2019:PDP Vowed To Dislodge APC In the South West.


…Holds SW Presidential Zonal Rally in Ibadan on Thursday

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its South West Presidential Zonal rally scheduled for Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Thursday, December 6, will accentuate its deepened consultation with leaders of the zone in the consensus to dislodge the failed All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.

The PDP Presidential campaign Organization (PPCO) says the South West is too sophisticated and educationally exposed to allow certificate forgers, incompetent leaders and fraudulent elements to brazenly continue to sit over their affairs, especially with arrogant show of disdain and official intimidation.

The South West Presidential Zonal rally is therefore another major step in galvanizing the people of the zone in their long-standing aspiration to rally with a new President to liberate their political and economic fortunes from the stranglehold of APC’s oppressive and exploitative oligarchy.

The PPCO notes that the South West zone has already embraced its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, because of his proven capacity, transparency and all-inclusive stance, which the region require to move forward and realize its full potentials that have been retarded by the Muhammadu Buhari incompetent, oppressive, corrupt and divisive administration.

The South West holds a leading position in many critical sectors and will no longer allow a modern day expansionist to continue to sequester and dominate the economy of the people, while making maximum enrichment for himself and a few acolytes at the detriment of majority of the citizenry.

This APC expansionist and his cronies have looted the resources of the South West and made life miserable for the people through forceful territorial occupation, direct stealing of public funds, annexing of public property and income generating institutions; multiple taxation, which proceeds are directed to private purses, as well as harsh financial regulations, which have crippled many businesses, particularly in the Southwest.

The South West people are very resourceful, industrious and creative group and can therefore not thrive under a lack lustre, visionless, inept and corrupt Buhari administration.

Curiously, the administration is now trying to turn the people into beggars by mischievously diverting trillions of naira from the social benefit funds appropriated by the National Assembly while handing out a miserable N10,000 to traders, instead of giving them their due benefits from the scheme.

The people of the South-west has therefore collectively agreed that their liberation time could not have come at a better time than this when the entire nation is rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the all-inclusive mission to rescue our nation from the shackles of President Buhari’s misrule and return her to good governance, national cohesion and economic prosperity.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Council

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Rapist of a 3 Year Old Girl Goes Scot-Free Because The Victim’s Mother Couldn’t Bribe The Police

An alleged rapist is said to have gone scot-free because his victim’s mother allegedly, couldn’t provide money for the police to prosecute the suspect.

According to journalist, Ify Onyegbule, the man raped a 3-year-old girl in Rivers state and he was reported to the police. But no further actions were taken as the girl’s mother couldn’t pay for justice.

Ify wrote:-

This human being sexually molested a 3 year old in Rivers state…the police demands money from the girl’s mother to prosecute the case?

The woman backs out because there is no money for such action? Her daughter has been broken and damaged for life? Goshhhh!!!

I think the government needs to wake up to its responsibility and take up this woman’s case, why should the poor continue to suffer?

This man here i hear has walked free and is at large?

Please when will the trumpet sound??

Breaking News:EFCC Arrests 9 Yahoo Boys, Recover Cars (Picture)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja.

A statement on Wednesday by the acting spokesman of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the suspects were cooperating with the commission and would be charged after the conclusion of investigations.

It noted that the suspects were arrested by the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the Commission on November 30, 2018 through an intelligence report received on the fraudulent activities of the suspected fraudsters residing somewhere along Airport road, as they were obviously living above their means.

According to the statement, operatives of the EFCC had carried out surveillance for days on the activities of the fraudsters before they swooped in on them.

The suspects are: Edwin Ogbomwan, Okouromi Franklin, Oseji Collins, Collins Onyekwuluje, Anyanechi Ekene, Tony Oviasuyi, Chidi Emeshili, Osaigbovo Aiseos and Osaigbovo Ikponmnosa.

The suspects had turned their residence into a safe haven for fraudulent activities using it as a place of abode and an operational office with computers, laptops, phones, modems, sim cards and many other fraudulent tools to fleece unsuspecting Nigerians and foreigners of their hard-earned money and valuables.

