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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Festus Keyamo Took To His Heel As Lagos Businessman Verbally Attack Him In Court Premises, Accuse Him Of Betraying The Igbos

Festus Keyamo Took To His Heel As Lagos Businessman Verbally Attack Him In Court Premises, Accuse Him Of Betraying The Igbos

An Anambra businessman, Bobby Uzochukwu, on Friday attacked Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), on the premises of the Anambra State Federal High Court, Awka, accusing him of “selling out” by accepting to serve as the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

The SAN was recently appointed the Director, Strategic Communications for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaigns. Keyamo, who was the counsel for a defendant in the August 6, 2017 killings at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State, was addressing the press at the court complex when the businessman verbally attacked him, calling him unprintable names.

The situation abruptly ended the press session as the Senior Advocate entered his car and left. Still fuming, Uzochukwu said he would have done “worse things” if the SAN had stayed back. He said, “I know Keyamo. He’s my friend. I was surprised when I heard that he accepted to serve Buhari. This is betrayal of the highest order. “We had thought Keyamo would replace the late Gani (Fawehinmi); but see what he has done, consenting to serve somebody who has no interest of the people at heart. “I would have done more things on him this afternoon, but as you can see, he ran away.”

Source: Punch
Why Southwest Won’t Support Buhari's Second Term Bid – Yoruba Elders

Why Southwest Won’t Support Buhari's Second Term Bid – Yoruba Elders

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has declared that it will not support President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid to secure a second term in office in 2019. The group based its decision on the President’s seemingly unwillingness to support the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria. Secretary-General of the Council Dr Kunle Olajide said the Yoruba would not vote for Buhari in 2019, unless he begins to take immediate action on restructuring.

“In the Southwest, on restructuring we stand. Restructuring of Nigeria is long overdue. Myriads of woes confronting Nigeria today would have been resolved if restructuring has been carried out,” he told Saturday Sun in an interview.

“At Yoruba Summit held at Adamasingba, Ibadan, last September, over 100 different Yoruba groups collectively agreed with other ethnic nationalities that are clamouring for restructuring of the country. Not only that, it was also resolved that Yoruba will not vote for any candidate that is opposed to restructuring in 2019.

“Unless we restructure, there won’t be peace in Nigeria. Today, a lot of things are wrong with our nation. Do we have peace required to move our nation forward? No. There are lots of grievances, bottled emotion, injustices, and other ills, which can only be addressed through restructuring. “Today, we are at a standstill, and the only way to move forward is by restructuring.”
Attack On Senate:Ovie Omo Agege May Never Return To The Senate Again

Attack On Senate:Ovie Omo Agege May Never Return To The Senate Again

There were indications yesterday that the Senate would not allow Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to return to the chamber any time soon, following Wednesday’s invasion by thugs who also snatched the mace. Although Omo-Agege has denied any relationship with the perpetrators of the act, many of his colleagues appear not to be convinced by the senator’s defence. Consequently, they are pushing for his suspension for the rest of the legislative days of the 8th Senate.

The fate of the former Chairman of Northern Senators Forum, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, is also shaky as he was said to have been put on the spot at an executive (close) session on Thursday where senators also identified five reasons why thugs invaded the hallowed chamber. Although Adamu was said to have fought back and stoutly defended himself against the accusations levelled against him, the senators were unanimous in their decision to get to the roots of the invasion and enhance the security situation in the National Assembly.

The senators may also demand Omo-Agege’s prosecution after its internal investigation and the outcome of the findings of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security Service. A top official from the National Assembly said: “The coincidence between Omo-Agege’s entry into the chamber and the invasion by the thugs was more than met the eye.“Most of us are of the opinion that our colleague desecrated the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.“We have resolved that we will not allow him to resume sitting in the chamber under any excuse.

