100 REASONS TO GIVE US IKEDI OHAKIM FOR IMO GOVERNOR 2015


Date: 22/11/14

Youths Against Human Rights Violations And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP )

Choba, Port Harcourt,  Nigeria

Tel: 08037982714

E-mail: yvcp@gmail.com

 

100 REASONS TO GIVE US IKEDI OHAKIM FOR IMO GOVERNOR 2015

The Youths Against Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Practices [YAHVCP] wish to make it clear that there is absolutely no reason why a single youth from Imo State should support Governor Rochas Okorocha’s re election plans. Owelle Rochas Okorocha has committed so much atrocities against Imo youths that we will stage an Arab spring  demonstration against him with our votes in 2015.

YAHVCP is angry that a  Governor who sacked a properly and transparently recruited 10,000 Imo youths from the Imo State Civil Service on the excuse that they were recruited at the tail end of Ohakim’s administration, would come up with a laughable idea of recruiting the same or a higher number of youths into the Imo State civil service barely five months to the end of his tenure. If Okorocha really meant well for Imo youths, the best he would have done was to ask for the immediate recall of the 10000 jobs beneficiaries. But Okorocha  doesn’t care.. He is turning  our orientation to the depraved mentality of the beggarly and slavish population of the docile. But the majority of Imo youths cannot allow such.

We in YAHVCP  are placard carrying  youths that  speak against  bad governance, corruption and human rights violation in Imo State and in Nigeria. YAHVCP is  against military rule and fights for  democratic rights. We campaign  against casualization of workers, poor working conditions, and demands for  a living pension and wage and defends  the rights of workers. We  stand for democratic trade unions  with no privileged leaderships. We campaign against fee hike, poor studying and living conditions.

We are against victimization of student activists, ban of unions and other attacks on democratic rights. We stand for adequate funding of education. We stand in full solidarity with the struggles of workers and the oppressed. We fight against any government with anti poor anti peoples policies. We agitate for jobs for the youths. Our method of campaigning includes lobbying, petitioning, media campaign, rallies, protests, boycotts and demonstrations.

Since 2011, YAHVCP has been fighting against the anti poor and anti peoples government of  Owelle Rochas Okorocha in Imo State. We wrote and sponsored more than 212  petition, articles/ advertorials  in several newspapers, online media and blogs against Okorocha’s  impunities  to the extent that  his government declared us wanted in Imo State.

We are sad that In Imo the man Rochas is the contractor, the accountant, the work foreman, the supervisor, the legislature, the secretary, and any and all there is to be. Imo has collapsed  under such plan because no one has learned to do anything under him. He is LGA chairman  and the head of community chiefs. He is the farmer, the farm, and the tractor.

YAHVCP is calling on PDP to  come in and  help Imo to wrest power from the current band of marauders in Douglas House Owerri  and put in its place a working peoples’ government which will implement pro-masses policies as against the prevailing anti people, anti poor, pro-rich ,pro-imperialist cum capitalist  and deceitful policies of Rochas Okorocha.

We say  boldly that one man among the lot in PDP contesting for  governor is the right candidate in 2015 that will correct this mess that Imo is into. That one man is Dr Ikedi Ohakim. We say this as a body of  youths  that have  so much fought against Okorocha’s impunity in Imo State and we know what we are saying. It is about saving Imo State from bad governance. Imo must  go away from the hands of this Pharoah and be free from this locust in 2015.

We are calling on PDP to give Dr Ikedi Ohakim the needed support so that he can re- introduce his vision that obviously led to massive job creation, youth and women empowerment, industrialization, solid road construction, rural development driven by democratically elected local government system and environmental cleanliness that made Owerri the cleanest state capital in Nigeria during his time. We the youths don’t want to stay another 4 years in Imo without jobs.

We call on PDP to  unite and support Dr Ikedi Ohakim in  the 2015 Imo Governorship Election with  the following  100 reasons:

  1. Ohakim is the most popular aspirant among the lot and stands in a unique position with regards to Imo Charter of Equity as per returning of zoning. He is the only aspirant that his emergence will not affect zoning and the sensibility of Owerri people, he cannot contest for re-election in 2019
  2. Chief Ikedi Ohakim is one aspirant who can confidently boast of having a deep connection with the ordinary people of the State. As an immediate past Governor of the State who ran a government that was centered on the people, he has the edge of having the people at the helm of his campaign.
  3. He is the only one among the aspirants who can afford to move into any market in the State without security details and you will see the ordinary people forming a human shield around him and cheering him on without asking for anything in return. Ohakim has a way of identifying with any class in the society and making the lowliest know that they are as valued as the biggest in the society, and this has been working for him. His looks inspire the people, while his speeches are poignant enough to melt the stoniest heart
  4. He has the political structure in the 3 political zones in Imo unlike other aspirants that are only known in their constituencies. He has time-tested and well oiled political machinery that is one of the best in the history of the country. The New Face of Imo Organization (NFO) is one of the oldest and most vibrantly administered political machinery in the State, with over eighty percent of its officers still loyal to the political course of its principal.
  5. He has the charisma to attract enough funds for his campaign. His expression of interest and nomination forms were donated to him by the Imo State Artisans Association, while the Keke Napep Drivers Association has contributed immensely to the project of making him Governor. This is outside the huge funds which captains of industry, philanthropists and other top investors have thrown into the campaign.
  6. He parades an intimidating array of supporters that sends shivers down the spines of the incumbent Governor, who is quietly praying for the PDP to give its ticket to any other person outside Ohakim.
  7. The Imo State Artisan’s Association who donated the expression of interest and nomination forms to the former Governor boasts of about 5000 registered voters within its ranks
  8. Also various students associations in Imo, including the Okwu Uratta Students Association of Imo State University, Owerri, The United Hostels Association, also known as the Front Gate Alliance and several other students associations from across the State who are dissatisfied with the present administration in the State, have all declared their endorsement of the candidacy of Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
  9. Professional associations like the Lawyers for Change Initiative, which boasts of about eight hundred vibrant lawyers from across the State, have conveyed their endorsement for the candidacy of Chief Ikedi Ohakim as their choice for the 2015 election
  10. There have been unsolicited endorsements of Ohakim from non indigenes associations, Association of South East Residents in Imo, etc..
  11. The Keke Operators all owe their livelihood to Chief Ikedi who holds the record of having pioneered tricycle business in the State; both those who sell, those who repair and those who operate keke in Imo State owe Ikedi a lot of gratitude, and they are not being ungrateful. This set of people is at the forefront of the Bring Back Ikedi Ohakim (BBIO) project
  12. The ten thousand sacked workers are another formidable force supporting Ohakim. This is a set of youths who see Ohakim as a mentor and a benefactor because of the fact that he provided them with not just a job, but also the necessary security for their jobs.
  13. Ohakim’s promise to recall the 10,000 sacked youths to office immediately he is sworn in as Governor and the pledge to pay them a substantial part of the arrears of their entitlements, which are extra motivations for these youths who cannot trust any other aspirant as much as they trust Ohakim.
  14. Imo people are already convinced that Ohakim is a better alternative than Rochas Okorocha.
  15. Having being in power, just about four years ago, he has the records of the government in his fingertips, and he uses same to expose the ills of the present government every now and then and this has seriously kept the governor and his supporters on their toes
  16. While other aspirants will always talk about the things they will do when elected into power, Ohakim enjoys the special edge of making references to the things he did in his first term in office, comparing them with the low grade things the present administration is providing for the State and effectively making a case as to how he is the best person to do better, if elected.
  17. Ohakim started his campaign for the 2015 election from the day he lost the 2011 election. While the incumbent will enjoy the benefit of free publicity for performing his Constitutional duties, Ohakim gets publicity and sympathy with any of these duties that the incumbent fails to perform or the ones he performs, but performed badly
  18. Ohakim will debate Rochas project against project, standard against substandard, zero corruption against massive corruption
  19. Ohakim performed very well in his first tenure.
  20. He built solid roads and not China roads, not mere pouring coal tar on sand that are washed away by rain
  21. He addressed water issues squarely in Imo State by building 1950 water schemes across Imo including 4 regional water projects.
  22. He is not corrupt. He is free since he came out of Government in 2011
  23. He can fight Okorocha project for project,quality for quality,governor for governor,4 years for 4yrs,economic impact for economic impact, contacts for contacts, clean environment for clean environment ,political structure for political structure. None is better to jam the dragon (Okorocha) than a tested-hand.
  24. He is not vindictive and is a good family man, loving and caring
  25. In his first tenure money circulated in Imo state
  26. He gave Imo youths quality education and quality jobs, not Wili Wili scam jobs
  27. He did not lose the 2011 election. We know what happened in 2011.
  28. He created directly 10,000 civil service jobs for Imo youths and 30,000 non graduate jobs .
  29. He promised Imo youths to bring back the 10,000 graduates that were sacked by Okorocha as well as create additional 40,000 graduate jobs. We the youths need jobs.
  30. . During his tenure Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission ISOPADEC was functional and ISOPADEC built roads, schools, markets and water projects including paying of NEPA bills for the oil producing areas.
  31. He assisted PDP accordingly and is a loyal party man. He is not running anti party activities
  32. Supporting Ohakim means rejecting liars, mudslingers, rumour mongering and pull him down syndrome
  33. He never marginalized any zone or LGA in Imo both in appointments, projects and programmes
  34. He assisted Imo business men and contractors by awarding contracts to them.
  35. He built 27 first class and equipped health centers in Imo State
  36. He addressed the issue of environmental degradation in Imo squarely . During his tenure Owerri became the cleanest state capital
  37. He should be allowed to complete the 6 flyovers in Owerri across Orlu Road, Okigwe Road,Texto Road, Aba Road and Onisha Road
  38. He should be allowed to complete 3 inner ring roads, all township roads in Owerri, Okigwe,Orlu which are all designed and approved
  39. He will hand over to Owerri zone in 2019. Other aspirants will seek to do 8 years while Ohakim will do 4 years.
  40. He should be allowed to upgrade our University to world class University
  41. The choice of Ohakim will address the issue of anti party activities either by Okigwe, Owerri or Orlu
  42. Ohakim will reposition PDP and Imo State for actual rotation
  43. Ohakim needs to complete well thought out programmes for Imo to avoid the total loss of N200 billion projects to abandonment whose design and studies have been made and certified
  44. Acquiring landed properties was not Ohakim’s interest
  45. He knows the State government more than any other contestant in PDP
  46. Ohakim has things to show such as quality projects, world class projects and he can compare with Okorocha inch by inch
  47. Ohakim knows PDP in Imo inside out
  48. He knows Imo State inside out, village to village, ward to ward, projects to projects, traditional rulers to traditional rulers, 10,000 jobs beneficiaries, disbanded LGA officials, Entraco personnel, development centre coordinators, autonomous communities created by him, last state executive committees all totaling 400,000 votes that PDP can harvest in the 2015 election
  49. He is well known in all the nooks and crannies of Imo State
  50. All the 27 PDP LGA chairmen and all the 305 PDP ward chairmen and officials have adopted him as their governor choice for 2015
  51. The catholic revelation that he did not flog any Rev Father as revealed by Rv Father Mbaka has made him even more popular. People now know that he was falsely accused in 2010 and in 2011.
  52. The sacked LGA chairmen and sacked 305 councillors are supporting him as he has assured them a completion of their tenure.
  53. Let Ohakim complete the Eco foundation and blue print for Imo
  54. Let him commence building projects for others to take over
  55. We now know that Ohakim is the messiah and not Rochas Okorocha
  56. Ohakim has begged Imo people for forgiveness and promised to do better in 2015
  57. Do we forgive him or do we not?
  58. What did he do wrong?
  59. Did he build or did he destroy?
  60. Was he vindictive?
  61. Has any allegation levelled against him been proven?
  62. Was he found wanting in the discharge of his responsibility before and during the last election?
  63. Was he not deliberately castigated in other to destroy him?
  64. As a Christian, a family man, a delegate and party member cant we do something to address these human damaging injustice against Ohakim?
  65. For the interest of justice, equity, law and order, the 10,000 graduate jobs, our dying civil service, labour force, market men and women,dying school system lets bring back Ikedi Ohakim. Imo youths must regain their jobs.
  66. One vote at the primaries not given to Ohakim is a vote indirectly given to Rochas as Ohakim has the grass-root structure to knock out Rochas. This is an indisputable fact in Imo today zoning or no-zoning
  67. Ohakim has the capacity and advantage. Let’s use Ohakim to wrestle power out of the dragon and to continue the rotation
  68. Ohakim is a veteran
  69. He has advantage of leadership qualities
  70. He is known all over the villages in Imo State
  71. . He has political structures in the 3 political zones in Imo State(Owerri,Okigwe,Orlu) unlike other aspirants that are known only in their constituencies and have no structure
  72. PDP should harvest in 2015 the over 400,000 votes that Ohakim can attract from development centres he created, LGA former councillors and chairmen that are supporting him, party representatives and leaders from the 305 wards of Imo State to national level, autonomous communities and Ezes he created, lawyers and students who enjoyed his bursaries and scholarships, catapulted profile as a result of the revelation that he never flog a priest as revealed by Rv Father Mbaka
  73. Those in PDP who are today urging in-experienced aspirants on for the sake of money know the importance of second tenure
  74. Some of the PDP Governor aspirants are planted by the opposition so as to destabilize PDP
  75. Some of the PDP aspirants are former commissioners during Ohakim’s tenure. Can anybody know his mother more than his father? Let them collapse their structure to that of Ohakim
  76. . Ohakim has the best media team among the PDP aspirants and has been in the fore front in the quest for PDP to reclaim Imo State since 2011
  77. Once Ohakim starts his grass root campaign with facts and figures,Rochas will be knocked off in 2015 and Rochas knows this
  78. Owerri was declared the cleanest state during his tenure
  79. Having been a governor, he still commands a very high popularity in the state
  80. His name recognition is unmatchable by any aspirants in PDP
  81. He remains very highly liked in Imo
  82. He has the most intimidating political structures among all PDP aspirants
  83. . Let him come and re- introduce his vision that obviously led to massive job creation, youth and women empowerment, industrialization, solid road construction, rural development driven by democratically elected local government system and environmental cleanliness that made Owerri the cleanest state capital in Nigeria during his time
  84. Lets bring back Ohakim to help Imo to wrest power from the current band of marauders in Douglas House Owerri and put in its place a working peoples’ government which will implement pro-masses policies as against the prevailing anti people, anti poor, pro-rich ,pro-imperialist cum capitalist policies of Rochas Okorocha
  85. We want the 10,000 sacked workers back, we want the elected councilors and chairmen back, we want our development centers back , we want additional 40,000 jobs for Imo youths, we want our LGA systems back, we want our town unions back, we want Imo to work again.Ohakim is the answer
  86. We the youths don’t want to stay another 4 years in Imo without jobs.
  87. The painful thing is that after the blackmail and falsehood against Ohakim in 2011, the person who benefitted from the whole thing(Rochas) is dealing with the people of Imo as well as destroying the state
  88. Now, more than ever, Imolites are faced with many obstacles in everyday life due to the lack of democracy at the grass root areas of the state and due to loss of their jobs. They now wants Dr Ohakim back
  89. He is the only aspirant with requisite capacity to match the incumbent Governor, project for project, in the state, having served as a governor in the state for four years, just like the incumbent
  90. if given the PDP ticket he could guarantee the revival of the life sustaining projects and programs abandoned and jettisoned by the incumbent administration because he is the author and originator of these life sustaining
  91. Based on the sentiment generated among the rank and file of Imo electorates as a consequence of the maladministration of the incumbent in his vindictive dissolutions of tenured institutions of governance in the state coupled with the ten thousand graduate jobs, Dr Ikedi Ohakim is guaranteed at least four hundred thousand (400,000) votes from affected people of this class even before the real campaign starts
  92. the precedent established by His Excellency Chief Achike Udenwa of Orlu zone, makes it acceptable that Okigwe zone must complete her remaining term of four years before the governorship of Imo state is rotated to Owerri zone to complete the first cycle
  93. The revelations that Ohakim had never been in the same physical enclosure, let alone, flog Father Eustace Okorie as was alleged, have sparked an unprecedented movement in the nooks and crannies of Imo villages such that the tape of that man of God’s revelation has become the highest selling tape in the entire South-East. With the avalanche of sympathy created by the recent revelations, coupled with the return of all returnees,Ohakim will cruise to victory in 2015
  94. PDP will be the best for it, if they give Ohakim the ticket, because he remains the most acceptable among the retinue of Governor aspirants under the Party
  95. The entire 305 former councilors owe their emergence to him and are fighting for his return
  96. The town union chairmen and youth leaders in the 305 wards in Imo state are fighting for his return as Ohakim has promised to bring back the town union system in the state
  97. He has the capacity to fund a primary election and the capacity to match the incumbent
  98. He is not tricky.He keeps to agreement unlike some other aspirants that are not loyal to PDP.
  99. In a scale of 10 percent on popularity in Imo he score 9 percent
  100. Ohakim is the best among all the PDP Governor aspirants

