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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers says he has  received assurances from heads of security agencies in the state that adequate measures are in place to ensure a peaceful local council poll.
A media aide to the governor,  Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement on Thursday quoted Wike as saying that government  would “hold the security agencies professionally accountable should insecurity be experienced in the state in the course of the election.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there are 23 local government areas, 319 electoral wards and 4,442 polling units in Rivers.
The governor also urged community leaders and members of the public to be alert  and report suspicious characters and movements in their neighbourhoods  to law enforcement agencies.
“Also, the security agencies have definite instructions to strictly enforce the restrictions on human and vehicular movement on election day and arrest any person or group of persons that violate this order.
“All those who have no official business with conducting the election should therefore stay away from the polling units after casting their votes or risk arrest and prosecution,’’ he said.
According to the governor,  there is no legal instrument stopping the conduct of  Saturday’s election in the state.
“As things stand now, we have no other choice but to conduct the local government election and allow democracy to settle and thrive once again at the grassroots and drive the development of our communities.
“I can confirm to you that the election will take place as scheduled in all the 4,442 units, 319 wards and 23 local government areas of the state as there is no legal obstacle significant enough to warrant otherwise.
“Let me therefore appeal to all registered voters to turn out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.
“This is a civic responsibility you must exercise in order to rekindle the touch of democracy, good governance and accountability in the local government system.
“I am very pleased with the information that 67 out of the 68 registered political parties have fielded candidates for the election  and are therefore participating,’’ Wike said.
He expressed happiness with the assurances by  the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RVSIEC) that it would conduct free, fair and credible election on Saturday.
“For us, this is an irreducible minimum and we demand nothing less as government will hold the commission strictly accountable for any act  or omission  that compromise the integrity of both the process and the election,’’ Wike said.
In a broadcast to the people of  the state,  the governor  had given  reasons for the delay in the conduct of the election.
“After three years of legal vacillation,  it is now clear that the subject matter or fundamental interest of the claimants in that case has practically been wasted by effluxion of  time.
“ And whatever remedies derivable by the parties, if any, can only be nominal.
“While the legal challenge continues, the people of Rivers State are denied their rights to freely elect officers to run the councils democratically.
“However, as things stand now, we have no other choice but to conduct the local government election and allow democracy to settle and thrive once again at the grassroots and drive the development of our communities,’’ he said.

MTN Office
MTN Nigeria

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the payment of N500 million legal fees to lawyers for the recovery of N330 billion fine from the Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN).
MTN was fined by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2017 for breaching directives on SIM registration.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, said this while briefing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting.
According to the minister, FEC’s action is part of the approvals for four memoranda submitted by the Justice Ministry to FEC for consideration.
“The third memo was for approval for the payment of professional fees to the lawyers that were engaged by the federal government relating to the case that was instituted sometime back by the MTN against the federal government in pursuance of penalty of over N1 trillion imposed by government against MTN.
“MTN as you could rightly remember instituted an action seeking to constrain the federal government from making recovery of the over N1 trillion penalty that was imposed on it.
“So arising from that the federal government engaged the services of certain solicitors, lawyers to now put up a defense on its behalf.
“Arising from the defence that was put in place by the lawyers the case was eventually settled by the parties amicably.
“And arising from that settlement the lawyers were entitled to their fees.
“The federal government has now approved the payment of N500 million for the N330 billion agreed upon.’’
Malami said that the fine was arrived at after a compromise whereby the communication giant agreed to pay N330 billion instead of N1 trillion imposed on it by the NCC for breaches in its communication activities.
He said that the said legal fee was professional fees to the lawyers who stood for the federal government in the matter.
The minister said that lawyers from NCC and Ministry of Justice were involved in the case but based on the sensitivity of the case and in line with international best practices additional support was sought from outside.
“It is about operating on the side of caution to ensure that diverse skills, professionalism and expertise are brought in the defence of the federal government.
“And that has paid off taking into consideration that the lawyers by way of cross-fertilisation of ideas, support worked together in the spirit of ensuring the success of the case.
“They have worked together by way of cooperation and collaboration and succeeded in recovering N330 billion in favour of the federal government.
“It is not about vote of no confidence (in NCC Lawyers) but about collaboration and enhancing the capacity and ensuring that at the end of the day the desired result is achieved and I think the result justifies the means,’’ he stated.
The minister explained that in assessing the quantum of amount being paid to the lawyers the volume of the amount recovered and the requirement that about five per cent of the amount was to be paid in line with international practices.
He said that the N500 million was justified as it was less than one per cent of the recovered amount.

