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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Broom-waving supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took to the streets of Akure this afternoon to celebrate the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu as the governor-elect of Ondo State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this afternoon formally announced Akeredolu as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The victorious APC supporters went round Akure in motorcades comprising commercial motorcycles and buses singing and chanting praises of the APC governor-elect.
Shouts of ‘Aketi’ rent the air at Oja-Oba, Old Garage, Customs area, Ondo Road and other parts of Akure.
The APC supporters sang winner o o o, winner, winner o o o winner, Aketi you don win o, winner.
On sighting the APC supporters, resident trooped out from their houses and joined them to celebrate Akeredolu’s victory.
Some of the APC supporters who spoke expressed happiness that APC was finally able to dislodge Governor Olusegun Mimiko from power.
They expressed their indignation at Mimiko’s inability to pay civil servants in the state six months salary.
Some also described Mimiko as a political prostitute. ”Mimiko is the architect of his own failure. He was moving from one political party to the other. MajOrity of us who earlier supported him withdrew our support and the result is what you are seeing today. From Labour Party to PDP and he did not carry majority of us along,” a commercial motorcyclist who gave his name as Gbenga Dare told our reporter.
Another APC supporter, Felicia Omotosho, accused the Mimiko administration of not paying her husband’s salary for six months, adding that this created a lot of hardship for her family. ”I am happy that Akeredolu won. We want change in Ondo State. We don’t want any imposition. Akeredolu, I believe will bring smiles to the people of Ondo State,” she said.
SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC) has replaced the name of Mr Jimoh Ibrahim with that of Mr Eyitayo Jegede as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ondo governorship election, scheduled for Saturday.
A statement signed by the Commission’s Secretary, Mr Agusta Ogakwu, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja.
The INEC’s decision is in line with the judgment of the Appeal Court which ordered it to replace Ibrahim’s name with Jegede as PDP candidate for Saturday’s election.
The Court of Appeal panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa, on Tuesday, set aside the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court recognising Jimoh Ibrahim as PDP candidate in the Ondo gubernatorial poll.
Ogakwu said that the decision of the Commission was in compliance with the judgment of the Court of Appeal over the party’s candidate tussle for Ondo governorship election.
“It will be recalled that in compliance with the Order given by the Federal High Court Abuja Division on Oct. 14 (re-affirmed on Oct. 27), the commission recognised Ibrahim as the PDP candidate for the governorship election.
“However, with today‘s judgment by the Court of Appeal, the commission hereby replaces it with Mr Jegede as the candidate of the PDP for the said election,” Ogakwu said.
She urged the people of Ondo to come out and exercise their franchise on Nov. 26, in a peaceful manner .
“All the political parties and their candidates participating in the election are also enjoined to play by the rules and cooperate with INEC to ensure the smooth conduct of the election.”
JIMOH IBRAHIM REACTS:
In apparent defiance of an Appeal Court ruling that set aside the Justice Abang judgement that ordered INEC to publish Jimoh Ibrahim’s name as the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate for the November 26 election in Ondo State, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim has vowed to continue with his campaign.
The three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, in a unanimous judgment delivered on Wednesday held that Justice Abang acted without jurisdiction when he made orders against those that were not parties before him.
SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday arrived Akure Airport amidst tight security for the All Progressive Congress (APC) campaign rally for the Nov. 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Buhari arrived the airport at exactly 10.09 a.m. and was received by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Also on ground to receive the president were Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Mineral Development; Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun and Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, member, representing Ondo Central at the Senate.
Others were Alhaji Alli Olanusi, former Ondo deputy governor; Mr Isaac Kekemeke, former chairman of APC in Ondo State; Mr Jamiu Ekungba, a contestant in the APC primary election that produced Chief Rotimi Akeredolu.
In the entourage of the president were Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Gov. Umar Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State and Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
Also present at the airport were former Gov. Joshua Dariye of Plateau and former Gov. Adams Oshiomole of Edo.
The security details of the Nigerian Police was led by Mrs Hilda Ibifuro, Commissioner of Police in Ondo State.
Other security operatives present included men of the Immigration Services, FRSC, Nigeria Police, NSCDC, the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force.
Buhari inspected a guard of honour mounted by men of the Nigerian Army before leaving the airport.
The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, arrived at different times after the president had left the airport.
SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: The Katsina State Government has presented a memo before the Katsina State Judicial Commission of Inquiry alleging diversion of N8.6bn by the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, and other top officials.
Counsel for the commission, Mr. Hassan Liman (SAN), stated this on Monday during the sitting of the commission.
