Smile Nigeria has struck a partnership deal with Lenovo Technologies West Africa that would allow the 4G LTE Internet service provider to provide the best telecommunications solutions and enhance the reach of its 4GLTE services and voice calls on mobile broadband.
The partnership means Smile has expanded the reach of its services: data, voice & video calls and SMS to the unique Lenovo A2020 (Vibe C) smartphone. The Lenovo Vibe C Smartphone comes with the added value of a Smile 4GLTE SIM card, 2GB data bonus and 30 Minutes and 30 SMS on activation with the SmileVoice App.
The Lenovo Vibe C sports a 5-inch HD diagonal display, 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. An onboard storage capacity of 8 GB resides in the device, but can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card, a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ quad-core processor with Android™ 5.1, Lollipop flavor as Operating System.
This latest partnership not only underscores the noble pedigree and innovative streak of both companies but also accentuates their determination to serve the best interest of their customers. The device bundle will be available across partner outlets across Nigeria from October 1, 2016.
A statement by Smile Nigeria noted that the company is specifically focused on the importance of partnerships of this nature to drive the penetration of mobile broadband in Nigeria and deliver on the end-to-end needs of the customer. The partnership is designed to expand the reach of SmileVoice, mobile broadband services and enhance its benefits to a wider spectrum of the Nigerian market.
It noted that the partnership with Lenovo accords with Smile’s transformative objective of using the best and most innovative technologies to provide its customers with high quality, easy to use and affordable communication services in furtherance of its vision of being the broadband provider of choice in Nigeria that enables its customers to fully benefit from the Internet world.
As recent as July this year, Smile made a historic breakthrough in the Nigerian telecoms market with the introduction of the lowest call tariff that allows its customers to make calls at 8kobo per second to any network from within and outside the country at the same rate, using SmileVoice App. The SmileVoice allows thousands of Nigerians to enjoy seamless, SuperClear voice and video calls to their loved ones to and from anywhere in the world.
By Adenike Lucas
An award wining civil society has called for the Speaker of the House of Representative to resign in the midst of the budget padding crisis gripping the lower legislative chamber.
Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, the Executive director of the Socio-Ecomic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP signed a letter last month, calling for all those “suspected to be involved in the alleged budget padding to step aside pending the outcome of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. ”
In a new statement released today, Mr Mumuni argued that budget padding is in fact “corruption.” He reiterated the groups call for the resignation of Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, who was accused by former chairman of Appropriations Committee, Hon. Dr. Abdulmumin Jibrin of padding the 2016 budget to the tune of 481 billion Naira.
In a press briefing with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, Hon. Dogara expressed that “padding was not an offence. Despite the insurmountable level of allegations leveled against him, he says he will not resign.”
“I studied law (and) I have been in the legislative and all this period I have never heard of the word padding being an offence under any law,” he said.
The lawmaker added that “If I don’t know, you are the media, research the law and let me know.”
When he was asked if he was worried, the representative for Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State said “why should I be worried. As far as I am concerned I am not worried over anything,” before he walked away.
Hon. Dr Jibrin has since been ordered by the All Progressives Congress to stop distributing any “public statement on this matter.”
Many slammed the party for the letter which was signed by Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the deputy national chairman, North, calling it a “gagging order.”
Mr Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, another prominent member of SERAP has also waded into the scandal rocking the National Assembly, insisted that the alleged padding of the budget by some House members constituted as a criminal offence.
Mr Falana, stated that those accused should step down noting that Hon Jibrin had already done the same.
– Seeks a Review of Security Situation in the North East
– Calls on UN to resume activities
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Friday called for calm as the United Nation’s announced that it would be suspending aid deliveries in Nigeria after a United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) humanitarian convoy was attacked while travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State.
Saraki in a statement by his Media Office, condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, stating that it was unacceptable to endanger the lives of aid workers, who were only trying to assuage the situation in the North East.
