Ahead Of 2019 Election:Senator , Former Dep Gov, Retired DIG Dump PDP And Join APC in Akwa Ibom

Eket (Akwa Ibom) – Sen. Eme Ekaette, representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial zone and former state deputy governor, Mrs Valerie Ebe on Tuesday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Others that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC are retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Udom Ekpoudom and former Chairman of Eka Local Government, Mr Francis Ikpon. The state Chairman of APC, Mr Ini Okpobodi, received the defectors at a solidarity district rally and reception held for Obong Nsima Ekere at Eket. Okpobodi said at the occasion  that the PDP had virtually collapsed in the state. “On behalf of Akwa Ibom APC, I stand as Chairman to receive the latest members of our party in their hundreds in the state.

“They are here ably led by former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mrs Valerie Ebe and Distinguished Sen. Eme Ekaette. Okpobodi handed over the defectors to the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, represented by the National Vice-Chairman of APC South-South, Mr Hillary Eta. Eta expressed delight at the defection of the former PDP chieftains into APC fold, describing the defectors as `wonderful Nigerians’. “I am the luckiest National Vice Chairman in APC because I am superintending over the fast growing people in the party,’’ he said.

He explained that APC started with one Senator in the South-South but today the party has eight senators of Federal Republic of Nigeria in the South-South. “Not too long from now, I promise you, we are going to have a majority of senators of South South from the APC in the National Assembly,’’ Eta said.

He said that when President Buhari-led government took over power in 2015, things were difficult but today things are getting better. “It is not yet completely good but it is getting better,’’ he added. He urged Akwa Ibom people to vote massively for President Buhari during the 2019 general elections in the state, saying that the present administration was not corrupt.

“I receive to this party, Her Excellency, Valerie Ebe and Sen. Eme  Ekaette and others to APC in the state. Bee said,“I saw that without changing to APC, we will be doing serious mistakes.’’ The former deputy governor said that the government of PDP in the state had not performed well. “We turn around and say if we are not members of the ruling party we will lose out at the national level. “We have been suffering in the PDP-led government in the state. So we say so long as we have APC government led by President Buhari we are fine,’’ she said.

(NAN)

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Gully Erosion :About 15 Fear Dead At Anambra state

The Federal Government has disclosed that 15 people of Umuozu community in Otolo, a suburb of Anambra State, lost their lives to gully erosion in the area.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, who was drawn to the gas emission from exposed coal seam in the community, dispatched a team of officers from the ministry to visit the scene for preliminary inspection and to hold discussion with the affected community. The team observed that the gully erosion led to some coal seams which were exposed with emitting gases, adding that there was also intermittent fire flares from the exposed coal seams, which commenced around December 2017.
According to the minister, “Coal deposits are known to contain several gases that are highly toxic and injurious to human health and environment. “In this case, the deaths could be as a result of the coal releasing carbon dioxide and other gases that if inhaled could cause harm to human beings. Bwari continued, “In this light, the ministry has ordered further investigation on the effect of this on humans and the environment.
FB_IMG_1536317886571“This is to ascertain the type of gas as well as proffer adequate solutions so as to curb the situation. In order to ascertain the effect on the ecosystem, samples of the coal and water were taken from the affected community for further investigations.”

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Name As Dr. Doyin Okupe Chairman Of The Media Council For His Campaign Organization .

Bukola Saraki , Senate President and presidential aspirant seeking to contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed Dr. Doyin Okupe as Chairman of the Media Council for his campaign organisation.

His appointment was announced on Tuesday.

Okupe, a medical doctor and politician, had served as the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the aborted Third Republic; Director of Communications of the presidential campaigns of two former presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, and also as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to both presidents.

According to a statement by Honourable Mohammed Wakil, Director-General, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Campaign Organisation, “Okupe is expected to work with other top professionals in the team to effectively communicate the campaign messages of Dr. Saraki to the people of Nigeria and the international community

Femi Otedola, Chairman of Forte Oil PLC, “accepted” the offer of a governorship ticket by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Femi Otedola, a businessman and Chairman of Forte Oil PLC, has “accepted” the offer of a governorship ticket by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation magazine, Otedola “personally confirmed” the news to him, meaning he will run against Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in 2019.

“Breaking news: Lagos 2019 promises to be interesting. PDP offers Femi Otedola governorship ticket. He’s accepted and personally confirmed to The Boss newspaper,” Momodu wrote.

Otedola’s emergence comes a day after Ambode officially declared interest in a second term, telling supporters at Alausa: “In these three and a half years as your Governor, I have seen visible proof that we can achieve unbelievable things when we all come together with no more than our belief in our dreams.

“We achieved because you believed. But there is still a lot more to be done. But I am not daunted. I am not tired. And I am sure you feel the same way because we all envision a better Lagos, a Lagos of our dreams.

