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Showing posts with label National Newz. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2019

Secondus Alleged: “What the AGF is Seeking Is Not Backed By Law.

Addressing reporters in Abuja, Secondus alleged: “What the AGF is seeking is not backed by law. He is an interested party in this matter and has no moral right to advise INEC.

“The inability of the APC to field candidates due to self-inflicted crisis when other parties did within the stipulated period for the election is not covered by Sections 38 & 39 of the Electoral Act 2010 which the AGF is relying on in his dubious advice.

However, the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, of writing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to postpone the elections in Zamfara State.

He claimed that the correspondence was part of efforts by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to “arm-twist INEC and the judiciary to take illegal action in their favour.”

“I therefore call on INEC to follow the dictates of the law and continue in its plan to achieve a credible election.”Reacting, the AGF refuted the claim, describing it as false and misleading.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

INEC Chairman Justifies Simultaneous Accreditation Voting

According to him, out of the eight recommendations proposed to be implemented by INEC, the commission, after studying the report, implemented some administratively while those that required amendment of the constitution or the electoral act were sent to relevant authorities for further action.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it adopted the simultaneous accreditation and voting from the recommendations made by the Commonwealth Observer Mission which observed the 2015 general election in Nigeria.

Yakubu recalled that the report of the 2015 Commonwealth Observer Mission contained 32 recommendations, as well as identified institutions that should implement those recommendations.

The INEC chairman noted that since the adoption of the simultaneous accreditation and voting, the commission had conducted 194 off season elections and had deployed the same process in all the elections.

He also informed the 2019 Commonwealth Observer team that the simultaneous accreditation and voting has been enshrined in the Regulations and Guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections.

Alll these were stated when the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Nigeria, led by former Tanzanian President, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, visited the INEC headquarters in Abuja by Chairman of the commission, Prof Yakubu Mahmood,

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Kingsley Moghalu Reacts to Professor Soyinka’s Endorsement

Professor Soyinka, a professor, had announced  the decision of his Citizen Forum to throw their weight behind Mr Moghalu, describing the YPP candidate as the most qualified among the presidential candidates.

However, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu, has described the endorsement of his candidature by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, as “humbling.”

Mr Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said in a statement Saturday that the endorsement was important because of Mr Soyinka’s reputation and the “elaborate process” his Citizen Forum went through before reaching their decision.

“Our party – the Young Progressives Party – and I, salute the courage and the good judgment of the Nobel Laureate and icon of democratic struggle in Nigeria,” Mr Moghalu said in the statement.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Roles and Obligations of Managing Directors of Banks in Nigeria

The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, spoke on the theme: “Roles and Obligations of Managing Directors of Banks in Nigeria in Curbing Vote Buying During an Election, Illicit Financial Flows and Other Related Matters in Nigeria”.

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has accused 10 unnamed commercial banks of money laundering. Magu stated this on Friday, while speaking at a round table meeting with managing directors of financial institutions in Nigeria. He said: “It is worrisome to note that in 2018, statistics available to the EFCC shows that out of about 28 commercial banks in Nigeria, 10 banks evacuated out of Nigeria through Travelex Nigeria Limited the sums of GBP- 50,832,560; USD-8,057,756; EURO-39,986,560 and RAND-7,500,000.

The reasons for these evacuations are still sketchy. We must note that the impact of illicit financial flows from the country undermine the stability and integrity of the financial institutions.”

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

National President of NULGE, Endorsed Buhari for President

The National President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, announced this on Monday when he led a delegation to meet the Chairman of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Drugs Abuse, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd), on Monday.

Khaleel said NULGE endorsed President Buhari because he was trustworthy and had not hidden his commitment to ensuring a stronger and autonomous local government administration in the country.

He expressed hope that Mr President would match his statement with action after emerging victorious on February 16 as part of the mandate given to him for the endorsement.

Khaleel, further pledged to mobilize their members across the country to work for the victory of President Buhari.

“Based on what we agreed, we have done our part. We will mobilise our members. You have our support on the issue of President Buhari project because we feel he is trustworthy

“If we are to ask ourselves, is the local government meeting the expectations of citizens like us? Why are our local governments malfunctioning? It is because of the interests that lie therein. We are aware that the Constitution of Nigeria recognises the local government as a full fledged tier of government,” he added.

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has endorsed the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Change in School Academic Calendar

Due to the forthcoming election there are slight changes in the current academic calendar.

At the meeting with the Ministry of  Education yesterday it was agreed schools will have 2 “half term breaks” to cover both the presidential and gubernatorial elections:
1. First break from February 13th - February 18th. Classes resume on Tuesday, February 19th. Boarders return on the evening of February 18th.

