Atiku Spits Fire, Says Lagos-Calabar Highway Project A Highway To Fraud, Waste

….Insists project award did not meet minimum threshold of due process By Simon Akwu The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has described as wasteful and a highway to fraud the claim by Works Minister, Dave Umahi, that the 700km Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway will tentatively cost N15.6 trillion. Atiku also knocked Umahi for altering the initial plan of the project after Gilbert Chagoury’s Hitech had been awarded the contract without any competitive bidding. He said, “Umahi had announced that the project would be fully funded by Hitech, and based on this, there was no competitive bidding. He (Umahi) then turned around to say that Hitech could only raise just 6% of the money for the pilot phase. This smacks of deceit.” Umahi had during his media rounds at select TV stations on Thursday said the road project would cost N15.6 trillion ($13bn at exchange rate of N1,200/$1) while the rail which will pass through the road will be costed separately. The minister had also said the project would not be PPP, but …

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Akpabio reveals what will make Nigerians to enjoy dividend of Democracy

….Promises Constituents, Quality Representation By Simplicius Josiah AKWA IBOM: President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has harped on the need for governments at all levels to collaborate with a view to delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians. He assured the people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District of his commitment to their welfare in appreciation of their total support for him, President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in last year’s election. Akpabio stated this in his country home, Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, while briefing his constituents on the journey so far as their representative in the red chamber. The Highpoint of the constituency briefing was the distribution of over 10,000 bags of rice and other essentials for his constituents from the wards, to the local governments. A statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Jackson Udom, quoted Akpabio as saying, “I am here once again, to thank you for standing by me, our President and the party, before, during and even after last year’s elections. I have come to say …

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Time to restructure Nigeria and reassess terms of our union is now – Obasanjo

By Ogechi Okorie ENUGU – Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind the need to restructure Nigeria, warning that the preponderance of wrong systems of administration is bad for the governance of any country. Obasanjo spoke in Enugu, at the weekend, during the public presentation of the book ‘In Brotherhood We Stand: A Roadmap for the Rebirth of a Fragmented Nation’, written by Engr. Chris Okoye. The event was held at the Immanuel Gardens, Independence Layout in Enugu. The former President, who was the chairman of the occasion, lamented that Nigeria had moved from one bad governance to another. His words: “The clarion call in Nigeria today is one for restructuring and a reassessment of the terms of our union as a nation. “No matter how economically viable a nation is, bad governance and a wrong system of administration can bring it down as there is a direct correlation between economic and political reforms. “Our historical experience at constitution making and political reform show that we may have some structural defects that require adjustment so as not …

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HoR Minority, PDP Caucus Blast Coalition of Opposition Lawmakers, Say Body Unknown to Parliament

… Caution members to desist from unparliamentary practices By Chris Udochukwu Both House of Representatives Minority and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Caucuses have disowned Ikenga Ugochinyere and his coalition of opposition lawmakers, saying such a body is unknown to the parliament. This was contained in a statement issued and co-signed by all the minority caucus leaders, Kingsley Chinda, (Caucus leader), Ali Madaki, (deputy leader), Ali Isah J.C., (Minority Whip) and George Ozodinobi, (Deputy Minority Whip). Apparently reacting to a press conference addressed by Hon Ikenga Ugochinyere and 5 others and 54 imaginary members under the aegis of coalition of opposition lawmakers declared that: “Our attention has been drawn to a press release by the group and state unequivocally that the Minority caucus and PDP Caucus dissociate themselves from the said press statement. “The said coalition of lawmakers led by Hon Ikenga Ugochinyere is unknown to the parliament and both caucuses condemnin totality the absurd move, uncouth and unparliamentary language of the group. “That the general public should take note that such a coalition is unknown to parliament and their demands …

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Breaking: Obaseki okays appointment of 38-year-old engineer as new deputy gov

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has appointed a 38-year-old Engineer, Omobayo Godwin, as his new deputy and is set for inauguration. This was coming on the heels of the impeachment of the former deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, by the state’s House of Assembly on Monday. According to the panel set up for the impeachment proceedings of the former deputy gov, Shuaibu was sacked for leaking the state government’s secrets. Details later…

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Wike Accused of Appointing Only Kinsmen, Allies in FCT

By Michael Agbaji The Reformed Arewa Youth Coalition (RAYC) has accused the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, of undermining the principle of federal character in his appointments. The group, at a press conference, on Friday in Abuja, alleged that Wike is running the FCT like a lord of the manor where everyone deferred to his whims and caprices. In his address, the President of the group, Comrade Attahiru Musa lamented that the appointments so far have been lopsided. “Wike has displayed a despicable trend evident in his choice of appointments. He has turned the FCT into an extension of Rivers state, deliberately ignoring the federal character principle,” the statement said. “By all indications, the FCT Minister elected to forget that the FCT is the Centre of Unity, and, as such, the principle of inclusion must stand supreme above every other interest. “The choice of appointments made so far by the FCT Minister is an affront to the Centre of Unity status of the FCT. By and large, the FCT has been turned into an extension of Rivers …

