Peter Obi Not Different From Atiku, Tinubu – Kachikwu

 

Labour Party’s Peter Obi belongs to the same order as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer Bola Tinubu and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart Atiku Abubakar. 

The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Dumebi Kachikwu said this on Tuesday, arguing that Nigeria requires people with fresh ideas to turn the nation around.

“The three of them belong to the same old order of politicians who have nothing to offer. There is no difference between Peter Obi, Atiku, and Asiwaju,” Kachikwu told Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“So, there’s no reason we have to come together to get power. I am not in the race because I seek power desperately. I am in this because I feel my country desperately needs change.

“Nigerians want a breath of fresh air. For too long, the vocal minority have had their way and their say in Nigeria. This race will be determined by the silent majority and they are prepared to take back their country.”

READ ALSO: [2023] Peter Obi Ahead Of Tinubu, Atiku With 51% — We2Geda Poll

This combination photo shows the Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi (L); All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu (C); and Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar (R).

 

The ADC flagbearer lamented that for years, Nigerians have “trusted failures”, noting that the country must now back those with impeccable records.

“What Nigerians are saying to themselves is that for decades we trusted failures, now we better trust those with sterling track records of success,” he added.

“No longer would Nigerians say because he was a local government chairman or a commissioner. They now realise that when they held that office, they never did anything meaningful with it”.

His comment came after a poll by a public advocacy group We2Geda Foundation said going into the election, Labour Party’s Obi is ahead of other candidates by 51 percent.

“Further analysis also shows that Peter Obi remained a consistent favourite in the four major geopolitical zones including North-Central, South-South, South-West and South-East, while Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the poll leader in the NorthEast and North-West zones,” the group said.

But Kachikwu has faulted the exercise, claiming it was “cooked” to favour the sponsors.

“If you were to ask the APC or the PDP about this poll, they will tell you, ‘Give me 24 hours and I will conduct my own poll that shows you I am leading’,” the ADC candidate maintained.

“So, people believe that these polls are just cooked to serve the benefit of whoever is paying for them. That’s what most people believe; so, we will discountenance them.”

Insecurity: FG Should Recruit More People Into Military, Says Kachikwu

 

The Federal Government should recruit more people into the military as part of measures to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu has said. 

Kachikwu gave the advice during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.  The ADC presidential flagbearer argued that the country is battling security challenges on multiple fronts.

“The whole country is at war. We have large areas of Nigeria that we now call ungoverned spaces. So, this military is severely challenged and they don’t have enough at this point,” he said on Wednesday.

“So, we have the Civil Defence and the police who are trained in the art of bearing arms but they are not trained the way soldiers are trained. So, we need to give them strategic training for a month or two for them to get to the point where they can react like the soldiers and join that effort.

“If we have 200,000 people join this war, on multi-war fronts, we would chase these people out. But we must understand that this war has been sustained for over a decade now. This is short-term. So, in the medium term, we must start recruiting massively. It takes about seven months to get a civilian to be a soldier, and another two to three years in the art of warfare – bearing different arms and what have you. So, we must start recruiting to get to the point of readiness but we are not doing this.”

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The ADC candidate accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to support the military, saying “those who are at the war front, who expect that the country will be solidly behind them” do not get such backing.

“Last year we spent a lot of money buying armament  – serious equipment – but you must understand that equipment needs to be operated,” he added. “It needs professional expenses.”

“So, the military is seriously challenged,” Kachikwu maintained.

Dumebi Kachikwu Beats Moghalu To Win ADC Presidential Ticket

A photo combination of Kingsley Moghalu and Dumebi Kachikwu.

 

Dumebi Kachikwu has been declared the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) following the presidential primary held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee General Ekundayo Opaleye announced the result, noting that Dumebi polled 978 votes to emerge victorious over a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Prof Kingsley Moghalu who polled 589 votes.

Chukwuka Monye scored 339 votes while Princess Chichi Ojei got 72. A further breakdown showed that Evang. Ebiti Ndok Jegede pulled five votes and Lady Angela Johnson finished with one vote.

While giving his acceptance speech, the presidential candidate promised purposeful leadership to rescue the country from the current challenges facing it, just as he extended the hand of fellowship to other contestants.

READ ALSO: PDP Says Tinubu Is No Match For Atiku

Two thousand one hundred persons were picked as delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Twelve aspirants, comprising five women, and seven men, contested for the exalted position. Two of them were absent from the exercise, while an aspirant Mani Ibrahim withdrew from the race

Prior to the exercise, the former CBN deputy governor had vowed to defeat the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar respectively in the 2023 elections.

Moghalu joined the ADC in October 2021 and was the presidential candidate of YPP in the 2019 elections.

FG Not Increasing Fuel Price From N145 – Kachikwu

FG Not Increasing Fuel Price From N145 – Kachikwu
Ibe Kachikwu

 

The Federal Government has allayed the fear of purported increment in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, from N145 per litre.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, asked Nigerians to ignore such reports with an assurance that fuel pump price remains unchanged.

He also criticised those circulating the speculations saying they were being unfair to Nigerians following the difficulty they had gone through during the yuletide.

READ ALSO: PDP Warns FG, APC Against Purported Fuel Price Hike

“We are not increasing price from N145,” said Kachikwu. “I thought we should make this very clear, this is not a matter for speculation; anybody who does speculation is not being helpful to Nigerians.”

“They’ve gone through a very difficult Christmas period. We are working night and day to try and find solutions,” he added.

The minister further said the fuel crisis should not be politicised but rather, the people should support the government’s effort to ensure the nation overcomes the challenge.

He said: “It is not a political issue, people should step out of that goalpost. We want to provide succour to Nigerians, we want to provide product at N145 – that is the presidential mandate, that is the Federal Executive Council mandate; nobody is having a deliberation on that.”

Working Refineries Solution To Fuel Crisis, Says Kachikwu

Kachikwu also briefed journalists on the issues discussed in the past few days at the stakeholders’ meeting which was convened to find a lasting solution to Nigeria’s fuel challenges.

“The essence of our meeting yesterday (Thursday) and the essence of the committee’s meeting which began a few days ago, is to find mechanisms to ensure that queues do not come back to Nigeria,” he said.

“That there is a wetting of all the stations so there’s product available every time for Nigerians, that private marketers who had pulled out of participation – that we deal with their problems so that they can participate effectively in the supply of refined petroleum products in the country; all within the parameters of the N145 pump price,” he added.

Working Refineries Solution To Fuel Crisis, Says Kachikwu

Kachikwu Says Solution To Fuel Scarcity Is To Make Nigerian Refineries Work
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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, believes the major solution to the fuel scarcity challenges in the country is for Nigeria to fix its refineries.

Kachikwu gave the recommendation on Thursday during a public hearing convened by the Senate to investigate the fuel scarcity that hit the nation in the last few weeks.

READ ALSO: Senate Interrupts Recess, Summons Kachikwu, NNPC Boss Over Fuel Crisis

He emphasised that Nigeria cannot run away from the fact that working refineries would go a long way to resolve fuel crisis and prevent further occurrence of the hardship the people faced during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The minister, however, informed the lawmakers that the Ministry of Petroleum and relevant agencies were looking at an 18-month emergency period when they would need to address the pricing issue of the products which was at the centre of the recent fuel crisis.

According to him, the difference between the 170/171 naira landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, and the 145 naira actual cost needs to be addressed.

Kachikwu opined that the difference made the importers of petroleum products to hands off from the importation of fuel as they felt they were not making profit.

He, however, proposed solutions to address such gaps and further recommended some models to address the pricing issues.

One of the recommendations was working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fix an exchange rate of N204 to a dollar for importers, which will enable them to sell petrol at N145.

The other was the ‘plural pricing system’ which will enable NNPC stations to continue to sell petrol at N145 while private importers sell at a price profitable to them.

Senate President Bukola Saraki had directed the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and urgently convene a meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum industry.

Dr Saraki gave the order in December 2017 in a bid to find a lasting solution to the fuel crisis and the untold hardship it was unleashing on innocent Nigerians.

Those present at the meeting are members of the Senate Committee, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, as well as representatives of trade unions in the oil and gas sector among others.

Senate Interrupts Recess, Summons Kachikwu, NNPC Boss Over Fuel Crisis

Senate Interrupts Recess, Summons Kachikwu, NNPC Boss Over Fuel Crisis
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The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and immediately convene a meeting with stakeholders in the petroleum industry.

Senate President Bukola Saraki gave the directive on Thursday amid the ongoing fuel scarcity across the country, especially that of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

A statement from Saraki’s media office said the order was in a bid to end the crisis and the untold hardship it is unleashing on innocent Nigerians.

Fuel Scarcity: NNPC Uncovers Five Illegal Filling Stations In Two Days

NNPC, DAPPMA Trade Words Over Fuel Scarcity
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Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, also briefed reporters on the steps taken following the directive in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Senator Marafa said the committee has summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

According to him, the minister and the NNPC boss, as well as other relevant stakeholders in the petroleum sector are to attend a crucial meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2018.

The lawmaker further noted that the meeting would take place inside the Senate Hearing Room 221 where its proceedings would be broadcasted live.

He informed reporters that the discussion would address the lingering fuel scarcity bedevilling the nation in the last few weeks with a view to putting a complete stop to the unsavoury situation.

The Senate is presently on Christmas and New Year break.

The Upper House is billed to resume committee work for budget defence on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, and commence plenary on January 16, a week later.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has assured Nigerians that the fuel scarcity would be over before the weekend as it was already winning the war.

Baru, who addressed reporters on Thursday during an unscheduled visit to errant filling stations in the nation’s capital, said they have uncovered five illegal stations in two days.

He said illegal stations operating were also responsible for fuel crisis, as they rely on diverted products for supply.

“What I want the public to know is that in two days, we are able to identify five illegal stations that have products that obviously have been diverted; because we will not be giving products (to them) under a normal approved procedure of the NNPC.

“They must have gotten this product as diverted and if you divert any truck, you are actually diverting from legal stations,” the NNPC boss said.

Fuel Scarcity: Osinbajo, Kachikwu’s Visit To Oil Depots In Photos

Photo: Twitter// @IbeKachikwu

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, have met with some major petroleum marketers.

The meeting, which held on Christmas day in Lagos amid the fuel scarcity witnessed across the country, followed a visit to some oil depots in the nation’s commercial capital.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo, Kachikwu Meet With Oil Marketers Over Fuel Scarcity

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Fuel Scarcity: Osinbajo, Kachikwu Meet With Oil Marketers

Fuel Scarcity: Osinbajo, Kaichkwu Meet With Oil Marketers
Photo: Twitter// @IbeKachikwu — Kachikwu and Osinbajo (from second left)

 

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, have met with some major petroleum marketers over the issue of fuel scarcity in the country.

Dr Kachikwu said in a tweet that Monday’s meeting, which was ‘productive and collaborative’, was convened as part of efforts by the Federal Government to frontally provide the much-needed solutions to the lingering fuel availability challenges across the country.

Osinbajo, Kachikwu’s Visit To Oil Depots In Photos

The minister said that the government was very much aware of the difficulty Nigerians go through to get the scarce product but that it would soon be a thing of the past.

He informed the people that the government has mandated the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other relevant agencies to ensure the states are flooded with the product.

“Whilst empathising with Nigerians for the needless pain and suffering that the current situation has sprung up, we expect that the fuel availability challenges evidenced by long queues will be completely eliminated, soonest.

“We are leaving no stone unturned as we continue to monitor the current fuel situation and collaboratively work with the NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to assiduously execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products,” Kachikwu said.

He further thanked Nigerians for their understanding and support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that measures are being put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

He said: “The bigger picture is to ensure that a repeat of the current challenge is never again experienced; I thank every Nigerian for the support even in the face of challenges. God bless you and I respectfully wish you a splendid holiday and celebration.”

