9th Assembly: I Don’t Think APC Has Learnt Its Mistake From 2015, Says Sani

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Mr Shehu Sani, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not have learnt its lessons from the 2015 incident that saw Senator Bukola Saraki and Honourable Yakubu Dogara emerge as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sani said that the interest of other APC lawmakers in the leadership positions for the 9th Assembly could result in a repeat of what happened four years ago.

“With what I have seen, there are a lot of statements coming from the APC making positions that they have learnt their mistakes and this time around, they are going to make some corrections and achieve what they want to achieve.

“But in the real sense, I don’t think lessons were learnt from what I can see on the ground. If lessons were learnt, there would be only one candidate from the APC. As long as we have three contenders from the APC, there is a likelihood of a repeat of what happened in 2015,” he stated.

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Sani’s comments come a month after APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the party will not allow lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be appointed as chairmen of committees in the next parliament.

Oshiomhole explained that the party’s decision was to avoid a repeat of 2015, stressing that it had learnt from its mistakes.

Reacting to Oshiomhole’s statement, Sani noted that to be elected Senate President “is a game of numbers.”

Sani who defected to the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) shortly before the 2019 general elections from the ruling party, stated that for the APC’s preferred candidate to win the position, he has to reach out to the opposition lawmakers and strike a deal with them.

Recall that in 2015, the APC had anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for House Speaker, but that was not to be, as some scheming within the parliament saw to the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as leaders of the National Assembly.

Buhari To Meet German Chancellor, President On Security Issues

Muhammadu-Buhari-on-north-east-StarvationThe President, Muhammadu Buhari will embark on an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 13- 15, 2016.

While in Berlin, the President will confer with Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

Thereafter, the President, who will be accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo respectively and representatives of the National Assembly, will meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck.

In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors.

Before returning to Abuja, the President is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.

President Buhari is committed to deepening relations with Germany and building on the very cordial relations both countries enjoy in several areas of bilateral cooperation including the fight against terrorism, economic relations, rebuilding of the North east, support for IDPs, vocational training, energy partnership and cultural relations.

Shortly after his inauguration on May 29, 2015, President Buhari, on the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, attended the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany – the trip was his first to a non-African country after his assumption of office.

From February 8- 12 2016, President Gauck, accompanied by a delegation of German business community, was on an official visit to Nigeria, where they had fruitful discussions on trade and investments with representatives of government and the private sector in Abuja and Lagos.

We Foiled Over 98 Bank Robberies In 2015 – Rivers Police

PoliceOver 26,000 different fire arms, ammunition, cartridges, 10 IED materials, 137 million naira were recovered by the Rivers State Police Command with over 98 bank robberies foiled in 2015.

This was revealed to journalists by the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, during a media briefing at the command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.

The briefing was hosting by the Police to provide a summary of their operations in the past year.

According to the PPRO, 802 suspected robbers, kidnappers and cultists were nabbed and 243 of that number were killed during exchange of gun fire with the Police in various operations.

According to the Police Command boss, the ammunition were recovered and mopped up in 2015.

He added that increased raids on criminal hideouts, crime and criminality are expected to yield more results in 2016.

Nigeria To Experience Lunar Eclipse

lunar-eclipseA lunar eclipse is expected to be visible in Nigeria on Monday September 28, 2015 for five hours and eleven minutes.

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of Media and Communications at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Felix Ale, the natural occurrence will start by 1:11am and end by 6:22 am.

The lunar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the earth comes in-between the Sun and the Moon, and the Earth casts its shadow on the Moon, so that the Moon appears reddish.

The agency said the event will be visible in Abuja and in locations with the absence of cloud cover.

Other regions of the world that will experience the event include Europe, the Americas and South East Asia.

The agency advised Nigerians not to panic, and to go about their normal activities.

 

 

Buhari U.S. Visit: Presidency Gives Breadkdown Of Cost And Gains

buhariThe Presidency in Nigeria has expressed dissatisfaction with the content of an editorial published by a Nigerian newspaper about the estimate of President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the U.S. saying the total amount expended on the trip was nothing near 10 per cent of the speculated figure.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency also condemned the alleged claim of the newspaper that the trip achieved nothing.

“The total cost of the trip to the Nigerian taxpayer was at the most minimal, in line with the policy of this administration to cut waste and extravagance.

“The benefits of this symbiotic relationship will become more and more evident as the Buhari administration continues to tackle the challenges of corruption, security and the economy,” the statement read.

The newspaper had put the cost of the visit to the U.S. at 2.2 billion Naira, but the presidency said that it was a lie.

“Contrary to the newspaper’s assertions, the total cost of the trip to the Nigerian taxpayer was at the most minimal, in line with the policy of this administration to cut waste and extravagance.

“In point of fact, the total amount expended on the trip by the Office of the President amounted to nothing near ten per cent of the speculated figure.

“Owing to the free accommodation provided by the host government, all the personal staff who accompanied the President on the trip received reduced allowances.

