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Osun SSG Regisns, Joins ADP

Osun SSG Regisns, Joins ADP

NEWS, POLITICS
The Secretary to Osun Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti has resigned his appointment and defected to the Action Democratic Party. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adeoti was one of the 17 All Progressives Congress aspirants in the July 19 primary conducted by the party. Adeoti, who revealed his withdrawal a day before the primary, eventually scored 128 votes. However, in a letter addressed to Abdul’aziz Yari, the Chairman of APC Primaries Committee and governor of Zamfara, Adeoti alleged that he was withdrawing because the primary had been skewed to favour Gboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Also, in his acceptance speech after a primary held at the ADP Secretariat on Monday in Osogbo, Adeoti urged the party members to support him in winn
BREAKING: Oshiomhole Threatens To Expel Ngige, Sirika From APC

BREAKING: Oshiomhole Threatens To Expel Ngige, Sirika From APC

NEWS, POLITICS
Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has threatened to suspend from the party the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for their failure to inaugurate boards of parastatals under their ministries. Oshiomhole said that if President Muhammadu Buhari can condone indiscipline by the Ministers, he will not allow them do the same to the party. He spoke with State House Correspondents against the backdrop of his recent directive to Ngige and Sirika to inaugurate Boards under their Ministries, saying when suspended, they will be booted out of the Federal Executive Council as rebels. Meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, Oshiomhole said: “If the minister refuses,
I Have Defeated Powerful Godfathers, Oshiomhole Says To PDP

I Have Defeated Powerful Godfathers, Oshiomhole Says To PDP

NEWS, POLITICS
The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has reiterated that he is not losing sleep over the breakaway Reformed-APC faction. The former governor of Edo State expressed that he has defeated powerful godfathers, stressing that “I will not miss my sleep because a lot of these guys cannot on a good day deliver their unit”. Oshiomhole said this in reaction to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he is licking his vomit after his ‘no loss of sleep’ comment. Earlier, the PDP had said the APC chairman was making moves to woo the members of R-APC back into the ruling party. According to TheCable, while he was speaking on Monday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Oshiomhole said: “You have seen me. Do I look like I
EXCLUSIVE: FG Diverted N28bn Ecological Fund In 2016

EXCLUSIVE: FG Diverted N28bn Ecological Fund In 2016

NEWS
Nigeria's Federal Government diverted N28 billion from the Ecological Fund in 2016, TheCable can report. According to the recently released auditor-general’s report for 2016, the federal government termed the fund movements as “borrowings” and there were no clear arrangements for repayments. “The Ecological Fund was set up for the amelioration of general ecological problems in any part of Nigeria,” Anthony Ayine, the auditor-general of the federation, wrote in the report. “Examination of FAAC records revealed that a total amount of N48,601,928,311.08 was received into the Ecological Fund in the year, as the required 3.0% deduction from the federation account for the development of natural resources. “It was observed that the sum of N28,239,060,570.89 representing about 58%
Tension As Osun State APC Elects Governorship Candidate

Tension As Osun State APC Elects Governorship Candidate

NEWS, POLITICS
Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress secretariat's atmosphere was tensed on Thursday evening as the Osun State Governorship Electoral Panel from Abuja held a meeting with all the governorship aspirants of the party ahead of the primary election slated to hold on Friday. Abdulazeez Yari, the Chairman of the Electoral Panel who is the Governor of Zamfara State, was absent and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege announced to the gathering that he was representing the chairman. According to PUNCH, the security arrangement at the secretariat was beefed up as police deployed two armoured personnel carriers with scores of heavily armed policemen on the venue. Meanwhile, supporters of each of the aspirants engaged each other in shouting a competition as their principals took turns t...
Security Firm Dismiss Bayelsa Assembly Crime Allegations

Security Firm Dismiss Bayelsa Assembly Crime Allegations

NEWS
  Darlon Security and Guards (DSG), an Indigenous security firm dimissed a resolution passed by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly accusing it of criminal acts in its operations at the creeks and swampy areas of the state, describing the allegation as “ill-conceived, malicious, unfounded and politically motivated”.   On July 11, 2018 the Assembly passed a resolution after deliberating on a motion sponsored by a member representing Sagbama constituency 2, Col. Bernard Kenebai (rtd) alleging that the company was involved in criminal acts at the creeks. However, the resolution which followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance also called on the governor of the state to urgently intervene to stop the alleged killing of innocent citizens in Southern Ij
Boundary Dispute: Delta/Edo Wants NBC to Expedite Resolution

Boundary Dispute: Delta/Edo Wants NBC to Expedite Resolution

COMMUNITY REPORT, NEWS
Acting Governor of Delta State, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro and Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, both led Boundary Committees of their States to a meeting yesterday (Tuesday) in Benin City, towards resolving skirmishes resulting from boundary disputes. A communiqué endorsed by Deacon Otuaro and Mr Shaibu set up a joint committee including the Attorneys-General of both states to prevail on the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to expedite action on the proper demarcation of the boundaries of the two states to forestall further breakdown of law and order. The Commissioners of Police, Surveyors-General of both states, the chairmen of Orhionwon LGA, Esan South East of Edo State and of Ethiope East, Ukwuani and Ika South-East LGAs of Delta State and the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCO
APC Postpones Osun Governorship Primary Election Till Friday

APC Postpones Osun Governorship Primary Election Till Friday

NEWS, POLITICS
The All Progressives Congress (APC) primary to elect its candidate for the forthcoming Osun State governorship election has been postponed from Thursday July 19, till Friday July 20. Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party announced the postponement in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement noted that a meeting between the Primary Election Committee, chaired by Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari, of Zamfara and Osun APC stakeholders would hold in Oshogbo, the state capital on Thursday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman on Monday, July 16, said the party would adopt the direct primary to pick its candidate for the Osun governorship election. “We have decided that in order to ensure po
Police Arrest Eight Persons Suspected Of Kidnapping Chibok Schoolgirls

Police Arrest Eight Persons Suspected Of Kidnapping Chibok Schoolgirls

NEWS
The Nigerian Police has arrested eight persons suspected to have taken part in the kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state and have been paraded in Maiduguri, the state capital. According to ChannelTv, the eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists who are among 22 persons paraded, were said to have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team (IGP’s IRT) in Borno, Adamawa and other adjoining communities. Meanwhile, the suspects are alleged to have masterminded over 50 suicide bomb attacks within Maiduguri and Adamawa. Again, they (suspects) also launched several other attacks leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians. However, the students of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok were captured by the terrorist grou
Photos: Saraki, Tambuwal, Ortom, PDP Leaders Meet At Ilorin

Photos: Saraki, Tambuwal, Ortom, PDP Leaders Meet At Ilorin

NEWS, POLITICS
Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President; Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto; Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue; and Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara; met with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ilorin on Wednesday. Number three citizen of Nigeria and the governors were elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Meanwhile, they pulled out of the PDP to form nPDP in the buildup to the 2015 election and teamed with APC to take power from the party which ruled Nigeria for 16 years. Prince Uche Secondus, chairman of the PDP, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, Kawu Baraje, leader of the nPDP, also attended the meeting which held after the burial of Baraje’s mother. Photos below: