2019: Jime Denies Rift With Akume

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Benue State, Barr. Emmanuel Jime, has said that there is no rift between him and the leader of the party in the state, Sen. George Akume.

Jime stated this in a chat with newsmen, in Makurdi, the state Capital.

According to him, the rumour about a sour relationship between him and the leader of the party only exists in the imagination of those peddling it.

His words: “There’s nothing about the story that’s true. You know that starring up controversy is the past time of some of our leaders. I believe that for there to be proper governance in the state, there is need to carry each other along.

“People forget so soon that Akume was governor of this state for eight years and one needs to get advice from such person in order to assist you so that you can correct mistakes of the past.

“It is important that you accord those who have passed through before you the respect that they deserve. I don’t believe Akume does not mean well for the state.

“I have a very good relationship with Akume and those peddling such rumor should look for other things to do.”

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How Fayose Took Over Our Land To Build Filing Station For His Son – Ekiti Muslim Group

The Ekiti State Chapter of Ahmaddiyya Muslim Society, has accused immediate past Governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose, of grabbing its land to build a filling station for his son.

Members of the Muslim group, who staged a peaceful protest against the alleged land grab in Ado-Ekiti, described the “forcible takeover” by Fayose as “an act of oppression to Muslims in Ekiti”.

President of Ahmaddiyya Muslim Jama’at in Ekiti State Mr. Bashirudeen Alawode, in a chat with newsmen in the State, explained that the land, located at Odo Otu in Atikankan area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, was acquired in 1940 during the reign of the late Ewi, Oba Anirare Aladesanmi.

According to him, the Islamic movement built the first mosque on the land in 1940s before the old structure in mould blocks was demolished.

He stated that the organisation was surprised to see a new petrol station being built on the land earlier this year.

The spokesman said the organisation immediately sent a letter to Fayose, and they reportedly got to know that the land was allegedly acquired by the ex-governor for his son to build a filling station on it.

Alawode said: “We went to the state Ministry of Lands and the General Manager of the Ekiti State Housing Corporation and complained. But they told us the land had been acquired by the government. So, we suspected that government can’t acquire land to build a filling station on it.

“When we suspected foul play and saw the structure springing up, we sent a petition to the police commissioner and he stopped the construction. It was at the meeting with the police commissioner we got to know that the land was acquired by the governor for his son.

“Rather than even tender an apology, the ex-governor threatened us and said the land had been acquired and that there was nothing we could do about it.

“We have documents backing our claim that we are the original owner. So, we are appealing to the government to remove the structure and give us our land back. It belongs to us.

“We can only negotiate with the owner of this structure if they give us another land within this vicinity. And this should come with all necessary documents.”

Contacted, Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, denied his alleged involvement in land grab saga.

The former governor’s aide insisted that no child of Fayose was building a filling station anywhere.

He said: “No child of the former governor is building a filling station anywhere in Ekiti State and none of them benefitted from his government in terms of lands acquisition.

“All actions of his government were done within the ambit of the law; the records are there.

“Also, the issue in question was addressed with the Muslims while he was in office and the present government is at liberty to look into it, if they have grievances.”

 

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APC Will Make Positive Impact In Kwara State – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government would bring about the desired transformation envisioned for Kwara state when it assumes power in 2019.

Mohammed made the statement on Sunday while addressing thousands of APC supporters in his home town of Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

The supporters were on a solidarity visit to the minister over the party’s victory in the just concluded by-election won by its candidate, Raheem Olawuyi.

The minister said that the people of the state were yet to fully harness the positive impact of the present administration’s people oriented policies and programmes.

According to him, with the emergence of the party’s candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulrasak, 2019 general elections would bring about the desired growth, progress and development in the state.

He described the just concluded Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency by-election in the state as an eye opener, saying that it was the first time the state witnessed an election devoid of molestation and harassment.

The minister, who described the election as credible, free and fair, said the adequate deployment of security personnel for the election which was being misconstrued by the PDP led state government, was basically to maintain law and order.

“This is the first time the state is witnessing an election where people would not be subjected to act of harassment and intimation due to adequate security which provided a level playing ground.

