Congo Want Afcon Qualifier Against Nigeria Relocated


Congo have written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) requesting for a change in venue for their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Nigeria.

The ‘Diables Rouges’ are scheduled to face the Super Eagles in an opening group stage qualifier on September 6 in Calabar.

Congo are concerned with the recent ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

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Caf has already ordered relocation of some of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers because of the spread of the virus, with the match between Guinea and Togo and Sierra Leone vs. Dr Congo slated for neutral venues.

“I think that would be difficult and risky to play in this area. As a matter of fact, neighbouring Camerron have closed their borders,” Congo coach Claude Leroy said on the possibility of traveling to Nigeria.

Congo grabbed a group stage qualifying series slot after Rwanda were suspended for fielding ineligible player.

The 2015 Afcon is slated for Morocco and will run from January 17 to February 8.

Family and Dignitaries Honour Dora Akunyili With Tributes Night in Abuja – Photos


Family, friends, former colleagues and dignitaries gathered together for a night of tributes to honour late Prof. Dora Akunyili yesterday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The ex Information minister died on June 7 after battling cancer. She will be buried this Thursday, August 28.

Among the dignitaries who gathered to honour the late amazon were;

the Honourable MInister of Information – Mr. Labaran Maku; Former CBN governor – Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo; Minister of Finance – Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Hon. Minister of Health – Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu; Director General, Voice of Nigeria – Mall Abubakar Jijiwa;, National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists – Mr Mohammed Garba; President National Council for Women Societies – Mrs Nkechi O. Mba; Hon. Minister of Solid Minerals – Arch. Musa Sada; Hon Minister of Labour and productivity – Chief Emeka Wogu, Madam Onyeka Onwenu, Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Former Minister of Health, Prof A.B.C, Retired General Yakubu Gowon , Dr. Chris Ngige, Chief Victor Umeh.

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Ebube Nwagbo Addresses Her Relationship Status And Talks Marriage


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Sexy Nollywood actress and most fashionable actress awardee, Ebube Nwagbo speaks about her current relationship status and marriage plans amongst other things in this chat….

Read Excerpts below:

On when she plans to get married

(Laughs) At the right time. I’m not in a hurry. It will happen at the right time.I’m very single but not searching.

On how she has managed to stay on top….

I try to be myself. I don’t try to get out of my way to be what I’m not. It’s not easy to be in the limelight. You just need to be yourself to survive. It’s a crazy world out there. So, I will sum it up this way: being yourself, remaining relevant and focused. Consistency matters a lot in what you do; hard work and determination too.

Culled from Encomium Mag.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Reveals Why Many Pastors Will Go To Hell!


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According to City People, while delivering the message titled ‘The lessons of Lot’, Pastor Chris explained to his members  why most pastors will not make heaven.

The Senior pastor of Christ Embassy said:

“Many pastors will go to hell for not obeying God, some are not called by God, some just called themselves for their personal reasons, some are in the ministry to serve their senses”, he stated.
The popular pastor said some churches started out of strife, some pastors left their churches where they were to go  and started another ministry because of anger, strife, misunderstanding or envy.
He said, “Sometimes it is between a pastor’s wife and an assistant pastor’s wife; you need to learn to obey God in all, I don’t any of you that is in this situation, make up your mind to obey God in everything”.

Amid Rumors Of Ill-Health, Jonathan Returns To Abuja From Germany


GEJNigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday returned to Abuja in style after a four-day private visit to Germany.

Dressed in a blue suit with pants to match, an inner white shirt and his trademark fedora hat, the president touched down at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport at about 4.30pm.

He was received by his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Jones Arogbofa (retd); FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed; Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba and other top government officials.

Jonathan headed straight to his Aso Rock Villa residence where he was also received by close aides and family members.

He is expected to lead the federal government delegation to a service of songs underway in honour of late former minister of information and communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja today.

It would be recalled that a national daily had reported that Jonathan’s trip to Germany was to seek medical attention for an undisclosed ailment, although the Presidency denied the reports.

Why I’m Contesting Adamawa Guber By-Election – Ribadu


Nuhu-Ribadu2A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday said he was unperturbed about his pending application for waiver to vie for the party’s ticket in the forthcoming Adamawa State by-election.

Ribadu, who spoke after submitting his nomination form at the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja, said “I am not worried about the waiver. I have followed the rules. I am a law and order person. I have done my own bit and I will wait for the party to do their own. That part is not my responsibility”.

The former cop, who was a presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2007 general election, also spoke on why he dropped his perceived presidential ambition

“I am old for service, I don’t know anything in my life other than public service. And I am prepared to serve in any capacity. If you ask me to become a sweeper of any street in any part of Nigeria, I am prepared to do so”.

On claims that he ate his vomit by defecting to the PDP, Ribadu said “No, I did not”.

On why he left the All Progressives Congress, APC, he said “today, I have submitted my forms to vie for the office of Adamawa because I am very passionate about my state.‎ I want to work towards addressing the challenges and difficulties facing people of Adamawa state and this is a very strong reason why I want to contest. I am in the forefront of finding solutions to our own problems”.

Ribadu, however, stated that questions over his political structure going into the election need not arise arguing that “I have been in politics in the last four years. And that is good enough. The same people of Adamawa will decide. Nobody will say I am a new person in politics. More so we are all same people. Adamawa is a homogeneous place. We know ourselves. We are more or less like a family”.

He however noted that his chances are bright noting “I will work hard. I will leave no stone unturned. I will go into all the town and villages ‎and meet as possible all the people of Adamawa and convince them that I am good for them”.

NMA Must Apologise To Nigerians For ‘Unpatriotic’ Strike – Reps


MINISTER OF HEALTH, ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU (LEFT), MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH, KHALIRU ALHASSAN (MIDDLE) AND CHAIRMAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, NDUDI ELUMELU GREETING EACH OTHER FROM AFAR DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING ON CURTAILING THE SPREAD OF EBOLA VIRUS AT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ABUJA

The House of Representatives Committee on Health has asked members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to tender an unreserved apology to Nigerians for what it termed their “unpatriotic” strike.

The NMA suspended its nationwide strike on Sunday night after downing tools for 55 days.

The committee said the apology was necessary because scores of people died and many others put into hardship as a result of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that entered the country while the strike was on.

Speaking to reporters yesterday in Abuja on the suspension of the NMA strike, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said the failure to obey the agreements between the parties was fundamental to the crisis.

He said: “The leadership of the NMA has been described as unpatriotic, even by other Nigerian doctors and the public because of various health challenges confronting the nation and the scourge of Ebola Virus Disease, which erupted during the strike.

“Patriotic Nigerians at home and abroad have passionately condemned the action of the current leadership of the NMA. The committee has a final word for NMA. The NMA has suspended the strike, but it has failed to do one thing: apologise to Nigerians. The NMA should apologise to Nigerians for all the inconveniences and lives that were lost during the strike”.

The lawmaker noted that although the suspension of the strike was commendable, it would have been avoided had the agreements between the two parties been obeyed and implemented.

He said obeying agreements was a lesson that must be learnt from the strike.

Elumelu said: “One of such lessons is the need to obey agreements. The law is pacta sunt servanda, meaning: agreements must be obeyed.

“If parties had obeyed previous agreements executed between the NMA and representatives of the Federal Government, the strike would have been averted. The lesson to learn here is that we must at all times obey contents of agreements freely entered into in order to avert crisis”.

Hon. Elumelu urged the federal government and the NMA to be mindful of the resolutions reached by the House Committee during its third stakeholders’ meeting on the suspended strike.

He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the committee resolved as follows: that the Federal Ministry of Health granted the request of the NMA for a new circular, as demanded by NMA; that the Federal Government shall pay two months’ salary arrears to members of the NMA on or before July 31, 2014; that the balance of salary arrears would be reflected in the 2015 Budget and paid to members of the NMA; that the new salary structure of doctors would be reflected in the 2015 Budget and doctors will begin to get the new salary structure effective from January 2015; and that in view of (1) and (4) above, the NMA is expected and requested to call off the strike immediately in the interest of Nigerians”.

According to him, at the committee’s meetings with representatives of the Federal Government, the NMA raised a 24-point demand, which includes the fact that Mr. President must appoint a Surgeon-General as Minister of Health.

“The question every Nigerian is asking is: was there anytime Mr. President abolished such appointment? Secondly, was there any bill that was passed at the National Assembly that Mr. President had refused to assent?” Elumelu queried.

Niger Govt Denies Intimidating APC Members


Babangida AliyuThe Niger State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Danladi Ndayebo, has denied the allegation of intimidation levelled against the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) led government in the state by the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The state chapter of APC had accused the Babangida Aliyu-led administration of intimidating and harbouring plans to arrest its members ahead of this weekend’s Niger-East Senatorial by-election.

According to the commissioner, “There is no truth in the alarm raised by the opposition that prominent members of the APC have been marked for arrest ahead of next week’s election. I therefore, urge supporters of PDP in the state to ignore the blackmail by the APC and work hard to defeat the opposition”.

Mr. Ndayebo added: “It is a mark of idleness for the spokesman of the APC to engage in raising false alarms instead of advising his party to put its house in order and strategise on how to win the forthcoming election. The PDP in Niger State is warning APC to desist from blackmailing the state government because no amount of shenanigans or blackmail will stop the party from defeating the opposition in the senatorial by-election scheduled for August 30, 2014”.

INEC Rules Out Extending Voters’ Registration


voter registrationThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it is ‘logistically impossible’ to extend the second phase of the Continuous Voter Registration, which ended on Monday.

It, however, said it would give a fair chance to legitimate registrants and would on a yet-to-be announced date, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where such people can go to register.

This phase of the exercise, which commenced on August 20, 2014, involved the Federal Capital Territory and 11 states namely Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo Delta and Cross River.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, in Abuja yesterday, the commission stated that old tendencies towards irregularity, such as partisans urging people to come out and do multiple registrations, largely accounted for the crowd clusters lingering at registration points set up for the CVR.

It said, “Much as the Commission is eager to ensure that all legitimate persons who are yet to register as voters have the opportunity to do so, it is logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline ( August 25, 2014).