2. Second “half-term break” from February 28th - March 4th. Classes resume on Tuesday, March 5th.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Justice Omotosho Orders INEC to Remove all APC Candidates From Ballot Papers

Justice Omotosho had ordered the commission to remove all APC candidates from ballot papers and other electoral materials.The party has already filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt seeking a stay of execution of Omotosho’s injunction.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt had directed INEC to exclude APC from the election, sequel to a suit by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to compel INEC to obey the judgement of the Rivers State High Court that declared the APC congresses and primaries void.

A source at the commission said they were obeying court order as a law-abiding organisation.

The court fixed Tuesday, February 5 to rule on the stay of execution motion on the judgement the high court, which barred Rivers APC from fielding candidates for the March 4 elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may have excluded the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship and House of Assembly candidates from the March 4 general elections. Names of APC candidates were conspicuously missing from the final list published yesterday at the INEC office in Port Harcourt.

Monday, January 28, 2019

IGP Muhammed Adamu Retires All Deputy Inspectors-General of Police

According to the DIG “Well I believe the news of our retirement should be true and the Force Spokesman should be the best person to confirm it to you.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu has reportedly retired all the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs“Officially, we have not received letter of retirement but I think the Force Public Relations Officer will confirm it to the media soon.”

The retired DIGs served with the recently retired IGP, Ibrahim Idris and were Adamu’s senior

The affected officers include DIG in charge of Finance and Administration, Maigari Dikko; DIG in charge of operations, Habila Joshak; DIG Information and Communications Technology, Emmanuel Inyang; and DIG in charge of Logistics and Supply, Agboola Oshodi-Glover.

Others are, DIG in charge of Research and Planning, Mohammed Katsina; DIG in charge of Training and Development, Sani Mohammed; and DIG in charge of Federal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Walter Onnoghen’s Suspension Reactions

Walter Onnoghen’s suspension has since stirred reactions from Nigerians, lawyers and opposition parties describing Buhari as a ‘Tyrant’ and also launching a direct attack on Osinbajo.

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has likened President Muhammadu Buhari to Adolf Hitler, after he ordered the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has likened

President Muhammadu Buhari to Adolf Hitler, after he ordered the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Fayose claims Buhari acted on a “black market order” from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

“A President who chose to obey a Black Market order from the CCT to illegally suspend a CJN but refused to obey Valid Court Orders on El-Zakzaky, Dasuki and others is not different from Adolf Hitler,” Fayose tweeted via his verified account.  
Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Tanko Mohammed as acting CJN.

Explaining his reason, the President said he suspended Onnoghen, following an order from the CCT, asking him to wield the big stick.

In this regard, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has suspended its 2019 presidential campaign over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the chairman of the party and co-chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council, Uche Secondus on Saturday Morning.

The Presidential Campaign has been suspended for the period of 72hours in protest of the suspension.

The Statement reads: “ The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council has suspended its presidential campaign in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to suspend the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

“The PDP Campaign Council further predicated the suspension of its campaign activities in solidarity with Nigerians in our collective rejection of the assault against our democratic order.

President Buhari’s action is a “dangerous and brazen assault on the constitution. There is no point in campaigning to contest in an election, whose very basis has been so flagrantly undermined.

“The basis for this election is the democracy itself. When democracy comes under this kind of virulent attack, then the election itself becomes superfluous,” the statement said.

The PDP Presidential Campaign which was scheduled to be in Benue State on Saturday has therefore been cancelled.

In the consequences of the above, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has come under attack and has been asked to resign over the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari had on Friday suspended Onnoghen and immediately appointed Tanko Mohammed as an acting CJN.

Explaining his reason, the President said he suspended Onnoghen, following an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, asking him to wield the big stick.

Some Nigerians, reacting to the development on social media attacked Osinbajo who is a SAN for disregarding the constitution by remaining ‘silent’ about Buhari’s action. Most of them called on Osinbajo to resign, expressing disappointment in his position as a ‘SAN and Pastor’.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Federal Government Says It Has Released N163 Billion To ASUU

The Federal Government says it has released N163 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday gave an insight into its expectations from the federal government at today’s meeting before it would consider calling off the protracted national strike.

Among others, the union said that the government must show concrete evidence of the payment of at least N50 billion revitalisation fund to its negotiating team.

The government must also show proof of the payment of the promised N20 billion earned academic allowances and how the balance of N85 billion would be paid with timelines, the union said.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while addressing newsmen after a closed-door reconciliatory meeting with ASUU leadership on Monday in Abuja.

Recall that the striking lecturers had embarked on strike on Nov. 5, 2018, to press home their demands.

ASUU demands included some areas of understanding in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action agreed to in 2017. Some of these areas include shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities’ workers and lecturers, earned allowances, revitalisation that were part of the 2009 agreement, among others.
According to Ngige, “today we have agreed to fund revitalisation. “Government has released about N163 billion from TETFund account to universities.

