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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the only way for the Igbos to end marginalization was for them to vote out the All Progressives Congress, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) beginning with Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State.

He urged Anambra people to return the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, back to the state by voting for the party’s candidate, Mr. Oseleka Obaze and stand firm to defend democracy in the state.

Jonathan who led governors of Rivers, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Ondo, Taraba, Gombe and Deputy governor of Akwa Ibom states as well as former governor of Ogun state Otumba Gbenga Daniel to the grand finale of campaign rally of PDP at All Saint field Onitsha, maintained that PDP was a party to beat in the forthcoming election.

He noted that Anambra has been a PDP state from the onset but along the line deviated to APGA, adding that the people of Anambra state should not make the mistake of voting another party that would mortgage their future.

“PDP is the real party that can lead Anambra to the promised land, founding father of PDP is from Anambra which is Dr. Alex Ekwueme and PDP has more population in the country. PDP will bring development to Anambra state.

“We will encourage enterprise, Obaze will encourage enterprise in Anambra.

You must not make mistake on Saturday, vote for Obaze. You need
somebody that can have a voice and represent you well when they go to Abuja, you need first eleven when you go to Abuja to defend the interest of Anambra state.

“We need somebody that will protect the interest of Anambra people,
somebody to protect the interest of Igbo. We don’t want any situation Igbo will complain of marginalization, it will depend on people you send there and then governors and people we send there.

“We need somebody that will encourage the enterprise and business who has the connection oversea to attract foreign partners to the state and that person is Obaze,” he stated.

In his remark, a former Governor of the state, Peter Obi stated that Obiano was a mistake and bad product which Anambra state people should correct in the forthcoming election.

“He should tell us what happened to N75 billion left in the state account and N192 million allocation. Obiano said there is no need of saving money, he sold Anambra state house in Lagos state, let’s vote him out”, Obi stated.

In their separate remarks, the Governors of Rivers Nyesom Wike and his Ondo state counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, urged the people of the state to vote PDP candidate in order to end hardship and negative change brought to the country by APC led administration.

They said that APC has no other agenda than rigging the election and urged the voters to vote and defend their votes.

“You should protect your vote, don’t allow them to intimidate you, PDP is the answer and has a better candidate that should be supported to end impunity and hunger in the land”, they said.

Responding, the PDP candidate Mr. Obaze said he was humbled by the
overwhelming support of the party and people of the state and called on them to come out en mass to vote for him on Saturday.

The Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), on Thursday, expressed worry over comments about Biafra attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari during his working visit to Ebonyi State.

eBriefing journalists in Afikpo North local government area of the state, the leader of pro-Biafra group in Ebonyi South zone, Sunday Ezaka, stressed that the President made a mistake by saying that Ndigbo do not need Biafra.

According to him, nobody can stop the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.

He added that Igbos who were following Buhari were making a mistake as Biafra remained the hope of Ndigbo for them to be free.
He said: “The clamour for Biafra is actualisable and you will soon see it. BIM started the BIAFRA struggle.

“I saw in the national dailies that Buhari visited Ebonyi state and said that Igbo don’t need Biafra; I want to clearly let him know that he is making a mistake by uttering such comments.

“Igbo that are following Buhari are also making a mistake; never a time that the Igbo do not need Biafra; Biafra is our hope and we are deeply involved in its actualization; that is where we hope to survive, when Biafra Republic emerges which I know that very soon it will become a reality.

“For Buhari to say that Igbo do not have interest in Biafra, he is lying; I
don’t know when and where he dreamt such a thing. Nobody can stop

“It is because of our non-violent initiatives ordered by our leader, Chief Dr. Raph Uwazurike and we are trying to maintain the non-violent otherwise it would have become another story altogether.

“That is why we are asking the Nigerian government to please call their
security forces and leave us alone. There is freedom of association and it is practiced everywhere and Nigeria will not be different; we are not causing violence in the society; they should leave us alone to do our own thing.