“But in order to give fair chance to legitimate registrants, the Commission will, on a date to be shortly announced, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where people yet to do so can go to register”.

The electoral umpire said that the registration process was further compounded by many people who had relocated since the last registration exercise, but turned up for fresh registration.

“But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points”, it said, adding that when data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out, all instances of multiple registrations will be eliminated.

The Commission also appealed to anyone who has previously registered and already has his/her records in the biometric register of voters, should avoid re-presenting themselves at any other place for registration.

According to INEC, if a previously registered person had relocated from where he/she registered, such a person should simply apply for transfer of the registration data to the new location, as provided for by the electoral law.

The statement further said, “If anyone found his name on the register displayed ahead of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, but was unable to collect his PVC during the distribution period, such a person should go to respective LGA office of INEC where the card will be awaiting collection by now.

“INEC again hereby urges all stakeholders in the electoral process to commit themselves to playing at all times by the rules in the collective quest to enthrone free, fair and credible elections”, the statement said.

Policeman Kills An Okada Rider In Lagos


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Linda Ikeji reports that a yet-to-be-identified  policeman gunned down an Okada rider which resulted into his death.

The exact reasons for this afwul alleged act of the policeman has not been confirmed as at the time this report was filed.

The body of the  local bike rider was however, reported to be lying on the road, causing serious traffic gridlock along Badore Road in Ajah.

Details later…

Ebola: US Donates Screening Equipment To Lagos Airport


The United States Government has donated equipment worth $5,000 to boost screening of the Ebola Virus Disease at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport so as to contain its spread in Nigeria.

The US Consul General in Nigeria, Mr. John Hawkins, made the donation at the airport on Friday, August 22, at the airport.

 

The donation of the equipment is a symbol of willingness on the part of the American Government to assist Nigeria in any way possible to combat the scourge,” he said.

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Known as infrared thermometers or non-contact thermometers, the portable handheld equipment has the ability to measure body temperature of in-bound and out- bound passengers for possible Ebola symptoms from a distance.

Hawkins, who expressed satisfaction with the timely response of the Nigerian Government to the contagious disease since its importation into the country by a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, a month ago, commended the measures already put in place at the Lagos airport.

According to Punch report, Hawkins pointed out that the deadly virus neither a Nigerian nor West-African problem but a problem to humanity as a whole.

He also applauded the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for providing the necessary infrastructure for the Port Health Services and collaborating agencies to effectively discharge their duties in the face of the threat posed by the Ebola virus.

 

After the first case of Ebola was reported in Nigeria which came into the country through Sawyer who flew in from Liberia, in-bound and out-bound passengers especially from West African countries where the virus is spreading have been undergoing screening at the airport.

The African Union (AU) Commission recently decided to deploy a joint military medical personnel and civilian humanitarian mission to help with the Ebola virus outbreak in parts of West Africa.

Since the outbreak began there have been 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

Ebola Experimental Drug ZMapp Fails, Liberian Doctor Dies


Liberian doctor Abraham Borbor, who had the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp administered, died in the country capital Monrovia.

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It was made known today, August 25, by Liberia’s information minister, BBC reports.

Dr. Borbor, one of the top officials of the county’s biggest hospital,  was among the first 3 Africans who received treatment by the unapproved drug.

It will be recalled that ZMapp is believed to have saved the lives of two Americans, who got infected while working in Liberia.

The minister told the Associated Press on Monday, Borbor “was showing signs of improvement but yesterday he took a turn for the worse”.

Meanwhile the deadly Ebola virus continues ravaging the West Africa, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The death toll gradually approaches 1,500.

As soon as the information about the unapproved drug reached the Nigerian officials, the Federal Government requested ZMapp from the US health authorities, however the request was turned down.

 

The most outrageous epidemic of Ebola started in Guinea and started quickly spreading in the West African region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 2,615 have been infected with the virus in area since March. Nigeria got affected as the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer landed at the Lagos Airport with Ebola-associated symptoms and later died in one of the hospitals.

I will probably be single forever and ever – Billionaire Heiress, DJ Cuppy


Dj-cuppy--600x450Billionaire heiress, DJ Cuppy might never be getting married according to a recent interview.

The fast rising Nigerian DJ, whose real names are Florence Otedola spoke briefly about her career, relationship status and dating in a chat with Ono Bello.

See excerpts below…

On what she’d be if she wasn’t a DJ

I would maybe be a trader, I definitely see myself in a high-pressure environment- I’m always up for a challenge!

On her relationship with her parents

I have the most supportive parents in the world… My parents are happy with me following my dreams, especially as I’ve recently graduated. I remember my dad saying to me- if you’re going to DJ, make sure you’re going to be the best DJ out there! Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

On trends

I love vibrant colors, hairpieces, and fashion jewelry… Always fun!

On distractions

I think assumptions rooted from my personal life. It’s so easy for people to get distracted by the background stuff and forget to focus on what really matters; which is the music.

On relationships

I’m single… And will probably be forever and ever, Haha! I think I’m a bit too career driven to date anyone. But if I did, baking together would be fun… and getting proposed to at Disneyland ofcourse! Haha!

APC youths demand inclusion in party activities


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Youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC) operating under the umbrella of National Youth Vanguard have tasked the party’s leadership to ensure that youths are properly integrated into the activities of the party.

The group which stated its position during a meeting with the National Youth Leader of APC, Dasuki Jalo Waziri, over the weekend, said the party must consider the great potential of youths and integrate them in policy formulation if it wishes to make the desired impact during elections.

The leader of the group and a lawmaker representing Anka/Talata Mafara constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Lawwwali Anka, informed that Nigerians have endured 15 years of disappointment brought on them by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration, stressing that the present leaders had failed in the provision of dividends of democracy to the people.

He charged youths as the new generation, especially in the APC to be conscious of the enormous responsibilities ahead of them in ensuring the success of the party in all the elections in 2015, which he noted will bring the desired change and positive impact of democracy to Nigerians.

While appreciating the party’s leadership for demonstrating commitment to provide a strong leadership, Anka strongly advised them to ensure internal democracy in all elections and make it a point to carry the youths along in all the activities of the party.

Receiving the delegation, Waziri, commended the youth group for their determination to ensure the success of the party and assured them that the party was planning to roll out a complete package for the youths, which would eventually translate to a huge success for the party

Abia State Marks 23rd Anniversary Of Creation


Theodore-OrjiGovernor Theodore Orji of Abia State on Sunday led other government functionaries to a commemorative church service marking the 23rd anniversary of the creation of the state.

Mr. Orji said at the Assemblies of God Church, Nkporo Street, Umuahia, that “today is a day set aside to present the state to God”.

He said the remarkable thing about this year’s celebration is the fact that this is the last anniversary of the state creation that I will celebrate as governor.

He urged the people to emulate the life of Christ, in line with the Abia slogan “God’s Own State”.

In his sermon, the Superintendent, Jerusalem District, Umuahia North, James Ndukwe, urged the people to join the government in its efforts to develop the state.

“My prayer is that God will raise men, who will appreciate what the government is doing at any point in time and lend their support to state development”, Mr. Ndukwe said.

He urged politicians to shun evil and cult practices and embrace God so that His glory would reign in the state.

Mr. Ndukwe, blamed past governors and their aides for the failure and backwardness of the state.

Commissioners, politicians and a former Nigeria’s Consul-General to South Africa, Okey Amuchay, attended the church service.

The others were Anaghi Ezeikpe and Bob Ogbuagu, the Chairman and Secretary, State Advisory Council, and Eze Eberechi man-hood, Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, among others.

(NAN)

Kano Issues Ultimatum To Female Pilgrims To Complete Pregnancy Test Or Forfeit Hajj Seats


The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Sunday issued a four-day ultimatum to intending female pilgrims who had not undergone pregnancy test to do so or forfeit their Hajj seats.

The Public Relations Officer of the board, Nuhu Badamasi, gave the ultimatum in an interview in Kano.

Mr. Badamasi said any intending female pilgrims, who failed to undergo the test, would not perform the 2014 pilgrimage.

“There are about 60 female pilgrims who for one reason or the other did not attend the test at the hajj camp.

“The board has given them four days from August 25 to August 28 to go to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital for the test.

“They have to pay a token fee of N1, 000 now because the one we conducted at the hajj camp was free”, he said.

He said the warning became necessary to avoid embarrassment because the board had taken all measures to stop pregnant women from performing the 2014 hajj.

The board had directed the intending pilgrims to attend medical and pregnancy tests at the hajj camp.

While male intending pilgrims were directed to attend medical test, the female counterpart were directed to undergo both medical and pregnancy tests.

(NAN)

Kwara Gov Denies Lobbying Presidency For PDP Return


Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has denied allegations that he had been lobbying the presidency to return to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the party’s gubernatorial ticket.

The governor described the allegation as the mischievous machination of people “devoid of any modicum of dignity but only out to rehabilitate their dwindling political relevance”.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba.

There were speculations that the governor was lobbying to return to the PDP following his defection from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in support of his political godfather and predecessor in office, Senator Bukola Saraki.

The statement added that “Contrary to the report that Governor Ahmed was at the Presidential Villa on August 6, 2014, where he sought audience with President Goodluck Jonathan for a possible return to the PDP, he was in Ilorin attending to serious state matters”.

It said the intention of those peddling the rumour is to cause disaffection within the APC family in Kwara State, adding that they feel threatened by the increasing popularity of the party in the state.

Boko Haram: S/East, S/South ACF Call For Review Of Military Strategy


The South-south and South-east coordinator of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Musa Saidu, has condemned the recent purported hoisting of Boko Haram flags in some some communities and called on the military to review its strategy.

Alhaji Musa, who spoke to Daily Trust in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said that it is worrisome that insurgents overwhelm the military, capture communities and hoist their flag, adding that the only solution to the problem is a change in the military’s operational strategy.

He also called on the federal government to properly equip the military to enable them perform optimally.

“The way things are going in the North-east is very worrisome. The military should change their operational strategy, because the one in place is not working. Residents of the affected communities should synergies with the military to fight the insurgents by providing information. We appeal to government to do more in the fight against insurgency, because at the moment, soldiers are not motivated enough to tackle the situation”, he said.

