Ondo State APC, PDP Disagree Over Olanusi’s Impeachment

ondo state-APC,PDP-on olanusi's impeachmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have disagreed on the recent impeachment and removal from office of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Ali Olanusi.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue in Akure, the State capital, a chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Kunle Adebayo, argued that the former Deputy Governor was not given fair hearing, as he was not duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation.

He maintained that the decision of the State House of Assembly ‎to impeach Mr Olanusi was not acceptable.

But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Mr Banji Okunomo, said that the former Deputy Governor was duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation to defend himself on the allegations brought against him.

Mr Okunomo, however, argued that the decision of the House to impeach Mr Olanusi was the necessary procedure to be taken. He further called on aggrieved parties to approach the court of law to seek justice.

APC Reverses Decision To Ban AIT

APC-on-AIT-banThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has reversed the decision made by the media aide to General Muhammadu  Buhari to ban one of Nigeria’s private television stations, the AIT,  from covering the activities of the president-elect over what he referred to as issues relating to ethics and standards.

In a statement on Tuesday, the APC spokesperson, Mr Lai Mohammed, said all accredited media organisations in Nigeria, including the AIT, were free to cover the activities of the president-elect.

Mr Mohammed went further said that the incoming Buhari administration would not discriminate against any media organisation, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign before the elections of March 28 and April 11.

‘Out For Personal Vendetta’

He further advised that all media organisations should observe the highest level of professionalism in carrying out their duties.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described Monday’s directive to bar the television house, from covering his activities as unacceptable.

The party further said that the suppression of the media, under any guise portends danger for the nation’s democracy.

The ruling party, however, warned that if the right of the president-elect was in anyway violated by the media organisation or any media house,  he is expected to act within the law and seek redress in court. The party further stated that if the decision was not reversed, it would have no option than to conclude that General Buahri was out for personal vendetta.

Monthly Environmental Sanitation Still Stands In Ogun State – Amosun

amosun-on-environmental sanitationThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says the monthly environmental sanitation exercise still stands in the state.

Governor Amosun stated this while monitoring the exercise on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state’s capital during his on the spot assessment of the extent of damage caused by a  rainstorm in the state capital on Friday and compliance to restriction of movement order.

The Governor added that restriction of movement must be strictly adhered to by residents and travelers to the state in order not to run foul of the laws.

Areas visited by the Governor, his wife, Olufunso Amosun, Commissioner for Environment, Ayo Olubori and other top government functionaries include, Oba Lipede Market, OPIC Building, Amolaso area in the Abeokuta metropolis,among others.

While thanking God that no life was lost and that the injured ones had been discharged from the hospital, the Governor promised that the present administration would do the needful in coming to the aid of affected property owners after proper evaluation.

Cross River Rescheduled Election: APC, LP Candidates Insist On Boycott

apc,lp candidates-on-cross river electionThe candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and  Labour Party (LP) have maintained their stands not to participate in the election process in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.

According to the participants who spoke in Calabar, the State’s capital, the candidates demanded for the conduct of the rescheduled bi-election to cover all polling units in the constituency and not just some wards.

They maintained that this was a consensus reached between the two parties following series of meetings and petitions forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They further stressed that if INEC goes ahead to hold the elections in some wards on Saturday, April 25, the will of majority of the people to vote in leaders of their choice, would be denied in the state constituency.

Reacting on the issue, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sylvester Ezeani, insisted that the re-run elections will hold in both Yakurr and Biase Local Government Areas as the commission is already set for the conduct of the re-election.

He maintained that he has no powers to cancel any elections and urged grieving parties to lay their complains before the law.

Anambra Assembly Poll: Voters Revolt Over Stolen Result Sheet

anambra state-voters revolt on electionThe House of Assembly re-run in 32 wards and 500 polling units in Anambra State has been conducted amidst complaints of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Several inconsistencies during the April 11 House of Assembly election led to the cancellation of the poll in 32 wards and 500 polling units spread across Anaocha, Aguata and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas.

At a primary school in Egbema Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, where there were three polling units with over 500 registered voters each, accreditation with the card reader was successful. Though, the turnout of voters was not impressive.

The situation was not the same at Umuoru Hall in Uga ward 1. The center had five polling units but voters were at daggers drawn fracas with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials who they asked to produce the result sheets.

The suspicion of the missing result sheets was created by the two Supervising Presiding Officers posted to the unit who suddenly disappeared with their cell phones switched off.

The people accused some of the political heavy weights in the community, who they felt were battling for supremacy, as responsible for the electoral fraud.

Uga ward 1 had 25 polling units. The incumbent Senator representing the Anambra South senatorial zone, Senator Andy Uba, as well as the incumbent member of the House of Assembly, Honorable Ikechukwu Umeh, were both registered voters in the ward and are in different political parties.

As the war raged on, many voters left while some in polling unit 023 continued with accreditation.

However, the Presiding officer succumbed to the intense pressure of cancelling the election in Umuoru as the calls he put across to his superiors ended with him writing a report on the election that couldn’t hold due to disruption by party agents.