“I want to encourage my members to maintain non-violence because Biafra would soon become a reality; on 26th November is Ojukwu memorial day; we want the public to be aware that that day we are celebrating our Hero, the  Eze; we call on Arewa youth leadership, Oduduwa and others to come and
attend the programme in Owerri”.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council For
Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar II, on Wednesday said the injustice in appointments and allocation of resources in the country were responsible for crisis and disunity in the country.

The monarch said this at a Collaborative Interfaith Peace and Security
Capacity Building Workshop, organized by the Nigerian Army Resource
Centre, NARC, in collaboration with Inter-Religious Peace Initiative in

Represented by the Executive Secretary of Abuja National Mosque,Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, Abubakar said an all inclusive governance remains the panacea in addressing the myriads of problems confronting the country.

He urged leaders at all levels to be equitable, fair and just to every member of the society in the distribution of amenities and resources, irrespective of the political, religious and tribal inclinations of members of the society.

According to the monarch, “When it comes to issue of dispensation of justice and equitable distribution of resources, that should be done without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

“You are not there yourself as a leader and because you have some
encounters with a group of people, either a person or a group of persons in a particular area, you should not hold on to it so as not to extend justice to them.

“Allah says “do not allow your hatred of a particular group of people to makeyou decide not to extend justice to them. Whatever happens, you mustextend the spirit of justice to them all without fear or favour, affection or ill- will.

“This issue of justice goes down to whatever decision you are going to take,

whether it’s against you or against your parents or against your own
children or against your other relations, let alone saying you will not extend
justice because you know somebody or because he is from your town.
Justice must be based on fair and equitable distribution of assets to all.”

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday granted four months tenure extension to the 33 Local Government Areas (LGs) chairmen and the 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) chairmen in the state.

The approval followed a formal request sent to the lawmakers by the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The tenure of the said Caretaker Chairmen expired Tuesday.

The lawmakers also granted approval to the appointment of eleven caretakers chairmen for the eleven LGs and LCDAs affected by a lawsuit stopping the appointment of council bosses on the ground that some of the territories were wrongly transferred to different council areas in the creating of the LCDAs.

The case was instituted by some Baales in Oyo town.

It would be recalled that the federal high court sitting in Abuja recently vacated the order in respect of the conduct of the local government election in Oyo State.

The two letters written by the executive and read during Tuesday plenary by the Speaker, Hon.

Michael Adesina Adeyemo, were asking for the renewal of the tenure of the caretaker chairmen and appointment of new Caretaker chairmen for the eleven local government and local council development areas that are yet to have caretaker chairmen for the past four months.

After reading the letter, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Musa Abdulwasil said the tenure extension is needed so as not to create a vacuum in the LG administration. The motion was seconded by seconded by the Hon. Segun Olaleye on the ground that it would help in the preparations for the LG elections before the expiration of the four months.

The House, however, directed the new Caretaker chairmen nominees report to the office of the Clerk of the House with photocopies of their credentials for screening by the House committee on local government and Chieftaincy Matters on Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 while the committee was directed to submit its report of the screening to the House on Thursday 9th November, 2017.

The nominee for the other LGs areas are, Adediran Asitu (Irepo LG), Remi Adeniyi (Afijio LG), Okeniyi Gbolagade (Atiba LG), Oladeji Tajudeen Olabisi (Oyo West LG), Odekanmi Olayinka (Oriire LG) and Babatunde Abiodun Adebayo (Oyo East LG).

The nominee for local council development areas include, Akano Nathaniel Idowu (Asabari LCDA), Tunde Ojo (Afijio West LCDA), Oyelayo Sunday Ajiboye (Soto LCDA), Tiamiyu Taiwo (Oyo South East LCDA), Jelili Abiola (Oyo South West LCDA), Jacob Bamgboye (Oriire South LCDA), Aransi Akeem (Lagelu West LCDA), while Oriire North LCDA was yet to be nominated for confirmation.
The camp of former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, is not a Pastor.

This is in reaction to Osinbajo’s claim that Jonathan’s administration did not build any infrastructure for Nigeria but frittered away the nation’s wealth.

“Of course, we all know that there was very little by the way of investment in infrastructure and capital projects”, Osinbajo was quoted as saying.

“In fact, in 2015, capital spend was less than 11%. So, there was very little to show for where this money went,” he added.