The suspects had created a phoney identity of ‘Thomas Jerry Star and John Ben’ which they effectively deployed in their deceptive deals.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 26 years, were arrested with two GLK Mercedes Benz, One Toyota Camry, Lexus Jeep and other valuables worth millions of Naira, which they acquired through the proceeds of their ignoble trade

9 Yahoo Boys 

Breaking News:Governor Ambode’s Commissioner Resigns From APC

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State, Mr Olawale Oluwo, has announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Oluwo made the announcement in a resignation letter sent to Channels Television on Wednesday.

In the letter dated December 3 and addressed to the APC Chairman in the state, he explained that he took the decision as a result of the events played out at the party’s state primary held in October.

Oluwo alleged that the exercise was characterised by voter disenfranchisement, undue influence, violence, and intimidation to members among other activities that violate the electoral law.

He also claimed that the party lacked integrity, stressing that this has diminished the reputation of the state as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.

The APC leadership in the state has yet to respond to Oluwo’s allegations.

Read the full letter written by the commissioner below;

Breaking News:Fayose ‘Involved In Accident’ On Third Mainland Bridge

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, was involved in an auto accident on Wednesday.

According to his aide, Lere Olayinka, the accident occurred on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos on Wednesday afternoon.

His condition is currently stable and he has received medical attention.

Olayinka posted the news of the accident via a tweet that read: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention”.

Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention.

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Police: 16 Officers Killed In Zamfara Ambush

According to the Public Relations Officer of Zamfara State Police Command, 16 officers were found dead after search-and-rescue operations.

“The search-and-rescue operations embarked on by the Police Joint Intervention Force to rescue the missing Police Personnel after the 29th November, 2018, onslaught on the armed bandits in which 104 armed bandits were killed, fifty (50) bandits hideouts in three (3) camps destroyed and recovery of over five hundred (500) cattle and seventy nine (79) sheep from the possession of the armed bandits resulted in the successful rescue of twenty (20) policemen alive, while sixteen (16) Police personnel were found dead after the rescue operations carried out by the Police Joint Intervention Force,” the statement read.

The Inspector General of Police condoled with the families of the deceased stating that “their supreme price they paid for the security and safety of the Country will not be in vain”.

The Police has, however, not disclosed the names of the affected officers.

Breaking News:Gunmen Kidnapped Three Health Workers In Ondo, Demand N50m Ransom

Armed men have abducted three workers of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, SaharaReporters has just learnt.

The health workers were kidnapped on Tuesday along Emure-Ile/Owo road on their way to work at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo, a 45-minute drive from Akure, the Ondo State capital.

A medical doctor, nurse and records officer were kidnapped.

Our correspodent gathered that one of the kidnapped victims has been identified as Jospehine Fanikasi, a records officer at FMC.

A source, who confirmed the news to us on Wednesday, said the medical workers were abducted on a “bad portion” of Owo road.

The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that the gunmen double-crossed the vehicle that was coveying the health workers. The hoodlums later marched the three victims into a waiting vehicle, before they drove into the bush.

“Yes, it is true. Three of our medical workers were abducted yesterday (Tuesday) while on their way to their place of work at FMC, Owo. They are: a medical doctor, a nurse and a records officer, who are all working with the Federal hospital in Owo town of Ondo State,” the source said.

“The three kidnapped victims were double-crossed with another vehicle along Owo road at gunpoint. The kidnappers spoke a different kind of English, and couldn’t speak the language well.”

A church member of one of the victims also confirmed the incident via phone call, stating that they had gone spiritual on the matter.

She said the abductors have contacted the family of the victims and are demanding N50million for their release.

“They have contacted their families and they were told to raise the sum of N50million to effect their release. Even in the church, we have resorted to fasting and prayer for God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers and let them release their victims,” she said

Femi Joseph, Police Spokesperson in Ondo State, confirmed the incident to news men.

Although he claimed that only two persons were abducted by the gunmen, he stated that the Police have begun investigation into the incident.

“I only know of two persons who were kidnapped by the gunmen in Owo, but our boys have swung into action and we will rescue the victims. Already, we have deployed our men into the bush and they have started combing everywhere. Investigation has also started on the case and we shall bring the peptrators to book,” he said.

