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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Ekiti guber: 2014 result is currently circulating online as INEC calls for caution

The result showed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had a total number of 120.433 in the election while the PDP scored 203.090.

INEC has also confirmed that its attention had been drown to the fake result of the election.

Ekiti guber: 2014 result is currently circulating online as INEC calls for caution

The screenshot shows the result of Ekiti guber: 2014 result being circulated online as INEC calls for caution

FG disowns presidential aide over appointment of Modu Sheriff as director of Buhari 2019 campaign

The Buhari administration has disowned a statement issued by a senior special assistant to president on political matters, Gideon Sammani, announcing the appointment of a former Borno governor, Ali Sheriff, as the director-general of Buhari 2019 presidential support committee.

Sammani had on Friday, July 13, announced that Sheriff would lead a 35-member body, as well as a 10-member national advisory committee and a five-member national patrons with Buhari as the grand patron, Premium Times reports.

The purported list by the aide also named Desmond Elliot as national publicity secretary of the committee, while a popular Kano musician, Dauda Rarara, was named as the national director for music.

But in what appeared to be a twist, the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, on Saturday, July 14, asked Nigerians to disregard the announcement by Sammani.

Spokesperson of the SGF, Lawrence Ojabo, said the document was unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded.

Ojabo said "The attention of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been drawn to documents in circulation in print and social media purportedly issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters in the Presidency as public notice, announcing the names of certain individuals and appointing them into different roles under the BUHARI 2019 PRESIDENTIAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE, as well as soliciting for support".

"It has become imperative to clarify to all Nigerians and in particular to APC members that the said documents are unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded."

It is N4,000 per vote in Ekiti

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom on Friday voiced their revulsion at reports of widespread payment of voters by politicians ahead of today's election in Ekiti State.

Saturday Tribune gathered that a lot of money is being moved around the 16 local government areas of the state, on Friday and fingers are pointed at the two major political parties in today's election.

According to the sources, the electorate are allegedly being induced with sums of money ranging from N3,500 to N4,000 to vote for them, and two political parties are said to be the main culprits.

"One of the parties is giving N3,500 with a promise to possibly increase the amount on Saturday during the polls. The other is giving N4,000 to each potential voter.

"One of them refers to the gesture as "as agreed" while the other is said to be referring to its gesture as "see and buy", as they are expecting to get more money from the political parties tomorrow (Saturday).

The "see and buy", the sources claimed  was because the party that was planning to do that allegedly had the security agencies on their side while the ones doing theirs on Friday was not sure if it would have the opportunity to use their resources on Saturday.


PDP, APC trade allegations

Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said vote-buying was "illegal and against the Electoral Act and should not be condoned in any way. Those doing that are running foul of the law."

"We in the PDP are relying on the goodwill of the people. The people of Ekiti State have decided that they would vote for the PDP and our candidate despite the challenges, especially the payment of salaries. You know those who bought votes in Edo, in Ondo and in Anambra, they are the desperate, rejected party," Adebayo said.

Also reacting, the spokesperson of the John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) Campaign, Mr Wole Olujobi, noted that the matter had been in public domain for days and said "the PDP have been the ones buying votes since three days ago."

According to him, "we are aware that Ayo Fayose sent N3,000 each to Ekiti workers' and teachers' accounts, people Fayose is owing eight months of salaries."

Olujobi said the APC had received the support of the people who have decided to dump Fayose and his candidate because of years of deceit, "so we are not buying votes, rather we are relying on the good people of Ekiti State to vote massively for us."

Meanwhile, some governors are said to have arrived in the state from both PDP and APC controlled states, allegedly to influence the processes of the election in favour of their respective political parties participating in the election.

The governors and party bigwigs are from the North and South of the country, with some of them said to have allegedly arrived in the state via helicopters.

In a related development, the European Union, United Kingdom and United States have decried alleged vote-buying and monetary inducement by politicians and political parties.


EU, UK, US decry vote-buying

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ketil Kalsen, the UK High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright and the American Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, who addressed newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, said they were in the country to personally monitor the election and also expressed the desire of their respective countries to witness a free and fair process today, in Ekiti.

They said it was important that the Ekiti election should go well because it was a pointer to the readiness or otherwise of Nigeria for the 2019 general election.

Speaking on what they had heard that might negatively affect the election, Mr. Arkwright said his team had heard about vote buying and monetary inducement by politicians, saying "this should not happen."

He said "vote buying or vote rigging should not happen. They are both illegal and should not be allowed. People should be allowed to vote according.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Dolapo Badmos reacts to Viral Video of SARS Officers Beating Man with Iron Rod

Zone 2 Police PRO Dolapo Badmos has reacted to the viral video of some Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officers brutalising a man with an iron rod while trying to take him into custody.

Badmos, writing on her Instagram page said:

I'm so pissed off right now!!! I just don't want to think of it. You work so hard but some unscrupulous element…..,,arrrghhh! "THE STORY OF A SWEATY FOWL"  bye people, good night!

Sincerely my heart is with that young man in the trending video! That iron rod…. arrrrgh! That was uncalled for! Anyone with useful information about the young man should tell him to DM, text or call on 09071555555….we need to identify the men for proper action

PDP apologises to Obasanjo over bad conduct

Kehinde Akinyemi, former President Olusegun Obasanjo's media aide has disclosed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, July 14, apologised to him (Obasanjo) for ''bad conduct and mistreatment.''

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinyemi who made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abeokuta said said Obasanjo granted forgiveness to the party in line with biblical injunction.

He the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who led a 21-member delegation of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) on a courtesy call on Obasanjo, gave the apology.

According to him, the former president urged them to pay attention to issues that were needed to restore PDP as a party of good image, discipline, commitment, leadership and moral principles.

Akinyemi quoted Obasanjo as saying:  ''The MoU for grand alliance is what it says, a grand alliance. It is neither a merger nor absorption of any political party by any political party.

''It is clear for the parties which agreed to be members of the alliance to work together to achieve one important common objective at the national level for the election of 2019.

''Where it is appropriate and necessary, members may also form alliance and co-operation at the state level.

''The individuality and independence of each political party must be observed and respected by all parties concerned.

''It is also desirable that in the process of implementing the MoU to achieve the set objective, solidarity and focus on the objective must be maintained.

''Each member political party must be cautious of fake news, rumours, blackmail, and seeds of discord that may be sown among them from external quarters.''

He said the former president at the meeting reiterated that he had quit partisan politics, but would continue to make himself available to guide any party that so desired.

Akinyemi, however, maintained that he would prioritise his service to the African Democratic Congress.

Secondus, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the meeting, said the chieftains of the party were in Abeokuta to consult with Obasanjo ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Friday, 13 July 2018

6 northern govs beg Tambuwal over defection plan

Six governors were in Sokoto, yesterday, to beg their Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to reconsider his decision of leaving for another party.

Daily Sun gathered that the governors were led to the parley by the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Abubakar Yari.

Others were Abubakar Bello of Niger, Bello Masari of Kastina, Kassim Shetima of Borno, Jubrilla Bindow of Adamawa and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, all of the All Progressive Party (APC).

Although the governors had earlier announced that they were in the state to condole with Tambuwal, over attacks by suspected armed bandits which killed 39 people at Tabanni village, it was gathered that their real intent was to prevail on the governor not to leave the party.

Shortly after the condolence ceremony, where Yari spoke on their behalf, Tambuwal ushered the visiting governors into an inner room where they held a closed-door meeting which lasted for about two hours.

Thereafter, an aide of one of the visiting governors aide, told Daily Sun the real reason for the visit.

"They were in Sokoto to condole with the governor and to discuss politics, especially Tambuwal's plan to leave the APC for the People's Democratic Party. They will never disclose this to the media," the source said.

The governors later emerged from the meeting at about 5:00pm, where they were briefly accosted by newsmen.

Governor Yari, who also spoke on behalf of his colleagues said they met to discuss issues of insecurity and how it can be tackled.

He, however, declined to speak further when some newsmen threw flurry of questions at him; on their mission to Sokoto.

Plot to sack APC from Aso Rock thickens as CUPP set to agree on consensus candidate

Former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has said that all presidential aspirants on the platform of Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) were ready to sacrifice their ambitions for a single candidate for the sake of future generations of Nigerians.

Nigerian Tribune reports that he made the disclosure while meeting the party members and chieftains at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat on Thursday, July 12, over his presidential ambition.

Lamido said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is scared and desperate ahead of the elections, adding that all aspirants are ready to step down and support a sole candidate in order to defeat APC and President Muhammad Buhari.

According to him, he fears nobody after being to prison five times, adding that the ruling APC government is worse than the PDP it is trying to castigate and it would be pushed out by Nigerians next year.

"Those aspirants in the PDP and the coalition are ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of our future generations. I feel sad for them, I feel sad for Nigerians because people just took over power without being prepared for it.

"People are dying everywhere, there is kidnapping everywhere, from here to Abuja, look at Birnin Gwari, Zamfara there is blood everywhere in their desperation for power.

"They feel embarrassed, and are confused but the entire world is watching us. Everything has failed, you don't feel secure, you don't feel safe anywhere. This country is for all of us we are not second citizens.

"APC is scared and desperate, they have stolen our money. PDP has made history, the party has produced three presidents, many governors, senators, reps. All former governors are from PDP. It is now up to Nigerians to compare between the PDP and APC government. Are the APC government of angels? Are they pious? Are they not corrupt?"

He noted that PDP is tired of the lamentations and angst in the country, hence it's desire to wrest power back from APC.

He said: "There is anger, there is confusion so PDP decided to say no to the APC government. PDP is the only political party with political sagacity."

"Nigeria is my country, I should not be afraid, I fear nobody. If you fear then you are doomed, if I die then I have died for the youth. I have been to the prison four or five times so why should I fear?

Bayelsa APC leader falls from 2-storey building, dies

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa state chapter, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, is dead.

Jonathan-Omo, the deputy campaign director general of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state reportedly had a fatal fall from the balcony of his two-storey building in his country home in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe local government area of the state, Punch reports.

He was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy. He was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off the two-storey building.

A close associates revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the state where doctors were said to have advised that he be taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers state.

It was learnt that the deceased was operated upon when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the operation.

A member of the Nembe Council of Chiefs and the state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Chief Nengi James, said the death of Jonathan-Omo, a former law lecturer at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, had thrown the Nembe Kingdom into mourning.

He said the news of his death came as a shock, describing the late Jonathan-Omo as a colossus that had contributed greatly to the Nembe Kingdom and the state as a whole.

Reacting to the development, the APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an "indescribable loss" of a wonderful ally at a time his experience and energy were most needed.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday, July 12, by the state publicity secretary of the APC, Doifie Buokoribo, the party said Jonathan-Omo, who died on Thursday was a forthright politician, and an illustrious son of Bayelsa state and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people.

Buokoribo said: "Jonathan-Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained. He never survived them.

"The chief died on Thursday after an unsuccessful operation. All of us had hoped that Jonathan-Omo would recover from his injuries and get on with his life, particularly, at this time of intense political activities in our state and country when his experience and wisdom are seriously needed.

"Lionel Jonathan-Omo, who is from Nembe, trained as a lawyer and taught Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for several years. He was a former commissioner in Bayelsa state.

"He was also a delegate who represented the state at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference. Until his death, he was a member of the APC. During the 2015-2016 governorship elections, he was the deputy director general of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation.

"He earned his living as founder of Achievers Farm in Igbogene-Yenagoa."

Even God cannot remove me, Talk more of human – Buhari

Former Abia state representative at the Federal Revenue Allocation, Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Chris Adighibe, on Sunday declared that the emergence of Reformed APC cannot affect the reelection bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

He said it would rather make the party get stronger ahead of the 2019 polls.

Recall that a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) known as the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) emerged on Wednesday in Abuja with Engr. Buba Galadima as Chairman.

Speaking to DAILY POST in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, Adighije explained that the action of the splinter group would not deter APC, which he described as a 'movement' from ensuring that the country was freed from corruption.

According to the politician,"It would have been better they didn't pull out. But if they have made up their mind to pull out, APC will still stand very strong to do what it needs to do.

"I would have preferred a situation where they did not go. But if somebody makes up his mind to go somewhere, it's the freedom of association of the person. You can go.

"We are looking at APC as personified. Looking at APC as symbolic. APC is a symbol of freedom for our people. A symbol of corruption fighting. A symbol that is making the country move forward.

"APC is a movement genuinely interested in the development of this country. R-APC, I think is the coming together of people who feel dissatisfied on personal issues.

"They have come as pressure group to see if they can get what they individually wanted. Still, it does not distract the symbolic situation of APC as a movement.

"I am saying that Buba Galadinma and his group, rightly or wrongly may have personal issues they need to settle, but that does not kill the movement. The movement to corrupt-free Nigeria. It does not kill the movement to free our people from a few leaders who have cornered the wealth of the country."

Adighibe however restated the commitment of the leaders of APC in the South-east zone in ensuring that the people of the zone massively vote in President Muhammadu Buhari for second term in office come 2019.

He called on Ndigbo to support Buhari's reelection bid, so as to enable the South-east have their turn in 2023 for the presidential seat.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Governor Fayose hospitalized as police allegedly teargas govt house

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose was on Wednesday reportedly teargassed by security operatives in the Government House, Ado-Ekiti.

His Special Adviser on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka who confirmed the incident on Twitter said Fayose was teargassed by the policemen who laid siege at the Governement House and was now receiving treatment at the Government House's clinic.

Lere on Twitter wrote, "Gov Fayose, a few minutes ago escaped plot to assassinate him by Fayemi and his APC.

"He is currently receiving treatment at govt house clinic after he was hit by teargas canister fired by the policemen.

"The armed policeme are laying siege at the Govt House. "

When DAILY post contacted Olayinka for further details, he promised to provide more information on the governor's health in few minutes.

An overview of life, house rent in Ekiti state

Ekiti, a south-western in Nigeria state, carved out of old Ondo, was declared a state on October 1, 1996 by the then military dictator and leader, General Sani Abacha.

Ekiti, which has its current governor as Peter Ayodele Fayose, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is mainly an upland zone, rising over 250 meters above sea level. It lies on an area underlain by metamorphic rock.

Because of its somewhat geographically rocky nature, it is majorly an undulating region of Nigeria with a characteristic landscape that comprises old plains broken by step-sided out-crops that may occur singularly or in groups or ridges. Such rocks outcrops exist mainly at Aramoko, Efon-Alaiye, Ikere-Ekiti, Igbara-odo-Ekiti and Okemesi-Ekiti.

The state experience tropical climate with two distinct seasons, the rainy season (April–October) and the dry season (November–March), with temperature ranging between 21° and 28 °C with high humidity.

Natives, who prefer to prefer to live in urban locales, which is house rent in the state is on the high side.

For instance, according to Nigeria Property centre, an online media outfit that advertises availability of properties and assets put up for sale and rent respectively, a six bedroom detached bungalow in Ado-Ekiti is sold for ₦30,000,000, while a four bedroom detached bungalow goes for ₦13,000,000.

Also, an uncompleted three bedroom detached bungalow, located a rather remote part of the state capital is sold for ₦4,000,000.

In Ikere, said to be the hometown of the governor, a three bedroom self contained (single room) is sold for ₦1,800,000 and a four bedroom house in Ado-Ekiti goes for ₦20,000,000.

UNIBADAN blows hot over retirees occupying staff quarters, says lecturers sleep in offices

The University of Ibadan, UNIBADAN, Senior Staff Housing Committee (SSHC) has urged persons who are illegally occupying staff quarters of the institution to vacate the buildings.

SSHC Chairman, Prof. Musiliu Onilude, who gave this warning in a statement obtained by DAILY POST on Wednesday, lamented that many retirees whose tenancies have expired were still occupying the university's quarters at the expense of staff members who desperately need to stay on campus in order to perform optimally.

He however, urged the illegal occupants to vacate the buildings before it becomes embarrassing as some drastic measures are in the pipeline to ensure sanity.

Onilude said, "We want to passionately appeal to these people who have retired from the services of the university, but refused to vacate the staff quarters to please leave before it becomes very embarrassing for them. We have been writing to them, begging them and urging them to vacate the quarters, yet, they are not budged. We don't like embarrassing people, but it is like these people want us to embarrass them before they leave".

He hinted that there were over 400 applications from various members of staff, who desperately need to stay on campus, adding that, "We don't have sufficient facilities to take care of these demands, yet, we have people who have retired three or four years ago still occupying the university quarters. To me , this is sheer wickedness and an abuse of privileges".

Onilude continued, "We also have people who have built their own houses in town but are deliberately holding on to the university property on campus simply because the cost is relatively cheaper. They are not occupying those buildings, they only come there once in a while. Again, this borders on wickedness and lack of consideration for others.

"There are staff members who are coming to work from far-away places. There are those sleeping in their offices in order to perform their duties effectively. All these people need accommodation on campus. And, you now have people who are just holding on to these property as a status symbol. This is not good. We need to be considerate of others.

"UI today has 24 Duplexes, 166 Bungalow, 146 Blocks of Flats of 3-Bedrooms, 162 Blocks of Flats of 2-Bedrooms, and 40 Blocks of 1-Bedroom flats and 22 Chalets. These quarters are presently fully occupied by 560 families. Yet, we still have over 400 requests for accommodation.

"It is against this backdrop that we are appealing to those occupying our structures illegally to please leave before we take drastic measures against them."

Ekiti Guber: Nigerians react to video of Ngige ‘campaigning’ for Fayose

Nigerians have reacted to the video of the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, where he was seen campaigning for the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose during the All Progressives Congress, APC, rally on Tuesday.

Ngige, while canvassing for the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, erroneously begged people of the state to vote for the incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday.

The Minister said this during the grand finale of APC governorship rally in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Reacting to Ngige's remark, some Nigerians took to their social media pages to condemn the minister while others hailed him.

Here are some reactions gathered from Twitter:

@Azeezolu "Good that this is coming from Ngige, his confused status is acknowledged.

@SRdollar "So according to Ngige, a certified medical doctor (if I'm right), the best way a man can know a good wife is to marry two, the one that can cook better is the best. He is Nigeria's Minister for Labour and productivity. It took Buhari 6 months to appoint him."

@Dio1vanni "As far as am concerned Ngige goofed really bad… Ekiti people wud wonder what an unintelligent man is looking for in Buhari's govt… It's not a slip, it's more of a subconscious oversight/ omission."

@Otunbarahman "I saw the video of the rally yesterday, which Dr Chris Ngige mistakenly campaigned for Govayofayose…he will surely campaign against APC come 2019 election."

@Seun_Liberty "Now that Dr Chris Ngige who is a minister's mate with Fayemi @kfayemi for 3yrs is now campaigning for @GovAyoFayose to be returned using APC platform. What an irony."

@Ntinya12 "God bless Dr. Chris Ngige for campaigning for us PDP, please do the same 2019."

@Yangus82 "All those against you will be confused like Chris Ngige."

@Goodyemi "Will these federal might victimization help Fayemi, If not then it means APC have scored another own goal in addition to that of yesterday scored by Ngige."

@Ibinwanne "I equally thank Dr. Ngige for his show of bravery yesterday, he has always been a very brave man, even while in the wrong party with the worst set of politicians and very bad government policies.

"He went to Ekiti state to speak the truth to power, on behalf of all Anambrarians, we are proud of you."

This is why I Stole 3-Week-Old Baby” – Suspect

The suspect, who resided in Magboro, Ogun State stated that she stole the baby out of desperation to have a baby after 10-years of marriage, but was arrested on Saturday at Orile Imo.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said, "the suspect took her desperation too far."

He said, ''the suspect had lied to her husband, who used to visit her at her abode at intervals, that she was pregnant. And after nine months, Iliyasu, said, the suspect called her husband and broke the news that she had been delivered of a baby boy''.

''The news gladdened the heart of the husband, Gbenga Adebayo, who rushed down to her residence. But, he was said to have become curious when he demanded the placenta and the suspect was unable to present it.

Iliyasu explained that when the husband asked her to breastfeed the baby in his presence, she was unable to do so.

''Having realised the curiosity of her husband, she was said to have absconded from home, and her husband had to report to the Police that his wife was missing.

The Police search team caught up with her at Orile Imo, where she was arrested and the baby was rescued.

Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote Says He Is Ready To Take A Wife Now

According to the businessman who has been divorced twice, says his busy schedule has prevented him from having any romance in his life. He said it wouldn't make sense to be involved with someone when you have no time being with that person.

"I'm not getting younger. Sixty years is no joke. But it doesn't make sense to go out and get somebody if you don't have the time. Right now, things are really, really very busy, because we have the refinery, we have the petrochemicals, we have the fertilizer, we have the gas pipeline."

But he agrees that he needs to "calm down a bit".

APC Government Intimidating Judges Ahead Of Elections” – Obasanjo

Obasanjo, who has been critical of Buhari lately, also alleged that anti-graft agencies were being used to clamp down on the opposition.

He spoke in Abuja during at a colloquium to mark the 70th birthday of Josephine Anenih, former minister for women affairs and social development.

"Some institutions created for normal administration and dispensation of Justice, like the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the ministry of justice are being directed to witch-hunt and pursue political opponents," he said.

"The use of intimidation, violence and physical attacks have started in some states. It is understood that judges are already being intimidated so as to prepare them to do the ruling party's bidding in election petitions. All there are visible in today's practice of democracy in Nigeria."

Although, the former president did not mention those whose voices are being suppressed, he maintained that democracy allows for the opposition to be heard as it is a government of the people by the people.

"For me, that after almost 20 years of the beginning of the present dispensation, it has not been derailed, is enough a development in progress, even though there are many unpalatable practises and dangerous signs that have shown their ugly heads, which is the strongest indication that our democracy is alive but, it cannot be said to be hale and hearty. Practitioners of democracy must be democrats, if you have a lot to be desired," he said.

Touching on women's involvement in governance, Obasanjo said Buhari's government is yet to meet the 35 affirmative action.

He also called for an amendment of the 1999 constitution to include 40 percent slots for women in government.

"In this present administration, there are 15 women members in the house of representatives. It is not only unacceptable but makes mockery of gender balance. There must be amendment of our constitution, not to allow any gender to have less than 40 percent in any parliament," he said.

"The health of our democracy can be judged by the participation of women. Democracy is a system of government that allows team spirit and debate before decisions are reached; it is a government for all citizens to benefit without fear or favour."

We Are Ready For Ekiti Governorship Election” – Police

According to DCP Jimoh Moshood, the Police Public Relations officers, during an interview with AIT, the Nigerian police has accessed all the possible security challenges to be faced in the Ekiti election and has made the necessary preparations.

He further called on the Police officers to be apolitical and non partisan while discharging their duties during the election.

Moshood said:-

"We've done security threat assessment of all LGAs across EKITI and a robust security arrangement is being implemented. We are ready and very much on the ground.

Security personnel are warned to be apolitical and non partisan and to remain where deployed".z

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Poly sacks rector in Osun over PhD certificate scandal

This was disclosed at the weekend by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the institution, Chief Olajide Oyewole, while addressing pressmen over the scandal.

Oyewole said that the decision was reached after a meeting of the polytechnic's governing council and board of trustees last Wednesday, following a confirmation from the University of Ibadan that the embattled Olaolu did not obtain any PhD certificate from the school where he had claimed to have bagged the PhD.

He added that Olaolu's certificate saga began when the report started trending in a session of the media, prompting the polytechnic management to establish investigations into the authenticity of the certificate.

He insisted that having confirmed that the certificate did not emanate from the University of Ibadan, the governing council of the polytechnic decided to sack the rector.

"The emergency meeting of today was called in response to the ceaseless report from a section of the press and around the community on the authenticity of the certificates of our Acting Rector, Mr Akinola Olaolu. In the heat of the certificate controversy, the governing council wrote the University of Ibadan to authenticate his claimed PhD certificate," Oyewole said.

He added: "The outcome of the verification from the University of Ibadan indicated that the certificate purportedly issued to him is misrepresented and therefore did not emanate from the University of Ibadan."

"The Governing Council met on Wednesday 4th July, 2018, on the letter received from the University of Ibadan and decided that the services of Mr Akinola Olaolu will no longer be required in Igbajo Polytechnic.

" However, we commend the efforts and contributions of the acting rector, while he was with us."

Oyewole, however, noted that Igbajo Polytechnic had zero tolerance for fraud, corruption, indiscipline and other illegal acts capable of putting its integrity and that of its products in question.

Sunday Sun gathered that Olaolu reportedly came to the school in December 2015 as a deputy rector when Mr Tanimowo Oke was the rector.

Having claimed to have a PhD in Economics from the UI, his coming to the polytechnic led to the exit of Mr Oke, who had a master's degree as at then.

More than eight months after his arrival, Olaolu reportedly refused to produce his purported PhD certificate as he submitted only a notification of result to get the job.



Python Dance: Ohanaeze to sue Nigerian Army

The Nigerian army had last year carried out a military operation code named: "Egwu Eke (Operation Python Dance 2)" to quell what they described as growing insecurity and insurrection by pro-Biafra agitators, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the zone.

During the operation, gory images of soldiers maltreating young men and women from the zone flooded the social and mainstream media prompting general outrage, international condemnation and the appeal by the South-East governors on President Muhammadu Buhari to call off the operation.

Speaking during the monthly lecture series of the Centre for Memories, tagged"Nkata UmuIbe", at the Enugu Sports Club, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo said that the organisation had on two occasions made presentations and demanded the military to investigate and prosecute soldiers that were involved in the operation, which he said violated the international rules of military engagement.

Nwodo said that based on local and international reports, including that of Amnesty International, which investigated and put the casualty figure at over 150 youths murdered extra-judicially by Nigerian soldiers, Ohanaeze had thought that the army would have taken action long ago based on the assurances it gave the body during the two occasions they met on the issue, regretting that the military had remained silent till date. His words: "After that military operation, Ohanaeze went to the leadership of Nigerian military and showed the army the international rules of military engagement document which that operation violated. They promised to investigate and court marshal those that were involved. They gave the assurances on two occasions, Ohanaeze reminded them and they kept promising that those involved would be court marshalled.

"But till date nothing has been done and the officers and men of the military who carried out the heinous act are still going about their business. At the moment, Ohanaeze is considering a court action to get redress."

Lamenting the spate of killings across the country by herdsmen and other militia groups, Nwodo said there was never a time in the history of Nigeria when the level of human carnage and disregard of sanctity of human life was so pronounced like now.

"There is ominous sign and darkening cloud that if not properly handled will herald a disastrous rain. Our armed forces have been expropriated and manipulated by ethno-religious group," he lamented. He said that Ndigbo are ready for restructuring of the country, noting that the economic and political committee set up by the group headed by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo had developed a template which would form the Igbo position for restructuring.

Nwodo regretted that some youths from the zone had been calling him names like "saboteur" because of his support for restructuring as against their call for self-determination, which according to him, both concepts are the same, but they don't know.

Earlier, the guest lecturer, Dr Okey Okechukwu, in his lecture entitled: "Eji Ndu Eme Gini?: Foundations of an Igbo Rebirth", called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo to unite all the pro-Igbo organizations that are speaking on the welfare of Ndigbo for the purpose of having a common front on issues concerning the Igbo as a people.


Angry Women Protest In An Unusual Manner In Delta State (See Photo)

The women who belong to the Egweya group stormed the market in the area to agitate against those preventing people from having shops which are being sold to traders.

According to them, some people have more than one shop while the stores which are meant to be sold for N45,000 are now being sold for N350,000.

The angry women went diabolical as they stripped and flashed their buttocks at the market square while swearing their traditional curse on the persons they say are responsible.
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