I Am Not After David Mark’s Seat — Saraki


 

The chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki, has stated that he is not after the seat of Senate president David Mark.

Saraki stated this at a media chat with correspondents during a trip to Ilorin, while reacting to the current political situation in the country.

Saraki made it clear that his actions and comments in the Senate now or in the future of the 7th assembly were borne out of his passion and commitment to good governance, rule of law, equity, fairness, adherence to the constitution, sustenance and protection of our democracy.

Senator Saraki explained that he would continue to speak and voice out his beliefs, opinions and thoughts and ensure that what is right, just and fair in the interest of the Senate and the nation are entrenched.

He said, “It would be unfortunate of anyone, in any quarters, to equate to the fact that I want Senator Mark’s seat. I do not want his seat, but I will not be blackmailed in not doing or saying what I feel is right, because I have been down this road a number of times while standing strong on not only what is right but in the best interest of our great country. Therefore, I will not succumb to cheap blackmail that my intent was all about naked ambition or personal interest.

“September 2011, I stood up then to demand transparency and accountability in the management of the fuel subsidy scheme, where I voiced out the ongoing massive fraud in the scheme which posed great threat to our economy. Then I was called names and told that I did not like Mr President and that it was all about 2015 election and that my figures were grossly inaccurate and no such mismanagement took place. Now the facts have shown otherwise.”

Also last year, during the PDP crisis, when some state governors and National Assembly members rose up to challenge the impunity of the then PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and the running of the party, Senator Saraki and others were called names, but now they have been vindicated by the turnout of events even after they left the party.

Saraki said, “For me to dissipate my time and energy seeking Senator David Mark’s seat, with a year to election and likely possible only six months of active legislative activities, it will be illogical. But as leaders, there will be issues that I will continue to speak and stand for: what I believe is in the interest of the Senate and, in my view, the interest of our nation.”

Senator Saraki referred to the provision of Section 215 (4) of the 1999 Constitution which clearly stipulates the power and authority of a state governor as the chief security officer of the state, whereby he can give orders and instructions to the commissioner of police of his state within the confines of the constitution. “But where such commissioner of police disobeys the governor’s instructions, like in Rivers State, we cannot keep quiet because this is tantamount to the breach of the constitution.”

On the issue of declaration of seats vacant and defection of some senators, Saraki stated that the leadership of the Senate cannot and will not declare a senator’s seat vacant. This, he said, is in line with the decision taken recently by group of senators who had written to the Senate president expressing their opposition to such move. There is also, he said, a pending court action which bars the Senate leadership from taking any step towards declaring vacant the seat of any senator.

PDP senators set to formally join APC

Meanwhile, some senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will formally defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) this week.

The senators who had defected to the APC late last year alongside the G-5 governors will, any time from today, formally notify the Senate leadership of their defection.

Saraki dropped this hint during an interactive session with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday.

“It is not a matter of months; it is a matter of days and this week the Senate leadership will get the letter of our defection.”

Saraki, who dismissed insinuations that the delay by the senators to announce their defection on the floor of the upper chamber was out of fear they might lose their seats following the legal steps taken by the PDP over the issue, also explained why the APC is particular about the crisis in Rivers State.

He ruled out the possibility of his group returning to the PDP, saying that their commitment to the APC is “total”.

The forced resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as PDP chairman has vindicated his group, he noted. Saraki insisted that “there is no reason to go back to the PDP which has recently done what it should have done long ago with the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur”.

“I want you to rule out the issue of fear about our seats”, he said. “This week, we will write the Senate president of our decision to defect. The letter is ready; only that we don’t want to go solo; there are two other senators who are to go to their constituencies this weekend and finalise with their people.

“You know, when it comes to the Senate, the issue is more complicated and you have to handle it so; your constituency is larger than that of the representatives and, in politics, there are many things you must consider.

“But I can tell you it is not a question of if; it is a matter of when. And I can assure you it will happen. It is not a matter of months but of days. The letter is ready, I have signed my own and I can show you. We know that the majority of senators understand issues beyond the case filed by the PDP.”

On the focus of the APC on the Rivers State crisis, Saraki said there is an understanding that while the incumbent inspector-general of police has the experience and maturity to tackle the matter, it is evident that some other factors are working to hinder him, hence the need for federal legislators and other stakeholders to intervene.

He added: “I have been governor for eight years and been chairman of Governors’ Forum. We know the power of the governor under the law. During the time we had had occasions to look at states where the governor and the CP cannot work together and, in the interest of peace and political stability, we recommended the redeployment of such officers. It is necessary because the law says the governor will oversee issues of security.

“The IGP is an experienced officer; look the crisis in Rivers is less than what happened in Kwara State during the time of Governor Lawal; it was hotter than what they have now and the IGP was the CP here and he handled it. But for his maturity, maybe people like us wouldn’t have become governor.

“So if he cannot do what is right, we know it is because there are other factors responsible and we want to help him remove those factors.”

He also condemned attempts by some aggrieved members of the APC in the state to give false impressions about themselves and the party, saying a recent statement credited to a former House of Representatives candidate in the state, Reverend Bunmi Olusona, who claimed to be chairman of the party when there is nothing like that on ground, was politically irresponsible.

He appealed to members of the party and others interested in the future of Nigeria to come out and register with the APC starting from February.

Homosexual Governors Declare War On President Jonathan


Fresh and authentic news filtering in social circle indicates that a group of powerful politicians, who are prominent in the act of homosexuality, are the force behind the seemingly unpopular agitation against the anti-gay bill, which was recently signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

At the forefront of this group is a very powerful oligarchy, which has seen it all in the business circle having been on the board of many viable companies including a bank owned by a very powerful chief from the South West.

Also prominent in this clique is a top politician in the seat of governance in Nigeria, whose voice cannot be ignored as he stands as the most powerful politico from his stock in the present dispensation.

Two Governors from a very influential geographical area in the country are also neck-deep in this agitation against the Bill, but cannot come out to admit their preference for same sex.

The last personality that cannot be ignored is this slim-built politician, who sources say might be back to reckoning soon in the scheme of things in the country.

Our investigations revealed that the godfather of this powerful league of homosexuals is now the vice-president of a powerful elitist sport that once claimed the life of a top government official many years back.

A source actually revealed that this group operates like a cult; they know themselves and always ensure that their members rise into prominence.

The said leader always dresses like a monarch and goes around in a full paraphernalia of royalty in view of the powerful title he holds in the particular part of the country he hails from, he is in his 70s or early 80s now.

“He is stupendously rich, a traditional title holder and served on the board of a popular bank owned by a powerful chief from another part of the country, you can also trace his fingers on the board of many blue chip companies. The first Governor is slim-built, very handsome and deeply close to the big man in the government circle, he actually owned his rise to this quiet and also good looking politician, who sources said has slept with some of the aides of this Governor and the Governor himself.

“This set of folks is known to take advantage of poverty stricken gang boys, with promises of empowering them financially. It couldn’t have been worse than Sodom and Gomorrah,” a source told us.

The second Governor is said to be neck deep in this gay mess that his exploits once threatened his government and he had to practically go on his belly to appease a group, which threatened to expose his activities about four years ago.

“At a point, the most popular talk on the streets of the state capital is this phrase “the Governor, who goes in pampers,” you know what that means, it is now that he is getting ready to quit office that he is having the effrontery to talk.

“These are high ranking gangs bankrolling the activities of the gay rights group behind the iron curtain, I wish they can be bold enough to show their faces just like their counterparts in the western world,” said our source.

Our investigations revealed that they are aware of the implications and would do or go to any length to cover their tracks.

“They use middlemen, who are close to them to reach out to these gay rights advocates to give them the courage and the financial backing to fight their cause in Nigeria and abroad,” a source told our reporter last week.

The Nigerian anti-gay law bans same-sex marriages, defying a threat from Britain to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights. The law by Africa’s most populous nation calls for a 14-year sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality. Anyone who aids or “abets” same-sex unions faces 10 years in prison, a provision that could target rights groups.

Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries based on remnants of sodomy laws introduced during the British colonial era and perpetuated by cultural beliefs.

Femi Kuti Loses Out On Grammy Award For The Fourth Time


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Afro Beat legend Femi Kuti was nominated for his fourth Grammy Award at last night’s ceremony which took place in Los Angeles. Femi Kuti was nominated in the Best World Music Album category alongside Ravi Shankar, Gipsy Kings (France) Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) sadly he lost to Gipsy Kings (France) Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa) who tied for the win. Femi has grown less optimistic about winning a Grammy with each nomination he has received and that’s why he did not attend this years ceremony.He was actually performing at The Shrine at the time of the Grammys

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‘D’Banj & Genevieve Nnaji Are Not Dating! It Was All A Publicity Stunt’ – Insider


 

 

According to Encomium Weekly, inside sources have confirmed to them that there is no intimate relationship between Nigeria’s top entertainer  D’Banj and A-list Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji. That what happened on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Nigerian  Breweries Plc’s sponsored event tagged, Club Ultimate, shouldn’t be used as evidence that the celebrities have rekindled their love cos it’s all a publicity stunt.
ENCOMIUM Weekly says they were at the event when D’Banj, garbed in a white shirt, straight cut black jeans and a black waist coat, drove in in a  black Bentley (one of the two Bentleys he bought while in the defunct  Mo’Hits), followed by a G-Wagon, which was driven by the gifted  thespian, Genevieve. Obviously, the expression on D’Banj’s face showed that he wanted the  actress, and they displayed public affection for each other.
But the source said there was no intimacy in what we all saw that night, other than having fun. The source, who did not want his name published  said:

“D’Banj and ‘Gene’, as Geneveive is fondly called, once dated. They were  dating when D’Banj paid Genevieve N2 million to feature her in Fall in  Love video, before they parted ways. Since then, they have been best  friends,”

D’Banj (32) has been romantically linked with different ladies, notable  among them were Jennifer Obayuwana, Ini Edo, Nadia Buari, Sarah Ofili,  among others, but the entertainer said he is yet to find the right girl. While Genevieve Nnaji (33) was also said to have had a liaison with top celebrities, including Kunle Coker and others.

SSS uncovers el-Rufai’s hideout •Awaits his appearance on Monday


 

The Department of State Security Services (SSS)  has uncovered the hideout of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai in Abuja as the face-off between the former minister and the security agency entered day three.

A source in the service told the Sunday Tribune that operatives have located the  former minister who is believed to be hiding in the home of his friend at Minister’s Hill, Maitama, Abuja.

Operatives of the service had, on Friday, invaded the Abuja home of Mallam el-Rufai following his failure to honour an invitation extended to him on Thursday.

The former minister was invited by the SSS to explain the provocative statement credited to him in a media report on Thursday. But he was nowhere near the house when the operatives visited.

It was also learnt on Saturday that a lawyer friend of the former minister had volunteered to take him to the headquarters of the SSS on Monday.

It was learnt that the lawyer had already given his words to the DSS on the issue.

A highly placed source in the know said: “His (el-Rufai) lawyer says he’ll come with him to our office on Monday. We are taking him on  his words. We know where he is hiding in his friend’s house at the Minister’s Hill in Maitama. We are not moving in on him. We believe his lawyer is a gentleman. But if by Monday he refuses to come then we know what to do. We are still extending our usual civility to him,” the source stated.

Tragedy as council vice-chairman slumps, dies while waiting for doctor in Edo State


Tragedy struck in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo state following the sudden death of its Vice Chairman, Charles Eshiesimua, who slumped and died while waiting for a doctor on Friday.

According to report, Eshiesimua died at about 3.55p.m. while waiting to see a doctor at the Iruua Specialist Hospital in Esan Central Local Government Area of the state where he had gone for a medical check-up.

The council Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Momoh, who expressed sadness over the death said, was still in shock.

“The death of Charles is surprising to me because we both spoke before I left for Benin.

“I can’t believe that Charles is dead,’’ Momoh said on Saturday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Thierry Henry reveals why he will never have a Twitter or Instagram account


Henry GQFormer Arsenal and Barcelona striker, Thierry Henry, has revealed his preference to communicate with people via traditional media, than through social media sites.

The Frenchman, who could command a huge following on any social media he chooses to open an account with, says he has no wish to open one and will keep talking to journalists.

“Zero interest. Minus 120%, whatever you want to put. I don’t like Twitter, I don’t like Instagram, I don’t have a Twitter [account], I don’t have an Instagram,” Henry stated.

“You can find a lot of pages of me there and it’s not me. I don’t see the point. I’m very old school like that. That’s why you guys are here. I can talk about it so you can write, I don’t need to have Twitter.

“You can relate to what I’m saying about whatever, you know, old school. For me it’s good, I like it when I speak to people face to face, I’m here looking at you.

“I have never understood it. I don’t understand all that Twitter, Instagram thing. I don’t really get it. But I respect it.”

ALAMPASU IS BETTER THAN AGBIM- Foot ball analysts


 

Football analysts  have  advised coach Stephen Keshi to improve the goalkeeping department of the Super Eagles at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) by replacing Agbim  with  Alampasu the  under 17 goalkeeper in the last junior tournament who is also with the Super Eagles .The Eagles rallied from three goals down to win 4-3 after extra time in their quarter-final encounter in Cape Town, South Africa.The win gave the Nigerian side a semi-final ticket in their maiden appearance at the competition which is for players featuring in domestic leagues on the continent. However football analysts  are saying   that the three goals scored by Morocco were cheap goals the goalkeeper should not have conceded.They insist that  Chigozie Agbim is not the best that we have and wondered  why Keshi is insisting on him.

Defection saga: Not even David Mark can stop us – 52 Senators


Over 52 members of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly who are set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, have declared that even the Senate president, David Mark, cannot stop any of them.

