PDP MUST RESTRUCTURE BEFORE EDO, ONDO GUBER POLLS – OLANIPEKUN
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ondo state, Alhaji Yekini Olanipekun, has asked the leadership of the party to put its house in order before the elections coming up in Edo and Ondo state later in the year. He also appealed to the leadership of the PDP in the states to pick credible governorship candidates that would deliver to the party in the elections.
Olanipekun, who was a commissioner for youths and sports in Ondo state, expressed optimism that the PDP would defeat its rival in any election in the state because of the record of achievement of governor Olusegun Mimiko. However, on the threat of APC, Olanipekun said: ‘Sincerely, APC is no threat to us in Ondo state.’
WHY I CALLED OFF PORT HARCOURT CONVENTION – SHERIFF
Nearly two weeks after Peoples Democratic Party national convention in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, embattled factional chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has finally disclosed why he took a last minute decision to call off the event.
He said he only acted in deference to a court order that election should not be conducted into three offices of the party, namely: national chairman, national secretary and national auditor. He explained that if he had not acted swiftly to suspend the convention, it would have been an outright disregard for the judiciary.
BUHARI TO VISIT NIGER DELTA THURSDAY
President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit Niger Delta region recently rocked by series of attacks on oil facilities with the Niger Delta avengers claiming responsibilities. The visit will be Buhari’s second to the South-South region since becoming the president on May 29, 2015.
A media aide to Buhari said the president would travel to Ogoni land in Rivers state to flag off a long-awaited clean-up of the area, which has been affected by oil spills.
FOUR KILLED IN NIGER OVER ALLEGED BLASPHEMY
Four persons have been confirmed dead in central Nigeria in two days of violence over an alleged blasphemy by a Christian trader against Prophet Mohammed, residents told newsmen on Tuesday. Abdullahi Sallau said a Muslim mob killed one person on Sunday and three on Monday in the town of Pandogari in Niger State, following blasphemous remarks by a Christian against the prophet.
However, soldiers and police have made arrests and imposed an overnight curfew to restore calm after crowd went on rampage, looting shops, burning a church and demanding the suspects’ release. Army spokesman, Major Agwu had since confirmed that one Emmanuel was killed by a mob prior to a blasphemous statement he posted on social media.
REPS AMEND CCB, CCT ACT
The House of Representatives on Tuesday made several amendments to the act setting up the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The Senate had previously stepped down the consideration of the bill due to public outcry that followed the move.
However, the house would still require the concurrence of the Senate that had previously stepped similar bill down before it could be forwarded to the president for assent because the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) would no longer have powers to immediately refer matter to the CCT, unlike what currently subsist.
EFCC TO ARRAIGN EX-JTF COMMANDER, AKPOBOLOKEMI, OTHERS JUNE 3
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on June 3 arraign a former commander of the Joint Task Force, operation pulo shield, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, for alleged N8 billion fraud. Atewe now Chief of logistics, defense headquarters was charged alongside the former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Akpobolokemi said he was not aware of the scheduled arraignment, adding that he left the hospital to attend his trial in another criminal charge before Justice Ibrahim Buba. He said neither him nor his lawyer, who was absent, was notified about it. But EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the charge and proof of evidence were served on the accused lawyer’s firm, Dr. Joseph Nwobike & Co. Which was received by one of the lawyers in the chambers.
SARAKI PROMISES DEBATE ON NEITI REPORT
The president of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said that the Senate would debate the 2003 Audit Report of the Nigeria Executive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in view of serious revelations of mis-management contained therein.
Saraki, according to a statement in Abuja by his chief press secretary, Sanni Onogu disclosed this when the executive secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio led the management of the transparency body to present a copy of its 2013 Audit report to the Senate President. He lauded the NEITI boss for the approach to formally present the report to the Senate apart from sending the report to the relevant committees.
WHY NIGERIA IS NOT WORKING – ATIKU
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar said on Tuesday that Nigeria is not working effectively because of the way it has been structured – deploying more power to the centre than the federating state. Speaking at a book launch in Abuja, Atiku said there was the need to restructure the country and renegotiate the union in order to make it stronger and more united.
He advised that people should refrain from the habit of assuming that anyone calling for the restructuring of our federation is working for the breakup of the country. He further stated that we must negotiate our union in order to make it stronger because it will help to unleash people’s creative energies and spur more development.
FAYOSE DARES FG TO STOP HIM FROM FOREIGN TRIPS
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has dared the Federal Government to carry out the alleged plot of preventing him from traveling out of the country, saying he cannot be restricted by President Muhammadu Buhari and his agents. The governor who reacted to reports that two governors, one from the South-West and another from the South-South had been placed on travel restrictions on president Buhari’s order.
In a press conference addressed by his special assistant on Public commissions and new media, Lere Olayinka, said: ‘Whenever he wished to travel out of Nigeria, he will do so in full glare of the public.’
He however, advised the president to focus his attention on the economy of Nigeria that is almost collapsing and stop using his position to oppress other Nigerians.
ORGANISED LABOUR ORDERS INDEFINITE STRIKE IN ONDO
Organized Labour in Ondo state on Tuesday directed workers in the employment of the state government to embark on an indefinite strike from Wednesday. Labour said the strike became inevitable because the Ondo state government is owing workers five months salaries.
The organized labour expressed dismay that the state government failed to honour an agreement it earlier reached with them on the payment of two out of the five months by May 31. A communiqué signed by the leadership of the Labour Unions stated that non-payment of salaries between January and May had negatively affected workers and pensioners in the state economically and other wise.