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PRESIDENT BUHARI RETURNS FROM LONDON

President Muhammadu Buhari landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 5:30 pm yesterday after spending 13 days in the United Kingdom, it was confirmed by the presidential aide.

The president was received by Zamfara state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, members of the Federal Executive Council, top government officials, federal lawmakers and service chiefs, among others. The leader of the nation was asked about his health status, and President Buhari said that he was okay. It was disclosed that the president will resume work today, Monday, June 20.

 

BUHARI PLANS TO HARASS MORE PDP LEADERS WITH EFCC – FAYOSE

Ekiti state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has told the president Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop harassing his government by threatening its functionaries with arrest and looking for how his election was funded.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, governor Fayose said, “Certain top functionaries of the Ekiti state government and some important members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state have now been penciled down for arrest and detention by the EFCC. The governor  advised those behind the plot to keep their gun power dry and should not be in a hurry.

 

OBASEKI WINS APC PRIMARY

The Chairman of the Edo state economy and strategy team, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has won the gubernatorial primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was declared winner of the keenly contested primary by the Chairman of the committee on the conduct of the APC primary and governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, on Sunday.

Obaseki and 11 other aspirants took part in the exercise which took place on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin, the state capital. At the end of the voting, sorting and counting Obaseki polled a total of 1,618 votes to record a landslide win over the other contestants. His closest rival was Odubu, who came a distant second with 471 votes. Prior to this, the Katsina state governor urged the aspirants, their agents and delegates to see the primary as a family affair.

 

GOV. ORTOM UNDER EFCC PROBE FOR N4.29BN TRANSFER

Barely a year in office, governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has come under the searchlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following allegation he caused the transfer of the state’s cash amounting to N4.29 billion from banks to unknown recipients.

A top official of the commission confirmed that the agency received two petitions against the governor and some top officials of the administration and had already commenced investigation into the matter, even though the governor is covered by immunity while in office. Governor Ortom who spoke through his chief press secretary, Mr. Terver Akase said the report was not only false but also a demonstration of mischief and ignorance by the authors of the petitions.

OTHER NIGER DELTA ETHNIC GROUPS PLOTTING AGAINST IJAW – IYC

The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Sunday, raised alarm that some leaders of ethnic nationalities and politicians have introduced a new dimension of conspiracy against the Ijaw nation following the road map to peace pronounced by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

Spokesman of the council, Mr. Eric Omare, in a statement, said some of ethnic leaders had even threatened to destroy oil facilities in their areas because of the steps taken by federal government to address the renewed militancy in the region. They urged Buhari to look into the matter and profer solutions.

AMOSUN SEEKS OGUN ASSEMBLY’S APPROVAL FOR N14BN LOAN

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has written to the House of Assembly seeking approval to access the N14.16 billion loan from the planned federal government’s budget support facility. The latest bailout funds for insolvent States promise single digit interest rate and a repayment life span of 10 years. Speaker of the State Assembly, Surajatu Ishola Adekunbi disclosed this during plenary.

The speaker who read the governor’s letter, indicating the state government’s proposal to access the loan facility, said Amosun is seeking their approval for the amount not exceeding N15.5 billion. The governor in the letter gave the need to deal with the current economic downturn as well as meet the state’s obligations.

PDP WANTS INTERPOL, OTHERS TO MONITOR AREGBESOLA

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday urged all security agencies, interpol, the president and the United Nations to dispassionately monitor activities of governor Rauf Aregbesola which the party alleged can cause religious crisis in the country.

PDP is particularly happy that the issue of hijab has exposed to the entire country the character of Osun State Governor and his divide and rule system of diverting people’s attention against his inadequate knowledge of governance and total mismanagement of the state. It then warned all stakeholders in the affairs of the country not to allow party politics dominate common sense in handling the lingering issue of hijab in Osun public schools.

IPOB BACKS NIGER DELTA AVENGERS

Pro-Biafra group, the Idigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has extended a hand of fellowship to the Niger Delta freedom fighters, the avengers. A release from the group jointly signed by Barr. Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya respectively, indicated that IPOB is not among the Pro-Biafra groups that have compromised their Biafra struggle, pointing out that they are solidly behind the avengers in their liberation struggle.

According to the release, the avengers are fighting against what they described as ‘Islamic enslavement’ and should be supported by all, especially the Pro-Biafra agitators. For the avoidance of doubt, the NDA is fighting for the freedom of the people of Biafra and not for amnesty payment or for resource control as some commentators would like to believe.

SENATE THREATENS BUHARI OVER PLAN TO TRY SARAKI, EKWEREMADU FOR FORGERY

The Nigerian Senate has accused the Buhari administration of plotting to muzzle the legislature and criminalize legislative processes. The upper chamber said the plot was to cause a leadership change in the National Assembly. The Senate stance followed criminal charges of forgery slammed on Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, by the federal government.

The chamber stated, “This is a return to the era of impunity and lack of respect for due process which they will all fight to abolish. The Senate signed by its spokesperson, Aliyu Sabi, on Sunday, Mr. Ekweremadu stressed neither he nor Mr. Saraki was invited for interrogation by the police or indicted in its July 2015 report to the Attorney-General of the Federation. He queried the basis for the fresh charges filed.

GOVERNORS SEEK NIGERIA’S RESTRUCTURING TO BOOST REVENUE

The governors of Benue state, Samuel Ortom and that of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have expressed worries over the inability of some states to pay workers. They stressed the need for lasting solution to states’ dwindling revenues to avoid crisis if the Federal Government becomes unable to give bailout to States.

Although the states get monthly allocation, most of them are unable to pay their workers, leading to the request for a loan from the Federal Government. Governors Ajimobi and Ortom are asking for the restructuring of the nation to make the state viable and capable of sustaining itself. However, Dr. Ortom clarified the essence of the bailout, saying it was a loan and not a grant.

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