“This unfortunate situation has led to the United Nation’s temporarily suspending its rehabilitation-related aid deliveries to parts of the North East,” the Senate President said, while adding that “this is a major cause for concern as overtime, the Nigerian military has recorded significant successes in routing the insurgency and many foreign donor agencies have expressed their preparedness to join in the North East restoration efforts.”
Saraki further called for an immediate review of the security situation in the North East by the relevant authorities, stating that it was necessary to alleviate the concerns of international partners who are set to help rebuild the crisis-torn areas.
“I also urge our military, the Department of State Security and the Police, to commence an immediate security re-evaluation and review of the entire North East zone in order to allay the fears of our donor partners. The partners are important to Nigeria’s work to reposition the North East after months of decimation at the hands of Boko Haram”, he stated.
With the temporary suspension of the United Nations’ activities in the region, the Senate President called on the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to immediately address the shortfall that will arise from the cessation of donations of food and medicines.
“Effective action must be taken in the interim. We need to make sure that no lives are lost due to the temporary suspension of UN aid”, he added.
Saraki further called on the UN to resume its activities in North East as soon as possible, while reassuring Nigerians and the international community that the Senate would fast-track the passage of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill, which aims to create a legislative framework and multi-state platform for the coordination of relief and donations to the zone. Following the submission of the Report of its Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Special Duties, the bill Following the bill is awaiting third and final reading before being passed.
The Senate President had on July 18 led a delegation to Maiduguri in Borno State where he pledged that the Senate would look into the issue of malnutrition and shortage of medical supplies in the North East. DC Bill is currently awaiting its third and final reading in the Senate.
Two days later, through a Point of Order raised by Senator Baba Kaka Garbai (APC – Borno Central), the Senate discussed the issue of malnutrition in the North East and resolved that the Ministry of Finance should immediately release necessary funds to the North East while the Federal Government should begin coordination of private sector donations to the region.
During the debate on the motion, Saraki emphasised the need for a sustainable public-private-partnership driven approach to combat the issue of malnutrition, stressing that Nigeria did not need to lose more lives to the lack of food in the North East.
There must be no hiding places or hidden pathways for corrupt officials as we move forward marshalling the anti corruption template for change throughout the geopolitical sphere called Nigeria. I have no doubt whatsoever that the President will do justice to the anti corruption war and with him in the driver’s seat there will be No Discrimination, No Sacred Cows.
It is instructive to note here that a Man of equity will not engage in machinations to free corrupt individuals from his/her self inflicted albatross or self-created hardship. However, we must avoid sensationalism in handling this delicate nuclear material so that the rule of law and opportunity for fair hearing will not be jeopardized.
I know so many people in the country will disagree with my opinion on this subject matter but that is to be expected because the more we flesh out controversial burning national issue by agreeing to disagree the better for our socio-polity.
I have not read the report myself so I will not be grandstanding or pontificating about the content of the report that is generating nationwide disagreement, dissatisfaction as to whether the government is straightforwardly in its handling of the report recommendations or lying about the terms of reference of the probe panel constituted to look into arms procurement by successive governments since 2007.
The bone of contention as I understand it is predicated on the feeling or facts that the generality of the people of Nigeria who are politically and intellectually savvy or the intelligentsia are of the opinion that the government is covering up for some individuals who were mentioned as being culpable in the interim report on the ongoing probe into arms procurement by successive governments since 2007.
It is important to note that this is a report that covers a wide latitude of dispensation between 2007 – 2015 defence equipment procurement which by implication meant that all those who had served within that period and had something to do with defence equipment procurement and contracts must fall within the purview of the investigation/investigators given their term of reference. It is therefore absurd for the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to make such pronoucement to the effect that the documents regarding procurement from 2007 to 2010 are not yet scrutinised when the report for 2011 – 2015 is already in the public domain.
What are the reasons for skipping 2007 – 2010 one would have expected the committee to adopt a systematic methodology by doing their job chronologically. The methodology or approach adopted by the investigative team given the statement of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed leaves room for speculation and doubt about the sincerity of government to get to the bottom of corruption and fraud in the Nigerian Armed Forces.