"Once a Senator is suspended rightly or wrongly, he or she has no business in the chamber.“The coming of Omo-Agege on Wednesday was an affront.“His suspension might be unfair, but he should not have fought his way into the chamber.” Another Senator said:“Some of us have demanded for outright suspension of Omo-Agege for the rest of the legislative days in the 8th Senate. Actually, Omo-Agege was to be suspended for six months but the head of one of the security agencies prevailed on the leadership of the Senate to reduce it to 90 days.“Now, with the desecration of the chamber by thugs, we believe he has no business in the 8th Senate anymore.”

Source: The Nation
NCC Hosts Media Executives And News Editors In Lagos (Photos)

NCC Hosts Media Executives And News Editors In Lagos (Photos)

In keeping with the Commission’s spirit of being transparent and interdependent with all the stakeholders of the telecoms industry, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta spoke with Media Chiefs and News Editors from both the traditional and Online Media organisations on the current strides, activities and commitment of the Commission towards improving telecom services and Broadband deployment in Nigeria.

Prof, Danbatta, in his opening remarks expressed his appreciation for the quality and quantity of media coverage in the telecom industry which has helped highlight Nigeria as a prime location for investment in Telecoms services. Prof. Danbatta spoke on the milestone achievements made by the NCC in licensing four Infracos (Infrastructure Service Providers) and noted that a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) showed that Nigeria’s broadband penetration had reached 22% with 30% being the target set by the National Broadband Plan by 2018.  

He added that a World Bank study had concluded that a 10% point increase in fixed broadband penetration would increase GDP growth by 1.21% in developed economies and 1.38% in developing ones. The EVC also spoke on Quality of Service and what steps the Commission is taking to address the challenges in the telecom industry.

Also speaking at the event was the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, who thanked participants for their continuous and accurate coverage of the Commission’s activities and emphasized  the importance the Commission attaches to its relationship with the media, which helps in propagating the visibility of the Commission and its activities most particularly during the eventful declaration of 2017 as Year of the Nigerian Telecom Consumer. 

He further said the media has been as instrumental and helpful to the development of the industry as policies and regulations of Telecoms reaches the public through the media. The event ended with exchanges of appreciations by all the relevant stakeholders that participated in the event.
Pregnant Woman Murdered In Rivers, Her Unborn Child Missing

Pregnant Woman Murdered In Rivers, Her Unborn Child Missing

Pregnant teenager’s womb was ripped opened by unidentified people, who took the unborn baby away and also killed three others on Wednesday. The killings have reportedly created panic and fear in Rumuoro village in Ogbakiri clan, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The victims, as gathered, include Pastor Joseph Nheme, Mr. Kingsley Owhonda, Miss Queen Ada Amah and Miss Mini Elizabeth. An unananonymous source, disclosed that Pastor Nheme, who is from Igodo’s compound, was shot at the riverside while fishing with his son, Godknows Iheme, adding that Godknows narrowly escaped while his father’s corpse was taken away by the invaders.

The source said Owhonda, from Wokne’s compound, who also went for fishing, was abducted and taken to a bush, where he was tied to a tree and cut in pieces until he died. The source further revealed that Amah, a pregnant teenager from Kpalikwu-Imoh’s compound in the same Rumuoro, was killed and the killers opened her womb and took away her unborn baby.

The sources also said that Miss Elizabeth from Igodo’s compound in the same village was captured alongside Queen Amah, noting that both of them had gone to the stream to fetch water in same Rumuoro River before the hoodlums struck, killed and buried Elizabeth.

Police Public Relations Officer of Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the invasion, adding that a fisherman lost his life in the incident. Omoni stated that the fisherman, who lost his life, was hit by a stray bullet at the waterfront.

He added that the perpetrators have been identified as cultists from a neighbouring village in Ogbakiri, stressing that the killers invaded Rumuoro village, where they shot sporadically. He said the Command has launched a manhunt to arrest the perpetrators of the act and prosecute them.
Political Parties Must Form An Alliance In Order To Defeat APC... PDP

Political Parties Must Form An Alliance In Order To Defeat APC... PDP

Resolutions at PDP's Emergency National Executive Meeting Held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held an emergency meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the PDP National Secretariat.