 

Signed

 

Kenneth Uwadi

 

National Coordinator :Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices(YAHVCP)

 

Signed

 

Amaka Didanda

Media Affairs Director : Youths Against Human Rights Violation And Corrupt Practices (YAHVCP)

 

AFCON 2015 Fallout|Okocha Heads NFF ‘Rescue Mission’


Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, has been chosen as the head of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Study Group, set up in the aftermath of Nigeria’s national team shock miss from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee which met after Wednesday’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Bafana Bafana moved to set up the new group that will be focused on getting talented Nigerian players into the developmental Leagues in Europe for the purpose of creating a pool of future Super Eagles’ players, and work hard at getting more Nigerian–born footballers in Europe to commit to representing fatherland.

Aside Okocha, other members of the committee include,  ex-internationals Benedict Akwuegbu, Celestine Babayaro, Michael Obiku, Darlington Omodiagbe, Finidi George, Taribo West, Tijani Babangida, Kashimawo Laloko, Henry Nwosu, Peter Rufai, Dominic Iorfa, Nwankwo Kanu, Dahiru Sadi, Gbenga Ogunbote, Mutiu Adepoju, Florence Omagbemi, Mercy Akide-Udoh, Ann Chiejine, Eucharia Uche, Salisu Yusuf, Alloy Agu and Benedict Iroha as members.

In a similar vein, in a bold move to improve the quality of coaching, match–reading and backroom analysis in the country, and ultimately to improve the fortunes of the various National Teams, Executive Committee adopted a proposal by its President, Amaju Pinnick, to sponsor 17 persons on a two –week, intensive training programme in the United Kingdom.

The persons are: Sam John Obuh, Isa Ladan Bosso, Shaibu Amodu, Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun, Kelechi Emeteole, David Ngodigha, Edema Fuludu, Yisa Sofoluwe, Nwankwo Kanu, Augustine ‘Jay –Jay’ Okocha, Garba Lawal, Dahiru Sadi, Siji Lagunju, Ann Chiejine, Florence Omagbemi and Garba Musa.

The NFF had after Wednesday’s game accepted blame for the Eagles inability to qualify for Equatorial Guinea 2015 and have thus moved into action swiftly to get the country out of the doldrums as it were.

PDP chair: Tukur resigned properly— Mua’zu


By Henry Umoru

ABUJA— NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, said yesterday that former National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, resigned properly from his position in line with the constitution of the party.

Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, Mua’zu said this was not the time in the political situation of the party and the country to argue over the issue of resignation when the party was presently preparing for the 2015 general elections.

According to him, “our presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan has just declared for his re-election next year, all hands should be on the deck as we should collectively work together as members of PDP, as one happy family to ensure victory for the president and all the PDP gubernatorial candidates that will be produced at the December 8 primary elections.”

In a letter of resignation obtained by Vanguard, Bamanga Tukur had in a letter dated January 15, 2014 resigned as National Chairman of PDP.

The letter which was entitled: “Resignation as the National Chairman” and addressed to the National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, read in full: “Pursuit to Article 45(2) of the Constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), I hereby give notice of my resignation as the National Chairman with effect from Thursday, January 16, 2014.

“My resignation is in the overall interest of the party. I remain available to offer my contributions accordingly to the party, whenever it is needed.

“Thank you and please accept the assurances of my highest esteem always.”

Meanwhile, the National convention of PDP has been fixed for December 10/11 where the party would first use the first day to ratify Mua’zu as National Chairman while the second day would be for the national convention proper for the ratification of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate for the 2015 Presidential election.

Vanguard

Fani-Kayode asks FG to query Amaechi over statement


The Federal Government has been called upon to query Governor Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers State over statements credited to him in the media where he said that the opposition will not only make the country ungovernable, but also form a parallel government come 2015 if President Goodluck Jonathan wins the election.

This call was made by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode today at a press conference in Umuahia, Abia State, after a two-day visit to the state.

The former Minister also expressed disappointment over the commotion at the National Assembly complex on Thursday, accusing the lawmakers of breaking the law and disgracing the country.
“For the first time in the history of our country I saw elected legislators attempting to break down wall, attempting to break down gates. I saw them scaling the gate. I saw some of them in torn clothes, struggling through the police lines, I saw them breaking the law, and I saw them display the highest level of indiscipline and lack of respect for constituted authority.

Fani-Kayode said though some public figures may shy away from speaking the truth, he insisted he will not, no matter whoever is involved.

“Legislators took the law into their own hands. Broke down gates, jumped through the gates, and fought the police and created commotion and shameful acts.

“If this were to be in any other country particularly America or UK that for whatever reasons a line was drawn by the police and security agencies, and individuals no matter how high or how much respected or loved chose to defy them and cross the lines, injured some policemen (because the IG told me on phone this morning that some policemen were injured), and they defied the police, went through the tear gas, and ignored the warnings, the police would have been forced to use a very high degree of force.
He however praised the security agencies for their maturity in handling the situation, and noted it was a testimony to the fact that the Nigeria police was very restrained to have allowed the lawmakers to cross the lines.

The former APC chieftain said that if the lawmakers were not satisfied with their being locked out of the National Assembly complex by security agencies, they should approached the court instead of taking the laws into their hands.

“Again when you look at the comments made by my old friend, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, I am alarmed, I am deeply disturbed and discouraged. He said that if PDP comes back in 2015 that not only would they make the country ungovernable, they would also set up a parallel government, and that there would be anarchy in this country,” he said

“It’s a shame and a disgrace” – Peter Okoye reacts to National Assembly drama


Peter Okoye, the outspoken of the Psqaure duo has taken to his instagram to mock the hullabaloo that played out at the National Assembly on Thursday

Yesterday, the House of Representatives complex in Abuja was besieged by security operatives, preventing the House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and other lawmakers from gaining access to the complex.

In retaliation, the lawmakers scaled the locked gate in a very embarrassing manner.
Photos of their grand disorderliness have since gone viral on the social media with different people reacting and criticizing the shameful acts happenings at the national assembly.

“Shame! Shame! And shame again!! Pls when law makers are breaking the law…. What do they expect we the citizens to do.., to help them fix it? Haba!!! This is a Habatetically disgrace!!!! Lmao…Jumping fence like secondary school boys…”Law breakers … Pls not law makers,” Peter wrote on Instagram.

Salvation Rally: Amaechi’s statement on 2015 treasonable – Presidency


By Henry Umoru

ABUJA — The Presidency, yesterday, took a swipe at Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, saying his Wednesday’s statement during the Salvation Rally in Abuja by the All Progressives Congress, APC, was not only unfortunate, mischievous, but treasonable.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, who tagged his speech, “Amaechi’s open threat to democracy,” said but for the immunity which governors enjoy while in office, the government would have picked Amaechi and make him face the full wrath of the law.

Okupe, who described Amaechi as a liability to the APC and not an asset, said: “It is even more evil and certainly anti-democratic for him to threaten “civil disobedience” and the forming of a parallel government if his party loses the 2015 general elections.

“We unequivocally condemn this stance by Governor Amaechi, which borders on attaining power through threat, intimidation and subversion of popular will.

“If Mr. Amaechi is so much afraid of his party crashing to defeat in the general elections, what he needs to do is to advise the leadership of his party to either give up in good time or repackage itself in order to appeal to Nigerian voters who must definitely have the final say in the democratic process.

“We also want to sound a note of warning to Mr Amaechi and other desperate players on our political scene that Nigeria has moved away from the dark days of dictatorship and resort to brigandage and that any attempt by any individual or group of individuals to resort to extra legal means of acquiring power, would be dealt with by the laws of the land.

Incitement, treason and gross rascality

“On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, made a few comments about the forthcoming general elections, which bother on incitement, treason and gross rascality.

“Mr. Amaechi, who became Governor of Rivers State in 2007 consequent upon a court judgment, said at a street rally organised by the All Progressives Congress that if the 2015 elections are ‘rigged’, his party will not seek redress in court but would rather carry out what he called ‘civil disobedience’ as well as form a ‘parallel government’.

“This statement is clearly a further evidence of Governor Amaechi’s penchant for lawlessness and anarchy in his unbridled pursuit for power. It is curious and unthinkable that a man who was himself a beneficiary of the court process would disdain the very platform through which he acquired the opportunity to make his reckless and provocative statement.