 

“So, I humbly call you again, to give me your support as I seek to continue with your mandate to steer the affairs of our State. I ask you to believe again and together, let’s achieve more,” Governor Ambode said.

Divulged Emails Disclose How Shell’s Lies To Reps In 2012 About OPL 245

Anti-corruption groups are calling for an urgent inquiry into what would appear to be highly misleading statements made by Shell in evidence to an investigation by the 2012 Ad Hoc Committee of the House of Representatives into the corrupt OPL 245 oil bloc deal.

In evidence to the Committee, Shell stated that that neither Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) nor Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) “is or was at any point in the past involved in OPL 245”.

But a cache of leaked internal Shell emails tells a very different story. Far from being “uninvolved”, RDS — the London-registered company at the pinnacle of the Shell group — appears to have the controlling mind behind the important decisions relating to Shell’s involvement in OPL 245.

Currently only Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary SNEPCO has been charged in Nigeria for alleged corruption in relation to the deal.  However, RDS’s involvement would widen the net, rendering it liable for prosecution.

Shell and OPL 245

OPL 245 has a complex history, going back to 1998 when the then oil Minister Dan Etete corruptly awarded the licence to Malabu Oil & Gas, a company he controlled.

Shell’s involvement dates from March 2001, when Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep (SNUD) entered into an agreement with Malabu, taking a 40% equity interest in the field.  SNUD is a special purpose vehicle set up by SPDC.

But in July 2011, the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) revoked Malabu’s licence and therefore SNUD’s interest.

Subsequently, in December 2003, SNUD entered into a Production Sharing Contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, under which SNUD obtained a 30-year exclusive right to operate the field.

However, in 2006, the FGN reinstated Malabu’s licence. Between 2006 and 2011, Shell sought to settle the dispute, leading, ultimately, to a multiparty agreement in 2011 in which Malabu surrendered its rights, SNUD withdrew its litigation against the FGN, and SNEPCo (together with NAE) acquired the field.

What the leaked documents reveal

The leaked documents, which emerged as a result of an investigation by the Italian authorities into corruption surrounding the deal, span the decade between 2001 and 2011 and relate to Shell’s interests in OPL 245 over that period.

On the evidence of the leaked documents, RDS was the controlling mind behind the OPL 245 negotiations throughout this period, exerting real, practical, executive control over SNEPCo and SNUD.

The chain of command went up from Nigeria to RDS

The emails show a clear chain of command with RDS at the top.

In 2009, for example, discussions were held with Dan Etete, the principal of Malabu, over a possible partnership to operate the field.

In an email to Ednan Agaev, an intermediary for Malabu, John Copleston, a Shell advisor, was explicit that “Peter” would need to “talk to The Hague” before an opening offer price could be agreed.

The Peter referred to was Peter Robinson, at the time Shell Vice President for Commercial Sub-Saharan Africa. Robinson was based in The Hague and reported to Malcolm Brinded, the then Executive Director for Upstream International and a member of RDS’s Executive Committee.

In effect, the chain of command was upwards to RDS.

This appears to have been confirmed by Peter Robinson himself, who was interviewed in 2013, as part what would appear to have been an internal Shell investigation, about the decision-making for the deal. A note of the telephone conversation records Robinson as stating that there was “absolute transparency in terms of the rest of the deal team and up to the line to IC, ECMB and, ultimately, to ECPV and ECSH”.

IC stands for Iain Craig, Shell’s then Head of Exploration for Sub-Saharan Africa; ECMB stands for Executive Committee Malcolm Brinded; ECPV for Executive Committee Peter Voser, the then Chief Executive of RDS; and ECSH for Executive Committee Simon Henry, then Chief Financial Officer for RDS.

RDS initiated the negotiationsPeter Robinson

Other leaked documents appear to show that it was RDS — not SNUD — that initiated the negotiations to settle Shell’s dispute over the OPL 245 field in 2010.

In February 2010, a further opportunity to settle the dispute over OPL 245 was identified by Ann Pickard, Shell’s Regional Executive Vice President for Sub Sahara Africa.

In an email dated February 27, 2010, Malcolm Brinded (using an email address that identified him as a member of RDS’ Executive Committee) wrote to Peter Voser and Beat Hess (another member of the RDS’ Executive Committee) seeking their support to commence negotiations. The email, copied to senior Shell executives (Maarten Wetselaar, Guy Outen and Keith Ruddock), stated:

“At a risk of yet again crying wolf, there may be a window to settle 245 which Ann [Ann Pickard] recommends we should take, and Maarten [Wetselaar], Guy [Outen] and I agree . . .

. . . Appropriate PCN [Proposal to Commence Negotiations] documentation is being prepared internally but I’d like your support to progress this asap. The window may be short.”

RDS’s Chief Executive signs off

Formal approval for the Proposal to Commence Negotiation (PCN) was specifically sought from RDS’ then Chief Executive Officer, Peter Voser.