After an exhaustive deliberation of issues of urgent national importance, the NEC resolved as follows;

That the PDP doors remain widely open to all Nigerians, groups and like-minded political parties to foster  a strong rallying point for the determined quest by Nigerians to rescue the nation from the misrule of the APC and enthrone good governance in our country.

That the PDP leads a strong conversation and discussion towards a formal coalition of democratic forces to guarantee Nigerians the much desired all-inclusive platform ahead of 2019 general elections.

That the PDP deploys the instrument of its democratic structures at all levels across the country to legitimately and urgently rally all Nigerians to vote out the APC and return the nation to the path of national cohesion, stability and prosperity for the good of all.

Furthermore, the PDP NEC urges all Nigerians to, in unison, condemn the assault on the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, leading to the seizure of the mace and disruption of proceedings in the highest lawmaking chamber in the land.

The NEC declares that the invasion is a direct attack on the sovereignty of Nigeria and her integrity as a democratic nation.

The NEC calls for immediate prosecution of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and all those involved in this treasonable act.

It further demanded for a system-wide inquest, particularly on the compromised security at the National Assembly and held that the matter be expeditiously dealt with.

The meeting notes the scheduled visit of President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled to the home of democracy, the United States of America, whereas back home, his administration is annihilating, harassing and strangulating opposition voices, even within his own party.

In the same vein, the NEC also strongly condemns the branding of Nigerian youths as lazy,  by President Muhammadu Buhari as a direct injury on the sensibility of our youths who are known worldwide to be hardworking.

The PDP reaffirms its belief and confidence in Nigerian youths and boldly  announces to the world that our youths are resourceful and agile.

Our nation is blessed with hardworking young men and women and we enjoin them to team up with PDP Generation Next Movement in the all-important determination to vote out the APC, which has  not only refused to show interest in their well-being and development but has also held them in the highest form of disdain.

Finally, the NEC directs that the National Working Committee commences action towards the establishment of a shadow cabinet to pilot PDP's roadmap towards national economic recovery and good governance, in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 general elections.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Illegal 30,000 Polling Units: PDP Accuses INEC, APC Of Fresh Plot To Rig 2019 Election

Illegal 30,000 Polling Units: PDP Accuses INEC, APC Of Fresh Plot To Rig 2019 Election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns the fresh plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in compromised areas in favour of the discredited All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammodu Buhari.

The PDP describes the exposed plot of INEC and APC as wicked, horrible and totally unacceptable.

Our investigation shows that this is part of the grand design by the commission under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and his dysfunctional APC.

We are aware of series of clandestine meetings between compromised officials of the commission and certain agents of the Presidency and APC, where the plot to sneak in the 30, 000 illegal polling units in some remote areas and through which they plan to allocate votes to President Buhari and the APC were perfected.

Having realized that Nigerians have completely rejected them because of their manifold failures in governance, the Presidency and the APC are now employing all manners of dirty antics to create ways to rig the polls and foist President Buhari back on Nigerians.

The PDP cautions INEC not to set the nation on fire by its overt conspiratory tendencies. Prof. Yakubu should heed wise counsel and immediately perish the thoughts of using such polling units or dividing the nation along ethnic lines in the 2019 general elections, as such would be stiffly resisted.

We invite INEC to note that every Nigerian has seen the handwriting on the wall regarding the general rejection of President Buhari and the APC well ahead of the elections. We all know where the tide is flowing and Nigerians are not ready to, and will never  accept any results that do not reflect that reality.

Having completely lost confidence in the integrity of INEC under Prof. Yakubu, we unequivocally demand that all processes leading to the 2019 must be subjected to open review of political parties and stakeholders at all levels.

In this regard, we demand that INEC makes public the location and status of all polling units as well as the report of its investigation of under-age voters in various parts of the country, particularly, Kano and Katsina state.

Finally, we urge Nigerians to remain vigilant and monitor all processes to ensure that INEC and the APC do not, at any point in the process, manipulate the 2019 general election and subvert the will of the people. The best thing  APC and the Presidency should do now is to accept failure, shed their desperation for power and desist from actions that will push the nation to the brinks.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary