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National Confab: Greatest Thing Jonathan Has Done For Nigeria – Clark

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M), VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO (4TH R) WITH MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE AFTER THEIR INAUGURATION IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (PHOTO CREDIT: NAN)

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (M), VICE-PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO (4TH R) WITH MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE AFTER THEIR INAUGURATION IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (PHOTO CREDIT: NAN)

Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Wednesday, hailed the decision by the Federal Government to set up a National Conference as the best so far taken by President Goodluck Jonathan since the inception of his administration.

Clark, who made this known in an exclusive interview he granted the Vanguard in Abuja, said that Mr. Jonathan had shamed his critics, who had previously berated him as lacking the political will to confront the nation’s woes.

According to The Ijaw leader, the proposed National Dialogue would change everything in Nigeria and give the country a new lease of life.

Clark said: “It (National Dialogue) will certainly change everything in Nigeria. I think that this the greatest thing Mr. President has done in Nigeria. People had been looking at him as one who does not have the courage to do certain things but today he has proved his critics wrong.

“Many heads of states, including military leaders, did not have the courage to establish a national conference. Some believed it would take away their powers, others thought it was a challenge to their administrations and therefore shied away from taking any action on national conference.”

The Ijaw leader, who is presently finalizing the establishment of a University of Technology in his Kiagbodo hometown in Delta State, challenged critics of the national conference to provide genuine reasons why they were against it instead of accusing Mr. Jonathan of executing a hidden agenda.

While describing opponents of the dialogue as unpatriotic, the former federal commissioner for information wondered what they hope to achieve by shying away from a golden opportunity to discuss the issues affecting Nigeria and its people.
According to him, all right-thinking Nigerians were behind President Jonathan on the account of his decision to provide a common platform for them do discuss the future of the country and bring about unity and development.

His words: “The people of Nigeria are solidly behind President Jonathan and if there is anything that has soared his rating, it is his announcement of a national conference. So, we support it. Let us sit down and discuss the basis of our existence as a country.

“We believe in one Nigeria but nobody was ever consulted when the amalgamation was done in 1914. So many things have happened and some of the people think that they are more superior to others while others feel inferior to others in their own country.

“We must therefore be bold enough to sit down and talk about revenue allocation and resource control. If I am not around others will bring them up. A situation where you have disparity in allocation of local governments and disparity in representation in the parliament not based on any known parameter, is quite unfair.”

On the nation’s 53rd independence anniversary, Clark scored Nigeria high, affirming that no African nation had fared better than the country.

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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
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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