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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Boko Haram: Atiku reacts to death of aide worker, Hauwa Leman

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Boko Haram: Atiku reacts to death of aide worker, Hauwa Leman
Former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the death of Hauwa Leman, an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

DAILY POST reports that Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, executed Hauwa Leman, an aide worker with the ICRC on Monday.

The terrorists promised to keep Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi schoolgirls who is still being held captive in their custody.

Reacting to the latest murder, Atiku on his official Twitter Page, condemned the killing.

He said, “I’m deeply saddened by the murder of Hauwa Leman, an ICRC aid worker, by terrorists.

“I implore the Federal Government to deploy every reasonable tool at its disposal to bring Leah Shuaibu and all the children in Boko Haram captivity home.”

Court okays suit seeking Buhari’s Minister, Kachikwu’s suspension, probe

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Court okays suit seeking Buhari’s Minister, Kachikwu’s suspension, probe
The Federal High Court in Abuja has giving a go ahead to a suit seeking the suspension and probe of Minister of State on Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

A civil society group, Kingdom Rights Foundation International, had filed a suit on allegations of money laundering, operation of a foreign bank account, corruption and assets declaration irregularities against the Minister.

The enrolled order of the court bearing the stamp of the Federal High Court and the signature of the registrar with October 15, 2018 date, showed that Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo made the order on October 10.

The plaintiff, KHRFI, through its ex parte application filed on August 23, 2018, had sought the court’s leave to commence a suit seeking Kachikwu’s probe for the various allegations.

Also dragged alongside the Ministry were the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The plaintiff prayed the court, in the substantive suit, to conduct a judicial review of the administrative action/inaction of the defendants to perform their constitutional and statutory mandates and obligations in connection with the investigation and prosecution of Kachikwu.

Lawyer to the plaintiff, Okere Nnamdi, moved the ex parte application seeking leave to commence the suit on October 10.

Granting the request in her ruling, Justice Ogunbanjo held, “Leave is granted to the plaintiff/applicant to commence action for judicial review of administrative action/inaction to perform their constitutional and statutory mandate and obligation under section 174(1), (2), and (3) of the 1999 Constitution, sections 3 and 24 (2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, CAP C15, Laws of the Federation 2004, and in section 5(1) of the EFCC Act, to investigate and prosecute Dr Ibe Emmanuel Kachikwu, on allegations of money laundering, operation of foreign bank account while occupying a public office, corruption, false declaration of assets, perjury and abuse of office, contrary to the Code of Conduct for Public Officers provided under paragraphs 1, 2 and 11(1) and (2) of the Fifth Schedule, Part I of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”

The judge also made an order deeming the plaintiff’s originating summons (the main suit) filed alongside the ex parte as “properly filed under Order 34 Rule 5(1) of the rules of the court.”

But the judge declined to grant the applicant’s request that Kachikwu should be served with the court papers through “the most senior staff member in the registry on any staff member of the ministry.”

Rather, the court ruled that “the first defendant (Kachikwu) is to be served personally.”

The judge then fixed October 24 for a report of service.

2019 presidency: Why Atiku should step down for me – Presidential candidate, Adesanya-Davies

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2019 presidency: Why Atiku should step down for me – Presidential candidate, Adesanya-Davies
The presidential candidate of the Mass Action Joint Alliance party, MAJA, Prof. Mercy Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, has told the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to step down for her.

According to her, since MAJA party and the PDP were members of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, it was needful for the emergence of a candidate for the coalition.

Adesanya-Davies said this when she received some Nigerian students who paid her a courtesy call on the sidelines of World Student’s Day.

The MAJA presidential candidate said the former Vice President Atiku should step down for her on account of Atiku’s age and also because she is a woman.

She added that the odd favoured young candidates for the 2019 general elections.

“Since men have failed Nigeria, they should give women a chance to emerge as the nation’s next president and return the country back to the path of progress,” she said.

“The main topic of their discussion was on the prospect of her emergence on the CUPP platform, as she hopes to be the next president of Nigeria in 2019, having received the National Association of Nigerian Students’ NANS Outstanding Leadership in 2018 as well as the students’ endorsement.

“I will, in fact, seize this opportunity to appeal to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to kindly step down for me at the CUPP as President Buhari of APC steps aside, because this time indeed is a-woman-youth-academician ticket and a tip to the Middle-belt Christian Nigeria currently bearing all the brunt of killings in the North.

“And that is where I come in,” she said.

Atiku: Saraki, Tambuwal, Dankwambo get new PDP appointment

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Atiku: Saraki, Tambuwal, Dankwambo get new PDP appointment
Senate President Bukola Saraki has been appointed the Director General of Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign Council

Also Aminu Tambuwal has been appointed as the Zonal Coordinator for NorthWest.

This was disclosed in a statement by PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The statement read: “PDP names the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki as Director General Atiku Presidential Campaign Council.

“HE Tambuwal is Zonal Coordinator for NorthWest. Dankwambo is Zonal Coordinator for NorthEast.

