Buhari must probe everyone who has stolen public funds – APC Elders Council

by Kolapo Olapoju

The All Progressives Congress Elders Council in Osun State have implored President-elect Muhhammadu Buhari, not to spare anyone as he wages his war against corruption.

The elders stated that Buhari must compel all those who have pilfered from the nation’s coffers, to refund the monies into government’s purse.

In a statement released in Osogbo on Monday by their chairman, Sola Akinwumi, the APC elders advised that the anti-corruption war must be fair and all-encompassing.

The statement read: “General Buhari must wage total, unsparing and forensic war against the cancer of corruption which has eaten deep into the public and private facets of life in Nigeria.”

“Nigeria’s incoming president must ensure that all those who have contributed to the economic woes of Nigerians through various acts of sabotage, fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation, misapplication, white elephant projects and outright stealing of public funds must not only account for but also refund the proceeds into the coffers.”

“We call for a forensic anti-corruption war using constitutional and lawful mechanisms of the state to enforce the existing statutes without recognising any sacred cows.

“Buhari must ensure that the war covers both the APC and the PDP and must be pursued to logical conclusion in Nigeria’s public life. This is the only way to justify the mandate Nigerians, against all odds erected on their ways, gave to our party on March 28, 2015.”

“Decadence, corruption and arrogance of power set in the ruling party which began when the prediction of ruling Nigeria for 60 years became their song. We have never governed at the federal level but now we are there. As Nigerians have trusted us with the mandate for the management of federal power, we require high level of carefulness, tact, wisdom and humanity to justify the confidence reposed in the All Progressives Congress across the country.”

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He has lost political relevance – This is what Tinubu’s people are saying about Bode George

by Kolapo Olapoju 

Bode George has been described as a man in search of political relevance by the media aide to Bola Tinubu, owing to his recent comments that the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, once apologized to him in public.

In a recent interview with Punch newspapers, the leader of Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, claimed that at the 2014 burial of Alao Ariseokola in Ibadan, Tinubu apologized to him for allegedly conspiring to throw him in jail.

He was quoted as saying: “They called Bola; he shook my hand and said he was sorry. It was in public. Since then, if we meet in public, we greet. But our concepts of politics are different.”

However, Sunday Dare, the media aide to Tinubu says that the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain has lost all forms of relevance, and is now seeking to make himself heard.

Dare told Vanguard newspapers that: “Bode George takes himself too seriously. He is in search of political relevance, which has since deserted him.”

“George’s claim to seek political rehabilitation through a bogus claim that Tinubu begged him for forgiveness is unexpected of a leader like him. Tinubu bears Bode George no ill feelings.”

“Although Bode George has used every media interview to attack Tinubu, Tinubu has hardly responded. The task of nation building, presently at hand, is more urgent than this distraction.”

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Must Reads: This could be the year Congress takes action on patent trolls, Clinton Foundation acknowledges ‘mistakes’ + more

2015 could be the year Congress takes action on patent trolls. Vox

Clinton Foundation acknowledges ‘mistakes,’ emphasizes transparency. Washington Post

Lawyers Seek Sea Change on Gay Rights at Supreme Court. New York Times

Obama just burned GOP climate deniers in “anger translator” rant. MotherJones

G.O.P. Struggling With Shifts on Gay Marriage. New York Times

 

 

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Today’s Daily Brief: APC says Olanusi’s removal can’t stand, Boko Haram strikes again in Yobe, Mark faults FG’s court action, and more

The All Progressives Congress on Monday rejected the impeachment of Ondo State Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, saying the process leading to his removal violated provisions of the impeachment clause in the 1999 Constitution.

The party said the action of the State House of Assembly was in disobedience of a court order which asked all parties to maintain status quo in a suit the deputy governor filed challenging the plot to impeach him.

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Senate President, David Mark, on Monday faulted the Federal Government for dragging the National Assembly before the Supreme Court over some sections of the Constitution Amendment Bill.

