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Sanwo-Olu formally declares ambition, PDP reiterates offer to Ambode

Babajide Sanwo – Olu, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ’ s main contender, on Sunday declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State governorship ticket of the All Progressives Party, promising to restore the glory of Lagos State .

The former Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pension , who spoke at the City Hall on Lagos Island on Sunday, stated that he would consolidate on the feats of the builders of modern Lagos if given the chance to govern the state

Sanwo- Olu came into reckoning last Tuesday after he obtained the state governorship form .

He was immediately backed by the APC powerful Mandate Movement in Lagos , led by a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The chairmen of the 57 councils in the state followed suit by declaring support for Sanwo- Olu.
Sanwo- Olu, at the Sunday event , said since 1922 when the first election was decreed in Lagos , the history of the state had been shaped by “ various democratisations and climaxes of Lagosians ” on those who ruled them .
The aspirant said the contest for who governed the state threw up great men like Herbert Macaulay, Akintoye Ajasa and Dr Adeniyi Jones.

Sanwo- Olu said , “ If elected , I shall immediately embark on full restoration of the glory of the state and make the people the cornerstone of government .
“ I will restore the environment that has become the source of serious anxiety to Lagosians . I will relieve residents of the state the persistent gridlock that has made life brutish for all of us .

“ Our government ’ s focal point shall be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number of the people of Lagos State . I have invited you all here to join me in this journey to take Lagos to a new dimension by transforming the manifesto of our party into the programme of action. ”

He further said there was no way to review the history of Lagos without recognising the contributions of Brig . Mobolaji Johnson , who was the first governor of the state, and Pa Lateef Jakande , the first civilian governor of the state.

“ Modern Lagos , since the inception of this administration, is blessed with innovators and visionary leaders . And that is why I must recognise the man that led the modernisation of Lagos , a celebrated tactician and national leader of the APC , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“ The press has planted in the hearts of everyone the courage displayed by our national leader in reforming revenue collection in the state, the conversion of government operation from analog to digital and the establishment of a transparent system of running Lagos as a smart city .

“ This vision put together by eminent Lagosians prepared our state for the challenges ahead .

“ I declare that I shall be a true party man in the real definition of the words and in running an inclusive government according to the ideology of the APC.
“ Loyalty in my view is the currency of politics. I shall be loyal to the people of the state and the leadership of the party. ”
Members of the National Assembly from the state attended the event , including Senator Gbenga Ashafa , Jimi Benson ( Ikorodu federal constituency) , Jide Akinloye ( Eti -Osa ) , Rotimi Agunsoye ( Kosofe ) Joseph Bamgbose ( Badagry ) and James Faleke ( Ikeja) .
Others were party leaders such as Cardinal James Odunmbaku , Demola Seriki , Chief Kaoli Olusanya , Dr Tola Kasali and Omolola Essien , the chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government area and chairman of Conference 57; the group for all the council chairmen in the state
We’ ll readily welcome Ambode , says PDP
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has said the party will readily welcome Ambode if he joins it .

The Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Lagos , Taofik Gani , said , “ I cannot confirm if Mr Femi Otedola has joined us or has been given a nomination form to contest. Although strong leaders behind his team are working towards that , but it is not something that is official yet.

“ But the Lagos PDP will be happy to welcome Femi Otedola who is an established businessman. He will definitely be a political asset for us as we want to win in 2019.

“ Also , we are ready to accommodate anybody as long as that person is going to add to our interest and that is me confirming to you that we will readily welcome Governor Ambode if he is sent packing by the APC.

“ Any member of the party that is against us having somebody join the party is an enemy of the party. No matter what interest you may have , you will not let that selfish interest override the general interest .

“ Hon. Jimi Agbaje came into the party when he was seriously opposed , he was lucky to get the governorship ticket . This is not to say that I ’ m concluding that we are going to give anybody who comes in now the ticket . We are going to provide a level playing field for everybody to participate .

“ What I can tell you now is that the political structure of the PDP is bigger than what the APC has . The PDP has been at the national level for 16 years ; even though APC has been controlling Lagos , we do have our numbers and structures . With the structure we have , if we have somebody like Ambode , it will be a 100 per cent victory . ”

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People said we stage-managed our child’s abduction –Parents of lost but found four-year-old Elo

In this interview with Afeez Hanafi, the parents of abducted four- year -old Elo Ogidi found in an orphanage in Edo State , shared their bittersweet experience
The father : Afokoghene Ogidi
What was your experience during the period your child was abducted?
You cannot imagine the trauma, the horror, terror, the devastation and the fear of the unknown.

I could not work . Some fraudsters would call me and threaten to kill my child . Some asked for N 2m , others demanded between N 10m and N 20m . There was one that called me recently . He talked as if he had information about Elo ’ s whereabouts .

I sent N 10, 000 into an account he forwarded to me. Two days after, he called again and said he had not seen the money. He threatened to abandon my baby in a camp he and his gang members took her to . I asked him to send me another account number and I sent another N 5, 000 to him . He collected N 20, 000 altogether and kept asking for more . Meanwhile, all the while, I was giving the police information about him .

When I noticed there was not result , I stopped sending money.
Were the police able to arrest the fraudster ?
No . But they were able to arrest three people around the area where he was calling from . One of those arrested used to work in the church ( Christ Embassy) as a cleaner. He was the one that gave the information to the gang.
How did you receiv

e the news of your child ’ s recovery ?
I was in Ghana when a lady called me from Benin ( Edo State ) . She asked if I was the father of a missing child . I said yes. She said she wanted to send some pictures to me and asked if my number was on
WhatsApp. I said yes . I saw a notification that the pictures had come in, but I did not want to open it with the fear that it might not be my child because I had earlier received pictures of missing children from people several times .

She started sending me messages, asking if I had checked the pictures . I braced up and opened the pictures . I was so surprised that I thought it was just an imagination . I asked myself , ‘ could this be the girl I had been looking for ?’ We were four that went to Ghana.

I gave my phone to my colleagues to identify the person in the pictures . They said it was my daughter . I shouted. I kept asking them if they were sure it was my daughter . They said yes .

All the while , I did not respond to the girl’ s messages . It was after getting a confirmation from my colleagues that I asked the lady where she saw her. She said she saw her at God ’ s Own Orphanage on Siluko Road in Benin City , Edo State .

What did you do next ?
I alerted the police in Nigeria . We were already preparing to return to Nigeria . One hour in the plane seemed like a week . I could not wait to break the news. My wife together with Elo ’ s elder sister was waiting for me at the Lagos airport to pick me up. I showed my daughter the same picture and asked her who was there . She said Elo . I shouted and said to myself, ‘ if the six- year- old can identify her sister , then Elo indeed has been found .

That was when I broke the news to my wife . By the time we got to Nigeria , I got a message that Elo had been picked up at the orphanage and the owner arrested.

Some people are saying the whole incident was stage – managed and that I was looking for fame because the story was everywhere. My prayer for anyone who says so is that the person will experience the trauma, the fears, and the pains I went through which I have yet to fully recover from in seven folds.
The mother : Rita- Soul Ogidi
What did the period of Elo ’ s missing look like?

It was not easy at all . I felt helpless and hopeless . I felt like I should take my life. I had so many terrible feelings because of the fact that my child was somewhere and I did not know what was happening to her. It was God that strengthened me and with relentless prayers . Maybe by now I would have been in a hospital . It was God that kept me . It is not something I pray for my enemy to experience. I could not sleep . I had to be taking sleeping pills so that I could have some sleep . So , it is annoying to hear that we stage – managed the whole thing. Whoever thinks so will experience the same thing.

What were your feelings when you heard Elo had been found ?
Oh my God ( she exclaimed )! I was just crying . I shed tears of joy. I asked myself if it was true. It was too good to be true. I did not know what to say . I was just shouting and crying . That moment was so precious . It is something I will never forget .

The fears , the pains disappeared immediately I saw my child again . I am very happy now and my joy is full to see all my three children running up and down around me.

Did Elo share her experience being with strangers with you ?
Yes, but she did not say much . She described how she was tortured with a belt. She brought out a belt and described how they used it to whip her. How they told her to shut up.

What changes did you notice in her appearance and attitude?
When I saw my child, she was dehydrated and sick . There are some marks on her body .

But she is fine now . She is sleeping and eating more. She is too excited to see the family again . She is always playing . We have to force her to sleep . But now , when she sees you and does not know you , she runs away. She is now avoiding strangers , whereas she used to be a very friendly person .

Even when her siblings were trying to pull away from strangers , she would run to the persons. She was very sociable . She was a type of child that if you took her somewhere, everybody would notice her because she was very playful . But now , she is very careful . We are still taking time to observe her.

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Ekiti guber poll: Fayemi, APC assemble 35 lawyers, 1,009 witnesses

The Governor -elect of Ekiti State , Dr . Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday filed a 2, 225- page to counter the petition of the defeated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and outgoing Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that eight Senior Advocates of Nigeria were to lead the legal team of the governor -elect

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Fayemi, in the defence, with over 3, 000 documents as exhibits, averred that he actually won the gubernatorial election of July 14, contrary to claims by Eleka and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit .
His team of lawyers , armed with the exhibits and 1, 009 witnesses , were led to the tribunal by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria , Mr Hakeem AfoIabi , Mr . Yomi Aliyu and Dr. Kayode Olatoke .

Addressing newsmen after filing the petition, Olatoke , who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said Eleka ’ s petition was a waste of time as it lacked substance and was sure that the case would be dismissed by the tribunal.
He explained further that Fayemi won “ fair and square ” in 12 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, while Eleka won in only four .

In his response to Eleka’ s petition bordering on alleged over voting in some polling units, Olatoke dismissed this claim as frivolous and baseless .
He said Eleka ’ s first ground in his petition was based on Fayose ’ s alleged indictment via a Government White Paper which, he said had since been nullified and set aside by a competent court .

“ The second ground of Eleka’ s petition is alleged over voting , which is another false claim . In any case , the petition in itself is self -defeating .

“ The third ground is on deliberate voiding of votes as alleged by Eleka but in actual fact , majority of the voided ballots were votes meant for Fayemi, while the fourth ground is on vote buying which is baseless as it was , Eleka’ s sponsor , Fayose that was guilty of this .

“ Fayemi won convincingly based on his popularity , ” Olatoke said .
NAN reports that other senior lawyers in the team representing Fayemi and the APC include Mr . Lateef Fagbemi ( SAN) , Dr. Kayode Olatoke , ( SAN ) , Hakeem Afolabi ( SAN) , John Baiyeshea ( SAN) , Chief Akin Olujimi ( SAN) , Jelili Owonikoko ( SAN) , Yomi Aliyu ( SAN) and Segun Ajibola ( SAN) .
No date has been fixed for hearing.

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CAF Champions League results

CAF Champions League match day 6 results on Tuesday:

Group B
At Lubumbashi , Democratic Republic of Congo
TP Mazembe ( COD ) 1 ( Malango 87- pen ) Difaa el Jadida ( MAR) 1 ( Khoukhouche 90+1)
At Algiers
Mouloudia Alger ( ALG) 1 ( Derrardja 41- pen ) Entente Setif ( ALG ) 2 ( Djahnit 5, Bougelmouna 27)
Final standings ( played , won , drawn, lost, goals for , goals against, points)
Mazembe 6 3 3 0 10 4 12 – qualified
Setif 6 2 2 2 7 9 8 – qualified
Jadida 6 1 3 2 6 7 6
Mouloudia 6 1 2 3 4 7 5

Group C
At Lome
Port ( TOG ) 0 Wydad Casablanca ( MAR, holders ) 0
At Atteridgeville, South Africa
Mamelodi Sundowns ( RSA ) 0 Horoya ( GUI ) 0
Standings
Wydad 6 3 3 0 8 2 12 – qualified
Horoya 6 2 3 1 7 7 9 – qualified
Sundowns 6 1 3 2 5 6 6
Port 6 1 1 4 4 9 4

Group D
At Luanda
Primeiro Agosto ( ANG ) 2 ( Bitumba 34, Bartolomeu 38) Mbabane Swallows ( SWZ ) 1 ( Aladeokun 58)
At Ndola , Zambia
Zesco Utd ( ZAM ) 1 ( Kambole 8) Etoile Sahel ( TUN ) 1 ( Bedoui 70)
Standings
Etoile 6 3 3 0 10 4 12 – qualified
Primeiro 6 2 3 1 6 5 9 – qualified
Zesco 6 1 3 2 7 6 6
Swallows 6 1 1 4 3 11 4

Group A
At Alexandria , Egypt
Al Ahly ( EGY ) v Kampala Capital City Authority ( UGA) ( 1900 GMT )
At Gaborone
Township Rollers ( BOT) v Esperance ( TUN ) ( 1900 GMT )
Standings
Ahly 5 3 1 1 5 2 10 – qualified
Esperance 5 3 1 1 8 4 10 – qualified
Kampala 5 2 0 3 5 5 6
Rollers 5 1 0 4 2 9 3
Note: Ahly first on head – to -head record
Note: group winners and runners- up qualify for quarter-finals

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German defender Henrichs joins Monaco

German international defender Benjamin Henrichs joined Monaco on a five -year deal from Bayern Leverkusen on Tuesday, the Ligue 1 club said , for a reported fee of 20 million euros ( $23. 3 million) .

The versatile 21-year – old who can play at right -back , left – back or as a defensive midfielder played more than 80 matches in four seasons with the Bundesliga club .
He was part of Germany ’

Confederations Cup – winning side in 2017 and looks likely to feature in Joachim Loew’ s future plans as he sheds the more experienced stars after the disastrous World Cup in Russia .
“ His arrival improves the quality of our team, ” Monaco ’ s vice- president Vadim V

asilyev said on the club ’ s website .
Henrichs said the 2017 Champions League semi -finalists “ have been a top European club for many years” .
“ I ’ m going to do everything possible to adapt quickly , ” he added

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EXCLUSIVE: Why We Think Kizz Daniel Never Signed Philkeyz To FlyBoy INC

It is not true that singer, Kizz Daniel signed Philkeyz to his label, FlyBoy INC. This report is coming from an insider who prefers to maintain anonymity.
Ahead of the release of his “No Bad Songz” album, Kizz Daniel announced the signing of two new acts – Philkeyz & Demmie Vee – to Flyboy INC, on social media.

The singer shared what looks like a promotional picture of himself, Demmie Vee and Philkeyz as FlyBoy acts; on his Instagram page. He used the caption, “welcome to FLYBOY INC @demmieveeofficial @philkeyz.”

However, a new report has put a lie to the story. The source claims that Philkeyz is not signed to FlyBoy INC, backing up the claim with the fact that there is nothing to link the producer with the label, on his social media profile. Philkeyz does not have the name of the label in his IG bio, he didn’t share the post used by Kizz Daniel to announce his signing to FlyBoy INC either; although Demmie Vee did.

The first sign of confusion appeared after Kizz Daniel shared a video about his new signees on his Insta story. In the video, the “ No Do ” singer verbally congratulated both Demmie Vee and Philkeyz; but he only mentioned the former in his caption. He said, “I want to say a very big congratulations to Demmie Vee and Philkeyz. Bigups mehn. It is so good to be working with you guys. More success and many more hits together. One love, FlyBoy”; but wrote in his caption, “congrats @demmieveeofficial I cant wait for our jam to enter. ”

At first it appeared as an innocent omission but the latest report alludes to the omission being deliberate. The source said Kizz Daniel was trying to backtrack the announcement after realizing that Philkeyz was not playing along. The source confirmed that in deed Kizz Daniel approached Philkeyz with an offer but the offer was not taken by the producer.

Reacting to the question on how Philkeyz appeared in the FlyBoy INC label acts’ unveiling picture, the source said, “Kizz Daniel tricked Philkeyz to take a picture with him for the promotion of NBS ‘cos Philkeyz was part of the project.”

This report is coming as a shocker considering that Kizz Daniel only recently dusted off the ash of his former label and it was starting to look like he is enjoying a new lease of life as a freeman, a label owner and an artist with a potentially big album on the way. This new controversy is looking like a bad omen for the widely loved singer especially now that the release date of his album is near.

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Tinubu vs Saraki: Talk about 2023 presidency premature, says APC

The President of the Senate , Dr Bukola Saraki ’ s statement on the 2023 presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress attracted diverse reactions on Tuesday.
Saraki had on Monday said Tinubu was supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’ s re- election with the hope of succeeding the President in 2023.

The Senate president also said Tinubu told him he would support Buhari even if he was on a stretcher.

Saraki spoke in reaction to a statement on Sunday by Tinubu, alleging that the Senate president dumped the

PC because of his presidential ambition and selfish quest for power .
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yekini Nabena , in an interview with one of our correspondents, indicated that it was premature to talk about 2023 presidency , adding that Tinubu’ s presidential ambition had not been communicated to the party.

When asked to comment on Saraki ’ s statement , Nabena said , “ This ( Tinubu’ s ambition) has not been communicated to the party, so I cannot comment on it. Besides , why should anybody be talking about 2023 when we are in 2018? Is anybody God ?”
Tinubu, Saraki’ s conflict about personal interests – Afenifere
Commenting on the exchange of words between Saraki and Tinubu, the Yoruba socio -cultural association, Afenifere , expressed dismay over what it identified as the elevation of personal interests and ambitions over national good and development by politicians in the country .

It noted that the verbal exchanges between the APC leader , Bola Tinubu , and Senate President Bukola Saraki were all about their personal interests.
Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin , expressed disappointment that the two men were more interested in personal ambitions than in national good and progress.

“ You cannot see anything in these exchanges that talk about national good or higher values . The only thing that was substantial was when Saraki said he was against Muslim -Muslim ticket in 2014. If that was true, it would have been unthinkable in a Nigeria so badly divided as it is today . Clearly , the arguments were about personal interests and ambitions, ” Afenifere noted .

It’ s not a crime to be ambitious – Junaid Mohammed
But a Kano State delegate to the 2014 National Conference , Dr Junaid Mohammed, said there was nothing wrong with Tinubu or anybody for that matter being ambitious.
He stated he would not quarrel with politically -ambitious people so long as the process of actualising their ambition would not lead to collateral damage that could ruin the country.
Mohammed made his view known in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.
The medical doctor -turned politician said , “ Unlike Bukola Saraki , I do not blame anybody for being ambitious as long as the process of achieving the ambition doesn ’ t create so must collateral damage that will be harmful to the country . I don’ t have any problem with it.

Speaking about Tinubu’ s statement which led to Saraki ’ s response, Mohammed said , “ I don’ t know if the information he has as regards either Buhari himself, Tambuwal or Bukola Saraki for that matter is necessarily 100 per cent reliable .
“ Let me state for the records , Tinubu is my friend and I would not take issue with people I consider my friends publicly .

“ Having said so , I must admit that some of his criticisms in defence of Buhari , the APC and even Adams Oshiomhole, who was until recently a persona non grata to him , is something I find rather amusing and somewhat a little surprising .

“ And I don’ t know whatever calculations he might have had in his defence right or wrong of Buhari contrary to what he tells people in private; no matter how he goes about his defence of Buhari and people like Oshiomhole and others , I don’ t think that will pay him off eventually in his own political ambition . ”

Tinubu shouldn’ t think North will support him in 2023 – Adebanjo
But a chieftain of Afenifere , Chief Ayo Adebanjo , says the APC leader must be naive to think that the North will allow him to succeed Buhari in 2023.

The 90- year- old statesman also urged the people of the South -West not to allow themselves to be fooled by Tinubu a second time.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone on Tuesday, Adebanjo said , “ Tinubu is daydreaming if he thinks the North will ever support his presidential ambition. We have our principles.
“ We are not supporting Buhari under any circumstance and Tinubu cannot lead Yoruba land because all he has done is to lead us astray. All he has done for us is to give some of our people who are close to him appointments .

“ Nothing tangible has been done for Yoruba land. He gave his stooges appointments , nothing more, nothing less . If he has done more than that , let him say it . ”

Adebanjo said the only demand the Yoruba had made was restructuring which the APC had been dishonest about .

The Afenifere chieftain said one of the reasons Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 was because of his promise to restructure the country to allow for true federalism .
He said instead of keeping its promise , the APC resorted to setting up a committee on restructuring to deceive gullible Nigerians and the likes of Tinubu participated in the grand scheme of deception.
Adebanjo added , “ How can they be telling us about restructuring committee , when from the outset , they were supposed to have started restructuring. Who do they think they are fooling ? If Tinubu is daydreaming , he shouldn ’ t think others are daydreaming like him . ”
“ Buhari is a stranger to us in Yoruba land. The only Yoruba supporting him are those benefitting from this corrupt regime . ”

Attempts to get a reaction from Tinubu’ s Media Adviser , Mr Tunde Rahman, to Saraki and Adebanjo ’ s statements were unsuccessful . Calls to his mobile telephone number were neither picked nor returned .

Also in an SMS sent to him , Rahman was asked to comment on Saraki ’ s statement that Tinubu’ s support for Buhari was predicated on his 2023 ambition.
In the SMS , he was also asked to react to Ad banjo’ s comments that Tinubu was naïve to think the north would support his 2023 ambition . His response was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report at 7 .25 pm . The text message was sent at 5 .25

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“Duncan Mighty Works Like He Is An Upcoming Artiste” – Tiwa Savage

Facts have been revealed that Port Harcourt first son, Duncan Mighty , despite his legendary reputation, is a big-time hard worker who goes all the way where the work is concerned.

This was made public by Mavin’s first lady Tiwa Savage who said the singer works like an upcoming artiste with a work ethic that will intimidate you.
She said:-

He’s amazing, he’s so talented… Being in the same room with him while he’s creating can be very intimidating but he’s also very very humble and he works hard like an upcoming artiste.

He puts in his all into it and I love that, I love his energy.

She also spoke about bringing Duncan Mighty on for her new hit single, Lova Lova.
Read what she said below:-

Right after I dropped the Vibe, it just seemed like the next thing to drop and I could hear Duncan in it.

Duncan Mighty and myself have spoken for a long time about working together and so he was in Lagos and I invited him out to the studio and played him a couple of records and that one, in particular, he was like “I love this one” and in 10 to 15 minutes he wrote his verse and … it was just one of those unexplained moments”.
The hit single less than a month of its release has garnered over One Million views on Youtube and still counting.

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BREAKING NEWS!! FIFA Finally Gives Verdict On Ban Of Nigeria

FIFA has confirmed that Nigeria will not be banned, following the intervention of the federal government.

This was disclosed by the former media officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, via his verified Twitter page.

”FIFA confirmed that Nigeria escaped ban after Federal Government recognised and affirmed @PinnickAmaju as legitimate and sole president of @thenff,” Udoh wrote.