The Senators had earlier in a joint letter noted with concern the threats by private and public officials to declare their seats vacant if they dump the People’s Democratic Party for other political parties.

However, Senate sources last night disclosed to Leadership Newspaper that although the move to declare the seats of the aggrieved PDP lawmakers vacant had been in the offing, Mark had distanced himself from it.

But the affected Senators, who argued that defection was a norm in Nigerian political history, asked Mark not to “support any plan to cause any setback to the current political dispensation in Nigeria.”

Among the Senators who signed the letter written to Mark were Chris Ngige, George Akume, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Magnus Abe, Wilson Ake, Mohammed Danjuma Goje and Alhassan Aisha Jummai.

Others were Mohammed Ali Ndume, Ahmed Maccido, Kabidu Gaya, Prof. Olusola Adeyeye, Oluremi Tinubu and Solomon Ewuga.

The Senators havedescribed the threats to declare vacant their seats as “mischievous and capable of undermining the independence of the legislature and taking away the mandate given to them as the representatives of the Nigerian people.”

They said, “We hereby note that this is not the first experience in the Senate where some Senators have moved to political parties of their choices as a result of one reason or the other, whereas, such has not caused any political tension or intimidation. It is our resolve that the Senate should maintain and sustain this principle and precedence.

“It is our resolve that we do not support any attempt that the seat of any Senator proposing to defect to another political party be declared vacant except by recall process from their constituents or by pronouncement of a court of competent and final jurisdiction, rather than politics of intimidation, harassment and comment that could jeopardise the peaceful co-existence of unity of Nigeria.

“only a foolish man will vote for Jonathan- Gov Amaechi


Amaechi-Ogoni1Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday dared the odds, by visiting the volatile Bori in Ogoniland.

This comes a week after hoodlums disrupted his rally, shooting sporadically into the crowd. Scores were injured after the attack.

DailyPost had Saturday morning reported that thugs, armed with different dangerous weapons are seen loitering around the venue of the Save Rivers Movement rally.

We reported that sounds of gunshots were heard by residents as early as 3am. Sources say the action was to scare people away from the event.

Speaking at the rally which eventually held under police protection in and around the area, Amaechi blamed the Police Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu, for allowing militants take up arms against the people.

”The same people (militants) we chased away with the military are back to our state, fuelled by a man called Mbu and his cohorts in Abuja.

“They do not mind that your lives are important. They want to sacrifice your lives just to earn the office of presidency and the office of governorship,” Amaechi told his supporters at Saints’ Anglican Church premises.

He berated an ex-militant who was said to have masterminded last week’s shooting.

”In 2007, this territory (Ogoni) belonged to one man called Solomon. I learnt he came to shoot here (Bori). Nobody could gather. Police could not even gather here. They were being shot at. I bought for the police 7 APCs (Armoured Personnel Carriers). They were afraid,” he said.

This time, the rally organised by Save Rivers Movement (SRM) was peaceful with armed policemen providing security in and around the area.

He said the release of the funds would have transformed the four local government areas of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme.

“UNEP finished all it needed to do and recommended that at least $1 billion was required to cleanup Ogoni and develop the Ogoni people,” Amaechi said.

He further took a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan, saying “Have you seen the $1 billion (from the federal government) and they want you to vote for them? It will be a foolish man that will vote for the person, who denies you your rights.

“ÜNEP asked Federal government to spend $1billion in Ogoni to change things, they said no. $49.8 billion is missing. If they say $49.8 billion is not missing, let them tell us where the money is. Let them publish. It is in their pocket.”

“Without the UNEP report, the federal government cannot develop Ogoni. You are all suffering. You cannot fish. You cannot farm because your land is polluted.”

He called on the Ogoni and the people of the state to stand up to whoever might want to intimidate them for political gains.

Continuing, “I do not want to come back to Ogoni to hear that you were shattered. I do not want you to take the law into your own hands but I want you to make sure that nobody shoots at you.

“They (gun-wielding militants) are all human beings. They are not ghosts. They are neither angels nor devil. They are human beings like you. If a man slaps you and gets away with it, tomorrow, he will come back.

“The history of Ogoni is replete with struggle. They killed Ken Saro-Wiwa (during the regime of the late Gen. Sani Abacha on November 10, 1995).Is the struggle over?

“The man said you might take away my life but you would not take away the idea. You can kill the messenger, not the message. The idea of the liberation of the Ogoni people, is it not still on? I have been part of that idea.”

Amaechi-Ogoni2On party politics, he said: “PDP claims to be the biggest party in Nigeria. APC is the fastest -growing party in Nigeria. Then, there was no ACN, no CPC, only PDP in Rivers State. Now, they have seen another party, why are they afraid?

“Why are they fighting? Why are they shooting? Why are they using policemen? They should allow voting to take place.”

In a solidarity message from his sick bed abroad, Senator Magnus Abe, who was hit by a rubber bullet at an earlier rally praised the people for attending the event, saying violence cannot subdue the spirit of a free people.

Abe, an Ogoni, who monitored the inauguration and rally from London, noted that the successful hosting of the event “in the face of threats and intimidation was a confirmation that the principle of non-violence with which Ogoni heroes fought the then federal military government and multinational corporations was still the best weapon.”

He praised Amaechi for his courage and exemplary commitment to Ogoni course, saying: “the governor was ready to take the first bullet for Ogoni. His courage, doggedness and commitment to truth continue to justify the decision of true Rivers people to stand with him in the defence of our state.”

Stoke City Reach Agreement With Cardiff For Odemwingie


Official : Stoke City Reach Agreement With Cardiff For Odemwingie
This is now official. Per a statement on the Stoke City website, the club has informed that it has reached an agreement with Cardiff City over the transfer of  Peter Odemwingie.

It is a straight swap, with Kenwyne Jones moving in the opposite direction.

The transfer is subject to the Nigeria international passing his medical and agreeing personal plus financial terms.

Probably this weekend, Odemwingie will be unveiled by the Potters.

He previously defended the colors of West Brom in addition to his brief spell in Wales.

Photo Credit: wba.co.uk

Electoral Campaigns to Commence November 16


ELECTION-IMOWith the release of the 2015 general elections time-table by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), indications emerged, yesterday, that the campaigns for the next presidential poll would kick off not later than November 16 this year in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The 2011 Amended Electoral Act, which INEC relied upon in issuing the time-table, stipulates that campaigns into elective offices must begin 90 days to election day.

 

Counting from the date set by INEC for the election on February 14, 2015 means that the campaigns must start not later than November 15, 2014 and end on February 12, 2015, which is 24 hours before the end of the 90 days stipulated in the Act.

Section 99 of the Act states: “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day and shall end 24 hours prior to that day.”

SSS Vows to Fish Out El-Rufai as Search for His Whereabout Continues


Operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) have vowed to fish out the interim national deputy secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Nasir el-Rufai, so he would clear himself of the inflammatory statements on the 2015 elections which the media attributed to him.

The agency, which insisted that it had secured a court warrant to arrest the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, said the search for him had continued.

 

The manhunt for the APC chieftain started on Friday when, at noon, a detachment of armed SSS men stormed his Maitama District home and attempted to force their way into the compound shortly after the man had left home to pick his children from school.

The SSS had invited el-Rufai for questioning over a statement it considered inflammatory, but he turned down the invitation and asked the security agency to come to his house for whatever questioning or get a court warrant to arrest him.

After a fruitless search for el-Rufai at his Mambilla Street residence in the FCT, the operatives stormed his second house in Madeira Street, also in Abuja, where his private guards allegedly resisted their entry into the property and were manhandled.

The spokesperson of the SSS, Marylyn Ogar, who confirmed the search for el-Rufai in his second house, said nobody was beaten up.

According to Ogar, the SSS got an arrest warrant as demanded by el-Rufai, but could not find him to personally serve him the document.

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Nadia Buari & Her Gorgeous Mom


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President Jonathan Applauds Super Eagles’ Come-back Victory Against Morocco


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President Goodluck Jonathan heartily congratulates the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their exhilarating come-back victory over their Moroccan counterparts this evening in Cape Town in the quarter-finals of the ongoing African Nations Championship.

President Jonathan applauds the indomitable spirit with which the Super Eagles fought back from being three goals down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and win a most memorable victory with almost the last kick of the match.

The President commends the courage, patriotism, determination and dedication to national service exhibited by the Super Eagles today to all other Nigerians.

 

He urges the team to maintain their exemplary commitment to national duty until ultimate victory in the continental soccer championship for home-based players is achieved.

President Jonathan assures the team and its handlers that they will continue to receive the fullest possible support from the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they strive to add the African Nations Championship trophy to the African Nations Cup which Nigeria won last year.

He joins all other patriotic and proud Nigerians in praying for the success of the team in the semi-finals and finals of the tournament.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

January 25, 2014

N10 MILLION SCANDAL ROCKS A.I.D.N WITH GOV. AKPABIO IN THE CENTRE OF CONTROVERSY


By Uwem Sam.

Since last year some of our Brothers & Sisters from Germany, United Kingdom and  in United State have called on us for help concerning scam instituted against them by a body they associated with, called Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network (A.I.D.N.) We were not interested to carry out this investigation because they refused to listen to warning given to them previously, but since the mission of Liberty Voice is to set our people free from all form of captivity we have decided to take up this matter.

Investigators of Liberty Voice has discovered how N10,000,000.00 about $90,000 given to A.I.D.N. by Gov. Akpabio was not accounted for and its whereabouts unknown.

The revelation came during the meeting of officials of Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network (AIDN) with Gov. Akpabio as it was disclosed to the governor that some people were still being owed to the tune of ($25,000.00) twenty five thousand dollars. The governor then asked Hon. Commissioner of Information Mr Aniekan Umanah to talk about the disappearance of the money and why anybody is owed when there was enough money to cover the event.

Since no explanation was given by either the Akwa ibom Commissioner for Information, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, Special Adviser on Diaspora Affairs, Mr Clement Ikpatt or The AIDN secretary, Barrister Uduak Ukpe, the governor got up and left the meeting abruptly in annoyance. Our investigators are seriously at work trying to find out the whereabouts of this money and several calls to Mr Aniekan Umanah and officials of AIDN did   not receive any response. For now we are expanding our investigation to Germany, United Kingdom and United States of America. But the three MUSKETEERS, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, Clement Ikpatt and Barrister Uduak Ukpe must be held accountable to  account for this money.

In Los Angeles A.I.D.N coordinators, Mr. Moses Edem, Essien Essien and other members have refused to pick our calls. These are the group of people who were dancing naked for Akpabio must go even after we called police on them for holding illegal meeting in public property  to promote A.I.D.N in Southern California. Undoubtedly, we‘re hoping to meet with them very soon so that they would account for the money. They can run but they definitely cannot hide.

To the general public if you have information that will help our investigators feel free to contact Liberty Voice through our email. We hope to bring full disclosure of our discovery to our citizen very soon since Akwa Ibom State funds are involved. After three years of the so called economic summit organized by AIDN and millions of dollars injected into the event, there’s nothing to show for. Not even one industry. I wonder what they are going to do this year to siphon Akwa Ibom people’s money

May I use this opportunity to inform the following persons who were  in the AIDN business, Mr. Clement Ikpat, Hon. Aniekan Umana,  Barrister Uduak Ukpe & Mr. Moses Edem, that we are coming for them very soon.

Stay tune for more to come

Uwem Sam

Liberty Voice, Los Angeles.

My girlfriend turned me gay – Suspected gay pedophile


Justice Olise, a suspected pedophile who was arrested in Benin, Edo State has confessed to sodomizing five children after police interrogation.
The 33-year-old man who works as a fork-lift operator with the Coca Cola bottling Company allegedly had sex with boys whose age range from 10 to 15 years. Olise was arrested on January 1st, 2014 at his No. 20 Evbodaghe street residence, Eyaen in Benin City.
He was arrested and paraded along with 59 other suspected criminals by the Edo State Police Command. Now, he is full of regrets and says being a gay “is bad in the sight of God and man”, advising would-be gays to get away from the act.
During an interview with Saturday Sun, Olise attributed his action to a heartbreak he suffered from his girlfriend.
Is it true you sexually assaulted five boys?
I sexually assaulted four boys. Three of them are 10-years-old while one is 11. They are my neighbours.
Why do you develop interest in males?
It all happened when my girlfriend broke my heart sir. I tried to stay away from women and I was just alone for a while.
How do you feel when you assault children like that?
I feel so bad.
How many times did you do it?
Some twice, some once. It’s mostly twice and I think three times, finish.
Were they not crying when you were doing it?
No.
They said you did it for ritual, is it true?
I never did it for ritual, honestly between God and man.
How were you now caught?
It was the children that went to tell their parents.
When were you arrested?
I was arrested on the 1st of January 2014.
Before then, were you aware of the anti-gay bill which the president just signed into law?
I heard about it but I never knew this is the kind of thing they are talking about.
How do you feel being here now?
I feel so bad sir.
What would you tell those who would want to do this kind of thing that you have done?
They should get away from it because it’s so bad in the sight of God and man.

NDLEA Arrests Student Who Bought Drugs With His Tuition


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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has apprehended a twenty year-old undergraduate at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos for importing 1.745 kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis popularly called hemp. The suspect, Udiomeh Kufre Ita was found in possession of the drug during the inward screening of passengers on an Africa World Airlines flight from Accra, Ghana at the weekend.

NDLEA Lagos Airport commander, Mr Hamza Umar said that the drug was detected during routine screening of passengers. “An undergraduate student was found in possession of two parcels of cannabis weighing 1.745kg during routine search of passengers. The drug was hidden inside his bag containing personal effects. He was immediately arrested and the case is under investigation” Hamza stated.