Federal Government had invoked the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to scuttle the ongoing amendment process of the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly.

The government contended that the National Assembly did not comply with the constitutional procedure of altering the constitution before transmitting it to President Goodluck Jonathan for assent.

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Aisha Alhassan, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Taraba state governorship election, has rejected the result of the poll announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference in Jalingo shortly after the announcement of the result, Alhassan described the entire elections process as a “daylight robbery’’ and said the party would challenge the results at the election petition tribunal.

“The combined governorship elections in Taraba were characterised by violence, massive rigging, ballot snatching and abuse of the card readers in substantial parts of the state by the PDP and their allies,” she said.

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 21 people in northeast Nigeria who were trying to return home to recover abandoned food supplies, a local official and a victim’s relative said Monday.

“The men, 21 of them, were stopped at Bultaram (village) by gunmen we believe are Boko Haram who shot them dead,” said Baba Nuhu, an official with the Gujba local government in Yobe state.

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The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in Ekiti State House of Assembly have advised the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Ebenezer Babatope, to take a rest from politics after the defeat of his party in the last general elections.
They said the elder statesman needed the rest to enable him cope with the rigours of sound thinking to contribute positively to the growth of democracy in Nigeria.
They advised him to take his heart away from the trauma of his new status to avoid a psychological torture inherent in his hate campaign against APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Aww, how thoughtful: Gov. Obiano donates salaries to the less privileged

by Ranti Joseph

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Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano has decided to do a philanthropic gesture by resolving to donate his salaries to the less privileged members of the society.

Obiano made his decision public in Awka on Monday saying that he had sent a written instruction to his Principal Secretary, Willie Nwokoye, to implement his wish with immediate effect.

“I have been donating it to the church since I became a governor,” he said.

He said that helping the less privileged in the society, through properly structured charity organisations, would make for more impact.

“After spending many fruitful years in leadership positions in the private sector, I earn enough pensions to sustain the needs of my modest family.

“So, I felt that my salary will be more useful if it puts a smile on the faces of some underprivileged members of society to whom the smallest amount of money will make a huge difference,” he said.

Obiano added that he and his wife had always been deeply involved in charity and philanthropic activities, long before they went into public life.

He said that his administration had always carved out a place for the underprivileged members of the society.

He also said that they had always award scholarships to physically challenged students in the state and set up rehabilitation centre for the destitute.

“We have picked up many destitute, including mentally challenged people whom we reunited with their families after healing and rehabilitating them.

“We shall continue to lend a helping hand to people in need as long as the Lord provides us with the resources and the good health to remember our obligations to Him,” he added.

Barely a week ago, Obiano and his wife handed out 200 prosthetic limbs to physically challenged people.

The gesture, he said, was in continuation of his elaborate effort to give meaning to the lives of the needy Nigerians.

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Remember the PDP chieftain that said Tinubu will destroy himself? – APC has addressed his matter

by Kolapo Olapoju

Earlier today, chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ebenezer Babatope, stated that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, does not deserve to be called the leader of Yorubas.

Babatope had in an interview with Punch Newspapers, alluded that Tinubu will eventually destroy himself.

Springing to the defence on Tinubu are the 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, who have advised Babatope, to take a break from politics.

The G-19, as they are commonly referred to, also urged the PDP chieftain to take his heart away from the pain of the fact that his party is now in the opposition, in order to avoid a psychological torture.

The statement read: “A question mark is being put on the integrity of Babatope as a leader if he could support Ondo impeachment but he is now calling Ekiti lawmakers names for questioning Fayose over a treason charge by changing the leadership of the Assembly with seven members, contrary to the prescription of the constitution. Babatope’s past role in Ekiti Government House is still fresh in our memory with special reference to the allegation that he once participated in the supervision of thugs to unleash mayhem on our members.”