Earlier today, Laolu Akande, the media aide to vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, revealed that the FG had contacted the world football governing body.

In their correspondence, they told FIFA that Amaju Pinnick was the recognized president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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2019 Election: President Buhari Will Not Share Money — Lai Mohammed

Information and culture Minister Lai Mohammed says the Buhari administration is not interested in sharing money, but to provide basic needs of Nigerians.

Government, according to him,is aware of complaints by some Nigerians about lack of free money, and declared that the administration prefers to invest in infrastructure that would have ripple effects on the economy than sharing money to people and political stooges like the previous administration did.

“Yes, people are complaining of no money and high cost of living, but I want to tell you that it would have been worse today, but for the massive infrastructural development this government is investing on,” the minister said at Tatabu village near Mokwa in Niger State, while inspecting the reconstructed and rehabilitated Ilorin-Jebba- Mokwa Road project.

The 93.6 km road project includes the total reconstruction of Ilorin /Jebba Road and rehabilitation of failed portions from Jebba to Mokwa.

The Ilorin-Jebba road is part of the Lagos- Algiers Road called trans Sahara road which cuts across the West and North Africa.
In Nigeria, the road connects the South-West geo-geographical zone to the Northern part of the country.

Mohammed said: “When people make these complaints, they easily forget that for 16 years, one political party was in power, sharing money when this road became completely failed.

“APC, in three years, has fixed this road to this level. I think it speaks for itself.

“Before now, it would take about five days for trucks to move from Ilorin to Jebba. Today, it takes only two hours.

“Today, on this road, you can see free movement of goods and services which is the beginning of revival of the economy.”
The minister added: “We are not a government that will share money like what others did which put the country in a mess.

“This government believes in investing in infrastructure because if you get this right, it will translate to wealth creation.

“Let us take for instance: if this road contract costs N10 billion and we share it to political stooges in this area at N1 million each, we will only give 1,000 people and there will be no road.

“On the long run, those that we shared the money to will join in abusing the government for non-performance.

“On our part, we will rather slowly and painstakingly revive our economy through infrastructural development and we have a lot of stories to tell on this”.

Asked whether government would toll the road to raise money for its completion to Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna and for its dualisation, Mohammed said, not all roads could be tolled.
His words:”This matter came up at the last Federal Executive Council meeting and we agreed that, not all roads could be tolled.
“The idea of tolling roads is to recoup the expenses on the construction and make them sustainable.

“A study is being compiled, and at the end of it, it will be decided on what roads to toll and which not.”

The Federal Controller of Works, Kwara State, Mr Atitebi Wasiu, who conducted the minister and his entourage round the project, said the contract for the dualisation of the road had been awarded and work would commence in the next three weeks.

“The dualisation is awarded to the same contractor from Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa at the total contract sum of N130 billion.

“The Kwara State section of the dualisation is awarded at N80 billion, while the Niger State section is about N50 billion,” he said.

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Shocking: Fayemi Raises Alarm As Fayose Recruits 2000 Ekiti Teachers, Others

Barely two months to the end of his tenure, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, is set to recruit 1000 teachers and another 1000 workers of different categories into the state’s civil service.

The move is currently creating angst within the camp of the governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, who has rejected the move and called on the citizens to be wary of such employment.
But Mr Fayose has argued that the recruitment was in keeping with his promise to the people of Ekiti State.

A statement on Friday by the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the final process of the recruitment exercise had commenced.

“In addition to the forms already obtained free of charge by the applicants, forms are now available at the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Civil Service Commission, Ministry of Health and other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies,” he said.

“Forms for applicants seeking employment into the junior cadres of the public service are available at N500 each while those for the senior cadres are N1,000 each till August 24, 2018.”

Mr Olayinka berated Mr Fayemi and his party, APC, for criticising the recruitment exercise.
“With less than two weeks to the end of his tenure in 2014, Fayemi appointed eight permanent secretaries and they are still in office up till now,” Mr Olayinka recalled.
“He also recruited several workers behind closed doors and they are still in the service.”
He stated that Mr Fayemi should wait till October 16 when he would be sworn in governor, rather than acting as an “alternate government.”

“It is on record that Governor Fayose announced in January this year that recruitment will be made into the state public service and this was followed up with distribution of employment forms in May,” Mr Olayinka further said.

“This was consequent upon the existing vacancies in the public service, especially the teaching sector. There are schools without adequate teachers in critical subjects like Mathematics, Physics, English and others. So the students that are resuming in September should wait till Fayemi assumes office?

“Most importantly, Fayose will carry out all the functions of his office till October 16 and since there is need to employ workers, the government will do so through a transparent process.

“Isn’t it funny that the same APC people that criticised the government for constructing a modern Oja Oba Market in Ado Ekiti are now kicking against allocation of the shops to the people? So Governor Fayose should build the market for Fayemi to come and allocate the shops to his cronies?

“The APC in Ekiti State should therefore be reminded that there is still a government in the State and that government will not change until October 16, 2018.”

Earlier, Mr Fayemi had described the last minute move by the outgoing administration of Governor Fayose to recruit the workers as a deliberate effort to put obstacles in the way of the in-coming administration.

A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity in the Office of the governor-elect, Wole Olujobi, berated Mr Fayose for embarking on a last minute mass recruitment to allegedly deceive the unsuspecting victims and set a booby-trap for the incoming administration.

He said Mr Fayose was playing on the intelligence of the people to paint a picture of a man of the masses in clear infraction on the law.

“It is a grand deception and sheer wickedness for a governor that has refused to pay workers and pensioners for between six and 10 months to now turn around to recruit about 2,000 workers in a selective manner to favour his supporters only,” said Mr Olujobi.

He also described the governor’s planned recruitment as an act of desperation by a governor who never cared for the people but would always take advantage of them in a most dehumanising manner.

“Once again, we call on Ekiti people as we did in our recent press release to be wary of Fayose’s last minute illegal deals, transactions and mass recruitment which do not follow due process,” he added.

“Any transaction so done shall be reviewed by the incoming administration.”

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Female Presidential Aspirant, Eunice Atuejide Suspended By Party

Female Presidential aspirant, Eunice Atuejide has been suspended by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Interest Party (NIP).

The NEC of the National Interest Party suspended its national chairman, Mrs. Eunice Atuejide and the party’s National Secretary, Audu Israel over allegations bordering on forgery, misappropriation of party funds without requisite approval, falsification of documents, criminal breach of trust, conversion and criminal conspiracy, anti-party activities and usurpation of power.

In a communique issued and signed by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Sanni Abass, at an emergency meeting held in Abuja on 12th of August, 2018, the party said;

After a unanimous decision taken by 2/3 of the National Executive Committee members, the party is alleging, amongst other gross misconducts; forgery, misappropriation of party funds without requisite approval, falsification of documents, criminal breach of trust, conversion and criminal conspiracy, anti-party activities and usurpation of power against the person of the chairman and National Secretary, all these are not in tandem with the spirit of the doctrine of the party.”

“It will also interest the public to know that, Mrs. Eunice Atuejide has been autocratically ruling the party by magnanimously appointed herself as the National Chairman, National Leader, Chief Whip and above all, the party’s Presidential Aspirant without the approval of the party’s NEC.”

“This suspension is in line with the extant provision of the constitution of the party which stipulates that a member of the party may be suspended by the National Executive Committee and the committee may decide what disciplinary measures to place on a member of the party.

“It was resolved at the meeting that Mrs. Atuejide and National Secretary remain suspended pending the conclusion of the on-going investigations by the party’s national executive committee and the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC.”

Meanwhile, a strong worded petition has been forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission. INEC on the suspension notice and also relevant anti-graft agencies for further investigations on the alleged fraudulent practices of the party chieftains.