(HE WHO CALLS FOR JUSTICE MUST ALSO CALL FOR EQUITY) This is a categorical imperative that must guide our conduct moving forward since the war against corruption in the Nigerian Armed Forces is about fairness and justice for the common good.
OTUNBA ADE ILEMOBADE is a philosopher
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has opened up on his effort to have a word with President Muhammadu Buhari, who he frequently criticizes. Fayose claimed he telephone the Aso Villa three times, asking to speak to the president, but each time was diverted to the Buhari’s chief security officer.
“About two – three times I called the villa they would divert my call to the CSO, saying I cannot talk to the president. I should say whatever I want to say to him; a sitting governor? That is not Nigeria. So, at that point, I had to stay clear because they were on a vendetta mission”, Fayose said in a private interview with select journalists. The embattled governor facing allegation of diverting public funds, also, said he wrote letters to the president.
“I wrote three letters to the president, none of them was replied. Initially, when he became president, I didn’t start like this”, Fayose added.
Asked why, as sitting governor, he shuns state executive council meetings with the president, Fayose said: “Each time they call meeting, my deputy goes there”.
Fayose added that he has did not harrass anyone despite provocation.
“The fact that I criticise you; I don’t have to be in your party! The APC, every day they come here to do rallies, they say that Fayose should resign, they say Fayose is fraudulent, did you see me slapping anybody? I will just look at you. There is freedom of expression.
“Even in the face of intimidation and even in the face of misbehaving, as a leader, you should accommodate all. Let me give you one instance, which the APC can never do to anybody. Throughout the tenure Fayemi was here, I never used a word that is unclean on him. I tell him he is our leader because anybody God has put there is our leader truly.”
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday (Thursday) commissioned the reconstructed Yusuf and Kwairanga roads in Nassarawa GRA, Kano metropolis with a call on citizens of the state to pay taxes duly to enable the government to execute more developmental projects.
A statement by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Director General, Media and Communications to the Governor, said governor Ganduje especially called on wealthy individuals to pay ground rent for their mansions, as well as other taxes to the government promptly, pointing out that is no longer feasible for his administration to rely on the Federation Account.
The governor explained that a sizeable number the most of the projects being executive by his administration are funded with internally generated revenue, lamenting that since he assumed office last year, the state’s Federal allocation has dropped by 60 percent.
He stressed that the only option of the government is to source money by taxing the rich in order to serve the poor, adding that without alternative sources of funds, the state government can hardly pay its workers salaries punctually and execute viable projects.
On the Kwairanga road, Governor Ganduje announced that government spent N199 million of tax payer’s money to renovate the road and three others adjacent ones, expressing satisfaction that the contractor has done very qualitative work.
He pointed out that Yusuf road was neglected for about three years since the initial award of the contract, maintaining that his administration re-awarded it and completed the project within a short period of three months.
The governor also inspected ongoing renovation of Zaria road, which was awarded by immediate past government and continued by present administration at the cost of N5billion.
He also inspected the laying of asphalt along the sides of Ado Bayero flyover, along Zaria road, which was awarded not too long ago by the state government in order to ease traffic congestion in the area.
In related development, Governor Ganduje has commissioned two combined harvesters and Wheat cleaning, grading and sorting machines at Maganda store, purchased at the cost of N10 million and N20 million respectively, for the benefit of wheat farmers in the state.
The governor said that the facilities would assist farmers to minimize loss of produce, adding that the machines would equally add value to their farm output in local and international markets.
He noted that due to the support given to wheat farmers by his government, the market price of the commodity has appreciated, recalling that present N200 million was set aside by the state government to purchase excess wheat from the farmers in order to stabilize its price.
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose as an ingrate for saying that he would not support him (George) to become the national chairman of the party.
George also slammed Fayose for saying that PDP elders must take the backstage in the party’s affairs.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Fayose had blamed the loss of the 2015 general election on the elders of the party.
Fayose also dismissed the report that he was supporting the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Modu Sheriff, so that he (Sheriff) could pick him as his running mate when Sheriff finally declares his intention to run for the presidency.