But a statement by Jonathan’s former special assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, on Tuesday, described the comment as a barefaced lie.

Titled ‘Vice President Osinbajo’s Penchant to Lie Against ex-President Jonathan is Unbecoming of an Alleged Pastor’, the statement said it was on record that the Jonathan administration was only second to the Yakubu Gowon administration in terms of infrastructure.

“The most expensive and valuable project built in Nigeria in the last 20 years is the $1.8 billion Abuja-Kaduna 187 kilometres super-fast railway that enables Nigerians work in Abuja and live in Kaduna. This project was built and completed by the Jonathan administration. Does the Vice President know this?

“Also, former President Jonathan revived the Nigerian Railways in five of the six geo-political zones restoring direct rail service from Lagos to Kano, Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and Makurdi to Gombe.
“When Rotimi Amaechi took over as minister of transport in 2015, he said “In fact, I think we have a problem; most people don’t believe that the railway transport is functioning in Nigeria. I didn’t even know, until I started this tour, I never knew that the railway was functioning, it was even from his (MD’s) speech that I learnt that there are some coaches or services that go to Kano or Port Harcourt or elsewhere.

“My question to the Vice President is who built these rail infrastructures that Amaechi was referring to?
“Under former President Jonathan, Nigeria for the first time had national radar coverage through the the Total Radio Coverage of Nigeria (TRACON) project completed by the Jonathan administration in 2012. TRACON is the reason Nigeria no longer has frequent air crashes. Can Vice President Osinbajo deny that this was done by the Jonathan government?
“Going further, the Jonathan administration completed the $600 million 750 MW Olorunsogo II Power Station in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. Does the Vice President deny this?
“The Jonathan government also built the 504 MW simple cycle Gas Alaoji Power station in Aba, Abia State. Is this also a lie?
“That administration also built 12 brand new federal universities including the only federal university in President Buhari’s state of Katsina. The Jonathan administration also constructed and completed 165 Almajiri schools all over Northern Nigeria.

“Nigerians will recall that the Jonathan administration rebuilt the Benin-Ore portions of the Benin-Lagos road, the Vom-Manchok road, the Kano-Zaria Road bridge in Kano (named after late Emir Ado Bayero) and many more.

“Now, I urge Nigerians to compare these projects with what has been conceived of, started and completed by the Buhari administration which has only been able to initiate and complete only one project in two and a half years, which is the helipad in Daura.

“How can an administration that cannot even provide paracetamol for the Aso Rock clinic despite over N3billion budgeted for it under President Buhari (according to the First Lady) accuse the Jonathan administration that refurbished 10 general hospitals for the masses across Nigeria?
“There was never a time that the external reserve was $45 billion under Jonathan. The reserves were $33-35 billion under Jonathan.

“The money the Vice President added to make it $45 billion was the Excess Crude Account which Jonathan refused to touch until members of Mr. Osinbajo’s party, the All Progressive Congress, led by the then Governor of Rivers state and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, took the Federal Government to court and got the Supreme Court to force the Jonathan administration to share that money with them.

“We will continue to pray for Vice President Osinbajo who is obviously unequally yoked and is now mixing light with darkness.”

Friday, 3 November 2017

The World football–governing body, FIFA, has approved the international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina.

The body asked both countries to go ahead with the match as scheduled in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

This was contained in a letter forwarded to the Football Union of Russia, addressed to the General Secretary, Aleksandr Alaev, and signed by FIFA’s Director of Competitions, Christian Unger.

The letter, dated 31 October 2017 read, inter alia: “FIFA would like to thank you for complying with the Regulations Governing International Matches by submitting the relevant information and authorisations for the following tier 1 international match: Argentina Vs Nigeria, Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, 14 November 2017.

“In accordance with article 7 of the regulations, FIFA is happy to provide official authorisation for this men’s tier 1 international match.

“Please note that this authorisation is conditional upon FIFA receiving details of the referees who will officiate in the stated match. We will confirm authorisation once the referee details have been received and checkedNigeria Vs Argentina: FIFA takes decision
on international friendly.