Georgia Prime Minister Kvirikashvili resigns
Georgia Prime Minister Kvirikashvili resigns

(Sputnik/NAN) The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili has resigned his position following a misunderstanding between him and the ruling party’s Chairman, Bidzina Ivanishvili.
“I tried to be the prime minister for every citizen.
“I was and I remain a team player. Based on this, I am noticing the moods in my team and make the decision which any team leader should make in my position. I resign,’’ he told a briefing.
Under the Georgian Constitution, prime minister’s resignation automatically leads to the resignation of country’s government.
Within seven days after the resignation, the Georgian president must nominate a candidate for the prime minister, who should be approved by the parliament’s majority.
Kvirikashvili stressed that over the past months, there had been several fundamental issues, on which his position had not coincided with that of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s, the founder and the chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party.
“This is a normal process. I never run away from the controversy, and I think that today is the moment when Ivanishvili should be given an opportunity to form a team based on his views,’’ Kvirikashvili added.
The prime minister’s resignation may be connected with rallies held in the Georgian capital in late May and June.
The protesters demanded that the authorities conduct an impartial investigation into the case of 16-year-old David Saralidze, killed in a street brawl.
They also called for government’s resignation, as the investigation failed to identify the murderer of the boy.
Kvirikashvili has been the Georgian prime minister since December 2015.

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Late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha
Nigeria: Negotiating to repatriate more Late former Head of State, General Sani Abacha’s loots.
In addition to the $322 million recovered from Switzerland, Nigeria will soon repatriate another $500 million which late Sani Abacha looted and locked up in other countries.

The monies are expected to be repatriated from the UK, US, France and other countries, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, said on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
“Nigeria has engaged other countries, including the UK, US, France and others, in further negotiations relating to repatriation.
“ I am happy to report that we are almost concluding the processes relating to the repatriation of additional $500 million,”Malami said.
According to the Nation, Malami said this is in addition to the $322 million released by Switzerkand after negotiations.
“You will recall that in December 2017, the federal government participated in a global forum on asset recovery in Washington DC during which Nigeria and Switzerland signed an agreement that paved the way for the repatriation of $322 million.”
“What transpired was only reported back to the council today. The report today was not only about the signing of the agreement but the report of the eventual repatriation of the amount of money that was signed and agreed to be repatriated during the forum”.
FEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved N185.2billion for the rehabilitation, repairs and reconstruction of 14 roads across the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, also said alongside Ministers of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and his Industry, Trade and Investment counterpart Mr Okechukwu Enelamah.
He said the road projects were located in Yobe, Adamawa, Benue, Kwara, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Enugu, Borno, Anambra and Sokoto states.
He listed the road projects to include Gwoza – Damboa – Goniri – Ngamdu Road in Yobe/Borno States at the cost of N34.608 billion; Mayo Belwa – Jada – Ganye – Torngo Road in Adamawa at the rate of N22.699billion and Ado – Ifaki – Otun – Kwara State border in Ekiti State at the rate of N6 billion.
He said that Makurdi bridge in Benue would be repaired at the cost of N4.617 billion; Ihugi – Korinya -Wuse -Ankor in Benue at N15.641 billion and Gbagi – Apa – Owode in Badagry Lagos State at N4.366 billion.
Others are the construction of Ijebu Igbo – Ita Egba Owonowen in Ogun and Oyo States which would cost N9.833 billion while N7.506billion would be spent on dualisation of Jattu – Fugar – Agenebode in Edo Phase II by Mothercat.
He said the Makurdi – Gboko – Wannune – Yander Section 1 in Benue would be reconstructed at the cost of N18.669 billion; Old – Enugu – Port Harcourt Road at Agbogugu – Abia border Spur would cost N13.933 billion.
Adesina said that N6.249billion would be spent on rehabilitation of Umulungbe – Umoka road; Amokwu – Ikedimkpe – Egede – Opeyi Awhum Road in Enugu State at N21.729 billion and rehabilitation of Nkwu Inyi – Akpugoeze in Anambra at N2.595 billion.
He revealed that N4.354billion would be expended on reconstruction of Sabon Birnin – Tsululu – Kuya – Maradi Junction road in Sokoto state.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Adewole, on h is part disclosed that the Council approved the Draft on Food Safety and Quality Bill as well as the Food Safety Institutional Reform Working Document

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By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it fully supported any honour done by Nigeria to the memory of acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola.
The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday in Abuja.
The party, however, said it rejected the inclination by President Muhammadu Buhari to use the award to posture as a democrat and desperately seeking to garner votes ahead of 2019 presidential election.
It noted that bestowing a posthumous national award on Abiola did not make Buhari a democrat.
“Chief Abiola, in his life time, stood for personal liberty of citizens, particularly the right to aspire for any position, respect for constitutional order and principle of separation of powers.
“He also stood for national cohesion as well as a free press, all of which were upheld by the PDP.”
The party said that it was, however, a fact that the freedoms were being trampled and strangulated. 
“While the PDP congratulates the family of late Chief Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, we also remember the roles of late Sen. Abraham Adesanya, Bagauda Khalto, Dan Suleiman, Raph Obiorah, Alex Ibru and others.
“We remember the Management and Staff of the Concord, Guardian, Vanguard, Punch and other media houses, who suffered undue hardships for our nation to attain this democracy.”
It urged the Presidency to save the nation international opprobrium of attempting to use the event for “political capital’’ and to posture Buhari as a democrat.
Also in a separate statement, the PDP commended the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly for their resilience in enhancing the country’s democratic practice as consolidated by successive PDP administrations.
It commended the legislature for the successful amendment of the country’s Constitution.
It advised the Presidency not to appropriate the achievements of the National Assembly as those of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party decried the recent attempt by the Presidency to ascribe credit to President for the recent amendments to the Constitution, particularly the granting of financial autonomy to state house of assembly and the judiciary. 
According to it, neither the Presidency nor the President himself made any input in support of the amendments.
“It is instructive to note that none of the amendments stem from any Executive bill. 

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Adeyeye says Fayose’s 2000 jobs a scam

Former Publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Prince Dayo Adeyeye on Sunday, described the decision of the Ekiti Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to employ 2000 applicants before the end of his tenure as a scam.

Adeyeye, in a signed statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti, warned prospective jobs seekers to beware of the governor’s antics.

NAN reports that the tenure of Governor Fayose will expire on October 16 when the new governor to be elected in the July 14 gubernatorial election would be sworn-in.

Adeyeye, defected to the All Progressives Congress, (APC) shortly after he lost the PDP primary to the incumbent Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who emerged as the candidate of the party.
Adeyeye, who was also a former Minister of State for Works, queries why the governor was just waking up to the facts that hundreds of youths in the state need jobs.

“Few weeks after his inauguration as the state governor, he instructed the unemployed youths in the state to submit their curriculum vitae for jobs that he promised to create for them.

“Over ten thousand youths in the state paid the sum of one thousand naira each, to collect the forms for the jobs, but unfortunately, up till now, he has not employed one single youth in the state, “he said.

He assured the youths that nothing would come out of the exercise, which he is only using as political gimmicks to trick the people of the state into voting for his ordained candidate.
“I wonder how a state governor, who has not paid the state workers for over seven months, owing pensioners months of gratuity and local government workers as well, is going to fund the employment of two thousand fresh employees.

“Here is somebody, who sacked all that were employed by the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration that now wants to employ 2000 workers.
“Workers and the youths should know that he is only deceiving them and does not have their interest at heart. The people cannot be deceived because an average Ekiti worker is more educated and enlightened than he is , ” he said

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has released a statement on the recent alarm raised by the ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, alleging that there was a plot to detain and frame him by the Federal government.

FFK, in a statement made available to PoliticsNGR, alleged that the Presidency had finalized plans to give other opposition leaders the 'Nnamdi Kanu' treatment. Below is his statement in full;

"I have read the disturbing reports about the Buhari administration's plan to frame up, arrest and detain President Olusegun Obasanjo on trumped up and politically-motivated charges.

It has also been brought to my attention that they have threatened his life.

Though I am not surprised because this is nothing new for this government. That is their stock in trade and they have been doing it for the last three years to anyone and everyone that opposes or criticises them.

What bothers me now is that President Buhari has become so jittery that he is prepared to do anything to stay in power. I have done my research and I have discovered that the plan is real.

The government are also planning to target other key opposition figures and elder statesmem as we get closer to 2019 such as General T.Y. Danjuma, General Ibrahim Babangida, President Goodluck Jonathan and a handful of others.

It appears that Buhari will stop at nothing in order to ensure that all his critics are silenced.

The plan to implicate and silence all these leaders together with key figures in the PDP like

Ayo Fayose,

Emmanuel Udom,

Ibrahim Dankwabo,

Nyesome Wike,

Darius Ishaku,

Godswill Akpabio,

David Mark,

Ike Ekweremadu,

Lyle Imoke,

Uche Secondus,

Sule Lamido,

Ibrahim Shekarau,

Abubakar Suleiman,

Kabiru Turaki,

David Jang,

Atiku Abubakar,

Dele Belgore,

Jumoke Akinjide,

Nenadi Usman and others is condemnable.

They also plan to give some of us the Nnamdi Kanu treatment and make us dissapear or give us the Sambo Dasuki and El Zak Zaky treatment and lock us up indefinately but they will fail.

Such is Buhari's desperation that he is even attempting to discredit and destroy key members of his own party like

Bukola Saraki,

Yakubu Dogara,

Dino Melaye,

Rabiu Kwankwaso,

Abubakar Baraje,

Aminu Tambuwal,

Abdul Fatah Ahmed,

Timi Frank and others.

Nobody is safe anymore, not even legislators, media houses, journalists, bloggers, religious organisations or NGO's that oppose or criticise the Federal Government.

Nigeria is fast becoming a fascist police state where dissent is seen as a crime and where those that oppose the President are perceived as enemies of the state and prisoners of war.

They forget that we have a divine obligation and patriotic duty to oppose evil and tyranny in the land and nothing will make us shirk that responsibility.

Let it be clearly understood that we will not sit by idly and allow Buhari to continue to threaten, harrass and intimdate all those who oppose him. We are not intimidated and we have no fear. Governments come and go and no matter what he does Buhari will not be there forever.

Taking this matter to a level of threatening the lives and liberty of people like Obasanjo, Danjuma, Babangida, Jonathan and other elder statemen and seeking to destroy key opposition figures for no just cause is dangerous and unacceptable and it will have consequences.

We do not want war in Nigeria: we want peace and the Buhari government should desist from provoking a situation and a series of events that may end up spiralling out of control.

It is almost as if they are begging for war and that is tragic. They may have the full machinery and power of the Federal Government but we have the Living God. Nothing can stop us in our divine mission to stop him and rescue Nigeria.

The truth is that any untoward or irrational course of action will be met with a corresponding and appropiate reaction which may have dire implications for the peace and unity of our nation.

This game must be played within the rules of engagement or else all hell will eventually break lose. Buhari must be warned.

Peace, fair play and justice must be allowed to reign in our nation and those that oppose the President must be treated with the respect, decency and decorum that they deserve.

They are not enemies of the state and prisoners of war but law-abiding and patriotic Nigerians that have no faith in him and that wish to rescue Nigeria from his tyranny. There is no crime in that and they do not deserve to be killed or to be locked up for it".

OBJ: Abubakar Tsav, ex-Lagos police boss. blast Obasanjo

Popular former Lagos Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, has hit at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he said was“simply afraid of his shadow’’.
The former police boss turned advocate, said OBJ’s recent outburst that his life in under treat, was an indication that he was afraid of nemesis.

Tsav said on Sunday in Makurdi that Obasanjo’s eight years presidency was full of a lot of atrocities, some of which bordered on criminality.

OBJ on June 8th raised alarm that his life was under treat and that that the Buhari led administration was planning to arrest him over trumped up charges.
He had similarly in 2014 accused then President Goodluck Jonathan of recruiting snipers to haunt down political adversaries.

Obasanjo had written a damning letter to Jonathan after falling out of favour and also recently castigated President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he supported in the 2015 election.
Tsav said that the former President Obasanjo “is simply afraid of his shadow’’.

He has ruled this country and committed a lot of atrocities, some of which border on criminality.
“For instance many high profile murder of notable politicians occurred during his tenure and nothing was done to unravel such cases. For example the Bola Ige murder case.

Ige was Obasanjo’s minister of justice and attorney general who was assassinated in his home.
“There was also high profile corruption cases like the $16 billion power contracts and Halliburton bribe scandal

“OBJ is afraid that he might be required to explain his role in any of these. He is just pre-empting President Mohammadu Buhari here.
“If he believes that he is innocent, why is he crying out? He has stained his fingers and should subject himself for Police interrogation.”

The immediate past Federal Commissioner, Public Complaint Commission (PCC), further commended President Buhari for ordering the IGP to re-open the investigation of the late Minister of Justice Mr Bola Ige in 2016 adding that it was a right step in the right direction.

The former Police Commissioner further disclosed that throughout his 30 years in the criminal investigation department of the Police Force he discovered that all criminal cases that government were interested in the culprits were never arrested non justice served.

“I have served the nation in the Nigeria Police Force for 35years, three quarters of which was in Criminal Investigation Department in all levels of the Force.
“I do know as a matter of fact that, any major crime in which the government is interested, the perpetrators will never be found or arrested neither will they be brought to justice.
“The murder of Chief Bola Ige, the Nation’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice is one of such cases. Or how else can one explain the clinical and gruesome murder of a whole Minister of Justice of the Federation and yet no one will be arrested and brought to justice? This is too glaring.”

He further warned governors and other leaders across the country who are using their present positions to commit all manner of atrocities and covering same using their positions to thinks twice as they will never escape God’s justice.
“Those leaders at all levels of Government who believe that they can use their positions and power to commit heinous crimes and use the same positions to evade justice, must realise that they may escape man’s justice but they shall never escape God’s justice.”
Tsav also urged the IGP Ibrahim Idris to use his best and incorruptible detectives to expose the murderers of Bola Ige and many Nigerians who were callously murdered by these nests of murderers masquerading as Leaders.

Ras Kimono and Dino Melaye before his death on Saturday
Ras Kimono and Dino Melaye before his death on Saturday
SplintNetwork broke the news of the death of Ras Kimono after being confirmed by family, he died in a hospital in Island, Lagos state on Saturday and the news broke out on Sunday afternoon.

Dino said of Kimono death as shocking by saying “Death why! Why! My brother and my friend. Legend Ras Kimono rest in Peace. What a black day! What an unceremonious exit. I love you and will miss you. Sad sad sad.”
Dino added in his reaction by calling brother and friend on Sunday on his official Twitter profile “Ras Kimono and myself in my village(Aiyetoro Gbede) on 31st December 2017. Legend is gone. What a dark day. RIP my brother and reliable friend”

Delta gets family court

Delta inaugurates Family Court

The Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshal Umukoro, has inaugurated Family Court to handle child right violation issues and other family cases across the state.

Mr. Emmanuel Dolor-Zimi, the Acting Chief Registrar, State High Court, stated on Friday in a press release in Asaba.

According to the statement, the inauguration was in pursuant to the Child’s Right Law of Delta State 2008.
“The family court which will operate at both the High Court and Magistrates’ court levels and shall sit at the three senatorial districts of the State.

“Sitting of the family court shall be in high courts in Asaba, Warri, Agbor and Ugheli while at the Magistrate’s Court level, the family court shall sit at Asaba, Warri, and Ughelli magistrates, courts.

“Legal practitioners are directed to file their family suits and matters in the family court’s registries
“Also the general public, child’s right activists, stakeholders in the implementation and enforcement of the Child’s Right Law to take note of the development.” The statement reads.
Some other states, including Ekiti, had also set up family courts in response to the clamour by stakeholders.

The Speaker of the FCT Children Parliament, Mr Oralgrandeur Nwaka, had appealed to relevant stakeholders to advocate for the setting up of family court at the Magistrates and High Courts in Abuja.

Nwaka made the appeal while presenting the communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholders engagement on improving alternative child care to the Gwagalada Area Council Chairman, Mr Adamu Mustapha.

The communiqué also demanded the establishment of children parliament in Gwagwalada.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, also appealed to states to establish up Family Courts to handle child-related cases.

Alhassan made the appeal at a news conference and inauguration of the 6th National Children’s Parliament (NCP) ahead of the Children’s Day celebration in Abuja.

The theme of this year’s event is “Creating Safe places for Children: Our Collective Responsibility”.
She said the welfare of the Nigerian child was protected by the Child Rights Act, adding that the best interest of the child is the primary consideration.

“Despite all state interventions, the Nigerian child is still not safe and is faced with all forms of challenges such as violence, abuse, exploitation, maltreatment on daily basis at home, streets, schools and child care institutions.