The suspect who reportedly gained admission into the faculty of Management Sciences at the Regent University is currently assisting narcotic investigators assigned to the case. In his confessional statement, Udoimeh Kufre Ita said that he used his tuition fees in purchasing the drug found on him.

According to the suspect, “I spent my school fees on cell phone, smoking hemp and attending night clubs. I bought a cell phone for 107,000 naira and spent my school fees recklessly. I thought I could make enough profit from the sale of cannabis to offset the deficit in my tuition. I bought each parcel of hemp for 220 Ghana cedi. I did not know what came over me and I am afraid to go to my parents. My father is a retiree” the suspect stated. He hails from Akwa-Ibom State but grew up in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA Ahmadu Giade has described the action of the student as shameful and sad. In his words, “this is very shameful and sad. It shows that the suspect is morally bankrupt. Students must understand that drug use is inimical to the pursuit of their academic goals” Giade stated.

The NDLEA boss called on members of the public to avoid drug use and support the fight against drugs. “Abstinence from drug use is the best solution but those who have problem with drug use should please seek professional help before it is too late. Let us support the anti-drug campaign for a peaceful and fulfilled life” Giade added.

The suspect will be placed on counselling and may likely be charged to court for unlawful importation of cannabis.

Gov. Okorocha Gives Ohakim, Ararume Bloody Nose


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From Citizen Reporter – …Apex Court Says It Is Gross Abuse Of Court Process … Ohakim, Others Described As Indolent And Power Drunk … It Is A Re-Validation Of The People’s Mandate – Madumere

The seeming induced tension in Imo State over what would be the outcome of appeal by Governor of Imo State over the judgment of Appeal Court to join Ikedi Ohakim for the second time has been ruptured irredeemably by the apex court today after it delivered judgment in favor of Imo Governor.

Governor Okorocha had gone to court challenging Ohakim’s bid to be joined with Senator Ifeanyi Ararume after the former governor had lost all his challenges from Tribunal to the Supreme Court describing such as gross abuse of court process.

At about 10:30 am, today, rising from the Court Judgment by the Supreme Court presided by Hon. Justice Fabiyi and delivered Hon. Justice Clara Tata Ogunbiyi JSC, the Court set aside all judgments obtained by the lower courts, which were described as gross abuse of court process.

The Court however observed that a matter that has been conclusively concluded was surreptitiously smuggled through the back door due to the indolent posture of the former Imo governor, Sir Ikedi Godson Ohakim. The court wondered why a case that has been properly concluded should be brought back.

While delivering the historic judgment, in her words, “there must be an end to litigations”. The court lashed out at desperate politicians to exercise restraint in their quest for power and should not undermine the sanctity of court and the law of the land; wherefore, it is imperative that the court should have it as a duty to stop this worrisome trend.

The court further chided the lower and appellate court for raising the hope of ignorant PDP chieftains and their sponsors. The Supreme further awarded N100, 000 damage to Governor Okorocha.

It will be recalled how Imo PDP has constituently deceived their members with a case that ought have been a post-election matter. Furthermore, the matter was masterminded by indolent Ohakim in his act of desperation for power.

Speaking after the judgement, Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere described the judgement as the validation of the people’s mandate given to Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha. He further said the people’s mandate have variously been justified with the monumental development by Owelle Rochas Okorocha led Rescue Mission Government. Imo Deputy enumerated countless achievements of the present government ranging from free education, construction of 305 primary schools, massive road construction being witnessed in all the local governments and urban cities in Imo State.

It will be recalled that Ararume Prayed the court to decide the constitutionality of supplementary election, which brought Governor Okorocha into office for which his then defunct party, ACN partook with PDP. It will also be recalled that the Ikedi Ohakim had told the public he was not going to challenge Governor Okorocha in court so as to prevent him from going through what he went through in courts suites.

Prince Madumere chided desperate politicians advising them to play by the rules other than trying to desecrate the hallowed sanctity of the judiciary. He further called to question the deliberate ploy by some politicians to botch the massive development being witnessed in Imo State in the name of politics.

It must be observed that Imo PDP has woefully failed its faithful by eternally maintaining its status as a group of people deceiving people. It is hoped that people will at this juncture be reawakened to their responsibility of pursuing a course that is futuristic than chasing shadow in the garden of desperate politicians that believe in agbata ekee.

 

National Dialogue: Ndigbo should harmonize leadership – Ozobu


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IFEANYI EZUGWU,ENUGU. The Leadership of Ndigbo has once again run into troubled water as two Igbo groups agitate for recognition in the proposed national conference.

The two groups are the Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Chief Garry Igarawey and the Igbo Leaders of Thought led by Prof. Ben Nwabueze.

Eminent Chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Richard Ozobu has however to told the two groups to go to rest, noting that both groups lack credibility to represent Ndigbo.

Ozobu rather advised the forum of South East Governor to resolve the dichotomy by implementing its report on the solution to Ohanaeze impasse.

The governors were said to have long resolved to conduct a new Ohanaeze election as a solution to the crisis but nothing has been done about that till now.

Ozobu suggested that the election could be conducted within two weeks so that Ndigbo could harmonize views to speak with one voice at the conference.

He maintained that the Igarawey led Ohanaeze lacked legitimacy since the executive was not properly elected, while the Nwabueze group cannot claim to be representing Ndigbo with a selected few people mostly from Anambra state that is not a competent umbrella of Ndigbo.

Ozobu said: “At least for now we can say let the principal officers be produced; the top leadership of Ohanaeze. Those who are there should vacate because their states have said they did not produce them. And it will not take 48 hours to produce those who should be there.

“I don’t know how critical you think the dialogue is because the last one we had has not been implemented, what matters is this; if there is a terrible division in that place how do we match forward from there as a nation; isn’t that more important?

“I am saying that to represent Ndi-Igbo where Nigeria is meeting it has to be properly done by those who Igbo’s have confidence in through an organization they set up. And we have already said that that vehicle is deficient; the engine is not well; Ohanaeze engine knocked.

“One of the things holding us back on that extra State given to us is Ndi-Igbo agreeing to which state it is going to be. Nobody wants to face the facts.

“The Igbo position and Ohanaeze have no place for these side meetings that Nwabueze is having and he should know better because he is the architect of that constitution. So everything must be done through the framework of Ohanaeze.

“If Nwabueze has endorsed Igariwey and his group and is saying Ohanaeze has accepted this thing then we have to live by it because we said the umbrella organization is Ohanaeze and whatever position they take is what we are going to take as Igbo. So both sides are not competent to speak for Igbo.

“There is still time; the situation can still be remedied within 7-14 days. Let’s go back to the constitution let Ebonyi State bring the President General, call a meeting again and then affirm it; finish. Other aspects can be suspended but the principal officers, those positions, who on daily basis are referred to in any Igbo meeting, President General and Secretary-General, something must happen to them.”

Human Heads Saga at Upper Class Hotel: Startling Revelations Emerge


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From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Nnewi
Upper Class Hotel was demolished August 1, 2013 by the Anambra state Government following what every body believed was an impeccable exhibit against the owner of the hotel Chief Bonaventure Mokwe.  He was allegedly caught with two fresh human heads and 2 AK 47 rifles with ammunition.
The action the Governor, Mr Peter Obi performed based on existing law by the Anambra state House of Assembly empowering him so to do. From developments now, it appears Obi acted on false information but that attracted applause, commendations and counter reactions then and subsequently Mokwe was charged along side three others while others were said to be at large for killing one Nnalue Okafor and allegations of possession of arms and ammunition as well as two fresh human heads.
But there was confusion yesterday when Sunday Nation after four months of investigation on who Nnalue Okafor is and how he was declared missing burst the family of Nnalue Okafor  at Ifite Ogwari in Anyamelum local government area of Anambra state. And revealed a chilling story of how the police arrested Nnalue at Silas street Onitsha as a MASSOB member and narrated how they were later invited to Awkuzu Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)by a SARS member identified as Emma because of their son.
 The man who was with Nnalue Okafor when he was arrested and a member of MASSOB too  Igbonyeukwu Onyedika known also as Ngige confirmed he was with Nnalue Okafor , 23 years old on April 29, 2013 when Police Hilux van picked him and whisked him away at Silas street Onitsha , Rollas Hotel axis without eating the food he ordered for.  He confirmed also that Nnalue is a MASSOB member.
The Parents Mr Nweke Okafor and Mrs Nwaoza Okafor narrated how they visited SARS on three occasions on invitation of SARS officials that their son was there and their attention was needed for the sake of her son, and how they were prevented from seeing him demanding police to produce their son dead or alive.  They insisted that there son was in the police custody from April 29 as testified by his friend and ally until SARS got involved and was in custody of SARS by August to October she went last to SARS on invitation of SARS. They knew Nnalue was a MASSOB member.
Confusion best described the mood at the Nigerian Police station when confronted by the revelation that Nnalue they said Mokwe killed was in their custody, but the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP , Emeka Chukwuemeka insisted he would not speak on the issue of Mokwe since they have charged him to court.
Every effort made to get him react proved abortive as he insisted Mokwe was culpable following painstaking investigation by the SARS and reminded that he was found with fresh human heads?
Efforts to see the commissioner of police Gwary Akila Usman or the OC SARS , James Nwafor was not successful as Chukwuemeka said CP was busy and having spoken , there is no need seeing Nwafor. That Nwafor confirmed was okay by him.
It would be recalled that police has charged Mokwe and others for killing Nnalue Okafor at an Onitsha Magistrate Court on 17th of October , 2013. That is where the confusion is coming from now.
  In a charge sheet No MO/502C/2013 between Commissioner of Police Vs Bonaventure Mokwe 52 years, Justin Nwankwo 29 years, Ikechukwu Uche 25 years and Chibueze Ikemere 34 years, with others at large were accused of murder of one Nnalue Okafor unlawfully.
The 4 point charge sheet before an Onitsha Magistrate’s court read stated that Mokwe and others killed Nnalue Okafor  and were seen with two fresh human heads at Upper Class Hotel Onitsha and as well illegally possession of two AK 47 rifle Nos 1266 and 3170 with 56 rounds of ammunition.
Mokwe in a reaction said he is pained by the family name rubbished by the allegations and would not blame Peter Obi for his actions because he was acting on a false information although he could have exercised some caution.  He prayed the Commissioner of Police to ensure torture to obtain information is ruled out from SARS as himself as CP will testify doing anything for his freedom if found in similar circumstance of torture at SARS if not that he is CP.
But a human rights group Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) raised alarm how police could arrest some people only to turn around and accuse others of killing them in a trumped up charges in order to cover up their tracks and have an innocent citizens perish for something they know nothing about.
Programme/Advocacy Coordinator of NOPRIN Foundation, Comrade Okechukwu Nwanguma described as preposterous  for trained officers to still engage in dark ages method to illicit information and appealed for disbanding of the practice to enable upright people not suffer for the wicked.

‘Iran to attack US interests if attacked’


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The interests of the US in the region will be completely destroyed in case it carried out any military attack against Iran, a senior Iranian commander said Saturday.Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy chief of the Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, said that the US government knows that the military option against Iran was not practical, Xinhua quoted Jazayeri as saying during an interview Friday in response to earlier comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

On Thursday, Kerry said that the military option was still on the table if Iran did not live up to its nuclear commitments under the Geneva deal signed in November.

Parents in Bayelsa Put Teenage Daughter in a Cage for Two and Half Years (PHOTOS)


Tongues have begun to wag in Bayelsa following the discovery of a 16-year-old girl, Blessing Olokumo who had been locked up in a cage for the past 30 months by her parents over an alleged witchcraft induced illness. It has been gathered that the cage that has housed the victim for two and half years is just by the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri community, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state. She was rescued from the cage few days ago by the Mary Slessor Twins Foundation. The group, led by its acting president, Mr Robert Ebitei Tonye, disclosed that preliminary investigations revealed that Blessing was diagnosed with an illness nine years ago which triggered convulsion. Findings revealed that when Blessing was taken to the hospital for medical attention nine years ago, the parents were asked to pay #15, 000 for her treatment.
It was further learnt that the father, who said he could not afford such medical bill, requested her to be discharged and signed a form that he was taking her from the hospital against medical advice.
He was said to have later taken her to different traditional homes for her illness to be cured and when no solution was forthcoming, especially when she defecates and vomits in the house, he decided to construct a cage where she was kept.
Concerned neighbours, who have watched in horror the maltreatment Blessing was subjected to, alerted the group known for its campaign against maltreatment of twins in the state.
The first day the group went to the house to rescue her, Tonye said some strange occurrences and the blunt refusal of the father to hand her over, prevented the group from rescuing her.
But on its second mission, they succeeded and immediately took her to the Okolobiri hospital.
While lamenting the condition of the teenager, Tonye said: “She was kept like a rabbit. She was given food when it was available and was allowed to sleep in her vomit, feces and urine. She lost weight and could have died”.
At the Okolobiri hospital where she is kept, many who visited her described her parents’ action as wicked and callous.
Speaking further on the incident, Tonye said: “The father told us that the girl has been sick for 13 years and since she refused to die, she was locked up. We rescued her and took her to the hospital. Our pre-occupation is to stabilize her condition before we ensure we press charges against the parents”
Scared that he could be arrested, Olokumo has already gone underground. The mother, Mrs Olokumo, who now stays with her at the hospital, lamented that they have spent all their money to get solution to her problem.
According to her, since they could not get money to get her proper medical attention, they decided to give up and she allowed the father to handle it.
Dr Oyedeji Adeyemi of the NDUTH, who is attending to her, explained that her case is that of seizure disorder which was not properly treated.
“The case is principally a case of a child having a seizure disorder in what some people would call epilepsy which in technical terms is seizure disorder which was not treated appropriately.
“Rather than give her medical attention, she was kept out of the house, sort of restricted environment and barely fed which had over time led to malnutrition”, Adeyemi stated.
Some civil society groups have already concluded plans to give all the necessary support to the Mary Slessor Twins Foundation to see that Blessing’s parents do not go free for the act of inhumanity to their own child.

