Two All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday announced their defection from the party.
The two lawmakers are Babatunde Kolawole who represents Akoko North East/ West Federal Constituency of Ondo State and Mukaila Kazzim representing Abeokuta North/ Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
The lawmakers made their resignations known in separate letters to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara who read the letters at plenary on Wednesday.
Kogi state government has uncovered 18,471 ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries in the state civil service and pension.
The Staff Review and Complaint Committee Chairman, Yakubu Okala, stated this during the reading of the final screening report in Lokoja the state capital.
He noted that the unintended beneficiaries have gulped over 2.6 billion Naira from the state government every month.
Judges, members of the state legislative arm of government, top government functionaries, staffs of agencies and parastatals, organised labour, APC members and supporters, all attended the official presentation of the final screening report at the glass hall of the government house.
While submitting the report to Governor Bello for implementation, the audience were all amazed as the committee chairman read out their findings.
Mr Okala also noted that his committee discovered quite a number of minors in the state and local government pay rolls, while some were earning double salaries from the state government’s pause.
Governor Bello commended the committee for a work well done and promised to implement all the committee’s recommendation.
He also promised to engage those who would no longer be included in the state pay roll.
The committee was set up on July 26, 2016 by Governor Yahaya Bello to look into what was described as a shoddy work earlier done by the General Okutimo (Rtd) and Dr. Jerry Agbaji committees.
They had the mandate to come up with a recommendation that would “re-position the state civil service and public service for optimal performance.
“To subject to scrutiny the list of staff that have been adjudged, identified and authenticated by the screening and verification committee.
“To receive complaints from staff and determine the genuineness or otherwise of their complaints to determine and set out criteria for accessing thoroughness among others.”
A Nigerian lawyer says fighting corruption and blocking the leakages through which Nigeria’s common wealth is been stolen, could be an economic policy of the Nigerian Government.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Mr John Oloyede said that “most Nigerians don’t know the economy policy or social policy of the government which could be because of what had been delayed.
“My own view is that fighting corruption can be a policy of the government and President Muhammadu Buhari had made it known from the inception that his government is based on fight against corruption.
“Looking at it from the perspective of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), why should blocking leakages, arresting corrupt politicians be selective?”, he questioned.
While agreeing that it was out of place that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies seemed to be chasing down people in the opposition party, Mr Oloyede said that such scenario was “not a new thing in the polity”.
Mr Oloyede further spoke about his perception of the fight against corruption by the government and agencies. “The government of the day and previous government keep fighting corruption on the pages of the dailies”, he stressed.
While stating that it was possible to trace stolen wealth or diverted property, he added that the country “does not have people who are going to trace the suspects”.
“How many cases that have been blown up in the media at the investigatory stages, have ended successful for the EFCC? The best they’ve done so far, is plea bargaining, which is ridiculous.
“I doubt whether anything serious would change in this country because there are apparatus of government that would bring about the change which is seriously suspect.
“How many prominent people in this country have been jailed for crimes they commit?”, he questioned.
The Presidency has reacted swiftly to the allegation made by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
On the allegation of witch-hunting its members, the President’s Adviser on Media, Mr Femi Adesina, said that ordinarily he would not want to comment on such because they were comments coming from a political party and response are better from the APC leadership.
He, however, said that concerning the President, it was untrue for Mr Olisa Metuh to claim that the President’s anti-corruption war was one-sided.
According to him, “Mr Olisa Metuh is sounding like a broken record. It’s the same thing that he says all the time. But let me assure Nigerians that the President has always maintained that even when it affects APC members, the person concerned must go and defend himself.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh, had said at a news conference in Abuja, that unfolding events have confirmed the party’s position that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is only using the anti-corruption posture as a tool to witch-hunt PDP members and perceived political opponents of the APC government.
He stated that no member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), despite the public petitions of corruption and squandering of state funds, has been invited, questioned or arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
But Mr Adesina wondered why the issue was not whether the people facing the EFCC actually committed the crime but Mr Metuh is saying that it is one-sided.
“I think what is of interest to Nigerians is ‘did this people commit the crime?’ not whether it is one-sided,” he said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Federal Government of dictatorship.
It said that unfolding events have confirmed the party’s position that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is only using the anti-corruption posture as a tool to witch-hunt PDP members and perceived political opponents of the APC government.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh, said that no member of the All Progressives Congress, despite the public petitions of corruption and squandering of state funds, has been invited, questioned or arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mr Metuh further said that the party had verifiable reports from its key members that agents of the APC have been approaching them to join the APC with threats to use the EFCC to victimize them should they refuse.
The PDP, while calling on the Federal Government to end its alleged dictatorial tendencies of selective anti-corruption war, added that the orchestrated investigation of Senator Godswill Akpabio was politically motivated and targeted at weakening the party ahead of the 2019 elections, by virtue of Senator Akpabio being the face of opposition in the National Assembly.
The President’s Adviser on Media, Mr Femi Adesina, said that it was untrue for Mr Olisa Metuh to claim that the President’s anti-corruption war was one-sided.
While stating that “what is of interest to Nigerians is ‘did this people commit the crime?’ not whether it is one-sided”, he gave the assurance that “the President has always maintained that even when it affects APC members, the person concerned must go and defend himself”.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, have resolved that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other APC members in the Senate, should henceforth respect the views of the party that brought them into power.
The decision of the governors, which is aimed at bringing to an end the leadership tussle which has torn the Senators apart, was taken at a late night meeting which held in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the APC Governorship Forum and the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said the party’s views should be respected.
Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said that every one of them, including the Senators, were elected on the APC platform not as individuals, stating that the party’s position must be supported by the Senators at all times.
Muslim and Christian members of the APC have called on the incoming President, General Buhari to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and also ensure that all sectors of the economy are properly overhauled.
The APC members held a joint prayer session and thanksgiving for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari and the Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
During the prayer session which held at Rigasa area in Igabi Local Government Area (LGA), they prayed for divine protection for all incoming leaders, to enable them discharge their new roles for the benefit of the people.
Party members also prayed that the elected leaders would lead them with the fear of God and also tackle corruption to the barest minimum.
While lamenting the poor state of the nation’s economy, the APC members expressed hope that the incoming APC administration would address the challenges confronting the state and the nation.
They expressed confidence in the capability of all elected APC leaders to deliver on their campaign promises, with the view that only fervent prayers is what the leaders need.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a former Head of State and a Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday urged members of the party to ensure they obtain their permanent voters card, as doing so is the only way they can vote the ruling PDP government out of power.
General Buhari gave the advice at the governorship declaration of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, in Kaduna.
Thousands of APC members and supporters trooped out to this trade fair complex as early as 9:00am to witness the declaration of intention by the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. The arrival of General Buhari at the ceremony elicited this crowd of supporters who saw it as a major boost to El-rufai’s governorship ambition.
While he publicly endorsed El-rufai for governor of Kaduna State on the platform of APC, General Buhari also noted that the problem of Nigeria required good leaders at all levels of government to be able to solve them. he declared that only an APC government was capable of transforming the country.
The former Head of State further described El-rufai as the best person to transform Kaduna State from its present condition.
He also lamented the state of insecurity and unemployment in the country, and however appealed to APC members to elect him as their candidate for the 2015 election.
Addressing the huge crowd at the ceremony, El-rufai promised to provide true public service with fairness, equity and justice in order to transform the state from its present level.
He also assured them that his administration would make the security of lives and property a priority by identifying the causes of intolerance and communal violence and promised to rebuild and expand water supply, rural electrification and roads infrastructure across the state.
He told the gathering that he had consulted widely with all categories of people including traditional rulers and opinion leaders which informed his decision to contest for the governorship seat.