He added: “Capturing of communities in the North by Boko Haram is not portraying our military in good light. We cannot rely on foreign countries to fight for us. Government should put more efforts in the fight. It is unprofessional for soldiers to mutiny, but the problem is that they are poorly motivated. The Chief of Army Staff should provide weapons that can match that of the insurgents”.

He also called on members of the Boko Haram sect to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

Middle Class Gradually Being Wiped Out – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday drew similarities between the present state of the nation and the era of the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha, saying it was at both periods the middle class was wiped out.

He, however, assured visitors to his home in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital that “tough times don’t last, but tough people do”.

The late Gen. Abacha was Nigeria’s Head of State between 1993 and 1998.

Obasanjo made this known when he hosted a delegation of the Nigerian Market/Traders’ Council, led by its National President, Yeye Osho.

The former President told the delegation of a recent short messaging service (SMS) he got from a Nigerian requesting for financial assistance, to buttress his argument that the nation’s middle class was gradually disappearing.

The delegation of about 150 persons, including the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief Alaba Lawson, had representatives from the 36 states.

It sought Obasanjo’s elderly counselling on the direction to take in the 2015 general elections.

The former President read the message from his mobile phone’s message inbox to the delegation.

Obasanjo said: “As for me, we don’t know where we are going yet, may God show us the way. The way that will take this country and make it a great country, and when, for me ooo, I understand and (if) I see the way, I will tell you. I pray that God will show me the way. May God show you the way.

“Tough times do not last forever. When tough times come, tough people get going. We will keep going and we will survive this tough time.

“I told him (the SMS sender) that we have experienced this period in time of Abacha. All the middle class were completely destroyed”.

The former president said he was surprised that such people couldn’t afford even basic necessities befitting their status.

He said: “I was surprised the day a Colonel in the Army complained to me that he and his family could not afford to buy a car.

“A friend of mine, Dr. Okoro, is a doctor and his wife is also a doctor. They have a daughter, who is also a doctor. Among the three of them, they could not afford a new car. They had to go to Saudi Arabia. I pray we will not have such a time in Nigeria again.

“We all have contributions to make and should not leave our responsibility to others. If we fail to participate in things that are meaningfully positive for this country, you will be a victim and we all become victims”.

In her remark, Yeye Osho recalled that the council supported Obasanjo during his eight-year administration.

She added: “We had tremendous support from you when you were in government. As such, we deem it necessary, and as a mark of respect, to find out on which direction we are going”.

Adamawa: PDP Aspirant Queries How Ribadu Got Money To Donate 50 Vehicles To Party


A gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Dr Umar Ardo, has raised fears over the way looters of public treasury are using their ill-gotten wealth to buy the conscience of the people.

Ardo, who was reacting to the huge expenditure allegedly incurred by politicians in the state ahead of the October 11 governorship by-election, decried the manner in which former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu and former executive secretary of UBEC, Ahmed Modibbo, on Saturday, made some financial and vehicles donations to the party.

Both Ribadu and Modibbo are eyeing the sole PDP governorship ticket.

Ardo alleged that as former public office holders, both men must have corruptly enriched themselves to be able to make such huge donations of over 50 vehicles and over N20 million respectively in one fell swoop.

“The October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State has opened the large purse of public treasury looters who are aspiring to govern the state”.

The aspirant queried how politicians whose entire lives had been in the public sector domain, could now dole out such unbelievably large sums of money and materials to the PDP.

Three PDP Governors Set To Join APC, Says Wamakko


Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State yesterday claimed that three governors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are set to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) between now and end of September.

Two of the governors, he said, are from the North, while the third is from the South.

Wamakko made this comment while speaking with newsmen at the venue of the APC North West caucus meeting in Kaduna to formally strategise ahead of its planned zonal rally in Sokoto State, early next month.

Wamakko said: “We met here to first and foremost put a functional zonal office and other offices to fill the gap and to hold zonal rallies to kick start our party’s victory stride by 2015.

“As I am talking to you now, three PDP governors are set to join the APC between now and the end of September. Two of the governors are from the North while the third one is from the South”.

When asked to comment on allegations that he has a preferred candidate as his successor, the governor said: “Only God makes leaders, I cannot tell you who will succeed me in Sokoto State”.

On the defection of Malam Nuhu Ribadu from the APC to the PDP, Wamakko declined comments because he believes the former anti-corruption czar is a man of his own who can take decisions for himself.

The meeting was attended by APC chieftains from the Northwest zone including Kano State Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso; former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima; and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Bello Masari.

Fayose Pledges To Give Ado-Ekiti Facelift, Complete Ongoing Projects


Ayo FayoseGovernor-elect of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has pledged to give Ado Ekiti, the state capital, a face-lift when he assumes office in less than two months’ time. He also promised to complete the multi-million naira ongoing Ado Ekiti palace pavilion project within his first year in office.

Speaking during the celebration of the Idiroko festival at the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe weekend, Fayose said he would continue with the developmental stride going on in the state capital, since according to him, Ado Ekiti was strategically located as the state capital.

He lauded Oba Adejugbe for what he described as his sterling qualities and commended the people of Ado Ekiti for their massive support during the June 21 governorship election in which he defeated the incumbent, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

According to him, “There is no doubt that Ado Ekiti will continue to be relevant in the state because of its numerical strength and the fact that it is the capital of our state. My performance will surpass what I was able to achieve during my first term in office”.

The governor-elect also commended the outgoing administration for its contribution to the development of the state, saying every government that had ruled the state since its creation had contributed their quota to its development.

Feyi Agagu Recalls Terrifying Moment Plane Conveying Father’s Corpse Crashed, Attributes Survival To God


Feyi-Agagu-360x225The son of former Ondo State Governor, late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, Feyi Agagu, has reflected on the plane crash that nearly took his life almost a year ago, attributing his survival to divine providence.

He described his escape from the jaws of death as a rare miracle for which his family would eternally be grateful to God.

He added: “I am not just lucky; I am a blessed survivor”.

The younger Agagu, who spoke with reporters in Lagos on his traumatic experience, acknowledged that only few could have survived in that moment of uncertainty, tension and anxiety.

Feyi was involved in a plane crash in Lagos almost a year ago when the Associated Airlines plane that was conveying his father’s corpse to Akure, the Ondo State capital, for a state burial, crashed, less than a minute after take-off from the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

Feyi and one of his in-laws survived the crash in which the Ondo Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Deji Falae; the owner of Nigeria’s most popular casket marketers/makers, MIC Funeral Company, Tunji Okunsanya and his son, among other passengers of the ill-fated flight, died.

Feyi said: “Not many could have survived a plane crash. It is not something you plan or pray for. It takes God’s grace. I cannot say it was because of how I sat in the plane or where I sat.

“I just saw the plane going down. I saw smoke and I passed out. When I opened my eyes in the hospital, I could recollect what happened within seconds. I remembered that the plane was going down”.

Agagu’s younger brother, who was also his Chief of Staff, Femi, said friends and relatives would converge on University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, for the maiden anniversary lecture in memory of the late governor next month.

Agagu was an alumnus and lecturer at the university before he ventured into business and later politics.

Femi, who spoke on the life and time of his brother, described him as a great and honest politician who left worthy legacies.

He added: “Agagu was a university teacher, deputy governor, minister of Power and Steel and minister of Aviation. He was the governor of Ondo State. As the deputy governor, he fought for the inclusion of Ondo State on the list of oil-producing states. He constructed many roads and opened up the rural areas of Ilaje. The bridges are still there. He established a university in Ondo South. It is still there till today.

“He initiated the Olokola project and attracted other industrial major concerns. It has been the largest investment-driven concern in sub-Sahara Africa. If it has materialised, there would be no joblessness. He started the projects.

“As the governor, he set up the Fund Allocation Committee made up of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Finance Commissioner, Head of Service, Secretary to the Government, representative of the Council of Obas, and Chief Judge. The Commissioner for Finance always briefed the media monthly for four and half years on how the money was being spent. There was due process. It was an era of transparency”, he noted.

 

Foreign Loans: Don’t Return Us Back To Debtors Club – TUC Cautions FG


TUC PRESIDENT, COMRADE BOBBOI KAIGAMA

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has raised the alarm over the country’s rising external debt profile, with the warning that if it is not checked, the future of Nigeria might once again be mortgaged to foreign creditors.

In a statement issued in Lagos and signed by its president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, the TUC expressed concern that while Nigeria celebrated with fanfare the external debt exit in 2005 under the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo, by December 2010, the external debt portfolio had climbed up to $4.78 billion.

“So, if the foreign debt regime now stands at $9.38 billion, it follows that external debt profile has risen by about $5 billion; that is about 100% in less than four years.

“This is very unfortunate more-so when the impact of the foreign loans are not being positively felt by the generality of the citizens.

“Nobody should be carried away by the argument that the country’s debt stock is still less than 26% of GDP – the so-called international standard. The fact of the matter is that the country went through hell when its debt stock was about $35 billion. We should, therefore, be concerned that we are going back to where we were before”, the statement added.

According to the Labour Centre, although the Debt Management Office (DMO) stated that part of the loan was injected into the power sector, there is nothing on ground to show that electricity supply has improved because by May 2014, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, had lamented that the country was generating 3,800mw for a population of 170 million, whereas, experts estimate that Lagos State alone will require about 15,000mw.

The TUC president also faulted the claim by the director-general of the DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, that part of the loan was also used to finance road projects including the Abuja International Airport Road that has not been completed for years.

Kaigama called on the Trade Union movement, civil society groups, and other well-meaning Nigerians to rise up and ensure that the federal government stops further foreign borrowing forthwith.

“We also demand that the federal government should curtail unnecessary expenditure, prune down the obscene emoluments of political office holders, and block other leakages through which billions of naira are looted from the treasuries”, he said.

Declaration Of Caliphate: Boko Haram Threat Is Real – BBOG Group


bringbackourgirlsThe #BringBackOurGirls group has decried the increasing attacks and showmanship of the Boko Haram insurgents, noting that if urgent steps are not taken, those residing in the nation’s capital, who presume they are safe, will not be spared of the insurgency.