“Ortom Samuel is the Zonal Coordinator for North Central.”

Zamfara: APC will field candidates in 2019 – Ruling party dares INEC

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Zamfara: APC will field candidates in 2019 – Ruling party dares INEC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara in the 2019 general elections, despite its disqualification by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Mallam Lanre Onilu, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, stated this while reacting to the insistence of INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Monday in Abuja on the issue.

Yakubu made the emphasis while speaking on the sideline of the ongoing three-day validation workshop on the cost of election in the ECOWAS region.

The APC spokesman, however, said the party would go ahead to submit list of its candidates for all positions in Zamfara.

He added that the party would meet all requirements for submission of candidates from Zamfara state.

“INEC cannot say that we don’t have candidates for election until the deadline has expired.

“We have options of consensus, direct and indirect primaries and we are going to apply, like we have done in other states, our energies, time and concerns to pick our candidates.

“I can assure you that before the Oct. 18 deadline, we are going to meet all INEC requirements and we are going to submit names of all the candidates for not only Zamfara but the 36 states and the FCT,” he said.

The APC spokesman also dismissed the suggestion that the party might sue INEC, saying: “It is not yet something for the party to take legal action.

“Nothing calls for that. We would not be reacting to what INEC said in the public,” he said.

He explained that after the party got a letter from INEC, it replied it but was yet to receive a reply from the commission.

“We are on the side of the law, we had a primary in Zamfara. We are operating within the guidelines of INEC and the Constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria.

“We believe that INEC does not have the correct information on what happened in Zamfara and this we have stated in our letter to the commission.

“They haven’t replied our letter, we also ask INEC that if they need more information from us, that we will be ready to offer it,” Onilu said.

Monday, 15 October 2018

‘Dare to choose happiness’- IK Ogbonna’s wife ‘confirms’ marital woes

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‘Dare to choose happiness’- IK Ogbonna’s wife ‘confirms’ marital woes
Ik Ogbonna’s Colombian wife,Sonia Morales has reacted to claims their marriage is on the rocks after she removed the Nollywood actor’s name from her social media profiles.

Sonia who was bearing, Sonia Ogbonna on her socialmedia profiles, changed it to her maiden name.

Following the reports, she posted a photo with their son writing

    Dare to choose happiness over empty irrelevant,empty norm

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West meet with president of Uganda

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West meet with president of Uganda
As Kanye West continues to record his Yandhi album in Uganda,they have paid a visit to the country’s president.
Kim kardashian and kanye in Uganda

The Yeezy boss and his wife,Kim Kardashian were hosted by the president of Uganda,Yoweri Museveni today at State House.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Uganda

The president tweeted alongside photos of them

    I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Uganda

Team Kanye is based at the Chobe Lodge Murchison National Park located in northern Uganda.
Kanye West in Uganda

According to reports, the park is under lockdown and security remains very high.

Nina addresses fall out with Toyin Lawani

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Nina addresses fall out with Toyin Lawani
She also said Toyin has every right to be angry with her.

Toyin Lawani unfollowed Nina after she reconciled with her former BBNaija lover,Miracle and shared videos from Ghana.

Toyin was mad because she stood up for Nina when Miracle publicly dumped her.

IGP orders arrest of Policeman who shot UK returnee dead in Abuja

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IGP orders arrest of Policeman who shot UK returnee dead in Abuja
A young lady, Anita Akapson, was on Saturday night shot dead by a policeman in Katampe Extension, Abuja.

According to a police report, she had an encounter with policemen that night. The encounter resulted in her being shot dead.

A Twitter user, Ms Carla @ihekauche, who claimed to a friend of the deceased said, she was killed at a road checkpoint in Maitama, after she had an argument with policemen. She said,

    “The police shot her at a check Point in Maitama last night, her sister said they were dragging with her and she was trying to run when they shot at her and it killed her”

In a statement released by police on its Twitter handle, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the killing.

The statement partly read,

    “IGP has ordered the detention and investigation of Policemen involved in the incident that led to the death of Miss Anita Akapson.

    “He deeply commiserates with the family of the deceased and assures them that justice will be done in the matter

    “The Inspector General of Police has directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to immediately detain and personally carry out a thorough investigation of policemen involved in the incident that resulted in the death of Miss Anita Akapson at Katampe Extension, Abuja on the night of Saturday, 13th October, 2018; and bring the perpetrators to justice.

    “The IGP deeply commiserate with the family of the deceased and hereby assure them that justice will be done in the matter. The Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Command is already in touch with the family as directed by the Inspector General of Police.

    “The public will be informed of the outcome of investigations into the incident.”

I can’t wait to experience sex-Halima Abubakar cries out

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I can’t wait to experience sex-Halima Abubakar cries out
Actress,Halima Abubakar claims she is a virgin and can’t wait to experience sex as a married woman.
The actress posted a stunning photo on Instagram ,with caption

    Can’t wait to experience sex when I get married🏆We virgins need special love too🕶🎧#protect your vibe#positivevibes


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Slammed for announcing pregnancy on Baby Loss day

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Slammed for announcing pregnancy on Baby Loss day
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticised for announcing their pregnancy on International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The royal couple made the announcement this morning, sharing the happy news that they are expecting a baby in the spring. But hundreds of grieving parents have criticised their timing online, saying it could not have come on a worse day.