“It is even more worrisome when one considers the fact that Governor Amaechi’s party, which is relatively new, came on board promising hope to Nigerians. With statements like this, it is clear that Amaechi is more of a liability to his party than asset and has the potential to bring his party to further opprobrium and disrepute.

“For someone who aspires to become the vice president of this country, his disdain for law and order is not only unfortunate but also patently dangerous and sends dark signals about the survival of our democracy.

“Discerning Nigerians know that comments like this not only do not augur well for any democracy but also portray Mr. Amaechi as a reckless, power hungry individual who lacks both the democratic temper and respect for constituted authority and institutions. For a party that has made so much noise about its intentions to offer Nigerians a new deal, we wonder how the APC can be comfortable with a loose cannon like Governor Amaechi.

“It is clear to any discerning mind that Mr. Amaechi’s indecorous outbursts and his obvious disregard and contempt for the rule of law, have defined him as unfit to hold any serious public office in this country let alone the vice presidency of Nigeria to which he aspires.

“Since Nigerians know for a fact that the Rivers State Governor has not been living in the moon but has been in this country since the commencement of our present democratic experiment, they are definitely at pains to understand why he has failed to acknowledge the successes that have attended our electoral processes since President Jonathan came on board in 2010.”

“It is a well-known fact that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has remained faithful to its commitment to electoral transparency in all elections conducted since the electoral reforms of 2010.

Unlike what obtained in the not too distant past, President Jonathan has ensured that the electoral commission remains truly independent of all influences and manipulations and this has won the Nigerian electoral process a lot of accolades from the local and international community.

“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which is the President’s political party, had lost elections in several states and electoral constituencies with the President usually being the first to congratulate winners of such contests.

“This is the hallmark of President Goodluck Jonathan’s statesmanship and an undisputable commitment to democratic norms and values.

It is therefore preposterous, evil and mischievous for Mr Amaechi to suggest that there were plans by the Federal government to rig any elections in today’s Nigeria.”

Okorocha’s Presidential Ambition: A Requiem to Imo APC?


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Okorocha’s Presidential Ambition: A Requiem to Imo APC?

“Although he believes that the entire APC structure in the state belongs to him, that is no reason for him to see APC members as his robots who can be controlled like zombies. Things can change within a few minutes against political permutations.”

Late last month, news filtered into town that the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha was mobilizing students of Foundation College across Nigeria to escort him to the All Progressives Congress APC, Headquarter in Abuja to obtain the Presidential Form of the party.

Infact the buzz was felt in Owerri as the entire expanded Imo State Executive Council Members emptied into Abuja, while offices were literally deserted by the top officers.
All eyes and ears were open waiting for the earth-shaking event in Abuja, to be followed by a Triumphant entry into Imo state as usual with Okorocha, displaying the form to “My People” for them to “eye mark” that he has joined the Presidential race.
But nothing was heard of the Okorocha Presidential Form outing again. The matter became a guess game, as even the most of his trusted Aides can not swear that Okorocha actually picked the form.
However, a Sun Newspaper cover page picture later showed Owelle Rochas Okorocha displaying what looked like an APC Presidential form at Arewa Youth Forum in Kaduna State. Till late the issue of Okorocha’s Presidential race project has remained an issue of debate because no one actually can stake his kobo on the matter.
When General Buhari picked his form, it was a National issue as it was announced weeks before he made an open declaration where he made salient comments on the incumbent administration.
The day Alhaji Kwankwaso picked his, it was a national discussion, as he used the occasion to take on the President Jonathan Government through hard policy statements.
It was the same situation the day Nda-Issaih joined the race. Nearly all the National dailies carried the outing in their cover.
Now, it is still confusing to Nigerians and Imo people in particular that Gov Okorocha who usually beams ordinary Christmas parties with Children live in as many as five Television stations can pick a Presidential Form of the APC without at least showing it on IBC Television.
So, people are still asking if really Okorocha is in the Presidential race, beyond the picture published by the SUN Newspapers. And why should the first people to be shown that form by Okorocha be Arewa Youths in far away Kaduna?
Okorocha we know, if he really has collected the Form, would have laminated it in a big frame, mount an open vehicle, and display it to all Imo people right from the Sam Mbakwe Airport to the Douglas House Owerri. After which a big party would follow, where about Eight Governors would be in attendance for an “Owambe”. But pundits say that actually Okorocha has obtained the Presidential Form, but he is in a political quagmire, because he has his eyes on two electoral positions at the same time.
Okorocha does not want to make much noise about the Presidential project they said, because it is simply a kite flying to checkmate his party from scheming him out of the National Cake sharing, while he still holds the Governorship seat position in Imo state, because he really is in the race for the Imo Governorship.
The Imo Governor is at the verge of introducing a new dimension to politics in Nigeria; holding two forms of two positions at the same time and if possible contest both simultaneously. But these a mare wishes as Okorocha will soon come to realize that you don’t eat your cakes and have them back.
Very soon, Owelle will reenact the Chief Achike Udenwa folly, where he could not be able to arrive on who succeeds him as Governor of Imo State in 2007. In the case of Udenwa, one would say that Chief Udenwa was confused until time ran out on him, and he eventually lost the opportunity to foist his own successor.
But what would one call the activities of the incumbent Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who because of his dual ambitions, has crippled his own party, APC in Imo state?
Till date, no Aspirant has picked the APC Governorship Form in the State. Prospective Aspirants are afraid and confused because Okorocha has put them into a state of anomia. No APC member can dare pick the form as such a bold step may earn the follow a political suicide. Therefore, under this scenario, APC is limping into the 2015 Imo Governorship election.
Indeed, what Okorocha is angling for now at the national level is the Vice Presidential ticket of APC which is bound to come to the Southeast and at the same time keeping an eye on Imo Governorship Seat.
But the Vice Presidential position can only be named after the party’s Presidential convention which comes up on December 10, 2014, when the sale of Governorship forms of the APC would have ended.
In this case, does it mean that Imo APC will not file a Governorship candidate for the 2015 election? Some weeks ago at the International Conference Centre Owerri, Governor Okorocha had told Imo people gathered there that he will run for Governorship, but was only confusing the PDP with the pretensions that he will run for Presidency.
A week later, he was in Kaduna brandishing APC “Presidential Form”. Does it mean Okorocha is confused? Is it like a situation where a Hunter carried Elephant on his Head and yet was looking for a Rat with his legs? Or is it political greed pushing him to man two positions at a time?
However it pans out, whether anybody likes it or not, Okorocha’s present political posturing will affect the fortunes of APC in Imo. His complicated adventure has also affected his followers, as they do not know what to tell others; whether their Boss is vying for Governorship position or that of President?
And in all these confusion, Owelle Okorocha does not care, provided the political experiment he has embarked upon under APC platform is simply to achieve his personal ends.
Okorocha is that typical politician who just sees a political party as that vehicle that takes you to political destination, and whether the vehicle knocks engine or even get burnt does not matter, provided he has disembarked at his target Bus stop.
He did it to Action Alliance AA, which was even his brain-child, to All Nigerian Peoples Party ANPP, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and just lately All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA immediately he grabbed the Imo Governorship diadem in 2011.
As far as Okorocha is concerned, what matters at all times is his political survival, and future and not that of the political party, which is exactly the political Theory of Machiavelli in the Book, The Prince. To the Imo State Governor, the end justifies the means.
It is very unfortunate that Governor Okorocha as a leader who has followers, believes that every position is meant for him alone, instead of nurturing those who can man some positions for him, while he targets some. But no, Okorocha will contest Imo Governorship race and the Presidency at the same time and day.
Now, you ask, what happens to the likes of the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, who has been with Okorocha, even at time the Governor never contemplated his present position. The guy has been so loyal to Okorocha that he has received all types of name callings for remaining totally committed to his relationship with Okorocha.
Lately, Okorocha discovered Chief Jude Ejiogu, his Chief of Staff, a man with qualities, who has traversed various Parastatals and Ministries before Okorocha took him in as a confidant.
Is it not unfortunate that despite all these loyalists, the Governor of Imo state cannot trust any body to be anointed for Imo Governorship seat under APC, so that he can have enough time to work for his Presidential ambition?
APC’s governorship primary is billed for December 2014 and yet the party has not sold one single Governorship Form in Imo State. Every Aspirant is waiting for Okorocha, while the time ticks away. Just like waiting for Godot!
For sure, the incumbent Governor is too confident that whenever he declares for the Imo Governorship, he will simply cover the losts grounds in a jiffy. After all, he has the entire state coffers under his armpit. The security men are there at his beck and call.
The Imo Vigilante is there. What of Keke Napep people?
And other numerous groups under his influence as the Chief Security Officer of the state.
But what the Governor has forgotten to take note of is that no matter how big a politician thinks he or she is, the masses must determine his fate. That is why consultation is necessary and important in politics.
For starters, let it be noted that while President Jonathan pretended he was not running for a second term, but about four months ago, he visited all Traditional Rulers in the whole Federation. That visit which looked harmless then was consultation by the President of Federal republic of Nigeria. So, Okorocha should not fight his “Chi”.
Uptill now, Okorocha will tell Imo People he is contesting for Presidency today, and tomorrow it is Governorship. Despite the amount of power and money at his disposal, he is quite aware that his predecessor had such advantages, yet things went sour in 2011. Is he immune to political uncertainties?
In the end, the only person that will suffer the consequences of Okorocha’s dual ambitions, political greed and indecision is the All Progressive Congress APC.
As I write, many APC members are disillusioned because they can not place the mind of their Leader. And this is the worst thing that can happen to followers, and it is also a calamity on such a Leader who takes his followers and those he is leading for granted.
If Okorocha does not make hay now he will embark on fire brigade approach to his 2015 election, which will put him under pressure.
Although he believes that the entire APC structure in the state belongs to him, that is no reason for him to see APC members as his robots who can be controlled like zombies. Things can change within a few minutes against political permutations.
Observers are saying that Owelle Okorocha is not treating Imo APC members with respect, that is why he thinks that it is only him that has the quality to contest for Presidential election, and at the same time clutches tight to Imo Governorship seat to the detriment of those he has been assuring for years now that he would hand over power to them in 2015.
Though now a forgotten issue; Does Owelle Okorocha still remember that in 2011, at different fora; Churches, Campaign Grounds etc he told Imo people that the Governorship position is too small for him and therefore simply reduced himself low to rescue Imo people from their sufferings after which he will move over to the Presidency in 2015? Will he still pursue a second term?

How time flies! Imo people are watching.

By Henry Ekpe.

Supreme Court Orders Taraba Acting Governor Removed, Impeached Deputy Sworn In


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The Supreme Court has ordered that the Taraba State acting governor be removed and the deputy governor, Abubakar Danladi to be sworn-in.

Danladi was impeached by the Taraba State House of Assembly in September 2012 for gross misconduct and engaging in private businesses.

After his impeachment, he approached the court to challenge the ruling of the Appeal Court which upheld the ruling of the Federal High Court in Taraba that he was duly and constitutionally impeached.

In a unanimous judgement a five-member panel of the justices of the appellate court led by Justice Musa Abba-Aji, had in that hearing dismissed the appeal brought before it by the impeached deputy governor for lacking in merit.

The court held that the Taraba State House of Assembly complied with section 188 of the constitution in his impeachment.

Omisore Alleges Plot To Assassinate Him


Omisore lost to Gov Rauf Aregbesola at the August 9 election in Osun State

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Osun state, Senator Iyiola Omisore has raised an alarm that plans aimed at terminating his life has been uncovered. He accused some people suspected to be leaders of one of the parties in the state, whose motive is to cover up issues concerning the August 9 election, as the brain behind plans to kill him.

“We are constrained to inform the general public, especially the security agents that we have uncovered plots to assassinate Senator Iyiola Omisore in order to cover up the electoral heist perpetrated on August 9, 2014,” a statement by Omisore’s media aide, Mr. Victor Oriola said.

“This is coming on the heels of startling revelation coming from the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal handling the petition of Senator Omisore and it is better for the security to have the information to be able to know how to prevent the inhuman act.

“The dwindling political fortunes of the said party in the south west is responsible for this sinister plot that is meant to silence those who are considered as a threat in the region.

“The plot which is being coordinated from Lagos state started around June this year when some assassins who have been on the trail of Senator Omisore during the governorship campaign broke into his house in Lagos. Some of the people apprehended by the police are yet to be charged to court since then.

“We have noticed that whenever Senator Omisore comes to the venue of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal at Oke-Fia, he is being trailed by an unmarked vehicle, ostensibly to monitor his movement. Because of this development, Senator Omisore has been advised not to appear personally in court in order to forestall these unscrupulous elements from perpetrating their evil deed.”