 We would like to remind you that only referees included in the 2017 FIFA Refereeing Lists can officiate in an international “A” match.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that in accordance with article 12 of the Regulations Governing International Matches, your association is required to ensure that a completed association report, list of players for both teams and the referee report are submitted to FIFA within 48 hours of each international “A” match.”

Monday, 30 October 2017

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to order former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, to deposit N1billion with the court to cover for his travelling expenses before he can testify in his case.

Jonathan also asked the court to set aside the subpoena ordered to be served on him by the court to come and testify in the corruption suit against Metuh.

The federal government is prosecuting Metuh and his company over alleged N400 million fraud.

 The money was alleged to be part of the funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

Last week, Justice Okon Abang granted Metuh’s request to summon Jonathan and a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), to appear before it as witnesses.
The court subsequently adjourned till yesterday for Jonathan and Dasuki to appear in court.

But Jonathan, through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), asked the court for an order to set aside the issuance and service of the ‘subpoena ad testifiandum’ issued on October 23 for the purpose of his appearance in court and give evidence in the case.

On the alternative, the applicant (Jonathan) is asking the court for an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for and on behalf of the applicant the sum of N1 billion in line with the provisions of section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Ozekhome said the said money will cover travelling expenses for clientand his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke in Bayelsa State, to Abuja and also for time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 to 2015.

In his grounds of application, Ozekhome submitted that the evidence sought to be obtained from the applicant will amount to an invasion of his personal right to privacy, and family life as provided for in section 37 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

In addition, he submitted that the evidence sought to be obtained from the applicant is likely to expose the applicant to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.

He further argued that the subpoena is not only vague but was applied for and obtained on frivolous ground and in bad faith, as it was meant to embarrass the person of the applicant.

He argued that Metuh was not a personal aid or appointee of the applicant and as such could not have dealt with the then president directly under any circumstance to warrant the invitation of the applicant to testify in the charge.

He also submitted that there is no nexus between the applicant and Metuh and the charge for which Metuh is standing trial.

Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki had also through his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN),
filed a similar suit, but was consequently struck out by the court.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was not present at Monday’s meeting
of the national caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting which began at 8:30pm, was held at the new Banquet Hall of
the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari presided over it.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu

and Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan were however present.
Others include national leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the
former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande.

The governors in attendance include those of Sokoto, Niger, Kogi, Adamawa,
Bauchi, Plateau, Katsina, Zamfara, Jigawa, Ondo, Kano, Benue, Oyo, Kebbi,
Kaduna, Borno, Imo and Nasarawa States as well as the deputy governor of
Osun State.

Former governors present are Senator Ahmad Yarima (Zamfara), Martins
Elechi (Ebonyi), Olusegun Osoba (Ogun), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Rabiu
Musa Kwankwaso (Kano) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) as well as a former
military administrator of Lagos State, Buba Marwa.
Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for sacking Babachir Lawal as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He reacted to the development via his Twitter account.

Melaye urged Buhari to also sack those he described as “wrong pegs” in his government.

In a series of tweets, Melaye wrote: “Excellent move by Mr President though coming late. Boss Mustapha is a decent man, intellectually mobile and administratively sagacious.

“This ‘sack drug’ must extend to other indicted public officials including the wrong pegs in this Government. There is urgent need for a rejig.
“We must use the less than 2 years remaining to fulfill our campaign
promises because We are poles away from our promises”.

Buhari on Monday named Boss Mustafa (also from Adamawa) as the new

Ohaneze of the north is a sick organization in the 19 States of the north
yesterday asking us to accept Igbo presidency which was forbidden since 1967.

this is a group that abandoned the interest of the entire Igbo people and focus on the interest of the murders of our people (Biafrans).

Augustine Amaechi of ohaneze ideas to forget Biafra is a foolish man idea, which he must return back the idea to his northern counterpart, ohaneze is an anti Biafra and should know that the group is at notice,

Ohaneze should from this moment if not yet informed that Biafra State is the only solution to the whole problem in the country that Igbo presidency and restructuring of Nigeria is a taboo,
(Ezechukwu Festus).