The Ekiti governor had said, “Chief Bode George told me personally that he wanted to be the national chairman of the party, I told him no, that I won’t support him. With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.”
But speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Monday, George said Fayose was opposing the interest of the South-West in the party, adding that his comments showed that he was an immature politician.
While stressing that the party needed experienced and matured leaders to pilot its affairs, George said age was not a barrier to good leadership but an asset.
He said the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was older than him.
George said if the chairmanship position was eventually zoned to the South-West, he would consult with family and friends on whether or not to contest, adding that politics was not a do-or-die affair.
“The kind of chairman the PDP needs is someone that has integrity, one that is trusted and established,” he said.
George added, “Fayose spoke very immaturely during the interview. For him to have said that the founding fathers of the party should take the backstage in the party’s affairs was very disgusting and self-deceitful. I actually told him at an old meeting of the party that if the chairmanship of the PDP was zoned to the South-West, that I would show interest. He told me he had heard.
“Fayose is an ingrate because when the world was against him during his first term in office, God used me to give him support. I contributed N250,000 to purchase his campaign clothes. We must defend the interest of Yoruba because we have been sidelined in the party’s leadership for too long. Fayose and Senator Buruji Kashamu cannot continue to decide for the Yoruba people in the PDP.”
George also said Fayose lied that South-West PDP leaders did not show interest in contesting the national chairmanship position.
He added that Fayose’s claim that he reached out to Senator Bode Olajumoke to contest the chairmanship position was not true.
He said, “Fayose claims to be a Christian. Let him go and read the book of Micah, chapter 7, from verse 1-10 to learn more about leadership. Many people showed interest from the South-West, even Prof. Tunde Adeniran showed interest. Bode (Olajumoke) knows that Fayose is playing around. Bode and I discussed because we are friends.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki is under pressure to resign his position over the exposure of his alleged secret offshore assets by #PanamaPapers.
But he yesterday dismissed the calls for his resignation as the handiwork of forces against his leadership of the Senate,and a ploy by his detractors to circumvent the country’s judicial system.
He spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on a day the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) demanded his immediate resignation on account of the revelations in #PanamaPapers.
TMG is a coalition of over 400 civic organisations working for the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in the country, while CACOL is an anti-corruption group.
The two organizations said in separate statements yesterday that the allegations against Saraki were too damning to be ignored by anyone, adding that the Senate President had lost all moral grounds to continue to occupy the office of the nation’s number three citizen.
The TMG asked him to follow in the footsteps of the Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson who stepped aside on Wednesday after the #PanamaPapers revealed his offshore business interests.
TMG chairman Ibrahim Zikirullahi who signed the statement cited revelations at the ongoing trial of Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged corruption said: “As if what has been coming out of the CCT is just a tip of the iceberg, Saraki’s name again showed up prominently on the infamous global list of tax dodgers and those hiding suspicious assets in offshore havens as revealed in the leaked Panama Papers.
“It stands in stark contrast that while the Prime Minister of Iceland who was mentioned in the Panama leaks has since resigned, Saraki and his fellow primitive accumulators in the Senate are waiting for the Nigerian people to forget and move on.”
“These looted monies are the funds that would have paid the salaries of teachers, doctors and other workers in the state. These are the funds that should have built schools, hospitals, roads and provide education for the children of the ordinary man and woman in Kwara State.
“While it is tragic that Saraki and his co-travellers have shortchanged the people of Kwara, and set them back in their quest for good governance, the bigger tragedy is the criminal silence in the Senate.”
On its part, CACOL, said Saraki should not only resign, he should surrender himself to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
The executive chairman of CACOL,Debo Adeniran, was particularly shocked by what he called government’s lackadaisical attitude on the matter.
“The Nigerian government’s attitude to the gruesome revelations from the Panama Papers leaks becomes worrisome and repugnant, as the attitude is apparently lackadaisical and indifferent,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “When in other places, heads of the ‘mighty’ have ‘rolled’ over the Panama papers leaks, (notably in Iceland where the Prime Minister was forced to resign from office following protests by Icelanders) the Nigerian government’s reaction or better put inaction and insensitivity over the Panama papers is unacceptable and reprehensible.
“With such a lackadaisical or indifferent attitude on the part of government toward global issues like the Panama Papers leak especially when so-called leaders from Nigeria are mentioned in the scam, the celebrated anti-corruption drive of the government and the anti-corruption poise of the present regime may as well just be described as a ‘ruse’.
“Consequently, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL is demanding that a special attention should be paid by the Federal government and the anti-corruption agencies to the revelations from the leaks with a goal of acting on them and with the view of verifying the facts; carrying out investigations, probing, prosecuting and recovering all the loots stolen from our Commonwealth that are hidden in the tax havens and offshore companies.
“Additionally, those found culpable must be punished accordingly no matter how ‘highly’ placed or influential they are in the society.
“Those specifically mentioned: Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd), Dr. Bukola Saraki, Mr. James Ibori, Senator David Mark must be invited by the anti-corruption agencies; interrogated and prosecuted if enough evidence and facts confirm their involvement in the global scam revealed in the Panama Papers.”
CACOL believed that Saraki’s action was a disgrace to the country and must resign from office, failing which which Nigerians should rally their lawmakers to commence impeachment proceedings against him.
“This is totally disgraceful and very tarnishing for the image of the country and calls for drastic action of government and good people of Nigeria.
“Saraki, who is currently facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on a 13-count charge on the bases of corruption and false assets declaration is reported to have continued receiving salaries even after leaving office as Governor in Kwara state and used state funds to pay for private properties.”
“With the addition of the Panama Papers indictment to his ‘multi-coloured coat’ of corruption, it is time for Nigerians to call for Saraki to step down as Senate President and as Chairman of the National Assembly pending when he has successfully cleared his name and clean the ‘smears’ all over him.”
Premium Times, which is part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with access to the trove of internal data from the Panama-based offshore-provider, Mossack Fonseca, obtained by the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reported yesterday that the four assets which Saraki claimed belonged to his wife’s rich and famous family were actually his and were only held in trust for him by Toyin.
These are: Sandon Development Limited, a vehicle used in acquiring a property on 8 Whittaker Street, Belgravia, London, in 2012; Girol Properties Ltd,which was registered on August 25, 2004 (a year after Mrs. Saraki’s husband became governor of Kwara) in the British Virgin Island (BVI); Landfield International Developments Ltd., registered in the British Virgin Islands on April 8, 2014, with Mrs. Saraki as sole shareholder;and Longmeadow Holdings Limited.
It said it has now retrieved data exposing how the assets were transferred by Toyin to her spouse.
An example is the transfer of Landfield to Longmeadow.
Premium Times quoting the minutes of the meeting which authorized the deal said:
“lt was noted that there had been ongoing negotiations and discussions between Dr Bukola Saraki, Oluwatoyin Saraki and Longmeadow Holdings Limited, a company registered in Jersey (the ‘Buyer‘) in relation to:
“3.1.1 The transfer of the entire issued shares of the Company from Oluwatoyin Saraki to the Buyer for the purchase price of £3,000,000 (three million pounds sterling) (‘Transfer’);
“3.2 4.1 5.1 3.1.2 an intercompany loan in favour of the Company from the Buyer of £3,050,000 (three million and fifty thousand pounds starting) (the ‘lntercompany Loan’); and
“3.1.3 the transfer of 7 Whittaker Street, London SW1W 810. (the Property) Into the name of the Company pursuant to a sale agreement between Alain Charbit (1) and Speed 7674 Limited (2) and Dr Bukola Saraki (3).
Accordingiy, the Chairman noted that the meeting had been convened to consider and, if thought fit, approve: 1.1.1 the Transfer; 1.1.2 the registration of the transfer pursuant to the Transfer; 1.1.3 the intercompany loan; and 1.1.4 the transfer of the Property into the name of the Company.