He therefore called on security agents to increase security around Senator Omisore to prevent the “blood thirsty vampire(s)” from carrying out their evil plan.

Brymo Express Disbelieve At Flavour’s Over 1million Album Sales Report


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It seems like Brymo is trying to get some issues off his chest as he throws a shade at Flavour.

Earlier today it was reported that Flavour’s new album, ‘Thankful’ sold over 1million copies in the first five days of its release, this is according to the marketer of the album, Obaino Music…and they showed receipts!

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But it looks like singer Brymo doesn’t believe it.

The singer took a swipe at the report after which he apologized.

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Stella Damascus Back In Studio To Release New Track


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She was among the first set of Nollywood stars to make the switch into music.

The beautiful fair skinned actress, Stella Damascus has released songs in the past and she is gearing up to release another soon.

The actress was pictured with Daniel Ademinokan in a studio and according to him, her new music is being mixed by Mike Wilson – a Grammy Award winner who has worked with Bruno Mars, Bebe & Cece Winans, John Legend, Nas, Byron Cage, Missy Elliot, Beyoncé, Boys II Men, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Kelly Price and more in the past.

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He shared a picture of her in the studio and captioned, “In the studio with Grammy Award Winning mixing engineer MIKE WILSON @ Patchwerk Studios ATL. When a man has worked with Bruno Mars, Bebe & Cece Winans, John Legend, Nas, Byron Cage, Missy Elliot, Beyoncé, Boys II Men, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Kelly Price….and the list is endless, you know you’re in GOOD HANDS for your mix. @stelladamasusthanks for letting me make your music! #Filmmaker #MusicMaker #Gifted #GodLover #GodPikin”

Epic Throwback Picture Of Tuface And Annie Idibia 12 years Ago


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If Not For Immunity, Amaechi Should Be In Jail For His Reckless Utterances – Presidency


Amaechi-Force HQThe Presidency on Thursday took Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State to the cleaners over his threat that the All Progressives Congress, APC, would form a parallel government if next year’s general elections are rigged.

At the “Salvation Rally” organised by the APC in Abuja, Mr. Amaechi, had warned that if the 2015 elections are rigged, his party will not seek redress in court but would rather carry out what he called “civil disobedience as well as form a parallel government”.

The rally was attended by chieftains of the leading opposition party, who did not mince words in accusing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government of plunging the nation on the path of under-development in the last 15 years.

The rally, which is one in a series of other activities lined up by the APC from now till the 2015 general elections take place in February, also saw a protest march round some parts of the nation’s capital, including the Louis Edet House – the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters.

However, in reaction to the threat by the Rivers governor, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, in a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said but for the immunity Mr. Amaechi enjoys he “would have been in jail for his comments”.

According to Okupe, the governor’s utterances bother on incitement, treason and gross rascality, which were enough to land him in jail.

He pointed out that there was no basis for Mr. Amaechi to suggest that the elections would be rigged by the PDP, adding that it was a shame for the governor to denigrate himself in such manner.

The presidential aide also noted that the governor’s utterances were a further proof that he was not only lawless but courted anarchy in his unbridled pursuit for power.

“It is curious and unthinkable that a man who was himself a beneficiary of the court process would disdain the very platform through which he acquired the opportunity to make his reckless and provocative statement”, Mr. Okupe said.

“With statements like this it is clear that Amaechi is more of liability to his party than asset and has the potential to bring his party to further opprobrium and disrepute.

“For someone who aspires to become the Vice President of this country, his disdain for law and order is not only unfortunate but also patently dangerous and sends dark signals about the survival of our democracy”.

The presidential aide said discerning Nigerians knew that comments like those made by the governor, do not augur well for any democracy and “also portray Mr. Amaechi as a reckless, power hungry individual who lacks both the democratic temper and respect for constituted authority and institutions”.

He wondered how the APC could be comfortable “with a loose cannon like Governor Amaechi”.

Mr. Okupe said it was clear to any discerning mind that Mr. Amaechi’s indecorous outbursts and his obvious disregard and contempt for the rule of law, had exposed him as unfit to hold any serious public office in this country let alone the Vice Presidency of Nigeria to which he aspires.

He said, “If Mr. Amaechi is so much afraid of his party crashing to defeat in the general elections, what he needs to do is to advise the leadership of his party to either give up in good time or repackage itself in order to appeal to the Nigerian voters who must definitely have the final say in the democratic process.

“We also want to sound a note of warning to Mr. Amaechi and other desperate players on our political scene that Nigeria has moved away from the dark days of dictatorship and resort to brigandage and that any attempt for any individual or group of individuals to resort to extra legal means of acquiring power, would be dealt with by the laws of the land”.

Ekiti Govt. Orders Impeached Speaker,Deputy to Return State Property


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The Ekiti State Government on Thursday ordered impeached Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, his Deputy, Abeni Olayinka, to return all state property in their possession.

This directive is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Dr. Modupe Alade in Ado-Ekiti.

The statement congratulated the new Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Dele Olugbemi and the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Abeni Olayinka, on their ascension to office.

The statement assured the new helmsmen of the readiness of the state government to work with him.

It called for a smooth working relationship between the new leadership of the House and the Fayose administration in order to move the state forward.

Alade charged other lawmakers who had gone on self exile to return and perform duties they were elected for.

According to the statement, “you should not stay in exile if you were truly elected by the people of Ekiti.”

It called on the police to provide security befitting the office of the Speaker and the deputy.

It warned trouble makers to steer away from Ekiti, stressing that the law enforcement agents would not allow anybody to foment trouble.

The statement advised Ekiti people to go about their normal duties and continue to give their support to the administration.

#Ekiti #Omirin

Assembly Invasion: PDP Cautions Lawmakers,Amaechi


 

fab6f-apc-vs-pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as embarrassing, the violence on Thursday by some lawmakers, which led to the closure of the National Assembly, even as it distanced itself and the Presidency from the development.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement said lawmakers “are responsible adults elected by their constituencies and wondered what would have happened if the law enforcement agencies were not there to maintain law and order”

The PDP described the incident as unfortunate and cautioned that the parliament, being the nucleus of democracy, its members should be above board as Nigerians expect the best of behaviour from them.

On the statement by Governor Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers state that the opposition would form a parallel government if the PDP wins the 2015 general election, the PDP said it was shocked and stunned by the statement especially coming from an elected person. It cautioned Governor Amaechi against unduly overheating the system and urged him to concentrate on his duties in his state.

Stating that Governor Amaechi was a democrat when he was in the PDP, the ruling party urged him not to allow the undemocratic attitude of the APC to becloud him.

“He is a different person from who he was when he was in PDP. When he was in PDP he was much more guarded in his statements. We urge him to desist from utterances capable of derailing our democracy”, the PDP stated.

The party however restated that it would continue to resist the provocations from the opposition and remain focused in its commitment in consolidating a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Nigeria.

#PDP #Amaechi

Ozekhome Urges Tambuwal to Resign


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Mr Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on Thursday called on Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker, House of Representatives, to resign for peace to reign in the legislature.

Ozekhome, a constitutional lawyer, said this in an interview on Thursday while reacting to the lawmakers’ fracas which culminated in Thursday’s shut down of the national Assembly.

Ozekhome said that the undercurrent of the entire episode was that some lawmakers must have felt that the reconvening of the House would lead to Tambuwal’s impeachment by his opponents.

This, he said, could have informed their desperate attempt to get to the chambers by climbing the National Assembly gate and fence when it was closed against them to forestall the impending fracas.

“My advice is that Tambuwal should honourably and voluntarily resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives in order for peace to reign in the National Assembly. Having defected from the political party on which platform he got to the National Assembly and became the Speaker, he should stop his present grandstanding because he cannot have his cake and eat it.

“Whether the courts have declared his seat vacant or not, whether he has been impeached or not, and whether it is constitutional for him to do so or not, he owes a moral obligation to resign now.

Ozekhome said that the Senate President did the right thing by suspending plenary till Tuesday next week so that the tension would calm down.

He condemned the action of lawmakers who climbed the fence to get into the premises of the National Assembly complex. The senior advocate said that what those lawmakers did smacked of indecency, indecorum and, above all, very shameful in the eyes of those who elected them and the international community.

#Ozekhome #Tambuwal

130 Lawmakers Sign President Jonathan’s Impeachment Notice


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On Thursday, 130 members of the Federal House of Representatives began moves to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to THE NATION, the 130 lawmakers signed an impeachment notice register, alleging executive recklessness, interference and abuse of police.

Shortly after signing the impeachment notice register, a principal officer of the House said, “With how the police and security agents molested members of the House of Representatives, President Goodluck Jonathan has lost our goodwill. We have resolved to stop this impunity in the land”.

THE NATION claims that Senators are in league with members of the House to move against President Jonathan.

Fayose Advises Oshiomhole To Stop Meddling in Ekiti Affairs


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Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose has advised Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state to stop meddling in Ekiti affairs.

According to PUNCH, Fayose through his Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Thursday, said that Oshiomhole allegedly perpetrated illegality by shifting the sitting of the Edo Assembly to the Government House and that he should face the administration of his state and stop meddling in the affairs of Ekiti.

“Is it proper for a state House of Assembly to sit in the Government House? Should a state House of Assembly complex be put under lock and key for six months? And can actions taken at the sitting of a House of Assembly held inside the Edo State Government House be said to have the stamp of legality?

“Here we are with a supposed progressive comrade governor perpetuating illegalities in Edo State with lawmakers of his party, APC, sitting exclusively in the Government House where he resides with his wife and children; and instead of his aides to remove the timber in their boss’ eyes, they are getting concerned with the toothpicks in another person’s eyes.

“The reality is that whether the APC lawmakers are 15 or 5, the lawmakers cannot sit anywhere else apart from the state House of Assembly. Or are they saying that the National Assembly can also relocate to Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos?”, Fayose queried.

“It is our advice that Governor Adams Oshiomhole should solve the problems in the Edo State House of Assembly and stop meddling in the Ekiti State affairs because on June 21, 2014, the people elected their governor in person of Ayodele Fayose, and millions of APC evil machinations cannot stop him from governing Ekiti State for four years.”

#Ekiti #Edo #Oshiomhole #APC #Fayose

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Ex-beauty queen, Rukayat Arewa survives ghastly motor accident


MBGN 2013 Miss Charismatic and Miss Ogun 2013, Rukayat Arewa took to her instagram page to talk about how she survived a ghastly motor accident on Monday November 17th. Find what she wrote below:

Yet Another Woman Comes out to Say Bill Cosby Raped Her


 

Amid a slew of allegations against Bill Cosby, another woman has come forward claiming that the comedian and actor sexually assaulted her. Therese Serignese, a 57-year-old registered nurse from Boca Raton, Florida, reached out to The Huffington Post to tell her story, 38 years after she says she was raped by Cosby.
Serignese’s accusations make her the seventh woman to publicly identify herself as a victim of Cosby’s. In 2005, Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team, filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging that he had drugged and molested her a year prior. Shortly after, Tamara Green came forward on the “Today Show” claiming that she’d had a similar encounter with Cosby in the ’70s. Twelve other anonymous women agreed to be witnesses in Constand’s case, including Beth Ferrier who was identified that June, but the case was settled out of court in November 2005. In 2006, Barbara Bowman identified herself as one of those 12 women, telling her story to People Magazine. Serignese says she was another of those 12 anonymous witnesses — Jane Doe #10.
For many years, the court of public opinion remained solidly on Cosby’s side. An authorized biography of
the comedian — which left out the sexual assault allegations — came out this September, Netflix had announced a Cosby special it was planning to air at the end of November, and NBC had a new show in the works with Cosby set to star. (The latter two have since been postponed or canceled.) Then in October, comedian Hannibal Burress decided to call out Cosby for being an alleged rapist during his comedy set. The clip went viral, and suddenly people were listening. On Nov. 16, days after Cosby declined to respond to the allegations during an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon, Hollywood Elsewhere published Joan Tarshis’ account of her experiences with Cosby. The former actress claimed that he had drugged and raped her in 1969. On Nov. 18, former supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” alleging that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 1982. An eighth woman, Carla Ferrigno, also stepped forward with claims against Cosby on Nov. 19.
Serignese says she first encountered Cosby in 1976, when she was 19 and he was headlining a show at the Las Vegas Hilton (now the LVH). (In Mark Whitaker’s September 2014 biography of Cosby, Cosby: His Life and Times, he writes that the comedian “returned to the Hilton year after year” during the 1970s, sometimes up to four times a year.)

