesive and a strong PDP that would take over power at the centre.
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The governor hoped that the proposed convention of the party coming up in November would be able to address the internal problems of the PDP.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said that some forces within the Peoples Demoratic Party, are tearing the party apart.
The governor, who was the Chairman, PDP Reconciliation Committee, said the major problem of the party was selfishness and egoism, insisting that if nothing was done to address the probems, the party could not bounce back.
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Buhari, Baru sued over alleged illegal appointments in NNPC
A constitutional lawyer, Mr. Johnmary Jideobi, has dragged President Muhammadu B......
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Suicide: Late director was paid last in December, says Kogi govt
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Kogi State Government says Mr. Edward Soje, the late director who recently committed suicide after his wife gave birth to triplets, was last paid salary in December 2016. The government, however, dispelled rumours that Soje took his life because he was being owed salaries. The Kogi State Head of Service, Deborah […]
“Edward Soje was not just my staff; he was also married to my sister-in-law. His death is shocking, both as one related to him in some way, and one responsible for him in an official capacity.”
“Following engagements with Labour which spanned several months, the Kogi State Governor magnanimously commuted the disciplinary action due against certain categories of offenders by grant of pardon. Mr. Soje fell into one of the categories.
“For the records, these are the facts surrounding Mr. Soje’s employment with the Kogi State Government: He continued to receive his salaries till December, 2016 even while the Staff Screening and Verification Exercise was ongoing.
“His pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video.
“I am appalled by the media reports on Edward Soje’s death and the certainty by the media that he committed suicide and that he did it due to non-payment of his salaries by his employer, the Kogi State Government.
“Pardoned staff were processed for reinstatement and payment in batches. Mr. Soje was in the September 2017 batch and he was aware of this fact.
“The Kogi State Teaching Service Commission where he works has forwarded a template for payment to Government and Mr. Soje was aware that he was listed to receive six months back pay, leaving only two months (August and September) outstanding.
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
Ogunmola, who claimed to be related to Soje’s wife, said his salaries were delayed because of age falsification.
She said despite being indicted, the state government was merciful enough not to dismiss him even after he had confessed on video.
She said there was no hint of this horrible decision in his demeanour neither did he appear as one who was depressed, let alone contemplating suicide.
The government, however, dispelled rumours that Soje took his life because he was being owed salaries.
The head of service further stated that it was unlikely that Soje killed himself over unpaid salary because he had been listed among those who would receive six months arrears.
The head of service said she met with the deceased a few days before his demise and the attempts being made to resolve his salary issue.
The Kogi State Government says Mr. Edward Soje, the late director who recently committed suicide after his wife gave birth to triplets, was last paid salary in December 2016.
The Kogi State Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, in a statement on Sunday urged the media to be responsible in its reportage as there was no evidence that he committed suicide because he was being owed salaries.
The statement read in part, “The Kogi State Government is saddened in no small measure by the alleged suicide of Mr. Edward Soje, a level 16 officer and director in the Kogi State Civil Service. He was attached to the Teaching Service Commission.
While condoling with the family, Ogunmola urged the media to always verify facts before going to press.
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Expedite action on Daniel’s trial, Kashamu tells EFCC
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“Also, confessional statements and implicating accounts, some of which are in affidavits by witnesses are already with Police. Few of these killings and unlawful assault include but not limited to: killing/disappearance in Shagamu of Age Omolemomu; killing of Arojo from Yewa, Ogun State; killing/disappearance of Awoyemi in Ikenne, Ogun State; and the multiple killings of over hundred of the Olabisi Onabanjo University students on protest against OGD administration whose corpses were callously dismembered and thrown into the river.
“Candidly, this current pretensions and public bravado of a chairmanship contest by OGD is truly aimed at turning his corruption cases and sundry pending criminal assaults and killing allegations into cases of political victimisation and assault on the opposition. As much as one calls on the government to take needed necessary actions by refusing to be cheaply blackmailed; more importantly, the leaders of PDP need to ensure that our party and indeed, all of us, are unwittingly not dragged into an avoidable, disgraceful and infamously criminal corruption saga.”
“Daniel’s speech at his declaration for the PDP National Chairmanship race was a compendium of mockery of our democracy and direct assault on the anti-corruption war. In that speech, there was nothing OGD didn’t call himself whereas he is actually the exact opposite of all these attributes. He insultingly eulogised the undemocratic past of which he was eminently involved; when our elections were characterised by shameless rigging, as if current efforts and legislations to ensure free and fair elections are unworthy.
“Furthermore, he sought to trivialise his ongoing EFCC case where he is truly being accused of converting Judge’s quarters into his private mansion, converting government land and other innocent people’s land acquired fraudulently under the pretence of public use, into his commercial hotel project, etc, etc and sundry corruption allegations and visible abuse of office. He has indeed by this, thrown an open challenge at the EFCC and by extension, the Federal government,” the statement read in part.