“Perpetrators of such violence of act in the years past are not always apprehended because that is the only weapon being employed to win elections by those who thought the state belongs to them.

“I want to assure that this is just the beginning of many good things to come the way of the state as we have not fully utilised the goodies of President Muhammad Buhari.

“But come 2019 when our candidate takes over the mantle of leadership, the party will surely make the difference in terms of good governance,” he said.

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2019: Buhari Floors Atiku In Citizen Online Poll

President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate has floored Alhaji Atiku Abubakar the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

In an online poll created by CitizenPoll and published on their website, Buhari had 64.52 per cent of the votes with 8348, while Atiku polled only 3,241 votes, representing 25 per cent of the vote.

The Poll which featured only eight Presidential Candidates, has Mrs Oby Ezekwesili of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) trailing at the bottom with only 163 votes being 1.11 per cent of the poll as at the time of this report.

In the 3 position on the poll was Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress (ACC) who polled 344 (2.66%), followed by Kingsley Moghalu of Young Progressive Party (YPP) with 264 votes (2.04%).

Tope Dasua of the Abubdant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) polled 215 votes (1.66%) while in the 6 position as at the time of this report was Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) with 195 votes (1.51%).

The seventh position was occupied by Fela Durotoye with 190 votes representing 1.47 per cent of the votes.

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N-Power Launches Impact Series Competition For Beneficiaries

In a bid to consolidate on the tremendous achievement of the N-Power programme, the Federal Government on Tuesday, 13th November launched the N-Power Impact series as a reward package for outstanding volunteers to invest in a business project.

The Impact series is  a social media competition for beneficiaries to showcase the impact N-Power has had on them as individuals and on their respective communities. A volunteer can enter the competition by posting a 1 min “Impact Story Video” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, You Tube with the accompanying caption. Every impact video is expected to be accompanied with the hash-tags, #ThisIsNpower and #MyImpactThroughNpower. So wherever you are in Nigeria, once you are an N-Power beneficiary, either the graduate or non-graduate category, you are eligible to participate in the competition.

An independent body will be set up to conduct an assessment and will select 3 beneficiaries with the Most likes, Most Retweets, and Most shares from 36 States of the Federation and the FCT. Winners will be selected from each State. The first prize goes home with N1,000,000, 1st runner up , N250,000, 2nd runner up, N100,000.

Guidelines for participating in the competition can be seen below;

N-power is the Buhari administration’s job creation and empowerment scheme that has over 500,000 graduate and non-graduate volunteers spread across the 774 Local Governments. The Programme has contributed significantly to human capital development in Nigeria as its beneficiaries are being engaged in vocational training and skills development to improve their employability status and fill the gaps prevalent in the public sector for the advancement of Nigeria’s economy.

N-Power is the Buhari administration’s job creation and empowerment scheme.

 

 

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Why President Buhari Must Not Sign The Electoral Act Amendment Bill – NCAN

The Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network have called on the President not to sign the Electoral Act Amendment more recently passed by the National Assembly as it contains provisions that infringe on party independence and undermine the supremacy of Nigeria’s constitution.
The group noted that the amendments made by the National Assembly were inimical to Nigeria’s democratic growth and were in application contrary to the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the National Coordinator and the National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Sanusi Musa and Abubakar Usman respectively, NCAN highlighted that provisions of Section 9 which seek to alter the principal Act if allowed may create hardship for political parties to substitute candidates in the events of death or withdrawal of candidate nominated.
Noting  that the amendment which requires parties to conduct fresh primaries within 7 days  did not take cognisance of the tedious  processes involved which would include sales of forms and screening of candidates which would be impossible to finish in 7 days.
It went further to state: “The provisions of Section 25 which seek to substitute Section 87 of the principal act is unconstitutional. This section attempts to micromanage the affairs of parties in terms of qualification for seeking for a party’s ticket, fees to be charged, sequence of primaries and who can be a delegate among others. It is out of place for the National Assembly to make such an amendment as it is ultra vires. Political parties can decide what manner of primaries they want to adopt and who are to vote in the primaries  so far it is democratic and within the ambit of the law.”
NCAN condemn the abuse of privilege of law making  by the National Assembly members by attempting to impose themselves as automatic delegate and super  dalegate of any party they may belong to now and in future, for no any reason other than being former members of National Assembly.
The group accuse the National Assembly of attempting to strangulate the inherent powers of the judiciary as guaranteed by the Constitution as well as encourage rigging of election, by inserting a provision that oust jurisdiction of court from ordering the refund of all salaries collected by a person found to have rigged his way into elective office.
The group highlighted that certain provisions in the amendment were undemocratic, such as Section 12 which amends Section 38 of the principal act, as it seeks to deny a political party the opportunity to field a candidate in an election. The group went further to note that the provisions of this section may encourage rival political parties to instigate violence that may frustrate the conduct of primaries of another political party within the time stipulated by INEC.
“We are disturbed also by the provisions of Section 24 which seeks to amend Section 85 of the principal act by inserting the words ‘merger’ and ‘fusion’. The insertion of the word ‘fusion’ by the National Assembly creates confusion and a mess for those who interpret the constitution. The constitution already mentions ‘merger’ and there is no need for the inclusion of the word ‘fusion’ again.” The statement read.
The group went further to call on the President to not sign the amended Electoral Act because contains provisions that are innimical to democracy.
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Nigeria MoU With General Electric On Narrow Gauge Railway Line Still On Course

An international Consortium led by General Electric (GE) of the United States signed an agreement for the concessioning of Nigerian narrow-gauge railway network.  The agreement was signed in April 2018 for $2billion.
The Consortium comprised SinoHydro, a leading infrastructure construction services company and Transnet, a leader in transportation and logistics infrastructure management and APM Terminals.
As part of the agreement, 10 locomotives and 200 wagons would be supplied to augment the existing rolling stock in Nigeria.  Overall, 200 locomotives will be supplied in the fullness of the concession.  The agreement would cover 3, 500 kilometers of existing narrow-gauge truck, which connect cities in the North and the South.
However, General Electric has handed over the leadership of the Consortium to South Africa’s Transnet, a leader in transportation and logistics infrastructure management.  This decision by General Electric is hinged on its decision to exit its transportation business.
Transnet Rail Engineering Company’s business includes “the maintenance, upgrade and manufacture of locomotives, wagons, coaches, rolling stock components and associated transport equipment.  The company operates seven factories in South Africa.
Other members of the Consortium – SinoHydro and APM Terminals will jointly execute the Nigerian Railway concessioning project.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna-based Nigerian Railway Property Company Limited is continuously selling railways land, renting its landed property and allowing private developers take over its warehouses and staff quarters as part of its mandate.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation has a huge holding of landed properties (staff quarters, training schools, workshops, foundries, staff club houses, railway stations and the corridor for its tracks) across the country.
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President Buhari Appoints Shonubi As CBN Deputy Governor, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the appointment and re-appointment of some heads of parastatals.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Friday in Abuja.

He appointed Mr Folashodun Shonubi as the Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria with effect from Oct. 17 for an initial period of five years.

Others are Mr Banire Adeyemi as Part-Time Chairman, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with effect from Oct. 17 for an initial period of five years.

Mr Sule Bassi was appointed Secretary, Nigerian Diaspora Commission with effect from Oct. 19 for an initial period of four years.

Sen. Abba Ali and Mr Mohammed Sagir were appointed as Members (Non-Legal Practitioners), Federal Judicial Service Commission for an initial period of five years with effect from Oct. 24.

The President appointed Mr Kasali Yomi as the Director/CEO National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Ilorin for initial term of four years with effect from Oct. 28.

Also appointed was Dr Olufemi Oladunni as the Director/CEO, Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Ilorin for initial term of four years with effect from Oct. 28.

Mr Clement Nze was appointed as the Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency with effect from Oct. 28.

Mr Clement Isong was appointed to replace Mr Thomas Olawore as Member, Board of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) with effect from Oct. 28.

Mr David Nyikyaa was appointed as the Secretary, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission with effect from Nov.1.

Buhari also appointed Mr Obinna Ogwuegbu as the Secretary, Special Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property with effect from Nov. 2.

