2015 Election: Jonathan Totally Holds The Decision To Run– Nwabueze

Leader of the Patriots, Professor Nwanbueze said today in reaction to his recent visit to the President, Goodluck Jonathan, that the number one citizen of Nigeria is eligible and has a right to seek a re-election in the 2015 election and his statement concerning the president’s ambition for 2015 was purely a personal advice.

In press statement released, Professor Nwanbueze clarified what he calls insinuation by some indivicuals, that the political summit for next week is aimed at dissuading the president from contesting in 2015.

“My attention has been drawn to the insinuation that the purpose of the National Political Summit holding next week in Uyo is to take a decision to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in 2015.

“This is very far from the truth. The purpose of the Uyo summit is to agree on a roadmap to stability, progress and unity of Nigeria. The entire aim of the summit is to build national consensus on how to save Nigeria.”

Having cleared the air concerning his advice to the president on 2015 elections, Professor Nwnabueze asserted that the president has every right to contest for a re-election in 2015 as he is also eligible to do so, if he wants to.

“As I said in my interview with the press yesterday, after the Patriots meeting with President Jonathan, the President is perfectly eligible to seek re-election in 2015 and he is free to do so. It is a matter in his absolute discretion to decide whether to run or not to run in 2015.

“My position in this matter is totally irrelevant. Therefore, my personal advice to him not to run is only one factor that he should take into account in deciding for himself whether to run or not to run.

“My advice is purely a personal one and not that of either the Patriots or Project Nigeria; (organizers of the National Summit) and has nothing to do with the Uyo summit as the question of election is not also a matter listed on the agenda of the summit.” he ended.

I Remain Loyal To PDP, Despite Emergence Of New Parties– Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said while he remains a loyal PDP member, he doesn’t have the right or power to stop others from associating or seeking registration for new parties.

Following press enquiries on the reported registration of the Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM) as a political party, the former Vice President said he would always welcome the expansion of the political space to accommodate all shades of opinions or political hue.

While acknowledging that many of his political associates are involved in registering the PDM, Atiku Abubakar explained that he had no powers to stop adults with common interests from coming together to form a party.

He also noted that many of his political associates are equally members of political parties other than the PDP.

According to him, freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution is the beauty of democracy and that he wouldn’t dissuade any of his followers from seeking a platform to promote their programmes.

Political analysts It would be recalled that the PDM played active roles of in the country’s democratic transition from the Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalami administrations, a platform founded by late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, which provided the impetus for his impressive performance across the country during the September 1992 presidential primaries, which were later cancelled by the military regime.

The late Gen. Yar’Adua came close to becoming President, with the help of the formidable PDM structure. In 1999, the PDM was also part of the force behind the emergence of former President Obasanjo as PDP presidential candidate.

It should also be of note, that the choice of Atiku Abubakar as running mate to Obasanjo in 1999 was a recognition of the active role of the PDM platform in his victory.

Senate Committee Begins Investigation On Rivers State Crisis

The Senate committee on states and local government administration has commenced investigations over the crisis rocking the Rivers State House Assembly.

The Chairman of the committee; Senator Kabiru Gaya who led other eight other members on a fact finding mission to the state assured Nigerians of finding lasting peace to the stalemate during a courtesy visit to governor Chibuike Amaechi yesterday in Port Harcourt, and hinted that peace moves have begun.

Shortly after meeting with the governor in a closed door session on Thursday afternoon, chairman of the committee told newsmen in an interview that the body will meet the major parties in the matter which include the commissioner of police, Joint Military Taskforce (JTF), including the pro and anti-Amaechi legislators, before heading back for their final report to the upper legislative house.

He assured that their duty will be done objectively as mandated by the senate with the aim of finding lasting peace to end the crisis that have rocked the state over the past two months.

Senator Gaya however frowned at the withdrawal of security from Governor Amaechi stressing that the governor is the chief executive, chief security officer and number one citizen of the state and he should be protected.

Responding, Governor Amaechi told the Senate committee that the state has been under siege since his victory at the elections of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

The committee will be meeting with members of the state house of assembly today as scheduled.

It would be recalled that mayhem broke out during a session in the Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday the 9th of July morning when it was reported that hoodlums broke into the House and attempted to seize the mace.

The group also assaulted the Speaker of the House, Hon. Otelema Amachree and the hoodlums were led by 5 members of the House with Hon Evans Bipi being the leader of the gang who moved to impeach the Speaker.

Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, in a telephone interview with Channels Television revealed that commotion started when Mr Bipi walked up to the speaker and started ‘slapping’ him as members were still exchanging pleasantries.

“While that was going on, some hoodlums had accessed the assembly. The governor (Rotimi Amaechi) was informed and therefore left the government house for the state house of assembly.



Bayelsa Air Mishap: First Lady Postpones Thanksgiving Event

The praise and thanksgiving event of the first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, earlier scheduled for tomorrow Sunday, the 16th of December, 2012, has been postponed indefinitely.

A statement signed by the special assistant (media) to the first lady, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, maintains that the postponement is compelled by the unfortunate helicopter crash in Bayelsa state today.

In its reaction, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock and grief at the news of the helicopter crash, saying that the party is shocked beyond imagination and no words can adequately give expression to the depth of its grief over the incident.

Reports from our state correspondent stated that the crash which had on board six passengers including the governor of Kaduna state, Patrick Yakowa, and the former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi, Azazi’s aide, a top politician from Kaduna state, the pilot and his co-pilot occurred in a swampy location near Okoroba community in Nembe local government area of the state.

It was also gathered that the chopper was headed to Port Harcourt after attending the burial ceremony of the father of President Jonathan’s aide, Mr. Oronto Douglas.

A statement by the Nigerian navy has confirmed the incident and the chopper that crashed giving its name as the Augusta helicopter (Helo 07). The crash occurred at about 3.30 pm today.

Make Nigeria’s refineries work, NUPENG tells Jonathan

As Scarcity of petroleum persist in some part of the Country, The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) charged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, put the nation’s four refineries in a fully functional state, if fuel subsidy deduction is in the interest of the people.

NUPENG President; Comrade Igwe Achese was speaking to journalists in Calabar, Cross River state after their week long union meeting alongside the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(PENGASSAN).

The oil and gas unions said only working and effective refineries can remove the incessant sufferings Nigerians are facing.

Igwe echoed that the only solution to the problem at hand is for the refineries in the country to be functional and effective and that is the position of the union on the matter.

The NUPENG President added that, if the president can not address the issues affecting the union and the nation as whole, the oil workers will be left with no other choice than to down-tools any moment.

PENGASSAN President; Comrade Babatunde Ogun also spoke on the need to improve on the ills in the oil and gas sector saying the insensitivity of government to listen to the union led the oil industry to the present situation it is presently, as most marketers have hiked the price.

Ogun remarked that corruption in the industry calls for proper scrutiny and called on the Federal Government to stop casualization and improve the security of the workers.

Other issues discussed included the unions support for the passage of the petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), deregulation of the downstream sector as well as assessment of the Removal of the fuel subsidy.

Doyin Okupe denies condemning Ribadu panel report

The Special Assistant to the President on Publicity, Dr Doyin Okupe was asked by Chamberlain Usoh; the main anchor of ourbreakfast programme ‘Sunrise Daily’ to give an update on the Ribadu report, and he responded saying the President has said the report will not be discarded.

And to fulfil his promise he has setup a white paper committee to look at the report and that he believes it will put an end to several talks on the report.

Prevoius Article: Presidency rubbishes Ribadu’s report

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Oil Sector Probes: There is a rot in the system – Oil and gas expert

Still on the controversial probe into the nation’s oil sector, an oil and gas expert; Kestin Pondi, while speaking on the Ribadu report, stated that the report has proved to people of the Niger Delta in the creek that the claims of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and the NNPC that they lose 150,000 barrels of crude oil daily to oil thieves is fallacious.

Mr Pondi, considers what happens in the oil offices in Abuja to be a ‘monumental fraud’ as there is a rot in the system.

He further alleged that it is the figures given by these IOC’s and oil multinationals as the quantity of oil produced per day that is being depended on.

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Fuel subsidy is a mega-fraud in Nigeria – Tam David West

Taking on the controversial probe into the nation’s oil sector led by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Minister of Petroleum Professor Tam David West, on Sunrise Daily stated that, what the Federal Government is doing is a “charade because a government that deceives its citizens consistently is sad.”

The former Minister, who has always claimed that the nation’s fuel subsidy regime is nothing but fraud, again affirmed his position saying there is no fuel subsidy in Nigeria rather what exists is ‘fuel subsidy mega-fraud.’

He argued that his allegation has been proven by the recent controversies on investigations into the sector by the committees led by Farouk Lawan and Nuhu Ribadu.

Professor David-West also revealed that he has challenged the Federal Government for a public debate on the issue but he has never gotten a response to the offer.

The Federal Government on Thursday appointed another committee, made of serving Ministers to draft out a white paper from the controversial special task force report on the petroleum revenue submitted by the Ribadu committee.