“I implore the federal government and particularly Ogun State, to show more interests in the OGD -EFCC affairs; more so now that prosecuting witnesses are being scared off from appearing in court. This unholy arrangement has already emboldened OGD as capable of weakening the chances of his conviction.
“I understand that just late last week, he collected N40 million cash, in two Ghana-must-go bags, from Chief Kensington Adebutu for his phony chairmanship declaration alongside multiple political swindling of other unsuspecting wealthy people using PDP promising opposition status.”
“Integrity is indeed a function of perception, otherwise, how can Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) seek to become the face of the opposition in modern Nigeria and possibly become the leader of a party in government? Truth be told, OGD is like “a rotten mackerel” in the moonlight; he shines from afar but stinks badly at close range!
“It is public knowledge that when OGD was Ogun State Governor, nobody dares to disagree with him without being assaulted, maimed or killed unceremoniously by his government-aided cultists and/or killer’s squad. Most interesting is the multiple assaults on the current Ogun Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun when OGD was majestically reigning as violence-loving governor without caution and decorum.”
“It’s therefore high time that those of us in the PDP realised that the current economic adversity of Nigeria cannot become a licence to take Nigerians for granted by presenting proven corrupt people for high public offices. Ignominious corrupt public office holders of the recent past shouldn’t be allowed to shamelessly brace up for a criminal continuation as if all is well.
Away from corruption, the lawmaker also enjoined the Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation to reopen investigation into the alleged politically-motivated killings during Daniel’s eight years in office (2003-2011).
By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA – Senator Buruji Kashamu (PDP, Ogun East)has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intensify effort in the corruption trial of former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, describing his ambition to become the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party as “A mockery of democracy and assault on the anti-corruption war”. Sen. Buruji Kashamu In a statement issued on Sunday, the lawmaker said Daniel’s declaration was as repugnant as his utterances at the event which was held last Wednesday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
He added: ” I wish to reiterate and appeal to the Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation to expedite actions on the multiple killings in Ogun State while he was governor. I have much earlier, written detailed petitions to the Police on these to which OGD has made statement to the police.
Kashamu also said Daniel is flirtatious, duplicitous and greedy, stressing that, “Now, out of office and with his declining lift engineering business, OGD’s present occupation is political extortion of gullible aspirants, majorly Ogun gubernatorial hopefuls. He is currently awkwardly combining the mentoring of the conflicting gubernatorial aspirations of PDP’s Ladi Adebutu with APC’s Yayi! Isn’t this amazing?
Kashamu further added that the recent public outing by Daniel is an attempt to turn attention away from his trial, even as he called on government to revisit the case urgently.
The lawmaker also accused the former governor of being “perpetually broke financially, making him a continuous extortionist and expert cash flow manager. As he rakes in money, he pumps straight into property developments; ranging from hotels to houses in proxy’s names. This is a habitual corruption trait he must have developed as a serving governor when he actually started building his chain of hotels and sundry property developments locally and internationally, to cover his tracks.”
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Lagos PDP mourns caretaker chairman
Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday described the death of the party ‘s Caretaker Chairman in Lagos State, Chief Babatunde Solanke, as shocking. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Solanke died on Saturday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after slumping in a hotel in Ikeja. The deceased had scheduled a […]
“He is a peacemaker and a friend of all. This a great loss for the PDP family. It is so sad that we have lost him.
“He was a complete gentleman who was trying his best to unite everyone ahead of the congress.
“I pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and the fortitude for the family to bear the loss,” he said.
(NAN)
A former factional Chairman of the party in Lagos State, Mr Moshood Salvador, said that he was devastated by Solanke’s sudden demise.
Another former factional Chairman of Lagos PDP, Mr Segun Adewale, desribed the death as sad.
Careena said that all activities concerning the congress would be suspended for a week to honour Solanke.
He has been buried in his hometown, Abeokuta, Ogun.
He prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.
He said that he had information that Solanke scheduled a meetings with some chieftains of the party.
He said that it was painful that he died on duty for the progress of the party.
He said that the deceased sent him a text message at 3.00pm on the scheduled meeting.
He said that the deceased was always responsive and desirous that things should be done properly.
In his reaction,a former Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Taofik Gani, said that Solanke was committed to midwifing a progressive PDP in the state.
NAN reports that the deceased was appointed the caretaker chairman in August by the party’s national leadership following the dissolution of the state executive.
Salvador described Solanke as a gentleman who was committed to the unity and progress of PDP.
Solanke was mandated to conduct congress to elect a new executive within three months.
Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday described the death of the party ‘s Caretaker Chairman in Lagos State, Chief Babatunde Solanke, as shocking.
The deceased had scheduled a meeting with some chieftains of the party in the state on the fateful day.
The dissolution followed a leadership tussle between two factions in the state chapter.
The Head of Publicity of the caretaker committee, Mr Femi Careena, said that Solanke’s death was an unpleasant surprise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Solanke died on Saturday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after slumping in a hotel in Ikeja.
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Anambra guber: What will decide outcome of election – Chidoka
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…intensifies simultaneous door-to-door grassroots campaign
“Currently, Chidoka is leading in public acceptability as the best candidate ahead of the polls due largely, to his operable and clear-cut plans and programmes as well as his courage in speaking out on issues of marginalization and inequity against the southeast.”
“INEC has given us assurances that they will use electronic transmission of votes. So, the votes will count and because the votes will count, we know that what will happen in Anambra will be an issue of who has the best ground operation.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are an incumbent or not, or whether you have the so-called federal might. What will matter in this election is who the voters best feel an affinity for; who they think best represents them.
“Ndi Anambra know the candidate that has the best plans and programmes to move their state forward. I believe these will be the deciding factors come November 18″, he said.
“There is a clear consensus among the people in Anambra that Osita Chidoka is the best candidate in this election. There is a consensus that Osita Chidoka will best represent the voice of ndi Anambra and the voice of ndi Igbo in Nigeria.
By Anthony Ogbonna
Frontline contender and candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) in the November 18, 2017Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka has said that the peoples’ quest for a government that best represents their voice and interest, and not what he described as the so-called ‘incumbency factor’ or ‘federal might’, will determine the outcome of the election.
In the statement made available to newsmen by Chidoka’s Campaign Director of Media, Viola Ifeyinwa Okolie, it said “the UPP candidate whose campaign has the highest grassroots reach across the state” however announced the commencement of a critical phase of his electioneering, the door-to-door and person-to-person mobilization in a bid to directly reach all registered voters in the state.
It said the next phase of Chidoka’s campaign’s ground operation, which kicks-in fully on Monday, “will involve a massive deployment of volunteers and supporters for yet another round of intensive mobilization to reach all registered voters across all polling units, ahead of the polls.”
Speaking on Sunday on the heels of a high profile meeting of critical stakeholders from across the 21 Local Government Areas and 326 electoral wards of the state, Chidoka said there is already a consensus that he and the UPP best represent the interest and voice of ndi Anambra and the southeast region in general in their quest for self-affirmation. He also noted that such development, in addition to his unparalleled plans and programmes, would determine the direction of votes.
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3.4 million suffer malnutrition in North-East, says UN
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says about 3.4 million people need nutrition assistance due to food crisis caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East. This is contained in the UN-OCHA Humanitarian Situation Report for the month of September. OCHA explained that 2.7 million people were targeted for immediate intervention, […]
“Lack of access to most areas has been the impediment in providing life-saving nutrition support to those in need.
“Nutrition activities are limited to few areas where humanitarian actors have access and where healthcare structures are in place,” it stated.
“The campaign is design to help children who were not assisted under the routine exercises to achieve its target”, adding that mobile outreach is critical in the campaign.
“The progress toward key indicators is on track except for the management of Severe Acute Malnutrition with medical complications, which remain hampered by the unavailability of services especially in the newly accessible areas.
It adds that the UN in collaboration with humanitarian partners had decentralized activities in 8 local government areas of Borno State to combat malnutrition.
It disclose that a maternal and child health week exercise would be conducted to contain malnutrition in the war ravaged region.
It says some 60 health personnel were also trained in Borno and Yobe States to enhance operations at the stabilisation centres.
OCHA explained that 2.7 million people were targeted for immediate intervention, adding that only 936,200 people were reached with nutrition support within the period under review.
OCHA said that some of the activities line up for the campaign included supplementation of micro-nutrients deficiency, screening and referral of under-5 children.
The report indicates that three Stabilization Centres were set up at Damboa, Dikwa and Ngala Local Government Areas to enhance management of acute malnutrition.
The report lists the affected areas as Damasak; Ngala, Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza, Kukawa, Kala-Balge, Gubio, Nganzai and Guzamala.
The report points out that about 6.5 million U.S. dollars was required to implement five projects and facilitate smooth running of the nutrition support services in the affected communities.
The UN agency added that effective modalities were evolved to streamline the Infant and Young Child Feeding scheme with the Blanket Supplementary Feeding and Emergency Food Distribution programmes to control the scourge.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says about 3.4 million people need nutrition assistance due to food crisis caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
This is contained in the UN-OCHA Humanitarian Situation Report for the month of September.
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