Liman said the amount was diverted from the accounts of the Ministry of Environment, departments of Community Development, Special Duties, Girl-Child Education and Almajiri Affairs.
He explained that available records showed that the funds were allegedly diverted by the former governor and other government officials.
According to him, there was no evidence on how the funds were utilised during the period under review.
Liman, however, told the commission that the former governor had filed a case before the Court of Appeal, Kaduna, claiming an infringement of his fundamental human rights.
He asked the commission to adjourn the sitting pending the determination of the case.
In his ruling, the chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammad Surajo, adjourned the sitting indefinitely, saying that the commission would communicate a new date to all the parties involved.
The commission also adjourned the hearing of memo on the activities of the Katsina Road Maintenance Agency and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Department, pending the determination of the case before the Court of Appeal.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Governor Aminu Masari inaugurated the commission to investigate how some funds were mismanaged during Shema’s tenure and to advise the government accordingly.
SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin was filled to capacity as the new governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki, took the oath of office on Saturday.
The main bowl of the stadium and the outer precincts were filled to capacity during the ceremony.
Among the dignitaries at the occasion were the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.
Also present were business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The ceremony also had in attendance a former military head of state, Dr Yakubu Gowon, and ministers including that of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The inauguration ceremony was also graced by traditional rulers from across the three senatorial districts of the state as well as youths and market women who were all dressed in different attires.
Obaseki is taking over from Adams Oshiomhole who had served two terms of four years.
Obaseki defeated the candidate of the PDP, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in the Sept. 28 governorship poll in the state.
234naira.com: Vice president Yemi Osinbajo has said the federal government is not interested in arresting former President Goodluck Jonathan over various allegations of corruption during his administration.
The Lagos state chapter of ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) recently called for the arrest and eventual prosecution of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
But addressing US based Nigerians in Houston, Texas, on Friday at a Townhall meeting, Professor Osinbajo said the federal government was not contemplating probing the former president.
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Laolu Akande, the VP gave the hint when he interacted with US-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the Internet.
The Vice President fielded about thirty questions at a well-attended townhall event moderated by Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.
Answering question from the internet on when former President Goodluck Jonathan would be arrested, Osinbajo pointed out that the Buhari administration is not in the business of arresting just anyone anyhow.
He said all the Buhari administration does is to empower the security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs, without the administration trying to teleguide them.
He also added that the fight against corruption in the country is not fought on ethnic, hasty or premeditated grounds.
According to him, “ corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone, the culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”
The VP frowned at a situation where for instance as much as $15 billion has disappeared from the national coffers into private pockets, pointing out that no responsible government would wave that aside so as not to offend people.
He also said Security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country.
Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Vice President said “the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms.”
“There are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody” The Vice President said but however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.
Prof. Osinbajo reminded the audience that the issue of killings by such violent herdsmen has been a perennial issue especially as grazing lands continue to disappear over the years and the cattle feed on people’s crops on the farmlands. He clarified that the matter just did not crop up when President Buhari assumed office.
The Vice President warned against the tendency of interpreting the herdsmen issue as a religious issue, stressing that it is important for all Nigerians to refuse such divisive narratives and tendencies.
He reminded his audience that there has always been conflict between herdsmen and communities across the country and that people should disabuse the notion that the problem has just started because President Buhari, a Fulani is currently at the helm of affairs in the country.
Answering question on the need for community policing, the Vice President indicated that community policing via State Police is indeed a cardinal program of the ruling APC and noted however, that the party agenda cannot be introduced until there is an amendment to the nation’s constitution.
He gave a scenario where a policeman from Bayelsa State for instance is working in Borno State where he cannot even speak the language or understand the culture of the people he is policing, noting that such is counterproductive.
“The current situation where police activities is controlled at the federal level sure has some limitations”, he conceded adding that the “the federal government is currently working to introduce community policing that would be in line with the constitution.”
Commenting on the recent arrest of judges in the country, Prof. Osinbajo told his Nigerian audience in Texas that impunity could be very dangerous in any sector and that the federal government is only exercising its executive function in attempting to check excesses.
He pointed out that the important thing is that due process is being followed as the judges were released about 24 hours after their arrest and once they had given their statements.
The Vice President also responded to a question on the state of the nation’s economy and attributed the current recession to the loss of about 60 percent of government revenue due to pipeline vandalism and endemic corruption in the system.
He however stated that getting back oil production is a sure way to get out of the recession and the federal government is working to sort it out.