The group, which was reacting to a recent video clip in which Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekua, claimed that Gwoza town in Borno State is now a Caliphate, wondered why the federal government would keep denying the strength and the damage the terrorists are creating.

It also raised an alarm that without imminent response from the federal government to curtail the insurgency, the terrorists will not only take over the North East, it will also become a threat to the whole nation.

“Nigerians are living in denial. Many who do not live where it is happening are still denying what is happening in the North East. It is time that Nigerians wake up and realise that it is happening and something should be done fast. The Boko Haram threat is real and the threat is beyond a small community now.

“Let’s keep up with our advocacy. It has intrinsic value. We have to continue because this advocacy is lending a voice for not only the Chibok girls but for everyone who are affected by the terrorists.

“There are girls out there that don’t have a voice. We need to continue until these girls are brought back alive. We are urging the government to do what they are supposed to do”, it said

Reports Of Jonathan’s Illness False – Presidency


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitThe Presidency on Sunday debunked reports in a national daily that President Goodluck Jonathan was flown to Germany on Friday for medical reasons.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, debunked the report in a telephone interview from Germany, where the president had been since Friday on a “private visit”.

Abati had last Thursday issued a terse statement, indicating that Jonathan, with a few aides, was traveling to Germany on a private visit and should be expected back this week.

No sooner had the Presidency issued the statement on Jonathan’s ‘private visit’ to Germany than a newspaper reported that the president had taken ill and was going to the Western European country to seek medical attention.

According to the reports, an earlier planned dinner for members of the just-concluded 2014 National Conference on Thursday had to be cancelled at the dying minute because of the sudden illness of the president.

But the presidential spokesman described the reports as “the figments of the writers’ imagination”.

Abati maintained that the president had the right to embark on private visits and that he was not only hale and hearty but also attending to official files in his hotel room.

Abati said, “Before leaving Nigeria, I issued a statement that the President will be embarking on a private visit to Germany with a few of his aides.

“On Saturday, I sent out a statement that the President spoke with the Falconets on the telephone. I also sent out the video and audio of his conversation with the players where he promised to stay awake and watch the final match.

“The NTA and some other broadcasting stations aired the video and audio.

“There are also photographs out there showing the President when he was leaving Nigeria and when he was arriving Germany.

“The President is hale and hearty. In fact, he is treating files in his hotel room.

“Are these not enough proofs that Mr. President is not sick as they want Nigerians to believe?

“It is important to note that the publisher of the newspaper that has been writing this false report is a chieftain of an opposition party who also have an ambition to be President”.

Recall that Jonathan had in December last year embarked on a similar private visit to Germany, which led to speculations that he had gone there in search of treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Adamawa Probe Panel Reports Exaggerated, Says Nyako


Murtala Nyako-House of AssemblyImpeached Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has alleged that reports from the Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, to probe his administration, are being falsified and exaggerated by “government propagandists”.

The former governor debunked some of the reports in a statement by his spokesman, Ahmad Sajoh, on Sunday.

Nyako, who was impeached by the state House of Assembly on July 15, has since gone undercover following fears that he may be arrested and tried for treason.

The panel, which started sitting about a fortnight ago, is headed by Bobbo Umar.

The panel last week, heard from the state permanent secretary for local government, Kennedy Dauda, how during Nyako’s tenure, local government areas contributed N48 million and paid same to the governor’s aide-de-camp (ADC) as support for the police.

The monies were never accounted for, according to Mr. Dauda.

However, for the first time since the panel began sitting, Nyako denied the reports of its proceedings, especially that relating to the payment of money to his ADC.

He also denied reports on contributions to running costs of the state-owned media houses and the ones relating to consultancy for Local Government Housing Scheme.

The statement read in part, “We have observed with great concern attempt by government propagandists to exaggerate and even falsify reports from the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and to create the wrong impression that whatever policy enunciated by the Nyako regime at whatever date had existed throughout the seven years he ruled the state.

“This is quite uncharitable and calls to question the credibility of those behind the false reports. For the avoidance of doubt, we would like to provide clarifications on three important issues that came up under discussion and the biased reporting of some of the local media houses and even some reporters of national papers on the matters concerned”.

He also denied paying money into the account of the ADC in the name of assistance to the police.

He said, “The truth about the matter is that when both the state government and the Nigeria Police Command in the state felt that there was a need to ensure that the police are always mobile, a special account was opened and dedicated to the Maintenance and Fueling of Police Vehicles to which the 21 Local Governments were to contribute N6.5m monthly.

“The ADC ensured that the money is paid into the account on monthly basis. In view of the efficacy of the process in ensuring that the system helped greatly in combating crime in the State, the ADC deserves commendation not indictment for that. To raise the figure beyond the N6.5m and multiply same by 84 months or seven years is simply mischievous.

“To call it illegal is to negate our often touted slogan of security being everyone’s business. What is illegal in local government leadership willingly sitting together and agreeing to support the process of securing their territories?” he queried.

Why Accord Party’ll Win Oyo In 2015 – Ladoja


rasheed-ladoja-360x225A former Governor of Oyo State and leader of the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has expressed optimism that the party will win the governorship election in the state in 2015.

Speaking at a rally held by the AP in Oyo town on Friday while receiving hundreds of new members, who defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, into the party, Ladoja said the strength of the Accord Party was internal democracy.

He said this forestalls imposition of any candidate or group on the party.

A candidate of the party for the House of Representatives, Deji Aboderin, Senator Femi Lanlehin, who also joined the party from the APC; Bisi Ilaka, and other leaders of the party were present at the rally.

“The fact that APC leaders in Oyo town dumped the party to join AP is an indication that our people want change from the present misery. The Peoples Democratic Party lost in this state because there was in-fighting and lack of trust in the run-in to the 2011 election. This is happening in the APC now but we must thank God that our party is getting stronger.

“Those who voted this government in have realised their mistakes and they will not want to repeat that. The government has no link with the communities and the people. I am sure if the present governor (Abiola Ajimobi) was an APC member without holding such a political position, he would have joined the AP. He fears conducting council election because he is afraid that he will lose”, said the former governor.

While appreciating the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, for granting the use of the extended palace ground for the rally, Aboderin said the number of people who came for the rally on a short notice was overwhelming and a pointer to the fact that the present APC-led government in the state was no longer popular.

“I am sure this is not a rented crowd. Nobody was paid to come for this rally. It was only planned a few days ago but because of their love for the party, they came to witness the event. I have no doubt in me that the AP will form the next government in the state”, he said.

NSCDC Boss Advocates Longer Jail Sentence For Vandals


NSCDCDr Ade Abolurin, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has called for long term jail sentence for vandals of petroleum pipelines.

He made the call on Saturday in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Abolurin, who spoke to NAN during an inspection of the headquarters of the agency’s Lagos State Area Command in Ikeja, said that long term jail sentence would help to curtail the act.

“Government should take decisive action to flush out vandals as they are destroying the country’s economy and depleting its revenue.

“If the vandals are sentenced to about 17 to 25 years prison term, it will serve as deterrent to others who are still having the mindset to engage in vandalism”, he said.

He urged the government to provide more patrol vehicles and speed boats for the corps to pursue vandals and prevent them from destroying pipelines.

Abolurin advised that national security should not be left alone to the security agencies.

He said that the security agencies work better if information was provided to them.

He said that the NSCDC was proactive in responding to distress or emergency calls.

He urged officers of the agency to work hard and be diligent in their duties. (NAN

Defection: Ondo APC Calls For Mimiko, Senator’s Resignation


Olusegun-MimikoThe Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Governor Olusegun Mimiko and the Senator representing Ondo South, Boluwaji Kunlere, to resign their positions over recent reports that they have both defected from Labour Party (LP) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC Publicity Secretary, Charles Titiloye, in a statement in Akure, the state capital yesterday, noted that LP had no internal crisis or division to warrant the purported defection by Mimiko and others to the PDP.

He berated Mimiko for taking the mandate of Ondo State’s people to the PDP without the consent of the electorate in an election.

Titiloye said: “For long, we know that the governor was using LP to deceive the progressive-minded people of Ondo State that he loves the masses when, in fact, Mimiko and all his chieftains are members of the conservative PDP.

“Finally, the governor has gone back to his kith and kin in PDP, carrying along his dwindling public credibility to his natural base”.

APC symphatised with members of the state LP, who, according to the party, have now been betrayed and deserted by their “general in the war field”.

The party urged the LP to now wind up its political operation in the country. “Middlemen in APGA should also defect to enable the masses decide between PDP and APC in 2015”, the statement added.

Titiloye further added that APC was ready to welcome defectors from LP and PDP, who were uncomfortable with Mimiko’s defection.

Meanwhile, the Osun State LP has said that the proposed exit of Mimiko would not affect the party’s fortunes in anyway.

The state LP Chairman, Timothy Olatunji, who spoke with reporters in Osogbo, the state capital yesterday, said reports from the national headquarters of the party had not indicated that Mimiko would be dumping LP for PDP.

He said: “Osun State chapter of the party would not be affected even if Mimiko tomorrow decides to dump the party”.

He noted that his executive council does not depend on the Ondo State governor to survive.

He said: “If Mimiko had played a pivotal role in canvassing votes for Alhaji Fatai Akinbade in the last governorship poll in Osun State, his exit might have negatively affected us. In the last Osun State governorship election, we solely bore the burden and whatever we achieved as success was made possible by our resolve to make a mark”.

Boko Haram: Ag. Governor Imposes 24-Hrs Curfew On Adamawa Council


Ahmad-Fintiri-AdamawaThe Adamawa State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Madagali Local Government Area of the state.

The curfew was sequel to weekend’s attack and taking over of the secretariat of the local government by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents.

The government on Sunday cited the “volatile security situation”, which caused loss of lives and property in the local government.

A statement by the Deputy Permanent secretary, Security and Special Service, Government House, Ahamdu Baji, said: “Following volatile security situation and attendant loss of lives and property and displacement of people, Adamawa State Government has imposed 24 hours curfew on Madagali Local Government Area.

“The Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, extends his heartfelt condolence to all those affected and assures that Government will do everything possible to mitigate their hardship.