Julius Agwu’s 4-Year-Old Daughter, Zahra [Photos]


PDP leaders shun Tambuwal at Oba of Benin palace


THE gulf between the speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) became more apparent at the weekend in Benin City as the Edo State chapter of the party shunned him when he visited the state.

The Speaker and the executive members of the Edo State chapter of the PDP were at the palace of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba Erediuawa, about the same time to condole with him over the passing away of his first wife, Oloi Esther Omoyemwense Erediauwa, who died penultimate Saturday.

The Edo PDP, led by the state chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, had arrived at the palace shortly before the Speaker got to the palace with a group of members of the All Progressives Party (APC), including Honourable Rasaq Bello-Osagie and Honourable Samson Osagie.

Though the contingent of the Edo PDP were only few metres away from the Speaker’s group at the entrance to the inner chamber of the palace where the Oba receives visitors, there was no exchange of pleasantries between the two groups.

Speaking on the snob, Chief Dan Orbih said the Speaker did not inform the leadership of the PDP in the state as he has often did during his previous visits to Edo State.

In their condolence message, the Edo PDP described the late Oba’s wife as a mother, who lived a good life and worked for the maintenance of peace in the Benin kingdom.

The Speaker later visited Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the Goverment House after he departed from the palace.

2015: Battle for VP begins in Katsina


By HENRY UMORU

STRONG indications have emerged that the battle for the slot of  the vice presidential candidate ahead of  the 2015 presidential election may have begun from the North-west  geo- political zone of the country that presently occupies the position.

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, a  former governor of Kaduna State, presently occupies the position as the number two citizen, but events of  yesterday in Katsina  and before his very eyes when the shouting of Sai Shema rented the air were signals to the political permutations that may happen ahead of  February 14, 2015 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Sambo urged governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emulate Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State who assisted the state chairman of the party in putting up a state secretariat. Commissioning over N400 million projects  in Katsina, the vice president, who hailed the Katsina State chapter of the PDP for erecting the edifice, however, expressed confidence that the party secretariat would provide a  conducive environment for the running of party affairs.

There were uncontrollable shouts of ‘Nigeria sai Shema’, which rented the air when Sambo climbed the rostrum before he began his speech prior to his commissioning of the secretariat, which many interpreted to be a tacit call on Shema to take a shot at the presidency or vice presidency. As soon as the vice president  held the microphone to speak and with the shout of ‘Nigeria’, it was immediately greeted with “Sai Shema”.

Sambo appeared taken aback with  the response  instead of the usual ‘Sai Jonathan or Sai Sambo’. In  his remarks, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, who also hailed   the Katsina  chapter of the party for the office complex, however, assured the members that his leadership will embrace everyone, saying he would engage in  moves that will  reconcile  aggrieved party members and bring back to PDP the governors  who defected as well as the lawmakers and stakeholders who left the PDP.

Present at the commissioning of the secretariat were 10 PDP governors, led by the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum and governor of Akwa Ibom State,   Godswill Akpabio. Also, yesterday, Shema  was turbaned the Sarkin   Fulanin Katsina 1 by the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.

Speaking at the ceremony, the emir, who harped on the   need   for politicians, especially elected officials, to be fair to the people, stressed that the best way to solve the people’s problems was to relate with them. On why the title was bestowed on the Katsina governor, Usman, who explained that   he was most deserving against the backdrop of what he has done to transform Katsina, said, “There is free education in Katsina. Agricultural transformations are in progress, like the Songhai project.

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Missing $48.9m In Private Pockets – Amaechi asks Ogonis to fast for FG to release N170bn


Rivers State governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has insisted that the $48.9 billion oil fund allegedly missing from the Federation Account is in private pockets.

He wondered why the federal government had refused to release $1 billion for the clean-up of Ogoni environment as well as for the development of the community as recommended by the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), when it allowed a whopping sum of $48.9 billion to get missing.

Also, a member of the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu, has declared that none of the 37 members of the House who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) would return to the PDP.

Amaechi and Uchendu spoke yesterday at the rescheduled inauguration of the executives of the Save Rivers Movement (SRM) at Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area, amidst tight security by policemen drafted from the Zone 6, Calabar.

The governor said: “$49.8 billion is missing. If they say $49.8 billion is not missing, let them tell us where the money is. Let them publish it; it is in their pockets. Let Ogoni people fast today with a prayer that of the $48 billion they have stolen, they should bring just $1 billion for UNEP.

“The next thing that we want to do is to remind you that, without UNEP report, the federal government cannot develop Ogoni. We are all suffering; you can’t fish, you can’t farm because your land is polluted. We told the federal government to spend $1 billion alone in Ogoni and they said no.”

He commended the inspector-general of police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, for sending policemen to provide security at the rally and apologised to the Ogoni ethnic nationality and Khana LGA for the ugly incident of Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Amaechi said: “I want to start by thanking the IGP; I had to call him and I told the IGP that I was going to Khana. I thank him for sending security personnel and reassure him that Rivers people are peace-loving. Let me also apologise to you on behalf of Mbu and those who came here to shoot gun last Sunday.

“One thing about power is that it is very transient; those who are using it now don’t have a sense of history. If they have a sense of history, they should check all those who abused power in the past where they are now.

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Stopping Jonathan in 2015 will have grave consequences – Ezeife


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A former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, is angry over the current   political developments in the country. In this  interview, he says the panacea for a   united Nigeria  is the re-election of President Jonathan next year.

What is your view about unfolding political events in the country? I want to use this opportunity to emphasize something central to the problems we are presently facing. The explanation I am about to give provides insight into the defection of the G-5 governors, the activities of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, or even the   present status of the All Progressives Congress, APC,   which is the   leading opposition party in the country.

All the attacks   by these groups on   President Goodluck Jonathan stem from one thing: Some people believe they are born to rule while others are born to be ruled. They therefore see the present situation where a person who was born to be ruled is now ruling as a reversal of the natural order of things. How have they reacted? After Jonathan’s victory in 2011, mayhem was unleashed on parts of Nigeria.

Blood flowed; the Igbo have not recovered from the losses  they suffered due to the massacre of their people that year. A prominent APC member is already setting the stage for  another  carnage after the 2015 elections. Should such  candidate win? These people ruled the country for 38 and a  half years. In the course of ruling the country, they ruined Nigeria. However, they ruined the North  more than they ruined other parts of Nigeria. Every attack from these groups against President Jonathan   is designed to prevent him from running for the 2015 election.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo ignited  the problem. The G-7 or G-5 governors also played their part. They toured almost the entire country and visited all past military heads of state. Obasanjo also consulted other former military rulers before writing his   letter. All these activities are geared towards proving   only one thing: the person who is ruling was not born to rule.

Can you comment on the view held by some Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed National Dialogue was designed to actualise his political ambition of being re-elected in 2015? At this juncture in Nigerian history, President Jonathan’s interest and Nigerians   interest in the continued existence of the country have become coterminous. If you   say because you oppose President Jonathan’s bid for a second term in office, you are also opposed to a National Dialogue, you are saying no to one Nigeria. The truth of the matter is that opposing President Jonathan’s second term is like opposing the continued existence of Nigeria as one united country.

What do you think would happen if as a result of the handiwork of the opposition, President Jonathan is disallowed from running for second term? Can you control what would happen?   Whether you are from the North, South or West, you can’t stop President Jonathan from going for  second term and winning.   Everybody can make noise but if those who are making noise should think deeply, they would realize that the continued existence of Nigeria as one country is anchored on Jonathan’s continuation in office come 2015.

What happens if President Jonathan contests the 2015 election and loses? We would be faced with the same problem. Niger Delta boys would blow up all the oil pipelines and then a part of the country could say they are no longer interested in Nigeria; they could say Nigeria legally expired when the nation marked its centenary and that they are now on their own. This is not what I want, but I am afraid it could happen if we foolishly think of only our short term interest instead of thinking   of the long term implications.   However, if he contests and loses in a free and fair atmosphere where Nigerians truly vote against him, it would be less bloody than if he is not allowed   to contest.

But there have been those who have also threatened that blood would flow if   President Jonathan insists on contesting the election….. Junaid Mohammed and his fellow travelers must know that we don’t want the blood of ordinary Nigerians to flow again. This time around, it is the   blood of those who are threatening to spill blood that would flow. It is just like somebody   who is   claiming he is born to rule. He should rule himself only. People should stop making intimidating statements.

I am making a plea to all Nigerians, be they from the North, South, East or West to consider that it is in the nation’s long term interest to give the continued existence of Nigeria a chance. From we the Igbo, we are not issuing any threats. We have been absorbing all kinds of punishment.   We in the East are for one Nigeria. The people of the West and North should also be interested in one Nigeria.

What do you have to say about  President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed National Dialogue especially against the background of the criticisms by the opposition? For a long time, those who understand   and love Nigeria  have been demanding   for a Constitutional Conference. This month marks 100 years of the amalgamation of Nigeria. Some see it as an opportunity to quit Nigeria; others see it as a period for a review of our basic laws. For me, whatever I say   I am saying it based on my commitment to the continued existence of one Nigeria.

Both small and big ethnic groups in this country today would find that their long term interest is anchored on the persistence and sustainability of one Nigeria. For instance, if you consider the Igbo, we have voted with our feet for one Nigeria; by our action of developing and commercializing   whereever we are as if we are at home, we have demonstrated our commitment to one Nigeria in action. We have invested more outside Igbo land than within Igbo land. So, I don’t see the Igbo wanting to leave Nigeria tomorrow.

For the Yoruba, even though   it is rumored that they are ready for any eventuality and already have their constitution, flag and anthem, they remain the dominant group in finance and   industry in Nigeria. Therefore, they still like the big market a united Nigeria offers. In the North, the Hausa-Fulani are the greatest beneficiaries of one Nigeria.

In the beginning, the amalgamation was motivated by the need to cover the economic deficiency of the North with the surplus   from the South. There was a resource gap.   Today, the resource gap is wider than it was in 1914. The biggest resource for development today is education; and the gap between the North and South in education today is so wide. When you talk about agriculture, the North has a huge mass of land.

National resources have been used to build a lot dams in the North and this has facilitated the development of agriculture in the region. Today, the North is feeding the whole country. Would they want to be exporting their food stuff to America?   Apart from the big groups, the minorities are also benefitting from Nigeria which is a big country. This is because if they are on their own, they would be irrelevant but since they belong to Nigeria, they benefit from its status as a big country.   No group in this country would triumphantly walk away from a Nigeria that is properly structured, well organized and works.

President Jonathan would become the greatest leader Nigeria ever had if he organizes a successful National Conference.   He would then be the reason for the continued existence of one Nigeria.   In addition,   there is need for the Federal Government to take urgent action over the constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in different parts of the country.   These incessant killings must stop.   Nobody is prepared to drive herdsmen away but if these killings persist, then some people may begin to avoid cow meat and eat only chicken meat so that peace can reign in the country.

Can   you comment on the recent   brickbat between Prof Ben Nwabueze and the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee PAC   on the proposed National Dialogue, Senator Femi Okorounmu? This is a matter of monumental confusion. What I read concerning Okorounmu’s statement was that Igbo Leaders of Thought led by Prof. Nwabueze are complaining about something that may not be in the report submitted by the committee. This is what is implied in Okorounmu’s statement. Some of   the recommendations we made for the confab were on equality of zones for representation. We also reached an agreement on   the process of selecting members to the confab and   on the issue of  referendum. There was an agreement on these issues by the entire southern Nigeria and some parts of the North.

However, Okorounmu said he didn’t know what the Igbo Leaders of   Thought were talking about. He insisted that what they were talking about was not in the report. This is where the monumental confusion comes in. How would Prof. Nwabueze not know what he is talking about? How would he be referring to a non-existent recommendation.

We are waiting to see what happens next; but we sent competent people to the committee. Prof. Nwabueze himself was nominated into the committee but he turned down the nomination for personal reasons. We then had to replace him with Prof. Anya O. Anya who is also very competent; a holder of the National Merit Award and a solid academic. We also had Dr. George Obiozor.

If   the recommendations of delegates from southern Nigeria who were in that committee were omitted, then there must be compelling reasons for that to happen. We cannot throw away the baby with the bath water; we can find a way of continuing.

What do you think would be the fate of the 2014 Budget now that it appears that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has become the majority party in the National Assembly? Whether  the APC has 100 percent membership in the National Assembly or not, Nigeria must continue. I appeal to the National Assembly  not to indulge in too much politics. Do they want to demonstrate that nothing has been achieved by President Jonathan? If an institution  becomes the obstacle to Nigeria’s development, would members of that same body turn around to accuse the President of not developing the country?

The performance of President Jonathan is already far ahead of that of his predecessors. If the National Assembly uses its  power to approve or not to approve the budget to make Nigerians suffer and you come back to tell us that the President has not performed and that we should vote for you, we are not fools.

Therefore, the National Assembly should ensure that   excessive politicking is not disruptive of the system and the welfare of the people. We have heard of the 50 questions that were presented to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. We have also heard that the answering of those 50 questions must come  before the consideration of the budget. Yes, it is easy to criticize a person or group that has been in power for long. It is easy to find fault with the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

If the Federal Government is starved of funds to provide  for the welfare of Nigerians in 2014, we know who to hold responsible. We must not allow people   to gain from any negative outcome. The President must also make the  effort to reach an understanding with the National Assembly. The problem the Presidency has with the National Assembly reared its ugly head right from the beginning of   President Jonathan’s current tenure in office.