Today marks International Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day as well as being the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week, held every October 9 to 15 to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or soon after birth,Metro News reports.

In response to the news, one person wrote: ‘A bit insensitive if you ask me. It’s baby loss and bereavement day.’ Another replied: ‘Absolutely. Prince Harry and #Meghan announce excitement at #pregnancy on Baby Loss and bereavement day. #MeghanMarklepregnant.

Adele Haywood said:

    ‘Aww, Meghan and Harry are pregnant. Did no-one think to inform them at @KensingtonRoyal that today is Wave of Light / Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day? Announcing tomorrow wouldn’t have hurt.’

Jo Sharpen added:

    ‘Really thoughtful of Harry and Meghan to announce their pregnancy on baby loss awareness day. #infertilitysucks #ttc #babylossawareness #pregnancy #miscarriage #trauma.’

Ruth Bender Atik, national director of the Miscarriage Association, said:

    ‘I imagine they didn’t know. I think it’s as simple as that. For many people who have the deep sadness and grief of losing a baby, there was also that moment of joy when they wanted to announce their pregnancy.

Viral photo of Serena Williams and fan

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Viral photo of Serena Williams and fan

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting first child-Royal Palace

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting first child-Royal Palace
Prince Williams and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together .

The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and is expected to put to birth in Spring 2019.
Prince Williams and Meghan Markle

Kengsington Palace confirmed this in a tweet, writing

    Their Royal Highnesses The Duke Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.

Alaafin of Oyo’s wife shares his before/after photos as he turns 81

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Alaafin of Oyo’s wife shares his before/after photos as he turns 81
One of the wives of the Alaafin of Oyo,Olori Memunat Omowumi Adeyemi has showered praises on the king who turned a year older yesterday.

Oba Lamide Adeyemi III turned 81 today October,15th,2018.

In a series of posts, the Olori showered praises on him.,calling him her ancestor.She also shared before and after photos of him.
Alaafin of Oyo

She wrote

And After 48years on throne… History was made…💜 @alaafin_oyo

You’ve been working so hard to achieve your dreams. I am so proud of you and so lucky to call you my husband. Happy birthday, my love. Still your day sugar 💙💕💕

You are truly amazing. You are my everything.few hours to your birthday 🎂 My A N C E S T O R @alaafin_oyo

Presidency clarifies travel ban on 50 Nigerians, says Buhari inherited list from past govt

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Presidency clarifies travel ban on 50 Nigerians, says Buhari inherited list from past govt
The Presidency on Sunday night cleared the air on the travel ban slammed on about 50 high-profile Nigerians suspected to have been directly involved in corrupt practices.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, had disclosed that no fewer than 50 persons have been placed on a travel ban by the administration.

Shehu also disclosed that those on the watch list were not allowed to sell their assets worth 50 million.

But on Sunday night, Shehu issued another statement where he explained that the Executive Order 6 was inherited from the past administration.

He explained that the EO6 came into force for speedy trial of graft cases.

The statement read, ”In the history of independent Nigeria, this is the first time any government is taking such a key decision to fight corruption. EO 6 is not only revolutionary to the efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption but a manifestation of systemic changes that are required to to make necessary adjustments as we carry on with the war against corruption.

“The very essence of the order is to make for speedy trials and conclusion of graft cases. The order is not Politici and there is political gain behind its activation

“These high profile cases we are talking about have been ongoing for between seven to 10 years with no end in sight. These case were mostly originated by administrations other than this one.

“What is clear is that the access to these resources by the suspects has enabled them to be in a composition to sometime compromise investigation, prosecution and trial.

“In most of the cases, the courts are held in a helpless position by legal acrobatics paid for from corrupt enrichment by the suspects.”

Shehu stated that the new measures put in place should compel everyone involved to make for a speedy conclusion of all graft cases.

“If it is your money, you have it back. If it belongs to the public, it goes back to the treasury. The question of the constitutionality of the restriction order is answered by the fact that a court of the land has given government a clean chit.

“The Executive Order is legal and constitutional and therefore implementable. One of the cardinal objectives of the government under our constitution is to fight corruption.

“Fighting corruption is a responsibility and obligation upon the government.

“These case that are well known and to to say this or that name is on it will open the door to further accusations, including trial by media.

“The Immìgration Service and other security agencies have the mandate of the President to carry out enforcement and they will do so giving due respects to individual rights, in line with the the constitution,” the statement added.

2019 presidency: Senator Ogunlewe reveals how Atiku will defeat Buhari

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2019 presidency: Senator Ogunlewe reveals how Atiku will defeat Buhari
A former Minister of Works and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe has stated that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was going to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

According to the former lawmaker, Atiku will win the election through the political structure of late Ya’Adua.