“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement.” “Most of the issues have being resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council,‘’ he said.

Obasanjo Expressed Doubt About Inec’s Integrity In Respect Of The Next General Polls

Specifically, Obasanjo expressed doubt about INEC’s integrity in respect of the next general polls, declaring emphatically that Buhari was not ready to conduct free, fair and credible elections, but had been deceiving Nigerians.

But President Buhari who fired back at the former president asked Nigerians to crosscheck properly whether Obasanjo, who had declared in 2007 that the election that brought the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua would be do-or-die, has any moral right to challenge INEC’s credibility under his administration.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari has questioned the credentials giving former President Olusegun Obasanjo the quality to sit in judgement over his administration, saying the former Nigerian leader lacks the moral right to query the credibility or otherwise of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair polls in the forthcoming general election.

For the umpteenth time, Obasanjo yesterday came hard on Buhari over his administration’s preparedness for the elections, alleging that the president was simply perfecting plans to rig the polls.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ASUU Admits Of Not Being Used By The Opposition Party

The National President of ASUU [ Academic Staff Union of Universities] , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union had always demanded that education be given priority. Ogunyemi spoke to journalists after submission of the union’s reports to the Federal Government, yesterday.

He pointed out that in 2013, when the Union had embarked on strike, it was also accused of favouring the opposition. He said, “Everybody knows that we have our own tradition of advocacy that is undaunted.

“We have our own strong conviction that we have always projected and defended on how education should be managed, supported and promoted in Nigeria and Africa.

“Look at the records. Our first agreement with government was in 1992. We were on strike for six months before we reached an agreement with the government. It was that agreement that gave birth to what we are doing today.

“Anybody that is turning round to say that we are being used, we will remind them that in 2013 when the spokesperson for a party said that ASUU was being unpatriotic and that we were ready to work for the opposition.

“The opposition then is the one in power so do we now go back to those who saw us as enemies or what? It is really laughable, myopic, unthinkable and without substance.”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Adebutu Files The Suit Challenging The Refusal of INEC

Adebutu had filed the suit challenging the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept his candidacy and for the nomination of Kashamu.

Stating that the PDP National Working Committee reserved the power to conduct primary election for nomination of candidates ahead of the 2019 general election, the trial judge held that the National Working Committee must not do so in violation of any court judgment.

The Justice Ajoke Adepoju-led court on Monday held that Adebutu, who was nominated by the National Working Committee of PDP for the governorship election, can’t maintain his suit challenging Kashamu.

Justice Adepoju explained that the primary election, which produced Adebutu was conducted in violation of a subsisting court judgment.

Delivering judgment, the trial judge said that the PDP National Working Committee acted in bad faith by disregarding a subsisting judgment of a Federal High Court to produce the candidate.

Justice Adepoju said since PDP was a party in the judgment of the Honourable Justice Ibrahim Buba, the judgment of the court was binding on it and must be obeyed and respected so as to protect the sanctity of court in the interest of the rule of law.

Conclusively,  the Federal Capital Territory High Court has dismissed a suit instituted by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, against the nomination of Senator Buruji Kashamu as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Ogun State governorship election scheduled for March 2, 2019.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Explains Why We Must Not Jeopardize the Peace of Nigeria

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of Nigeria, explained that the valiant men and women of the armed forces have destroyed the backbone of Boko Haram who once attacked Abuja, Kano and Kaduna with impunity and hoisted their tattered flags over 17 local governments in the North-East.

He added, “Today, both Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa operate as small even if deadly guerrilla bands in parts of Borno State. But in these battles, we have been sharply reminded that indeed, ‘freedom is not free.’

“That peace is often paid for with blood and gore. And that no nation can secure its territory without the selflessness and the supreme sacrifices of many. And truly as someone said, ‘Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.’

“So as we celebrate this Remembrance Day, we solemnly thank the Almighty God for giving us men and women read"

He also stated that the Federal Government will not allow any group to jeopardize the hard-earned unity of the country.

Osinbajo commended men and officers of the military for the sacrifices they have made in keeping the country one.

He said, “It important to ensure that they did not die in vain.

“This unity and territorial integrity of the nation for which they died must not be jeopardized by the reckless utterances and actions which play on the religious and ethnic fault lines of our nation.”
Osinbajo said this at the interdenominational church service held as part of activities to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

The Catholic Archbishop Of Abuja Called For Good Remuneration For The Armed Forces

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja called for good remuneration for the Armed Forces, so that they can perform their responsibilities better.

He also urged the government to timely pay the full pensions of retired security personnel, adding that failure to pay the pensions of the security personnel, was a national shame that should never have been allowed to occur.

Also, he called on the Federal Government not to sweep the causes of the killings of soldiers in the war against Boko Haram under the carpet.

He made the call yesterday during an Interdenominational Church Service for the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at National Christian Centre, Abuja.

His words: “We remember especially those who have died in the on-going conflict in the North-East, whether they perished in combat or in a ambush, or as a result of alleged inadequate arms or culpable poor military tactics.

“Complaints in this regard are rife, and they should not be silenced or swept under the carpet. Rather all such complaints ought to be properly investigated and everyone found responsible held accountable, no matter how high up in rank and position. The blood of every Nigerian is precious and must not be carelessly wasted.”

Noting that Nigerian Armed Forces had been actively involved in promoting world peace, Onaiyekan said Nigeria’s responsibility for world peace should start from ‘around us’.”

He also urged the government to timely pay the full pensions of retired security personnel, adding that failure to pay the pensions of the security personnel, was a national shame that should never have been allowed to occur.

NBA Reacts to Trial of Justice Onnoghen

The Federal Government will on Monday, January 14, 2019, arraign the CJN before the Justice Danladi Yakubu-led Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on charges of failures to declare his assets as required by law and for operating Bank Domiciliary Foreign Currency Accounts.

Reacting, NBA in a statement signed by its General Secretary Jonathan Gudu Taidi described the move against Onnoghen as an assault, intimidation and desecration of the judiciary, which must stop.

The charges against Justice Onnoghen were filed and served on him on Friday at his official residence in Abuja preparatory to his appearance at the tribunal.

The Nigerian Bar Association has reacted to the charges filed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

PDP Rejects Operation Python Dance ( Egwu Eke III)

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had said the military exercise which would commence from January 1, 2019 and last till February 28 was in preparation against security challenges anticipated before, during and after the 2019 general election.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to use the planned nationwide ‘Operation Python Dance’ to legitimise his administration’s alleged ploy of using the military to intimidate voters and rig the 2019 presidential election.

He stated that Buhari planned to use the military having realised that he cannot win in a free and fair poll. According to him, the plot is in line with the alleged desperation of the Buhari Presidency to foist a siege mentality on the nation ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Bishop Musa Fomson Reveals Those Behind Zamfara Killings

Bishop Musa Fomson, who predicted former President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss in 2014, lamented that “the blood of the murdered innocent is crying to God for vengeance”. The  clergyman, has prophesied that the politicians behind Zamfara killings will be exposed in a matter of weeks.

In his message released ahead of the New Year, Bishop Fomson warned that the only thing that will save the people behind Zamfara killings from disgrace is if they repent and confess their sins.

He also declared that “those who sow human blood in the hope of reaping political powers will be exposed and disgraced before we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this season.

“Embittered politicians are the one behind these killings. They empower killers. They sow sorrow. But it is a business that they have just a few days to repent of lest the disgrace that they have been piling up will be heaped on their head.

“Their ways are unclean in the manner of the abomination of the idol worshipping rulers that led Israel to sin in the Books of Chronicles and Kings. They walk in dark paths and shall perish if they refuse to embrace light, confess the sins they have committed against Nigeria by being behind the killer bandits.

“They support bandits to kill law-abiding Nigerians and their ways have been measured, weighed and found wanting before God, which leaves repentance as the only viable option before them. They may thwart the laws of men but the blood of the innocent cry to God daily. There shall be recompense and they shall answer for their actions.”

Monday, December 24, 2018

2019 Nigeria Budget Reactions

In a statement he signed and issued on Sunday, the Waziri of Adamawa stated that it will be a disservice to the nation if the “fundamental flaws” are ignored.

President M. Buhari had last week presented a budget proposal of N8.83 trillion for 2019 to a joint session of the National Assembly on December 19, 2018. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has rubbished the 2019 budget President Muhammadu Buhari presented at the National Assembly last week.
eacting to the budget, Atiku accused the Presidency of filling the budget proposal with several inaccurate claims and making attempts to hide its failure to improve the welfare and living standards of Nigerians.

The statement entitled ‘My Takeaways from Budget 2019’ reads: “The proposed budget as presented is fundamentally flawed.

“It deliberately ignores and fails to address current realities and pretends, as Mr President asserts, ‘we are on the right direction.

“On the contrary, the 2019 budget is built on a very shaky foundation and makes very generous, often wild and untenable assumptions which pose significant risks to its implementation.”

“I see the rhetoric of ‘inclusive, diversified and sustainable growth’ as no more than an amplification of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government’s renewed propaganda to hoodwink the citizens into believing that there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel.”
Abubakar said the 2019 budget presented by Buhari was “fundamentally flawed,” adding that the budget was built on a “shaky foundation.”

Prophecy for 2019

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