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National Chairman, Uche Secondus Demands Cancellation Of Kogi State Election…

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Thursday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

He also called on the United Kingdom, United States and other members of the international community to ban perpetrators of electoral violence in the two states from their countries.

He spoke during a media briefing in Abuja.

Details later.

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PDP – We don’t have grudges against Good luck Jonathan…

The Peoples Democratic Party says it has nothing against former President Goodluck Jonathan over the just concluded Bayelsa governorship election.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee in Abuja.

There were reports in the media that Jonathan may be sanctioned by the party following the defeat of PDP by All Progressives Congress, at the November 16, governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Ologbondiyan said that the issue of Jonathan was not part of matters discussed at the NWC meeting.

“The issue of former President Goodluck Jonathan did not come up at the meeting and it was not discussed.

“You must know about the procedure and processes in our party. If we do not have a report or an issue before us, we cannot delve into.

“As we speak now, we do not have any matter concerning Jonathan before us in the party,” he said.

Ologbondiyan said that the only issue discussed at the meeting was the November 16 election in Kogi and Bayelsa, of which the National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus would formally address the press on the party’s position on Thursday.

“We have taken a decision to go to court long before but beyond that, we are going to take other measures which the national chairman will disclose on Thursday.

“We have not done a post mortem of the election. We have only weighed the circumstances that surrounded the election.

“We have also looked at the global condemnation of the election. We have reviewed the role of INEC and the role played by security agencies. Formally, the party will come up with a position,” he said.

He, however, denied insinuation that Secondus was under pressure, saying the party was rather concerned about the state of democracy in the country.

“We believe that as the main opposition party we have a responsibility to salvage democracy,” he said.

Ologbondiyan also said that there was no division within the NWC.

“All of us are here. Virtually everybody was here and we discussed freely,” he said.

(NAN)

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36 states assembly speaker, buhari meets…

The speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order on the implementation of full autonomy for state legislatures.

The demand top the agenda of the meeting between Buhari and the speakers held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting started at about 11.00 a.m.

The speakers were led by the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa.

Obasa is the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly.

The agenda of the meeting is unknown.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Obasa said though the amended 1999 Constitution had incorporated the independence and financial autonomy for state legislatures, it was not being implemented in many states.

He explained that a presidential intervention by way of an executive order would fast-track the implementation across the Federation.

“So, we are urging Mr President to intervene and speed up the implementation.

“We urged the President to come in with an executive order for this implementation to move faster,” Obasa stated.

The speakers also called for the devolution of powers to the states and local governments through a review of the Exclusive Legislative List.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, are also attending the meeting.

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Lyon handed certificate of return , INEC present..

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented a Certificate of Return to the Bayelsa State Governor-Elect, David Lyon.

Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated 44 candidates including the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, to win a keenly contested election.

The commission also presented a Certificate of Return to a member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly representing Brass Constituency 1, Charles Daniel, whose supplementary election was concluded on November 16.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Pastor Monday Udoh, in his welcome address, said the election conducted by INEC was adjudged right in the eyes of the world.

He said the process, which started in May 2019, came with a lot of apprehension following fears of violence hinged on the outcome of previous elections in the state that were marred by violence and killings, but he noted that through various engagements with stakeholders, civil society groups, alternative dispute mechanism and security agencies, the election was free, fair and credible.

He said despite pockets of skirmishes in some areas, no life was lost in the election.

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High court nullifies creation of four Emirates in Kano state… (Details..)

A Kano State High Court has nullified the appointment and creation of four additional Emirates in Kano State.

The Presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’abba, on Thursday ruled that due process was not followed in the creation of the Emirates.

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had earlier in May assented the bill seeking the establishment of four additional first class Emirates – Rano, Gaya, Karaya and Bichiin – in Kano State.

Ganduje assented the bill following its passage by the Kano State House of Assembly.

He later in the month presented letters of appointment to the four new first-class Emirs during a ceremony held at the state capital.

Those presented with the letters of appointment include Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of Late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Bichi; Ibrahim Abulkadir as the Emir of Gaya; Tafida Abubakar as the Emir Of Rano and Abubakar Ibrahim II as the Emir of Karaye.

Ganduje during the presentation said the creation of the four Emirates will make Kano traditional system more efficient.

The creation of the new Emirates was however met with controversy as four Kano State kingmakers filed a suit against Ganduje and the State Assembly.

A group called Kano First also led a protest lamenting that the creation of more emirates will lead to spending of unnecessary funds.

They urged the government to focus on pressing issues, such as deflation of revenues, healthcare, security and educational challenges.

The creation of four additional Kano Emirates paves way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby decentralising the power of Emir.

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Nigerians Savage Bashir Ahmed’s wishes to convey PMB’s good wishes to GEJ.. (See Savages..)

Nigerians are reacting to an error in a tweet posted by Bashir Ahmed to convey President Buhari’s good wishes to former President Goodluck Jonathan on his birthday.

Bashir Ahmed, the Personal Assistant to the Nigerian President, tweeted: “President @MBuhari feliciates with former President @GEJonathan on his 62th birthday, joining the nation in praying for longer life, good health and more strength to keep serving the nation.”

Nigerians noticed he wrote “62th” instead of “62nd” and they reacted.

See Savages…


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The pretence of Nigerians over Buhari’s government is amazing – Itse Sagay…

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay has taken a swipe at Nigerians who question the change President Buhari has brought in the anti-corruption war.

Sagay who led members of the committee on a solidarity visit to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday November 20, said the queries on the anti-corruption is being pushed by the elites who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“When Nigerians pretend by asking what difference has his government brought in the fight against corruption, it amazes me.

“For me, it is a sign of bad faith being expressed by the elites who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“So, they are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living rather than simply collecting unearned money, easy money that used to go round the country.

“These are people who were building edifices without sign of employment of any sort,” Sagay said.

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Bill for electronic voting passed Senate’s second reading…

The Bill to ensure electronic voting and direct transmission of results from polling units to a central database passed its second reading on the floor of the Nigerian senate on Wednesday November 20.

The Bill titled ‘A Bill for an Act to amend the Electoral Act, 2020’ was sponsored by Deputy Senate President and senator representing Delta Central, Senator Omo-Agege.

According to the Delta-born Senator, the Bill is aimed at ensuring Nigeria’s elections are free, fair and credible.

“To achieve this, our electoral laws must be sound and up to date in order to respond adequately to new challenges that come with changing times and human behaviours.

“This is a response in part to a plethora of Supreme Court decisions directly or indirectly calling upon the National Assembly to act pointing out that the apex Court has persistently done this regarding INECs introduction of modern technologies into the electoral process, especially accreditation of voters” he said.

If passed, INEC will be compelled to operate an electronic database into which all results in an election should be transmitted. The data of accredited voters will also be transmitted to the central database upon the conclusion of the accreditation of voters which would be done through the use of the card reader.

Following the conclusion of debates on the general principle of the bill, it has been referred to the senate committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a directive to report back within four weeks.

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Arrest of ex Attorney general, Mohammed adoke confirmed by Itse sagay..

The arrest of former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke has been confirmed by Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay.

Sagay confirmed the arrest during a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, November 20th saying the arrest is the latest success in the fight against corruption under the federal government.

Adoke is facing criminal charges bordering on alleged abuse of office and money laundering with respect to the granting of the Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 to Shell and ENI, brought against him and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. His arrest follows a warrant issued by a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja requested by the EFCC.

He added that the fight against corruption is gaining momentum under the Buhari-led Federal Government due to the fightback from its beneficiaries.

“The former attorney General Adoke has been arrested in Dubai. It’s a continuous thing, so when Nigerians pretend and say what is the difference this government has brought into the fight against corruption, what has been achieved? There is no difference, it amazes me. For me, it’s a sign of patent bad faith being expressed by the elite who were the beneficiaries of corruption.

“They are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living, rather than simply collecting easy money where people were building edifices without any sign of employment of any sort. There has been a lot of change and the EFCC activities are responsible for most of this change.”

The EFCC had obtained a warrant of arrest on April 17 against Adoke, as well as a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dan Etete, and four others over the OPL 245 scandal. It filed criminal charges against the defendants but decried it had been difficult for it to serve them the charges or produce them in court as a result of their absence from the country. The court asked the EFCC in October, to serve the criminal charges to Mr. Adoke by substituted means, after lifting the initial warrant against the defendant due to their unavailability.

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President Donald Trump – Exonerated by sondland impeachment testimony…

President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to distance himself from US envoy Gordon Sondland as he made an explosive appearance before an impeachment hearing, while also asserting that his testimony had exonerated him entirely.

“I don’t know him very well. I have not spoken to him much,” Trump told reporters at the White House, after the ambassador to the EU testified that he followed the president’s orders in seeking a “quid pro quo” deal with Ukraine.