Ogunlewe also told Sun that voters already know Atiku, who, according to him, has been contesting for twelve years now.

He said, “The election will be tough among the elite, but easy among the voters. The voters know Atiku because he has been contesting for the past 12 years.

“They have felt his impact as a member of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), the Yar’Adua political structure.

“And there is hardly any politician in this country that does not know the ethics and the doctrines of the late Yar’Adua.

“So, that is what we are going to push now; it’s the Yar’Adua structure that we are going to use to win this election.

“And believe it or not, it is not going to be as difficult because we have the structure; we have a family and that is the Yar’Adua family.

“I am not saying that he would carry the day; but you need to plan. You must sit down and plan.

“You have to look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You have to do that analysis to know where you have your strength and where you have to work harder.

“It is not going to be a story in the park, but we will work to be comfortable.”

Obasanjo’s coalition reveals why Buhari placed travel ban on 50 Nigerians

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Obasanjo’s coalition reveals why Buhari placed travel ban on 50 Nigerians
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has blasted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for imposing a travel ban on 50 Nigerians.

The federal government on Saturday banned 50 Nigerians from traveling abroad over corruption cases.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari had mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Executive Order 6 in full force.

He wrote: “To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the county pending the determination of their cases.

“Also, the financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.”

Reacting to the ban which has generated reactions, CNM in a statement by its Director, Strategic communications, Akin Osuntokun, on Sunday described the ban as a subversion of the rule of law, reminiscent of military decrees.

The CNM disclosed that the new executive order was an attempt to muzzle the opposition, adding that Buhari had been planning to use security agencies to achieve a hidden agenda.

The statement read in part, “Recall that journalists were jailed on account of a similar decree that criminalised any reporting that embarrassed his government. Against this background, what the Executive Order 6 portends is a significant step towards the creation of a police state.

“It is also against this background that the personalisation of the national security architecture makes sense.

“Otherwise there would have been no need to continue to reinforce the lopsided and parochial subversion and subordination of the security agencies to a personality cult agenda, at every available opportunity.”

Travel ban: Why Buhari should be hailed – Chekwas Okorie

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Travel ban: Why Buhari should be hailed – Chekwas Okorie
The National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has backed the travel ban on 50 high profile individuals in the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

He pointed out that the order was a punitive measure for those who put the country in this critical condition.

According to him, it was a welcome development which Nigerians should appreciate and applaud the government for.

He said the timing of the implementation of the Executive Order 006 should not matter since there was no stipulated time for fighting corruption.

In a statement on Sunday, Okorie said, “When he (Buhari) issued that order, it was challenged in court and the court made a pronouncement that he was right to give the order.

“The time he gave the order is inconsequential here. We are talking about fighting corruption.

‘’If a person is corrupt, he is corrupt. Is there any specific time corruption should be fought or time it should be allowed? As far as it is in accordance with the law, then it is welcome.

“I took time to read that court judgment on the executive order and I think it’s a good idea.

“I have always supported the order as a punitive measure for those who put us in this critical condition as a nation.

‘’Some said recession started three years ago under President Buhari but they forgot that some people laid the foundation for the poverty many Nigerians are facing now.

“We are talking about only 50 people out of 200 million Nigerians.

“Not that they are going to jail, their movement is being restricted until their matter is resolved in court and they are shouting as if the whole country is in prison.

“I am in total support of it because from the very day President Buhari came to office, this was one of the three demands UPP requested from him, which is to fight corruption with every means that is available and this is the one of it.

“Although it’s coming late but I am glad that this is a special time for fighting corruption.”

NCC appoints Nwokike as new spokesman

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NCC appoints Nwokike as new spokesman
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has appointed Mr Nnamdi Nwokike as the Director, Public Affairs, following the retirement of Mr Tony Ojobo.

A statement on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Sonny Aragba-Akpore, NCC Assistant Director Public Affairs, said Nwokike’s appointment took effect from Oct. 8.

According to Aragba-Akpore, prior to his new position, Nwokike was the Director, Corporate Strategy Planning and Risk Management of the NCC.

Nwokike became the NCC’s Deputy Director and pioneer Head, Consumer Affairs Department, a department he started and renamed Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB).

“At CAB, he created the Consumer Parliament, Consumer Outreach Programmes, Consumer Bill of Rights and Consumer Factsheets.

“These organs remained veritable channels for handling consumer complaints, consumer education and general dissonance in the market,” he said.

“In 2004, he was transferred to Business Development Unit, a department vested with the responsibilities of developing new business vistas.

“With his team in the unit, he worked with consultants from World Bank and USAID towards the setting up of the Universal Service Provision Fund in the Commission.

“In 2007, Nigeria through the NCC, supported the candidature of Nnamdi Nwokike for the Executive Secretary position to head the West Africa Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA). He contested and won the election.

“Nwokike served as Executive Secretary of WATRA for two terms of three-year tenure from 2007 to 2013.