The PDP zoned the Office of Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South-west. But due to political intrigues, members of the House from the South-west sold the speakership to another zone. Infact, what we are witnessing  is that those who sold the office that was zoned to their own part of the country are now turning round to blame the President for what happened.

I am not blaming the National Assembly all the way because there are certain things that I   have observed where the National Assembly stands on issues affecting certain individuals; and the Executive insists on following a parallel line. This should not be the case especially when the issues involved are not major. The President must find ways of working with the National Assembly,  especially the House of Representatives. Otherwise, they could for one minor issue suffocate the whole country.

What is your reaction to the recent face-off between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi? President Goodluck Jonathan should immediately suspend him over the   false alarm he raised concerning the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC’s alleged non-remittance of $49.8 billion into   the Federation Account. I am surprised. I didn’t know that the report of the CBN indicating that a whopping sum of $49.8 billion was missing from the Federation Account   was false.

That gives the impression that the CBN Governor is working against the government he is serving. He tried to make President Jonathan look bad in the eyes of the public. The money involved was so huge that to lie about it   was a serious affair.

Irrespective of who is involved or my personal relationship with  him, given the present situation, the President should act presidentially. There is no way the Governor of CBN could   be trading words with the President.   He should   be suspended immediately from office. If this had happened under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the CBN Governor wouldn’t have been allowed to enter his office again after making a bold statement that the President could not remove him from office.

I read the second statement made by the CBN over the alleged missing billions of dollars but there was no mention of the fact that the Governor’s earlier claim was a mistake. The statement simply mentioned the role of the CBN. That kind of mistake is impossible. It was a deliberate action to impugn the President and his government. This is not a matter of being a   humble and simple Christian; there are presidential powers that must be respected.

Media   reports   in circulation   give the impression that the President can never bite even though he has teeth.   Sometimes the President needs to exercise his powers. This time around,   even though the President won’t   bite anybody, he needs to show his teeth and perhaps bite.

Falsehood from Sanusi or anybody   is not acceptable. Suspending him won’t affect the economy.   Even though the CBN Governor   insisted that $10 billion of the sum NNPC   ought to have paid into the Federation Account is   still missing,   the difference between approximately   $50 billion and $10 billion is like the difference between night and day. My position is that his later admission that it was a mistake and now   only   $10 billion   is like the action of a sinking man who is ready to hold on to any straw to prevent him from going under.

Vanguard

Stephen Keshi The Black Witch Doctor: As Nigeria fight back to beat Morocco in CHAN 2014 Quarter finals


 

Nigeria fought  back from three goals down to beat Morocco 4-3 after extra-time and reach the  African Nations Championship semi-finals.
Mohsine Moutaouali scored either side of a strike from Iajour Mouhssine in  the space of seven minutes to put Morocco 3-0 up before half-time.
But Ugonna Uzochukwu and Rabiu Ali scored after the break for Nigeria and  Ejike Uzoenyi levelled on 90 minutes.
And Aliyu Ibrahim scored the winner with nine minutes of extra-time left.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN IMO STATE: THE LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE (PART TWO)


In the part one of this lecture (article), I explained in practical
terms what Accountability is all about and its relationship with
stewardship. I moved further to name the two legs of Accountability
and of course the end product which is Transparency in Public Service
(see attached). Because of the nature of our “Environment”, I
propounded measures that would help check this decline in
Accountability.
To show or prove that the decline in Accountability has reached
abysmal level, I used the lack of “Accountable magnitude and
direction” at the office of the speaker of Imo State House of Assembly
to showcase my points. I promised to go deeper in part two in order to
expose the many legs of fraud going on in the speaker’s office
facilitated by the  Chief of Staff (Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe) and Acting
Senior Special Assistant on media, (Mr. Emeka Ahaneku). However,
immediately after the part one of this article was published, I was
bombarded with several calls from people. While some of them praised
me for my courage in exposing fraud and evil at the speaker’s office,
others abused me. Also, while some people begged me not to go further
and deeper in exposing the fraudulent activities, others threatened me
with death should I go ahead to explain in details in my promised part
two.  Also many political leaders in the state visited me to ‘’talk”
to me.
So as a result, I sat back and reviewed my relationship with the
speaker and all the principal actors and came to the painful
conclusion that it would be better for me to expose in details what has
been going on (fraud) damming the consequences bearing in mind that
the journey to sanitize our society of fraud must begin by exposing
not just economic fraudsters but also political fraudsters. The end
product of this fight and crusade will be a society 80% free of crime,
fraud and evil manipulations which will inadvertently eliminate
poverty, unemployment, conflicts and backwardness. All these point to
the fact that Accountability is the outcome of stewardship when
elected political leaders and political appointees are accountable to
the people, thereby making our society (state) to develop
geometrically.
In the part one of this article, it was stated in clear terms that Mr.
Kodichi Anamekwe (the Chief of Staff and political appointee) is
massively involved in road contract fraud, general supply fraud and
other sundry frauds. The aim of this piece is to explain in details
while bearing in mind the actual responsibility of the Chief of staff
to the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly. The duty of the Chief
of Staff is to assign responsibilities and duties to the other aides
of the speaker. He must ensure that assigned duties to the aides are
effectively and effectively executed. Hence he is called the “CHIEF OF
STAFF”. Unfortunately, Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe abandoned these
responsibilities and went outside his confinement of duty/duties to
award road contracts to inexperienced contractors in Imo State. He
signed so many road contract papers for contractors. He also delved
into road construction while retaining his position as Chief of Staff
to Imo Speaker. The question that must be asked is; who authorized Mr.
Kodichi Anamekwe to award and sign road contract papers for
contractors? Which law empowers him as Chief of Staff to award and
sign contract papers for contractors? His boss (the Rt. Honourable
Speaker) is not even empowered by any known law in Nigeria to award or
sign contract papers for contractors. The duties of a state Assembly
Speaker does not include to award and sign road contract papers for
contractors. This abnormal legislative function of the Office of the
Speaker has led to the award of road contracts to inexperienced,
ill-equipped, non-challant and “wait and take” emergency road
contractors. The resultant effect is the execution of shoddy road jobs
in our dear state Imo. Majority of these roads done by these “wait and
take” emergency road contractors have collapsed. This is what happens
when in-experienced people award road contracts to in-experienced
contractors. The ultimate target is our funds which they shared
shamelessly, sometimes along Wetheral road Owerri and in Hotels in the
city. Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe so abused his office as Chief of Staff to
the extent that other aides of the Speaker were equally awarded road
contracts, namely; (1) Mr. Dan Orji (Special Adviser on
Inter-governmental matters) (2) Mr. Emeka Ahaneku (using fronts) etc.
Also friends of the leadership of the Office of the Speaker who were
residing abroad were asked to return home, which they did and road
contract jobs were given to them as fronts even though they never had
any experience in road contract assignment and execution. It should be
noted that road contracts were awarded to these “wait and take”
contractors on the condition that ASPHALT materials are procured from
a particular plant in Owerri.
Through these various manipulations, state funds running into Billions
of naira were diverted and used to acquire eye popping properties
scattered across the country and abroad. In the part three of this
piece, I will mention the names of these “wait and take” contractors,
names of companies used to execute this phoney road contracts,
locations of properties acquired with state funds belonging to Imo
People, and the reasons behind the various overseas “Legislative”
trips.

EMPLOYMENT RACKETEERING – Immediately he was elected the Speaker of
Imo State House of Assembly on the 7th of June 2011, Rt. Honourable
Benjamin Uwajumogu appointed an experienced legislator, Hon. Prince
Ugochukwu Nzekwe his Chief of Staff on the recommendation of the staff
Governor. But he only worked for one week before he was dropped.
Reason being that Hon. Ugochukwu Nzekwe is not from Ihitte/Uboma LGA.
Speaker Uwajumogu allowed the Ihitte/Uboma Cabal led by Mr. Kodichi
Anamekwe to manipulate him into dropping Hon. Ugochukwu Nzekwe.
Kodichi Anamekwe took over and started the recruitment of political
liabilities from Ihitte/Uboma as Speakers aides. Within few weeks, the
office of the speaker had over one hundred and twenty people (120)
recruited as aides, whereas ordinarily only about thirty (30) people
were supposed to have been recruited. Conversely, it is safe for me to
assert that over ninety persons were illegally employed by the Chief
of Staff. Various levels of salaries were also approved for these over
90 persons with the understanding that they allegedly part with a
percentage of their salaries to the Chief of Staff. These over 90
persons have never for one day reported for work. So they can be
described as ghost workers who received monthly salaries but who
allegedly give certain percentages to the Chief of Staff. This anomaly
and fraud continued until it was discovered by other Honourable
members who threatened to deal with Rt. Honourable Benjamin Uwajumogu.
They ordered Imo Speaker to bring down the number of “employed” aides
or face “appropriate action”. Speaker Uwajumogu responded by bringing
down the number of aides from the 120 to about 90, which is still too
much.
This situation made the office of the governor (office of the
Principal Secretary) to write to the leadership of Imo State House of
Assembly in the second quarter of 2013 to furnish it with the actual
number of political appointees. Till this moment, they leadership of
the Assembly is yet to respond to that letter. Imo State House of
Assembly depends on the Executive for their monthly subvention.

SALARIES SCAM
There is nothing wrong with Imo Speaker approving certain salaries for
his aides because it is his prerogative or privilege to do so. But the
Chief of Staff (Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe) exploited this gesture to his
advantage in that only those who are allegedly ready to part with a
certain percentage of their salaries were promoted. For instance, Mr.
Godson Amadikwa (the Special Adviser on legislative matters) joined
the office of the speaker in JULY 2012 (one year after the Rt.
Honourable Speakers’ inauguration as Speaker), but he was made a
special Adviser and his appointment letter backdated with the
agreement and understanding that the accrued “salaries” would be
allegedly shared
with the Chief of Staff. So many aides of the Speaker who were willing
to cooperate with the Chief of Staff passed through this process,
hence those who came in with me on the same salary scale were promoted
and those under me were upgraded to my level (Mostly those from
Ihitte-Uboma).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCAM
Also there is nothing wrong with Imo Speaker approving certain request
of Financial Assistance for his aides, relations or friends. But the
Chief of Staff has exploited this honest gesture to his advantage. Any
aide of the speaker who is in need of financial assistance to help
solve a problem will have the request kept pending if he does not
agree to do “business” with the Chief of Staff. For instance, if Mr. A
has a problem of N100,000 financial request, such amount can only be
approved by the Speaker if the said aide goes into agreement with the
Chief of Staff to increase the request to about N250,000, so that when
the Accounts department makes payment to the said aide, the sum of
N150,000 would be given to the Chief of Staff.   Also the Chief of
Staff is in the habit of bringing people from Ihitte/Uboma for such
deals. Even if fund is not available at the accounts department, Imo
Speaker would be made to settle such request from his pocket for these
people from Ihitte/Uboma, who will in turn pay certain percentages to
the Chief of Staff. For example, a financial Assistance of N1.3
million was approved for Late Mr. Emmanuel Adoba (former Special
Adviser on Administration) and it was cashed in December 2011. The sum
of N300,000 was allegedly given to the Chief of Staff. Records in the
accounts department of Imo State House of Assembly will prove or show
that the Mr. Emmanuel Adoba actually collected the sum of N1.3 million
“Financial Assistance”.

GENERAL SUPPLY FRAUD
Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe usurped the functions and duties of the House
Committee Chairman on House Services, Hon. Chino Kelvin Obioha. The
Chief of Staff makes specific supplies to the Assembly with fictitious
documents which can be verified from the accounts department. Diesel
(AGO) is supplied at inflated rate or inflated quantity. Specific
renovations at the Assembly are done at inflated rates. If cows are to
be given to influential leaders as gifts during festive periods, the
Chief of Staff will inflate the price per cow from say N110, 000 to
N140,000. OR He will inflate the number of cows supplied.

ADVERTORIAL RATE
When I assumed duties as the Senior Special Assistant on Media in June
2011, I discovered that the rate for advertorial was N80,000 in
state(local) Newspapers according to records in the Accounts
Department even though about N50,000 go eventually to the publishers.
As an activist and socio-political crusader, I officially brought down
the rate for Advertorial in state Newspapers to N50,000. The Chief of
Staff got angry with me and wanted me to revert to the “old” rate so
that we would be sharing the difference of N30,000 per page advert,
but I refused.