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Ex-NTA chairman joins race for Benue PDP chairmanship

Former Chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Chief Patrick Ogbu has declared his intention to contest for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State. He made the declaration on Friday at his residence in Makurdi, the state capital. Ogbu, a member of the PDP from its foundation without break, pointed out that his commitment and passion for the party’s success run deep and he is ready to channel this energy to transform it. He said he is presenting himself as a capable chairmanship candidate to reposition the party in the state. “Now, more than ever, our party needs strong capable leadership to navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunity that lies before us. “I possess the necessary qualities to galvanize our party combining my experience, expertise, and unyielding dedication. “Together we can mobilize, inspire and effect positive change within our ranks and beyond “I offer myself as a capable candidate for the position of chairman. “I pledge to be a unifying force within our party, bridging divides, fostering cooperation and collaboration among members and working …

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Group uncovers alleged plot by Fubara to secure interim order dislodging Rivers Assembly

…As CRC cries out, says another recipe for crises being perpetuated by the Governor By Simon Akwu A group under the aegis of Concerned Rivers Citizens, CRC on Thursday raised an alarm that they have uncovered a plot by Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara to use the courts to dislodge the Rivers State Assembly and/or set aside its Laws to pave for him to impose caretaker committees at the Local Govts against the Constitution, decisions of the Supreme Court and intervention of Mr. President. This was disclosed in a statement issued and signed by the convener of CRC, Emmanuel Chibuzo stating that: “Things are no longer at ease with Fubara as he has designed another evil plot which will take Rivers State backward and rock the dicy peace in the state just the way his pulling down of the hallow Chambers of the Assembly upset the peace of the state. “We are well aware of his move to get an interim order from a Rivers High Court to declare all the laws passed by the State Assembly illegal/ and or …

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Support for Fubara: Wike fumes, labels Rivers PDP leaders as transactional politicians

By Ogechi Okorie Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has blasted some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, labelling them as transactional politicians” for declaring support for his former political son, Governor Siminalayi Fubara. Recall that Wike was governor of the oil-rich South-South state from May 2015 to May 2023, Further recall that the PDP leaders in Rivers State namely: Abiye Sekibo; ex-PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; ex-governorship aspirant, Celestine Omehia; and ex-lawmaker, Austin Opara; had last week declared support for Fubara and called on President Bola Tinubu to caution Wike. However, reacting on Tuesday, Wike said Sekibo, Secondus, Omehia and Opara were all expired politicians not worthy to be called “elder statesmen”. The FCT minister claimed he kicked them out of the PDP and insisted that Secondus was no longer a member of the PDP as his suspension was validated by the court. “The other day, I saw a political conference organised by transactional politicians. Political vampires, political buccaneers,” Wike said. When journalist corrected the minister that those he referred to are …

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Gov Abiodun’s ex-aide, Prof. Odemuyiwa dies in fatal auto crash

The immediate past Senior Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Vocational and Technical Education, Prof Joseph Odemuyiwa, is dead. Odemuyiwa, a Professor of Business Education with a passion for training people in vocational skills, reportedly died on Tuesday in an accident on his way to Ibadan. The lawmaker representing Remo North State constituency, Dickson Awolaja, confirmed the news to our correspondent. Awolaja, who is also from Isara Remo just like the late professor said, “I just confirmed from a friend not long ago. Prof was said to be going to Ibadan when he had the accident. This is sad.” Odemuyiwa, aged 66 was once a lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, as well as Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun both owned by the state government.

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Photos: Faye sworn in as Senegal’s first youngest president

Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a left-wing pan-Africanist, was sworn in Tuesday as Senegal’s youngest president after sweeping to a first-round victory on a pledge of radical reform 10 days after he was released from prison. The 44-year-old has never before held an elected office but several African leaders attended the ceremony in the new town of Diamniadio, near the capital Dakar. “Before God and the Senegalese nation, I swear to faithfully fulfil the office of President of the Republic of Senegal,” Faye said before the gathered officials. He also vowed to “scrupulously observe the provisions of the Constitution and the laws” and to defend “the integrity of the territory and national independence, and to spare no effort to achieve African unity”. The formal handover of power with outgoing President Macky Sall will take place at the presidential palace in Dakar. Faye was among a group of political opponents freed from prison 10 days before the March 24 presidential ballot under an amnesty announced by Sall, who had tried to delay the vote. Faye’s campaign was launched while he was still in …

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APC suspends state women leader in Kaduna

KADUNA- The Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Badarawa/Malali ward has suspended Hajiya Maryam Mai-Rusau, the State Women leader for reportedly defending  former Gov. Nasir El-Rufai over the alleged recent controversy on the state’s huge debt. The suspension was contained in a letter co-signed by the Ward Chairman and Secretary, Ali Maishago and Zakka Bassahuwa, respectively and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Kaduna. It said: “The Badarawa/Malali Ward APC Executive Committee after due deliberations and careful examinations on the viral video clip released on 30th March, 2024 via social networks; Facebook, Whats-app, and Tiktok, which is against the constitution of our dear party, APC as stated in article 21.2 (v). “In view of the above, below are the gross misconducts where the subsequent suspension relied upon: “Defamation of the character of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State,  Malam Uba Sani. “Unauthorized publicity of the party’s dispute that discredited the personality of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State.” NAN recalls that Gov,;Uba Sani on Friday lamented the high debt profile he inherited from …

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Photos: My election is victory for Taraba, Northeast – Dr Hassan

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo JALINGO – The Taraba State Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria ALGON and Chairman of Jalingo Local government area, Dr Aminu Jauro Hassan has described his emergence as the National Welfare officer of the Association as a victory for Taraba State and the North East region as a whole. Hassan who is elected at the ongoing National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of ALGON holden at the Intercontinental Hotel (Sheraton) Abuja, as the new National ALGON Welfare Officer told journalists that the confidence reposed in him will not be taken for granted. “I want to appreciate all who had such confidence in me to support my election to this national position which underscores my dedication, profound commitment, and outstanding leadership acumen, my proven integrity and service within the organization. “Let me say that I do not take this for granted. It will inspire me to work even more for the good people of Jalingo Local government area, ALGON in Taraba, North East and indeed the nation at large. “It is a very good thing that …

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Omole OluSegun Omo-Osodi Celebrates With Christians Constituents At Easter, Advocates Peace

By Our Reporter ABUJA – A leading Aspirant for Ilesa North -East Local Council Development Area, Honorable Omole Oluwasegun Omo-Osodi, has extended his heartfelt felicitations to Christian faithfùls in Ilesa North-East, Ijesa Land, Osun State and Nigeria at large as they join their brethren across the world with a call on them to imbibe the teachings of Jesus Christ. In his Easter message, Omole, charged Christian faithful to reflect on the genesis of the festival which is true love to mankind. As they mark this great occasion, he urged all Ijesas to reflect on the season’s significance. The Ijesa born journalist said; “Just as they celebrate Easter for Jesus’ victory over death on the cross and his resurrection that rekindles the hope of eternal life, they should also pray for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria. This occasion should bolster the hope of our nation’s triumph over the current challenges of nation-building and the imminence of better days. The Aspirant urged all Nigerians, particularly religious leaders and clerics, to pray for a peaceful coexistence in Nigeria. ”On this occasion, I …

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Notorious terrorists’ leader, fighters murdered in Zamfara

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed a notorious terrorists’ leader, Junaidu Fasagora and scores of his fighters in Zamfara State. The troops neutralized the terrorist and his cohorts on Wednesday during a counter insurgency operation in Tsafe general area of the state. A statement issued by the Nigerian Army via its official X handle revealed that Junaidu Fasagora and his terrorists’ group have long been responsible for a series of kidnappings and other terrorism activities across several states in the North West. According to the statement: “Nigerian Army troops deployed in Zamfara State for Counter terrorism Counter insurgency operations in the North West Region have neutralised a notorious terrorist leader, Junaidu Fasagora and scores of his fighters after a ferocious Artillery bombardment and ground battle in Tsafe general area of Zamfara State. “Junaidu Fasagora and his terrorists’ group have long been responsible for a series of kidnappings and other terrorism activities against the populace across several states in the North West. “Their elimination marks a crucial victory in the fight against terrorism and insurgency. “Troops remain committed to sustaining …

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Biden, Trump campaign across New York on Thursday

A monster fundraiser for one, a tribute to a fallen police officer for the other, President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump will be on the campaign trail in New York on Thursday. The 81-year-old Democrat Biden will take part in a fundraising evening alongside two of his predecessors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. His campaign team has already announced a “historic” collection of more than $25 million. Late-night TV comic Stephen Colbert will host a debate between the three Democratic leaders. Singers Lizzo and Queen Latifah, among others, will perform at the event, to be held at Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan in front of 5,000 people. The star-studded fundraiser is the first event of its kind to feature the three Democratic presidents. According to NBC News, guests can pay $100,000 for a photo with the trio. “The numbers don’t lie: today’s event is a massive show of force and a true reflection of the momentum to reelect the Biden-Harris ticket,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the campaign’s chief fundraiser, said in a statement, referring to Vice President Kamala …

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