WATRA consists of Independent National Regulatory Authority (NRAs) and departments for regulation of Telecommunications services established by governments of member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and Mauritania.

“He returned to NCC in early 2013 and traversed the commission’s Project and Strategy canvass as Director, Projects Department,” he added.

Travel ban: Junaid Mohammed, NLC react to Buhari’s action

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Travel ban: Junaid Mohammed, NLC react to Buhari’s action
A Second Republic lawmaker and elder stateman, Dr Junaidu Mohammed, has said that there was nothing wrong with the travel ban placed on 50 high profile Nigerians by the President Muhammadu government.

DAILY POST reported on Saturday that the Federal Government announced the travel ban no fewer than 50 persons.

Buhari directed the full implementation of the Executive order 6.

The former lawmaker said that it was only persons whose hands were soiled that should worry, adding that in as long as it was legal, the President had the power to do it.

Mohammed told Vanguard that “The question to be asked is, if it is legal. Does the President have the power to do that?

“If you are not satisfied, you go to court. I don’t see any reason we will say because some VIPs are involved, the order shouldn’t have been passed.

“If anybody has issues, then it should be on the legality of the order.”

But speaking on the development, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, kicked against it.

He told the newspaper, “Essentially, it is about the rule of law.

“And in our legal jurisprudence, everybody is presumed innocent until the court says otherwise.

“If you accused any person of corruption, you take the person to court.

“It can be the pronouncement of the court to seize the person’s travel documents. Until the court pronounces anybody guilty, you can’t restrict his or her movement. Using shortcut cannot assist or help our system.”

2019: All presidential candidates put together can’t remove Buhari – Joe Igbokwe

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2019: All presidential candidates put together can’t remove Buhari – Joe Igbokwe
Joe Igbokwe, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has declared that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock in 2019, insisting that all the presidential candidates put together will not be able to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Igbokwe, the ruling APC would not lose sleep over the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party, stressing that the contest was going to be between integrity versus corruption.

Igbokwe told newsmen in Lagos that Nigerians cannot trust Atiku because of the many cases of corruption hanging around his neck.

He said, “Let me put it this way, all the presidential candidates put together, both the serious and the unserious, will not be able to unseat Buhari.

“The contest is going to be between integrity versus corruption. And if that is going to be the parameter to judge, it means that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock. If corruption and integrity were to be in contest, then integrity must win. If integrity must win, therefore, Aso Rock is not vacant for now.

“There is no meeting point between light and darkness. We cannot trust Atiku with the keys of the national treasury given his antecedent. I don’t know whether you have watched Obasanjo’s video on Atiku.

“If there is anybody that knows Atiku very well, that person must be Obasanjo because they worked together for eight years. Obasanjo said some Americans came probably from FBI and said that they wanted to investigate some Nigerians and Atiku was one of them.

“After that, Obasanjo was also inclusive, but they couldn’t find anything on him. Meanwhile, on Atiku, there was a damning report. And given what Obasanjo knows about the findings of those people, he said that God would not forgive him if he supports Atiku. If Obasanjo says that kind of thing, then we cannot trust Atiku with the keys of the national treasury.

“Another point is what played out in Port Harcourt at the PDP national convention. It was a bazaar. It was an audacious and thunderous celebration of corruption, where dollars were used with reckless abandon to buy delegates’ votes. We cannot have that kind of person in the saddle. His wealth is questionable. Also remember that PDP told Nigerians that they had repented and pleaded that they should be given another chance.”

2019 Presidency: Agbakoba lists places Buhari will lose election, reveals why

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2019 Presidency: Agbakoba lists places Buhari will lose election, reveals why
Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said yesterday that President Muhammadu Buhari would not win in the South-West, South-East, South-South, North-Central.

According to him, Nigerians, through their votes, will send him back to the core North in 2019 because he has completely lost the goodwill with which he rode to power in 2015.

Agbakoba said Nigeria was now broken politically, strategically, morally, and completely bankrupt.

Speaking with Daily Independent in Lagos, Agbakoba, who is the leader of the Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM), said based on his performance in the last three and half years, nothing qualified President Buhari to continue for another term in office.

According to him, even the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, was not in support of her husband continuing in office for another term which explained why she criticised the recently concluded primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and also advised Nigerians to vote wisely in 2019.

On the three-pronged promise of the Buhari administration, namely tackling insecurity, revamping the economy, and the war against corruption, Agbakoba said the current administration had not fulfilled any of the promises, insisting that corruption was now rife in the administration.

He said: “I think it misses the point to say that President Buhari is as popular as he was in 2015, because he is not.

“When the PDP ran their presidential primaries, a lot of big Northerners were there; people like Kwankwaso, Lamido, Dankwambo, Tambuwal, Makarfi, and others.

“In any case, President Buhari will not expect to win the North-West and become Nigeria’s president because he has taken part in four elections, this will be his fifth.

“The only time he won was when (Bola) Tinubu made the foolish mistake of bringing him to the South. Now, what will happen is that we will send him back to the North. The North alone can’t make him president; he has to have national appeal.

