There’s a 4th tier of Government coming up- Ivie Richards

Looking into the fight against corruption, Ivie Richards who is an anti-corruption consultant was on board to speak on the different levels of corruption practiced by the government officials in Nigeria.

Ivie Richards said there’s a fourth tier of government which is coming on strong.

Senate committee invites Petroleum Minister for questioning

The Senate invited the Minister of Petroleum’ Diezani Allison-Madueke and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund; Mr.Mutanga Nadaruma over the abandonment of building projects valued over N20 billion.

They would appear before the Senate committee on petroleum resources downstream to explain why the building project worth over N20 billion had been abandoned at PTI at Effuruen, Warri in Delta State.

Taking alook at the Kebbi Re-run election

Deji Bademosi the anchor of Channels Television political programme Politics Today to a look into the recent governorship rerun election at Kebbi state which was conducted last weekend.

Eventually Saidu Dakingari; the former governor who was elected during the 2011 general election before the court ruled that the state governorship election will have to be re-done,came out victorious amongst other contenders for the seat of power in Kebbi state.

To emerge winner,Saidu Dakingari polled a total of 875,492 votes while the CPC candidate who followed to stay second polled 17,918 votes.

Oil Pipeline Vandalism:Senate asks FG to curb menace

Magnus Abbey the Chairman of the petroleum downstream sector has warned that as government is fighting pipeline vandalisation,any further investment into the sector will be a waste of money.

This he said when the committee went on an inspection of pipelines

Maevis has collected N3.8bn as 2% commission since inception

The National President of the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria;Benjamin Okewu was also invited to react to the concessioning matter between Maevis and the FAAN where he stated that the Abuja and Lagos airports account for over 90% of FAAN revenue generated across board.

Gunfight between Boko Haram and military leaves 11 dead

channels_television-boko_haram_membersNigerian troops on Saturday clashed with suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram while raiding an alleged hideout, leaving 11 dead, including a soldier and policeman, an official said.

The recent clash in the Okene district of Kogi state, after soldiers and police sought to raid the alleged hideout, said Jacob Edi, a spokesman for the state governor.
“There were some skirmishes between some hoodlums and the military,” Mr Edi said. “There are unconfirmed reports that some of them may be Boko Haram … A military person was confirmed dead and a (secret police) person.”

He could not say how many of the assailants were killed, though some reports said nine were dead and identified them as suspected Boko Haram members. Authorities were still searching for those who escaped, he said.

Mr Edi said the raid occurred because soldiers wanted to defuse explosives said to be at the building, though local media gave varying accounts.

One report said the raid followed the discovery last week of an alleged bomb-making factory in another town in Kogi.

Attacks in Yobe

On Saturday night in Yobe, suspected Boko Haram members attacked three police stations, burning two of them down.

The dead in those assaults included one of the attackers as well as a suspect being questioned at one of the stations at the time of the attack, police said.

Other attacks in Kaduna

On Sunday in Kaduna, police said a man sought to plant a bomb on a petrol tanker, but dropped it, causing it to explode prematurely.

The blast killed the bomber, who police said was dressed in rags to disguise himself, and the tanker was unaffected, according to police.

Two Boko Haram members killed in Maiduguri

In Maiduguri on Sunday, soldiers engaged in a shootout with alleged Boko Haram members, killing two of the assailants, a military spokesman said.

Later in the afternoon, gunmen shot dead a local government official at his house in Maiduguri, the spokesman said. The gunmen fled with his car and remained at large.

These violence are coming with the increasingly deadly insurgency being waged by Boko Haram, mainly in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north, showing little sign of abating despite last month’s bid to broker indirect talks with the government.

Scores of such attacks have occurred, with more than 1000 people killed since 2009.

Oyo Government’s claim of pay increase a farce- Bashir Olanrewaju

The Oyo state workers strike was one of the focus of our breakfast show crew Sunrise daily as Comrade Bashir Olanrewaju who is the State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Jonathan vows to replicate Asian Tiger feat in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan welcomed by his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak (L)


President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to replicate the miracle of the Asian Tigers with the Nigerian economy as he wooed Korean investors and assured them of good return on investment in the country.

He also called on the investors to come and partner with the government in the building an economy which he said “has the best prospects of growth in Africa.”

The president made this known while declaring open the Nigeria-Korea Investment Forum on Infrastructure and Energy Development, hosted at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KICC). He noted that policies and programmes of his administration were geared towards ensuring that Nigeria becomes one of the top 20 economies in the next 20 years.

According to him, there was need for synergy between the 150 Chief Executives of top Korean companies and across the globe that gathered to listen to presentations on opportunities open to them to invest in and get returns in the Nigerian economy.

President Jonathan told the gathering that vast opportunities abound in Nigeria consisting both human and natural resources which he claimed will be an advantage when compared to the situation of South Korea which attained its development without natural resources. He asked them to explore areas of mutual investment and benefit.

While pleading for their cooperation, he told the audience that his government has set its mind on diversifying the economy and transfer the economy from government to a private driven one. He assured them of good returns on investment and asked them to take advantage of the abundant opportunities adding that, “a world of prosperity is our common goal.”

He also noted that gains such as the ones recorded in the telecoms sector was about being replicated in other sectors of the economy like power, energy, oil and gas and the manufacturing sector especially with the population of over 167 million and a ready market.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Nigeria to South Korea, Ambassador Desmond Akawo said he put together the forum to showcase abundant opportunities where the investors would bring in their expertise and invest in Nigeria which had abundant untapped resources.

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Jonathan and Ekweremadu congratulate Senegal’s President-elect

Senegal President -Elect, Maky Sall

The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has commended the people of Senegal over the successful conclusion of the Sunday run-off presidential polls.

Ekweremadu who congratulated President-elect, Mark Sall for winning in a free, fair, and credible manner also commended the incumbent President, Abdoulaye Wade for conceding defeat, describing his action as an invaluable asset to Senegal’s democracy and unity.

“Coming on the heels of the temporary setback to democracy in Mali, this is not only good news for the people of Senegal, but for the entire West African sub-region as it reaffirms our resolve as a people to live under constitutional, democratic and stable order”, Ekweremadu stated.

Describing the election as an added momentum to democracy in West Africa, the Speaker who also doubles as Nigeria Deputy President of Senate, urged the President-elect to be magnanimous in victory, ensuring that all traces of genuine political grievances were assuaged and the nation welded even more closely by the democratic feat that the presidential election represents.

While commending the ECOWAS and members of the international community for ensuring that what appeared a logjam in Senegal was resolved amicably through the ballot box, Ekweremadu reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Parliament to working with all institutions and organs of ECOWAS to ensure the sub-region “consolidates the path of zero tolerance to unconstitutional seizure of power, bad governance, injustice, impunity, corruption, coup d’états, and blemished electoral processes which are in themselves the roots of conflicts, instability, and underdevelopment.”

Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the opposition candidate in last Sunday’s presidential election run-off in Senegal, Mr. Macky Sall, on his election as President-Elect of Senegal.

Describing his election as “victory for democracy and just reward for all Senegalese people who kept faith in the democratic process and voted responsibly in what has proved to be a watershed election,” the President noted that “the Senegalese people have confirmed that theirs is a mature democracy built on freedom and respect for rules and laws.”

“If there was ever any doubt, this election has proved that the foundation of Senegalese democracy is rock solid. This is good for the Senegalese people and also for our sub-region, especially at a time one of our brother countries is facing grave challenges to constitutional order,” he said.

President Jonathan further observed that Sall’s “commitment to democracy and remarkable leadership and doggedness in the face of great odds are proof that he is the right person to heal wounds, unite the country and lead Senegal along the path of peace, equity and prosperity.”

The President while also commending incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, “for graciously accepting defeat, showing great maturity and statesmanship and organising an election that was adjudged free and fair, whose outcome he has accepted”, recommended Wade’s example to all other leaders on the African continent.

“The outcome of the election in Senegal is good for West Africa and the African continent,” he stressed, adding that “he looks forward to working with President-elect Sall and the people of Senegal for the mutual benefit of our two countries and for the peace, stability and prosperity of our sub-region.”

 

 

Tukur is new PDP’s Chairman

77 year old Bamanga Tukur has been declared the new national chairman of  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Turkur emerged, the consensus candidate for the party’s chairman, after all the other ten candidates stepped down for him at the 2012 national conention of the ruling party in Abuja.

Though he was a consensus candidate, votes were still casted to affirm his election. He polled 3,185 votes out the 3,448 of the total votes cast to emerge the winner.

The ten candidates withdrew their nominations, just as the election was about to commence, citing “advice by leaders” and “for peace of the party.

Among those who voted at the event were President Goodluck Jonathan, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo and other top party members.

The emergence of Mr Tukur as the sole candidate for the party’s leadership position took a twist earlier in the week when he was defeated at the north-east zonal congress of the party in Bauchi state.

The party had zoned the chairman’s office to the north-east region with the 77-year old having the blessings of President Goodluck Jonathan and some senior members of the party.  But he was defeated at the zonal congress ahead of the national convention by the party’s acting National Secretary, Musa Babayo

Mr Tukur, had described his defeat at the North-east zonal congress as a ‘charade’ stating that, he believes the outcome of the event will not affect his aspiration to emerge as the next national chairman of the largest party in the country.

12 positions were up for grabs at the convention; eight of them including the national publicity secretary were affirmed after only one candidate remained unopposed for the posts. The remaining including the post of national chairman which had only one candidate still had to be decided by ballot.

Former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola also emerged the sole candidate for the party’s national secretary, a position held by Professor Ahmed Rufai Alkali, who was amongst the ten that stepped for Mr Tukur.

Reacting to the emergence of Mr Tukur as the consensus candidate, Prof Akali explained that there were “rigorous persuasion and consultations” to get other candidates to stand down. “Some of us made the sacrifice to avoid divisions in the party,” he said. “The party is supreme” he added.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu described the emergence of Mr Tukur as the party’s leader, as a blessing and added impetus for the Party.

“Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s emergence is a blessing for the party, being a respected statesman with a rich reservoir of experience and popular support needed to further strengthen the Party and consolidate the gains made so far”, he stated.

He called on the new party officials which he also described as a First Class team to ride on the popular support and good will enjoyed at the Convention to justify the confidence reposed in them by the party faithful and ensure the speedy realization of Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda.

Below are the new national officers of the People’s Democratic Party:

  • National Chairman – Bamanga Tukur
  • Deputy National Chairman – Sam Sam Jaja
  • National Secretary – Olagunsoye Oyinlola
  • National Woman leader – Kema Chikwe
  • National Auditor – Bode Mustapha
  • National Financial Secreatry – Bolaji Anani
  • National organising Secretary – Abubakar Mustapha
  • National Youth Leader – Garba Umar
  • National Publicity Secretary – Olisah Metu
  • National Treasurer – Bala Bawa Kaoje
  • Deputy National Treasurer – Claudius Emekise
  • National Legal Adviser – Victor Pam
  • Deputy National Publicity Secretary – Binta Masi Garba
  • Deputy National Auditor – Umar Ibrahim
  • Deputy National youth Leader – Dennis Arokpe
  • Deputy National secretary – Solomon Onwe
  • Deputy National Organizaing Secretary – Okechukwu Nnadozie 
  • Assistant legal Adviser – Mohammed Magaji

Avoiding contentious acrimony

Ahead of the voting, some governors explained to Channels Television the essence of a consensus candidate where they why they have decided to return some candidates without voting.

According to the governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan, “what the PDP as a party seeks to promote is the unity of the party,” adding that the agreement on a consensus candidate “is to make sure that we avoid a contentious acrimony or contest. In every human endeavor or political setting, people should thrive “consensus rather than contest” he opined.

Also speaking, the leader of the Northern governors’ forum and governor of Niger state, Alhaji Aliyu Babaginda, stated that “once an individual is agreed upon; there will be no need for contest because our constitution (PDP’s constitution) allows for standing unopposed.

“There is no point fighting or arguing over anything. There is nothing wrong with a consensus candidate especially when it is generally agreed upon” stated the Abia state governor, Mr Theodora Orji

About 5,000 delegates are at the Eagles square, venue of the event to choose new executives for the national convention.