In an October 8 tweet, Trump had described his ambassador to the European Union as “a really good man and great American.”

Trump went on to read from notes on Sondland’s ongoing testimony, saying it demonstrated he did not pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden.

“It was a very short and abrupt conversation that he had with me,” Trump said.

“‘What do you want from Ukraine,’” the president quoted Sondland as asking him. “Here is my response, that he gave. Just gave. Ready? You have the cameras rolling?”

“Here is my answer: ‘I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing,’” added the president, who reenacted the exchange several times to the reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

“Then he says: this is the final word from the President of the United States. I want nothing.”

“I would say that means it’s all over,” Trump said.

Democrats are investigating Trump for allegedly abusing his office by pressing a foreign power — Ukraine — to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 US election.

In his testimony, Sondland said he was ordered by Trump to seek a “quid pro quo” deal in which Ukraine would probe Biden in exchange for a White House summit.

Sondland said he “never received a clear answer” on why the White House suspended security aid to Ukraine, which is battling Russian-backed separatists, but that he also “came to believe” it was tied to the investigations sought by Trump.

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PMB Presides Over FEC Meeting.. (Read..)

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which started at 11am at the Council Chambers of the State House, has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and almost all cabinet members ministers in attendance including Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd).
President Buhari returned last Friday to the country from London where he went on a private visit.
The Christian opening prayer was said by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said the Muslim prayer.
Shortly before the commencement of the meeting, a minute silence was observed for former Secretary to the Federal Government, (SGF) Chief Ufot Ekaette, who passed last month at the age of 80 on September 25th.
A minute silence was also observed for former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Opeyemi Akinyele, who passed at the age of 81.
Details later…

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PACAC Passes Vote Of Confidence To Ibrahim Magu… (Details..)

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), yesterday, passed a vote of confidence on the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Chairman of PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, while speaking during a solidarity visit to the EFCC in Abuja, said prior to Magu’s appointment, the EFCC was totally ineffective and in some cases, compromised.

Sagay stated that the courtesy call was more of a solidarity visit to express its support and admiration for the EFCC, saying that the EFCC is a body that has surpassed every other organisation, past and present in the fight against corruption.

Sagay further said when Nigerians pretended and asked questions about the difference the current administration has brought into the fight against corruption, it amazed him, adding that it was a sign of patent bad faith being expressed by the elite who were the beneficiaries of corruption and who are undergoing the pains of having to earn their living rather than simply collecting unearned, easy money that used to go round the country.

Although sagay said the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had also done well, he however added that there was no question that the EFCC had been outstanding.

“And then, the so call acting. I call him chairman, his presence, because you know leadership is very important. Leadership is very important.

“Before his appointment by this government, the EFCC was like any other parastatal, totally ineffective and in fact, in some cases, compromised. But now, we have a very, very firm and thoroughly determined EFCC.

“As they say, the fear of EFCC is the beginning of wisdom now and the looters now know that they cannot just loot and get away with it. They have to look over their shoulders because sooner or later, they will be arrested and made to face the law,” Sagay said.

On the fate of Magu as Chairman of the EFCC, Sagay said Magu deserved everything, including being given a substantive appointment.

Sagay however said presenting Magu’s name is a presidential prerogative which is above PACAC, even as he said PACAC and other Nigerians were hoping that the President will do the right thing.

He lambasted the 8th Senate for not confirming Magu, insisting that the 8th Senate was never interested in the fight against corruption, but was very hostile to the fight against corruption.

Sagay also said the 9th Senate is different from the 8th Senate, expressing confidence that if Magu’s name cropped up again, it will sail through.

On his part, Magu said he was overwhelmed with Sagay’s verdict, saying that even a billion dollar cannot buy the encomium showered on him by PACAC.

“Thank you very much Sir. What would I say? I don’t know. Even a billion dollar cannot buy that. There is no money that can force through Professor Sagay and team and would come and pass a commendation like this. You can’t get him with a billion dollars. I know them, I know them very well,” Magu said.

Magu said the credit was not for him alone, but to the entire commission, urging the personnel of the EFCC to take their job very seriously.

Magu further said as long as he remained in the EFCC, the commission will continue to do the right thing.

“I assure you, as long as I am here, we will continue to do the right thing. Believe me, we will continue to. We will chase them out.

We will kill corruption. That was the mandate they gave us,” Magu added.

Magu also assured PACAC that he will ensure that all the activities of the commission are in line with the rule of law, even as he said the EFCC will never do anything outside the rule of law.

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