“Up till now, he has not refuted that allegation and we wonder why it is when to support violent acts like we have under Fayose that Babatope makes headlines on Ekiti issues. We want to ask Babatope, where was his integrity and clarity of thought when he kept quiet when Fayose invaded the court and beat up a judge.”

“What did he say when Fayose froze the Assembly accounts, seized the Speaker’s vehicle, cut electricity supply to his house, locked him out of his house and office and seized his official car?”

“What did Babatope say when Fayose suborned seven PDP members to illegally pass the budget, approve commissioners and special advisers, revoke the Local Government Law, Ekiti State Transport Management Agency and Social Security Scheme laws without recourse to the Assembly through revocation bills.”

“But leaders like Babatope should note that not all men are made for the great feat attained by the Jagaban. Tinubu phobia should not make our leaders blind to the current dangers posed by Fayose to the growth of democracy in Nigeria and we advise Babatope to let reason rule his thoughts above his narrow political interest in the resolution of political crises anywhere they rear their heads in our country.”

“It is quite unfortunate that a supposed progressive elder statesman in the twilight of his political career threw away all he has attained as a progressive and find himself in the midst of wolves whom he has fought all his life for a narrow immediate need.”

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Jonathan orders public release of NNPC audit report

by Ranti Joseph

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President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered that the full report of the forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) be made public immediately.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He said his administration has nothing to hide on the matter.

The government immediately released the report following Jonathan’s directive. The presidency criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) for accusing Jonathan of indulging in last minute illegal acts ahead of handover of power on May 29.

“President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure,” said a statement.

“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”

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We are not afraid of being probed – PDP replies Buhari over missing NNPC $20 billion

by Damilola Jagun

The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, says the former ruling party is not afraid of the plan by the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to probe the missing $20 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The PDP made its position known in a text message to Vanguard newspapers on Monday, April 27.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, noted that the probe is a welcome development.

He added that the party would, however resist any witch hunt or selective probe, saying that there must be no sacred cow.

Metuh said: “PDP is not afraid of probe, but we would resist any witch hunt and any probe that is selective or discriminatory.”

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For daring to probe political killings, PDP drags Rivers government to court

by Ranti Joseph

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has dragged the state government before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt over the setting up a Commission of Inquiry to look into the politically motivated killings in the state.

However, the Federal High Court is yet to fix date for the hearing of the suit.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, had on April 16, 2015 inaugurated a nine-man Commission of Inquiry, headed by the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Anselm Odinkalu with the mandate to investigate why the victims were killed, who killed them, under what circumstances and for the commission to make useful recommendations that will help government forestall future occurrences.

But, the PDP in the suit said Amaechi is not qualified to set up a Commission of Inquiry, having been partisan and personally involved in the subject matter of the proposed inquiry in which he accuse the PDP of masterminding.

The party’s objection in the suit is that the subject matter of the inquiry which relates to allegation of politically motivated killings and violence against persons and properties in Rivers State are criminal in nature, which only the Police and the Judiciary has the power to investigate and make inquiries into such matters.

The PDP also claimed that persons appointed into membership of the Commission of Inquiry are known loyalist of Amaechi, and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

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Don’t lose focus, we’re only suffering a temporary setback – Presidency begs PDP supporters

by Kolapo Olapoju

According to the Presidency, the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election should be viewed as a temporary setback.

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, trounced the outgoing president at the election of March 28.

The Presidency urged the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party to remain united and not lose focus in spite of being relegated to the opposition.

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, communicated this to journalists in Abuja on Monday, April 27.

“I wish to appreciate and thank all the groups and individuals that have contributed one way or the other to support President Jonathan during the election. We should all see the outcome of the presidential election as a temporary setback not a full-stop in a long sentence of the political history of this great country Nigeria.”

“It is conceivable that as a result of this unprecedented setback, our members and supporters may lose focus, hope and direction and even be tempted to engage in divisive activities, nonetheless, we should be more united than ever before as the task now is to join hands together to strengthen the party.”

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