“So, I can tell you for free that President Buhari is not going to win the North-Central. He is not going to win the South-West; he is not going to win the South-East, and he is not going to win the South-South. So, I don’t know where his votes will come from. If it is going to come from the North-West, that is fine.

“Completely, President Buhari has no goodwill left. All the euphoria that was felt, I didn’t feel it because I have always known his background.

“There was a huge euphoria of change that former President Goodluck Jonathan had not done well; that he presided over a highly corrupt government, and Buhari was the Mr. Clean, Mr. Integrity, and he will fix things. But that has not happened.

“On the contrary, Nigeria is broken politically, strategically, morally, and a completely bankrupt country. Poverty level has grown, 85 million Nigerians are extremely poor, we have now become the poverty capital of the world.

“So, the euphoria of 2015 is certainly not the euphoria of 2019, and that is why, personally, I am unable to support his campaign to remain in office.

“To support the campaign to remain in office for me is to look back at what he has done, the campaign promises on corruption, security, and the economy. These are the three big campaign issues, nothing has been fulfilled.

“In spite of all the monies borrowed, we are now pushing to over $30 billion borrowed money unaccountable, infrastructures all in pieces, corruption is rife”.

“You remember the case of his SGF, Babachir Lawal; you also remember the case of Abdulrasheed Maina, and so on. So, there is nothing that stands him out as qualified to continue.

“Even Buhari’s wife has criticised the primary election that the APC held, so that will tell you that even in the other room in his house, he doesn’t have support.

“Why would I be supporting a man whose own wife does not even support him? For me, he is history. I just hope that we can have a new president.”

Giving a detailed projection of what may play out in the 2019 presidential election, Agbakoba, who blamed Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State, for forming an alliance with Buhari in 2015, said Buhari contested four times between 2003 and 2011 but couldn’t achieve success because he didn’t enjoy the support of the South.

Agbakoba, who said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement carried a lot of weight based on the strong followership he enjoys across the country, said anyone saying Obasanjo was irrelevant as far as the 2019 presidential election was concerned, would be making a huge mistake.

“There is no way he can discountenance the influence of Obasanjo, you will be doing so at your peril because he has a strong followership.

“Obasanjo has strong followership in the South-West, Afenifere is on his side because they all believe in restructuring.

“The South-East cultural, traditional systems are on the side of Atiku because he believes in restructuring. The South-East has felt marginalised and excluded and he (Atiku) now comes and said I will bring you in.”

On the chances of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, Agbakoba said the presidential election was a two-horse race between the APC and PDP and argued that the claim by Buhari’s loyalists that Atiku was corrupt did not matter.

He said what mattered was his ability to turn around the fortunes of the country like US President Donald Trump is doing despite the many negative stories about his personality.

“I am not interested in whether he is a thief. Jesus Christ cannot be the president of Nigeria. Donald Trump is not an angel but he is the most effective president in a long time.

“In the United States now, unemployment rates are down, the economy is booming, and everything is working.

“The fact that he has girlfriends and does all those bad things doesn’t mean that he is not effective.

“Yes, Atiku may not be an angel but I am not interested in that. I am tired of having a bad government. It is almost like the Jonathan-Buhari thing.

“When people said they were tired of Jonathan and brought in Buhari, so the same way now, people are tired of Buhari, and it is my hope that Atiku, if he does win, will learn lessons and move forward to do the right thing,” he said.

Travel ban: Bafarawa reveals why he cannot be on Buhari’s list

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Travel ban: Bafarawa reveals why he cannot be on Buhari’s list
Former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, on Sunday said he cannot be on the travel ban list because he has been discharged and acquitted by a Sokoto State High Court on the case in which he was involved.

“In respect of the case listed against me in the Executive Order 6, I have been discharged and acquitted since July 31st 2018 by a court.

“I stood trial for almost 10 years. I was not found wanting by the court.

“I also need to put on record that my accounts have not been frozen by any of the anti-graft agencies.

“None of my properties has been confiscated till date. I have tried to live above board in public service and in my private life,” he told The Nation.

Thirteen former governors and seven ex-ministers have been barred from travelling out of the country, under Executive Order 6 (EO6) issued by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The restriction followed the judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6).

The watchlist and restriction were put in place pending the conclusion of corruption cases against those affected.

Nigeria has room to borrow more – Buhari’s Minister

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Nigeria has room to borrow more – Buhari’s Minister
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has declared that Nigeria still has sufficient room to borrow more whenever the need arises.

He explained that the country was not running any debt risk, adding that it had one of the lowest debt levels among its African peers.

“Nigeria has a sustainable debt profile with ample room to borrow more whenever we may require doing so. Nigeria runs no debt risk and the Debt Management Office carries out an annual Debt Sustainability Analysis to ensure that we stay that way,” Udoma was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Akpandem James.

Udoma stated this in Bali, Indonesia, at the just concluded annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, adding that the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020 was moving Nigeria’s economy in a positive direction.