“His son, Yusuf, received neither allowances nor estacode. The five Governors on the trip each paid his own way. Permanent Secretaries who traveled on the delegation did so in accordance with extant rules and none of them exceeded their estacode entitlements.

“Apart from the Nigerian Pilot’s mischievous mathematics, it is shortsighted and misleading of the newspaper to have claimed that President Buhari’s trip to the U.S. achieved nothing,” the Presidency further stated.

Read the full statement below.

Our attention has been drawn to an editorial published in the Nigerian Pilot of August 2, 2015 and an earlier report in which the total cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent trip to the U.S. was estimated at N2.2 billion.

It is very sad that in this age of free-flowing information and in this era of CHANGE, a media organisation would make itself available as a vehicle to peddle a lie of such low and ignominious quality.

Contrary to the newspaper’s assertions, the total cost of the trip to the Nigerian taxpayer was at the most minimal, in line with the policy of this administration to cut waste and extravagance.

In point of fact, the total amount expended on the trip by the Office of the President amounted to nothing near ten per cent of the speculated figure.

Owing to the free accommodation provided by the host government, all the personal staff who accompanied the President on the trip received reduced allowances.

His son, Yusuf, received neither allowances nor estacode. The five Governors on the trip each paid his own way. Permanent Secretaries who traveled on the delegation did so in accordance with extant rules and none of them exceeded their estacode entitlements.

Apart from the Nigerian Pilot’s mischievous mathematics, it is shortsighted and misleading of the newspaper to have claimed that President Buhari’s trip to the U.S. achieved nothing.

Nigerian-US relations had suffered severely over the past few years. That relationship has now been reset.

The benefits of this symbiotic relationship will become more and more evident as the Buhari administration continues to tackle the challenges of corruption, security and the economy.

Some of the more immediate benefits of the President’s trip to the U.S include: the proposed $2.1 billion fund from the World Bank for the re-development of the northeast battered by Boko Haram; $5 billion from US investors in Nigeria’s agriculture sector; $1.5 billion investment in the Nigerian health sector; and another $5 billion investment from the U.S. in our country’s power sector.

Also, as things stand at the moment, the embargo on the sale of weapons sales to Nigeria is in the process of being removed.

The trip to the U.S by President Buhari was definitely very successful and beneficial to Nigeria.

Only those rabidly determined to find faults unnecessarily will cook up falsehood in a futile effort to rake up murk where none exists.

2015 Will Usher New Direction In Governance – Gov. Ahmed

2015As Nigerians go to the polls in 2015, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State says the year would usher in a new direction for good governance and renew hope for Nigeria among the comity of nations.

Governor Ahmed said this in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after a prayer held to mark his 51st birthday.

He said that with a sense of focus and steadfast prayers, Nigeria would overcome its challenges in 2015.

He called on Nigerians to elect credible candidates that would bring the needed development into the country.

The duo of General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo, whom he described as men of impeccable characters, he said, would provide the kind of Nigeria the citizens were yearning for.

According to him, Nigerians are concerned with the security and economic situations and that should help in shaping their decisions on those that would lead the country from 2015.

Governor Ahmed also expressed confidence that General Buhari would ensure improved security, improved economy and infrastructural development if elected in 2015.

Reps Promise To Deliver Owerri-Elele Road In 2015

Human TraffickingThe House of Representatives has assured the residents of Amanyelu and Umuagwo communities in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State that the Owerri-Elele road which connects the communities to neighboring cities, would be completed soon.

An early 2015 completion date has been projected for the 35 Kilometer stretch road which was awarded in 2009 for 23billion naira.

The House of Reps members were on a scheduled visit to the road led by the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha.

Honourable Ihedioha disclosed that the Federal Government was keen on delivering the road in early 2015 and in order to fast track the completion of the road, the House of Representatives would appropriate more funds in the 2015 budget to enable the contractor complete the job in due time.

The deplorable state of the road bellied the fact that it had been scheduled for a makeover about 5 years ago but the makeover, which seemed to have only taken place on office papers has made motorists consider it a death trap.

The contractor handling the road project, Mohammed El- Edadaros, told the lawmakers that he would get back to work after the rainy season and promised completion of the road before the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The 35 kilometers stretch Elele-Owerri road connects Imo State to the South-South region through Rivers and Bayelsa states.

Defection: El-Rufai Accuses FG Of Plotting To Eliminate Tambuwal

Nasir_elrufaiA former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday condemned the withdrawal of security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and described the action as the highest level of impunity by the Peoples Democratic Party led Federal Government against its perceived political enemies.

In an interview with Channels Television shortly after he picked the governorship nomination and expression of interest forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Kaduna, El-Rufai alleged that the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security details on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abbah, was a plot by the Federal Government to expose the Speaker to great danger.

He recalled that the speaker was among the 1,000 prominent Nigerians pencilled down for elimination by snippers allegedly groomed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former minister accused President Jonathan of being the mastermind of the withdrawal of the Speaker’s security details and warned that no harm must befall the Speaker.

He further explained that the withdrawal of Tambuwal”s security details was deliberate because of the Speaker’s defection from Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, and however warned the police and other security agencies to desist from being partisan in the 2015 general elections.

“Nigerians are fed up with the current PDP government both in Kaduna State and at the federal level,” he said.

On what informed his decision to contest for the governorship seat in Kaduna State, El-rufai said he was in the race to salvage Kaduna from the maladministration of the present PDP government in the state, and explained that security, job creation and infrastructural development would form the main priority of his government if elected as governor in 2015. He also debunked the people’s fear that he would demolish illegal houses in the state when elected governor of Kaduna State in 2015.

Osun Election: There Should Be Balance In Security – Paul Nylulaku

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A lecturer at the Center for Ethnics and Conflict Studies, University of Port-Harcourt, Paul Nylulaku, has said that there needs to be a balance in the deployment of security in Osun State, as police and military should be deployed the way they were in Ekiti State.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Paul Nylulaku stated that if the Osun State election is credible with proper security management, the issues of political violence would be finally addressed and would help in shaping Nigeria’s political culture.

“We are in a period of forming a political culture of peaceful elections, and there should be high level deployment”, he said.

He, however, said that the focus should be on how each party and stakeholders contribute their own quota in ensuring the election is very credible.

“The politicians, voters, INEC, electoral management body, the agents, all these stakeholders can contribute to the process and ensure that the Osun election turns out very credible”, he said.

Mr Nylulaku also noted that despite several areas of disagreement at the stakeholders’ summit which held on Wednesday, he felt that the meeting was very important and the Police and INEC would take the summit seriously due to the serious implications it would have on the general elections.

He urged the Police and military to carry out their jobs in a way that they would not restrict any voter, commending the acting Inspector-General of Police, who also came out to explain that the presence of the Police would not be to violate the rights of any voter but to ensure the protection of lives and property.

He added that the rules by the Inspector-General of Police should not be a potential cause of conflict but should make citizens conduct themselves in ways that would not disturb the election process.

He maintained that if the Osun election turns out successful, there would be positive implication on the morale and motivation of voters towards the upcoming general election of 2015.

President Jonathan Observes Iftar With Muslim Diplomats

Jonathan smilePresident Goodluck Jonathan, who is also  observing the Ramadan fast, this evening observed Iftar with Muslim  diplomats in the country.

The diplomats, who started arriving the Villa at about 7pm, took time out to pray at the Mosque located in the Villa before retiring into the new Banquet Hall to break their fast with President Jonathan.

The diplomats were also joined by Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, political leaders in the country as well as ministers in the Goodluck Jonathan Administration.

President Jonathan also assured members of the international community of a free and fair election come 2015.

He charged them to continue to pray for peace and guidance especially now that the entire world seems to be riddled with crisis, saying that this period calls for a deep sense of commitment to one’s faith and compassion for the people.

In his speech, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corp, Ambassador Salaudeen Ibrahim commended the President for his steadfastness in observing the Ramadan fast  which he has carried out since the inception of his administration.

APGA Inaugurates Grassroots Solidarity Forum For Electoral Victory In 2015

apga_smallThe All Progressives’ Grand Alliance, APGA, ahead of the 2015 general elections, inaugurated the APGA Solidarity Forum, ASF, to commence grassroots socio-economic and political development of the various communities in Anambra State and the country at large.

Addressing the party faithful that converged on Awka for the occasion on Saturday, the national chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, said the APGA would obtain a resounding victory in the upcoming election.

APGA solidarity forum was formally inaugurated and urged by the state chairman of the party, Mr Mike Kwentoh, to remain loyal to the parent body and work hard to spread across the country.

Also, the new president of the group, Mr Ebele Okafor, reminded his colleagues in the group that hard work and determination were the ground rules.

In attendance to the occasion were the deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who represented the governor, Willie Obiano, immediate past deputy governor, Mr Emeka Sibeudu, the son of the late party leader, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jnr, and a host of other party stalwarts.

The party which in the last general elections lost the whole senatorial seats to the Peoples Democratic Party and the Action Congress now All Progressives Congress respectively, hopes that with the new political strategy of early mobilisation from the grassroots, the party, which is currently controlling only one state would have more states and many more representatives in the coming election.

 

APC Condemns Slow Processing Of PVC In Osun

APC-Logo The Osun Governorship election is about a month away but fears are being raised by the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the rate at which the permanent voters card is been processed.

The APC has asked the umpire to speed up the processing of the permanent voters cards.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC stated that the delay might lead to some voters being disenfranchised.

“INEC has been painfully slow in processing the permanent voters cards, and one can only hope that the electoral body is not doing this deliberately.

“The slow processing of the permanent voters cards has, in particular, hit the Central Senatorial District of the state, and has affected those who had earlier registered as well as those who registered this year”, he stated.

The party said this because of the reported announcement by the Electoral Commissioner in Osun State that whoever does not have a permanent voter’s card would not be allowed to vote in the August 9 election.

The party said that it hoped that INEC was not deliberately slowing the process to disenfranchise voters which would affect the turn out of voters.