Police Warn People Who Have No Business In Ekiti To Stay Away


Ekiti State Police Command has warned anyone without any legitimate business in the state to steer clear or face the full weight of the law if apprehended.

This came as tensions rose in the state, with mass arrests of those suspected to be perpetrating violence in the state.
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr Victor Babayemi in a statement said that the state Police Commissioner, Mr Taiwo Lakanu has warned those planning to cause crisis in the state to have a rethink.

“The State Police Command is in receipt of an intelligence report that some hooligans within the state and their accomplices outside the state are planning to wreak more havoc and disrupt further, the existing fragile peace in the state. Consequently, the Command has placed its men on red alert to prevent these bandits from carrying out their nefarious activities anywhere in the state.

“The Command has equally been empowered to enforce the dusk-to-dawn curfew; hence, residents are also warned to abide, very strictly, with this order,” Lakanu advised.

Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu confirmed the mass arrest of hoodlums in the state.

“We have obviously made some arrests but I cannot give you more details on that. They will be taken to court tomorrow (today),” he said.

He added that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 11 has taken charge and more mobile policemen have been drafted to the state to ensure security of lives and property.

Ekiti Violence: Fayose Blasts Mohammed Over ‘Ignorant’ Comment


Ekiti State Governor-Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has slammed the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed over his comment that he should be arrested over the political tension in Ekiti State.

Fayose, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said Mohammed was fed with lies about the situation of things in Ekiti State and instead of him to make findings; he exposed himself by commenting ignorantly.

“We Yoruba people have a saying that ‘inu a bimo ku ki idun (somebody who gave birth and lost the child would not be happy). Having snatched people’s mandate through the back door, not once but twice, to rule states where they did not win elections, the APC and its leaders thought that is the best way to secure electoral victory,” said Adelusi.

He said that he was not surprised Mohammed reacted the way he did, as he was apparently sad like other APC leaders, because their efforts to launch a judicial coup failed woefully on Monday.

“They did those things in the past through ‘Salamic’ judgments and were hoping for a repeat performance in Ekiti State after the people rejected them with Mr Ayo Fayose trouncing their candidate. Their evil plan to use compromised judicial officers last Monday to steal the people’s mandate was scuttled by the vigilant voters who freely gave their mandate to Fayose. Their game plan was to do another ‘Salamic’ abracadabra and get the inauguration of the governor-elect aborted. They were planning to get the Speaker of the House of Assembly inaugurated as acting governor. People from Gboyin Local Government where Speaker Adewale Omirin hails from were already jubilating.

“God, in His mercies, exposed them and for Lai Mohammed to put the blame on Fayose smacks of ‘bad belle’ and malice,” he said.
According to Adelusi, the two suits brought before an Ado-Ekiti High Court by a group, the E-11 were pre-election matters and that the issue of the jurisdiction of the court was being contested.

We’ll Overcome Our Challenges Through Unity And Cooperation Of Nigerians, Says Jonathan


54th-INDEPENDENCE-ANNIVERSARY-1-620x330President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that Nigeria will overcome its current challenges through unity and cooperation of Nigerians.

He spoke during the 54th Independent Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, themed: ‘Be Still’.

Jonathan pointed out that the unity and cooperation of all Nigerians played a major role in the success recorded in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.

He said: “God know that we have challenges and even before these challenges came, God knew that we were going to have them. There is nothing that he does not know, because whatever he does, is for a purpose.

“As a nation, we are facing these challenges. We fought a civil war for 30 months. That time, the world was not even as sophisticated as it is today. Even when we heard about ‘Ogbunigbe’, it was like going to the moon. But now, even a little boy of twelve years can couple a gun by just going to the internet and kill people. Society has become so sophisticated and open that people continue to abuse privileges.

“But because of the prayers of Nigerians, we will overcome the challenges of our country. The only thing is to appeal to all of us Nigerians to be united. If we are united, there is nothing we cannot conquer”, he said

Citing the Ebola case, he said: “This is good example that all Nigerians must learn. When Patrick Sawyer brought Ebola to Nigeria, it was in Lagos that this incident happened and in terms of politics, Lagos is an opposition party but the central government is the ruling party. From Lagos Ebola moved to Rivers state and this is also an opposition party state. But because all Nigerians fought Ebola irrespective of political persuasion, irrespective of religion, or ethnicity, we defeated Ebola.

“We appealed to people to stop shaking hands, and as individuals, Nigerians became very hygienic. It was not just one person, or Mr. President or the Governors, or other officials, yes they did their work, but we defeated Ebola because all Nigerians agreed to fight the war against Ebola. That is the strength of unity”.

In his sermon, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oristejafor, said that most of the challenges confronting the country were self-inflicted.

He noted that corruption and terrorism, which he described as ‘the greatest’ problems facing the country, were created by greedy politicians and extreme religious ideologists.

The CAN president, who based his sermon on Mark 4:35 to 41, said that Nigeria was a boat built by God that could never sink.

Information Nigeria reports that the service was attended by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan; the president’s mother, Eunice Jonathan; and former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon.

Ernest Shonekan, Head of the Interim National Government; Senate President David Mark, top federal government functionaries, Service Chiefs, state governors, members of the clergy, among others, also attended the service.

Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Railway To Be Ready By December — Transportation Minister


The ongoing rehabilitation of rail track in the Eastern corridor from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri will be completed latest by December, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, has said.

“At the moment, we are rehabilitating and indeed we completed over 90 percent of the rehabilitation exercise. We hope that by December this year, substantial portions of this particular important corridor from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri will be completed,” the Minister told journalists at Inkil, Bauchi State, shortly after inspecting the ongoing rehabilitation work.

Umar noted that the only portion that will probably be left will be from Bajoga to Buni Yadi up to Maiduguri, due to the security challenges around Maiduguri.

“We have every assurances from the contractor and all the supervising engineers on site that by the end of November, latest by December this year, the train will start moving from Port Harcourt to Gombe and indeed beyond Gombe,” he said.

Umar however expressed satisfaction over the pace of work and quality offered so far. He said that the corridor had a total of 3,505 kilometres of narrow gauge out of which over 90 percent had been rehabilitated.

Once the rehabilitation us completed, Nigerians will be able to travel by rail from Port Harcourt to Gombe.

CNPP Decries Assault On Ekiti High Court Judge


ekiti violenceThe Conference of Nigerian Political Parties has condemned the assault on Justice John Adeyeye of the Ekiti State High Court in Ado-Ekiti on Sept. 25 during the inaugural sitting of the state Election Tribunal.

The condemnation was contained in a letter by the conference to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, signed by Mr Osita Okechukwu, CNPP National Publicity Secretary in Abuja on Sunday.

The conference, in the statement, condemned the “tragic assault on the temple of justice” in Ekiti State.

It called on the CJN and Chairman of the Nigeria Judicial Council to, as a matter of urgent national importance, relocate the two courts to Abuja, for speedy dispensation of justice.

Amaechi Urges Rivers To Vote Credible Candidate As Successor


Amaechi-360x2251Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on people of the state to choose a credible leader that will succeed him on May 29, 2015.

Amaechi made this call on Sunday during an Inter-Denominational Church Service marking the 54th Independence Day Anniversary held at St. Cyprians Anglican Church in Port Harcourt.

He stated that the era of imposition of candidates on the people was over and advised the people to choose wisely and participate actively in the electoral process.

According to him, “Rivers people have a right to choose who will lead them in 2015 in a free and fair election; they have the mandate to do so”.

The governor thanked God for creating the enabling environment for him (Amaechi) to keep fulfilling his promise to serve God and the poor.

The NGF Chairman, however, decried the consistent dwindling of Federal allocations to the state from N25bn naira to N12bn, adding that development had slowed down the completion of some ongoing projects embarked upon by his administration.

“The situation we find ourselves now is really critical. We have started owing salaries of workers and nobody knows when this will end. Rivers people should know that Rivers State Government now receives N12bn instead of the usual N25bn as monthly allocation.

“This has grossly affected our projects and work has stopped in some ongoing projects in the state. I am still looking for funds to pay some of the contractors and salaries. Things are no longer the same.

“Things are getting worse. I am not the problem, it is from the Federal government”, Amaechi stated.

Earlier, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rivers State, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, called on the people and residents of the state to play an active role in ensuring a peaceful co-existence in the state.

Aggrey, who was represented by the Vice Chairman of CAN in the state, Reverend Ibim Anabraba, enjoined people of the state to use the period of the 54th Independence Anniversary celebration to pray for the unity of the nation, and Rivers state in particular.

He also thanked Governor Amaechi for dedicating the state to God during his administration and for playing a major role in the rapid development of the state since he assumed office in 2007.

Insecurity: INEC Meets With Adamawa Stakeholders On Fate Of Michika, Madagali Voters


InecAhead of the Oct. 11 Adamawa governorship by-election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is meeting with stakeholders from Michika and Madagali local government areas.

The meeting was organised by INEC in order to ascertain the fate of voters in the affected areas recently over run by insurgents.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, Alhaji Kassim Gaidam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the meeting was to enlighten them on their rights during the election.

“We have been meeting with stakeholders from the two areas including council chairmen, councillors and religious leaders on how to address the issue.

“They suggest the possibility of using Mubi or Yola as centres as most of the eligible voters from these areas are now residing in them”, he said.

NAN also reports that most residents from the affected areas had fled to other parts of the state and neighbouring Cameroon Republic as a result of insecurity.

According to him, INEC was yet to reach any final solution on the matter, adding that he was awaiting directive from the commssion’s headquaters.

“We are yet to reach a final solution as you know everything is subject to approval by INEC headquarters in Abuja”, Kassim said.

However, some of the potential voters from the two areas particularly those in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Yola and Mubi told NAN that they abandoned their voters’ cards along with other valuables due to the impromptu nature they left home.

“We hope that INEC will realise that we left behind our voters cards in our homes after we fled and put that into consideration when it finally decide to allow us to vote and exercise our civic right”, said Hamman Madagali, a victim.

Statistics from INEC Voters Register in Adamawa indicated that there were not less than 148,375 voters in the two local government areas.

The breakdown shows that there were 82,291 voters in Michika and 66,084 voters from Madagali. (NAN)

Victims Of Abuja-Lokoja Road Mishaps Taking Toll On Kogi Health Facilities, Says Wada


Gov-Idris-WadaGov. Idris Wada of Kogi says incessant accident on the Lokoja-Abuja road has put serious pressure on public health institutions in the state.

Wada, who spoke at the 2014 special marshals’ workshop in Lokoja on Sunday, noted that public hospitals had been receiving on daily basis corpses of victims road mishaps and those injured.

According to him, the trend has posed a great danger to the health of the people of the state.

The governor said that medical personnel in the state had continued to spend more time to attend to accident victims at the expense of other patients, who needed medical attention.

Wada, however, called for a concerted effort to stem the tide of crashes on Okene-Lokoja-Abuja and other roads in the state.

The governor, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Transport, Mr Abdulrhman Wuya, promised that the state government would continue to support the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to minimise road accidents.

Government, he said, had awarded contracts for the expansion and dualisation of some roads in the state to ensure safety and urged motorists to obey traffic rules and codes.

In his remarks, the FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, commended the special marshals for collaborating with the organisation to reduce carnage on the highways.

He said the theme of the workshop, “Improved regulatory and enforcement capacity in FRSC: Way forward in road traffic crashes and fatality reduction”, was deliberately chosen allow marshals and other stakeholders reflect on and analyse issues bordering on road safety and reduction of accidents.

Oyeyemi, who was represented by Mr Angus Ibezim, Head, Session, Special Marshals and Partnerships, said the issue of capacity building for marshals would continue to be on the front burner as the FRSC was desirous of maximizing its output and performance, especially in the areas of patrols, public enlightenment and education.

The State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Godwin Omiko, said the workshop was organised to appraise efforts toward achieving 2014 corporate goals of the organization which included reducing traffic crashes and fatality by 15 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

While appreciating the contributions of special marshals, Omiko urged them to cooperate and partner with FRSC to ensure accident-free “ember months”.

The State Coordinator of Special Marshals Unit, Mr Hezekiah Adeyemi, called on local governments and well-meaning people in the state to support efforts being made to reduce carnage on the roads.

Adeyemi also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for approving the appointment of Oyeyemi as the new Corps Marshal, describing it as a morale booster for all marshals as Oyeyemi was the first Chief Executive Officer to be appointed from within the FRSC since its inception 26 years ago. (NAN)

Abandoned Chibok Girl Moved To Undisclosed Location In Abuja For Further Treatment


Chibok-girlsIndications emerged weekend that the Federal Government has moved the Chibok girl, Susan Ishaya, abandoned by Boko Haram in Adamawa, to Abuja for further treatment.

Susan was moved from the Police hospital, Yola, on Saturday to an undisclosed location where she is now receiving treatment in Abuja.

Her identity is yet to be confirmed or her parents identified since the parents who travelled to Yola to meet with her along with the Vice Principal of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, were unable to see her because she was flown out without their knowledge.

The spokesman for members of Chibok community resident in Abuja under the aegis of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Dr. Manasseh Allen, stated this Saturday in Abuja, during the daily sit-out of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group.

Allen said that it will be important to Susan’s recovery if she is united with her parents and not kept away from them.

“She has been moved by security agencies to Abuja from Yola since yesterday, her location has not been disclosed to us, they are working on her medical condition first before they can acquire any information from her.

“They have found out that she is still incoherent, she keeps repeating herself and at times she keeps repeating statements which means that we cannot depend on her words for now.  But our leaders are in touch with the authorities and government.  As I speak to you right now there are people on standby waiting on the military authorities so that they can have access to Susan and ensure that proper medical attention is given to her before before we can go on with whatever can come after.

“No single parent has made any contact with her, as I’m speaking to you, no one can say categorically that she is from Chibok because no one is yet to meet her.

“My point of concern is that in every rehabilitation family is essential even to the healing process medically, so it is essential that Susan is reunited with her family as soon as possible so that the process of her psychological and psychosocial healing is complete”, he said.

Adamawa Disappointed In State’s Pilgrims For Holding Aircraft Hostage


MUSLIM-PILGRIMS-FROM-GOMBE-STATE-BOARDINGThe Adamawa State government has decried the attitude of some of the state’s intending pilgrims for holding an aircraft hostage at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano State.

The pilgrims reportedly became frustrated, Saturday, when instead of ferrying them to Saudi Arabia, the plane instead landed in Kano.

The pilgrims, perhaps apprehensive that they could be abandoned in Kano, held the plane hostage.

However, the Adamawa State Acting Governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Babayola Toungo, on Sunday, said much as the government sympathises with the plight of the pilgrims, it finds it reprehensible for those embarking on a spiritual journey “to behave in a manner comparable to children”.

The statement added that the pilgrims, who held the plane hostage in Kano, were earlier briefed on the travel arrangement and the efforts the government is making in collaboration with the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, to ensure that no pilgrim from Adamawa State is left behind.

It noted that those taken to Kano were informed that they would be airlifted from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport to Saudi Arabia via a different aircraft from the one that flew them from Yola to Kano.

It also said the plane that took them to Kano was to come back to Yola and pick about five hundred and eighty more passengers to Jeddah.

“This was explained to them in no uncertain words”, the statement said.

Giving reasons for the arrangement, the Adamawa Government said the Yola International Airport has no landing capability for a plane the size of the Boeing 747 in the night and therefore the need for the plane that went to Kano to be back in the day.

“By holding the aircraft hostage in Kano, the pilgrims have unwittingly distorted a carefully reworked schedule that shall ensure that all of them are airlifted before the closure of Saudi airspace”, the government said.

The government said though it is still working round the clock to make sure all the intending pilgrims are airlifted, it however expressed “its disappointment in the strongest terms possible of the behaviour of our pilgrims.

“Pilgrimage is supposed to be a spiritual journey and one is expected to be spiritually ready for such a trip.

“A pilgrim is supposed to be an epitome of piety, comportment and orderliness but not certainly what was displayed in Kano. As ambassadors of Adamawa State, all are expected to be embodiment of decency and decorum”, it said.

2015: Group Swings Into Action For Jonathan’s Re-Election


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The Mass Movement for Goodluck (MMG), a President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election support group, has described him as the most-friendly president with the South-East geo-political zone.

The group’s Director-General, Dr Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, made the assertion on Sunday at Afikpo, Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi, while inaugurating the council’s branch of the group.

Ibe-Kalu, who was represented by his associate, Mr Hillary Egwu, said Jonathan was the only president who placed the Igbos in the political and social limelight after several years of deprivation.

“Jonathan is the only president among all, who has ruled Nigeria to appoint Igbo to strategic positions as the Chief of Army Staff and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

“He ensured that the South-East zone enjoyed the aviation luxury by upgrading the Enugu airport to international status, initiating the construction of the second bridge across the River Niger.

“He has appointed Igbo people to other strategic positions and he will ensure that the zone gets an additional state to be at par with some zones in the country”, he said.

Ibe-Kalu noted that Jonathan was the official candidate of the party for the 2015 general elections, just like other support groups and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“We have taken the campaign for his re-election to the hinterlands to mobilise Nigerians on the need to defend good governance and promote peaceful co-existence as symbolised by the president.

“Nigerians have every reason to vote for him to shame his detractors, who feel they can distract his administration through insurgency and related acts”, he said.

The State Coordinator of the group, Mr Godwin Obasi, said the body was in the area to urge the people to work hard in ensuring the re-election of the president in 2015 elections.

“Jonathan preaches the unity of the country and we are using this platform to urge the people to promote peaceful co-existence and shun acts that will divide the country.

“Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 will check ethnicity, religious bigotry, civil strife, nepotism, corruption and other ills that derail the socio-economic and cultural development of the country”, he said.

He called on the people to ensure they procured their permanent voters cards as it was the only tool to choose leaders of their choice during the elections.

The newly inaugurated Co-coordinator in the council, Dr Michael Oyari, thanked the group for choosing the council as the first to be inaugurated in the local government areas of the country.

“I and my executives, will work to mobilise the people to vote for the president in the 2015 general elections, to consolidate on his achievements in office”, he said.

Highlights of the occasion included the award of certificates of merit to the group’s board of trustees’ members and patrons. (NAN)

We’re Still Searching For Missing Fighter Jet – NAF


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The Nigerian Air Force last night disclosed that it is still trying to locate the whereabouts of the fighter jet, which went missing about two weeks ago.

“We are still searching for the aircraft. The search team is still at work. Every information received so far has not given us a clue about its location”, the spokesman of the NAF, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said.

It would be recalled that on September 14, the Defence Headquarters, through its spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, had announced that an Air Force Alpha jet involved in counter-insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria, was missing.

“An Alpha Jet (NAF 466) belonging to the Nigerian Air Force is missing around Adamawa State.

“The aircraft, with two pilots onboard, left Yola at about 10:45am on September 12, 2014, on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12pm. Since then, all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result. Search-and-rescue efforts towards establishing contact with the crew are ongoing”, a statement issued by Olukolade had read.

NMA Pleads With Fashola To Facilitate Payment Of Lagos Doctor’s Withheld Salaries


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The Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State Chapter, on Sunday appealed to the Lagos State Government to release the withheld emoluments of doctors in its work force.

The Chairman of the association, Dr Tope Ojo, made the appeal at a news briefing in Lagos.

Ojo expressed worries that Lagos State Government withheld the emoluments of its doctors for the month of August and September 2014 as a result of the July 1 NMA nationwide strike.

He said that all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory had complied with the general agreement that led to the suspension of the 55-day NMA nationwide strike to pave way for peace and further negotiations.

According to the state NMA chairman, only Lagos has yet to comply with the agreements.

Ojo said, “It will be recalled that the NMA after series of negotiations with the government had some of its demands met.

“The sack of resident doctors was reversed and all outstanding emoluments had been paid as agreed which led to the suspension of its industrial action.

“But it is worrisome that till date, the Lagos State Government has held on to the emoluments of its doctors for August and September.

“Also, May 2012 salary is being withheld till date in spite of several appeals. This made the state government the only one that has not complied with the general agreement”.

Ojo pointed out that the strike was not at the instance of the Lagos State employed doctors but at the instance of the parent body of the association.

According to him, “we do not want to have an impression that the state government harbours ill-feelings against its doctors”.

“The LASU ASUU, LASPOTECH ASUP and Judiciary workers did not suffer the same fate following the suspension of their recent industrial action”, he added.

Ojo said the association had met with the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Commissioner for Health and had also written two letters to Gov. Babatunde Fashola for a peaceful resolution, but all to no avail.

He appealed to Gov. Fashola to use his office to facilitate the payment of the withheld emoluments of doctors in the employ of the state.

Ojo also urged well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the state government to do the needful as the NMA remained committed to maintaining peaceful co-existence and industrial harmony.

I’m Quitting Music for Politics because I can’t be singing at 35 -9ice


It’s no news that 9ice is now a politician. However,most of us didn’t know he was actually quitting music for good.. He told the Sun

Yes, I want to leave music for politics. Next year January, I will be 35-years-old and I’m not praying to still be in music at that age. I am serious about politics now. If you listen to my music, you would notice that politics has been part of me; it’s in my blood. When I started initially, I talked about being your brother’s keeper, and that’s why I studied Law at Lagos State University before I dropped out to concentrate on my music career. I hate when things go wrong. When two or three people are having issues, I love to get there to settle their differences. I have passion for politics and it has always been in my blood.

On his fans missing him 

I will say they will love me more by the time they see the plans that I have for them. I have so many plans on my mind. Imagine if the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was a politician, he will not just criticize the mistakes of our leaders but also correct them. Imagine if Wole Soyinka was to be the president of this nation, people like him are only preaching the truth and criticising the government but they are not ready to get into politics to make corrections. I am tired of preaching, I want to contribute my own quota for the sake of my people. We have graduates riding commercial motorcycles (okada), selling meat etc, their certificates are not being used but they are shouting that the government is not doing well. There can’t be any change if the youths don’t stand-up now to do something to help the country.

Who is Tony Payne to you?

She’s nothing more than we have kid for each other.

Synagogue-Grieving husband cries out over missing wife(Photo)


While many are mourning their dead,a few are reportedly still searching for their loved ones .Among them is a Nigerian from Kogi State and a worker in the laundry department of the Synagogue church, who pleaded anonymity because the church had warned members not to disclose any information on the tragedy to the public, has yet to find his wife of 18 years, Veronica (39).
He said he waits by the phone with his five children everyday expecting a call that would say her body had been found after many days of searching 16 hospitals.He showed a list containing the 16 hospitals he had visited with each one ticked with a pen to indicate he had been there and found nothing.He told Punch 

“My gut tells me she is dead, but I will never rest until I find her body.My wife was among the visitors’ coordinators, serving the guests. She worked on the ground floor where the restaurant was. I am a worker in the church as well.I rushed to the gate immediately the incident occurred but I was not allowed to enter…
The police blocked the entrance.They were carrying the victims out one after the other in ambulances. I called my wife’s mobile phone but it was not reachable. All through the following day, I got no news about her. I went there every day because I was in agony.
I was so helpless but on the third day, I went with two of her uncles to Igando General Hospital. We were told that nobody that looked like her was there and we have searched 16 hospitals since then.There were many ambulances taking victims to the hospitals but I have not been able to determine which of the drivers took my wife.I heard that about 12 Nigerian church workers, who were attending to guests, were on the ground floor. I heard that they have been rescued, but my wife and another woman around there have not been seen.”

He said before the incident occurred, he had not been to church for some weeks because he was ill. The last time he saw his wife was the morning of the day of the incident when his wife came home and they embraced each other as he laid on the bed.

“I wish I could just find her corpse and take her to our hometown in Kogi State for burial. I know my wife cannot be alive and not have contacted me all this while. I speak with her mother every day and we are all in sorrow that we have not recovered her body.”

The National Emergency Management Agency spokesperson in the South West, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said the agency was aware of the different nationalities involved in the collapse.

“The families of the victims need to exercise patience. This is going to take a while because there are three methods through which victims would be identified; by fingerprints, pathology and DNA.
“We are going to repeat the same process we used during the 2012 Dana plane crash. You remember the process of identifying victims took up to two months at the time.”

But could there possibly still be bodies trapped under the rubble? Farinloye said that was impossible as he ensured the ground floor of the site was turned out before the site was closed at 3.15pm last week Thursday

Arabian Female pilot disowned by family for bombing ISIS(Read Statement)


 A female airforce pilot who made headlines after her pictures were published for participating in airstrikes against ISIS,has been disowned by her family.
Mariam Al Mansouri’s participation in F-16 bombing raids for the UAE is frowned upon by her family who call her an ingrate and showed their support for ISIS.An anonymous statement released by the family reads…..

In the name of God All Merciful.

‘O ye who believe! Take not your fathers or your brethren for friends if they favour disbelief over faith. Those of you who taketh them for friends are wrong-doers.’ [Quranic verse]

‘Renouncement of Mariam Al Mansouri:

‘We the Mansouri family in the United Arab Emirates hereby publicly declare that we disown the so-called Mariam Al Mansouri as well as anyone taking part in the brutal international aggression against the brotherly Syrian people, starting with our ingrate daughter Mariam Al Mansouri.

‘We hereby remind the Muslim nation all over the world of its duty to defend the causes of the nation [meaning the Islamic nation], and we urge them to take up the jihad [holy war] for the sake of God to support the blessed Syrian revolution against the descendants of Ibn Al Alqami.’ [Sunni Islamist insurgents refer to the Shi'a as 'alqami' - a reference to Mu'ayyad al-Din Muhammad Ibn al-Alqami, a Shi'ite minister in the last Abbasid caliphate, who purportedly assisted the Mongols in conquering Baghdad in 1258.]
‘We call upon all factions and battalions operating on the Syrian battleground to unite and join efforts and forces towards the single objective of overthrowing the monstrous Assad regime perched on the pure and blessed Syrian land.
‘Al Mansouri family, in the UAE and abroad, takes this opportunity to declare its support for the blessed Syrian revolution and to all free men defending their rights everywhere in the world.
‘Our family is proud of all free men who defend their cause and of all those who take up arms to defend the honour of their nation [The Islamic Nation}. We are proud of the Sunni heroes in Iraq and the Levant and all those who take up the banner of righteousness wherever they may be. We may not know them, but God knows them and would champion them.
‘We ask our countrymen not to burden us with the consequences of the actions of the so-called Mariam Al Mansouri. All the honourable members of our family have agreed to this statement.

‘Al Mansouri family.’

People think I’m Genevieve Nnaji’s sister-Nollywood actress Nkechi Nnaji


 Nollywood actress Nkechi Nnaji says people often think she is Genevieve’s sister and she hopes to meet her someday..She told the Sun..

I’m actually looking forward to meeting her. Whenever people hear Nkechi Nnaji, the first question they ask me is ‘are you a sister to Genevieve Nnaji?’ If you google my name, you will see Nkechi Nnaji and Genevieve Nnaji coming up so people are like ‘I just googled you and I saw Gen­evieve Nnaji, are you guys related?’ And I am like ‘no, I’ve not even met her in per­son.’ I will be the happiest person on earth if I could work with her; I love her for real. I look up to her because she is a woman of substance. She knows what she wants and she goes for it; she is very hard working.”

Kanye shows how much he loves Kim K’s butt(Photo)


You know when she stepped out in this outfit, many screamed ‘Fake butt’..Kim shared this pic to show Kanye loves it like that.Case closed .Lol

Daniel Ademinokan dumped me,ran away with my son without warning-Doris Simeon


Actress Doris Simeon and her ex movie director hubby, Daniel Ademinokan had one of the most celebrated marriages in the industry .But to the surprise of many, he left her for actress,Stella Damasus who he now lives with in the US. Doris opened up to Punch

Initially, it was but at a point everything looked rosy outside but not at home. He just woke up one day and decided he didn’t want the marriage again.
I can’t say what actually happened. I did not suspect if he was dating any woman or not because we were the best of friends. I trusted him too. When the problem started, I was begging him for reconciliation. I am an orphan with nobody to run to but his family members, who also tried to intervene. At a point, they fought with him because he stopped picking their calls, even his pastor. Before the separation, I suggested counselling but he promised to turn around for good. He did not. He would leave the house for some days and would not pick my calls. He also accused me of nagging and policing him around. At a point, he came back and told me it was lack of money that caused the problems. As a good wife, I suggested we pray about it. He told me one day that he wanted to go and see his mother and took our only son with him (the union produced a child). I didn’t suspect anything because they usually went out together. That was the last time I saw my then two-year-old son.

But the incidence must have taken its toll on you?

Yes, it did initially because I loved him. It broke me down for about a year but I decided one day to move on. I learnt from my mum not to listen to what people say but maintain focus and I did.

When was that?

That was about four years ago. The boy is six years old now.

Did you take any action then?

If I let it weigh me down, he would use it as a ground to fight me in court. I have not spoken to the boy for about a year now. I am sure that even if he runs away with my child for 18 years, the boy will ask after me. I am his mother. Currently, the case is in court.

Is there room for reconciliation?

I am not ready to reconcile with him.

Why?

It is going to four years since we split and I do not see anything wrong in that. Maybe because of the things he said when I sought to reconcile. I wanted reconciliation when the whole thing started but he said it was too late. He never said what the problem was. It was a normal hassle between couples. If he says I cannot force him into a marriage that he is no longer interested in, why would he want to come back now?

Nadia Buari shares stunning photos


The stunning actress is in South Africa with her family .They are shooting their reality show ‘The Buari Ville”..She has been sharing stunning photos and it’s not hard to see why Jim Iyke is still smitten…..

With her mum..

Man avenges wife’s rape by beheading innocent woman in Ebonyi


A  32-year-old man, Chinedu Nweke killed 45-year-old Philomina Nwega, in Ebonyi State, to avenge the serial rape of his wife by men in the murdered woman’s village,
Recounting the bizarre tale, Nweke, a farmer, said men from the village had raped his wife severally, alleging that the repeated vicious act led to a miscarriage.His words:

“I am a farmer. Villagers raped my wife severally. And it made my wife to have mis­carriage anytime she was pregnant. I never complained about this problem to the police. It was on September 6, 2014 in the evening that I saw a woman coming from the farm. I waylaid her and I used my cutlass to kill her. I cut off her head which I dumped alongside her lifeless body into the Ogbor stream. I cut her head into pieces and threw them into the stream. It was at Umezeoka that the people raped my wife and that was where I killed the woman. Each time my wife was raped I bought drugs for her but I didn’t report the incident to anybody, not even to the village head or the traditional ruler.”

When a report was made to the police about the death of the woman, a search was conducted by a combined team of the police and the local vigilance group in Achiagu, Ezza North LGA, where the suspect, Nweke, was arrested with a blood-stained machete and clothes on September 7, 2014.
Nweke confessed to the police that he killed the woman and dumped her corpse in the stream along with the head.
Dikko said the headless body was later recovered and taken to the mortuary of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki. The Assistant Commis­sioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, Mrs Justina Ogbodo also told Sunday Sun that detectives had recovered the machete allegedly used by Nweke to kill the woman.
ACP Ogbodo said the command was still finding it difficult to recover the severed head, which Nweke claimed to have thrown into the stream.
While the police continue with the interrogation of the suspect, the husband of the deceased, Mr. Bar­tholomew Nwega said his primary headache is seeing the severed head of his late wife recovered so that she could be given honourable burial. In a broken voice that belied his grief, he said:

“I am pleading with the police to help me recover the head of my dead wife.”

Sun

Photos! Unveiling Ruth Kadiri’s Boyfriend, Anthony Adedeji


Ruth is one of the fastest growing Nollywood actresses at the moment. Though she started a while back, acting has just started paying off. From her Foundation for the needy to her giving back to her old schools, Ruth now drives state of the arts cars with her latest acquisition being a Range Rover. Firstly, a lot of people said her boyfriend of almost one year got her the car, but further findings revealed Ruth bought it herself, especially when a ‘friend’ came here to defend her. That said, now meet Ruth’s boyfriend.

His name is Anthony Ayodele Adedeji, a London trained Animator/Film Maker and CEO of SambaLordz Films. Anthony was with Kennis Music before now and did a lot with Late Goldie, Jaywon, Joel, Minjin and some other Nigerian acts. He is currently Ruth’s sweetheart and they have being spotted at quite a few places in Nigeria, aside holidaying together outside the shores of this country. A source even said,  Anthony is so in love that Ruth influenced him to cut his dreads he had kept for years. See more pictures of him after the cut, especially during his dreads days.

British Minister Resigns Over Explicit Photo


Cabinet Office minister, Brooks Newmark has resigned from the government after allegedly being caught sending explicit pictures of himself over the internet to women, in a tabloid newspaper sting operation, The Guardian reports.

After being told that the story would appear in a Sunday newspaper, the Conservative MP for Braintree and campaigner to increase the role and number of women in politics issued a statement saying he was quitting. He appealed for privacy for himself and his family.

Newmark said: “I have decided to resign as minister for civil society having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper,” he said.

“I would like to appeal for the privacy of my family to be respected at this time. I remain a loyal supporter of this government as its long term economic plan continues to deliver for the British people.”

Downing Street said his resignation had been accepted and that Newmark had been replaced by Rob Wilson, a former aide to the chancellor, George Osborne.

I’m Still A Virgin Though I Now Have A Boyfriend- Adokiye


Adokiye Kyrian has announced again that she is still a virgin even though she now has a boyfriend. Adokiye who claims she has not been dating anyone and still very much a virgin, has announced she is no longer single. She recently announced her new status in a chat with a Vanguard reporter saying;

“I have a boyfriend now, But what we share is AGAPE love; no sex kind of love. But I know I want to settle down and have kids. I heard, these days, things have changed; Menopause comes fast now! Young girls aren’t young again after all.”

When the reporter went ahead and said she might only be making the man suffer without sex, the singer cum actress said;

“I don’t think so. Do you know sex hinders blessings? Do you know sex takes your hand very far from the reach of your blessings? I know you are married and have every right to sex but try this sometimes. It always works like magic. It’s faster than 100 million Babalawo’s power. Anyway, maybe it is okay for those who have license to have it but for me, I won’t have it until after marriage”.

Annie Idibia Bestowed With ‘Peace Ambassador Actress Of The Year’ Award


She was presented the award last night, 27th of September, 2014 in Abuja. Congrats to her.

ON FEJIRO OLIVER, PERSPECTIVES AND THE CACOPHONY OF A ‘HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST’


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Some days back a certain Fejiro Oliver was arrested in Abuja by the Niger state branch of the Directorate of State Security for an alleged attempt to dupe the state of a whopping N50 million. According to the Allegations Fejiro Oliver, a staffer at NTA, threatened to blackmail the government of Niger state by leaking incriminating files against Babangida Aliyu’s led government unless he gets an excess of 50 million.
We have heard the Niger state government part of the story but we are yet to hear, officially, from Fejiro Oliver himself. So, at this point conclusions cannot be drawn. This post is to address a certain ‘human rights activist’ named Inibehe Effiong (assuming that’s his real name because suddenly we find ourselves in an era of pseudos)

Fejiro is an interesting journalist and like Inibehe Effiong a ‘human rights activist’. Its extremely difficult to question the credibility of such people. What has happened (or is happening) to Fejiro is sad, but there are some facts which are even more troubling

*’Secret Investigations’ are supposed to be secret
*Why contact and book appointment with someone you are about to expose and send to jail?
*Why meet with someone you are investigating even when he knows you are investigating him, are you the police?
*Why allow someone you want to expose pay your airfare and hotel accomodation?
*Why the swap from your real name which is Tega Samson to Fejiro Oliver? Tega Samson is not such a long tribal name, its just as pronunciable as Fejiro Oliver. Even if I smell a rat here I cannot question a mans ‘Pen name’ or Pseudo as I prefer to put it

Inibehe, you and your fellow ‘hman rights activist’ should know that you guys are not the only smart or ‘learned’ guys in town.
You should know the power of perspectives. Different people flow in different ideological wavelengths. Nothing is truly singular. I don’t see why you could log on to facebook from your bed and declare Fejiro Oliver ‘Innocent’ even before proven in a competent court of law. I don’t know why what you think should be law and your perspective should be a singular truth. Nothing is right or wrong, the thoughts of Inibehe and his ‘human rights activists’ makes it so. No one has the monopoly of knowledge. You graduated from UniUyo, Law, and I want to believe you were not the only student in your class. UniUyo has a well-stocked library and I’m sure you frequented the place, was there ever a time when you were the only reader in the library? Don’t be an intellectual tyrant. Stop forcing Fejiro’s Innocence down people’s throats. You are a lawyer, go to court and stop whining on facebook.

Julius Bokoru

Ngor Okpala PDP Endorse Ohakim.


As the statewide consultation ship of his excellency, Chief. Dr. Ikedi Ohakim met with the leadership and members of Ngor Okpala PDP in continuation of his ongoing statewide consultation with the leaders and members of the party.

Chief Ikedi Ohakim who was received by a cheerful party members of the LGA chaptar was endorsed by the PDP LGA chaptar of Ngor Okpala as they promised to support the Let’s Do One More Tenure Team.

The PDP leaders and members of Ngor Okpala was led by Chief Okenze Obinna, Chief George Ekeh, Chief Emma Nwaogu, Bar Soronadi Njoku, Bar Enyinaya Onuegbu, Prof B.G Nwaogu, etc which endorsed Ohakim for 2015 Imo Governorship.

-Ambrose

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Uche Ogbodo: “Why My One Month Old Marriage Crashed”


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Sexy Nollywood actress — Uche Ogbodo was widely criticized after her previous marriage ended in just one month.

Uche Ogbodo in an extensive interview with Vanguard spoke about the matter and why nothing can be done about it.

Uche who is fond of blaming her crashed marriage on one word, again repeated the word in this interview – Lies. My marriage was based on lies, she said.

Too bad, she said her husband didn’t even see her pregnant for one day. I got to know I was pregnant when we were having issues, she said. I will be raising my daughter who is now one month and two weeks old all by myself she also affirmed.

She asked rumor mongers to stop spreading lies that she married her ex because he was rich. There were no millions when I married him, no millions anywhere she emphasized.

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Have you left your husband for real?
The marriage didn’t work out.

Was it really a marriage?
It was a marriage but we didn’t do any wedding. We didn’t do any court marriage or church wedding. We did nothing. We didn’t even do traditional marriage but in my culture, there are many processes to getting married and I did a few of those, so you can say I was married. In Igbo land, there are rites you adhere to before you can say this is my wife and I did a couple of them.

Why did you do the rites in secret?
You cannot do rites openly; it’s just a family thing, family members only. It’s not a traditional wedding. If I had done traditional wedding, I would definitely invite people. If I had done a white wedding, I would have invited people. If I had done a court marriage, I would still have invited people but it was just rites. I didn’t do anything the public needed to know, so you can’t say I did any marriage in secret.

What really made you leave your husband?
My marriage was full of lies. I cannot tell you in detail what those lies were, if that’s what you’re trying to make me do but it was based on lies. It’s a pity it didn’t work out. I didn’t go into the marriage to crash it. I wanted a family; I wanted a loving home and a loving husband. That was why I went into it in the first place but as nature would have it, I didn’t get any of those. I still thank God my head is intact

Did he cheat on you? What exactly did he do?
No, it’s not about women. Like I always say, you cannot build a home on sinking sand. You need to build a home on a rock. What I mean is that a marriage built on deceit and lies is no marriage at all. If you want a solid marriage, it must be built on honesty and trustworthiness. If not, it’s definitely going to crash. If it doesn’t crash today, it will crash tomorrow, so the lies are my reasons.

When did you discover he was lying to you?
Well, it was good while it lasted; he was a good man to me. I felt all I saw was all I was supposed to see but later when one thing led to another and things started unfolding. I started finding out that everything was not what it seemed. Every relationship, you have problems in-between, there is no relationship that just goes on smoothly.

In the process of friendship and dating, we had issues that we resolved but when we took it to the next level we just couldn’t hold it together. There are things you can hide as friends but as married couple it is impossible because so many other things like families are involved.

As his girlfriend some things that were hidden were revealed when I became his wife. What happened between me and my husband is between me and my husband. We caused it, both of us caused it.

For how long were you guys together?
The marriage lasted barely a month before we started having issues. We were having issues before I found out I was pregnant.

Are you planning to raise your child as a single mother?
When I don’t have a husband, I’m raising her alone. I can’t throw my child away. It’s not her fault that the marriage didn’t work out, it’s not her fault that I got pregnant, it’s not her fault that we didn’t take our marriage seriously, so I’m going to raise her no matter what happens.

How old is she now?
She’s a month and two weeks now

Some people were saying you got into the marriage because of money?
I didn’t get into the marriage because of money in the first place. I got into the marriage because I wanted to be married and because I saw something in him that I felt would work out for me later in life. I didn’t go into it because of money; there were no millions to spend so it wasn’t about money. I don’t care what people say. What matters is the truth and I try to be very straightforward when I deal with people. So, it wasn’t about money because there was none

Others are saying you left him because of his brain tumor?
He doesn’t have brain tumor. He was sick at the time, he had issues but his sickness is not the reason why our marriage crashed. Money was not the issue either. I would definitely know about his health status before I would marry a man. I knew what I was going into, so how could I just leave a man because he had a brain tumor? It’s funny

Was your husband with you when you were pregnant?
No, he wasn’t. We were having issues, we weren’t together. He didn’t see me pregnant for one day

If you’re going to marry again, what would you do differently to make it work out?
I’m only going to keep praying to God to give me someone who wouldn’t lie to me, someone that would be plain, very plain to me.

Are you still planning to marry again?
I’ve left the door open. I’m not going to close the door of marriage because one marriage didn’t work. The door is wide open. When I find someone that I’m going to be happy with but I wouldn’t want another experience where my marriage crashes because once beaten twice shy. So I’m going to take my time now and dig deep

Tony Tetuila: “I’m Not Going Into Kwara House Of Assembly With My Tinted Hair”


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Well, it seems like all the plenty talk and criticism finally got to him.

The intending Kwara House of Assembly member, Tonu Tetuila, says even though some youths he had a meeting with says it’s okay for him to campaign with the hair, which some have described as fried indomie and even go into the house with it, if elected has said, he is throwing that advise away now since most people have condemned the hair do.

In a interview with the Tribune, Tony says he’ll change the hairstyle and also clarified he was never broke, not broke, and can’t really be broke.

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If he would be going to the office with his tinted hair, Tony said;

“I am not going to the office to sing, though I am an artiste, I am going to serve my people. I am not going to office with the tinted hair.

“I was discussing with some youth leaders who said I could leave the hair, but now that people are speaking on it, I have to do what my people want.”

“I only used the blonde hair to campaign because everybody knows Tony Tetuila with that trademark.

On if he is broke;
“how can I be broke? I am not broke, everybody knows where I am coming from, I am not going into politics for the fun of it, we artistes always sing about poverty but rarely do anything about it.

“If you know songs like “prayer for Naija” and e go better you will see that we only complain but we don’t do anything about the suffering. We want Nigerians to live a better life. What I am going to deliver matters and not the hair.”

Reading’s Hope Akpan Gets First Nigeria Call-Up


Reading FC’s Hope Akpan headlined a host of new Nigerian footballers who got their first international call-up for next month’s 2015 Afcon qualifiers against Sudan.

The 23-year-old ex-Everton midfielder joins the likes of Aaron Samuel of Guangzhou R & F, Sunday Emmanuel of SV ScholzGrodig and Haugesund FC’s Anyora Ugonna in the Super Eagles squad for the must-win two-legged tie against Sudan.

On-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Eskisehirspor’s midfielder Raheem Lawal got a recall, but coach Stephen Keshi has yet chose to omit Villarreal’s Ike Uche from his line-up.
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Nigeria play Sudan in Omdurman on Saturday October 11 before hosting the same nation most likely in Abuja on October 15.

The defending champions are presently ranked third in qualifying Group A for next year’s Afcon tournament on one point; five points behind leaders Congo and three points adrift of second-placed South Africa. Sudan will be looking to earn their first point against the three-time African champions.

Full List:

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille OSC, France); Austin Ejide (HapoelBe’er Sheva, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco FC, France); JuwonOshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor FC, Turkey); AzubuikeEgwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); OgenyiOnazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi FC, Israel); Omatsone Aluko (Hull City, England); Hope Akpan (Reading FC, England); Raheem Lawal (Eskisehirspor FC, Turkey); Anyora Ugonna (Haugesund FC, Norway)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce FC, Turkey); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Osaguona Ighodaro (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Victor Moses (Stoke City, England); Aaron Samuel (Guangzhou R & F, China), Sunday Emmanuel(SV ScholzGrodig, Austria); Babatunde Michael (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine)

Governor Amosun’s Deputy Set To Leave APC


Ogun State deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun may be the latest party bigwig to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) as indications emerged Adesegun and some members of the National Assembly have defected to the Action Group of Nigeria (AGN).

Just about two weeks ago, one of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s aide, Mrs Abimbola Lanre-Balogun, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

There has been a leadership tussle between Governor Amosun and former Governor Olusegun Osoba, which has divided the APC in the state, resulting in parallel primaries being conducted in the party.

Adesegun, who is said to be a loyalist of Osoba had been conspicuously absent from the governor’s ongoing visits to council areas in the state except the visit to Imeko-Afon Local Government Area.

While Governor Ibikunle Amosun was on the tour of Ikenne and Ijebu North council areas, the deputy governor and factional members of the APC loyal to Osoba, under the aegis of “Matagbamole Group” were in a meeting at a location in the state, reports Nigeria Tribune, citing ‘a reliable source’.

At the senatorial meetings of the new party held in Ogun East and Ogun Central senatorial districts on Wednesday and Thursday, Adesegun urged members of the group to hold fast to their beliefs, reports say.

Sources say that the National Assembly members from the two senatorial districts were not physically present at the meeting, but they sent emissaries.

APC Calls For The Arrest Of Fayose Over Attack On Judge


Ekiti State Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose should be arrested and prosecuted, says the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This came following allegations that the Fayose led the gang of thugs who beat up a judge and later attacked and burnt down the secretariat of APC in the state.

A judge had been assaulted at the State High Court on Thursday after hoodlums stormed the court premises to ensure there was no sitting on the day, over the eligibility of Fayose to contest the governorship election he won in the state. A similar attack had happened at the court, with several litigants, who are members of the E11, the group that challenged Fayose’s eligibilty to contest governorship election in the state, injured.

National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday disclosed the party’s position on the issue, saying Fayose should be arrested by the police over his role in the attack, as he has not been sworn in as governor, and therefore enjoys no immunity at the moment.

According to the party, the penalty for any type of attack on a judge anywhere in the world, is a jail term to deter other violence-minded people from taking up such act; “the case of the thuggish Fayose should not be different.”

While it want Fayosse arrested, APC wants it as soon as possible “to prevent anarchists and crude individuals from taking the laws into their hands and tampering with the administration of justice, especially because the attack on Justice John Adeyeye came a few days after pro-Fayose and pro-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) thugs invaded a courtroom in the state and beat up litigants, among others.”

“According to published reports which have yet to be refuted, police personnel stood by while litigants, lawyers and other citizens were being mauled by rabid PDP thugs in the first attack, and again seemed powerless as Justice Adeyeye was being manhandled and his suit torn until the police commissioner arrived at the scene. If this is not an act of collusion, then it is a case of unacceptable gross incompetence, for which those security agents must be brought to book.

“If the police are no longer willing and able to carry out their constitutional duties of protecting the lives and property of the citizenry, then anarchy looms,” the party warned.

APC commended the Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Taiwo Lakanu, for rushing to the scene of the attack to help restore order after the hoodlums had beaten up on Thursday, but condemned the overall role of the police in the attacks.

EPL Update: Costa Strikes No. 8, Rooney Mix Emotion & Derbies Draw


Chelsea FC maintained their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Phil Jagielka’s superb injury-time equaliser helped Everton earn a crucial point in the 233rd Merseyside derby.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored and then received his marching order as Louis van Gaal’s ‘Reds’ bounced right back to winning ways.

Manchester City edged a six-goal thriller at Hull City’s KC Stadium, as Southampton held tight to their second-place berth with another impressive win over Queens Park Rangers.

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Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

Goals from Oscar, the usual suspect Diego Costa and Willian earned the Blues their fifth win from six league games.

The ‘Blues’ needed to follow last weekend’s draw at Manchester City and their League Cup win in the midweek with a reassuring performance in their second home game in four days, especially with a trip to Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal’s visit well on the card.

Brazil midfielder Oscar, the only change from the side that drew at the Etihad Stadium last week, opened scoring in the 7th minute from a pass from compatriot Willian. The latter reacted swiftly to pick up the rebound of his shot and then picked out the former in close range to sweep home the opener.

Costa scored his eighth goal of the season on 59 minutes following a unique link-up play between Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta, whose pinpoint cross found the Spain striker to nod in from eight yards.

Chelsea continued to maintain possession and were rewarded with a third goal with 11 minutes left to the dead as Cesc Fabregas’ floated ball ended in a Costa shot parried out by Brad Guzan for Willian to poke in his first goal of the season.

Willian and Oscar Celebrates Chelsea's Third Goal. Image: Getty.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: “We had a big percentage of the ball. When we weren’t dangerous we kept the ball. My four defenders and two midfield players were very solid. The result was a consequence of our dominance.”

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

Two second-half goals in the space of three minutes sealed a second win of the 6-game-old league season for Neil Warnock’s side against the previously high flying Leicester City.

Fraizer Campbell opened scoring on 51 minute, when he flicked a Scott Dann header from four yards into the net.

Mile Jedinak then rounded off the scoreline for the ‘Eagles’, heading home Jason Puncheon’s free-kick from 12 yards out.

Hull City 2-4 Manchester City

Edin Dzeko scored twice to help champions Manchester City outlast a resilient Hull City.

Sergio Aguero’s volley and a Dzeko strike from long range granted the visitors a two-goal lead within 11 minutes of kick-off.

But Eliaquim Mangala headed into his own net, then conceded a penalty, from which Abel Hernandez made it 2-2.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “He [Eliaquim Mangala] was very unlucky with the own goal and after that he arrived late for the penalty but we continue to trust him because he is a very good player who had very bad luck.

Frank Lampard Celebrates His Fourth Manchester City Goal in Seven Days. Image: Getty.

However, Dzeko struck again from close range, then substitute Frank Lampard hit his fourth goal in a week to secure the win.

Man Utd 2-1 West Ham

Two United goals within half an hour and Diafra Sakho’s second goal in seven days completed the hosts return to the Top ten (seventh to be precise).

Wayne Rooney opened scored in the 5th minute, clipping the ball over Adrian from a Rafeal cross from the right.

Robin van Persie’s 22nd minute finish from a Radamel Falcao assist doubled United’s lead, but Sakho halved the deficit a quarter of an hour later after Enner Valencia’s header rebounded off the crossbar.

Rooney went from hero to villain on the hour mark for a wild kick at Stewart Downing in full flight.

Louis van Gaal on Rooney red: “It was a break-out of a set-play of ours and he makes a professional foul I think you can call it like that. I don’t think Wayne wanted to do it that way but he did it and you can give a red card.”

Southampton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Second-half goals from Ryan Bertrand and Graziano Pelle helped Ronald Koeman’s men keep pace with leaders Chelsea in second place.

Charlie Austin’s one-two touch volley on 66 minutes sandwiched in between both Southampton goals was in the end only good for the R’s first away goal of the season as the hosts ran away with all three points.

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

Swansea defender Angel Rangel saw red for a second bookable offense after blocking off Will Buckley, but the Welsh visitors survived the remainder ten minutes at the Stadium of Light to end a thrilling contest in stalemate.

Liverpool 1-1 Everton

Phil Jagielka’s spectacular injury-time equaliser earned Everton an unlikely Premier League point in the Merseyside derby.

It had appeared Steven Gerrard’s superb second-half free-kick would give Liverpool victory until Jagielka’s scorching, swerving shot into the top corner from 30 yards stunned the home fans.

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

A close-range 74th-minute strike by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned a 1-1 draw for Arsenal at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

The hosts lost Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey to injury before half-time and then saw Nacer Chadli give Tottenham a 56th-minute lead. But Oxlade-Chamberlain crashed home from Santi Cazorla’s low cross to earn Arsenal a point that left Arsene Wenger’s side in fourth place and Spurs eighth.

President Jonathan Says He Has Reduced Poverty In Nigeria By Half


The current administration in the country has reduced poverty in Nigeria by 50 percent, said President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.

Speaking at the South South Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) political rally in Benin, tagged ‘Unity Mega Rally’, Jonathan said that the party was committed to food security and job creation in the country, adding that every leader must be committed to feeding the people of his country.

Jonathan further referred to the PDP as Nigeria’s only stable party, and one that supports members to climb to the echelon of their political aspirations.

He called for unity in the country and promised Nigerians that his administration would continue to improve on all infrastracture in the country, adding that since the country could conquer Ebola, Boko Haram will also be conquered in the country.

The president however appealed to the party loyalists to be decent in their various electioneering competitions in order not to create enemies among themselves.

Jonathan had earlier inaugurated the Benin-Ofusu Dual carriage way, which Governor Adams Oshiomhole described as top quality.

The governor also lauded the achievement of the federal government in infrastructural development across the country.

Neymar Hits Hat-Trick as Barca Trounce Granada 6-0


Neymar struck thrice to help Barcelona whitewash Granada 6-0 at Nou Camp on Saturday.

The win saw the Catalans continue their impressive record of not conceding a single goal in the La Liga so far this season under former captain Luis Enrique.

A sloppy pass by the visitors led to the first goal, with Neymar retrieving a loose ball from Granada midfielder Hector Yuste before; he released a low shot which loop into the net off a deflection from a defender.

Two quick goals saw the hosts proceed to the break with a 3-0 advantage. Messi’s cross from the right byeline was first headed home by Rakitic before Granada goalkeeper Roberto beat teenager Munir to the Argentine’s through ball, only for the rebound to fall for Neymar who poked home neatly.

Lionel Messi and Neymar Celebrates Barca Goal.

Barcelona continued from were they left off after the interval and got a fourth goal via a wonderful team effort. Xavi’s pass was quickly volleyed across Granada’s goal by Dani Alves allowing Messi to head home.

Neymar then completed his hat-trick from a Lionel Messi’s assist, before the four-time world player of the year dispossessed a Granada defender to calmly nick home and complete scoring.

The dominant victory saw Barca return to the top ahead of Valencia, who a due to play Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Nigerian Troops Repel Another Boko Haram Attack


Nigerian troops yesterday Sept. 26th repelled yet another attack by Boko Haram in Konduga, Borno.

According to reports, the sect members attempted to penetrate Konduga in the hopes of getting into the state capital, Maiduguri, but troops engaged them in a fierce gun battle, capturing many of them
The troops also repelled what would have been a major attack on Benesheik town in Borno on Thursday, September 25th. Well done to our military! We really can defeat these people, we just need to put more heart into it.

Miss Ideal Nigeria 2014, Princess Adesile, Releases Hot New Photos


Beautiful Princess Adesile is the current Miss Ideal Nigeria. She represented Nigeria at the Top Model of Colour 2014 in London, and is the face of Adunni Oge Couture.

See more pics below……..

 

Checkout Photos Of Davido & Ghanaian Beauty Queen


The girl in the picture is Habiba Sinare, a Ghanaian who won the Miss Supranational Ghana, 2014 and that’s Davido doing the ‘pecking’ game with her. More pictures of them below…..

Charly Boy Speaks About Entertainers Rushing Into Politics


Charly Boy in a chat with Punch has answered the big question everyone has been asking about entertainers delving into politics all of a sudden. Mr Charly said, most of them are doing so because they are afraid of their future and only looking for a way of securing it. Hear him;

“We are living in very hard times and however they think they can augment their source of livelihood; I understand some of these issues because our environment has become crazy and unpredictable whereby they do not know what is going to happen tomorrow. Continue below..

“I know to some people, they think politics is the way. Personally, I would never do that; I would never jump into something I know nothing about. We Nigerians are like ‘group-souls,’ meaning we just rush into what we see everybody going into.

“Whether we can go through that route or not is irrelevant; but because everybody is going through it, we just want to be a part of it. It is also known as the ‘bandwagon syndrome.’

“That is not my template of doing things, anybody that knows me know that I don’t venture into things others are doing. I don’t follow the bandwagon and that is why I do not see myself venturing into politics and I have a little disrespect for politicians. I know that most of them are bad and they are people who have not nurtured themselves as leaders and are involved in politics because of the money they want to steal.

“That is not a good thing, but I cannot stop somebody who is frightened of his/her tomorrow to venture in the same path. I pray and hope that they can make it because there is nowhere that is easy.

Jonathan Vows To Crush Boko Haram


President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed that his administration will crush Boko Haram the way it ended the Ebola scourge.

Jonathan made the vow yesterday in Benin City, at the South-south Unity Party of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“You are all aware that we have conquered Ebola and we will surely crush Boko Haram. And if you look at what is happening, a lot of things are changing. Everything is turning around,” the president said.

He also said his administration was doing well in ending the infrastructural challenges of the country as more projects are being commissioned. Food security, according to him, is also something his administration was working on.

“Before coming to this stadium, we commissioned the Benin-Ore-Shagamu dual carriage road. The governor (Oshiomhole), though he is not a PDP member appreciates that work. And we promise Nigerians that we will improve on infrastructure. And if you observe carefully, those who travel, you will know that the PDP administration has improved the quality of our roads,” Jonathan said.

“We cannot do all our roads the same day, but, within this short time we have been in power, we have reconstructed the roads, we have also fixed the airports. So when we talk about infrastructure, PDP is not only talking about feeding people. There was somebody who said PDP believes in stomach infrastructure. Yes because PDP must ensure food security. Every President in this world talks about food security and job creation.

“And we have been commended for reducing hunger, our detractors don’t even want Nigerians to know that we are working, but those who monitor what is happening in the world know that we are working.”

The President also boasted that the PDP will recapture Rivers and Edo states in 2015 and 2016, insisting that the entire South-south must return to the PDP as it were in 1999.

“This is South-south Unity Rally. Elections are coming and we have different interests. We appeal to our people, from state to National Assembly, that so many people will be interested in this position but only one person will go. We belong to the same party, so when we are struggling to get to this position, we must do it decently so that we don’t create enemies amongst ourselves. If we don’t create enemies among ourselves and we continue to unite, we will surely get all our states back.

“At the beginning of 1999 when I took oath of office as Deputy Governor, the entire South-south was PDP. But today Rivers and Edo are no longer in PDP. But from 2015 to 2016 we will get all our states back”.

Jonathan used the opportunity to welcome politicians who have decamped to the PDP, promising them them a level laying field.

“People like Ikimi left the PDP before due to internal crisis, but they are back today. Now, we have corrected all the things that made them leave the party. Every party member will be treated equally, no discrimination, no imposition, no god father, no god mother. This is the only party that will give you the freedom and the opportunity to plan to the highest without any interference. Edo State will go to PDP.

“For Rivers State, we know that the only party there is PDP. Other parties exist on bill boards, so allow their sign boards to stay, we know the party that is controlling Rivers State. All what we need is unity,”n te president said.

Three Students Shot As Gunmen Invade ESUT Hostel


Suspected armed robbers shot and wounded three students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Agbani after invading their hostel on Friday.

The students shot at the Unique Hostel in the school are said to be undergoing treatment at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu.

Two of the victims are undergoing surgery at the hospital while efforts were being made to contact their parents.

The father of the third victim said his son was undergoing surgery at the hospital.

According to him, he was shot in the stomach, with some bullets lodged in his abdomen which doctors were battling to remove.

The hostel where the incident occured and other hostels on the campus had since been placed under security watch as plain-clothes policemen were said to have been deployed at strategic places, as the gunmen are suspected to be cultists.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the attack.

“From what we gathered when the gunmen attacked some students at the ESUT Unique Lodge, which is mainly Boys Hostel, there was a stiff resistance by the students who succeeded in arresting one of the gunmen.

“The arrested gunman alerted his armed colleagues who returned to the hostel and began shooting indiscriminately during which three of the students were shot and wounded,” said Amaraizu.

According to him, preliminary investigations revealed that the gunmen could be “student-robbers”. He however gave assurance that the police would do everything to get to the root of the matter.

15,000 Children Immunized Against Polio In Kano


Immuniation against Polio recorded 100 percent success in Rogo Local Government Area of Kano State, as parents mobilised their children below five years to take part in the immunisation exercise.

The success recorded, according to an official of the primary health care (PHC) in the area, Alhaji Dayyabu Ali Karaye, was due to government’s commitment and perseverance towards polio eradication.

Just few months ago, officials in Kano State said parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated against polio may be prosecuted and could face jail time, as a fresh case of Wild Polio Virus was recorded in Sumaila village in Sumaila council of the state. The government order came as the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, pressurized Nigeria’s northern states to promote vaccination against the highly contagious disease.

According to Karaye, over 15,000 children have been immunised in the area. He said that their quality assessment showed that the area is now polio free because of the compliance received from the communities, especially the remote areas which are housing cattle ranch (Rigan Fulani).

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a polio outbreak began spreading in the second half of 2008, but efforts to contain it have been complicated by rumors that the vaccine is harmful to children.

The polio vaccine is given in a series of shots, with Children expected to receive a total of 4 shots. The first shot is usually given when the child is 2 months old. The booster shots are then given at 4 months, 6 to 18 months, and then 4 to 6 years of age.

This vaccine works by exposing a person to a small dose of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, which causes the body to develop immunity to the disease. It will however not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

Polio cases have decreased by over 99 percent since 1988, from an estimated 350 000 cases then, to 1604 reported cases in 2009, due to global effort to eradicate the disease.

In 2010, only four countries in the world remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988. The remaining countries are Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Counter-terrorism: 1,000 Immigration Officers Undergo Karate Training


In a bid to step up effective border patrol and counter-terrorism operations, about 1,000 personnel of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have been trained in Karate martial arts for self defence during unarmed combat.

“We want our officers to be able to protect not only themselves but officers that work with them from other agencies, I told them in my address that wherever you are, you should be a trainer, train other officers from other agencies,” said David Parradang, Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), who was conferred with honourary Black Belt at a three-day event organised by the NIS Shotokan Karate-Do Club in Abuja.

Speaking after the award of black belt, Parradang said the karate training is in line with his vision of ensuring that every Immigration officer is exposed to the type of unarmed self defence technique that is suitable for policing the nation’s porous borders.

He described the training of the officers in karate as very important, saying that was why the service has taken it very seriously, with the first set of 1,000-man on unarmed combat launched about a month ago.

Leading by example, Parradang vowed “to go through all the courses to defend the black belt I am wearing. I feel truly honoured, very important.”

Online Registration: Our Good Intentions Have Been Misinterpreted – NYSC DG


Nigerians have misinterpreted the good intention of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), when it decided to introduce online registration and delivery of Call Up letters for prospective corp members.

The Director General of Brigadier General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, said this in reaction to the criticisms that trailed the introduction of the online registration for prospective corp members.

“It is not true that corps members are being asked to pay to serve their country. Far from it. The NYSC and the government appreciate the enormous sacrifice that corps members have made, and continue to make, for the unity and the development of this country,” said Olawumi.

He said based on feedbacks and requests from past corps members, the initiative was conceived and designed to lessen the costs and risks associated with corps members travelling to their schools to pick up call-up letters.

“It should be remembered that prospective corps members become the responsibility of NYSC when they show up in orientation camps, not before. So, prospective corps members (not NYSC) have always borne the costs of travelling to get their call-up letters. This has not changed and no extra burden has been imposed on our prospective corps members.

“While those who want to physically pick up their call-up letters from their schools are still allowed to do so, this initiative has created an extra option for those who wish to access their call-up letters online. It has empowered prospective corps members to make their choice, based on their situations, preferences and assessments of the opportunity costs involved.

“Paying N4,000 to process call-up letters online is a choice for those who prefer that option. It is not a condition for national service. So, no one is being asked to pay to serve, as those who do not pay will also undertake their national service without any form of discrimination or sanction,” he said.

He added that “The N4,000 is not just for printing call-up letters. It is for the entire package of online registration, which requires the deployment of IT hardware and software and personnel to orientation camps all over the country but which also gives those who subscribe to it the advantage of processing their registration online, saving time during registration at the orientation camps and allowing them to use their thumbprints to identify themselves in case they lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters.

“In the past, corps members who lose or are dispossessed of their call-up letters had to go through a cumbersome process of swearing affidavits, getting validation from their schools which takes time and may force them to enlist on another batch. With online registration, those who are unfortunate to lose their letters can identify themselves with their fingerprints. So the N4,000 fee is for the entire process and package of benefits.”

Olawumi said the initiative was not to extort prospective corps members, and it was designed with all sense of fairness and sensitivity.

SCOAN Miracles Are Not Fake, Says TB Joshua


TB JoshuaFounder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B Joshua, has debunked allegations that the miracles that take place in his church are fake.

In the aftermath of a building collapse about two weeks ago in his church premises, which killed no fewer than 115 people, mostly visitors from South Africa, the controversial pastor has come under public scrutiny.

A South African journalist, Jacques Pauw, had alleged that Joshua’s widely publicized miracles were not genuine.

In his report he had said, “I challenged the pilgrims to provide me with medical proof that they had been healed. None did”.

In a statement released via SCOAN’s official Facebook page, Joshua claimed that all his miracles were performed before the church audience and beamed live to the world through the church’s Emmanuel TV.

“Please note, all of The SCOAN services are public and broadcast live on Emmanuel TV”, the statement read in part.

The popular televangelist was reacting to a media report concerning the authenticity of miracles performed in his churhc.

But, Joshua claimed that the media report was false. According to him, the names of the people who alleged that the pastor performed fake miracles are fabricated.

“The writer(s) fabricated names of people who do not exist and remained nameless and faceless in order to hide their evil intentions. They need to be investigated”, he said.

Joshua added, “It is our belief that these stories were intended to divert people’s attention from the evil that has been done”.

Expressing his displeasure over the report, he urged security operatives to investigate those behind it.

The SCOAN founder said, “Those involved in these stories need to be investigated concerning the building collapse. If they are not directly involved, they will help the investigation.

“If they are not the ones who did it, they know those who did. Perhaps, they were involved in the building collapse because they claim what is happening in The SCOAN is fake. They are suspect”.

The statement also urged members of the church and supporters not to be misled by the said report.

“Do not be misled and diverted from the truth. No matter how long a lie is sustained, the truth will someday prevail. Jesus is the Truth”, the statement urged.

2015: UPP Ready To Form Alliance – Chairman


ChekwasThe United Progressive Party says it is ready to form alliance with any interested political party ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said this in Enugu on Saturday at a reception  organised for him by party stalwarts.

Okorie said the party had put in place its traditional structures ahead of the elections.

According to him, members of the party represent over 25 per cent of the voting population across the country.

Okorie said that in the absence of an alliance by interested parties, UPP would field candidates to contest various positions in the elections.

“UPP is very ready for the 2015 general elections but if per chance there is an alliance because it is always a possibility, then we will come in to ensure a blend.

“But if not, we will field candidates for the presidential election and others”, he said.

On the forth coming 54th Independence anniversary celebration of the country, the national chairman called on Nigerian leaders to reflect on the past with a view to improving the future.

He appealed to the Federal and State Governments to create more jobs for youths in the society.

“We have to thank God for being together. This is a time of deep reflection because it is coming at a time when the general elections are around the corner.

“Nigerians should decide on whether they should remain the way they are or use their God-given franchise, which is their ballot papers, to effect positive changes”, Okorie said.

He also called on government, security agencies, as well as individuals to step up the fight against insurgency in the country. (NAN)

Chief Dr.Ikedi Ohakim at Umuneke, Ngor Okpala


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Chief Dr.Ikedi Ohakim at Umuneke, Ngor Okpala.
The youth, couldnt help than cheer with the song
‘Governor ABIAROLA’

Dr Ikedi Ohakim Visits Her Excellency Chief Mrs Ada Okwuonu who served as his Deputy between 2007 -2011 to identify and console her over the death of her Husband High Chief Chilaka Okwuonu


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Dr Ikedi Ohakim Visits Her Excellency Chief Mrs Ada Okwuonu who served as his Deputy between 2007 -2011 to identify and console her over the death of her Husband High Chief Chilaka Okwuonu.

He prayed for the repose of his soul. He was accompanied by Team Ohakim and members of his campaign Organisation

-CY

Ikimi: I Left APC For PDP To Earn My Respect


Tom IkimiA former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Tom Ikimi, on Thursday said that he dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party to earn his respect.

Chief Ikimi, who disclosed this in Benin City, the Edo State capital when he was received by the leadership of the PDP at the secretariat of the party, also noted that he had implicit confidence in the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, adding that, “we shall have a common agenda of working for the party in Edo state and Nigeria in general”.

He insisted that he was not leaving the APC for the PDP to vie for any elective political office, stressing that, “I left the APC for the PDP where I shall be given my respects and my personal dignity respected”.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs also stated that he had consulted with his family and the National Executive Committee of the PDP before joining the party.

Ikimi said, “I come here today not as a new member. I come here to be fully identified with my groups of 1999 and 2003.

“In politics, the party is supreme. We came here as cooks to cook the food and share it to others. But those who came in took the food away, the plates, the pots and everything away and left the cooks with nothing.

“The PDP will take over the state once again and once beaten, twice shy. I am not interested in being in a party of enemies, where a party man will plot against the party; I am at peace with all the leaders of the PDP whether big or small.

“I have implicit confidence in Chief Tony Anenih and we have had several meetings and I believe we have bridged the gaps. We shall have common agenda in working for the party in the state and Nigeria”.

Ikimi described the APC as his baby, adding that what was achieved in Igueben, his hometown, was done by the federal government and not state government.

Earlier, the Edo State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, described the membership of the former APC chieftain as a significant boost to the party, adding that Ikimi was a “prophet” who had honour in his home.

“Your joining the PDP is a plus for the party and a minus to the APC. As we begin to move towards the next election and, although it is said that a prophet has no honour in his home, you are the prophet who has honour at home”, he said.

Plans To Stop Jonathan’s 2015 Bid Ill-Motivated – Clark


Jonathan and ClarkFrontline Ijaw leader and former federal commissioner for information, Chief Edwin Clark, Thursday, faulted one Umaru Ardo’s statement on President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid, saying the president cannot be stopped from seeking a second term next year.

Clark noted that the local and international cases cited by Ardo were not only half facts and make beliefs but outright lies.

Ardo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former governorship aspirant in Adamawa State, had approached the court to stop President Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo from contesting in the 2015 presidential election.

But the Ijaw leader, who is a strong backer of the president, has insisted that there was no ground to stop Jonathan from seeking re-election next year.

Clark in an open letter to the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu ,said,  “After reading Umar Ardo’s open letter to you, on why he thinks President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, must not seek re-election for a second term in the 2015 presidential election, two very pertinent ideas came to my mind.  Firstly, let the writer be ignored, while Nigerians wait to see him in a court of law to canvas his argument to impede President Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015.

“Secondly, X-ray his half facts, make beliefs and outright lies to the public and those who might be gullible enough to be hoodwinked by the devil’s advocate.  The need to unveil the truth behind his half facts and as well provide details for the many cases and instances he cited, both local and international, especially the United States of America, to buttress his argument and may be incite the public against Mr. President.

“In his passionate attempt to convince readers in his argument, the writer muddled up issues by mentioning cases of several governors that had constitutional issues with their tenure, I mean issues brought about through impeachments, courts and election petition tribunal’s decisions.  The point he canvassed citing the governors’ cases is a complete digression and bears no semblance or correlation with President Jonathan serving the unexpired tenure of the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.

“He mentioned Rashid Ladoja, Rotimi Amaechi, Peter Obi, Boni Haruna and a host of others.  What these governor cases have to do with the argument he puts forward beats the imagination.

“In conclusion, the PDP National Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, the NWC, PDP Governors’ Forum, Stakeholders and the general public should discountenance Umar Ardo’s letter that was widely publicized in almost every major national newspapers. The letter is ill motivated and sponsored by PDP detractors, who mean harm and would stop at nothing to heat up the polity unnecessarily and in fact even derail our growing democracy”.