Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to change his economic policies, which he said have failed to yield the desired results in the past 18 months of his administration.
Monday, 24 October 2016
All aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State have agreed to work together to ensure victory for the party in the November 26 governorship election in the state.
The candidate of the party for the poll, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, who disclosed this during a meeting with state and local government executives of the party at APC state party secretariat in Akure, said the party had put the crisis behind it.
Akeredolu, who also said all was set for APC campaign take-off today, expressed confidence in the preparedness of the party to win the election.
He said APC had put internal wrangling that erupted after the conduct of party primary behind it and that members of the party were working towards a common goal.
Akeredolu said: “All of us remain one and all members of the exco still remain one: and we are indivisible in this party. We are prepared to at least fight it together as one for APC to produce the next governor of this state.”
He explained that the reconciliatory moves to pacify all aggrieved members had started yielding results, because of effort of the reconciliation committees earlier inaugurated to pacify aggrieved APC members.
He said that the party was more united for the election.and that the state campaign committee would soon be inaugurated to complement the National Campaign Committee, with all the leaders in the three senatorial districts cooperating.
Akeredolu expressed optimism that the first runner-up in the September 3 primary, Dr. Olusegun Abraham would support his candidature, informing that they had talked and “a few people have intervened and I am sure that he would soon support.
“And he has shown it, that is why he came out to say that he was not leaving APC and that his supporters should work for APC. The other matters we are going to sort out very soon. He has been receptive and a wonderful person,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors.
It was gathered that the probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.
As the nation continues to wallow in recession, stakeholders, including the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, have highlighted the need to focus on addressing the issues that pushed the economy into the crisis.
The current recession rocking the Nigerian economy has hit one of the biggest employers of labour in the country outside of the government as the Dangote Group, belonging to Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has fired 48 members of staff.
Urban Express online gathered that those sacked were made up of 36 expatriate and 12 Nigerian workers from the group’s headquarters and one of the subsidiaries, Dangote Cement Plc.
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Many soldiers are believed to be missing after Monday renewed attack on a military location near the Nigerian-Niger border town in the northern part of Borno but army yesterday maintained the report of missing troops was not true.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed has said the invasion of the official residences of some judges in the country by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) was an affront on the judiciary’s independence as an arm of government.
ACCORD PATRY GIVES BIRTH TO FACTION AS SEPARATE CONGRESSES HELD IN IBADAN TO CHOOSE STATE EXECUTIVES
National leader of the party, Rashidi Ladoja, attended the congress held at the Green Spring Hotel, while the other faction, comprising some notable members of the party in the state, held another congress at the Olubadan Stadium, Ibadan. Both congresses were witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Some members of the party at the Olubadan Stadium said they split from the party because of irreconcilable differences over election of candidates, especially the governorship position.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Femi Fani-kayode, was on Friday, re-arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
No reason was given for his arrest.
He was arrested outside the court premises of the Federal High Court, Lagos, where he had gone to attend his trial alongside side another chieftain of his party, Mrs. Nenadi Esther Usman, and one Danjuma Yusuf, over alleged money laundering of N4.9 billion.
Prior to his arrest, Fani-kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Wale Balogun, had informed the court presided over by Justice Muslim Hassan Sule, of attempt by the Commission to arrest his client, and urged the court to restrain the anti-graft agency from arresting his client.
Reacting to the submission, EFCC’s prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that he was not aware of any move by his commission to arrest him, and there was no plan to arrest him on the matter for which he was in court.
However, he said that he wouldn’t know if the said proposed arrest was on another charge.
Immediately, after the court proceedings, as Fani-kayode was led out of the court premises, he was accosted and arrested by the operatives of the commission, who drove him to the commission’s office on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
Meanwhile, a prosecution witness, Idowu Olusegun has informed the court that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation at the last general election still owes him N24 million.
Idowu, a media consultant, whose company’s name is Paste Postal Company (PPC), while being led in evidence-in-chief by the counsel to the EFCC, Justice Hassan Sule said he wrote a letter to the campaign organisation under the directorship of Mr. Femi Fani-kayode, for printing poster for the campaign organisation.
He informed the court that during the period of negotiation for the printing contract, he did not have any interface with Femi Fani-kayode, but only dealt with one Oke, whose other name he didn’t know.
He also informed the court that he proposed the sum of N80 for A2 poster, and the sum of N30 for A4 Flyer, and the sum of N24 million for media consultancy. But the negotiation end at N50 and N20 for A2 poster, A4 Flyer and N24 million media consultancy respectively.
However, the matter has been adjourned till November 14 and 15, for continuation of trial.
Meanwhile In a press statement by his SA
(Media), Jude Ndukwe, fani kayode stated that the EFCC once again lived up to its billings of being used by the current administration for the sinister purposes of silencing the opposition under the guise of fighting corruption.
“As expected and as earlier stated in his press statement, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode had already raised the alarm that he was going to be rearrested by the EFCC as the organisation whose operations have become easily predictable have graduated from being an investigative body meant to serve the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians to a vindictive institution willing to do the biddings of some vengeful cabal whose existence even the wife of the president confirmed recently.
“We are therefore aghast but not surprised that this latest action of the EFCC is in sync with the scriptwriters of this whole episode to silence Fani-Kayode by hook or by crook. Words have filtered to us from credible sources within the presidency and the security agencies that the ultimate aim of those who are behind the former minister’s travails is to apply “extreme measures” on him.
“We have also been told that in security circles, that means to have him killed through the use of some poisonous substances that would break his health down irreversibly and eventually kill him even months after he might have been released so that the suspicion would not be at the doorsteps of state agents.
“Our fears now are that nothing is beyond this government of sadists and fascists. We call on the good people of Nigeria, democrats and lovers of this great nation to rise and demand that no Nigerian should be persecuted or assassinated based on his beliefs and or opinions on critical national matters.
“We are watching very closely, and should anything untoward happen to FFK, Nigerians of course know who to hold responsible even as we demand for his immediate and unconditional release now”.
The Niger Delta Avengers has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that the threat to use military option to resolve the Niger Delta crisis will not work vowing to resist any form of ‘modern colonisation’ of the oil-rich region