“On many occasions, these abuses are either perpetrated by family members or caregivers who are supposed to provide care, safety and protection,” Alhassan said.
The minister said it was unfortunate that children’s access to justice was almost non-existent as some children were kept in detention centres.

“This situation is unfair and not acceptable, and I call on the security agencies, judiciary, National Human Rights Commission, NAPTIP, Legal Aid Council, National Assembly and relevant stakeholders to ensure the situation change.

“Children are assets to any nation, they are future leaders of any society and nation, therefore, they are the focal of a country’s development index,” she said.
The minister, however, appealed to Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Jigawa, Kastina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Borno States to domesticate the Child Rights Act

MKO Abiola: to be honoured posthumously on June 12
The Federal Government has invited prominent Nigerian journalists, human rights activists and politicians to the ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday 12 June, to confer national honours on late billionaire Moshood Abiola; his running mate Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe and late prominent lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi.

The journalists and activists invited all played salutary roles in the fight to validate the June 12, 1993 election, annulled by the Babangida junta.
Those invited include Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Ms. Ayo Obe.
Others are Bayo Onanuga, Kunle Ajibade, who represent TheNews and TEMPO, Nosa Igiebor of Tell Magazine.
Mr Kayode Komolafe and Senator Janathan Zwingina who worked on the Abiola campaign were also invited, along with Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori, who was the leader of the oil workers union, NUPENG.
Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission, stopped by the junta from announcing all the collated results, is also on government’s guest list.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday corrected the injustice of the annulment by announcing the highest honour of GCFR for Abiola, who won the election.
He also said that with effect from 2019, June 12 will become Nigeria’s Democracy Day, as against May 29, which marked the transfer of power from the military to the civilians.

Read rest of the statement below.
Following the historic designation of June 12 as DEMOCRACY DAY and NATIONAL HOLIDAY, Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, will confer PostHumous national honours on Chief M.K.O. Abiola as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Chief Gani Fawehinmi as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). He will also decorate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), at an investiture scheduled to take place as follows:-
DATE: Tuesday, June 12 2018
VENUE: Conference Hall, State House, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja
TIME: 10.00 am
2. Accordingly, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe , the family of the late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola and that of Chief Gani Fawehinmi , along with the underlisted key players of June 12 struggle are cordially invited:
· Members of the National Executive Committee of the SDP including States Chairmen and Secretaries at the time of June 12, 1993
· Governors elected under SDP platform
· Former Senate Presidents – Iyorchia Ayu and Ameh Ebute and Speaker Agunwa Anekwe along with Principal Officers of the National Assembly elected under SDP platform
· Speakers of the States Assembly elected under SDP platform
· All Chairmen of the States Traditional Councils from the six South-Western States
3. Also invited are Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogora, Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Members of the Federal Executive Council and all State Governors.
4. Accommodation has been reserved for all invitees at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Tafawa Balewa Way, area 11, Garki, Abuja from Monday, 11th June 2018. For further inquiries please contact William Alo, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by telephone on +234 803 585 4332.
5. Invitation letters have been despatched. However, should the invitation arrive late, this publication serves as a formal invitation.
*Boss Mustapha
Secretary to the Government of the Federation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the President Goodluck Jonathan administration not to take Nigeria back to the dark days of the late Gen. Sani Abacha regime, when perceived opponents of the government were targets of rampaging murderous gangs and the country turned to a pariah nation through unbridled human rights abuses.

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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

In a statement issued in Osogbo on Friday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed serious concern over the allegations that the Jonathan administration is training snipers at the same facility where the Abacha killer squad was trained; talks of abuse and misuse of the military and other security apparatus for personal and political interest as well as the reported placing of 1,000 people under a ‘political watch-list’

It said the party is constrained to take the allegations very seriously because it emanated from no less a personality than former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in an open letter he wrote to his fellow party man, President Jonathan, which has now been widely circulated in the traditional and Social Media..
”All Nigerians must be worried by these weighty allegations, coming less than 15 years after the long-suffering people had collectively vowed ‘never again’ to a regime like Abacha’s that sent many innocent souls to their early graves and dispatched many citizens into forced exile for merely holding views that were opposed to that of the late dictator’s government.
”We are therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to urgently address these allegations, which have already sent jitters down the spines of Nigerians, especially those who hold views that are diametrically opposed to the administration’s. The allegations cannot and must not be swept under the carpet, otherwise Nigerians will know who to hold responsible if perceived opponents of the administration come to any harm,” APC said.

The party, however, expressed total satisfaction that more and more people within the ruling PDP were now coming to terms with the real dangers facing the country under their party which, despite being in power at the centre since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, has only succeeded in putting the country in reverse gear and is now threatening its fledgling democracy, following its (PDP’s) implosion.

”We are not concerned by the dirty politics in the PDP and the glaring fact that the behemoth is sinking fast. What bothers us is the impact that the death throes of this rudderless party will have on our fragile polity.
”We in the opposition have shouted ourselves hoarse about the failings of the successive PDP administrations, especially the Jonathan government, in critical sectors of the economy, in particular the worsening unemployment that has put the nation on tenterhooks
”We have said the Boko Haram crisis cannot be resolved by military onslaught alone and that it must be tackled from its roots; that corruption has reached an unprecedented level; that the investments by the oil majors in that sector have dwindled dangerously; that the discovery of Shale oil in the US threatens our economy; and that the government must move fast to check the unprecedented high cases of crude oil theft.
”We have also issued numerous interventions on the victimization of perceived political opponents of President Jonathan, citing the case of Gov. Chibuike Amaechi as a reference point; that the Jonathan administration has taken Nigerians for granted by ignoring monumental cases of corruption and even embracing known corrupt officials as long as their deep pockets can benefit the President’s political machinery, and that the National Conference will not serve any purpose since it was conceived as a political gimmick rather than a genuine effort to help lift our country,” it stated.
APC said it was delighted that these same issues were raised in the letter by President Jonathan’s estranged political Godfather, recalling that a few days earlier, another top PDP bigwig and the nation’s number four citizen, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, had lampooned the Jonathan administration’s apathetic fight against corruption.
”Because truth is constant, gradually but surely, people are rising above partisanship to join those of us who have been warning, ceaselessly, that the ship of state is heading for the rocks because the Captain has decided to ignore the radar and steer the ship blindly even in turbulent waters. This jettisoning of partisanship and the coming out of heads that have been buried in the sand for so long represent a good omen for Nigeria,” it said.

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Fourth Alteration Bill that grants financial autonomy to State Judiciaries and State Houses of Assembly into law.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (senator), Senator Ita Enang disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday.

Senator Enang said, “I just want to inform you that His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari today assented to the Constitution Fourth Alteration Bill which grants financial authonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

“Therefore upon this signature the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to be now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states, no more through the governors and no more from the governors.

“And then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the States Houses of Assembly.” Details later

Mr Philip Gwada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the rescheduled chairmanship election in Jaba Local Government Area.
The Returning Officer, Grace Doyaro, who announced the result in Kwoi on Thursday said Gwada secured 17,967 votes to defeat the APC candidate Mr Benjamin Jok who scored 7,401 votes.
Doyaro described the election as free and fair, devoid of rancour, adding that the PDP won all the 10 councillors seats in the local government.

Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, on Sunday, took a sly dig at his opponents during the governorship debate organised on Sunday by Channels Television.

Obiano aimed digs at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze and United Progressive Party candidate, Osita Chidoka.

Obiano, who is seeking a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) argued that none of those out to boot him out of power were competent to be governor and that they were better off doing something else.

He also accused them of lacking facts about the state even though Obaze, a former diplomat at the United Nations, served under him as Secretary to the State Government for more than a year.

“By the way, what Anambra requires is somebody that can drive the process and I am the only guy here that can do so. Tony (Nwoye) doesn’t have the executive capacity, he hasn’t worked in his entire life.

"My good friend Oseloka Obaze worked in the UN, but the best place for him to work now is in Syria – to be distributing relief materials,” he said.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the boss of bosses in the Nigerian political space.

Jonathan said any “politician who ignores Obasanjo does so at its own peril,” advising ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to find a way of courting his former boss, if he (Atiku) must realise his presidential ambition.

He maintained that it would be impossible for Atiku to realise his presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

According to Jonathan, Atiku’s chances of becoming President in 2019 would be bright if he contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He, however, stressed that Atiku must do everything to get Obasanjo’s endorsement, who, he said, had the magic wand and remained respected home and abroad.

Jonathan was quoted as saying this in an interview he recently granted the Ovation Magazine, published by Dele Momodu.

“He (Atiku) can’t get the APC ticket. If Atiku gets our party (PDP) ticket, he would compete well,” Jonathan reportedly said.