STIPENDS FOR CORRESPONDENTS
Before I assumed office, stipends for correspondents was N3,000 per
month, but I increased it to N5,000 per month. I also increased the
number of correspondents from 21 to 36 (including few people from the
National newspapers). The Chief of Staff was not happy with me. He
wanted me to bring down the number of correspondents to its original
number. He also wanted me to reduce the N5,000 stipend to its original
N3,000 so that the difference of N2,000 would be shared between us.
But I refused. Rather, I got the speaker to approve a new stipend of
N10,000 per correspondent in MAY 2012. The Chief of Staff pressurized
me to bring down the number of correspondents so that money would be
shared between us. I still refused. Unfortunately, when I was moved to
a new department (Special Duties), the new person who is now the
acting SSA Media (Mr. Emeka Ahaneku) simply implemented the Chief of
Staff’s wicked agenda by reducing the number of correspondents thereby
having surplus funds at his disposal which is being shared at the
speaker’s office.
The following correspondents have not received their stipend since July 2013.
(1)     Mr. Chidi Odor – formerly with White Paper now with Gazzette. He
is being owed for 3 months.
(2)     Mr. Chinyochaobi Israel – with the Nigerian strides – He is being
owed for 7 months.
(3)     Mrs. Victoria Nnakaike – with Businessday and Newspoint. She is
being owed for 5 months.
(4)     Mrs. Juliana Uwalaka – with the National Orientation Agency. She
is being owed for 3 months.
(5)      Mr. Osita Chinagorom – with the Newsbearer Magazine – He is being
owed for 7 months.
(6)     Mr. Val Okara – with the Sun Newspapers. He is being owed for 7 months.
(7)     Mr. Steve Uzoechi – with the Compass Newspapers. He is being owed
for 7 months.
(8)     Chief Chidi Nkwopara – With the Vanguard Newspapers. He is being
owed for 7 months.
(9)     Mr. Stanley Uzoaru – with the Leadership Newspapers. He is being
owed for 7 months.
(10)    Mr. Charles Ogubuaja – with the Guardian Newspapers. He is being
owed for 7 months.
(11)    Mr. Okwudili Ndidi – with the Nation Newspapers. He is being owed
for 7 months
(12)    Miss Ebere Osuka – formerly with the Christian Voice Newspapers,
whom I out of sympathy retained and assigned specific roles. She is
being owed for 5 months.
Even staffs in the media department have suffered unjustly for over 7
months. The original paying list of correspondents per month can be
verified from the Accounts department. But the new Acting SSA media
discarded the list because of his selfish and self centered agreement
with the Chief of Staff, all to the detriment of accredited
correspondents whom I gave identity tag numbers bearing the name of
Imo State House of Assembly.
When a Leader genuinely shows compassion for the people, that is
transparency. When a leader is truly accountable to the masses, that
is transparency. Therefore, like I stated in part one of this
write-up, Accountability and Transparency has a direct relationship
with leadership when the people are involved. Conversely,
Accountability, stewardship and transparency in government will have
true meaning when those in positions of Authority genuinely show the
road or module that leads to honest leadership which will advertently
provide the much needed dividends of democracy.
Let me also state here that if the Imo Speaker had listened to the
wise counsels of the other Honourable members and the clerk, this
problem would have been solved internally. He allowed the issues to
become public knowledge by refusing to act like a leader when it
mattered most. When I wrote a letter to Mr. Speaker on the 7th of
November 2013 hinting about the corrupt practices of His Chief of
Staff and other aides, I was targeting two things as follows (1)To
prove my allegations beyond all reasonable doubt because I have
unchallengeable proofs. (2) To force Mr. Speaker to call a meeting of
all his senior aides where office issues and challenges would be
discussed and solved without bickering and animosity.
Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker chose to take sides with his Ihitte/Uboma
brothers who were fighting me. Rather than heed the advices of
Honorable members and the clerk of the House, Mr. Speaker issued me a
query (36 days later) on the 13th of December 2013. On my own, I
responded or replied to the query at once by insisting that a panel
made up of at least 4 honourable members should be set up and must
invite me in the presence of pressmen to prove my allegations. On the
17th of December 2013, it became obvious that my life was in danger,
so I stepped aside through resignation and declared total war. Today,
the whole issues have become public knowledge. Who is to be blamed? Of
course Mr. Speaker, because he allowed clannish consideration to over
ride his sense of reasoning and judgment. He suddenly forgot my
contributions in making him Speaker. At that material time, his
Ihitte/Uboma brothers were nowhere to be found. Serious blame should
also go to the two elderly people at the Office namely (1) Mr.
Kingsley Ndubueze (Special Advicer on political matters) and (2) Mr.
Kingsley Nkemka (Special Advicer on Administration and former
Honourable member) for failing to act like elderly persons when it
mattered most. They allowed material consideration to blindfold them
into taking stupid and foolish decisions with the fraudulent Chief of
Staff. Also knock should be given to Dr. (Mrs.) Chidinma Uwajumogu for
failing to see beyond materialism and clannish consideration. She
failed woefully to act like a mother.

In conclusion, let me make it very clear that I was hated at the
Office because I refused to be part of the fraudulent scheming and
exploits of the Chief of Staff (Mr. Kodichi Anamekwa) and his Cabal.
My Transparency made them to be uncomfortable. They saw me as an
outsider among them. Therefore, transparency in relation to
Accountability is a situation where there can be no doubt, no mistake
or confusion about leadership.
Finally, the Rt. Honourable Chief Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu
remains my boss, friend, uncle, father and most importantly my
speaker.

My decision to expose the criminal and fraudulent acts of the Chief of
Staff (Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe) is in obedience to Almighty God’s
directive.

I rest my pen.

Citizen (Dr.) Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha   fcai.
Former Senior Special Assistant on Media.
Immediate Past Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties.
24-01-2014

NOTE
The part three of this Lecture (Article) will further prove and expose
specific issues concerning leadership, accountability, transparency
and stewardship using the legislature as a fulcrum.

WHY JONATHAN STOP SSS FROM QUIZZING OBASANJO


Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo
Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo

The Presidency may have put on hold its earlier directive to the State Security Service to investigate the weighty allegations contained in the controversial letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan in December last year.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the Presidency decided to halt the investigation of the issues raised in the former president’s letter in order to amicably settle the rift between President Jonathan and his political benefactor.

It was learnt that notable political leaders in the country were already engrossed in moves to bring the President and Obasanjo together.

It was further gathered that security operatives were directed to stop the investigation as a result of the ongoing efforts in high political circles to broker a truce between the two political figures.

A source close to the Presidency, who craved anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the President, told one of our correspondents in Abuja on Thursday that the President was more interested in settling his differences with Obasanjo than carrying out the investigation that could deepen the crisis.

“The President was the one that gave the directive but I think another counter directive is in force now; they might not go into investigating all those things in the letter. I think they are making efforts to settle this matter.

“Political elders are intervening in it so the President asked them to stay action on it; so, for now there is nothing on it.

“There is the need to take a look at the political implication of the course of action. Besides, the President believes that his differences with Obasanjo are not irreconcilable,” the source said.

Security operatives had earlier contacted the former president over the controversial letter two weeks ago in response to an earlier directive by President Goodluck Jonathan.

A security source told one of our correspondents that the SSS wrote Obasanjo following a presidential directive to security operatives to investigate the grave issues raised by the former president in his letter to the President late last year.

It was learnt that the SSS wrote to notify Obasanjo of the impending investigation.

Obasanjo had in an 18-page letter to the President, accused him, among other things, of not honouring his words that he would not run in 2015, and taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria.

In the letter dated December 2, 2013 and titled, “Before it is too late”, Obasanjo accused the President of pursuing “selfish personal and political interests” based on advice from his “self-centred aides.”

He also alleged that the President had failed to deliver on his promises to Nigerians and to curb insurgency and corruption in the country.

Obasanjo also alleged that the President had put 1,000 politicians on a watch list and was training snipers.

“Nigeria is bleeding and the haemorrhage must be stopped,” an obviously angry Obasanjo had lamented. He went ahead to declare that “Jonathan had betrayed God and Nigerians,” who voted him into power.

In his response, Jonathan described the former president’s letter as a threat to national security.

The source added that the agency wrote Obasanjo on the week he wrote the then Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to announce his decision to withdraw from the activities of the PDP at the national and regional levels.

It was further learnt that the leadership of the SSS might decide to put the investigation on hold because of a move by the Federal Government and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party to resolve the matter through peaceful means.

The source said, “Obasanjo ought to have been summoned, but we have also been instructed to put investigation on hold for a possible peaceful resolution of the issues at stake.’’

However, a source close to the former president said that the SSS could not have summoned the former President even though the person was not specific in denying if a letter was written to the former President to notify him of the investigation.

The source also said that the issue of the SSS inviting Obasanjo was not likely as ‘they couldn’t have done so’ now that efforts were being made to settle the whole problem.

The source added that Obasanjo had been out of the country since last week, noting that he was expected back into the country within the week.

When contacted on Thursday, SSS Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, pleaded for time to find out the status of the probe. “I will find out and get back to you,” the SSS spokesperson said.

But attempts to get Ogar’s reaction on Friday did not yield fruits as she neither pick her calls nor respond to text messages sent to her phone.

The police however claimed that they were not involved in the probe of the allegations made by former president Obasanjo.

A senior police officer confided in one of our correspondents that the police did not have record of investigation of the allegations made by Obasanjo.

The officer described the issues as political which he said would be resolved by the parties concerned. He added adding that the Force would not be involved in political issues.

“Do we have any record of such an investigation of Obasanjo’s allegations? I will say we don’t have such information with us. In any case, there is no way we can investigate the former president and those close to him would not know. Such an investigation cannot be hidden and the police will have to comment on it publicly if it is true, but for now, there is no information or record on any probe against Obasanjo,” the source said.

In previous attempts to confirm the status of the probe with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, he had always said he would not comment on alleged reversal of any directive that was officially issued by the President.

But the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisah Metuh, has said that the new National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, is likely to meet former president Obasanjo as he commences efforts to woo aggrieved PDP members to the party next week.

Metuh said that the new chairman of the party would unveil his agenda for reconciliation in the party with effect from next week.

He said that Mu’azu placed emphasis on the issue of reconciliation when he hosted the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, in Abuja.

He said that Mu’azu’s agenda for reconciliation also included how to get the former president to participate in the party’s activities.

Metuh said, “The National Chairman is unveiling his agenda next week, but he has already said that the issue of reconciliation is paramount and very important.

“He stated this when he received the Governor of Jigawa State and he said categorically that he would try and bring the people that left.

“And the National Chairman has enormous, complete respect for our former President and our former Chairman, Board of Trustees, (Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) and I am sure that he would unveil his agenda and the way that he would engage him in the coming weeks.

“He is unveiling his agenda for reconciliation and everything from next week, and would include the process of engaging the former President to ensure that he remains involved in the activities of the party, but let us wait for the national chairman to unveil his agenda from next week; from next week, he would start making policy statements on it.”

Ibori won’t benefit from UK Prison Exchange Programme with Nigeria


iboriThe British authorities have refuted Nigeria press reports that ex-Governor James Ibori of Delta State will be returned to Nigeria to complete his jail term for money laundering for which he was sentenced in the UK. After a five-year legal ordeal, Ibori was jailed for 13 years in April 2012 by Justice Nicholas Pitts.

Some Nigerians have expressed fears that Ibori could be repatriated from London to Nigeria to complete his jail term following an agreement between Abuja and London for Nigerians currently serving terms there to complete their sentence at home.

Southwark Crown Court had found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to make instruments contrary to section 1 (1) (a) of the criminal act of 1977. He is however expected to spend only four and a half years in prison.

But following recent signing of an agreement between the UK and Nigeria on exchange of prisoners, there were unfounded speculations that Ibori might be transferred home.

A source in the UK High Commission said: “We are not planning to allow Ibori be a beneficiary of the exchange policy, it is not targeted at him. Our laws are very strong on money laundering; the exchange programme does not cover such people like Ibori.

“So, he will complete his prison terms in the UK as part of our own contribution to your anti-corruption agenda.

“If he is brought to Nigeria, we are not sure if he would not be pardoned as a result of pressure from some people”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The Nigerian government has not made any request for the repatriation of Ibori home to complete his jail terms.”

A reliable source in government said: “There is no plan to bring Ibori home under any guise and we will not do so. We will be sending a wrong signal if we do so.

“This is an example of consequence of graft in public office; we want others to learn from Ibori’s experience. His conviction has strengthened our anti-corruption campaign.”

When contacted, the Press and Public Affairs Officer, Robert Fitzpatrick, only said: “The terms of agreement between the UK and Nigeria are not about one person, it is a long time agreement.”

The UK Minister of Justice, Mr. Jeremy Wright, and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), signed the prisoners’ exchange agreement.

Wright, who also met with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, and the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, said about £1m [about N280m} would be made available by the British government for a “comprehensive reform of Nigerian Prisons.”

2 years ago the revelation that the UK Government was giving millions of pounds to the Jamaican and Nigerian governments in order to improve those countries’ prisons generated outrage in the UK.

For years, British officials have been trying to persuade the Jamaican and Nigerian governments to agree to change the Prisoner Transfer Agreement so that the prisoner’s consent is not required. Both governments have promised that they will enact legislation to bring about the change. Neither has done so. That is hardly surprising: what’s in it for them? Nothing – unless Britain can make it worth their while. Which is why the Coalition is offering to spend several million pounds refitting jails in Nigeria and Jamaica.

“The deal is that if you take back your prisoners, we’ll give you our money”.

It has long been very difficult to get foreign prisoners into jails in their own countries. There needs to be a “Prisoner Transfer Agreement” between Britain and the country we want to send convicted criminals to. UK have such agreements with both Jamaica and Nigeria. The only problem is that it requires the criminal to agree to the transfer. If he does not, then the law says he can’t be moved from Britain. Most Nigerians and Jamaicans sentenced to jail terms here do not want to end up incarcerated in their native countries, whose prisons are usually stinking hell-holes. Their British equivalents are wonders of health and hygiene in comparison.

That’s why the Coalition proposes to hand £3 million a year to Nigeria and Jamaica to “upgrade prison facilities” and “instruct warders on human rights”. Ministers insist this policy will save money in the long run, but its difficult to believe that there is any hope of turning Nigeria’s and Jamaica’s jails into institutions that will satisfy the European Court of Human Rights as decent and humane houses of correction, says a UK writer.
-Elomba

Rivers Group threaten to oust Amaechi if APC stall the National Assembly


by E Amadi

Press Release: The Rivers Redemption Group has noted with great shock the antics of a body of politicians who have suddenly come out to behave as though they love Rivers people more than Rivers people themselves by issuing a declaration that they will shut down executive orders in the National Assembly should the Federal Government not

intervene in what they term the ‘political crisis’ in Rivers State.

On behalf of the leadership of the Rivers Redemption Group and all good and peace loving Rivers people who have witnessed the gradual decline of a once robust state due to the dictatorial and ego-driven antics of paranoid Governor who now sees himself as a self appointed Emperor who runs the Rivers State Legislature from his bedroom and has put a question mark on the ability of the Rivers State judiciary to function effectively.

