PDP Smashes APC Over Age Of Newly Elected APC Youth Leader

PDP vs APCThere has been a recent controversy between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the correct age of the newly elected APC Youth Leader, Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh alleged that Mr Ibrahim is a 52 year old man whose age makes the new position as youth leader of the APC ironical. Although, he says APC has the right to (s)elect a person of any age for any position within its fold, including a 52-year-old man as National Youth Leader, he is shocked that they chose to lie over an issue as ordinary as the age of a national officer.

Metuh, said that Dasuki had contested far back as 2011 for the post of Gombe/Kwame/Funakaye Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representative and at the time announced he was 49 years old, noted that that is a fact well documented.

He stated that it is disheartening that the APC had refused to shed its unnecessary penchant for lies even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In his statement, he expects Jalo to be grateful to God for being alive even at that age and it naturally adds up that a man of 49 years in 2011 should be 52 at present. Metuh held that in lying over the age of its national officer, APC has shown that “it has little regard for integrity and that its statements cannot be trusted” and advised them to imbibe the culture of honesty and integrity.

The ruling party’s spokesperson was reacting to a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, that Jalo was not up to 53 years as being claimed.

Mohammed had said, “We have been able to confirm that the APC Youth Leader, Jalo was actually born on the 13th of April 1971, and that puts his age at 43, and not 49, 52 or 53, as being falsely circulated.

“This is not to say a 43-year-old man is ideal to be our youth leader but simply to put the records straight, while the party leadership continues to listen to the voices of concern by our teeming youths.”

Schumacher No Longer In Coma, Released From Hospital

MichaelSchumacherMercedes_largeMichael Schumacher’s manager says the Formula One great is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December.

Manager Sabine Kehm says in a statement that Schumacher has left the hospital in Grenoble “to continue his long phase of rehabilitation.”

The statement did not say where the seven-time F1 champion was taken or give any details of his condition.

Kehm adds: “For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”

Ekiti State Lawmakers Call For Impeachment Of Jonathan

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About 90 per cent of the members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have called for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan over the state allocation.

The call came after the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, raised an issue about an alleged shortchanging of the state by the Federal Government.

The governor told the State House of Assembly that for some time now the Ekiti State government had been starved of funds from the federal allocation.

In his presentation, Dr Fayemi also gave the breakdown of how the Federal Government had been shortchanging Ekiti State and requested for immediate payment of all outstanding allocations by NNPC.

At the end of the presentations, the governor made some request before the members of the house.

(1) Separation of the office of the Auditor General of the federation as well as the accountant general of the federation such that he can function independently

(2) Assessment of the revenue into the federation account.

(3) Immediate review of the revenue allocation.

After the governor’s presentation and request, the honorable members of the State House of Assembly moved into action the following day to deliberate on the issues.

The state lawmakers had divergent views on the issue. 

Some said it was a deliberate attempt to starve the state of funds considering the fact that the state governorship election was just by the Conner.

The Speaker of the House, Honorable, Adewale Omirin, said the Federal Government had not been fair on the state.

“What the president has done is an impeachable offense,” he said.

Hon, Ogunlola, in her submissions, claimed that President Jonathan was no longer fighting corruption in the country, citing the case of the NNPC and Central Bank while Honorable Ade Ajayi said that the President’s action was tantamount to stealing and called for his impeachment.

 

 

Nigeria Police Sends Personnel To Pakistan For Counter-Terrorism Training

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), M.D Abubakar, and the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lt. Gen (Rtd) Muhammed Ashraf Saleem, have pledged mutual collaboration and assistance for each other in tackling, headlong, security challenges such as terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping and other crimes and criminality besetting Nigeria and Pakistan,

The pledge was made on Wednesday, February 19, at the Force Headquarters Abuja during the courtesy visit of the Pakistani High Commissioner to the IGP.

The IGP also announced that the first batch of 10 Nigeria Police Officers would be leaving Nigeria to Pakistan for extensive training on Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency as well as Bomb Diffusion and Disposal.

Similarly, the Pakistani Police personnel are also expected in Nigeria to participate in specialised training at the Police Intelligence Institute.

 It will be recalled that the IGP had just returned from a-seven day working visit to Pakistan where he engaged in serious security discussions with Pakistani Police Chiefs and stakeholders on possible areas of collaboration and areas of support for each other especially in the area of capacity building, specialised training, intelligence sharing and exchange of logistics.

Meanwhile, the High Commissioner has lauded this new initiative, noting that both countries have similar challenges and therefore must support each other.