Tukur emerges consensus candidate for PDP’s chairman

Whilst the election for the new set of executives for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is ongoing, 77 year old Bamanga Tukur has emerged, the consensus candidate for the party’s chairman, after all the other ten candidates have stepped down for him.

The ten candidates withdrew their nominations, just as the election was about to commence, citing “advice by leaders” and “for peace of the party.

The emergence of Mr Tukur as the sole candidate for the party’s leadership position took a twist earlier in the week when he was defeated at the north-east zonal congress of the party in Bauchi state.

The party had zoned the chairman’s office to the north-east region with the 77-year old having the blessings of President Goodluck Jonathan and some senior members of the party.  But he was defeated at the zonal congress ahead of the national convention by the party’s acting National Secretary, Musa Babayo

Mr Tukur, had described his defeat at the North-east zonal congress as a ‘charade’ stating that, he believes the outcome of the event will not affect his aspiration to emerge as the next national chairman of the largest party in the country.

Former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola also emerged the sole candidate for the party’s national secretary, a position held by Professor Ahmed Rufai Alkali, who was amongst the ten that stepped for Mr Tukur.

Reacting to the emergence of Mr Tukur as the consensus candidate, Prof Akali explained that there were “rigorous persuasion and consultations” to get other candidates to stand down. “Some of us made the sacrifice to avoid divisions in the party,” he said. “The party is supreme” he added.

Aside the office of the chairman, other offices that have recorded consensus candidates at the ongoing national congress are officials of the party’s National Working committee (NWC), which includes,  Onwe Onwe, deputy national secretary, Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary and for Minister of Aviation Kema Chikwe, has emerged as the national woman leader.

Dr. Okechukwu Nnadozie will be deputy national Organising secretary, deputy national treasurer, Honorable Claudius Emekise, national legal adviser: Barrister Victor Pam and deputy national publicity secretary: Barrister Binta Machika.

Avoiding contentious acrimony

Ahead of the voting, some governors explained to Channels Television the essence of a consensus candidate where they why they have decided to return some candidates without voting.

According to the governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan, “what the PDP as a party seeks to promote is the unity of the party,” adding that the agreement on a consensus candidate “is to make sure that we avoid a contentious acrimony or contest. In every human endeavor or political setting, people should thrive “consensus rather than contest” he opined.

Also speaking, the leader of the Northern governors’ forum and governor of Niger state, Alhaji Aliyu Babaginda, stated that “once an individual is agreed upon; there will be no need for contest because our constitution (PDP’s constitution) allows for standing unopposed.

“There is no point fighting or arguing over anything. There is nothing wrong with a consensus candidate especially when it is generally agreed upon” stated the Abia state governor, Mr Theodora Orji

About 5,000 delegates are at the Eagles square, venue of the event to choose new executives for the national convention.

Senator George Sekibo’s wife kidnapped

Asime G.T. Sekibo, wife of serving Senator George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District, was kidnapped on Thursday night by unknown gunmen on the outskirt of Port Harcourt.

Mrs Sekibo, who was kidnapped along with two other persons, was reportedly returning back home from the University of Port Harcourt, where she’s a student.

Though a source close to the family confirmed that the kidnappers had already contected her husband, Senator Sekibo, to give their ransom terms for her to be released, he could not state any specific amount they were demanding.

The kidnappers struck at about 7:00pm under the Obiri Ikwerre Bridge, which is still under construction, along the East-West Road.

According to the source, who would prefer his name not to be mentioned, there were four occupant in the car conveying the senator’s wife, but the hoodlums pushed one of the occupants out, taking off with their prime target and two other passengers.

“They called the Senator at about 9:00pm to inform him they were the people who kidnapped his wife. I don’t know for certain how much they are demanding, but I know they have asked for a ransom.

“The vehicle was later found abandoned around Aluu community, which suggests they might have escaped through that area. They also took the two other occupants with her”, the source revealed.

When reached for official confirmation and details, the Rivers state police spokesman, Ben Ugwuegbulam (DSP), said he was not informed yet, promising to get in touch with the police chief in charge of the area.
He, however, was not forthcoming until the filing of this report at about 5:10pm.