FG To Revive Refineries By 2019 – Kachikwu

FG To Revive Refineries By 2019 – Kachikwu
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The Federal Government has revealed plans to resuscitate refineries in the country and return them to a fully functional condition by 2019.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said this on Wednesday in Abuja shortly after the Federal Executive Meeting.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting As Buhari Attends One Planet Summit

He said that apart from giving the kiss of life to the plants, the government also targets three refineries for starters to produce at least 450 barrels per day.

Amateur photo: [L-R] Uguru Usani, Ibe Kachikwu, Chibuike Amaechi, and Garba Shehu

The minister also told State House correspondents that the Federal Government has no plans to reduce the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

Kachikwu briefed reporters alongside the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani; Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the FEC meeting, which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is attending a summit in France.

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FG Directs Kachikwu To End Fuel Scarcity Before Weekend

FG Directs Kachikwu To End Fuel Scarcity Before Weekend
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The Federal Government has directed the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel queues in the country by the end of this week.

The directive was issued on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, briefed State House correspondents after the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who was on a working visit to Kano State.

He said Dr Kachikwu who was meant to give a brief on the outcomes of the meeting was attending another crucial meeting to end the long fuel queues witnessed across the country

The minister said that government was never planning to increase the pump price of petrol at any time and would never support any such move.

“The government has no intention at all to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),” Mr Mohammed said.

“He (Kachikwu) has assured us and I think the Council gave him a marching order, that this thing should not last beyond this weekend and they are going to work very hard to ensure that it is contained,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, informed reporters that the Council has approved six new private universities in some parts of the country.

He said: “The Ministry of Education presented a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council on the establishment of six new private universities, and it has been approved.

“The issue of quality assurance, issue of standard, and the issue of accreditation will be looked into very seriously.”

The newly-approved universities include Admiralty University, Ibusa, Delta State; Spiritan University, Nneochi, Abia State; and Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Others are Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Atiba University, Oyo State; and Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences, Lagos.

NNPC Scandal: Ezekwesili Faults Baru’s Claims, Says Procurement Procedure Breached

A former Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Obiageli Ezekwesili has faulted the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maikanti Baru for not following due process as recommended by the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts by the NNPC.

Ezekwesili who is a lead discussant at a roundtable to analyse the issues surrounding the October faceoff between the GMD of the NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibeh Kachikwu argues strongly that the NNPC breached the nation’s public procurement procedures.

READ ALSO: NNPC Scandal: Osinbajo Clarifies Process Of Contract Approval

“The approving authority of the process is not determined by the board. That is where the confusion is coming from. There is the process and then there is the completion of the process and then, the submission of the process to an approving authority,” she said.

Ezekwesili revealed that the NNPC management and the GMD’s claims that there is no power residing on the board to approve contracts is false.

“What the NNPC management and the GMD are saying is that there is no power residing in the board to approve anything that they have done all they need to do is do there process and take it to the president. They are wrong,” she said.

Ezekwesili stressed that there is no provision in the procurement law that says the President or any individual can approve such contracts.

Osinbajo Meets With Kachikwu And Baru

Ijaw Youths Urge Osinbajo To Fulfil His Promise
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has met with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.

The meeting comes amid the reported scandal at the NNPC after a letter Kachikwu wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he levelled several allegations against Baru was leaked to the public and went viral.

READ ALSO: Kachikwu, Baru Put Differences Aside At Economic Summit

On Tuesday last week, both men, however, set differences aside at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja where they warmly exchanged pleasantries and posed for photos.

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Vice President Osinbajo later met with the minister and the NNPC boss today (Wednesday) at the Presidential Villa where they discussed operations in Nigeria’s upstream sector.

Kachikwu told State House correspondents after the meeting that despite ongoing litigations, the Federal Government would continue with the development of the $13.5billion Zabazaba Deepwater Oil Field.

The project, situated in Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245, was said to have been acquired by Shell and Agip from Malabu Oil and Gas in 2012 for $1.3 billion dollars.

The acquisition has, however, been the subject of a corruption probe and prosecutions in Italy and Nigeria.

Kachikwu also hinted that the meeting discussed some escrow accounts.