COURT SACKS GOVERNOR IKPEAZU
A federal high court in Abuja has sacked governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State for allegedly submitting false information to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of the primary in December 2014 and did not pay his taxes of years 2011, 2012 and 2013 as at when due.
In his judgment on Monday, June 27, Justice Okon Abang ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue a certificate of return to the plaintiff, Uche Ogah who polled the second highest number of votes in the primary. According to reports, the judge also ordered the chief judge of the state to swear in Uche Ogah, his opponent in the December 2014 gubernatorial election in the state as the substantive governor of Abia State.
ANTI-BUHARI PROTEST ROCKS EKITI
Some days after staging a protest against governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration, the people of Ekiti state took to the streets again. This time, the Ekiti residents are protesting against president Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
The people who came out in their numbers on Monday, June 27, had placards with inscriptions condemning Buhari’s led-administration for its rascality, flagrant disrespect for rule of law and disobedience to the Constitution of Nigeria. Although they were led by thousands of youths, including students, some are insinuating that the protest was staged-managed by governor Fayose.
STOP INTIMIDATING FAYOSE, EKITI STATE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY members TELL FG
Members of the National Assembly caucus in both the Senate ,,” and House of Representatives from Ekiti state have cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against allowing itself to be used to intimidate or harass governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state by the federal government.
The caucus condemned the freezing of the bank accounts belonging to the governor by the EFCC, describing it as absolutely illegal and an affront to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
NIGER DELTA SEA COMMANDOS WARNS PRESIDENT BUHARI
The Niger Delta Sea Commandos (NDSC) have asked president Buhari to quit begging and begin dialogue because his plea is pretentious and a ploy to have militants cease bombing. The militant group says if a perfect agreement is not reached soon, then there will be a disaster.
President Buhari has said he will personally meet with leaders of the Niger Delta region to foster a way of ending the crisis in the region.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES UNILEVER TEAM IN ASO ROCK
The global CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman and his team have visited president Muhammadu Buhari in the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja on June 27,Monday. Also in attendance were Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh, MD Unilever Nigeria and Igwe N. Achebe, Chairman Unilever Nigeria. The visitors presented some books as a gift to Nigeria’s leader.
Speaking to the president about the present hardship in the country, President Buhari said the country was paying the price for turning herself into a mono economy, but gave the assurance that Nigeria would soon be able to feed herself and even export, with the current emphasis placed on agriculture.
EFCC ARRESTS FAYOSE’S CLOSE AIDE
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly arrested the close aide of governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state. Information obtained that Abiodun Agbele was arrested by the operatives of the EFCC in Lagos. The insider said that he is currently being detained at the Lagos office of the anti-corruption agency.
Source reveals that Abiodun Agbele was accused of money laundering on behalf of Fayose. The spokesman of the Ekiti state governor confirmed the arrest, but denied that his boss received any money from the office of the former national security adviser.
BUHARI HOSTS DANGOTE, OTEDOLA, TINUBU, OTHERS TO DINNER
President Muhammadu Buhari broke the Ramadan fast yesterday evening with members of the business community at the state house, Abuja. They include Dangote, Otedola, Tinubu and a host of others. Speaking with the business leaders, Buhari said his administration would make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production within 18 months.
The president who decried the way and manner the nation’s scarce resources were wasted on the importation of food items by the previous regime, said unless the economy is set right, Nigeria will continue to be in trouble.
NIGER DELTA MILITANTS OPEN FIRE IN OGUN STATE
Gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants took over part of Ebute-Ibafo in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state and stopped the government convoy from accessing the community. Princess Yetunde Onanuga, Deputy governor of the state, was accompanied to the community by men of the security agencies to evaluate the level of destruction to the community.
However, Onanuga was stopped midway by the militants who opened fire on the security agents and made them retreat. Secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa who was also in the convoy, speaking afterwards, said the Federal Government needs to intervene in the matter.
EX-EBONYI GOVERNOR ELECHI REJECTS N29M CAR GIFT
Martin Elechi, the former governor of Ebonyi state has rejected Toyota V8 SUV presented to him as a gift by his successor David Umahi. It was reported that the state government with the approval of the state’s House of Assembly, had purchased four SUVs for former governors of the state at the cost of N29 million each.
The car gifts were meant to show the respect and recognition of their role in promotion of democracy in Ebonyi state. However, Mr. Elechi doubted that the present local government honestly wished to honour his achievements in the office and rejected the car. In the same development, the Save Ebonyi Network group has condemned the gift of cars, describing it as a waste of public funds.
SHERIFF IS MY FRIEND – MAKARFI
The Chairman of the caretaker committee of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmed Makarfi has said that Ali Modu Sheriff, factional chairman of the party, is his friend. He said he will continue to plead with Sheriff for the dialogue as it is important for the party to move ahead of the Edo governorship poll.
Makarfi was speaking in Abuja on June 27, Monday, when he received the report of the PDP primary poll in Edo. Mr. Makarfi further praised members of the primary committee adding that the committee had set a standard that needed to be imitated at all levels of the PDP’s primary to make the poll free and fair.