“The government appeals to the citizens in the area, urging them to cooperate and observe the curfew strictly”.

GRAPHIC IMAGE: Woman Asks Young House Help To Site On Burning Electric Cooker


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This little girl was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Saturday after her madam asked her to sit on a burning electric cooker because she allegedly urinated in bed. So barbaric!

Theodore Orji’s Endless Lies


Theodore Orji’s Endless Lies

A human-being is the most com­plex and intriguing of all the creatures of God. Right from the time God made the first man, Adam, he has always posed a prob­lem.

Greed and insatiability blinded his vision and he fell to the slyness of the Serpent, which tempted him to eat the forbidden fruit at the centre of the Gar­den of Eden, contrary to God’s explicit instruction. Instead of repenting and showing remorse, man has continued to falter with impunity. Probably this accounts for the perfidy that pervades relationships among people, especially between two persons who have, ab inito, agreed to work congenially and truth­fully.
I have drawn this analogy in search of the reason Governor Theodore Ahame­fule Orji is never tired telling loathsome lies against me. He concocts these lies as smoothly as he shaves his beards. Indeed, he has perfected the act of telling lies such that I doubt if I can ever believe anything he tells me again in life. I am pained that a man I placed so much trust and hope in could stab me in the back so mercilessly, working frenetically to destroy whatever reputation I have built over the years. His desperation is something out of the ordinary. The latest in the series of his deliberate lies against me is the story he bandies about that he dumped me because I led him and some of my com­missioners to a shrine at Okija (in Anam­bra State) to swear to an oath of allegiance. Who took whom to Okija and in what cir­cumstances? What incredulity!

I must confess that I was shocked to the marrow of my bones when I heard this pu­erile and ludicrous allegation. From where did he get the idea to tell this destructive lie against my person? Okija! Facts are sa­cred and immutable. If that is the case then the records of my movements as governor between 1999 and 2007 are explicit and straight. The only time I visited Okija, in all of my life, was when I was invited to a function at a Catholic Church in the town. I travelled in my official capacity as gover­nor of Abia State. At the end of the event I visited the residence of my friend and the chairman of Nestoil, where we had lunch together. The Parish Priest of the Catholic Church and the chairman of Nestoil are all still alive to corroborate my story.

God in heaven is my witness that I have never taken anybody (I repeat anybody) let alone Theodore Orji, to Okija. Okay let me ask him some salient questions. First, as­suming he was taken to Okija (by any other person, definitely not me) was he taken hands and legs tied or did he go voluntar­ily?

Second, what informed his decision to agree to go to Okija (in the first place) to swear to an oath when he knew it was not proper for him (or any other person for that matter) to do so? Third, was he blinded by greed and avarice to have accepted to mortgage his conscience (so to speak) to do what in his estimation was odious? Fourth, can he name the commissioners (if any) who were taken with him to Okija for the oath-taking? Fifth, why did it take him so long and after I had advised him to buckle up and work for Abia people before telling the whole world that I took him to Okija? Was it an after-thought or something pre­meditated to discredit me? Sixth, would it not have been more honourable for him to have resigned when he realised that going to Okija to swear to an oath was unchris­tian, irreligious, immoral and unethical? Seventh, can he support his allegation with incontrovertible evidence when called upon to do so? There are many more rational questions to put a lie to his allegation.

Nevertheless, Theodore Orji has a moral obligation to answer the questions above as sincerely as possible. It is not enough to make lousy accusations against an innocent person without any supporting evidence. The onus lies on him to prove that which he has alleged. He knows that for the period he worked with me as Chief of Staff we never meddled in any idolatry. I am a Christian in faith and practice, and I hold my faith with absolute care and pride. I know I am a sin­ner working to become a saint. However, my sinfulness has not got to the point of tampering with that, which stands against my faith. To a good Christian, idolatry is not only nauseating and repulsive, it is anti­thetical with decency.

Theodore Orji knows deep down in his heart that he tells cheap lies against me. I have given reasons I settled for him to suc­ceed me in the preceding editions to this one, and none of them included any doubt about his loyalty then. Could I have been so foolish as to throw my weight behind some­body I knew would betray me in future? I wrote in last week’s edition of this column that the man never betrayed any sign of dis­loyalty throughout the eight years he served as my Chief of Staff. That did not mean that some persons who had encountered him and had bitter experience to share did not fore­warn me about the man’s doubtful loyalty and peevishness. I did not believe them, be­cause I do not operate with gossips. Those who know me very well would tell you that I do not spare gossips. If you come to me with a story against someone else, what I usually do is to invite the accused for you to corroborate your story in his presence. This has discouraged many people from coming to me with fake or false stories against an­other person.

Let me repeat it here why I think the man may be angry with me. It started in 2009 when I called him to advise him to improve on his performance as governor. Follow­ers of political developments in Abia State would testify to the fact that the man was not doing anything tangible to deliver qual­ity dividends of democracy to our people. Aba residents were threatening to take to the streets to protest because of the state of infrastructure in the city and other parts of the state. When nothing changed, I called him again in 2010 and advised him not to run for a second term since his first term was an abysmal failure.

These pieces of advice did not go down well with him and his collaborators, and so he decided to choose the path of infamy by first dumping the Progressive Peoples’ Alliance (PPA) – the political platform on which he rode to power – for All Progres­sives Grand Alliance (APGA). Less than two months in APGA, against all the as­surances he gave the late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu that he would never defect from the party, he dumped it and moved to Peo­ples’ Democratic Party (PDP), where he today parades himself as if he were the founder of the party. The truth is that the man is a total stranger to politics and PDP – a party I and other well-meaning Nigerians spent our hard-earned resources and time to found. It was I who brought him into PDP and laid the foundation for him to become governor, which he got on a platter. This is why he does not know what tangible thing to do with the office other than intimidate and harass innocent citizens of the state.

I care no hoot about all the accusations he has continued to levy against me on a daily basis since he knows they are blatant­ly false. Why did he have to wait all these years before making these false claims? Abia people know very well the man is ly­ing, which is why they have never ceased accusing him of non-performance. All the promises he made in his inaugural address to Abians on May 29, 2007 have not been fulfilled. Whoever dares challenge him is dealt with brutally. Abians are living in bondage as you read this piece.

For the eight years I served as the gover­nor of Abia State, I never entered into any personal deals with anybody or borrowed money from local banks as alleged by him. He was present throughout my tenure as governor and knew what my attitude was about borrowing and kick-backs. I discour­aged my commissioners or any staff for that matter from taking bribe from anybody. Those who dared were either cautioned or sacked outright. The only money the office of the governor controlled was the security vote which he (Theodore Orji) took charge of and disbursed accordingly. Again, I never spent money not duly appropriated. The security vote is a legitimate and legal constitutional provision backed by relevant laws for the security of lives and property in the state. It can be attested to that for the duration of our administration there was not a single political killing or kidnapping in our state. We ensured all-round security through community policing, job creation and effective surveillance that made it im­possible for criminals to find their way into Abia State.

In terms of physical development, we recorded massive infrastructural develop­ment with the paltry allocations we re­ceived from the federation account and internally-generated revenue. Despite the paucity of funds we were able to attend to the needs of our people and ensured peace and tranquility. It is not the purpose of this article to enumerate our achieve­ments while in office. But it may not be out of place to point out that within the first one year of our eight-year tenure alone we were able to do over 75 roads, renovate 155 schools, pay workers’ salaries up-to-date, including the two-month arrears inherited from the preceding administration. In the entire eight-year tenure we were able to reconstruct over 750 primary and second­ary schools, built many hospitals and health centres, treated over 20,000 persons in the rural areas through our health scheme, paid salaries before the 25th of every month. We built an ultra-modern Commissioners’ quarters, a stadium, a gigantic edifice in Abuja to serve as liaison office, some hous­ing estates, numerous roads (which he now claims he did) and a conference centre, etc. The list is endless.

I think it is the height of insincerity and dishonor for somebody to place a name tag on a project he did not do. Theodore Orji knows that he is a total failure. That is why, in his desperation to justify the huge resources he has collected from the federa­tion account, he is laying claim to projects he did not put a dime in. All existing pliable roads in the state, especially in the hinter­land, were done by our administration, not his. These facts are verifiable.

Interestingly, by the time we left office in 2007 we left no financial liability. The only thing that happened was that we had to take an overdraft from the bank to pay salaries and other obligations for the month of June 2007, since the then President Olusegun Obasanjo directed the Minister of Finance not to pay states their allocations for June 2007. The understanding with the bank was that whenever the allocation was eventually released the account would be settled. And that was what happened. So, it would be wicked for anybody to accuse us of leaving behind a huge debts.

Theodore Orji knows the truth even where he tries futilely to bend it. The real person owing and taking money recklessly from the banks is he. The facts and figures are verifiable. In fact, some of the banks he alleged we took money from had no branch­es in Umuahia at the time we left office. So, from where did he get all the figures he is reeling out without supporting documents?

The irony of the whole stuff is that he was my Chief of Staff for eight uninterrupt­ed years and never caught me doing any­thing bad. Why is he making a mountain out of a mole-hill now?

All what he did for eight years we were in office was to sit in Government House, doing paper work! He was not involved in the management of the ministries or super­vision of projects. Maybe he would have been better grounded in project implemen­tation and management if he had been di­rectly involved in these projects at the time.

By washing his dirty linen in public the man has succeeded in exposing his pen­chant for loyalty-swap, drudgery, treachery and baseness. I wonder how those he is currently close to feel about him. As usual he will hide his real person and present a pretentious personality. I am sorry for such people, because what goes around comes around.

As I had written earlier in this column I have never had anything personal against the man. I respected him for his age when he was my Chief of Staff. I knew some of my brother-governors who openly advised me against supporting somebody who served under me for eight years as Chief of Staff to succeed me. I told them my mind was made up to hand over to my Chief of Staff, more so, I had nothing to hide. Any right-thinking person should have known that I would not have handed over to him if I had any skel­etons in my cupboard. I was convinced that I ran a transparent and credible government and, therefore, had no cobwebs in my room.

Let him know it today that the cam­paign of calumny he has mounted against me will fail like a pack of cards. They have already failed, indeed. Feelers reaching me show that there are many who hold grudges against him, but do not know how to ven­tilate their anger in the open for fear of the unknown. This is why I have offered to be a voice for such people. I do not pretend he would sit down and not respond to my al­legations. Surely, he will reply me, and the form it will take is already obvious: garbage and gibberish, innuendoes and tantrums. Whichever one he chooses, I am ready to deal with it. After all, I kept quiet for almost 8 years, while he insulted and castigated me. Is there no limit to the insolence one can absorb?

I pray God to open his eyes to see what curses he is bringing upon himself for choosing to pay back evil for good and dancing in the market square like a drunk­en sailor or the Eneke Ntioba (the bird in a folklore, which after consuming a bowl of pounded yam and a keg of palmwine, chal­lenged its Chi (God) to a wrestling contest. The beauty of life is that one day we will be called upon to give account of our lives on earth before the Divine Throne of the Most Powerful God. How will Theodore Orji expect to be judged: as a good man or an evil man who betrayed his former boss for a mess of portage? We await the judgement of God, which defies human logic, calcula­tions and permutations.

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Amosun shuts Onabanjo Varsity, says students threatened him


By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has ordered the closure of the state owned Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye following alleged threats by the students against his government.

The governor directed the Governing Council of the institution to implement the order with immediately effect, saying it was done to forestall breakdown of law and order.
Speaking through a statement signed by Secretary to State Government ,Taiwo Adeoluwa, the governor said the decision to shut the university was taken in the interest of peace and order.

He warned parents of the students of the university to immediately call them to order , saying  the government will not tolerate any act that will disturb the peace of the state.
“The students of the university have continued to issue threats while rejecting all entreaties and concessions made by the government on their various demands concerning the recently announced reduction of school fees”, Amosun said.

 

Ahead 2015 Election Reign of Terror Begins In Imo Four Suspected Assassins Killed in Home of Trumpeta Columnist Prof Protus Cries Out, Says Life In Danger Over Hired Killers Top Imo Monarchs Detained In Abuja Over Threat To Ilomuanya’s Life As Police Parade Five Suspected Armed Robbers


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By bright eluagu
Even as activities for the 2015 election is yet to fully boom, security situation in Imo State is assuming a frightening dimension with suspected assassins on the prowl.
Residents of World Bank became terrified Wednesday night when staccato of gunshots kept them awake till late night after gun men and men of the Nigeria Police exchanged gunshots in the area.
At the end of the gunmen duel that was said to have lasted for hours, four of the suspected gunmen were gunned down when they challenged the superior fire works of men of the command.
According to the victim of the attack Prof. Protus Nathan Uzoma, an activist and one of the foremost Trumpeta newspapers columnist who has been writing on contemporary issues on affairs of the state, in interview with Trumpeta, he said at about 10pm Wednesday, seven armed men stormed his residence in the night and requested everybody to lie down and started asking for Prof Protus, without really identifying him. His family members who were jolted by the invasion were surprised why they requested for him.
According to Prof Uzoma Nathan “they asked everybody to lie down and requested to see me, while the argument why they wanted to see me and reasons for their actions persisted, I put a call across to Police.
Meanwhile, they did not demand for anything and never took anything inspite of the presence of some essential items in the house. Even no money was demanded except the question where is Prof? Where is Prof?
Continuing, the Trumpeta columnist revealed that it was at that stage that police spirited responses to his call saw exchange of gunshots, “while two ran away three were killed instantly, one died later arising from gun shot injury and one nabbed alive”. They were arrested and am aware name of one (withheld) was made public.
Recalling a similar experience he went through on March 17, 2013, Prof Uzoma noted that four men last year came in similar scenario to his house to demand for him “but unfortunately I was not available. They told my family just like they said last night (Tuesday) that if they get me they will cut off my finger that I used to write”.
Giving further explanations on his travails so far from unknown persons who want to snuff live out of him for yet to be identified reasons, Prof Uzoma said “My life is in danger, I am no longer safe, some forces want to kill me, they are after my life and that of my family. The planned attack that was foiled is coming against the backdrop of strange calls I have been receiving from unknown persons threatening to kill me.
“If actually government or their agents are after my live, I don’t know the reason, they better tell the whole world, I wonder what I have done, but if I have erred then let my sins be made public. My life is under threat, but no amount of threat to kill me will stop me from writing what I feel is the best for the society and the state. Imo belongs to us all, it is the duty of the Chief Executive Officer of the state to handle security matters on protection of lives and property.
“I am not going to run away from Imo or stop writing, no amount of intimidation will stop me. I don’t know why they are after me. I have and will continue to do my duty. Those against me for wrong reasons will face the wrath of God.
However, Police has a different account in their press briefing to newsmen in Owerri. The Imo State Police command have paraded five men who stormed Area ‘M’ zone, World Bank. The Police version said they are suspected armed robbers.
Briefing newsmen at the Police Headquarters, the Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Enwerem noted that the Police got a distress call from residents at Area ‘M’ World Bank over armed robbery operation in the area.
He noted that the Police command scorpion squad swung into action by moving to the scene of the incident, adding that the robbers engaged the officers in a shoot- out but the hoodlums were over powered by the Police, resulting to the killing of about four of the robbers, one was arrested alive while others escaped.
Also, two police operatives sustained bullet wounds and are responding to treatment.
The PRO averred that one of the armed robbers who was not shot would assist in giving the police some useful information about the matter “Items recovered from the robbers include: three double barrels and one single barrel locally made short guns, twenty five (25) live cartridges and one expended cartridge, cash of 16,990.00, one Techno Mobile Phone, one wrist watch, four wallets and one vehicle ignition key.
He however pointed out that armed robbers, as they gathered came to rob one Professor, (name withheld) before they met their misfortune and further commended members of the public for giving information to the Police and enjoined them to continue in that direction
Ironically, attempts by newsmen to interview one of the suspects who was alive was unsuccessful as operatives of the command asked the held suspect, David Nwankwo from Ebonyi not to open up.
Similarly, two prominent traditional rulers of Imo who are occupying vintage positions in the government of Imo State have been requested by the Police high command in Abuja to appear before it in connection to a petition written against them by Eze Cletus Ilomuanya.
Ilouanya had petitioned the Inspector General of Police and Director General of State Security Services, SSS, of alleged attempts of the two monarchs (names withheld) from Orlu and Owerri zones to assassinate him.

PDP Holds State Congress amid Tight Security in Kano


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By Ibrahim Shuaibu

The Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is conducting the state congress of the party to elect the executive members to run the affairs of the party.

The party’s state congress held at popular Marhaba Cinema in Kano amidst tight security.

It was learnt that as early as 7am yesterday, thousands of party supporters trooped in large number to the venue of the congress but were screened by the security operatives before allowing them into the venue.

THISDAY learnt that three prominent members of the party are contesting the chairmanship post, including former party chairman, Senator Mas’ud Doguwa, Alhaji Rabiu Dan Sharu, and Alhaji Yahaya Bagobiri.

Top prominent stakeholders of the party like minister of foreign Affairs Alhaji Aminu Wali, Minister of education Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Senate Chief Whip Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo are expected to attend the state congress.

Other top notches of the party to attend the congress include Alhaji Akilu Sani Indabawa, Alhaji Abba Risqua Murtala, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, Senator Bashir Lado and other members of the state and national assembly under the party in the state.

THISDAY sources also revealed that the stakeholders of the party are holding secret meeting with a view to have a consensus person as the party chairman.
It was also observed that though the election was yet to start, but members are still circulating rumours that the election would hold in the night because of the series of effort to reconcile the contenders to pick a favourable person among them.

Ohakim Joins Imo Guber Race


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By Chuks Okocha

Immediate past governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has declared to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state, stating that his ambition is to complete the laudable projects, programmes initiated by his administration between 2007 and 2011.

Ohakim, who lamented what he described as maladministration of Imo state by the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, said the level of unemployment his administration curtailed by massive employment scheme has risen beyond proportionate level due to the politically-motivated sack of over 4,000 civil servants by the current administration.

Ohakim, who said he has put behind him issues and circumstances that led to his defeat in the 2011 governorship election, stressed that life is not about falling, but  be able to rise again. According to him, “the character of a man is judged by his ability to rebound from adversity and turn it into advancement. If certain things in life work out for us effortlessly, it does not mean that life is without difficulties. All heroes are those who surmount difficulties’.

With this in mind, he said he has decided to contest the 2015 governorship election in Imo state on the platform of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), explaining that one of the basic reasons for him to contest is to implement his programmes and projects that have been ‘bastardised’ by the current administration in the state.

One of the programmes which he initiated but was allegedly bastardised by the Okorocha’s administration, he said, is the drive to provide employment for the vast army of unemployed youths in the state.

The former governor explained that as a policy, Imo past administrations had placed embargo in the state for over 18 years and that to address this, he contacted a consulting firm, KPMG to help in the recruitment of the unemployed youths.

Before this, he said in the schools, especially in the primary and secondary schools, there is a ratio of 189 pupils to a teacher and that the average retiring age of civil servants in the state was 58 years coupled with the fact that most of the civil servants kept changing their age to enable them remain in the job. But on assumption of office in 2007, he employed KPMG to address the growing question of unemployment in the state.

According to Ohakim, “the consultant, the KPMG came up with its report that there are over 700,000 applicants in the state civil service to compete for only ten thousand vacancies”, explaining that the objective of getting a consulting firm like KPMG was to enthrone transparency in the recruitment exercise.

He explained that, due to the transparent recruitment exercise by the KPMG, only 8,000 applicants were successful, but the criteria had to be lowered to enable additional 2000 applicants to qualify. In this, he said 5,000 teachers (75 per cent of these were science-based teachers) were employed with over 250 judiciary officers.

In Imo state, THISDAY gathered that the following aspirants are jostling to contest for the 2015 governorship election in the state. They include the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume and Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN).

All of them would be contesting on the platform of the PDP. The former Minister of Internal Affairs, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, would be contesting on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, would be contesting on the platform of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).

Ammunition To Fight Boko Haram Has Been Ordered For – Minimah


Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah has revealed that orders have been placed for military hardware as the army seek to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country as soon as possible.