An email from Brinded (2010b) to Peter Voser; states:

“Please find attached the proposed PCN which sets out in detail the summary l gave recently. This is one where your formal endorsement is appropriate given the history and the political/business principles issues involved”.

Peter Voser (2010a) approved the proposal in an email dated 23 March 2010 (“Support from my side as we need to get this one out of our way”), with Henry Simon (2010), RDS’s Chief Financial Officer, also giving his support by email a day later (“Having noted general support, I confirm my support for the proposal”).

None of the emails above appears to have been copied to SNUD, even though SNUD is named as the “business unit or company” to which the proposal applies. The proposal also states that the Shell Group’s equity interest would be vested 100% in SNUD.

Tellingly, the proposal is not signed by SNUD but by Malcolm Brinded, explicitly in his capacity as a member of RDS’ Executive Committee, and Maarten Wetselaar of Shell International. There is no signature from a SNUD executive, board member or, indeed, any SNUD representative.

RDS executive headed negotiations

The leaked documents establish that key negotiations relating to the deal were headed by Malcolm Brinded, acting in his capacity as a member of RDS’ Executive Committee.

In April 2010, for example, Eni revealed to Shell that it had been approached by Malabu as a potential partner for operating OPL 245. Eni reached out to Shell to learn its reactions.

A note of a telephone call between Brinded and Claudio Descalzi of ENI, dated 21 April 2010, records that a contact group was agreed: “We agreed that further contacts should be at 2 levels and in the very strictest confidence: Ian Craig, Peter Robinson with ENI’s Roberto Casula; Keith Ruddock with Marco Bellini, their General Counsel in Milan”.

All of those named are senior Shell, not SNUD nor SNEPCO, executives.

Subsequently Eni and Shell agreed to act together to purchase OPL 245. Shell’s chief negotiator with Eni was Brinded, acting (to repeat) as a member of RDS’ Executive Committee. Again, neither SNUD nor SNEPCo appear to have been part of the negotiating team.

On 11 October 2010, Brinded emailed senior Shell executives (but not, it would appear, SNUD or SNEPCo) to announce that he had agreed a deal with Claudio Descalzi and that it had been approved by Peter Voser, Chief Executive of RDS:

“I have agreed with Claudio and then cleared with Peter (and confirmed back to Caudio) the following deal:  Headline $1.3 bln offer, Eni put in $980 min, Shell put in $210 signature bonus and $25 min interest from sig bonus and $85 min cash. Shell keep 100% of the cost recovery. Eni are operator. We have not agreed anything for if the necessary amount goes above $1.3 bln….”

The Group Investment ProposalMalcolm Brinded

In late October 2010, a new Group Investment Proposal (GIP) was drafted. It was explicitly envisaged that a multiparty settlement would be sought between SNUD, SNEPCo, Malabu, Eni’s subsidiary NAE, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Federal Government of Nigeria; and that SNEPCo would acquire the OPL 245 licence jointly with NAE.

On 25 October 2010, Ian Craig emailed a draft of the GIP to Malcolm Brinded.

The GIP describes “Ian Craig – SEPA-UIG” (Shell Exploration and Production Africa), not SNUD nor SNEPCo, as the “business initiator” for the proposed deal.

The “source and form of financing” for the proposed investment was envisaged as an “$85mln cash contribution” to be funded “from SNEPCo’s internally generated cash flow”. However, should SNUD ultimately end up as the license holder, the cash contribution would come from Shell Petroleum N.V.

Despite their clear interest in the deal, neither SNUD nor SNEPCo nor Shell International was named among the signatories to the GIP. Instead, those designated are all from RDS — Peter Voser as Chief Executive, Simon Henry as Chief Financial Officer and Malcolm Brinded as Executive Director Upstream international.

RDS sign off

Formal approval for the deal was specifically sought from RDS’ then Chief Executive Officer, Peter Voser, and others in RDS.

Following a hiccup in the negotiations, when the son of Sani Abacha, the former military ruler of Nigeria, emerged as a possible shareholder of Malabu, a new deal structure was proposed by the negotiating team in January 2011.

Peter Voser’s views and support were again sought, as would be expected given Brinded’s previous decision that this was a deal that required Voser’s formal approval “given the history and the political/business principles issues involved”.

In email to Brinded, Voser replied: “We are where we are and without taking some risks we will not get to a solution. Support.”

Call for Inquiry

Commenting on the leaked emails, Lanre Suraju, Chairman of HEDA, has called for an urgent inquiry into Shell’s statements to the 2012 House of Representatives Committee.

