EFCC To Arraign Dele Belgore

EFCC To Arraign Dele BelgoreThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore at the Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday.

Mr Belgore, a PDP Chieftain who vied for the party’s governorship ticket in the last Kwara state election is to be arraigned on a five-count charge alongside the immediate past minister of national planning, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman.

In the charge sheet obtained by Channels TV’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, the two defendants are said to have conspired on March 27, 2015, to directly take possession of the sum of 450million Naira, a sum which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act.

They are also charged with being in possession of the sum and making a cash payment of 50million Naira to one Sheriff Shagaya without going through a financial institution.

The EFCC said that the charges are contrary to and punishable under certain sections of the Money Laundering Prohibition Amendment Act, 2012.

Mr Dele Belgore and Prof Abubakar Sulaiman are to be arraigned before Justice Rilwan Aikawa.

Appeal Court Nullifies Election Victory Of Delta State Senator, Amori

appeal court on delta senatorial districtThe Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital has nullified the election victory of Senator Ighoyota Amori in the Delta Central Senatorial District.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator lost the seat to Ovie-omo Agege of the Labour Party on Sunday.

The five-man panel led by Justice Abba Aji upturned an earlier ruling in favour of Senator Amori and held that Ovie-omo Agege be sworn in as winner of the election into the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

With the Appeal Court’s judgment, there are two PDP Senators representing Delta State at the National Assembly.

Mr Agege is a former secretary to the Delta State Government and a Chieftain of the PDP until his defection from the party.

PDP, APC Trade Words In Osun Over Education Sector

PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ‎and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have been throwing allegations and counter allegations over the education sector in the state.

While the PDP leadership accuse Governor Rauf Aregbesola of crippling the education sector with alleged “Unrealisable Policies” that has led to mass failure of the students in external examination, the APC says all the education policies of the government has been able to transform the education Sector.

Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, a PDP Chieftain, Bunmi Jenyo, said it is regrettable that students in public schools missed out a whole session of academic work owing to the down-tool of teachers occasioned by the rift between labour and government on payment of salaries.

In a swift response, the APC refuted the claim, stating that government and labour have settled the issue of non-payment of salaries – and the students are presently in school to cover up for the lost session.

Leaders of the PDP also called on the Governor Aregbesola to conduct Local Government elections without delay, to allow for smooth governance at the grassroots level.

PDP Decampees Are Now Born Again – APC

The Assistant State Publicity Secretary of APC, Funsho Ologunde, on Saturday responded to allegations that the party is no different from the Peoples Democratic Party it criticises based on its open arm policy to former members of the ruling party.

They (APC) are not birds of the same feathers because PDP represents power (and indirectly, impunity) while APC preaches change, he said.

Speaking on Sunrise, he said “in the game of politics, there are no permanent friends.” The fact that some people have been in the PDP, working against the interest of the country, does not mean they cannot be converted.

He claimed that the process of conversion was not overnight and that the gospel of the APC to the decampees was that their continued stay in the PDP was a hindrance to the progress of the nation.

In reaction to this, PDP Chieftain, Segun Ogundimu, said the position of the PDP is that the “mass defection (will lead to) mass confusion in the APC.” He also denied that those who decamped were being oppressed by the leadership and accused them of being over ambitious.

Asked what the APC intends to do to bring about the change it has promised, Ologunde said the development in APC states attests to the fact that the party can deliver if Nigerians support.

According to him, the widely celebrated development heralded by the Akpabio led Akwa Ibom state government is an orchestrated campaign by the PDP to give the party leverage against APC governors who are widely accepted as performing.

PDP is synonym for non-performance, bad government, he said.

However, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and Managing Director of the Sun Newspapers, Femi Adesina, who was a guest on the programme, opined that the mass defection is healthy for democracy as it has caused a “balance of power, forces.” The realignments in the political front indicate that “anything can happen in 2015,” Adesina added.

He continued by saying that prior to the season of defection, PDP’s return to power was highly ikely but now “nothing is guaranteed.”

Adeshina averred that the changes in the polity have generated excitement in the public domain in anticipation of 2015 general elections.

PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

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