In furtherance thereof, we wish to declare that should the All Progressive Congress (APC) in any way attempt to shut down the activities of the National Assembly, we shall oust Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi from Rivers State Government House, lock down the Rivers State Government House and then shut down the Rivers State Government for a period we shall agree on in a couple of days.

It is laughable that APC, with its hound of failed political leaders, former dictators and renowned con-men will seek to act as though they love Rivers State more than Rivers people.

It is shameful that these band of sectional leaders will conspire to continue to mislead a failing, recalcitrant and arrogant governor when they will not condone such act of recalcitrance in their own domain.

Will APC leader Tinubu condone such recalcitrance from Governor Fashola?

Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi used the Police to disrupt political gatherings, arrest the participating politicians, charged them with trumped up charges and then tossed them into police detention cells?

Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi revoked the Certificate of Occupancy of buildings were opposition elements in Rivers State held meetings?

Was this not also reported on Sahara Reporters which has suddenly become Amaechi’s mouthpiece? http://saharareporters.com/gallery/rivers-state-sign-election-repression

Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi ordered the shutdown and lock up of the then opposition ACN head quarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State?

The Senate sent representatives to visit Senator Magnus Abe in a Clinic in the United States. Have those representatives released the full details of the report so that Nigerians will know whether Senator Abe was truly shot Or if it was a recurrence of a medical condition that Senator Magnus Abe has had for a long time? Rivers people and indeed Nigerians who have been fed with all manner of misleading and mischievous information would like to know.

Rivers people will also like to see the medical report on Senator Magnus Abe published in all National Dailies just as he found it worthy to have his personal letter to the Senate President released to media houses across Nigeria so that the reign of impunity will end and all those who fed Nigerians with false information be punished immediately.

While we remain committed to keeping the peace in our beloved Rivers State, we will not allow emergency lovers of Rivers state to take us for a ride and use the situation in Rivers State as an opportunity to undermine the democratically elected government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, a man who lived a greater part of his life in Rivers State and a full fledged son of the land.

We will continue to watch the unfolding scenario and see if APC and those that run it will put us to the test.

Long Live Rivers State. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

E Amadi

Media Team

Rivers Redemption Group

Four years after, who killed Dipo Dina?


Monday 25th of January 2010 will forever remain tragic in the hearts and minds of friends, family, supporters and admirers of Otunba Adedipupo Dina (DD Direct) who was murdered in cold blood on Sango Ota road in Ogun state. It is especially painful to individuals like me who saw the late politician as a strong hearted, fearless and patriotic indigene of Ogun state who, above all, had the interest and well being of the people at heart. The tale of his death is still a tragic best told by his driver who witnessed the unfortunate incident. There were two sides to the story; one told by the police and the other by the driver. The police story had it that Otunba Dipo Dina was attacked by armed robbers and while they demanded money, Otunba Dina, instead of obeying resorted to dragging guns with them, this, the police claimed angered the bandits and the bandits shot Dipo Dina before zooming away with his car and driver. The second side told by the driver was quite different from the tale of the police report. The driver claimed that Adedipupo was stormed by a team of hired assassins who stopped the moving SUV and ordered Otunba to come down. Otunba came down gently and he was then told that some group of individuals have paid handsomely for his life and they were there to take it. Before one could say ‘Jack’ rains of bullet descended on DD and the rest. as they say, is history. Looking back at the stories four years later and the inability of the police to bring to justice the perpetrators of this act, I am forced to believe the story recounted by the driver on the event of that sad day as against that of the police. Beyond my reasonable doubt, the event of Monday 25th 2010 was the handiwork of political shylocks who were hell-bent on removing a perceived obstacle militating against their political aspiration. Individuals like me and lot of friends and family share the same perception with me. Unfortunately, most of us, for over four years looked in the wrong direction on who may have been responsible for the death of DD direct. The pieces of the scattered evidences on this case can easily be picked together with the current political crisis rocking the state. Otunba Dipo Dina was one of the founding fathers of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Ogun state, in fact he single handedly promoted the party and positioned it as a formidable opposition against the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and so it wasn’t far-fetched that the leaders of the party in Lagos stormed the Ijebu-ode residence of Dipo with bitterness and grief or so we thought. The party leaders promised among others things to ensure that the architect of this evil will not go on punished. It vowed that if the then Action Congress of Nigeria gets power it will, as a matter of priority, seek justice for the blood of DD. Coincidentaly, the current governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was present on that very day when the vow was made. In fact, he wrote in the condolence register thus: “Dipo, how cruel can people be? Those that murdered you will know no peace, their children’s children will know no peace. They have turned Ogun State to a killing field. Be rest assured my brother, the struggle you so ferociously fought for will be followed to a logical conclusion- And all the evil forces of darkness in Ogun state will be removed. God will expose them. Rest in the bossom of the Almighty Lord. Adieu, Adieu, Adieu my brother Dipo.”

Alas, it’s been four years since that Greek promise was made and the steps taken by the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) led government was nothing but a pointer that the tears and screams on that day were nothing but a scripted drama channelled only to deceive the innocent and frustrated family and friends of the late Dipo Dina and, by extension, the people of Ogun State. The only recorded step taken by the governor was renaming the Ijebu-ode International Stadium after the slain accountant. Other than that, the governor has done everything within his powers to ensure justice is not served. The sudden refusal of the state government to proceed with the case and the mysterious withdrawal as a result of directives from the governor to the state Attorney general and Commissioner for Justice are pointers to the deception laced around the promise on that day. If that is not enough, the dramatic acquital of Mathew Asumoh, Kabiru Amao, Oluawafemi Teslim and Moruff Dauda – the four individuals arrested for taking the life of DD – on the orders of the governor was shocking. Well, facts may be wrong and events may just tally but ever since Gov. Amosun got to power, political assassinations and violence have never seized in the state. In actual fact, it has been on the increase as the state has witnessed a lot of unresolved murders of notable politicians like Toyin Hamzat- the former chairman of Ikeja local Government and a strong member of the Action Congress of Nigeria who was rumored to be preparing to contest for the governorship position of his state under the ACN platform but was gunned down on his way to Aiyepe. The death of Otunba Ismail, another chieftain of the ACN and a strong loyalist of Aremo Olusegun Osoba who was warming up to contest for the Chairmanship of Ogun waterside local government against the desire of the sitting governor was mysteriously killed in a motor accident while returning from Abeokuta. What about the death of Yomi Bamgbose another strong supporter of Aremo Olusegun Osoba who was murdered in cold blood right in the capital city of Abeokuta? Even if I forget everything, I won’t lose memory of the death of the Vice chairman of the ACN in Ipokia local government slaughtered in the middle of the night by some yet to be identified hoodlums. He, like many others was an unalloyed loyalist of Aremo Olusegun Osoba. Is this then a calculated ploy to eliminate perceived enemies of the state? Four years after, the motive behind Dipo Dina’s death is still a mystery. While most of us might have blamed the past administration led by Gbenga Daniel for having orchestrated the act, now I have cause to believe that we were played upon by some agents of evil to achieve a selfish objective. Unfortunately, the blood of DD was used as a connecting point to achieving that. Before drawing this conclusion I have asked myself the following questions which I believe every one of us should ask ourselves. Why is the state government led by Gov. Amosun finding it so hard to press charges against the arrested perpetrators of this act? What meaningful steps aside the lip service has the government embarked upon to solving the mystery surrounding the death of DD, even when a party he fought and died for is now in power? Was Gbenga Daniel really responsible for the death of DD? Who benefitted most from DD’s death as he was hell-bent in holding command of the party in the state? Would Amosun have been ACN flag bearer if DD was alive? If truly Gbenga Daniel killed him, then to what end? Who needed the party structure he now holds to contest for power? The answer to these questions lies in our subconscious minds. To those who murdered sleep, they will forever sleep no more.. Adieu Dipo, Adie Dina, Adieu DD Direct!

Adekoya Boladale wrote via adekoyaboladale@gmail.com. Twitter @adekoyabee

Nothing can force me out of PDP -Tambuwal


Aminu TambuwalSpeaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has refuted media speculation that he was planning to dump his party, the PDP for the All Progressives Congress.

The speaker yesterday affirmed that he remains a member of the ruling party despite the ongoing hearsay that he was defecting to the APC.

Tambuwal stated this in Benin City shortly after paying a condolence visit to the Benin Monarch, Oba Erediauwa on the death of his eldest wife, Queen Esther Erediauwa. He also paid a courtesy visit to Governor Oshiomhole at the state Government House.

When asked by the press d if he was still a member of the PDP,, Tambuwal asserted thus “I am still a member of the PDP”.

The speaker who hailed governor Oshiomole for taking Edo to a greater height said, “We commend you for your efforts in not only promoting and sustaining very key and important developments in Edo State, but also promoting democracy and democratic ethics. You are one leader that we appreciate and pray that God will continue to sustain you in good health and may He continue to guide your state and by the grace of God, He will reward you abundantly even after leaving the office that you currently occupy.

“We are happy with you and I’m sure the people of Edo State are very happy to have a true and committed nationalist, a pan -Nigerian as their governor. We are in Edo State to condole the Royal Majesty and through the Comrade Governor to the people of Edo State on the transition unto glory of our dear mother, Queen Esther Erediauwa.

“From what I was told, she was the head of the harem of His Royal Majesty. That therefore underscores how important she has been in the palace and in the Kingdom of Benin. She has been a very good supporter and comforter of the Royal Majesty. That is why I felt I should come and condole him and the people of Edo State over this loss”.

Responding, Governor Adams Oshiomhole described the Speaker as a role model worthy of emulation by all Nigerians.

According to the governor, “You have been guided by the overall objective of a parliament that legislates and carries out its oversight function for the purpose of ensuring there is good governance for the common man. You speak in unison on issues that affect national interest. It is a fact looking at national institutions that you are a presiding officer who has been able to make a statement not by mouth but by action that the National Assembly is truly one regardless of the political party.

“Let me say that in Edo State, our people admire you a lot for the very effective leadership that you have provided to the House that has a history of instability even when it was dominated by one political party. I am sure most Nigerians admire your leadership style in which you have carried everybody along in the House of Representatives. You are a role model with rare leadership qualities needed by every nation”, he said.

APC wants Military to take over the nation’s democracy – Labour Party


PIC. 13. APC LEADERS MEETING IN ABUJAThe Labour Party, yesterday, flayed the All Progressives Congress for calling on its members in the National Assembly to block all executive bills, claiming that the action was meant to incite the military against civil authority.

It would be recalled that the APC had asked the lawmakers to block all legislative proposals, including the passage of the 2014 Appropriation bill and the confirmation of military service chiefs, until constitutionalism was restored in Rivers State.

Reacting to the statement, the National Chairman of LP, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, stated at a news briefing in Abuja that “to block military confirmation is an attempt to anger the military to think and reconsider their roles in the Nigerian nation and democracy.”

He added that APC was attempting to anger the military to push for a coup.

“We are talking about senior military officers who have over the years laid down their lives for the nation and Nigerian people who no doubt deserve appointments to the highest position in their career,” he said.

“We must not allow power mongers and desperate politicians, particularly those who were part and parcel of the story of the sorry state Nigeria found itself, to truncate our hard earned democracy.

“The President must not allow himself to be intimidated by the mischievous antics of the APC political leaders who are so desperate for power that they do not want to wait for 2015 when Nigerian electorates will exercise their inalienable rights to choose their leader.”

According to him, “We condemn very strongly the extremism and fundamentalism that the APC has come to be associated with. What APC has proposed to do is a recipe for the disintegration of the Nigerian state.

“It is therefore an ill wind that will blow no one any good. The desire and the quest of APC to win the 2015 presidential election will remain alpine dream if there is no Nigeria for them to govern.”

He said that with the action, the opposition party had declared war on Nigerians, adding that the party had taken their grievances too far.

Anxiety as Obidigbo, factional APGA candidate asks court to declare him Governor-elect in Anambra


Obiano, Obi, Apga rally

The suit filed by Dr. Chike Obidigbo, at the Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal has caused confusion within the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

This is as the applicant is praying the court to declare him the state’s governor-elect in the November 16, 2013 gubernatorial election.

Obidigbo’s petition follows a pronouncement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, affirming Barrister Maxi Okwu as the National Chairman of the party.

The court in its ruling stated that Sir Victor Umeh, had ceased to be the party’s National Chairman because his tenure expired since 2010.

In the petition, Obidigbo contended that he won the authentic APGA governorship primary, which was supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his name was submitted to the electoral body.

Obidigbo alleged that his name was removed by INEC and replaced with that of Willie Obiano as candidate of APGA when, according to him, Obiano never took part in the primary, but his name was submitted to the Commission.

He also said he was the candidate of APGA that contested the election after campaigning and that he, and not Obiano, won the election.

Recall that before the November 16, 2013 governorship election, Obidigbo’s name was shortlisted as APGA candidate, but later replaced with Obiano’s during the exercise.

National Chairman of APGA, Maxi Okwu, while confirming the development told Saturday Independent that, “we already have a matter at the election petitions tribunal in Anambra State and in that suit, our governor-elect, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, who sued Willie Obiano and three others, made it clear that he is the candidate of our party that won the governorship election in Anambra and not one Willie Obiano.”

We have lost confidence in APC’s leadership – Shekarau, Bafarawa


Amaechi APC rally 1Two aggrieved founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Shekarau and Attahiru Bafarawa have declared that they no longer have confidence in the leadership of the party.

Both chieftains are former governors of Kano and Sokoto States respectively.

The duo bared their minds on Friday, shortly after a closed-door meeting held at the residence of Attahiru Bafarawa in Sokoto.

Speaking to journalists, Shekarau opined that 90 per cent of global crises was caused by loss of confidence in leadership, wondering why no one has proof of APC membership, six months after it was registered.

According to him, the situation is contrary to the agreement plan of the original 89 members that registration would begin three months APC becomes a party.

On recent consultation across the country by some members of the merging parties which formed APC, Shekarau said, “Our consultation and discussion is centred on the way towards addressing some of the pressing issues in the party.”

Continuing, “Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa and other states have written to the national leadership of the party concerning the injustices in the party, yet there was no response.

“We wrote again jointly and there was no response. In fact, 250 members equally wrote to the national leadership on the same issue, yet there was no response. Therefore, we are not happy that they have not taken steps to address our grievances.”

“A few months ago, we were calling the PDP evil, and now we are calling on the same set of people we called evil to come and join us.”

When asked whether they would defect or form a new APC, he initially refused to give a straight response, but later stated that there were no plans to leave the party as speculated in some quarters.

He also denied working for political opponents, saying that, “We are not bothered by any accusation. when you challenge a leadership, you will be accused of working for somebody. But, we are more than being a stooge.”

Chika Ike named Most Disciplined Nollywood Actress by Actors’ Guild of Nigeria


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Nollywood Actress, Chika Ike has been awarded the “Most Disciplined Actress” by the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

The highly elated Actress who recently separated from her husband, broke the news on her insatgram page hours ago with a photo of her award.

Her colleagues in the industry have stormed her page to congratulate her.

 

Ladan Bosso: The 3-0 loss to Enyimba has opened my eyes


Bayelsa

Bayelsa United coach, Ladan Bosso has revealed that the 3-0 loss to Enyimba in the first game of the NPFL Super Four currently going on in Abuja has opened his eyes to what he needs to do before the start of the new season. Abdulrahman Bashir hattrick gave the Aba side a comprehensive victory over Bayelsa United. Bosso said  in Abuja that the defeat has taught him that there is work to do with the team. “I did not believe that we could lose 3-0 to Enyimba. But now that it has happened, I will go back with the team and work on the areas that I noticed we did not play well. “My boys were static most times on the pitch and there was a huge gulf between my defenders and midfielders. “And my attackers will need to work more on their play and speed. The other things that I noticed, I will keep to myself. “But the fact remains that we need to do more work on the team. After the Super Four, we will return to Lokoja to continue with our camping and with more friendly games, we are going to correct all the mistakes noticed in the Super Four,” said Bosso. Bayelsa United will face Kano Pillars in the second game of the Tournament on Sunday at the National Stadium, Abuja.

CHAN 2014: Yinka Adedeji confident Eagles will triumph over Morocco


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Sharks defender, Yinka Adedeji has said that Super Eagles will beat Morocco in the quarter finals of the Africa Nations Championship. The game takes place today in South Africa and Adedeji who was dropped from the team because of injury said  that he is optimistic Eagles will beat the Atlas Lions to qualify for the semi finals of CHAN. “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that the boys will win. They have really improved after the first game against Mali. I played with them in camp in Abuja during the camping exercise and I know what they can do. “Even when they lost to Mali, I told myself that it is just a temporary setback and they will bounce back. And they proved me right when they beat Mozambique and South Africa to get to the quarter finals. “The match against Morocco will certainly be a tough one. It won’t be easy, but Eagles will win. I am so sure that everything will work well for them. “We have a good League in Nigeria. And it has shown with the way the boys have played in South Africa. I am looking forward to seeing them in the semi finals of the Africa Nations Championship,” said Adedeji.

Emmanuel Emenike : I Was Not Miserable In Moscow


Emmanuel Emenike : I Was Not Miserable In Moscow
Fenerbahce marksman Emmanuel Emenike has rubbished reports quoting him to have said that he was unhappy in Russia.

In the interview, the Nigeria international complained that he stayed in a glass cage, had problems communicating and was living in solitude.

“I would like to say at once that all reports in Turkish newspapers to the effect that I was miserable in Moscow – not true.

“I never said that. Moreover, I had grown to love Russia and its capital city and its people.

“Playing in Spartak Moscow I became a footballer, which is spoken not only in Turkey or Russia, but throughout Europe.

“Thank god for what I turned out to be in this club,”says Emmanuel Emenike to Sportbox.ru.

But the African Cup of Nations top scorer has admitted that it took him a long time adapting to the hustle and bustle of the Russian capital.

Emeneke told the Russian website:  “What surprised me the most in Moscow? At first I could not get used to the frantic pace, but then resigned to it.

“Like all the people who come for the first time in the capital of Russia, I was surprised by the traffic jams.”

Finally, the Super Eagle advised the Russian authorities to curb incidents of racism at their stadiums and the Premier League teams to sign more colored players.

Photo Credit :fenerbahçe.org

Ergotelis Go For Anzhi Stopper Dele Adeleye


Ergotelis Go For Anzhi Stopper Dele Adeleye
Super League outfit Ergotelis are being linked with a move for  Dele Adeleye, with less than one week before the window shuts.

Gazzetta.gr says securing the signature of the defender will not be an easy task .

Now the Island team has mandated Dmitry Selyuk , the agent of the Nigeria international, to talk to his client to dump Anzhi for Ergotelis.

But Selyuk has argued that the transfer of Adeleye to the Greek club may not be possible until this summer.

The Super Eagle penned a multi – year contract with Anzhi Makhachkala last August.

Photo Credit : fc – anji.ru

Taye Taiwo Left Without A Home; French Authorities Auction Mansion For Evading


Taye Taiwo Left Without A Home; French Authorities Auction Mansion For Evading Taxes
Bursaspor wing-back Taye Taiwo has had his house confiscated by the authorities in France due to his failure to remit his taxes from the period 2008 – 2011.

According to a report in authoritative regional daily La Provence, the Nigeria international owed backlog of taxes of approximately one million euros.

His mansion in Marseille – complete with all the amenities including swimming pool and garden – was auctioned to a secret buyer for 405,000 euros.

But it can only be released to the new landlord after the statutory ten – day period specified.

With an annual income of around 2 million euros, Taye Taiwo had been ordered by  the Directorate of Public Finance of the PACA region to pay the outstanding liabilities totaling € 1,025, 120.29 since March 29, 2013.

Taye Taiwo has maintained that there was a misunderstanding as his bankers had a standing order to deduct his taxes from his wages.

Photo Credit : bursaspor.org.tr

Why Geneveive and Dbanj will break up soon


 

A couple of days ago, there was a heavy buzz on the social media that Nollywood Actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has been signed on as one of the new Brand Ambassadors of Etisalat, a telecommunications company operating in Nigeria.

Movie producer and critic Charles Novia has however reacted to the endorsement.
He has opined that Geneveive Nnaji might be forced to break up with her boyfriend D’banj – a Glo ensignee.
He said “Amid the congratulatory messages from her fans sent to her on some sites, a few cynical remarks caught my attention. (By the way, congrats Ms Nnaji!)
“Congrats, Genevieve. But wait o…your Boyfriend, D’Banj is a Glo Ambassador and now you are an Etisalat Ambassador. It has been reported that two of you will marry this year after being live-in-lovers and dating steadily for a while now. Since both of you have not denied this piece of news, I assume that it is true.
“With this new deal of yours, does it mean you cannot attend any show sponsored by Globacom in which D’Banj is a headliner despite him being your BF and you being expected to support your beau?
“And same goes for him too in any of your Etisalat sponsored shows? Won’t your relationship be strained by this?’”
“However nosy this comment may seem to some people, there is an underlying fact which many celebrities and of course the general public have  overlooked when it comes to signing brand endorsements. Most of these contracts, if not all, are watertight for the artiste. The dos and don’ts imposed on the artistes could be argued in a civil rights court of law!
“But then, most artistes are quick to sign off the dotted lines basically because of the lump sum being paid to them by the competing brands.
“I am not going to knock anyone in this write-up. I commend the dedicated efforts we all have put over the years to build the entertainment industry to this level. And my opinion is basically, my opinion.

Uduaghan Accesses Own Village By Road For The First Time


Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan was full of joy and excitement on Wednesday as he accessed his own community, Abigborodo, by road for the first time.

An elated Uduaghan told reporters that the 11.5 km Abigborodo road, which has two completed bridges of 20 and 150 metres, will be ready for commissioning before the end of the year.

“The good thing is that at least one can drive through this bridge. For the very first time, especially for those of you who have been following me to the village when we have elections, we always go by boat.

“So this is the very first time we are going to the village by road. For me it is historical and very encouraging and I am so sentimental about it. A car has not been to Abigborodo before but with this bridge that is now a thing of the past and we are very happy,” an elated Uduaghan said.

Uduaghan, who informed that the project linking Sapele and Warri North Local Government Areas, was 70 per cent completed, said it had gulped about N7.2 billion.

Addressing the people of the community, he announced that two Delta City buses will be allocated to the community for easy movement on the route.

Governor Uduaghan who was in Abigborodo to inspect the road and other ongoing projects , including the State Polytechnic, model primary and secondary schools in the community also directed the release of boats to the community that would convey students from nearby communities to schools in the town.

At the Alema secondary school in Abigborodo, the governor expressed unhappiness that students in the area were not making adequate use of the schools and announced that ‘edu-marshals’ would be deployed to the area to sensitize parents on the need to send their children to school.

He also directed top government officials from the riverine areas to join in the education crusade by going to their respective communities and create awareness on the importance of education.

Meanwhile, the people of Abigborodo have commended the governor over the road and other projects that are going on in the community. A cross section of community members said that the road has started impacting positively on their socio-economic lives.

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Communiqué Arising From The 8th Meeting Of The Interim National Executive Committee Of The All Progressives Congress (APC)


Thursday, 23rd January, 2014

The APC Interim National Executive Committee held its 8th regular meeting today. In attendance were General Muhammadu Buhari Rtd, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Governors of Rivers, Lagos, Edo, Nasarawa, Kwara, Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Sokoto,Ekiti,Ogun and the Deputy Governors of Oyo, Imo, Kano and Zamfara and other Party leaders. The meeting was chaired by the Interim National Chairman, Chief BisiAkande and attended by the full compliment of the Interim National Executive Committee along with the leadership of the APC in the two chambers of the National Assembly.

The National Executive Committee of the APC commended the courage, maturity and political sagacity of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State in the face of serial unprovoked and unwarranted assaults on his person, his constitutional rights and those of the Government and People of Rivers State. The conduct of Governor Amaechi represents our Party’s maturity and compliance with the rule of law in response to escalating impunity. The APC is very proud of him.

Any cursory observer of events in Rivers State since February, 2013 will be left in no doubt as to the culture of lawlessness and impunity being promoted and supported by the Presidency, and executed by the State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu, who has become the defacto military Governor of Rivers State and sole administrator of the PDP in the State.

A few instances of the brazen lawlessness and violations of the Constitution will suffice here – the forceful dispersal of 13,201 newly recruited teachers in the Port Harcourt Stadium using tear gas; blockading the entrance to the Government House in Port Harcourt and forcing the State Governor to use another entrance; preventing an aircraft chartered by the State Governor from taking off, alleging that the Governor was trying to smuggle out a legislator wanted by the Police, no apology was offered to the Governor, the disruption of a peaceful rally during which Senator Magnus Abe was shot with intent to kill; the several disruptions of Save Rivers Group rallies, and the unlawful detention of anybody perceived to be a sympathizer of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, while allowing pro-Jonathan an Anti-Amaechi groups to organize rallies unmolested.

The National Executive Committee of the APC has now resolved that if this acts of impunity and lawlessness continue unabated and the Police persists in being as an enforcement arm of the PDP to the detriment of our members, it will have no alternative than to ask our teeming members all over the country and especially in Rivers State to take whatever steps that are necessary to protect their lives and property.

Following on the forgoing and in view of the joint resolutions of the National Assembly on Rivers State, and other constitutional breaches by the Presidency, the APC hereby directs its members in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals including the 2014 Budget and confirmation of all nominees to military and civilian positions to public office until the rule of law and constitutionalism is restored in Rivers State in particular and Nigeria in general.

Alh. Lai Mohammed

Interim National Publicity Secretary

EFCC Arraigns Businessman for N20m Dud Cheque


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today January 23, 2014 arraigned one Mohammed Yusuf before Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court on a two count charge which borders on issuance of dud cheque. The accused person who is the managing director/chief executive officer of Yusmed Oil and Gas is alleged to have converted the sum of N47, 601,000,000 out of the N118, 080, 000 given to him by the complainant, one Bashir Aminu Sale of AMSALCO Industry Limited for the supply of automotive gas oil The accused person failed to make full supply of the product as required. In the process of attempting to make a refund, the accused issued two cheques for the sum of N10, 000, 000 (Ten Million Naira Only) each to the complainant which were returned unpaid for lack of sufficient fund in the account. One of the  charges read: “that you Mohammed Yusuf and Yusmed Oil and Gas Limited on or about the 29th day of January, 2012 in Kano within the judicial division of Kano State High Court issued a Guaranty Trust Bank Cheque with serial number 00000177 dated 29th January, 2012 for the sum of N10, 000, 000 (Ten Million Naira Only) to Amsalco Industry Limited which was presented and returned unpaid on the ground that no sufficient fund were standing to the credit of the drawer as at 10th May, 2012 the date it was presented and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(a) and punishable under section (1)(1)(b)(i) of the Dishonoured Cheque (Offences) Act, Laws of the Federation 2004”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. Counsel to the prosecution, M.M Gambo asked the court to fix a date for hearing based on the plea of the accused.
Justice Lawal adjourned the case to 31st January, 2014 and ordered that the accused person be remanded in EFCC custody.