Dr Akinrinola Akintunde was appointed as the Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State for an initial period of four years with effect from Nov.6.

He re-appointed Prof. Emmanuel Fasakin, the Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State for a second and final term of four years with effect from Nov. 6.

The president also appointed Mr Obadiah Nkom as the Director-General/CEO, Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office for an initial term of four years with effect from Jan. 12, 2019.

Buhari enjoined the new appointees to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence and promote good governance in the discharge of their duties.

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Saraki Explains Reasons Why He Is Against Buhari, Says “They Did Not Involve Us In Sharing”

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has explained why he is against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Saraki, while addressing his followers in Kwara State, stated that he is yet to benefit anything from the Buhari-led government despite the money he spent on his campaign in 2015.

Recall that Saraki, had in 2014, dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), alongside some other Senators Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, Magnus Abe, and Wilson Ake.

However, in July 2018, the Senate President again announced his exit from the ruling party to the PDP, saying “inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.”

In an audio recording of his Saraki’s address to his followers, he noted that the three and half years of the Buhari government have not been an easy one to him particularly in the area of empowerment.

His words: “All that you have complained about tonight is on point, I can not find anything you have said that is not on point, you complained about empowerment. Let us agree that the last 3 and a half years, things have not been easy at all, I agree and accept things have not been easy at all, particularly in the area of empowerment.

“Before 2015 I have always tried to empower the youth and get you involved in appointments, but this time around as a result of what I call human factor, things have not been the same, I believe it is the will of God. When you all are complaining and you give example of Gegele and co and you compare it to what is happening now, I am sure you are asking yourself, what is happening? how come all of you struggling with me are not rewarded, it is unacceptable.

“What is the point of putting everything into the emergence of a government and we could not benefit anything from the government, you are asking yourself, what have you benefited. If you have not benefited personally in the last 3 and a half years, how do you go to market us, wont people ask you what you have benefited for yourself?

“It got to a stage that people will be making fund of you and asking you what you have benefited, but what is happening from Abuja, use me as an example, in 2015 I carried APC on my head around Nigeria. Hardly any state in Nigeria that I did not campaign for President Buhari, up to the time of the election in 2015, out of 36 states I paid for the election of 30 states.

“Out of 36 states in Nigeria I funded Buhari’s campaign in 30 States; some states I paid 200 Million Naira, some 300 Million, some 400 Million, the only states I did not fund are South West States. Many times I will be calling my Banks to send money to fund elections across Nigeria for Buhari. My thinking was that when we get elected, the next thing is that we will get majority of our people appointments.

“In fact I had already promised some of you here that you will either be MD of Federal agencies, either road maintenance, NIPDA (inaudible) even Nigerian Ports Authority, SUBEB and so on and so forth. I know if I put someone amongst you from Kwara even in the smallest Federal agencies, the contract you will sign out, 1 Million, 2 Million, but for the first time that I have been in politics even speaker cant appoint a cleaner.

“I as President of the Senate, I could not even appoint a cleaner not to talk of Board appointment, if you look at Executive positions I have nothing even after spending Billions for 3 and a half years, I am as angry as you are. I am fighting President Buhari because of you, if it because of me I wont fight, it is not easy to fight the federal government, the sufferings you are all going trough is because they did not fulfil our agenda.

“In 2018 I told you all I wont be going with APC but in the last one or 2 months that I left I have been doing a lot for you people, my politics is for all of you, I am just here to empower you all, don’t mind the one who just bought form for 33 million. It was not my plan not to appoint you, when when David Mark was Senate President, every confirmation he made for the President came with something, if they really love us now you will be empowered.

“In the past we they have a cut for Senate President and Speaker but not anymore, so we are no longer going with APC as soon as we joined PDP they called me National Leader when I lost election Alhaji Atiku came to me immediately. Now we have seen the sign that if Atiku becomes President, things will come to us, he told me I am the only one that can run his campaign, I know it is not easy for you all, but let me assure you things will be better.