The minister recalled that following the collapse of crude oil prices in 2014, which culminated in the country’s economy sliding into recession in 2016, the government developed the ERGP in early 2017.

The minister said the positive trends recorded in the country’s economic indicators since the launch of the ERGP had shown that the plan was working.

He stated, “We have been able to bring down inflation from 18.7 per cent in January last year to 11.2 per cent by August this year. Our aim is to bring inflation down to a single digit by the end of the plan period in 2020.

“The exchange rate market has been stabilised through the introduction of the investors and importers’ foreign exchange window. We have also been able to build up our external reserves from $27bn in 2016 to $43.9bn by early this month.

“Our current account, as a ratio of Gross Domestic Product, has moved from a deficit of 3.2 per cent in 2015 to a surplus of 2.8 per cent by end of last year. And this is built on export growth, including significant growth in non-oil exports that has resulted in the country recording a consistently positive trade balance since the fourth quarter of 2016.”

2019 Presidency: Oby Ezekwesili challenges Buhari to 20-hours debate, give reasons

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2019 Presidency: Oby Ezekwesili challenges Buhari to 20-hours debate, give reasons
The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili on Sunday challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a 20-hour debate.

Ezekwesili said the challenge was aimed at allowing Buhari defend his achievements.

In a statement she personally signed, the former Minister of Education, said the debate by proxy should not be accepted by Nigerians.

She stressed that those who shy away from presenting themselves before Nigerians don’t deserve to take the position of leadership.

Stating that nothing less than 20 hours of debate was acceptable to a country of approximately 200 million people, Ezekwesili stressed that the debate should be split in five sessions of four hours each, or four sessions of five hours each.

According to the Presidential candidate, the first debate should be held within a week of when campaign officially starts.

The statement reads, “It appears that there is a conspiracy of the minority to trivialize the issue of presidential debate in a bid to exempt President Muhammadu Buhari from defending his performance and presenting his plans before the Nigerian people.

“This is unacceptable. The people need to know why they should vote for each of the candidates, and they need to know now.

“Make no mistake, the only people Nigerians want to hear from are their presidential hopefuls. Nigerians vote for presidents, and presidents are the ones who get the job done.

“Vice Presidents will not take Nigeria out of poverty. So this is not the time to shortchange citizens with a Vice Presidential debate. Nigerians are voting for top of the ticket, not VP, and they are aware that this is what matters. Anything less than a presidential debate will be considered gross disrespect for the millions of citizens we hope to lead.”

Ganduje speaks on ‘face-off’ with presidency

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Ganduje speaks on ‘face-off’ with presidency
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has dispelled the rumour that the Presidency was not happy with the way Kano chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted party primaries.

This is contained in a statement on Sunday signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar.

“Presidency has no quarrel with us over the conduct of our primary elections conducted recently in the state.

“Ours is much more cleaner, healthier and peaceful than many other states across the country,” NAN quoted him as saying.

However, Ganduje has inaugurated 12-man high-powered reconciliation committee to reconcile all aggrieved APC members.

Ganduje, who, inaugurated the committee at the Government House, Kano, said: “The committee will reconcile our party members as a result of the emergence of some few issues after the conduct of the primary elections, excluding Presidential and Gubernatorial primaries of which we had single candidate for each of the two positions.

“Normal misunderstanding as seen after the primaries in the state are normally unavoidable in democracy. Particularly in the practice of party politics.

“The committee will come up with a strategy that will bring in amicable reconciliation of the party members as we are approaching general elections.

“It will also come up with a strategic approach in building strong party cohesion. Are part of the terms of reference,” he highlighted.

Ganduje said that ‎it was only in the Presidential and Gubernatorial primary elections, the process was conducted without any contenders in the two positions.

‎The committee is chaired by ‎Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Speaker of the State Assembly, Kabiru Rurum,. Yusuf Ata, Gen Jafaru Isah (rtd) and Amb. Kabiru Rabi’u, Sabo NAN on and Dr Maikano Rabi’u.

Others are Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, Barrister Umar Danlasan, Garba Yusuf Abubakar and Amadu Haruna Zago as members, while Musa Salihu Riruwai would serves as the Secretary of the Committee.‎

The committee was given two weeks to submit its report to government for further action.

AfCTA: Senator Sani speaks on Buhari’s refusal to sign agreement

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AfCTA: Senator Sani speaks on Buhari’s refusal to sign agreement
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the Senate, Shehu Sani, has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the African Free Trade Agreement, AfCTA.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had on Saturday lambasted President Buhari, saying his hands were too weak to sign the free trade agreement

Obasanjo added that he hopes that Nigeria will soon have a president who will sign the agreement.

But Sani explained that the idea would have made more sense if African countries were producing what they consume and not importing from Asia, Europe and America.

The lawmaker tweeted on Sunday night, “The African continental free trade is a great idea if African states are locally producing and not importing goods from US, Europe and Asia.