Minimah made this known at the 2 Brigade barracks, Port Harcourt, where he said the army would launch offensive against Boko Haram to bring its activities to an end., when the weapons arrive.

“The Federal Government has placed orders for equipment. As soon as they come in, we will launch a major offensive that will bring the madness, insurgency to an end, he said.

He however said that the army was making significant impact in the war against crude oil theft.

“Our effort is ongoing, the bunkerers themselves are human, they are not ghosts. So while we are doing our best, they are devising news ways. But you will agree with me that the effort to checking this menace is more than ever. We can’t say we will stamp it out in one day, but then the greater part of pursuing the bunkerers is ongoing and that with time we will begin to see greater result,” he said.

Asked to speak on the relevance of military presence during elections in spite of criticisms from some quarters, the COAS said, “I can’t answer that question because that is not why I have come here”.

Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State however called for less visibility of the army during elections.

The governor spoke when Minimah led top army officers on a courtesy visit to him at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He further called on the army to assist the state in the fight against kidnapping.

“The military needs to play lesser role in politics. I have said that severally. I am sure you will ensure that the relationship between the military, civilians and politicians is cordial, such that the 2015 elections would not be controversial,” Amaechi said.

“I want the 2nd Amphibious Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Bori Camp to work with us, because we need to stamp out kidnapping in Rivers State. There are competing economies in the country and the largest of all is Lagos while the second is Rivers State and if kidnapping continues, our economy will crash, unemployment will rise and we may not be able to compete with the comity of states.”

Boko Haram: 35 Policemen Missing After Gwoza Training College Attack


Thirty five police officers have been declared missing following the deadly attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on the Mobile Police Training School, Gwoza, last week, Force Headquarters, yesterday, confirmed.

The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had since ordered the tightening of security in police formations across the country to prevent future attacks, while search and rescue efforts had led to the recovery of scores of policemen.

“Following the attack launched by insurgents on the Gwoza Training camp of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force (PMF), the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba has since ordered the tightening of security around all police facilities in the country in addition to efforts made to further protect the lives of all people in Nigeria and their properties,” a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu said.

“It will be recalled that a ferocious attack earlier launched on the Training camp by insurgents on 7th August, 2014 was repelled by the Police.

“On 20th August, 2014, the attackers launched a fresh offensive that lasted for several hours where the policemen on duty engaged them in a fierce battle.

“The search and rescue party launched immediately has located and brought to safety all Police officers in the Training College at the time of attack.

“So far, thirty-five policemen who are still missing from the facility as a result of the latest attack are being searched for with very promising prospect of locating them.

“While enjoining all citizens to remain calm and join hands with the security forces in the collective fight against insurgency, the IGP restates his determination to work closely with other security agencies to stem the tide of terrorism in the country,” the statement read.

3 Policemen Killed At Bauchi Checkpoint


Three policemen were Friday killed at a check point around Tilden Fulani village in Toro local government area of Bauchi State by unknown gunmen, security sources and local government officials have confirmed.

According to them, the slain policemen were killed at their duty post, a regular check point in the area between 10:30 and 11:30pm.

“On that fateful night, five policemen went out on duty. It was raining. Three of them remained at the check point in their vehicle while two of them went to eat in town,” reports Vanguard, quoting a source.

“Before those who went to eat came back, some gunmen had attacked and killed the three policemen in the vehicle and took away the rifle of one of them. Their corpses were evacuated to the mortuary at Toro General Hospital in Bauchi”.

State police public relations officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed could not immediately confirm the incident as he said he was yet to get details of the attack.

1.8 Million Nigerians Want Jonathan In 2015 – PDP


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, said it had collected signatures of 1.8 million people from the South-west who wanted President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election come 2015 election.

The number, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, was more than the names collected from the South-east.

He said this while collecting a booklet that contained the names of the people during the South-west rally organized by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN). which took place at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, yesterday.

The rally was organised by several chieftains of the PDP from the South-west states, viz: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States.

In attendance at the event were the Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa; Chief Bode George; Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Minister of State, FCT, Minister of Police affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs; Prince Buruji Kashamu, PDP South-west leader; Senator Iyiola Omisore; Otunba Adebayo-Alao-Akala, former Governor of Oyo State; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole; and Engr. Seyi Makinde, PDP governorship aspirant; Mr. Ganiyu Olaoluwa; Yinka Taiwo; Captain Kuji Sele; Ebenezer Alabi and Engr. Bayo Dayo, PDP state chairmen from Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States respectively.

Arogbofa, while calling on people of the zone to join hands to give PDP resounding victory during the 2015 elections, said, “I want to call on my people to let’s work with unity of purpose and I can assure all of us that if we work together, the reward will be superlative. We worked for Mr. President in 2011 and we all can see that there’s no regret and this time around, we will not regret but have more and better reward”.

Oloye Akinjide, in her remark, said anybody saying anything contrary was only deceiving him.

According to her, the people of the zone would vote massively for President Jonathan come 2015 in order for the zone to have more dividends of democracy”. [Vanguard]

Atiku: Count Me Out Of Adamawa Governorship Race


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has denied rumors making the rounds that he is set to contest the October 11 governorship by-election in Adamawa State.

Atiku, in a statement via his official Facebook page, said the rumor is not true.

“I was elected governor of Adamawa State 15 years ago, but was elevated to the position of Vice President. I believe we must always look forward, not backwards”, he said.

The Turakin Adamawa, however, pledged his continued support for the development of his home state, which he said he had always done both as a businessman and elder statesman.

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NMA Suspends Strike


Doctors StrikeThe Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have suspended their seven week old strike.

The good news was announced via the NMA’s official Twitter handle @nmanigeria.

“BREAKING!!! NMA rose from an Emergency Delegates Meeting and decided that the #NMAStrike be suspended with ALL Doctors resuming duties ISQ.

“This means that NO Doctor in the country would be victimised in whatever form as a result of participation in the #NMAStrike. Details later”, the association announced early Sunday morning.

It was gathered that a press conference to announce the suspension of the strike is to be addressed later today (Sunday), August 24.

It would be recalled that following the refusal of the NMA to call off the strike especially in the wake of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Lagos State, President Goodluck Jonathan approved the sack of all resident doctors in the country and suspended residency training in all federal hospitals.

Details of the agreement with the government is not yet clear at the time of publishing this report.

Nuhu Ribadu Openly Declares For Adamawa Governorship, Rejoices At Joining PDP


Nuhu RibaduEconomic activities and vehicular movements were temporarily grounded to a halt on Friday in parts of Yola, the Adamawa State capital, as a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, openly declared for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and declared his intention to contest the Adamawa Governorship by-election.

A mammoth crowd besieged Ribadu’s convoy from the Yola International Airport following him all the way to his campaign office, causing a traffic gridlock as they headed for the PDP state secretariat.

The former EFCC boss, who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, was escorted to the party secretariat by PDP executives and chieftains from his Bako ward, local government as well as others party chieftains from the 21 local government areas of the state.

Some of the PDP chieftains present at the occasion include former state lawmakers, led by a former speaker, Abubakar Abdullahi, former local government chairmen, ex-councillors and senior political associates of the immediate past governor, Murtala Nyako, who have since pitched tent with Ribadu.

While declaring, Malam Ribadu said he was in the race not to seek personal glory, but to bring change to Adamawa State.

“The trigger of me being here today is that passion to uplift that I have; it is that spirit with which I am known, all my life. It is that zeal that saw me going into the police, as against obviously more lucrative career paths”, he said.

Ribadu continued: “My philosophy, as we were taught, is that one should put the interest of the public over any other consideration. In life of service, one’s first consideration should be the impact one makes under the circumstance. It is therefore that same will to serve that is responsible for me respecting and answering to the people’s choice to come back home and serve the people of Adamawa State under the platform of the PDP”.

He commended those who wooed him to PDP, stressing that, “I would like to appreciate those members of the PDP who privately and publically prodded on me to join this party. My appreciation also to the leadership of our party for the warm reception accorded me deserving of any full-fledged party stalwart.

“This kind reception did not begin from today, it began from the day I signified the intention of joining this great party. Today, I come to you as a full-blown party member who defines himself in the spirit of community service and party development. Whatever brought us here, the love for and need to serve our people is supreme”, he noted.

The governorship aspirant, whose application for a waiver to enable him contest the October 11 by-election is still in the balance, urged political actors in the state to shun acts that do not augur well for the state.

“I would appeal to all political actors in the state, especially my fellow aspirants to go into the field armed with our rules of engagements. No one’s ambition is worth the peace and stability of our people.

“We should eschew antagonism or stoking primordial sentiments. Elections would come and go but the people will always be together. Damaging the harmony we enjoy as a people would have dire consequences on all of us and is the gravest disservice anyone can do for our dear state”, Mr. Ribadu noted.

North Doesn’t Contribute A Dime To National Coffers, Yet They Take The Largest Share – Dokpesi


raymond_dokpesiA delegate to the just concluded National Conference in Abuja and founder/owner of private media conglomerate, Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has relived his experience at the confab, express­ing confidence that President Goodluck Jonathan will live up to the expectations of Nigerians on the implementation of recommendations contained in the draft constitution.

High Chief Dokpesi, who spoke with The Sun newspaper, described his experience at the confab as rewarding, saying it afforded him the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, colleagues and senior citizens.

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Speaking on the controversial issue of derivation, which almost scuttled the conference and how it was finally resolved amicably, Dokpesi said:

“Let me say that the conference in its wisdom had accepted fiscal federalism and also agreed that Nigeria shall be a federation in which the federating units will contribute to the sustenance of the centre, which is a complete reversal of the unitary system we are currently run­ning whereby the centre collects rev­enue, and dispenses to the states.

“This is why delegates from various zones were very much insistent on de­veloping other sources of revenue gen­eration to expand income base of the country as it were by putting focus and attention on development of mineral re­sources.

“We must appreciate the fact that alter­native source of energy has been found. The green revolution has brought about alternative source of energy and power. And Nigeria cannot afford to exclusive­ly depend on crude oil.

“What was very clear from the statis­tics available is that 72 percent of rev­enue we share at Federal Account Al­location Committee on monthly basis comes from oil producing states. The South-west comes next to them with almost 20 percent or thereabout. The South-east comes next with about eight percent.

“The Northern parts don’t contribute a dime and the chunk of allocation goes to them. Recall that in the 1960 consti­tution, there was a provision that all mineral bearing states must retain 50 percent of revenue generation and the remaining 50 percent to the centre. Out of that 50 percent, Federal Government would take its share for administering the centre. But as it is today, only the oil producing states are bearing the whole burden of Nigeria. The Southern states are coming up with contribution in terms of payment of Value Added Tax (VAT) as well as solid mineral re­sources. But there is nothing coming from the North. This issue will be laid to rest if all mineral producing states also partake in revenue sharing by way of derivation. I remember that one of the delegates from the South-south pro­posed that we should give as much as 10 percent of the federation account to rapid development of all these mineral resources because our revenue genera­tion from oil is declining. But we finally came to the conclusion that five per­cent of federation account should be committed to the development of these solid mineral resources over a period of time. We did say very clearly that over a ten years period we should be in that position where it would be 50 per­cent derivation as it was envisaged in the 1963 constitution. At a transitional stage, we cannot start with 50 percent because the economy of most states will collapse.

“So, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is to have a transitional provision and that transitional provision was the subject of debate at the conference.

“The Northern delegates that was jointly led by Prof Jerry Gana and Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie (GCON) accepted that 18 percent should be that point. Dr Peter Odili was the one who suggested 18 percent after due consultation with Alhaji Adamu Waziri, leader of delega­tion from Borno, Muhammed Kumalia and Bashir Dalhatu. The Southern dele­gates and Northern delegates agreed on 18 percent. So, any attempt to say that there was an issue about 18 percent derivation smacks of dishonesty.

“It was also agreed unanimously that the host communities of these min­eral resources should get 50 percent of whatever amount that is generated whether oil or solid mineral resources.

“Apart from mineral development fund that was created, a national inter­vention fund was also created to deal with Boko Haram insurgency or any other type of conflicts.

“It was national in character. The clear cut position was that five percent of federal account should be commit­ted to this, so that government can im­mediately deal with any such menace. In arriving at that, the current carnage in the Northeast was mentioned. Even the Council of State in its wisdom had already agreed that 32 billion naira should be set aside to deal with con­flicts.

“We were acting not knowing what the Turaki committee had recommend­ed. But at the end of the day, the North­ern delegates decided to renege on the agreement that had been reached because they wanted North-east and North-central to be specifically men­tioned, and then any other part of Nige­ria. What we cannot run away from is the fact that a lot of states in the North-west had also experienced these Boko Haram attacks. But they wanted it to be specifically mentioned in the recom­mendation. If you say North-east and any other part of Nigeria, it also means the same thing. This was the point of disagreement.

“But by and large, there was an agree­ment, there was an understanding. We all agreed that fiscal federalism should be the order of the day. We need to let the mineral bearing states know how much they would pay to the federation account.

“At the present moment, there are lots of mineral resources being ex­tracted from the Northern parts of the country without paying any amount to the coffers of the Federal Government. We must make sure that all these are captured and form part of the monthly sharing. And the issue of Southwest, particularly VAT in Lagos comes to mind here.

“There is no point why revenue is generated through activities like VAT and a percent of it does not remain in Lagos. So, Lagos is right in demanding that whatever is applicable to all other mineral resources should also be appli­cable to VAT, so that those who bear the brunt can have some benefits of it”.

On the creation of additional 18 states as recommended by the National Conference, the media mogul advocated a return to regional form of government, although he said it “should come naturally; it should not be compelled by legislation”.

According to him, “the conference was very patriotic in dealing with the matter. Out of the states that were represented, 29 states wanted to retain their identity and keep their states as they are. No one state wanted to merge together. Even those that were together before didn’t want to go back to the old arrangement. Akwa Ibom didn’t want to go back to Cross River State. Bayelsa didn’t want to come back to Rivers State, Kebbi didn’t want to come back to Kaduna. Ebonyi didn’t want to come back to Enugu”.

He continued: “Everybody wanted to have his own state as federating unit. But the Con­ference agreed that any group of states that want to come together should be able to do so by a plebiscite of the peo­ple and the state Houses of Assembly. That is, states can merge and demerge. For the first time, the Conference came up with a proposal that states should have their own constitution”.

Expressing confidence that the proposed states will come into being, Dokpesi said part of the mandate they received from the president was to look into the cause of conflicts around the country and proffer lasting solutions – creation of states, he believes, will bring an end to such conflicts.

“If you go to Borno State, you will see that the Chibok area where we have Boko Haram insurgency is Southern Borno. In Kaduna State, the area where you normally have crisis is Southern Kaduna. These are areas where the mi­norities are staying, and they are feeling that they are being oppressed. So, if we want this tension to be taken off, then it is better to allow them to determine their own future. However, federalism expects that you will be able to con­tribute to the centre, to be entitled to a share of the federation account. That is the essence of federalism. You must bring something to the table. The era of sharing under a federal system has come and gone”, he explained.

On the political will to implement the report of the conference, which was formally presented to the president last Thursday, Mr. Dokpesi said he believes in the sincerity and honesty of Mr. Jonathan to see it through.

In his words: “I believe the President is desirous of change for Nigeria. The President is anxious to see a better and rewarding Nigeria for our future generation. His­tory will judge him. I believe he is going to work on the recommendations of the conference. I see a referendum coming”.

Mimiko Still In Labour Party, Says Ondo Information Commissioner


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The Ondo State Com­missioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, has refuted media reports that the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has concluded plans to dump the Labour Party (LP) for the Peo­ples Democratic Party, PDP, stressing that the governor is still in the LP.

Akinmade, who confirmed that Mimiko was under pressure from the national leadership of PDP to join the ruling party, said the governor has not decided on whether to defect from the LP, on whose platform he was elected.

“We cannot deny the fact that there were pressures from various political par­ties that Governor Mimiko should join them. But the fact remains that the governor is still in the LP, and he remains the Leader of the party both at the state and national lev­els”, he said.

Akinmade noted that the re­port of the planned defec­tion was “a mere figment of imaginations of the writers of the story”.

According to him, Governor Mimiko was still holding consulta­tions with relevant stakehold­ers in the state on whether to join another political party or keep faith with the LP.

The commissioner la­mented that the report was based on rumour being ped­dled by some individuals in the state.

He added that both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP were making overtures to the gov­ernor, acknowledging that Mimiko had also consulted various political leaders.

The governor’s rumored intention to defect to the PDP had already created an uneasy calm in Ondo State, just as the social media was agog with the news.

Sani Kaita Returns to Europe After Enyimba Loan


Nigeria international Sani Kaita has switched to Moldova’s Premier League side, FC Saxan Ceadir Lunga, after a three-month loan stint with Enyimba International of Aba.

The 28-year-old defensive midfielder blazed a trail few months after the introduction of the Elite Players Scheme of the League Management Company (LMC), by successfully negotiating a loan deal with the ‘Peoples Elephants’ in April- endorsed by the LMC.

Kaita wrote on his Facebook wall: “Aba is the city. The club is Enyimba Int’l. I want to thank you all, the Management, the Former Coaches, the players the Fans and of cause the LMC who played big part. I really appreciated you all. Once again thank you very much. Cheers”.

The ex-Kano Pillars stalwart’s return to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) reaped its dividends in terms of the population of fans at the Aba club’s training base and on their home ground on match days.

He made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Sharks of Port Harcourt, before grabbing the winner in a 1-0 home win over Kaduna Unitedon Match Day 13.

The LMC scheme was introduced in the 2013/14 season Framework and Rules to attract to the Glo Premier League, Nigeria internationals who must have featured for the country in international championships or those with a minimum of 20 national team appearances. Such players must also have played for clubs in a world class league.

It serves to provide them a platform to re-launch their international club career and for others, to enjoy a programmed exit to retirement from the game.

No club is allowed to register more than two of such players, under the terms of Elite Players Project and they must pay a negotiated wage to the player(s) while the LMC also remit a stipulated amount as allowance to the player.

“Kaita’s return to Europe is evidence of the competitiveness and qualities of the Glo Premier League which can help players re-launch their international career in Europe. We will continue to support players who embrace this scheme and assist them settle at any club that accepts them as we did with Kaita. We wish him all the best”, Chief Operating Officer of the LMC Salihu Abubakar said.

Why we have not replied Ihedioha’s attacks on Okorocha – Imo Government


Governor Okorocha

Imo State government has given reasons why it would not join issues with the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, over his recent encounter with Governor Rochas Okorocha.

A statement by the Media Aide to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, explained that, “Imo people and indeed Nigerians who had followed what transpired at the 2014 Iriji Mbaise festival held on Friday, August 15, 2014, would be shocked how or why we have decided not comment on that incident after our only reaction to that dishonourable act by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, in which case, we only took exception to that unprovoked verbal attack against the governor of the state, while still holding the kola he was given to present to the visitors at the event”.

He regretted that Ihedioha and his supporters have continued their media gimmicks to deceive the general public, saying, “on our part, we decided not to comment again on the issue.  And we have our reasons”.

The aide said the state government had discovered that Ihedioha deliberately launched the verbal attack on the governor at the Iriji event to give the impression that he can confront or fight Okorocha in the politics of the state, even when he knew that could not be possible by any standard.

DailyPost recalls that Ihedioha, while presenting kola nut to the governor at the festival, accused him for non-performance and the neglect of Mbaise people.
He said: “My governor, we are happy to have you in our midst at this time. Mbaise people are peace- loving and hospitable. As our governor, who has graced this occasion for the first time since assuming office, we are glad that you will address issues of neglect of Mbaise people before handing over to Owerri Zone and particularly to me next year.

“It is our collective wish that the issues be addressed soon as the 2015 general election is approaching when you will leave office for my administration as the governor to address neglect and decay”.

The statement which rattled the governor’s camp has heightened political tension in the state ahead of the February 28 governorship election in Imo state.
The development has also led to talks by prominent politicians and traditional rulers in the state on how to manage the situation.