“God see my “aniyan” (Arabic word) now in PDP they have brought us closer, how many people in Kwara did APC bring together in Kwara, now we will soon have power, today in APC they want us to go to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Lagos. If I am the only one in PDP I will fight alone, my Father made Kwara and took Kwara to the top 10 in Nigeria and I also took Kwara to between number 1 to 3 in Nigerian politics and they now want us to bow to Lagos.

“In the coming election we will put Youth into power in Kwara, let us take Hon. Atunwa as he his, he will take care of you all, all those who contested against him are loyal but Atunwa will….. inaudible. When I was Governor I gave a lot of young people contract, they buy land etc and then empower others, I want to return you to the days of when I was Governor when you were all enjoying, Atiku will open things when we win election.

“You know as a leader I see things that followers don’t see, when we followed Buhari, we felt after spending money, we saw that he failed to reward us, so we said this Baba is not coming back, no money, no patronage all over Nigeria. Even with all the problem we have with Buhari the little cut I get I always send to Kwara but I can tell you that we had to design a method to make the little we have, they did not involve us in sharing.

“The only agenda APC have for Kwara is to fight Bukola Saraki, they favour Osun State with empowerment, for the remaining time of Buhari we will still get some things, we gave them list for FIRS for three years they did not employ our list.

“Thank you for listening to me.”

 

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Your Re-election Will Be A National Consensus,  Igbo Leaders Tell Buhari

A group of select leaders from the South Eastern zone of the country has promised to mobilise for the re-election of President MUHAMMAD Buhari in the 2019 general election.

Speaking during a meeting with the president at the State House in Abuja on Friday, the leaders of the delegation, Engineer Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, informed the president that his re-election in 2019 will be a national consensus.
They told  President Buhari that the Igbos and South-easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood.

On his part, President Buhari dismissed the reported endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, saying he was not surprised by the split within  Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group over it.
President Buhari said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.
According to him, “From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.”
President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.
“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more.  Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.
“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP.  We earned money, which we didn’t use,” he said.
“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power.  They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.  We will report them to Nigerians.  Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP.  They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said.
“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have.  We must stay here and salvage it together.”
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Police Seal Anambra Assembly Complex

The Police Command in Anambra has announced the sealing of Anambra Assembly (ANHA) complex over the impeachment crisis rocking the House.

SP Haruna Mohammed, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Anambra disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Friday.

Mohammed said the application to seal off the complex was contained in an official letter to the Commissioner of Police.

“The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the public that it has sealed off the Assembly Complex with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday 15th November, 2018 as a proactive measure to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly,” he said.

The command implored members of the public to stay away from the complex until further notice.

It also solicited the co-operation of Anambra people in its commitment to provide adequate security in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was strong police presence at the complex on Nov. 15 when the House resumed after the impeachment saga that rocked it on Nov. 13.

The house was divided between former Speaker Rita Mmaduagwu who was purportedly impeached and Mr Ikem Uzoezie who was installed as new speaker.

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Nigerian Army Constructs Facility For Detainee Insurgents In Borno

The Nigerian Army says it has embarked on the construction of a holding facility in Borno to improve detainee management of insurgents during investigations.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu made this known in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices.

The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Logistics, Army Headquarters.

Buratai said that the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East had necessitated the arrest and detention of suspected insurgents, who must be properly catered for in accordance with international best practices.

“The quest for a functional safe holding facility, with adequate sanitary conditions for effective management of suspected insurgents for further investigation, is the driving force behind the execution of the project.

“To relieve the frontline units of the responsibility of administering arrested suspects, there is the need to have a facility where suspects will be kept and properly managed.

“This is the reason why the Joint Investigation Centre was established,’’ he added.

Buratai said that the facility would also serve as transit holding and detention centre for suspected insurgents before handing them over to the relevant prosecution or rehabilitation agencies.

Mr Markus Dolder, Head of Sub-Delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), lauded the project, describing it as “indication of compliance by the Nigerian Army with global best practices.”

Dolder said that the project would strengthen the cooperation between the Army and other stakeholders in the management of suspects under investigation.

“I am very much impressed about the efforts that have been launched over the last few months; they are more than what we actually thought could come, and this is more than what we could potentially dream of,’’ he said.

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