Commenting on the declining fortunes of Nigeria in international sporting competitions occasioned by poor funding by the government, the Vice President said that a long-term solution to inadequate funding of sports is private sector involvement.
According to him, looking around countries that have excelled in international sporting competitions, the private sector in those countries are directly involved and that is exactly what should happen in Nigeria. By the time companies and organizations take up sports sponsorship, he believes that the tide would change for good.
Nigerians from all walks of life in Houston, Texas and from other parts of the US attended the town hall meeting which was preceded by a Nigeria Infrastructure summit which showcased opportunities for foreign investors in Nigeria.
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Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State is presently holding a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja over the violence that erupted in the state this morning.
Thousands of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akure, the Ondo State capital, this morning took to the streets to protest the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s governorship candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.
The protesters who are from the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party want INEC to substitute Jimoh Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.
Mimiko who arrived arrived at the villa around 11 am, immediately went into the president’s office to discuss the violence.
Tension started building in the state on Thursday when INEC published the name of Ibrahim among a list of 26 candidates participating in the November 26 governorship election.
In his acclaimed publication ‘The Trouble with Nigeria’ published 33 years ago, in 1983, the late Chinua Achebe pointed out that the ‘the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership’.
Thirty-three years on this is still true but with an added ‘but’.
Nigeria is a very difficult country to govern: if not the most difficult in the world to govern. You have three major tribes with god-knows-how-many sub-tribes. Three major languages are spoken with over four hundred dialects. There are supposedly two major religions – Christianity and Islam – and again god-knows-how-many different heathen gods that are also worshipped.
Again you have over a hundred and eighty million inhabitants, most living below the poverty line and largely uneducated.
So many people to think of; of different tribes, religions, political affiliations and languages under the umbrella of one nation to be governed by one-person – a President.
Being the President of Nigeria is nothing in comparison to being the President of say, Ghana or the United States of America. The people in these countries are not so diversified.
A President of Nigeria has the near impossible task of trying to keep everybody happy which as I have previously mentioned is impossible because the latter in his best efforts (-or not!) to keep everybody happy will be accused of everything from tribalism and nepotism to favouritism.
In the past thirty years we’ve seen the ‘Buhari-IBB-Sonekan-Abacha- Abubakar’ governments and also the’ OBJ-Yar’Adua-Jonathan-Buhari’ governments. Some were dictators whilst others were elected. It doesn’t matter where there is an APC or PDP Federal government there will still be moaning and groaning. Especially when you still have disillusioned fantasists like Chief Femi Fani Kayode still holding on to the now defunct belief of North-South, Christian-Islam divide. Nigeria has evolved over the years and its current predicament has nothing to do with the North-South, Christian-Muslim divide. Nigeria is a mess as a result of poor leadership, going back for decades, lack of foresight and the lack of accountability on behalf of everybody – from the humble market porter to the President. It’s easy to criticize, judge and condemn others without taking a good look at our very selves in the mirror. To borrow a Christian phrase ‘first remove the plank from your eye before you proceed to remove the speck of dust from brother’s eye’. We are all guilty of bringing the country down to its knees.
With the exception of the military juntas that have ruled Nigeria since independence every civilian government has been voted in by the people – NPC-NNDP, NPN, PDP, APC….
When you have a political system where 99% of those in government are corrupt and inept, or intend to be, you have a problem. Money and harmony go hand in hand. If there is no money to go around because someone has pilfered it there will be general dissatisfaction and even if God was President he won’t be able to run the country and keep everybody happy.
For those who still remember the oil-boom years ( Udoji awards, car and housing loans for graduate workers etc.) of the 70s and early 80s when money was plentiful and corruption was minimal the Head of State of the day had no problem running the country. There was little or no talk of religious or tribal differences as everyone got on with what they were supposed to do – honestly.
That was then. Nowadays the President has to struggle to run the country. He has to deal with the politically-correct brigade who’ll accuse him of playing the North-South, Christian-Muslim game. He has to deal with corrupt fellow politicians, current and past, who hide behind fancy lawyers and Section 308. But most important of all he has to deal with the mind-set of the people. As a race Nigerians are stubborn and don’t take to change very easily. We want things the way we want it and not the way it’s supposed to be. As a result because we’re stuck in our ways the way forward becomes clouded. Gone are the days when the military boys used to issue decrees forcing us to do things. Now we have democratic governments and everything has to be done by the vote opening the door for us to get up to all sorts, rarely doing the right thing.
If we want change we all have to change. Not just the President at the top of the food-chain but everyone. Ditching our age-old habits won’t happen overnight as Rome wasn’t built in a day but a will to start will be a step in the right direction.
The failure of leadership in Nigeria is not just down to one person, the President, not doing his job, but our collective responsibility to do the right thing.
It’s one thing to blame the country’s woes on the lack of competent leadership over the years but what about the governed people themselves? It takes two to tango. If everybody is doing what they’re supposed to do, the right way, then the leaders would have no option but to follow suit.
We condemn our leaders but at the same time our mind-sets allows them to continue with impunity. Isn’t Nigeria the only country in the world where we celebrate corrupt and inept politicians? You salute them, praise them, worship them and give them chieftaincy titles and your daughters – the same very people who have STOLEN YOUR MONEY plunging your country into recession, lawlessness and uncertainty!
The mind-set of the average Nigerian encourages the leaders to do what they want because the people, as a whole, are not righteousness enough to condemn them. If a small country like Ghana can consider impeaching its President for accepting a gift (bribe?) of a car what does that say of Nigeria? We have laws and a constitution but some people believe they are above the law – like Patience Jonathan (who wasn’t even voted into office) – and the people let them get away with it – even protecting them!
We may have bad leaders but we also have a bad populace. If the populace that puts them in power demands (I’ll stress the word ‘demands’) accountability they must account for their actions. If any politician has a clear conscience why hide behind lawyers and section 308? It’s not until you have something like the Arab spring before leaders are forced to change their ways – vote them out! There are sections of the Nigerian Constitution that can be implemented to impeach a President, a Governor, a Senator or anybody who holds a public office. The sad thing is it’ll never be done. Why? Because we as a people are happy to live of the crumbs of their illicit gains : happy to keep them in power to satisfy our religious or tribal status quo; happy to think ‘someone has chop im own’ from public funds whilst at the same time hoping and praying we ourselves can get into public office and ‘chop our own’.
And when we don chop everything finish wetin go remain for future generations? Nothing!
Now we’re at square one again – no money in the country and a biting recession – and we’re wondering where it all went wrong.
Don’t just blame the leaders, blame yourselves too!
The people who fought and died for this country’s independence didn’t do so in order for a future generation of over-rated imbeciles to come and loot and plunge the country into darkness.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Governor-elect of Edo state has stated that his first assignment would be to put a team together for the purpose of preparing the 2017 appropriation budget immediately.
He said the focus of his administration would not change from the incumbent in terms of infrastructure and education, but that job creation and empowerment would be added.
Obaseki who spoke during an interactive session with journalists in Benin City, said he would have to prepare the budget in order to hit the ground running, noting that he has only four weeks to present the budget before the legislative arm go on recess.
His words: “My first assignment is to put together a team and get appropriation for next year because we have to hit the ground running.
“The focus will not change in terms of infrastructure and education. The added focus will be on job creation and empowerment. That is why I need to focus on the budget and ensure I get enough appropriation to emphasis the social aspects which I promised during my campaigns. We will continue to build roads and refurbish schools. What is important is how to get people to work.”
The Governor-elect who ruled out anything like government of unity or having members of the opposition political parties as part of his government, however said he would reach out to the opposition in terms of explaining his administration policies to them.
According to him, “I will not be able to accept anybody from the opposition as a commissioner in my cabinet.”
Recall that at the inception of Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration in 2008, he appointed three members of the Peoples Democratic Party as members of his cabinet.
Commenting on the plight of pensioners in the state, Obaseki noted that 700 out 11,700 documented pensioners that retired under the state civil service were yet to be paid.
He explained that the 700 pensioners were those that retired from 2012 to 2015 and that vouchers for payment for those that retired from 2012 to 2013 were ready.
He said the opposition tried to use it against the APC.
“Some people took advantage of the electioneering campaign to get at us on this issue. People tried to use the anxiety to win election, we will resolve the issues. Pension issues are not as they are reported.
“Vouchers are ready for payment for 2012 and 2013 pensioners. We are waiting for a little savings to pay them. For 2104 and 2015, we need to find the cash to pay them. We pay our pensioners regularly. We will have to help the local government fiscally responsible. We will reduce their cost and increase their revenue so that they can meet their obligations, including pensions and salaries.
The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.
The seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.
The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.
There had been four appeals against the Court of Appeal rulings with the Supreme Court expected to decide if Mr Bello should continue as Kogi governor or vacate office.
One of the appeals was by the immediate past governor of the state and candidate of the opposition PDP, Idris Wada, while another was by Mr James Faleke who was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu.
Mr James Faleke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the decision of the Kogi State governorship election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Yahaya Bello as the validly elected governor.
Mr James Falake was the deputy governorship candidate to late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the governorship election that was to see him elected as governor.
Yahaya Bello was then presented by the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) as replacement for Audu, a decision Mr Faleke challenged, arguing that he should have stepped into the position, having together with the late Audu gone through the election process.
He approached the Supreme Court after being dissatisfied with the judgement of the election tribunal and Appeal Court which both upheld Yahaya’s eligibility.
Channels Tv reports that it is expected that Kogi State would be peaceful in spite of the judgment which would be met with different reactions by parties involved.
The Kogi State Police Command had warned that it would deal decisively, in accordance of the law, with anyone caught taking laws into his hands, as the Supreme Court delivers its judgment.
The State Police Commissioner, Abdullahi Chafi, gave the warning while addressing newsmen at his office on Friday.
The CP further stressed that intelligent report reaching the command revealed that some miscreants were planning to create crisis before, during and after the Supreme Court judgement.
While warning parents to caution their wards, political party heads and their supporters, he said that his command was fully ready to deal with whoever disobeys the law.
He also placed a ban on any kind of public celebration by anybody or groups after the court judgement.
The prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs has tendered Assets Declaration Form of Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki as evidence and it has been accepted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal led by its chairman, Danladi Umar.
The defence as usual reserves its objection to the document.
Led in evidence by Jacobs, Michael Wetkas, the first prosecution witness said 15A Macdonald Ikoyi was bought from the Presidential Implementation Committee on sale of FG Properties in the name of Tiny Tee Ltd.
He told the court that the defendant declared 15A and 15B as his property, but when EFCC wrote to Presidential Committee to verify the property, they responded that from their records, the property is no 15, Mcdonald Ikoyi Lagos and another one is Flat 1-4 Macdonald, Ikoyi Lagos.
The letter to the Implementation Committee on Sale of Federal Government Properties from the Investigation team and their response was tendered in court.
The witness said Tiny Tee paid 75 per cent cost of the property which is N123, 750 million from the account of Skyview Properties in Access Bank, then Intercontinental Bank.
When asked by the prosecution counsel who is the owner of the company, Wetkas said Saraki has declared the Company as his own.
He however said the Implementation Committee could not provide a copy of the draft for the payment and Access Bank too could not get a copy of the draft, but instead they referred his team to the Skyview Properties Ltd account in Access Bank where the draft was cleared and also furnished his team with the certificate of the account and opening packages for the account.
Certificate of Identification, Account opening packages, draft for the payment tendered and accepted court.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, says Presidency will soon begin to hold town hall meetings with Nigerians to furnish them with information.
Shehu made this known while answering reporters’ questions in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, government decided to embark on such meetings because it has realised the importance of information communication to the people at the grassroots.
“I know that there is a plan that the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would start town hall meetings in zones.
“It would then be broken down to the states and so on.
“Government realises that there is a need to take information to the people and there are steps that are being taken in order to ensure that is done,” he said.
Shehu criticised the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for being indifferent to the Federal Government’s change mantra.
“We have an agency like NOA with 773 offices nationwide.
“Each has not less than 5 to 7 staffs and well-equipped, but you know also, sometimes democracy has its own dark side.
“The President came and he wanted to really be fair to every Chief Executive. If he wanted to fire people on assumption (of office), he would have done it and he would not have violated any rule.
“He decided to give everyone a chance to see whether they would imbibe the change mantra, to see whether they were prepared to go along (with him).
“I will say with all sincerity that NOA was a source of worry for us in government; the people and the leadership never believed in what we are doing.
“They never believed in change. They just folded their arms and watched us for the period of 8 to 9 months that they were there.
“I believe the new leadership would begin to formulate things for agencies like that,” he said.
The presidential aide praised Nigerians for steadfastly supporting the present administration especially during a period most people considered to be difficult.
Shehu congratulated Nigerians on the achievements the President had recorded fighting insurgency and explained that the military have tagged their success against Boko Haram a “technical victory” because no city is presently under curfew.
The SSA said that with the passage of the budget by the National Assembly, the next phase for the President would be to rebuild damaged facilities and infrastructure.
He said that with the Central Bank of Nigeria realising more than N3 trillion through the introduction of the Treasury Single Account and the passage of the budget, a lot of activities would pick up.
On the quest by Nigerians to know the amount of money the Federal Government had so far recovered from treasury looters, Shehu said the litigation hurdles associated with the looted funds would have to be scaled before Nigerians were availed of the figures.
The Social Democratic Party, SDP, on Sunday defended the N100 million arms deal money given to its National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae by former National Security Adviser, (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd).
In press statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of SDP, Alhaji Abdul Ahmed Isiaq and made available to our correspondent today in Kaduna, the party said its attention has been drawn to a story in the news, that the National Chairman of SDP, Chief Olu Falae collected N100 million from Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), former NSA.
According to the statement, the SDP was approached by the PDP through its BOT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih for electoral alliance for the re-election of the former president Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
It also stated that Chief Olu Falae being the National Chairman of SDP summoned the National Executive Committee of SDP to a well attended meeting to consider the PDP’s proposal of Electoral Alliance for the re-election bid of former President Jonathan since SDP did not field a presidential candidate of its own.
“The SDP NEC meeting debated the electoral alliance proposal thoroughly and finally gave overwhelming approval for the electoral alliance with PDP. The NEC further empowered Chief Olu Falae to communicate the readiness of SDP to work with the PDP for the victory of former President Jonathan. In addition certain cardinal objective principles must be agreed upon such are zero tolerance for corruption and acceptance of the Confab report among others.
“Consequent upon this agreement the PDP through Chief Tony Anenih contributed N100 million only to the SDP/PDP electoral alliance project through Chief Olu Falae. The SDP spent well above N100 million for the execution of the project throughout the election period,” SDP explained.
It however posited that neither the SDP nor Chief Olu Falae was aware of Col. Dasuki’s arms deal money through Chief Anenih, stressing that the SDP as well as many Nigerians were aware that the PDP had a fund raising event prior to the election where billions of naira was donated.
It further said the SDP is also conscious of the fact that the PDP had ruled Nigeria for 16 years and it is expected that they are capable of funding their part of the electoral alliance.
It therefore emphasised that neither the SDP nor Chief Olu Falae have anything to do with the $2.1 billion arms deal debacle.
Accord, one of the minor political parties which did not sponsor a candidate in the 2015 presidential election, has confirmed that its leader, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, received N100m from former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, ahead of the election.
Ladoja is a former governor of Oyo State and was the governorship candidate of the party during the last election.
The confirmation of the money he received from Anenih, which was believed was from the $2.1b meant for the procurement of arms, was contained in a letter to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the National Secretary of Accord, Mr. Nureni Adisa.
In the letter titled, “Release of One Hundred Million by Chief Tony Anenih” and dated January 8, 2016, Adisa said that the money was used to money to support the second term presidential ambition of former President Godluck Jonathan.
Jonathan was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 election, but was defeated by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.
Adisa’s letter to the EFCC chairman read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to a newspaper report that the sum of N100m was released to the Accord leader, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja by Chief Tony Anenih, the (former) Chairman BoT of the PDP.
“We confirm that the sum of N100m was given to the party through our leader after series of meetings between the leadership of Accord and Chief Tony Anenih in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
Issues discussed at the meetings, according to the statement, include the need to support the presidential candidate of the PDP since Accord had no presidential candidate, the need to ensure that peace was maintained to enhance peaceful movement during periods of campaign, elections and after the elections and the need for the PDP to support Accord’s campaign effort.
“Accordingly, the PDP (former) BoT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih released the sum of N100m for these purposes through our leader, Sen. Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.
“The money released was accordingly used for the purposes as stated above.”
Efforts made to get the reaction of Ladoja on Friday were not successful as the former governor didn’t answer calls made to his mobile telephone.
He also failed to respond to a text message sent to him.
The former National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.) was reported to have disbursed varied sums of money to the accounts of some PDP leaders with the aim of using the funds to mobilise for the re-election of Jonathan.
Dasuki, who is currently undergoing trial, is alleged to have diverted $2.1bn meant for procurement of arms and ammunition that the armed forces would have used to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
N260m was reportedly traced to the account of Anenih.
But in a letter to the EFCC, Anenih had explained that the money was a part refund of the money former President Goodluck Jonathan instructed him to release to some political groups for mobilisation and post-election peace advocacy.
The former PDP BoT chairman explained that he was not a direct beneficiary of the money, stated in his letter to the EFCC that N100m was given to the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae; N100m to Ladoja and N63m to a group headed by elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai.
He said the N260m could not defray the total money, estimated at over N440m that he eventually doled out from his pocket to other groups and individuals on the instructions of the former President.
Both Yakassai and Falae had already confirmed that they received N63m and N100m respectively from Anenih for the purposes specified.