$8.1bn Refund: MTN Opted For Out-of-Court Settlement​

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to further adjourn the hearing in the suit it filed to challenge the $8,134,312,397.63 being demanded from it by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The $1.8bn demand by the CBN followed alleged forex remittances infraction by MTN.

MTN’s lead counsel Wole Olanipekun told the court that his client had approached the CBN for possible amicable resolution of the dispute.

He urged Justice Saliu Saidu to further adjourn the suit to enable parties to fully explore out-of-court resolution and deliberate on the terms of the settlement.

CBN’s lead counsel Seyi Sowemimo confirmed that the discussions for possible out-of-court settlement were in the advanced stage.

Consequently, Justice Saidu adjourned to December 12 for a report of the settlement between the parties.

CBN, OSGF, NIPOST, NIBSS, FIRS Failed To Account For N20trillion Stamp Duty Revenue

Details of the revenues from stamp duties estimated at N20 trillion still remain opaque as the federal agencies involved in the collection have refused to provide information, despite the Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

The FOI request was sent on July 31 on behalf of LeaksNG to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) PLC.

Information requested include a report of stamp duty remittances by Deposit Money Banks and other financial institutions, the current status of the Stamp Duty Central Account domiciled in the CBN, stamp duty revenue remitted to the CBN by NIBSS between 2016 and 2017, amount of revenue collected by NIPOST between 2010 and 2016 and so on.

Two months after the requests were dispatched, on September 26, letters of reminder were again sent to the various offices to draw their attention to the enquiry. Nevertheless, till the time of this report, none of the institutions has fulfilled its legal obligations by providing the information asked for.

While NIPOST and NIBSS have not bothered to respond at all, others gave one excuse or the other for their inability to oblige.

Different Reasons, Same Conclusion

Of all the five agencies that received enquiries from The ICIR, three responded, but sidestepped the responsibility to disclose information. The OSGF, in its reply dated August 9, 2018, said it had referred the FOI application to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), which, it claimed, is better positioned to provide answers.

“After a careful review of the application,” wrote J.O. Obule, Acting Legal Adviser to the Secretary, “the Office is of the view that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has a greater interest and is the custodian of the information sought and therefore would be in a better position to provide same.”

“Please be informed that your application has been referred to the FIRS accordingly and you are advised to deal with it directly,” he added.

FIRS would later shift responsibility to NIPOST.

In a letter dated November 5 and signed by Ike Odume, the FIRS Director of Legal Services, the FIRS wrote:

“The Legal Service Department of the FIRS received a letter from the International Centre for Investigative Reporting dated 26th September 2018 requesting for details for Stamp Duties recovered from NIPOST. We regret to inform you that FIRS does not collect Stamp Duties from NIPOST.”

“Therefore we ask that the above request be directed to NIPOST.”

NIPOST is yet to respond to similar enquiries sent to them.

Finally, the Central Bank of Nigeria replied to The ICIR’s request on November 6 and, in the letter signed by R.J. Monguno of the Corporate Secretariat, said it cannot provide the information sought as the matter is the subject “of a suit before the Supreme Court of Nigeria and is therefore sub judice”.

The court action referenced in this letter is yet unclear.

Secrecy, Alleged Fraud Mar Nigeria’s Potential Gold Mine

The status of unremitted revenue from stamp duties said to have run into several trillions of naira over the years, has been shrouded in secrecy.

In November 2017, the Senate kick-started a probe into the allegation that stamp duties revenue, which accumulated over a period of five years and is valued at over N20 trillion, has not been paid into the federation account.

Following a motion raised by John Owan Enoh, the senator representing Cross River Central district, the House had instructed committees on finance and banking, insurance and other financial institutions to investigate the scandal and report back to it within a period of eight weeks.

“The Senate is worried that the provision for stamp duty in the revenue framework of the nation’s annual budget for 2015, 2016 and 2017 has been N8.7billion, N66billion and N16.9billion respectively despite the above reports; apprised of the anti-stamp duties collection stance of the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System,” Enoh said.