“The President is right for refusing to sign a trade deal that will only open our country to imports.”

Executive Order 06: Abba Moro breaks silence on travel ban

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Executive Order 06: Abba Moro breaks silence on travel ban
Immediate Past Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has reacted to the statement by the APC-led federal government banning 50 high-profile Nigerians from traveling abroad.

Moro was said to be among those banned from traveling outside Nigeria till further notice.

The federal government had on Saturday banned 50 Nigerians from traveling abroad over alleged corruption cases.

Speaking on the development, Abba Moro through his media aide, Ameh Ameh, said his inclusion in the list was not in anyway connected to misappropriation of public funds or money laundering.

According to him, “It is a known fact that Comrade Abba Moro is not on trial for stealing anything from government but the failed immigration recruitment, in which his role was clearly not related to the fee collected from applicants by the consultants.

“We are of the firm belief that justice will be done in the case and there is nothing to worry about as Comrade Abba Moro didn’t violate any law or enrich himself from the failed recruitment exercise.

“The general public must note that the Executive Order 06 is purely administrative and not a court conviction and as such does not affect his election and the goodwill he enjoys, particularly, among his people in Benue South.

“Regrettably, the full implementation of the Executive Order 06 upon the emergence of Comrade Moro and several other candidates at this electioneering time, despite their cases being in court for over two years, raises serious issues of constitutionalism, legality and due process of law.

“We make bold to say that Comrade Abba Moro’s riches are not in money or assets but in people, being a human development focused politician.

“Before his emergence as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue South, Comrade Abba Moro had no case of money laundering or misappropriation of public funds from his days as a lecturer in the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo, to his tenure as Local Government Chairman in Okpokwu, or as Federal Minister.

“Relatively, Comrade Moro left office unstained as Pro-Chancellor/Chairman, Governing Council of University of Agriculture, Umudike, and later University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

“In fact, Comrade Abba Moro only travelled abroad in the past for medicals and always on the order of court, after which his international passport is returned to the court, pending the determination of the case.

“We call on our people back home not to panic over the new development as the Executive Order will not, in anyway, affect our chances in the 2019 general elections.”

Sunday, 14 October 2018

APC vs PDP: Wike speaks on Atiku’s chances against Buhari in 2019

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APC vs PDP: Wike speaks on Atiku’s chances against Buhari in 2019
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will dethrone the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government in 2019.

He spoke at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Sunday during a Special Thanksgiving Service for the successful hosting of 2018 PDP National Convention.

Admitting that he wanted Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Wike said he had accepted the party’s choice.

He said: “I supported the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal fully. I have no regrets for my support for Tambuwal.

“But the party has made a choice and as a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar to victory in 2019. That is what is called party loyalty.

“We must put our heads together to ensure that this bad government is sacked. We must ensure that this bad government goes in 2019.

“If this same government returns in 2019, then Nigerians are digging their graves. The suffering now will be a child’s play. That is why we must work for the good of our people”.

Atiku: Igbo youths finally react to Peter Obi’s emergence as PDP VP candidate

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Atiku: Igbo youths finally react to Peter Obi’s emergence as PDP VP candidate
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths (Worldwide) has commended the PDP and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for choosing an Igbo son as a vice presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections.
The commendation was given through a statement issued in Owerri on Sunday by its Acting National President, Dr Kingsley Dozie and Emeka Odom, its Assistant National Legal Adviser.

It said that assistance of Igbo youths would be made available to the PDP having chosen Dr Peter Obi as its presidential running mate.
The group said it had already started discussing and liasing with youths of other ethnic nationalities on how to have a productive and people-oriented election.
“To restructure Nigeria is our priority now and we’ll get it right this time.
“The choice of the former governor, Peter Obi is great. He was not wasteful in the management of resources while serving as governor.
“Peter Obi is a good choice. He will bring business intelligence into governance.
“He is not corrupt and as a governor, he was not wasteful. Igbo youths are very happy .

“Obi’s success story as a businessman would help in reviving the nation’s economy if elected in 2019.
“The decision to pick him, we believe, is based on his outstanding performance as governor of Anambra state,” it said.
The group said that as a successful businessman, it expected Obi to translate his wealth of experience into good governance for the nation.
They expressed optimism that he would not disappoint Ndigbo in particular and Nigeria at large.

The group had earlier commended the PDP for electing Abubakar as its presidential candidate in the 2019 elections.
Its leader, Dr Kingsley Dozie, described Abubakar as an apostle of restructuring.
He promised that his group would liase with its parent body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, alongside “our brothers after our consultations and get it right this time.”

“The party’ s primary was free and fair and the most credible presidential primaries.
“Igbo youths are pleased with the party’s style of leadership and particularly the restructuring agenda of its candidate which placed him first in the race.

“Consequently, the leadership of igbo youths, led by Kingsley Dozie, shall mobilize all igbo youths, home and abroad, to ensure that a better candidate who places our interest as a priority and who will genuinely restructure Nigeria emerged as the president of Nigeria come 2019,” he said.