While voting was successfully done at polling unit 005 at St Peters, voters at Umumonye Hall did not see any INEC official or ballot materials and they were not given any reason for the disenfranchisement.

INEC Set To Conduct Inconclusive State Assembly Election

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is set for the conduct of the inconclusive state assembly election in Orhiomwom constituency 2.

The election would hold on Saturday, April 18 in Edo State.

The elections in the constituency was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer because the margin of lead between the two leading candidates in the poll was 1,421 while the number of registered candidates in the four affected wards was 4,813

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, while briefing staff of the commission selected for the exercise, said INEC has put everything in place to ensure a smooth conduct of the remaining polls in the area.

Okonjo-Iweala Tasks Buhari’s Administration On Policies

iwealaThe Minister of Finance in Nigeria, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to focus of making policies that would build up macro economic stability.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke on Nigeria Beyond Oil at a session at the ongoing World Bank/IMF spring meeting in Washington DC, listed key areas she expected the administration to look at.

She stressed the need for the new administration that would take over on May 29 to focus on diversification of the economy, rebuilding buffers and blocking of leakages.

The Minister, however, said that the policies, if well implemented, would address the shortfall in the revenue gotten from crude oil sales and in the long term, end poverty in Nigeria.

Listing some of the measures taken by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to cushion the shortfall from oil resources, the Minister of Finance, gave further insight into what the incoming government could do to further save the economy.‎

Dr Okonjo-Iweala is optimistic that the approach, backed by strong institutions to check cases of corruption, could bring the country out of its economic challenges.

The meeting was however interactive as participants at the session raised questions bordering on insecurity, health and the education sector.

The Minister further asked Nigerians to hold the government at all levels accountable for lapses experienced in some of the sectors.

Jonathan Directs MDAs To Submit Hand-over Notes

Jonathan-FECThe President has directed all ministries, departments and agencies to submit their handover notes to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by the 20th of April.

President Goodluck Jonathan further stressed that  the directive is to ensure a smooth transition to the next government.

Briefing state house correspondents on the outcome of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, the Minister of Information, Mrs Patricia Akwashiki said that the President also asked the ministers to come up with a list of the inherited projects.

The Minister further said that President Jonathan also directed the ministers to submit a list of the projects that have been executed as well as all projects initiated by his administration, as well as on-going or abandoned ones so that he would have a comprehensive package to hand over.

Mrs Akwashiki added: “This does not mean that government activities have come to an end as the government would continue to function until the hand over date on May 29.”

Ijaw National Congress Supports APC’s Peterside Ahead Of Rivers Polls

petersideThe eastern zone of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) has declared support for the Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside.

Various leaders and affiliate bodies of the congress reached the resolution at a meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The meeting was attended by members of the eastern zone of the INC, elders and opinion leaders of Ijaw extraction.

According to the President-General of the group, Mr Boma Obuforibo, the group would only vote for candidates from the Ijaw community.

Obiano Meets Workers, Promises Improved Welfare

governor obianoThe Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, has met with the state’s public servants at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka, the Anambra State capital, promising to address issues of their welfare.

The civil servants trooped out in their hundreds to welcome the governor as well as pledge their loyalty to him.

Governor Obiano on his part gave the assurance that their welfare is guaranteed once they support his administration.

The governor also announced an increment in their salaries as well as plans to double their transport allowance.

The Head of Service, Mr. Chidi Ezeoke, commended the governor for his passion to raise the living standard of the state workers who he said had resolved to support the government of Governor Obiano .

More encomiums came from the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Mr Jerry Nnubia, who said that the civil servants in the state have reasons to support Governor Obiano as he has distinguished himself as it concerns workers’ welfare.

Electoral Materials Arrive Cross-River Ahead of Saturday’s Polls

election The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State, Sylvester Ezeani has taken delivery of all necessary materials ahead of Saturday’s election.

Receiving the materials at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Calabar, the State Capital, Ezeani reiterated the preparedness of the commission to hold Saturday’s polls devoid of challenges as witnessed during the March elections.

Mr Ezeani maintained that, over 2000 card readers to be used for the polls have been effectively reconfigured to enable the machines function effectively without causing unnecessary delays as experienced during the last elections.

Mr Ezeani however, assured the people of the State, of conducting a free, fair and credible polls acceptable by the electorates.

Ihiala People Say No To Election Violence

IhialaIhiala, a peaceful Local Government Area in the south senatorial zone of Anambra State has not been the same after the presidential and National Assembly election violence on  March 28.

Asides thousands of Ihiala people demonstrating anger over the violence that occurred in the March 28 elections, they have also raised their voices against a repeat.

In a solidarity visit to the home of one of the victims of the March 28 election violence, Mr Ernest Azudialor Obiejesi, Ihiala people have also declared a death wish for whoever attempts to rig the April 11 governorship election.

Mr Obiejesi was a victim whom they thought had been killed during the fracas that broke out on the election day but survived.

Narrating the violent incident which left two policemen and several community members fatally injured, Obiejesi urged the people to stand up and defend the truth at all times.

The election at Ihiala turned violent when some political thugs invaded the collation center at the Local Government Area and shot sporadically which led to two policemen and several community members being fatally wounded.