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Senate To Debate State Of Emergency Proclamation On Tuesday

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There are strong indications that senators elected under the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and some within Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, may disregard the earlier directives of their respective parties not to support the imposition of a state of emergency on three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, as the debate comes up tomorrow.

The action of the senators may be in connection with the widespread anger and condemnation that had so far greeted the statements from the two parties, calling on their members in the National Assembly not to support last Tuesday’s action of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some senators of the affected parties, who spoke with Vanguard on the issue, said there was need for all members to support the President’s action, given that it was done in the general interest of the nation.

Senator Ganiyu Solomon, ACN, Lagos West, told Vanguard that although he was awaiting full detail of the proclamation, he believed it was done primarily to restore peace which had eluded the three states.

He said: “Until I go through the details, I cannot say anything much. But I think if the action of the President will bring peace in the states affected by the state of emergency, why would one not embrace it? “It is a good development, given that all elected structures are in place. We should sit and pray that the desired peace is achieved in the affected areas at the end of the day. I can’t speak further than that.”

On his part, Senator Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, ACN, Ekiti South, said: “In as much as I support the President’s action against the backdrop of increased senseless killings of innocent people in the affected states, I will advise that the state of emergency should not be used as instrument of oppression of perceived political opponents.

“Again, the President who has the power and authority to control the military must ensure that they strictly follow the rules of engagement.”

One of the senators elected under the platform of CPC from North Central who spoke but preferred anonymity, said: “Given the spate of violence that we have so far witnessed in these affected states, we can’t afford to go against the action of Mr. President.

“I believe everybody is affected in one way or the other in what has happened in these states in the past. The violence that enveloped the North East for some time touched everybody, irrespective of political, religious and cultural affiliations.”

“We have to borrow from western countries, especially the United States of America, where in a situation like this, they forget all their political interests and parties’ ideologies and come together to fight a common course.

“We are talking of issue of nation interest here, so no party seeking to have positive impact on the nation would be unhappy with the action of the president. [Vanguard]

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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