“DOCUMENTS PRODUCED TO THE MEETING
“There were produced to the meeting the following documents: 1.1.5 the sale agreement for the Property; 1.1.6 the share purchase agreement for the Transfer (the ‘SPA’); 1.1.7 the share certificate ¡n favour of the Buyer; 1.1.8 the executed stock transfer form in respect of the transfer pursuant to the Transfer; 1.1.9 the lntercompany Loan agreement; and 1.1.10 the agreement for the transfer of the Property into the name of the Company.”
Olaniyonu, Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media, responding to growing pressure on his boss to quit as Senate President, said the Senate President was not contemplating any resignation.
“He will surely have his day in court,” he said in reference to Saraki’s ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for corruption.
“There’s a case in the Tribunal and a resultant appeal at the Court of Appeal. The underlining philosophy of our legal system is that an accused person is presumed innocent until found guilty.
“Those who are contemplating calls for resignation want to circumvent the judicial system. They are obviously being sponsored by some politicians.”
Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has reconciled with Temitope Aluko, former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who made startling allegations about the 2014 governorship election.
Lere Olayinka, special assistant to the governor on public communications and new media, posted a video of a meeting between both men in Lagos.
In the video, Fayose said: “I’m the father of all, for whatever that happened, I’m the father and I should accommodate everybody.
“Aluko remains my boy, my son. “I am his father; I am his brother. The past is behind us. Aluko remains my boy, my son. Whatever he said in public in the past is gone. It’s time to move on.”
Responding, Aluko said he was glad to reunite with the governor, revealing that he decided to let go of the past in the interest of peace.
“This is about peace, this is about understanding. This is about coming together. This is about family coming together after well-meaning Nigerians stepped in.”
Aluko had claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan released $37 million to Fayose for the election. He said he attended two meetings at Aso Rock, where top PDP chieftains strategised on how to win the election.
Aluko also alleged that the federal government sent 44 special strike teams, consisting of security men who harassed top members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the election.
The Ekiti state government had procured a bench warrant for his arrest, saying Aluko, who testified in favour of Fayose from the tribunal to the supreme court, committed perjury when he later said the election was rigged.
The department of state services (DSS) also picked him up and released him after keeping him in custody for weeks.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday described a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, as ?a ?hypocrite for describing him (Obasanjo) as the leader of the opposition PDP in the South West.
Mr. Obasanjo said he left partisan politics for good.
Mr. Obasanjo was reacting to Mr. Okupe’s comments that he (Obasanjo) remained the “undisputed and authentic” leader of the PDP in the Southwest region of Nigeria.
Mr. Okupe, ?a former aide to Mr. Obasanjo, ?who made the disclosure on his Facebook account last Friday, also blasted Buruji Kashamu, a senator, who lays claim to being the leader of the PDP in the South West.
The former presidential aide said it was wrong to describe Mr. Kashamu leader of the party merely because he runs a local non-governmental organisation in Ogun State.
“Senator Buruji Kashamu is not the leader of the PDP in the South West. He is not even the leader of the party in Ogun State. He leads an NGO called Omo Ilu which engages in empowerment programmes in the state, mainly in the Ogun East Senatorial district.
“Baba Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the South-West. The fact that he tore his membership card is not tantamount to resignation from the party. An action he has not undertaken to date.
“Tearing of the membership card though a very negative action is undoubtedly a knee-jerk reaction to certain unacceptable or intolerable happenings within the party which can and will be redressed,” Mr. Okupe said.
However, Mr. Obasanjo, who in an exclusive interview with premium Times said Mr. Okupe “does not know what he was saying”.
The former president said he did not apply to join the PDP in 1998, rather, what was given to him was a registration card and his decision to tear the card meant he wa?s no longer a member of the party.
He also said there wa?s no way he could be referred to as a leader of the party in the South West even if he w?as? still a member.
“I was a national leader of the party for eight years, so, how would I now reduce myself to becoming its leader in the South West,” he said.
Mr. Obasanjo also said Mr. Okupe should be ignored because he was one of those who campaign?ed for his his expulsion from the party.