“He’s always a passionate politician. But he would have to reach out to our boss, Baba OBJ, the boss of all bosses.

“We’ve all learnt at different times that you ignore OBJ at your own peril. OBJ has the magic wand, respected at home and abroad,” Jonathan said.

Atiku, who served as Vice-President during Obasanjo’s eight years administration, fell out with his former boss towards the end of the administration.

The rift was believed to have stemmed from Atiku’s antagonism to Obasanjo’s alleged third-term bid.

Atiku had recently said given the chance to lead the country, he would fight corruption even better than President Muhammadu Buhari, who enjoys public opinion as a man of integrity and hater of corruption.

Atiku lashed out at those he said were regurgitating corruption allegations against him, without bringing any proof forward.

He said, “It is sickening to continue to regurgitate allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office.

“Despite previous desperate efforts to link me with corruption, the William Jefferson trial in the United States ended in 2009 without indicting me or linking me to corrupt activities,” Atiku added.

Senator Ali Ndume

The Senate will challenge the Nov. 13 judgment of the Federal High Court ordering it to pay all salaries and allowances of Sen. Ali Ndume, who has been on a six-month suspension.

The senate made this known in a statement by its Counsel, Mr Mike Ozekhome, on Sunday.
The Upper Chamber said it disagreed with the said judgment.

”For the records, the Senate had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to entertain the matter on several grounds, portions of which are outlined hereunder for the purpose of emphasis, as follows:

”That the Plaintiff wrongly joined several causes of action in his Originating Summons.
”That an action for the enforcement of fundamental rights to fair hearing can only be brought against a court or a tribunal, established by law as held by the Supreme Court in several current cases, and not against Committee of a legislative body.

”That by the provisions of sections 3 and 30 of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, the trial court lacked requisite jurisdiction to hear the suit of the Plaintiff.

”The Senate’s argument is supported by various and current decisions of the apex court, it noted.
The Senate expressed optimism that the decision of the trial court would be overturned by the Court of Appeal.

It said it had instructed the law firm of Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers to file an appeal against the judgment.

”The notice of appeal is ready and would be filed unfailingly by Monday morning.
”An application for a stay of execution of the orders of the court will also be filed same time

Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme: Buhari orders treatment abroad

The Second Republic Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, was on Sunday airlifted abroad for further medical treatment.

Ekwueme was hospitalised at Memfys Hospital of Neurosurgery, Enugu, for chest inflection on Oct. 29.

 Reports  have it that the elder statesman departed the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in a white air ambulance with registration number N605AJ.

However, Memfys Hospital ‎and family sources did not disclose the country where the former vice president would be receiving treatment.

Some reports also have it that some family members accompanied Ekwueme on the medical trip, while others came to bid him farewell. President Muhammadu Buhari had last week approved that Ekwueme should be flown abroad for treatment.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja assured religious leaders, and all Nigerians, that his administration will address rising concerns of corruption, insecurity and injustices in various parts of the country.

President Buhari gave the assurance when he received a Christian delegation led by the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle and a Muslim delegation led by the Secretary General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, in separate meetings at the State House.

The President told the CAN delegation that he had already given instructions for the submission of all the names of heads of parastatals in order to address the allegations of lop-sidedness in appointments.

“On the question of one-sided appointments, we will look at it. I have given instructions that a list of all heads of parastatals be submitted to me and I know they will not delay in doing that,’’ he said.

President Buhari said his administration would ensure reform of the police and judiciary, describing both institutions as critical for the security and stability of the nation.

“There is no way we can be comfortable in our country unless we are lucky to have a good police force and judiciary.

“We need a good police force and judiciary to really maintain the legitimacy and the confidence of the populace in governance,’’ the President added.

On the fight against corruption, the President assured both CAN and the JNI leaders that his administration would always be guided by the rule of law and constitutionality in prosecuting all those that had been accused of corruption.

President Buhari explained to the JNI delegation that corruption in the country had taken a cultural dimension, urging all religious leaders and Nigerians to join in the fight in order to reverse the trend.

“When something becomes a culture, it is more difficult to stop, but collectively we will prevail,’’ he assured the leaders.

In his remarks, Rev. Ayokunle commended the President’s achievements in the fight against corruption, empowerment of the military to flush out Boko Haram terrorists and the recovery of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The Secretary-General of JNI appealed to the President to pay more attention to the yearnings of Nigerians, urging him to continually walk in the fear of God.

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