“It is currently being accused of systemic diversion of huge revenue flows from stamp duties collection on the electronic transfer receipt on online bank transactions, and the necessity to demand notice on all unremitted stamp duties.

“The Senate is convinced of the duties and responsibilities of the National Assembly to ensure the harnessing of all sources of revenue to the government of the federation, and to curb all forms of wastefulness, corruption and diversion of funds belonging to the federation.”

The School of Banking Honours (SBH) is the consultancy agent authorised in October 2017 by the Federal Government, alongside the International Investment Law and Arbitration, to recover stamp duty revenue that has not been remitted.

It raised alarm in March that the NIBSS has been uncooperative so far in SBH’s efforts to recover unremitted stamp duty revenue of about $53.3billion (N19.4 trillion) borne out of inter-bank electronic transactions.

According to Tola Adekoya, SBH’s Project Consultant and Chief Executive Officer, N7.719trillion was due in 2015 as accumulated yet unremitted revenue to the federal and state governments of Nigeria. In total, he said, the funds are about N20trillion, out of which not up to one per cent has been remitted appropriately.

He also said the presidency, through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has ordered the CBN to cooperate with SBH in implementing its mandate. However, NIBSS has refused on multiple occasions to grant access to data of relevant inter-bank transactions that passed through its central switch.

“We served the demand notice because NIBSS is the agent of banks that handles their transactions,” Adekoya said.

“Banks don’t have any power over NIBSS. Once they ascertain a liability, they debit the banks immediately and that is why NIBSS is going to be a strategic partner in recovering the unremitted stamp duty revenue. It was indicated in the first paragraph of the letter sent to CBN and NIBSS that we should commence with NIBSS and that is what we are doing. We are following due process.”

According to its website, the NIBSS was incorporated in 1993 and is owned by all licensed banks including the CBN. It manages inter-bank payments so as to remove bottlenecks characteristic of fund transfers and operates the Nigeria Automated Clearing System (NACS).

The NIBSS board “is composed of the Deputy Governor (Operations) of the Central Bank of Nigeria as the Chairman, representatives of banks as Directors, Executive Directors and the Managing Director/CEO, who heads Executive Management group of the organisation”.

The House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications, in October 2017, summoned Kemi Adeosun, former finance minister, Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the CBN, and Adebisi Adegbuyi, Post-Master General of NIPOST, to provide explanations on why billions generated from stamp duty charges were kept in commercial banks and the CBN.

The committee’s resolution was triggered by the revelations by Zhigun Shaba Usman, NIPOST’s Director of Finance and Investment, who said the sum of N13.4billion had been deposited to the CBN by commercial banks.

Usman had, however, added that the figure is suspect as the banks’ remittances oddly increased geometrically after NIPOST announced plans to audit the accounts.

FIRS, NIPOST Fight for Relevance in Managing Revenue

The controversy as to who is responsible for what and the fate of revenue generated so far has been on for years. In February 2016, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) had to wade in to strike an agreement between the competing forces on access to a revenue account estimated to attract over N2.5trillion annually.

Moreover, in which authority the control of stamp duty funds resides has also been a contentious matter, especially between the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST). While FIRS has claimed stamp duties collection as part of its statutory functions, NIPOST appears to disagree.

Ike Odume, FIRS Director Legal Services, has described a controversial bill to amend provisions of the Stamp Duties Act as an attempt to usurp its duties. According to him, the Act as it exists is a tax legislation which has nothing to do with NIPOST.

The postmaster-general of the federation, however, said, in his submission, that the amendment is crucial because the law has become old-fashioned and that NIPOST is only requesting for permission to sell stamps, either manually or electronically.

“We are seeking the amendment of the Act to include the sale of a postage stamp. We are not collecting the tax. It is in the interest of Nigeria to draw a line between duty and stamp. We want to sell our stamp,” Adegbuyi said.

Between December 2016 and January 2017, NIPOST put out adverts for forensic auditors to peruse bank records in an attempt to confirm the compliance level of banks when it comes to remittances.

But, as gathered by The Punch, the postal service had to ditch its plan after the CBN said it could use its supervisory powers to achieve similar results.

NIBSS Denies Responsibility for Stamp Duty Revenue

In an interview with TheCable, Samuel Oluyemi, NIBSS Deputy General Manager of Corporate Services, said despite claims to the contrary by the SBH, the NIBSS is not attempting to prevent the Federal Government from realising the full potentials of the Stamp Duties Act.

He explained that this is because the company is neither in possession of any revenue accruing from stamp duties nor is aware of how much been collected under the scheme. NIBSS jurisdiction does not cover anything having to do with stamps or cheques.

He also revealed that there is no mechanism presently in place to track how much each bank collects, and that banks charge the duty at their own discretion as not even all of them make the necessary deductions.

He recommended that the enabling act for the collection of stamp duty is reviewed to specify what should be collected.

Governors’ Forum Declines Comment

When he was contacted by The ICIR, Abulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, who is the Media and Public Affairs Head at the Nigerian Governors’ Forum Secretariat, insisted that the forum cannot comment on the subject at the moment because the case is subjudice. He declined to shed light on what the litigation is about or who the parties are.

“There is post office interest, there is governors’ interest, so we are not talking about it until the case is adjudicated on,” he explained.

He was also asked whether a report has been submitted by the three-man committee established by the NGF in April, and headed by Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, which was mandated to investigate the allegations of non-remittance. “No, they have not,” he replied.

“As a matter of fact, there has not been any meeting regarding that up till now. The governor has been very busy, and we have not had it on the agenda for the last four, five meetings.”

The committee had been given one week to submit its findings to the forum. NGF’s concern regarding the unexplained non-remittance of the bulk of the duty arises as a result of the percentage guaranteed to flow to the thirty-six states.

With the current sharing formula , while the Federal Government takes the lion share of 52.68 per cent from the federation account, the state governments collectively get 26.72 per cent and the country’s 774 local governments get 20.6 per cent.

Adebisi Adegbuyi, Postmaster-General of NIPOST, did not answer calls from The ICIR and has not responded to texts asking, among other questions, if the postal office still intends conducting an independent audit of bank records. 

Aisha Buhari Named Two Powerful Men Behind Buhari’s Slow Progress

The First Lady, however, stated that the President has done well in the delivery of good governance. The event was also attended by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo. Mrs. Buhari urged Nige-  rian women to rise up and fight.

When the Political Adviser to the President, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, was signalling to the First Lady to move away from the topic, she said: “I have realised that Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, and Dr. Hajo Sani, my aide, Sajo, and wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Osinbajo, are not comfortable with me saying this and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech, but we must say the truth.”

The President’s wife insisted that the two powerful people are retrogressive elements preventing the government from moving forward. This is not the first time the first Lady would be critical of her husband’s government and its functionaries.

In an interview with BBC Hausa, Aisha had stated that Buhari’s government had been hijacked by only a “few people”, who were behind presidential appointments. According to her, the president did not know most of the officials he appointed. The First Lady stated that people who did not share the vision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were appointed to top posts because of the influence a “few people” wield.

Her words: “The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years. “Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position,” she said.

When asked to name those who had hijacked the government, the First Lady simply said: “You will know them if you watch television.” Asked whether the president was in charge, Mrs. Buhari had said: “That is left for the people to decide.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Buhari has observed that during the last election, women participated fully in the voting process and ensured that APC was elected. According to her, “That is why the government of President Buhari came up with social investment programmes targeted at them and their children in order to engage them and reduce the level of poverty among them.

“I wish to call on women to spread the good news and accomplishments of the present administration. “I also call on you to propagate our party manifesto which promises to change the lives of Nigerians and what it has achieved so far,’’ she said.

She called on women not to relent in their effort at sensitising and mobilising women to ensure the success of the party in the 2019 elections. Mrs. Buhari said with commencement of campaign for the 2019 elections, the key areas for APC women would be critical information sharing, security awareness and advocacy against vote buying.

She said that the summit had set the tune for Buhari/Osinbajo support groups to go on with the 2019 campaign.

The wife of the president, therefore, appealed to participants drawn from the 774 local government areas of the country to reflect on the achievements of the Buhari administration. In her contributions, the wife of Vice-President,  Mrs. Osinbajo, said that the APC government had performed creditably in the fight against insurgency and the rebuilding and rehabilitation of victims of insurgency and their communities.

On her part, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Dr. Hajo Sani, urged women to be resilient in the effort to ensure the re-election of Buhari/ Osinbajo in the 2019 election. According to her, women are convinced that the Buhari administration had completed and initiated new road projects as well as other infrastructure developments across the country.

Sani restated the commitment of the wife of the President to better the lives of women and children through gender balancing in Nigeria. Also, the former Deputy Governor of Plateau, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, appealed to Nigerian women to give the Buhari/Osinbajo a chance in the 2019 elections to consolidate on their achievements. Earlier, the APC National Woman Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa, urged APC women to shun campaign of calumny.

2019: Obasanjo, Atiku, Secondus Met, Renew Strategies​

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, met in Abuja on Tuesday in Abuja, THE PUNCH learnt last night.

The meeting was also attended by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, amongst a few others who were said to have been carefully selected for the meeting.

Sources close to the meeting told our correspondents that the meeting was based on the strategies that would enable  Atiku and the PDP emerge winners in the general elections.

It was also gathered that the meeting reviewed the ongoing zonal campaigns of the party, which was said to be a precursor for the state-by-state campaign that would follow.

It was also gathered that the former president used the opportunity of the meeting to settle the rift between Atiku and a former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd.).

Nyako, who is a former Chief of Naval Staff, was a member of the PDP before he defected to the All Progressives Congress.

However, instead of returning to the PDP like Atiku after their disagreements with the national leadership of the ruling party, Nyako and his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, joined the African Democratic Congress.

The former president was said to have been worried about the cacophony of voices from the home state of Atiku in particular about his presidential ambition and decided to step in and settle the rifts.

Apart from Nyako, it was also learnt that Obasanjo intervened in the alleged misunderstanding between Atiku and his former aide while serving as the Vice President, Dr Umar Ardo.

A source privy to the meeting said, “It was a family and an elaborate meeting.  Baba  (Obasanjo) is a fantastic leader. I have never seen such a man who combines energy with intellect and political sagacity.

“He spoke at length to everyone, including the Waziri (Atiku) and others that were there.

“He had successfully settled the rift between Atiku and Nyako and the disagreements between Atiku and Ardo.  Now, we have Adamawa to take because all the power brokers are behind us.”

When contacted on the meeting,  Secondus declined to give details.

Rather, he said the leadership of the party would always meet to strategise ahead of the election.

Meanwhile, opposition political parties on Tuesday expressed doubt over the readiness of President Muhammadu Buhari to accept the outcome of the 2019 presidential election whichever way it goes.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria said the 2019 election was not a matter of life-or-death for Buhari,­ because he would be happy to accept the verdict of the electorate.

But the Social Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance in separate interviews with our correspondents said there were no proofs so far that Buhari would do as Onyeama promised.

The National Publicity Secretary of the SDP, Mr Alfa Mohammed, told one of our correspondents that the statement credited to Onyeama was contrary to an earlier statement credited to the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau.

Mohammed recalled that Dambazzau had been quoted as saying that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would suffer a bloodied nose in the election.

He said the statement by Dambazzau, whose ministry is in charge of internal security, was an indication that the government was ready to unleash security agents on the opposition.

Breaking News:Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics (ASUP) To Begin Strike On 12/12/2018.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has declared that it would begin an indefinite strike from Wednesday, 12th December. This is as the strike by university lecturers clocked a month today.

In a phone interview with EduCeleb.com on Tuesday, the National President of ASUP, Usman Dutse said that this had become imminent because the Federal Government had failed to meet the demands of the polytechnic lecturers.

Prior to this impending strike, the union had on 2nd October issued a 21 day ultimatum to the government before it extended it to November but did not eventually go strike.

But Mr Dutse said that the proposed strike later this December would be total and indefinite. This further emphasises the resolution of the 93rd National Executive Council meeting reached at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos last week.

“Government has failed to implement and fulfil agreements it reached with the union as contained in the memorandum of understanding signed,” he said.

EduCeleb.com recalls that after ASUP last went on strike in November 2017, the Federal government had reached an agreement to implement the recommendations of the 2014 NEEDS assessment for the strike to be suspended fifteen days after.

The agreement particularly highlighted the need for increased funding of polytechnics.

Dutse, however, gave other reasons too bordering on the roles of state governments and the National Assembly.

“The issue of the funding of the institutions has always been a major concern. After government conducted the NEEDS assessment in 2014, it promised to implement it. Years after, there is no designed roadmap to implement that.”

“The institutions are not funded. The states are even worse because state governments just establish schools without actually funding those schools. So, no infrastructure is in place,” he added.

He said that the bill meant to review the act on the establishment of polytechnics in the country was yet to be passed by the National Assembly, hoping that the strike would also help fast track its passage.

The ASUP president also alleged that some state governments were owing salaries for up to 14 months just as institutions victimise union leaders who voice out against what he termed injustice.

“We have states that are owing about 14 month salaries. Some owe eight months,” he said.

He gave instances of Abia, Benue, Ogun, Osun, Edo, Kogi as states owing up to as long as 14 months.

As for institutions where members were being victimised, he mentioned Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwuashi Uku; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; and Adamawa State Polytechnic, Numan as instances.

Dutse also hoped that the strike would make government look into improving the condition of service and the payment of additional allowances government owed polytechnic lecturers

Ukpo Community Jubilating as Hon Lawrence Ezeudu commissioned d Historic Water Project(Pictures/Videos).

On Tuesday 5th December, 2018, O Hon Lawrence Ezeudu(Chief Whip Anambra State House of Assembly were in the company of Apga Dunukofia Executives Cum Faithfuls led by Chairman of the party, Hon Vincent Ezennia(Sappa), TC of Dunukofia Hon Uche Umerie and his campaign team stormed Iruagu (Oranto) Ukpo community on Tuesday and commissioned historic Water Project as part of his constituency project.

The PG Of Ukpo Hon Vincent Oyilagu (Former/2nd Deputy Chairman Dunukofia LG), had earlier welcomed and performed Breaking of Kolanut in accordance with our tradition, commended Hon Lawrence Ezeudu for his good deed to his community, most especially the residents of this particular village, Iruagu Oranto, he went further and stated that he(Chief Whip) has given them LIFE because water(H2O) is a source of LIFE quoted that “No water, no life. No blue, no green” .He prayed to almighty God to reward him in hundredfold and also assured him the votes of ndi Ukpo and the Chairman of Oranto Village,Oranto vill Chairman Chief Sunday Nwachukwu also expressed his gratitude to Hon Lawrence Ezeudu in similar with PG that Clean drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle because Water is life, and clean water means health. also said that “COME WHAT MAY ” that Hon Lawrence Ezeudu will return for Second tenure in 2019.Others dignities who thanks Hon Lawrence Ezeudu and assure him 100% Ukpo votes were Iruagu-Oranto Chairman Chief Johnson Ezego ( Akuezuluozo), (school Boy),Hon Olisa Aniekwena (Chinetugo)LG Coordinator Vuco(Ohamadike) Dunukofia North, DG Hon Ezeudu primary election team.

Hon Lawrence Ezeudu reminded them that when he came to Oranto, Ukpo to campaign in 2015, he noticed that some people living around this area does lacks table water and I promised to provide it to them because “Voting is the right of electorates , but it is also our responsibility because if we don’t take the next step and elect leaders who are committed to building a better future for our kids, other rights clean water, health, and prosperity “

He eulogies them for giving him their mandate in 2015 and urge them to vote him in 2019 for betterment of our constituency. He then handed Commissioned and handed it to them with a Generator.

MBANUGO ONYEKA NELSON WRITES FROM Iruagu, Oranto, UKPO.

PG Ukpo 
Hon Lawrence Ezeudu and Ukpo Community PG commissioning the water project 
Apga Dunukofia Chairman Hon Vincent Ezennia (Sappa) Testing the water 
Hon Lawrence Ezeudu officially handing the water project to Ukpo community