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Therese Serignese as a young woman. 

During a chance encounter at the Hilton gift shop, where Serignese says she was looking at jewelry with her sister, she says that Cosby invited her to see his show. “Somebody came up to me and put their arm around my neck from the back and said: ‘Will you marry me?’” Serignese told HuffPost over the phone. “And I turned around to see who it was, and it was Bill Cosby.”
After the show she claims she was escorted back to the green room by one of Cosby’s people, where she waited around until everyone else had left. Once they were alone together, she says that Cosby held out two white pills and a glass of water, saying, “Here, take these.” She did.
“The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me,” she said. “I was just there, thinking ‘I’m on drugs, I’m drugged.’ I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there.”
Serignese says that her mother encouraged her to call Cosby after she confided in her about the assault, saying, “Well, maybe he’ll take care of you.” She claims that she did call him, and that Cosby put her up in her own room in the penthouse of the Hilton for about three weeks, until he kicked her out after she had a pregnancy scare. She claims that she continued to have intermittent contact with Cosby over the next 20 years, including at least one subsequent sexual encounter around 1985. She also accepted two payments from him in 1996 after she sustained serious injuries in a car accident, including a $5,000 check from his agent, but she never came forward publicly about the assault for fear that no one would believe her.
“I just tried to forget it. I tried to block it out,” she said over the phone. “It doesn’t go away but you can make it silent. You can bury it. But all of these times when this stuff comes up, it does make me angry.”
That anger finally boiled over into action when Serignese heard about Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against Cosby. After hearing about the suit, she says, she called the Philadelphia police department to tell her story, and became one of the anonymous Jane Does set to testify for the prosecution. (Thirteen women in total were set to be witnesses before the case was settled out of court.)
Bill Cosby’s camp did not respond to a request for comment.
Below is a letter Serignese says she received from Constand’s lawyers when she agreed to testify in 2005.
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We spoke with Serignese about her experiences with Cosby over the years, the impact that the incidents have had on her life and why she’s choosing to be identified now.
Therese, you reached out to us. I know that this obviously dredges up something that’s really horrible in your life. So, what is it that you want people to know?
Well, my incident happened in 1976. That’s a long time ago. I saw the other women coming out, and I just wanted people to know that this man is capable of what is being said about him. In my case, it happened. So, what do I want people to know? That he has caused a lot of harm to a lot of women. And I believe that he owes each and every woman a sincere apology. I wish he would quit lying and denying it, because what helps [victims] heal, is that validation that someone hears you, that someone believes you, that you matter. It mattered. What happened to you mattered.
And that’s why I’m reaching out, because over the course of 38 years, I have heard these stories about what a great guy he is. He certainly is funny. But he also predatorily abuses women.
When did you first meet Bill Cosby?
I was in Las Vegas in 1976. My mother had moved down there after my parents got divorced. I believe it was a summer vacation, because my little brothers and sisters were also down there. And I remember being at the Hilton Hotel where Bill Cosby was the headliner, and I was just shopping with my younger sister. I was 19 and my younger sister was 14. And we were just looking at jewelry at the Hilton and somebody came up to me and put their arm around my neck from the back and said: “Will you marry me?” And I turned around to see who it was, and it was Bill Cosby.
Well, this was pretty darn amazing. Because, I knew who he was. He was a star. And we ended up talking. I remember he asked me if I wanted to go see his show. And I was thrilled! It was expensive, and he was the headliner. I never dreamed I would get to go to that show. So, I got to see his show and I sat in the front row. I got escorted to the front row; I was treated like royalty.
But afterwards, one of his people escorted me to the green room. There were lots of people there and they were all jovial, talking to [Cosby]. I was just sitting on the couch. I was kind of shy at the time [and] I was very naive. I wasn’t used to being in this type of situation. One by one, the people left. And then finally I was the last one there. I didn’t think anything of it, but I didn’t know what to say. I was just there. And then that’s when he came up to me and held his hand out. He had two large white pills in his hand and a glass of water. And he said: “Here, take these.” Now, I went to Catholic school, I learned to be obedient, and this was an authority. This was like my father. This was like my teacher; like the president. This was an authority [figure]. So, I did it. I took the pills.
Can you walk me through exactly what happened after you took the pills?
The next memory I have was in a bathroom, and the bathroom mirror was there and maybe a cabinet was open or something. I was bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me. I was being raped. I felt drugged and I was being raped, and it was kind of surreal. It was sex. It was intercourse — it was all of that and it was beyond the scope of what I would’ve ever been comfortable with. I didn’t know this man! We didn’t even talk! I was drugged. I was intimidated. I was just there, thinking “I’m on drugs, I’m drugged.” I just knew in my head that it would be over soon. You have no voice; you just hope you get out of there. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there. And then my next memory is leaving the building. I don’t know how I got home. All I remember is feeling drugged, and not knowing how that even happened to me.
Did you come forward and file a police report at the time?
Oh no, no. I couldn’t even make sense of it in my own head. I was just angry at myself. How did I let that happen? You blame yourself. You now are a victim; you’re embarrassed. Nobody would have believed any of us if we stood there back then in the ’70s and said that [Bill Cosby had assaulted us]. There was nothing even called “date rape.” That wasn’t even a word. Even to this day, women are mocked [and] women are accused of lying. “Well, why did you go to his room?” Well, who ever dreams someone is going to drug you and then rape you?
Did you confide in anyone about the assault at the time?
I told bits and pieces to friends. But not that particular spot of the incident, no. Because that’s humiliating and shameful. [The only person I told in 1976 about what had happened] was my mother. Now, in 1976, women didn’t have any power. You didn’t say anything about that. This was a star, this was a headliner. You just didn’t do anything. So [when I told her about the assault], my mother said to me: “Well, maybe he’ll take care of you.” My mom encouraged me to call him.
Did you end up calling him?
I did. I ended up calling him, and after that incident I stayed at the Hilton for about three weeks. I remember being up at the penthouse. I had my own room up there. I tried to make it like it was OK. I stayed there in a room until one day when I thought I was pregnant. I told him that I may be pregnant and he quickly shipped me out of there. But I ended up knowing him for years after that.
A few years later — it might have been 1985 — after I went through a divorce, Bill Cosby had come to Michigan, where I was living. By that time we had — I dunno what kind of relationship it was, but it wasn’t something normal. I was vulnerable and I reached out to him because I wanted to go see his show. He had a limo pick me up and take me over there. I went to see his show, and then, I guess, he assumed that I was gonna sleep with him. And I remember thinking, “God, I just wanted to see his show!”
Did he give you drugs during this encounter?
I would say he made me take drugs. I really don’t think that I ever had consensual sex with him, ever. It was an intimidation thing; it was a vulnerability. I put myself in the wrong place many times and then I paid the consequences.
I remember he made me get my hair wet and stand in front of the mirror, and he wanted me to pretend I was an actress. It was just very bizarre to me, and I didn’t want to do it, but I never felt like I had personal power. I guess I always felt like a victim.
Did you speak with him again after that?
Well, [in Michigan] he had said to me: “I will give you $500 for every ‘A’ you get if you go back to college and get your education.” My life went on, and I did end up going back to nursing school and becoming a registered nurse. I got hurt in a car accident in November of 1993, after I had moved to Florida. I ended up being pretty darn disabled, where I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t use my arms — I was pretty badly injured. My sister remembered what he had said to me [back in Michigan after his show]. And she says: “Call Bill Cosby up. Make him make good on that.” And so my older sister called him up, and then she put me on the phone. And he was just yelling at me, asking why am I calling him after all these years? I said “Bill, you said this to me, and I’m calling you and saying what you said.”
The next day, I got a call from a secretary. He sent me a wire transfer, and he had William Morris company send me money, addressed to “Terese Picking.” My name at the time [of the initial assault] was Therese Picking and that’s what he knew me as. It wasn’t hush money. In my mind, this man made a lot of promises. And my sister asked him to make good on it when I was in a time of need.
Below is a photograph of a letter Serignese says she received in 1996 from Tom Illius at the William Morris Agency. Illius was Cosby’s agent. He passed away in 2011. William Morris Endeavor did not respond to a request for comment.
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Did you ever directly accuse him of assaulting you?
No, I never said anything. I couldn’t even face it. After that initial time I just tried to forget it. I tried to block it out. It doesn’t go away but you can make it silent. You can bury it. And then you go on. But when this stuff comes up, it does make me angry. This last woman [Andrea Constand] — well that we know about — was from 2004. My [assault] was in ’76! Do you see how many people he might have done this to?
How did you become involved with Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against Cosby?
Ten years ago, when I saw this Andrea Constand make a complaint, I was angry. I called the Philadelphia police department up and I told them my story. I called to — I dunno — validate her, and let her know that this man does this, and this is what happened to me. And evidently, there were 13 of us. I’m Jane Doe #10. And that [lawsuit is] when it really came out into the public.
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The letter Serignese says she received from Judith Rubino, the attorney who was representing her as a witness in Andrea Constand’s case.

I didn’t want to come forward with my name, because everybody insults you; it’s all negative. And my children were still young. Now my children are all grown and they’re all adults and every single one of them knows this story.
After all these years, why come forward with your identity now?
The reason I’m coming forward now is that I’m still angry about what he did, and I’m angry that he pretends he didn’t do these things. People know what they do. He’s gotta have some kind of a conscience and he has to feel some kind of guilt in his heart for what he did. And he owes every one of us a sincere apology. I don’t want to carry this after he dies without him apologizing. It’s hard to carry something like that through your whole life.
This is a man that everybody said, “What a great guy this is!” “This is Mr. Family Man!” — and I knew he wasn’t. I know he’s a rapist.
I wanted to make sure somebody heard me. I just wanted someone to hear me.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com 

National Assembly Crisis: ‘Police IG Did The Right Thing’ – Doyin Okupe


 

The Presidency today has backed the Inspector – General of Police, Suleiman Abba who ordered  heavily armed security operatives to block the National Assembly Complex where Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and other lawmakers were prevented from gaining access to the House to preside over the deliberation on the extension of emergency rule in the North-East,  Vanguard reports.

According to the Presidency, the Inspector- General of Police was not only carrying out his constitutional functions in his capacity as the number one police officer, but also carried out the assignment to protect lives and property, just as it described yesterday’s incident as unfortunate.

Addressing Journalists yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who noted that Suleiman Abba never invaded the National Assembly, but barricaded it said,  “Assumption (on whether the police boss was acting on instruction from the President) should stop. The IGP is a very senior officer of the government and his duties are to enforce the law.

“He doesn’t need to get the villa to enforce the law. He is not a house boy. Though he works under the government but he is expected to defend the law. IGP has the duty to enforce the law. He acted in the discharge of his duty.  The IGP didn’t invade the assembly. It is wrong to assume that.”

” The whole scenario at the National Assembly today as we witnessed is rather unfortunate. We wish that at all times; national interest should supersede all other interests including personal and political interests.

“From Government perspective, the overriding concern today is the issue of insurgency which necessitated the request by Mr President that the National Assembly considers an extension of the State of Emergency to give the Security forces the needed legal framework and space for a successful prosecution of the war against Boko Haram terrorists.

“It is our hope that the Honorable members of the House of Representatives will use the period of adjournment to resolve all matters so that they can resume to deliberate and act on issues of National importance.”

Delta EPZ project crisis: Tompolo denies any involvement, blames Uduaghan, Keyamo


Ex-militant Ekpemupolo, (alias Tompolo) has denied any involvement in the $16 billion Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project crisis rocking Delta State. In a bid to clear himself of any wrong doing, Tompolo released a statement today where he accused the current Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan and his predecessor, Jame Ibori of trying to use the project to collect the land belonging to his people, the Ijaws of Gbaramatu kingdom.
He also accused human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo of being used to blackmail his person. See the long statement below:
RE: DELTA EPZ AND MATTERS ARISINGMY TAKE IS ON JUSTICE, EQUITY AND FAIRNESS
So much has been said about the $16 Billion Export Processing Zone (EPZ) which is meant to galvanize Nigeria’s economic growth through adequate gas processing and supply, using our dear Delta State as the hub. For one, I am happy as a Deltan that this laudable project is being planned and nurtured in my time, especially on the heels of our fight for the need by government to industrialize and enhance our economic well-being in the oil-rich Niger Delta Region.
Nonetheless, I am not persuaded by the nebulous and loudly-echoed ‘economic and industrial gains’ slogan being orchestrated by some forces hiding under the EPZ Project to re-launch a back-door move for the acquisition of lands belonging to the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State. In this regard, I stand on the side of my people as I have always done, to ensure that the voice of reason was raised and heard by the powers that be. As a peace-loving Kingdom, the people of Gbaramatu had used all civil and legal means to ensure that justice was done by the federal government by not going ahead with the planned ground-breaking ceremony in the face of clear injustice, unfairness and inequity.
As a result, many insinuations and perverted comments have been made by both interested and rented parties to the effect that ethnic colourations have been brought to the fore by linking the justifiable postponement of the ground-breaking to President Goodluck Jonathan’s ‘soft-spot’ for the Ijaws of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
It should be noted however, that the struggle of the people Gbaramatu Kingdom for both political and economic rights pre-dates the Jonathan Presidency. History is replete with courses of events as far as the struggle of the oppressed people of Gbaramatu Kingdom is concerned. It is no longer news to all that our Itsekiri neighbours, using all advantages of being in government and power since the time of former governor, Chief James Ibori(whose mother is Itsekiri) as well as the incumbent governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan(also an Itsekiri) who both as commissioner and later Secretary to State Government under Ibori, cannot insulate himself from the calculated attempt by the government-backed Itsekiri’s attempts to enslave Gbaramatu Kingdom.
It should therefore be placed on record that if the belief of the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in their just and fair struggle saw them through thick and thin since the time of Ibori till date, the same spirit still lives on; and such does not need the ‘soft spot’ of a Nigerian President of Ijaw extraction to take the people to their rightful place. It was (still) this belief in a just and fair struggle that in spite of glaring attempts by both Ibori (then) and Uduaughan (now) to exterminate the Gbaramatu Kingdom to the advantage of their kinsmen, I made conscious efforts to respect the institution they represent. In essence, I refrained from abusing their persons as some Itsekiri leaders have mindlessly done in the case of the postponement of the ground-breaking ceremony by the President.
Perhaps, it is unfortunate to note that all those Itsekiri leaders, especially Pa J.O. Ayomike who betrayed uncontrollable and misplaced sentiments by abusing the person of the president and calling for his resignation would have achieved better things and indeed, much development would have come to their impoverished Itsekiri villages if such energy was deployed to ginger their son, who is now governor, to bring development to their areas. The Ayomikes of this world should rather be expressing worry and bury their heads in shame that the over 12 years of their sons in government and power in Delta State are more of curses than blessings to their people. The case of those vilifying President Jonathan is that of bottled-up anger and transferred aggression ordinarily targeted at those who looked the other way in the face of the sufferings of their people to a man who tried to do justice by listening to all sides of an issue.
What Does Festus Keyamo Want?This question has become imperative in view of the rented roles the Lagos-based Lawyer has played in the last couple of weeks in the affairs of the state especially as they relate to the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State. Before now, I had seen Keyamo as a young promising lawyer whose passion to fight oppression was unquenchable. I see him as a brother and friend because there is still time for him to stratify rented and commercialized struggle from passionate human and civil rights crusade.
As a matter of fact, Keyamo’s continuous linkage with me to purported attempts close crime is unacceptable to me. At best, Keyamo knows too well that those whose flair for injustice I fight against, those who have been severally linked to murders in Delta State who today are his latter-day friends, are not men of conscience. As a human rights lawyer (as claimed by Keyamo), his efforts to unearth the killers of Onokpite Ogbe were applauded by many, including me.
I was even tempted to disbelieve others when accusations of ‘unpalatable practices’ trailed Keyamo’s sudden u-turn to abandon the Onokpite’s case. But today, I have no reason to disbelieve such against the backdrop of Keyamo’s role in the orchestrated EPZ Crisis. In the face of Keyamo’s sudden u-turn in character, it is absurd to ask him if would have not have done what I did on behalf of my people should he find himself in my shoes. I therefore find very curious Keyamo’s attempt to demonize me especially when it is obvious that since I willingly embraced the Federal Government Amnesty offer, I have selflessly, at high risks too, contributed to the enhancement of peace and security in the entire Niger-Delta Region. I will therefore urge Keyamo to be on the side of truth and justice rather than being on the side of injustice because conscience is an open wound, only the truth can heal it.
Conclusion:    My appeal to all men of conscience is to ensure that justice and fairness are made the cornerstone of human existence. Where these do not exist, it will be difficult for society to make progress. The case of the plight of the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta is clear and unambiguous. The precepts for injustice and ingredients of inequality are daily being planted by those who find themselves in positions of authority and influence, especially in Delta State.
It should therefore be known that those who deliberately drag the name of President Jonathan into this blackmail game are doing this to perpetuate injustice. This is the crux of the matter. But little do they know that the struggle has been an age-long one, predating the president’s ascendancy to office and through the will of God, my people have been forging ahead. In the same vein, the struggle might also post-date President Jonathan unless the issues of injustice that have continually set the Gbaramatu and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities against each are permanently resolved. The Gabramatu people cannot be intimidated by any resort to blackmail, using ethnic cards. Similarly, I will not succumb to any cheap blackmail aimed at weakening my resolve to fight for my people because this is a matter of conscience and posterity. I shall not waiver even in the face of threat and intimidation of all sorts until justice is done.
Thanks and God bless,SIGNED:HIGH CHIEF GOVERNMENT EKPEMUPOLO

Robbers Attack Bullion Van,Cart Away Millions of Naira


Armed robbers attacked a  bullion van at Elemoso village along Ondo-Akure Road in the Ondo East Local Government Area of the state.The robbers were said to have looted the bullion van and escaped with undisclosed amount of money.

The bullion van and the escort vehicle were found ridden with bullets in the incident which was said to have occurred at about 4.50pm on thursday , while the robbers made away with the cash supposedly belonging to United Bank for Africa.

An eyewitness told Punch Metro that policemen that escorted the bullion van were caught unawares after the armed robbers rained bullets on the police escort vehicle and the bullion van simultaneously.
He said,

“The policemen and the driver of the van took to their heels immediately the hoodlums opened fire on them. The operation lasted for just about seven minutes.
The speed breaker erected on the highway helped the armed men. They overtook the vans and opened fire on the policemen before they could realise what was going on. The men were better equipped because they operated with confidence.”

However a middle-aged man, simply identified as Pastor Ajah, who was coming from Ondo town ran into the rain of bullets and sustained bullet wounds. He was said to have been taken to a general hospital.

Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, described the attack as shocking, adding that the police had launched a manhunt to track and arrest the robbers.

Eke said,

“The command suspects conspiracy in the attack. Official booking of security was not made at the Police Operations Department before the assignment was carried out.
“Also, none of the escort police officers in the convoy had reported to the station. Their whereabouts remained unknown.But we will soon arrest and bring the hoodlums to book. All law abiding citizens are advised to go about their lawful business.”

“It hurts when people call me gay, I have a girlfriend” – Benson Okonkwo


 Actor Benson Okonkwo has reacted to insinuations he’s gay. He told Punch.

“Most times, when I grant interviews to blogs, the subject is always twisted out of context. Most of those commenting on those blogs would say that I am gay. Maybe, it is because of the roles I have played in some movies.”They should understand that I am only acting and the roles have nothing to do with my personality. I get embarrassed when people mistake the part I play in a movie for reality and call me a gay. And to think that I have always said that I am not gay! It really hurts.”. “I am not bothered by what people are saying about me. To be honest with you, if I felt that the comments were a big problem to me, I would have stopped granting interviews long ago. What my critics don’t know is that I have a steady girlfriend. But I won’t talk about her. I don’t like to talk about my private life,”

Togolese and Tottenham Football Star, Emmanuel Adebayor At War With family Over ‘Juju’ Claims


Tottenham star and currently one of the best football players in Africa, Adebayor Emmanuel from Togo is presently not at peace with his family, especially his mother.

The footballer’s cousin has gone on air to accuse Adebayor of neglecting them, including his own biological mother.

“For the past six years Adebayor has rejected his mother and his immediate family whilst doing charity outside on the premise that our mother is a witch,” Adebayor’s cousin Margaret told Peace FM in Ghana.

“We have been thinking of his future as a footballer and did not want this issue out in the media but it is becoming too much. Could you believe Adebayor ordered his machomen to sack our mother and his own mother from a house he built in Togo claiming she is a witch?

“As we speak our mother lives in an apartment rented by our junior brother, Kola Adebayor, who currently lives in Germany.

“My mother weeps bitterly about the issue every day.  Anytime his mother or any of us (his close relatives) call and he realizes, he will quickly cut the line.

“I personally supervised the building of his house in Trassaco and he gave us an apartment in the house. But all of a sudden he changed his attitude towards us, one afternoon his machomen came to drive us away from the house, Margaret told the world openly”

But Adebayor who admitted having problems with his relations, denied the allegation and sai they have been the one who have refused to come forward for the situation to be resolved.

“Ask my sister Margaret whether I did not build them a house in East Legon, and what happened to it? I bought my younger sister Lucia a car worth $35,000, where is it?”

“If they want the issue resolved they should stop spreading the news and let’s meet to resolve it but they aren’t willing to do so.” Adebayor said.

Why I broke up with Yvonne Nelson— Ice Prince


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Chocolate City rapper, Penshak Zamani, popularly known as Ice Prince has come out to state the reason his love affair with Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson ended abruptly.

Speaking with Beat FM presenter, Olisa Adibua on the new episode of ‘The Truth’, the award winning rapper talks about his relationship with the Ghanaian actress.‎Speaking on what has become a love triangle after Olisa asked who was the first to date Yvonne Nelson between him and Iyanya as such, Ice Prince said:‎ ‘We need to have this interview with Iyanya and Yvonne Nelson sitting down here, We are cool, Yvonne is still Yvonne, we still keep in touch as long as we can, not every day, not every month, not all the time.’

Asked Why the relationship ended, the rapper‎ said: ‘She is a very very busy person, she was busier than I was at that time, I am very busy person as well, I’m never round, we don’t have time to cheer each other, so I kinda created space so we moved on.’

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Ekiti State Speaker Removed


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The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Omidim, has been removed by the Peoples Democratic Part’sy (PDP’s) lawmakers.

He was replaced by Dele Olugbemi.

Pro-Fayose’s Lawmakers Remove Ekiti Speaker, Deputy


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Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti  The pro-Fayose lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday  removed  Hon. Adewale Omirin as the Speaker of the House and elevated the Speaker Protempore, Hon. Dele Olugbemi, to occupy the seat.  The Deputy Speaker, Hon Tunji Orisalade, suffered   a similar fate as his boss as he was booted out and replaced with  a female lawmaker, Hon.  Abeni Olayinka, representing Ado Constituency 2.

The new Speaker is a foundation member of  the Campaign for Democracy, a human rights organization.  Omirin had , however, insisted that he remains the Speaker of the Assembly, saying  2/3 majority of the House is required to unseat him as stipulated by the 1999 constitution.

Omirin , who reacted  to the situation on a Lagos- based television, African Independent Television, said: “The 19 APC members are intact and we are outside the State because Ekiti is not safe for us. I don’t know where they got the 2/3 strength to remove me because that was what the laws required .

Tambuwal Assaulted Police Officer -NPF Explains Invasion


The Nigeria Police Force, NPF has explained why it invaded the National Assembly Complex early this morning. The force also accused Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Aminu Tambuwal of assaulting a police officer.

Read statement below:

Following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs, the Nigeria Police Force promptly deployed its personnel to the premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order. Consequently, the Police condoned the area and began screening of all members and visitors alike.

In the course of this lawful exercise, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal CFR, arrived the venue with a motley crowd, who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process and the Police had the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means

The IGP seizes this medium to warn all political actors and their followers to respect constituted authority and due process and to desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.

The Nigeria Police shall continually apply all lawful means to prevent a breakdown of law and order in all segments of the society and shall apply the full weight of the law on any political actor who violates the peace and security of the nation.

Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS

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David Mark shuts down National Assembly


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The Senate President, David Mark, has ordered that the National Assembly complex be shut down till next week Tuesday, 25th November, 2014. This was as a result of the confusion that engulfed the complex earlier today. -

1,000 Soldiers and Policemen Allegedly Block Tambuwal from Entering National Assembly


According to Sahara Reporters, about 1000 soldiers and policemen have sealed the entrance to the National Assembly in Abuja and have physically prevented Aminu Tambuwal, speaker of the House, from entering.

Tambuwal arrived the National Assembly to preside over the House’s sitting, but the troops stopped him at the gate. This has resulted in an altercation.

Tambuwal, President Jonathan and the PDP are currently at loggerheads over Tambuwal’s decision to leave the party and decamp to the APC.

The spokesperson for the Speaker, ‎Imam Imam, told PREMIUM TIMES that move is likely aimed at stopping Mr. Tambuwal from entering the assembly to preside as speaker.