“Shell should immediately be called before the Committee to explain how RDS was “uninvolved” in OPL 245 when internal emails clearly appear to show otherwise. It cannot be allowed to hide behind the corporate veil to evade accountability for its actions

Culled from SaharaReporters

Joshua Dariye:His Supporters Bought APC Nomination Form For Him, While He’s At Prison

Supporters of Joshua Dariye, the imprisoned former Governor of Plateau State, are claiming he has purchased his election forms to contest for a seat in the National Assembly in the 2019 elections.

According to a post on Facebook by one Monday Shadrack Kopmut, who is apparently a Dariye fan, the former Governor has expressed his interest to contest for a seat in the Senate.

The post indicated Dariye’s interest to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Plateau Central District.

 

Kopmut posted pictures of a form purportedly filled by Dariye, which contained his personal details, as well as phone numbers of how he could be contacted.

The post read: “Just to notify all [teeming] supporters of our amiable Senator Chief Dr Joshua C. Dariye, that the people’s senator has purchase & [filled] the APC nominations & declaration of interest to contest in the forthcoming APC primary election & 2019 general election to represent the  good people of Plateau Central in the Ninth Assembly.”

However, when SaharaReporters contacted the phone numbers left on the form, supposedly belonging to Hauwa Dimka, the calls were initially ignored and later rejected. A text message to the number was not responded to as well.

Kopmut’s post generated numerous comments from Plateau indigenes, many of them condemning him for supporting a man imprisoned for corruption.

To one of such accusations, Kopmut replied: “He has since filed an appeal in a competent court of law against the ruling.”

In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged and arraigned Dariye on a 23-count charge bothering on money laundering.

He was accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau Government’s ecological funds.

In June 2018, a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sentenced the serving senator to 14 years in prison.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko, the presiding judge, sentenced him to two-year and 14-year jail terms to be served concurrently without an option of fine.

HON.CHIDI OKOYE:THE ANSWER TO THE PRAYERS OF NDI NJIKOKA 1 CONSTITUENCY. By Elochukwu Okoy

A toad ,they say, does not run during the day, unless it’s been chased by something or it’s chasing something .

*The people of Njikoka 1 constituency have praying for a way, out of their current predicaments of under development and negligence .*
*Having evaluated the performance of the incumbent house member, it has become more than urgent to quickly provide a remedy.*
*This has lead the people to look indeptly, in other not to be swayed by sentiment or nepotism.*

*This luminous search for a saviour, lead them to the only man who for years now, have been in the limelight because of his love for the common man but has declined all efforts made by the people to make him represent them in the hallowed chambers of the state house of Assembly because he believed that the time was not ripe.*

*This time around, the true progressive minds in Njikoka 1 constituency made it a priority to see that HON. CHIDI OKOYE represents them.*

HON.CHIDI OKOYE (Ogazi Umunri) believes that public service should be people oriented, thus, his decision to give in ,to the call of the people of Umunri to represent them come 2019 since goodwill has met positive desire.

*Today, he has accepted the genuine call of his people to right all the wrongs unleashed on them.*
*His records of running an all inclusive administration and his undying love for his people are his motivation.*
*He accepted to liberate his people when they unianmously agreed to be the driving force behind his administration.*

His records of being a pacesetter is what makes him outstanding amongst other aspirants.

*Hon. Chide Okoye is a philanthropist who believes that the welfare of his people should come first, before his personal ambitions and comfort.*

He understands the complexity in leadership, thus, his desire to see his people become independent *financially, socially and economically.*
He also understands that *” Umuanna nwezu aku, ilo na asi ana”*
(If wealth is distributed evenly, corruption ,envy and bribery will end) .

*His efforts towards ensuring that the youths of Umunri catchs up with other progressive youths can not be overemphasized.*

*Indeed, the people of Umunri has made the right choice in chosen HON. CHIDI OKOYE to lead the struggle towards the betterment of Njikoka 1 constituency.*

 

DUNUKOFIA DECIDES:ENGR EMEKA OKONKWO IS OUR CHOICE, NO LEAVE, NO TRANSFER!By Elochukwu Okoye

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*The entire people of Dunukofia today, affirmed their decision to send Engr Emeka Okonkwo to represent them in the Anambra State house of Assembly.*
*This took place today, when the stakeholders and Traditional heads in Dunukofia local government Area trooped out in numbers to support and stand with Engr Emeka Okonkwo as he picked his expression of interest and nomination form today, from the Apga state secretariate,Awka.*

*This is the second time ,after 2014 ,when the incumbent house member (From Ifitedunu) picked his nomination form, as the ancient kingdom of Dunukofia has unianmously agreed that the zoning arrangement in Dunukofia will stand!*
*The distinguished personalities who spoke to the Ndi Dunukofia expressed their happiness and promised to make sure that Umudioka, Nawgu and Ukwulu gets their turn.*

*Indeed, Engr Emeka Okonkwo is our mandate, he belongs to all the progressive people of Dunukofia!*

*GOOD IS GOD, CHUKWU EMEKA!*