“All the entrances are locked and only one gate is used and everyone is totally frisked before being allowed in‎ and only one person is allowed into the Assembly from any vehicle, others are asked to go back,” he said.

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[See Photos] House of Rep Members Tear-Gassed as Police Locks Out Tambuwal from National Assembly


We reported earlier that the National Assembly had been shut up, reportedly because the police and SSS were trying to prevent the Speaker for the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, from entering the venue.

According to a tweet by Sahara Reporters, teargas was also used to disperse the members of the House of Representatives.
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Chelsea and Arsenal reach an agreement for Petr Cech


Reports emerged on Thursday that both Arsenal and Chelsea have reached a deal in principle for the transfer of Petr Cech.

Cech is currently the second choice goalkeeper at Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois displacing him as the first choice keeper this season.

The 32-year-old Czech international has not hidden his displeasure at being relegated to the bench, and has said that he could consider a move out of the club.

There have been speculations that Arsenal have already agreed a deal with Chelsea to purchase the player in January for a fee believed to be around the region of £7m.

What is not clear is if Chelsea would want to strengthen a rival, however they could be forced to do the business, especially as Cech is keen on leaving the club.

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Several members of the House of Representatives scaled the fence to gain access to the complex Thursday after they were stopped by security agents.

At least 15 members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, did so.

 

Tambuwal’s loyalists overpower security operatives, smuggle him into chamber


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Police fired teargas at the National Assembly Thursday as security operatives barred the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and as several of the speaker’s loyalists overpowered the security agents and smuggled him into the chamber

A large contingent of SSS personnel and police took over the sprawling complex early Thursday, and sealed off all entry points leaving only one open where everyone going in is thoroughly frisked and many, turned back.

Mr. Tambuwal had earlier managed to drive through the first gate of the complex before his convoy was stopped at the second gate.

After several minutes, Mr. Tambuwal was later allowed in after he abandoned his car and escort vehicles at the gate.

Other lawmakers, mainly from the All Progressives Congress, APC, were also stopped from driving through the second gate.

At least 15 APC lawmakers scaled the assembly fence to access the building, our correspondent at the assembly said.

Mr. Tambuwal was later stopped at the third gate, and was finally allowed in after a prolonged argument with security operatives.

Witnesses say lawmakers came out of the assembly, overpowered the security, and damaged the third gate to allow the speaker in.

There are reports some lawmakers fainted after inhaling teargas fired by the police.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed, told reporters at APC secretariat that security operatives prevented Mr. Tambuwal from gaining entrance into the National Assembly Complex.

“I spoke with speaker Aminu Tambuwal five minutes ago and he confirmed to me that he has been locked out of the National Assembly complex at the second gate,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The APC spokesperson also said while Mr. Tambuwal is disallowed from entering the complex, his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha is already allowed entrance and is in the chamber.

“The Speaker reconvene the House at the instance of the President who wrote a letter to the Speaker asking for an extension of the state of emergency in three states and now he is being ambushed and not allowed in, it is a sad development for our country

“There must be limit to impunity and we are being ridiculed in the eyes of the world,” Mr. Mohammed said.

Read our earlier report below:

The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed,  has confirmed to journalists at the APC secretariat in Abuja that security operatives have prevented the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from gaining entrance into the National Assembly Complex.

“I spoke with speaker Aminu Tambuwal five minutes ago and he confirmed to me that he has been locked out of the National Assembly complex at the second gate,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The APC spokesperson also said while Mr. Tambuwal is disallowed from entering the complex, his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, is already in the chamber.

‎”The Speaker reconvene the House at the instance of the President who wrote a letter to the Speaker asking for an extension of the state of emergency in three states and now he is being ambushed and not allowed in, it is a sad development for our country

“There must be limit to impunity and we are being ridiculed in the eyes of the world.”

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Scores of State Security Service, SSS, personnel have taken over the National Assembly ahead of a crucial House of Representatives sitting today, in an enhanced security operations one official said is aimed at denying the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, access to the complex.

Mr. Tambuwal’s spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES the move may be aimed at stopping the speaker.

PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately verify that claim.

Mr. Tambuwal angered the ruling government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by defecting to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The speaker adjourned the House shortly after his defection on October 28, and announced a resumption schedule for December in what was believed an attempt to frustrate any move by his former party to unseat him.

The PDP has the majority in the House.

The House announced this week it will reconvene Thursday to discuss President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, where Boko Haram attacks have intensified.

Thursday’s plenary would be the first since Mr. Tambuwal’s defection.

On Tuesday, the Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, told PREMIUM TIMES his party, APC, expected the PDP to abide by a court ruling which that the status quo be maintained in the House, meaning the speaker retains his seat.

But early Thursday, a large contingent of SSS personnel took over the sprawling National Assembly complex and sealed off all entry points leaving only one open where everyone going in is thoroughly frisked and many, turned back.

The spokesperson for the Speaker, ‎Imam Imam, told PREMIUM TIMES that move is likely aimed at stopping Mr. Tambuwal from entering the assembly to preside as speaker.

“All the entrances are locked and only one gate is used and everyone is totally frisked before being allowed in‎ and only one person is allowed into the Assembly from any vehicle, others are asked to go back,” he said.

‎Mr. Imam however assured that Mr. Tambuwal will make it to the Assembly and preside over today’s sitting.

#SoworeGate! Festus Keyamo To Omoyele Sowore: ‘You Falsified Medical Papers To Travel To America


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A Lagos-based Human rights activist and lawyer, Festus Keyamo has accused Omoyele Sowore – the publisher of Sahara Reporters of forgery.

He went further, “when you graduated shortly after, you visited my office then at Maryland a number of times to intimate me of your intentions to travel abroad to treat yourself. According to you, the poisonous substances that were injected into your body by the cultists, needed to be flushed out of your system. A few papers reported this at that time. Then, I remember you had no job. You eventually travelled abroad on medical grounds to “flush the poisonous substances from your system. As a friend, let me apologize for not following the treatment for more than ten years now, even when you visited me when you were in Nigeria a few years ago. I hope the treatment is going on well in the U.S? Even though it is more than ten years, I know these treatments take some time. Please, send some of the duly authenticated medical records to me as a friend for me to know how far the treatment has gone. You may also wish to make it public like the previous letter to me. This may dispel any insinuation from bad people that you falsified medical papers to travel abroad in search of a better life which is the worst form of corruption.”

Recall that NewsDay Reporters few days ago exposed USD5 million mansion located in California, All Progressive Congress (APC) party of Nigeria rewarded this corrupt reporter with, for the numerous dubious jobs he has been using his media outfit to do for them which include promotion of Boko Haram, political, emotional and psychological blackmails of those that have refused to pay him.

 

Our source has it that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after reading our story concerning the USD5 million mansion have visited his outfit in New York and asked him to list his donors.

Sowore is a crook, cultist, rapist (who jumped bail when he was arrested for rape) and now forger of medical papers.

Stay tuned for the developing story concerning IRS visit.

@RnewsDay

LIVE From NASS, Tambuwal Likely To Face Impeachment Today


After successfully barricading Mr. Tambuwal from gaining access into the chambers, Tambuwal, grapevine sources who confided to NewsDay Reporters has revealed is likely going to face impeachment today as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives having the federal government successfully striped him off his security details as the Speaker. The

“Tambuwal is likely to face Impeachment today after he has been chassed out of the house having reconvened it himself, the greatest mistake he (Tambuwal) made was reconvening the house in the first place, he has fallen into the traps of the PDP” he said

NewsDay Reporters recall that Tambuwal had defected from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP which has according to the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria, made him to lose his position as the Speaker of the house.

Tambuwal with some lawmakers seen fleeing the Complex as the security has prevented them from entering in the photographs.

More details soon

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Uncertainty pervades the House of Representatives as Members of the green chambers prevented from entering the House


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I will never support Aminu Tambuwal from a minority party to sit and speak for the majority. He should do the honourable thing and resign as speaker of the house of reps

DJ Xclusive, Helen Paul, IK Osakioduwa Win Big At Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) 2014 + See full list


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It’s not one of the very famous awards but the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) 2014 held on Saturday November 15 at Oriental Hotel, Lagos but this particular edition had a lot of broadcasters gathered to grace the fifth edition of the awards.

The event was hosted by OAPs Lolo1 and Omalicha as well as Elajoe and a lot of big names were present.

Below is the full list of winners at NBMA 2014: –

Best Campus Radio Station – Unilag FM (Lagos)

Best Campus Radio Presenter – Michael Dimeji-Lamu (Unilag FM)

Best Online Radio Channel – Praise World Radio

Best Online TV Channel – Ndani TV

Humanitarian Award – Isaac and Nneke Moses (Goge Africa)

Cameraman of the Year – Iyke Elue (AIT)

Producer of the Year – Suleiman Aledeh (Sunrise Daily on Channels TV)

Best Station Manager – Evita Moussalli (Wazobia, Cool and Nigerian Info)

Best Programme Director (TV only) – Ayoola Opere (EbonyLife TV)

Visual Editor of the year – Segun Oderinde (Moment with Mo)

Best coverage of news story (TV) (Satellite/Digital channel only) – Channels TV

Best coverage of news story Radio – (National) – Radio Nigeria

Best coverage of news story (Regional) North- Kapital FM Abuja

Best coverage of news story South-West – Orange FM (Akure)

Best coverage of news story South-East – Love FM (Port Harcourt)

Best Pay Digital TV channel provider – GoTV

Pay Digital TV channel provider with Best Technical Innovation – StarTimes

Pay satellite TV channel provider with Best Creative Innovation – DSTV

TV Station with Best Creative Innovation – Channels TV

Radio Station with Best Creative Innovation – Inspiration FM

Best Use of Branded Content (TV only) – Who wants to be a millionaire

TV Channel with Best Station Imaging – Channels TV

Radio Channel with Best Station Imaging – Cool FM

Best Entertainment program on TV – AY Show

Best TV Series/Drama – Clinic Matters

Best Talk Show on TV – Sunrise Daily on Channels TV

Best TV Reality Show – MTN Project Fame

Best Brands/Business/ Food/Technology programme on TV – Foodie and Spice (WapTV)

Best TV Community Access programme – KaKaaki on AIT

Best Community Access programme on Radio -Uzu Ummune on Blaze FM

Best Coverage of a Live Event   (TV Only)-AIT

Best Sports program on TV-Sports File (AIT)

Outstanding Sportscaster on TV (Male) – Alfred Okoligwe (AIT)

Outstanding Sportscaster on TV (Female) – Juliet Mafua (TVC)

Best Sports analyst/commentator -Victor Ikpeba

Outstanding Sportscaster on Radio (Male) Lagos -Jide Alabi (Rhythm FM)

Best Sportscaster on Radio (Female)-Princess Fiona (Nigeria Info)

Best Sportscaster on Radio (North- South-East) – Mohammed Suleiman Mowiz (Liberty FM Kaduna)

Best Radio Program Presenter (s) (Educational/Health/Human Interest) ‘Listener’s Choice’ – Health Matters with Jacqueline Adebija (Liberty FM Kaduna)

Best New Radio Station -Beat FM Ibadan

Best TV Station (NATIONAL) -A.I.T Network

Best TV Station (REGIONAL) -OGTV

Best TV Channel -EbonyLife TV

Best Entertainment Channel (Africa)-HipTV

Best Entertainment Channel (International) -E!-Entertainment

Best Radio Station (Lagos) -City 105.1 FM

Best Radio Station (North)-Freedom Radio FM, Kano

Best Radio Station (South-West) -Grace FM (Lokoja)

Best Radio Station (South-East)-Blaze 95.1FM (Anambra)

Best Indigenous TV Channel -Africa Magic Yoruba

Best Indigenous Radio Station (South-West) (Yoruba/Pidgin) -Faaji FM (Lagos)

Best Indigenous Radio Station (North) (Hausa) – Tashariyanci 91.7FM (Kaduna)

Best Indigenous Radio Station East (Igbo/pidgin) – Magic FM (Aba)

Best Newscaster (Indigenous) Pidgin/Igbo – Tuebi Abide (Wazobia FM Lagos)

Best Newscaster (Indigenous) Yoruba -Bayo Faleke (Splash FM Ibadan)

Best Newscaster of the Year (Indigenous) Hausa – Ashu Brown (Dala FM Kano)

Best Indigenous Presenter (Male) South-West (Yoruba/Pidgin) -Fatai Dan Kazeem (Ilorin)

Best Indigenous Presenter (Female) South-West (Yoruba/Pidgin) -Omidan Olayinka (Royal FM Ilorin)

Best Indigenous Presenter (Male) South-East-North Igbo/Pidgin -James Expensive (Wazobia FM Abuja)

Best Indigenous Presenter (Female) South-East-North Igbo/ Pidgin -Imaobong (SabiGirl) (OneMic Lounder)

Best Indigenous Presenter     North Hausa/Pidgin – Ibrahim Yunus (Unity FM Jos)

Best TV Reporter – Chukwuma Onuekwusi (Channels)

Best Newscaster (TV) Male – Ayotunde Balogun (Channels)

Best Newscaster (TV) Female – Harriet Agbenyi (Channels TV)

Best Radio Newscaster (English) Male – Solomon Iorpev (Kapital FM/Radio Nigeria Abuja)

Best Radio Newscaster of the Year Female – Adaolisa Adirika (Blaze FM Anambra)

Best Nigerian DJ (Listeners Choice) – DJ Xclusive (Cool FM Lagos)

Best Nigeria VDJ – DJ Spinall (Channel O Africa)

Presenter Extraordinaire – Victor Otuya (Radio Continental)

Sexiest On-Air Personality, Male – Big Mo (Wazobia FM Abuja)

Sexiest On-Air Personality, Female -Zainab Balogun

Actor of the Year -Chinedu Ikhedieze (Johnson’s Family)

Actress of the Year (Viewers Choice) -Kehinde Bankole

Nigerian Broadcaster of the year (Male) -Steve Onu Yaw (Wazobia FM Lagos)

Nigerian Broadcaster of the year (Female) – Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi- (Beat FM)

African Broadcaster of the Year, Male – IK Osakioduwa (Nigeria)

African Broadcaster of the Year, Female – Marian Nyako-Lartey (PRTV South Africa)

Outstanding TV presenter (Male) (Entertainment/Talk Show) -Joseph Benjamin (Project Fame)

Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show) -Helen Paul (Jara)

Outstanding Radio Presenter, North

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) Morning Ride – Toyin Alabi (Issues and Events on Liberty FM Kaduna

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) Midday/Lunch Hour -Faith Onyebujoh (Cool FM Abuja)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Drivetime) -Terry Ikumi (Kapital FM, Abuja)

Outstanding Radio Presenter, South West

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Morning Ride)- Adeolu Gboyega (Orange FM Akure)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Midday/Lunch Hour) -Yugee Bamidele (Independent Radio Benin)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Drivetime) – Osato Edokpayi (Vibe FM Benin)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (Night cruise) – Dayo Adeyemi (Royal FM Ilorin)

Outstanding Radio Presenter, South East

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Morning Ride) -Valentine Ohu (Cool FM PH)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Midday/Lunch Hour) – Tobe Da Diva (Midday Express on Dream FM Enugu)

Outstanding Radio Presenter, Lagos

Outstanding Radio Program Presenters (Morning Ride) – Mannie, Shine Bhego and Mercy Ajisafe (Good Morning Nigeria Show on Cool FM)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Midday/Lunch Hour – Gloria Maduka (Brunch Time on Inspiration FM)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Drivetime)-Tisan Bako (Power Play on Raypower FM, Lagos)

Outstanding Radio Program Presenter (s) (Night cruise) – Daniel Akpata (Radio Continental)

Don Jazzy Gets Ready To Perform At The United Nations General Assembly In New York


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The leader of the Supreme Mavin Dynasty Don Jazzy is getting ready to take his doro brand to the United Nations. The producer has revealed that he would be performing alongside other artistes from around the world for the UNICEF Imagine campaign at the United Nations general assembly in New York.

Dangote Still Leads In Africa’s Billionaire Rankings, As Elumelu Debuts On List


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Nigeria’s Billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote once again tops the ‘Africa’s 50 Richest’ list compiled by Forbes. CNBC reports.

For the fourth year in a row, Kano-born Dangote tops the list with an estmated worth of 21.6 billion US dollars.

The 50 richest Africans on the list have a combined net worth of 110.7 billion US dollars, 6.7 per cent higher than last year. Individuals needed to have a minimum net worth of 510 million US dollars to be on the list.

Coming in at number two is Johann Rupert who made his 7.3 billion US dollar fortune from the luxury goods industry. Nicky Oppenheimer rounds up the top three with 6.8 billion US dollars. Nassef Sawiris falls in at number four with 6.1 billion US dollars. And rounding up the top five is Christoffel Wiese, who is worth 5.4 billion US dollars.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu is a new entrant on the list. Elumelu who is ranked at number 26 with a net worth of 1 billion US dollars is the owner of Heirs Holdings, an investment company; and Transnational Corporation (TRANSCORP Plc), a conglomerate with investments in hospitality, oil, agriculture, and logistics. He is also a philanthropist.

Cement, sugar and flour tycoon, Dangote, is also the proprietor of Dangote Foundation. A foundation that has impacted on lives across Africa.

Details on CNBC

IGP Warns Political Leaders To Take Their Claims To Court


Governor Rotimi Amaechi at the blockage of the Force Headquarters entrance.​ Governor Rotimi Amaechi at the blockage of the Force Headquarters entrance.​

Suleiman Abba, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP), urges the Rivers State Governor, Dr. Rotimi Amaechi and other political leaders to take their campaigns to the voters, rather than engage disrupting government activities and daily chores of Nigerians engaged in the pursuit of their lawful businesses.

This was included in a statement published on the official website of the Nigeria police force.

These admonitions are the fallout of an protest today, Wednesday, November 19, when some political leaders led by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, barricaded the Entrance Gates of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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Reacting to this the IGP further advises members of the political class and their followers who have grievances to seek restore in the court of law, rather than disturb the peace of innocent, law abiding citizens.

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Abba added that the incident was provocative and uncivilised but the Police exhibited maximum restraint in the face of ceaseless provocation by the APC leaders and their motley crowd without confrontation.

It would be recalled that less than three months before the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers state has finally disclosed that Governor, Rotimi Amaechi defected the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the APC in 2011 when the mess by the PDP-controlled Federal Government under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan became an unmistakable threat to the very survival of the country.

What Tinubu Has To Say About Tambuwal’s Withdrawal From Presidential


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Former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has applauded Aminu Tambuwal’s bold decision to suspend his presidential ambitions in the 2015 elections.

The leader of the All Progressives Congress, Tinubu who has said the speaker House of representative, Tambuwal’s political decision is a wise which will not be overlooked made this known in a statement by his media office on Wednesday, Premiun Times reports.

According to Tinubu: “This sacrifice you have made will not be in vain. It must be noted by all democrats across the country as an act of great patriotism,” he stated. “We all appreciate the position you have taken and the sacrifice you have made. There are lessons to be learnt from all that is unfolding towards building a better future. This is noted by the party and Nigerians.”

“You have demonstrated the true spirit of democracy. You have indeed shown the way to all other party members on the kind of sacrifice expected of them. You are a good example to the young and old and the leading lights of our party.”

“You have brought strength to our party through a political profile that is unrivalled. Having travelled through over 300 federal constituencies, the widespread support you enjoy across the country validates you as a leader for our generation and a political asset for our great party.

“Undoubtedly, you have what it takes to lead this country to a better future and we take note of your astuteness, brilliant political trajectory and preparedness for higher service” .

“Your sacrifice for the cohesion of the party and a greater Nigeria will go down in history as one of the greatest pragmatic and progressive political sacrifices ever made in the politics of our country.”Tinubu said.

Meanwhile Aminu Tambuwal who recently defected to the opposition party, All Progressive Congress(APC) from the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has confirmed his withdrawal from the presidential race.

He said he was standing down for the “unity” of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

DSS Nabs Killers of Electoral Commission’s Secretary


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The Department of State Security (DSS) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has arrested six men for the murder of the Secretary of the Bayelsa State Electoral Commission (BSIEC), Chief Simeon Akpane.

According to THIS DAY Newspaper, Mr. Laasan Baba, the State Director of the DSS, who paraded the suspects, complained that the boys killed the Chief without any apparent motive.

According to him, preliminary investigation showed that the six people arrested, shot the Chief during a failed robbery operation, even though the boys confessed that they had made up their minds to kill anyone they encountered that day.

The leader of the group confirmed this on Wednesday while he was questioned by newsmen.

The suspects are Freedom Allen, 27; Kurotimi Clarkson Okilo alias Oyoyo, 27; Simeon Macaulay Imiete, 21, all from Bayelsa State.

Others involved are Abubakar Ibrahim, 24, from Kano; Maharaza Sallau, 20, from Plateau State and Salisu Haladu, 24, from Katsina State who was arrested following an established trace on the GSM phone of the deceased.

The stolen phone which was passed from one and to another was bought by Simeon Macaulay who buys and sells stolen GSM phones.

According to the DSS, Freedom Allen shot the Chief in the head with a locally made pistol.

“Investigation revealed that on October 10, 2014, between 4pm and 8pm, at Biogbolo Community School, Freedom Allen, Kurotimi Clarkson Okilo and one Ebi alias Omega still at large conspired to carry out robbery activities to get money for their personal needs.”

“At about 8pm on that day, they board a commercial tricycle popularly known as Keke from Biogbolo to Otiotio road to find a victim to rob. According to them, the choice of Otiotio was informed by their perception that the area is inhabited by rich persons.”

The DSS boss said the suspected killers, on sighting the Chief’s car, blocked him at his house gate and collected his GSM phone, “the deceased BSIEC scribed grabbed Omega a member of the gang who was holding a pistol and began to struggle with him. Allen collected the gun from Omega and shot the victim in the head.”

The man died on the spot, while his killers escaped until they were arrested.

Jonathan: Nobody can beat PDP in 2015


President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the party to beat in the 2015 general election.

He described the opposition as noisemakers, saying the PDP was far ahead in terms of development.

Speaking at the banquet hall of the presidential villa during a ceremony where he dissolved the presidential declaration committee, Jonathan said he remained focused and committed to the progress of the country.

“I’m yet to see those who can beat PDP. They will continue to make the noise but they cannot beat us, because the gap between PDP and others is astronomical,” he said.

“The way we do things and the way they do things is very different; the way we talk and the way they talk is very different; the way we reason and the way they reason is very different.

“Our commitment to transforming this country and their thinking about Nigeria is very different. No matter the lies people tell, punctured stories and so on, we have been very committed.

He expressed appreciation to the committee for ensuring a hitch-free ceremony, calling on Nigerians to  support the party.

“I thank you all for all your support, even before the declaration, for me and the vice president and your support for government, because in the Nigerian political history this is one period that we really have a lot of opposition coming up every day,” he said.

“But for your support probably we couldn’t have achieved the little we have achieved. But and you keep supporting us, we remain grateful.

“I promise you my party men and women and indeed all Nigerians that with your support, collectively we must move this country to where we want it to be. Everyday, every week and every month we must add something; we must change and continue to change.”

Jonathan appealed to those seeking elective offices on the platform of  PDP to put the interest of the party above their ambition.

“For my other colleagues, the PDP aspirants for various levels of election, let me use this unique opportunity to plead with you that the world does not begin and end with the office you are looking for,” he said.

“Sometimes, you would be looking for an office, you may not be able to get it for one reason or the other. Let us say somebody blocked you, so be it, let somebody block you. But if God wants something better for you, even after that blocking, you will get something else.

“In my own life, the things I look for I hardly get. It’s what I don’t even think about that sometimes that I get.

“But collectively, first and foremost, let us unite the party, work together for our collective victory and I believe after that we will move forward.

“I plead with all of us that we should not play the do or die, except I get it, let the party sink.”

 

 

Photos: Nigerian Singer Niyola strips for the magazine


EME first lady Niyola is the cover girl for the November issue of Made magazine. Over 30 and a body like that? You go girl!

The Real Reason I’m not Yet Married”-Ruggedman


Ruggedman has been linked to several ladies in the entertainment industry but ,none had led to the alter..In a chat with the Netng, the 38 year old rapper and businessman explained why he is not yet married

“The reason why I’m not married is not because I’m looking for mega money, basically, I try to keep my private life very private, I’ve learnt my lessons but trust me I will get married soon, and when I do, trust me you guys would not know.’ 

When asked if he is in a relationship..he said

‘Yes I am, and she is not in the industry, and I won’t speak any further on it.’… 

Daniel Ademinokan Gushes over Stella Damasus as she records new music (Photos)


Daniel and Stella Damasus are currently working on a new project at the renowned Patch Werk Studios in Atlanta..He  gushed about it saying

“Legends have walked this path to great heights! Great to be exploring this part of my life #MusicMaker Great minds like P-Diddy, Usher, Joe, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Ruben Studdard and Monica have recorded here. Now @stelladamasus is walking the path. Yours truly at the helm of the music. #Filmmaker #MusicMaker #GrammyWinningEngineers #GodPikin #GodLover”